Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Dummy Copies

Two intriguing manuscript books designed by Ronald Searle went for auction over the summer; 'dummy' copies of a Molesworth book ' Down With Skool!' and 'The Terror of St Trinian's'. It's fascinating to see Searle's thorough preparation for each project he worked on. I'd love to see more images if the buyer is reading this...

MANUSCRIPT. - Ronald SEARLE (illustrator) and Geoffrey WILLANS. Down With Skool! [N.p.: n.d. but circa 1953]. 98pp. original typed manuscript, loose leaf (257 x 198mm.) containing original Ronald Searle drawings in ink on approximately two thirds of the manuscript pages. (Red crayon cancel lines through all the leaves, browning, corner creases.) Tie-bound to top corner. Note: 'Down With Skool' is the first of the four 'Nigel Molesworth' novels that Searle illustrated for Geoffrey Willans. - And a further book by Ronald Searle and 'Timothy Shy' (a 'dummy' copy of 'The Terror of St. Trinians', 1952, 8vo) (2).

Publisher’s ‘dummy’ copy of The Terror of St Trinian’s, Ronald Searle’s first joint effort with Timothy Shy, aka D B Wyndham Lewis. Every illustration and printed text carefully pasted into place, complete with handwritten corrections and comments