The Signed, Limited Edition

    W. Somerset Maugham. The Razor's Edge. Garden City: Doubleday, 1944.

    Number 101 of 750 limited edition copies signed by Maugham on the limitation page. Octavo. 343 pages.

    Publisher's plum buckram with black leather label and gilt stamping on the spine and blind stamping on the front board. Top edge gilt. Cloth is lightly rubbed and edgeworn, with fading along the spine and top edge. Foxing to endpapers and page edges. Publisher's slipcase not present. A very good copy.

    With the world at war, spiritual novels were enormously popular. This, coupled with Maugham's compelling characterizations, drove sales of The Razor's Edge to over 500,000 copies in one month. Maugham's themes of self-discovery and a quest for transcendence anticipated the popularity in the West of Eastern spiritual thought, and the novel continues to resonate with readers 65 years after its publication.

    Stott A63a. Morgan, p. 483. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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