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SECTION A: Books written, co-written or translated by Robert Graves


a. First edition:

[whole has four children, dog and cat in pink and black, one child holding bow across bass viol, inside which nine lines:] THE | PENNY | FIDDLE | Poems for | Children | by | Robert Graves | Illustrated by | Edward Ardizzone | [remainder below viol.:] Cassell London

Collation: [A]8 B–D8, 32 leaves.

p.[1] The Penny Fiddle; p.[2] blank; p.[3] title-page; p.[4] publisher’s, copyright, publication and printer’s notices; p.[5] To | TOMÁS, | on his eighth birthday; p. [6] blank; p.[7] Contents; pp.8– [64] text and illustrations, with pp.[9–10, 12, 14–5, 17–18, 21–22, 24–26, 28, 30, 32, 34–35, 39, 41–42, 46, 49, 53-54, 56–58, 61, 63–64] being unnumbered.

21.5 × 16.3 cm. Bulk: 0.6/1.0 cm. White wove paper; all edges trimmed. White wove endpapers. Bound in green cloth-simulated boards; front and back blank; spine stamped in gold, bottom to top: CASSELL [decorative device] The Penny Fiddle [decorative device] ROBERT GRAVES

Price: 12s.6d. Number of copies: 6,238. Published 10 November 1960 in white dust-jacket printed in black, green, pink and light blue. In the jacket of the first impression the back flap is blank and the spine of the jacket is printed in black on a pink background.

Contents: The Penny Fiddle – Allie – Robinson Crusoe – The Six Badgers – One Hard Look – Jock o’Binnorie – What Did I Dream? – Lift-Boy – Henry and Mary – Dicky – Love Without Hope – The Hills of May – In the Widerness – ‘The General Elliott’ – Vain and Careless – The Forbidden Play – The Bedpost – The Well-Dressed Children – The Magical Picture – The Alice Jean – A Boy in Church – How and Why – Warning to Children

Notes: Impression: 2nd, September 1961 (3,067copies). Printed in Great Britain.

This book has been translated into Russian.

A92b. American issue ([1961]):

Title-page as A92a, except below viol: DOUBLEDAY & COMPANY, INC. | Garden City, New York

Collation: [1]–[4]8, 32 leaves.

Remainder as A92a, except p.[4] publisher’s emblem and copyright, printing and edition notices.

23.3 × 15.5 cm. Bulk: 0.5/1.1 cm. Paper as A92a. Bound in green cloth; front blank; back stamped with white publisher’s emblem in lower right corner; spine stamped in white, top to bottom: ROBERT GRAVES THE PENNY FIDDLE DOUBLEDAY

Price: $2.50. Number of copies: 9,000 (including 3,000 institutional). Published 8 September 1961 in dust-jacket as A92a.

Notes: This issue uses slightly brighter colours and darker inking than A92a. Printed in the United States.

The intuitional binding referenced above is a reinforced binding of blue cloth pictorially printed in black, orange and white on the front cover in a design which reproduces the front panel of the dust-jacket; back: [all within a single rule square with rounded corners, at lower right:] [3 lines in black:] Doubleday | Prebound | Edition; spine: [down spine, in black:] The Penny Fiddle by Robert Graves Doubleday

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