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Vintage book The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty, First Edition 2nd print 1954 COMIC MASTERPIECE of 50s fiction, iconic Joe Krush illustrations

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There is no other book like this one.

"I'm a great reader that never has time to read."

HOW RELATABLE IS THAT.

I mean, who wouldn't want to read a book with that quote inside it?

Or, what about this one:

"He loved happiness like I love tea."

Not convinced? Well, you should be. This book is just as charming and intriguing as the quotes above, my two favorites from the novel. It's also, I'll say from the start, a comic masterpiece.

Anyway, get prepared: I'm going to provide you with a great deal of compelling intriguing information about the book and why it is so special. Because it really, truly is. And this copy is especially.

Here are the following: a Goodreads link for more information and current reader reviews about the story, a Wikipedia link for more information about the book and its interesting history, a Wikipedia link for more information about the author herself, equally interesting of course, and a few quotes I like from the novel to give you more of a sense of what the book you're getting has in store for you inside.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/853371.The_Ponder_Heart

Book Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ponder_Heart

Author Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eudora_Welty

Actually, I'll throw in a Wikipedia link for information about the fantastic illustrator of the work, Joe Krush, because he deserves to be known just as much. His contributions to the set up of this novel are phenomenal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_and_Beth_Krush

Actually actually, I'll also throw in this page too, because it is just so cool to read about the history of the novel's creation, publishing and reception at the time. This is from Literary Ladies Guide:

http://www.literaryladiesguide.com/book-description/ponder-heart-eudora-welty/

ACTUALLY ACTUALLY ACTUALLY I have to add the New York Time's review of the book when it came out, because how could you NOT want to read that?

http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/11/22/specials/welty-ponder.html

This book is so special, I know the links get this across, plus its being a first edition with an AMAZING cover and AMAZING interior drawings throughout. I like the book so much personally I really should just keep it myself, but I have to share this with someone out there so they can add it to their collection and be just as happy with it.

I also hope that the pictures and the straight information at the bottom I am providing only add to your impression (aka being instantly and undeniably IMPRESSED) of this book.

Here are some more quotes because of course I have to share more quotes, I can't stop myself:

--"Because--Uncle Daniel can't help it!--he always makes everything sound grand. Home on the hilltop! Great big car! Negroes galore! Home-grown bacon and eggs and ham and fried grits and potato cakes and honey and molasses for breakfast every morning to start off with--you know, you don't have to have all the brilliance in the world to sound grand, or to BE grand either. It's a gift."

--"I don't know if you can measure love at all. But Lord knows there's a lot of it, and seems to me from all the studying I've done over Uncle Daniel--and he loves more people than you and I put together ever will--that if the main one you've set your heart on isn't speaking for your love, or is out of your reach some way, married or dead, or plain nitwitted, you've still got that love banked up somewhere. What Uncle Daniel did was just bestow his all around quick--men, women, and children. Love! There's always somebody wants it. Uncle Daniel knew that. He's smart in a way you aren't, child."

--"Grandpa Ponder (in his grave now) might have any fine day waked up to find himself in too pretty a fix to get out of, but he had too much character. And besides, Edna Earle, I used to say to myself, if the words does come to the worst, Grandpa IS rich."


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

-Full Title: The Ponder Heart
-Author: Eudora Welty
-Illustrator: Joe Krush
-Format: Hardcover first edition with pink/red boards, green/grey binding with blue and black hearts overlapping in front illustration printed/engraved on boards, plastic-protected dust jacket in full color illustrated and signed by Joe Krush, black illustrations accompanying and adorning the text throughout by Joe Krush as well, photo portrait of author on back by Kay Bell, with NY Herald Tribune Book Review Quote at bottom: "One of America's distinguished prose stylists...She is interested in people--their lives, their destinies, the irony attendant upon their comings and goings, and she writes of the unusual in terms of the usual."
-Condition: Fantastic condition with no writings or rips or marks on the inside whatsoever, binding tight and dust jacket protected with general wear on ends of book boards but so slight you can't notice it. Just preserved in an awesome state!
-Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & Company: New York
-Copyright: 1953/1954 Eudora Welty with reprint permissions from "The New Yorker, where it first appeared."
-Date Published: 1954
-Provenance: I got this book from an outdoor bookstore I frequent in Connecticut, and picked it up because of its cover, not knowing who Eudora Welty was necessarily but recognizing the name, then finding it was a first edition and starting to read it while flipping through and admiring the illustrations, I decided before I even saw the price that I was going to buy it. This was January 2018. The book isn't signed so no idea who owned it previously to myself.
-Pricing: I priced this book based on a general online search to find other first editions and knew to price it less than a first edition/first print because this one is a second print, but because of its condition its worth is considerable.
There is no other book like this one.

"I'm a great reader that never has time to read."

HOW RELATABLE IS THAT.

I mean, who wouldn't want to read a book with that quote inside it?

Or, what about this one:

"He loved happiness like I love tea."

Not convinced? Well, you should be. This book is just as charming and intriguing as the quotes above, my two favorites from the novel. It's also, I'll say from the start, a comic masterpiece.

Anyway, get prepared: I'm going to provide you with a great deal of compelling intriguing information about the book and why it is so special. Because it really, truly is. And this copy is especially.

