First published in 1948, this masterpiece, written and illustrated by Mervyn Peake, shows him as one of the greats of the 20th century.
This is the story of a wayward uncle writing to his nephew of his adventures in the wild, searching for the White Lion, Emperor of the Snows.
I loved this book when I was a child, and still do so much. The pencil illustrations are beautiful, comic and slightly disturbing. Like Gormenghast, the story is grotesque, absurd and funny, with strange characters and a world askew to our own. Don't know if its still in print, this one is from 1976.