Swallows and Amazons - Jonkers Rare BooksSeller Rating:. Mass Market Paperback. First Puffin Edition. G, Edgewear, tear, creases, staining, ink gift inscrption, browning. Children's adventure. Illustrated by the Author with help from Miss Nancy Blackett.
Swallows and Amazons
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First edition, It all began in when Ransome and his wife Evgenia met up with their friends, the Altounyan family, who were staying with their Collingwood grandparents at Coniston in the Lake District. The two families bought a couple of dinghies, named Swallow and Mavis later renamed Amazon , and Ransome elected to teach the five children to sail. In the spring of therefore he presented a synopsis and 50 pages of Swallows and Amazons to his publishers, Jonathan Cape, who were enthusiastic about him continuing. Upon receiving the completed typescript in April , Cape turned to Steven Spurrier to illustrate the book and he produced at least 23 drawings in addition to a title-page vignette and two maps, but Ransome disliked the drawings so much that only the dustwrapper, endpaper and frontispiece designs were retained for publication. Despite his reservations about the illustrations, Ransome was hugely excited about the prospect of the impending publication.
For the Walker children, sailing the boat Swallow to an island for a camping trip is a fantastic adventure. But soon they find themselves under attack from the fierce pirates of the Amazon, Nancy and Peggy. And so begins the battles, alliances and discoveries in a summer like no other. Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in l and went to school at Rugby. He was in Russia in l, and witnessed the Revolution, which he reported for the Manchester Guardian.