P.G. Wodehouse rare books and memorabilia

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P. G. Wodehouse rare books and memorabilia are collectible items relating to British humorist writer P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975).

Brief History/biography

Wodehouse was an exceedingly successful 20th century writer whose career spanned 7 decades. He produced novels, poems, plays, short stories, songs, and journalistic writing. Best known for his Jeeves and Wooster comic novels and short stories, the society of early 20th century upper class Britain was Wodehouse’s focus and source of parody and satire. His characters are eccentric, good natured, yet foolish, a portrayal that played a large part in forming foreign opinions of the typically British character. His works and characters are considered quintessentially English, despite the fact he spent much of his life living in France and the United States. He was presented with a KBE in 1975.

Types of P. G. Wodehouse rare books and memorabilia

Books

Bloomsbury Auctions

  • Signed first edition copy of The Pothunters (1902) sold for £3000, May 2010.
  • The Clicking of Cuthbert (1922) First Edition, first impression, with dust-jacket, sold for £2000, December 2008 and for £1400 in November 2004.
  • The Pothunters (1902) first edition, sold for £1200 March 2012.
  • St. Austin’s (1903) First edition, sold for £1100, March 2012.
  • The Man with Two Left Feet (1917), first edition, sold for £1100, April 2011.
  • The Small Bachelor (1928) presentation copy from the author to Horace Walpole with inscription, sold for £1100 in January 2011.

Christie’s

  • The Prince and Betty (1912) first edition, presentation copy inscribed by Wodehouse, sold for £4,180 in January 1994.
  • Love Among the Chickens (1906) first edition, sold for £3,520, January 1994 and for £2990 in February 2000.
  • Doctor Sally (1932), first edition, sold for £2990 in February 2000.
  • Leave it to Psmith (1924), first edition, sold for £2760 in February 2000.
  • The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories, (1917) First Edition, sold for £2,185 in February 2000.
  • Mike. A Public School Story (1901) First Edition, sold for £1,955 in February 2000.
  • The Pothunters (1902) First edition, sold for £1955 in February 2000.
  • Eggs, Beans and Crumpets (1940), first edition, inscribed presentation copy, sold for £1,840 in February 2000.
  • Something Fresh (1915) First edition, sold for £1,725 in February 2000.
  • Very Good, Jeeves (1930) First edition, sold for £1,725 in February 2000.

Documents and Autographs

Bloomsbury

  • Signed black and white portrait photograph of Wodehouse taken circa 1899, sold for £2000 after an estimate of only £200-300 in May 2010.
  • Signed first edition copy of The Pothunters (1902) sold for £3000, May 2010.

Christie’s

  • 10 autograph and 64 typed letters, all unpublished and signed by P. G. Wodehouse, with signed photograph of Wodehouse and his foxhound. Sold for £28,200 in June 2001.
  • Autograph manuscript and typescript of the novel Much Obliged, Jeeves. Sold for £14,340 in Novemeber 2003.
  • Two autograph letters from Wodehouse to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, dated 1912. Sold for £2151 in May 2004.

Guide for collectors

First editions of Wodehouse in good condition can sell for several hundred, even several thousand pounds, especially in their original dust-jackets, which make them much more valuable, and particularly if signed or inscribed.

Wodehouse’s letters and signature are also very valuable.

Details of P. G. Wodehouse items can be found through the P.G. Wodehouse society, at www.pgwodehousesociety.org.uk

 

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