The Three Railway Engines

Railway Series no. 1

AWDRY, Rev. W.

AWDRY, Rev. W. The Three Railway Engines Railway Series no. 1

Ward, 1945.

First edition, first issue. 12mo. Original beige cloth with green titles in original yellow pictorial dustwrapper. Signed by the author on the title page. Illustrated throughout in colour by William Middleton. A good copy, spine and endpapers renewed. In a good dustwrapper, which is clean and bright, with a large chip to the rear panel, no lettering is lost.

The first book in the immensely popular Thomas the Tank Engine series, with stories featuring Edward, Gordon and Henry. "'It all began,' says Wilbert [Awdry], 'when Christopher caught measles...'. Like so many of the best books written for children the first book in the Railway Series, The Three Railway Engines, began as a story to please one particular child." (Brian Sibley - The Thomas the Tank Engine Man).
The story was well received and Awdry looked for a publisher. It was a few years and a good few rejections later that they came to the notice of Edmund Ward, a small printer from Leicester who agreed to publish the book 'in good class style at a later date'.

Stock ID: 36403

£1,500.00

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