Loughborough: Willis & Hepworth, 1968. First Edition. Octavo. (18 cm.) 54 pp. Pictorial orange paper boards with text in black and white and Ladybird logo on front and verso, like text on spine. Very minor foxing to edges of text block. Book exceptionally bright and clean. A Near Fine example. Item #66
For more than 100 years there have been Ladybird books. Originally published as classsic stories and informative books for school-aged children, the mini-hardback format was born from paper restrictions during World War II. This ingenious little format with the text extending to the pastedowns (including the cheap price) did not change for 30 more years. By 1968, the once prominent art of cursive handwriting had been (and still remains) on the decline for some time. This particular book was authored by Tom Gourdie, who was received into the British order of chivalry for his work in the art of calligraphy. Handwriting examples and excercises printed in both black and red. #684 in the Ladybird series.