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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.

The Trembling of a Leaf.

Little Stories of the South Sea Islands.

Published: London: William Heinemann, 1921

Stock code: 75753

Price: £2,000

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First UK edition, first impression, from the sheets of the American first edition, which was published in the same year, containing Maugham’s most famous story, “Rain”. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Gerald Kelly from W. S. Maugham”. Kelly (1879–1952) was a portrait painter and close friend whom he painted eighteen times. Maugham often wrote Kelly into his novels, most notably as Lionel Hillier in Cakes and Ale and Frederick Lawson in Of Human Bondage. Maugham also wrote the introduction to the 1950 catalogue of Kelly’s work, and dedicated the short story collection Ashenden to him.

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, author’s device to upper board in black. With the dust jacket. Rubbed and slightly bumped at extremities, spine rolled, some light marks to cloth, partial tanning to free endpapers, corner torn from page 89 not affecting text. A very good copy in the rubbed and chipped jacket with tanned spine panel and closed tears repaired with tape to the verso.

Bibliography: Loren & Frances Rothschild Collection V, 111; Stott A25b.

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