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Missee Lee, 1st edn 1941 (Arthur Ransome)

(Code: 94-A-1)
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Missee Lee, 1st edn 1941 (Arthur Ransome)The Swallows and the Amazons sail off with Captain Flint on Wild Cat which is destroyed by fire off some islands of China. They are captured by a most unusual sort of pirate.

This, like Peter Duck, has been described as 'fictional fiction' in that it's a story dreamed up by its own main characters, although this is never explicitly stated. Ransome visited China in 1926-7, meeting the wife of Sun Yat-Sen, and he partly based the title character on her.

The publisher's name is positioned too high within its frame, remaining uncorrected for several years. Looking at the list of books on the back panel, we see the present title where we would have expected the previous one, The Big Six.

ReproJacket #94-A-1, size 203.1x505mm.