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Razor's Edge by W Somerset Maugham first trade edition

Razor's Edge by W Somerset Maugham. Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., Garden City: New York. 1944. "First Edition after the printing of a limited edition of seven hundred and fifty copies" stated. Hard cover with dust jacket. DUST JACKET: Not price-clipped with original price of $2.75. Statement "This book is standard length, complete and unabridged, manufactured under wartime conditions in conformity with all government regulations controlling the use of paper and other materials". Some wear on edges with some 1/8" tears along the bottom edge. There seems to be light soiling to the edge of the back flap. No unusual folds. No missing pieces. Now protected with mylar dj cover. BOOK: Some cover edge wear. Gilt lettering on spine is slightly faded.  I find a couple of pin-head sized dark spots on the first blank page. Pages are lighly tanned, with a bit of dust soiling on the top of the page block. Otherwise, there are no previous owner markings. Pages are flat without creases, folds or dog-earing. Not ex-library, not remaindered, not a facsimile reprint. Photos available on request. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. BK10b

"The Razor's Edge tells the story of Larry Darrell, an American pilot traumatized by his experiences in World War I, who sets off in search of some transcendent meaning in his life. The story begins through the eyes of Larry's friends and acquaintances as they witness his personality change after the War. His rejection of conventional life and search for meaningful experience allows him to thrive while the more materialistic characters suffer reversals of fortune. The book was twice adapted into film, first in 1946 starring Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney, and Herbert Marshall as Maugham and Anne Baxter as Sophie, and then a 1984 adaptation starring Bill Murray." - Wikipedea