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Puffin Picture Books Nos. 61 - 120

A fascinating, colourful and educational series of books for children, first published at the start of the Second World War and with some volumes continuing to be reprinted well into the 1970's.

How did this series come to be published in the war years when there were severe paper shortages and little money to be spent on books? The series was the brainchild of Noel Carrington, editor for Country Life books and described by Kathleen Hale as "a brilliant talent spotter".

A gallery of cover illustrations is presented below.

Picture Puffin Books Nos. 1 - 60

A fascinating, colourful and educational series of books for children, first published at the start of the Second World War and with some volumes continuing to be reprinted well into the 1970's.

How did this series come to be published in the war years when there were severe paper shortages and little money to be spent on books? The series was the brainchild of Noel Carrington, editor for Country Life books and described by Kathleen Hale as "a brilliant talent spotter".

A gallery of cover illustrations is presented below.

Little Grey Rabbit by Alison Uttley

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Alison Uttley is probably best known for her Little Grey Rabbit books written for children. However, during her very successful career she wrote about 120 books on various subjects for children and adults.

Her varied interests in dreams, time travel and country matters provided material for her writings, often revealing a woman of both sensitivity and perception.

Rupert Bear...

Rupert Bear annuals are probably some of the most avidly collected today. First published in an annual in 1936, Rupert has been published every year since, in varying formats.

The famous illustrator Mary Tourtel created Rupert and he first appeared in the Daily Express issue of 8th November 1920. Her husband, Herbert Tourtel, also played a part - he wrote the verses which appeared with the drawings. After failing eyesight caused Mary to retire in 1935, Alfred Edmeades Bestall took over the illustrations and also wrote the stories himself. Following Bestall, Alex Cubie took the reigns as illustrator for a short while with the stories being written by Freddie Chaplain. John Harrold began illustrating Rupert in 1980 and continued until 2007.

Stuart Trotter, illustrator of Postman Pat, Winnie The Pooh and Thomas the Tank Engine among others, now has the great responsibility of illustrating the little bear. Stuart's first Rupert annual is the edition for Christmas 2008 which also contains all new stories. Stuart admits he has been a life-long fan of Rupert and promises that the little bear will be very much recognisable as the Classic Rupert.

School Stories...

Our wide collection of School Story books including...   William by Richmal Crompton

The series of thirty-nine William books by Richmal Crompton were written over a period of almost fifty years, between 1921 and 1970. 

THE CHALET SCHOOL SERIES BY ELINOR M. BRENT-DYER

The Chalet School series contains fifty-eight titles...

JENNINGS  BY ANTHONY BUCKERIDGE

The origins of the Jennings stories can be traced back to the author's time as a schoolmaster at St. Lawrence College in Ramsgate, Kent...

Enid Blyton...

Our wide collection of Enid Blyton books including...   Famous Five

Although Blyton wrote many 'series' stories (The Mystery, Secret Seven, The Adventure, Barney, St. Clares, Malory Towers) it is the Famous Five series which appears to be the most popular. 

Secret Seven

There are 15 books in the Secret Seven Series. The first book, The Secret Seven, was first published in 1949 and the last story, Fun For The Secret Seven, appeared in 1963.

THE ADVENTURE SERIES

There are 8 books in the Adventure Series, originally published between 1944 - 1955.

Motocourse

The World's Leading Grand Prix & Superbike Annual.

Motocourse annuals are more than just pretty picture books, with detailed reports of races and background news that make them a well-respected reference work. Considered to be the 'bible' of motorcycle racing since 1976, the books are packed with stunning pictures from some of the world's best racing photographers. In the earlier editions, the emphasis was on black & white photography, but this moved towards colour over the years.

The first three volumes, from 1976/77 through to 1979/80 are becoming increasingly difficult to find and command high prices in excellent condition.

New Naturalist

The New Naturalist Library is a series of over one hundred books first issued in Great Britain by William Collins in 1945 and continuing into the 1990's with it's peak in the 50's and 60's. The series covers every aspect of British Natural History from Moles to Measles. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis painted most of the dustwrappers.

The series is worth acquiring simply for these works of art. From the subtlety of the Swallowtails for Butterflies (the first title published in 1945) to the dramatic and terrifying mole for the monograph The Mole.

The original aim was:"To interest the general reader in the wild life of Britain by recapturing the inquiring spirit of the old naturalists."

Autocourse

The World's Leading Grand Prix Annual

The Autocourse series has provided a definitive record of the racing season since 1951 (first produced in an annual format in 1959). The series provides the most complete information available, presented with entertaining articles and analysis. In addition to the wealth of information, the annuals include stunning images from the world's top motor-sport photographers.

Capturing the glamour, speed and bravery of Formula 1, the Autocourse series has become a highly collectible record that 'no enthusiast should be without'.

Annuals...

Our wide collection of annuals including....

  Beano Annuals

The Beano book No. 1 was published in 1940 and annuals have been published by D.C. Thompson & Co. every year since, shortly changing their name to The Magic-Beano Book, before reverting to the former....

Rupert Annuals

Rupert Bear annuals are probably some of the most avidly collected today. First published in an annual in 1936, Rupert has been published every year since, in varying formats.