This playscript is a re-telling of the folk tale of Rapunzel, presented from the point of view of a bewitched cat. While perhaps not one of the author's best-known titles, it nonetheless offers a tale both funny and tragic, with a procession of wildly improbable characters such as the cat (Tomlyn), a raven (Marshall), a 'nannyow' (what? who?!) a 'gobbolin', a warlock called Macpherson, and of course the witch herself.
Nicholas Stuart Gray (1922–1981) was a British actor and playwright, perhaps best known for his work in children's theatre in England, but also an author of children's fantasy - he wrote a number of novels, a dozen plays, and many short stories. His work influenced such later writers as Neil Gaiman, Hilari Bell, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Kate Forsyth, Cassandra Golds, Katherine Langrish, Sophie Masson, and Garth Nix. Perhaps his best-known books are 'The Seventh Swan' and 'Grimbold's Other World', but he often produced adaptations or continuations of traditional fairy tales and fantasy works, such as 'Further Adventures of Puss in Boots'. 'Over the Hills to Fabylon' is about a city whose king has the ability to make it fly off across the mountains if he feels it is in danger. Gray often worked with set designer and illustrator Joan Jefferson Farjeon (niece of Eleanor Farjeon) who supplied the costume and scenic designs for many productions of his plays, as well as the illustrations for most of his printed plays and for the novel version of 'The Seventh Swan'.
Our copy is in excellent condition, protected by a very good clipped dust jacket with only minor streaks on the back portion. The book itself is bound in dark olive-green cloth, with green metallic titles etc on the spine, and shows no signs of wear or use. The binding is tight, and all pages clean and bright.