First trade edition, first printing. Original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A better than very good copy, the binding firm, the extremities just a little rubbed and the cloth notably bright and fresh. The contents, with a previous owner's bookplate to the front pastedown, mostly hidden by the front flap, are otherwise clean throughout. Small closed tear to the top edge of several pages (a production fault) not affecting the text. Complete with the very good, lightly spine toned dustwrapper which has some chipping to the spine and flap fold corners, with a 1.5 x 1.5cm chip to the upper spine tip. Not price clipped (10s. 6d. net to the front flap).
This is the correct Chapman and Hall first trade edition and not the Book Society printing. It was preceded by fifty pre-publication "proof" copies for private distribution by the author. Evelyn Waugh's magnum opus and the subject of numerous television and film adaptations, most notably for television in 1981, starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews, and for film in 2008, starring Emma Thompson, Matthew Goode, and Ben Wishaw. A new television adaptation is currently in production.
Stock code: 20427