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Saint George and the Dragon: A Mummer's Play adapted by John Langstaff with woodcuts by David Gentleman. Published in 1973 by Atheneum - "A Margaret K. McElderry Book".

First edition.



48 pages / 7 x 8.5 x .4 inches / 18 x 21.5 x 1 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

The endpapers are sort-of faded at some points and the white portions of the book jacket have discolored with time (particularly the spine area). Name written on endpaper. Small stain on front endpapers.


Full of broad humor, buffoonery, and slapstick action, mixed with solemn moments of mysterious magic, this old mummers' play appeals strongly to young people, both as performers and audience.

Such folk plays are known to exist all over the world, in diverse cultures. In the English language alone, more than eight hundred have been collected, including variants found in Kentucky and Canada, as well as one discovered in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1782. From some of these, John Langstaff has compiled this delightful version which he has often produced and directed. Here is the acting script, together with the music of the traditional songs that accompany it, instructions for performing the sword dance, stage directions, and costume suggestions. David Gentleman's vigorous, four-color illustrations give a strong visual sense of each character.

With no set, scenery, or even "stage" necessary and with minimal requirements for props and costumes, this offers to amateur and professional groups, an opportunity to put on an easy-to-plan, highly unusual entertainment.

"Please to let the mummers act!"

John Langstaff's recitals and appearances as soloist with major orchestras and choruses have made him one of the leading American concert artists today, recognized on both sides of the Atlantic. For thirteen years he taught music at the Potomac School in Virginia, and for four years at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge. He is now a member of the School of Education faculty at Simmons College, Boston, and Executive Director of Young Audiences of Massachusetts. He lives with his family in an early eighteenth-century farmhouse in Lexington, Massachusetts. He has recorded for His Master's Voice in Europe, and Conversa-Phone and Desto Records in the United States. Among his books for children are Frog Went A-Courtin', illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky, which won the Caldecott Award. His most recent book for children is The Two Magicians, illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg.

David Gentleman was born in London, studied at the School of Graphic Design of the Royal College of Art, and held a teaching post there from 1953 to 1955. Since then he has worked entirely as a free-lance illustrator, designer, and painter. His designs include fabric prints, wallpapers, book jackets and book illustrations, commemorative stamps, and house styles and symbols, including the British Steel Symbol. He paints in watercolor and engraves in wood. He lives in London with his wife and children.

This reinforced binding features Smyth sewing with sturdy drill cloth reinforcement. The pyroxylin impregnated cloth is washable, damp proof, and soil resistant.

Saint George and the Dragon - A Mummer's Play by John Langstaff with woodcuts by David Gentleman


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