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Of Human Bondage

1915, first edition in a Sangorski & Sutcliffe half-leather binding

Author

W Somerset Maugham

Publisher

William Heinemann, London, 1915
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing (with 'help' for 'helped' p257, line 4, and no advertisements to the rear). Hardback, rebound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in half leather with simple gilt titling to spine and floral cloth covered boards. Top edge gilt. 19 × 12.5cm, 648pp

Of Human Bondage is the most autobiographical of Maugham's novels. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, Philip settles in London to train as a doctor. And that is where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a formative, tortured and masochistic affair which very nearly ruins him.

Condition

The binding is is in very good condition, with just very minor rubbing and bumping to the leather. The inner binding is secure and the pages clean. The title page has been trimmed by about 1cm to the bottom edge and is scuffed and tatty along the fore-edge, and the text block tanned a little to the edges but otherwise this is very good copy of this rare first edition.

Price

£250.00
 

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