Category Archives: First Editions

Brideshead First Exceeds Estimate

The first edition of Brideshead Revisited inscribed by Waugh to Deborah Devonshire (nee Mitford) and her husband Andrew sold today at auction for £52,500 ($78,400). According to one report, this was more than double the estimate. The identity of the … Continue reading

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Brideshead Cover Art on Display

A Roman Catholic quarterly literary magazine (Dappled Things) has kindly posted the cover art from copies of Brideshead Revisited dating back to the first editions. It does not claim to be complete and does not include any foreign language editions. … Continue reading

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Heywood Hill Bookstore Still Thriving

The Mayfair bookstore where Waugh was a customer and his friend Nancy Mitford was a manager is profiled in this week’s New York Times “T” magazine (“Shelf Life” p. 196). This is the Heywood Hill book store, in an article by Sarah … Continue reading

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First Edition of Brideshead to be Auctioned

Today’s papers report that a rare pre-publication copy of Brideshead Revisited belonging to the late Duchess of Devonshire (born Deborah Mitford) will be auctioned by Southeby’s.  Here is the story from the Guardian: The items include a true first edition of … Continue reading

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Santa Claus Day

The columnist for the TLS, who writes their “NB” page and goes by the initials J.C. (said to be the abbreviation of critic James Campbell), had a Waugh encounter described in the latest issue. On a day trip to Lewes, … Continue reading

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Waugh Listed on New Rare Book Index

The Financial Times has published a report of an index which tracks the prices of rare first editions. Among the 35 titles included is Waugh’s Decline and Fall which is listed at £9,364. Waugh’s friends Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and George Orwell are among … Continue reading

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Sale Announced of Anthony Powell’s Waugh-Inscribed Books

Bonhams has announced the sale next month of several books by Evelyn Waugh, including some of biographical interest inscribed to his friend Anthony Powell. For example, Waugh inscribed Powell’s copy of Decline and Fall (1928) with the message, “For Tony … Continue reading

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Huntington Library acquires major Waugh collection

The Huntington Library in San Marino, California (12 miles west of Los Angeles) has announced the acquisition of a major collection of rare editions and manuscripts of Evelyn Waugh. The collection, consisting of some 250 books and 135 letters and … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh Conference & Exhibit in Baltimore

Loyola Notre Dame Library in Baltimore is hosting two events this year to commemorate Evelyn Waugh’s visits to the United States in the late 1940s. Evelyn Waugh Exhibit (February 27th to April 7th): “An Englishman in Catholic America,” a display of … Continue reading

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Osbert Sitwell’s inscribed copy of Decline and Fall for sale

England's Colchester Bookshop is offering for sale a copy of Decline and Fall inscribed to Osbert Sitwell. From the listing at AbeBooks.com: An exceptional association and presentation copy from the very beginning of Evelyn Waugh's career as an author, dated … Continue reading

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