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Julian Grenfell: His Life and the Times of His Death 1888-1915, MOSLEY, Nicholas
Julian Grenfell: His Life and the Times of His Death 1888-1915
MOSLEY, Nicholas
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Carlyles at Home, The, HOLME, Thea
Carlyles at Home, The
HOLME, Thea
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Noel Streatfeild, STREATFEILD] HUSE, Nancy
Noel Streatfeild
STREATFEILD] HUSE, Nancy
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Roald Dahl, a biography, DAHL] TREGLOWN, Jeremy
Roald Dahl, a biography
DAHL] TREGLOWN, Jeremy
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Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, The, Marsh, Jan
51 172 Marsh, Jan Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, The
Hardcover St Martins Press: NY; 1985; First US Edition 408 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, purple marker gift inscription front free endpaper, top textblock edge faintly soiled, pages pale yellow but clean; no binding problems. Clipped dust wrapper edgeworn with several small tears and scratch marks.; The lives of the lovers, wives, colleagues (Jane Morris, Georgina Burne-Jones, Elizabeth Siddal, Emma Brown, Annnie Miller, and Fannie Cornforth) associated with the Pre-Rapaelite brotherhood. Sections include Youth, Marriage, and Maturity. 'A fascinating tribute to their spirit of independence in circumstances which conspired to suppress it. It includes an intriguing set of photographs as well as reproductions of the paintings and studies they inspired.' Author was a lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery in London at the time of publication; she is now a researcher there. She has written extensively on the Pre-Raphaelites and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She calls this book 'a keynote inquiry into gender relations in the nineteenth-century art world.'; Georgina Burne-Jones was the wife of Edward Burne-Jones and Angela Thirkell's maternal grandmother. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 24.95 USD
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52 1869 Massie, Robert K. The Romanovs, the Final Chapter
Hardcover Random House: New York; 1995; First US Edition 308 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Book is slightly cocked. Dust wrapper, not price clipped is lightly edgeworn and rubbed. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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53 1087 Matheson, Anne & Davis, Reginald Princess Anne A Royal Girl Of Our Time
Hardcover; Ex-Library Crown: New York; 1973; Illustrated by Reginald Davis: Good+ in Good+ dust wrapper  
Photographs; 155 pages; Normal library stamps and library pocket on front free endpaper. Pastedowns have remnants of old mylar cover that was glued to book, some pages soiled at margins. Dust wrapper has a few creases, a sunned spine, with remnants of a label and laminate is bubbling up in several places. ; Published just before Princess Anne's marriage to Mark Phillips, this book tells of her life and their courtship.  
Price: 8.50 USD
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54 1291 Maychick, Diana Audrey Hepburn an Intimate Portrait
Hardcover Birch Lane Press: New York; 1993; First US Edition 247 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine tail bumped and cloth frayed in one small area, with corresponding crease to dust wrapper. Dust wrapper, not price cut, is faintly rubbed. ; Audrey Hepburn spoke extensively with the author for over a year to make this a " proper biography". The result is a candid, personal, and unflinchingly honest portrait of this beloved film star.  
Price: 12.50 USD
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55 5303 MIZENER, Arthur Saddest Story, The : A Biography of Ford Madox Ford
Hardcover World Publishing: NY; 1971; Second Printing Near Fine  
616 pages; Page edges faintly smudged, a very nice copy of a rather large and heavy book. No dust wrapper as issued, black slip case in lovely condition with just a few white marks on bottom edge. ; An extensive biography of this novelist, poet, literary critic, and editor. Ford (1873-1939) published over eighty books and was one of the founding fathers of English Modernism. (His grandfather was the Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown, and his uncle William Michel Rossetti.)  
Price: 12.50 USD
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56 1368 Morella, Joe and Edward Z. Epstein Forever Lucy : The Life of Lucille Ball
Softcover; Mass Market PB Berkley Books: New York; (1986)1990; Reprint Very Good  
261 pages; Spine creases, some edgewear.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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57 1371 Morella, Joe and Edward Z. Epstein Forever Lucy : The Life of Lucille Ball
Hardcover Lyle Stuart: Secaucus, NJ; 1986; First Edition 267 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine head and tail lightly bumped; dust wrapper not price cut, very lightly edgeworn. A very nice copy indeed. 
