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Smouldering Fire [Unabridged], STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
Smouldering Fire [Unabridged]
STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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White Witch, The, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
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Towers in the Mist, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
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176 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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177 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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178 2240 KEANE, Molly (Farrell, M. J. ) Full House
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin (Virago): New York; c1935,1987; Very Good-  
320 pages; Skinned area on back cover where price sticker was removed, covers edgeworn. Text block edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions. ; From the cover: "First published in 1935, this is an exquisite novel with vivid descriptive passages and concise placing of emotions. In unravelling and exposing the precariousness of one family's security, Molly Keane has created one of her finest and most intuitive works. "  
Price: 10.00 USD
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179 1956 KEANE, Molly (Farrell, M. J. ) Rising Tide
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: New York; (1937)1984; Very Good  
320 pages; Edgewear, text block edges yellowed, remainder mark bottom edge, faint spine creases, no loose pages. ; Garonlea is the huge gothic house in Ireland, dominated by Lady Charlotte French-McGrath in 1900 but destined to change with the first world war, and the domestic event of the marriage of Cynthia to the youngest of the five children. The reader is lulled into thinking this is a gentle book about Irish country life dominated by riding and distinguished by rich descriptions and characters...unless the reader is a fan of Molly Keane's and knows her additional talent for perfectly shocking drama. This volume will not disappoint.  
Price: 9.25 USD
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Conversation Piece, KEANE, Molly (M. J. Farrell)
180 2596 KEANE, Molly (M. J. Farrell) Conversation Piece
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1932,1991; Reprint 273 pages Very Good 
Spine creases and light edgewear. Yellowed text block edges as is common with Virago press editions. No loose pages. ; Includes an interview between Polly Devlin and Molly Keane. 'Molly Keane the mistress of the Anglo-Irish tale, wrote ten novels as M. J. Farrell. Combining a rich portrait of zestful youth and the vagaries of age, with a colourful evocation of place, she brings a vanished world to life. '  
Price: 18.00 USD
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Two Days in Aragon, KEANE, Molly [Farrell, M. J.]
181 6508 KEANE, Molly [Farrell, M. J.] Two Days in Aragon
Paperback Penguin Books--Virago Press: New York; c1941,1986; 256 pages Very Good- 
Spine and covers creased and edgeworn. Pages yellowed, edges darker as is common with these Virago Press editions. ; Introduction by Polly Devlin. ; 'Grania and Sylvia live in the Georgian house of Aragon, with their mother, Aunt Pidgie and Nan, the family nurse. Grania is conducting an affair with Nan's son, Foley, whilst Sylvia falls for Captain Purvis. But the days of dignified calm are numbered, for Foley is a member of Sinn Fein.' 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Loving Without Tears, KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell]
182 7338 KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell] Loving Without Tears
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1951, 1988; 256 pages Good+ 
Edgewear and cover creases, 2" tear bottom of front cover now repaired with archival tape. Pages pale tan with darker edges as is common with Virago editions; pages clean, none loose. ; "Angel, formidable hostess, social charmer and mother par excellence, confidently awaits the return of her little boy from the trials of war. She could not anticipate that the teenager who went away will return a grown man - bronzed and world-weary - a sophisticated American widow on his arm. Nor could she anticpate that her irrepressible daughter Slaney will similarly throw herself into romance (without asking her advice) and even her niece Tiddley will show an unexpected determination in getting on with her life. Faced with domestic insurrection on a grand scale, Angel will have to sharpen her wits to maintain her tyranny." This edition has an introduction by Russell Harty.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.25 USD
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Troy Chimneys, KENNEDY, Margaret
183 7245 KENNEDY, Margaret Troy Chimneys
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1953,1985; 245 pages Very Good 
With a new introduction by Anita Brookner, this is an unusual, complicated historical novel. It was the recipient of the JamesTait Black Memorial Prize in 1953. The prolific and successful writer Margaret Kennedy, writes of Miles Lufton, a self-made Regency politician with enormous personal gifts...and a disreputable alter-ego. The title is the name of his country house, perfect place of contentment but as elusive to Miles as it is memorable to the reader. ; Some edgewear and cover creasing, skinned area on spine (price tag removed?) text block edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions. No spine creases; pages clean. ; This author recommended by Holly H. of the DES and AT email discussion groups. 'Troy Chimneys is very engaging.' says Susan M. of the DES discussion group. Susannah S. of the AT email discussion list says 'My all-time favorite author is Margaret Kennedy.' Also recommended by Ali, author of the 'HeavenAli' blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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Village, The, LASKI, Marghanita
184 5228 LASKI, Marghanita Village, The
Softcover; Trade PB Persephone Books: London; c1952, 2004; 302 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A new book with faint edgewear. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers (see image) unique to each title.; First published in 1952, this novel begins on the very day WWII ended.Two women from different social backgrounds have worked together at a Red Cross post and become firm friends. As they leave the Red Cross post for the last time both know that the friendship will not continue.

