NICHOLSON, William (author and illustrator). The Pirate Twins. London, Faber and Faber Ltd. .
Landscape royal 8vo. Original pictorial boards, pictorial pastedowns; pp. 28; with bold coloured plates throughout and text in calligraphic font below; an unusually nice copy with some overall dust-soiling and rubbing to boards with occasional small marking and spotting; internally very good with the printed ownership panel to front pastedown uncompleted; internally generally very nice indeed with a couple of light marginal marks; scarce.
First edition. Following the success of Clever Bill, published three years earlier, 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". The book was issued in three editions: a limited one of 300 copies and a trade edition; with a much more restricted edition of only 60 copies issued in 1930.