Wednesday 11 January 2012

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss with illustrations by Harry Rountree

Already the storm had continued six days; on the seventh its fury seemed still increasing; and the morning dawned upon us without a prospect of hope, for no one on board even knew where we were. My four boys clung to me in their fright, while my wife wiped the tears from her cheeks. At this moment a cry of "land, land!" was heard through the roaring of the waves, and instantly the vessel struck against a rock so violently as to drive every one from his place; a tremendous cracking succeeded, as if the ship was going to pieces. I hurried on deck, and saw a terrible sight the crew had crowded into the boats till there was no room for us, and even as I appeared they cut the ropes to move off.

The Swiss Family Robinson Pg 1
Illustrated by Harry Rountree
This book is now sold, to find others like it please visit our website.


  1. What exceptional writing. It drew me right into the story, as it always has. I love this old cover.

  2. barbaraannefisher11 January 2012 at 17:08

    I think most decorative cloth covers are really beautiful, I’m glad you like them too as I plan to share some more in the coming weeks.

  3. I always wanted to be a part of this story. I loved tree houses and the outdoors- so I thought it would be magical. What a beautiful copy!

  4. And so once again the reader is drawn into the adventure. The only thing I hate about reading a great book is that I can never do it for the first time twice.

  5. The Desert Rocks12 January 2012 at 18:24

    One of my favorite places at Disneyland is the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House!!

  6. barbaraannefisher12 January 2012 at 18:42

    I’ve just visited courtesy of Google, it looks fantastic!

  7. barbaraannefisher12 January 2012 at 18:43

    What a great saying, I will remember it and use it often!

  8. barbaraannefisher12 January 2012 at 18:50

    Glad you like it Jess, it is pretty special.

  9. What a lovely memory! Must read it again, soon.

  10. barbaraannefisher13 January 2012 at 15:24

    There is something appealing about rereading favourite childhood books. I’ve just started Tom’s midnight garden the Swiss family Robinson is next.


I really appreciate your comment. Thank you!
Barbara xx