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Liza of Lambeth


Published by London T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd. 1923, 1923
From James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., ABAA (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

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Later printing. Signed presentation copy from Maugham to Harpo Marx. Inscribed by the author: ÒFor Harpo Marx in memory of the swimming pool from W.S. Maugham.Ó From the library of Harpo Marx, the great clown of the Marx Brothers comedy team, and his wife actress Susan Fleming Marx, former member of the Ziegfeld Follies and star of early talking films like Million Dollar Legs with W.C. Fields. Very good copy with a trace of darkening to the endpapers, slight fading to the cloth at the spine, and minor signs of use without dust jacket. With a charming bookplate illustrated by Susan Marx with a drawing of Harpo in his comic character which reads: ÒFROM THE LIBRARY OF HARPO & SUSAN MARX.Ó Harpo Marx first became friends with Maugham in the late 1920s when Alexander Woollcott took Harpo to MaughamÕs home, the Villa Mauresque, on the French Riviera. MaughamÕs inscription refers to an incident from that visit recorded in MarxÕs memoirs, ÔHarpo Speaks,Õ where during a tour of MaughamÕs upstairs master bedroom Harpo stripped off his clothes and dove off the balcony into MaughamÕs pool. Woollcott, a bit startled looked to MaughamÕs reaction. Maugham then proceeded to take off his clothes and dove in to join him. Harpo also records a time a the Broadway premiere of the play Dead End, in 1936, he spotted Maugham seated several rows behind him in the audience. ÒI crawled on on all fours, monkey-fashion, across the tops of the seats.when Maugham said, ÔTerribly sorry I havenÕt a banana for you, Harpo.ÕÓ. Bookseller Inventory # 18446E

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Title: Liza of Lambeth

Publisher: London T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd. 1923

Publication Date: 1923

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Staff: James Pepper, Rebecca Traver, Deborah Sanford. Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America

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TERMS: Our Telephone Number is 805-963-1025. Our address is James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., 3463 State Street, Suite 271, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Our email address is We have an answering machine for telephone messages outside of business hours. California residents must add state sales tax

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