Bimbo and Topsy [with] ALS from Blyton regarding a fan's cat
Bimbo and Topsy [with] ALS from Blyton regarding a fan's cat
Bimbo and Topsy [with] ALS from Blyton regarding a fan's cat

BLYTON, Enid. Bimbo and Topsy [with] ALS from Blyton regarding a fan's cat.

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BLYTON, Enid Bimbo and Topsy [with] ALS from Blyton regarding a fan's cat. London: George Newnes Limited, 1943.

8vo., original publisher's green cloth, titles gilt to upper cover and spine; original full-colour dust jacket illustrated by Lucy Gee; pp. [vii], 8-192; some fading and pushing to extremities of boards; near-contemporary ownership name and date to ffep; pages a little toned, with one small spot to rear paste-down; jacket clipped, but interestingly retaining price of 5'-net; a little shelf worn all over, with creasing along folds and some minor chips and nicks to the extremities, particularly head/foot of spine; still retaining much of its brightness; a very good example.
First edition. The story of Bimbo the kitten and Topsy the puppy, which follows their mischevous adventures and features Enid's own daughters, Gillian and Imogen.
[together with]
Original ALS from Blyton to a young female reader regarding the child's asthma, and her concerns that she may have to part with her beloved cat Sinbad; two-sided, on Blyton's Green Hedges headed notepaper; 13.5 x 17.5cm approx.); written in black ink and dated December 7th 1943; originally folded twice, slightly split along the folds, with diagonal tear neatly repaired with tape, and some light spots.
In the letter, written in the same year that Bimbo and Topsy was published, Blyton responds to a young reader who has voiced her concerns that her asthma has been caused by dust, pollen, feathers, or cats. Blyton writes: "why don't you try eliminating one thing after another, leaving Sinbad until the last?... It would be worth trying anyway, to save Sinbad. I would love to have him but I can't with our dogs". She ends: "Don't worry too much about everything -things will probably turn out alright in the end. Love to you from Enid Blyton".
A charming and engaging letter from the children's author, showing her desire and willingness to engage with her young fans, despite her own strained - and less-than-perfect - relationship with her own daughters.

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