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Vintage Biography Book Set- The Life of Richard Wagner, Vol I-IV, 1813-1883, Ernest Newman, Syndics- Cambridge Univ. Press 1st PB Ed 1976

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This vintage, pre-owned collectible 4-volume set of softcover books covers the life of German composer Richard Wagner from 1813-1883. They were written by Ernest Newman. Wagner is probably best known for his operas (libretto and music) and his writings among other things. Here is some information from each volume’s Foreword:

[Volume I:]
“Another life of Wagner may seem to many people a superfluity at this time of day. My justification for the present attempt is that as yet no satisfactory Life of him exists, for one reason, among others, that during the last twenty years or so, and still more during the last ten or even the last five years, so much new and vital first-hand matter has come to light that one’s old conception of the story has had to be modified at a hundred points…”

[Volume II:]
“Owing to a variety of causes, some of which it was beyond my power to control, this volume has taken an unconscionable time to produce. My difficulty came, in part, not only from the extent and the nature of the subject itself but from the constant flow, during the last few years, of new material relating to this epoch of Wagner’s life, necessitating on the one hand the rejection of much in the Wagner story that has hitherto been accepted as authentic, and on the other hand the fusion of the new material with the old at the appropriate points…”

[Volume III:]
“It will perhaps come as a shock to the reader to discover that another volume of this Life of Wagner is to follow the present one. He need feel no apprehension, however, as to the total demand to be made on his staying-power. He will not be compelled to read a page more than was contemplated by the publishers and myself when the work was originally planned; the change from three volumes to four is merely a matter of convenience in book-making and in intervals of publication…”

[Volume IV:]
“This final volume of the Life of Wagner has taken me longer than I had anticipated: I can only plead in extenuation that the past four years of war have not been exactly ideal for sustained intellectual work…”

The writing of this set of collectible vintage books sounds like it was a significant undertaking by author Ernest Newman and covered numerous years. From the short snippets of Preface information that I read, one of the problems was that more information kept surfacing, among other things, and possibly more will surface in the future. As mentioned, Wagner was probably best known for his work with operas, but probably also for his writing. Some of my research indicates that he was a prolific writer and wrote about a variety of topics. As such, commonsense would say that he probably carried on correspondences with many, many people. The author mentions letters of correspondence and documents that number in the thousands and that those are only the ones that have been made available. In my opinion, the whole story of Richard Wagner might never be fully known, but this wonderful set of books is an extraordinarily fine attempt to help us understand Wagner and his life and it is based on what was available and known at the time.

[General Condition Of The Set:]
These books are ex-library books with library-related ink stamps (including a large ‘Discard’ ink stamp that is on the bottom and top of the outer page edges that can be seen when the book is closed), cards, placards, and information glued and taped to them, both inside and out. The covers look like they are laminated with a type of clear plastic, which makes the covers thicker and probably more durable. The books' front and back inside hinges have been reinforced with thick tape, which should make them more durable, but the tape’s impression and glue may show through the cover somewhat because of their age. The outer page edges when the books are seen closed, the insides, and the covers show some tanning. The outer page edges when the books are seen closed and the covers probably have some smudges, soiling, staining, and/or markings. The covers show some edge, shelf, and corner wear in places, some dings/dents and/or mars/scars, and the covers probably have some stress and other types of creases and/or wrinkles. Although they are ex-library books, I didn’t notice any torn pages, folded down corner tips, or markings except for two tiny instances in the right margin near the beginning in Volume I, although I could have missed other instances. However, the books look fairly void of markings upon brief inspection. This might sound like a lot, but I'm only providing a lot of detail that probably some sellers wouldn't do, but I want you to know as much as possible before you make any purchase. In my opinion, I think these books are still in good shape or maybe even a little better, especially for their age,

[Condition Volume I:]
This particular book has some rough spots on the back cover along with some stains and red color. Chapter 1 has at least two instances of very tiny notes in the right margin. There may be more instances, but I didn’t notice them upon quick inspection.

[Condition Volume II:]
This particular book is probably in better shape than the other three books. I didn’t really notice anything other than what has already been mentioned about the set.

