BOB SON OF BATTLE. New York: Doubleday & McClure Company, 1898. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi [1-4] 4-356, original green pictorial cloth, front panel stamped in yellow, light green and gold, spine panel stamped in light green and gold. First edition, first printing. Precedes the British edition. "A classic dog story set in Cumbria, the mountainous northwest district of England, about a young boy coming of age in the midst of conflict between two shepherding households: his own, with an abusive father and his father's sheep herding dog (Bob, who has a persuasive personality) vs. that of a neighbor whose dog (Red Wull) relies more on brute force. A complicating factor is the killing of sheep in the district by an unknown dog, with suspicion falling on both Bob and Red Wull. It's not inconceivable that some of the weird canine atmosphere of this tale might have seeped into Doyle's HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1902). Most of the dialogue is in Cumbrian dialect." - Robert Eldridge. Private bookplate (a very attractive one featuring a mermaid) on front pastedown. A fine copy. (#148137).