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    Inscribed to Frank Capra, Jr.

    Eric Knight. Lassie Come-Home. Chicago: John C. Winston Company, [1941]. Seventh printing, inscribed by the author to Frank Capra, Jr., the son of the great film director Frank Capra: "For Young Frank:/ Who shall make pictures/ like his dad - or write/ books - or just grow up/ to be a good guy - Some/ day./ -Eric Knight." Octavo. Illustrated by Marguerite Kirmse. Color frontispiece, six full page black and white illustrations, and vignettes head- and tail-pieces. Bound in publisher's orange cloth with illustration of Lassie on the upper board and black titles on spine, illustrated map endpapers. Dust jacket with edge and fold wear, fold separations and tears, minor paper losses, creases and corner bends, front panel detached from spine, cellophane tape repairs on verso. Housed in a quarter morocco book-style clamshell box, five raised bands with gilt lettered leather title label and devices in compartments, inset on-laid leather illustration of Lassie after the upper board, with the edge of black design lifting near muzzle. Ex-libris bookplate of Donald G. Drapkin with interlocking "DGD" on inside of front cover. Binding lightly rubbed, minor soiling and small indentations along lower edges of both boards, spine leaning slightly forward. Textblock fore-edge with minor stains with negligible affect to inner pages. Bookplate of Frank Capra, Jr. on front pastedown. Small bookseller's pencil notes on rear free endpaper. Stain on inner margin of illustrated page 101, touching the illustration. Pages with light edge wear and few smudges. Very good copy with a fantastic provenance. From the collection of Donald Carter.

    Knight was killed in 1943, during World War II, when the plane he was travelling on was shot down.

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