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    An Intriguing Association Copy, Inscribed by Maugham

    W. Somerset Maugham. Of Human Bondage - An Intriguing Association Copy, Inscribed by Maugham Twice. London: William Heinemann, [1915].

    First edition. Octavo. 648 pages plus ads.

    Publisher's gilt-stamped blue-green cloth. Cloth is worn and fraying along edges. Both hinges are cracked, and binding is a little loose. Gilt dulled. Insect damage and foxing to page edges. In a battered custom slipcase and chemise. Overall, fair to good condition, but a prime candidate for repair and restoration.

    This copy of the semi-autobiographical Of Human Bondage, Somerset Maugham's most acclaimed novel, is inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author: "This copy was given by me to J. E. Brooks who was the original of the Hayward of this book and who was later described under the initial 'B' in [Maugham's autobiography] The Summing Up." In 1890, as a 16-year old student in Heidelberg, Maugham first met John Ellingham Brooks (1863-1929) a scholar and artist with whom Maugham had his first sexual experience. Brooks was ten years older than Maugham, and he encouraged Maugham's ambitions to be a writer and introduced him to the works of Schopenhauer and Spinoza. The two later shared a villa on the island of Capri. The character of G. Etheridge Hayward in Of Human Bondage (whom the protagonist of the novel meets in Heidelberg) was based on Brooks. As Maugham notes in the inscription, this book was presented by him to Brooks. Above the inked inscription quoted above is J. E. Brooks' name and Maugham's initials in Maugham's hand. Accompanying the book is a handwritten note on Doubleday, Doran stationery (Maugham's American publisher) in which an editor writes about Maugham's interest in this copy when it was presented to him to sign. The letter is addressed to the woman to whom this book is inscribed. A very interesting association copy.


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