WAUGH, Evelyn Scott-King's Modern Europe London: Chapman and Hall, 1947.
8vo. Original blue cloth, lettered to backstrip; upper edge black; with frontis duplicating original unclipped jacket, both designed by John Piper; pp. [vi], 88, [ii]; a very nice copy, end papers a little yellowed and previous inscription to front paste-down; jacket with some darkening to spine and nicks to extremities; very good.
First edition. Waugh's satirical novella, set shortly after the First World War, tells the story of a middle-aged schoolmaster who travels to a country ruled by a military dictator. During his holiday, he is plunged into a nightmare of post-war totalitarian hospitality: into the life of Modern Europe. He comes to learn that this attempt to create a rational Utopia has only result in the opposite.