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A social issues novel, Vashti addresses "the divorce question," with a heroine unhappily married to a fiend in human shape who nevertheless (in true Victorian fashion) endures it all until the end. In her heyday author Wilson was notorious for her verbose writing style — critics claimed she plundered the dictionary just to find unused words to stuff into her novels. Nevertheless this was a massive bestseller at the time, and it's an interesting peek at what people were reading back then.

This edition was published by Ward, Lock & Co in 1913. The cloth cover is in pretty good shape, though there are some spots and a bit of wrinkling on the front where the glue has come away from the fabric and boards. The pages are quite yellowed but it's still readable, and the binding is in very good condition.

BONUS! When I discovered this book (at a local church book sale), it wasn't until I got home that I found a vintage Christmas postcard inside! There's a dedication in pencil a couple of pages in that says "Lou Woof Sunny Brook Farm Xmas 1913. From Kenneth." so it's a fair guess that the postcard dates from the same time — and I'll include the postcard with the book!

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Vashti by A.J. Evans Wilson


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: paper, cardboard
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
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