First Edition Maughams

I stopped by a little thrift store on my way home from work.  I often do this.  I pick up a sandwich from a deli, and I eat it while looking through the used books in Bibles for Missions or The Salvation Army Store, a different place each week.  Today I struck gold.  Among several less exciting finds, I discovered first editions of two Somerset Maugham books: Catalina: A Romance and Great Novelists and Their Novels.  I am not an edition hunter exactly.  I am usually more interested in having a good solid copy of a book than in having a particular edition of it.  Even so, I appreciate the pleasure of finding something rare as much as the pleasure of finding something common, and today’s discoveries gave me much delight.

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