London: Chapman and Hall, 1932. [Modern Literature] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.303; . Publisher's snakeskin-patterned red and black cloth with gilt titles to spine. Light spotting to edges, minor sunning to spine, short tear at crown. A very good copy. Waugh's third novel is a controversial book which established him as a master satirist. Set on the fictional African island of Azania, 'Black Mischief' is a thinly veiled reference to the then empire of Abyssinia, now Ethiopia. The novel chronicles the efforts of the English-educated Emperor Seth, assisted by a fellow Oxford graduate (Waugh's recurring character) Basil Seal, to modernize his Empire. Item #53567
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