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Richard Adams Alan Aldridge THE SHIP'S CAT First Edition

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First edition, first print hardback of the Adventures & Brave Deeds Of The Ship's Cat On The Spanish Maine, published by Jonathan Cape Ltd in 1977
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First edition, first print hardback of THE SHIP'S CAT The Adventures & Brave Deeds Of The Ship's Cat On The Spanish Maine: Together With The Most Lamentable Losse Of The Alcestis & Triumphant Firing Of The Port Of Chagres, a narrative poem by Richard Adams and delightful illustrations by Alan Aldridge with Harry Willock. Published by Jonathan Cape Ltd., London in 1977.

The book is in near fine condition with only very light shelf wear (Clean pictorial laminated boards with black & white lettering on front and spine). No dust jacket as issued. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

Richard George Adams, an English novelist best known as the author of Watership Down. He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, and they insisted he publish it as a book. When Watership Down was finally published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Watership Down has become a modern classic and won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1972. To date, Richard Adams' best-known work has sold over 50 million copies worldwide. In 1974, following publication of his second novel, Shardik, he left the Civil Service to become a full-time author. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1975.

English artist, graphic designer and illustrator Alan Aldridge first worked as an illustrator at "The Sunday Times Magazine.'' After doing some freelance book covers for Penguin Books, he become the art director of Penguin Books. In 1968 he moved to his own graphic-design firm, INK, which became closely involved with graphic images for the Beatles and Apple Corps. During the 1960s and 1970s he was responsible for a great many album covers, and helped create the graphic style of that era. He designed a series of science fiction book covers for Penguin Books. He made a big impression with his illustrations for the Beatles Illustrated Song lyrics. He also provided illustrations for "The Penguin Book of Comics", a history of British and American comic art.

The Ship's Cat - A brilliantly illustrated picture book which describes the adventures of an anthropomorphized Elizabethan ship's cat.

"The Ship's Cat is introduced as a patriotic swashbuckling crewmember of the English privateer Alcestis. After attacking a lone Spanish ship, the Alcestis is defeated by Spanish reinforcements and its crew taken as captives to the Panamanian port of Chagres. The Ship's Cat is initially imprisoned, but the gaoler's daughter takes pity on him and has him released to serve in the gaoler's kitchen...

Africa. A nasty civil war. Some hopeless do-gooders, cranky mercenaries and an orphan boy. Two decades later the question is who saved whom."

Unpaginated. With full page colour illustrations throughout.

ISBN: 0 224 01441 2

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    1837
  • Weight:
    0.5kg