Essay Writer

[contrib. WODEHOUSE, P.G.] pseud. WINDHAM, Basil

Chums Magazine

London: Cassell & Co., 1908-09

Large 8vo, pp. 1044. Original publisher's red illustrated binding, lettered in gilt to front panel and spine. Tear to p. 191 (not affecting Wodehouse's contribution), bookplate to front pastedown, reinforcing paper strips to front and rear endpapers. Spine a little faded and worn. A very well preserved copy.

First edition, issued in instalments, of Wodehouse's novel The Luck Stone, published under the name Basil Windham.

The Luck Stone was published in eighteen consecutive issues of Chums magazine, two chapters per instalment, between 16 September 1908 and 20 January 1909. Although using a familiar Wodehouse setting -- a public school -- the novel is the author's only foray into the realms of mystery and adventure. He acknowledged help in plotting and setting the book from his friend William Townend, and because of its atypical subject matter Wodehouse chose to publish it pseudonymously. The Luck Stone was not published in book form until almost ninety years later -- and more than twenty years after Wodehouse's death.

Very scarce.


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