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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.
    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,... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 100642

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  2. 87821
    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

    Stock Code: 87821

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  3. 123377comp
    First edition, first impression, second issue binding, inscribed by the author to his biographer, David Jasen, on the front free endpaper, "To David from Plum P. G. Wodehouse May 26 - 1965". Inscribed copies of this, the author's third published novel, are extremely scarce. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 123377

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  4. 66625
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 66625

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  5. 126782
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 126782

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  6. 126831
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 126831

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  7. 66628
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 66628

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  8. 88882
    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

    Stock Code: 88882

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  9. 88989
    First edition, first impression, of this Wodehouse schoolboy classic. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 88989

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  10. 27759
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 27759

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  11. 88495
    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

    Stock Code: 88495

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  12. 110692
    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

    Stock Code: 110692

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  13. 124315comp
    First edition, preceding the UK edition by six months. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author four days after publication 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... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 124315

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  14. 75435
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US a few months earlier under the title The Intrusion of Jimmy. Learn More
    £750

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  15. 86655
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US three months earlier. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 86655

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  16. 49550comp
    Handwritten letter, with envelope, from the author dated March 25 1920.

    Have A Heart (New York: T. B. Harms and Francis, Day & Hunter, 1917), first edition.

    Oh, Lady! Lady!! (New York: T. B. Harms Company, 1918), first edition.

    Miss Springtime (New York: T. B. Harms and Francis, Day & Hunter, 1916),... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 49550

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  17. 125814
    First edition in book form, first printing. This work first appeared in serialized form in the Saturday Evening Post between 16 September and 11 November 1916. It was subsequently published in the UK in May 1918. An uncommon work, especially in the rare jacket; no copies of which have been traced at auction. Learn More
    £3,500

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  18. 41766
    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

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  19. 91795
    First UK edition, first impression. Jill the Reckless was originally published in the US the preceding year. Very uncommon. Learn More
    £500

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  20. The Clicking of Cuthbert.
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of comic golfing stories. Rare in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £5,250

    Stock Code: 70222

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  21. 94901
    First edition, first issue. Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 94901

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  22. 125151
    First edition, first impression, in the scarce jacket, correctly priced 3/6 on the spine as with most Herbert Jenkins short story collections, and crucially unrestored. This collection of 10 short stories featuring Ukridge is the second appearance of the character in book form, following Love Among the Chickens (1906). Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 125151

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  23. 126902
    First edition, first impression. It was based upon a book that Wodehouse and Guy Bolton wrote for the musical Oh, Lady! Lady!, which premiered in Albany, New York on 7 January 1918. Learn More
    £250

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  24. 63172
    £700

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  25. 90840

    Meet Mr. Mulliner.

    Garden City, New York: 1928

    First US edition, first printing of this collection of nine short stories. With this book, Wodehouse introduces the character of Mr. Mulliner who narrates all of the tales. Originally published by Herbert Jenkins Limited, London, in 1927. Learn More
    £750

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  26. 60549
    First UK edition, first impression, published 25 September 1931, and therefore just preceded by the Doubleday, Doran edition published at New York, 3 September. Wodehouse dramatized the story with Guy Bolton as Who's Who, 1934. Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 60549

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  27. 109700
    First UK edition, first impression, published 25 September 1931, and therefore just preceded by the Doubleday, Doran edition published at New York, 3 September. With his co-writer Guy Bolton, Wodehouse dramatized the story as Who's Who, 1934. Learn More
    £750

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  28. 95360
    First UK edition, first impression, published 25 September 1931, and therefore just preceded by the Doubleday, Doran edition published at New York, 3 September. With his co-writer Guy Bolton, Wodehouse dramatized the story as Who's Who, 1934. Learn More
    £1,750

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  29. 84632
    First edition, first impression, first issue binding. A collection of 19 humorous essays on all aspects of contemporary life, originally published in periodicals such as Vanity Fair. Uncommon in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £3,250

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  30. 88625
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 88625

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  31. 91641
    First edition, first impression. A collection of 19 humorous essays, reworked from articles published in Vanity Fair between 1914 and 1923. In his introduction to the book, Wodehouse explains that he borrowed the title from "the old story... of the nervous after-dinner speaker" who is speaking in a faltering undertone when... Learn More
    £2,500

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  32. 125148
    First edition, first impression, in the scarce dust jacket. Wodehouse adapted the story, which is set in the 1920s in a fictional French seaside town, for stage as The Inside Stand (1935). Learn More
    £3,750

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  33. Heavy Weather.
    First edition, first impression of this sequel to Summer Lightning (1929). Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 110693

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  34. 87116
    First US edition. The second instalment in the Jeeves and Wooster series, published in the UK ten days before the first US edition under the title Right Ho, Jeeves. Learn More
    £750

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  35. Thank You, Jeeves.
    First edition, first impression. Uncommon in the jacket. Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 110694

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  36. 63563
    First omnibus edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250

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  37. 59988
    First edition, first impression, first issue binding - scarlet cloth black lettering. First state dust jacket listing 29 titles on the front flap. Learn More
    £1,600

    Stock Code: 59988

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  38. 86596
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket with the list of nineteen titles on the lower flap Learn More
    £625

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  39. 69210
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the previous year. Learn More
    £750

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  40. 125813
    First edition in book form, first impression, with eight pages of adverts at the rear as called for by McIlvaine. The Code of the Woosters was first published as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post from 16 July to 3 September 1938. It was published simultaneously in the UK and US on 7 October 1938. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 125813

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  41. 120475
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 120475

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  42. 95947
    First edition (preceding the US edition by three weeks and with different contents), first impression, first issue jacket (priced 7'6 on the spine panel), and a very nice copy. This collection of short stories, written as told to members of the Drones Club, opens with four tales of the misadventures of Bingo Little, now... Learn More
    £1,750

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  43. 120467
    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US the same month. Learn More
    £250

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  44. 124011
    First edition, first impression of the second Uncle Fred novel. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 124011

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  45. Uncle Dynamite.
    First edition, first impression. The second Uncle Fred novel, in which he assumes the identity of Major Brabazon-Plank to rescue his nephew from a certain fall from grace, having accidentally destroyed two of his future father-in-law's most coveted works of art. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 95505

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  46. .
    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US the same month. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 98447

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  47. 108087
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 108087

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  48. 123767
    First edition, first impression, of one of Wodehouse's standalone novels. Learn More
    £125

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  49. 130913
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

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  50. 130908
    First edition, first impression, of Wodehouse's final, unfinished novel, published two years after his death. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 130908

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