SEARLE, Ronald (illustrator). Charles DICKENS (author). A Christmas Carol. London; Perpetua Books. 1961.
Royal 8vo. Original rose pink cloth prettily blocked in gilt to upper board with a holly wreath vignette, top edges grey, pictorial endpapers in colours, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper with wrap-around design; pp. [viii], 9-109 + [i]; with frontispiece, 6 double-page coloured plates, some in black-and-white, and illustrations in line throughout; externally a near fine copy with slight bruising to spine ends, internally fresh with pale speckling to edges of book block, protected by an attractive, unclipped dustwrapper (21s.) with dusting and spotting to spine and a few small, closed nicks to spine ends.
First edition 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).