In 1946, when he was making a living by writing fiction for American magazines, Roald Dahl wrote a true story called THE MILDENHALL TREASURE. It tells how Gordon Butcher, a Suffolk ploughman, uncovered the greatest treasure ever found in the British Isles, a horde of Roman silver of unparalled beauty and value. And how, not appreciating what he had discovered, he was cheated out of the fortune that should have been his. A savage parable of innocence and greed, THE MILDENHALL TREASURE is now republished, superbly illustrated by Ralph Steadman.
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Buried one foot below the surface of a field called Thistley Green in the English town of Mildenhall, a most fantastic Roman treasure lay for centuries until a ploughman came along in the 1940s and accidentally dug it up. What followed was the worst kind of tragedy, because it involves human greed and abuse of a good man's innocence. Gordon Butcher, discoverer of this treasure, was entitled by British law to the full amount of its market value. Butcher was not aware of this law; however, another ploughman named Ford did know about it, and managed to bamboozle Butcher out of the fortune.
This remarkable story was written in 1946 by a young Roald Dahl, who went on to write such beloved classics as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl's inimitable style blazes through even in his early career. The true story, republished with stunning art by Ralph Steadman, is as riveting as if it had happened today, with heartbreaking notes of unbearable unfairness and sincere naiveté. Each page, thickly covered with rich, dark splashes of paint, sketchy faces, and bits of collage, has a wild and ominous tenor, reflected in the ferocious weather that fateful day when the hapless farmer found--and lost--the greatest treasure ever found in the British Isles. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie CoulterFrom the Inside Flap:
During World War II, a British plowman discovered a hoard of Roman silver while plowing a field in the Suffolk countryside. Unaware of the treasure's value, he was cheated out of the fortune that should have been his by the man who hired him. The 34 pieces of silver were discovered after the war by the authorities and taken to the British Museum, where they reside today. Master storyteller Roald Dahl relates the unforgettable and true tale of the greatest treasure ever found in the British Isles.
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Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110224060171
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0224060171 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1063814
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman (illustratore). First Edition; First Printing. FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION with the Correct Printer's Key - 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1. MINT Unused / Unread copy. BOUGHT NEW and STORED away. NO INSCRIPTIONS OR MARKS. Originally written in 1946 when Dahl was making a living writing stories for American magazines. This story was first published in 1977 in 'The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More', Now here first published as a single title edition by Jonathan Cape, with a newly commissioned illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Dark blue boards, with the spine titled in silver, in the original publishers mint dustjacket. 79 pages. Numerous brilliant full colour illustrations, wonderful and eccentric, by the great Ralph Steadman. Full and double page illustrations and a few b/w line drawings. This book tells tells how, in 1946 near Mildenhall in Suffolk, a Roman Silver Hoarde was discovered by a Suffolk ploughman, and how he was cheated out of his fortune. A Savage Parable of Innocence and Greed! A Gift Quality MINT copy. See Images. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall. Codice libro della libreria 114024
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0224060171
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0224060171