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SOLD - Vintage book rare First Ed 1944 Forever Amber by the famous lovely Kathleen Winsor, 4th print, scarce DUST JACKET by Jean Des Vignes

SOLD - Vintage book rare First Ed 1944 Forever Amber by the famous lovely Kathleen Winsor, 4th print, scarce DUST JACKET by Jean Des Vignes

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

Very rare and very wonderful, you should scoop this classic up while you can :)

This book is very rare, and very wonderful. I'll start with that. Published in 1944, it was the famous writer Kathleen Winsor's (she is so beautiful, just look at her portrait on the back cover, stunning!) first novel and an instant runaway success, as well as her most well-known and successful work of her entire career. First editions even without the dust jackets go for more than even what I am pricing this, so it would be wise to scoop this treasure up while you can.

But why is it so sought after? Well, firstly its history: the book was a bit shocking for the time for its use of sexuality as a major theme, and this earned Winsor both critics and fans in equal numbers. The story does have "blatant" depictions of sex, and FOURTEEN WHOLE STATES BANNED IT for this reason, calling it "pornography." Can you imagine? Doesn't that make you want to read it -- like what was so bad about it back then, and looking at it from our perspective today?

The story is set in "Restoration England," or The Restoration of the English monarchy, in the time period of 1660 when Charles II reigned and a new political system was established after the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. This period lasted the whole reign of Charles II and into the short reign of the king's brother James II, ending around 1688. I knew little about this before I read this book, and the fact that this would be the setting for a sexually explicit novel intrigued me--think Anne Boleyn or other legendary characters in that same order, but fictionalized, and you've got the protagonist and central characters of the story. The book follows their romps both sexual and political, fashionable and dramatic, through many of the main events that happened during the Restoration, such as The Great Fire of London and The Great Plague of London. Horrible things happen but the characters spend much of their time living as if these things were not horrible at all--escaping from these trying times by ways of love affairs and high society publicity when they could.

Forever Amber's title comes from the main character's name, Amber Saint Clare, who starts the book in a lower status than she eventually rises to--by way of sleeping around and entering into various marriages to very important men--but the novel introduces a romance that makes up the core of Amber's story, an unrequited love that lasts with lust and longing through each of these other lesser "loves" and strategic political marriages. The rich and their ways of both fashion and elegance, how they spoke and what they ate and how they conducted themselves at teas and parties, are all well-researched and vividly depicted in the novel, to the point you find yourself engaged in the world of Forever Amber so much so that it feels it will literally never end--that the story really will go on forever.

And the book is long. It was cut into one fifth of the original manuscript by Windsor's publishers and still comes to 972 pages! This first edition/fourth printing is exactly as it came out in 1944, and you can feel the heft of it when you hold it in your hands, despite the delicate dust jacket. The thing is a veritable brick, much like Vanity Fair or Anna Karenina, in that you know the story will not only be long and weighty, but deep and engrossing. A lot happens, in any case, and Amber Saint Clare carries you through as one of the most compelling characters written at the time it came out. Even her portrait on the front cover, illustrated by the famous Jean Des Vines, suggests pure sexuality and carefree societal pleasure, all of which are there in full force in the book, but layered throughout by a romance so strong you are pulled at the heart and can't wait for certain moments in the book to happen--for Amber to make certain decisions, for her to run into a certain man... I'll leave it at that.

At the end of the book you will likely feel as if you have climbed a mountain without even knowing it -- I raced through it, personally, and when it was over I didn't want more, necessarily, because the story was summed up and certainly done, but I wanted to know how I could have gotten through it so fast!

Anyway, this book is special for so many reasons, and this first edition is a rare copy especially given its dust jacket, so if you are at all interested I would suggest buying it now while it is still available as the original, and not a reproduction. You deserve to read it as it first came out, it makes the experience that much better, trust me.

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

-Full title: Forever Amber
-Author: Kathleen Winsor
-Format: Hardcover, first edition, stated fourth printing, full color dust jacket with photograph of author on back and map of "London under Charles II" with "River Thames" and London Bridge, etc. on inside front cover in green, same on inside back cover. Dust jacket art signed by famed cover artist Jean Des Vignes
-Condition: That perfect old-book feel, the dust jacket worn and creased, ripped slightly in places but still together and covering the beautiful book that reads like new with no marks or rips on inside pages whatsoever. :) Just the exact sort of vintage book you look for when you think "vintage book"
-Publisher: The Macmillan Company
-Copyright: 1944 Kathleen Winsor
-Date published: 1944
-Provenance: I picked this up and rescued it from a bargain bin of books outside a book establishment that did not value Kathleen Winsor and her enduring works OBVIOUSLY and had no idea what it was worth, which, neither did I, I just knew I had to get this based on the cover, on her portrait on the back (GORGEOUS) and my recognition of her name (plus reading the inside coveR) so I got it for myself. :) After reading it though I had a hard time deciding whether to sell it or not, but I found out first edition copies are scarce and I knew this would make someone really, really happy to add to their collection, so I decided to put it up for that person--maybe you!
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because of its renown author, the fact it is the author's first and arguably most famous work, a FIRST EDITION, and that it is a classic in literary fiction that has lasted to this time, along with its DUST JACKET which is incredibly RARE and signed by the famous cover artist Jean Des Vignes on the jacket in the bottom corner to boot! This is just a special and very valuable book so the price reflects that and is lower than all competing listings with or without the dust jacket (the few there are) and because it has its jacket (biggest point) and is in better shape (another important point), has pictures and details not available on some listings so you can trust in this copy, etc. it came out to this--which is very low and very affordable for what is considered to be a phenomenal collector's item and book in general tbh! I only listed it this low because of all the other copies, this one is the best, and I want someone to find it, buy it, and love it. :) <3
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

Very rare and very wonderful, you should scoop this classic up while you can :)

This book is very rare, and very wonderful. I'll start with that. Published in 1944, it was the famous writer Kathleen Winsor's (she is so beautiful, just look at her portrait on the back cover, stunning!) first novel and an instant runaway success, as well as her most well-known and successful work of her entire career. First editions even without the dust jackets go for more than even what I am pricing this, so it would be wise to scoop this treasure up while you can.

