SEARLE, Ronald (illustrator) and Geoffrey WILLANS (author). How to be Topp. London; Max Parrish. 1954.
8vo. Original maroon linen-grained linson boards, lettered and decorated in gilt to spine, pictorial endpapers, preserved in original pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [ix], 10-105 + [i]; with a host of illustrations by Searle; a near fine copy with the usual dulling to spine gilt, internally fresh and uninscribed, protected by an uncommonly attractive, price-clipped, dustwrapper with some light overall toning, slim rubbing to spine ends, tiny nicks to corner folds, and 2 barely noticeable closed fold tears (longest 12mm) now expertly repaired to the reverse with archival tissue.
First edition. Searle's masterful follow-up to Down With Skool! (Max Parrish, 1953). Molesworth runs riot at St. Custard's and has a wealth of advice for his fellow sufferers on how to "Akquire Culture and Keep the Brane Clean", "How to be Topp in French", and "How to Succeed as a New Bug".