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Doctor's Children, ELDER, Josephine [Dr. Olive Potter]
Doctor's Children
ELDER, Josephine [Dr. Olive Potter]
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Operation Heartbreak, COOPER, Duff
Operation Heartbreak
COOPER, Duff
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Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth [Von Arnim]
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26 507 Bradford, Barbara Taylor Voice Of The Heart
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; 1984; Good+  
771 pages; Signed by Author; Spine and front cover creases. ; Signed by the author on chapter one title page.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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27 5220 BRADFORD, Barbara Taylor Woman of Substance, A
Softcover; Mass Market PB Avon Books: NY; c1979,1983; 816 pages Very Good 
Faint spine and cover creases, light edgewear, page edges browned, previous owner info on inside front cover blacked out with a marker. A nice copy.; Beginning in Edwardian England, this is the story of young and impoverished Emma Harte. She 'embarks on a journey first of survival, then of unimaginable achievement. Driven to succeed, the iron-willed Emma parlays a small shop into the world's greatest department store and an international business empire: Harte Enterprises.' Basis for the mini-series of the same name starring Jenny Seagrove and Deborah Kerr. Recommended, our favourite novel by this author. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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28 1415 Bradley, Marion Zimmer Lady of Avalon
Hardcover Viking: New York; 1997; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
460 pages; Book looks unread, no remainder mark ; dust wrapper, not price cut, slightly rubbed and edgeworn. ; This novel is the link between the author's The Forest House and the wonderful Mists of Avalon. 'This novel spans the creation of Avalon itself and foreshadows the birth of the legendary King Arthur. Here, we meet three remarkable holy women who steer the fortunes of Roman Britain as they struggle with their own destinies. Caillean retreats to the island of Avalon with a small band of priestesses. There she establishes a sisterhood to serve the Great Goddess, raises the heir to the mystic royal line, and veils Avalon from a hostile world in its everlasting mists. The astute Dierna guides Avalon through treacherous political waters by marrying a young priestess to a Roman general ... only to discover that love - especially her own - cannot be so easily controlled. Ana gives birth to a baby girl who will be the mother of the great King to come. But it is her beautiful and feisty oldest daughter, Viviane, who is destined for true greatness - as the famed Lady of the Lake and guardian of the Grail.'  
Price: 17.75 USD
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29 1014 Bradshaw, Gillian Kingdom of Summer
Hardcover Simon And Schuster: New York; 1981; Book Club Edition Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
242 pages; Publisher's flaw at front free endpaper (glue marks and gaps) yet there are no binding problems. Spine head and especially tail, bumped. Dust wrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn.; Author's second novel, the second in her Arthurian trilogy.  
Price: 7.50 USD
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30 2096 BRENT, Madeleine Golden Urchin
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: New York; c1986,1988; First Paperback Edition Very Good+  
375 pages; Light edge and cover wear, no spine creases, a very nice copy.; A novel of romance and adventure set in Victorian Australia and England. Brent wrote nine novels and is the pseudonym for Peter O'Donnell, the author of the Modesty Blaise books.  
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31 4746 BRENT, Madeleine [Peter O'Donnell] Golden Urchin
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Doubleday & Company: Garden City; 1986; Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
278 pages; Spine ends bumped and lightly worn revealing boards, one corner bumped;binding in excellent condition, covers and pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn with a single tiny closed tear. A nice copy.; A novel of romance and adventure set in Victorian Australia and England. Brent wrote nine novels and is the pseudonym for Peter O'Donnell, the author of the Modesty Blaise books.; This author's books recommended by several members of the DES email discussion group.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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32 5462 BRENT, Madeleine [Peter O'Donnell] Merlin's Keep
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Doubleday & Company: Garden City; 1977; Very Good- in Very Good dust wrapper  
346 pages; Spine ends and corners bumped and worn revealing boards, previous owner name and dates on front free endpaper. No binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper a bit edgeworn with a few short closed tears. ; A romantic suspense novel set in Tibet and England. From the dw: "The distance between a Tibetan monastery and Merlin's Keep, in the English countryside, was a long one and to Jani, reared in Tibet, nearly incomprehensible. Nor could she graps the full meaning of the high Lama's words to her that wintry day:' I see the woman in red who will be your friend, and through her will come the one to fear, who will be your enemy, the Silver Man....' " Brent is the pseudonym for Peter O'Donnell, the author of the Modesty Blaise books.  
