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Nostalgia at its finest
on 15 August 2015
This is an old book, in the sense that it was written a long time ago. So long ago that fixed spool reels were newly on the market, and fibre glass was entirely in the future.
For all of that, it seems short. Mr Crabtree was serialized in comics in my youth, which is a long time ago, but even those must have been reprints. I am sure that there were originally thousands of pages worth of this material, but here we have barely a hundred if you count the covers. Only half of the book is illustrations, though the words are fine too.
I'm sure that at the time (1949), a book of a hundred pages was a reasonable offering, but to simply reprint that when all of the other material is presumably preserved (since it was published in the Mirror from 1947 to 1949 and onwards and the Mirror is preserved) seems wasteful.
All in all, expensive for what it is, but if you remember the original strips with fondness, it may be worth the price.