WAUGH, Evelyn. A Handful of Dust. London: The London and Norwich Press, Limited for Chapman and Hall, 1934.
8° (185 x 121mm). Frontispiece after J.D.M. Harvey. 2 leaves of publishers advertisements for Waugh's novels bound in at the end. (Occasional light marking, mainly marginal.) Original comb-marbled maroon and black cloth by G. and J. Kitcat, Limited, the spine lettered in gilt (extremities very lightly rubbed and bumped, spine a little faded and cocked). Provenance: John Sutro (1903-1987, presentation inscription on front free endpaper 'For John , with abiding love from , Evelyn'.
FIRST EDITION. A REMARKABLY WARM INSCRIPTION FROM WAUGH TO 'A LIFELONG FRIEND, LOYAL, HOSPITABLE AND ABOVE ALL HUMOROUS' (E. Waugh A Little Learning (Boston: 1964), p.194). John Sutro and Waugh had met and become fast friends at Oxford: both were members of the Hypocrites Club; when Sutro founded the Oxford University Railway Club in 1923 Waugh became a member (dedicating a drawing depicting the death of William Huskisson, the first person killed in a railway accident, to Sutro as a 21st birthday present); and when Sutro revived the magazine Cherwell he commissioned both stories and illustrations from Waugh. Writing in 1964, Waugh described Sutro thus: 'John is a lifelong friend, loyal, hospitable and above all humorous; a mimic of genius [...] It can be said of John, as of no other man I know, that he has never wearied of a friend or quarrelled with one, but has continued year after year adding more and more to their company from both sexes and every nationality' (E. Waugh, loc. cit.). When Waugh's wife Evelyn left him for John Heygate in 1929, Sutro was one of the friends who offered support to the writer at this most miserable period of his life; the present volume (which portrays Lady Brenda Last's infidelity and infatuation with the worthless John Beaver), was perhaps inscribed so strikingly in remembrance and recognition of that support. Davis, Doyle, Kosok, and Linck Evelyn Waugh A11.