First US edition. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For the Children of Mary, Waltham Cross, 3rd Dec 1949”. Referred to in Waugh’s novel under its French name, Enfant de Marie, the Children of Mary exists to help children and young adults sanctify their lives with acts of devotion and minor self-sacrifice.
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Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in crimson morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, inner dentelles, dark green endpapers, gilt edges. A couple of minor blemishes otherwise an excellent copy in a fine binding.