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Towers in the Mist, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
Towers in the Mist
GOUDGE, Elizabeth
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Sapphire Pendant, The, BEYER, Audrey White
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Passage to Pontefract, PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert]
51 6609 PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert] Passage to Pontefract
Hardcover G. P. Putnam's Sons: NY; 1982; First US Edition 366 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped, one corner bumped; no binding problems. Faint soil to page edges; interior clean and bright. A nice copy. Unclipped dust wrapper edgeworn with some tiny closed tears, creases to flap ends, sunned spine. ; The tenth novel in this prolific author's Plantagenet saga.; 'Richard of Bordeaux, young heir to the throne after Edward the Third, is surrounded by ambitious uncles who believe it would be better for the country if they could take the crown. While Richard shows himself capable of reckless bravery in defeating the Peasantsí Revolt, his extravagance soon brings him into conflict with his people. Here is a vivid picture of Richard IIís court, his devotion to his favourite Robert de Vere, his love for two Queens, clever Anne and the little Isabella, and of his headlong journey towards disaster.' The dw cover matches this sample image. 
Price: 21.50 USD
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52 6559 PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert] Plantagenet Prelude, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Pan Books: London; 1978; 332 pages Very Good 
Book one in this Plantagenet series features Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry Duke of Normandy, and Thomas Becket.; Light edgewear, page edges yellowed; no spine or cover creases, interior pages clean. A nice copy.; This author also wrote as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and Eleanor Burford. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Rose Without a Thorn The: The Wives of Henry VIII, PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert]
53 6604 PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert] Rose Without a Thorn The: The Wives of Henry VIII
Softcover; Trade PB Three Rivers Press: NY; c1993, 2003; 278 pages Very Good+ 
No spine or cover creases, light edgewear. A very nice copy.; One of this prolific author's "Qeens of England" series. 'Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk. The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmotherís puritanism is not shared by Katherineís free-spirited cousins, with whom she lives. Beautiful and impressionable, Katherine becomes involved in two ill-fated love affairs before her sixteenth birthday. Like her cousin Anne Boleyn, she leaves her grandmotherís home to become a lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII. The royal palaces are exciting to a young girl from the country, and Katherine finds that her duties there allow her to be near her handsome cousin, Thomas Culpepper, whom she has loved since childhood.

But when Katherine catches the eye of the aging and unhappily married king, she is forced to abandon her plans for a life with Thomas and marry King Henry. Overwhelmed by the change in her fortunes, bewildered and flattered by the adoration of her husband, Katherine is dazzled by the royal life. But her bliss is short-lived as rumors of her wayward past come back to haunt her, and Katherineís destiny takes another, deadly, turn.'
; This author also wrote as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and Eleanor Burford. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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54 878 RILEY, Judith Merkle Master of All Desires
Hardcover Viking: New York; 1999; First US Edition 386 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends slightly bumped with a light vertical spine crease that does not damage binding. Dust wrapper, not price cut, is very lightly edgeworn and rubbed. ; 'In 1556, the jealous Queen Catherine de Medici, whose husband Henri II is having an intrigue with Diane de Poitiers, turns to Nostradamus, the court astrologer for help. He introduces her to a magic box in which the head of an ancient magician called Menander the Undying will grant all her wishes in return for her soul. The box falls into the hands of a young woman named Sibille who foils its power when she refuses to wish for anything. ''  
Price: 12.50 USD
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55 424 Riley, Judith Merkle Serpent Garden
Hardcover Viking: NY; 1996; Second Printing 467 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
In this tale of Tudor England, 'King Henry VIII arranges to marry his sister to the aging king of France to put an English heir on the French throne. Painter Susanna Dallet catches Henry's eye, and soon Susanna is unknowingly carrying with her the key to a secret that will embroil her in the French court's diabolical plots.'; Top board edges faintly sunned. A very nice copy in an unclipped dust wrapper. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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56 6033 RUTHERFURD, Edward Forest, The
Hardcover Crown Publishers: NY; 2000; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
598 pages; Spine ends and two corners very lightly bumped, a bit of wear to board edges. Pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and creased, one tiny closed tear. A nice copy.; An engrossing novel of several families spanning the 900 year history of the New Forest in southern England. Our favourite title by this author; recommended.; Recommended by Norma H.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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57 1386 Rutherfurd, Edward London
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: New York; 1998; Reprint Very Good-  
1126 pages; Light spine creases, cover creases and one short tear on back cover. ; Telling the story of six families, the author gives us the epic story of London's 2, 000 year history.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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58 3544 RUTHERFURD, Edward Sarum, the Novel of England
Hardcover Crown Publishers: New York; 1987; First US Edition; First Printing 897 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Covers have light discoloration and one small soil spot. Page edges have faint soil and a few corners are bent; interior pages clean and bright. Spine foot bent, a faint crease to spine that does not damage binding. White dust wrapper, price clipped, has yellowed a bit. Edges are lightly worn with a few creases and one tiny closed tear.; From pre-historic beginnings almost 10, 000 years ago to 1985, this epic tells the story of five families who lived in and around what we call the Salisbury Plain. Recommended. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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59 3067 SCHURFRANZ, Vivian Megan : Sunfire #16
Softcover; Mass Market PB Scholastic Inc.: NY; 1986; Second Printing Very Good+  
220 pages; Text block edges pale yellow, faint edgewear; no spine creases. A very nice copy. ; One of a series of historical novels for young adults. In 1867, 16 year old Megan O'Brien must give up a life of luxury in Washington, D.C. for the hardships of Alaska. Her father's job in international affairs takes the family to Sitka. Two men love Megan but it is not until vengeful fur traders (upset by her father's new rules) have kidnapped her that she realizes who her true love is.  
