Inscribed by Somerset Maugham

    W. Somerset Maugham. My South Sea Island. Chicago: [Black Cat Press], 1936.

    First edition, second state, one of just forty-three copies. Inscribed by Maugham in blue ink: "This little article appeared in the Daily Mail. It was issued in pamphlet form by an enthusiastic American bookseller. For James Spencer. W. Somerset Maugham." Tall quarto (8.125 x 5.25 inches; 206 x 133 mm.). [1-4], 5-12, [13-16] leaves, with text and "pagination" printed on alternating rectos and versos only. Title-page with palm-tree motif printed in green; initial "I" on page "5" (i.e. fifth leaf recto) printed in green. All upper edges unopened.

    Publisher's printed stiff green wrappers, sewn, with black lettering on upper cover and author's symbol in lighter green, at center, within black rules. A fine copy of this fine press production, with a nice inscription, housed in a cloth chemise that bears a typed label with a few lines of description.

    "This is a limited edition of fifty copies, hand-set and printed by Ben Abramson. According to Abramson, seven copies of this book were printed in the first state, with the author's name misspelled 'Sommerset Maugham' on the title-leaf, five of which were subsequently destroyed by the printer" (Rothschild).

    Rothschild 205. Stott 51a.

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