Author: Graham Greene
Publisher: London, Max Parrish, 1950
First edition, inscribed, “With love to Greta and Ragnar from Graham.” Inscribed copies of any of Greene's books for children are uncommon.
The second of four children’s books in Greene’s and Craigie’s collaboration. They had met in 1938 when Greene was looking for a place to write and finally rented a room in Dorothy’s and her mother’s house. The love affair that started there lasted throughout the war, in which they served together as air-raid wardens during the London blitz.
Oblong 8vo., original pictorial boards, without dust wrapper. Extremities just a little rubbed otherwise a very good copy.
Ragnar Svanström (1904-1988), Swedish historian and literary director, was the long-time contact of Greene at Norstedts Publishing House in Stockholm. He edited the ‘Introduction to Three Novels’, published by Norstedts in 1962. The friendship that developed between Greene and Svanström, and his wife Greta spanned many decades. Their correspondence is kept at the Royal Library in Stockholm.