[Condition Volume III:]
This particular book's back cover has some faint/light wrinkling and the red ink of the text seems to have bled around the text, which might have been caused by age and the laminate material. The front cover has a faint stress mark. The book's pages when seen together look a little ‘cupped’ when the book is held up in the air, but it lays flat.

[Condition Volume IV:]
This particular book has a crease that runs almost the length of the back cover diagonally. but it seems to lay flat now. The back cover also has an old partial crease near the lower left corner.

This wonderful, informative, and vintage set of books would make an excellent gift idea for anyone who enjoys Richard Wagner’s work, reading biographies, reading about historical figures, or who would like to learn more about a person who influenced the world of music, composing, operas, and writing among other things. These wonderful books are vintage and in my opinion, probably rather difficult to find, especially as a set, and thus I think they are a collectible. In any event, this interesting set of collectible books would make a thoughtful gift idea for the right person or family.

******More Helpful Information******

**ISBN:
4-Vol. Set: 0-521-29149-6.
Vol. I: 0-521-29094-5.
Vol. II: 0-521-29095-3.
Vol. III: 0-521-29096-1.
Vol. IV: 0-521-29097-X.

**©INFO:
Vol. I: “Copyright 1937 by Alfred A. Knopf Inc.”, “Copyright renewed 1964--Vera Newman”.
Vol. II: “Copyright 1933 by Alfred A. Knopf Inc.”, “Copyright renewed 1960--Vera Newman”.
Vol. III: “Copyright 1941 by Alfred A. Knopf Inc.”, “Copyright renewed 1968--Vera Newman”.
Vol. IV: “Copyright 1946 by Alfred A. Knopf Inc.”, “Copyright renewed 1973--Vera Newman”.

**PUBLISHER: “Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, London, New York, Melbourne”, “Published by the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press…”, [The previous information is in all four volumes.],
Vol. I: “First published in UK in 1937 by Cassell and Co. Ltd.”
Vol. II: “First published in UK in 1933 by Cassell and Co. Ltd.”
Vol. III: “First published in UK in 1945 by Cassell and Co. Ltd.”
Vol. IV: “First published in UK in 1947 by Cassell and Co. Ltd.”

**PRINTING INFO: “This paperback edition first published by the Cambridge University Press 1976”. [This is in all four volumes.], [Since the books stated this, I included it in the item’s listing title.]

**# Of PAGES:
Vol. I: 512 pp. + Index with Roman numerals.
Vol. II: 619 pp. + Index with Roman numerals.
Vol. III: 569 pp. + Index with Roman numerals.
Vol. IV: 729 pp. + Index with Roman numerals.

**These are softcover books. I don't think that they were produced as mass market paperbacks. They are much larger than mass market paperbacks. They measure approximately 9" long x 6" wide and vary in thickness.

**They were “Printed in Great Britain at the University Printing House, Cambridge (Euan Phillips University Printer)”, [This is in all four volumes.]

**These books do not have dust jackets or a slipcase. I don’t know if they ever did.

**The images provided are my photos of the actual items in my possession.

** FREE SHIPPING (generally via USPS Media Mail) on ALL BOOKS IN MY SHOP!!! [If you want a book sent by other than USPS Media Mail classification, please contact me before checking out so that I can get you a price quote for the additional postage cost, otherwise it will likely go out as USPS Media Mail.]

**General Note: If I over look or fail to mention something or make an error, I offer my sincerest apologies. [see Additional Information in Shop Policies]

**A Note About Books: I try to make the best judgement call on whether a book is a first edition (1stEd) and/or first printing (1stP) based on available information. Please read my entire listing, especially the “More Helpful Information” section—where any printing number lines and other detailed information would likely be found. If I make any errors, you have my sincerest apologies. [see Additional Information in Shop Policies]

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your interest!

