The Pothunters (First Edition) by P. G. Wodehouse
The Pothunters is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975). The first edition of this work was published in 1902 by Adam and Charles Black, London. Background
This was Wodehouse’s first published novel, the first of his school stories. More stories set in the same school were published in Tales of St. Austin’s (1903).
Plot, Characters, Themes
Set at the fictional public school St. Austin’s, the lives of schoolboys are followed as they take part in sports and take tea in their studies. The sports trophies are stolen in a burglary, so they all club together to hunt down the ‘pots’.
Wodehouse was an extremely successful and prolific comic writer.
Notable auction sales and collecting tips
First editions (1902, Adam and Charles Black, London) were sold by Christie’s for £1,955 in February 2000, and by Bloomsbury Auctions for £1,200 in March 2012, and signed for £3,000 in May 2010.
First editions increase in value when signed or inscribed by Wodehouse. They are worth infinitely more in their original bindings, particularly when these involve a dust-jacket, so it is not recommended to rebind or restore them.
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