[DRAGONS]. DINES, Glen (author and illustrator). The Useful Dragon of Sam Ling Toy. New York, The Macmillan Company 1956.
Tall 4to. Original ochre yellow cloth pictorially blocked and lettered in dark green to spine and upper cover, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. ; with charming illustrations throughout in alternate colour and duotone; a near fine, uninscribed copy with a small area of mild creasing to top edge of front free endpaper, protected by a very clean and attractive, partially-clipped, dustwrapper ($2.75) with fading to spine, light overall dusting, rubbing to joints, and a couple of tiny closed edge tears, now neatly repaired with archival tissue.
First US edition, first printing, as stated. Set in Chinatown, San Francisco, this is the story of a Chinese laundry worker who builds a vast menagerie of rescued animals in his workshop, including a lizard who grows into a dragon.