Excerpt: ... brilliant or forceful enough to command the attention of the public to a large or successful issue. He was, however, the right hand and chief power on the staff of one of the most influential of daily newspapers, whose proprietor would no more have thought of managing things without him than of going without a dinner, and from this ...
Excerpt: ... brilliant or forceful enough to command the attention of the public to a large or successful issue. He was, however, the right hand and chief power on the staff of one of the most influential of daily newspapers, whose proprietor would no more have thought of managing things without him than of going without a dinner, and from this post, which he had held for twenty years, he derived a sufficiently comfortable income. In his profession he had seen all classes of humanity-the wise and the ignorant, -the conceited and the timid, -men who considered themselves new Shakespeares in embryo, -women in whom the unbounded vanity of a little surface cleverness was sufficient to place them beyond the pale of common respect, -but he had never till now met a little country girl making her first journey to London who admitted reading "old French" and Elizabethan English as unconcernedly as she might have spoken of gathering apples or churning cream. He determined not to lose sight of her, and to improve the acquaintance if he got the chance. He heard her give a sudden sharp sigh as she read the "Morning Post,"-she had turned to the middle of the newspaper where the events of the day were chronicled, and where a column of fashionable intelligence announced the ephemeral doings of the so-called "great" of the world. Here one paragraph had caught and riveted her attention-it ran thus-"Lord and Lady Blythe have left town for Glen-Alpin, Inverness-shire, where they will entertain a large house-party to meet the Prime Minister." Her mother!-It was difficult to believe that but a few hours ago this very Lady Blythe had offered to "adopt" her!-"adopt" her own child and act a lie in the face of all the "society" she frequented, -yet, strange and fantastic as it seemed, it was true! Possibly she-Innocent-had she chosen, could have been taken to "Glen-Alpin, Inverness-shire!"-she too might have met the Prime Minister! She almost laughed at the thought...
Good. B002DOJS0Y First edition 1914 (no additional dates listed) William Briggs dark green cloth hardcover. Good. Two corners bumped, some shelf wear, a splash of discoloration about 2 X 3.5 inches in triangular form near the top of the front cover near the spine, some discoloration on the spine, pages toned, binding seems to be sound.
Reader copy. Cover is rubbed and marked-no dust jacket. Pages are pulling from binding at front, tanned with some faint foxing-still solid, and very readable. Usually dispatched in 2 working days. Some creasing/wear to cover but still tightly bound & a very readable book. Usually ships within 2 working days.
Hardcover. Octavo. viii + 432pp. Blue cloth lettered & decorated in white & gilt on spine & boards. A novel by Marie Corelli, 1855-1924, an enormously popular British writer of often occult-themed fiction. Corelli's novels such as Ardath, A Romance of Two Worlds, The Sorrows of Satan, The Soul of Lilith, and Ziska, are considered by some to be minor classics of supernatural fiction. Her books had a wide readership-including Gerald Gardner who had four of her novels in his library-and Aleister Crowley, who refered to her in several book reviews. Spine darkened & rubbed, boards lightly worn with a few small edge-bumps, corners bumped, page-edges browned, owner's name-stamp on front free endpaper, else a solid near VG copy (no dust jacket).
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