The Summing Up - William Somerset Maugham 1938 - William Heinemann Ltd, London Toronto - First Edition First edition in an exceptionally clean and bright dust jacket.

“Autobiographical without being an autobiography, confessional without disclosing his private self, ‘
The Summing Up’, written when Maugham was sixty-four, is an inimitable expression of a personal credo. It is not only a classic avowal of a professional author's ideas about style, literature, art, drama and philosophy, but also an illuminating insight into this great writer's craft” [Penguin Classics].
  Provenance: Small booksellers label of John G. Kidd & Son, Cincinnati, to front pastedown.

One of 10,000 copies published on 6 January 1938, priced at 10s 6d.

Reference: Stott, ‘
A Bibliography of the Works of W. Somerset Maugham’, A53a. Web,

Octavo (book size 22.1x15.3cm), pp. [8] 317 [3]. In publisher’s smooth black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, spine and front panel blocked in gilt with author’s symbol, rear panel blocked in blind with publisher’s windmill device, all edges trimmed, yellow-beige coloured endpapers. Dust jacket priced clipped to upper and lower corners.
  Condition: Near fine, spine toned with wear to ends and loss of cloth to head of spine, usual toning to endpapers, in fine price-clipped dust jacket with small exception of a vertical crease to spine.   Ref: 110349   Price: HK$ 2,200