Very Good in Poor jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 442 pp. Light rubbing to the extremities of the covers. The binding is tight and square, and the text is clean. The jacket is in two pieces, split at the spine, and missing a chip at the head of the spine. The jacket is encased in an archival plastic sleeve.
Good. No Jacket. Hard Back. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. The red hard cover has light shelf wear. Light yellowing to the pages. The front end page is missing....Owners private library stamp and name on the inside......We are very careful when we list our books, but sometimes something minor may get by..
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Fair. Ex-Library. Hardcover. Inscribed by previous owner. Spine torn. Clean & tight inside. -Disclaimer: May have a different cover image than stock photos shows, as well as being a different edition/printing, unless otherwise stated. Please contact us if you're looking for one of these specifically. Your order will ship with FREE Delivery Confirmation (Tracking). We are a family business, and your satisfaction is our goal!
3/-1. 3/-1 null Good/No Jacket null This hardcover is a first edition printing. No dustjacket. Pages yellowing. Red boards have light wear. Corners and edges have scuffing. Very minor fraying. No alien writing inside. 442 pages.
I first read the 1948 book Scarlet Cockerel by Garald Lagard in 1959. I was 12 years old and had inherited a library of old ?paperback westerns,? and this book was quietly tucked in with the other ?Pocketbooks.? The westerns were pretty much run-of-the-mill pulp, but the Scarlet Cockerel was an unexpected delight.
There was certainly a measure of information I didn?t understand, especially with the first several chapters taking place on a schooner bound from England to New York at the start of the War Between the States ? up until then, I had no experience with the jargon of sailing ? however, that was not off-putting enough to stop my reading. Then, in my young adulthood, I came into possession of a hardback ?Book Club Edition,? which I simply absorbed into my personal library with the thought that I would reread it some day.
That day finally came with my retirement. It was as good in my 65th year as it had been when I was 12, and I even understood the jargon this time through.
The protagonist, Lane Byrn, a medical student in England is called home from his studies by his father in order to fulfill his duty to his home State of Virginia, but during the transAtlantic voyage, has time to fall in love with a beautiful nubile Yankee. A man of honor, he makes loads of enemies with those pragmatists who have no understanding of how an idealist functions. He joins up with Mosby?s Partisan Rangers after the deaths of his parents and the expxropriation of his ancestral home by the Yankees as they turn it into one of their headquarters billets, and the story unfolds from there.
This is the first book that, as I read it back in 1959, I tried to imagine the actors who would play the parts when this story would be made into a movie. I imagined Steve McQueen as Lane Byrn, and from there, it became much more difficult. As the years passed, I saw Telly Savalas as Captain Selmo and Ali McGraw as Fae Bishop. I?m too ?out of it? today (I?m a retired high school A.P. English Language & Compositon teacher) to know who the young actors are who could fill these roles, but I would love, still, to see this novel transformed to the screen.
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