Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset MAUGHAM   |   Randolph SCHWABE

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"OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE": OF HUMAN BONDAGE, 1936, SIGNED LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY MAUGHAM AND ILLUSTRATOR SCHWABE

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1936. Large octavo, original beige buckram, top edge gilt, uncut, original slipcase.

Signed limited edition, number 136 of 751 copies signed by Maugham and illustrator Randolph Schwabe, with 24 beautiful collotype plates by Schwabe and a new preface by Maugham.

On its initial publication in 1915, Theodore Dreiser called Maugham's masterpiece a novel "of utmost importance… Nothing is left out: the author writes as though it were a labor of love. It bears the imprint of an eager, almost consuming desire to say truly what is in his heart." This edition features not only Maugham's new preface—in which he relates circumstances surrounding its composition and thanks American writers for bringing the book back into the public eye—but also 24 collotype plates by Randolph Schwabe, best remembered as an architectural draughtsman but also known for the realism of his portraits and landscapes: "His drawings and prints are not remarkable for imagination but are beautifully precise and reasonable statements of fact" (DNB). Without scarce original dust jacket. Stott 16.

Interior clean, spine gently toned, one joint of original slipcase starting but sound. A near-fine signed copy.

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