1922 Scarce Loving Dead Pet Dog MEMENTO MORI Beautiful Trailblazing Book Advocating Acceptance for Publicly Grieving a Dead Pet Companion "LA NECROLOGIE DE JOFFRE"
La Necrologie De Joffre by William Robert Pedrick
This 1922 work is noted for being the first American book to address the taboo of publicly mourning a pet dog who has died.
Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1922. First and only edition. Original softcovers with red printing, a tipped-on photograph of Joffre and yapped edges, 7.5" x 5", 26 numbered pages, illustrated with two black & white photographs of Joffre. VERY GOOD Condition: a touch of light wear otherwise, tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A very handsome copy. Scarce, only three copies held in OCLC collections worldwide, Library of Congress, William and Mary, and Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.
A delicately composed eulogy to a departed pet. This is the story of a beloved canine companion, Joffre, whose death brought on a great melancholy in his guardian William. Joffre was a loving, spirited Boston Terrier whose maternal grandfather was a French Bulldog. Throughout the Victorian era, candid public expression of grief over a "mere" dog was considered improper so, there were no public rituals, funerals, or wakes to commemorate a pet's death. By sharing his story of loss William Pedrick bears witness to the importance of mourning and grieving a pet while successfully arguing against the social stigma. A truly beautiful testimony to the importance of a dog's life and a moving farewell gift to a cherished companion.