WAUGH (EVELYN) Vile Bodies, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For David & Tamara with love from Evelyn (published Jan. 14th 1930)", Chapman & Hall, 1930
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WAUGH (EVELYN)
Vile Bodies, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For David & Tamara with love from Evelyn (published Jan. 14th 1930)", Chapman & Hall, 1930
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 4,890) inc. premium

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EVELYN WAUGH
Books from the Library of David & Tamara Talbot Rice, sold on behalf of a descendant
David Talbot Rice (1903-1972), Byzantine scholar, was a life-long close friend to Waugh, the two men having met as contemporaries at Oxford where both were members of the Hypocrites Club. In 1927 David married Tamara Abelevich Abelson (1904-1993) who, born in St. Petersburg and goddaughter of Tolstoy, "small, blue-eyed, vivacious, and hospitable" (ODNB) was to accompany and help her husband on his archaeological excavations throughout the East, and was admiringly described by Waugh as "the clever Russian" in his memoir, A Little Learning 1964. The Rices lived in the Cotswolds, and so were Gloucestershire neighbours of Waugh at Stinchcombe. David's legacy as an influential art historian and successful trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland, is memorialised in the "Talbot Rice Gallery", an art centre in Edinburgh where he taught for nearly forty years.
WAUGH (EVELYN)
Vile Bodies, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For David & Tamara with love from Evelyn (published Jan. 14th 1930)", pictorial title in red and black, occasional light spots, publisher's red and black cloth, extremities rubbed, fragment of upper panel of dust-jacket loosely inserted [Davis Checklist A5], 8vo, Chapman & Hall, 1930
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