Vintage book A White Umbrella in Mexico by F Hopkinson Smith, famed fiction & travel writer, First Edition 1889 with illustrations by author

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Vintage book A White Umbrella in Mexico by F Hopkinson Smith, famed fiction & travel writer, First Edition 1889 with illustrations by author

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Vintage from the 19th century

There is no other book like this one.

I love this one, I really do. I wish I had the time right now to write about it, but for now I'll say description coming.

Look into it, however, and you will fall in love with it too. This writer makes me want to buy a ticket to a foreign land and just GO. Not that I don't want to do that all the time, but F Hopkinson Smith knew how to write about travel both fiction and nonfiction in a way that few other writers could accomplish.

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

-Full title: A White Umbrella in Mexico
-Author: Francis Hopkinson Smith
-Format: Hardcover, First Edition, white binding with grey boards, gold on title and author's name on front and spine, black and white illustrations by author throughout, pages thick and somewhat glossy
-Condition: This book looks weathered but actually it is not. It only shows the age on the white binding, which has now become off-white over time, but other than that the book does not seem like it is as old as it is (1889!), in that the binding is tight and the book readable. It has those lovely vintage attributes like uncut page-ends, however, so you know it is an old book in the best way :)
-Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin & Co
-Copyright: 1889 Houghton Mifflin & Co
-Date published: 1889
-Provenance: This one is unsigned or dated so there's no telling who owned it before, but I passed over it one too many times in an old bookstore I frequent in Connecticut until I finally picked it up and actually went through it, and knew then both from what I knew about the author and from looking through and reading excerpts that this was a book for me, and would be a book for one of my customers too. This was January 2017, when I shouldn't have been spending money on books as it was after the holidays and I had spent way too much money on presents for other people, but so be it. I'm a bookseller, that's my excuse :)
-Pricing: I priced this book in range with other copies, but seeing as it is a First Edition and in great order compared with the few other copies I could find that did have pictures with them, as opposed to those with little information and no pictures to show you what you're actually getting, I knew it would be worth more than the others but not exorbitantly so.
There is no other book like this one.

I love this one, I really do. I wish I had the time right now to write about it, but for now I'll say description coming.

Look into it, however, and you will fall in love with it too. This writer makes me want to buy a ticket to a foreign land and just GO. Not that I don't want to do that all the time, but F Hopkinson Smith knew how to write about travel both fiction and nonfiction in a way that few other writers could accomplish.

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

-Full title: A White Umbrella in Mexico
-Author: Francis Hopkinson Smith
-Format: Hardcover, First Edition, white binding with grey boards, gold on title and author's name on front and spine, black and white illustrations by author throughout, pages thick and somewhat glossy
-Condition: This book looks weathered but actually it is not. It only shows the age on the white binding, which has now become off-white over time, but other than that the book does not seem like it is as old as it is (1889!), in that the binding is tight and the book readable. It has those lovely vintage attributes like uncut page-ends, however, so you know it is an old book in the best way :)
-Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin & Co
-Copyright: 1889 Houghton Mifflin & Co
-Date published: 1889
-Provenance: This one is unsigned or dated so there's no telling who owned it before, but I passed over it one too many times in an old bookstore I frequent in Connecticut until I finally picked it up and actually went through it, and knew then both from what I knew about the author and from looking through and reading excerpts that this was a book for me, and would be a book for one of my customers too. This was January 2017, when I shouldn't have been spending money on books as it was after the holidays and I had spent way too much money on presents for other people, but so be it. I'm a bookseller, that's my excuse :)
-Pricing: I priced this book in range with other copies, but seeing as it is a First Edition and in great order compared with the few other copies I could find that did have pictures with them, as opposed to those with little information and no pictures to show you what you're actually getting, I knew it would be worth more than the others but not exorbitantly so.

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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.
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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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