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maj 19, 2012, 6:52 pm

from the Heritage auctions site, here are prices paid recently for rare works by Maugham. There are some excellent photos of them here too, by the way -- a rare chance to get copies of the covers of first editions.

Of Human Bondage, 1st edition, England, $937 USD

Of Human Bondage, 1st edition, US, $375 USD

Here's a great one! The Casuarina Tree, 1st ed. personally inscribed by the author, $4481
Beautiful cover!

Ashenden, First ed. 1912 USD

Painted Veil, 1st edition, limited run, signed 777 USD

five autographed letters, 1434

"My South Sea Island", the notorious "bibliographical fraud" published without Maugham's pernmission, $478

Ah King, 1sted. signed $ 478

Moon and Sixpence, 1st edition signed and inscribed $1135

The Summing Up, 1st ed., limited run, signed $143

maj 19, 2012, 7:01 pm

some VERY early works

The Hero, 1901, 1st ed $597 USD

The Bishop's Apron, 1st ed. 1906 $597

The Making of a Saint, 1898 $1314

A Man of Honour 1903 $1493

and his first book, Orientations, 1899 for $179

(I would have been sorely tempted by that one...)

maj 19, 2012, 7:04 pm

An amazing piece of history!

Of Human Bondage, 1st ed.

This book is inscribed by Maugham as follows: "This copy was given by me to J. E. Brooks who was the original of the Hayward of this book and who was later described under the initial 'B' in The Summing Up."

see the link for a photo of the page with the inscription

maj 19, 2012, 7:07 pm

and finally

W. Somerset Maugham. Maugham's Spectacle Case On Which Are Written "The Last Words He Ever Wrote" - With Signed Letter of Provenance From Alan Searle - From the Estate of George Cukor

maj 19, 2012, 7:09 pm

Most or all of the above items came from the massive collection by Norman Moore.

I find it sad that they have been split up. I hope they went to deeply appreciative owners who will care for them before passing them along once again.