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Henley on Thames
Oxfordshire
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27 Hart Street
Henley on Thames
Oxfordshire
RG9 2AR
Contact Sam Jonkers
Telephone 01491 576427
Specialists Children's Fiction, Illustrated Books, 19th and 20th Century Literature, Modern First Editions, Inscribed and Association Material, Original Illustrative Artwork, Fine Books, English Literature
Jonkers Rare Books
Stand B09

HOUSMAN, Laurence

ECHO DE PARIS - First Edition from the Library of Evelyn Waugh, 1923

First edition, number 261 of 1000 copies. Original cloth-backed paper-covered boards with title label to the spine. From the library of Evelyn Waugh, with his earliest bookplate to the front pastedown. A very good copy with some fading to the spine and chipping to the spine label.

Of the 3500 books from Waugh’s library held by Ransom Centre at the University of Texas at Austin, “only a handful of earlier books from Waugh’s library bear [this bookplate]” (Richard Oram - Cultural Record Keepers: The Evelyn Waugh Library). Because of the Ransom Centre’s en bloc acquisition of Waugh’s library, books from his library are rarely seen in commerce.

Rupert Fremlin and Waugh where at Lancing and Oxford together. At the time of publication of this book, they would be in their first year at Oxford, so it must be assumed that Waugh purloined the book from his friend. Waugh describes Fremlin as, “delightful, mercurial fellow... His alternations of exhuberance and depression - Fremlin's "states" - later became settled in melancholy. He was with us at university and died very young in West Africa.” (A Little Learning)

PROVENANCE: From the library of Evelyn Waugh, with his earliest bookplate to the front pastedown. Also contains the ownership signature of Rupert Fremlin, a friend of Waugh’s from Lancing.
£1,500