Can you imagine my delight when I spotted this at a recent antique’s fair? Previously, I’d only seen pictures in the Bookfinder magazine and on the internet.
The Wee Web goes so far as to count it among the 'rarest of the rare' and states “This is a true collector's item to any Ladybird enthusiast with first editions swapping hands for "£100+." Having just checked on the internet, I can only find two first editions with dust jackets one priced at £225 and the other at £270, so I think prices have moved on a bit since the article was written.
This copy is a third edition published in 1955 complete with dust jacket. I like Ladybird books and have a few in my collection, but I’ve decided to sell this one. It’s not one I had as a child so it’s not really one I want to keep, although it’s very pretty, and I’m tempted! Prices for the 3rd edition vary - £85 for a poorish copy to £172 for a very good copy so I am offering this copy for sale on my website at £125, but I’m always open to offers! View full details here
The cover is quite muted and very different from most Ladybird books, but as soon as you turn to the first page, you find the familiar bright and beautiful colour illustrations.
It’s a super story;
getting bored waiting for the milkman to drink his tea Mary and John end up riding off with Horace the impatient horse and the milkman’s milk float! Together they succeed in winning a race, help to put out a fire and win ‘best horse’ in an army parade. They eventually find their way back home just as the milkman is finishing his tea. All the milk is lost but the prizes and accolades make up for it, and Horace’s reward is an early retirement.
The Impatient horse; story by George Murray and illustrations by Xenia Berkeley. Ladybird Series 538.
Have you got a favourite Ladybird book? Do you collect Ladybird books?