Tales My Father Told Me, subtitled An Evocation of Extravagant Episodes, by Sir Osbert Sitwell was published in 1962 and this is a first edition. The boards and spine are bound in green cloth. The front and back are plain, but the spine has the title in gold, in a blue box, edged with a gold border. Osbert Sitwell's name is printed below this and the publisher, with their logo, is at the bottom, both also in gold. The front corners have tiny bumps and the head/tail caps are slightly creased. We are told on the front flap that the dust jacket was designed by H. Cowdell. The front panel and spine are illustrated, in colour, with hand drawings of Mediaeval knights and a top-hatted dandy. On the back panel is a black & white photograph of Sitwell and a short biography. The blurb for the book is on the front flap, which has not been price-clipped.
The endpapers in plain grey paper are strong, although slightly discoloured, while the binding is tight. Despite being secure, the binding has come visibly apart between a few pages. The frontis piece is a black and white photograph of Sitwell. A page of illustration contents (actually black & white photographs), lists fifteen including the frontis piece. The page edges are clean and the board edges have little shelf wear. However, the top edges of the pages have been deliberately coloured blue by the printer/binder and some of the stain has bled onto the border of a few pages. The surfaces of the pages are good and the corners have no dog-ears. The dust jacket is torn and creased on the top edge, and at the bottom of the spine. It is discoloured on the faces, edges, turns and reverse.