Ronald SEARLE, CBE, RDI (1920-2011)

“Anatomy of an Antiquarian Bookseller”

Colour lithograph, 1967

Mounted, framed and glazed

Signed and dated 1967

image (460 x 320 mm.) frame (750 x 590 mm.)


Classic Ronald Searle which surely inspired his delightful book, “Slightly Foxed but Still Desirable. Ronald Searle’s Wicked World of Book Collecting”, published by Souvenir Press in 1969. One of only 50 copies. Searle’s wicked dissection of the bookseller’s pate notes, “Small dent in fore-edge”, “Lacks headband”, “One corner slightly bumped”, “Dogeared”, “Dentelles nicely tooled”!

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