"When Wendy goes back up the road to Wood View on Priory Hill ‘where the gentry lived’ and Edith goes downhill on the other side, ‘down Station Road among the working-classes’, they both assume that the values and habits of pre-war Britain will continue. But Britain had already changed a great deal, a change symbolised by Edith’s son Roy, a printer with excellent prospects, falling in love with the penniless Margaret, Wendy’s daughter.

Wendy’s attempt to cling on to her old way of life was already under pressure by 1939 and had become even more absurd by 1945. It is Edith who is the New Britain, with her prosperous son and her commonsense and indeed kindness; Wendy, with her snobbery and her refusal to change and her uncompromising attitude to her daughter, is the Old.

This is an extremely enjoyable and well-written novel evoking an entire community (there is a long cast of characters at the beginning), and a whole way of life, and has one of the most ancient plots in the world – a young couple who fall in love but are forbidden to marry."; Recommended by Kristi J. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion lists, Sally P. and Scott of the DES list and by Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DoveGrey and DES email discussion groups. 
Price: 21.75 USD

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Dance on Blood, LINSCOTT, Gillian
185 7298 LINSCOTT, Gillian Dance on Blood
Softcover; Mass Market PB Virago Press: London; 1998; 250 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, a bit of edgewear. Page edges pale yellow as is often found in Virago publications, interior pages clean, none loose. ; The seventh book in the series featuring Nelly Bray, suffragette and solver of mysteries. "Nell Bray would do almost anything for the Vote, but planting a bomb in a house belonging to David Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is where she draws the line. Her friends have other ideas and, in trying to head them off, Nell becomes a leading suspect. But instead of landing up in a prison cell again, she receives an urgent invitation to breakfast at 11 Downing Street with Lloyd George himself. "

Author is a BBC reporter turned full time writer. She has also written several titles under the pseudonym Caro Peacock.; Although the middle of the series this mystery can stand alone (we read it before reading any of the others in the series.) "Linscott demonstrates a fine touch with setting, character and plot, her attention to detail is meticulous and utterly convincing."- The Times 'Masters of Crime' Image is actual copy on offer. 
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186 2050 LIVELY, Penelope Boy Without a Name
Hardcover Parnassus Press: Berkeley, CA; 1975; Illustrated by Ann Dalton: Very Good-  
47 pages; Decorated mustard cloth binding has two small areas on front cover that look insect damaged, showing the boards and one small soiled area (price tag residue?); otherwise book is in very nice condition. No dust wrapper. ; A young orphan returns to the village of Swinfield, England where he was born in 1634. Book is profusely illustrated with colour and black and white drawings.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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187 1154 Lively, Penelope Cleopatra's Sister
Hardcover Harper Collins: New York; 1993; Second Printing Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
8vo; 282 pages; Previous owner name and date on free endpaper. Dust wrapper, not price cut, has slight wrinkle at spine head. First Edition stated, but is second printing. ; Author won the Booker Prize for her previous novel, Moon Tiger.  
Price: 11.00 USD
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188 1295 Lively, Penelope Heat Wave
Hardcover Harper Collins: New York; 1996; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
215 pages; White boards soiled, book slightly cocked. Dust wrapper, not price cut, slightly edgeworn and rubbed. ; Author won the Booker Prize for 'Moon Tiger'.  
Price: 13.50 USD
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189 5838 LIVELY, Penelope Moon Tiger
Hardcover Grove Press: NY; 1988; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
208 pages; Spine ends faintly bumped, front free endpaper and page edges a few tiny smudges. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A lovely copy.; Winner of the Booker Prize. Claudia is dying in hospital and recalls the central event of her life, World War II in Cairo as a war correspondent. Her story is told through many voices, including the voice of her forever young lover, a tank officer, via Claudia's reading of his diary, written in the desert before his death.  
Price: 14.00 USD
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190 1031 Lofts, Norah Calf For Venus
Hardcover Doubleday: Garden City, NY; 1949; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
253 pages; Blue cloth binding with bright gilt lettering on spine. Original price sticker from dept. Store on back pastedown, corners and spine head and tail lightly bumped and worn (not to boards) , text block edges faintly yellowed. Dust wrapper still has price, isedgeworn, especially at extremities, one small hole on back; In his determination to save an innocent girl, Dr. Shadbolt's life is diverted from medicine to more dangerous, clandestine, and lucrative pursuits.  
Price: 17.50 USD
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191 1535 Lofts, Norah Day of the Butterfly
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Doubleday: Garden City, N. Y.; (1979) 1980; Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper  
328 pages; Spine head and tail and corners bumped, cloth at spine head beginning to fray. Binding is in very good condition, pages clean and bright. Edgeworn dust wrapper has top corner clipped and is chipped at spine ends. ; Winner of the Georgette Heyer award; this novel is set in England in the early nineteenth century. When Daisy loses her first job in London as a nursemaid, it looks as if she is destined for a brothel. Instead she is trained as a dancer and later attracts the eye of an artist.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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How Far to Bethlehem?, LOFTS, Norah
192 6778 LOFTS, Norah How Far to Bethlehem?
Hardcover Hutchinson & Company: London; 1965; First British Edition 352 pages Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners lightly bumped and worn (not to boards). Page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Christmas sticker and gift inscription from 1965 on front free endpaper. Price clipped dust wrapper edgeworn, a few small chips and short tears, tiny figures in ink on top front flap. ; A retelling of the story of the Three Kings Christmas story.; Recommended by Kristi J. of the AT and DES email discussion groups.

