11 October 2002
MAUGHAM, William Somerset (1874-1965). Of Human Bondage. London: Heinemann, 1915.
8o. Original green cloth (some rubbing, hinges cracked). Provenance: Emil Schill (presentation inscription).
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION (preceded by the first American edition by a day). PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY MAUGHAM TO THE SWISS PAINTER EMIL SCHILL on front free endpaper: "My dear Schill You are so delicate and excellent an artist that it will give me a peculiar satisfaction if you like my book yours sincerely W.S. Maugham."
The recipient was almost certainly Emil Schill, the Swiss painter, lithographer and engraver. Though undated, Maugham's inscription is contemporary with the publication; by the early '20s, he had abandoned the "W.S." for "William S." Throughout his life, Maugham avidly collected paintings.
Maugham declared that in Of Human Bondage "fact and fiction are inextricably mingled; the emotions are my own but not from my own life but from that of persons with whom I was intimate" (Maugham by Ted Morgan, New York, 1980, page 194). Stott A21.
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