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33 4470 BRENT, Madeleine [Peter O'Donnell] Stormswift
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Doubleday & Company: Garden City; 1984; Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
282 pages; Spine ends and one corner lightly bumped, top page edges dusty. A very nice copy. Dust wrapper has light edgewear and rubbing and two tiny closed tears.; A young girl in 19th century Afghanistan discovers that she is really English. Lalla of Shul must trust an enigmatic stranger to help her get back to her rightful home. Brent is the pseudonym for Peter O'Donnell, the author of the Modesty Blaise books.  
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34 5660 BRENT, Madeleine [Peter O'Donnell] Tregaron's Daughter
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Doubleday & Company: Garden City; 1971; Very Good- in Very Good- dust wrapper  
251 pages; Spine ends and corners bumped, board edges a bit worn, page edges yellowed (flaws often found with this edition), previous owner name and date on front free endpaper; no binding problems, cover and interior pages clean. Lightly soiled dust wrapper is a bit rubbed and slightly edgeworn. ; A novel of romance and adventure set in Venice and England in 1910. Author's first novel as Madeleine Brent; some say it is his best (it is our favourite). Brent is the pseudonym for Peter O'Donnell, the author of the Modesty Blaise books.; Recommended by several members of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 12.50 USD
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35 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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Dark Tide, The, BRITTAIN, Vera
36 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
37 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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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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43 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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44 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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45 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
46 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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47 263 Carey, Peter Tax Inspector
Hardcover Knopf: NY; 1991; First US Edition 279 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Bottom board edge has a small dent; dw slightly rubbed; Author, from Australia, is a three-time Booker Prize winner. ; 'Granny Catchprice runs her family business (and her family) with senility, cunning and a handbagful of explosives. Her daughter Cathy would rather be singing County & Western than selling cars, while Benny Catchprice, sixteen and seriously psychopathic, wants to transform a failing auto franchise into an empire -- and himself into an angel. Out of the confrontation between the Catchprices and their unwitting nemesis, a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office, Peter Carey, author of Oscar and Lucinda, creates an endlessly surprising and fearfully convincing novel. '- Chicago Tribune 
Price: 12.50 USD
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Blameless; The Parasol Protectorate: Book the Third, CARRIGER, Gail [Tofa Borregaard]
48 7086 CARRIGER, Gail [Tofa Borregaard] Blameless; The Parasol Protectorate: Book the Third
Softcover; Mass Market PB Orbit Books: NY; 2010; First US Edition; First Printing 374 pages Near Fine 
Faint edgewear; looks unread. A lovely copy of a fun book originally published in this mass market paperback format.; Werewolves, vampires, and a preternatural spinster that can negate supernatural powers in a comedy of manners set in a version of Victorian England that has dirigibles and lots of tea-drinking of course! The third book of five in this entertaining series.; 'Imagine Jane Austen dabbling in science and steam technology. Then imagine P.G. Wodehouse suddenly dropped vampires into the Drones Club. The Parasol Protectorate books are the resulting progeny.' Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.75 USD
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Soulless; The Parasol Protectorate: Book the First, CARRIGER, Gail [Tofa Borregaard]
49 7052 CARRIGER, Gail [Tofa Borregaard] Soulless; The Parasol Protectorate: Book the First
Softcover; Mass Market PB Orbit Books: NY; 2009; Seventh Printing 373 pages Very Good+ 
Faint spine creases and edgewear. A lovely copy of a fun book originally published in this mass market paperback format.; Werewolves, vampires, and a preternatural spinster that can negate supernatural powers in a comedy of manners set in a version of Victorian England that has dirigibles and lots of tea-drinking of course! The first volume in this entertaining series won an ALA ALEX award.; 'Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.' Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 6.00 USD

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland , CARROLL, Lewis
50 480 CARROLL, Lewis Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Hardcover Dragon's World: Limpsfield & London; (1865) 1990; First Edition Thus Illustrated by Malcolm Ashman: Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
Color Illustrations; 96 pages; A nice copy. Spine tail and bottom corners rubbed. Dust wrapper lightly edgeworn.; Delightful colour illustrations. A wonderful addition to an Alice collection.; Recommended by John C. of the LCSNA.  
Price: 17.50 USD
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