Perkin the Pedlar 1932 First Edition by Eleanor Farjeon illustrated by Clare Leighton - abcedarian - children's stories - English towns


Title: Perkin the Pedlar

Author: Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrator: Clare Leighton

Description: First Edition. White, blue and turquoise pictorial cloth boards. Light general soiling to boards. Minor soiling on a few scattered pages, else unmarked. Dust jacket has spot of soiling on rear panel; lightly chipped at a couple of its corners; front flap is price clipped and has the remains of a sticker; in an archival mylar sleeve. Illustrations throughout by Clare Leighton, including eight color plates. 205, [1] pp. 9 x 6.5 inches.

A children's abecedarian of English towns.

In the English village of Zeal Monachorum there were twenty-six children, all very learned and clever, but who could not recite their abc's. That is, until Perkin the Pedlar, footsore from wandering all over Britain, tells the kids charmingly absurd tales about how twenty-six places got their names: Appledore, Blower's Green, Chipping Norton, Downderry, Edenbridge, etc. Perkin tells stories about his experiences in the towns, each accompanied by a poem which notes the county in which it is located (''H is for Honeybourne in Gloucestershire'').

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) was an English author of children's stories and plays, poetry, biography, history and satire. Following her death, the Eleanor Farjeon Award was established by the Children's Book Circle for outstanding contributions to the world of British children's books.

Clare Leighton (1898-1989) was an English illustrator, well known for her wood engravings, and the first woman to produce a book on this technique.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good

Publisher: Faber and Faber Limited
Place: London
Year: 1932

Keywords: Clare Leighton, peddler, abcdedarian, abecedarian, abcdarian, children's, geography, British,

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