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TREASE, Geoffrey

Red Comet

Moscow: Co-operative Publishing Society of Foreign Workers in the U.S.S.R., 1936

Small 8vo, pp. 211. Original cream boards, lettered in black to front panel and spine. Maps ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]"we've got something to get on to".' [Kimberley Reynolds, Firing The Canon! Geoffrey Trease's Campaign For An Alternative Children's Canon In 1930s Britain].

Trease sought to write for children in a way which would stimulate their intellect as well as their imagination. George Orwell was a fan, and in a book review published in Tribune he wrote of Trease: 'He is that creature we have long been needing, a 'light' Left-wing writer, rebellious but human, a sort of P.G. Wodehouse, after a course of Marx.' The historian Philip Grierson took Treece seriously, too, and lists Red Comet in his Books On Soviet Russia 1917-1942 (1943).

Red Comet was published by Lawrence and Wishart in the UK in 1937, but this is the true first edition, issued in English but published in the USSR in 1936. It is extremely scarce: we can find no copy in any UK institutional library, and only four worldwide (Yale; Amherst; Neilson Library and Staatsbibliotek Berlin). The presence of the dustwrapper on this copy, well-preserved and in good order, makes it truly rare.

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