With The First State Wrapper
Waugh, Evelyn ~ Waugh in Abyssinia
Longmans, Green and Co., London : 1936
The first UK printing, published by Longmans, Green and Co., London in 1936. The book is in Very Good++ or better condition with just some very light mottling to the boards. The gilt titling remains bright. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The red top stain is present. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ condition. It is the very elusive first state wrapper. Some edge-wear with loss at the spine ends and a small chip to the upper front panel. Some light toning to the spine and mild staining to the rear spine fold. Splitting to the spine folds with some tape reinforcement to the verso. The John French wrapper artwork remains striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. Before publication, Waugh objected to the publisher's blurb on the front flap of the wrapper. Longmans attempted to recall all copies hitherto distributed and stuck a card with revised printed text over the offending blurb on the front flap. This is one of the very few copies with the uncorrected wrapper that has survived. This copy refers to ’Mr Waugh went to Addis Ababa as a war correspondent, but failed to see very much of war…’. It is thought that only a handful of copies exist with this preliminary state wrapper with only two copies as such have appeared at auction in the last 20 years. A scarce survivor.
CONDITION: Very Good++
JACKET: Very Good+