Scott-King’s Modern Europe.
Two copies, first editions, first impressions. Both presentation copies, inscribed by the author to Anthony Powell. The first, in blue biro, in a scrawling hand: “For Tony, the host of Bats with deep respect from Evelyn” and with a half-page caricature drawing by the author, of a woman with curly hair and a veil and a man (self portrait?) in evening dress. The second copy is inscribed, conservatively and somewhat sheepishly: “Dear Tony, I am conscious of having abused your hospitality by defacing a copy of this story. I accordingly inscribe this with simple esteem & gratitude. Evelyn Easter Tuesday 1955.” Each copy with Powell’s bookplate to the front pastedown. An exceptional association linking two of the great novelists of the twentieth century.
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2 volumes, octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge blue. With the illustrated dust jackets. Dust jacket illustration and coloured frontispiece by John Piper. Spines slightly toned. Excellent copies in bright jackets with a few minor nicks and chips to extremities.