8vo, pp. viii, 119, ; a very good copy in the original publisher’s blue cloth, without the original dust-jacket; inscribed ‘To The Press Gallery House of Commons with salutes from A.P.Herbert’ to the title-page, stamp and shelfmark of the Parliamentary Press Gallery to the front pastedown, Reporter’s Gallery stamps (cancelled) to the fly leaf and rear pastedown.
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First edition of this collection of assorted verses from the satirical master, Sir Alan Patrick Herbert. A long-time occupant of parliamentary circles, Herbert was an ardent supporter of legal reform, most notably of laws on divorce and obscenity.
The Times (14 August 1945) noted ‘his individual niche in the parliamentary temple as the doughty vindicator of the private member's rights, including not least the right to legislate.’
Deaccessioned from the House of Commons itself, this copy has an appropriately lawful provenance.
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