Published by Oyster Press, 74 Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate, Whitstable, Kent First Edition 1994. Whitstable 1994. First and only edition hard back publisher`s original navy cloth covers, gilt lettering to the spine and the upper panel. 8vo 8Â½« x 6« . ISBN 1899177000. 99 printed pages of text with splendid colour illustrations by the author throughout. A fantasy printed and distributed by a small publisher in Peter`s home town of Whitstable in Kent. No. 126 of 500 Limited Edition copies. Peter Cushing`s devoted secretary for 34 years, Mrs Joyce Broughton, had a very intelligent daughter who suffered from dyslexia. Joyce showed her the original manuscript of the book, and to their mutual joy, she was able to read and enjoy it. Joyce then began urging Cushing to publish it, having reached over 80, his resistance finally succumbed. The intention was to sign all 500 copies, due to his failing health he managed to sign very few copies and passed away shortly after the book was published. Fine condition book in Fine condition dust wrapper, not priced. SIGNED by the author with his usual gold ink `With kindest wishes and many thanks to Pirie and Cavender, may God`s blessing be with you always, in all sincerity. Peter Cushing vii. 94.` Pirie and Cavender was a new book shop in Whitstable where Peter lived and where he would often be seen browsing through the books.
This fantasy story, written and illustrated by Cushing, was printed and distributed by a small press publisher in Peter`s home town of Whitstable. Unfortunately, it had a severely limited run of only 500 copies. Fortunately, one of those copies fell into the hands of Nick Williams, Peter Cushing fan of the first rank. Mr. Williams was kind enough to send along the information about this rarity as well as a magnificent color scan of the cover (which I`m afraid I`ve had to reduce here). Cushing began work on the story some years before, for his own amusement and with no intent of publication, until finally persuaded late in life to share the work with some of his fans. The saga is told in deliberately incorrect phonetic spelling to complement Cushing`s whimsical cartoons. Perhaps someday a brave publisher will share this charming-sounding children`s tale with more than just a lucky handful of readers.