Price: 8.75 USD
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60 2885 SETON, Anya Avalon
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Houghton Mifflin: Boston; 1965; Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
440 pages; Spine ends very lightly bumped, text block edges lightly yellowed. No binding problems, pages clean and bright; a nice copy. Dust wrapper is edgeworn, with one chip and two tiny closed tears on back panel. ; Decorated endpapers show the sea voyages of Rumon and Merewyn, two young people from 10th century England and France. Rumon is from Provence and is searching for King Arthur's Avalon. Merewyn grew up in Cornwall and is 'sustained by stubborn courage and by pride in her descent from great King Arthur. Chance - or fate - in the form of a shipwreck off the Cornish coast bring these two together and from that hour their lives are intertwined.' Seton once more brings history to life in this wonderful historical novel. Recommended .  
Price: 10.50 USD
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61 444 Sienkiewicz, Henryk; Trans From The Polish by Jeremiah Curtin Quo Vadis ; A Narrative of the Time of Nero
Hardcover Int'l Collectors Library: Garden City, NY; N.D.; 564 pages Good 
No DJ as issued; spine head and foot and corners bumped and worn. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Miss Darby's Duenna, SOUTH, Sheri Cobb
62 6567 SOUTH, Sheri Cobb Miss Darby's Duenna
Softcover; Trade PB Prinnyworld Press: 1999; 217 pages Very Good+ 
No spine or cover creases, bumped bottom corner; faint edgewear; looks unread. A very nice copy.; Convinced that his fiancee is playing him false, Sir Harry Hawthorne disguises himself as a woman in order to keep her under his watchful eye, with unforeseen complications.; 'A light and lively romp written with humor and a tone just right for comedy and romance. For readers new to the Regency novel which devolved from Jane Austen via Georgette Heyer, Miss Darby's Duenna could be taken as a textbook. It details many of the places and customs familiar to readers of this sub-genre. From the weak lemonade and stale bread at Almack's Assembly to the thinly sliced ham at Vauxhall Gardens; from the betting books at White's Club to Covent Garden, we're given a tour of the early nineteenth century London of the 'beau monde.' All the while, we're treated to a classic Regency romp.' 
Price: 10.00 USD
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63 531 Tannahill, Reay World, The Flesh And The Devil
Hardcover Crown: NY; 1985; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
479 pages; Red remainder mark on bottom edge. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed and edgeworn. ; Decorated endpapers with the family tree of the Royal House of Stewart. This novel, set in 15th Century Scotland, is an intricate blend of historical and fictional characters. To become Chancellor of Scotland John Cameron must become a priest; but what of Ninian, the woman of his heart?  
