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Roger Hall

Roger Hall was born in 1914. He began his career at a tender age, painting publicity images for front of house displays in cinemas from the age of 15.  He was a self-taught artist and would spend his weekends studying…

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Trivia

Stranger than fiction

I was contacted last week by the Secretary of the Leicestershire History Society who wanted a piece on Leicester-born artist John Kenney for their newsletter.  (To Ladybird Book lovers, Kenney is best known for illustrating most of the History series…

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Artists, writers etc, History

The evolution of Tootles

Last month I had a truly Ladybird-Geeky treat.  I met up with Ladybird artist John Kenney’s closest surviving relative and, over a very pleasant lunch, enjoyed the pleasure of talking with someone who shares my passion for these pictures and…

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Ladybird book Artists

Interviews and information on Ladybird Book artists, writers and any other figure who played a significant part in the Ladybird Books story. Most of these biographies have been provided to me directly by the family of the individual, although occasionally…

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Ladybird books: the artists

Ladybird books: who were the artists? Click here for bio and information on specific artists There won’t be many of us who grew up in Britain between the 1950s and 1980s who don’t have some memory of Ladybird books. Over…

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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.  Light wear externaally and the pages are very good – there’s a tiny bookseller label on the front endpapers.  This copy dates to the 1960s and has the original price of 2/6 on a label inside.

 

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Alexander the Great, 1963, Series 561 (DJ)

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:

This copy still has its original, unprice-clipped, DJ, which is in very good condition – a little chipping to the edges and light soiling to back dj flap.  Inside the book itself is in VG condition.   Last title listed on the back DJ flap, I believe this to be a first edition.

 

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