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Waugh in Abyssinia - WAUGH, Evelyn - 1936. 
First edition; 8vo; original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Mary Herbert with love from Evelyn Oct. 1936." Mary Herbert became Waugh's mother- in-law, following his divorce and marriage to her daughter Laura. There were grave misgivings to the marriage from the Herberts, an aristocratic Catholic family; a further complication was that Laura Herbert was a cousin of Waugh's first wife Evelyn Gardner. Despite family hostility the marriage took place in April 1937. Mary appears to have been a domineering figure in the household at Pixton, the Herbert family house in Somerset, and relations between her and Evelyn were always stormy. In his autobiography Will This Do? Auberon Waugh recalled that on his father's first visit to Pixton, he was pelted with hard Italian buns and driven from the house. The date of this inscription, October 1936, comes two months after Waugh's first marriage had been annulled and is perhaps an attempt to mollify Mary. It is interesting to note that another copy of this work came up at auction (Sotheby's 19th May 1977) inscribed to Auberon Herbert, his future father-in-law, who also strongly opposed the union between Waugh and Laura. Very good some light spotting to endpapers, spine ends and corners a little bumped, preserved in custom made slip-case.
[Bookseller: York Modern Books]
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