Category: Modern First Editions

WAR HORSE Stock code: 8682

Author / Artist:

Morpurgo, Michael


London: Kaye and Ward. 1982


First edition, first printing. Original illustrated boards, without dustwrapper as issued. A superb fine copy, the binding square and tight with a single tiny bump to the top edge. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Scarce in this condition as the majority seem to have gone into the library and school system.




Despite critical acclaim, and being runner-up for the 1982 Whitbread Award, the book sold poorly on first publication. It seemed destined to remain in relative obscurity until 2007, when it was adapted for the National Theatre stage, winning 2 Olivier Awards. In March 2009 the show transferred to the West End before opening on Broadway in 2011 and winning five Tony Awards. DreamWorks Studios acquired the film rights in 2009, with the Steven Spielberg directed film released in 2011.