Pictures by Morton Sale. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1932. Original dark blue cloth with walking-stick in gilt, with dust jacket.
First Edition of Buchan's highly unusual juvenile fantasy. Young Bill is given a walking-stick by a "wizened old man," and promptly sets off on a series of magical adventures -- some rather frightening. The six eerie illustrations are by Morton Sale; the American edition, published two days later, has illustrations by Arthur Becher. This tale subsequently appeared serially in the children's magazine "St. Nicholas."
Though the number of copies printed is unknown, in our experience this is a quite a scarce book. This volume is in fine condition except for a little foxing on the endpapers (only); the uncommon dust jacket, which bears a vignette version of Sale's "He sprang out of the sea" plate, is in very good condition (minor soil and foxing, one small chip not affecting lettering, short tears at the top of the joints). We have previously been unable to offer a copy in dust jacket. Blanchard A95. Item #14183