Small 4to. First edition. Original cream paper-covered card boards printed in black. Signed by the artist to verso of flyleaf. Forty-four drawings on forty pages. Covers and endpapers foxed. Covers a bit marked and faded. Small loss to tips and spine ends and with a couple of short closed tears to the edges of the front panel and a split in the paper at the front edge. Contents clean. Good +.
The artist’s first book, published when he was twenty-five. Ronald Searle was captured when Singapore fell in February 1942 and remained a prisoner of the Japanese for three and a half years. From the Introduction: “War hurries experience and maturity upon the young. Some spirits can take its haste and rashness and grow by them, where others (with fewer resources) may be injured.” “It is notable that, in prison or out of it, [Ronald Searle] always naturally looked to his fellows as human beings, and to all as in some sense his companions.” Notoriously fragile and very uncommon signed.
Author Searle, Ronald
Publisher Cambridge, Cambridge University Press