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Vintage Literature Books- The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, 2-Vol. Set: East And West and The World Over, Doubleday 1952

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This vintage, pre-owned 2-volume set, “East And West” and “The World Over,” by W. Somerset Maugham is a compilation of short stories, which at the time of publication, probably included all of his short stories up until that point. Here is some information from the Preface in Book 1, East and West:

“This book contains thirty stories. They are all about the same length and on the same scale. The first was written in 1919 and the last in 1931. Though in early youth I had written a number of short stories, for a long time, twelve or fifteen years at least, occupied with the drama, I had ceased to do so; and when a journey to the South Seas unexpectedly provided me with themes that seemed to suit this medium, it was as a beginner of over forty that I wrote the story which is now called Rain…”

Here is some information from the Preface in Book 2, The World Over:

“This book contains all the stories I have written that are not included in East and West. The tales in that collection were of about the same length and written on the same scale and so it seemed convenient to publish them together in a single volume. Most of the stories which I have now gathered together are very much shorter. Some were written many years ago, others more recently. They appeared in magazines and were afterwards issued in book form. The first lot I gave the title of Cosmopolitans, because they were offered to the public in the Cosmopolitan Magazine, and except for Ray Long, who was then its editor, would never have been written.
When I was in China in 1920 I took notes of whatever I saw that excited my interest, with the intention of making a connected narrative out of them; but when I came home and read them it seemed to be that they had a vividness which I might easily lose if I tried to elaborate them. So I changed my mind and decided to publish them as they stood under the title: On a Chinese Screen. Ray Long chanced to read this and it occurred to him that some of my notes might well be taken for short stories. I have included two of them, “The Taipan” and “The Consul,” in this volume…”

For anyone that enjoys this author’s work, this 2-volume set of short stories should be most pleasing since it has many, many short stories to choose from. Although I’m not familiar with his work and only vaguely familiar with his public biographical information, he seemed to have been a successful writer that garnered his share of the limelight during his long career. These short stories should keep a fan busy for quite some time.

Upon quick inspection, these two books look to be in very good to near fine shape. I didn’t notice any torn pages, folded down corner tips, or markings. Each book has the stamped impression of someone’s private library on the front lining page. There’s a few spots on the inside along the crease at the very top and bottom near the spine where the lining pages stuck together and pulled the top layer of color off the beautiful light green lining pages revealing the underlying white color. It is more evident in volume one than it is in volume 2 and that same inside crease on the front of volume 1 is rough and shows some white color showing through. Otherwise, the books look in remarkable shape for their age. Both books have a tiny round indentation on the outside bottom of the back cover near the spine. The corners don’t look bumped and the covers look exceptional for their age. They almost look like they haven’t been read.

This beautiful 2-volume set would make an excellent gift for anyone that likes short stories, works by Maugham, or that likes to read older works of fairly well known authors. It offers a great number of stories to choose from and the short stories aren’t very long, which is good if time is an issue. In any event, these books would make a thoughtful gift for the right person.

******More Helpful Information******

**ISBN: None Found.

**LOC Catalog Card Number: Volume 1: 52-11626, Volume 2: 52-11626 [they are the same].

**© “[Volume 1] Copyright, 1921, 1934 by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Copyright 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932 by W. Somerset Maugham”.
“[Volume 2] Copyright, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1952 by W. Somerset Maugham, copyright, 1922, 1930, by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Copyright, 1929, by International Magazine Company, Inc.”.

**They were both published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, at least that is what is on each book’s title page with no other information found to indicate otherwise.

**Printing Information: None Found. However, because they look like they are a set, I think they were published at the same time. They also have the same LOC number.
[According to WorldCat.org, “Vol. 1 originally published in 1934: Vol. 2 issued separately in 1952…2 volumes 22 cm”, The volumes were published separately by Doubleday and later published as a set in 1952 by Doubleday & Company according to the set’s listing on WorldCat.org. WorldCat.org also had these volumes in separate listings, later separate listings, other volumes, and other listings by other publishers. The 1952 listing of this exact title for the 2-Volume set by Doubleday & Company was the only set that I could find for that publisher on WorldCat.org. I assume then that these volumes were published as a set in 1952. WorldCat.org also noted, “Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965”.].
{“WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online.”}

**Volume 1: ~ 955 pp., Volume 2: ~681 pp.

**These are hardcover books.

**“Volume 1 [East and West] was published in England under the title of Altogether”. Nothing was noted about Volume 2.

**Volume 1: “Printed in the United States of America”, Volume 2: “Printed in the United States”.

**They do not have dust jackets or a slipcase. Although, they may have been issued as a set with a slipcase, but I’m not for sure.

