NICHOLS' OWN COPY, INSCRIBED
NICHOLS, Beverley (author). Robin JACQUES (illustrator). The Wickedest Witch in the World. A Story for Children of All Ages. London; W.H. Allen. 1971.
8vo. Original ivory paper-covered boards, boldly lettered in gilt to spine, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [iv], 5-191; with full-page plates throughout in line by Robin Jacques; a very fresh clean copy in crisp, unclipped dustwrapper (£1.30) with no wear but some overall toning.
First edition. This work is more commonly found as a Knight Reader, issued at the end of the 1970s. The author, essayist, journalist and playwright John Beverley Nichols was a huge celebrity in his day and became a much-loved public figure who was probably best known for his writings about gardening. Alongside mystery novels, works of non-fiction, plays, and newspaper and magazine articles, Nichols wrote four wonderful children's books which are adored by those who grew up with them. This is the last of those, preceded by The Tree That Sat Down (1945); The Stream That Stood Still (1948), and The Mountain of Magic (1950).