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'Doctor Dolittle's Puddleby Adventures' by Hugh Lofting.
Jonathan Cape Ltd. 1st Edition 1953
Hardcover, 256 pages, illustrated by the author.
In good original condition, all pages clean.

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 appeared 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 English 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".

Doctor Dolittle's Puddleby Adventures is a posthumous collection of stories that Lofting originally wrote during the 1920s for the Herald Tribune Syndicate but here first included in book form. The stories are:

The Sea Dog
Dapple
The Dog Ambulance
The Stunned Man
The Crested Screamers
The Green Breasted Martins
The Story of the Maggot
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