The Luck of the Bodkins - P. G. Wodehouse

1935 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition, first state, in later issue dust jacket
Things on board the R. M. S. Atlantic are terribly, terribly, complicated.

A lovely bright copy of the first edition, in scarce later issue dust jacket (matching the first issue jacket, with the exception of the text to the flaps).

Monty Bodkin loves Gertrude, who thinks he likes Lotus Blossom, a starlet, who definitely adores Ambrose, who thinks that she has a thing for his brother, Reggie, who is struck by Mabel Spence, sister-in-law of Ikey Llewellyn (movie mogul, Ambrose's prospective employer and reluctant smuggler), but hasn't the means to marry her. With well-meaning but unhelpful ship's steward Albert Peasemarch and a toy mouse with a screw-top head thrown in for good measure, it will, indeed, take the luck of the Bodkins to sort it all out.
 
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A Pelican at Blandings - P. G. Wodehouse

1969 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition
Unwelcome guests are descending on Blandings Castle – particularly the overbearing Duke of Dunstable, who settles in the Garden Suite with no intention of leaving, and Lady Constance, Lord Emsworth’s sister and a lady of firm disposition, who arrives unexpectedly from New York. Skullduggery is also afoot involving the sale of a modern nude painting (mistaken by Lord Emsworth for a pig). It’s enough to take the noble earl on the short journey to the end of his wits.

Luckily Clarence’s brother Galahad Threepwood, cheery survivor of the raffish Pelican Club, is on hand to set things right, restore sundered lovers and even solve all the mysteries.
 
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Ukridge - P. G. Wodehouse

1924 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition, in early issue (1940) dust jacket.
These ten stories are told by 'Corky' Corcoran, who had been at Wrykyn with Ukridge and to whom Ukridge was always a threat - borrowing money and clothes. Here we meet 'Battling' Billson, the soft-hearted heavyweight boxer whom Ukridge is promoting; Ukridge's rich Aunt Julia; George Tupper of the Foreign Office, another school friend of Ukridge's; Evan Jones, a Welsh revivalist whose preaching makes Battling Billson think fighting is wicked; Bowles, Corky's ex-butler landlord in Ebury Street; Flossie, the barmaid, Billson's fiancée; and Mabel Price of Clapham Common to whom Ukridge becomes perilously engaged. And finally Lady Lakenheath, Millie's Aunt Elizabeth with a multilingual parrot, Leonard. 
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The Inimitable Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse

1923 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition, in early issue (1949) dust jacket.
Affairs of the heart run smoother for Jeeves's ministrations.

A collection of short stories masquerading as an episodic novel, eight set in England, one in New York, one in Roville-sur-mer. Seven of them feature Bertie's friend Bingo Little, in love successively with a teashop waitress, Honoria Glossop, Daphne Braythwayt, Charlotte Corday Rowbotham, Lady Cynthia Wickhammersley, Mary Burgess and, for marriage and keeps, Rosie M. Banks, the best-selling novelist. We also meet Claude and Eustace, Bertie's twin cousins, reading for, at, or sent down from, Oxford.
 
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My Man Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse

1920 - George Newnes, London - Second Edition, in early issue (Circa 1926) dust jacket.
The first full appearance of Bertie and Jeeves! (to be jolly exact two lines of Jeeves were hidden amongst the tale Extricating Young Gussie in The Man with Two Left Feet (1917)).

Four Jeeves stories told by Bertie Wooster staying in New York to avoid the wrath of his Aunt Agatha, and four stories told by Reggie Pepper. Six of these eight stories turn up again in
Carry on, Jeeves (1925), two of them, which had been told by Reggie Pepper, now recast as Bertie and Jeeves stories, set in England.

In rare early dust jacket.
 
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The Clicking of Cuthbert - P. G. Wodehouse

1922 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition
‘ “What earthly good is golf? Life is stern and life is earnest. We live in a practical age. All round us we see foreign competition making itself unpleasant. And we spend our time playing golf! What do we get out of it? Is golf any use? That's what I'm asking you. Can you name me a single case where devotion to this pestilential pastime has done a man any practical good?"
The Sage smiled gently. "I could name a thousand."
"One will do."
"I will select," said the Sage, "from the innumerable memories that rush to my mind, the story of Cuthbert Banks”.’

And thus begins this wonderful and agreeable set of ten golfing stories, perfect for those days when you feel mashed by your Mashie.

‘The title story one of the most famous and funny golf stories ever written. If the literature of golf is not famed for the quality of its fiction, it is not the fault of Mr. Wodehouse’ – Donovan & Murdoch,
The Game of Golf.

‘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.

‘The least thing upset him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of butterflies in the adjoining meadow’. 
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Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse

1923 - A. L. Burt Company, New York - First American Edition
Affairs of the heart run smoother for Jeeves's ministrations.

A collection of short stories masquerading as an episodic novel, eight set in England, one in New York, one in Roville-sur-mer. Seven of them feature Bertie's friend Bingo Little, in love successively with a teashop waitress, Honoria Glossop, Daphne Braythwayt, Charlotte Corday Rowbotham, Lady Cynthia Wickhammersley, Mary Burgess and, for marriage and keeps, Rosie M. Banks, the best-selling novelist. We also meet Claude and Eustace, Bertie's twin cousins, reading for, at, or sent down from, Oxford.
 
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