11 October 2002
WAUGH, Evelyn. A Handful of Dust. London: Chapman and Hall, 1934.
8o. Frontispiece. Original red and black "marbled" cloth (slightly cocked, some wear at extremities); pictorial dust jacket (few short tears at edges, lightly soiled); Book Society advertising band. Provenance: GRAHAM GREENE (presentation inscription; estate bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY WAUGH TO GRAHAM GREENE on the front free endpaper: "For Graham with love from Evelyn."
A WONDERFUL ASSOCIATION IN ONE OF WAUGH'S MOST CELEBRATED NOVELS, esteemed by critics as the greatest achievement of his early period. The novel, a satire examining themes of contemporary amorality and the death of spiritual values, received immediate praise. Chosen as a Book Society Book of the Month, it ran to five impressions in the course of a single month. Prior to book publication, the novel was serialized in Harper's Bazaar. Waugh, as usual pressed for money, was pressed to agree to radical textual changes which created a happy ending for "The Man Who Liked Dickens," a short story intended for use as the final chapter. See lot 313 for more on the relationship between Waugh and Greene. Davis et al, XI.
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