1928 Decline and Fall
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding
First edition, first impression, first state, with "Martin Gaythorne-Brodie" and "Kevin Saunderson" unchanged on pages 168 and 169.
In the original characteristic red snakeskin-like cloth.
'Decline and Fall' is Waugh's first published novel, partly based on Waugh's schooldays at Lancing College and Hertford College, Oxford.
As is typical for Waugh, this is a satirical novel, lampooning British society in the 1920s.
Illustrated with a frontispiece, and five plates. Collated, complete.
Written by Evelyn Waugh, a member of the Bright Young Things group of the 1920s.
Pencil inscription of Joyce Gill to the recto of the front endpaper. Joyce Gill was a life-long friend of Evelyn Waugh. Joyce and Evelyn had a passionate affair during the annulment of Evelyn’s first marriage to ‘She-Evelyn’. The pair were introduced sometime around Christmas in 1923 at a nightclub in Fitzrovia, their affair seeming to come to a head in the summer of 1935, when Evelyn invited Joyce to leave her husband and join him on his travels to Abyssinia.
Portrait of the author tipped-in the half-title.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, 'Mudie's Select Library' to the head of the front board, a little rubbed and worn with loss. Spine is discoloured. Bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Small cracks to the rear joint, with a little loss of cloth. A small amount of loss of cloth to the head and tail of the spine. A few light marks to the boards and spine. Rear hinge is starting but firm, with an amateur aged repair causing discolouration. Torn label to the front paste down. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are very lightly age-toned and clean with some scattered spots.
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