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Donald Downs, ‘Last Horizon’ And An Artwork

I picked up a copy of the Hamlyn ‘Book of Fishing’ because it was illustrated by three PAN cover stalwarts namely Glenn Steward, Roger Hall and Sam ‘PEFF’ Peffer. Inside was a name I didn’t recognise but on doing a quick search I find the book must have belonged to a fly fishing expert, Donald Downs. I’ve compared signatures with know ones and it is definitely his. “He lived in Westerham, Kent and did not own a car, even though during his war service he had driven most things from a Jeep to a Churchill tank. He enjoyed listening to the wireless, but would not entertain the like of television, or even a refrigerator and was very happy in his own company.”

After trying to get all the 70 plus PAN Horizons titles I have at last got a replacement for the one supposedly lost in the post (I did get my money back) but I’m very disappointed in that it is the only one that doesn’t actually list the artist anywhere I can find on the cover!

While sorting through my meagre collection of cover artwork I came across this small painting which says it is ‘Not As A Stranger’ by Morton Thompson but it is not like the two covers PAN used. It seems to be too good a quality for a rough but pretty sure it is a PAN as it was amongst the piles they threw into the skips in 1991! Hans Helweg painted both covers used for the 1961/63 edition and the 1969 edition so maybe one of his? I’ll keep searching.

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Ian Regan
August 4, 2020 8:04 pm

Hallo Tim! 🙂

As a fellow book collector, and co-founder of, I’d like to congratulate you on a quality blog and the research you’ve done on the elusive Roger Hall.

As it happens, I own an original Hall painting from Freshwater Fishing, and if memory serves, it was signed in two places by the man himself.

I was wondering if you would kindly head over to my database of UK Three Investigators book covers:

Do you recognise the artwork on any of the Format D paperbacks? I know of one artist (David Browne), but for the most part, the source of the other covers remains a mystery.