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Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth [Von Arnim]
Elizabeth and Her German Garden
Elizabeth [Von Arnim]
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Death of the Heart, BOWEN, Elizabeth
Death of the Heart
BOWEN, Elizabeth
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House of Hope, The, ALEXANDER, Kate
House of Hope, The
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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, CLARKE, Susanna
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
CLARKE, Susanna
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51 4913 CARROLL, Lewis, and Martin Gardner (Introduction and Notes) Annotated Alice, The : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Hardcover Clarkson N. Potter: New York; 1960; Reprint Illustrated by John Tenniel: Very Good+ in Good+ dust wrapper  
B&W Illustrations; 4to; 351 pages; A nice copy. Pages faintly yellowed, tiny chip from decorated rear endpaper and a small rough area on top page edges. Clipped dust wrapper is edgeworn with a few small short tears and several creases. White rear panel is lightly soiled and front panel has two discoloured areas. ; The two delightful Alice stories with wonderful notes and explainations by Martin Gardner. ; Recommended by several members of the LCSNA.  
Price: 19.75 USD
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Minerva, CHESNEY, Marion [M.C. Beaton]
52 7060 CHESNEY, Marion [M.C. Beaton] Minerva
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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53 4320 CHEVALIER, Tracy Falling Angels
Hardcover Dutton: New York; 2001; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
324 pages; Faintly bumped spine ends, one faint smudge on bottom page edges. Dust wrapper, unclipped, is faintly edgeworn and rubbed. A very nice copy indeed. ; 'In a fashionable London cemetery two families, visiting their respective graves on the day after Queen Victoria's death, teeter on the brink of a new era. The Colemans and the Waterhouses are divided by social class as well as taste. They would certainly not have become acquainted had not their two girls, meeting behind the tombstones, become best friends. As the girls grow up, the new king changes social customs, and a new, forward-thin king era takes wing. The lives and fortunes of the two families become more and more closely intertwined- neighbors in life as well as death. Against a gas-lit backdrop of social and political history, the author of "Girl with a Pearl Earring" explores the prejudices and flaws of a changing time.'  
Price: 14.50 USD
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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, CLARKE, Susanna
54 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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Near Neighbours, CLAVERING, Molly
55 7150 CLAVERING, Molly Near Neighbours
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1956, 2015; 242 pages New 
A new book; now out-of-print. ; 'In Number Six Kirkaldy Crescent lives Mrs Lenox and her five children (all in their late teens or early twenties). Number Four, the house next door, is occupied by Miss Dorothea Balfour, a gentle and unassuming spinster who was constantly surprised to find "how astonishingly nice and good people were when you knew them....What she did not know and would not have believed was that the people who knew her could not help living up to her belief in their good qualities." It seemed only natural that a warm relationship should develop between the occupants of the two houses. This is a charming story of the friendship which blossoms between people who are so outwardly different and of the happiness it bring to both households.'

From the 1956 dust wrapper: "Molly Clavering was born in Glasgow, but lived in the country from a very early age. After six years service with the WRNS, she settled in Moffat, Dumfries, where she is now the only woman member of the Town Council.

Her chief interests are anything to do with the countryside and country life, history, folk-lore, Scottish Border traditions and country dancing- and an unclipped black poodle." (Her first poodle was given to her by her friend and neighbor D.E. Stevenson.) We also know she was active in Girl Guides as was DES. A relative of Molly Clavering believes she based Kirkaldy Crescent on Raeburn Place in Edinburgh. The dust wrapper illustration from the 1956 edition reminds us of Eglinton Crescent in Edinburgh's New Town where DE Stevenson once lived. Highly recommended.; 'One of my favorite books. There is something so satisfying about these characters and their stories.' 'Near Neighbors is a book that touches my heart, for some reason, as much as DES, which is my highest praise.'- Kristi J. of the AT and DES email discussion groups. 'a lovely book'- Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion list. ' a lovely book. It is one I will read again and again. I highly recommend it too. - Julie B. of the DES email discussion group. This title reviewed and recommended by Scott, owner of the blog "Furrowed Middlebrow" who provided biographical information about the author for this edition. Image is one of actual copies on offer. 
