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Victorian Sisters : The Remarkable Macdonald Women and the Great Men They Inspired, TAYLOR, Ina
Victorian Sisters : The Remarkable Macdonald Women and the Great Men They Inspired
TAYLOR, Ina
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Angela Thirkell Portrait Of A Lady Novelist, Thirkell] STRICKLAND, Margot
Angela Thirkell Portrait Of A Lady Novelist
Thirkell] STRICKLAND, Margot
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Angela Thirkell Portrait Of A Lady Novelist, Thirkell] STRICKLAND, Margot
Angela Thirkell Portrait Of A Lady Novelist
Thirkell] STRICKLAND, Margot
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Life of a Provincial Lady; a Study of E.M. Delafield and her Works, DELAFIELD] POWELL, Violet
Life of a Provincial Lady; a Study of E.M. Delafield and her Works
DELAFIELD] POWELL, Violet
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Aubrey Beardsley, a Biography , STURGIS, Matthew
76 3007 STURGIS, Matthew Aubrey Beardsley, a Biography
Hardcover Overlook Press: Woodstock, NY; c1998,1999; First US Edition Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper  
B&W Photographs; 404 pages; A new book that has a slightly rubbed dust wrapper. ; 'In this biography, Matthew Sturgis has uncovered a great amount of new material and used many previously untapped sources to produce the most compelling and definitive account of Beardsley's life to date. Starting with Beardsley's shabby-genteel childhood in Brighton and London, Sturgis gives readers the full account of Beardsley's brief and brilliant life, from the artist's close relationship with his sister Mabel, his inspiring schooldays, his miserable year in a London insurance office, and his first discovery of Edward Burne-Jones, to his sudden rise to fame as co-editor of both The Yellow Book and The Savoy, his spectacular fall from grace in the wake of the Oscar Wilde scandal, and his anguished period of declining health. Willfully perverse, Beardsley achieved a fame that polarized late Victorian England while forging for himself a unique position among the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionists, Symbolists, and literary Decadents that defined the fin de siecle temper. Yet, as Sturgis clearly demonstrates, perhaps Beardsley's greatest creation was himself. His deliberate manipulation of the press and public, his awareness of both art and market-place, made him one the of the first truly modern artists.'; Published @$29.95.  
Price: 19.75 USD
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77 1780 Summers, Anthony Goddess : the Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe
Hardcover Macmillan Publishing Company: New York; 1985; First US Edition 415 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine tail lightly bumped. Dust wrapper, price cut, is lightly edgeworn. ; Author interviewed 600 people and used the Freedom of Information Act to get material for this book.  
Price: 9.00 USD
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Victorian Sisters : The Remarkable Macdonald Women and the Great Men They Inspired, TAYLOR, Ina
78 7051 TAYLOR, Ina Victorian Sisters : The Remarkable Macdonald Women and the Great Men They Inspired
Softcover; Trade PB Adler & Adler: MD; 1987; 218 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
Spine sunned and faintly creased, very light edgewear. Pages edges pale yellow (seen before in this edition) and lightly soiled; interior pages clean, none loose.; This is the engaging biography of Angela Thirkell's grandmother and great-aunts. Georgiana Burne-Jones, her grandmother, wife of painter Edward Burne-Jones, Agnes was the wife of artist Edward Poynter, Alice was wife to an artist and mother of Rudyard Kipling and Louisa was mother to British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.; Ede J. of the ATS and AT email discussion group liked this book better than the one more recently published about the sisters, "worth buying to add to one's Thirkell Shelf." Also recommended by Carol S. of the ATS and AT email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Other Elizabeth Taylor, TAYLOR] BEAUMAN, Nicola
79 6960 TAYLOR] BEAUMAN, Nicola The Other Elizabeth Taylor
Softcover; Trade PB Persephone Books: London; 2009; 444 pages Very Good+ 
Spine lightly curved and creased, covers faintly edgeworn, title page creased. A very nice copy. ; ' Betty Coles became Elizabeth Taylor upon her marriage in 1936. Her first novel "At Mrs. Lippincote's" appeared in the same year (1945) as the actress Elizabeth Taylor was appearing in "National Velvet." Over the next thirty years, "the other Elizabeth Taylor" lived and worked in Buckinghamshire and published eleven more novels and four volumes of short stories.'; Nicola Beauman's biography 'tries to give this marvellous novelist her due while describing her life as truthfully as possible'. The author founded Persephone Books in 1999. 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 offered. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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Angela Thirkell Portrait Of A Lady Novelist, Thirkell] STRICKLAND, Margot
80 6988 Thirkell] STRICKLAND, Margot Angela Thirkell Portrait Of A Lady Novelist
Softcover; Trade PB Duckworth Press: c1977,1996; Second Printing 182 pages Very Good Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Light edgewear and rubbing, closed horizontal tear at spine does not damage binding; no spine or cover creases; a nice copy. ; This reprint was published by the Angela Thirkell Society, North American Branch. It does not have the photographic illustrations found in the hardback. This copy is inscribed by the author "E--- Chicago 1996" on the title page. An interesting, and at times controversial, telling of this British author's life. She wrote many wonderful novels mainly set in Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire and was related to Edward Burne-Jones, Rudyard Kipling, and Stanley Baldwin.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 28.75 USD
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Angela Thirkell Portrait Of A Lady Novelist, Thirkell] STRICKLAND, Margot
81 6989 Thirkell] STRICKLAND, Margot Angela Thirkell Portrait Of A Lady Novelist
Softcover; Trade PB Duckworth Press: c1977,1998; Third Printing 182 pages Very Good 
Light edgewear and rubbing, a few spine and cover creases; pages clean and bright. ; This reprint was published by the Angela Thirkell Society, North American Branch. It does not have the photographic illustrations found in the hardback. An interesting, and at times controversial, telling of this British author's life. She wrote many wonderful novels mainly set in Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire and was related to Edward Burne-Jones, Rudyard Kipling, and Stanley Baldwin.; Image is actual copy on offer; in our attempt to show the spine this image appears curved, the book is not curved or warped. 
