11 October 2002
WAUGH, Evelyn. Scoop. A Novel. London: Chapman & Hall Ltd., 1938.
8o. Original brown wrappers, paper title-label on front cover (upper right hand corner of front wrapper town away).
UNCORRECTED ADVANCE ISSUE OF THE FIRST ISSUE. SCARCE: no advance copies in wrappers have appeared at auction in at least thirty years according to American Book Prices Current.
WAUGH, Evelyn. Scoop. A Novel about Journalists. London: Chapman & Hall Ltd., 1938.
8o. (Some pale foxing to preliminaries.) Original red and black "marbled" cloth (endpapers slightly discolored); pictorial dust jacket (light wear at extremities, soft vertical crease along spine); ADVERTISING BELLY BAND.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE JACKET, with the Daily Beast masthead present and with the scarce advertising belly band; first issue, with "s" in "as" in the last line of p.88. With Chapman & Hall postcard laid-in.
Lord Beaverbook, proprietor of the Daily Express was not amused with Waugh's scathing spoof of him in Scoop, nor was he amused with the dust jacket illustration which parodied his masthead. He threatened Chapman & Hall with a lawsuit which resulted in the removal of the masthead in all later issues.
Scoop was the last full-length novel in the first half of Waugh's career, composed in the kinetic, comic style for which he was praised. Quite self-consciously, Waugh re-invented his style with more weight and solemnity, a style which is first fully realized in Brideshead Revisited. Davis et al, XV. (2)
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