On a Chinese Screen
1922, 1st edition, Somerset Maugham's travels in China
First edition, first printing. Hardback bound in the original black cloth with gilt titling and design to spine and upper board. Fore-edge untrimmed. 21 × 15cm, 237pp.
Maugham spent the winter months of 1919 travelling fifteen hundred miles up the Yangtze river. Always more interested in people than places, he noted down acute and finely crafted sketches of those he met on countless scraps of paper. In the resulting collection we encounter Western missionaries, army officers and company managers who are culturally out of their depth in the immensity of the Chinese civilisation. Maugham keenly observes, and gently ridicules, their dogged and oblivious persistence with the life they know.
This copy is in good condition for age. The is general overall fading to the board, and some bumping to the corners and spine ends. Tanning to endpapers but the book remaining in strong readable condition, with secure binding and clean pages.