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Fine Books and Works on Paper: Day One

Wednesday 13th July 2016: 2:00pm BST

65Waugh (Evelyn) 3 Autograph Postcards initialled “E.W.” to Cyril Ray

Waugh (evelyn) 3 autograph postcards initialled “e.w.” to cyril ray

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Waugh (Evelyn) 3 Autograph Postcards initialled "E.W." to Cyril Ray, 89 x 140mm., on cards headed Combe Florey House, Nr.Taunton, 24th July, 1961¸ 8th and 23rd April, 1963, discussing the use of the term "Socialism" in relation of George Orwell and Malcolm Muggeridge, Ray's restaurant reviews, giving permission for Ray to quote from Brideshead Revisited and thanking Ray for sending a bottle of wine, preserved in custom folding chemise with morocco label to upper cover.

⁂ "I simply meant that Orwell and Mr Muggeridge were dedicated to the class war."

Unpublished cards from Waugh being predictably dismissive of left-wing contemporaries and mourning the current décor of the Tour d'Argent: "When I last visited it I found a hell of Americans among chromium plating and a maître d'hôtel in a plum coloured dinner jacket."

Cyril Ray (1908-91) author and journalist. In later years Ray became known principally as a food and especially a wine critic, explaining why Waugh would have so readily accepted the offer of a bottle wine. A committed socialist, Ray is unlikely to have appreciated Waugh's flippant tone towards the term in his first card, possibly explaining the almost two-year gap between the first and second missives.

Full Lot Details

Waugh (Evelyn) 3 Autograph Postcards initialled "E.W." to Cyril Ray, 89 x 140mm., on cards headed Combe Florey House, Nr.Taunton, 24th July, 1961¸ 8th and 23rd April, 1963, discussing the use of the term "Socialism" in relation of George Orwell and Malcolm Muggeridge, Ray's restaurant reviews, giving permission for Ray to quote from Brideshead Revisited and thanking Ray for sending a bottle of wine, preserved in custom folding chemise with morocco label to upper cover.

⁂ "I simply meant that Orwell and Mr Muggeridge were dedicated to the class war."

Unpublished cards from Waugh being predictably dismissive of left-wing contemporaries and mourning the current décor of the Tour d'Argent: "When I last visited it I found a hell of Americans among chromium plating and a maître d'hôtel in a plum coloured dinner jacket."

Cyril Ray (1908-91) author and journalist. In later years Ray became known principally as a food and especially a wine critic, explaining why Waugh would have so readily accepted the offer of a bottle wine. A committed socialist, Ray is unlikely to have appreciated Waugh's flippant tone towards the term in his first card, possibly explaining the almost two-year gap between the first and second missives.