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The Twisted Sword : a Novel of Cornwall, 1815-16 [Volume Eleven of the Poldark Series], GRAHAM, Winston
The Twisted Sword : a Novel of Cornwall, 1815-16 [Volume Eleven of the Poldark Series]
GRAHAM, Winston
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The Four Swans : a Novel of Cornwall, 1795-7 [Volume Six of the Poldark Series], GRAHAM, Winston
The Four Swans : a Novel of Cornwall, 1795-7 [Volume Six of the Poldark Series]
GRAHAM, Winston
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Voyager, GABALDON, Diana
Voyager
GABALDON, Diana
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Wolf Hall, MANTEL, Hilary
Wolf Hall
MANTEL, Hilary
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House of Hope, The, ALEXANDER, Kate
1 7240 ALEXANDER, Kate House of Hope, The
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1994; First US Edition 344 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends and top corners bumped, ink initial on front free endpaper; no binding problems, interior pages clean and bright. A nice copy. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and creased. Short closed tear at bottom rear flap edge.; 'In 1861, Vittorio Speranza set sail from Italy for England with his inheritance: an ancient marble statue of Hermes, a fifteenth-century depiction of the Nativity by the Italian master Monaccio, and a gold cup attributed to Benvenuto Cellini. He also carried with him a very valuable talent-Vittorio Speranza had an almost uncanny ability to discern the priceless from the mundane, the true work of fine art from the worthless fake.' Established by Vittorio's exceptional taste in antiquities-and by his marriage to a beautiful English woman, The House of Hope auction-house dynasty spans a stark depression and two world wars.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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2 6491 BRISTOW, Gwen Calico Palace
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Thomas Y. Crowell: NY; 1970; 589 pages Very Good- in Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners lightly bumped and worn (not to boards). Previous owner intials on front free endpaper, page edges yellowed, top edge dampstained; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Dust wrapper edgeworn and quite rubbed.; 'In just three years, San Francisco would grow from a muddy village to a rich, brawling city. Calico Palace is the story of those who found love and joy, fury and fortunes in the frenzied days of the Gold Rush.'; This author recommended by Kerry J. , Susan F., and Ellen of the DES email discussion list. 
Price: 13.75 USD
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Minerva, CHESNEY, Marion [M.C. Beaton]
3 7060 CHESNEY, Marion [M.C. Beaton] Minerva
Hardcover; Ex-Library St Martin's Press: NY; 1982; 192 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
An ex-library copy with the expected stamps, markings, and pocket. Remnants of previous dust wrapper protector still attached to front and rear pastedowns. Spine ends and corners lightly bumped, a few smudges to page edges. Unclipped dust wrapper sunned at spine, library label (FIC) on spine, lightly edgeworn and creased. ; "The Six Sisters" series is a family saga set in Regency England. The six novels 'recount the romantic adventures of the six marriageable daughters of a country vicar, the Reverend Charles Armitage'. In this first in the series the eldest daughter Minerva is sent to London to marry well. Doing so will restore the family fortunes so that her younger brothers can go to Eton and her father can keep his beloved hounds and horses. Fortunately she is beautiful but as she is also a prig she is easily scandalized during her her first season and makes no attempt to conceal her opinions. Her attitudes soon cause the offended dandies to devise a plan to put her in her place.; '...amusing characters and unexpected plot turns. If you’re looking for something frothy and fun, with a fine array of historical details—petticoats! toxic cosmetics! dueling strategy!—look no further than "Minerva". '- Blogger Bree W. Also recommended by several members of the DES email discussion list. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, CLARKE, Susanna
4 6115 CLARKE, Susanna Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Hardcover Bloomsbury: NY; 2004; Reprint; Fourth Printing 782 pages Illustrated by Portia Rosenberg; B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, paper covered boards have tiny tear at bottom edge, two corners bumped, black remainder mark; no binding problems, book looks unread. Unclipped dust wrapper has light edgewear and a tiny closed tear. This oversized book will not fit safely in an international global mailing envelope.; 'Set in England during the early 1800's--a country beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon--it is discovered that one practicing magician still remains. The reclusive magician, Mr. Norrell, is challenged to demonstrate his powers.' Basis for the 2015 BBC mini-series which we enjoyed but thought the book was better. Recently listed by Neil Gaiman as one of his ten favourite books.; Highly recommended. 'The drawing room social comedies of early 19th-century Britain are infused with the powerful forces of English folklore and fantasy in this extraordinary novel of two magicians who attempt to restore English magic in the age of Napoleon. In Clarke's world, gentlemen scholars pore over the magical history of England, which is dominated by the Raven King, a human who mastered magic from the lands of faerie. The study is purely theoretical until Mr. Norrell, a reclusive, mistrustful bookworm, reveals that he is capable of producing magic and becomes the toast of London society, while an impetuous young aristocrat named Jonathan Strange tumbles into the practice, too, and finds himself quickly mastering it. Though irritated by the reticent Norrell, Strange becomes the magician's first pupil, and the British government is soon using their skills. Mr. Strange serves under Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars (in a series of wonderful historical scenes), but afterward the younger magician finds himself unable to accept Norrell's restrictive views of magic's proper place and sets out to create a new age of magic by himself.' This title reviewed and recommended by Jane the author of "Fleur in her World" blog and by Lynne H. author of the 'dovegreyreader scribbles' blog. 
