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Young Bess
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Young Bess

By Margaret Irwin

This book is in good condition. There is some wear on the front, back, edges, and the spine of the cover boards. There is severe bumping and fraying on the cover boards.The previous owner's stamp is affixed to the inside of the front cover board . The pages are yellowing and tanning , but the pages are clear of any markings. Some of the pages are dog-eared. " She had been allowed to come out to the royal flagship, and had been eating cherries and strawberries dipped in wine. All round her the sea was a flaming white glitter, the air was hot high summer, the wind in a mad mood; she was twelve years old, and Tom Seymour, who was Admiral of the Fleet and her favourite step-uncle, was talking to her as though she were rather more; he was joking and chaffing her, but then he did that with all women, even with the Queen...." - Chapter One from Young Bess

$30.47

Crime and Punishment
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Crime and Punishment

By Fyodor Dostoevsky

This book is in very good condition. There is minimal wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. There is no bumping on the corners of the cover boards. The previous owners name and motto is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but the pages are clear of all markings. "Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, is determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will. When he commits an act of murder and theft, he sets into motion a story that, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its depth of characterization and vision is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world. The best known of Dostoevsky's masterpieces, Crime and Punishment can bear any amount of rereading without losing a drop of its power over our imaginations. Dostoevsky's drama of sin, guilt, and redemption transforms the sordid story of an old woman's murder into the nineteenth century's profoundest and most compelling philosophical novel...." - Anonymous

$13.94

The Robe
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The Robe

By Lloyd C. Douglas

This book is in good condition. There is little to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners have not been bumped. The previous owners name is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings "The book explores the aftermath of the crucifixion of Jesus. Through the experiences of the Roman tribune, Marcellus Gallio and his Greek slave Demetrius. Prince Gaius, in an effort to rid Rome of Marcellus, banishes Marcellus to the command of the Roman garrison at Minoa, a port city in southern Palestine. In Jerusalem during Passover, Marcellus ends up carrying out the crucifixion of Jesus but is troubled since he believes Jesus is innocent of any crime.Marcellus and some other soldiers throw dice to see who will take Jesus' seamless robe. Marcellus wins and asks Demetrius to take care of the robe. Following the crucifixion, Marcellus takes part in a banquet attended by Pontius Pilate. During the banquet, a drunken centurion insists that Marcellus wear Jesus' robe. Reluctantly wearing the garment, Marcellus apparently suffers a nervous breakdown and returns to Rome. Sent to Athens to recuperate, Marcellus finally gives in to Demetrius' urging and touches the robe, and his mind is subsequently restored. Marcellus, now believing the robe has some sort of innate power, returns to Judea, follows the path Jesus took, and meets many people whose lives Jesus had affected. Based upon their experiences first Demetrius and then Marcellus becomes a follower of Jesus. Marcellus then returns to Rome, where he must report his experiences to the emperor, Tiberius Marcellus frees Demetrius, who escapes. However, later on, because of his uncompromising stance regarding his Christian faith, both Marcellus and his new wife Diana are executed by the new emperor, Caligula...." - Anonymous

$27.69

The Black Rose
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The Black Rose

By Thomas B. Costain

This book is in good condition. There is practically no wear at all on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. There is no bumping on the corners of the cover boards. The previous owners name and motto is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are tanned and yellowed, but there are no markings. "The Black Rose, one of the most distinguished of modern historical novels covering the fascinating period of Norman England, sprang out of the author's admiration for two magnificent figures of the thirteenth century who lived at opposite ends of the world - Bayan of the Hundred Eyes, able and colorful general of the dreaded Mongol armies, and Roger Bacon of England, the most renowned of the early scientists...." - International Collectors Library Presents The Black Rose

$13.59

The History Of Henry Esmond
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The History Of Henry Esmond

By William Makepeace Thackery

This book is in good condition. There is little to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners of the cover boards are not bumped. The previous owners name is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings. The seam between front cover board and the spine has cracked all the way through. "The estate of Castlewood, in Virginia, which was given to our ancestors by King Charles the First, as some return for the sacrifices made in His Majesty's cause by the Esmond family, lies in Westmoreland county, between the rivers Potomac and Rappahannoe, and was once as great as an English Principality, though in the early times its revenues were but small. Indeed, for near eighty years after our forefathers possessed them, our plantations were in the hands of factors, who enriched themselves one after another, though a few scores of hogsheads of tobacco were all the produce that, for long after the Restoration, our family received from their Virginian estates...." - Preface from The History Of Henry Esmond

$13.50

Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair

By William Makepeace Thackery

This book is in very good condition. There is little to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners of the cover boards are not bumped. The previous owners name and motto is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings. "As the Manager of the Performance sits before the curtain on the boards, and looks into the Fair, a feeling of profound melancholy comes over him in his survey of the bustling place. There is a great quantity of eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the contrary, smoking, cheating, fighting, dancing, and fiddling: there are bullies pushing about, bucks ogling the women, knaves picking pockets, policemen on the loo-out, quacks (other quacks, plague take them!) folk bawling in front of their booths, and yokels looking up at the tinselled dancers and poor rough tumblers, while the light-lingered folk are operating upon their pockets behind. Yes, this is Vanity Fair;..." - Before The Curtain from Vanity Fair

