The Iron Man. A Story In Five Nights - Ted Hughes, George Adamson (illustrator) 1968 - Faber and Faber, London - First Edition First Impression A fine copy of this wonderful book in the scarce dust jacket with only a hint of the fading usually encountered to the spine.

With five full page black and white illustrations of the giant metal man of unknown origin, by George Adamson, who also provided the dust jacket and matching book cover illustration.

The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff.
How far had he walked? Nobody knows. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows.
Taller than a house, the Iron Man stood at the top of the cliff, on the very brink, in the darkness.


The basis for the 1999 animated film ‘
The Iron Giant’, so named to avoid the obvious clash with Marvel’s rather more violent creation. Brad Bird’s first film as a director, see any resemblance here to ‘The Incredibles’?
  Rare without library markings or taped dust jacket, as many of the 6,000 copies appear to have gone to, and become victims of, school librarians.

Reference: Keith Sagar and Stephen Tabor,
Ted Hughes: A Bibliography, A17.

Thin octavo (book size 21.4 x 15.9 cm), pp. 59 [1]. Pagination includes plates. In publisher’s paper covered boards, spine and front board brick red colour, lettered in red blue white and grey, illustration of the Iron Man in purple black and white to front board, rear board in pale blue. Dust jacket priced 13s 6d net to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket, rear panel gently toned with one or two small marks to outer edge, slightly sunned to spine, and minor wear to corners.   Ref: 109311   Price: HK$ 12,000