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WAUGH, Evelyn.
When the Going Was Good.
London: Duckworth, 1946. Octavo. Bound for presentation in red half morocco, titles gilt to spine with raised bands, red cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Some scuffs to corners and raised bands, a little light rubbing to joints, internally fresh, a very good copy. Coloured frontispiece portrait of the author after a painting by Henry Lamb, and a folding map. First edition, first impression, number 2 of 20 copies printed on handmade paper for presentation by the author, this copy bound for presentation and superbly inscribed on the limitation page, "for Andrea Cowdin, from Evelyn Waugh, with warm thanks for the thousand ways in which she made the going very good in Hollywood, 1947". The recipient was the second wife of Universal Studios President John Cheever Cowdin. Waugh had just returned from his trip to Hollywood (February-March 1947), having been invited by MGM to discuss their making Brideshead Revisited into a film, which he had no intention of permitting but nonetheless took the opportunity of having a holiday with his wife, all expenses paid. The copy is accompanied by a laid-in letter, dated 6 April 1947, presenting the book, which makes clear that the binding was done for presentation and shows Waugh's anxiety that the book and gift be sufficiently impressive: "When you offered me the American edition of 'When the going was good' to sign I said I could do you something better. Looking at it now I am not so sure that I can. Except for the binding - which is all right - this isn't the fine edition I had hoped to find but it is the best we can do over h … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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