The Story of The Amulet by Edith Nesbit - Psammead Series - Vintage Child Book, Looking Glass Library, Time Travel, Wizards, 1960s


1960 Looking Glass Library edition of The Story of The Amulet, the third and final book of the Psammead series by Edith Nesbit, first among modern children's writers.

Written by E. Nesbit. Illustrated by J. S. Goodall. 1960, first edition thus. (Originally published in 1906.) Looking Glass Library. Epstein and Carroll Associates, publishers.

In Edith Nesbit's classic trilogy, the Psammead series, the Five Children - Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and baby brother, Lamb - embark on great adventures, thanks to the Psammead, a magical creature that grants their wishes.

On their own in The Story of The Amulet, they become acquainted with an Egyptologist and re-acquainted with the Psammead, who guides them to a curiosity shop where they purchase an ancient Egyptian amulet. In fact, it's only one half of the amulet, and it takes them time-traveling, to the past and the future, in search of the other half.

Psammead series:

The Five Children and It (1902)
The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904)
The Story of The Amulet (1906)

The Story of The Amulet inspired C.S. Lewis to borrow a few of Nesbit's ideas or conventions for the Chronicles of Narnia.

Edith Nesbit (1858 - 1924) was one of the great children's authors and influenced writers from C.S. Lewis to J.K. Rowling. Her work includes the Bastable Series (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, The Wouldbegoods, The New Treasure Seekers), The Psammead Series (Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, and The Story of the Amulet), and stand-alone novels such as The Railway Children, The Enchanted Castle, and The Magic City. She was also an interesting character in her own right with a full and colorful life.

Nesbit placed children in their time and gave them real-world challenges, woven in with magic. As Gore Vidal wrote more than fifty years ago in the New York Review of Books, "...she was able to create a world of magic and inverted logic that was entirely her own."
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Condition*: Very good/good. Dust jacket: Sunned along the spine; chipping at the head of the spine; small closed tears at the tail of the spine; small crease on the front, lower left. Cover boards: Minor shelf wear on the bottom edges. Interior pages: Minor sunning on the text block else clean, undamaged, and intact.

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