Hard Cover. London: Chapman & Hall, 1938. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first issue, with the "8" in the publication date indistinct, and the "s" present in "as" to the last line of p. 88. Publisher's red and black marble-patterned cloth, lettered in gilt to spine. A very good copy, spine with a slight lean and lightly toned with fraying and a tear to the cloth at the rear outer hinge, a touch of rubbing to extremities, some offsetting to endpapers, early gift inscription in red ink to the front free endpaper, about two inches above Waugh's own inscription which is in dark ink, else a clean interior. Overall, a handsome copy of this classic Waugh title, scarcely found inscribed. Scoop is a humorous novel in which Waugh satirizes foreign correspondence and sensational journalism. Specifically, it tells the story of William Boot, an inexperienced journalist and author of a nature column for The Beast. Boot is mistakenly identified as his novelist cousin and sent to the fictional East African country of Ishmaelia to cover its socialist insurrection. Ironically, Boot's naïveté allows him to get the real "scoop" not reported by more experienced journalists. Notably, Scoop is based on Waugh's own experiences working as a journalist for the British Daily Mail during Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia.