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Vintage book The Seventh Hour, one of the RAREST works of Grace Livingston Hill, First Edition 1939, with famous artist Walter Stewart cover

Vintage book The Seventh Hour, one of the RAREST works of Grace Livingston Hill, First Edition 1939, with famous artist Walter Stewart cover

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There is no other book like this one.

Firstly, the fact it is a first edition with the original and signed artwork of the renown and talented and rarely used (amongst her books that is, making them special) cover artist makes it unique among Grace Livingston Hill's many, many novels, and that is saying something. Not that her stories are not unique--but there is a Christian romance them that runs through them all, and though The Seventh Hour is no different, this copy certainly is. You can't find it anywhere, that's for sure, and when you do, as I did, you know you've stumbled upon something that transcends Grace Livingston Hill's basic oeuvre.

What do I mean? Well, the book is about a man named Dana Barron, but it is also about a man named Bruce Carbury, but it is also about a woman named Valerie Shannon, and yet it is also about a girl named Coralie. See where I'm going with this? The novel follows Dana as the protagonist, but his interactions with other characters are vivid and create a plot that keeps you going until the last page with the question, the most important one in any book, what is going to happen next?!?!?! The book begins with Dana needing encouragement from a friend as his life has seemingly fallen apart as of late. He's headed toward New York City from the West, just after his father died, and he is expected to fulfill a heavy duty in remembrance of and tribute to the father he loved so much. His faith, then, the Christian theme of Hill's works sneaking in here, is tested, like anyone's is in trying times. So, we start already in a sad and frustrated place with Dana, and hope for him to feel better, to encounter better things, for his life to lift up and his faith to return -- maybe not even his faith in God, but his faith in life. The rest of the book follows Dana as he attempts to fulfill this "last service" for his dad, with the help of an old friend Bruce and a family they happen upon, the Shannons. Dana's sister Coralie brings drama as she needs the help of both her big brother Dana and the Shannons (namely Valerie) to get out of a bad situation she has slipped into after their father's death, and the more the Shannons help Dana and his circle, the more the book begins to mesh the four characters together into one group that defines the story and serves as the protagonist instead. The "crisis" they face together is where the title comes from, happening in "the seventh hour," as the expression goes, and you root for the strange group that has come together oddly and serendipitously as you would for your own friends or family. The book starts with Dana in a dark place, and each time he begins to rise up the world throws him another shadow, and this makes the book both poignant and determining.

You'll feel it when you read it. This is no love story, a standard of Grace Livingston Hill's, but something altogether different, not a Christian romance but a tale of adventure and adversity set in a city teeming with mysteries and danger, with darkness and sadness and trials. The characters, though, are the light of it all, and band together to navigate through it as one. Reading it, you get the sense, as they do, that you are not alone. And this, I believe, is an important and impressive goal accomplished by a book.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Seventh Hour
-Author: Grace Livingston Hill
-Format: First edition, Hardcover, color dust jacket by famous artist Walter Stewart (signed)
-Condition: Nearly mint!
-Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers, New York "By arrangement with J. P. Lippincott Company"
-Copyright: 1939 Grace Livingston Hill
-Date published: 1939
-Provenance: I was lucky to find this in a hole-in-the-wall bookshop a few weeks ago, December 2016, where there was clearly a donation of a lifetime's worth of collecting Grace Livingston Hill's books, because there were so many. She used many different artists for covers of her books, but I was drawn to the Walter Stewart ones (like this), as they are the rarest, and so I came away with the two rarest of her books from these overflowing shelves, and plan to go back sometime soon, because it is such a trove of her treasured works. :)
-Pricing: I priced this book due to its being one of Grace Livingston Hill's most rare works to find anywhere. In fact, I couldn't find it anywhere for sale at the moment online, and so was lucky to come across it in person, especially in this condition (unsigned, few age spots to the pages, few rips to the plastic-covered cover, it's just beautiful after all these years!). The price reflects the rarity of this book, its author's prominence in her time and the endurance of her works, the fame of the cover artist Walter Stewart and his having only done a few of her many book covers, making this especially valuable amongst her publications.
There is no other book like this one.

