London: Duckworth, 1932. Bentley, Nicolas. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 53 pp. Very good / very good. Item #19011803
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953), a prolific writer and poet as well as an avid sailor; he composed many poems of both comic and serious nature, and he would often collaborate with the noted writer G. K. Chesterton. Belloc wrote several volumes of children's poetry, often for the purpose of parody and humour, and these works brought him commercial success and acclaim. "Ladies and Gentlemen" is a collection of humour poems, similar in style to his poetry for children collected in "Cautionary Tales for Children", although the themes addressed are slightly more mature than what children may understand; it is a satire of society and particularly the upper classes.
Illustrated by Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978), with whom Belloc has collaborated numerous times to produce illustrated books of verse, the book demonstrates Belloc's ability to appeal to a diverse audience, of both children and adults.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter white cloth with champagne-coloured paper boards, black lettering and illustration in black and red on the front board, black lettering on the spine, title page with black-and-white illustration by Bentley, black-and-white illustrations by Bentley throughout; octavo size (9.75" by 7.5"), pagination: [1-6] 7-53. In a paper dust jacket with illustration matching the front board and black lettering on the front panel, black lettering on the spine, a list of other books by Belloc on the rear panel, and a description of the book on the front flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of "5/- net" on the front flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; boards are clean overall with some light soiling, some foxing to the edges of the text block and to the endpapers and first and last flyleaves, spine is very slightly cocked, and there is a prior owner inscription on the front free endpaper, dated 1932. The dust jacket is very good, unclipped, with bright colours, light soiling, overall toning and edge wear, with some slight chipping to the tops and bottoms of the creases and head and tail of the spine, and a few small pieces of tape at the head and tail of the spine.
___CITATION: Cahill no. 124.
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