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Bewildering Cares, PECK, Winifred
Bewildering Cares
PECK, Winifred
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Portrait of Saskia, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
Portrait of Saskia
STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Mrs. Tim Christie, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
Mrs. Tim Christie
STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Mrs. Tim Flies Home, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Venetia, HEYER, Georgette
151 7257 HEYER, Georgette Venetia
Softcover; Mass Market PB Berkley Medallion Books: NY; c1958, 1972; 416 pages Very Good 
Published as a Berkley Large-Type edition; type is larger than most mm paperbacks but not truly large print. Spine creases, light edgewear. Pages age browned (seen before in this edition) but clean; none loose. ; Lord Damerel found Venetia to be the most truly engaging and witty female he had encountered in all his thirty-eight years. Venetia knew her neighbor for a gamester, a shocking rake, and a man of sadly character. It was, therefore, particularly provoking to find that given occasion, Damerel could make up his mind to be quite idiotically noble...; 'This book has long been at or near the top of my list,[of books by Heyer] the hero and heroine are both well read and intelligent and share a sense of humor, and I find their dialog to be a delight to read.'- Recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and DES and AT email discussion groups. "One of my favourite authors."- Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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152 6607 HEYER, Georgette Why Shoot A Butler?
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; c1933, 1977; 248 pages Good 
Strong spine creases, covers creased, edgeworn and yellowed. Pages age browned but not brittle; interior pages clean.; Why would 'anyone choose to murder the trusted old butler of Norton Manor? Barrister turned amateur detective Frank Amberley has reason to suspect that the shooting involves a nervy young lady discovered at the scene of the crime, a snooping gentleman in the halls of Greythorne and then a second dead body.' A witty tale of upstairs, downstairs and family secrets. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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Civil Contract, A [Unabridged Audio Cassettes], HEYER, Georgette [Read by Phillada Nash]
153 6720 HEYER, Georgette [Read by Phillada Nash] Civil Contract, A [Unabridged Audio Cassettes]
Audio Tape Chivers Audio Books: Bath; c1961, 1999; Very Good 
After the death of his father,Captain Adam Deveril, now Viscount Lynton reluctantly agrees to marry Jenny in order to save his family and their beloved estate, Fontley Priory. Jenny's father, Mr. Jonathan Chawleigh, a wealthy businessman, wants his only child to have a title and is willing to rescue the Deverils from penury so that she may have one. Jenny agrees to the marriage but as she is a shy woman with no real social ambitions, why does she marry Adam when she knows he loves another?; Ten cassettes, 13 3/4 hours, unabridged; cassettes in excellent condition. Plastic clamshell case has a 1" chip missing on bottom edge. One previous owner, not ex-library. ; "One of my favourite books by this author." - Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group. Instructions on how to convert these cassettes to MP3 versions available upon request. Decorative case matches sample image. Originally published @ $89.95. 
Price: 53.50 USD
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Private World of Georgette Heyer, The, HEYER] HODGE, Jane Aiken
154 6537 HEYER] HODGE, Jane Aiken Private World of Georgette Heyer, The
Hardcover Bodley Head: London; 1984; First Edition 216 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Profusely illustrated with photographs and contemporary b&w and colour illustrations. An interesting glimpse into the life of this very private author. She never gave an interview or made a public appearance. This book has extracts from her letters as well as from her books and material from her own research archives and publishers' archives. A rather scarce first edition.; Spine ends lightly bumped, vertical crease on spine does not damage binding, a few smudges on page edges, a few light creases to clean interior pages. Unclipped dust wrapper, sunned spine (seen frequently in this edition) lightly edgeworn, 1.25" closed tear near spine tail. Price in $s on bottom front flap indicates this copy was intended for Canadian or Australian export market. 
Price: 32.00 USD
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155 6169 HOCKEN, Sheila Emma and I
Softcover; Mass Market PB Sphere: London; 1978; 192 pages B&W Photographs: Good+  
Spine and cover creases, edgewear, pages age browned but clean; none loose.; Emma is the beloved guide dog belonging to a young woman who was blind for a good portion of her life. Their story is full of humor, inspiration, and a bit of romance.; Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group.  
Price: 5.75 USD
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156 6205 HOCKEN, Sheila Emma V.I.P.
Softcover; Mass Market PB Sphere: London; c1980, 1981; 181 pages B&W Photographs: Good+  
Spine and cover creases, light edgewear and soil, book is cocked. Pages pale yellow, edges darker; interior pages clean, none loose. ; The sequel to "Emma and I" (also in stock). Emma is the beloved guide dog of the author.; Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group.  
