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Young April

Egerton Castle

Egerton Castle (1858-1920) was an author, antiquarian, and swordsman. This novel was first published in 1899 by Methuen.

The jacket design was commissioned by Edwin Chater Jack in a letter to Blampied in Jersey dated 21st November 1916:

We are sending you another book Young April by Egerton Castle. At your convenience please send us a sketch for the cover of this book. It is for the 9d series, same style as The Image in the Sand. I think the book will appeal to you. It would be well to keep the different designs as strikingly different from each other as may be possible.

First edition, thus

Bibliography code: NEL-17.7

Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons

Series: Nelson's 9 penny novels

Year: [1917]

Format: 16mo

Pages: 377, 6 pp ads

Binding: Red cloth with impressed letters N and L within a wreath; title and author in gold on spine, impressed letters N and L within a wreath and Nelson's Library impressed at base

Size: 161 x 109 mm

Dust jacket signed: Blampied, lower left within wheel

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 9 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: It is interesting to note that the same title listed on the back of the jacket is by Agnes and Egerton Castle whereas the published novel was by Egerton Castle, alone. The colours of the jacket may have faded. My copy was bought from a bookseller in Canada. It has a sticker on the front pastedown for J.F. Patterson, Druggist and Stationer, Almonte, Ont.