But why is it so sought after? Well, firstly its history: the book was a bit shocking for the time for its use of sexuality as a major theme, and this earned Winsor both critics and fans in equal numbers. The story does have "blatant" depictions of sex, and FOURTEEN WHOLE STATES BANNED IT for this reason, calling it "pornography." Can you imagine? Doesn't that make you want to read it -- like what was so bad about it back then, and looking at it from our perspective today?

The story is set in "Restoration England," or The Restoration of the English monarchy, in the time period of 1660 when Charles II reigned and a new political system was established after the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. This period lasted the whole reign of Charles II and into the short reign of the king's brother James II, ending around 1688. I knew little about this before I read this book, and the fact that this would be the setting for a sexually explicit novel intrigued me--think Anne Boleyn or other legendary characters in that same order, but fictionalized, and you've got the protagonist and central characters of the story. The book follows their romps both sexual and political, fashionable and dramatic, through many of the main events that happened during the Restoration, such as The Great Fire of London and The Great Plague of London. Horrible things happen but the characters spend much of their time living as if these things were not horrible at all--escaping from these trying times by ways of love affairs and high society publicity when they could.

Forever Amber's title comes from the main character's name, Amber Saint Clare, who starts the book in a lower status than she eventually rises to--by way of sleeping around and entering into various marriages to very important men--but the novel introduces a romance that makes up the core of Amber's story, an unrequited love that lasts with lust and longing through each of these other lesser "loves" and strategic political marriages. The rich and their ways of both fashion and elegance, how they spoke and what they ate and how they conducted themselves at teas and parties, are all well-researched and vividly depicted in the novel, to the point you find yourself engaged in the world of Forever Amber so much so that it feels it will literally never end--that the story really will go on forever.

And the book is long. It was cut into one fifth of the original manuscript by Windsor's publishers and still comes to 972 pages! This first edition/fourth printing is exactly as it came out in 1944, and you can feel the heft of it when you hold it in your hands, despite the delicate dust jacket. The thing is a veritable brick, much like Vanity Fair or Anna Karenina, in that you know the story will not only be long and weighty, but deep and engrossing. A lot happens, in any case, and Amber Saint Clare carries you through as one of the most compelling characters written at the time it came out. Even her portrait on the front cover, illustrated by the famous Jean Des Vines, suggests pure sexuality and carefree societal pleasure, all of which are there in full force in the book, but layered throughout by a romance so strong you are pulled at the heart and can't wait for certain moments in the book to happen--for Amber to make certain decisions, for her to run into a certain man... I'll leave it at that.

At the end of the book you will likely feel as if you have climbed a mountain without even knowing it -- I raced through it, personally, and when it was over I didn't want more, necessarily, because the story was summed up and certainly done, but I wanted to know how I could have gotten through it so fast!

Anyway, this book is special for so many reasons, and this first edition is a rare copy especially given its dust jacket, so if you are at all interested I would suggest buying it now while it is still available as the original, and not a reproduction. You deserve to read it as it first came out, it makes the experience that much better, trust me.

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

-Full title: Forever Amber
-Author: Kathleen Winsor
-Format: Hardcover, first edition, stated fourth printing, full color dust jacket with photograph of author on back and map of "London under Charles II" with "River Thames" and London Bridge, etc. on inside front cover in green, same on inside back cover. Dust jacket art signed by famed cover artist Jean Des Vignes
-Condition: That perfect old-book feel, the dust jacket worn and creased, ripped slightly in places but still together and covering the beautiful book that reads like new with no marks or rips on inside pages whatsoever. :) Just the exact sort of vintage book you look for when you think "vintage book"
-Publisher: The Macmillan Company
-Copyright: 1944 Kathleen Winsor
-Date published: 1944
-Provenance: I picked this up and rescued it from a bargain bin of books outside a book establishment that did not value Kathleen Winsor and her enduring works OBVIOUSLY and had no idea what it was worth, which, neither did I, I just knew I had to get this based on the cover, on her portrait on the back (GORGEOUS) and my recognition of her name (plus reading the inside coveR) so I got it for myself. :) After reading it though I had a hard time deciding whether to sell it or not, but I found out first edition copies are scarce and I knew this would make someone really, really happy to add to their collection, so I decided to put it up for that person--maybe you!
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because of its renown author, the fact it is the author's first and arguably most famous work, a FIRST EDITION, and that it is a classic in literary fiction that has lasted to this time, along with its DUST JACKET which is incredibly RARE and signed by the famous cover artist Jean Des Vignes on the jacket in the bottom corner to boot! This is just a special and very valuable book so the price reflects that and is lower than all competing listings with or without the dust jacket (the few there are) and because it has its jacket (biggest point) and is in better shape (another important point), has pictures and details not available on some listings so you can trust in this copy, etc. it came out to this--which is very low and very affordable for what is considered to be a phenomenal collector's item and book in general tbh! I only listed it this low because of all the other copies, this one is the best, and I want someone to find it, buy it, and love it. :) <3

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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.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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