Price: 6.00 USD
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Dictionary of British Folk Customs, A, HOLE, Christina
157 6599 HOLE, Christina Dictionary of British Folk Customs, A
Softcover Helicon Press: Oxford; c1976, 1995; 350 pages Very Good+ 
Bump on spine side edge, no spine or cover creases, faint edgewear, pages yellowed, edges smudged; looks unread. ; "A listing of folk customs and practices, both past and present, in the British Isles. Covers events around the country such as April Noddy Day, the Furry Dance and clipping the church, alongside more familiar commemorations such as Guy Fawkes, Ash Wednesday and hot cross buns. A nationwide calendar is included which tells you what happens where and when."; Helicon Reference Classics 
Price: 18.75 USD
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Carlyles at Home, The, HOLME, Thea
158 7211 HOLME, Thea Carlyles at Home, The
Softcover; Trade PB Persephone Books: London; c1965, 2008; 204 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A lovely copy with faint edgewear. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers and matching bookmarks unique to each title. Bookmark missing from this copy. ; This book "is about Thomas and Jane Carlyle’s life together at 5 (now 24) Cheyne Row, Chelsea; it was written in 1965 by Thea Holme, a former actress then living there as co-custodian of the house with her husband. Her book evokes the everyday life of the Carlyles from the day they moved in, in 1834, until Jane’s death in 1866. "

"Jane may have subsumed her life into that of the Sage of Chelsea but, such is the interest nowadays in domestic history and women writers, most twenty-first century readers will be more interested in her life than in her husband’s. Each of the eleven chapters, with titles such as ‘The Soundproof Study’, ‘Money’ and ‘The Garden’, describes a different aspect of life in Cheyne Row, whether it is yet another builders’ drama or a maid giving birth in the china closet while ‘Mr Carlyle was taking tea in the dining-room with Miss Jewsbury talking to him!!! Just a thin small door between!’ "

" The Times Literary Supplement observed: ‘Mrs Holme has quantities of first-hand material rearranged nimbly and thrown into sharp relief by the inimitable comments of Jane Carlyle. It must convert the most highflown enemy of trivia: no couple’s physical daily life is more accessible; their pets and pests, and digestive troubles and medicines, income and taxation, the plants they grew, the clothes they wore and mended. . . Thea Holme presents it all in its duality as an anxious drama and, through Jane’s own accounts, an uproarious farce.’"

This volume is not to be confused with the 600 page book of the same name written by Rosemary Ashton. "John Gross in the Sunday Telegraph observed: ‘Some readers may feel that Rosemary Ashton’s book is too long. For those who want a more compact account, domestic in emphasis, and confined to the Chelsea years, there is a timely reissue of Thea Holme’s charming 1965 miniature The Carlyles at Home.’ "; 'This book works well as an introduction to this famous couple and their writings but also as a social history of the Victorian era. ...now firmly one of my favourite Persephone titles.'-Reviewed and recommended by Darlene author of the "roses over a cottage door" blog. Also 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: 14.75 USD

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159 4908 HOLT, Victoria Devil on Horseback, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: NY; 1977; Very Good+  
302 pages; Faint spine and cover creases, remainder mark on page edges. A nice copy. ; An historical novel of the French revolution featuring 18-year-old Minella, the daughter of an English schoolteacer, and Charles-Auguste, the haughty, arrogant Compte Fontaine Delibes. ; This title recommended by several Victoria Holt admirers.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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160 5164 HOLT, Victoria Mask of the Enchantress
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: NY; 1981; First Paperback Edition Very Good  
318 pages; No spine creases, covers lightly creased and edgeworn. A nice copy. ; Another suspenseful novel from this prolific author who also wrote as Jean Plaidy. 'From the moment young Suewellyn caught her first glimpse of the Mateland family castle, she knew she had to possess it. But how could the beautiful illegitimate child ever aspire to such a dream? The answer lay in a perilous deception. Her masquerade succeeded — too well. Caught in a web of her own creation, Suewellyn found herself faced with a final, desperate choice between happiness and life itself . . ."  
Price: 4.75 USD
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161 5158 HOLT, Victoria Spring of the Tiger, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: NY; 1980; Very Good-  
384 pages; Spine and cover creases, white covers edgeworn, rubbed, and faintly yellowed. Old bookstore price stamped in red on first advert page. ; Anonther novel of suspense by this prolific author. "When Sarah Ashington's actress mother dies after a devastating [London] scandal, Sarah is left at her long-lost father's rambling ancestral estate [in Ceylon], to face the disturbing questions of her own past."  
