RANSOME (ARTHUR) Swallowdale, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE KELSALL FAMILY "For the Kelsalls from the Ransomes with particular thanks for the Parrot's contribution to this book, to say nothing of Desmond's & Richard's, Nov. 2. 1931", Jonathan Cape, 1931

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Lot 186
RANSOME (ARTHUR)
Swallowdale, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE KELSALL FAMILY "For the Kelsalls from the Ransomes with particular thanks for the Parrot's contribution to this book, to say nothing of Desmond's & Richard's, Nov. 2. 1931", Jonathan Cape, 1931

Sold for £ 2,000 (US$ 2,471) inc. premium
RANSOME (ARTHUR)
Swallowdale, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE KELSALL FAMILY "For the Kelsalls from the Ransomes with particular thanks for the Parrot's contribution to this book, to say nothing of Desmond's & Richard's, Nov. 2. 1931", frontispiece, illustrations and colour-printed map endpapers by Clifford Webb, coffee stain on pp.416/7, publisher's blue cloth, worn, joints frayed, pictorial dust-jacket from a 1932 edition (unclipped, extremities of spine repaired, the head with piece approximately 40 x 25mm. provided in pen facsimile), preserved in purpose-made solander box, 8vo, Jonathan Cape, 1931

Footnotes

  • FINE PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE KELSALL FAMILY A WEEK AFTER PUBLICATION, in which Ransome specifically thanks the children of the family, Desmond and Richard ("Dick"), and their parrot for their "contribution to the book". It was they that signed the fictional ship's papers, as reproduced as a full-page illustration on p.16. Richard ("Dick") recalled that "we made ship's papers for Swallowdale. We had a parrot, a grey and red one. We put two pieces of paper round a broomhandle, and covered one of them with a mixture of soot and paraffin. Then we got the parrot to grip first the black one and the white one with its claws" (quoted in Hardyment, Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint's Trunk, 1984, pp.50-51).
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RANSOME (ARTHUR) Swallowdale, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE KELSALL FAMILY "For the Kelsalls from the Ransomes with particular thanks for the Parrot's contribution to this book, to say nothing of Desmond's & Richard's, Nov. 2. 1931", Jonathan Cape, 1931
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