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Neil Pearson Rare Books is delighted to announce the acquisition of the Tony Ring Collection of the Work of P. G. Wodehouse.

Tony Ring read his first Wodehouse story, The Inimitable Jeeves, at the age of eleven, and has been immersed in all things Wodehouse ever since. His collection, assembled over more than fifty years, is one of the greatest and most wide-ranging in private hands, and Tony has used it to research and publish eighteen books about Wodehouse, among them the eight-volume Concordance covering all of Wodehouse’s fiction; The Wit and Wisdom of P. G. Wodehouse; and a monograph on Wodehouse’s labyrinthine tax problems called You Simply Hit Them With An Axe. In 1997 he was a member of the founding committee of The P G Wodehouse Society (UK), edited its quarterly, Wooster Sauce, for the first ten years, and continues to give talks about Wodehouse on both sides of the Atlantic.

Every P. G. Wodehouse novel and short story collection is present in the collection, in both first UK and first US edition. It also contains a large archive of material relating to Plum’s contribution to theatre; his Broadway and West End collaborations with Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter; his scriptwriting career in Hollywood; his lyric-writing; and his journalism. Crowningly, there is a wealth of manuscript material — novels, workbooks, contracts — extensive correspondence, and a prodigious collection of the writing Wodehouse published in popular magazines throughout his career. Spanning eight decades, it includes hundreds of short stories and novel serialisations in (among many others) The Strand, The Captain and Punch in the UK, and The Saturday Evening Post, Vanity Fair and Playboy in the US.

This summer we will be offering material contained in the Ring Collection for sale. A hard copy catalogue will be issued towards the end of May. If you would like to be sent a copy, and we do not have your details already, do please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Welcome to Neil Pearson Rare Books

Neil Pearson has collected rare books for thirty years: his specialism is nineteenth and twentieth century first edition literature, with a particular interest in the expatriate literary movement of Paris between the wars. He is the author of Obelisk (Liverpool University Press, 2007), a history of the notorious Paris imprint which in the 1930s published the early work of, among others, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell and Anaïs Nin. In 2011 he researched, compiled and wrote They Were What They Were: A Catalogue of Early Gay Fiction, 1862 -1960. More information about both of these titles can be found here.

After buying books for so many years, he is delighted finally to be selling some.




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