4to. First edition. Original yellow cloth. Illustrated throughout by the author. Endpapers and edges very slightly foxed. D/w dust-soiled along the edges and with a very short closed tear to the top edge of the back panel. Author’s compliments slip and the New Statesman’s review loosely inserted. Ink presentation on the title page. Near fine in near fine d/w.
This selection celebrates 21 years as a pocket cartoonist. The presentation reads, ‘To John from his old protegé Osbert L.’. William John Rayner (1908-90) was the recipient and had commissioned the first pocket cartoons for the Daily Express after a dinner in late 1938. Extract from With an Eye to the Future: ‘Whatever modest success the series may have enjoyed was for me of far less importance than the friendship with John Rayner which sprang from it. This distinguished bibliophil and pillar of the Foreign Office was then the youngest, and by far the best, Features Editor in Fleet Street; an erudite typographer, he had recently transformed the whole appearance of the Express by his energy and that of most of the other dailies by his example.’
Author Lancaster, Osbert
Publisher London, John Murray