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26 3380 BRITTAIN, Vera Born 1925 : A Novel of Youth
Hardcover Macmillan: NY; 1949; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper  
320 pages; Blue binding worn at bumped spine ends and corners. Page edges faintly yellowed, interior pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, is edgeworn with small chips and tears and a bit of light soil. A nice copy. ; VB is best known for her Testament trilogy. She also wrote five novels of which this is the last. Adrian Carbury, born in 1925 grew up with war and violence. Sent to America with his sister to escape the Blitz of WWII, he later returns to England and becomes a member of a bomb disposal team. Adrian's father, a popular liberal clergyman married to a famous actress, earned a VC in France during WWI. He views the current war in a very different light from his son.  
Price: 19.00 USD
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27 750 Brittain, Vera Chronicle Of Youth : The War Diary 1913-1917
Hardcover Morrow: New York; 1981; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
Photographs; 382 pages; Corners bumped, dust wrapper slightly edgeworn, tan back lightly soiled. A nice copy.; Preface by Clare Leighton, author, artist, and sister of VB's fiance, Roland. This is the diary that VB used as the basis for Testament of Youth, she wanted the diary to be published as well but it was not published until this edition.'  
Price: 22.50 USD
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Chronicle of Youth : The War Diary 1913-1917, BRITTAIN, Vera
28 7157 BRITTAIN, Vera Chronicle of Youth : The War Diary 1913-1917
Softcover; Trade PB Phoenix Press: London; c1981,2000; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 382 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Covers lightly edgeworn, no spine creases, back cover and page edges lightly soiled.; Preface by Clare Leighton, author, artist and sister of VB's fiance, Roland. This is the diary that VB used as the basis for "Testament of Youth", she wanted the diary to be published as well but it was not published until 1981. Recommended.; This author is one of Lyn B.'s favourites. Lyn B. is the author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and a member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 13.95 USD
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Dark Tide, The, BRITTAIN, Vera
29 7237 BRITTAIN, Vera Dark Tide, The
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1923, 1999; Reprint 260 pages Very Good 
Spine ends bumped, two horizontal creases (do not damage binding). Covers creased and lightly edgeworn, tan page edges as usually seen with Virago editions.; This was Brittain's first published (and rather autobiographical) novel and contains the preface that she wrote for the 1935 reprint edition. After World War I and a period of voluntary work, Daphne finds herself settled back into the whirl of college life at Oxford, 'reveling in debates and dinners and romances. All would be pleasant were it not for Virginia, who always seems to be at odds and on the other end of a deep enmity.'; This title has become rather scarce. This author is highly recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 34.50 USD
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Honourable Estate : a Novel of Transition, BRITTAIN, Vera
30 5819 BRITTAIN, Vera Honourable Estate : a Novel of Transition
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1936, 2000; Reprint 587 pages Very Good+ 
Faint edgewear, page edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions; looks unread. A very nice copy.; The story of three marriages during the years 1890-1930, a time of great social change. The title refers to 'holy matrimony' as well as the changing status of women. This edition has an introduction by Mark Bostridge, one of VB's authorised biographers.; Image is one of actual copies on offer. 
Price: 11.95 USD
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31 757 Brittain, Vera Testament of Experience : an Autobiographical Story of the Years 1925-1950
Hardcover Victor Gollancz: London; 1957; First British Edition Very Good+ in Good+ dust wrapper  
480 pages; Paper browned as is common with this edition, spine head and tail bumped. Red cloth and gilt lettering still clean and bright. Yellow dust wrapper is clean but is quite thin and has chips at the spine and front. The largest is a 2 and 1/2" by 1 and 1/2" triangle missing from the top front; The third in the Testament trilogy, this book begins in 1925 with VB's marriage to G. (George Caitlin) . It tells the story of her success after the publication of Testament of Youth, her increasing involvement with the pacifist movement, and her experiences during World War II and it's aftermath.  
