SMITH, Dodie (author). Janet & Anne GRAHAME-JOHNSTONE (illustrators). The Hundred and One Dalmatians. London; Heinemann. 1956.
8vo.; publisher's mid-blue cloth lettered in silver to spine, double-page pictorial endpapers, in pink pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii] + 190 + [i]; profusely illustrated with 58 chapter-headings, full-page plates, and other text illustrations in bold black and white by Janet and Anne Grahame-Johnstone; a very good, clean, and sharp copy with just a touch of dulling to sheen on upper cover, slightly visible in some lights, tiny knock to bottom forecorner of upper board, a few spots to top edge of book block, internally remarkably crisp and clean throughout without ownership marks or inscriptions, with old oval gilded label of a Melbourne bookshop to bottom edge of upper pastedown endpaper, in a unusually bright and attractive, unclipped dustwrapper (10s 6d) with the usual fading to spine, some light marking to the same, and nicking and small chipping to spine ends, with some scattered foxing to the reverse side which is not visible from above.
First edition, in book form, of this children's classic about the kidnapping of a family of Dalmatian puppies and their rescue, from a fur farm, by their parents Pongo and Missis. It originally appeared in serialized form as "The Great Dog Robbery" in Woman's Day magazine before being introduced to a wider audience by Walt Disney Productions in the animated adventure film of 1961. There was a live-action remake of this film entitled "101 Dalmatians" in 1996 starring Glenn Close.