DescriptionW. Somerset Maugham. The Painted Veil. London, . First edition, second issue, first state. Front hinge cracked. Some lettering on spine of moderately chipped jacket has faded substantially. A separation runs the length of the jacket through the middle of spine. This jacket is difficult to find in any condition. Overall, very good.
First edition, second issue, first state. Octavo. 289 pages.
Publisher's blue cloth with black and gold stamping. Cloth is lightly rubbed, mainly at the spine ends. Endpapers and page edges exhibit minor foxing. There is a small abrasion on the front pastedown where it appears something has been removed. Front hinge is cracked. Dust jacket has darkened along the edges and spine with the title letter on the spine faded almost to the point of being unreadable. Moderate chipping to corners and spine ends. There is a separation running the length of the jacket through the middle of the spine. This jacket is difficult to find in any condition. Overall, very good.
A libel suit and then a complaint from the Hong Kong Government caused Heinemann to create five states of The Painted Veil in order to finally get it to the public. The attention created in the media by these actions only helped the sales of the book, pleasing Maugham greatly. In a letter to a friend, he writes, "I got something like 500 pounds of free advertisement and the book went with a bang."
Stott A33c. Morgan, p. 279.
From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.
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