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.
  First published in UK: June 1906 by George Newnes Ltd., London
First published in US: May 11 1909 by Circle Publishing Company, New York
Rewritten edition first published in UK: May 1921 by Herbert Jenkins, London

References: The Russian Wodehouse Society. Madame Ulalie. McIlvaine A7c15
pp. 128, in publisher’s illustrated soft covers.
  Condition: Very good, small patch of archival tape repair to upper left corner of front panel, rubbing to edges, wear to corners, minor soiling to rear panel, pages toned.   Ref: 106750   Price: HK$ 2,500