An exceptionally bright, clean copy of a rare, early work.
‘Ardizonne’s illustrations are generally concerned with contemporary life untouched by political, religious or ideological conflicts. His approach is not satiric or moralistic but autobiographical, and his drawings are representational and humorous and demonstrate his affection for people.’ (The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators)
It is rare to find this work in such excellent condition, as the publisher’s premises were bombed during the Blitz, destroying all unsold copies and printing blocks. A sequel was published in 1949, but its illustrations are in black and white due to post-war austerity.
First edition. 8vo (23.5 x 16 cm). 51 pp., frontispiece and fourteen full-page colour lithographs (one double); some offsetting to endpapers. Publisher’s illustrated paper-covered boards printed in grey, black and crimson (with none of the usual splitting to spine), glassine dust-wrapper with printed flaps; small loss to top edge of rear panel.
Stock ID: 96187