A rather unusual Johns book in that the story can be summarised in one sentence - sixteen year old Malcolm Macallan has his American friend, Franklin Macpherson, to stay at his remote Highlands home and Malcolm shows him the sights and wildlife of the Scottish Highlands, also pointing out the dangers.
Johns lived in Scotland from 1944 to 1953, staying at the Richmond Arms Hotel in Tomintoul for long periods initially, then leasing Pitchroy Lodge on the Ballindalloch Estate from around May 1947. This book contains details of his intimate knowledge of Scotland, because of that there is much more to this book as it gives an excellent picture of life in a remote part of Scotland.
This first edition copy has a dust jacket which, although chipped on the edges and a little distressed at head and foot of spine, with a few closed tears, also moderately age soiled, remains colourful and in very good condition for its age. The block is tight and, although the edges are foxed all text pages are clean, with clear text and crisp b/w line illustrations. The gilt vignette on the green front board remains bright, as does the gilt titling on the spine.