Vile Bodies

WAUGH, Evelyn

INSCRIBED TO THE TALBOT RICES

WAUGH, Evelyn Vile Bodies

Chapman & Hall, 1930.

First edition. Original marbled cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front endpaper, "For David & Tamara with love from Evelyn (published Jan. 14th 1930)." Striking orange and black pictorial title page designed by the author. A very good copy indeed with slight wear to spine ends and bottom corners. Page edges browned and a little foxing throughout, with a few small red stains along the bottom edge of the preliminaries.

David Talbot Rice met Waugh at Oxford, where they, along with Brian Howard, Anthony Powell and Harold Acton were part of a set known as the Hypocrites Club, which was an influence on Waugh's depiction of the louche undergraduate behaviour in Brideshead Revisited.
Tamara was also an undergraduate at the same time and became a close friend of Waugh's before being romantically pursued by Talbot Rice. They married in 1927 and both pursued successful careers in Byzantine and Islamic art. They remained on friendly terms with Waugh, Tamara being particularly supportive on the break up of his first marriage.
Vile Bodies is the author's successful second novel, lampooning the rise of the 'Bright Young Things'. It is uncommon in an inscribed state.

Stock ID: 35631

£6,500.00

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