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A Man Of Honour.
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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.

A Man Of Honour.

A Play in Four Acts.

Published: London: Chapman and Hall Limited, 1903

Stock code: 103296

Price: £4,500

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First edition, first impression. One of 150 copies printed at the author’s request to be used during rehearsals of the play and sold at the first performances in February 1903. This pamphlet is rarely seen in commerce, as Maugham put it in his preface to Frederick Bason’s bibliography in 1931: “But there is another little book of mine which must be scarcer still [than the first edition of Liza of Lambeth]. It is the paper bound edition of A Man of Honour, which was issued by Messrs Chapman and Hall. This was a play published in The Fortnightly Review by the late W. L. Courtney, who thought well of it, and at my urgent request the publishers bound up a few copies of the sheets, two hundred and fifty, I think, for sale in the theatre during the two performances which the Stage Society gave it. I am afraid the venture did not profit them, for I doubt whether fifty copies were sold, and I suppose the rest have long been pulped”. Bason describes A Man of Honour as “one of Maugham’s rarest works and … his scarcest play”.

Octavo. Original cream wrappers printed in black. Housed in a green cloth-backed grey board folder. Wrappers neatly rebacked and with small repair to lower left-hand corner of front wrapper, split to top edge of spine, wrappers slightly soiled. A very good copy of this fragile publication.

Bibliography: Bason, pp. 10; 53; Loren & Frances Rothschild Collection, V 27; Stott A6a.

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