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Alexander the Great, 1963, Series 561

Alexander the Great was the 17th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.

This book was one of the last ever to be originally issued with a dustwrapper.

This copy:

Matt boards.  Very good condition inside and out.  Very litle wear, just a couple of scuffs on the spine and the remains of a price label (which would come off with a dab of white spirit) on the back.   The pages are very good – clean and tight.  This copy dates to around 1970 and has the original revised price of 2/6 / 12.5p on the back

 

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Captain Cook, 1958, Series 561

Captain Cook was the  was the 6th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.

The story of Cook is not as popular a topic for children’s history as they used to be.  Perhaps that’s because explorers are now bound up with the concept of empire and exploitation.  However, as this book makes clear, Cook’s skills as a navigator are a good reason to reason him as ever – and something less well known than his association with Australiasia or Oceana or whatever it’s called.  As ever, it’s a good tale, well-told and beautifully illustrated (of course).

This copy:

This matt copy is in very good condition inside and out.  Slight foxing to cover but inside the pages are nice and clean. It dates to the early 1970s and has the original price of 18p on the back

 

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Captain Cook, 1958, Series 561(DJ)

Captain Cook was the  was the 6th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.

The story of Cook is not as popular a topic for children’s history as they used to be.  Perhaps that’s because explorers are now bound up with the concept of empire and exploitation.  However, as this book makes clear, Cook’s skills as a navigator are a good reason to reason him as ever – and something less well known than his association with Australiasia or Oceana or whatever it’s called.  As ever, it’s a good tale, well-told and beautifully illustrated (of course).

This copy:

The shine you can see in the photo is from the removeable dustwrapper protector sleeve.  The DJ is not price clipped and is in nice condition but for one fault – a small repair and loss at the top of the spine panel (not shown in photo).  There’s a small line of discolouration at the top of the back DJ  panel.  Otherwise the DJ is in good shape.  The book itself is in VG condition with blue open-wing endpapers and nice, clean pages. With an open-wing Ladybird logo on the back DJ flap and as the last title listed, I believe this book to be a first edition.

 

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Captain Scott, 1963, Series 561 (DJ)

Captain Scott is the 16th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.  This title was first published with a dustwrapper.  In this colourful telling of the ill-fated voyage, writer L du Garde Peach gives a very vivid account of the trials and suffering of the party.   Every time I read it, I find myself hoping that this time it might end differently.

This copy:

This book still has its original dustwrapper (price-clipped).  It’s in very good condition inside.  The DJ is in good condition.  There’s very little wear to the DJ but a 2 inch closed tear near spine on back panel and a few other chips and creases. Inside the pages are in great condition – a neat name and adddress facing the title page.   I believe it to be a first edition and is the last title listed on the DJ back flap.

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Captain Scott, 1963, Series 561 matt

Captain Scott is the 16th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.  This title was first published with a dustwrapper.  In this colourful telling of the ill-fated voyage, writer L du Garde Peach gives a very vivid account of the trials and suffering of the party.   Every time I read it, I find myself hoping that this time it might end differently.

This copy:

Matt boards in excellent condition, inside and out.  Very little wear and clean, tight pages.  A lovely copy of a memorable – but sad – book.  This copu dates to the early-1970s and has an original price of 18p on the back.

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Charles Dickens, 1965, Series 561

Charles Dickens was the 20th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.

In this colourful telling of the life and times of Dickens, artist John Kenney has good fun illustrating some of the main characters from the Dickens stories such as Mr Macawber, Pickwick and Oliver Twist.

This copy:

Matt boards BUT it has been covered in clear plastic early in its life.  As a result, it’s in excellent condition inside and out with very nice clean pages. With a tally number of 140, I believe this to be a first edition.

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Charles II, 1965, Series 561

Charles II was the 9th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.

In this lively telling of the life of the Merry Monach, Peach also tells us the other side to the story of the English Civil War – the other side of which is recounted in ‘Oliver Cromwell’.  But this book also dwells on the years after the restitution of the monarchy, including the Great Plague, the Great Fire of London and the great re-building.

This copy:

Matt boards.  Goodcondition.  More than average wear to spine and some ticks to the back cover (see photos).  Inside the pages are nice and clean.  This copy dates to the 1960s and has the original price of 2/6 printed inside.

 

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Christopher Columbus, 1961, Series 561

Christopher Columbus was the 12th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.

The adventures of Christopher Columbus are not as popular a topic for children’s history as they used to be.  Perhaps that’s because explorers are now bound up with the concept of empire and exploitation – or perhaps because later research makes us question who really was the first person to ‘discover’ the Americas and what that actually means.  Anyway, it’s a good tale, well-told and beautifully illustrated (of course).

This copy:

Matt boards.  The covers have got a bit damp at some stage which has caused them to ripple – I think this can be seen on the photos.  This is a pity because otherwise this is a very nice copy.  Not much wear and nice, clean pages.  This copy dates to the 1960s and and has the original price of 2/6 printed inside.

 

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Christopher Columbus, 1961, Series 561 (DJ)

Christopher Columbus was the 12th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.

The adventures of Christopher Columbus are not as popular a topic for children’s history as they used to be.  Perhaps that’s because explorers are now bound up with the concept of empire and exploitation – or perhaps because later research makes us question who really was the first person to ‘discover’ the Americas and what that actually means.  Anyway, it’s a good tale, well-told and beautifully illustrated (of course).

This copy:

This copy still has its original dustwrapper (not price-clipped).  There’s a little wear head and foot of the DJ spine and a couple of grubby marks on the back panel – otherwise both book and DJ are in very nice condition. It is the last title listed on the back DJ flap so I believe it to be a first edition.

 

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Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt, 1966, Series 561

Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt was the 22nd 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.

I don’t think a great deal is known about the real Cleopatra – at least, not when this book was written – so the book is more about Ancient Egypt and the title perhaps an attempt to chip away at the obvious gender-gap in the titles of this series.  (There are so many interesting female figures in history – but the books merely reflect the curriculum and historical focus of their time so there’s no point in fretting about it now).

This book is in very good condition inside and out.  It dates to the 1960s and has the original price of 2/6 printed inside.  With a tally number of 160, I belive it to be a first edition.

 

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