Joan of Arc was the 28th title in the 561 series, colourfully written by L du Garde Peach and illustrated by John Kenney – one of the last books issued before the ill-health of Kenney put an end to this great collaboration. I had this book as a child and read it many times. There were so few important women in the Adventures in History series that any book with a woman actually on the cover was bound to seize my attention. Of course, rooting for Joan meant booing for the English – but I seem to have reconciled myself to the idea without too much trouble. In the 1970s the company was sold to the Longman-Pearson group who looked for ways to modernise the appearance of the books. From the 1970s onwards they started to reprint the earlier history books with different covers – a white cover with a picture in a blue frame. Inside, the books stayed unchanged. (Later they went on to produce completely different editions of some of the older titles – different text and illustrations. However, Joan of Arc was not one of these.
Laminated boards with the later ‘blue frame’ style. Inside the covers this is the original 1972 book. Excellent (nearly new) condition inside and out. This copy dates to the late 1980s.
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