Here are the following: a Goodreads link for more information and current reader reviews about the story, a Wikipedia link for more information about the book and its interesting history, a Wikipedia link for more information about the author herself, equally interesting of course, and a few quotes I like from the novel to give you more of a sense of what the book you're getting has in store for you inside.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/853371.The_Ponder_Heart

Book Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ponder_Heart

Author Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eudora_Welty

Actually, I'll throw in a Wikipedia link for information about the fantastic illustrator of the work, Joe Krush, because he deserves to be known just as much. His contributions to the set up of this novel are phenomenal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_and_Beth_Krush

Actually actually, I'll also throw in this page too, because it is just so cool to read about the history of the novel's creation, publishing and reception at the time. This is from Literary Ladies Guide:

http://www.literaryladiesguide.com/book-description/ponder-heart-eudora-welty/

ACTUALLY ACTUALLY ACTUALLY I have to add the New York Time's review of the book when it came out, because how could you NOT want to read that?

http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/11/22/specials/welty-ponder.html

This book is so special, I know the links get this across, plus its being a first edition with an AMAZING cover and AMAZING interior drawings throughout. I like the book so much personally I really should just keep it myself, but I have to share this with someone out there so they can add it to their collection and be just as happy with it.

I also hope that the pictures and the straight information at the bottom I am providing only add to your impression (aka being instantly and undeniably IMPRESSED) of this book.

Here are some more quotes because of course I have to share more quotes, I can't stop myself:

--"Because--Uncle Daniel can't help it!--he always makes everything sound grand. Home on the hilltop! Great big car! Negroes galore! Home-grown bacon and eggs and ham and fried grits and potato cakes and honey and molasses for breakfast every morning to start off with--you know, you don't have to have all the brilliance in the world to sound grand, or to BE grand either. It's a gift."

--"I don't know if you can measure love at all. But Lord knows there's a lot of it, and seems to me from all the studying I've done over Uncle Daniel--and he loves more people than you and I put together ever will--that if the main one you've set your heart on isn't speaking for your love, or is out of your reach some way, married or dead, or plain nitwitted, you've still got that love banked up somewhere. What Uncle Daniel did was just bestow his all around quick--men, women, and children. Love! There's always somebody wants it. Uncle Daniel knew that. He's smart in a way you aren't, child."

--"Grandpa Ponder (in his grave now) might have any fine day waked up to find himself in too pretty a fix to get out of, but he had too much character. And besides, Edna Earle, I used to say to myself, if the words does come to the worst, Grandpa IS rich."


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

-Full Title: The Ponder Heart
-Author: Eudora Welty
-Illustrator: Joe Krush
-Format: Hardcover first edition with pink/red boards, green/grey binding with blue and black hearts overlapping in front illustration printed/engraved on boards, plastic-protected dust jacket in full color illustrated and signed by Joe Krush, black illustrations accompanying and adorning the text throughout by Joe Krush as well, photo portrait of author on back by Kay Bell, with NY Herald Tribune Book Review Quote at bottom: "One of America's distinguished prose stylists...She is interested in people--their lives, their destinies, the irony attendant upon their comings and goings, and she writes of the unusual in terms of the usual."
-Condition: Fantastic condition with no writings or rips or marks on the inside whatsoever, binding tight and dust jacket protected with general wear on ends of book boards but so slight you can't notice it. Just preserved in an awesome state!
-Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & Company: New York
-Copyright: 1953/1954 Eudora Welty with reprint permissions from "The New Yorker, where it first appeared."
-Date Published: 1954
-Provenance: I got this book from an outdoor bookstore I frequent in Connecticut, and picked it up because of its cover, not knowing who Eudora Welty was necessarily but recognizing the name, then finding it was a first edition and starting to read it while flipping through and admiring the illustrations, I decided before I even saw the price that I was going to buy it. This was January 2018. The book isn't signed so no idea who owned it previously to myself.
-Pricing: I priced this book based on a general online search to find other first editions and knew to price it less than a first edition/first print because this one is a second print, but because of its condition its worth is considerable.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(53)
Reviewed by CGFlores85
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 2, 2018
I ordered this as a gift and was very happy with Colleen’s feedback and willingness to help me track down this one of a kind book! It even showed up before Christmas thanks to a speedy delivery despite the short notice. I will definitely be visiting No Other Book Like This again.
SOLD - Vintage book Recreations in Astronomy by Henry White Warren, First Edition 1879, star charts/maps, MANY RARE full color illustrations

Reviewed by itzjeffduh
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 30, 2017
Great item, great seller, fast shipment!!! The book was perfect, exactly as described. Thanks!
Vintage book classic young adult The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary, famous child/YA author, 1958 special Book Club Edition, RARE cover art

Reviewed by L.M. Biddulph
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 16, 2017
This book is BEAUTIFUL! I was so excited to receive it yesterday, so I could read it over Christmas. I read the abridged version of Thomas Wingfold, Curate over a decade ago and loved it, so I have been looking forward to this so much. Thank you!!!!!!!! :-D
Vintage book Thomas Wingfold, Curate. by George MacDonald, rare edition 1880, famed "Father" of The Inklings including Tolkien and C S Lewis

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Vintage book The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty, First Edition 2nd print 1954 COMIC MASTERPIECE of 50s fiction, iconic Joe Krush illustrations

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