W. Somerset Maugham. The Magician. London: Heinemann, 1908. First edition, first issue. Publisher's blue cloth. Abrasion to pastedown caused by removal of a bookplate. Very good. In a custom slipcase.

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    Octavo. 310 pages.


    Publisher's blue cloth with gold stamping. Spine mildly darkened; cloth lightly rubbed at corners and spine ends. Foxing to endpapers, page edges, and occasionally throughout. Abrasion to front pastedown caused by the removal of a bookplate. A very good copy, housed in a custom slipcase.


    The main character in The Magician, Oliver Haddo, is a melodramatic caricature of self-styled Satanist, Aleister Crowley. Maugham and Crowley disliked one another and Crowley was offended by Maugham's portrayal in The Magician. Seeking revenge, Crowley wrote a scathing article in Vanity Fair entitled "How To Write A Novel! After W. S. Maugham," in which he accused Maugham of plagiarism and provided numerous examples to prove his case.


    Stott A11a. Morgan, p. 120. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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