Price: 13.00 USD
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Julian Grenfell: His Life and the Times of His Death 1888-1915, MOSLEY, Nicholas
58 7216 MOSLEY, Nicholas Julian Grenfell: His Life and the Times of His Death 1888-1915
Softcover Persephone Books: London; c1976, 2014; 411 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine creased, very light edgewear. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers and bookmarks unique to each title.; This edition contains a new preface by the author. 'This biography of the First World War poet Julian Grenfell, first published in 1976, is, we believe, one of the best biographies of recent times partly because so much of it is about his mother, the fascinating but maddening Ettie Desborough.' The author (who married Ettie's granddaughter and is a much acclaimed novelist) 'was able to draw on extremely interesting and previously unused family papers.' It brings Edwardian society to life.; 'This is as much a book about motherhood as it is about a young man and the Great War, and it has been a real surprise.'- Lynne H. author of the 'dovegrey reader scribbles' blog reviews this title. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.75 USD
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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, MYRON, Vicki and Bret Witter
59 6504 MYRON, Vicki and Bret Witter Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Hardcover Grand Central Publishing: NY; 2008; Seventh Printing 288 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Spine tail lightly bumped, top rear corner not completely covered by paper, revealing board (a publishering flaw). Unclipped dust wrapper in lovely condition. A very nice copy indeed. ; "How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you read the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most." 
Price: 7.50 USD
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60 1376 Nicolson, Nigel Portrait of a Marriage: V. Sackville-West & Harold Nicolson
Softcover; Trade PB Atheneum: New York; (1973)1980; Book Club Edition Very Good  
B&W Photographs; 249 pages; No spine creases, cover corners slightly curled, light edgewear. ; Using letters and diaries the author gives us an account of his parents' unconventional and ultimately successful marriage. The first section of the book is Sackville-West's memoir of her passionate affair with Violet Keppel Trefusis. Recommended.  
Price: 8.00 USD
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61 2882 PATERSON John Edwardians : London Life and Letters, 1900-1914
Hardcover Ivan R. Dee: Chicago; 1996; Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
330 pages; Deckled foredge has a few bent edges, spine ends and top corners bumped, boards lightly rubbed; pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Dust wrapper, not price clipped is very lightly edgeworn. ; Edwardian England was a time of excitement and rebellion which saw upheavals in art and literature, sex and society, politics, labor, education, taxes, and above all in social behavior. Some of those most profoundly involved in these changes and featured in this review of the exuberance of post-victorian London are Henry James, Shaw and Yeats, Arnold Bennett, Kipling, J.M. Barrie, Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, Katherine Masfield, Ezra Pound, Bertrand Russell, and the Pankhurts.  
Price: 16.25 USD
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62 1183 Pool, Daniel Dickens : Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters: The Rows and Romances Of England's Great Victorian Novelists
Hardcover Harper Collins: New York; 1997; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
8vo; 282 pages; Spine head and tail bumped, remainder mark bottom edge. Dust wrapper is not price cut has very slight wrinkle at spine head and tail. ; Author of" What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew", Pool now turns his attention to the lives of the great Victorian novelists such as Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Trollope.  
Price: 15.75 USD
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The Life and Work of Barbara Pym, PYM] Dale Salwak, ed.
63 6769 PYM] Dale Salwak, ed. The Life and Work of Barbara Pym
Hardcover University of Iowa Press: Iowa City, IA; 1986; First Edition 210 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine and board edges sunned and worn; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, faintly edgeworn, sunned spine and edges. A nice copy.; Essays by nineteen distinguished contributors, almost all of which were written especially for this volume. They 'offer a variety of perspectives on Pym's novels and life and examine dimensions of her work not previously considered in earlier reviews.'; Recommended by several Barbara Pym admirers. Book matches sample image. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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64 304 PYM] HOLT, Hazel A Lot To Ask : A Life of Barbara Pym
Hardcover Macmillan: London; 1990; First British Edition 308 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A very nice copy. Spine ends bumped and a few faint smudges on page edges. Unclipped dust wrapper has very light edgewear and creasing.; Biography by Pym's close friend who is also a novelist.
