W. Somerset Maugham. Mrs. Craddock. London: Heinemann, 1902. First edition. Publisher's blue cloth rubbed and scuffed; spine leaning. Drink stain on front board. A half-inch spot to fore-edge. Good.

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    First edition. Octavo. 373 pages.


    Publisher's blue cloth with gold and black stamping. Cloth is rubbed and scuffed, and spine is leaning. There is a drink stain on the front board. A one-half-inch spot is present on the fore-edge. Endpapers are evenly toned. Good.


    Considered too salacious by his publisher, Maugham deleted passages in order to get this work published. In a reprint edition published in 1955, Maugham restored the original text and wrote in the preface that, read half a century later, "the propriety of the book seems almost painful." Mrs. Craddock was Maugham's first title published by Heinemann and the start of a relationship that would last for more than sixty years.


    Stott A5a. Morgan, p. 89.

    From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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