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SOLD - On a Chinese Screen - William Somerset Maugham

1922 - William Heinemann, London - First English Edition
A near fine copy in a bright clean and unrestored example of the scarce dust jacket.

Maugham spent the winter months of 1919 travelling fifteen hundred miles up the Yangtze river. Always more interested in people than places, he noted down acute and finely crafted sketches of those he met on countless scraps of paper. In the resulting collection we encounter Western missionaries, army officers and company managers who are culturally out of their depth in the immensity of the Chinese civilisation. Maugham keenly observes, and gently ridicules, their dogged and oblivious persistence with the life they know (from the introduction to the
Penguin Vintage Edition). In total 58 sketches. 
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Christmas Holiday - William Somerset Maugham

1939 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition
First edition of one of Maugham’s darker tales, Paris, the Russian Revolution, a lost generation and self-destruction.

The basis for the 1944 film noir, a highlight for director Robert Siodmak, starring Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly.
 
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Cakes and Ale - or - The Skeleton in the Cupboard - William Somerset Maugham

1930 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition, First Issue
“Enjoy yourself while you have the chance, I say; we shall all be dead in a hundred years and what will anything matter then?”

First edition, in outstanding example of the dust jacket, of 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.

The book I like best is Cakes and Ale. It was an amusing book to write. 
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The Mixture as Before - William Somerset Maugham

1940 - William Heinemann Ltd, London & Toronto - First Edition
A superb example of the first edition of this short story collection, the tone prone dust jacket bright and with the scarce wrap around band not noted in either bibliography.

“Maugham, somewhat ironically, took the title of this book from a review in ‘
The Times’ of his last volume of short stories which was headed ‘The Mixture as Before’.” [Stott]

‘A top ranking story teller presents another grand collection, not a poor one in the lot. Maugham's expert craftsmanship is at is best in this medium, I think. These stories stem from other backgrounds than his familiar Far East setting, with England, the Continent and French Guiana as the basis. There are human interest bits, brief drama, humour; some have an O'Henry twist to the end; all show thorough understanding and sympathy with his fellow man.’ [Kirkus Reviews].
 
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Theatre: A Novel - William Somerset Maugham

1937 - William Heinemann Ltd, London Toronto - First English Edition, second state.
A bright sharp and near fine copy of Maugham's tribute to the vocation of an actress. 
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Price HK$ 2,000