Brideshead Revisited
Unopened pre-publciation edition, 1945
WAUGH, Evelyn (1903-1966). Brideshead Revisited. The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder. A Novel. London: Chapman & Hall Ltd., 1945.

Unopened pre-publication edition, the true first edition of Brideshead Revisited, one of only 50 copies printed for the author for distribution to friends. Waugh requested that this special edition be printed in order to solicit changes from his friends: "Six months before publication, fifty copies were specially bound and sent to friends for Christmas. Evelyn, in Dubrovnik [as a member of the Military Mission to Tito] waited eagerly for the first reactions..." (Selina Hastings, Evelyn Waugh, London, 1994, p.490). Several changes were made as a result of his friends' comments, including some passages considered too coarse by Fr. Martin D'Arcy. Containing the publisher’s slip stating Waugh’s regrets that he is unable to inscribe the books as he would have wished.

Octavo. Original stiff blue wrappers, title label and publisher's notice on front cover, unopened, publisher's slip laid in (a few light spots, spine a little toned); custom box.
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