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Arthur Ransome catalogue

the Swallows and Amazon series featuring sailing and exciting adventures for children in the 1940s - when they had lots more freedom than modern children

All hardbacks with dust jackets published by Jonathan Cape London
featuring map end-papers and many b&w illustrations by the author & Nancy Blackett

updated 22nd October 2016


#1 Swallows and Amazons
The first of a fantastic series - currently being filmed for BBC TV with Titty's name changed to Tatty.
The Swallows are John, Susan, Titty and Roger who go on a sailing/camping holiday in the middle of a large lake ON THEIR OWN. Once you get over the shock of such freedom it's a great story as they take on Nancy and Peggy, the Amazons, in an all-out competition.


1993 Red Fox fat paperback in very good condition, not ex-library, looks unread. There are no names, clean cream pages, tight binding with uncreased spine and clean stiff card covers. Black & white drawings by the author with help from Captain Nancy.
RAN056 AU$8


#2 Swallowdale
The second of this fantastic series - currently being filmed for BBC TV with Titty's name changed to Tatty.
The Swallows are back camping on Wild Cat Island but the Amazons are confined to barracks by the advent of Great-Aunt who insists on frocks and nice little girls sitting down for afternoon tea.


1965 reprint hardback with dust jacket both in very good condition.
There are no names, cream pages, tight binding and clean green board covers. Clipped dustjacket has no marks.
Map end-papers and b&w drawings.

RAN102 AU$18



 


#3 Peter Duck
The Swallows and Amazons sail to Crab Island with Captain Flint and Peter Duck, an old sailor, to recover buried treasure. During the voyage the Wildcat (Captain Flint's ship) is chased by another vessel, the Viper, whose piratical crew are also intending to recover the treasure.

1964 reprint hardback with dust jacket both in good condition.
There are no names, cream pages, tight binding and clean green board covers.
Clipped dustjacket has a small chip missing top back and pale stains, tanning on spine. Map end-papers and b&w drawings.

RAN103 AU$18


 

 


#4 Winter Holiday
The Swallows and Amazons are joined by a third set of major characters in the series, the Ds — Dick and Dorothea Callum.
The series' usual emphasis on boats and sailing is largely absent, as the story is set in the winter.
Instead, the children's activities focus on ice skating, signalling with semaphore and morse code and sledging.

 


#5 Coot Club
Dick and Dorothea Callum visit the Norfolk Broads during the Easter holidays, eager to learn to sail and thus impress the Swallows and Amazons when they return to the Lake District later that year. Along with a cast of new characters, Dick and Dorothea explore the North and South Broads and become 'able seamen'.

1964 reprint hardback with dust jacket both in very good condition.
There are no names, cream pages, tight binding and clean green board covers.
Clipped dustjacket has no marks.

RAN105 AU$20


#6 Pigeon Post
This book is one of the few Swallows and Amazons books that does not feature sailing. All the action takes place on and under the fells surrounding the Lake, as the characters attempt to discover precious metals in the Lake District hills.

 

#7 We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea
The Swallows promised Mother they'd keep the boat within the harbour - but circumstances conspired and before they knew it they were out on the North Sea. John kept his head and steered them to Holland but it was a close-run thing.

1958 reprint hardback in very good condition without dust jacket.
There are no names, cream pages, tight binding and clean green board covers.

RAN107 AU$12


#8 Secret Water
This book brings the Swallows and the Amazons together and introduces a new group of characters, the Eels and the Mastodon. Ransome used to sail to Hamford Water, an area of tidal salt marshes and low-lying islands, in his yacht Nancy Blackett. He set the book here to offer his characters new opportunities to explore and make maps in a different landscape.
The ship's baby is now a character in her own right.


1962 reprint hardback with dust jacket both in very good condition.
There are no names, cream pages, tight binding and clean green board covers.
Clipped dustjacket has no marks.

RAN108 AU$18


#9 The Big Six
Dick and Dorothea Callum, known as the Ds, return to the Norfolk Broads where they renew their friendship with the members of the Coot Club. This book is more of a detective story as the Ds and Coot Club try to unravel a mystery that threatens the Death and Glory's freedom to sail the river.




#10 Missee Lee
The Swallows and Amazons are on a round-the-world trip with Captain Flint aboard the Wild Cat. After the Wild Cat sinks, they escape in the Swallow and Amazon, but are separated in a storm. Both dinghies eventually end up in the lair of the Three Island pirates, where they are held prisoner by the unusual Missee Lee, the leader of the Three Island pirates.

1957 reprint hardback with dust jacket both in good condition.
It is ex-library with an Institute Library sticker on the half-title page, cream pages, tight binding and clean green board covers. Clipped dustjacket has slight chipping at spine ends.

RAN110 AU$18


#11 The Picts and the Martyrs - or Not Welcome At All
The Ds have been invited to stay at Beckfoot at the start of the summer holidays while Mrs Blackett has been sent on a cruise for her health. However, when Great Aunt Maria finds out that the Blackett girls have been left at home, she decides to come and take care of them. She is unaware of the Ds' visit. Nancy insists that the Ds' holiday will not be spoiled and that they will learn to sail the Scarab, a dinghy their father has bought for them. So they move out to the Dog's Home, a small hut in the woods, and become secretive Picts while the Blacketts are martyrs to the Great Aunt.

 


#12 Great Northern?
The Swallows, Amazons and Ds are all on a sailing cruise with Captain Flint in the Outer Hebrides. While the older members of the party clean the boat before returning her to the owner, the younger ones explore inland and a mysterious bird is seen nesting on an island in a loch. The question arises whether it is a Great Northern Diver, which has never been known to nest in the British Isles, or a Black-throated Diver.

1966 reprint hardback in good condition with dust jacket in very good condition.
It is ex-library with usual stamps; cream pages, tight binding and clean green board covers. Clipped dustjacket has no marks, back flap cut short.


RAN112 AU$18

  - and now for something completely different:


Rod and Line - tales of a fishing enthusiast
A collection of entertaining articles on fishing originally written for the Manchester Guardian in the 1920s, before Ransome started to write the Swallows and Amazons series.
Ransome is a true amateur: his pleasure lies in the self-indulgence of browsing in a tackle shop, in swapping fishing stories at the fireside of a cosy inn or in fishing a remote trout stream on a sunny day.

1982 reprint a paperback in good condition.
There are no names, clean tanned pages with darker edges, tight binding and clean stiff card covers with a photo of Michael Hordern who played Arthur Ransome in the 1980 TV series.

RAN116 AU$10