WAUGH, Evelyn

Love Among the Ruins. A Romance of the Near Future. With Decorations by Various Eminent Hands Including the Author's.

Published: Chapman & Hall

Date: 1953

Limited edition; 8vo; red buckram; top edge gilt others uncut. Number 30 of 50 copies for presentation from an edition limited to 350 copies. Inscribed by the author on the limitation page, “For Basil [Bennett] with warm regards from Evelyn.“ Colonel Basil Bennett (1894-1966) was a lifelong friend of Waugh's after they shared digs whilst stationed at Sherborne during the war. Bennett's father was the owner of the Hyde Park Hotel and when, after the war, Bennett became manager there, Waugh frequently brought his family to stay. The convenient central London location and the possibility of cheap alcohol at the hotel bar meant that both men continued a convivial friendship (with only the occasional rupture) for much of their lives. A touching testimony to their friendship can be found in a letter of Waugh’s to Nancy Mitford in 1947: “The only Christmas presents I have received are the exquisite pen from you and some wine from Basil Bennett. I love you both. What a pity you & he never married.” Very good a little spotting to the end papers and the spine is faded, preserved in custom made slip-case.



Offered by York Modern Books