'Melchior had never seen anything like it; the star was so bright, so full of tragedy and glory. He knew at once that it was his task to find the child and warn its parents. But Melchior was old, poor and unwise in the ways of men. Providence took him to the barbarian king, Gaspar, who wanted to know if this great King in the East would be a threat to his empire. It was Balthazar, the escaped slave with a wonderful knowledge of languages, who helped them find their way across hazardous and violent country to Judea.Just as the three men began their journey, a young girl stood bravely before her betrothed husband in Nazareth trying to find the words to tell him that she was pregnant. Not only was the child not his but she had never known a man. How could she make him understand that their destiny was to raise the Christ-child together?

This classic novel weaves together all the characters of the Nativity, from the gentle strength of Mary and the kindness and loyalty of Joseph through the tempestuous journey of the three wisemen and the tragedy of the shepherds to the misery of the the innkeeper and his wife. As the day of the miraculous birth drew closer, all those who were to take part in in the greatest story ever told were given the choice whether to sink beneath their fear or to seek salvation.' Book matches sample image 
Price: 14.75 USD

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193 257 Lofts, Norah Old Priory
Hardcover Bodley Head: London; 1981; First British Edition 214 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Previous owner signature, spine ends bumped; dust wrapper, not price clipped, is edgeworn. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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194 5905 MACKENZIE, Midge Shoulder To Shoulder, A Documentary
Softcover; Trade PB Vintage Books: New York; c1975, 1988; Very Good  
B&W Photographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 338 pages; Faint spine and cover creases, light edgewear, original price on covers blacked out. Page edges slightly yellowed; interior pages clean and bright. ; "The stirring history of the Militant Suffragettes[in the UK]: the faces, the deeds, the memories, the personal testimony of the remarkable women who fought and won the battle for the vote." This book presents the Suffragettes memoirs, speeches, and magazines in addition to eyewitness newspaper reports and debates held by Members of Parliament. A fascinating and compelling history. Book is the companion to the six part television series, "Shoulder to Shoulder" and is illustrated with b&w and sepia illustrations throughout. If anyone has a copy of the television series, please contact us. Recommended.  
Price: 12.50 USD
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Back Home, MAGORIAN, Michelle
195 7361 MAGORIAN, Michelle Back Home
Hardcover Viking Kestrel: Harmondsworth, England; 1985; First British Edition 387 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, some faint soil marks on textblock edges, a few pages very lightly creased. Unclipped dust wrapper (£7.95) has faint edgewear. A very nice copy. ; By the author of 'Good Night Mr. Tom', for ages 10 and up. 'Rusty' Dickinson was evacuated to the United States from England at the age of seven in 1940. When she returns in 1945, she is homesick for her American family and their more relaxed ways. She must adjust to a war torn country, a new school, and a family that has changed in some ways almost as much as she has. The title refers to her return to the country of her birth and her feelings about her adopted country. Basis for the British television movie. Recommended.; This book recommended by Tom J. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups as well as Elizabeth B. and Marjorie B. of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 29.75 USD
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Good Night, Mr. Tom, MAGORIAN, Michelle
196 7351 MAGORIAN, Michelle Good Night, Mr. Tom
Softcover; Trade PB Harper Trophy: NY; c1981, 1986; 318 pages Good 
Top corner of front cover torn away, covers creased and edgeworn with a closed tear, pages and inside covers pale brown (seen before in this edition) the first few pages have a tiny tear as if a staple at one time pressed on the pages. Previous bookstore label on back cover; interior pages clean, no binding problems. A reading copy. ; By the author of "Back Home". Winner, 1982 International Reading Association Children's Book Award, Notable Children's Books of 1982 (ALA), 1982 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA) 'London is poised on the brink of World War Two. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech--the abused child of a single mother--is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past. He learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place.' Basis for the British television film featuring John Thaw that won the Lew Grade Award BAFTA in 1999.; HIghly recommended by Tom J. of the AT and DES email discussion groups and the ATS, Elizabeth B. of the DES email discussion group and by Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image showing damaged front cover is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 5.95 USD
