First edition, first printing. Publisher's original beige / light brown cloth with titles and illustration in dark brown to the upper board and spine, without dustwrapper. Top edge brown. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece by Howard Leigh and 6 full page drawings in black by Jack Nicolle. A very good copy, the binding firm with a little bumping at the extremities, the cloth clean with a little darkening at the spine. The contents are without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps with some spotting to the prelims and margins throughout. The brown top stain remains vivid as called for but the previous owner has added a blue hue to the closed fore-edge.
The correct first issue of the first edition (48mm wide at the thickest point of the spine and without asterisks to the half title).
Stock code: 18581