Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thelma: A Norwegian Princess by Marie Corelli Society Novel 3 Vol in 1

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Title: Thelma

Author: Marie Corelli

Storyline: Can a princess from the idyllic fjords of Scandinavia find happiness married to a minor English aristocrat? Will the jaded society of London cut our heroine dead, or will she triumph? Order this wonderful vintage copy of Corelli's Thelma for its brisk action and outstanding descriptions of the pristine land of the north.

Copyright: 1887 (not stated)

Publication: undated, circa 1900

Publisher: Donohue, Henneberry and Company, Chicago

Format: Plain burgundy cloth-bound hardcover with gilt lettering on spine

Page Count: 484

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cap'n Dan's Daughter by Joseph C. Lincoln 1914 Novel of Cape Cod

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Title: Cap'n Dan's Daughter

Author: Joseph C. Lincoln 

Illustrator: J. Henry

Storyline: Set in a fictional picturesque town on Cape Cod, populated by quaint old Yankee characters, Captain Dan has retired from the sea to open an emporium at the urging of his wife. Can the old sea captain really settle down to life on land? Will his beautiful, and mischievous, daughter Gertie be his undoing? A feel-good yarn of earlier times.

Copyright: 1914

Publisher: A. L. Burt Company, Inc., New York

Format: Blue cloth-bound hardcover with applied plate to front cover

Page Count: 390

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Masquerader by Katherine Cecil Thurston 1904 Bestseller Novel

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Title: The Masquerader

Author: Katherine Cecil Thurston

Illustrator: Clarence F. Underwood

Storyline: Political thriller titled John Chilcote, or The Masquerader in the United States. The troubled Chilicote switches identities with a lookalike to escape his problems. All kinds of mishaps ensue as confused wives and girl friends get caught up in political and personal intrigues. (This title was on the New York Times Best Seller list for two years, ranking as the third best-selling book for 1904 and the seventh best-selling in 1905. It was adaped into a broadway play and four different films.)

Copyright: 1904

Publication: 1904

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, New York

Format: Green cloth-bound hardcover with embossed design

Page Count: 328

Author Biography:

Thurston, Katherine Cecil. Born Katherine Cecil Madden in Cork, Ireland, daughter of the mayor of Cork. Her Father, also a banker, could afford to have her privately educated. After school, Thurston wrote short stories for a number of UK magazines like Pall Mall Magazine, and Harpers. She married writer Ernest Temple Thurston in 1901, but soon divorced because he was uncomfortable that she had a larger income as a popular writer. Her promising career ended abruptly when she was found dead in a hotel after asphyxiating from an apparent epileptic seizure.

Works include: The Masquerader (1904); The Gambler (1905) - which was a bestseller and first book by any author, female or male, as having two top-ten books in a single year; and Max (1910) - which was also a best seller.