THE MOON AND SIXPENCE. W. Somerset Maugham.


London: William Heinemann, 1919. 4 pp ads dated 1919. Original sage green cloth decorated in black.

First Edition, published about three months before the American edition. This was Maugham's first book published after OF HUMAN BONDAGE (1915); he was an intelligence agent during the war, permitting him considerable travel. THE MOON AND SIXPENCE is~an excellent presentation of the [Paul] Gauguin case in the person of Strickland (not meant to be the French painter himself), a stockbroker who deserts wife, work and family after 17 years to become a painter. Everything is subordinated to his passion for his art and he regards love as a tiresome intrusion upon it. He dies of leprosy in the South Seas, leaving behind the pictures that make his name famous. [CGEL]~This copy is from the first issue (the three issues differ only in their ads): the four pages of ads are present, and on their second page are listed six titles by Phillpotts, seventeen by Steel, and three by Zangwill. Condition is near-fine (scarcely any wear or soil, but a faint damp-mark at the lower fore-corner of the front cover) -- which is rather remarkable condition, given how cheaply-produced the book was (the cheap post-war leaves are a little browned, as always). With OF HUMAN BONDAGE and THE RAZOR'S EDGE, this is one of Maugham's top titles. Toole Stott A22a. Item #13589

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