$27.30

Of Human Bondage
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Of Human Bondage

By W. Somerset Maugham

This book is in very good condition. There is practically no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover. The corners are not bumped. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but they are clear of all markings. "In Aspects of the Novel, EM Forster wrote: "The final test of a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, of anything else that we cannot define." He might have been writing about W Somerset Maugham's masterpiece, Of Human Bondage. For English readers, this is a Bildungsroman we mostly first encounter as adolescents. It earns its place in this list for the edgy economy of its dark, often cruel narrative more than its style (prosaic) or its humanity (tormented). Maugham's unforgettable portrait of Philip Carey is one that teenagers, typically, will ingest like junkies, not least because Maugham poured so much of himself into the plot of the novel and its strangely sympathetic protagonist. Perhaps not since David Copperfield, an obvious inspiration, had an English writer mined his own life so explicitly or so ruthlessly...." - The Guardian, U.S. Edition, July 21st, 2014

$17.33

My Cousin Rachel
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My Cousin Rachel

By Daphne du Maurier

This book is in good condition. There is minimal wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners of the corner boards are not bumped. The previous owners name is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but free from all markings. " At first sight, the scene could not be more romantic. Philip Ashley, on the verge of coming into his inheritance, intends, in just a few hours, to tip the lot – vast Cornish estate, family jewels and his entire fortune – into the lap of his dead cousin's widow Rachel, the older woman with whom he is besotted. He takes a euphoric late-night dip in the sea and strides back to the house where – though he does not know it yet – she is about to make him the happiest man alive. As he makes his way through the eerily moonlit woods and chooses the path which will lead him to his lover (and, it turns out, a lot more besides), an odour reaches his nostrils – a "rank vixen smell" which for a moment or two seems to stop him in his tracks...." - The Guardian, U.S. Edition

$24.37

The Moon and Sixpence
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The Moon and Sixpence

By W. Somerset Maugham

This book is in good condition.There is little to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. There is no bumping on the corners of the cover boards. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but there are no marking inside the book. "Glenway Wescott the critic has aptly told the reason for the popularity of W. Somerset Maugham among so many classes of readers today: "He is the dean of novelists writing in English at present. He is the one, the only one, who for more than a quarter century has had the admiration of an elite of highly cultivated, sophisticated readers and of a sufficient number of good fellow-writers, with increasing influence on the younger ones; and at the same time he has given great moral pleasure to, and affected the lives of, a million or more ordinary mortals...." - International Collectors Library Presents - The Moon and Sixpence

$31.42

Rebecca
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Rebecca

By Daphne du Maurier

This book is in very good condition. There is minimal wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners of the cover boards are not bumped. The previous owners name and motto are stamped on the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate. I called in my dream to the lodge-keeper, and had no answer, and peering closer through the rusted spokes of the gate I saw that the lodge was uninhabited...." - Chapter 1 from Rebecca

$28.15

The Last Days Of Pompeii
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The Last Days Of Pompeii

By Sir Edward G.E. Bulwer-Lytton

This book is in very good condition. There is minimal to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. There is no bumping on the corners of the cover boards. The previous owners name and motto is stamped on the inside cover of the front cover board. The pages are slightly yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings. "Quid sit futurum, fuge quaerere; et Quem fors dierum cunque dabit, lucro Appone; nec dulces amores Sperne, puer, neque tu choreas." - Hor. lib. I. Od. ix....." - Book 1, Chapter 1 from The Last Days Of Pompeii

$14.85

The Road To Tyburn
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The Road To Tyburn

By Christopher Hibbert

This book is in good condition. There is some wear on the front, back and spine of the cover boards. There are also some stains on the cover boards. The edges of the cover boards are also worn and the corners are bumped. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but there are no markings in the book "This biography of Jack Sheppard is based mainly on contemporary pamphlets, newspapers, and trial reports in the British Museum, the Bodleian Library, and the Inner Temple Library. It is intended as a work of entertainment rather than of scholarship; but for those who may be interested I have added a list of books of which i have made use in filling in the background to Sheppard's strange story. Of recent writers I am particularly indebted to Dr. M. Dorothy George, Mr. Peter Quennell, Mr. Patrick Pringle, and Dr. Leon Radzinowicz...." - Note from The Road To Tyburn: The Story of Jack Sheppard And The Eighteenth-Century London Underworld

$15.53

Death Of A Dude
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Death Of A Dude

By Rex Stout

This book is in good condition. However, the cover has wear on the front, back and spine. The edges are worn especially on the spine. The corners are bumped and there is writing on the front end page. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but the binding is still tight and solid. Archie Goodwin is part of a house party at Lily Rowan's vacation home in Montana when a murder brings Nero Wolfe from New York to take a hand. Uniquely for a Nero Wolfe novel, it takes place entirely away from the brownstone on West 35th Street. Some Buried Ceasar came close, but returned to the brownstone for a brief coda; Too Many Cooks similarly came very close, but includes a brief description of the departure from the brownstone, including the good-byes from Fritz, Saul and Theodore.

