BLAKE, Quentin (illustrator). J.P. MARTIN (author). A complete set of 'Uncle' books: Uncle; Uncle Cleans Up; Uncle And His Detective; Uncle And The Treacle Trouble; Uncle And Claudius The Camel; Uncle And The Battle For Badgertown. London; Jonathan Cape. 1964-1973.
8vo. 6 volumes; bound in salmon pink, bright blue, yellow, red, turquoise, and mid blue linson boards, with spines lettered gilt and with pictorial endpapers in all but the final volume, preserved in white pictorial dustwrappers witin a purple cloth-covered slipcase with ribbon-pull; pp. [viii], 9-160; [viii], 9-176; [x], 11-172; [x], 11-184; [x], 11-192; [x], 11-171; with line illustrations throughout by Quentin Blake; externally fine with light speckling to the edges of volumes 3, 4 and 5, internally clean and sound throughout, protected by remarkably fresh dustwrappers, 3 of which are unclipped, with a slight horizontal crease to top edge of upper panel of Uncle, a faint score mark to upper panel of Treacle Trouble, a couple of inconspicuous horizontal scratches to spines, and minor rubbing to upper fore-edge fold of Claudius the Camel; phenomenally scarce as a set in this condition.
First editions, with each volume signed in ink by Quentin Blake to the title-page. A few of the 'Uncle' titles are very elusive which makes assembling a set in uniform condition a very difficult task.
This popular series of book about the pompous, fabulously wealthy, purple dressing-gown-wearing elephant called Uncle have inspired almost a cult following across the world. Although ostensibly a "grand, crazy comedy" the stories, it has been claimed, have multiple layers of meaning with some reading it as an exposé on the hypocrisy of society and others a critique of capitalism (Eccleshare. 1001 Children's Books).