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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 but for the remains of a small sticker on the cover (this would come off with a dab of white spirit).  Not much wear and very nice, clean pages.  It dates to the early 1970s and has the original price of 15p 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 Cook, 1958, Series 561(DJ) (pristine)

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 book still has its original dustwrapper (not price-clipped).  It as nice a copy as you are going to find – it would suit the fussiest of collectors and I can’t believe I’m selling it!.  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 (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 (not price-clipped).  Both book and DJ are in ver good condition.  The DJ has some rupping and a closed tear to the toop edge and the spine panel is sunned.  The pages are VG.

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 copy dates to the early-1970s and has an original price of 15p 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 in good condition only.  The boards are a little grubby as are the back endpapers and there’s also a little faint foxing.  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.  This book would be in good condition but for signs that somone once spilt their tea on it: the first text pages is effected and so too, to a lesser extent, are the preliminaries (see photos).  A pity because otherwise the reading pages are very good.  This copy dates to the 1970s and has the original price of 15p on the back.

 

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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.  A very nice copy in very good condition.  Not much wear and clean, tight pages (the small mark on the spine isn’t as noticeable as it looks in the photo).  This copy dates to the 1960s and has the original price of 2/6 on the back.

 

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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.  This copy is in good condition externally and VG internally. 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, edge wear and a closed tear to the back panel.  There’s a name to the front dj flap and some brown marks to the page tips (see photos).  It is the last title listed on the back DJ flap so I believe it to be a first edition.

 

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