Price: 12.75 USD
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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, CLARKE, Susanna
5 7224 CLARKE, Susanna Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Softcover; Trade PB Bloomsbury: NY; 2004; First Paperback Edition 846 pages Illustrated by Portia Rosenberg; B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ 
Spine tail bumped, faint edgewear, page edges pale tan; no spine or cover creases. A nice copy. This oversized book will not fit safely in an international global mailing envelope.; 'Set in England during the early 1800's--a country beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon--it is discovered that one practicing magician still remains. The reclusive magician, Mr. Norrell, is challenged to demonstrate his powers.' Basis for the 2015 BBC mini-series which we enjoyed but thought the book was better. Recently listed by Neil Gaiman as one of his ten favourite books.; Highly recommended. 'The drawing room social comedies of early 19th-century Britain are infused with the powerful forces of English folklore and fantasy in this extraordinary novel of two magicians who attempt to restore English magic in the age of Napoleon. In Clarke's world, gentlemen scholars pore over the magical history of England, which is dominated by the Raven King, a human who mastered magic from the lands of faerie. The study is purely theoretical until Mr. Norrell, a reclusive, mistrustful bookworm, reveals that he is capable of producing magic and becomes the toast of London society, while an impetuous young aristocrat named Jonathan Strange tumbles into the practice, too, and finds himself quickly mastering it. Though irritated by the reticent Norrell, Strange becomes the magician's first pupil, and the British government is soon using their skills. Mr. Strange serves under Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars (in a series of wonderful historical scenes), but afterward the younger magician finds himself unable to accept Norrell's restrictive views of magic's proper place and sets out to create a new age of magic by himself.' This title reviewed and recommended by Jane the author of "Fleur in her World" blog and by Lynne H. author of the 'dovegreyreader scribbles' blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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Sharpe's Fury: Richard Sharpe & the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811, CORNWELL, Bernard
6 6411 CORNWELL, Bernard Sharpe's Fury: Richard Sharpe & the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811
Hardcover; Ex-Library HarperCollins: NY; 2006; Second Printing 337 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings, spine ends bumped, page edges pale yellow. Unclipped dustwrapper, faintly edgeworn, tiny skinned area on spine; no library markings.; The twenty-first novel in the series featuring Richard Sharpe is based on the real events of the winter of 1811. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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7 681 Dann, Jack Memory Cathedral, A Secret History Of Leonardo Da Vinci
Softcover; Trade PB Bantam: New York; 1995; First Paperback Edition Very Good+  
486 pages; Corners bumped; Novel of 15th century Florence involving DaVinci, Botticelli, Machiavelli. Gives a speculative account of a lost year in DaVinci's life.  
Price: 8.00 USD
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8 2351 DELDERFIELD, R.F. Give Us This Day
Softcover; Mass Market PB Pocket Books: New York; c1973,1975; Reprint Very Good+  
717 pages; Covers lightly edgeworn, spine faintly creased; interior pages clean and bright.; Published after the author's death in 1972, this is the final volume of the Swann trilogy.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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Whyte Harte, The, DOHERTY, P. C.
