The Intrusion of Jimmy

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

Year: 1910

Publisher: W J Watt & Company

Place: New York


314 pages with color lithographic frontispiece and 4 black and white illustrations by Will Grefé. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/4") bound in original publisher's pictorial black cloth stamped in grey and yellow, lettered in gilt, with applied chromolithographic illustration housed in custom cloth clamshell box. Inscribed in bold hand by author. (McIlvaine A13a) First edition.

A Gentleman of Leisure is a novel by P G Wodehouse. The basic plot first appeared in a novella, The Gem Collector, in the December 1909 issue of Ainslee's Magazine. 

It was substantially revised and expanded for publication as a book under the title The Intrusion of Jimmy by Tit-Bits between 11 June and 10 September before being published as A Gentleman of Leisure by Alston Rivers Ltd, London, on 15 November 1910. There are minor textual differences between the American and British editions of the book. A Gentleman of Leisure was adapted for the stage in 1911 and has twice been filmed, in 1915 and 1923.


Inscribed in bold hand by author: "To Miss Margaret Fraser with the author's compliments / P.G. Wodehouse / May 16, 1910." Light rubbing, vertical crease along spine top outside corner of upper cover bumped. Clamshell enclosure lightly soiled and faded else very good to fine in a very good enclosure.