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Very Good, Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse

1951 - Herbert Jenkins, London - Seventh Printing
‘When the jolly old storm clouds rolled up. Bertie Wooster turned instinctively to his man Jeeves. Bertie’s friends likewise. Jeeves judgement was infallible, likewise his taste in neckwear.’

If ever Bertie needs extracting from the soup, he must call for Jeeves.

Eleven short stories. Jeeves saves Bertie from being secretary to a cabinet minister, and saves both from a nesting swan on a lake-isle in a rainstorm. He destroys an offensive vase that Bertie has bought, and takes away an offensive suit of plus-fours new from his tailors. He knocks out Oliver Sipperley with a putter to the back of the head, annuls Bertie's love for Bobbie Wickham, ditto for Gwladys Pendlebury, rescues Bingo Little and Tuppy Glossop twice each, and saves Bertie's Uncle George from a mésalliance.
 
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Love Among the Chickens - P. G. Wodehouse

1932 - George Newnes, London - Second printing of the Newnes paperback
Giving us our first jaw-dropping encounter with Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, Love Among the Chickens, published in 1906 (and revised in 1920) to accommodate the inflation in egg prices), launched P.G. Wodehouse's career, and that of his larger-than-life-hero.

Ukridge has hit upon a foolproof plan to get rich quick: he's starting a chicken farm. Dragging his adoring wife Millie and his long-suffering friend and novelist Jeremy Garnet with him to Dorset he begins his enterprise. En route, however, Garnet has fallen in love.

Complications in classic Wodehousian style ensue, involving the taciturn Hired Man and his bumptious dog Bob, supercilious chickens, irascible professors, angry creditors and divided lovers. For the lucky reader, it is sheer hilarity...

A scarce copy of the Newnes softcover.
 
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Ukridge - P. G. Wodehouse

1924 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition, in early issue 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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Jill the Reckless - P. G. Wodehouse

1921 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First English Edition, in early issue (1925) dust jacket.
Jill had money and was engaged to be married to Sir Derek Underhill. But when she suddenly becomes penniless, she finds herself no longer engaged. Refusing to be beaten, she heads for New York, with a smile that betrays a tinge of recklessness, to join the chorus of "The Rose of America".

An unusually near fine copy and rare as such, in an early issue dust jacket.
 
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The Luck of the Bodkins - P. G. Wodehouse

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

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.

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 and price to spine).
 
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Laughing Gas - P. G. Wodehouse

1936 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition, in second issue dust jacket
A near fine copy of this first edition pre-war Wodehouse, in the scarce dust jacket designed by Abbey.

When Reggie becomes the third Earl of Havershot, his first enterprise is nearly his last.

His cousin Egremont, a dedicated souse and black sheep, has escaped to Hollywood and is enthusiastically getting ready to damage the family name still further. Hot on his tail, Reggie is about to talk sense into him, but an agonizing toothache drives Reggie to the dentist instead. Something very strange happens when he finds himself face to swollen face with child star Joey Cooley. Under the influence of laughing gas, a cosmic transfer takes place, leaving Reggie's mind in Joey's body and vice versa. And the world looks very different through Joey's eyes.
 
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Love Among the Chickens - P. G. Wodehouse

1950 - Herbert Jenkins, London - Fifteenth Printing
Giving us our first jaw-dropping encounter with Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, Love Among the Chickens, published in 1906 (and revised in 1920) to accommodate the inflation in egg prices), launched P.G. Wodehouse's career, and that of his larger-than-life-hero.

Ukridge has hit upon a foolproof plan to get rich quick: he's starting a chicken farm. Dragging his adoring wife Millie and his long-suffering friend and novelist Jeremy Garnet with him to Dorset he begins his enterprise. En route, however, Garnet has fallen in love.

Complications in classic Wodehousian style ensue, involving the taciturn Hired Man and his bumptious dog Bob, supercilious chickens, irascible professors, angry creditors and divided lovers. For the lucky reader, it is sheer hilarity...
 
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Joy in the Morning - P. G. Wodehouse

1948 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - Second Printing
“The super-sticky affair of Nobby Hopwood, Stilton Cheesewright, Florence Craye, my uncle Percy…” is one of those imbroglios that Bertie Wooster believes his biographers will refer to as “The Steeple Bumpleigh Horror”, comments Wodehouse, who referred to ‘Joy in the Morning’ as “the supreme Jeeves novel of all time”.

Bertie's 'well-meant efforts to oil the wheels of commerce, promote the course of true love, and avoid the consequences of a vendetta, makes him the prey of all and sundry.

‘A more brilliant example of Wodehouse’s literary escapism, his capacity to conjure sweetness and light out of airy nothing, would be hard to find.’ -
The Guardian, who chose this as one of their top 100 novels of all time. 
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