Vile Bodies.London: Chapman & Hall, 1930 Stock Code: 91174
Presentation copy to a member of the Hypocrites' ClubFirst edition, first impression of Waugh's second novel. Presentation copy inscribed to David and Tamara Talbot Rice on the front free endpaper: "For David & Tamara with love from Evelyn (published Jan. 14th 1930)." David Talbot Rice was a member of the group at Oxford known as the Hypocrites' Club, along with Waugh, Anthony Powell, and Harold Acton. He and his wife Tamara, also an undergraduate at the same time, were Byzantine and Islamic art scholars of some note. They remained lifelong friends of Waugh's.
Octavo. Original black and red snakeskin cloth, titles to spine gilt. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. With the front panel of the dust jacket loosely inserted.
Spine very slightly faded, spine ends and bottom corners slightly worn, edges tanned, slight foxing throughout, a few small red stains along the bottom edge of prelims. An excellent copy.
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