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This is a very nice copy of the second in the series of the beloved Ameliaranne stories -- Ameliaranne Keeps Shop, from 1928. This is a presumed first edition, as no reprintings are noted, and it is consistent with other first editions available on the vintage book market.

The story by Constance Heward is quaint and most charming, and it is difficult not to be utterly taken in by the lovely illustrations of Susan Beatrice Pearse. Her style reminds me greatly of the famed French illustrator Boutet de Monvel, and is absolutely captivating.

This 9 x 6.5 inch book was published by David McKay and is unpaginated, but is a bit over 60 pages long. Each page of text has two small black-and-while illustrations at the top and the bottom and an accompanying color plate image on the opposing page.

Be you a long-time or freshly-minted Ameliarrane fan, this is a great addition to your collection!


The hardboard cover shows some wear at the top and bottom of the spine and the tips have been rubbed and rounded down. There is a small flaw to the pastedown illustration near the spine on the lower left-hand side, and there is some age-related tanning and spotting on the cover, although it is largely clean and bright. The back cover, which is white, shows some rubbing.

The interior endpapers show age-related tanning and there is a small ownership sticker. The pages show age-related tanning around the edges, but little or no foxing. The pages are are very securely attached and the spine is tight. I noted no rips, tears or markings. The book has a faint old book smell -- not musty, simply that slightly dusty aged paper smell.

Ameliaranne Keeps Shop - 1928 First ed. - Constance Heward - Susan Beatrice Pearse


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