Masefield, John

John Edward Masefield, OM, (1878 – 1967) was a poet and writer, and Poet Laureate from 1930 until his death in 1967. He is remembered as the author of the classic children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, and many memorable poems, including Cargoes and Sea-Fever.

Following the interment of his ashes in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner, the following verse was found amongst his effects:

Let no religious rite be done or read
In any place for me when I am dead,
But burn my body into ash, and scatter
The ash in secret into running water,
Or on the windy down, and let none see;
And then thank God that there’s an end of me.
The Box of Delights, 1st edn 1935 (John Masefield)The sequel to The Midnight Folk sees the young protagonist Kay Harker encounter again the malefactor Abner Brown and his gang. The jacket was designed by the author's daughter Judith, and she was also responsible for the book's endpapers using a variant of the jacket illustrations.

Jacket illustration by Judith Masefield.

ReproJacket #35-A-1, size 196.8x533mm.
The Midnight Folk, 1st edn 1927 (John Masefield)The first edition jacket from Heinemann in 1927.

ReproJacket #33-A-1, size 193.9x474mm.
The Taking of The Gry, 1st edn 1934 (John Masefield)John Masefield wrote a set of action novels centred on naval activities in the fictional South American region of Santa Barbara, also the setting for Odtaa, Sard Harker and part of The Midnight Folk. Here is the other, The Taking of The Gry in its first printing of 1934.

The illustration on the front panel and spine is an endpaper map by R H Souter.

ReproJacket #72-A-1, size 189.2x504mm.