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Vintage book RARE first edition A Woman's Reason by William Dean Howells, 1883 famous charming romantic comedy of American men vs Englishmen

Vintage book RARE first edition A Woman's Reason by William Dean Howells, 1883 famous charming romantic comedy of American men vs Englishmen

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There is no other book like this one.

Description coming! 2/9/17 - clyn

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-Full title: A Woman's Reason, A Novel
-Author: William D. Howells
-Format: First edition, Hardcover, full blue boards with gilt title and spine, black ink designs and insignia on front, grey endpapers with beautiful old script signature in pencil on front
-Condition: Good condition for an old book, the gold shines like new and the pages are unmarked, unripped and clean and bright. Cover scuffed on edge and bottom right corner and upper and lower ends of the spine, but still bound tightly and not fragile as many old books become.
-Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company
-Copyright: 1882 William D Howells
-Date published: 1883
-Provenance: This one I've had for a while and could not tell you where I got it from, only that I was blown away by the designs on the cover and intrigued by what I found online about the author and what little I could gather about the book. A book from 1883, think about it! I was mesmerized and at that time I had few books from the 1800s as I didn't specifically go looking for them, I just happened upon them, as with this one. I was surprised because it is in much better shape than previous 1800s books I'd found (although since I have learned my lesson, that preservation of these books can be well-done and some books even from the 1700s can still be quite readable and not falling apart!). I scooped it up and I've had it ever since, but again I cannot remember where I scooped it up from, exactly, or in what year. I do know, however, from the signature that this book was previously owned (undated, unfortunately) by an E. S. Something. This frustrates me very much because I am usually good at transcription having taken classes on it, and I will give the name more time at some point, but from what I've been able to discern this person's handwriting is incredibly difficult to read, or their last name is incredibly difficult to spell and likely also to pronounce. If you buy this book, I would appreciate you telling me your thoughts on what the heck this person's last name might be :)
-Pricing: I priced this book based upon the only other first edition copy I can find of it, that one in a different color (brown) than this, but the same layout and date, which is going for 175.00 a the moment. I want this book to be found and bought and owned by someone who will love it, so I've priced it well below that in the hopes that that someone will buy this copy, which has many more pictures and details, and not that one! I can vouch for this one that you are getting an awesome and well-preserved piece of literature in this novel, and the story itself is definitely one worthy of your time. I'm tempted to re-read it even now, while listing the book.
There is no other book like this one.

Description coming! 2/9/17 - clyn

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

-Full title: A Woman's Reason, A Novel
-Author: William D. Howells
-Format: First edition, Hardcover, full blue boards with gilt title and spine, black ink designs and insignia on front, grey endpapers with beautiful old script signature in pencil on front
-Condition: Good condition for an old book, the gold shines like new and the pages are unmarked, unripped and clean and bright. Cover scuffed on edge and bottom right corner and upper and lower ends of the spine, but still bound tightly and not fragile as many old books become.
-Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company
-Copyright: 1882 William D Howells
-Date published: 1883
-Provenance: This one I've had for a while and could not tell you where I got it from, only that I was blown away by the designs on the cover and intrigued by what I found online about the author and what little I could gather about the book. A book from 1883, think about it! I was mesmerized and at that time I had few books from the 1800s as I didn't specifically go looking for them, I just happened upon them, as with this one. I was surprised because it is in much better shape than previous 1800s books I'd found (although since I have learned my lesson, that preservation of these books can be well-done and some books even from the 1700s can still be quite readable and not falling apart!). I scooped it up and I've had it ever since, but again I cannot remember where I scooped it up from, exactly, or in what year. I do know, however, from the signature that this book was previously owned (undated, unfortunately) by an E. S. Something. This frustrates me very much because I am usually good at transcription having taken classes on it, and I will give the name more time at some point, but from what I've been able to discern this person's handwriting is incredibly difficult to read, or their last name is incredibly difficult to spell and likely also to pronounce. If you buy this book, I would appreciate you telling me your thoughts on what the heck this person's last name might be :)
-Pricing: I priced this book based upon the only other first edition copy I can find of it, that one in a different color (brown) than this, but the same layout and date, which is going for 175.00 a the moment. I want this book to be found and bought and owned by someone who will love it, so I've priced it well below that in the hopes that that someone will buy this copy, which has many more pictures and details, and not that one! I can vouch for this one that you are getting an awesome and well-preserved piece of literature in this novel, and the story itself is definitely one worthy of your time. I'm tempted to re-read it even now, while listing the book.

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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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