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    W. Somerset Maugham. The Explorer. London, 1908. First edition, first issue. Publisher's blue cloth rubbed and edge-worn; dampstain to upper corner of front board. Spine leaning. Bookplate and inked name. Front hinge cracked. Overall, very good.

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    First edition. Octavo. 297 pages.


    Publisher's blue cloth with gold stamping. Cloth is rubbed and edge-worn with a dampstain on the upper corner of the front board. Spine is leaning. Previous owner's book plate on the front pastedown and name in ink on the front free endpaper. Endpapers foxed; front hinge cracked. Overall, very good.


    Always aware of what the public was craving, this work saw Maugham moving into escapist fiction, popular with the British readers of the time. In the story he taps the themes of British imperialism and empire-building in Africa. Though popular with reviewers, The Explorer left a bad taste in Maugham's mouth. He later wrote, "I have a great dislike for it, and if it were possible would willingly suppress it." 

    Stott A10a. Morgan, p. 126.

    From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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