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The Triumph of Tim

Horace A[nnesley] Vachell

Horace Annesley Vachell (1861-1955) was an English writer of biographies, stories and novels. This novel was first published in 1916 by George H. Doran.

The design for this jacket was commissioned in a letter dated 3rd August 1918:

We are sending herewith a novel The Triumph of Tim. Please make a circular drawing in colour suitable for a wrapper. Leave blank white border round the drawing about a quarter diameter at top and sides and half diameter at foot so that we can get lettering added here. We hope you can give us a good characteristic drawing. It is rather urgent.

Blampied sent a sketch and Edwin Jack wrote on 22nd August 1918:

We duly received the drawing but we are extremely sorry to say that we do not care for it. We do not think that anyone not having read the book would understand its significance. We should like something far more apparent and we wired you today accordingly. As the matter is urgent we trust the drawing will reach us promptly. We are very sorry to give you this further trouble.

Edwin Jack wrote on 30th August 1918:

Many thanks for new drawing. We think it will serve our purpose well. The first one struck us as being rather too eccentric. We are returning the first drawing herewith.

I wonder how it was 'eccentric'?

First edition, thus

Bibliography code: NEL-19.1

Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons

Series: Nelson's 1/6 novels Number 57

Year: [1919]

Format: 12mo

Pages: 381

Binding: Blue cloth with border and swastika in black on lower right corner; title, author and publisher on spine in black.

Size: 162 x 120 mm

Dust jacket signed: Blampied, lower left

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 1 shilling 6 pence

Printing history: not stated

Image of dust jacket

Dust jacket (click to enlarge)

Printed by: Printed in Great Britain at the Press of the Publishers

Notes: The swastika is a symbol used by several religions including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.