Collins 1967. 2nd impression hardback with clipped dust jacket in fair condition - some wear/tear to jacket. Light marking/ fading to boards and bumping to corner edges/ top and bottom of spine. Pages are clean apart from some staining to pages 10/11 and binding is tight. Some light foxing/ browning to end papers. There is an owners name in ink on front end paper.
Although published some years and several books before the series finally finished, this was when new in 1966, the best of the stories up to that point, and boy, it is really really the best of the best. The chapters, extracts and short sharp snippets, (especially the page or two purely of similes) are all sharp, bouncy and funny, as they always would be when gleaning from the catalogue thus far.
One minor beef though, not all the chapters are the full stories from the originals, and one or two stop mystifyingly short of where any reader would be totally happy with; I suppose the author and publishers were adopting the tried and tested routine of leaving one on a cliff-hanger thus increasing the odds of at least some readers going out to buy the original the extract was from, or indeed any of the full Jennings books.
Want a good laugh? Get this. Don't worry if the seller here has just the 1 copy, there's more pop up regularly, and if not, then look for the title - 'The Best of Jennings' - this is just a re-title for a re-publishing several years after this edition, but it is the same book for sure.