**The images provided are of the actual item in my possession.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your interest!

(c#book224)
This vintage, pre-owned 2-volume set, “East And West” and “The World Over,” by W. Somerset Maugham is a compilation of short stories, which at the time of publication, probably included all of his short stories up until that point. Here is some information from the Preface in Book 1, East and West:

“This book contains thirty stories. They are all about the same length and on the same scale. The first was written in 1919 and the last in 1931. Though in early youth I had written a number of short stories, for a long time, twelve or fifteen years at least, occupied with the drama, I had ceased to do so; and when a journey to the South Seas unexpectedly provided me with themes that seemed to suit this medium, it was as a beginner of over forty that I wrote the story which is now called Rain…”

Here is some information from the Preface in Book 2, The World Over:

“This book contains all the stories I have written that are not included in East and West. The tales in that collection were of about the same length and written on the same scale and so it seemed convenient to publish them together in a single volume. Most of the stories which I have now gathered together are very much shorter. Some were written many years ago, others more recently. They appeared in magazines and were afterwards issued in book form. The first lot I gave the title of Cosmopolitans, because they were offered to the public in the Cosmopolitan Magazine, and except for Ray Long, who was then its editor, would never have been written.
When I was in China in 1920 I took notes of whatever I saw that excited my interest, with the intention of making a connected narrative out of them; but when I came home and read them it seemed to be that they had a vividness which I might easily lose if I tried to elaborate them. So I changed my mind and decided to publish them as they stood under the title: On a Chinese Screen. Ray Long chanced to read this and it occurred to him that some of my notes might well be taken for short stories. I have included two of them, “The Taipan” and “The Consul,” in this volume…”

For anyone that enjoys this author’s work, this 2-volume set of short stories should be most pleasing since it has many, many short stories to choose from. Although I’m not familiar with his work and only vaguely familiar with his public biographical information, he seemed to have been a successful writer that garnered his share of the limelight during his long career. These short stories should keep a fan busy for quite some time.

Upon quick inspection, these two books look to be in very good to near fine shape. I didn’t notice any torn pages, folded down corner tips, or markings. Each book has the stamped impression of someone’s private library on the front lining page. There’s a few spots on the inside along the crease at the very top and bottom near the spine where the lining pages stuck together and pulled the top layer of color off the beautiful light green lining pages revealing the underlying white color. It is more evident in volume one than it is in volume 2 and that same inside crease on the front of volume 1 is rough and shows some white color showing through. Otherwise, the books look in remarkable shape for their age. Both books have a tiny round indentation on the outside bottom of the back cover near the spine. The corners don’t look bumped and the covers look exceptional for their age. They almost look like they haven’t been read.

This beautiful 2-volume set would make an excellent gift for anyone that likes short stories, works by Maugham, or that likes to read older works of fairly well known authors. It offers a great number of stories to choose from and the short stories aren’t very long, which is good if time is an issue. In any event, these books would make a thoughtful gift for the right person.

******More Helpful Information******

**ISBN: None Found.

**LOC Catalog Card Number: Volume 1: 52-11626, Volume 2: 52-11626 [they are the same].

**© “[Volume 1] Copyright, 1921, 1934 by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Copyright 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932 by W. Somerset Maugham”.
“[Volume 2] Copyright, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1952 by W. Somerset Maugham, copyright, 1922, 1930, by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Copyright, 1929, by International Magazine Company, Inc.”.

**They were both published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, at least that is what is on each book’s title page with no other information found to indicate otherwise.

**Printing Information: None Found. However, because they look like they are a set, I think they were published at the same time. They also have the same LOC number.
[According to WorldCat.org, “Vol. 1 originally published in 1934: Vol. 2 issued separately in 1952…2 volumes 22 cm”, The volumes were published separately by Doubleday and later published as a set in 1952 by Doubleday & Company according to the set’s listing on WorldCat.org. WorldCat.org also had these volumes in separate listings, later separate listings, other volumes, and other listings by other publishers. The 1952 listing of this exact title for the 2-Volume set by Doubleday & Company was the only set that I could find for that publisher on WorldCat.org. I assume then that these volumes were published as a set in 1952. WorldCat.org also noted, “Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965”.].
{“WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online.”}

**Volume 1: ~ 955 pp., Volume 2: ~681 pp.

**These are hardcover books.

**“Volume 1 [East and West] was published in England under the title of Altogether”. Nothing was noted about Volume 2.

**Volume 1: “Printed in the United States of America”, Volume 2: “Printed in the United States”.

**They do not have dust jackets or a slipcase. Although, they may have been issued as a set with a slipcase, but I’m not for sure.