Price: 15.00 USD
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Coronation Summer, THIRKELL, Angela
64 7255 THIRKELL, Angela Coronation Summer
Softcover; Trade PB Moyer Bell: Wakefield, RI; c1937, 1998; 175 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ 
Light spine creases, faint edgewear, a few smudges on top textblock edge; a nice copy.; A young woman's impressions of Queen Victoria's coronation and the festivities accompanying it. The book is illustrated with contemporary pictures. Obviously not a Barsetshire novel but very enjoyable.; This edition now out of print. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.25 USD
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65 3080 TREMAIN, Rose Restoration
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: NY; c1989,1994; First Edition Thus Very Good+  
371 pages; No spine creases, very light edgewear, image from film on front cover. ; Basis for the movie of the same name starring Robert Downey, Jr. set in 17th Century England during the reign of Charles II. ; 'The double import of Tremain's title--it refers both to the reign of the 17th-century Restoration King Charles II and to the restoration to the protagonist of his beloved home and aspirations for his life--is one of the subtle delights of this accomplishe d novel, shortlisted for the Booker and winner of other awards in Britain. The story is of one man's rise and fall and rise again, of his discovery of love and faith, and his emotional maturation in a crucible of harrowing experiences. In a larger sense, however, it is a social, cultural and psychological picture of that age, when bluebloods lived in gaudy excess but others were expected to be content in their "appointed stations."

Through the whim of his adored monarch, narrator Robert Merivel becomes veterinarian to the Royal Dogs, unofficial Fool, and "paid cuckold," when he marries the King's mistress, Celia Clemence, on condition that he himself will never fall in love with her. Having unwittingly succumbed to that forbidden emotion, Merivel is cast off by both wife and King, and must join his dour Quaker friend Pearce working in a lunatic asylum in remote, bleak Whittlesea. Another tragic loss sends him back to plague-ridden London, where his life comes full turn. Merivel embodies the contradictions of his era: though he is vain, frivolous and cynical, he is also a man of sensibility, intelligence and imaginative daring; his wry, witty voice holds the reader absorbed. A thoroughly satisfying read, the complex plot is augmented by acutely observed historical detail, nuanced character development, humor and poignancy.' -Publishers Weekly. Published @ $14.00  
Price: 10.75 USD

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The Warden, Barchester Towers, Doctor Thorne [3 Volume Boxed Set], TROLLOPE, Anthony
66 7055 TROLLOPE, Anthony The Warden, Barchester Towers, Doctor Thorne [3 Volume Boxed Set]
Hardcover Folio Society: London; 2002; Fourth Printing 172,476,524 pages Illustrated by Alexy Pendle; B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ 
Quarter cloth bindings with decorated paper covered boards and decorated endpapers. Two of the lovely volumes are near fine.The very good 'Barchester Towers' volume has circular dampstains on front and a few white spots on back. No dust wrappers as issued, blue slipcase, faintly dusty, has bumped corners.; The first three volumes of "The Barsetshire Novels", the first serial fiction in English literature. The six novel series tells the story of the professional and landed classes in the Victorian cathedral town of Barchester and the surrounding county. Angela Thirkell readers will recognize many of the family names and place names as she 'borrowed' Trollope's Barsetshire for her own novels of 20th century English life. 'The Warden' introduction by Owen Chadwick, 'Barchester Towers' introduction by Ruth Rendell, 'Doctor Thorne' introduction by P.D. James.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and the Angela Thirkell email discussion group:'Contemporary reviewers describe "Barchester Towers" as a comic masterpiece, centering on the burning question of who will rule the diocese of Barchester. They are absolutely correct. In this novel, second in the famous Barsetshire series, Trollope introduces one of the most detestable characters in all of literature, Mrs. Proudie, and one of the slimiest, Mr. Slope. There is the dear eccentric and mild Mr. Harding, his highly marriageable daughter Eleanor, and perhaps my favorite, the Archdeacon Grantly, the spiritual opposer to the Proudie-Slope contingent and a stubborn, comic, and still admirable character. This is a classic and must reading.' This three volume set will incur extra shipping charges if sent outside the US. Images are actual copies on offer. 
Price: 64.50 USD
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Four Marys, The, TURNBULL, Agnes Sligh
67 6204 TURNBULL, Agnes Sligh Four Marys, The
Hardcover Fleming H. Revell Company: NY; 1932; 128 pages Very Good- Signed by Author
Signed by Author; The four short stories of this novel feature Mary of Nazareth, Mary of Magdala, Mary of Bethany, and Mary of Capernaum.; Signed and inscribed by the author, "for Emily & Oliver G----- with warmest regards and best wishes for a very happy Easter. Agnes Sligh Turnbull" Nice maroon cloth boards with decorative front cover embossing and lettering in gilt, spine ends and corners lightly bumped. Pages age browned, pastedowns, endpapers, and page edges foxed, top edge soiled; no binding problems, interior pages clean. No dust wrapper. 
