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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.
Of Human Bondage. Illustrated by Randolph Schwabe.
New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1936. Quarto (245 x 169 mm). Contemporary blue morocco by The French Binders, spine lettered in gilt, spine, covers and turn-ins ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Slight rubbing at head of joint ends, else near-fine. With frontispiece and 23 collotype plates by Schwabe; title page printed in black & bisque. First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, the copy of the publisher Nelson Doubleday, number 1 of 751 copies signed by the illustrator and the author, specially bound. An excellent association copy: Doubleday had inherited Maugham as an author when his company merged with Maugham's former publisher, George H. Doran, in 1926. Maugham became a great friend of Doubleday and his wife. In 1940 Doubleday built Maugham a house with a separate writing cottage on his estate in South Carolina, where Maugham spent most of the years of World War II. It was there that Maugham finished The Razor's Edge, in which it has been claimed that Doubleday serves as a model for the character of Gray Maturin. At Doubleday's funeral Maugham spoke of his "great power of affection and need for affection. For thirty years Nelson Doubleday gave me his constant and affectionate friendship. The recollection of it is a treasure that can never be taken away from me" (cited in Ted Morgan, Maugham, p. 522). Of Human Bondage was first published in 1915 and Maugham contributed a new foreword for this handsome illustrated edition. Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948) "was a draughtsmen, painter and etcher who was the Slade Professor o … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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