Black Mischief, Folio Society book, Evelyn Waugh novel, hardback
Black Mischief, Folio Society book, written by Evelyn Waugh, is the novel that first brought the author fame as a prominent satirist. Published in 1932, it followed Waugh's first visit to Etiopia, and is set in the fictional African country of Azania. The theme is of the Emperor Seth's attempt to modernise the country after his success in a civil war and its consequences.
The book was first published in 1932 and this is the Folio Society's fist edition published in 1980. It is introduced by William Deedes with a preface by the author and is illustrated throughout. There are 206 pages, bound in a black buckram hardback cover with both sides of an Azanian coin decorating the front in tooled gilt. The book has a protective slip cover in a marbled cream cardboard.
This would be a lovely book for the student of English literature or anyone interested in African travel in the 1930s. The look and feel of a nicely bound illustrated book like this makes the reading so much more satisfying and pleasurable.
The book is in good vintage condition, with no serious marks or scuffs. One of the hardback covers is not quite straight There is one than one book available at the time of writing and the spine of one book is brown, the other black, The slip cover is in good condition, with just the slightf marks from storage and age.
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