The Pirate Twins
The Pirate Twins

NICHOLSON, William (author and illustrator). The Pirate Twins.

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NICHOLSON, William (author and illustrator). The Pirate Twins. London, Faber and Faber Ltd. [1929].

Landscape royal 8vo. Original pictorial boards, illustrated to both covers, pictorial pastedowns, without the very elusive dustwrapper; pp. 28; with delightful coloured plates throughout and text in printed calligraphic font; a near fine copy in unusually clean and sharp condition, both externally and internally, without ownership marks, and with only a touch of abrasion to lower edge of upper cover; scarce.
First edition. Following the success of Clever Bill, published three years earlier, William Nicholson began work on two more children's books, the sequel to the above, Lucky Susan, and this title, which has become his best loved. The idea derived from a pair of the artist's black socks which were made into stocking dolls by his daughter Nancy. These characters are discovered inside a seashell on the beach by Mary (from Clever Bill) and cared for and educated by her until they abscond, leaving a carefree note, "Don't Worry, Back Soon".