Something in the Cellar...
Wonderful World of Wine
Surveying wine and its devotees in pen and ink, these drawings were created for a variety of publications in the 1970s and early 1980s by the great satirical cartoonist, Ronald Searle (1920-2011). Along with 'The World of Wine' series covering wine ceremonies worldwide, from the fraught Annual Ceremony of Accepting the Kremlin Rouge in the USSR to Spain's joyful Festival of Hoofing the Rioja, are various lunatic methods for opening a bottle of wine and other wine-related mishaps.
Slightly Foxed – But Still Desirable
Ronald Searle's Wicked World of Book Collecting
‘Ordering from a bookseller’s catalogue without speaking the specialist language’, writes Ronald Searle, ‘is about as dangerous as trying to chat up the promised-in-marriage daughter of a Corsican tax inspector’. For the would-be collector Searle presents an irreverent glossary of 60 bookselling terms, illustrated as only he can with book-loving cats, dogs and insects, lady librarians and manic bibliophiles.
Episodes in the Life of a Bulldog Pup
Cecil Aldin (1870–1935), who was said to have ‘captured the very soul of a dog’ in his illustrations, follows the fortunes of a prize-winning Bulldog puppy with a somewhat inflated idea of himself, from lording it over his litter sisters, through the high-life with an actress to the simple life on a farm. First published in 1905 as A Gay Dog.
‘It is not necessary to wait until all conditions for making revolution exist; the insurrection can create them.’ Che Guevara’s classic manual on the principles of guerrilla warfare, which explains tactics, logistics and the social responsibility of the guerrilla fighter, reads not only as a call to arms for the oppressed, but as a justification of the Cuban Revolution itself. Off-mint.
In this extraordinary vision of the feline world we encounter a 'circus cat secretly rehearsing Hamlet', an 'unusually repulsive cat startled by a gesture of affection' and 'the exhausted Persian cat contemplating the advantages of monogamy'... three of the weird and wonderful creatures captured by Searle's inimitable illustrative style and vivid imagination.