The First UK printing published by Chapman and Hall in 1938.The BOOK is in near fine condition.Light toning to the text block.Small previous owner's attractive period bookplate to the front pastedown (Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr.).First State of the text, with "8" in publication date indistinct and slightly raised.Very light offsetting to the end papers.A sharp copy.The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ condition.It is the scarce correct first issue state.Some edge wear with small,closed tears, creasing and a little loss and rubbing more-so at the spine ends.Some mild rubbing along the folds. Spine colouring is a little faded as expected.White panels remarkably clean. Some tape remnant marks to the edges of the spine and corners on the verso which have come through to the front but these are not too obtrusive.The wrapper has NOT undergone any restoration or repairs.The wrapper looks very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover.A wonderful comic novel of Fleet Street, the trompe l'œil front panel, which reproduced the torn front page of a newspaper, included a clear pastiche of the Daily Express masthead.Lord Beaverbrook threatened to sue and the jacket was subsequently reprinted without the masthead.Very few copies remain with the original first issue wrapper.The previous owner, Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr. was an American bibliophile and the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City from 1938–1969.
Author Waugh, Evelyn
Publisher Chapman and Hall 1938
Condition Near Fine/Very Good+