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    W. Somerset Maugham. Orientations. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1899.

    First edition, first issue; first state binding. Octavo. 278 pages.

    Publisher's dark green vertical fine-ribbed cloth with gilt spine titles. Top edge gilt; top edge is cut with remaining edges rough. Cloth is rubbed and lightly edgeworn, with some soiling to boards. Slight lean to spine. Foxing to endpapers. Hinges tender with front hinge splitting about one inch at top and bottom. Dampstain on bottom edge of front pastedown also affects the first few pages. Overall, a very good copy, without the dust jacket.

    Orientations
    was Maugham's first collection of short stories. The book is dedicated to Mrs. Edward Johnson, wife of the British vice-consul to Spain, E. F. Johnson. After the success of Liza, Maugham traveled to Seville to write. There he stayed as a guest of the Johnsons at their villa. While in Spain, he wrote four of the stories included in this book. Maugham commented that the stories "A Bad Example" and "Daisy" were "the first stories I ever wrote, I was then 18." None of these stories was ever reprinted in later Maugham collections.

    Stott, A3a. Morgan, p. 702. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.


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