**The images provided are of the actual item in my possession.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your interest!

(c#book224)

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:) :)…[Please see my ‘Additional Information’ section in my ‘POLICIES’ about holidays, postal hours, timing of purchases, etc., which can help reduce shipping delays.]…(: (:

I now offer FREE SHIPPING ON ALL BOOKS IN MY SHOP!!! This is generally via USPS Media Mail. If you want a book sent by other than USPS Media Mail, please contact me before checking out and I’ll sent you a price quote for the additional postage, otherwise books are mailed USPS Media Mail.

Some non-media items have FREE SHIPPING too, but it depends on the item. Please read the items’ full descriptions. Contact me before checking out for the cost of any desired postage upgrades.

Currently, I am only shipping to the continental United States. I apologize for any inconvenience.

I generally ship within 1-3 business workdays excluding holidays and weekends after payment has cleared (often it is on the same day if a purchase is made early in the day and its on a non-holiday business workday). I’ll message you if there’s going to be a delay longer than 3 days. I can't guarantee delivery times once it is accepted at my local Post Office.

I usually ship with the USPS at the classification that best suits my needs. Any USPS add-ons will be at my discretion.

Expedited shipping is available if you want to pay the extra cost. Just contact me before checking out.

A buyer whose purchase (package) is returned to me because of delivery problems caused by that buyer’s billing/mailing address which is on file with Etsy might be subject to extra charges/fees. Such situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please make sure that your billing/mailing address that is on file with Etsy is current and up-to-date before purchasing.

I can reserve an item up to a mutually-agreed-to number of days not exceeding 7 days if you’re honestly going to buy it. You must let me know in advance and when you’ll be purchasing it. I then respectfully ask that you honor your commitment and make your purchase.

If you receive an item damaged during shipment, please contact me immediately so that we can take care of it. Such situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis and undoubtedly it will probably involve the delivery organization. I will probably need for you to take multiple good-quality photos of the damaged item and its packaging. Please DO NOT throw anything away including the packaging until the matter gets resolved. If you suspect that an item might be damaged from looking at the item’s package, please take multiple good quality photos of the packaging and the damaged area before you open it and contact me immediately.
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There may be occasions were I might need to slightly alter information within an item’s listing. For example, new information may come to light that might impact a potential buyer’s decision and/or listing information that was later found to be partially in error. I reserve that right as much as possible if it does not conflict with Etsy’s guidelines.

I often provide lengthy descriptions and information about an item so that potential customers have more information in which to make informed decisions. I hope the extra effort and detail on my part is appreciated because it does take up a lot of valuable time.

Like all humans, I do make mistakes (more than I want to) even when I double- and triple-check my listings. If you find something that sounds unusual, untrue, or looks like a potential error on my part, please bring it to my attention.

Any items used to give an idea about size, color, and/or provide a backdrop like measuring utensils, pens, cloth, etc. are simply props and do not come with the item that is for sale.

|> GENERAL NOTE: Sometimes I might accidentally over look or fail to mention something (or make an error) in my item’s title, description, or its “More Helpful Information” section so please forgive me when I do. I try to include as much helpful/important information as time and space allows, which might make my listings seem wordy, but it is for your benefit.

In case I overlook or fail to mention something that you deem important or if I make an error, I offer my sincerest apologies in advance.

|> NOTE CONCERNING BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS: I try to make the best judgment call on whether a book is a first edition and/or first printing based on the information that is available. Sometimes books don’t specify if they are or not a specific edition and/or printing. Even if they do, sometimes even that information can be misinterpreted or confusing because of the myriad of ways that it’s done within the industry. All of this can lead to a lot of general confusion.

If I’m pretty certain of an edition and/or printing or if it is stated, I started trying to note it in an abbreviated form in the item’s listing title. Generally, the same now applies for copyright information, although I haven’t always done that. I also have limited space in the listing title so sometimes information gets bumped to the “More Helpful Information” section as well as other details. One should review that additional helpful information because the item's listing title may not give all of the important details.

