First edition, first printing. Original blue cloth with gilt lettering to the spine, in dustwrapper. A fine copy, apparently unread, the binding square and tight, the contents clean without inscriptions or stamps. In the near fine dustwrapper. As is often the case with this volume, the red lettering on the spine has substantially faded (it is still decipherable); the author's name, printed in black, is unfaded. There is a small patch near the fold between spine and front panel where the laminate has lifted, though it remains unbroken. Not price-clipped (30s. net to the front flap). A bright, sharp copy. Scarce in this condition.
The priest, theologian and classicist Ronald Knox, friend to G. K. Chesterton and Hillaire Belloc, appointed Waugh as his literary executor. This biography, written with the approval of Knox (who died in 1957), was clearly a labour of love and joins the same author's study of Edmund Campion (another Catholic priest) as one of his rare excursions into biographical writing. 'His book is not only a scrupulous portrait. It is also a notable contribution to the history of English Catholicism [...]' (from John Raymond's 'Sunday Times' review).
Stock code: 19293