Item #101824 Scott-King's Modern Europe [John Betjeman Association Copy]. Evelyn WAUGH.
Scott-King's Modern Europe [John Betjeman Association Copy].

Scott-King's Modern Europe [John Betjeman Association Copy].

Chapman and Hall, 1947.

Association copy "To Bishop Furse/with best wishes for the/New Year/from/John Betjeman/MCMXLVII". First edition, first printing. 8vo. Blue boards with gilt titles. Pictorial dustwrapper by John Piper. A fine copy with clean boards. No inscriptions. Small dent to leading edge of front board. The fine dustwrapper is complete with no tears. Wondefully bright spine with none of the usual tanning/toning to spine. Original price of 5snet to front flap. An exceptional copy with a nice association & seldom found thus.

John Betjeman was at Oxford with Evelyn Waugh and became friends moving in the same circles of Bohemian upper classes and country houses. Betjeman's teddy bear (known as "Archie") was the inspiration for Sebastian Flyte's bear, Aloysius" in Brideshead Revisited. Both Betjeman and Waugh reviewed each others works and corresponded on religion, literature and architecture. The moral of this novella is that "attempts to create a rational Utopia should be expected to result in a repressive dystopia". A satire on post 1845 totalitarianism and an attack on the drabness of the continent following the Second World War.

Item #101824

Price: £150.00

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