The Folk of the Faraway Tree. Inscribed to the front endpaper: "Joy, love from Enid Blyton".The recipient was Joy Irene Maud Clark, who was born in 1937, the daughter of ironmongers (Isabella and Cecil Clark) in Beaconsfield where Enid Blyton used to shop. Blyton became friends of the family, inscribing numerous books for Joy over the course of a decade or so, and was sufficiently close as to send Mrs Clark a letter of condolence on the death of her husband in 1947.
The book is reasonably firmly bound in red cloth, lettered in faded and tarnished gilt, the boards are somewhat marked, stained and rubbed, the spine is faded and the extremities bumped. The text block is age toned and slightly dusty, with minor cracking at points, there are short closed tears to the edges of some pages, page 43/44 has a long closed tear extending from the bottom to within 3cm of the topturn with care! , Joy has neatly coloured in some of the Dorothy Wheeler illustrations, with her usual subtle and considered colour selection, there are also neatly written numbers and fractions in pencil at the bottom of quite a few pages and she has highlighted some words in blue ink to page 15.The third title in Blyton's much loved Faraway Tree series, and rare as a first edition, with inscribed copies being scarcer still, particularly so with information regarding the provenance. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "frost555uk" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, United States, Ireland, Canada, Australia.