• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 82

    MAUGHAM, William Somerset (1874-1965). A Man of Honour. A Play in Four Acts. As performed by the Stage Society at the Imperial Theatre, Westminster, on Monday, February 23rd, 1903. London: Chapman and Hall, 1903.

    Price Realised  

    MAUGHAM, William Somerset (1874-1965). A Man of Honour. A Play in Four Acts. As performed by the Stage Society at the Imperial Theatre, Westminster, on Monday, February 23rd, 1903. London: Chapman and Hall, 1903.

    8o. Original printed cream wrappers; glassine dust jacket with the price stamped at the lower right corner; blue cloth case. Provenance: Miss Elizabeth Johnson (presentation inscription from the author).

    FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, one of 150 copies printed, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY MAUGHAM on the first leaf: "For Miss Elizabeth Johnson W. Somerset Maugham." Of the copies printed, fewer than 50 were sold; the remainder were pulped at Maugham's request. [With:] A program of the first performance of the play, SIGNED BY MAUGHAM on the front cover. A FINE COPY OF A RARE WORK.

    [With:] MAUGHAM. A Writer's Notebook. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1949. 8o. Original cloth; publisher's board slipcase, paper label (label slightly rubbed). FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, number 29 of 1,000 copies signed by Maugham. (2)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of H. Richard Dietrich, Jr.