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Swallows and Amazons Notebooks

A set of four notebooks featuring classic Arthur Ransome titles

A series of 4 notebooks (plain inside) featuring the classic Jonathan Cape covers of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series of children’s books. He originally wrote 12 in this series. The four most evocative (and/or) famous were chosen for the notebooks: Swallows and Amazons, We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, Winter Holiday, Pigeon Post.

The covers had to be digitally re-created (from scans of the original dust jackets) and altered to create a faux, sympathetic replica of the originals which at time of design were still published by Jonathan Cape. There was no detailed illustration on the book backs as you can see. Elements were repeated, and freshly created to seamlessly create a new cover which would wrap. New box elements were also created with new typography to match the hand-drawn serif type by Ransome.

Arthur Ransome himself created the illustrations and many of the detailed maps which feature in the books.


The front and spine of the original dust jacket (reverse was mainly type).

The re-created and retouched cover for a complete print wrap.