Of Human Bondage. W. Somerset Maugham.
Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage

Randolph Schwabe. Hard Cover. New York: Doubleday Doran, 1936. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.


Illustrated by Randolph Schwabe. First illustrated edition, first printing. One of 751 copies signed by W. Somerset Maugham and Randolph Schwabe, this being number 625. Publisher's maize buckram cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gilt, gilt topstain, rag paper, 24 collotype illustrations by Schwabe, including frontispiece subtitled "she yielded quite silently"; original cream dust jacket lettered in red, with Moorish symbol to front panel; lacking publisher slipcase. Fine; in an about fine unclipped dust jacket with a couple of small closed tears to rear panel, and very subtle fading to spine. Overall, a beautiful copy with fresh illustrations. Housed in a red custom folding box, and a red slipcase with black label to spine, lettered in gilt. Stott A21d. Of Human Bondage is a semi-autobiographical novel and is considered Maugham's masterpiece. The text is a bildungsroman featuring the protagonist Philip Carey, a clubfooted orphan who is raised by his religious aunt and uncle. From a young age, Carey yearns for adventure and moves to Paris to pursue a career in art. Subsequently, he moves to London to study medicine, where he meets the androgynous Mildred, with whom he begins a love affair that will forever alter the course of his life. Of Human Bondage was adapted into three films in 1934, 1946, and 1964. The films starred Leslie Howard and Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker, and Laurence Harvey and Kim Novak as Philip and Mildred, respectively.


Item #WSM025

Price: $850.00