MASEFIELD, John (author). The Midnight Folk. A Novel. London: William Heinemann Ltd. 1927.
8vo. Original mid blue cloth gilt, top edges blue, lower edge uncut, preserved in pictorial lithographed dustwrapper; pp. [vi], -327; externally near fine with an almost unnoticeable circular impression in blind to upper board and faint dusting to edges, internally equally fresh and crisp throughout, protected by an unusually attractive, unclipped dustwrapper (7s. 6d.) with toning and spotting to lower advertisement panel, a vertical crease to upper panel (barely noticeable from above), a short closed scarf tear to bottom edge of the same (19mm), now expertly repaired to the reverse, and rubbing to extremities with a little tiny nicking.
First edition. The Midnight Folk is John Masefield's lasting contribution to children's literature. It, along with its sequel The Box of Delights (1935), contains an extravagant mix of talking animals, witches, highwaymen, grotesquely wicked governesses, villains, and archetypal and legendary characters, all introduced at breakneck speed. The books reflect an adult desire to re-enter the secret world of childhood. We are reminded how Alice's diminished size in Carroll's Wonderland, although leaving her vulnerable to humiliation by a caterpillar and a puppy, does win her entry into the magic rose garden.