First Edition of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust
A Handful Of Dust.
Item Number: 2758
London: Chapman and Hall, 1934.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. An excellent copy with some of light foxing to the page edges.
Few writers have walked the line between farce and tragedy as nimbly as Evelyn Waugh, who employed the conventions of the comic novel to chip away at the already crumbling English class system. His 1934 novel, A Handful of Dust, is a sublime example of his bleak satirical style: a mordantly funny exposé of aristocratic decadence and ennui in England between the wars. "The most mature and the best written novel that Mr. Waugh has yet produced." (New Statesman & Nation). Listed by Modern Library as one of the 100 great novels of the twentieth century, and was chosen by Time magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to present.
Other Books by this Author
First Editions of Each Volume in Evelyn Waughs Classic Sword of Honour Trilogy; Each Volume Signed or Inscribed by the Author
London: Chapman and Hall, 1951-1961..
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed Sword of Honour Trilogy. Octavo, 3 volumes. Men At Arms is inscribed by the Waugh to fellow author, J.F. Powers, “For Jim Powers with admiration from Evelyn Waugh I bet you $1 you can’t finish it.” Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender are both signed by Waugh. Each are near fine in very good to fine dust jackets. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"It would be a dull world if we all thought alike": First Edition of A Handful of Dust in the Rare Dust Jacket; Signed by Evelyn Waugh
London: Chapman and Hall, 1934.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. A near fine copy in the rare dust jacket which shows some wear and tear. Signed by Evelyn Waugh. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare especially in the original dust jacket and signed.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1950.
First American edition of what the author always described as his best work. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to friend, fellow Catholic and novelist J.F. Powers on the front free endpaper, “For Jim Powers with warm regards from Evelyn Waugh.” Jim Powers was a novelist and short-story writer who often drew his inspiration from developments in the Catholic Church, and was known for his studies of Catholic priests in the Midwest. Writing about Powers’s first collection of stories, “Prince of Darkness,” Evelyn Waugh said that he “is almost unique in his country as a lay writer who is at ease in the Church; whose whole art, moreover, is everywhere infused and directed by his Faith.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. A nice association linking these two fine novelists.
“Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there's no room for the present at all": First Edition of Brideshead Revisited; Signed by Evelyn Waugh
London: Chapman and Hall, 1945.
First edition of Waugh’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Evelyn Waugh. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Scarce and desirable signed by Waugh.
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First British edition. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1956.
First edition of the re-issue. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Portia Washington Pittman to Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, To Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt The First Lady of the World- Sincerely- Portia Washington Pittman- Daughter of Booker T. Washington Sept. 1956.” Some tape residue to the front free endpaper and some wear to the cloth in a very good dust jacket.
First Edition of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; Bound In Full Green Morocco By Bayntun Riviere Bindery
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.
First edition of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound by Bayntun Riviere Bindery in full green morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled, gilt medallion portrait of Dickens on the front panel, gilt signature on the back panel, gilt marbled endpapers. In fine condition. Illustrated with 38 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne.
“All the time you're saying to yourself, 'I could do that, but I won't,' — which is just another way of saying that you can't"; Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman; Inscribed by Richard Feynman
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985.
First edition, later printing of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “For Camille Durand, Richard Feynman.” An excellent near fine example in a near fine dust jacket. Rare signed and inscribed.