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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE INIMITABLE JEEVES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE INIMITABLE JEEVES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1923. First edition : the first issue, with just ten titles listed on the verso of the half-title. Eighteen short stories including “Jeeves Exerts the Old Cerebellum”, “No Wedding Bells for Bingo”, “Aunt Agatha Speaks Her Mind” and “The Great Sermon Handicap”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original sage green pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in black; some light rubbing and wear at tips; edges a little spotted, but a good copy. Pictorial bookplate of the well-known Woodrow Wyatt (1918-1997), journalist and parliamentarian.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : VERY GOOD, JEEVES!

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : VERY GOOD, JEEVES!

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1930. First British edition : with the witty preface not included in the American edition which appeared two weeks earlier. “Jeeves and the Impending Doom”, “Jeeves and the Song of Songs” and nine further famous tales – the third Jeeves & Wooster short story collection. “Mr. P. G. Wodehouse is again up to his quite inimitable best. As amusing a book as you will find” (The Tatler, 20th August 1930).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; just a hint of rubbing; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting of edges and prelims, but a very good, bright and sound copy.

£400

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : LORD EMSWORTH AND OTHERS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : LORD EMSWORTH AND OTHERS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1937). First edition : in the primary binding of scarlet cloth. A splendid collection of nine short stories, with Lord Emsworth, Blandings Castle, Mr Mulliner, the Oldest Member, the Drones Club, Ukridge, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original cloth, blocked and lettered in black; a few faint marks and a couple of hairline splits to cloth; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting of edges and closing advertisement leaves, but a good and still attractive copy.

£75

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : EGGS, BEANS AND CRUMPETS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : EGGS, BEANS AND CRUMPETS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1940). First edition. A Drones Club collection of nine short stories – four Bingo Littles, two Mulliners, and three Ukridges.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 284,[iv]pp. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered in black; some light wear; a few slight marks; endpapers a little tanned, but a good copy in the original dust-jacket – a lively design by Ian Fenwick (1909-1944) – the jacket lightly worn and slightly creased, with some minor repair at foot, but still overall very good. Neat contemporary (1941) ownership inscription.

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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 Lord Emsworth, the Empress of Blandings, the Hon. Freddie Threepwood, and Veronica Wedge – “the dumbest beauty listed in the pages of Debrett”. First published in New York a few months earlier.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 252pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; faint spine crease; a touch rubbed; a few faint marks; small inked marks to front free endpaper; a few edge-spots, but a good and sound copy.

£25

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : JEEVES IN THE OFFING.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : JEEVES IN THE OFFING.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1960). First British edition : the second issue, with the corrected fly title. The eighth Jeeves novel – Aunt Dahlia, Sir Roderick Glossop, Anatole, Bobbie Wickham the one-girl beauty chorus, etc. Originally published a few months earlier in the USA as “How Right You Are, Jeeves”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (206),[ii]pp. Original red boards, blocked in blind on lower cover and lettered across spine in gilt; a touch bruised; some spotting and browning to edges and prelims, but a good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – the jacket lightly worn and used, with a short tear to the back panel, but also good.

£75

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

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

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1965). First British edition. The calm and serenity of Blandings Castle disturbed – “A pretty girl in distress, the mending of sundered hearts, the introduction of imposters into his brother’s demesne, all come alike to Gally. Admittedly one or two of his schemes go awry en route”. The ninth Blandings Castle book, first published in the USA as “The Brinkmanship of Galahad Threepwood”.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; a few slight marks and spots to edges; mild tanning to endpapers and outer leaves, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket by Payne – the jacket price-clipped, a touch sunned, with some faint tanning to flaps, and a few spots to rear panel, but also very good.

£100

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE GIRL IN BLUE.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE GIRL IN BLUE.

London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1970). First edition. A Gainsborough miniature goes missing – hanging in the balance are the future of Mellingham Hall; the peace of mind of Homer Pyle, who suspects his sister, Bernadette (Barney) Clayborne, of kleptomania; the happiness of a young heir and both his fiancées; the prospects of a gold-digging actress; the employment of a fake butler, and much else besides.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good clean, fresh and sound copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

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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.

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; slight spotting of edges; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – the jacket with some very minor wear, a few faint spots, and some slight darkening at the edges of the laminate (as usual), but still very good. Neat contemporary (December 1972) ownership inscription.

£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 little bruised at foot; a few faint spots, but a good copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – the jacket also slightly bruised, with a small chip at foot.

£40

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : BACHELORS ANONYMOUS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : BACHELORS ANONYMOUS.

London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1973). First edition. Ivor Llewellyn is fresh out of his sixth marriage when his lawyer recommends Bachelors Anonymous, a support group for bachelors to help each other prevent impulsive marriage proposals. “There is the much-married executive, Ivor Llewellyn … who tended to propose to women over the coffee because he couldn’t think of anything else to say to them. There is the English Joe Pickering, who has one of the sunniest smiles in SW7; and there is Ephraim Trout, the lawyer, who was so thin and meagre that a course might well have rendered him invisible” (Birmingham Daily Post, 25th May 1974).
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – the jacket slightly darkened at the edges of the laminate (as usual), but also very good.

£100

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : BACHELORS ANONYMOUS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : BACHELORS ANONYMOUS.

London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1973). First edition. The sequel to “Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin”. Ivor Llewellyn, much married and currently divorced head of a Hollywood film studio, returns to London.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a couple of edge spots, but a very good copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – the jacket slightly darkened at edges of the laminate (as usual), with a slight crease to the back panel, but also very good.

£75

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