King John and the Magna Carta was the 27th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney. This book was never issued with a dustwrapper – at least, not until the facsimile editions started to appear in around 2015.
In this colourful telling of the life and times of bad King John, writer L du Garde Peach and artist John Kenney seem to be enjoying themselves – both text and illustrations dance along in lively fashion. Yet the long-running collaboration between these two men was coming to an end. They would go on to illustrate only two more books together.
This book is in excellent condition. There’s a small scuff on the back cover but otherwise it’s as nice a copy as you’re likely to find. The pages are very clean and tight – they barely appear to have been opened. This is an early edition, tally number 260. Originally priced at 15p, which dates it to the early 1970s