Durrell, Gerald

The naturalist Gerald Durrell was larger than life and twice as humorous, able to bring out the funniest and most fascinating aspects of his animal-collecting life and its roots in his Corfu upbringing.
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A Zoo in my Luggage, 1st edn 1960 (2nd printing) (Gerald Durrell)Another winner by Durrell published in 1960 by Rupert Hart-Davis and illustrated again by Ralph Thompson; this book describes their search for a place to establish a zoo to house his latest collection. This jacket is for the 2nd printing, issued later in the year of publication.

Jacket illustration by Ralph Thompson.

ReproJacket #62-B-1, size 221.1x490mm.
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Encounters with Animals, 1st edn 1958 (Gerald Durrell)Note: This jacket is price-clipped.

Jacket design and illustrations by Ralph Thompson.

ReproJacket #215-A-1, size 221x483mm
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My Family and Other Animals, 1st edn 1956 (1st print) (Gerald Durrell)My Family and Other Animals was an early book by Durrell, following up on his descriptions of animal-collecting trips with an attractive description of his childhood in Corfu. The book was adopted at an early stage of publication by The Book Society, which popularized it immensely.

This ReproJacket is for the very first printing, before the Book Society involvement. In this form it may never have reached the public bookshelves, as it is usually seen only with a sticker at the foot of the front flap which reduces the price to 16 shillings. A later printing shortly thereafter incorporated the sticker content into the jacket itself, as well as making other subtle changes.

Jacket illustration by Ralph Thompson.

ReproJacket #2-A-1, size 221.5x507mm.
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My Family and Other Animals, 1st edn 1956 (2nd print/Book Society) (Gerald Durrell)This jacket was issued with a further printing of My Family and Other Animals following the association with The Book Society. The book itself now includes this association within the publication details on the verso of the title page, and the sticker which had been affixed to the 1st issue jacket is no longer required as its content has been included within the jacket itself.

Other minor differences from the original jacket include a greyer version of the brown ink, and a significant shift in the position of the textual content.

Jacket illustration by Ralph Thompson.

ReproJacket #2-B-1, size 221.5x507mm.
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The Bafut Beagles, 1st edn 1954 (Gerald Durrell)One of Gerald Durrell's earliest books describing his animal collecting trips was The Bafut Beagles, published by Rupert Hart-Davis in 1954. As with the other Hart-Davis books by Durrell, it was perfectly illustrated by Ralph Thompson, who died at the age of 95 in May 2009.

ReproJacket #58-A-1, size 221.5x487mm.
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The Drunken Forest, 1st edn 1956 (2nd printing) (Gerald Durrell)Durrell contracted malaria on one of his early trips, and spent his convalescence writing further books to raise funds for future trips. He produced this title, The Drunken Forest, and perhaps his most enduring book My Family and Other Animals during this period. Here we have the second 1956 printing of the first of these.

Jacket illustration by Ralph Thompson.

The jacket is price-clipped.

ReproJacket #60-B-1, size 220.9x503mm.