A First Edition, [First Printing] of 'Great Northern?' by Arthur Ransome in Very Good condition in a Good condition dust jacket published by Jonathan Cape Limited in 1947.
First Edition, [First Printing]
—Book edition identified by:
1) publisher's imprint information states 'First published 1947' and 2) no later editions or printings stated in the publisher's imprint information. Dust jacket edition identified by
: 1) priced 9s on the front flap and lower panel, 2) plot description on the front flap and 3) Picts and Martyrs the last book on the lower panel. [References:
Arthur Ransome: A Bibliography [Winchester Bibliographies of 20th Century Writers] by Wayne G. Hammond, reference A36a and A Ransome Book-Case by John Cowen, page 98].
A tidy copy, in a reasonably tidy dust jacket.
All notable faults:
Book has light to moderate foxing on the page ends. Dust jacket has minor chipping on the corners and edges, a few closed tears and some light creasing.
Ransome, Arthur [Mitchell] Illustrator: Arthur [Mitchell] RansomeArthur [Mitchell] Ransome (1884 to 1967)
—English author and journalist, born in Leeds and best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books (Swallows and Amazons, Swallowdale, Peter Duck, Winter Holiday, Coot Club, Pigeon Post, We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea, Secret Water, The Big Six, Missee Lee, The Picts And The Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All and Great Northern?). He was also the author of forty or so other titles including other children's books, fishing books, sailing books and books on politics.
Octavo 203 mm (7 7/8 inches) by 145 mm (5 3/4 inches). [vi], 352, 7 to 351 and [i (illustration)] printed pages in publisher's original green cloth with gilt 'Great Northern?', 'Arthur Ransome', Jonathan Cape Limited logo on the spine and blind-stamped 'Great Northern?' on the upper board, in dust jacket. Contains full page black and white illustrations, 22 black and white in-text drawings and colour map endpapers by Arthur Ransome.
Jonathan Cape Limited, London, 1947 Jonathan Cape Limited
—(Founded in 1919) British publisher founded in 1919 by Herbert Jonathan Cape (1879-1960), the son of a builder who started as an apprentice in the book trade. The company was initially named Jonathan Page and Company (Page was his mother's maiden name) and this changed to Jonathan Cape in 1921. Its best known books and authors are probably: T. E. Lawrence, Arthur Ransome, the later Roald Dahl books, Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano, Fitzroy Maclean's Eastern Approaches, the James Bond series by Ian Fleming and more recently Anita Brookner, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Salman Rushdie. It is currently an imprint of Random House.
Swallows and Amazons Number Twelve Swallows and Amazons
—A series of 12 (Swallows and Amazons, Swallowdale, Peter Duck, Winter Holiday, Coot Club, Pigeon Post, We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea, Secret Water, The Big Six, Missee Lee, The Picts And The Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All and Great Northern?) children's books by English author Arthur Ransome, named after the title of the first book in the series. They involve the outdoor adventures of children, most notably John, Susan, Titty, and Roger Walker, Nancy and Peggy Blackett and Dick and Dorothea Callum. They portray an idyllic, yet also realistic, depiction of childhood adventure set in the 1930s. The series contains 12 books. The first book was originally published in 1930 and the last book was originally published in 1947. Titles in the series are: 1) 'Swallows and Amazons', 2) 'Swallowdale', 3) 'Peter Duck', 4) 'Winter Holiday', 5) 'Coot Club', 6) 'Pigeon Post', 7) 'We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea', 8) 'Secret Water', 9) 'The Big Six', 10) 'Missee Lee', 11) 'The Picts and the Martyrs: Or Not Welcome at All', 12) 'Great Northern?' and 13) 'Coots in the North (Unfinished)'.
Dick's bird watching discovery turns the cruise of the Sea Bear into a desperate chase to prevent a bird collector finding and removed eggs from the nest of the Great Northern. The last in the series, based around the Outer Hebrides.
There are twenty nine chapters
1) 'The Sea Bear', 2) 'Feeling Her Way In', 3) 'Putting Her on Legs', 4) 'The First Discovery', 5) ''we Are Being Stalked'', 6) 'First Sight of the Birds', 7) 'Is it or Isn't It?', 8) ''He's Still There!'', 9) 'Cross Purposes', 10) 'Mutiny Aboard', 11) 'The Egg-Collector Cooks His Own Goose', 12) 'Waiting for a Chance', 13) 'Giving Him the Slip', 14) ''I've Got to Have a Hide'', 15) 'Interrupted Netting Party', 16) 'A Good Look-Out', 17) 'Enemies Afloat and Ashore', 18) 'Night Visit to the Island', 19) 'A Clear Coast for Dick', 20) 'The Decoys', 21) 'The Red Herrings', 22) 'The Round-Up', 23) 'Ship's Naturalist', 24) 'Unwanted Rescuer', 25) 'Roger's Dull Day', 26) 'The McGinty Listens to Reason', 27) 'Too Late!', 28) ''But What Has He Done with the Eggs?'' and 29) 'Quick Quick'.
Full page illustrations include
'Scrubbing the Sea Bear', 'Mac'S Chart of the Cove', 'Into the Mist', 'How Legs Work', 'A Page From Dick's Notebook', 'Dick Goes Off to the Lochs', 'Another Page From Dick's Notebook', 'In the Cabin of the Pterodactyl', 'Mr Jemmerling Comes Aboard', 'The Searchlight', 'Portage', 'Great Northern Diver', 'Peggy at the Cross - Trees', 'The Sleeping Beauty', 'So Far, So Good…', 'In the Hide', 'Too Close a View', 'Map Showing Their Tracks', 'A Hand at His Collar', 'Roger at the Prison Door', 'The MacGinty and His Prisoners', 'Capsize of the Folding Boat' and 'Farewell to the Sea Bear'.
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