RANSOME, Arthur. (author and illustrator). Secret Water. London, Jonathan Cape. 1939.
8vo. Original forest green cloth lettered in gilt to spine, pictorial map endpapers, lower edges untrimmed, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii], 9-380; illustrated in line throughout by Ransome; both externally and internally near fine with only slight spotting to front endpapers, in an attractive, unclipped dustwrapper (7s 6d) with overall dusting and rubbing, toning and abrasions to spine with some marking to foot and small chipping, and surface wear, to spine ends.
First edition. Secret Water is the eighth book of twelve in the Swallows and Amazons series and is set around Hamford Water in Essex. The story begins a few days after its predecessor We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea ends. The Swallows father tests his children's mettle by marooning them, with a dinghy, on a island. He also arranges that the Amazons come down from the Lake District with their dinghy Firefly.