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The Swiss Family Robinson : Illus by Charles Folkard : Johann David Wyss 1934

The Swiss Family Robinson : Illus by Charles Folkard : Johann David Wyss 1934

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THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON

With illustrations in colour and b&w by Charles Folkard

Published by J M Dent, London, 1934. Hardback, pictorial cloth binding, 8vo, pp viii, 454. with 12 colour plates plus 23 b&w illustrations in text.

CONDITION
A well-preserved antique copy. The covers are in good condition with some light grubbiness to the rear board. Inscription to front endpaper. All contents present including all 12 colour plates. Pages good throughout. Light age-toning to the outer margins of the half-title and title page. A couple of the b&w illustrations have been coloured in with crayon to some degree of skill. Overall a good sound copy in good condition.

The Swiss Family Robinson is a novel by Johann David Wyss, first published in 1812, about a Swiss family of immigrants whose ship en route to Port Jackson, Australia, goes off course and is shipwrecked in the East Indies. The ship's crew is lost, but the family and several domestic animals survive. They make their way to shore, where they build a settlement, undergoing several adventures before being rescued; some refuse rescue and remain on the island.

The book is the most successful of a large number of "castaway novels" that were written in response to the success of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719). It has gone through a large number of versions and adaptations.
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