A Key Children's Title
Serraillier, Ian ~ The Silver Sword ( With The Correct First Issue Wrapper )
Jonathan Cape 1956
The First UK Printing published by Jonathan Cape in 1956. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. It would be fine except for mild spotting to the text block, paste-downs and end papers. The pages remain clean apart from one or two spots to the page edges. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. It is the correct First Issue. Mild edge-wear with a little loss a the spine ends. Mild toning to the spine and the flap edges. Closed tears to the lower front edge and at the folds. Mild toning and spotting to the rear cover. The C. Walter Hodges wrapper artwork ( reproduced as the colour frontispiece ) looks very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. A very presentable copy and scarce to find as such in this condition. 'One of the most remarkable children's books since 1945' (Oxford Companion to Children's Literature). The Silver Sword, has become a classic, bringing to life the story of four refugee children and their search for their parents in the chaos of Europe immediately after World War II.
CONDITION: Very Good++
JACKET: Very Good++