Souvenir Press. London. 1989.
SIGNED FIRST EDITION. 4to. (12.1 x 8.8 inches). One of an unspecified number of copies bound in the publisher's scarce variant delux bright red leather binding and signed by Searle in black ink on the verso of the title page. Fully illustrated throughout with sixty full page colour plates by Searle, each with a humorous book related title on the opposite leaf. Single page introduction by Searle at the front and 4pp humorous glossary of book collecting terms at the end of the book. Fine copy in the scarce publishers original red Morocco leather binding with gilt lettering to the spine. The signed limited edition of 150 copies, and a few extra volumes, were issued in dark blue morocco and only a very small number were bound in this variant red leather. Mustard yellow endpapers. Top edge red. A beautiful, fine copy of this very amusing book. ---- "A splendid book; for the wicked mind of Ronald Searle, for the freshness of the cartoons, for the pithiness of the glossary but most of all for reminding both booksellers and book collectors that the business can be fun!". - The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association Newsletter.