Arthur Hamilton and His Dog, anonymous, 1851.

My first post-processing project for Distributed Proofreaders. What a terrible book, typical of the saintly-doomed-child books later parodied by Edward Gorey. Arthur’s sent away from home because his widowed mother can’t afford to keep him. He’s miserable. His older brother dies. Then he dies. The end. The dog, Rover, barely appears at all; he is described as a Newfoundland but in the sole illustration he looks more like a lumpy border collie.

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