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THE MOON AND SIXPENCE : A NOVEL.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE MOON AND SIXPENCE : A NOVEL.

London : Willliam Heinemann, 1919. First edition : with the integral advertisements announcing Heinemannís new novels for 1919. Renegade stockbroker turned artist in London, Paris and Tahiti - Maughamís celebrated Gauguinesque tale.
Post 8vo (20cm). [iv],(264),[iv]pp. Original sage green cloth, lettered and decorated in black; a little rubbed and bruised; the execrable post-war paper tanned and brittle as ever, but a good copy of a notoriously difficult book - as good a copy as we have handled over the years.

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CAKES AND ALE : OR THE SKELETON IN THE CUPBOARD.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : CAKES AND ALE : OR THE SKELETON IN THE CUPBOARD.

London : William Heinemann, (1930). First edition : the much rarer state, with the correct reading "won't" rather than "won'" at the end of line 14 on p.147. This is usually said to be the later variant - although the fact that three of the five copies deposited in the copyright libraries are in this state might suggest otherwise. The Maugham novel said to be based on the life of Thomas Hardy.
Crown 8vo. [vi],270pp. Original blue cloth, blocked on upper and lower cover in black, lettered on upper cover in gilt, and on spine in gilt and black; some spotting of edges, but a very good and bright copy in a lightly worn, slightly tanned and price-clipped dust-jacket, with a vertical crease on the lower panel. Stott 26.

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AH KING : SIX STORIES.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : AH KING : SIX STORIES.

London : William Heinemann, (1933). First edition. A celebrated collection of stories of the Far East (including "Footprints in the Jungle") - at least five of which have been filmed or televised.
Crown 8vo. [viii],(340),[iv]pp. Original blue cloth, blocked in black and lettered in gilt and black; some slight flecking to cloth; a few edge-spots, but a very good and bright copy in the original dust-jacket - a striking design of pagodas in black and bronze - just lightly rubbed. Pencilled ownership inscription of Wilson Bryant. Stott 30.

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MAUGHAM,  W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.

London : William Heinemann, [1939]. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed "for Charlotte and Jan / with the author's love / Cap Ferrat. / May 29. 1939" and signed by Maugham with the WM monogram he appears to have favoured for genuine friends rather than mere acquaintances. The story of the entanglement between a well brought-up young Englishman and a White Russian exile in pre-war Paris had to be very much altered before becoming the basis for the 1944 Robert Siodmak film noir starring Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly. "One reads it with a feeling of increasing respect for his mastery of the trade. One has the same delight as in watching a first-class cabinet-maker cutting dovetails" (Evelyn Waugh).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(290)pp. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt and black; some minor wear to extremities; upper cover lightly flecked; text a little tanned and spotted, but otherwise a very good and still bright copy.

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THE MIXTURE AS BEFORE.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE MIXTURE AS BEFORE.

London : William Heinemann, (1940). First edition. Ten short stories, including "The Three Fat Women of Antibes", "The Lotus Eater", "Lord Mountdrago", etc., with an interesting foreword on short story writing by Maugham.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(x),288,[iv]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt and black and blocked in black; one corner slightly bruised; text faintly tanned, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket - a design in two shades of blue, the principal lettering in white - a little worn, frayed and with shallow chipping and a short tear, but overall still a welcome survival.

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