Price: 18.50 USD
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65 6890 PYM] LONG, Robert Emmet Barbara Pym
Hardcover Ungar: New York; 1987; 256 pages Very Good+ 
Spine ends faintly bumped, a few faint marks on black cloth binding, silver gilt lettering on spine clean and bright; a lovely copy. No dust wrapper.; Part of the Literature and Life: British Writers series. "In this study of Barbara Pym's life and work-based in part on interviews with Pym's sister and with her literary executor, as well as Pym's papers at Oxford-Robert Emmet Long places the writer within the well-established novel-of-manners tradition of Jane Austen. Although seemingly objective, Pym's novels actually have a strong personal reference, and the relation between the writer's own frustrations, and those encountered by her characters, is examined with sensitivity." 
Price: 11.00 USD
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66 614 Rose, Phyllis Parallel Lives : Five Victorian Marriages
Softcover; Trade PB Knopf: New York; 1983; Reprint Very Good  
318 pages; Creases on spine and front cover, previous owner's embossed stamp on half title page; The five marriages discussed are of Catherine Hogarth and Charles Dickens, John Ruskin and Effie Gray, Jane Welsh and Thomas Carlyle, Harriet Taylor and John Stuart Mill, and George Eliot and George Henry Lewes.  
Price: 6.00 USD
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67 2480 ROSS, Michael Reluctant King : Joseph Bonaparte, King of the two Sicilies and Spain
Hardcover Mason Charter: New York; 1977; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
302 pages; Spine ends and bottom front corner lightly bumped. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, lightly rubbed and edgeworn, interior white flaps have yellowed edges. ; A comprehensive biography of the younger brother of Napoleon.  
Price: 12.50 USD
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Ottoline Morrell: Life on the Grand Scale, SEYMOUR, Miranda
68 6320 SEYMOUR, Miranda Ottoline Morrell: Life on the Grand Scale
Hardcover Farrar Straus & Giroux: NY; 1993; First US Edition 452 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Corners and bottom edge lightly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn with one tiny closed tear. Book review from 1993 "The New Republic' laid in. A lovely copy.; Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938) was one of the most controversial figures of the Bloomsbury era. This biography is 'based on complete access to the Morrell famiy archives and to the Bertrand Russell correspondence.' 'This is an elegant, lively portrait of British literary society and the definitive biography of one of the era's most celebrated partrons of the arts.' 
Price: 22.75 USD
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69 5687 SHROPSHIRE, Mike and Frank Schaefer Thorny Rose of Texas : an Intimate Portrait of Governor Ann Richards
Hardcover Birch Lane Press: NY; 1994; First US Edition 271 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Vertical spine crease that does not damage binding, spine ends faintly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A nice copy. ; Published while Ann Richards was running for re-election for Governor of Texas (which she lost). It is 'based on some 200 interviews with Richards' family and her closest friends, political allies, and critics.' 
Price: 8.00 USD
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70 2428 SMITH, Susan Bedell Reflected Glory : the Life of Pamela Churchill Harriman
Hardcover Simon & Schuster: New York; 1996; Reprint Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
559 pages; Bottom text block edge has black remainder mark. Spine ends and bottom corners bumped. Pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, is faintly rubbed and edgeworn. A nice copy.  
