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Prince and Other Dogs, 1850-1940 Hardcover – October 20, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (October 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582340978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582340975
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I believe these photographs are a testimony to the extraordinary relationship that can exist between dogs and people: dogs that you know were loved companions of people living on their own, dogs that were included in photographs as important members of a family or group.

Some of the photographs are hilarious (how often it really is true that dogs look like their owners!) and some I find incredibly moving. These are the ones, taken in areas like the East End of London, where the price of the photograph would have represented a substantial part of the owner's weekly income. Often these dogs are grey in the muzzle and you imagine that time to capture their likeness was running out.

But, funny or sad, for me these frozen moments capture, not only the passion we can have for dogs, but also the fleeting transience of life: dogs' lives are poignantly short - so too are people's.

The book is book is dedicated to the people and dogs in the photographs.

About the Author

A former press photographer, Libby Hall began collecting dog photographs in the 1960s. Her first book Prince and Other Dogs is published by Bloomsbury. She lives in London.

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For dog lovers, it's a must have!
Sharon Cooper
Then I look over at my own dog sleeping peacefully and my heart swells with love.
RavensCroft
There is more, however, that makes this book so good.
Eileen G.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eileen G. on March 16, 2001
This remarkable book - a hoard of amazing dog postcards - deserves all the praise it has earned, including the compiler's own enthusiastic words. The photographs themselves form a true treasure trove that can't help but enchant dog lovers and fans of Victorian photography. There is more, however, that makes this book so good. For starters, Libby Hall contributes a brief and egoless Introduction - how she started this collection, what it means to her, and why she wants to share it. Perfect. Then there are the postcards, reproduced in their original sepia tones, and captionless - as they should be.
What about the dogs? Hardly a leash on these dogs (I counted only two). The dogs sit on tables, chairs, laps, in baby carriages. In one card, a little boy sits on his dog. Women with their dogs. Men in a group, with a dog. Embarrassment of riches: one man poses beside his wife and dog, with his parrot on his shoulder. The canine faces stay with you for a long time. This is a gem of a book. It's always a real treat when a collector can curate well, too. The simple act of restraint - of not captioning these photographs, which wisely enables the viewer to wordlessly experience these dogs and people - transforms this sweet and humble collection into something great.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PoppyTrail on January 31, 2002
Little Dog Lost...but now is FOUND. These Victorian photographs haven't been viewed for 100 years. When I was looking at them I felt like these little dogs were lost and I had found them in Libby Hall's book and they live on. Every page has a wonderful, beloved, beautiful dog who's face is saying "love me". I have several Victorian photo and ephemera books but "Libby Hall's Prince" is the one to get! Don't pass on this book!
I like the way this book is presented, too. The photographs fit the pages. There isn't much commentary, just the fascinating photographs. I thank Libby Hall for putting this book together and I hope that if she finds more photographs that she won't hesitate to do another book. She has preserved these photos for all to see and they will be cherished.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Frandano on December 9, 2000
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This handsomely mounted compilation is perfect of its kind. What we have here are images of mutual devotion--dogs and owners--that also neatly capture their respective eras. Ms. Hall's collection is a joy to repeatedly visit and has delighted everyone with whom I've shared it. It is, moreover, not simply for dog lovers; it's enough to have the "old photograph fancy," because every picture here tells a rich tale and has great period detail. Nevertheless, doggie people--and, in particular, the host of Jack Russell Terrier folk--will cherish this book for a lifetime. (Many of the pictures in this collection are of Jacks of every body type and coat. And one of Ms. Hall's old pictures captures what I am, ah, certain is a British ancestor of my own fuzzy Jack.) I predict "Prince: And Other Dogs..." will be in print for a long, long time; those fortunate enough to discover it will buy numerous copies and hand them out liberally. Finally, Prince and Other Dogs is a fabulous bargain, attractively bound, fitting nicely in the hand, with photographs lovingly reproduced on heavy paper. An ideal gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RavensCroft on December 31, 2004
This is a beautiful and heart-stirring little book of dogs and their people. The love for one's dog is not bound by century nor time. We have a common thread with these "strangers" from the past: we all love our dogs. I do the same thing with my dog! I pose with her, sit next to her, kiss her--all for the camera. This is a book to leave not on your shelf but out on the coffee table to share with everyone! It is a simple book--all photos, no text. I like it that way. This allows the photos to speak to you. I find myself picking up the book time-and-again and meditating on each picture. Wondering what the dog's name was, the person's name. How long did they live? Where are they from? I look at their clothes and the expressions on the dog's and person's face. They all have a story. I look at the dog's cute little body and dirty little paws and wonder how many steps those paws walked. Then I look over at my own dog sleeping peacefully and my heart swells with love. This is a gem of a book for any dog lover or lover of photos from the past. Simply lovely!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Straw on November 18, 2000
I love this book. The book's size and its photographs are all perfectly charming. It's almost impossible to pick out any personal favorites of the black and white photos. In these photos, taken between 1850 and 1940, are dogs and their people. Some are just dogs. Most are posed; most are staring straight at the camera; most are beautiful. The photos are taken from Libby Hall's sizeable collection; she considers them "a tribute to the special relationship there is -- and has been for tens of thousands of years -- between people and dogs." Prince is sure to please and charm all dog lovers, and it might just convert non-dog people, too. Who could resist the looks on these dogs' -- and their people's-- faces? Prince and Other Dogs is ultimately about everyday life: friendship, family, and love. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Dutra on April 29, 2001
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Each photograph warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face! This is the absolute best book of dog photographs I have ever seen.The book is full of old studio photographs of dogs, sometimes together with family members,no captions added. The dogs shown in the book were obviously much-loved members of their families. There is also a second book now: PRINCE II (which is just as good as this first book).
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