The Razor’s Edge. New York: Doubleday and Doran, 1944.
First edition, one of 750 copies signed by Maugham, this being copy number 197. This edition precedes the English editions of the same year.
Octavo. [vi], -343, [3, blank] pp. With signed limitation page inserted at front. Publisher’s full rust buckram over beveled boards. Front cover with author’s symbol stamped in blind in center, spine with black gilt morocco lettering label edged with gilt floral motif. Spine very slightly sunned, faint browning to endleaves, wants the plain paper slipcase, else a fine copy. Housed in red buckram clamshell case.
This psychological, introspective novel about one man’s disappointment with Western thought and philosophy was Maugham’s last major work of fiction, and is still revered as one of his finest.
Rothschild, pp. 203-204; Stott A63a