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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : YOUNG MEN IN SPATS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : YOUNG MEN IN SPATS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1936). First edition : in the variant orange binding. A memorable collection of eleven short stories, including the classic “Uncle Fred Flits By” and one of Wodehouse’s personal favourites, “The Amazing Hat Mystery”. The contents differ slightly from that of the later American edition.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; spine just a touch dulled; edges and endpapers spotted, but still overall a very good copy.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1938). First edition. “I reached out a hand from under the blankets, and rang the bell for Jeeves ...” – the third Jeeves and Wooster novel.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original emerald cloth, blocked and lettered in black; spine very lightly marked; endpapers lightly tanned; a few slight spots; one leaf slightly frayed, but otherwise a very good copy.

£100

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1938). First edition. “I reached out a hand from under the blankets, and rang the bell for Jeeves ...” – the third Jeeves and Wooster novel.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original variant orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; lightly rubbed and a little darkened; endpapers lightly tanned; some light spotting, mainly to edges; a few tiny creases, but overall a good copy.

£75

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : FULL MOON.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : FULL MOON.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1947]. First British edition. The sixth Blandings castle novel – with Veronica Wedge – “the dumbest beauty listed in the pages of Debrett”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 252pp. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered in black; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a Frank Ford design of bare-shouldered beauty simpering at bespectacled gent – price-clipped, lightly worn at extremities and with a couple of short repaired tears, but also very good. Connolly 81 (i). Jasen 65a. McIlvaine A66b.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SPRING FEVER.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SPRING FEVER.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1948]. First edition. A McGuffy Special loosens the tongue of the Earl of Shortlands – he needs the money to win his freedom, marry his cook and buy a pub. A tale of dictatorial daughter, cunning butler, reformed burglar, impersonation and more.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; a hint of wear at foot; some spotting to edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy in the original pictorial Frank Ford dust-jacket – middle-aged man intrigued by saucer-eyed and cupid-lipped younger woman – price-clipped, a little marked and slightly sunned, with a couple of very short tears, but otherwise very good, with only some very light wear.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1963). First British edition. Jeeves, Wooster, Gussie Fink-Nottle, and Madeline Bassett – “moulder of men”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]pp. Original red boards, blocked in blind on lower cover and lettered across spine in gilt; some light spotting, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket, printed in blue, black and ochre – just very faintly tanned and with the mildest of rubbing. Connolly 109.(i). Jasen 85a. McIlvaine A86b.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : COMPANY FOR HENRY.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : COMPANY FOR HENRY.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1967). First British edition. Henry Paradene, once in musical comedy and now impecunious owner of Sussex country house; petite blonde heroine; handsome interior decorator; American millionaire; mystery writer; cook; ex chorus-girl aunt; valet; bossy sister; butler; stock-brokers, etc. Published a few months earlier in the USA as “The Purloined Paperweight”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (222),[ii]pp. Original terracotta boards, lettered in white; a hint of bruising to tips, but a very good, bright and clean copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – the jacket with just very minor signs of age and use, but also very good. Connolly 115.(i). Jasen 89a. McIlvaine A90b.

£75

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : PEARLS, GIRLS AND MONTY BODKIN.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : PEARLS, GIRLS AND MONTY BODKIN.

London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1972). First edition. A sequel to “The Luck of the Bodkins” – Monty Bodkin; Gertrude Butterwick, his hockey-playing fiancée from West Dulwich; Sandy Miller, his vivacious secretary; Chimp Twist, Soapy Molloy and other favourites; the Drones Club and the Happy Prawn night-club. Later published in the USA as “The Plot That Thickened”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket, slightly frayed at lower edge, but also otherwise very good. Connolly 121. Jasen 94. McIlvaine A95a.

£75

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SUNSET AT BLANDINGS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SUNSET AT BLANDINGS.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1977. First edition : in the primary dust-jacket, with the price unrevised. The last of the Blandings novels, not quite finished at Wodehouse’s death, but fleshed out with his working notes, drafts, and detailed notes on the final chapters. With notes and appendices by Richard Usborne.
Post 8vo (21cm). (214),[ii]pp. Endpaper maps, illustrations and dust-jacket by Ionicus. Original turquoise boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few tiny spots, but a very good copy in a bright and fresh dust-jacket.

£75

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