Price: 4.75 USD
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Poor Caroline, HOLTBY, Winifred
162 6820 HOLTBY, Winifred Poor Caroline
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin (Virago): NY; c1931,1986; Reprint 255 pages Very Good 
Covers lightly edgeworn and faintly creased, no spine creases. Pages pale brown with edges a bit darker as is common with Virago editions. A nice copy.; This delightful satire "was hailed as 'easily the wittiest novel of the season' upon its appearance in 1931." It was WH's fourth novel and her fortune as a novelist changed with its publication. "Caroline Denton-Smyth is an eccentric, remarkable for her vivid costumes trailing feathers, fancy beads and jingling lorgnettes." She creates the Christian Cenima Company, her vehicle for reform. Through Caroline's motley Board of Directors and their secret desires and motivations, the author affectionately observes the foilbles of human nature.; Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Clear Stream, The: A Life of Winifred Holtby, HOLTBY] SHAW, Marion
163 5821 HOLTBY] SHAW, Marion Clear Stream, The: A Life of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1999, 2000; 335 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Spine ends bumped, light edgewear and cover creasing (shipping damage); looks unread. Pages yellowed as is common with Virago editions. A nice copy. ;

Explores the life of the gently-born British woman author who, after coming of age in the period between the world wars, campaigned for feminism, racial equality, and pacifism. The first biography written since the one done by her great friend Vera Brittain in 1940. It is interesting to compare with "Testament of Friendship".; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 13.50 USD

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164 1447 Huth, Angela Infidelities : Short Stories
Hardcover C. N. Potter: New York; 1979; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
214 pages; Board and text block edges lightly soiled. White dust wrapper, price clipped and lightly soiled and edgeworn. Pages clean and bright, binding good and tight. ; This collection of short stories, originally published in England (in slightly different form) as Monday Lunch in Fairyland has two new stories included, making 15 in all.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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165 4266 HUTH, Angela Land Girls, The
Softcover; Trade PB Abacus: London; c1994,1999; Reprint 378 pages Very Good+ 
A new book with light edgewear and rubbing. Still from film on front cover. ; Three young women go to a Dorset farm during World War II as members of the Land Army. Basis for the cinematically beautiful film of the same name. A sequel to this book has recently been published.; Recommended by Sally R. of the DES email discusstion group. 
Price: 10.95 USD
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Nowhere Girl, HUTH, Angela
166 5871 HUTH, Angela Nowhere Girl
Softcover; Trade PB Abacus: London; c1970,1999; Reprint 224 pages Very Good 
No spine creases, light edgewear, faint soil to white rear cover, page edges yellowed; pages clean, none loose. A nice copy.; Author of "The Land Girls". "Clare has little use for men. Her first husband was much older and held great disdain for youth. Jonathan was too much of the opposite, being too attentive, too concerned and pedantic. So it comes as a great surprise when she finds an interest developing for Joshua, the new rebel in town, and the accompanying advice from a long-lived matron: 'take a lover…'''; Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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167 5183 HUXLEY, Elspeth Flame Trees of Thika, The : Memories of an African Childhood
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1959,1983; Reprint Very Good  
281 pages; Faint spine creases, front cover corner creased, light edgewear and rubbing. Page edges pale brown. ; The delightful and evocative memoir of a young girl, born in 1907, growing up on a farm in Kenya. The basis for the wonderful 1981-1982 Masterpiece Theater/Thames TV production.  
Price: 6.25 USD
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Great Ghost Rescue, The , IBBOTSON, Eva
168 5851 IBBOTSON, Eva Great Ghost Rescue, The
Hardcover Dutton: NY; c1975,2002; First US Edition Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes: Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper  
B&W Illustrations; 167 pages; A new book in lovely condition.; Another wonderful fantasy from Eva Ibbotson originally published in the UK in 1975. When your father is the legless ghost of a fierce Scottish soldier and your mother is a malodorous hag, you would surely be the most horrible ghostly offspring. Sadly, the only thing horrible about Humphrey the Horrible is his name. "Still, his parents love him, and despite his attractive appearance, Humphrey has a great destiny, involving all the ghosts of Britain." Humphrey, along with a young human boy named Rick, decide something must be done to create a 'ghost sanctuary' in Great Britain as all the older places they used to haunt are getting torn down for highways or other modern 'improvements'.; Published $15.99. This author recommended by members of the DES and the LMM Kindred Spirit email discussion groups.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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Madensky Square , IBBOTSON, Eva
169 5906 IBBOTSON, Eva Madensky Square
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1988; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
253 pages; Spine ends bumped, page edges have a few faint smudges. Unclipped dust wrapper is lightly edgeworn. A nice copy. ; "Susanna Weber, the elegant and discreet proprietress of her own dressmaking shop plies her trade on quaint Madensky Square. In the spring of 1911, Vienna is a world of romance, music, and gossip, where charming men pay outrageous compliments at the Opera and ancient noblewomen pay for silk petticoats with antique candlesticks. Susanna, at the hub of it all, ministers to a young ugly duckling desperate to become a modest swan, dresses cranky countesses and competitive social butterflies , and tries to convince her anarchist assistant that to marry the man who loves her - capitalist or no - is no political crime." Highly recommended.; "Madensky Square and Countess Below Stairs are my two favorites" by this author. -Susie W. of the DES email discussion group. "Madensky Square was my favourite" by this author. -Susan D. of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by several members of the DoveGrey email discussion group.  
