The Borrowers Omnibus - Inscribed - Mary Norton 1966 - J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London - First Omnibus Edition A finely bound and inscribed Omnibus edition of the Borrowers quartet, containing The Borrowers; The Borrowers Afield; The Borrowers Afloat; and The Borrowers Aloft. With colour frontispiece and black and white illustrations throughout by Diana Stanley.   Mary Norton (1903-92) was one of the outstanding post-war children's-book writers. The 'Borrowers' quartet, with its astonishingly convincing mythology, has become, as Gillian Avery wrote, part of English folklore.

Norton's genius in creating characters such as Pod, Homily and their teenage daughter Arrietty lay in making them utterly convincing as personalities. These tiny people were not fairies: they were practical and quizzical, pursuing their never-ending - and most human - quest for some form of stability in an essentially alarming world. [
Independent, 1992].

Octavo (binding size 20x14.5cm), pp. [4] x [2] 7-159 [3] 194 [4] 5-176 [4] 154 [4].
  Bound for Aspreys of London in full crimson morocco, spine lettered and intricately decorated in gilt, tooled and decorated borders to panels, front cover with illustration blocked in gilt, tooled degs and turn-ins, illustrated endpapers, all edges gilt, original dust-jacket bound in at rear.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 109639   Price: HK$ 9,000