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Richard the Lion Heart 1965, Series 561

Richard the Lionheart is the 19th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney and was one of the last Ladybird books to be originally published with a dustwrapper.  In this colourful telling of the life of Richard, writer L du Garde Peach makes it clear that he was not a fan of ‘the Lionheart’.  It is one of the least sympathetic portraits of any of the books written by Peach.

This copy.

Matt boards.  In good/very good condition.  Some edge wear especially to spine.  Nice clean pages.  It dates from the around 1970s and has the original price of 2/6 revised to 12.5p printed on the back.

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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:

Very good condition.  A small mark on the front cover (see photo) and on the title page – otherwise a very nice copy with nice clean pages.  This book dates to the late-1960s and has an original price of 2/6 printed inside.

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Oliver Cromwell, 1963, Series 561

Oliver Cromwell is the 15th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.  In this colourful telling of the life of Cromwell, writer L du Garde Peach gives a very positive portrait of the main character, supported by Kenney’s lively illustrations.  If you remember from childhood Kenney’s picture of the young Cromwell fighting with the young Charles, you’ll find it very hard later on to accept that this is just a story and never actually happened.

This copy

In very good condition inside and out.  Owner’s name and school class in pen top of title page.  It dates to the early 1970s and has the original price of 15p on the back.

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Marco Polo, 1962, Series 561

Marco Polo is the 13th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.  The earliest versions of this book were issued with a dustwrapper.

This copy:

This is a matt edition.  It’s in very good condition inside and out but for a small nick to the spine.  The pages are lovely and clean.  It dates from the late 1960s and has the original price of 2/6 printed inside.

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Kings and Queens of England, Book 2, 1968

The second of the two ‘Kings and Queens’ books of the 1960s, written by L du Garde Peach. This title was later revised – first to give it a new-look cover and then subsequently it was completely re-written and re-illustrated (taking away just about all of its considerable charm in the process).  But this copy is the original.
The vivid, startling illustrations are by Frank Hampson. All the other history books of this era (Series 561) are illustrated by John Kenney.

This copy:

Matt boards, Kings and Queens of England, book 2.  Good condition generally.  Extra shelf-wear to the back cover.  A cancelled name and pink smudge to endpapers. Reading pages generally pretty clean.  It dates from the early 1970s and has the original price of 15p printed on the back.

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Kings and Queens book 1

Kings and Queens of England, Book 1, 1968

The first of the two ‘Kings and Queens’ books of the 1960s, written by L du Garde Peach. This title was later revised – first to give it a new-look cover and then subsequently it was completely re-written and re-illustrated (taking away just about all of its considerable charm in the process).
The vivid, startling illustrations of the original version are by Frank Hampson. All the other history books of this era (Series 561) are illustrated by John Kenney.

This copy:

Excellent condition, inside and out.  This copy dates from the late-1960s and has the original price 2/6 stamped on the back

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James I and the Gunpower Plot, 1967, Series 561

James I and the Gunpowder Plot.  One of the later titles in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney.

This copy:

This matt edition dates from the early 70s. It’s in very good condition inside and out – not much external wear and nice clean pages.  It has an original price of 15p on the back.

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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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