$48.00

The Doorbell Rang
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The Doorbell Rang

By Rex Stout

This book is in good condition. The cover boards have some wear on the front and back and the spine. The edges are worn and the corners are bumped. There are markings on the front end cover page, but the rest of the pages are clean. The pages are tanned and yellowed. The binding is tight and solid. "One always feels that Mr. Stout is having fun with his Nero Wolfe and Archie, but never has it been more apparent than in this complicated but easily followed tale. Its a story of sleuthing, harassment, murder, the FBI -very especially the FBI - and the police, with the usual delicious decor of orchids, fine foods, and happily unconventional and pungent dialogue. Almost everybody's role is unexpectedly askew and you don't see how they can all possibly get their deserts, but they do, convincingly and rather hilariously." - Harper's Books in Brief, December 1965

$30.71

Prince of Foxes
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Prince of Foxes

By Samuel Shellabarger

This book is in good condition. The cover has some wear on the front, back, spine, edges, and corners. There are stains on the front and back of the cover. The pages are clean of markings, yellowed and tanned. The binding is starting to loosen but all the pages are intact. "There are many reasons for reading Prince of Foxes? not least, as some reviewers like to say, that it's just about impossible to put it down once you start it, but I would like to put it forward as a textbook example of what Americans were reading during the golden age of American popular fiction. This period lasted for about three decades, from the early 1930's to the late 1950's, during which much of the commercial fiction that millions of American read for pleasure. Fiction that made the best-seller lists were works of considerable literary skill and stylistic distinctiveness. That stands in sharp contrast to the popular fiction Americans now read...None wrote better than Shellabarger...Shellabarger was an educator by training and inclination, and he wanted readers to learn from his novels as well as be entertained by them. To say that you will learn a lot about Renaissance Italy from Princes of Foxes is an understatement. Jonathan Yardely, Pulitzer Prize winning book critic and columnist for the Washington Post and author of six books

$15.00

The Great Wall Of China
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The Great Wall Of China

By Franz Kafka

This book is in fair condition The binding is loose and there is a large amount of wear on the cover as well as stains on the cloth board. The previous owner's name is written on the front page. The Great Wall of China (German : Beim Bauder Chinesischen Mauer) is the first posthumous collection of short stories by Franz Kafka published in Germany in 1931. It was edited by Max Brod and Hans Joachim Schoeps and collected previously unpublished short stories, incomplete stories, fragments and aphorisms written by Kafka between 1917 and 1924. The first English translation by Willa and Edwin Muir was published by Martin Secker in 1933. The same translation was published in 1946 by Shocken Books.

$12.00

The Hour
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The Hour

By Bernard DeVoto

The dust jacket for this book is not in very good condition. However, The book itself, hard cover and all is in better condition. One part celebration, one part history, two parts manifesto, Bernard DeVoto's The Hour is a comic and unequivocal treatise on how and why we drink -- properly.

$30.00

The Doorbell Rang
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The Doorbell Rang

By Rex Stout

Near fine book condition with no dust jacket. First Edition Thus. Brown pictorial boards, 207 pages. Woweee! What a challenge: What a villain! What a book! A $100,000 retainer persuades Nero Wolfe to take on the most elusive opponent of his career--none other than the untouchables of the F.B.I. His sweet little old public-spirited rich lady client has sent ten thousand copies of FBI NOBODY KNOWS (kind of a Naked Society's G-string) to people in high places and now finds herself the victim of a Big-Brother type persecution. Wolfe is hired to stop it. But the FBEye is everywhere so how? We'll never tell. So read it.

$51.00

And Four To Go
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And Four To Go

By Rex Stout

This book is in very good condition except for the dust jacket. It is in acceptable condition THe dust Jacket is worn, torn and fading. The previous owner's name is written at the top of the first page. Four Nero Wolfe novels in miniature, published in book form for the first time. Christmas Party, Easter Parade, Fourth of July Picnic and Murder is no Joke. There is a marking on the first page.

$63.00

All Aces
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All Aces

By Rex Stout

First printing For Viking Press. The book looks new, unread and clean. Edges are sharp and fine. No tears or creases. The binding is straight and tight. The book itself is very nice. There is a marking on the first page. Only twice since Rex Stout began to record his adventures in detection has Nero Wolfe left his home for an extended stay. The first time was when he attended a convention of chefs (Too Many Cooks). This time he goes to exhibit his orchids, and again he arrives at the scene of a murder before it happens. A prize bull is suspected of the killing, but Wolfe knows better, although he keeps his opinion to himself because he prefers not to take on another investigation away from home. When it proves impossible to keep out of the case he agrees to take a hand and the mystery is as good as solved, even though it does look at times as though Wolfe has, for once, met his match. The story is told in the usual breezy Rex Stout manner — the breeziness being supplied chiefly by Archie Goodwin — and anybody who reads detective stories can tell you that Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe make a combination that is hard to beat.

$41.99

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