(c#book302)
This vintage, pre-owned collectible 4-volume set of softcover books covers the life of German composer Richard Wagner from 1813-1883. They were written by Ernest Newman. Wagner is probably best known for his operas (libretto and music) and his writings among other things. Here is some information from each volume’s Foreword:

[Volume I:]
“Another life of Wagner may seem to many people a superfluity at this time of day. My justification for the present attempt is that as yet no satisfactory Life of him exists, for one reason, among others, that during the last twenty years or so, and still more during the last ten or even the last five years, so much new and vital first-hand matter has come to light that one’s old conception of the story has had to be modified at a hundred points…”

[Volume II:]
“Owing to a variety of causes, some of which it was beyond my power to control, this volume has taken an unconscionable time to produce. My difficulty came, in part, not only from the extent and the nature of the subject itself but from the constant flow, during the last few years, of new material relating to this epoch of Wagner’s life, necessitating on the one hand the rejection of much in the Wagner story that has hitherto been accepted as authentic, and on the other hand the fusion of the new material with the old at the appropriate points…”

[Volume III:]
“It will perhaps come as a shock to the reader to discover that another volume of this Life of Wagner is to follow the present one. He need feel no apprehension, however, as to the total demand to be made on his staying-power. He will not be compelled to read a page more than was contemplated by the publishers and myself when the work was originally planned; the change from three volumes to four is merely a matter of convenience in book-making and in intervals of publication…”

[Volume IV:]
“This final volume of the Life of Wagner has taken me longer than I had anticipated: I can only plead in extenuation that the past four years of war have not been exactly ideal for sustained intellectual work…”

The writing of this set of collectible vintage books sounds like it was a significant undertaking by author Ernest Newman and covered numerous years. From the short snippets of Preface information that I read, one of the problems was that more information kept surfacing, among other things, and possibly more will surface in the future. As mentioned, Wagner was probably best known for his work with operas, but probably also for his writing. Some of my research indicates that he was a prolific writer and wrote about a variety of topics. As such, commonsense would say that he probably carried on correspondences with many, many people. The author mentions letters of correspondence and documents that number in the thousands and that those are only the ones that have been made available. In my opinion, the whole story of Richard Wagner might never be fully known, but this wonderful set of books is an extraordinarily fine attempt to help us understand Wagner and his life and it is based on what was available and known at the time.

[General Condition Of The Set:]
These books are ex-library books with library-related ink stamps (including a large ‘Discard’ ink stamp that is on the bottom and top of the outer page edges that can be seen when the book is closed), cards, placards, and information glued and taped to them, both inside and out. The covers look like they are laminated with a type of clear plastic, which makes the covers thicker and probably more durable. The books' front and back inside hinges have been reinforced with thick tape, which should make them more durable, but the tape’s impression and glue may show through the cover somewhat because of their age. The outer page edges when the books are seen closed, the insides, and the covers show some tanning. The outer page edges when the books are seen closed and the covers probably have some smudges, soiling, staining, and/or markings. The covers show some edge, shelf, and corner wear in places, some dings/dents and/or mars/scars, and the covers probably have some stress and other types of creases and/or wrinkles. Although they are ex-library books, I didn’t notice any torn pages, folded down corner tips, or markings except for two tiny instances in the right margin near the beginning in Volume I, although I could have missed other instances. However, the books look fairly void of markings upon brief inspection. This might sound like a lot, but I'm only providing a lot of detail that probably some sellers wouldn't do, but I want you to know as much as possible before you make any purchase. In my opinion, I think these books are still in good shape or maybe even a little better, especially for their age,

[Condition Volume I:]
This particular book has some rough spots on the back cover along with some stains and red color. Chapter 1 has at least two instances of very tiny notes in the right margin. There may be more instances, but I didn’t notice them upon quick inspection.

[Condition Volume II:]
This particular book is probably in better shape than the other three books. I didn’t really notice anything other than what has already been mentioned about the set.

[Condition Volume III:]
This particular book's back cover has some faint/light wrinkling and the red ink of the text seems to have bled around the text, which might have been caused by age and the laminate material. The front cover has a faint stress mark. The book's pages when seen together look a little ‘cupped’ when the book is held up in the air, but it lays flat.

[Condition Volume IV:]
This particular book has a crease that runs almost the length of the back cover diagonally. but it seems to lay flat now. The back cover also has an old partial crease near the lower left corner.

This wonderful, informative, and vintage set of books would make an excellent gift idea for anyone who enjoys Richard Wagner’s work, reading biographies, reading about historical figures, or who would like to learn more about a person who influenced the world of music, composing, operas, and writing among other things. These wonderful books are vintage and in my opinion, probably rather difficult to find, especially as a set, and thus I think they are a collectible. In any event, this interesting set of collectible books would make a thoughtful gift idea for the right person or family.

