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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 : MONEY IN THE BANK.

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

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1946]. First British edition. A tangled country house tale of missing diamonds, the forgetful but profound Viscount Uffingham disguised as his own butler, the formidable game-huntress Clarissa Cork, con-man Soapy Molloy and his sharp-talking wife, beautiful niece, rugby-playing hero, etc. Written by Wodehouse whilst in internment camp and first published in the USA in 1942.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; just a touch bruised; faint marking to lower cover; a few edge-spots; endpapers just faintly tanned, but still a very good, bright, and sound copy in the dust-jacket by Frank Ford (1907-1970) – the first of Ford's jackets for Wodehouse – an aghast Dolly Molloy discovers broad-beamed viscount-cum-butler exploring her bedroom – the jacket also very good – just slightly sunned, but with only minor rubbing, mild wear, and a couple of tiny nicks. Contemporary ownership stamp of B. A. Abel – the Nottingham solicitor Bertram Albert Abel (1889-1965).

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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, blocked and lettered in black; a touch of sunning, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a Frank Ford design of bare-shouldered beauty simpering at bespectacled gent – the dust-jacket lightly used, with a few tiny nicks, and neatly price-clipped, but otherwise 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 : 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 : 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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