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The Blue Lagoon

H[enry] de Vere Stapoole

H. de Vere Stacpoole was an Irish writer, most famous for this novel, The Blue Lagoon, which has been made into a film several times. The story concerns cousins, a boy and a girl, who are marooned on a desert island and come to maturity without any knowledge of sex but manage to have a baby together, a boy they call Hannah because it's the only other name they know. The berries of the arita tree figure prominently.

According to letters in the Nelson Archive, Blampied designed a jacket for another novel by Stacpoole, The Reef of Stars in Nelson's Continental Library, but the design has not been seen.

25th impression onwards

Bibliography code: TFU-21.4

Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin

Series: Unwin's 2/- Novels

Year: 1921 (assumed)

Format: 16mo

Pages: 253

Binding: plain blue linen cloth impressed with Cleopatra's needle and a sphinx either side; title, author and publisher in black on spine; plain rear boards

Size: 180 x 117 mm

Dust jacket: signed Blam, lower left

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 2 shillings

Printing history: First edition, 1908; 25th and later impressions, 2/- net

Printed by: The Mayflower Press, Plymouth. William Brendon & Son, Ltd

Image of dust jacket

Dust jacket (click to enlarge)

Notes: This jacket has been seen on the 25th edition of this title dated 1921, priced at 2 shillings. I have copies of the 28th and 29th impression with the same dust jacket, also priced 2 shillings.