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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 : 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.

£75

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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.

£100

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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; 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.

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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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