9 4500 DOHERTY, P. C. Whyte Harte, The
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1988; First US Edition 256 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Neat previous owner signature in black ink on front free endpaper. List of author's three previous books has a small black checkmark next to one title. Spine ends bumped, small white marks on bottom board edge, faint dust on top textblock edge. Unclipped dust wrapper edgeworn and lightly rubbed with some small chips and one very short closed tear. A nice copy. ; The first in the Matthew Jankyn (ex-scholar, liar, mercenary soldier, and thief) series of mysteries set in 15th Century England. This novel focuses on the death of Richard II. 
Price: 82.50 USD
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10 5971 DUNNETT, Dorothy Disorderly Knights, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Popular Library: NY; 1966; Very Good  
575 pages; No spine creases, light edgewear and cover creases, pages light brown, a few spots on coloured page edges. A nice copy.; The third volume of the 'Lymond Chronicles' set in 16th century Scotland and France. ; Recommended by Kim S. of the ATS, Sharon G. of the DoveGrey email discussion group, Sarah W. of the AT, DES, and DoveGrey email discussion groups, Joy W., Karen B., and Karen F. of the DES email discussion groups.  
Price: 6.50 USD
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11 5623 DUNNETT, Dorothy Game of Kings, The
Softcover; Trade PB Vintage Books: NY; c1961, 1997; Very Good+  
543 pages; No spine or cover creases, very light edgewear, top page edges browned. ; First volume of the 'Lymond Chronicles' where we meet "Francis Crawford of Lymond, a nobleman of elastic morals and dangerous talents whose tongue is as sharp as his rapier. In 1547 Lymond returns to defend his native Scotland from the English, despite the accusations of treason against him."; Recommended by Kim S. of the ATS, Sharon G. of the DoveGrey email discussion group, Sarah W. of the AT and DoveGrey email discussion groups, Joy W., Karen B., and Karen F. of the DES email discussion groups. Published @$14.00.  
Price: 7.75 USD
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12 6054 ERSKINE, Barbara Kingdom of Shadows
Softcover; Trade PB Dell: NY; c1988,1989; First Paperback Edition Very Good  
673 pages; Light spine and cover creases, covers a bit edgeworn, page edges pale brown; interior pages clean, none loose. ; Another of this author's intriguing time travel novels. (She also wrote "Lady of Hay".) This book is set in the Scottish Highlands at the castle Duncairn. "Since childhood Claire Royland has been haunted by dreams of Isobel, the Countess of Buchan, mistress of Robert the Bruce. And now she has found a way to enter the past..." Recommended.  
Price: 9.25 USD
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13 6052 ERSKINE, Barbara Lady of Hay
Softcover; Trade PB Welcome Rain: NY; c1986, 2000; First Edition Thus Very Good  
600 pages; Curved spine creased, covers lightly edgeworn, page edges lightly soiled, a few pages edges have a spot and a tiny nick on foredge; interior pages clean, none loose.; What happens when a skeptical British journalist decides to debunk hypnosis and past life regression? Upon hypnosis, she discovers another life as Matilda de Braose, a 12th century woman caught in a loveless marriage to a Welsh baron. The men in Matilda's life seem to appear again in Jo's 20th century life. But who is her love, the Earl of Clare, and who is the treacherous King John? This historical novel is one of the author's best books. The de Braose family are documented historical figures. This author's first novel is recommended.  
Price: 9.75 USD
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14 5627 FINNEY, Patricia Gloriana's Torch
Hardcover St. Martin's Press: NY; 2003; First US Edition Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper  
452 pages; Spine tail bumped, a very nice copy indeed. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn.; "It is 1587 and the Spanish are planning to launch their Holy Enterprise of England - to rescue the English from heresy and to kill Elizabeth, their Witch-Queen. This brilliant re-working of the Armada story takes us into the heart of the battle and shows how different England's history could have been had the Spanish landed on its shores. It is a tale of love, courage and ultimately, redemption." ; This adventure story (Ruth Rendell calls Finney the le Carre of the sixteenth century") is rather graphic at times especially when depicting life on board ship as a galley slave. This author recommended by Diana Gabaldon. Published @24.95.  
