You Have Been Warned (Signed copy)
Signed by Fougasse and Donald McCullough
Sixth edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 13cm, 141pp.
Signed by directly to the half-title page by Fougasse and McCullough. Fougasse (pseud. Cyril Kenneth Bird) was a cartoonist and editor of Punch, his pen-name was based on a type of Great War mine. Donald McCullough was a writer and broadcaster, being the first question master of The Brains Trust in 1941.
This guide to the road, originally published in Britain in 1935, is a compilation of humorous advice for perplexed motorists. It contains perennially useful tips on such topics as hand signals for drivers—from 'I am going to shake the ash off my cigarette' to 'I am frightfully fond of horses'—and 'The Road-User's Statute of Liberty and Magna Carta of the Road' (the Highway Code). A section on motor tours relates the pitfalls of map-reading and choosing a hotel, and sample driving-test questions are given ('Q: Describe the difference between roads made by the Romans and those constructed nowadays. A: The roads made by the Romans have lasted until the present time').
The book is in very good condition with a little rippling to the pastedowns and a previous owner's opposite the title page. The dustwrapper is tanned to the spine and chipped to the edges with some small areas of loss to the spine ends. It has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.