UPDATE AUGUST 2018
Every year in August, collie and Terhune fans spend a weekend celebrating all things APT (fan slang for the writer) at the Sunnybank Gathering. Here's a link to the website with more info on this fan fest and charity event https://www.colliehealth.org/sunnybank-gathering/
In 2018, the dedicated volunteers behind the annual Sunnybank Gathering accepted my donation of these Terhune titles pictured below. The 12 Grosset and Dunlap editions in this gift are a favorite of collectors. These editions are reprints, not 1st printings, but they are prized for their colorful dust jackets. (The artwork was a commercial illustration job by noted wildlife artist Bob Kuhn.) Many APT fans grew up reading these editions of Terhune's collie stories. I was one of many who discovered these in the local library as a young reader. It was beyond moving to learn the special honor these books would help launch.
Barb Backer was a long-time Sunnybank supporter and local resident of Pompton Lakes. She was also the post office employee who answered all the letters children wrote over many decades tying to contact Terhune. Barb's replies gently explained that APT was no longer with us and would include some information on the Sunnybank park. Barb was a familiar face and popular speaker for years of Sunnybank Gatherings. I was lucky to meet her and hear her at these events. She passed away in 2016. Thanks to the Sunnybank Gathering core volunteers, these books became the inaugural titles in the Barb Backer memorial Terhune collection in the Children's section of the Emanuel Einstein Library.
Lad's world was The Place ..... also known as Sunnybank.... on the shores of Pompton Lakes in New Jersey. This link, with photos by a visitor who came from Viet Nam, gives an excellent summary of the sites at the park: https://www.waynetownship.com/terhune-park.html
"Lad: A Dog" was the best known Terhune dog story. Sam Savitt (1917-2000) was a famous equestrian artist. He was also a prolific author-illustrator of children's books. Savitt did the cover and illustrations for the 40th anniversary edition published by Dutton in 1959.(image below from Google Images).
This link on the blog shares some Savitt illustrations from the interior pages https://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2009/08/more-savitt-art-and-illustrated-terhune.html
(Image below from Google Images)
POST UPDATE OCT 1, 2011.... there's a clip on You Tube of newsreel of Terhune at Sunnybank with his dogs: (sadly, this link from 2011 was later removed from You Tube and has been inactive for several years)
more on Terhune illustrators....
Here's a closer view of the "Gray Dawn" cover by Bob Kuhn. (from Google Images)
Terhune wrote during a golden age of illustration. Several of the most highly regarded artists of this era produced images for his stories: Diana Thorne; Charles Livingston Bull, Robert L. Dickey among others.
The Von Riper Hopper house is home for this Bransom original. Bransom did several portraits of Gray Dawn for magazine stories and for books. This one shows the dog with his favorite toy, a flannel elephant.