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Hurrah for St. Trinians! Catalogue of books on the art of Ronald Searle

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68285
Archer, Jeffrey (Drawings by Ronald Searle)
Cat O' Nine Tales and Other Stories
Macmillan, London, 2006.
Quarto hardcover; blue boards with silver gilt spine titling, decorated endpapers; 262pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear only; fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$30
62804
Atkinson, Alex & Ronald Searle (illus.)
Russia for Beginners
Perpetua, London, 1960.
First edition. Quarto hardcover; black cloth boards with gilt spine titling, decorative border and lower board gilt illustration, 93pp., monochrome illustrations. Inscription to owner on endpaper. Minor wear; price marked on endpaper verso; lightly scuffed board edges and corners and lightly browned text block edges; a few random internal spots. Red illustrated price-clipped dustwrapper with slightly browned spine and chipping to spine extremities and corners. Very good otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$22
78055
Birdsall, Derek (ed); Leo Rost (original story); Jeremy Hornsby (text); Robin Miller (additional lyrics); Ronald Searle (illus.)
Dick Deadeye based on the drawings of Ronald Searle and the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan; character drawings from the film "Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done" by Bill Melendez Productions
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, NY, USA, 1975.
Landscape quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; unpaginated (72pp.), with many full-colour illustrations. Minor offset to endpapers. Lacks dustwrapper. Good.
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$17
204693
Campbell, Patrick (illus. Ronald Searle)
An Irishman's Diary
Cassell & Co., London, 1950.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling; 141pp., monochrome illustrations. Small scrape on upper front board; rubbing to board corners; offsetting to endpapers with some foxing to early pages; browned and spotted text block edges. Illustrated dustwrapper with small missing segments on spine panel extremities upper rear and lower front edges and corners; large portion of rear panel torn away (now re-integrated); tiny tears to edges. Very good and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing.
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$35
83906
Davies, Jack; Ken Annakin; Allen Andrews & Ronald Searle
Monte Carlo or Bust!: Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies
Dennis Dobson, London, 1969.
First edition. Quarto hardcover; brown cloth boards with gilt spine titling; unpaginated with colour and monochrome illustrations. Bookseller's and owner's name stamps. Minor wear; lightly toned text block edges and mild wear to dustwrapper edges with tiny tear at base of spine. Now protected in archival film with white paper backing.
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$20
89204
[Rothmans of Pall Mall] (Ronald Searle & Francis Marshall, illus.)
Mr. Rothman's New Guide to London Together with a Guide to Some Londoners of the Eighteen-Nineties
Rothmans of Pall Mall, London, 1958.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with upper board decorations and titles on a blue label, and endpaper maps; 53pp., with a two-colour frontispiece and many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; spine extremities and a piece of the lower hinge torn away; top joint cracked; boards rubbed and sunned; text block edges and pages toned. Lacks dustwrapper (but now with a replacement mylar one). Good.
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$30
205993
Searle, Ronald
Back to the Slaughterhouse and Other Ugly Moments
Macdonald, London, 1951.
Second impression. Octavo hardcover; red boards with black spine titling and upper board decoration; 96pp., monochrome illustrations. Owners' names. Offsetting to endpapers; small scrape on upper front board corner; browned and spotted text block and page edges. Well-rubbed illustrated dustwrapper with missing segments to spine panel extremities and corners; two small scrapes where stickers have been removed with related tiny tears. Very good and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing.
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$20
49158
Searle, Ronald
The Female Approach
Macdonald, London, 1955.
Reprint. Hardcover, octavo; red boards with black spine titling and upper board illustration; 96pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's name stamp. Minor wear; offsetting to endpapers; and lightly browned text block edges with a few faint spots; rubbed green and white illustrated dustwrapper with wear to edges and corners, scraping to spine extremities and a few tiny tears; tiny missing segments on head of spine and corners. Very good and protected in archival film with white paper backing. Introductory letter from Max Beerbohm.
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$20
48428
Searle, Ronald
Ronald Searle's Non-Sexist Dictionary
Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, 1988.
Paperback, large square octavo, unpaginated, monochrome illustrations. Corner tip of front endpaper clipped; light wear to card covers; else very good.
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$10
94658
Searle, Ronald
Searle's Cats
Dobson Books Ltd., London, 1967.
