Elizabeth Fry, 1973, Series 561


Elizabeth Fry was the 30th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and it was the first of the History books to be illustrated by Roger Hall.  John Kenney was originally commissioned to illustrate it but sadly, his ill-health caused him to bow out of his amazing partnership with Peach; both men died soon after.  This book was never issued with a dustwrapper.

Fry was a character much more talked about when I was young than she is now – despite her recent sojourn on a bank note.  I suppose pious Victorian reformers are out of fashion.  But she did amazing work and I’m glad Ladybird wrote about her, even if the book didn’t sell as well as many.  (There are so many interesting female figures in history that Ladybird didn’t cover and growing up with Ladybird I was always on the look out for the women 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 excellent condition inside and out – very minor edge wear with lovely crisp, tight pages.   With a tally number of 320 and originally priced at 24p I believe it to be a first edition.


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Weight 0.11 kg