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?”

A beautiful first edition of Somerset Maugham's major 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.’ This copy has ‘won’t’ on page 147, ‘in’ on page 181, and dropped ‘I’ on page 63.

Reference: Stott,
A Bibliography of the Works of W. Somerset Maugham A40.

Octavo. pp. [6] 270. Publisher's blue cloth spine lettered in gilt and black, front panel lettered in gilt and with author’s symbol in black, rear panel with publisher’s device in black. Dust jacket priced 7/6 net to the spine.
  Condition: Near fine, minor spotting to edge of text block, in near fine dst jacket, light rubbing to corners and spine ends, less than the usual toning to spine.   Ref: 108808   Price: HK$ 6,000