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The Fearless Treasure.

a story of England from then to now. Illustrated by Dorothea Braby.

Published: London: Michael Joseph, 1953

Stock code: 111015

Price: £125

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First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the half title verso, “This is as much yours as mine bless you. Thank you, much love Noel.” This book comes from the library of June Allen, Streatfeild’s amanuensis and proof-reader – a nice association. Streatfeild states in the jacket blurb, “I wrote The Fearless Treasure for the same reason that I wrote my first book for children, Ballet Shoes. When I was a child, I wanted a book about stage children, and there was not one so Ballet Shoes was, in effect, a present from the grown-up me to the child me. When I was a child I wanted a book which was so far removed from a school history book, and yet was about England’s history, that even I would read it without being told to. The Fearless Treasure is an attempt to give the child me that history book.”

Octavo. Original brown cloth, red titles, top edge dyed red, illustrated endpapers. With the dust jacket. Illustrations in the text. Very minor rubbing to tips, an excellent copy in the jacket which is faded to spine and has some rubbing to the extremities.

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