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WODEHOUSE, P. G.

Rare books by P. G. Wodehouse, including first editions, signed, and finely bound copies of the Jeeves novels.

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881–1975) was a prolific English writer who enjoyed a hugely popular career spanning more than seventy years. His writing includes novels, short stories, plays and poems, alongside song lyrics and a successful side in journalism. Contrary to many writers during his lifetime, Wodehouse avoided writing directly about political upheaval and both World Wars, instead focusing his attention on satirising the upper class English society both pre and post-World War One.

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  1. The Pothunters.

    The Pothunters.

    First edition, first impression, of the author's rare first book. The first issue in blue cloth with silver lettering and cup designs. Learn More
    £6,500

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 87821

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  2. The Pothunters.

    The Pothunters.

    First edition, first impression of Wodehouse's first published book, in the first issue binding (the sheets were reissued in 1915 in a grey-blue cloth binding, lettered in gilt and blue). Scarce in such nice condition. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110687

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  3. The Pothunters.
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    The Pothunters.

    First edition, first impression, of the author's rare first book. The first issue in blue cloth with silver lettering and cup designs. Loosely inserted together with the original envelope is an autograph letter signed by Wodehouse to Leslie Mead, a British author living in Buenos Aires. The letter, dated 19 September 1936, finds Wodehouse discussing publication of The Pothunters in some detail: "Dear Mr. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100642

    Signed: Yes

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  4. Tales of St Austin's.

    Tales of St Austin's.

    First edition, first impression, first issue with unclosed quotation marks on the title page. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 69337

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  5. Tales of St Austin's.

    Tales of St Austin's.

    Containing Twelve Full-Page Illustrations by T. M. R. Whitewell, R. Noel Pocock, and B. F. Skinner.
    First edition, first impression, first issue with unclosed quotation marks on the title page. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published:

    Stock Code: 65437

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  6. A Prefect's Uncle.

    A Prefect's Uncle.

    Containing Eight Full Page Illustrations by R. Noel Pocock.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1903

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    Stock Code: 66625

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  7. William Tell Told Again.

    William Tell Told Again.

    With Illustrations in Colour by Philip Dadd. Described in Verse by John W. Houghton.
    First edition, first impression with only the early ads, as called for by McIlvaine. William Tell Told Again was one of Wodehouse's earliest books, published prior to his success with the Jeeves stories. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: [1904]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 88882

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  8. The Gold Bat.

    The Gold Bat.

    Containing Eight Full-Page Illustrations by T. M. R. Whitwell.
    First edition, first impression, of this Wodehouse schoolboy classic. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 88989

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  9. The Gold Bat.

    The Gold Bat.

    Containing Eight Full-Page Illustrations by T. M. R. Whitwell.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published:

    Stock Code: 66628

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  10. The Swoop!

    The Swoop!

    Or, How Clarence Saved England.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 27759

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  11. The Swoop! Or, How Clarence Saved England.

    The Swoop! Or, How Clarence Saved England.

    A Tale of the Great Invasion.
    First edition, first impression. McIlvaine couples this with the notoriously difficult The Globe by the Way Book as being "among the rarest Wodehousiana". Exceptionally scarce in this condition. Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 88495

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  12. The Swoop! Or, How Clarence Saved England.

    The Swoop! Or, How Clarence Saved England.

    First edition, first impression. McIlvaine couples this with the notoriously difficult The Globe by the Way Book as being "among the rarest Wodehousiana". A lovely copy of this fragile publication. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110692

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  13. 116375

    Mike.

    Containing Twelve Full-Page Illustrations by T. M. R. Whitwell.
    First edition, first impression. "Each of Wodehouse's school stories is a superior example of the genre, and still readable; but in his last public-school novel, Mike (1909), something extraordinary happened: Wodehouse, as a writer, moved into a higher and dazzling sphere. In its narrative energy, dialogue, characterization, and ability to create sunny laughter, Mike is Wodehouse's first masterpiece. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116375

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  14. A Gentleman of Leisure.

    A Gentleman of Leisure.

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US a few months earlier under the title The Intrusion of Jimmy. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 75435

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  15. The Intrusion of Jimmy.
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    The Intrusion of Jimmy.

    First edition, preceding the UK edition by six months. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Harrison Fisher with the author's compliments, P. G. Wodehouse. May 16 1910". Fisher (1877-1934) was an American illustrator known for his drawings of women, winning acclaim as the successor to Charles Dana Gibson. His work appeared regularly on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine from the early 1900s until his death, and because Cosmopolitan published many of Wodehouse's stories this may be how the two met. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 83723

    Signed: Yes

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  16. The Prince and Betty.

    The Prince and Betty.

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US three months earlier. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1912

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 86655

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  17. My Man Jeeves.

    My Man Jeeves.

    First edition, first impression, not to be confused with the later impression which is only distinguishable by the much redder colour of its binding. Half of the stories in this collection of eight feature Jeeves, the other half Reggie Pepper, an early prototype for Bertie Wooster. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 110012

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  18. 115198detail

    Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.

    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles from the first collection, My Man Jeeves (1919), to the last story, Aunts Aren't Gentlemen (1974), and including the short story collections in which Jeeves and Wooster appear alongside other characters, all in their first London editions. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115198

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  19. Love Among the Chickens.

    Love Among the Chickens.

    Second edition, entirely rewritten, first issue. This title was Wodehouse's first novel for adults and the one in which he found his voice. Initially published in 1906 the author rewrote the work for publication in 1921 Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: [1921]

    Published:

    Stock Code: 41766

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  20. Jill the Reckless.

    Jill the Reckless.

    First UK edition, first impression. Jill the Reckless was originally published in the US the preceding year. Very uncommon. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 91795

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