Title: Once Upon A Time: An Adventure
Author: Vaughan Wilkins
Illustrator: Unknown
Year: 1949 (First Edition)
Binding: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Book Condition: Like New
Jacket Condition: Excellent

 

Description: Adapted from the inside flap: "How can we succinctly describe this picaresque story of 1949, involving a royal escapade of long ago, a vanished treasure, and a missing lady?
Who is the heroine? The girl of long ago about whose fate Queen Victoria was sufficiently concerned to sponsor a rescue expedition? The gallant, lovely and untruthful Spicey? Tanis who wept because her husband did not die, who wilfully destroyed her employer's dentures and the reputation of a monk?
Who is the hero? The earnest young soldier from Louisiana, parachuted during manœuvres into the heart of a strange adventure? Or that eternal rebel, that chameleon-like pirate, Warrack, connoisseur of women and wine, who had an inflatable rubber stomach and lost part of an ear one midnight at the foot of a village war memorial?
These are questions which readers will ask, but must be left to answers for themselves when they emerge from this most exuberant and eventful of all Wilkins' novels."

The jacket is unclipped (12s. 6d. net) and in very good condition. Its only flaws are some scuffing along the top of the spine and some light marks on the rear. The rest of the book is in the same condition in which it left the publishing house 60 years ago: spotless. Crimson boards with gilded silver text on the spine.

Measures 19.5 cm × 13 cm (7.8″ × 5.2″). 8vo. 450 pp.

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