First Appearance in Book Form of "Rain" - Signed by Maugham

    W. Somerset Maugham. The Trembling of a Leaf, Little Stories of the South Sea Islands. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1921.

    First edition, with the "GHD" monogram on the copyright page. Signed by Maugham on the front free endpaper. Octavo. 302 pages.

    Publisher's brown cloth with black stamping. Boards worn along the extremities, particularly along the fore-edges and at the corners. Faint moisture staining to front and back boards. Both hinges cracked. Though binding is a bit shaken, the textblock itself is still sturdy and square. Foxing and toning to endpapers. Maugham's signature on the front free endpaper is directly beneath the inked signature of a previous owner. Overall, very good condition.

    The first appearance in book form of Maugham's most famous short story, "Rain," in which the infamous Sadie Thompson was introduced. The American edition preceded the English edition by less than three weeks. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

    Stott A25.

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