Price: 22.50 USD

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Shooting Party, The, COLEGATE, Isabel
56 3010 COLEGATE, Isabel Shooting Party, The
Hardcover Viking Press: NY; 1981; First US Edition 195 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Previous owner's circular blind stamp on free endpaper. Spine ends and bottom corners bumped, vertical crease on spine that does not damage binding. No binding problems, pages clean and bright. Unclipped dust wrapper, spine sunned, lightly rubbed and edgeworn. ; Basis for movie of the same name. Set in 1913 on the eve of the Great War. Sir Randolph Nettleby, owner of an estate in Oxfordshire invites a wide array of guests for the biggest shoot of the season. 'An army of servants and gamekeepers has rehearsed the intricate age-old ritual of the house and hunt. The gentlemen are falling into the prescribed mode of fellowship and good-humored sporting rivalry. The fashionable ladies are exchanging the latest gossip. Everything about this splendid weekend would seem a perfect affirmation of the privileges and certainties of Edwardian country life.

And yet, as Isabel Colegate so elegantly dramatizes, it is not. The social and moral code of this set is under siege from within and without. Competition beyond the bounds of sportsmanship, revulsion at the slaughter of animals, anger at the inequities of class -- these and other forces are about to rise up and challenge the social peace, a peace that can hold only a brief while longer.'; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.50 USD

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57 1892 Cookson, Catherine Cinder Path
Softcover; Mass Market PB Corgi Books: London; (1978)1994; Reprint Very Good+  
340 pages; Book looks unread; top edge faintly yellowed. ; The story of Charlie MacFell takes " the reader from the rural Northumberland of Edwardian times into the holocaust of the Western Front in the First World War".  
Price: 7.50 USD
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Kate Hannigan: A Novel, COOKSON, Catherine
58 6448 COOKSON, Catherine Kate Hannigan: A Novel
Hardcover Simon & Schuster: c1950,2003; First US Edition 306 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear and rubbing. A lovely copy; looks unread. ; Cookson's very first novel, originally published in the UK in 1950, has autobiographical elements. Now available in the United States, it remains a timeless tribute to romantic love. 'Catherine Cookson has spun the unforgettable tale of a wealthy man caught in a loveless marriage, a young woman trapped in the slums, and their defiance of the mores of Edwardian society.' 
Price: 8.50 USD
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59 2171 COOKSON, Catherine Rag Nymph
Softcover; Mass Market PB Corgi Books: Canada; c1991,1992; First Paperback Edition Very Good+  
427 pages; A new book with light edge and cover wear.; This historical novel set in Victorian England is the basis for the British mini-series of the same name.  
Price: 6.25 USD
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60 1643 COOKSON, Catherine Year of the Virgins
Hardcover Simon & Schuster: New York; 1993; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
270 pages; Top edge faintly soiled, bottom edge has a remainder mark. Dust wrapper, not price cut, as a half inch closed tear at spine foot and is lightly edgeworn.; A novel set in 1960"s Northern England of a marriage that has become in name and appearance only and the wedding of a member of the next generation.  
