RARE FIRST EDITION OF MAUGHAM'S MRS. CRADDOCK, 1902
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Mrs. Craddock. London: William Heinemann, 1902. Octavo, original blue cloth. $550.
First edition, first issue, of Maugham's controversial early novel.
"The notable fact about Mrs. Craddock is that it is the only one of this author's early novels (with the possible exception of Liza) that is… readable. Here for the first time one catches unexpected flashed of the later Maugham, with his worldly wisdom and uncanny, intuitive understanding of human nature… After the publication (for those days) of the somewhat 'daring' Mrs. Craddock, Mr. Maugham evidently suffered some rebuffs from publishers and editors, for he is constantly stressing in his letters to Pinker, that 'I can be trusted to be suitably moral'" (Stott A5a). Only 2000 copies of this work were published, of which 618 were remaindered, sold to a book club, and given a cancel title page dated "1903." This is a rare first edition, first issue, with original "1902" title page. With 32-page publisher's advertisement, as often. Stott A5a.
Interior slightly toned, light rubbing and soiling to original cloth, a bit of wear to spine ends, spine leaning slightly. A very good copy. Rare.