Title: Uncle and the Treacle Trouble
Author: J.P. Martin
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Year: 1967 (First Edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Book Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Description: "This book, the fourth in the saga of Uncle the benevolent millionaire elephant, is fantasia in the finest tradition. Adventures, each more extravagant than the last, tumble over each other, but never lose contact with reality. New characters – like the arch-snob Lady Lionease and Brashbag, the antique shop owner – make their appearance, and unexplored parts of Uncle's vast domain – such as Lonely Tower, where the Crookball people live, and the surrealist Monkey-and-Engine-Room Wood – are discovered. Fun and danger lurk behind every page."
Illustrated throughout with Quentin Blake's hilariously brilliant b&w sketches – several of which are full-page.
Signal red cloth boards with gilt text to spine. Corners lightly bumped; spine somewhat skewed. The unclipped (18s. net) dust jacket has been reinforced with paper and is in a protective polythene cover – the flaps have been taped down to the pastedowns. Apart from some minor wear along the extremities, plus nicks at the head and tail of the spine, the jacket is complete and loss-free. Being a former library book, there is a barcode and ticket holder affixed to the fep and front pastedown, respectively – as well as the remains of the lending record on the fep. There is some minor loss to the illustrated pastedowns. The pages themselves have resisted tanning and are white as snow, but there are several blots of foxing on a number of pages – pp. 54-55 having the most pronounced. There is also a negligible loss to the edge of p. 55.
Overall, a good copy of an incredibly rare book.
Measures 22 cm × 13.5 cm (8.8″ × 5.4″). 8vo. 184 pp.