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Works of W. Somerset Maugham

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William Somerset Maugham

Bibliographical references are to
A Bibliography of the Works of W. Somerset Maugham.
By Raymond Toole Stott.

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Maugham, W. Somerset. East of Suez: A Play in Seven Scenes. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1922. [First US edition*]. Original greyish beige boards, now tanned at edges and on spine; paper spine label titled in black; spine ends creased wth short closed tears. A near fine copy. (Stott #A27b*)

* This differs from Stott's description of the US edition in two respects: first, it has a spine label while Stott calls for a cover label; second, the title at base of copyright page is followed by "I", not called for in the bibliography.

Maugham, W. Somerset. For Services Rendered: A Play in Three Acts. London: William Heinemann, 1932. First edition. A fine copy in the original gilt lettered brown cloth, top edge brown; bookplate inside front cover. (Stott #A45a)

Maugham, W. Somerset. Our Betters: A Comedy In Three Acts. London: William Heinemann, 1923. First edition. A very good copy in the black-lettered tan wrappers. Covers evenly soiled; spine chipped; corners a little dog-eared (including text); spine browned and leaning somewhat. (Stott #A29)

Maugham, W. Somerset. Points of View. London: Heinemann, 1958. Uncorrected proof copy of first edition. Original lavender wrappers, simply printed in black; sunned on spine and very lightly so at left of front wrapper; minor creasing and a few short closed edge tears; a couple tiny "dings" or scuffs to covers; contents clean and tight. A near fine copy. (Stott #A77a)

Maugham, W. Somerset. The Unknown: A Play In Three Acts. London: William Heinemann, 1920. [First edition, first issue] (with "2/-" price; see Stott). A near fine copy in the original tan wrappers with just a hint of dusting; front lower corner lightly creased. (Stott #A23)

Maugham, W. Somerset. Up At The Villa. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1941. First edition. Original black cloth, stamped on spine in dull gilt; top edge blue, now a touch faded; bottom rear corner bumped, and worn along lower edge; pastedowns tanned. Colour pictorial (villa's view) dust jacket, spine vignette sunned; rear panel lightly soiled; a bit of wear to corners and spine ends, head and top front corner internally reinforced with paper tape; light foxing to verso of rear panel. Near fine. (Stott #A59a)

Queen Alexandra Sanatorium, Davos: Souvenir & Programme of Matinee. [London: Queen Alexandra Sanatorium Fund?], 1909. Authors include W. Somerset Maugham

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[Maugham, W. Somerset] Gray, David. Smith: A Novel Based on the Play By W. Somerset Maugham. New York: Duffield & Company, 1911. [First edition]. Illustrated with four photopictorial plates taken from play's production. Original bluish-grey cloth lettered in white with cover title: "Smith | W. Somerset Maugham | and | David Gray"; photo-pictorial (frontispiece) inset on front cover; spine sunned to tan rendering lettering almost illegible; corners and spine ends worn and frayed, but with no loss. Inner hinges badly broken and in need of attention, with block slipping yet still cased; lacks final blank and rear free endpaper. In the present condition a reading copy only, but could be made presentable. (Stott #E1)

[Maugham, W. Somerset] Terry, Patrick and Gardner, John. The Moon and Sixpence: Opera in Three Acts. London: Finden Brown, 1957. [First edition]. "Libretto by Patrick Terry after the Novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Music by John Gardner ... Commisioned by the Sadler's Wells Trust Ltd." Original black yapped-edge light card wrappers printed in yellow; edges now fragile and torn owing to poor quality card , some portions reattached with archival tape though, but for one small corner and 1/4" x 1/2" piece at head of spine, all present. Pages lightly age-toned; clean and tight. A very good copy of this unusual libretto for a Maughamian opera, first performed May 24, 1957.

[Maugham, W. Somerset] Torbet, D. The Land of Promise: A Novelization of W. Somerset Maugham's Play. New York: Edward J. Clode, 1914. [First edition]. "Illustrated from photographs of the play" (seven plates). Original red cloth lettered in black; covers a little spotted and a touch soiled; spine faded and rubbed at top and bottom, but lettering sharp. Lacks front free endpaper and half-title, front hinge a bit shaky. A stop-gap copy, ntil you can find a better one - at a higher price! (Stott #E2)

[Maugham, W. Somerset] Torbet, D. The Land of Promise: A Novelization of W. Somerset Maugham's Play. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [1915]. [Second edition]. "Illustrated from photographs of scenes from the play" (seven plates). Original dark straw coloured cloth lettered in black, now lightly and evenly soiled, and a little spotted. 1" wide label across top of inside front cover, with faint hospital library stamp on title and two other pages and pocket inside rear cover; another ownership stamp on p.151; Lacks front free endpaper and flyleaf. A good solid copy. (Stott #E3)

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[Maugham, W. Somerset] Mander, Raymond and Mitchenson, Joe. Theatrical Companion to Maugham. London: Rockliff, 1955. [First edition]. "A Pictorial Record of the First Performances of the Plays or W. Somerset Maugham ... With an Appreciation of Maugham's Dramatic Works by J.C. Trewin." Extensively illustrated with portraits of Maugham and dozes of photographs from the first productions of the plays. Denim blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; spine ends creased and faintly sunned; corners bumped. Endpapers patchilly tanned, especially that at rear; several photoplates show evidence of separation after exposure to damp, ranging from a roughening of paper coating to cross-lifting of paper (no other evidence of dampness). Orange photopictorial dustjacket soiled, rubbed and edeworn, lacking pieces at spine ends. A very good copy of this essential reference work. (Stott #F93)

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