Tresilian, Stuart

Cecil Stuart Tresilian (1891-1974) was born in Bristol, and studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art, where he taught for a time (instructing students that include the famous Charles Keeping). Later he was accepted to study at the Royal College of Art.

During World War I he was a prisoner of war in a German camp, drawing throughout his incarceration. These drawings are now exhibited in the Imperial War Museum. An accomplished graphic artist and book illustrator, he famously illustrated Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and associated works. His characters for these books were based on drawings from the London Zoo. He also illustrated Biggles in Borneo by Captain W E Johns.
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The Castle of Adventure, 1st edn 1946 (Enid Blyton)Following The Island of Adventure of 1944, Enid Blyton continued her immensely popular Adventure series with The Castle of Adventure in 1946. The four children plus the parrot Kiki are joined by a gypsy girl, Tassie, and a fox cub for Philip as they encounter strange happenings at a remote and ruined castle. Secret passages are a cornerstone of this series, and here we have them in Spades. Note the super-wide flaps, unusual in this series and changed for later impressions.

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #46-A-1, size 201.9x520mm.
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The Castle of Adventure, 1st edn 1963 (9th printing) (Enid Blyton)The drawn elements of the artwork appear to have been retouched by this stage, and the base colours used in the painted elements have changed; for example, the mid-brown colour used for the undergrowth is now a dark blue.

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #46-I-1, size 201.1x505mm.
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The Circus of Adventure, 1st edn 1952 (Enid Blyton)The four children are off to foreign parts again, encountering a circus and a mysterious castle with the requisite complement of secret passages and tunnels.

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #63-A-1, size 201.9x484mm.
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The Circus of Adventure, 1st edn 1966 (5th printing) (Enid Blyton)Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #63-E-1, size 202.7x464mm.
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The Island of Adventure, 1st edition 1944 (Enid Blyton)This was the first of Blyton's Adventure books, which was to grow into one of her best-loved series. We are introduced to Philip, Dinah, Jack and Lucy-Ann, and Kiki the parrot who provides much of the comic relief. They sail over to the Isle of Gloom, which is infested by foreign counterfeiters aided by the black manservant of Mrs Mannering, Philip and Dinah's mother. (For later editions this had to be rewritten to avoid unfortunate stereotyping.)

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #74-A-2, size 200.6x502mm.
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The Island of Adventure, 1st edn 1948 (2nd printing) (Enid Blyton)The changes for the second printing, which is a little taller but with reduced flap width, are confined to the front flap. The paragraph spacing has been reduced a little, and the price, although unchanged, has been subtly reset with larger glyphs for the 's.' and 'd.' components.

By now the Castle and Valley titles have been published, so it's strange that the jacket makes no mention of them. (The Sea of Adventure presumably appeared after this reprint, as it was the first to be priced at 8s 6d.)

Jacket illustration by Stuart Tresilian.

ReproJacket #74-B-1, size 202.3x495mm.