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, with a tan card chemise of loose prints and the publisher's prospectus, all housed within the original oatmeal hessian-covered slipcase with orange pictorial panels to sides; pp.  and pp. , printed on Zerkall mould-made paper by Aldgate Press and set in Garamond by Charles Hall; with lithographs throughout both books in black and white; a fine set in slipcase.
First edition, one of only 42 signed "Specials", which were issued in quarter leather with a total of 6 original loose handcoloured prints (3 from each book), each numbered and signed by both Ronald Searle and Annie Newnham, who completed the colouring under Searle's supervision.
Searle's artwork for Watteau Revisited was commissioned in 1977 and constitutes a series of preparatory drawings for a Watteau medallion prepared for the French mint. Searle's pictures were exhibited at the Hotel de la Monnaie alongside the early eighteenth-century works of art by Watteau, but were not seen again until this publication. More Scraps in no particular order is a random collection of previously unpublished drawings alongside interesting reviews and articles.