The First UK printing published by Chapman and Hall in 1942. The edition was limited to only 500 copies. The BOOK is in near FINE condition being free from erasures, markings and inscriptions. A little pushing to the spine tips. Gilt titling to the spine remains bright. A little toning and spotting to the text block but the pages remain clean. The WRAPPER is complete and is VERY GOOD++ or better condition. It is in remarkable condition for its age being a little nicked and rubbed in places more-so at the spine ends. A small closed tear to the upper front panel. The red lettering to the spine remains bright. A little spotted but this not detract from its appearance - The wrapper remains very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed (without dedication) by Evelyn Waugh to the title page. Written during the author's stint at Pixton Park, his wife's family's country estate, while Waugh was trying to become an officer. When he succeeded, the daily training regimen meant that he was not able to continue writing the piece. His brief preface to 'Mr Woollcott' suggests that he thought this was his best writing, though unsuited to the world after the outbreak of the war. Extremely scarce with such attributes. The first copy that we have handled to date. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Author Waugh, Evelyn
Publisher Chapman And Hall. 1942
Condition Near Fine / VG++