Lippincott, 1952. FIRST EDITION, first printing. Excellent condition, tightly bound, lovely former owner inscription beautifully melded into the color frontispiece. Original color illustrated dust jacket in mylar protective cover, not price clipped. The last of the Doctor Dolittle books, published posthumously. Featuring eight stories that appear here for the first time in book format. Illustrated by Lofting. "Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting starting with the 1920 The Story of Doctor Dolittle. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. He later becomes a naturalist, using his abilities to speak with animals to better understand nature and the history of the world. Doctor Dolittle first saw light in the author's illustrated letters to children, written from the trenches during World War I when actual news, he later said, was either too horrible or too dull. The stories are set in early Victorian England, where Doctor John Dolittle lives in the fictional village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh in the West Country. Doctor Dolittle has a few close human friends, including Tommy Stubbins and Matthew Mugg, the Cats'-Meat Man. The animal team includes Polynesia (a parrot), Gub-Gub (a pig), Jip (a dog), Dab-Dab (a duck), Chee-Chee (a monkey), Too-Too (an owl), the Pushmi-pullyu, and a White Mouse later named simply "Whitey"." An extremely nice copy of one of the less common titles in the series. 241 pages.