The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh 1st / 1st 1948
First UK edition and first print published by Chapman and Hall in 1948. This is a near fine copy. The wrapper has a shade of darkening to the spine and a piece of archival tape to the reverse of the jacket. Otherwise it is in very nice order. It is clean with very little marks. It has not been price clipped. Similarly the book is very tidy with no previous owner's inscriptions and no foxing. Overall a hard to find near fine copy.
The novel is an Anglo-American Tragedy about the funeral business in Los Angeles, the British expatriate community in Hollywood, and the film industry. It was dedicated by Waugh to fellow novelist and pen pal Nancy Mitford.