The Old Reliable

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Author: Pelham Grenville "P G" Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Year: 1951

Publisher: Herbert Jenkins

Place: London


233+[1 ad] pages. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5 1/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with black lettering to spine and cover in original jacket. (APG: 81a) First edition.

The Old Reliable is a novel by P.G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on April 18, 1951 by Herbert Jenkins, London and in the United States on October 11, 1951 by Doubleday & Co, New York. The novel was serialized in Collier's magazine from 24 June to 22 July 1950, under the title "Phipps to the Rescue". The story is set in Hollywood, and follows the romantic and financial difficulties of various film stars, writers, movie moguls, butlers and safe-crackers. The Old Reliable was adapted as a made-for-TV movie in 1988 under the title Tales from the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable and starred Lynn Redgrave as Wilhemina ("Bill") Shannon, the "old reliable" of the title.


Small indentation in front cover, light rubbing to spine ends, some foxing. Jacket closed tear at hinges, spine ends lightly chipped, some closed edge tears with creases, some soiling else a very good copy in like jacket.

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