Twilight Stories

Twilight Stories by Gladys Peto

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye


We bought some lovely books for the shop last week including a 1912 Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management with a DUST WRAPPER which is one of the scarcest wrappers we have ever had.

There was also this 1935 book for girls written and illustrated by Gladys Peto. She was one of the defining artists of the 1920s and 1930s but is now virtually unknown and little is known about her.

Gladys Peto was born in 1890 in Maidenhead and attended the London School of Art and later took a course with John Hassall. She worked as a fashion artist for The Sketch Magazine. She also did adverts for Ovaltine. She died in 1977 having retired from commercial art in 1946. I was not familiar with her work until getting this book in the shop but our Molly [who has worked at Addyman Books for almost three decades] collects Girls’ stories of the period and is a fan. She collated it for us – it has 8 plates and a phenomenal number of very attractive black and white plates and illustrations in the text.

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