******More Helpful Information******

**ISBN:
4-Vol. Set: 0-521-29149-6.
Vol. I: 0-521-29094-5.
Vol. II: 0-521-29095-3.
Vol. III: 0-521-29096-1.
Vol. IV: 0-521-29097-X.

**©INFO:
Vol. I: “Copyright 1937 by Alfred A. Knopf Inc.”, “Copyright renewed 1964--Vera Newman”.
Vol. II: “Copyright 1933 by Alfred A. Knopf Inc.”, “Copyright renewed 1960--Vera Newman”.
Vol. III: “Copyright 1941 by Alfred A. Knopf Inc.”, “Copyright renewed 1968--Vera Newman”.
Vol. IV: “Copyright 1946 by Alfred A. Knopf Inc.”, “Copyright renewed 1973--Vera Newman”.

**PUBLISHER: “Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, London, New York, Melbourne”, “Published by the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press…”, [The previous information is in all four volumes.],
Vol. I: “First published in UK in 1937 by Cassell and Co. Ltd.”
Vol. II: “First published in UK in 1933 by Cassell and Co. Ltd.”
Vol. III: “First published in UK in 1945 by Cassell and Co. Ltd.”
Vol. IV: “First published in UK in 1947 by Cassell and Co. Ltd.”

**PRINTING INFO: “This paperback edition first published by the Cambridge University Press 1976”. [This is in all four volumes.], [Since the books stated this, I included it in the item’s listing title.]

**# Of PAGES:
Vol. I: 512 pp. + Index with Roman numerals.
Vol. II: 619 pp. + Index with Roman numerals.
Vol. III: 569 pp. + Index with Roman numerals.
Vol. IV: 729 pp. + Index with Roman numerals.

**These are softcover books. I don't think that they were produced as mass market paperbacks. They are much larger than mass market paperbacks. They measure approximately 9" long x 6" wide and vary in thickness.

**They were “Printed in Great Britain at the University Printing House, Cambridge (Euan Phillips University Printer)”, [This is in all four volumes.]

**These books do not have dust jackets or a slipcase. I don’t know if they ever did.

**The images provided are my photos of the actual items in my possession.

** FREE SHIPPING (generally via USPS Media Mail) on ALL BOOKS IN MY SHOP!!! [If you want a book sent by other than USPS Media Mail classification, please contact me before checking out so that I can get you a price quote for the additional postage cost, otherwise it will likely go out as USPS Media Mail.]

**General Note: If I over look or fail to mention something or make an error, I offer my sincerest apologies. [see Additional Information in Shop Policies]

**A Note About Books: I try to make the best judgement call on whether a book is a first edition (1stEd) and/or first printing (1stP) based on available information. Please read my entire listing, especially the “More Helpful Information” section—where any printing number lines and other detailed information would likely be found. If I make any errors, you have my sincerest apologies. [see Additional Information in Shop Policies]

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your interest!

(c#book302)

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I now offer FREE SHIPPING ON ALL BOOKS IN MY SHOP!!! This is generally via USPS Media Mail. If you want a book sent by other than USPS Media Mail, please contact me before checking out and I’ll sent you a price quote for the additional postage, otherwise books are mailed USPS Media Mail.

Some non-media items have FREE SHIPPING too, but it depends on the item. Please read the items’ full descriptions. Contact me before checking out for the cost of any desired postage upgrades.

Currently, I am only shipping to the continental United States. I apologize for any inconvenience.

I generally ship within 1-3 business workdays excluding holidays and weekends after payment has cleared (often it is on the same day if a purchase is made early in the day and its on a non-holiday business workday). I’ll message you if there’s going to be a delay longer than 3 days. I can't guarantee delivery times once it is accepted at my local Post Office.

I usually ship with the USPS at the classification that best suits my needs. Any USPS add-ons will be at my discretion.

