Evelyn Waugh – They Were Still Dancing – First US Edition 1931 – A Superb Copy

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Evelyn Waugh – They Were Still Dancing – First US Edition 1931 – A Superb Copy

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A first edition, first printing published by Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, New York, USA. Waugh’s second travel book. Originally published in the same year in the UK as ‘Remote People’, this is an account of his Ethiopian travels to witness the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie. ‘They were still dancing’ was Waugh’s preferred title and it forms the first four words of the book. This first issue is of legendary scarcity. Waugh was in disagreement with the publishers, Cape and Smith after they failed to pay him his agreed advance of $600. Waugh then ended his relationship with the publisher and took the title to Farrer and Rinehart who published it in 1932 but not before an initial print run by Cape and Smith had taken place in 1931. Research indicates that it is estimated that fewer than 150 copies of the 1931 edition are in existence and even less in dustwrapper. Cloth very bright and clean with very minor dustiness to the head of the spine. Pages very clean. Binding very nice and tight. No fading to the purple top edge. A fine, clean copy in very slightly dusty, little nicked and gently rubbed, correct first-issue dustwrapper which is bright and clean and in very near fine condition indeed. The best copy that we have ever seen. Very scarce.

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A first edition, first printing published by Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, New York, USA. Waugh’s second travel book. Originally published in the same year in the UK as ‘Remote People’, this is an account of his Ethiopian travels to witness the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie. ‘They were still dancing’ was Waugh’s preferred title and it forms the first four words of the book. This first issue is of legendary scarcity. Waugh was in disagreement with the publishers, Cape and Smith after they failed to pay him his agreed advance of $600. Waugh then ended his relationship with the publisher and took the title to Farrer and Rinehart who published it in 1932 but not before an initial print run by Cape and Smith had taken place in 1931. Research indicates that it is estimated that fewer than 150 copies of the 1931 edition are in existence and even less in dustwrapper. Cloth very bright and clean with very minor dustiness to the head of the spine. Pages very clean. Binding very nice and tight. No fading to the purple top edge. A fine, clean copy in very slightly dusty, little nicked and gently rubbed, correct first-issue dustwrapper which is bright and clean and in very near fine condition indeed. The best copy that we have ever seen. Very scarce.