Price: 8.75 USD
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Unicorn's Blood , FINNEY, Patricia
15 868 FINNEY, Patricia Unicorn's Blood
Hardcover Picador: New York; 1998; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
372 pages; Spine ends and one corner lightly bumped, faint rubbing to gilt lettering on spine. A very nice copy. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and creased.; This 'literary thriller plunges into the vivid and deadly world of the 16th century: from the torture chambers of the Tower to the elegant artifice of court life; from the bawdy-houses of Southwark to the Queen's own bed. Why are the Jesuits, the Queen's Puritan councillors, and even the Queen herself searching for the mysterious Book of the Unicorn? What ancient scandal threatens Elizabeth Tudor as she fights to avoid executing her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots? And what of the man waking up in the dungeon with no memory of who he is?'; Recommended by Diana Gabaldon.  
Price: 14.00 USD
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Voyager, GABALDON, Diana
16 7159 GABALDON, Diana Voyager
Hardcover Delacorte Press: NY; 1994; 870 pages Very Good- in Very Good dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Signed and inscribed (For Laura -Slàinte Mhath! Diana Gabaldon 4/20/97) by the author on the title page at the 1997 Festival of Books at UCLA. Spine ends lightly bumped, board edges and corners very lightly bumped and worn, bottom corners *just* revealing boards, front free endpaper and top foredge small area of first 75 pages soiled (tea?) otherwise clean and bright. Unclipped dust wrapper a bit edgeworn, with one very short closed tear at spine head and one tiny tear top front flap. Laminate beginning to lift on front panel at raised lettering of title, seen frequently with this edition. Dust wrapper is the original decorative artwork featuring a ship, a map, and a tartan. ; Third book in this delightful series that currently contains eight books. Series is the basis for the Starz series "Outlander". Adventure, romance, time travel, what more could you ask for? There is an email discussion group dedicated to this series at yahoogroups.; Oversized volume may require additional postage for international shipping. Images of actual copy on offer. 
Price: 289.00 USD
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North and South, GASKELL, Elizabeth
17 6810 GASKELL, Elizabeth North and South
Softcover; Mass Market PB Wordsworth Editions: Ware, England; 1994; Reprint 427 pages Very Good 
Covers lightly creased, light edgewear, no spine creases, page edges yellowed (seen before in this edition). ; From the back cover "Set in the mid-nineteenth century and written from the author's first-hand experience, North and South follows the story of the heroine's movement from the tranquil setting of rural southern England to the turbulent industrial north." Basis for the BBC mini-series.; Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 5.95 USD
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Dean's Watch, The, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
18 6730 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Dean's Watch, The
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Book Club: London; 1960; 312 pages Illustrated by A. R. Whitear; B&W Illustrations: Good+ in Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners bumped and sunned, boards and page edges soiled; no binding problems. Decorated front pastedown and endpaper and rear pastedown and endpaper faintly foxed (seen before in this edition), previous owner ink signature on decorated front endpaper. Soiled dust wrapper edgeworn with a few short closed tears and tiny chips, sunned spine. ; A lovely story set in a cathedral city (based on Ely where the author lived for a time) in England in the 1870's.; Recommended by Kristi J. of the AT and DES email discussion groups. Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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19 6650 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Gentian Hill
Softcover; Mass Market PB Coronet Books: London; c1950,1974; Fourth Printing 317 pages Very Good- 
Curved spine lightly creased and a bit sunned, covers lightly edgeworn and creased. Pages age browned but not brittle, edges foxed; interior pages clean, none loose.; "This love story, set in the early nineteenth century, is a retelling of the legend of St. Michael's Chapel at Torquay."; "This exquistie love story is set against the colourful backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Pretty and lovable, Stella was an orphan who had been rescued from the cruel grip of the sea and her dead mother's arms. Athony was a young midshipman who had fled from his ship to escape the brutality of naval life." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Four Swans : a Novel of Cornwall, 1795-7 [Volume Six of the Poldark Series], GRAHAM, Winston
20 7173 GRAHAM, Winston The Four Swans : a Novel of Cornwall, 1795-7 [Volume Six of the Poldark Series]
