Peter Duck.London, Jonathan Cape, 1932 Stock Code: 122906
NotesFirst edition, first impression, together with an autograph postcard from the author to a young fan, "I am glad you liked them. And thank you for NOT asking questions. Best wishes for fair weather! Arthur Ransome". The postcard, postmarked 4 July 1945 from Coniston, features a printed border of Swallows and Amazons illustrations by Ransome. The recipient, Brian Field-Hyde, was a 12-year-old student at Tettenhall College, Wolverhampton, and a keen sailor who later joined the committee of Penarth Yacht Club. He had evidently written to the author to express his appreciation of the Swallows and Amazons series - the majority of which were published by this point - and share his love of sailing. This is the third book in the Swallows and Amazons series, and the first which Ransome himself illustrated.
Octavo. Original green cloth, title to spine and front cover in gilt, illustrated endpapers. With the dust jacket designed by Clifford Webb.
Black and white illustrations by the author.
A fine copy in the unusually bright and sharp dust jacket, spine just faintly toned, panels slightly soiled and a little rubbed, couple of short closed tears to edges, spot of abrasion to rear panel, but overall presenting very nicely.
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