Collection Book of the Week – Sir Percy Hits Back

Once again it would appear that I have been remiss in my blog duties and have not posted a solitary post for a week, not even a reblog. How the fuck can I expect to retain any followers, I do not know, (gratuitous use of the word fuck, I know, but I just had to use it at least once). I have also been neglecting my collection book of the week series, but fortunately found some pictures on my camera that I did not realise that I had with me. So for the joy and wonder of all I shall be able to make another post in this stuttering series. I hope that you enjoy it.


This book is not especially valuable, but I found it at one of the first book fairs that I ever attended and really liked it. It has sentimental value for that reason and has been included here. The book is ‘Sir Percy Hits Back’, by Baroness Orczy, part of the Scarlet Pimpernel series of novels. I have always enjoyed the Scarlet Pimpernel story. Who wouldn’t? Disguises, rescues and pretending to be a fop and a dandy, whilst all the while being the hero that society is talking about. No, I am not talking about myself here. I cannot honestly say I have ever been accused of being a fop or a dandy, and I am certainly no hero.

So on with the details. I bought this book at a PBFA book fair in Chelmsford a few years back as I was beginning to start collecting books. It cost me the princely sum of £9.00, one of my cheaper acquisitions of the day. I just liked the look and feel of the book. It is amazingly light in weight, and the paper has a soft texture, browning at the edges, but without any real sign of foxing.


P1000108 P1000106The dust cover is in reasonable condition, with a little loss at the top and bottom of the spine. All in all the book is in nice condition, a slight rolling of the spine is all. This book was published by Hodder and Stoughton Limited and is a seventeenth edition. First published in 1920, this edition was published in 1935, original price two shillings.

It was made and printed by Butler and Tanner Ltd of Frome and London. I liked the similarity of Frome to my surname, sad I know, but these little pleasures amuse me.

So, as I said, not especially valuable, but a nice book, that I am very pleased to have purchased. It would look a lot better on a shelf with others in the series, something I may have to consider looking into.

I hope this is of interest to the ‘many’ followers of my ‘Collection Book of the Week’ series. I will try to do better and keep this going. No doubt I shall return with some more Enid Blyton treasures for your delight and wonderment. For now, that’s all.

Comments as always gratefully received, unless they are bad ones, of course, and even then as long as they are lewd, I’m okay with it.

20 thoughts on “Collection Book of the Week – Sir Percy Hits Back

  1. Jules,
    I am amazed you have these beautiful books not on a shelf. Where are they? I imagine them tucked into a carry-on bag suitable for trans-continental travel. Don’t tell me they are in a drafty garret back on the moors.


  2. I like the style of the title page. Many title pages today are quite plain. I think the book makes a nice impression when the reader opens it up and sees one like that. It’s like the book’s handshake; it should be strong. 🙂


  3. I love how decorative the front latter is in the old Hardback books. I have even seen some paperbacks with nice front matter. I wanted better front matter in my paperback…some images around the title page, but CreatSpace kept screwing it up so I scratched it. It was taking too long to go back and forth with them. I’ll be dissatisfied…but that is life.


      • I wanted a more cursive font for the title page, They don’t give you a list of fonts to pick from, you have to describe it in words. I tried. They came back with a horribly ornate font that looked like something out of a medieval times romance novel…I tried again. I even told them the names of some fonts on Word that might work if they could match it. I got a heavy font that had no delicacy to it at all. (Keep in mind there are a week to two weeks between every correspondence with them.) Finally I just said, “Give me something simple that looks like it might have been printed in 1960.” I stuck with that.


  4. On the contrary. You (fuck these nails) are definitely my fucking hero. I agree with you that the word fuck is a fucking important fucking element to every fucking post. I fucking love you. Fucking Englishman.


  5. I’ve never seen/read The Scarlet Pimpernel however my Mum used to watch the movie quite often when i was kid with her friends. Even though i never watched it, i pretty much know this part off by heart! Hilarious!


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