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Waugh (Evelyn) P.R.B. An Essay on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 1847-1854, first edition, [one of 50 copies], Waugh's own copy with inscription to front free endpaper to Elspeth Waugh "from the author's father" dated "Nov: xix: 1926" and signed inscription below in Evelyn Waugh's hand "Bequeathed by her to the author", errata slip tipped in with additional ink correction at foot in the author's hand, browning to endpapers, original cloth-backed boards, light fading to head, corners a little bumped, a very good copy, preserved in custom morocco-backed drop-back box with small morocco book-label of Theodore Brinckman, 8vo, [Privately Printed by] Alastair Graham, 1926.

⁂ "The Pre-Raphaelites still absorb me. I think I can say without affectation that during this last week I lived with them night and day." - Evelyn Waugh, Diaries, 14th November 1925.

Waugh's own copy of his scarce first book. Waugh became fascinated with the Pre-Raphaelites in autumn of 1925 and when, in July of the following year, Alastair Graham suggested that Waugh write something for him to print, he wrote up his notes from the following year as the essay P.R.B. Although Waugh took a keen interest in the production of the book and sent back corrections from the proofs as well as supplying an errata sheet, he nevertheless noted in his diary on 17th November 1926, "P.R.B. has arrived with an uncorrected mistake I had noticed before and forgot to put in the errata"; it was presumably this error that Waugh added to the errata list in this copy. It was on the strength of P.R.B. that Waugh was able to secure the commission for his next book, Rossetti: His Life and Works (see lot 5).

Waugh's father rather liked the essay and it could be for this reason that he decided to gift this copy to his sister Elspeth, despite the fact that relations between the two had allegedly been strained since the death of their parents 20 years earlier. Of Waugh's three aunts on his father's side, he always regarded Elspeth as his favourite. He described her as "selfish, capricious and sharp tongued" (A Little Learning, p.49)- it was perhaps this last attribute that would have attracted Waugh most.

Provenance: The Anthony Hobson Sale, Sotheby's 28th June, 1996.

Waugh (Evelyn), P.R.B. An Essay on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 1847-1854, author's own copy, 1926..

Estimate: £5,000 - 7,000

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Waugh (Evelyn) P.R.B. An Essay on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 1847-1854, first edition, [one of 50 copies], Waugh's own copy with inscription to front free endpaper to Elspeth Waugh "from the author's father" dated "Nov: xix: 1926" and signed inscription below in Evelyn Waugh's hand "Bequeathed by her to the author", errata slip tipped in with additional ink correction at foot in the author's hand, browning to endpapers, original cloth-backed boards, light fading to head, corners a little bumped, a very good copy, preserved in custom morocco-backed drop-back box with small morocco book-label of Theodore Brinckman, 8vo, [Privately Printed by] Alastair Graham, 1926.

⁂ "The Pre-Raphaelites still absorb me. I think I can say without affectation that during this last week I lived with them night and day." - Evelyn Waugh, Diaries, 14th November 1925.

Waugh's own copy of his scarce first book. Waugh became fascinated with the Pre-Raphaelites in autumn of 1925 and when, in July of the following year, Alastair Graham suggested that Waugh write something for him to print, he wrote up his notes from the following year as the essay P.R.B. Although Waugh took a keen interest in the production of the book and sent back corrections from the proofs as well as supplying an errata sheet, he nevertheless noted in his diary on 17th November 1926, "P.R.B. has arrived with an uncorrected mistake I had noticed before and forgot to put in the errata"; it was presumably this error that Waugh added to the errata list in this copy. It was on the strength of P.R.B. that Waugh was able to secure the commission for his next book, Rossetti: His Life and Works (see lot 5).

Waugh's father rather liked the essay and it could be for this reason that he decided to gift this copy to his sister Elspeth, despite the fact that relations between the two had allegedly been strained since the death of their parents 20 years earlier. Of Waugh's three aunts on his father's side, he always regarded Elspeth as his favourite. He described her as "selfish, capricious and sharp tongued" (A Little Learning, p.49)- it was perhaps this last attribute that would have attracted Waugh most.

Provenance: The Anthony Hobson Sale, Sotheby's 28th June, 1996.

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