On the marriage of Julius von Felden and Melanie Merz, the fortunes of two families are somewhat fatally entwined. In A Legacy, Sybille Bedford depicts their vastly different worlds the wealthy bourgeois life of the Merzes in Berlin and the aristocratic eccentricity of the von Felden dynasty in rural Baden. Portrayed with exquisite wit and acute ...Read MoreOn the marriage of Julius von Felden and Melanie Merz, the fortunes of two families are somewhat fatally entwined. In A Legacy, Sybille Bedford depicts their vastly different worlds the wealthy bourgeois life of the Merzes in Berlin and the aristocratic eccentricity of the von Felden dynasty in rural Baden. Portrayed with exquisite wit and acute observation, their personal upheavals and tragedies are set against the menacing backdrop of a newly unified Germany combined with Prussian militarism in the decades before the First World War.Read Less
Very Good in Good dust jacket; Light blue hardcover with burgundy cloth spine and gilt titles with blind embossed decoration, fade line on front board; DJ sunned and spine head chipped; clean pages; tight binding. Peter Vansittart, who wrote her obituary in The Guardian (20 Feb 2006) said of her comments in this novel on incompatible marriage partners that she saw "they at least shared a belief in the importance of society and the habit of being rich. Her imagination prospered on elites but she demanded that they accepted responsibilities. She was outraged as much by those who from greed, ambition or cowardice toadied to fascism, just as she was by the new elites of dogmatists, mountebanks and noisy exhibitionists....A Legacy suggested a mingling of Proust with her admirer, Evelyn Waugh, and has Jamesian affinities, but she was very much herself."; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Very Good in good jacket. First edition, 1957. Cloth-backed boards in dust jacket, 311 pp., clean unmarked text, Very Good copy in Good dust jacket, general age-toning to the pages and page-edges, soiling and discoloration to the dust jacket, rubbing and wear to the tips and edges of the dust jacket including creasing and minor loss. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector.
Fair in fair dust jacket. Ex Library book with usual stamps and stickers. A few marks to the page edges. Good Reading/ Reference copy, Acceptable: a readable copy. All pages and the cover are intact (dust cover may be missing). Pages can include considerable notes (in pen or highlighter) but notes cannot obscure the text. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day.
Very Good. DJ. First Edition, First Printing. FINE-hardcover book in NEAR FINE dust-jacket. Price-clipped. NOT marked. NOT remaindered. NOT faded. NOT a b/c. NOT an XL. Published in 1957, this copy is in great condition with some tanning to the edges of all pages, extending slightly onto the written page. DJ shows a slight amount of edgewear. All of our dust-jackets are shipped in fresh, archival-safe mylar protective book jacket covers.
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