New York: W.J. Watt & Company, 1910. Item #03101
"Overflowing with Imposters, Detectives, Crooks, Scheming Lovers and Conniving Aunts"
Inscribed by the Author six days after Publication
WODEHOUSE, P.G. The Intrusion of Jimmy. New York: W.J. Watt, .
First American edition (preceding the UK edition by six months).
Octavo (7 5/16 x 4 15/16 inches; 186 x 126 mm.). [ii], color frontispiece (with original tissue guard), title-page (with "Published May" on verso, [vii-viii], 314 pp. Four inserted monochrome plates.
Inscribed by the author on the front blank "To / Miss Fuerst / with the author's compliments / P.G. Wodehouse / May 16. 1910" just six days after publication.
Publishers black cloth over boards, front cover pictorially stamped in gilt, gray and yellow with a circular portrait of a woman pasted-on, spine lettered in gilt. Spine very slightly faded, spine lettering a little dull and some fraying at extremities. Still a very good copy, inscribed by the author just six days after publication.
"The action begins with bachelor Jimmy Pitt in New York; having fallen in love on a transatlantic liner, he befriends a small-time burglar and breaks into a police captain's house as a result of a bet. The cast of characters head to England, and from there on it is a typically Wodehousean romantic story, set at the stately Dreever Castle, overflowing with imposters, detectives, crooks, scheming lovers and conniving aunts."
The first American edition was published on May 16th, 1910. The first English edition followed six months later on November 15th, 1910, under the title A Gentleman of Leisure.
There are minor textual differences between the American and British editions of the book.