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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 second of three books of 'howlers' collected by Hunt that were illustrated by Edmund Blampied. Here are some examples:

The woman had her face lifted by a drastic surgeon

Two crotchets make a quaker

Blessed are the meek for they shall irritate the earth

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-38.1

Publisher: Methuen Publishers, London

Series: none

Year: 1938

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 32 line illustrations on the numbered pages, 8 initialled EB, one signed Blam, one signed Blampied

Price: 3 shillings 6 pence

Printing history: None stated

Printed by: Butler & Tanner Ltd, Frome and London

Notes: This copy was owned by Bettine Spear, Cecil Hunt's secretary, who cut Blampied's signature from a letter and pasted it in. The copy of the book also contains Spear's bookplate, designed for her by Blampied, which can be seen here.

Image of autographs

Dedication frm the author and signature of illustrator (click to enlarge)