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1 Darlington, W. A.Alf's New Button. 31719
Herbert Jenkins: London. 1940.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Fantasy novel.

'' UK theatre critic and writer (1890-1979) of F. Anstey-style fantasies. A series of morale-building sketches written during WWI for the Passing Show was recast as the bestselling Alf's Button (1919), the first of the Alf sequence, in which a working-class soldier fails to make sensible use of a button on his uniform which has been derived from Aladdin's lamp and which conjures up a djinn, whom he calls Eustace. The book was the basis of a successful stage play, Alf's Button: An extravaganza In Three Acts (1925), and then the movie Alf (1920), followed by Alf's Button (1930) and Alf's Button Afloat (1938). Alf's Carpet (1928), a sequel to the first movie, had a markedly different ending occasioned by the intervention of Alf's better half Liz. This too became a play, Carpet Slippers: A Play in Three Acts (1937 chap). World War II provided an opportunity for a further sequel, ALF'S NEW BUTTON (1940), in which Eustace grants Alf six wishes which he and Liz duly waste'' (Brian Stableford/Encyclopedia of Fantasy).


Page edges a little browned with occasional spotting, an almost fine copy (green cloth) in a good, edge-worn and lightly chipped (but essentially complete) pictorial dustjacket (priced 7/6 on the spine).

Price: 40.00 GBP
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