Excerpt: ...had lacked nothing that money could buy, but she never remembered to have had more than a hundred francs in her purse. Astrardente had once offered to give her an allowance, and had seemed pleased that she refused it. He liked to manage things himself, being a man of detail. And now she was enormously rich, and alone. It was a strange ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...had lacked nothing that money could buy, but she never remembered to have had more than a hundred francs in her purse. Astrardente had once offered to give her an allowance, and had seemed pleased that she refused it. He liked to manage things himself, being a man of detail. And now she was enormously rich, and alone. It was a strange sensation. She felt it to be so new that she innocently said so to the lawyer. "What shall I do with it all?" "Signora Duchessa," returned the old man, "with regard to money the question is, not what to do with it, but how to do without it. You are very young, Signora Duchessa." "I shall be twenty-three in August," said Corona, simply. "Precisely. I would beg to be allowed to observe that by the terms of the will, and by the laws of this country, you are not the dowager-duchess, but you are in your own right and person the sole and only feudal mistress and holder of the title." "Am I?" "Certainly, with all the privileges thereto attached. It may be-I beg pardon for being so bold as to suggest it-it may be that in years to come, when time has soothed your sorrow, you may wish, you may consent, to renew the marriage tie." "I doubt it-but the thing is possible," said Corona, quietly. "In that case, and should you prefer to contract a marriage of inclination, you will have no difficulty in conferring your title upon your husband, with any reservations you please. Your children will then inherit from you, and become in their turn Dukes of Astrardente. This I conceive to have been the purpose and spirit of the late Duke's will. The estate, magnificent as it is, will not be too large for the foundation of a new race. If you desire any distinctive title, you can call yourself Duchessa del Carmine d'Astrardente-it would sound very well," remarked the lawyer, contemplating the beautiful woman before him. "It is of little importance what I call myself," said Corona. "At present I shall certainly make no change. It is very...Read Less
Good. Hardcover no dj. American Edition published by The MacMillan Company, 1915. Good, with average condition problems for its age. Book has been read but remains straight, clean, and tight. No internal markings. No Dust Jacket. Green cloth binding with decorative gilt stamped front panel and spine. Light wear to tips, head/heel of spine. In sealed plastic protection. 1915. Hardcover no dj.
No DJ, tan boards, minor pen writing on fly leaf. Some spotting to end papers, small crack on pastedown. Corners and spine edges bumped, crease on corner of board, some soiling. Outsides of pages are slightly dusty, text is clean but with some spotting and creasing, discoloration on pages 276 and 277 from newspaper clipping used as bookmark, good reading copy, acceptable condition.
Frontisepiece. Good. No Jacket. Hard Back. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. The black hard cover has light shelf wear with wear to the spine.......Light yellowing pages with a backward cock.......Check out our books on tape....We ship everyday or next day........We are very careful when we list our books, but sometimes something minor may get by.
Good. Hardcover no dj. Not a first edition copy. Good, with average condition problems for its age. Book has been read but remains straight, clean, and tight. No internal markings but for some spotting/stains on pages 174 through to 180. No Dust Jacket. Tan cloth binding with decorative red stamped front panel and spine. Spine is considerably sunned and red stamping is only faintly visible. In sealed plastic protection. 1894. Hardcover no dj.
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