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.
Tenth impression to 17th
Bibliography code: TFU-23.4
Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin, then Ernest Benn Limited
Series: E Nesbit's Children's Stories
Binding: Blue cloth with title and author impressed and picture; title, author and publisher in gold on spine.
Size: 190 x 130 mm approx
Dust jacket: signed Blam behind legs
Internal illustrations: Frontispiece of same illustration on dust jacket with line drawings by Arthur Buckland and John Hassall
Price: 6 shillings in 1923 (from adverts)
Printing history: First published 1901; 10th impression in 1923; 17th impression in 1941
Printed by: not known
Notes: The 17th impression had a price of 4/6d
Dust jacket of the 17th impression of 1941 (click to enlarge)
Panel of jacket from Blampied's personal album (click to enlarge)