Price: 23.75 USD
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82 2984 THOMAS, Gillian A Position to Command Respect: Women and the Eleventh Britannica
Hardcover Scarecrow Press: Metuchen, NJ & London; 1992; 212 pages Near Fine 
A new book. No dust wrapper, as issued.; 'The 1910-1911 "Encyclopaedia Britannica" was advertised as "the high water mark of human knowledge." Its contributors included some of the most notable figures from the late Victorian and Edwardian worlds of scholarship and knowledge. That 34 of the 1,500 contributors were women was widely perceived as signaling a significant breakthrough into the world of learning. The historical moment when these women were trying to claim cultural authority was one in which the role of women was being debated as never before. Many of the women contributors (predominantly British) were active participants in the suffrage debate. The book examines public and private aspects of the women contributors' lives and includes short biographies.' ; Published at $35.00 
Price: 22.50 USD
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Aristocrats : The Illustrated Companion , TILLYARD, Stella
83 5626 TILLYARD, Stella Aristocrats : The Illustrated Companion
Softcover; Trade PB Seven Dials: London; 2000; Near Fine  
Color Photographs; 208 pages; A lovely unread copy with faint edgewear.; The story of the four Lennox sisters is also a 'rich social history of eighteenth century Britain. The daughters of the Second Duke and Duchess of Richmond lived in magnificence as mistresses of some of the most splendid houses in England and Ireland through turbulent times, from the Jacobite Rebellion to the French Revolution.'This companion book for the BBC (PBS) series carefully details how their lives were made into a lavish television drama and the text is entirely different from the biography by Tillyard which was the basis for the series. Photographs reveal the spectacular treasure trove of houses, furniture, objects, and paintings commissioned by the sisters as well as numerous stills from the series.  
Price: 11.75 USD
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84 964 TREASE, Geoffrey Seven Queens of England
Hardcover Vanguard Press: New York; 1953; Good  
254 pages; Gray cloth soiled, spine a bit sunned, text block edges yellowed. Previous owner name on front free endpaper, a few pages soiled, no binding problems. No dust wrapper. ; Published the year of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation this is a brief history of all seven female monarchs of England that ruled in their own right. Text is rather large, it is possibly a young adult book. '  
Price: 10.00 USD
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85 1686 TRUMAN, Margaret Women of Courage
Hardcover Wm Morrow and Co.: New York; 1976; First US Edition 254 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Free front endpaper has1977 in red pencil, tape residue, and skinned areas. Spine ends bumped, faded, and lightly soiled, text block edges foxed. Dust wrapper, price clipped, edgeworn and rubbed. ; Biographies of twelve courageous American women including Prudence Crandall, Dolly Madison, Elizabeth Blackwell, Marion Anderson, and others both famous and little known from Revolutionary times to the 1970's.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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86 3835 WEINTRAUB, Stanley Edward the Caresser : The Playboy Prince Who Became Edward VII
Hardcover Free Press: NY; 2001; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
429 pages; A new book with a bumped spine foot and bottom corners. Dust wrapper is faintly rubbed and edgeworn.; ' In each of the past three centuries, a Prince of Wales has waited most of his life to become King. Each one disappointed his reigning parent, had an unhappy marriage, and conducted scandalous affairs. But only one gave his name to an age: the future Edward VII, Albert Edward, eldest son of Queen Victoria.

Drawing on previously unavailable, little-used or unknown diaries, letters, memoirs, and reportage from both sides of the Atlantic the author depicts the Prince and his worlds: his frustrating childhood, his introductions to gentlemanly sins at Oxford and Cambridge, his chilly marriage, and his constant escapes to balls, races, spas, and country houses, where he gambled, gourmandized, caroused, and whored. His string of "god-children" included some almost certainly his own. Yet despite, or because of, his flaws, "Bertie" was loved wherever he went. He was a natural diplomat, able to charm strangers and dance all night. When he toured the United States in 1860, he was a media sensation, and there was even talk of a marriage with President Buchanan's niece. His story is a picture of tragedy and farce—qualities that fit Edward perfectly for the role of modern monarch.'; Published @$30.00  
Price: 14.75 USD

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87 805 WEST, Rebecca] Rollyson, Carl Rebecca West: A Life
Hardcover Scribner: New York; 1996; First US Edition 511 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
The authorized biography of Dame Rebecca West, novelist, biographer, critic, travel writer and investigative journalist.  
