Basil Seal Rides Again or The Rake’s Regress.
Frontispiece by Kathleen Hale.
First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 750 numbered copies, this an out-of-series copy inscribed by the author on the limitation leaf, “For Frederick Stopp, from Evelyn Waugh, with autumnal greetings.” Stopp, a Cambridge don, had published Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of an Artist five years earlier. It was a hefty tome initially, and Waugh bemoaned its length, writing that “a third could go without loss” in a letter to the publisher John MacDougall, 29 October 1957. As per Waugh’s instruction, 15,000 words were cut. It is said that Ronald Knox sent Waugh a telegram: “Stop Stopp Stop.”
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Quarto. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and pictorial design to front board gilt, blue endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Colour frontispiece by Kathleen Hale, title page printed in blue. Spine and board edges a little faded, internally fine. An excellent copy.