Title: Girls' Crystal Annual 1953
Author: Judy Lewis, Sheila Austin, et al.
Illustrator: V.G., T. Laidler, et al.
Year: 1953 (First Edition)
Publisher: The Amalgamated Press, Ltd.
Book Condition: Good/Very Good
Jacket Condition: N/A
Description: Consists of 15 short stories (including Speed Girls of the Broads, The Secret of the Green Idol, and The Phantom Jinxer of the Ballet), plus one in the form of a b&w comic strip. Also includes a maze (lightly attempted in pencil), a page to "puzzle your chums", and another where the reader is invited to match up girls of different nationalities/ethnicities to their places of residence (this has been completed in pencil).
Illustrated throughout with lovely b&w drawings (a handful of which are full-page). Contains one beautiful, uncredited, colour frontispiece named Feeding the Pigeons in London's Trafalgar Square.
Pictorial boards with blue cloth spine – lower half of the latter is coming away. Minor wear to extremities (refer to image). Binding feels slightly loose, but the pages remain in place, and show no intention of parting company. All pages are tanned with age, but remain largely free from foxing.
Measures 24.5 cm × 20.5 cm (9.8″ × 7.4″). Oversize 8vo. 191 pp.