New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1939. First Edition. A beloved anthology of short fiction, selected and introduced by Maugham, with contributions by Hawthorne, Poe, Flaubert, Hardy, Wilde, Conrad, Conan Doyle, Kipling, Tolstoy, Chekov, Joyce, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Forster, Wodehouse, and others. An elusive volume, with no equivalent published in the UK. The book enjoyed a resurgence in popularity early in 2018, when actor John Lithgow incorporated readings from it in his Broadway show Stories by Heart. Stott C19. Item #4603
First Printing. Thick octavo (23.5cm); rust-colored cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and author's symbol embossed to front cover; dark orange topstain; dustjacket; xlii,1526pp. Some offsetting to pastedowns from binders glue, small decorative bookplate to front endpaper, with a neat 2.25" tear along upper rear hinge; about Near Fine, with bright spine gilt and the topstain unfaded. Dustjacket is price-clipped, lightly shelfworn and a bit dust-soiled, with a few small nicks and tears, two tape mends on verso, and a small triangular chip and attendant scratch to upper rear panel; Very Good.