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 delux blue leather binding and signed by Searle 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 publishers original delux dark blue Morocco leather binding with gilt lettering to the spine. Mustard yellow endpapers. Top edge blue. This same binding was used for the 150 numbered and signed copies of this edition. 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.