London: William Heinemann, (1931). Original blue cloth, with dust jacket.
First English Edition (published a month after the American one) of this collection of six tales.
They were set in England and on the Continent. Maugham meant to show that his countrymen could misbehave at home just as well as in the tropics. In "Virtue" a middle-aged woman leaves her husband for a younger man because she thinks it is the honest thing to do. Her husband then kills himself, and the lover deserts her. Maugham had made the point before that a virtue taken to an extreme leads to disaster. If she had had an affair with the younger man, things would have been all right [Morgan].
This volume is bright and fine (a little foxing only on the fore-edge of the leaves); the leaves are "tight" enough to suggest that the book has not been read. The dust jacket, with P. Youngman Carter's illustration of a gentleman leaning against a giant letter "I" (on both the front cover and the spine), is close to fine as well -- a few tiny edge-nicks (understandable since the jacket stands slightly taller than the book), but essentially no other wear nor soil. Toole Stott A42b. Item #14430