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Evelyn Waugh

Shop first editions by Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), an English novelist whose works are celebrated for their incisive wit and satirical prowess. Highly sought after by collectors, Waugh's novels are remarkable not only for their content but also for their distinctive dust jackets.

Waugh's literary journey commenced with notable publications such as ‘Decline and Fall’, ‘Vile Bodies’ (1930), ‘Black Mischief’, ‘A Handful of Dust’, ‘Scoop’ (1938), and ‘The Loved One’. These works offer a piercing satire of London's fashionable society, the English upper classes, and the young intellectuals of the 1920s, showcasing Waugh's unique narrative style.

A pivotal moment in Waugh's life, his conversion to Catholicism in 1930, profoundly influenced his writing, most notably in ‘Brideshead Revisited’. This novel, the least satirical of his works from these early years, offers a deeper exploration of themes of faith, love, and nostalgia, marking a significant point in Waugh's literary career.

Explore our selection of rare and collectible first editions of Evelyn Waugh's novels at Shapero Rare Books.

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  • Scoop.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    The first edition, first impression of Waugh's satirical take on Fleet Street journalism, Scoop, partly informed by his experiences as a war corre...

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  • Robbery Under the Law: The Mexican Object Lesson.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    Presentation copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in black ink to the front free endpaper, 'Frederick Godber, with kindest regards from...

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  • Wine in Peace and War.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    One of 100 copies - numbered & signed by the author. First edition of this essay commissioned by Evelyn Waugh's London vintners Saccone & S...

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  • Scott-King's Modern Europe.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    Presentation copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in pencil to the front free endpaper, 'For Christopher / with love from / Evelyn / Ch...

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  • Labels.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    One of 110 copies - numbered & signed by the author. Number 13 of 110 copies, signed by the author. With an original manuscript leaf bound in, ...

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  • Edmund Campion.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    Presentation copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in black in to the front free endpaper, 'E.A. Chapman-Andrews O.B.E / with best wishe...

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  • Basil Seal Rides Again or The Rake's Regress.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    Presentation copy. First edition limited to 750 copies, this being an out-of-series presentation copy with limitation crossed out and inscribed by ...

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  • Tactical Exercise.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    Presentation copy to Frances Donaldson. Presentation copy of this first edition of short stories, for which there is no British equivalent, inscrib...

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  • Helena.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    Evelyn Waugh's personal favourite of his novels and 'a superlatively well done book' (Chicago Tribune) set in the age of Emperor Constantine.First...

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  • Mr Loveday's Little Outing and other Sad Stories.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    First edition of Waugh's first collection of short stories. The title story was the basis for Sam Hopkinson's 2006 film of the same name, starring...

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  • Work Suspended.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    Presentation copy - twice inscribed by the author. Presentation copy, twice inscribed by the author, of this first edition of Waugh's unfinished wo...

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  • Waugh in Abyssinia.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    First edition, with the printed overslip on the front flap of the dustjacket correcting the blurb that the author had originally objected to. Copi...

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  • Black Mischief.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    One of 250 copies - signed & numbered by the author. Waugh's third novel, written whilst staying at Madresfield Court, Worcestershire as the gu...

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  • Put Out More Flags.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    First edition of the wartime social satire, which 'Most reviewers found … brilliant and, correctly, detected a new seriousness in his tone' (ODNB)...

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  • Brideshead Revisited.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    ...his most carefully written and deeply felt novel..... The brightly devastating satirist of England's twenties and thirties moves from one world...

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  • Scoop.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    There are two states of the first impression dust jacket for Scoop. The first state, seen here, shows the tromp l'oiel newspaper image with the pa...

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  • When the Going was Good.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    One of 20 copies - signed & inscribed by the author. Number 16 of only 20 copies, signed by the author and additionally inscribed, 'For Lovelac...

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  • Ninety-Two Days.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    Presentation copy to Juliet Duff. An account of Waugh's travels in British Guiana and Brazil. Inscribed by the author to Lady Juliet Duff (1881-196...

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  • Vile Bodies. A play in twelve verses.

    [WAUGH, Evelyn] BRADLEY, H. Dennis.
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    Quite a scarce publication and the first dramatic adaptation of any of Waugh's stories. This little book was also issued as a hardback. Scarce.Fir...

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  • Helena.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    Evelyn Waugh's personal favourite of his novels and 'a superlatively well done book' (Chicago Tribune) set in the age of Emperor Constantine.First...

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  • Scoop.

    WAUGH, Evelyn.
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    There are two states of the first impression dust jacket for Scoop. Originally the tromp l'oiel newspaper image had the partial banner 'aily Beas'...

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