*Childrens’ Books: A final update to our haul from this quirky sidebar in publishing history this week. ‘Blitz Books’ is a generic name for various publishers’ series of miniature books (approx 8.5 x 12 cm, usually around 16-32 pages, and published 1940-1944), these booklets helped distract children in air-raid shelters and Underground stations during bombing raids over London. They became known as ‘Blitz Books’, and, like many publications from the years of World War II, are quite scarce, particularly in as nice condition as the examples we have here. Four from the Pocket Series, including my personal favourite of all the ones we’ve been featuring: not just a ‘Walking Skeleton’, but a walking skeleton carrying a suitcase – great stuff! Illustrated text stories with colourful, evocative covers. None of these have ever passed through our hands before, and probably never will again. It’s been great fun.
PICTURED: POCKET SERIES ALL SOLD
#41 RAILROAD BOSS FN £8
#42 THE WALKING SKELETON FN £8
#44 SECRET OF FOX RANGE FN £8
#48 HOPALONG AVENGES THE SHERIFF FN £8