Price: 69.00 USD
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Forest Lover, The, VREELAND, Susan
68 5780 VREELAND, Susan Forest Lover, The
Hardcover Viking: NY; 2004; First US Edition 333 pages Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A lovely book. Faintly bumped spine ends and corners. Unclipped dust wrapper has faintest edgewear.; 'It was Emily Carr (1871-1945)ónot Georgia O'Keeffe or Frida Kahloówho first blazed a path for modern women artists, according to this novelized biography. Carr's boldly original landscapes are praised today for capturing an untamed British Columbia and its indigenous peoples just before industrialization would change them forever. Susan Vreeland brings to life this fiercely independent and underappreciated figure. From illegal potlatches in tribal communities to the gaiety of prewar Paris, Carr's story is arresting and vibrant, and Vreeland tells it with gusto and suspense.' 
Price: 10.75 USD
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Passion of Artemisia, The, VREELAND, Susan
69 6873 VREELAND, Susan Passion of Artemisia, The
Hardcover Viking: NY; 2002; First US Edition 288 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, a few faint smudges to top page edges. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A very nice copy.; Historical novel of 17th century Rome, Florence, and Genoa based on the painterArtemisia Gentileschi, 'a woman who ignored the conventions of her day and dared to follow her heart.'; "The story of a painter who transformed Renaissance Italy with the beauty of her work. 'ThePassion of Artemisia' chronicles the extraordinary life of Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman to make a significant contribution to art history." Dust wrapper matches sample image. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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Maid Marian , WATSON, Elsa
70 5904 WATSON, Elsa Maid Marian
Hardcover Crown Publishers: NY; 2004; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
307 pages; A new book received with a bumped spine tail and bottom corners. Unclipped dust wrapper is faintly edgeworn. ; An enjoyable retelling of the Robin Hood legend. This tale of Sherwood Forest is told from Maid Marian's point of view. It 'brings to life the rollicking - and romantic - world of the Middle Ages.'; Published @ $23.95.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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High Wages, WHIPPLE, Dorothy
71 7070 WHIPPLE, Dorothy High Wages
Softcover; Trade PB Persephone Books: London; c1930, 2009; 316 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Set in the north of England in the early years of the 20th century, Jane gets a badly-paid job in a draperís shop where she 'lives in'. Aware that people's shopping tastes and methods are changing she works hard, saves her money, gets help from a friend, and opens her own dress-shop. Readers that enjoyed the recent television series 'Mr. Selfridge' and 'The Paradise' may well enjoy this novel. We did.; Preface by Jane Brocket. A lovely copy with faint edgewear. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers and bookmarks unique to each title.; ' Dorothy Whipple is one of my favourite authors'.- Lyn B. This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. Also reviewed and recommended by Scott, owner of the "Furrowed Middlebrow" blog. Image of book and matching bookmark is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 17.75 USD
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Lincoln's Dreams, WILLIS, Connie
72 7054 WILLIS, Connie Lincoln's Dreams
Hardcover Bantam Books: NY; 1987; First US Edition 212 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Quarter cloth spine ends very lightly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgworn and rubbed, tiny chips and closed tears at spine ends and corners.; Winner of the John W. Campbell prize, this is the author's first full length novel written on her own. (She co-wrote 'Water Witch'.) Jeff Johnston is a young historical researcher for a US Civil War novelist. Annie is a young woman having vivid dreams about the war. When he recognizes events in Annie's dreams Jeff feels compelled to help her. An engrossing and imaginative novel. ; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 29.75 USD
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73 1667 Wilson, Dorothy Clarke Alice and Edith : the Two Wives of Theodore Roosevelt : a Biographical Novel
Hardcover Doubleday: New York; 1989; First US Edition 399 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Corners and spine ends lightly bumped. Dust wrapper, price cut, is lightly rubbed and very slightly edgeworn. A nice copy.; 'Intriguing portrait of two dissimilar women whose love would shape the life and career of Theodore Roosevelt.'  
Price: 12.50 USD
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Queen of the Summer Stars, WOOLLEY, Persia
74 4336 WOOLLEY, Persia Queen of the Summer Stars
Hardcover Posedion Press: New York; 1990; First US Edition 415 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Signed by the author on the title page. A few faint smudges to page edges, small soil spot on front free endpaper. Unclipped dust wrapper is very lightly edgeworn and rubbed. A very nice copy indeed. ; The second volume in Woolley's Arthurian trilogy. The story is told from Guinevere's point of view and this novel focuses on her growth into full queenhood. ; Also in stock in trade pb. 
Price: 29.50 USD
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