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Hot Water - P. G. Wodehouse

1932 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition, in later issue dust jacket (1949)
The house-party at Chateau Blissac, Brittany, features a rather odd array of guests this year...

Mr J. Wellington Gedge is hoping for some peace and quiet while his wife takes herself off for a while. She, however, has invited numerous visitors to the chateau, to whom he will have to play reluctant host. Senator Opal and his daughter Jane are expected and the Chateau's handsome, gadabout owner Vicomte de Blissac. When a certain letter goes missing, landing the Senator in the proverbial hot water, its up to Packy Franklyn, a great pal of the Vicomte's, to sort out the mess. Unfortunately, this involves a little light safe-cracking. Luckily, Packy bumps into the light-fingered Soup Slattery...
 
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Mulliner Nights - P. G. Wodehouse

1933 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition, in early issue dust jacket (1940)
Nine short stories, two of them about the bishop's cat, Webster, whose whole outlook and life has been changed by alcohol and who rescues the bishop from marrying an unsuitable widow. Augustine Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo helps another bishop, dressed as Sinbad the Sailor, to hit a policeman, raiding a nightclub, in the eye. Well, the bishop had, when younger, two years in succession won the Curates' Open Heavyweight Championship. Yet another bishop, once a headmaster, cures hitherto timid young Sacheverell Mulliner of offensive self-confidence produced by a correspondence course. 
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If I Were You - P. G. Wodehouse

1931 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First English Edition, in early issue dust jacket (1940)
'Kind hearts are more than coronets'

When Antony, fifth Earl of Droitwich, is spotted in the rose garden kissing Violet - rich, beautiful and as hard-boiled as a fashion plate - his future marriage and the security of his stately home seem certain. But when his disreputable old Nanny, Ma Price, spills some distinctly unsavoury beans Tony's life is turned upside down.

His new position is not so uncomfortable as his shocked family fears: he has fallen head over heels for transatlantic charms of Polly Brown. She is a manicurist and no fit mate for a belted Earl - or is she? And is he? It will take all the efforts of Tony's brother Freddie the Infallible, with the help of Price's Derma Vitalis hair restorer, to comb out the tangles and find a remedy to salve everyone's pride - and their pockets.
 
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Psmith In The City - P. G. Wodehouse

1923 - A. & C. Black, London - Second edition, third printing (first published 1910), in later (1950) dust jacket
Mike Jackson's father has lost 'a very large sum of money' and Mike now can't go to Cambridge. So Mike goes into the New Asiatic Bank in the City. Psmith's rich and eccentric father thinks that Psmith should go into commerce, so Psmith turns up at the bank too.

Psmith has a comfortable flat in Clement's Inn to which Mike goes to live. Psmith belongs to the same club, the Senior Conservatives, as Mr Bickersdyke, crusty manager of the New Asiatic Bank, who is also running for Parliament for the Conservatives. Psmith decides to harass Bickersdyke and discovers that he had once been a rabid Socialist.

Mike is paid £4 10s a month. He and Psmith are both bored by the bank. They '
bunk' it together on the same day, Mike because he gets a sudden call to play for his county at Lord's (he makes 148), Psmith to go and watch. They are both sacked, joyfully, by Mr Bickersdyke.

Now Psmith's father wants him to go to Cambridge and read Law. And he offers Mike a future agency of his estates, after three or four years at Cambridge which Mr Smith will finance. (Mike's brother Joe, an All England batsman, is already the agent of a sporting baronet, keen on cricket.)

A good worm's eye view of City life in banking, and some amusing excursions into politics and political meetings where you can 'rag' by heckling.
 
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Something Fresh - P. G. Wodehouse

1928 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - Twelfth Edition (first published 1915)
The one thing that could be expected to militate against the peace of life at Blandings is the constant incursion of impostors. Blandings has impostors like other houses have mice.

On this particular occasion there are two of them - both intent on a dangerous enterprise. Lord Emsworth's s secretary, the Efficient Baxter, is on the alert and determined to discover what if afoot - despite the distractions caused by the Hon. Freddie Threepwood's hapless afair of the heart.

The first Blandings Castle novel sets the standard for the parade of impostors on the premises.
 
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Money for Nothing - P. G. Wodehouse

1928 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition, in later (1950) dust jacket
Following a contretemps with Colonel Wyvern, what could be better than a sojourn at Healthward Ho?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. Lester Carmody of Rudge Hall has put himself into the hands of Dr Twist, the aptly named owner of that establishment. Meanwhile, Lester's nephew John is trying to bring to fruition his romance with the Colonel's daughter, Pat. He is severely distracted by a visit from the Molloys, who, along with their old pal Chimp Twist, have a devious money-making scheme that depends on the greed of Carmody. Carmody is more than happy to comply...

A near fine first edition, in near fine later issue dust jacket.
 
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Summer Lightning - P. G. Wodehouse

1929 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition, in later (1951) dust jacket
Once a man of the Hon. Galahad Threepwood's calibre and reputation starts talking pen and writing Reminiscences, the nobility and gentry of all England recall past follies committed in his company and tremble.

All rally to prevent their publication, and the consequences prove somewhat unusual: Lord Emsworth's prize-winning sow, Empress of Blandings, is kidnapped; yet another impostor is introduced into the ancestral home; and once again Blandings Castle proves too much for the Efficient Baxter.
 
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The Heart of a Goof - P. G. Wodehouse

1926 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition, in second or third issue jacket (1927)
It was a morning when all nature shouted 'Fore!'

Nine golf stories told by the
Oldest Member. In two of them, set in America, we meet a fine couple of fat multi-millionaires who are rivals at golf (both very bad, and arrant cheats) and rivals as collectors of golf treasures (such as J. H. Taylor's shirt stud). They play each other for high stakes. Bradbury Fisher has a baffy Bobby Jones had used in the Infants All-in Championship of Atlanta, Georgia, and he is prepared to trade it for Gladstone Bott's English butler, Blizzard, the finest on Long Island. And then back from England comes Mrs Bott, with Vosper, the butler supreme lured from the Duke of Bootle's establishment. In two stories we watch the romance of William Bates and Jane Packard, golfers, result in marriage and the birth of young Braid Vardon Bates.

‘Golf, as Sir Walter judiciously remarked, is unsuited to the novelist or indeed the writer of short stories. There is indeed one exception to this rule, Mr. P. G. Wodehouse with “The Clicking of Cuthbert” and other agreeable tales. Some approach works of genius, but then they are works of light-hearted genius.’ – Bernard Darwin.
 
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