On a Chinese Screen - William Somerset Maugham 1922 - William Heinemann, London - First English Edition A near fine copy in a bright clean and unrestored example of the scarce dust jacket.

Maugham spent the winter months of 1919 travelling fifteen hundred miles up the Yangtze river. Always more interested in people than places, he noted down acute and finely crafted sketches of those he met on countless scraps of paper. In the resulting collection we encounter Western missionaries, army officers and company managers who are culturally out of their depth in the immensity of the Chinese civilisation. Maugham keenly observes, and gently ridicules, their dogged and oblivious persistence with the life they know (from the introduction to the
Penguin Vintage Edition). In total 58 sketches.
  Provenance: Small booksellers label of John G. Kidd & Son, Cincinnati, to front pastedown.

One of 2,000 copies published by Heinemann, London, on 9th November 1922. Printed from stereotype plates made from the American type, with a re-set title page also set in America. 2,000 copies were published in New York on 5th October 1922.

Reference: Stott, ‘
A Bibliography of the Works of W. Somerset Maugham’ A28b.

Octavo (book size 20.7x16.2cm) pp. viii [2] 11-237 [3]. In publisher’s smooth black cloth, front panel and spine lettered in gilt, front panel blocked in gilt with author’s symbol and design of three flying horses (Stott calls them ‘flying foxes’), spine with design of a flowering tree containing eight birds, rear panel blocked in blind with publisher’s windmill symbol, top edges trimmed, others untrimmed. Dust jacket priced ‘10/6 NET’ to spine.
  Condition: Near fine, some wear and chipping to head of spie, usual offsetting to endpapers, in near fine dust jacket, some toning to spine, split along front flap fold.   Ref: 110352   Price: HK$ 11,000