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Book Club Associates: London; c1976, 1977; 384 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners bumped; no binding problems. Pages pale brown, edges a bit darker, not brittle. Soil to front free endpaper, other pages clean. Dust wrapper edgeworn and lightly rubbed, a closed tear bottom front flap. ; This series is the basis for both 'Poldark' television series. The sixth novel set in 18th Century Cornwall. All four women - the four swans - whose lives touch Ross Poldark face a crisis in these years.; This series recommended by Jessica of the DES email discussion list. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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The Twisted Sword : a Novel of Cornwall, 1815-16 [Volume Eleven of the Poldark Series], GRAHAM, Winston
21 7174 GRAHAM, Winston The Twisted Sword : a Novel of Cornwall, 1815-16 [Volume Eleven of the Poldark Series]
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Guild Publishing: London; c1990, 1991; 510 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, a few page edges creased. Dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn. A very nice copy.; This series is the basis for both 'Poldark' television series. The eleventh novel set in early 19th Century Cornwall opens with the family travelling to Paris. The book states it is the conclusion of the Poldark series but there was a final novel published after this one.; This series recommended by Jessica of the DES email discussion list. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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In Sunlight and in Shadow, HELPRIN, Mark
22 7081 HELPRIN, Mark In Sunlight and in Shadow
Hardcover Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: NY; 2012; First US Edition; First Printing 705 pages Very Good in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, green ink line on bottom edge, remnant of a sticker blacked out with ink on front free endpaper. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn.; 'Can love and honor conquer all? Mark Helprin’s enchanting and sweeping novel springs from this deceptively simple question, and from the sight of a beautiful young woman, dressed in white, on the Staten Island Ferry, at the beginning of summer, 1946.

Postwar New York glows with energy. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, has returned home to run the family business. Yet his life is upended by a single encounter with the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, as they each fall for the other in an instant.

Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherine’s choice of Harry over her longtime fiancé endangers Harry’s livelihood and eventually threatens his life. In the end, it is Harry’s extraordinary wartime experience that gives him the character and means to fight for Catherine, and risk everything.'; While set in 1946 New York this book does spend a significant amount of time in World War II Europe. Recommended for those that can handle the WWII details and some gang violence and for those that enjoyed Helprin's "A Winters Tale". Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 18.50 USD

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Beauvallet [Unabridged Audio Cassette], HEYER, Georgette
23 6816 HEYER, Georgette Beauvallet [Unabridged Audio Cassette]
Audio Tape Chivers Press: Bath; c1929,2002; Near Fine 
Faintest edgewear to plastic clamshell case. Complete and unabridged; 9 hours; 8 audiocassettes in excellent condition. Read by Cornelius Garrett. One previous owner, not ex-library.; In this adventurous romance of Elizabethan days, Sir Nicholas Beauvallet (the ancestor of Simon the Coldheart) pits his sword and his wits against the Spanish. He does well until he meets the lovely Dona Dominica de Rada y Sylva on the blood-stained deck of a captured galleon.; Decorative case matches sample image. 
Price: 42.50 USD
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24 6426 HEYER, Georgette My Lord John
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; c1975, 1976; 370 pages Very Good 
Spine faintly creased, covers edgeworn and lightly creased; inside covers and pages pale brown but not brittle; interior pages clean, none loose. ; Heyer's final novel opens during the reign of Richard II and tells the story of John, the third son of England's King Henry IV. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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Nonesuch, The, HEYER, Georgette
25 7092 HEYER, Georgette Nonesuch, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: New York; c1962,; 288 pages Very Good 
Spine creased, one short cover crease, light edgewear, remainder mark top edge. Pages pale tan but clean, not brittle; none loose. No other date other than 1962 original publishing date but presence of an ISBN indicates a 1970's edition. A nice copy.; In his attempts to save his younger cousin from the snares of a beautiful, but heartless, young woman, Sir Waldo Hawkridge (the Nonesuch) becomes friends with the young woman's companion, the witty and good-hearted Miss Ancilla Trent. A fun book set in Oversett, Yorkshire. ; 'This is a lovely romantic story with a hero & heroine to admire. ' -Lyn B. This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.95 USD
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