Dogs of Character
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode Limited, 1927. Cecil Alden. First Edition. cloth. First edition. 4to; vii [iii] 116 pp followed by the printer’s device on recto; gilt stamped light brown cloth over board with a dog portrait laid-in a frame, spine gilt stamped; tan endpapers; bookplate to front pastedown; 2 inserted full-page color plates; illustrated frontispiece and title page, illustrations throughout text; light foxing to bookplate and through p. vii, p  and rear flyleaf, light scuff to cover corners; very good plus. Very good +. Item #1353
Cecil Aldin was a British writer and illustrator who may be best known for his dog stories. This book was written for a juvenile audience and gives instructions on owning, training, and showing dogs. Aldin’s bull terrier, Cracker, appears on the front cover illustration.
BOOKPLATE: The front pastedown contains the bookplate of [Major] Clive Behrens (1871-1935), a member of the British Royal Legion and listed as a Breeder in The Hunter Stud Book, Vol. IX, 1921. Perhaps his most noteworthy accomplishment was his marriage to (Charlotte) Evelina Rothschild in 1899. They lived and raised their family at Swinton Grange, Malton, Yorkshire, built as a wedding gift for them by her father, Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild.