Ah King
Ah King

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Ah King.

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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset Ah King. London: William Heinemann, 1933.

8vo., cream publisher's cloth, black label gilt to spine; ribbon marker; upper edge gilt, else untrimmed; pp. [viii], 339, [v]; for the most part a fine and clean copy, ribbon marker a little fragile and frayed; some very light spots and marks to endpapers and paste-downs. Lacking the slipcase. Still, rather scarce in this format.
Limited to just 175 copies signed by the author. This is copy no. 46.
Ah King is a collection of short stories set in Malaya, and loosely based on Maugham's own experiences traveling with his companion Gerald Haxton in the region for six months during the early 1920s. In the preface, he recounts how, in Singapore, he engaged a man named Ah King to assist him in his travels, and who went on to accompany him for six months. When the time came for him to depart back to Europe Ah King surprised the author by bursting into tears (having shown little sign of emotion previously on the journey). Maugham subsequently dedicated the volume to him.