SEARLE, Ronald (illustrator). Charles DICKENS (author). A Christmas Carol. London; Perpetua Books. 1961.
Royal 8vo. Publisher's rose-pink cloth prettily blocked in gilt to upper cover with a holly-wreath vignette, top edges bluish-grey, pictorial endpapers in colours, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper with wrap-around design by Searle; pp. [viii], 9-109 + [i]; with frontispiece, 6 double-page coloured plates, some in black-and-white, and illustrations throughout in line; an excellent copy, externally and internally fine, and uninscribed, with gilt gleaming, protected by an unusually fresh, unclipped dustwrapper (21s) with mild toning to spine and one tiny scuff to centre of spine.
First edition illustrated by this artist, "In Ronald Searle, this richly stuffed plum-pudding of a story has found its ideal illustrator. With infectious enthusiasm and Dickensian high spirits he captures once and for all the full flavour of this Ghost Story of Christmas" (flap blurb).