Printed Without Maugham's Permission

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

    First printing, second issue. Twelvemo (approximately 8 x 5.25 inches). 12 pages, with printing on one side of the leaf only.

    Publisher's stiff green sewn wrappers, with titles in black and Maugham's Moorish symbol in light green. Top corner of first leaf missing, else fine condition.

    This reprint of a newspaper article by Maugham, which originally appeared in a 1922 issue of The Daily Mail, was printed without Maugham's permission and, presumably, without his knowledge. All but two copies of the first issue of the first printing were destroyed when it was discovered that "Somerset" had been misspelled on the title page. The second issue was printed immediately, in a run of only 43 copies. Scarce. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

    Stott A51a.

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