The Holy Places.
With Wood Engravings by Reynolds Stone.London: The Queen Anne Press, 1952 Stock Code: 63077
NotesFirst edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 1 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total edition of 950 copies. The Holy Places is based on an article Waugh wrote for Life magazine, "The Plight of the Holy Places," (24 December 1951) after visiting Israel Palestine in 1951 with his friend Christopher Sykes. Patrick Leigh Fermor reviewed the work in the Sunday Times, noting that "few minor pleasures equal the delight of opening a book as beautifully presented as this" (21 December 1952).
Quarto. Original red morocco, titles to spine in gilt, grey endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With the dust jacket.
Frontispiece woodcut and title page printed in red, 3 further woodcuts in text printed in black.
Covers faintly soiled, endpapers a little tanned from turn-ins, light foxing to edges. A very good, bright, copy in the toned jacket with nicks to extremities, a small spot of dampstain to the front panel and two small closed tears to spine ends.
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