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Occasionally, I might error on my call and with the information that I provide and I offer my sincerest apologies in advance.

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:) :) ... A FRIENDLY REMINDER—AVOIDING SOME SHIPPING DELAYS... (: (:

[[-- The following is information about my local Post Office, hours, etc. If you’re not really concerned about any extra shipping time due to postal hours, holidays, timing of purchases, etc., please disregard the following altogether. And by all means, please shop and make your purchases anytime!!! I’m always happy to sell items anytime and to get them in the mail as soon as possible! Thank you. --]]

My local Post Office, which I generally use for mailing packages closes to the public at noon on Saturdays (for non-holiday weekends) and of course they’re closed on Sundays. After a package is accepted (checked-in) at my local Post Office for shipment, the rest is up to them.

Here are their current window hours: (Mon-Fri 8:30am-1pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm), (Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm), (Closed Sunday & Holidays).

Any purchases (packages) on non-holiday weekends for which I cannot check-in at my local Post Office before they close at 12 p.m. on Saturdays due to not having the orders in-hand many hours in advance (by say 8 a.m. that morning) cannot be delivered to them until they reopen. Then, those packages won’t leave the actual facility until that evening after they close when packages are sent out-of-town (for normal weekdays, M-F). (On Saturdays, I don't what time packages are sent out-of-town, whether it's shortly after their 12 p.m. closing or later in the evening.)

That’s because checked-in packages at our facility generally only go out-of-town once a day (evenings on M-F normal weekdays). If purchases are made in time which gives me enough time to do what I need to do on my end and get them checked-in at my local Post Office during their window hours, those packages should be on their way to you while the postal system is closed to the general public, whether its during regular closing hours or special holiday closing hours.

If a holiday is recognized during the week, any packages that I can get checked-in at my local Post Office during their open window hours prior to their scheduled closing, should go out out-of-town after they close that day.

I wanted to let you know about this so that you can avoid any extra shipping time by making any purchases by at least very, very early on Saturday mornings (for normal weekends) or by very early morning on the last full day the postal system is open to the public prior to scheduled holiday closings.

Reiterating, although our Post Office is closed half a day on Saturdays, all day on Sundays, and on scheduled holidays, packages and mail that can get checked-in (accepted for mailing) before noon on Saturdays (for normal weekends) and/or before closing on the last working day before scheduled holidays will already be in the system and should be on its way to you while they’re closed. That can help reduce shipping time.

Naturally, please don’t worry about any of this if you’re not that concerned about shipping time. Please shop and purchase as normal!!! As always, I’ll be happy to mail your purchases as soon as possible, no matter when you make a purchase! Thank you. :) :) [Updated, 12-7-16]
As a shop owner using Etsy’s services/platform, I am responsible for my images, listings and information, not Etsy.

My shop’s banner image, profile image, listing images and any other sections/spots on Etsy where I’m allowed to upload my own images are mine and I am responsible for them, not Etsy.

I do reserve the right to cancel any sale at any time. Things can happen, e.g., like dropping and breaking the item that was listed. I hope it does not happen, but it could!

Also, these “statements” and/or “policies” may be changed, added to and/or be updated any time.

There may be occasions were I might need to slightly alter information within an item’s listing. For example, new information may come to light that might impact a potential buyer’s decision and/or listing information that was later found to be partially in error. I reserve that right as much as possible if it does not conflict with Etsy’s guidelines.

I often provide lengthy descriptions and information about an item so that potential customers have more information in which to make informed decisions. I hope the extra effort and detail on my part is appreciated because it does take up a lot of valuable time.

Like all humans, I do make mistakes (more than I want to) even when I double- and triple-check my listings. If you find something that sounds unusual, untrue, or looks like a potential error on my part, please bring it to my attention.

Any items used to give an idea about size, color, and/or provide a backdrop like measuring utensils, pens, cloth, etc. are simply props and do not come with the item that is for sale.

|> GENERAL NOTE: Sometimes I might accidentally over look or fail to mention something (or make an error) in my item’s title, description, or its “More Helpful Information” section so please forgive me when I do. I try to include as much helpful/important information as time and space allows, which might make my listings seem wordy, but it is for your benefit.

In case I overlook or fail to mention something that you deem important or if I make an error, I offer my sincerest apologies in advance.

|> NOTE CONCERNING BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS: I try to make the best judgment call on whether a book is a first edition and/or first printing based on the information that is available. Sometimes books don’t specify if they are or not a specific edition and/or printing. Even if they do, sometimes even that information can be misinterpreted or confusing because of the myriad of ways that it’s done within the industry. All of this can lead to a lot of general confusion.

