NICHOLS, Beverley (author). William McLaren (illustrator). Laughter on the Stairs. London; Jonathan Cape. 1953.
8vo.; publisher's cream cloth-backed mid-green cloth covers, spine lettered gilt on a green shield, top edges green, double-page pictorial endpapers in colours, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [x], 11-256; with decorated title, frontispiece, chapter-headings, tailpieces and other vignettes in wonderful line by William McLaren; externally fine, bar a few light speckles to edges of book block, protected by a near fine, unclipped dustwrapper (15s) with very slight toning to spine and a tiny sliver of loss to bottom edge of upper panel.
First edition, complete with the scarce loosely-inserted 4-page, and illustrated, publisher's flyer advertising the books of Beverley Nichols. A lively and entertaining account of the author's experiences renovating and enjoying his old Georgian house, Merry Hall.