Julens Tolv Dage - Doreen and Lars Bo

1953 - O.C. Olsen & Co, Denmark
One of 850 copies privately printed for Doreen and Lars Bo to give to friends.

A fine copy, of this personal interpretation in Danish of the traditional carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, written and beautifully illustrated by renowned Danish artist and illustrator Lars Bo, with gilt illustrated blue paper wrappers, and inscribed from Doreen and Lars Bo to their friends the equally renowned illustrator Ronald Searle and his wife, the journalist and publisher Kaye Webb.
 
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The Naked Island, with drawings made in Changi Prison Camp - Russell Braddon, Ronald Searle (illustrator)

1951 - Werner Laurie, London - First Edition
There were twenty-two steps altogether from the courtyard of the gaol up to the cells. I had got into the habit of counting those steps. Made them seem shorter, or easier. Anyway I had got into the habit of counting. And at the fourteenth I stopped, done. Because I could go no further, I lowered myself on to the step above me and took stock of my surroundings.

First edition in the delicate dust jacket, of Russell Braddon’s powerful chronicle of his four years as a Japanese prisoner of war after the brief, but disastrous, Malayan campaign of 1942, dramatically enhanced by the illustrations of his P.O.W. friend Ronald Searle. One of the first books to really go into the P.O.W. experience,
The Naked Island had sold over 1 million copies by the mid-seventies, and is still considered one of the finest books of its kind. 
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A Sleep of Prisoners, A Play - with - The Dark Is Light Enough - Christopher Fry, Ronald Searle (illustrator)

1951 - Geoffrey Cumberlege, London New York Toronto - First Editions
Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul we ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise
Is exploration into God.
Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake for pity's sake!

A highly imaginative, poignant drama about four prisoners of war locked up in a church in enemy territory, together with Fry’s 1954 play
The Dark is Light Enough, his ‘winter comedy’ set during the nineteenth century Hungarian Revolution, and companion play to his earlier works The Lady’s Not for Burning, and Venus Observed. Two volumes in dust jackets illustrated by Ronald Searle. 
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More Scraps - with - Watteau Revisited - Ronald Searle

2008 - Inky Parrot Press, Oxford - Number 65 of 246 Limited Copies
A fine, limited edition two volume set, in original cloth slipcase, of Ronald Searle’s wonderful sketches, and signed by him on the limitation page of More Scraps.

More Scraps collects together a delightful selection of Searle’s previously unpublished sketches and drawings, with a foreword by Ippei Ito and an afterword by Ben Shahn and Groucho Marx. Presented with Watteau Revisited, a series of previously unpublished sketches that Searle created in 1974, when was working on a medallion design for the French Mint. The drawings were later exhibited in 1977, as part of the exhibition ‘Péleringe a Watteau’ at the Hotel de la Monnaie. 
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Price HK$ 2,700