Hannibal was one of the last Ladybird books to be written by L du Garde Peach and one of the last to be issued with a full-page colour picture. It was the 38th book in the series. It was illustrated by Frank Humphris. Because this book dates from the period that Ladybird was sold, it was only issued with this cover for a very short period. Under new owners who were keep to ring the changes, later versions of this book have the blue framed cover. Only the first edition has the traditional style cover – and is now quite rare.
This matt copy has the revised style cover. It has one obvious fault which can clearly be seen in the photos – some pen marks on the cover. This is a pity because, these marks aside, the book shows little wear externally and has very nice, clean pages. It dates from the late 1970s and has the original price of 40p on the back.
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