Price: 14.50 USD
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88 317 Whitelaw, Lis Life And Rebellious Times Of Cicely Hamilton, Actress, Writer, Suffragist
Hardcover Ohio State University Press: Columbus, OH; (1990)1991; First Edition Thus 262 pages Very Good+ in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Two 1" long tears back dw. Other small tears and edgewear. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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89 2130 WINCHESTER, Simon Professor and the Madman : A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Hardcover Harpercollins: New York; 1998; Fourth Printing 242 pages Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, one faint smudge to text block edge. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, faintly edgeworn. A very nice copy.; 'The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857, took seventy years to complete, drew from tens of thousands of brilliant minds, and organized the sprawling language into 414,825 precise definitions. But hidden within the rituals of its creation is a fascinating and mysterious story - a story of two remarkable men whose strange twenty-year relationship lies at the core of this historic undertaking. Professor James Murray, an astonishingly learned former schoolmaster and bank clerk, was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon from New Haven, Connecticut, who had served in the Civil War, was one of thousands of contributors who submitted illustrative quotations of words to be used in the dictionary. But Minor was no ordinary contributor. He was remarkably prolific, sending thousands of neat, handwritten quotations from his home in the small village of Crowthorne, fifty miles from Oxford. On numerous occasions Murray invited Minor to visit Oxford and celebrate his work, but Murray's offer was regularly - and mysteriously - refused. Thus the two men, for two decades, maintained a close relationship only through correspondence. Finally, in 1896, after Minor had sent nearly ten thousand definitions to the dictionary but had still never traveled from his home, a puzzled Murray set out to visit him. It was then that Murray finally learned the truth about Minor - that, in addition to being a masterful wordsmith, Minor was also a murderer, clinically insane - and locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics.'; Published @ $22.00. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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90 6366 WODEHOUSE] MCCRUMB, Robert Wodehouse, a Life
Hardcover W. W. Norton: NY; 2004; 530 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
A new book received with bumped spine ends and several creased page edges. Dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, creased and rubbed. ; An affectionate portrait of one of the most brilliant comic writers of the 20th century. It chronicles the achievements and shadows of a gilded life from Edwardian England to Jazz Age America (Broadway and Hollywood), to expatriate life in France, and then the long retirement to Long Island, where he died an American citizen. In a life stained by accusations during the war, Wodehouse emerges as a carefree yet passionate figure in a world torn by struggle. ; Published @ $27.95. 
Price: 13.25 USD
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91 3606 Woolf] BELL, Quentin Virginia Woolf : A biography
Softcover; Trade PB Quality Paperback Book Club: c1972, 1992; Book Club Edition Very Good+  
B&W Photographs; 314 pages; A lovely copy with faint edgewear and a tiny skinned area on half title page; looks unread. ; This biography by Virginia Woolf's nephew is considered one of the best ever written about her.  
Price: 9.00 USD
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92 1405 WOOLF] HOLTBY, Winifred Virginia Woolf : A Critical Memoir
Softcover; Trade PB Academy Chicago Publishers: Chicago, IL; c1932, 1978; Very Good+  
206 pages; Very light edgewear, no spine creases, looks unread.; 'This critical memoir is of interest because it is the work of one intelligent novelist commenting upon another.'  
Price: 16.00 USD
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Cat Who Covered the World, The : The Adventures of Henrietta and Her Foreign Correspondent , WREN, Christopher
93 3841 WREN, Christopher Cat Who Covered the World, The : The Adventures of Henrietta and Her Foreign Correspondent
Hardcover Simon & Schuster: NY; 2000; Second Printing Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
204 pages; A few deckle edge pages slightly bent, white dust wrapper has a few faint smudges. A very nice copy. ; ' Henrietta was an ordinary New York City cat—she just happened to belong to foreign correspondent Christopher Wren. Over seventeen years and tens of thousands of miles, the mixed Siamese became a plucky and indispensable companion for the reporter and his wife and children. Wren's often hilarious and sometimes poignant account relates an American family's adventures crisscrossing the globe, coping with chaos in faraway places, and always with the help of their ever-resourceful feline, who earned the right to be ranked among the world's most widely traveled cats.'; Published @ $21.00  
Price: 9.50 USD
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94 3039 ZIEGLER, Philip King Edward VIII
Hardcover Knopf: NY; 1991; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
B&W Illustrations; 552 pages; Previous owner name in ink on rear of front endpaper. No remainder mark. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, is very lightly edgeworn. A very nice copy. ; The British edition of this book is subtitled The Official Biography. Biography of the man who wouldn't be King without the woman he loved...' Drawing on Edward VIII's frank and explicit diaries, 2,000 love letters he wrote (believed to have been destroyed) and on the private papers of Baldwin, Chamberlain and Churchill the author gives us a deeply moving book, written with authority and compassion.'  
Price: 10.50 USD
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