Tas and the Postal Rocket

By E C Eliott (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1955 by Nelson
Illustrated by A Bruce Cornwell
Bruce Cornwell's dustwrapper. Click to enlarge
dustwrapper art by
A Bruce Cornwell
for the first edition
The new gleaming red postal rocket was all set for its flight round the world to deliver the mails.

Tas and his friend, Bluey, take a chance and slip inside the rocket to have a look round.
Thanks to Bluey's tampering, the rocket, to their horror, takes off, and neither of them has the slightest idea of how to control it . . . .

First edition;
'Shop edition':
Nelson 1955:

Hardback edition, with dustwrapper; in red cloth with the Panther Library logo on the front board; 119pp; frontispiece and 8 full page illustrations by Cornwell; dustwrapper full colour, design wrapping to include the spine, published price 2/6.

Schools edition:
Nelson 1955:
Probably at the same time as the hardback, if not before, this book appeared in a 'schools' edition, soft-bound in a canvas-like fabric with a section of questions for the reader following the story.
The cover is in red and white with a large Panther logo; 136 pages, 119 of story followed by the question section; frontispiece and 8 full page black and white illustrations by A Bruce Cornwell; no cover price.

1959: Second impression.

1962: Third impression:
Red boards with black blocking, Panther Library logo on front board; 125x185mm; 119pp; frontispiece and eight other b/w illustrations; publishing history stated; dustwrapper full colour front picture extends to include the spine; rear plain blue with white Nelson logo upper centre; cover price (my copy) 3/- net printed bottom right of the front flap; rear flap advertises Rocky and the Lions by R B Maddock.

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