Price: 32.50 USD
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Testament of Experience : an Autobiographical Story of the Years 1925-1950, BRITTAIN, Vera
32 7196 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Experience : an Autobiographical Story of the Years 1925-1950
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1957, 1988; 480 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, some edgewear. Page edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions; interior pages clean, none loose.; The third in the Testament trilogy, this book begins in 1925 with VB's marriage to G. (George Caitlin). It tells the story of her success after the publication of 'Testament of Youth', her increasing involvement with the pacifist movement, and her experiences during World War II and it's aftermath. This edition has an introduction by Paul Berry.; Recommended by Susan D. of the DES email discussion group. This author is highly recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 10.75 USD
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33 5391 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Friendship : The Story of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Wideview Books: NY; c1940, 1981; Reprint Very Good  
442 pages; Edgewear and rubbing, faint spine and cover creases, page edges faintly yellowed and lightly soiled.; Second in the 'Testament' trilogy, this is a tribute to VB's dear friend Winifred Holtby and the story of their friendship. They first met while attending Somerville College at Oxford after World War I. This edition has an introduction by Carolyn Heilbrun.  
Price: 9.50 USD
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Testament of Friendship : The Story of Winifred Holtby, BRITTAIN, Vera
34 7279 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Friendship : The Story of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1940, 1992; Reprint 453 pages Very Good+ 
A very nice copy with faint edgewear, white rear panel faintly soiled. Pages pale tan, edges a bit darker. ; Second in the 'Testament' trilogy, this is a tribute to VB's dear friend Winifred Holtby and the story of their friendship. They first met while attending Somerville College at Oxford after World War I. This edition has an afterword by Rosalind Delmar.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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Testament of Youth, BRITTAIN, Vera
35 7176 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Youth
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Seaview Books: New York; c1933,1980; Reprint 662 pages Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
Board edges lightly faded (seen before in this edition), spine ends lightly bumped, corners bumped, top corners reveal boards, light soil to boards. Inner hinge at pastedown and front endpaper reinforced with white tape, several ink underlinings and marks to text. Edgeworn and rubbed dust wrapper with aa few short closed tears and tiny chips. A reading copy.; This edition has a preface by VB's daughter, Shirley Williams, a British MP. A haunting and passionate autobiography, as well as a loving memorial, of life and people in England just before, during, and after World War I. The first of the author's Testament trilogy. Basis for the 1979 BBC and US Masterpiece Theatre mini series and the 2014 film. Highly recommended.; This title recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.This author is one of her favourites. 'Iíve read it many times over the last 30 years & Iím always moved by it.' Image is actual copy on offer. Will not fit safely in an international mailing envelope. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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Testament of Youth, BRITTAIN, Vera
36 7228 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Youth
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fontana: London; c1933,1980; Reprint 661 pages Good 
Spine creased, cover creased and edgeworn with tiny tears at spine ends. Pages pale brown (seen before in this edition), white covers have light soil; interior pages clean, none loose. Still from the 1979 BBC mini-series on front cover. A reading copy.; This edition has a preface by VB's daughter, Shirley Williams, a British MP. A haunting and passionate autobiography, as well as a loving memorial, of life and people in England just before, during, and after World War I. The first of the author's Testament trilogy. Basis for the 1979 BBC and US Masterpiece Theatre mini series and the 2014 film. Highly recommended.; This title recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.This author is one of her favourites. 'Iíve read it many times over the last 30 years & Iím always moved by it.' Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Testament of a Generation : The Journalism of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby, BRITTAIN] BERRY, Paul and Bishop, Alan, editors
