Illustrated by Trevor Stubley
Macdonald and Jane’s, 1979. First edition.
Hardback; 145 x 220 mm; black boards with titles in gold on spine; 102 pages. Original unclipped dust jacket.
The book is in good condition. The binding is sound but the book is slightly cocked. The dust jacket has a circa 5 mm tear from the bottom of the back flap into the back cover, and a small tear at the bottom of the spine of the jacket. The edges of the jacket have some bumping, and staining along the edges visible on the inside of the jacket. There are dog-ears at pages 7/8 and 73/74. There is some foxing to the edges of the leaves visible when the book is closed.
The "Captain Cobwebb" books are a series of 11 children's novels written by Gordon Boshell between 1967-1980. The main characters in the book are David and Toby Green, two brothers, who live in Dingle Down village, and their Uncle Septimus Cobwebb, aka "Captain Cobwebb".
In this book when Captain Cobwebb suspects that a plot is being hatched to seize the country of Saranda and that the people of the World Below are involved, he calls for the help of his nephews, David and Toby Green. One of the prime movers behind the plot is the wicked inventor of “Life Essences For Instant Change of Form”, and when he crosses swords with David and Toby he discovers just how effective his magic drops are. In this fast-moving, fun-filled fantasy adventure, transport is by invisible means, idols talk (and eat), boys are definitely not boys, and pigs really can fly!
In addition to the entertaining plot, there are delightful illustrations by the accomplished artist and illustrator Trevor Stubley executed in black and white. They can only add to the enjoyment of this book.