MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. The Vagrant Mood: Six Essays. London: William Heinemann, 1952.
8vo., quarter white calf binding over blue calf boards, ruled in gilt and embossed to upper cover with publisher's device; contrasting black leather label to spine; upper edge gilt, else untrimmed; housed in the original glassine dustwrapper and black slipcase; pp. [vi], 241, [i]; a very fresh copy, some brown spots, toning, and chips to the glassine, but a much better copy than most; lightly rubbed to foot; otherwise fine.
Limited edition. One of just 500 copies signed by the author. This is copy 22.
A lovely clean copy of this collection of six short essays. Including a fascinating piece on the decline and fall of the detective story; 'Some Novelists I Have Known', which includes some very enjoyable anecdotes concerning Henry James, H.G. Wells and Arnold Bennett; and 'Reflections on a Certain Book', a thought-provoking piece concerning Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment. All in all, a very varied collection.