37 6855 BRITTAIN] BERRY, Paul and Bishop, Alan, editors Testament of a Generation : The Journalism of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; 1985; 390 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Light spine creases and edgewear, small skinned area on back cover, yellowed pages as is common with Virago Press editions; pages clean, none loose. ; A collection of articles and reviews from publications such as the Manchester Guardian, the Daily Herald, and Time and Tide never before published in book form. Admirers of both Brittain and Holtby will enjoy this book. Recommended.; Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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Jane Eyre, BRONTE, Charlotte
38 7180 BRONTE, Charlotte Jane Eyre
Hardcover Heritage Press: New York; 1942; 4to; 431 pages Illustrated by Barnett Freedman; Lithograph: Very Good 
Three-quarter red cloth over pictorial cloth with gilt band and gilt lettering on sunned spine, bottom corners bumped, discoulored area on painted top page edges. Blank owner bookplate on one of free endpapers, tiny paper remnants on front pastedown. Pages pale brown; clean not brittle. No dust wrapper as issued, no slipcase. ; This mysterious and romantic novel has been the basis for several film and television productions.; 'There are very few books I can say Iíve read more than 15 times. Probably only "Wuthering Heights", "Jane Eyre" & "Persuasion". '- This title recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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Wuthering Heights, BRONTE, Emily
39 7181 BRONTE, Emily Wuthering Heights
Hardcover Heritage Press: New York; [1940]; 4to; 331 pages Illustrated by Barnett Freedman; Lithograph: Very Good 
Three-quarter red cloth over pictorial cloth with gilt band and gilt lettering on sunned spine, tiny spot on textblock fore-edge. Blank owner bookplate on one of the free endpapers. Page edges pale brown, verso of most lithograph pages yellowed. No dust wrapper as issued, no slipcase. ; This tale of Cathy and her beloved Heathcliffe has been the basis for several film and television productions.; 'There are very few books I can say Iíve read more than 15 times. Probably only "Wuthering Heights", "Jane Eyre" & "Persuasion". '- This title recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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40 1574 Brookner, Anita Friend from England
Softcover; Trade PB Perennial; Harper & Row: New York; (1987) 1989; Very Good-  
205 pages; Corners of back cover torn away, about 1/2" at each corner, light spine creasing, no loose pages. Page edges and inside covers lightly browned, covers slightly edgeworn. ; A self-contained part owner of a London bookshop sees another way of living when she becomes a mentor for a young woman who abandons herself to romance.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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41 3053 BROOKNER, Anita Hotel Du Lac
Hardcover Pantheon: NY; 1984; Sixth Printing Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
184 pages; Red remainder mark on bottom edge extends to bumped spine foot. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, is lightly rubbed and edgeworn with a sunned spine.; Brookner won the Booker Prize for this sad and funny novel told in retrospect by Edith Hope (known professionally as romance writer Veronica Wilde) who has been "banished" to the Hotel du Lac in Switzerland - but for what? As she "recovers" she observes the life and loves of her fellow guests, and becomes involved with them - and we learn what has brought her to this hotel by the lake. Filmed in 1986 by British television, starring Anna Massey as Edith, with Denholm Elliott and Googie Withers.  
Price: 9.00 USD
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42 5352 BUCHAN, Elizabeth Consider the Lily
Softcover; Mass Market PB Pan Books: London; c1993, 1994; Very Good  
574 pages; Spine and cover creases, covers lightly edgeworn and rubbed, page edges yellowed; interior pages clean, none loose.; In the summer of 1929, Hinton Dysart, an estate in the south of England, is dying from lack of money. Kit Dysart, the heir, knows he must marry well to keep it alive. At his sister's wedding, he meets the vibrant Daisy Chudleigh and her more subdued cousin, the heiress Matty Verrall. In love with Daisy but troubled by his family's decline, Kit chooses to marry Matty. Unfortunately for all three, Kit and Daisy are unable to forget each other. 'When Matty, growing increasingly unhappy in her troubled, empty marriage, decides to re-create the estate's garden, she discovers solace and a gift of which she never dreamed. This tale of love and gardening, is a poignant novel of love, loss, and, ultimately, a new flowering between the two world wars.'  
Price: 6.50 USD
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Fugitive Queen, The : An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court, BUCKLEY, Fiona [Valerie Anand]
43 5625 BUCKLEY, Fiona [Valerie Anand] Fugitive Queen, The : An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court
Hardcover Scribner: NY; 2003; First US Edition 277 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A lovely copy that looks unread. Bumped spine tail, faint edgewear to unclipped dust wrapper. ; Set in 1568, Mistress Ursula Blanchard is sent by Queen Elizabeth to deliver a confidential message to Mary, Queen of Scots, who is imprisoned in Northern England. 
