1947 Scott King's Modern Europe
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First Edition, Illustrated, Pleasing Copy, Publishers' Original Binding, Uncommon, With Dustwrapper
The first edition of this novella by the noted author Evelyn Waugh. Published for the first time in an abridged form in the Cornhill Magazine in 1947, same year as the publication in book form.
Following Mr Scott-King, a middle-aged school master, who has found his affinity in an obscure seventeenth century poet, Bellorius, who dimly lived in that part of the Habsburg Empire which is now totalitarian state of Neutralia.
The Neutralian invite Scott-King to take part in the Bellorius tercentenary celebrations, and so the protagonist is plunged into the nightmare of totalitarian hospitality and into the life of Modern Europe.
An excellent copy in the unclipped dust wrapper.
Illustrated with a coloured frontispiece.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally lovely with only minor shelf wear and a minimal bumping to the head and tail of the spine. The cloth to the spine has slightly darkened. With a minor inscription to the front free endpaper by a previous owner, undated. The dust wrapper is very smart with only minor shelf wear and a minor sunning to the spine; unclipped. Internally, firmly bound. The pages are bright and clean with only some offsetting to the endpapers, as usual. Illustrated with a coloured frontispiece.
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