Firstly, the fact it is a first edition with the original and signed artwork of the renown and talented and rarely used (amongst her books that is, making them special) cover artist makes it unique among Grace Livingston Hill's many, many novels, and that is saying something. Not that her stories are not unique--but there is a Christian romance them that runs through them all, and though The Seventh Hour is no different, this copy certainly is. You can't find it anywhere, that's for sure, and when you do, as I did, you know you've stumbled upon something that transcends Grace Livingston Hill's basic oeuvre.

What do I mean? Well, the book is about a man named Dana Barron, but it is also about a man named Bruce Carbury, but it is also about a woman named Valerie Shannon, and yet it is also about a girl named Coralie. See where I'm going with this? The novel follows Dana as the protagonist, but his interactions with other characters are vivid and create a plot that keeps you going until the last page with the question, the most important one in any book, what is going to happen next?!?!?! The book begins with Dana needing encouragement from a friend as his life has seemingly fallen apart as of late. He's headed toward New York City from the West, just after his father died, and he is expected to fulfill a heavy duty in remembrance of and tribute to the father he loved so much. His faith, then, the Christian theme of Hill's works sneaking in here, is tested, like anyone's is in trying times. So, we start already in a sad and frustrated place with Dana, and hope for him to feel better, to encounter better things, for his life to lift up and his faith to return -- maybe not even his faith in God, but his faith in life. The rest of the book follows Dana as he attempts to fulfill this "last service" for his dad, with the help of an old friend Bruce and a family they happen upon, the Shannons. Dana's sister Coralie brings drama as she needs the help of both her big brother Dana and the Shannons (namely Valerie) to get out of a bad situation she has slipped into after their father's death, and the more the Shannons help Dana and his circle, the more the book begins to mesh the four characters together into one group that defines the story and serves as the protagonist instead. The "crisis" they face together is where the title comes from, happening in "the seventh hour," as the expression goes, and you root for the strange group that has come together oddly and serendipitously as you would for your own friends or family. The book starts with Dana in a dark place, and each time he begins to rise up the world throws him another shadow, and this makes the book both poignant and determining.

You'll feel it when you read it. This is no love story, a standard of Grace Livingston Hill's, but something altogether different, not a Christian romance but a tale of adventure and adversity set in a city teeming with mysteries and danger, with darkness and sadness and trials. The characters, though, are the light of it all, and band together to navigate through it as one. Reading it, you get the sense, as they do, that you are not alone. And this, I believe, is an important and impressive goal accomplished by a book.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Seventh Hour
-Author: Grace Livingston Hill
-Format: First edition, Hardcover, color dust jacket by famous artist Walter Stewart (signed)
-Condition: Nearly mint!
-Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers, New York "By arrangement with J. P. Lippincott Company"
-Copyright: 1939 Grace Livingston Hill
-Date published: 1939
-Provenance: I was lucky to find this in a hole-in-the-wall bookshop a few weeks ago, December 2016, where there was clearly a donation of a lifetime's worth of collecting Grace Livingston Hill's books, because there were so many. She used many different artists for covers of her books, but I was drawn to the Walter Stewart ones (like this), as they are the rarest, and so I came away with the two rarest of her books from these overflowing shelves, and plan to go back sometime soon, because it is such a trove of her treasured works. :)
-Pricing: I priced this book due to its being one of Grace Livingston Hill's most rare works to find anywhere. In fact, I couldn't find it anywhere for sale at the moment online, and so was lucky to come across it in person, especially in this condition (unsigned, few age spots to the pages, few rips to the plastic-covered cover, it's just beautiful after all these years!). The price reflects the rarity of this book, its author's prominence in her time and the endurance of her works, the fame of the cover artist Walter Stewart and his having only done a few of her many book covers, making this especially valuable amongst her publications.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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