First edition. Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; unpaginated (40pp.), with many colour illustrations. Moderate wear; minor softening to the spine extremities; some mild spotting to the text block and board edges. Price-clipped dustwrapper is well-rubbed and marked; chipping to the spine panel extremities and flap-turns; a large chip from the top of the front panel (no loss of text or images); some chips along the hinges with associated tearing and creasing; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$20
82750
Searle, Ronald
To the Kwai - and Back War Drawings 1939-1945
William Collins, London, 1986.
Quarto hardcover, 192pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; lightly spotted text block edges and offsetting to endpapers; a few scratches on rear dustwrapper panel. Very good to near fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. "From Changi, Searle embarked with other POWs on a forced march to work on the death railway in Siam (now Thailand). He suffered variously beri beri, dysentery, ulcerated skin, and repeated bouts of malaria not much helped by a Japanese guard who drove a nail attached to a pickaxe handle into his body. A fellow POW, the Australian writer Russell Braddon, remarked that they would only have known that Searle was dead if he had stopped drawing. 'If you can imagine something that weighs six stone or so, is on the point of death and has no qualities of the human condition that are not revolting,' Braddon wrote, 'calmly lying there with a pencil and a scrap of paper, drawing, you have some idea of the difference of temperament that this man had from the ordinary human being.' The sketchbooks Searle brought home from Changi constitute a remarkable document of survival in the face of the grossest inhumanity and are probably the best visual record of war in the Imperial War Museum; and they formed the basis for this book, To the Kwai and Back: War Drawings 1939-45. His mastery of the fine balance between description and expression was by now fully achieved. He had become, almost incidentally, one of the finest topographical artists of the century," writes Michael McNay. Interestingly Searle had drawn his second St Trinian's cartoon in Changi ('Hands up the girl who burnt down the east wing last night'); and it was published in Lilliput in 1946 establishing the school (based on the now defunct St Trinnean's in Edinburgh) as a home of little monsters, wicked as sin. Much later, Searle turned down an invitation to stand for rector of Edinburgh University because, he said, he had done enough damage already to the city's academic reputation.
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$25
82616
Searle, Ronald
Zoodiac
Pantheon Books, New York, 1978.
First US edition. Quarto oblong hardcover; unpaginated with colour illustrations and illustrated endpapers. Scuffed and spotted white board edges and corners; very lightly foxed preliminaries; toned illustrated dustwrapper with browning to edges and slight edgewear. Very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$20
204768
Searle, Ronald (Matt Jones, ed.)
Ronald Searle's America
Fantagraphic Books Inc., Seattle WA, 2016.
Quarto; hardcover, with decorative boards; 363pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. No dustwrapper as issued. Remainder. New.
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$50
53491
Searle, Ronald (text by Bill Richardson and Allen Andrews)
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes
Denis Dobson, London, 1965.
First edition. Hardcover, square quarto; blue boards with silver gilt spine titling; 58pp., monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear; front board slightly fanned; mildly toned text block edges. Slightly browned and well-rubbed illustrated dustwrapper with one or two marks; tiny missing segments on spine panel extremities. Very good and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing.
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$25
48434
Shaw, Irwin, & Ronald Searle
Paris! Paris!
Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd., London, 1977.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 211pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; lightly toned text block edges; mild offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed with some chipping at the spine panel head and flap-turns; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$20
84524
Ship, Reuben & Ronald Searle (illus.)
The Investigator A Narrative in Dialogue
Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1956.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling; 118pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's name. Minor wear; toned text block edges with spotting on upper edges and offsetting to endpapers; some scattered spotting to edges of early pages; Clipped grey illustrated dustwrapper with browning to spine and edges. Very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$25
205112
Shy, Timothy, & Ronald Searle
The Terror of St Trinian's
Max Parish, London, 1952.
Fourth impression. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling and decoration on front panel; 128pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's name. Minor wear; mild offsetting and foxing to endpapers; browned text block and page edges. Illustrated dustwrapper with missing segments on spine panel extremities and corners, browning to spine, scraping along edges and fore-edges; general foxing. Good to very good and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing.
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$18
41122
Willans, Geoffrey & Ronald Searle
Whizz for Atomms
Max Parrish, London, 1956.
First edition. Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling; some scattered spotting to endpapers and preliminaries; browned and spotted text block edges. Owner's name. Red illustrated dustwrapper with small missing segments on spine panel extremities, upper edge and corners; spine panel mildly faded and browned; small scrape on lower rear edge where a sticker has been removed. Very good and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing.
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$45