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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : PSMITH : JOURNALIST.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : PSMITH : JOURNALIST.

London : A. & C. Black, 1915. First edition : in the variant (a) binding, with the publisher’s name in slightly smaller lettering at the foot of the spine. Psmith and Mike Jackson in New York as members of a touring cricket team – slums and gang-wars. There is considerable overlap of material with the very different English and American editions of “The Prince and Betty” (1912), but this version, first serialised in “The Captain” 1909-1910, is the earliest and “the best version of the three” (Jasen).
Post 8vo (21cm). viii,(248)pp. Twelve plates by T. M. R. Whitwell (1868-1928). Original pictorial enamelled cloth – a design in yellow, white and black on blue; very minor rubbing and bruising at extremities; some spotting to edges and prelims, but a very good copy.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : MY MAN JEEVES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : MY MAN JEEVES.

London : George Newnes, [1919]. First edition. The first of the ‘Jeeves’ titles – eight short stories, four of which feature Jeeves and Wooster (as well as Monty Byng, Lady Malvern, Rocky Todd, Bicky Bickersteth, etc).
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (252),[ii],[2]pp – including integral endpapers. Original pinkish cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered on spine in black, and blocked in blind on upper cover; some rubbing at head and light wear at foot; covers a little faded and lightly marked; faint cracking to front endpaper; internally a little tanned (as usual), but all in all a better than average copy of a fragile and vulnerable item. Ownership inscription of Clifford Cohen on front pastedown.

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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.

£125

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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 : 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; a couple of edge-spots, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the dust-jacket - a Frank Ford design of bare-shouldered beauty simpering at bespectacled gent - just lightly rubbed and worn at extremities and with a couple of short nicks, but also very good. Connolly 81 (i). Jasen 65a. McIlvaine A66b.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : RING FOR JEEVES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : RING FOR JEEVES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1953). First edition. The sixth Jeeves novel - damp ancestral home, impoverished earl, possible American buyer, suspicious fiancée - but fortunately Jeeves is on hand. Published the following year in the USA in an extensively revised version as "The Return of Jeeves".
Crown 8vo (20cm). (224)pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered in black; very mild tanning of endpapers; a few edge spots, but a very good copy in the original Sax dust-jacket - very slightly chipped at extremities, with a few small creases and short tears, but complete and presentable.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : A FEW QUICK ONES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : A FEW QUICK ONES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1959). First British edition. Ten sparkling short stories (including Mulliner, Ukridge, Jeeves, Bingo Little, Oofy Prosser, Drones Club, etc.) - the selection differing from that of the earlier American edition.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (208)pp. Original red boards, lettered across spine in black; edges a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket (the probably secondary 7/6 variant) - just lightly rubbed at the extremities and with a single faint mark and a couple of tiny nicks to the lower panel. Connolly 104.(i). Jasen 81a. McIlvaine A82b.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : MUCH OBLIGED, JEEVES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : MUCH OBLIGED, JEEVES.

London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1971). First edition. Jeeves, Wooster, Aunt Dahlia, Roderick Spode - and Madeline Bassett once more.
Post 8vo (21cm). (192)pp. Original navy boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a few edge-spots, mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good and bright copy in the original Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket - also very good, with just minimal wear and faint darkening to extremities. Connolly 119. Jasen 93. McIlvaine A94a.

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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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