Stanley, Diana

During the 1939-45 war, Diana Stanley (1909-75) lived in London working as an engineering draftswoman and endured the Blitz. On one occasion, while staying with a friend, who managed a bookshop near Victoria Station, the glass front was shattered in an air-raid. On the protective canvas that replaced the glass, Diana painted lively cartoons. They proved to be so popular that she was besieged with requests to do the same for other shops all over London.

Her artistic career could have come to an end had it not been for her determination: while on firefighting duty, her right arm was badly injured. She was taken to hospital and was treated by a surgeon, Professor Aubrey Pannett who was later to become her husband.

After operations and a skin graft, movement with her right arm remained restricted, but undeterred, Diana learned to draw with her left hand and was able to hold a London exhibition of her works in 1945. She won royal approval when a later exhibition was visited by Queen Mary, who commissioned her to paint a watercolour of Greenwich.

Diana lived in Basingstoke, Hampshire, and died in July 1975
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The Borrowers Afield, 1st edn 1955 (Mary Norton)This is the jacket for the first printing of Mary Norton's second book about the Borrowers. Now Arrietty, Homily and Pod have to leave their home and experience the perils of travel.

Jacket illustration by Diana Stanley.

ReproJacket #37-A-1, size 201.2x487mm.
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The Borrowers Afield, 1st edn 1956 (2nd printing) (Mary Norton)There's little difference in this second issue jacket; the text placement has changed slightly, and the flap content is a little different.

Jacket illustration by Diana Stanley.

ReproJacket #37-B-1, size 201.2x487mm.
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The Borrowers Afloat, 1st edn 1959 (Mary Norton)The saga continues in a wet way now, as our Borrowers sail away downstream to start a new life in a model community.

The top of the front flap retains a production error, a cocked-up space within the book's title.

Jacket illustration by Diana Stanley.

ReproJacket #73-A-1, size 202.6x458mm.
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The Borrowers Aloft, 1st edn 1961 (Mary Norton)Arrietty Goes Ariel now, in a daring escape from the model village where the size-challenged family has been feeling increasingly vulnerable.

Jacket illustration by Diana Stanley.

ReproJacket #81-A-1, size 202.2x495mm.
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The Borrowers, 1st edn 1952 (Mary Norton)The Borrowers was the book which in 1952 introduced Arrietty and her parents Pod and Homily. It was followed by other titles which sent the borrowers Afield, Astream and then Aloft. Our jacket is the first issue from 1952.

Jacket illustration by Diana Stanley.

ReproJacket #4-A-1, size 203.1x480mm.
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The Borrowers, 1st edn 1956 (4th printing) (Mary Norton)This jacket is the 4th issue from 1956. The flap and back panel content has changed, and the spine text has shifted a little.

This jacket is price-clipped.

Jacket illustration by Diana Stanley.

ReproJacket #4-D-1, size 203.1x480mm.