London: Hamish Hamilton, 1956. Small octavo, original blue navy cloth, original dust jacket. Gentle bump to upper corner, tanning to blank flyleaves, faint edge-wear, small abrasion to bright, clean dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #837
"THERE ARE SUBJECTS TOO INTIMATE FOR PRINT. SURELY CLASS IS ONE?" Second impression—printed in the same year as the first—of this controversial collection satirizing the English aristocracy, including contributions by Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh, and John Betjeman. The contents include: U and non-U (Alan C. Ross), The English Aristocracy (Nancy Mitford), An open letter to the Hon. Mrs. Peter Rodd (Nancy Mitford) on a Very Serious Subject (Evelyn Waugh), Posh Lingo (Peter Fleming, writing as 'Strix'), How to Get on in Society (John Betjeman). Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster including a frontispiece ("Diagram showing the gradual infiltration by non-U elements of a U peerage passing in the female line") and 10 captioned sketches. Mitford is credited on the dust jacket as the editor but, as she explained in a letter to Waugh: "I didn't know they were going to say edited by, nor did I edit it, nor even see it in proof (except my piece). Rather naughty I think."