SEARLE, Ronald (illustrator). Les Très Riches Heures de Mrs. Mole. London; Artists' Choice Editions. 2011.
4to. Finely bound in Continental style in half warm beige morocco-backed terracotta-coloured faux-moleskin, flat spine handsomely lettered in gilt with neat onlaid leather lettering label to upper board finely blocked in gilt, pictorial endpapers, preserved in a beige cloth-covered slipcase with paper panels to sides; pp. [viii] + 47 numbered plates + [x]; with full colour frontispiece, pictorial prelims, other vignettes, and a total of 47 fine full colour plates after Searle's original watercolours, printed throughout on rectos; a fine copy; increasingly scarce.
First edition, issued as a "Special" edition, limited to only 156 numbered copies of which this is copy 43. Signed by both Ronald Searle and Monica, his wife. This beautifully produced book is typeset in Garamond by Charles Hall, printed by Adrian Lack at Senecio on Lambeth Cartridge and bound by Ludlow Bookbinders. It features 47 previously unseen watercolours by the popular artist Ronald Searle. These constitute a collection of personal paintings produced over five years as gifts for Searle's wife Monica who was undergoing gruelling treatment for cancer back in the early 1970s. The idyllic scenes showing the character of Mrs. Mole living the perfect life in rural France were presented to her at each stage of the process. The dream would become a reality as she did overcome the disease.