Price: 15.50 USD
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44 3845 BUCKLEY, Fiona [Valerie Anand] Queen's Ransom : A Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court Featuring Ursula Blanchard
Hardcover Scribner: NY; 2000; First US Edition 348 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A new book with lightly bumped spine ends and a faintly edgeworn dust wrapper. A very nice copy. ; 'The author's sharp-witted Lady of the Presence Chamber will need all of her courage to carry out her mission on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I without betraying her own heart. Ursula Blanchard plans to travel to France on a personal errand to help her first husband's father bring his young ward home to England. But duty soon calls. Fearing that the Catholic forces tearing apart France will spread to Protestant England, the Queen instructs Ursula to personally deliver a letter to Catherine de Mťdicis, offering to mediate the crisis. The perilous duty will not only separate Ursula from her young daughter, it will bring her closer to a man she can neither trust nor forgetóher estranged second husband, Matthew de la Roche, avowed Catholic and enemy of Elizabeth.'; Published @$23.00. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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45 3849 BUCKLEY, Fiona [Valerie Anand] To Ruin a Queen : an Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court
Hardcover Scribner: NY; 2000; First US Edition 287 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A new book with lightly bumped spine ends and a faintly edgeworn dust wrapper. A very nice copy.; 'Ursula Blanchard, waiting woman and secret agent for Queen Elizabeth I returns in this fourth book of the series. Ursula's daughter, Meg, is missing. Ursula follows a trail that leads to the home of the ancient Mortimer family: Vetch Castle, a grim, haunted keep on the Welsh border. There she finds Philip Mortimer, who boasts that he will force Queen Elizabeth to restore the fortunes of his once-great family. There, too, Ursula finds Philip's mother, who is frightened by her son's claims and pleads for Ursula's help.'; Published @$23.00. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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46 3011 BURKE, Owen Figurehead
Hardcover Coward, McCann & Geoghegan: NY; 1979; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
349 pages; Spine ends and bottom corners bumped, cover edges faded, page edges lightly soiled, vertical spine crease does not damage binding. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, edgeworn with browned edges and a few chips and tears. ; A family saga set in Victorian England. Nell's grandfather the head of the Bostock shipping family wants her to marry the eldest son of the Gresham family, a rival shipping clan. She refuses and feels she is quite capable of running the company herself.  
Price: 9.50 USD
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47 1652 BYATT, A. S. Matisse Stories
Hardcover Random House: New York; c1993,1995; First US Edition 134 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Previous owner gift inscription on half title page. Postcard of front of dust wrapper laid in. Dust wrapper, not price cut, is lightly rubbed. A very nice copy. ; Three short stories by this Booker prize winning author, and sister of Margaret Drabble, are each inspired by the artist Henri Matisse. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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48 4752 BYATT, A. S. Possession
Softcover; Trade PB Vintage International: NY; c1990,2002; 555 pages Very Good+ 
No spine creases, faint cover creases, light edgewear and rubbing. A nice copy. This edition has cover art from the film. ; Winner of the 1990 Booker Prize, this literary mystery is also a love story. 'Two contemporary scholars, each studying one of two Victorian poets, reconstruct their subjects' secret extramarital affair through poems, journal entries, letters and modern scholarly analysis of the period.' This novel was recently selected by 'Time Magazine' as one of the one hundred best English-language novels written from 1923 to the present. Basis for the film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam. Byatt is the sister of Margaret Drabble. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Cuckoo in Spring, The, CADELL, Elizabeth
49 7306 CADELL, Elizabeth Cuckoo in Spring, The
Hardcover William Morrow & Company: NY; 1954; First US Edition 214 pages Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper 
A rather scarce US first edition. Clean green cloth binding lightly edgeworn (not worn to boards). Clean interior pages pale yellow, edges a bit darker with a few small soil spots. No binding problems, a nice copy. Price clipped dust wrapper by Mircea Vasiliu browned and edgeworn with some small chips and closed tears. Sunned spine and light soil to what were once white portions of dust wrapper.; A delightful early novel by this author featuring the Hurst family and the beautiful and resourceful Alexandra Bell.Recommended.; "Charm and lightness are the hallmarks
That identify a Cadell
(And in case you've ever wondered
That's pronounced to rhyme with paddle.) "- from a 1953 dust wrapper of 'Crystal Light'. This author recommended by several members of the DE Stevenson email discussion group including Anna B., Shaun L., Carol K., Jane S., and Jerri C. (also of the ATS and Angela Thirkell email discussion group.) Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 98.50 USD
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Minerva, CHESNEY, Marion [M.C. Beaton]
50 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 youíre looking for something frothy and fun, with a fine array of historical detailsópetticoats! toxic cosmetics! dueling strategy!ólook 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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