WILLIAMS, Ursula Moray (author). Shirley HUGHES (illustrator). Bogwoppit. London; Hamish Hamilton. 1978.
8vo. Original plum cloth lettered and decorated in gilt to spine, in pictorial dustwrapper with illustrations by Hughes to both panels; pp. [vii] + 158; with delightful line drawings throughout by Hughes; a fine copy in a near fine, slightly toned, and price-clipped dustwrapper with an adhesive publisher's paper price-sticker removed from front flap; scarce.
First edition. A scarce, late, title by this author most famous for two earlier children's classics, The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse (1938) and Gobbolino, the Witch's Cat (1942).
This is a wonderfully light-hearted story about a young orphaned girl, Samantha, who is dispatched to live with her aristocratic aunt Lady Daisy Clandorris in an imposing house, in grounds, when her guardian Aunt Lily marries the lodger and emigrates to America. Lonely and isolated in her new surroundings Samantha is fortunate enough to come across a little furry creature, previously considered extinct, a bogwoppit, in the cellar. Funny adventures ensue.