King Arthur's Sword

LE CAIN, Errol (author and illustrator). King Arthur's Sword.

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Le Cain's first book

LE CAIN, Errol (author and illustrator). King Arthur's Sword. London; Faber and Faber Limited. 1968.

4to. Original pictorial boards with wrap-around design, pictorial endpapers, in repeat dustwrapper; pp. [24] + [i]; illustrated throughout in bold and vibrant colour; externally very nice with light shelf-wear to bottom edges of boards and abrasions to forecorners and head and heel of spine; internally nice with one or two very light marks and marginal evidence of page-turning, protected by a pleasing, unclipped dustwrapper (21s.) with some wear including fraying to narrow spine ends and short tears, abrasions with small loss to forecorners, and some short edge tears (longest 30mm) with tape repairs to the reverse; rather scarce
First edition of Le Cain's first published book.
Errol le Cain (1941-1989) made his first animated "short" at the age of fourteen and continued a career in graphic design for advertising and film. He also worked on set design for the BBC. In 1968 he published this, his first illustrated book for children, commenting at the time that this foray into the field “made me aware of the scope and possibilities in children's books and now I am convinced this is the medium for me”. He went on to illustrate forty-eight books for children and won the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration in 1985 for Hiawatha's Childhood, after two previous nominations.