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Bring Up the Bodies, MANTEL, Hilary
197 7177 MANTEL, Hilary Bring Up the Bodies
Hardcover Henry Holt: NY; 2012; First Edition 410 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A lovely copy; looks unread. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear.; Winner of the the 2012 Man Booker Prize and the 2012 Costa Book of the Year. This second volume, in what will be trilogy, tells of the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Basis for the BBC television miniseries "Wolf Hall' broadcast in the US on Masterpiece Theater.; "Brilliantly retells the story of the fall of Anne Boleyn. We all know how the story ends but this novel read like a thriller. An amazing achievement." -Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. This was one of her top ten books of 2012. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 18.75 USD
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Wolf Hall, MANTEL, Hilary
198 7099 MANTEL, Hilary Wolf Hall
Softcover; Trade PB Henry Holt: NY; 2009; Book Club Edition 532 pages Very Good- 
No spine creases, covers a bit creased and rubbed, significant edgewear. Page edges yellowed and lightly soiled.; Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. This first volume, in what will be a trilogy, is a look at Henry VIII's England through the life of the mysterious and controversial Thomas Cromwell. Basis for the BBC television miniseries broadcast in the US on Masterpiece Theater.; This title reviewed and 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: 6.75 USD
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199 6214 MARLER, Regina Bloomsbury Pie : The Making of the Bloomsbury Boom
Hardcover Henry Holt and Co.: NY; 1997; First US Edition 296 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper  
Spine tail faintly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly rubbed and edgeworn. A very nice copy indeed. ; From the dust wrapper: 'Celebrated and maligned with equal vigor, the Bloomsbury Group is the best-documented artistic coterie in twentieth-century literature. The novelists Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster, the artists Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, and Vanessa Bell, and the economist John Maynard Keynes were among this charmed circle that emerged in London before the First World War and came to exercise a complex, lingering influence on English art and letters. Theirs was a world of great talent - even genius - sexual intrigue, and gossip; they cultivated an atmosphere in which it was possible to say anything, do anything. Their peak of influence in the 1920s was followed by forty years of sustained sidelong derogation, and occasional frontal attack, from such famously hostile critics as D. H. Lawrence and Wyndham Lewis, until, in the 1960s, the idea of Bloomsbury exploded in the public imagination, transforming the Group into an almost mass-market attraction.

Not in their darkest nightmares could Bloomsbury's contemporary detractors have imagined that Charleston Farmhouse, where Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant once lived and painted, would eventually attract some 15,000 visitors each year, or that a high-profile film, Carrington, would be based on Lytton Strachey's largely platonic love affair with an obscure artist on the fringes of the hallowed Group. Bloomsbury Pie examines the persistent allure of Bloomsbury - a fascination driven by nostalgia, adoration, and antipathy - and tracks the resurgence of interest in the Group, from a handful of biographies in the 1960s through the feminist discovery of Virginia Woolf in the 1970s and the enshrinement of the Bloomsberries as cultural icons in the 1980s and 1990s. Drawing on a wealth of material generated by this revival, Regina Marler chronicles the story of the Bloomsbury boom - its scholars, collectors, and fanatics - and explores the industry it has spawned among writers, publishers, and art dealers. In the process she creates an impressive social history of a tenacious and unwieldy cultural phenomenon.'  
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Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, The, Marsh, Jan
200 172 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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