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Theatre: A Novel - William Somerset Maugham

1937 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - 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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Cakes and Ale - or - The Skeleton in the Cupboard - William Somerset Maugham

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

A beautiful first edition 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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1901 - Hutchinson & Co., London - First edition, first state
If James had learnt anything, it was at all hazards to think for himself, accepting nothing on authority, questioning, doubting; it was to look upon life with a critical eye, trying to understand it, and to receive no ready-made explanations

Somerset Maugham’s scarce third novel about the return of a decorated Army veteran of the Boer war, one of 1,500 copies, and the first state with Maugham’s symbol upside down on the front panel and lacking the g in ‘game’ on the last line of page 129.
 
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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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The Mixture As Before - William Somerset Maugham

1940 - William Heinemann Ltd., London - First Edition
A lovely example of this short story collection which includes ‘The Lotus Eater’, the tone prone dust jacket bright.

‘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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Price HK$ 1,700