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WAUGH, Evelyn.
The Holy Places.
London: The Queen Anne Press,, 1952. Tall octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, light blue endpapers, top edge dyed red, others untrimmed. Housed in a red quarter morocco folding case. Frontispiece woodcut and title page printed in red, 3 further woodcuts in text printed in black. Spine and edges of boards faded, cloth lightly rubbed. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Angie with love from Evelyn, Christmas 1952" and additionally in red ink, "Corrected for Bob, 1953"; within the text Waugh has made forty corrections in red ink. Angie was the wife of Major-General Sir Robert Laycock, "Bob", Waugh's friend and military commander in the evacuation of Crete. Waugh and the Laycocks had a close and lasting friendship, and Laycock is believed to be the basis for the Sword of Honour character Colonel Tommy Blackhouse. 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. This copy is number 52 of 900 trade issue copies; a further 50 signed and specially bound copies were also issued.[Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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