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|> NOTE ABOUT PACKAGING: All purchases are painstakingly prepared for shipment. Great care is used to package purchases so that they might arrive safely. Some items might even be double-boxed if deemed necessary. It is time-consuming for me, but no doubt well worth it to you.

|> NOTE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT: Because our environment is overwhelmingly important to us all and so is keeping everyone’s cost down, this shop recycles packaging material when possible. So don’t be too surprised about what might be printed on the outside of your package when it arrives. What really matters is whether what’s inside is soundly secure without using any more of our valuable natural resources. We all can do our part to help if we try. (“A good box is a terrible thing to waste!”)

As always, if you have questions, please contact me through my shop.

Thank You. [Updated 12-7-16]

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:) :) ... A FRIENDLY REMINDER—AVOIDING SOME SHIPPING DELAYS... (: (:

[[-- The following is information about my local Post Office, hours, etc. If you’re not really concerned about any extra shipping time due to postal hours, holidays, timing of purchases, etc., please disregard the following altogether. And by all means, please shop and make your purchases anytime!!! I’m always happy to sell items anytime and to get them in the mail as soon as possible! Thank you. --]]

My local Post Office, which I generally use for mailing packages closes to the public at noon on Saturdays (for non-holiday weekends) and of course they’re closed on Sundays. After a package is accepted (checked-in) at my local Post Office for shipment, the rest is up to them.

Here are their current window hours: (Mon-Fri 8:30am-1pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm), (Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm), (Closed Sunday & Holidays).

Any purchases (packages) on non-holiday weekends for which I cannot check-in at my local Post Office before they close at 12 p.m. on Saturdays due to not having the orders in-hand many hours in advance (by say 8 a.m. that morning) cannot be delivered to them until they reopen. Then, those packages won’t leave the actual facility until that evening after they close when packages are sent out-of-town (for normal weekdays, M-F). (On Saturdays, I don't what time packages are sent out-of-town, whether it's shortly after their 12 p.m. closing or later in the evening.)

That’s because checked-in packages at our facility generally only go out-of-town once a day (evenings on M-F normal weekdays). If purchases are made in time which gives me enough time to do what I need to do on my end and get them checked-in at my local Post Office during their window hours, those packages should be on their way to you while the postal system is closed to the general public, whether its during regular closing hours or special holiday closing hours.

If a holiday is recognized during the week, any packages that I can get checked-in at my local Post Office during their open window hours prior to their scheduled closing, should go out out-of-town after they close that day.

I wanted to let you know about this so that you can avoid any extra shipping time by making any purchases by at least very, very early on Saturday mornings (for normal weekends) or by very early morning on the last full day the postal system is open to the public prior to scheduled holiday closings.

Reiterating, although our Post Office is closed half a day on Saturdays, all day on Sundays, and on scheduled holidays, packages and mail that can get checked-in (accepted for mailing) before noon on Saturdays (for normal weekends) and/or before closing on the last working day before scheduled holidays will already be in the system and should be on its way to you while they’re closed. That can help reduce shipping time.

Naturally, please don’t worry about any of this if you’re not that concerned about shipping time. Please shop and purchase as normal!!! As always, I’ll be happy to mail your purchases as soon as possible, no matter when you make a purchase! Thank you. :) :) [Updated, 12-7-16]
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Like all humans, I do make mistakes (more than I want to) even when I double- and triple-check my listings. If you find something that sounds unusual, untrue, or looks like a potential error on my part, please bring it to my attention.

Any items used to give an idea about size, color, and/or provide a backdrop like measuring utensils, pens, cloth, etc. are simply props and do not come with the item that is for sale.

|> GENERAL NOTE: Sometimes I might accidentally over look or fail to mention something (or make an error) in my item’s title, description, or its “More Helpful Information” section so please forgive me when I do. I try to include as much helpful/important information as time and space allows, which might make my listings seem wordy, but it is for your benefit.

In case I overlook or fail to mention something that you deem important or if I make an error, I offer my sincerest apologies in advance.

|> NOTE CONCERNING BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS: I try to make the best judgment call on whether a book is a first edition and/or first printing based on the information that is available. Sometimes books don’t specify if they are or not a specific edition and/or printing. Even if they do, sometimes even that information can be misinterpreted or confusing because of the myriad of ways that it’s done within the industry. All of this can lead to a lot of general confusion.

