STREATFIELD, Noel. Harlequinade. London: Chatto & Windus, 1943. First edition.

Hinged at front endpaper with many doodles and markings on boards and some pages, including previous owner’s name, but 10 of the 11 colour plates and 10 of the 10 black and white plates are clean, unmarked and without tears. A readable and/or ‘breaker’ copy.


Noel Streatfeild


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Harlequinade Synopsis

When a circus is disbanded due to the war, the children are sent to live in the West country: Nick, son of the ringmaster; Andrea, the son of a clown; Sadie, the daughter of trapeze artists, who wants to be a ballerina; Serge, the son of a wire walker; and Nonie, Nick’s adopted brother. Although people in the town are nice to them, the children feel like ‘aliens in a strange land’.

Through spring and summer, the children have been using a field as a practice place to work on their circus skills. One day, at the beginning of winter, they get lost in a mist, and arrive at the front door of an old man’s house. He invites them in, and tells them the story of the Harlequinade.

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Noel Streatfeild


Chatto & Windus