When I began to read as a child, I had a favourite uncle who always gave me a book for Christmas. I am not sure whether he gave me books because he was my favourite uncle, or if he was my favourite uncle because he gave me books. Now that I am an adult, there are still books given and books received at Christmas. One of the delightful additions to our library this year was Slightly Foxed —but still desirable.
Originally published by Souvenir Press Ltd. in 1989, my copy is a 2015 Folio Society reprint. The drawings are Ronald Searle’s idiosyncratic interpretations of the terminology used by antiquarian booksellers.
There is a highly entertaining four page glossary at the back of the book, useful for those new to the language of booksellers. My favourite part of the book is Searle’s preface in which he describes his experiences as a book collector, beginning in his youth in Cambridge.
I was delighted to receive this book as a Christmas gift, and would recommend it for any not-TOO-serious bibliophile.
(Please note: all images in this review are taken from the Folio Society website.)