WAUGH, Evelyn. Black Mischief. London: Chapman & Hall, 1932.
8o. Frontispiece map. (Some very pale foxing.) Original red and black "marbled" cloth (spine slightly cocked, light wear at foot of spine). Provenance: E.E. Cretchley (signature on bookplate); GRAHAM GREENE (presentation inscription; Estate bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. AN OUTSTANDING LITERARY ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY WAUGH TO GRAHAM GREENE on the front free endpaper: "Not for Crutchley [sic] but for Graham from Evelyn." Waugh and Greene met while studying at Oxford in 1922, but did not become friends until fifteen years later when, in 1937, the two were affiliated with the upscale literary publication Night and Day. Greene, the editor, granted a weekly book page to the ever-impoverished Waugh. After a rocky start haggling over commssions, Waugh and Greene became close friends. Waugh prasied Greene's The Heart of the Matter in the Tablet: "... of Mr. Graham Greene alone among contemporary writers one can say without affectations that his breaking silence with a new serious novel is a literary 'event'.. [He] is a story-teller of genius."
Though both had converted to Catholicism, they had their differences. Greene's interpretation of Catholic doctrice was quite radical, for one, and he was a loyal socialist to Waugh's stauch aristocrat. Despite their differences, the two were loyal to each other, and counted each other as friends long after others had left them. Davis et al, VIII.
WAUGH, Evelyn. An Open Letter to His Eminence the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. London: Chapman & Hall, 1933.
8o. Original printed wrappers (lightly soiled). Provenance: Robert Byron (inscription on verso of half-title).
FIRST EDITION, "PROOF," POSSIBLY ONE OF ONLY SIX COPIES, inscribed by Robert Byron on the verso of the half-title: "Robert Byron withdrawn and never sold. One of six copies only."
[With:] WAUGH, Evelyn. Two autograph postcards signed ("E.W.") to the bookseller James Campbell, London, 22 March and 24 March 1950. 2 oblong 12o.
A VERY RARE WAUGH ITEM. Waugh's Open Letter was his controversial reply to an attack in The Tablet that Black Mischief was "a disgrace to anyone professing the Catholic name." Despite the support of Eric Gill, Father D'Arcy, Christopher Hollis and Douglas Woodruff, Waugh wrote the present defense of himself. Under the influence of several priests, though, Waugh withdrew the book, with only a small number of proof copies in existence. Waugh's postcards seeking to acquire the copy from bookseller James Campbell attest to its rarity: "I am interested to learn that a copy of An Open Letter to His Eminence 1933 is in the market..." (22 March). "I cannot tell you how many proofs of Open Letter exist. (It was never published.) Six would be a fair guess. I am flattened by the price you suggest. I will be glad to give £30 for it." Campbell ultimately rejected Waugh's offer below his asking price and sold the pamphlet to Marquerite Cohn of the House of Books in New York. It was thereafter sold to several private collections. Davis et al, IX. (2)