Quantity: 1 available
Book Condition: Collectible-Fine
Original publisher's multicolored wrapper with staple binding. 5 1/2" x 3 7/8." 128 pages, complete. Pages and covers are very clean and intact. Binding is tight. Staples are rusted but do not affect text, pages, or covers. The name of a former owner, "William N. Austin," is stamped in black ink on the title page in the top margin. A Fine copy. Armed Forces Editions (or Armed Services Editions) were small paperback books given to American military service members during World War II. From 1943-1947, over 122 million copies of 1,300 titles were distributed. These books were edited and printed by the Council on Books in Wartime (CBW). The size of the books was especially convenient for soldiers overseas because they could be packed into small spaces and were easily transportable. Printed text on front cover: "The Enchanted Voyage: A Fantasy; Armed Services Edition; This is the complete book--not a digest; Overseas edition for the Armed Forces. Distributed by the Special Services Division, A.S.F., for the Army, and by the Bureau of Naval Personnel for the Navy. U.S. Government property." Printed text on inside of front cover: "The Book is published by Editions for the Armed Services, Inc., a non-profit organization established by the Council on Books in Wartime, which is made up of American publishers of General (Trade) books, librarians, and booksellers. ... In this way the best books of the present and the past are supplied to members of our Armed Forces in small, convenient, and economical form. New Titles will be issued regularly. A list of the current group will be found on the inside back cover." Printed text on back cover: "Here, in this story of Mr. Pecket, the Bronx carpenter who built a sailboat in his back yard, is that beautiful blend of fantasy, irony, and humaness that is Mr. Nathan's alone. To be sure, it was not a very substantial boat: in fact it might have sunk had it been placed in water. But it was complete with mast and sail, a cabin, an anchor and windlass, and belaying pins, and when Mr. Pecket puttered around in it at night he could forget all the pains and worries of his monotonous existence. Unfortunately, his wife was a realist. She had made up her mind to sell the boat to a butcher who wanted to convert it into a hamburger stand. What happened then, the night the storm came up, begins the story of the enchanted voyage. The boat did not go very far, yet far enough for Mr. Pecket to have many charming adventures and exciting experiences. Later, when it was all over, he had much to wonder about; for life and people, and even his wife, seemed strangely different from what he had thought they were."
Title: Armed Forces Edition. The Enchanted Voyage. No. 737.
Publisher: New York, Editions for the Armed Services, Incorporated: 1936
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Collectible-Fine
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 020901
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