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Lot 4046: Somerset W. Maugham THE PAINTED VEIL 1925 Author-Signed Limited Edition Novel Set In China British Literature (180 views)

Somerset W. Maugham THE PAINTED VEIL 1925 Author-Signed Limited Edition Novel Set In China British Literature
Estimate: $100 - $250
Title: The Painted Veil
Author: Somerset W. Maugham - William Somerset Maugham, CH, was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.
After losing both his parents by the age of 10, Maugham was raised by a paternal uncle, who was emotionally cold. Not wanting to become an attorney like other men in his family, Maugham eventually trained and qualified as a doctor. The first run of his first novel, "Liza of Lambeth" (1897), sold out so rapidly that Maugham gave up medicine to write full time.
During World War I, he served with the Red Cross and in the ambulance corps, before being recruited in 1916 into the British Secret Intelligence Service, for which he worked in Switzerland and Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. During and after the war, he traveled in India and Southeast Asia; all of these experiences were reflected in later short stories and novels.

Publisher: George H. Doran Company
City: New York
Year: 1925
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 289 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 8.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work signed by the author on limitation page. This is copy number 25 of 250.

Antique volume is bound in quarter vellum over blue paper-covered boards, with gilt-lettered panel to spine. The spine has been expertly re-backed. Front and rear covers show darkening and light soiling. Minor loss of material is visible at vellum-tipped outside corners. Binding is firm. Front flyleaf is detached. Pages are clean and without markings.

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