Price: 7.50 USD
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Women Who Wrote the War, The, SOREL, Nancy Caldwell
71 6709 SOREL, Nancy Caldwell Women Who Wrote the War, The
Hardcover Arcade Publishing: NY; 1999; First US Edition 458 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Bumped spine ends, just revealing board at top edge, a few pages creased, some faint smudges to page edges. Unclipped dustwrapper has light edgewear.; 'This book eloquently demonstrates the role female war correspondents played in bringing the war to the people at home in the US. As women, they brought a different outlook to the battlefields of WWII, and reported what they witnessed with a new sensibility. Their experience was devastating at one moment, heartwarming the next, as they struggled for equality in a profession dominated by men.' Recommended by Dan Rather.; Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter, SOUHAMI, Diana
72 6391 SOUHAMI, Diana Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter
Hardcover St Martin's Press: New York; 1997; Third Printing 338 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped; a very nice copy indeed. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. ; A dual biography of the last mistress of King Edward VII who believed that discretion was everything and her daughter, Violet Trefusis, who was willing to give up everything for the forbidden love of Vita Sackville-West. Mrs. Keppel was the great-grandmother of Camilla Parker-Bowles, wife of the current Prince of Wales.' 
Price: 12.75 USD
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73 5109 SPALDING, Frances Vanessa Bell
Softcover; Trade PB Harvest/HBJ: San Diego; c1983, 1985; Very Good  
B&W Photographs; 399 pages; Spine creased, covers lightly edgeworn and rubbed, pages lightly soiled.; Biography of Virginia Woolf's sister, a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group. Until this book was published she she was its most elusive member. This biography 'brings her powerful, magnetic personality into clarity, revealing the complex emotions beneath her surface serenity, her gift for the "handling of life" (as Virginia called it) and her lifelong commitment to art. An important part of this biography is devoted to her painting, her harmonious working relationship with Duncan Grant, and their contribution to English art and decoration.'  
Price: 10.00 USD
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74 2359 SPIELMAN, M.H. and G.S. Layard Life and Work of Kate Greenaway
Hardcover Bracken Books: London; c1905,1986; 301 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine head lightly bumped, no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Two small indentations on back cover with corresponding marks on rear dust wrapper panel. Dust wrapper, not price cut, is lightly rubbed and faintly edgeworn. A nice copy of a lovely book. ; Illustrated with colour and b&w drawings and photographs this biography was written four years after her death by two of Miss Greenway's friends. It is a loving tribute to one of the best loved and enduring of all illustrators. She was a great friend of John Ruskin's and much of her correspondence with him is included in this book. She was also an admirer of Edward Burne-Jones's work. 
Price: 24.50 USD
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Noel Streatfeild, STREATFEILD] HUSE, Nancy
75 7204 STREATFEILD] HUSE, Nancy Noel Streatfeild
Hardcover Twayne Publishers: NY; 1994; 163 pages Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Burgundy cloth binding, spine ends lightly bumped; a lovely copy. Dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn and rubbed. ; Part of the Twayne's English Author Series. "In this comprehensive analysis of a woman hailed by her fellow Britons as a 'National Monument', Nancy Huse argues that Streatfeild's work challenges the status of 'girl's books' , described in most criticism as ephemeral or constituting a catagory separate from 'great books'. Huse attributes the appeal of Streatfeild's books to their contemporary themes and traditional values and finds that in exploring the tensions of heredity and environment Streatfeild anticipates many contemporary questions about the role of women, the structure of the family, and the implications of the class system. In particular, Huse notes, Streatfeild (in both her children's and adult novels) used the poverty of women and their work in the domestic sphere to link the public with the private worlds shaping children.

Streatfeild's conservative upbringing, rebellious youth, and complex life-long relationship with her family provided material for her novels, according to Huse. Streatfeild developed a conscious perspective on childhood that she used to defend child/adult boundaries while sharpening story forms. At the same time, Huse contends, her multi faceted talent admitted new subjects, character types, themes, and information into the children's book because she assumed competence and intelligent curiosity as the basis of children's contributions to the family and to society.

In this vibrant portrait of the life and work of such an innovative children's writer, Huse suggests some meaningful ways to evaluate the family novel, the role of a children's novelist in preserving and constructing a historical record, and the implications of formulaic patterns that derive from female experience."

Her adult novels and novels written as Susan Scarlett are also discussed.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 25.75 USD

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