WAUGH (EVELYN) Scott-King's Modern Europe, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Tony the host of Bats with deep respect from Evelyn" WITH A HALF-PAGE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF A MAN AND WOMAN on the front free endpaper, Chapman & Hall, 1947; together with a later edition of the same title, INSCRIBED "Dear Tony, I am conscious of having abused your hospitality by defacing a copy of this story. I accordingly inscribe this with simple esteem & gratitude, Evelyn Easter Tuesday 1955" (2)

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Lot 333
WAUGH (EVELYN)
Scott-King's Modern Europe, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Tony the host of Bats with deep respect from Evelyn" WITH A HALF-PAGE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF A MAN AND WOMAN on the front free endpaper, Chapman & Hall, 1947; together with a later edition of the same title, INSCRIBED "Dear Tony, I am conscious of having abused your hospitality by defacing a copy of this story. I accordingly inscribe this with simple esteem & gratitude, Evelyn Easter Tuesday 1955" (2)

Sold for £ 5,250 (US$ 7,245) inc. premium
BOOKS AND LETTERS FROM THE LIBRARY OF ANTHONY POWELL
Scott-King's Modern Europe, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Tony the host of Bats with deep respect from Evelyn" WITH A HALF-PAGE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF A MAN AND WOMAN on the front free endpaper, frontispiece, publisher's cloth, 8vo, Chapman & Hall, 1947; together with a later edition of the same title, INSCRIBED "Dear Tony, I am conscious of having abused your hospitality by defacing a copy of this story. I accordingly inscribe this with simple esteem & gratitude, Evelyn Easter Tuesday 1955" (2)

Footnotes

  • FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED WITH A FINE CARICATURE DRAWING depicting the profile of a man in a dinner jacket (?self-portrait) and a large-eyed woman in a veil, to Anthony Powell, "the host of Bats". The occasion of the inscription, and to what it refers is a tantalising mystery, the freedom of its execution suggesting that it was done in a moment of spontaneity. The second copy is inscribed somewhat sheepishly, Waugh apologising for previously "having abused your hospitality by defacing a copy of this story". Christopher Sykes considered Scott-King's Modern Europe "a masterly minor work" writing that "it is beautifully thought out and constructed and those who enjoy Evelyn as a clown can find here all the farce they can want" (Sykes, Evelyn Waugh, 1975, pp.297-299).
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