Title: The Sword is Drawn
Author: Andre Norton
Illustrator: Duncan Coburn
Description: Signed by author on title page. First edition (same date on title and copyright pages). Reddish-orange cloth boards stamped in black. Very light wear to ends of spine and tips of corners. Small soil spot on fore-edge of text block. Bookseller label at foot of front paste-down, else interior is clean and unmarked. Illustrated endpapers (flaming sword). Dust jacket has sticker-blemish abrasions on front panel; spine a bit toned and has some scuffs; wear along edges; small chips at fold-corners; not price clipped ($2.00); in clear archival sleeve. Dust jacket art, color frontispiece, and four full page b/w illustrations by Duncan Coburn. viii, 178,  pages. 8 x 5.5 inches.
The first of Norton's three ''Lorens Van Norreys'' Dutch espionage novels set in and just after World War II. The story, told in part through a series of letters, was inspired by and intended to promote goodwill and understanding around the world through letter-writing, which at the time had been disrupted by the war, specifically with those in Axis and Axis-occupied countries. Beginning in Nazi-occupied Holland, in June 1940, this adventure novel's action spans the continents, from Europe to Java and Australis to the United States, wherein young Lorens and his network seek to recover a priceless family heirloom amidst the hardships of wartime, evading Germans, struggling with the Japanese, and working in tandem with an American friend.
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Good+
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company - The Riverside Press, Cambridge
Keywords: Duncan Coburn, Lorens Van Norreys, fiction, novel, WWII, espionage, young adult, YA,
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