BAWDEN, Edward (illustrator). Hold Fast By Your Teeth. London; Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd. 1963.
4to. Original pictorial boards, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. ; with pictorial title-pages and a profusion of other coloured illustrations throughout, including many full-page, all printed by auto-lithography; a near fine copy with small abrasion to tail of spine, very light speckling to plain endpapers, and title and frontispiece spread, internally fine, in a very good, unclipped dustwrapper (18s) with small wear to spine ends and very shallow chipping to tail and forecorners, a 16mm closed tear to bottom edge of lower panel and another, 24mm to lower joint fold at base of spine, and another couple of tiny closed splits to bottom edge (2mm and 5mm).
First edition of Edward Bawden's first book for children. This is a collection of 9 individual stories which were originally penned and illustrated for the enjoyment of the artist's children. Bawden revisited the artwork and later reworked the images for this publication. The tales are "amusing and heartless, such as any good father would like to be able to tell and to sketch if he had the ability" (dustwrapper blurb).