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PUblished by the Folio Society, London in 1975. The book is in excellent condition with black silk covered boards featuring a gilt decoration by Quentin Blake to the front and bright gilt titling to the spine. The book is encased in a slipcase which has minimal wear. Introduction by Waugh's best friend and fellow correspondent William 'Bill' Deedes and illustrated by the incredible Quentin Blake.


Black Mischief was Waugh's third novel, published in 1932. The novel chronicles the efforts of the English-educated Emperor Seth, assisted by a fellow Oxford graduate, Basil Seal, to modernise his Empire, the fictional African island of Azania, located in the Indian Ocean off of the eastern coast of Africa. This has been understood as a reference to Abyssinia and Haile Selassie, though the author himself denied the connection. The illustrations by Quentin Blake are as ever, a joy and completely inkeeping with the humour of the book.

Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh

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