Old Yeller

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Author: Fred Gipson

Illustrator: Carl Burger

GIPSON, Fred. Old Yeller. Drawings by Carl Burger. [NY]: Harper & Brothers [1956]. 12mo, [x] 158pp. Black quarter-cloth spine stamped in gold, yellow boards. 6 full-page b&w illustrations. Slight rubbing to lower edge, fore-edge a tad foxed, endpapers slightly aged, else a clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (light soiling, spine lightly sunned with evidence of sticker’s removal towards base; price-clipped).

First edition. The big, ugly, yellow dog showed up out of nowhere one night and stole a whole side of hanging pork, and when Travis went for him the next morning that dog started yelling like a baby before he was touched. When the dog got into the spring water with five-year-old Arliss, Travis took an easy hate to Old Yeller, as they started to call him; in fact, he would have driven him off or killed him if it hadn’t been for brother Arliss’ loud and violent protests. So Yeller stayed, and Travis soon found he couldn’t have gotten along without him. A wonderful, first edition copy of this beloved classic that inspired the equally beloved film.