Alfie and the Ferryboat, Charles Keeping
Alfie and the Ferryboat is one of Charles Keeping’s finest books. Written and illustrated by him in wonderful colour.
Charles Keeping – A Londoner through and through
Charles Keeping (1922-1988) was a Londoner through and through. Born in Lambeth on the banks of the River Thames his illustrated books reflect his deep knowledge of London. Alfie and the Ferryboat is a story Charles Keeping wrote and illustrated about a small boy living in Woolwich on the River Thames and his relationship with ‘Old Bunty’ the sailor and his dog. The story unfolds as Alfie tries to find Old Bunty and ends up on the Woolwich Ferry which takes him to ‘the other side of the world’.
When Alfie and the Ferryboat was published in 1968 Charles Keeping was at the height of his career as an illustrator. The series of books he produced at this time are full of his experimental colour images using layered effects. They are unique and wonderful stories by one of Britain’s best illustrators of that time.
Charles Keeping went on to illustrate the entire set of Charles Dickens for the Folio Society. With his knowledge and affinity with London this commission was an inspired choice.
Alfie and the Ferryboat was published by the Oxford University Press in 1968. First edition. Hardback with price-clipped dust jacket. Inscribed with a slight mark on the end paper where a label has been removed. The dust jacket and inside pages are in excellent condition.