The Stone Book
Etchings by Michael Foreman
Collins, London, 1976. 1st edition.
Signed by the author on the recto of the front free endpaper.
Hardback; 140 x 205 mm; orange boards with titles in gold on spine; blind-stamped device on front cover; 61 pages. Original unclipped dust jacket.
The book is in good condition. The binding is sound and tight. The dust jacket is somewhat tanned with bumping, a few closed tears, and tanned internally with a little foxing. Bumping to the bottom of the spine of the book. Top edge foxing.
The Stone Book Quartet, or Stone Book series, of which The Stone Book is the first, is a set of four short novels by Alan Garner and published from 1976 to 1978. Set in eastern Cheshire, they feature one day each in the life of four generations of Garner's family and they span more than a century. In a 1989 interview he called them "four very short novels which hang together as one work, called The Stone Book Quartet, where again I write about Alderley Edge, luminously but not magically”. The allusion is to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequels (1960, 1963, and 2012), which concern the locale of Alderley Edge, although not the village itself.
Michael Foreman is a British author and illustrator, one of the best-known and most prolific creators of children's books. He won the 1982 and 1989 Kate Greenaway Medals for British children's book illustration, and he was a commended runner up five times. For his contribution as a children's illustrator he was UK nominee in 1988 and again in 2010 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books.