WODEHOUSE, P.G. Bill the Conqueror. His Invasion of England in the Springtime. New York: George H. Doran, .
Crown 8vo., original ochre cloth, panelled and lettered in green; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [x], 11-323, [i]; an uncommonly good, bright copy with faint spotting to spine and tiny fraying to cloth at heel, internally fresh with some browning to endpapers, lower hinge neatly repaired, and a few fox-spots to edges of book block; in a pleasing wrapper (with publisher's advertisements to the verso) with overall spotting, dust-soiling, and fading; fraying to spine ends with some associated closed tears; closed edge tears (longest 25mm); nicking to corners, and one diffuse circular brown mark to upper panel (12mm).
First American edition.
Wodehouse met his life-long friend and confidant William Townsend during his school days at Dulwich, and it is most likely his influence which led Wodehouse to name so many of his titles after him. Townsend is the dedicatee of Wodehouse’s first book, The Pothunters, and his name also appears in The Coming of Bill (novel); Good Morning, Bill (play); and Bill the Bloodhound (short story in the volume The Man with Two Left Feet, in which Jeeves makes his debut). In Full Moon (1947). Wodehouse also included many additional characters with the same name, with Cuthbert "Bill" Bailey in Service with a Smile (1961)a character who is blackmailed into stealing pigs; the recurrent character in the Ukridge stories of Wilberforce "Battling" Billson; and even the female character of Wilhelmina ("Billie") Bennett in Three Men and a Maid (1922, UK version of The Girl on the Boat). Finally in 1917, Wodehouse collaborated with Jerome Kem and Guy Bolton to produce the lyrics for the song ‘Bill’ in Showboat.