Price: 13.50 USD
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Operation Heartbreak, COOPER, Duff
61 7295 COOPER, Duff Operation Heartbreak
Softcover Persephone Books: London; c1950, 2004; First Edition Thus; First Printing 160 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Afterword by Max Arthur. One of the great deceptions of World War II took place in April 1943 when a body wearing a Royal Marines uniform was found off the coast of Fascist Spain. With him was a courier's briefcase containing documents indicating that the Allies were about to invade Europe through Greece—a gambit dubbed "Operation Mincemeat" that the Nazis swallowed whole—while the real Allied objective was Sicily. Officially shrouded in secrecy, the story became the basis for this novel published in 1950 against the wishes of the British government. The film "The Man Who Never Was" was also based on this true incident.; Dust wrapper faintly edgeworn; a very nice copy. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers and bookmarks unique to each title. This title has been reprinted by Persephone, this is a copy from the 1st printing in 2004.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Sharpe's Fury: Richard Sharpe & the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811, CORNWELL, Bernard
62 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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Hours, The, CUNNINGHAM, Michael
63 6184 CUNNINGHAM, Michael Hours, The
Softcover; Trade PB Picador: NY; c1998, 2002; Reprint 230 pages Very Good 
Pulitzer Prize winner and basis for film starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore. Still from film on front cover. Recommended. ; No spine cover creases, two short cover creases, light edgewear. Page edges pale yellow, previous owner stamp inside front cover.; "The Hours tells the story of three women: Virginia Woolf, beginning to write Mrs. Dalloway as she recuperates in a London suburb with her husband in 1923; Clarissa Vaughan, beloved friend of an acclaimed poet dying from AIDS, who in modern-day New York is planning a party in his honor; and Laura Brown, in a 1949 Los Angeles suburb, who slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home. By the end of the novel, these three stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace." 
Price: 4.75 USD
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64 905 DAHL, Roald My Uncle Oswald
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1980; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
245 pages; Remainder mark bottom edge, spine head lightly bumped, top edge very faintly faded. Dust wrapper, price clipped, has price sticker on back panel. White dw lightly soiled and edgeworn with one tiny closed tear and one tear on rear panel at spine gutter. ; Uncle Oswald, the great rogue and fornicator, has been mentioned in some of Dahl's short stories. In this, Dahl's first novel for adults, Uncle Oswald has discovered the world's most powerful aphrodisiac and a method of quick-freezing sperm. So with the help of the gorgeous Yasmin Howcomely, he sets out to preserve 51 living geniuses and crowned heads, from James Joyce to King Albert and Henry Ford.  
Price: 18.00 USD
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65 1296 Daniels, Philip (Peter Chambers) Goldmine-London W.1.
Hardcover St Martin's Press: New York; 1993; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
158 pages; Spine head lightly bumped. Dust wrapper, not price cut, has a triangular chip from bottom back panel, a few closed tears and creases and edgewear. A small rectangular discoloration on front panel, from a price sticker? ; Author's real name is Peter Chambers. He is the former president of the Crime Writers Assoc.  
Price: 8.00 USD
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66 933 DEIGHTON, Len Berlin Game
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1984; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
345 pages; Remainder stamp on top edge, spine ends lightly bumped, corners a bit soiled. White dust wrapper, not price clipped, is rubbed and lightly soiled with a bit of edgewear. ; Barnard Samson, a British secret service operative now working at a desk instead of in the field must discover who is the traitor amongst his colleagues.  
Price: 9.50 USD
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67 1702 Deighton, Len Spy Line : a Novel
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1989; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
291 pages; Spine head and tail lightly bumped. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, faintly rubbed and edgeworn. ; British agent Bernard Sampson from Spy Hook, returns. This is the second volume in the Hook, Line and Sinker trilogy.  
Price: 11.00 USD
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Provincial Lady In London, The [The Provincial Lady Goes Further], DELAFIELD, E. M.
