Hot-headed Lilia is seen as nothing but a vulgar source of embarrassment to her late husband's family, so her decision to embark on a year abroad in Tuscany is welcomed by her uptight and snobbish mother-in-law. Yet Lilia doesn't stay away from scandal long; her announcement that she is to marry the charismatic but ill-bred Gino is met with horror ...Read MoreHot-headed Lilia is seen as nothing but a vulgar source of embarrassment to her late husband's family, so her decision to embark on a year abroad in Tuscany is welcomed by her uptight and snobbish mother-in-law. Yet Lilia doesn't stay away from scandal long; her announcement that she is to marry the charismatic but ill-bred Gino is met with horror by the rest of the family. Their union ends in tragedy and violence as her English relatives confront their Italian counterparts, as well as their own cultural values, amidst the beauty of the Tuscan countryside.Read Less
Like New. NICE BOOK! FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION. CLEAN PAGES, NO MARKINGS. NO SPINE CREASES & MILD SHELF WEAR ON COVER. "Description: Forster's first novel, a marvelously assured tragicomedy of English men and women adrift in Italy--now the basis for a major motion picture. When a young English widow has the effrontery to marry a penniless Italian while on the grand tour, her proper relations take it upon themselves to set things right.
Fair. Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick response.
Signed by Author Forster, E. (Edward) M. (Morgan). WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD. Signed. New York: Alfred A Knopf Inc., 1950. 8vo., black cloth letter in gilt. Top edge stained red. A good only copy showing considerable wear. Neatly signed in blue ink by Forster on the title page.
First American Edition. Author's first book. First printing which appeared 15 years after the first English edition in a print run of only 2, 630 copies. Originally titled "Monterieno, " from a line in Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism, "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread". Very Good plus with some pencil notes to text lightly written, some ink notes to front free endpaper, lower spine end worn down with horizontal cloth split, in a dustjacket unfaded at panels but faded at spine, fairly shallow chipping to edges, dime sized chip to top spine end, smaller chip to mid spine, nickel and quarter sized chip at lower spine end.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt and to upper board in black, burgundy coated endpapers. Publisher's ticket and overprice ticket to front pastedown. Binding rubbed and marked, corners bumped, some small worn areas at extremities, spine rolled and faded, contents spotted. A good copy. First edition, first impression of the author's first novel.
Kirkpatrick [A1] FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. Octavo pp. 319, (32 ads. ) Bound in recent full dark blue morocco leather, raised bands and gilt tiles to spines with gilt panelling and centres. Top edge gilt and marbled endpapers. Original cloth board bound in at rear. Clean pages, without writing or other marks. A fine copy of Forster's first novel in an elegant binding.
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt. With the dust jacket. Bookplate. Ownership inkstamp to front free endpaper. Spine rolled, titles to spine dulled, boards very lightly rubbed, contents toned. A very good copy in the tanned, creased, and nicked jacket with repairs to the verso. First US edition, first printing of the author's first book, which appeared 15 years after the first British edition in a print run of only 2, 630 copies. Rarely seen in the dust jacket.
Fine. First edition, first printing. Blue horizontal grained cloth titled in gilt on spine and black on front panel. Rear joint starting, spine with slight lean, lower front corner lightly bumped, rubbing with mild color loss to joints and spine tips, overall very good in custom mylar cover. Inscribed by noted American Essayist Logan Pearsall Smith. Author's first book.
Spine is a bit dull, lightly rubbed at tips of spine and corners, front pastedown has shadow of bookplate (on coated endpapers), else a very good copy, with the binding quite bright, text fresh and clean. FORSTER, E. M. WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD [A Novel]. [Kirkpatrick A1a; 1050 copies printed]. Octavo, blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, front cover stamped in black, pp. [iv], 319 (followed by the first state of the publisher's 32-page catalogue). Quite scarce with the first state of the ads.
This was the first book I've read by EM Forster. I found it a bit difficult to get into at the beginning, in part because the language was different, and also because it had a slow start; but once a few pages in, it flowed unlike any book I've ever read before. I recently returned from a trip to Tuscany, and I could clearly see the scenes he was depicting, and it took me back to that little village I, myself, was in only a few months ago. The characters seemed a bit hollow to begin with, but, as the story went on, their intricacies emerged and they grew into people that I couldn't help but empathize with. My heart broke with theirs and sang, too, with their joy. A very enjoyable read, I would recommend this book to anyone.
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