Publisher: Constable Young Books Ltd, London, 1963, 1st edition. Hardback with unclipped and protected dustjacket, 158 pages, many b&w illustrations by Victor Ambrus. Ex-library copy. Cover, in red boards with black titling to spine and black illustration to front, is in very good, bright condition with just a light trace of bumping to spine extremities. Internally the book is in very good, clean, firm and bright condition with clear text pages and illustrations and no tears, creases or inscriptions. Small library label on front endpaper, trace of further small removed label below, thin glue mark down edge of front endpaper beneath front flap of d/j and small trace of removed label on edge of front free endpaper. Small, faint grubby mark on page block edge. The unclipped and protected dustjacket is in good / very good and bright condition with a little light shelfwear to top and bottom edges and no tears.
Overall this is a sound and clean 1st edition copy of this gripping children's story based on the historical activities of Harry Paye (known to his French and Spanish foes as 'Arripay') the privateer who held sway along the Dorset coast in the early years of the 15th century. Profusely illustrated with atmospheric illustrations by Victor Ambrus.