RANSOME, Arthur (author and illustrator).RANSOME, Arthur (author and illustrator). Secret Water. London, Jonathan Cape. 1939.
8vo. Original forest green cloth lettered in gilt to spine, pictorial map endpapers in colours, lower edges untrimmed, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii], 9-380; illustrated in line throughout by Ransome; a very fresh, clean and bright copy, both externally and internally, with a pictorial bookplate to front blank, in an attractive, unclipped dustwrapper (7s 6d) with light overall dusting and rubbing and small nicking to spine ends and corners and one triangular chip (10 x 7mm) to head.
First edition. Secret Water is the eighth book of twelve in the Swallows and Amazons series and is set around Hamford Water in Essex. The story begins a few days after its predecessor We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea ends. The Swallows father tests his children's mettle by marooning them, with a dinghy, on a island. He also arranges that the Amazons come down from the Lake District with their dinghy Firefly.