Alex Smith

Alex Smith

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Saturday, 17 December 2016 16:08

242. WAUGH, EVELYN.

A Little Learning, Chapman & Hall, London, 1964. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to Anthony Powell and his wife: "For Tony and Violet with love from Evelyn". Although Powell is only referenced on two occasions in the text one of these notes that he had introduced Waugh to his first publisher at Duckworth - where Powell worked - in 1928. The other reference has a pencil note by Powell in the margin inserting the first name "James" of Reynolds, a drinking partner of Waugh's during an extraordinarily bibulous visit to Oxford a year or two after he graduated. Powell has made marginal notes in pencil of the names of unidentified characters on several pages. With Powell's bookplate to the front pastedown and a bureau press-cutting of The Times's `Court and Social' report on the requiem mass for Waugh at Westminster Cathedral on 21 April 1966 tipped-to the rear free endpaper. Powell attended the service and has under-lined his name in pencil. An excellent copy in [supplied] dustwrapper. £4250

Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:57

241. WAUGH, EVELYN.

The Life of the Right Reverend Ronald Knox, Chapman & Hall, London, 1959. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to Anthony Powell on the day of publication: "For Tony with warm regards from Evelyn October 8th 1959". With Powell's bookplate to the front pastedown. Powell and Waugh met at Oxford. Subsequently Powell introduced Waugh to his first publisher at Duckworth - where the former worked - in 1928 and the two remained
friends until Waugh's death in 1966. Spine gilt a little rubbed, slightly cocked but a very good copy in [supplied] dustwrapper slightly faded at spine. £3750

Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:56

240. WAUGH, EVELYN.

Helena, Chapman & Hall, London, 1950. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to Anthony Powell: "For Tony, the best that I am able to do from Evelyn" and with Powell's bookplate to the front pastedown. Powell and Waugh met at Oxford. Subsequently Powell introduced Waugh to his first publisher at Duckworth - where the former worked - in 1928 and the two remained friends until Waugh's death in 1966. Waugh often called "Helena" his best work and the inscription suggests that he wasn't joking. The novel is based on the life of Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, whose Edict of Milan in 313 allowed Christians religious freedom. Helena was credited, somewhat later, with the discovery of the cross on which Christ was crucified. Spine gilt a little rubbed, slightly cocked but a very good copy in [supplied] dustwrapper missing a couple of small chips from lower panel. £7500

Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:55

239. WAUGH, EVELYN.

Robbery Under Law, Chapman and Hall, London, 1939. First edition. A very good copy in dustwrapper with professional restoration to
extremities of spine and lower part of upper panel. £750

Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:55

238. WAUGH, EVELYN.

Waugh in Abyssinia, Longmans, Green and Company, London, 1936. First edition. Contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper, small patch of fading to cloth at head of spine else a very good copy in dustwrapper with some restoration to base of spine and corners. £1500

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I have been writing about drinks since 2000, mainly for newspapers and magazines, and also through my blog, which is being updated alphabetically here (see below).

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