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Wodehouse, P.G.
The Intrusion of Jimmy (Presentation Copy)
New York: W.J. Watt, 1910. First American edition. Publishers black cloth over boards, front cover pictorially stamped in gilt, gray and yellow with a circular portrait of a woman pasted-on, spine lettered in gilt. Spine very slightly faded, spine lettering a little dull and some fraying at extremities. Collating [ii], color frontispiece (with original tissue guard), title-page (with "Published May" on verso, [vii-viii], 314 with four inserted monochrome plates. Inscribed by the author on the front blank "To / Miss Fuerst / with the author's compliments / P.G. Wodehouse / May 16. 1910" just six days after publication. The first American edition was published on May 16th, 1910 with the first English edition following six months later on November 15th, 1910, under the title A Gentleman of Leisure. The action begins with bachelor Jimmy Pitt in New York; having fallen in love on a transatlantic liner, he befriends a small-time burglar and breaks into a police captain's house as a result of a bet. The cast of characters head to England, and from there on it is a typically Wodehousean romantic story, set at the stately Dreever Castle, overflowing with imposters, detectives, crooks, scheming lovers and conniving aunts. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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