London: Chapman and Hall, 1938. [Satirical Literature] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp. 308 . Publisher's red and black snakeskin-patterned cloth, titled in gilt to spine. Spotting to edges and margins; rubbing and bumping to cloth. Good. The supreme Fleet Street novel. Waugh's fifth novel concerns the rush of war reporters to a thinly-disguised Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). "With this book England's wittiest novelist sets a new standard for comic extravaganza. This novel reads as though it had been formed with a slapstick but given its final shaping with a lancet" (from a contemporary review). Item #54816
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