The Maugham Enigma; An Anthology (Signed by Maugham)
London: Peter Owen, 1954. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #012462
8vo. 217pp. Sharp First Edition of this tribute to W. Somerset Maugham on the occasion of his 80th birthday. It is part bibliography, part biography, as well as anecdotes from his friends. Contributors include Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Theodore Dreiser and others. Bound in tan cloth with titles in gilt on spine. Frontis portrait of Maugham by Carl Van Vechten Square, tight and clean throughout with wear to top edges and bumping to spine ends. A bit of toning to bottom edge. Attractive unclipped dust-jacket, (15s. net), has a 1/2 cm tear along a fews section of the top edges, Spine panel slightly toned. Quite minor wear to tips. Still fresh and bright. Humorously inscribed and signed by Maugham on the front end-paper, "W. Somerset Maugham, a book he has never read". A pretty collectable copy of a title rarely found find signed by Maugham.