TOWNSEND, Sue (author). The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13¾. London; Methuen. 1982.
8vo. Original green linson boards lettered in gilt to spine, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [ix], 12-173 + [ii]; with line drawings by Caroline Holden; a fine copy with a neat gift inscription to the front free endpaper, protected by an immaculate, unclipped dustwrapper (£4.95); surprisingly scarce in this condition.
First edition. A classic of comic fiction: "Mole believes he is an intellectual. He is certainly a poet. He buys strikingly coloured stationery on which to write his poems and send them to the B.B.C. He is dogged by ill health as well as by an infuriatingly ever-present pet dog, and by a catalogue of misfortunes familiar to anyone over the age of thirteen" (preface).