Tittivulus, or the Verbiage Collector …

London, Max Reinhardt, [1953].

4to, pp. [4], 136, [2]; illustrated by Ayrton throughout; publisher’s red cloth, dust-jacket printed in black, orange and yellow with a design by Ayrton; a fine copy in a near-fine jacket; bookplate of D. G. Bridson.


US $126€118

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First edition, signed, of Ayrton’s first literary work, a ‘charming, satirically irreverent and amusing’ book about a minor demon charged with the collecting of idle and pompous words. It was first conceived for the radio and broadcast on 22 December 1952 – the producer was Francis ‘Jack’ Dillon, one of Bridson’s earliest and closest friends at the BBC.

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