Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1889. [Humour] First Edition, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp. ;315; , Arrowsmith's listings to pastedowns. Earliest title page with 'Quay Street' imprint lacking the street number '11', and first state adverts listing thirty seven Bristol Library titles ending in Max O'Rell's Jaques Bonhomme (later ads list forty six titles). With frequent vignette illustrations by Fredericks. Publisher's cyan cloth with gilt titles to spine and black to upper board. Shaken in the case, with some offsetting to endpapers. Illustrated bookplate of Raymond A. Stokes to front pastedown. Spine toned and rubbed with some pulling to head and tail. A few marks and bumps to boards. Very good. 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 #53700
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