[Complete typescript draft:] Married to a Spy.

Waugh (Alec)

[Complete typescript draft:] Married to a Spy.

Description: full 'main draft' of novel on a variety of papers with sheets inserted and sometimes pasted, heavy drafting throughout with corrections and cuts (including a change to the protagonist's surname), in envelope with holograph note by Waugh to front presenting the novel in this form and describing its composition, this repeated by cover sheet, approx. 40 sheets in separate envelope (with holograph note by Waugh) of passages cut from the novel, these with corrections in pencil by Virginia Sorensen (Waugh's wife) and in ink by the author, approx. 470ff., 4to, stored in attractive Maghreb imp green morocco folder (slightly faded on one face), with elaborate design in gilt and detail in various colours, good condition

Publication Details: 1973- 1976

Notes: A unique copy showing the author's fiftieth book (the rear flap of the published version announces), and his final novel, in the process of late composition, presented by him to Michael Layton (2nd Baron Layton) and his wife Dorothy - evidently a Tangier connection, where Waugh spent much of his latter life and where this novel is set. It depicts a British Intelligence Officer sent to observe the activities of Basque nationalists there, preparing an attack on Spain. The assistance of the author's wife, American novelist Virginia Sorensen, is noted by him - their age difference was approximatel...more

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Price: £2,000

Subject: Modern First Edition

Published Date: 1976

Stock Number: 64554

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