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 near fine copy, without inscription, and with faint speckling to edges of book block with a couple of small fox-marks; protected by the striking, unclipped dustwrapper (£1.30) with gentle toning, an almost unnoticeable neat closed tear (12mm) to top edge at front flap fold, now archivally repaired to the reverse, and some pale browning and marking to lower panel; a lovely copy of a difficult title.
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 (see above), and most specifically about his Tudor cottage 'Allways' at Glatton in Cambridgeshire. The first of these, Down The Garden Path, from 1932, is a classic of the genre. As well as 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 known them. This is the last of the four, preceded by The Tree That Sat Down (1945); The Stream That Stood Still (1948), and The Mountain of Magic (1950).