Joy Is Not Herself

[EXORCISM]. LEE, Josephine (author). Pat MARRIOTT (illustrator). Joy Is Not Herself.

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[EXORCISM]. LEE, Josephine (author). Pat MARRIOTT (illustrator). Joy Is Not Herself. London; Jonathan Cape. 1962.

8vo. Original brown linen-textured linson boards, lettered cream to spine, double-page map endpapers, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [x], 11-159 + [i]; with wonderful full-, and half-page line illustrations by Pat Marriott; a fine copy bar speckling to book block, protected by an attractive, unclipped dustwrapper (12s. 6d.) with tanning to spine, toning to lower panel, and nicking (with some associated lateral creasing) to head; unsurprisingly very scarce indeed.
First edition. One of the most unlikely subjects ever for a children's book; a young girl, Melisande, is recognised as a witch. Her mother considers it a passing phase, her father that she's a 'late developer'. As the situation intensifies and Melisande begins to demonstrate her worst, her siblings realise that it is up to them to exorcize her and deliver back their little sister.
~i~Only 2 copies of the first edition on Copac (BL and Trinity, Dublin) together with a Knight Reader of 1974 and 2 copies of later edition (possibly also the Knight Reader, complete with ISBN number, which was introduced in 1967).