Performing Flea by P.G. Wodehouse 1st / 1st 1953
First edition and first impression published by Herbert Jenkins in 1953. This is a very good ++ copy. The wrapper has a small closed tear to the top of the panel and has some rubbing along the edges and to the top and bottom of the spine. It is not price clipped and shows the correct price of 12/6 net. The jacket is known for being prone to wear and this one is in remarkably complete condition with very little wear. The book is very presentable with some rubbing to the edges. There is some light browning to the first couple of pages. There is no foxing or spotting at all to the pages or text block. Overall a very good ++ copy.
Performing Flea is based on a series of letters written by P. G. Wodehouse to William Townend, a friend of Wodehouse's since their schooldays together at Dulwich College. The title alludes to a disparaging comment by the playwright Seán O'Casey, who, in a letter to The Daily Telegraph in July 1941, referring to Wodehouse's radio broadcasts from Berlin, wrote that "If England has any dignity left in the way of literature, she will forget for ever the pitiful antics of English literature's performing flea"