Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse (1923) (1st US edition)


Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse (1923) (1st US edition)


The first US edition of the first Jeeves novel, published in the UK as The Inimitable Jeeves.

Title: Jeeves

Author: P. G. Wodehouse

Publisher: George H. Doran Company, 1923. First US edition.

Condition: Hardcover, cloth. Very good. Very slight fraying to spine, hinge cracked but restored. Inscription to ffep. An annotation in pencil on the contents’ page to indicate the UK title of a chapter, which had been published in the US under a different title. 288pp., 8″x5″.

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About Jeeves (from Wikipedia):

Jeeves (born Reginald Jeeves, nicknamed Reggie) is a fictional character in a series of comedic short stories and novels by English author P. G. Wodehouse. Jeeves is the highly competent valet of a wealthy and idle young Londoner named Bertie Wooster. First appearing in print in 1915, Jeeves continued to feature in Wodehouse’s work until his last completed novel Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen in 1974, a span of 60 years.

Both the name “Jeeves” and the character of Jeeves have come to be thought of as the quintessential name and nature of a manservant, inspiring many similar characters as well as the name of an Internet search engine, Ask Jeeves, and a financial-technology company. A “Jeeves” is now a generic term as validated by its entry in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Jeeves is a valet, not a butler; that is, he is responsible for serving an individual, whereas a butler is responsible for a household and manages other servants. On rare occasions he does fill in for someone else’s butler. According to Bertie Wooster, he “can buttle with the best of them”.