London: Country Life, 1939. Large 8vo. First edition. Original quarter green cloth over pictorial boards. Illustrated from cover to cover by the author. Boards a little rubbed and marked with slight wear to tips and spine ends. Ink inscription on fly. Title page somewhat browned. A few pencil letters rubbed out on several pages and some scattered fingerprints. Two pages towards the end with short closed tears. Very good +. Item #3402
The author's first published book was issued just as the Second World War began and struggled to find an audience. As a consequence, most copies were unsold and remained in a warehouse which was destroyed by a Luftwaffe bomb in 1940. This copy has a note at the beginning, 'Evacuated Infants at Storrington'. Storrington is at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex. Scarce.
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