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Hand-Picked Howlers

Cecil Hunt, illustrations by Blampied

Horace Cecil Hunt was a journalist, editor, novelist and anthologist. He published his first book of 'howlers' in 1928 and his last in 1951. This is the first of three books of 'howlers' collected by Hunt that were illustrated by Edmund Blampied. Here are some examples:

Louis XVI was gelatined

Philosophy means being able to explain why you are happy even when you are poor

Marsupials are poached animals

Additional 'howlers' were published in 14 issues of The Sketch, a weekly news magazine, between December 1937 and June 1938. Each of these issues contained four 'howlers', each illustrated by Blampied except for one issue which only had three illustrations. These additional 'howlers' will be recorded in a web page for The Sketch.




Image of dust jacket



●  First edition

Bibliography code: MET-37.1.i

Publisher: Methuen Publishers, London

Series: none

Year: 1937

Format: 4to

Pages: vi; half title, pp 55, 20 ununmbered pages, bound in

Binding: white printed boards with same illustration as on the dust jacket

Size: 203 x 139 mm

Dust jacket signed: no

Internal illustrations: Decorated endpapers, decorated title page, 20 illustrations in sepia bound in, plus 34 line illustrations on the numbered pages, none signed

Price: 3 shillings 6 pence

Printing history: From third edition: First published October 28th 1937; Second edition, December 1937

Printed by: Butler & Tanner Ltd, Frome and London

Notes: The third edition gives the printing history.



Image of autographs

Autographs of author and illustrator (click to enlarge)




A second edition of Hand-Picked Howlers published in December 1937 is recorded in the third edition below, but it has not been seen. It is likley to be identical to the first edition, shown above.





●  Third and cheaper edition

Bibliography code: MET-37.1.ii

Publisher: Methuen Publishers, London

Series: none

Year: 1940

Format: 4to

Pages: vi; half title, pp 55, 20 ununmbered pages, bound in

Binding: white printed boards with illustration that does not appear in the book; title, author, illustrator, price and publisher on spine

Size: 184 x 124 mm

Dust jacket signed: no jacket

Internal illustrations: Decorated endpapers, decorated title page, 20 illustrations in sepia bound in, plus 33 line illustrations on the numbered pages, none signed

Price: 1 shillings 6 pence

Printing history:

Printed by: Butler & Tanner Ltd, Frome and London

Notes: Text


Image of cover

Cover of cheaper edition (click to enlarge)