Love’s Revenge by Mrs Belloc Lowndes (Readers Library, )
Mrs Belloc Lowndes
London: The Readers Library Publishing Company Ltd, *
The Readers Library published affordable editions of popular fiction in the period 1924-35, cheaply produced but very attractive with their wrap-round dustwrapper artwork.
Mrs [Marie] Belloc Lowndes (1868-1947), a prolific and popular author perhaps best known for “The Lodger” (Methuen, 1913) which was later made into a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Gainsborough Pictures, 1926).
Superb dustwrapper art with the two lovers in a library, a face peering in at the window, and a floating bottle of Strychnine whose fumes spell out the title.
Hardback in dustwrapper. 253pp. Size: 6.75 x 4.25 inches approx. (170mm x 108mm).
Light wear and rubbing to dustwrapper; a short tear to bottom edge of front panel which is repaired to verso with a stamp; a touch sunned/discoloured to spine; some foxing, staining and age-toning to verso. Light shelf wear to spine and boards; some marking to boards; gilt a little dulled to spine. Pages very age-toned throughout but otherwise generally clean; a little torn to top edge of paste-down and first few pages due to production flaw.
Overall, showing light wear but otherwise a nicely preserved copy – very uncommon.
[Stock Code DBZ1683]
*ref. British Library
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