527
527
Maugham, W. Somerset
THE MOON AND SIXPENCE. WILLIAM HEINEMANN, 1919
Estimate
4,0006,000
JUMP TO LOT
527
Maugham, W. Somerset
THE MOON AND SIXPENCE. WILLIAM HEINEMANN, 1919
Estimate
4,0006,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Maugham, W. Somerset
THE MOON AND SIXPENCE. WILLIAM HEINEMANN, 1919
8vo, FIRST EDITION, first impression, first issue with 4pp. of advertisements at the rear in earliest state, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by author on half-title ("For | Alexander Quailer | suggested by the life of | a French painter | W. Somerset Maugham "), original sage green cloth, blocked in black, dust-jacket, slipcase, browning, minor chipping to side edge of endpapers, boards slightly soiled, bumped, dust-jacket worn at extremities with small chips to edges
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Provenance

Alexander Quailer (inscription and his gilt morocco bookplate)

Literature

Stott A22a

Catalogue Note

The "French painter" mentioned in the inscription is Gauguin who inspired the story of Charles Strickland, the stockbroker who abandons his family to become an artist.

Maugham explains this inspiration: "The Moon and Sixpence is not, of course, a life of Paul Gauguin in the form of fiction. It is founded on what I had heard about him, but I used only the main facts of his story and for the rest trusted to such gifts of invention as I was fortunate enough to possess." (1953)

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