London: William Heinemann, 1930. [Satire] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.[vi]; 270. Printing error 'won' for 'won't' on p.147, line 14. Publisher's mid-blue cloth binding blocked in gilt and black, original printed dust-wrapper. Text block a little toned, light spotting (mostly to preliminaries), jacket crisp and fine with some trivial edgewear and one short tear to upper. A lovely example. Somerset Maugham's classic satirical novel; a story of literary poseurs, fame, hypocrisy and freedom, narrated by novelist William Ashenden, Maugham's alter-ego who had already appeared in 'Ashenden', the fictional account of his Secret Service work in World War I. Item #53093
Stott; A Bibliography of the Works of W. Somerset Maugham A40.
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