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.
  ‘Ronald Searle was born in Cambridge in 1920 and was educated there at the Cambridge School of Art. On the outbreak of the Second World War he left his studies to serve in the Royal Engineers and in 1942 was captured by the Japanese at Singapore, then held by them for three and a half years. He is a hugely successful graphic artist and pictorial satirist. As well as his collaboration with Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth books and his invention of St Trinians, his work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions across the world and appears in several major American and European collections. He moved to Paris in 1961 and then, in 1975, to a remote village in Haute-Provence. He died on December 30th, 2011.’
– biography from ronaldsearle.co.uk.

Octavo (22.1 x 14.9 cm) pp. [8] 266 [2]. In publisher’s purple-blue cloth, spine lettered and bordered in gilt, dust jacket priced ‘15s. net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Very good, foxing to fore and top-edge, ghosting from dust jacket to spine and front board, in very good dust jacket, light toning to spine, foxing to outer edge of rear panel, minor wear to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 108953   Price: HK$ 1,300