Price: 33.75 USD
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170 5461 JAMES, P. D. Skull Beneath the Skin, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Warner Books: NY; c1982, 1996; Very Good+  
416 pages; Slight edgewear and rubbing, faint cover creases, no spine creases, page edges pale yellow. A nice copy.; Young sleuth Cordelia Gray, whom we met in 'An Unsuitable Job for a Woman', goes to an island castle off the coast of Dorset on a mysterious mission.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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Certain Justice, JAMES, P.D.
171 7027 JAMES, P.D. Certain Justice
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1997; First US Edition 364 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Spine ends and one corner bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear and rubbing. A very nice copy.; Signed by the author on the title page. Unusual among James' novels in that Adam Dalgliesh doesn't appear until well into the novel, and then only sporadically. Richly detailed, and full of amazing character studies. The courtroom scenes make you feel as if you are there. After Venetia's murder, the plot only thickens, and when her daughter, Octavia, becomes the subject of the narrative, we feel we are on an even more intense ride!; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 24.50 USD
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172 2536 JAMESON, Storm Company Parade
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1934,1985; Reprint Very Good-  
345 pages; Edgeworn and rubbed with light spine and cover creases. ; The sixth volume in the Mary Hervey family saga. This is the story of Britain between 1918 and 1923, and of Hervey Russell, caught up in the fervor of London with her husband away in the Air Force and her baby left behind in Yorkshire. In some respects the novel is thinly veiled autobiography, shadowing as it does Jameson's early domestic upheaval and forays into literature. Breaches of loyalty and failed love are recurrent themes. Wonderful supporting characters are drawn, including the sympathetic portraiture of a Jewish press empire, a rare outlook in British literature. The author called this a "good crowded book" and the reader is likely to amend that to an excellent crowded book.' ; Mary Hervey Family Saga  
Price: 8.00 USD
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173 1634 Jameson, Storm Hidden River
Hardcover; Book Club Edition MacMillan: London; 1955; Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
266 pages; Green cloth binding is edgeworn and has bumped corners, and spine ends. Dust wrapper, price cut, has a soiled white back and is lightly edgeworn. ; A story of post-World War II France.  
Price: 16.00 USD
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174 5193 KAYE, M. M. [Mary Margaret] Shadow of the Moon
Hardcover St. Martin's Press: New York; c1956,1979; Very Good in Good+ dust wrapper  
614 pages; Cloth spine ends lightly bumped and faintly worn, corners very lightly bumped, a few smudges on page edges, glue residue on front free endpaper (bookplate removed?) Binding is in excellent condition; clean and bright interior pages with no remainder mark. Unclipped dust wrapper, is rubbed and edgeworn, with a few small chips and some closed tears. ; When this novel was originally published in 1956 it was cut 55% by the publishers. This edition contains the final draft of the novel, with all the missing material included, as prepared by M. M. Kaye. The author of The Far Pavilions returns to 19th century India to tell the story of the great Indian Mutiny of 1857.  
Price: 10.75 USD
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175 1989 KEANE, Molly Queen Lear [Loving and Giving]
Paperback; Trade PB Penguin Books: New York; 1990; First Paperback Edition Very Good  
233 pages; Top text block edge lightly yellowed, spine creases, light edgewear, no loose pages, top front corner of cover slightly curled. ; Published as Loving and Giving in 1988. From the back cover "Molly Keane has a wickedly acute sense of the tattered manners of fading Anglo-Irish aristocracy in their deteriorating, lace-curtained estates. This sharp yet poignant comedy of a bygone age is too delicious to miss. "  
Price: 8.50 USD
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