micromuseum 8

The present instance of the micromuseum is a book published in 1961 by Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. The publishers at this point had offices in Edinburgh, London, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Toronto, New York and there was also the Société Française D’Éditions Nelson in Paris.

During the middle years of the 20th century they published many children’s books in various series such as the Good Luck Series. For example, The Disobedient Cuckoo Clock

cuckoo clock book

or, also from 1951, in the Children’s Own Series, The Road That Lost Its Way

lost highway

Actually that one looks so great I’m determined to track down a copy and have one of my own, but only if it’s got a decent quality dust jacket.

I only have one Good Luck Series book and that is called Angus The Tartan Partan. It was written by a lady called Janet Caird and she used to be a near neighbour of my family’s when I was very small and lived in Dollar, Clackmannanshire. This is a first edition and signed by the author. Someone in Australia has a copy I would have to pay over £80 for. Presumably not signed by the author. No items in the micromuseum are for sale, but I probably do have my price for them, but bear in mind that they are all to a greater or lesser degree inflated by nostalgic value.

I asked my mother if she had any memories of Janet Caird. Her first thought was that she could still remember a joke she had told her.

A Scotsman is in a cafe and the waitress asks him what he wants for his dessert.

-Do you want an eclair or a meringue?

-Aye ah’ll have an eclair ye’re nae wrang.

It’s a linguistic, punny sort of joke, ideal for an author. Janet went on to write a series of crime thrillers.

Like the other books figured above this book is an epic of anthropomorphism. Partan is a Scottish word for a crab. The whole idea for the book revolves around a rhyming wordplay.

I won’t give the story away, but here are a few images from the book, firstly the frontispiece.

An image of Angus’s early happy captivity.

Crabs can make smashing pets.

1 comment

  1. I am a teacher and one of my class about 25 years ago brought this in because we were doing a sea topic. It was a hardback with no pictures on the front. I thought it would be too tricky or not suitable for a p3 class but when I read it, they absolutely loved it! I would love to get another copy as I must have given it back to the child who brought it in. Anyone with a copy, let me know.

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