Hale, Kathleet. Hard Cover. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1967. Limited. Near Fine.
Illustrated with a frontispiece by Kathleen Hale. Limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies. Signed by Waugh on the limitation page. Publisher's bright blue cloth, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt; in the publisher's acetate dust jacket. Near fine book; acetate, with some toning and soiling to the spine and panel edges, closed tear and a small chip to the spine tail, else fine. Overall, a tight and pleasing copy. Basil Seal Rides Again is the last work of fiction Waugh published during his lifetime. In this short story, which was first published in Esquire in 1962, Waugh makes, as he writes in his introduction, a "senile attempt to recapture the manner of my youth" by resurrecting "characters from earlier stories, which, if you ever read them, you will have forgotten." In particular, Waugh revives Basil Seal, the protagonist of Black Mischief (1932), who, like the author, has matured into old age. Just as Seal insists on a last adventure, Waugh holds to the creations of his youth. Indeed, Waugh intended this volume to be titled "The Rake's Regress," but, as he explains in his introduction, "it was suggested that this might smack of sharp practice to readers who saw the story in the Sunday Telegraph and Esquire and might be led to expect something new." Regardless, Basil Seal Rides Again is classic Waugh fiction. Notably, this long short story was not published separately in trade format, but was included in the collection Work Suspended.