If I’m pretty certain of an edition and/or printing or if it is stated, I started trying to note it in an abbreviated form in the item’s listing title. Generally, the same now applies for copyright information, although I haven’t always done that. I also have limited space in the listing title so sometimes information gets bumped to the “More Helpful Information” section as well as other details. One should review that additional helpful information because the item's listing title may not give all of the important details.

Usually, I try to give more details in the “More Helpful Information” section about those things and about books that could be first editions and/or first printings but where there is some uncertainty. Just because a book isn't stated as a first edition (1stEd), first printing (1stP), etc., in the item’s listing title doesn't mean much. It may simply mean that there is more information to follow, the book has confusing publishing/printing/copyright information, there’s a lack of information available, and/or there is uncertainty. I try not to be too specific in the listing title if I’m unsure.

Occasionally, I might error on my call and with the information that I provide and I offer my sincerest apologies in advance.

|> NOTE ABOUT PACKAGING: All purchases are painstakingly prepared for shipment. Great care is used to package purchases so that they might arrive safely. Some items might even be double-boxed if deemed necessary. It is time-consuming for me, but no doubt well worth it to you.

|> NOTE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT: Because our environment is overwhelmingly important to us all and so is keeping everyone’s cost down, this shop recycles packaging material when possible. So don’t be too surprised about what might be printed on the outside of your package when it arrives. What really matters is whether what’s inside is soundly secure without using any more of our valuable natural resources. We all can do our part to help if we try. (“A good box is a terrible thing to waste!”)

As always, if you have questions, please contact me through my shop.

Thank You. [Updated 12-7-16]

************************************************************************************
:) :) ... A FRIENDLY REMINDER—AVOIDING SOME SHIPPING DELAYS... (: (:

[[-- The following is information about my local Post Office, hours, etc. If you’re not really concerned about any extra shipping time due to postal hours, holidays, timing of purchases, etc., please disregard the following altogether. And by all means, please shop and make your purchases anytime!!! I’m always happy to sell items anytime and to get them in the mail as soon as possible! Thank you. --]]

My local Post Office, which I generally use for mailing packages closes to the public at noon on Saturdays (for non-holiday weekends) and of course they’re closed on Sundays. After a package is accepted (checked-in) at my local Post Office for shipment, the rest is up to them.

Here are their current window hours: (Mon-Fri 8:30am-1pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm), (Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm), (Closed Sunday & Holidays).

Any purchases (packages) on non-holiday weekends for which I cannot check-in at my local Post Office before they close at 12 p.m. on Saturdays due to not having the orders in-hand many hours in advance (by say 8 a.m. that morning) cannot be delivered to them until they reopen. Then, those packages won’t leave the actual facility until that evening after they close when packages are sent out-of-town (for normal weekdays, M-F). (On Saturdays, I don't what time packages are sent out-of-town, whether it's shortly after their 12 p.m. closing or later in the evening.)

That’s because checked-in packages at our facility generally only go out-of-town once a day (evenings on M-F normal weekdays). If purchases are made in time which gives me enough time to do what I need to do on my end and get them checked-in at my local Post Office during their window hours, those packages should be on their way to you while the postal system is closed to the general public, whether its during regular closing hours or special holiday closing hours.

If a holiday is recognized during the week, any packages that I can get checked-in at my local Post Office during their open window hours prior to their scheduled closing, should go out out-of-town after they close that day.

I wanted to let you know about this so that you can avoid any extra shipping time by making any purchases by at least very, very early on Saturday mornings (for normal weekends) or by very early morning on the last full day the postal system is open to the public prior to scheduled holiday closings.

Reiterating, although our Post Office is closed half a day on Saturdays, all day on Sundays, and on scheduled holidays, packages and mail that can get checked-in (accepted for mailing) before noon on Saturdays (for normal weekends) and/or before closing on the last working day before scheduled holidays will already be in the system and should be on its way to you while they’re closed. That can help reduce shipping time.

Naturally, please don’t worry about any of this if you’re not that concerned about shipping time. Please shop and purchase as normal!!! As always, I’ll be happy to mail your purchases as soon as possible, no matter when you make a purchase! Thank you. :) :) [Updated, 12-7-16]

Vintage Biography Book Set- The Life of Richard Wagner, Vol I-IV, 1813-1883, Ernest Newman, Syndics- Cambridge Univ. Press 1st PB Ed 1976

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