London, South Kensington
9 July 2002
WAUGH, Evelyn (1903-1966). A Little Learning. The First Volume of an Autobiography, [all published], London: Chapman & Hall, 1964. 8° (216 x 140mm.). Half title, half tone frontispiece, title printed in red and black, plates. (First few leaves very lightly browned). Original blue-grey cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust-jacket. (Cloth a little faded at edges, dust-jacket with a few tears and some minor fraying).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, the front free endpaper inscribed, "For Pamela Onslow, a souvenir of Combe Florey, from Evelyn Waugh." Also included in the lot is a 2-page autograph letter from Evelyn Waugh to Pamela Onslow discussing Christmas, travels to Mexico and Brazil, minor family illnesses and the publication of A Little Learning. "I did not send you A Little Learning because it is, in the first (& perhaps only) edition a mass of misprints & mistakes. If it is ever re-issued I will send you a copy." Since the present copy is a first edition, Pamela Onslow was clearly insistent on the matter.
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