London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
WAUGH, Evelyn (1903-66). Decline and Fall. An Illustrated Novelette, London: Chapman & Hall Ltd., 1928. 8° (187 x 120mm). Half title, frontispiece and 5 full-page illustrations by Evelyn Waugh. (A few light spots at lower edges, very minor red ink stain from binding on front endpapers.) Original marbled-effect cloth, spine lettered in gilt, green pictorial dust-jacket with label printed in red on upper wrapper (backstrip and edges very slightly faded, tiny chips at foot of backstrip, small light stain on lower wrapper). A FINE COPY.
FIRST EDITION, IMPORTANT PRESENTATION COPY, the front free endpaper inscribed, "For Vyvyan [Holland] with best wishes from Evelyn." Evelyn Waugh is recorded as meeting Vyvyan Holland, Oscar Wilde's son, shortly after the publication of Decline and Fall. The event is briefly recorded in Selina Hasting's biography of Waugh: "Evelyn accompanied his wife to the parties she so loved including a 'tropical' party given by Oscar Wilde's son, Vyvyan Holland, where the Bystander flashlighted them looking startled and ill at ease in their safari kit." (Selina Hastings, Evelyn Waugh, London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1994). The illustration above is repeated on the back cover of this catalogue.
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