London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1930. 20.5x16cm: 276pp. First Edition, lacking the dust jacket. Black cloth with gilt titling to front board and spine. Decorative dragon on front board and pagoda on spine, both in gilt. Wear to edges and corners, most notable along top edge of rear board. Head of spine chipped, tail of spine bumped. Spine cracked at some gatherings. Moderate foxing to endpapers and preliminaries. Pages lightly toned with mild spotting in some places. Good.
The Gentleman in the Parlour is an account of Maugham's journey through what was then Burma and Siam, ending in Vietnam. Whether by river to Mandalay, on horse through the mountains and forests of the Shan States to Bangkok, or onwards by sea, Maugham's vivid descriptions bring a lost world to life.