London: William Heinemann, 1952. [Literary criticism] FIRST EDITION, SIGNED LIMITED ISSUE. Tall octavo (24 x 16cm), pp.241. Autograph of W S. Maugham in blue ink to limitation page (Number 242 of 500 copies). Publisher's quarter white leather binding, blue calf boards ruled in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Head and tail of spine lightly rubbed else fine in slipcase (worn at extremities). A colourful collection of essays of literary criticism. Topics covered span from Kant to Raymond Chandler, from the legend of Zurbaran to the art of the detective story, and from Burke to Augustus Hare. Item #51745
Stott. See also Oxford Companion to English Lit. p631-2.
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