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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Catalina.

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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Catalina. London: William Heinemann, 1948.

8vo., red cloth decorated and lettered in silver to upper cover and spine; pictorial dust wrapper with wrap-around image designed by Gordon Nicholl; pp. [iv], 256; a fine copy, in unclipped wrapper which retains the 10s 6d price to the inside flap; ever-so-slight toning.
First edition of Maugham's final novel, set in Spain during the Inquisition. This the UK edition, published two weeks before the US, with the 1st impression silver lettering. The publisher had started out using silver but, finding it unsatisfactory, had switched to gilt - both variations were delivered to bookshops simultaneously.

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