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Five Children and It

E[dith] Nesbit

This is one of 11 dust-jackets designed by Blampied for new editions published in 1923 of novels and stories by E. Nesbit, a prolific and famous children's writer. The panels of nine jackets are pasted into Blamped's personal album of wrappers, two of which are known only from this album. Four more titles by E. Nesbit were later reprinted by Fisher Unwin, but not with a jacket designed by Blampied. At least two of these later titles, The Magic City and The Wonderful Garden, have a jacket signed Nick, which is the diminuitive used by John Nicolson, a close friend of Edmund Blampied.

The 11 books with jackets designed by Blampied were reissued by T. Fisher Unwin until they merged with Ernest Benn Limited in 1928, who continued to use the same jacket design into the 1940s. While it would be nice to show the first use of the jacket design, the jackets of books for children do not always survive, so I have shown the jacket of the best edition, which may be the Benn edition, if that's all I have. It may not be exactly the same as the first impression, so I have shown the panel of the jacket from Blampied's personal album, which is assumed to be the first impression to use his design. According to notices in the Press the publishers issued a free illustrated booklet in 1923 to advertise the 11 titles in the uniform series.

E. Nesbit (1858-1924) was a writer and socialist. In 1880 she married Herbert Bland and with him was one of the founder members of The Fabian Society. Bland died in 1914 and she married in 1917 Thomas Terry Tucker.

Sixth impression to 13th impression

Bibliography code: TFU-23.6

Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin, then Ernest Benn Limited

Series: E Nesbit's Children's Stories

Year: 1923

Format: 8vo

Pages: xiii, 301

Binding: Blue cloth with title and author impressed and picture of children and the psammead; title, author and publisher in gold on spine.

Size: 190 x 130 mm approx

Dust jacket: signed Blam to right of boy

Internal illustrations: Frontispiece and seven line drawings by H.R. Millar

Price: 6 shillings in 1923 (from adverts)

Printing history: First published 1902; 6th impression in 1923; 7th impression in 1924; 13th impression in 1941

Printed by: not known

Notes: The 7th impression (1924) does not have a colour frontispiece by Blampied; the 13th impression of 1941 (Ernest Benn) has the coloured frontispiece

Image of dust jacket

Dust jacket of the 7th impression of 1924 (click to enlarge)

Image of dust jacket

Panel of jacket from Blampied's personal album (click to enlarge)