Indiscretions of Archie

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

Year: 1921

Publisher: Herbert Jenkins Ltd

Place: London


320 pages. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5") bound in original publisher's light blue cloth-covered boards with black lettering to spine and cover with black ruled edges in original later issue pictorial jacket. (McIlvaine A26a) First edition with "fried" potatoes in line 20, instead of line 12 as per McIlvaine.

Indiscretions of Archie is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 14 February 1921 by Herbert Jenkins, London, and in the United States on 15 July 1921 by George H. Doran, New York. The book was adapted from a series of short stories, originally serialized in the Strand in the United Kingdom between March 1920 and February 1921, and, all except one, in Cosmopolitan in the United States between May 1920 and February 1921. The stories were rewritten and reorganized to create a more flowing novel form. The novel tells the story of impoverished, embarrassment-prone Archibald "Archie" Moffam (pronounced "Moom") and his difficult relationship with his art-collecting, hotel-owning, millionaire father-in-law Daniel Brewster, who is the father of Archie's new bride Lucille. Archie's attempts to ingratiate himself with Brewster only get him further into trouble. The story takes place in New York City.


Cocked, lightly worn and rubbed, spine slightly faded, corners bumped and lightly worn; all edges trimmed; evidence of pencil erasure between lines on pages 29 and 33; light offsetting and toning to end papers, scattered spotting to text. Later jacket issued in 1940 with Quick Service listed to the front fold over flap (McIlvaine #7), repaired with cellotape at flaps and spine, toning and spotting to same, losses to spine panel edges, chipping and creasing along front panel edge, all panels moderately worn and soiled, spine toned and soiled else good to very good in like jacket.

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