London: William Heineman, 1921. 8vo. [iv], 103 pp., FIRST EDITION. including half-title. Original printed wrappers, brown lettering to covers and spine, with publisher’s advertisements to verso of top wrapper and both sides of bottom wrapper; without the binder’s leaf before the first blank. Small slip tipped onto verso of title, from the Samuel French company, regarding representation fees. First few gatherings slightly loose, else fine. Item #11855
First edition, first binding state. The Circle, with its heroine leaving her husband and running off with her lover, is considered by far to be Maugham’s best play. Rothschild & Whiteman, V, 106; Stott, A24a; NCBEL, 4, 664.