Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1889. [Humour] First Edition, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.; 315; [4 of advertisements], Arrowsmith's listings to pastedowns. Earliest title-page with 'Quay Street' imprint without the street number '11' present, first state adverts listing thirty seven Bristol Library titles ending in Max O'Rell's Jaques Bonhomme (later ads list forty six titles). Half dark blue calf with gilt titles to spine, blue cloth boards. Minor toning and W.H. Smiths embossed stamp to half title, exterior unmarked. A fine copy in a handsome recent leather binding. The ultimate late Victorian satire of the Great British Holiday, involving an ill-conceived jaunt along the Thames and a host of fabulously English characters including the relentlessly Pan-like canine companion Montmorency. Adapted in many forms, and notably voiced as an audiobook by Hugh Laurie, it develops an idyllically inept vision of England still familiar today. Item #52738
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