(New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927). 241 x 191 mm. (9 1/2 x 7 1/2"). 3 p.l., 372 pp. First Printing with these Illustrations.
Original black publisher's cloth, front cover with large color illustration on paper by Stafford Good (as issued), illustrated endpapers, original (price-clipped) pictorial dust jacket. With 10 color plates by Stafford Good. Dust jacket with small losses at spine ends and corners, one page with inconsequential tear in fore margin, otherwise a fine copy, the binding unusually clean and bright.
Marryat's 24th work and the last he saw published tells the story of the four orphaned Beverley children after their wealthy father dies fighting for the Royalists in the British Civil War. Disguised as the forester's grandchildren, the youngsters hide in a cottage where they experience adversity and embrace simplicity. The British novelist and children's writer Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) served in the military before writing books, many of the earliest about sea life, including "Peter Simple" (1834) and "Mr. Midshipman Easy" (1836). Stafford Good (1888-1969) was an active illustrator in the Wilmington-Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, area in the 1920s and '30s and studied with N. C. Wyeth. Later, he graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and designed illustrations for "Scribner's" and "Lippincott's" magazine, and created covers for "Country Gentlemen" and "The Saturday Evening Post." (CAB07078)
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PJP Catalog: 63.217