The Mixture As Before - William Somerset Maugham 1940 - William Heinemann Ltd., London - First Edition A lovely example of this short story collection which includes ‘The Lotus Eater’, the tone prone dust jacket bright.

‘A top ranking story teller presents another grand collection, not a poor one in the lot. Maugham's expert craftsmanship is at is best in this medium, I think. These stories stem from other backgrounds than his familiar Far East setting, with England, the Continent and French Guiana as the basis. There are human interest bits, brief drama, humour; some have an O'Henry twist to the end; all show thorough understanding and sympathy with his fellow man.’ - Kirkus Reviews.
  15,000 copies published 6 June 1940.

Reference: Stott,
A Bibliography of the Works of W. Somerset Maugham A58a.

Octavo (book size 19.8 x 13.6 cm) pp. [2] ix [1] 288 [4]. In publisher’s Persian blue linen-grain cloth, lettered in gilt to spine and front, publisher lettered in black to tail of spine, blocked in black on front board with author’s symbol and on back with publisher’s windmill device, chalk blue endpapers, top edge stained blue. Dust jacket priced ‘8s. NET’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine light foxing to edge, top edge stain mottled, in very good dust jacket, minor wear to corners and head of gently toned spine, 1cm chip to tail of spine.   Ref: 109396   Price: HK$ 1,700