ONE OF ONLY 42 SETS WITH SIGNED PRINTS
SEARLE, Ronald (illustrator). Watteau Revisited & More Scraps, Two New Books of Drawings. Oxford, The Foundry, Church Hanborough; The Inky Parrot Press. 2008.
Royal 8vo.; 2 volumes; both bound in publisher's turquoise blue leather-backed pictorial paper-covered boards, pictorial endpapers to both books, top edges plain, others untrimmed; both housed within oatmeal hessian-covered slipcase with orange pictorial panels to sides, containing the tan card chemise of loose prints and the publisher's pictorial prospectus; pp.  and pp. , printed on Zerkall mould-made paper by Aldgate Press and set in Garamond by Charles Hall; with lithographs throughout both books, printed in black and white; a fine set in slipcase.
First edition set, signed, and one of only 42 Specials, which were issued in quarter leather with a total of 6 original loose handcoloured prints (3 from each book), each numbered and signed again by both Ronald Searle and by the artist Annie Newnham. This artist completed the colouring under the Searle's supervision.
Searle's artwork for Watteau Revisted was commissioned in 1977 and formed a series of preparatory drawings for a Watteau medallion for the French mint. The pictures were exhibited at the Hotel de la Monnaie alongside the early eighteenth-century works of art, but were not seen again until this publication. More Scraps in no particular order is a random grouping of previously unpublished drawings alongside reviews and articles.