14 June 2006
Property From a Private West Coast Collection
MAUGHAM, William Somerset (1874-1965). Ashenden or the British Agent. London: Heinemann, 1928.
8o. Original gilt lettered blue cloth (small stain to upper cover); pictorial dust jacket (spine panel with minor rubbing to ends, ink of spine panel lettering of Ashenden very slightly smudged, small hole to fold of lower flap); cloth folding case. Provenance: Fred Bason (Maugham's bibliographer, presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed by Maugham on front free endpaper: " For Fred from W. Somerset Maugham. These stories based on my experience in the Secret Service during the Great War." "Maugham's Ashenden lifts the secret service sleuth high above the conventional conception of the spy-catcher" Queen's Quorum 78.
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