Maugham, W. Somerset. London: William Heinemann, 1922. 1st edition variant. Decorated cloth; no jacket, as issued. 237 pp. 8vo. Near fine.
Extremely uncommon, scarce variant of the first edition, specially bound by the publisher in fine brown cloth. Gilt Pegasuses and a flock of birds in a tree, both in the Chinese style, with a gold device on the lower front cover. Several pages have remained uncut. Mild rubbing externally, with a near pristine interior.
William Somerset Maugham CH (/ˈmɔːm/ mawm; 25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965), better known as W. Somerset Maugham, was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.