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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE INIMITABLE JEEVES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE INIMITABLE JEEVES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1923. First edition : the second issue, listing eleven titles on the verso of the half-title. The second “Jeeves” title – “Jeeves Exerts the Old Cerebellum”, “Aunt Agatha Speaks Her Mind”, “The Great Sermon Handicap”, and fifteen further Jeeves and Wooster short stories (introducing Bingo Little for the first time).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original pictorial green cloth, blocked and lettered in black; a hint of wear to head; a touch of bruising; spine faintly marked and slightly darkened; mild tanning of endpapers; a few slight spots, but a good copy of the book which firmly established Jeeves and Wooster in the national consciousness.

£200

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : QUICK SERVICE.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : QUICK SERVICE.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1940). First edition : in the variant red cloth. The Wodehouse mix at Claines Hall, a Tudor mansion at Loose Chippings in Sussex, with impecunious peer, lively fiancée, dyspeptic trustee, wealthy American, over-zealous butler, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 252,[iv]pp. Original red cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt and blind; top edge pink; spine sunned at extremities, where the jacket is chipped; a touch bruised; endpapers tanned; some spotting to edges, but a good copy in the original dust-jacket – a delightful design by Ian Fenwick (1909-1944) – the jacket chipped at head and tail, with the loss of a few letters, and a little creased and edge-worn, but substantially complete and a welcome survival.

£200

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : EGGS, BEANS AND CRUMPETS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : EGGS, BEANS AND CRUMPETS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1940). First edition. A Drones Club collection of nine short stories – four Bingo Littles, two Mulliners, and three Ukridges.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 284,[iv]pp. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered in black; some light wear; a few slight marks; endpapers a little tanned, but a good copy in the original dust-jacket – a lively design by Ian Fenwick (1909-1944) – the jacket lightly worn and slightly creased, with some minor repair at foot, but still overall very good. Neat contemporary (1941) ownership inscription.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : FULL MOON.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : FULL MOON.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1947]. First British edition. The sixth Blandings Castle novel, with Lord Emsworth, the Empress of Blandings, the Hon. Freddie Threepwood, and Veronica Wedge – “the dumbest beauty listed in the pages of Debrett”. First published in New York a few months earlier.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 252pp. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered in black; a touch of sunning, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a Frank Ford design of bare-shouldered beauty simpering at bespectacled gent – the dust-jacket lightly used, with a few tiny nicks, and neatly price-clipped, but otherwise also very good.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE MATING SEASON.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE MATING SEASON.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1949]. First edition. The fifth Jeeves & Wooster novel – with the debut of Catsmeat Pirbright and the continuing saga of Gussie Fink-Nottle and Madeline Basset.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 246,[ii]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; a very good, bright, and clean copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket in a design by Frank Ford (1906-1970) – the jacket with just minimal wear to the extremities, a few faint marks and slight scuffs, but still very good.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : COCKTAIL TIME.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : COCKTAIL TIME.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1958). First edition. Uncle Fred knocks Sir Raymond Bastable’s hat off with a brazil nut fired by catapult from the Drones Club. The third Uncle Fred novel – meddling, blackmail, scandal, and a pseudonymous and much-disowned novel called “Cocktail Time” – with Pongo Twistleton, Beefy Bastable, publishers, agents, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 222,[ii]pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered in black; a few slight marks; a hint of bruising; W. H. Smith Library label partially removed from front pastedown, but otherwise a very good and sound copy in the Hall dust-jacket – just lightly used, but also very good.

£100

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : ICE IN THE BEDROOM.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : ICE IN THE BEDROOM.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1961). First British edition : in the primary binding, lettered in gilt, and in the primary dust-jacket, the principal lettering in yellow and white. Freddie Widgeon is in the chips, or thinks he is – kindly American Thomas (a.k.a. Soapy) G. Molloy has given him a hot financial tip. Mainly set in “South London Argus” territory. First published in New York earlier in 1961.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (223),[i]pp. Original red boards, blocked in blind on lower cover and lettered in gilt; a very good, bright and fresh copy in the original dust-jacket, printed in pink, blue and yellow – just lightly sunned as usual, but also very good.

£75

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SERVICE WITH A SMILE.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SERVICE WITH A SMILE.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1962). First British edition : in the primary binding, lettered in gilt. “The morning sun shone down on Blandings Castle, and the various inmates of the ancestral home of Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, their breakfasts digested, were occupying themselves in their various ways ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original red boards, stamped in blind and lettered in gilt; a touch bruised; some spotting of edges and prelims, but a good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket lightly used, with a couple of tiny nicks, and some slight discolouration to lower panel, but also very good.

£50

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1963). First British edition. “It was the instinct of self-preservation transcending better judgement and personal inclination that sent Bertie Wooster hot foot to Totleigh Towers ...” – Jeeves, Wooster, Gussie Fink-Nottle, and Madeline Bassett – “moulder of men”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]pp. Original red boards, blocked in blind on lower cover and lettered across spine in gilt; tiny indentation to spine and jacket, but otherwise a very good copy in an equally good jacket.

£125

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : DO BUTLERS BURGLE BANKS?

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : DO BUTLERS BURGLE BANKS?

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1968). First British edition. Safe-crackers, butlers, bankers, a maiden aunt, a cook, policemen and public houses in the Vale of Evesham. Originally published in New York a few weeks earlier with a slightly different text.
Post 8vo (21cm). (190),[ii]pp. Original green boards, lettered in silver; a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the original Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – the jacket just with a hint of tanning, but also very good.

£100

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE GIRL IN BLUE.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE GIRL IN BLUE.

London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1970). First edition. A Gainsborough miniature goes missing – hanging in the balance are the future of Mellingham Hall; the peace of mind of Homer Pyle, who suspects his sister, Bernadette (Barney) Clayborne, of kleptomania; the happiness of a young heir and both his fiancées; the prospects of a gold-digging actress; the employment of a fake butler, and much else besides.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped, just a touch tanned, and with a tiny nick at head of front panel, but also very good. Contemporary (1971) gift inscription on front free endpaper.

£40

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : BACHELORS ANONYMOUS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : BACHELORS ANONYMOUS.

London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1973). First edition. The sequel to “Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin”. Ivor Llewellyn, much married and currently divorced head of a Hollywood film studio, returns to London.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good, clean and sound copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – price-clipped but also very good.

£125

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SUNSET AT BLANDINGS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SUNSET AT BLANDINGS.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1977. First edition : in the primary dust-jacket, with the price unrevised. The last of the Blandings novels, not quite finished at Wodehouse’s death, but fleshed out with his working notes, drafts, and detailed notes on the final chapters. With notes and appendices by Richard Usborne.
Post 8vo (21cm). (214),[ii]pp. Endpaper maps, illustrations and dust-jacket by Ionicus. Original turquoise boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly sunned, but also very good.

£75

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