The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder. Revised EditionLondon: Chapman and Hall, 1945 Stock Code: 139951
An excellent presentation copy of Waugh's most enduring novel, inscribed by him on the title page to the Catholic chaplain of Cambridge University, "Alfred Gilbey from Evelyn Waugh 1945", and with an accompanying autograph letter signed presenting the book. Monsignor Alfred Gilbey (1932-1965) was chaplain of Fisher House, the Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Cambridge.
The accompanying letter, which is signed "Yours ever Evelyn", is dated 16 October and confirms his forthcoming lecture "to the Fisher on Nov 18th". "I wonder if you saw this novel of mine. They only printed about a dozen copies so most of my friends never read it. I managed to get hold of a copy the other day. Here it is." He also asks after present members at Fisher House, which had been converted to a rehabilitation centre for wounded RAF personnel, "Ex-service 25 years old? Invalid? Young men doing courses in telegraphy from the R.A.F.?".
This copy is of the "Revised Edition", the second trade edition, published the same year as the first.
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket.
Light rubbing to ends and corners of cloth, patches of fading at spine ends, sound and clean within, the jacket chipped at ends and corners with a little loss to the imprint text at tail, still a good copy.
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