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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.
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : ASHENDEN : OR THE BRITISH AGENT.
London : William Heinemann, 1928. First edition. Clearly based on Maugham's own experiences working for British Intelligence during World War I and very much the prototype of the modern espionage novel. It is alleged that Churchill himself urged Maugham to burn a number of further stories originally intended for the book.
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.
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.
London : William Heinemann, . 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).
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.
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