Maugham, The Razor’s Edge, 1st Ed, w/ Signed Note, Unique Case

Item no. 299225-9
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    • W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) – British playwright and novelist
    • “The Razor’s Edge.” Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1944. First trade edition, published two days after the signed limited edition of 750, and preceding the English edition by one month
    • Laid in with typed letter from Somerset Maugham on Villa Mauresque letterhead, signed by the author in blue ink
    • Rare first trade edition in dust jacket
    • For reference, see Stott A63b
    • In original, unique walnut slipcase stand by Richard Tuttle, conceived and executed in 2010
    • With laid-in folded information from Richard Tuttle with his signature in ink
    • Octavo (205 x 150 mm); in publisher’s black boards with gilt stamping on the spine and debossed motif on the front board, in original dust jacket with mylar, held in an original, unique walnut wood stand (610 x 303 mm)
    • Very good condition
    • This object is sold through our New York office
  • Additional Information & Condition

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    William Somerset Maugham (British, 1874-1965)

    Orphaned at the age of ten, Maugham was brought up by his uncle. He went on to medical school in London, and became a qualified doctor in 1897. His experience as an obstetrician in London’s East End would provide inspiration for Maugham’s first novel, “Liza of Lambeth (1897)”. The success of the work was enough to inspire Maugham to give up practicing medicine entirely in favor of a career as a writer. Maugham went on to travel Europe, achieving great theatrical acclaim. At one point, he had three plays running in London at once. During WWI, Maugham used his clear voice and keen understanding of human nature to act as a secret agent. Afterward the war, he went back to writing and bought a villa on Cape Ferrat in the south of France. His legacy as a novelist includes his key books, “Of Human Bondage”; “The Moon and Sixpence”; “Cakes and Ale”; and “The Razor’s Edge”. Maugham’s clear voice, cynicism, and suspenseful handling of plots continues to ring true with contemporary readers.

    Richard Tuttle (American Book Binder)

    A graphic designer, carpenter, bookbinder, and avid reader, Richard Tuttle has been producing one of a kind bindings for 20 years. His original bindings have been exhibited in numerous galleries, were featured in a PBS documentary on the Chicago Art beat, and several art and design online publications. Tuttle described his own work as, “literary artifacts… designed to pull books down off the shelf and display them in the salon.” Tuttle tries to connect to the author or main character’s mind to say something about the text through the bindings. His bindings combine beauty, craftsmanship and a sharp sense of humor.


    In very good condition with very minor age toning to the endpaper and text block edges. Very minor soiling to the dust jacket with corners trimmed. In overall very good condition, in beautifully crafted unique walnut wood slipcase.

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