If I’m pretty certain of an edition and/or printing or if it is stated, I started trying to note it in an abbreviated form in the item’s listing title. Generally, the same now applies for copyright information, although I haven’t always done that. I also have limited space in the listing title so sometimes information gets bumped to the “More Helpful Information” section as well as other details. One should review that additional helpful information because the item's listing title may not give all of the important details.

Usually, I try to give more details in the “More Helpful Information” section about those things and about books that could be first editions and/or first printings but where there is some uncertainty. Just because a book isn't stated as a first edition (1stEd), first printing (1stP), etc., in the item’s listing title doesn't mean much. It may simply mean that there is more information to follow, the book has confusing publishing/printing/copyright information, there’s a lack of information available, and/or there is uncertainty. I try not to be too specific in the listing title if I’m unsure.

Occasionally, I might error on my call and with the information that I provide and I offer my sincerest apologies in advance.

|> NOTE ABOUT PACKAGING: All purchases are painstakingly prepared for shipment. Great care is used to package purchases so that they might arrive safely. Some items might even be double-boxed if deemed necessary. It is time-consuming for me, but no doubt well worth it to you.

|> NOTE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT: Because our environment is overwhelmingly important to us all and so is keeping everyone’s cost down, this shop recycles packaging material when possible. So don’t be too surprised about what might be printed on the outside of your package when it arrives. What really matters is whether what’s inside is soundly secure without using any more of our valuable natural resources. We all can do our part to help if we try. (“A good box is a terrible thing to waste!”)

As always, if you have questions, please contact me through my shop.

Thank You. [Updated 12-7-16]

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:) :) ... A FRIENDLY REMINDER—AVOIDING SOME SHIPPING DELAYS... (: (:

[[-- The following is information about my local Post Office, hours, etc. If you’re not really concerned about any extra shipping time due to postal hours, holidays, timing of purchases, etc., please disregard the following altogether. And by all means, please shop and make your purchases anytime!!! I’m always happy to sell items anytime and to get them in the mail as soon as possible! Thank you. --]]

My local Post Office, which I generally use for mailing packages closes to the public at noon on Saturdays (for non-holiday weekends) and of course they’re closed on Sundays. After a package is accepted (checked-in) at my local Post Office for shipment, the rest is up to them.

Here are their current window hours: (Mon-Fri 8:30am-1pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm), (Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm), (Closed Sunday & Holidays).

Any purchases (packages) on non-holiday weekends for which I cannot check-in at my local Post Office before they close at 12 p.m. on Saturdays due to not having the orders in-hand many hours in advance (by say 8 a.m. that morning) cannot be delivered to them until they reopen. Then, those packages won’t leave the actual facility until that evening after they close when packages are sent out-of-town (for normal weekdays, M-F). (On Saturdays, I don't what time packages are sent out-of-town, whether it's shortly after their 12 p.m. closing or later in the evening.)

That’s because checked-in packages at our facility generally only go out-of-town once a day (evenings on M-F normal weekdays). If purchases are made in time which gives me enough time to do what I need to do on my end and get them checked-in at my local Post Office during their window hours, those packages should be on their way to you while the postal system is closed to the general public, whether its during regular closing hours or special holiday closing hours.

If a holiday is recognized during the week, any packages that I can get checked-in at my local Post Office during their open window hours prior to their scheduled closing, should go out out-of-town after they close that day.

I wanted to let you know about this so that you can avoid any extra shipping time by making any purchases by at least very, very early on Saturday mornings (for normal weekends) or by very early morning on the last full day the postal system is open to the public prior to scheduled holiday closings.

Reiterating, although our Post Office is closed half a day on Saturdays, all day on Sundays, and on scheduled holidays, packages and mail that can get checked-in (accepted for mailing) before noon on Saturdays (for normal weekends) and/or before closing on the last working day before scheduled holidays will already be in the system and should be on its way to you while they’re closed. That can help reduce shipping time.

Naturally, please don’t worry about any of this if you’re not that concerned about shipping time. Please shop and purchase as normal!!! As always, I’ll be happy to mail your purchases as soon as possible, no matter when you make a purchase! Thank you. :) :) [Updated, 12-7-16]

Vintage Literature Books- The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, 2-Vol. Set: East And West and The World Over, Doubleday 1952

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