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RANSOME, Arthur Swallows and Amazons

Cape, 1930.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth with gilt titles in pictorial wraparound dustwrapper designed by Steven Spurrier. Pictorial endpapers in map design and map frontispiece by Steven Spurrier. A fine copy, very tight and clean, with very slight fading to the cloth through the dustwrapper, though remaining uncommonly bright. The dustwrapper is in very near fine condition, slightest darkening to the spine, with a small splash to the lower edge and a minor patch of abrasion to the upper panel. A remarkable copy of this fragile and uncommon book.

The first book in the Swallows and Amazons series and extremely rare in any condition.
Cape commissioned artist Steven Spurrier to illustrate Ransome's adventure story, but the author disliked the drawings so much that the book was published with only the dustwrapper, endpaper and frontispiece designs being used. Later editions were illustrated by Clifford Web and subsequently by the author himself.

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