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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : IF I WERE YOU.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : IF I WERE YOU.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1931). First British edition. Anthony, Fifth Earl of Droitwich, is poised to marry Violet Waddington, the soup heiress – but then his old nurse turns up to expose the skeleton in the family cupboard. Butlers, aunts, barbers and socialists. First published three weeks earlier in New York.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 280,[viii]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; the slightest suggestion of rubbing; some mild spotting of edges and endpapers, but a very good, bright and sound copy.

£125

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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 : 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 : 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; just a hint of bruising; a few faint edge-marks, but otherwise a very good, clean and sound copy in the Osbert Lancaster dust-jacket – price-clipped 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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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” (Joshua Charles Armitage, 1913-1998). Original turquoise boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; just a hint of bruising, but a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly sunned (as often), but also very good.

£75

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