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Of Human Bondage. A Novel.
London: William Heinemann, 1915 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover, Maugham's device in gilt on front cover. Housed in a custom green cloth chemise and green quarter morocco slipcase. Slight vertical indentation at foot of first dozen leaves. A particularly attractive copy of a rather fragile book. First UK edition, first impression, printed from the first issue American plates with the misprint at p. 257, line 4; "some copies contain 16 pp. inserted advertisements, with no significance for issue" (Stott). "The novel was coolly received in Britain and America and became a best-seller only after an effusive review by the influential American critic and distinguished novelist Theodore Dreiser in the New Republic (25 December 1915), in which he described the book as of 'the utmost importance' and its author as a 'great artist'" (ODNB). The English edition in this condition is very uncommon. Rothschild Maugham Collection 85; Stott A21b. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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