Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1889. [Humour] FIRST EDITION, later printing with '11 Quay Street' on title page, but also the earliest adverts listing thirty-seven Bristol Library titles ending in Max O'Rell's Jaques Bonhomme (later ads list forty-six titles). Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp., 315; , advertisement. Dark blue half calf with twin burgundy morocco title labels lettered in gilt, raised bands, gilt rules to spine, matching blue cloth boards. Contents mostly clean, exterior unmarked. A near 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 #55429
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