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Waugh (Evelyn) Vile Bodies, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to Maurice and Jane Marston "For this body which you call vile, my Lord Jesus Christ was not ashamed to die" to front free endpaper, pictorial title, 2pp. advertisements, bookplate of Janet Marston to pastedown, original cloth, spine a little darkened, first state dust-jacket with advertisements ending "Second Choice" to lower panel, spine a little darkened, minor repairs and restorations to foot of spine and corners, 1"portion of restoration to the head of spine affecting "Vile", repaired tear to head of lower panel, very good otherwise, preserved in custom slip-case, 8vo, 1930.

A very good copy of Waugh's classic early send-up of the Bright Young Things. Very difficult to find inscribed and in the rare first-state dust-jacket.

The quote in Waugh's inscription does not appear to be from any obvious source, however Waugh used it in at least one other inscribed copy of this title (to Marcel Boulestin), so it was clearly one he felt appropriate for the work.

Maurice Marston was a partner at the seemingly short-lived publisher Leonard Parsons and was later secretary of the National Book Council. It seems probable, therefore, that in one of these capacities he came into contact with Arthur Waugh, who then introduced he and his wife Jane to his son Evelyn. Evelyn Waugh mentions Jane twice in his diaries between 1924 and 1925, when he visited her for tea and accompanied her to the cinema. See also lots 13 and 28.

Provenance: The Clive Hirschhorn Sale, Bloomsbury Auctions, 25th October 2012.

Description

Waugh (Evelyn) Vile Bodies, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to Maurice and Jane Marston "For this body which you call vile, my Lord Jesus Christ was not ashamed to die" to front free endpaper, pictorial title, 2pp. advertisements, bookplate of Janet Marston to pastedown, original cloth, spine a little darkened, first state dust-jacket with advertisements ending "Second Choice" to lower panel, spine a little darkened, minor repairs and restorations to foot of spine and corners, 1"portion of restoration to the head of spine affecting "Vile", repaired tear to head of lower panel, very good otherwise, preserved in custom slip-case, 8vo, 1930.

A very good copy of Waugh's classic early send-up of the Bright Young Things. Very difficult to find inscribed and in the rare first-state dust-jacket.

The quote in Waugh's inscription does not appear to be from any obvious source, however Waugh used it in at least one other inscribed copy of this title (to Marcel Boulestin), so it was clearly one he felt appropriate for the work.

Maurice Marston was a partner at the seemingly short-lived publisher Leonard Parsons and was later secretary of the National Book Council. It seems probable, therefore, that in one of these capacities he came into contact with Arthur Waugh, who then introduced he and his wife Jane to his son Evelyn. Evelyn Waugh mentions Jane twice in his diaries between 1924 and 1925, when he visited her for tea and accompanied her to the cinema. See also lots 13 and 28.

Provenance: The Clive Hirschhorn Sale, Bloomsbury Auctions, 25th October 2012.

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