Title: Professor Branestawm's Dictionary
Author: Norman Hunter
Illustrator: Derek Cousins
Year: 1974 (First Edition)
Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin Books Ltd.)
Remarks: 1st Puffin edition
Book Condition: Excellent
Jacket Condition: N/A
Description: "It had to come – the day Professor Branestawm gave his dictionary to the world! Famous already for his incredible inventions […] the genius of Great Pagwell has now turned his attention to the task of interpreting the English language. His research has shown that some words don't mean what they sound as if they ought to mean. And so he has invented his own kind of dictionary, or fictionary, especially for all those words that seem to have better meanings than the ones usually given to them."
Illustrated throughout with humorous b&w line drawings.
Apart from a minor horizontally-running crease across the rear (alongside some negligible shelfwear to the extremities), the pictorial covers are effectively in the same condition they left the publisher almost 40 years ago! The pages are also in superb condition. Minus the usual tanning found in paperbacks of this vintage, they are crisp, unmarked, and completely free from foxing. Super-tight binding.
A fine collectors' copy of the scarce first Puffin edition.
Measures 17.5 cm × 11 cm (7″ × 4.4″). 12mo. 64 pp.