WAUGH (EVELYN) Helena, FIRST EDITION, LARGE PAPER COPY, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "Patrick [Balfour] with love from Evelyn Oct. 1950" on front free endpaper, Chapman and Hall, 1950

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WAUGH (EVELYN)
Helena, FIRST EDITION, LARGE PAPER COPY, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "Patrick [Balfour] with love from Evelyn Oct. 1950" on front free endpaper, Chapman and Hall, 1950
Sold for £ 3,125 (US$ 4,106) inc. premium

Lot Details
WAUGH (EVELYN)
Helena, FIRST EDITION, LARGE PAPER COPY, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "Patrick [Balfour] with love from Evelyn Oct. 1950" on front free endpaper, light spotting to endpapers, publisher's white cloth, spine darkened, small stains on lower cover, large 8vo, Chapman and Hall, 1950

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  • ONE OF APPROXIMATELY 50 LARGE PAPER COPIES PRINTED ON HANDMADE PAPER, AND SPECIALLY BOUND FOR PRESENTATION BY THE AUTHOR. "The indifferent reception given to what Evelyn believed to be by far his own best book was the greatest disappointment of his whole literary life" (Christopher Sykes, Evelyn Waugh. A Biography, 1975, p.337).

    Provenance: Patrick Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross (1904-1976). Balfour was a lifelong close friend of Waugh (who affectionately referred to him as "Pauper" or "Mr. Gossip" from his time as gossip columnist for the Evening Standard), from their days together at Oxford, as members of the "Bright Young Things" set and as journalists together in Africa. Included in the lot is a small group of autograph letters written to Kinross, including: one from Laura Waugh (7 May 1966) written after Evelyn Waugh's death ("... It makes such a difference hearing from people who really knew & understood Evelyn ... How right you are in saying he would have enjoyed criticizing his own obituaries and writing his own..."); one from Auberon Waugh (25 June 1973) following the death of his mother Laura ("... you are quite right - she was a woman of the most remarkable qualities..."); four from Waugh's biographer Christopher Sykes (15 May to 19 September 1973) asking for information on Evelyn, in particular relating to his connections to Telford Waugh, author of Turkey Yesterday Today & Tomorrow; together with a large collection of press cuttings relating to Waugh, and a copy of Balfour's book The Candid Eye.
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