68 7310 DELAFIELD, E. M. Provincial Lady In London, The [The Provincial Lady Goes Further]
Softcover; Trade PB Academy Chicago: Chicago, IL; c.1933,1983; Reprint 302 pages Illustrated by Arthur Watts; B&W Illustrations: Good 
Spine and cover creases, covers edgeworn. Bottom page edges rippled and several pages faintly dampstained, not into text; none loose. No dust wrapper. A reading copy. ; The sequel to 'Diary of a Provincial Lady'. Published as 'The Provincial Lady Goes Further' in Great Britain. Diary begins with the Provincial Lady's amazement that a book she has written has been published. She "finds an apartment in London, visits nightclubs and casinos, and meets the intellectuals and eccentrics of London society." Highly recommended.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.95 USD
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69 6540 DELAFIELD, E. M. Provincial Lady in Wartime, The
Softcover; Trade PB Academy Chicago: Chicago, IL; c1940, 1986; Reprint 349 pages Illustrated by Leslie Gilbert Illingworth; B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Light spine creases, light edgewear, front free endpaper missing; interior pages clean. One of the grey Cassandra editions. Price clipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and rubbed with a few small closed tears. This edition now out of print.; The Provincial Lady's experiences at the beginning of World War II told in her own delightful style. Recommended.; "World War II has begun and the P.L. must cope with gas masks, evacuated relatives and Canteen service." This author recommended by Holly H. and Simon T. of the AT email discussion list. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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70 3303 DELDERFIELD, R. F. Diana
Hardcover; Book Club Edition G. P. Putnam's Sons: New York; 1990; 352 pages Good+ 
Pages lightly yellowed, endpaper cracking at front hinge and tiny tear in outer spine gutter, spine ends bumped; pages clean. ; 'John Leigh was fifteen years old, an orphan, when he first saw the beautiful Diana, daughter of the wealthy Gaylorde-Suttons, and fell instantly in love with her and with the great house that was for them alone "Sennacharib"...' ; This author recommended by Lori B. of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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71 6427 DELDERFIELD, R. F. Dreaming Suburb, The ; Vol. 1 of The Avenue
Softcover; Mass Market PB Pocket Books: New York; c1958,1973; 470 pages Fair 
Creased and torn spine repaired with archival tape, covers edgeworn and creased, covers and pages pale brown but not brittle; pages clean, none loose.; Sgt. Jim Carver has survived World War I and comes home to London to raise his seven motherless children. This beginning of another Delderfield saga covers the years from the end of WWI to the beginning of WWII.; The Avenue; This author recommended by Lori B. of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 4.75 USD
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72 1570 Delderfield, R. F. God is an Englishman
Softcover; Mass Market PB Pocket Books: New York; (1970)1972; Reprint Very Good+  
816 pages; Light edgewear, pages beginning to brown, no spine creases. ; This first volume in the story of Adam Swann and his English transport empire begins in the late 19th century. ; This series recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion list.; The Avenue  
Price: 5.50 USD
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73 6256 DELDERFIELD, R. F. Green Gauntlet, The [Horseman Riding By volume 3]
Hardcover; Ex-Library Simon & Schuster: New York; 1968; First US Edition 475 pages Good 
Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings, a first edition rebound with library binding. Book slightly cocked, bumped spine ends and corners lightly worn (not to boards), pages yellowed and a bit soiled. ; The third volume in the 'A Horseman Riding By' series; a saga of three decades of English country life in Devon through World War II.; This author recommended by Lori B. and Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group and by Kristi J. of the AT and DES email discussion groups. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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The Avenue Goes to War [Vol II of The Avenue], DELDERFIELD, R. F.
74 6662 DELDERFIELD, R. F. The Avenue Goes to War [Vol II of The Avenue]
Softcover; Mass Market PB Coronet Books: London; c1969, 1973; 630 pages Very Good 
Spine lightly curved and creased, white covers lightly soiled and edgeworn, first advert page and some page edges foxed, pages pale tan but not brittle; interior pages clean, none loose. ; This second volume of "The Avenue" saga, set in London, follows Jim Carver and his neighbors during World War Two.; 1940-1947 Vol II of The Avenue; This author recommended by Lori B. of the DES email discussion group. Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 6.95 USD
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75 1424 Delderfield, R. F. Theirs Was the Kingdom
Hardcover Simon & Schuster: New York; 1971; Book Club Edition Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper  
785 pages; Previous owner name on decorated free endpaper, spine head and tail bumped, corners worn; dust wrapper edgeworn, several chips and tears. ; Second volume of the Swann trilogy. ; This author recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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