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by Annemarie Selinko
Published by William Morrow, New York (1953)
Hardcover 594 pages Measures 8.5x5.5x2 inches Weighs 1 pound 10 ounces

Condition; Good.
Black cloth boards. Front cover has blind embossed decoration. Spine has gold text and decoration. Pages are clean and strong. Text is crisp.

Front hinge showing. Former owner label neatly placed on the ½ title page. Covers are blemished and two cup rings can be seen on front cover.

excerpt from book:

Marseilles, at the beginning of Germinal, Year II
(The end of March, 1794, by Mama's
old-fashioned reckoning)
A woman can usually get what she wants from a man if she has a
well-developed figure. So I've decided to stuff four handkerchiefs
into the front of my dress tomorrow; then I shall look really grown
up. Actually I am grown up already, but nobody else knows that,
and I don't altogether look it.
Last November I was fourteen, and Papa gave me this lovely
diary for my birthday. It's a shame to spoil these beautiful white
pages with writing. There's a little lock at the side of the diary, and
I can lock it up. Even my sister Julie won't know what I put in it
It was my last present from dear Papa. My father was the silk mer­
chant Francois Clary, of Marseilles; he died two months ago, of
congestion of the lungs.
"What shall I write in that book?" I asked in perplexity when I
saw it on the table among my presents. Papa smiled and kissed me
on the forehead. "The story of Citizeness Bernardine Eugenie
Desiree Clary," he said, and suddenly he looked sad.
I am starting my future history tonight, because I'm so excited I
can't get to sleep. So I slid softly out of bed, and I only hope Julie,
over there, won't be awakened by the flickering of the candle. She'd
make a frightful scene.
The reason why I'm edited is that tomorrow I'm going with my
sister-in-law Suzanne to see Deputy t 2 Albitte and ask him to release

Desiree by Annemarie Selinko Published by William Morrow, New York 1953 First Edition Hardcover Vintage Book


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