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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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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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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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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".

A scarce near fine first edition, in good and unrestored early issue dust jacket.
 
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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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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.

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).
 
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Laughing Gas - P. G. Wodehouse

1936 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition, in second issue dust jacket
When Reggie becomes the third Earl of Havershot, his first enterprise is nearly his last.

A near fine copy of the first edition, in scarce dust jacket designed by Abbey (second issue, priced at 2’6).

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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