SUTCLIFF, Rosemary (author). C. Walter HODGES (illustrator). The Eagle of the Ninth. London; Oxford University Press. 1961.
8vo. Original publisher's royal blue cloth, black spine label lettered gilt; pp. [viii] + 255 + [i]; portrait frontispiece, map, and illustrations in line by Walter Hodges; both externally and internally near fine, with a neat contemporary inscription, dated 1961, to front free endpaper, protected by a fine, unclipped dustwrapper (10s 6d); a scarce title in first or early edition.
Early edition; first published in 1954. This minor children's classic is set in Roman Britain in the 2nd century, following the construction of Hadrian's Wall, and is an historical adventure novel. A young Roman officer, Marcus Flavius Aquila, endeavours to discover the fate of his father who was dispatched to northern Britain as a member of the Ninth Legion, which was subsequently annihilated by rampaging native tribes.