Cakes and Ale - or - The Skeleton in the Cupboard - William Somerset Maugham 1930 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition “Enjoy yourself while you have the chance, I say; we shall all be dead in a hundred years and what will anything matter then?”

Somerset Maugham's classic satirical novel; a story of literary poseurs, fame, hypocrisy and freedom, narrated by novelist William Ashenden, Maugham's alter-ego who had already appeared in '
Ashenden', the fictional account of his Secret Service work in World War I.

The book I like best is Cakes and Ale. It was an amusing book to write.
  Stott mentions that there were two states of the last word on page 147 line 14, one using the word ‘won’ the other ‘won’t’. Stott states that 'this, however is not an issue, but a state of the printing. Both states were issued simultaneously as is established by the copies in the Statutory Library [who received examples of each]. There is also a misprint on p.181, line 4, which begins with 'in' instead of 'it', and a dropped letter 'I' at the end of line 22 on p.63. These misprints appear to be common to the whole of the first printing.’ The ‘won’ and both misprints are present in this copy.

Reference: Stott,
A Bibliography of the Works of W. Somerset Maugham A40a.

Octavo. pp. [6] 270. Publisher's Persian blue linen-grain cloth spine lettered in gilt and black, front panel with author’s symbol and lettering in black, rear panel with publisher’s device in black. Dust jacket priced 7/6net to the spine.
  Condition: Very goo dplus, slight toning to spine, wear to edges of spine ends and corners, in very good dust jacket, nice clean panels, toning to spine end folds, minor wear to corners, heavier to head of spine.   Ref: 108878   Price: HK$ 3,200