£75.00

Publisher

Oxford University Press.

Place

[London]

Date

1948

Item Description

FIRST EDITION. Oblong 4to. 11.25 x 9 inches. Unpaginated. [32] pp. Title page in green and black. In pictorial stiff card wrapper. A little edge wear to wrappers, but otherwise a very good copy. Copy lacks dust wrapper with identical design to boards. Illustrated throughout by coloured plans and drawings including frontispiece and reproduction of OS map symbols. A charmingly written and illustrated account of the journey of John and Joanna (and Rover, the farm dog) from Two Tree Farm to Dumbleford Fair. The idea is to teach the children the art of map reading so that they may navigate their route using the Ordnance Survey map. On their way they encounter all sorts of topographical and historical features identified by the cartographic symbols displayed inset on each page. We see a gypsy encampment on the common, churches, a windmill, a river ferry, a ruined castle and abbey, lakes, farms and woods, the railway line, a station and a level crossing, a youth hostel, an airport with the planes identified, and finally the fair and busy market town at their destination. Henry James Deverson (1908-72) and the artist and illustrator, Ronald Lampitt (1906-88) co-operated on other books, including The Open Road (1962). Lampitt designed railway posters and illustrated magazines and nine Ladybird books up to 1972. A nostalgic survey of the English countryside as it was just after the war.

[Stock No. 26341]

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