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An AFB 5-book historical fiction multi-pack: Bedford Village, Sun in Their Eyes, The Last Frontier, A Breath of Scandal, The Secret Road

By: Allen, Hervey, Monte Barrett, Howard Fast, Bonnie Golightly, Bruce Lancaster

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Dell D128, Popular Library 224, White Circle CD 458, Avon T-474, Perma M-3016:

Edition: Various editions

Seller ID: 018330

Condition: Good or better


All five titles are in Good (occasionally bertter) condition, with no loose or missing pages, and are offered for those who just wish to read a variety of historical fiction novels, some of which may have been forgotten (or never discovered) by today's readers, or consigned to the back shelf of the literary closet. To browse through other multi-packs, enter "AFB multi-pack" in the title field, and click Search. (Sorry, but no substitutions of titles.) View more info

Land for Their Inheritance

By: Bennett, E.M. Granger

Price: $14.00

Publisher: Toronto, Ryerson Press: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 012536

Condition: Good


Historical fiction, telling of a man's struggle to found a settlement in New France while dealing with uncertainty and violence. Grey cloth, 317 pages, dust jacket illustration by Mario Cooper. Bumped spine ends, light corner wear, gift inscription on front pastedown, light tanning, in edgeworn dust jacket w/chipping to conrers/spine ends, 1" semi-circular tear to bottom edge of front panel, other shorter edge tears, general wear. Dust jacket now in protective mylar sleeve. View more info

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The Day of the Fifth Moon

By: Brome, Vincent

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Victor Gollancz Ltd.: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 015881

ISBN: 0-575-03494-7

Condition: Very Good


"A novel of the besieged in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion." Red cloth w/gilt spine lettering, 248 pages. Light general wear, in rubbed dust jacket w/shallow impressions, light edgewear. View more info

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Dando and the Summer Palace

By: Clive, William

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 018285

Condition: Very Good


The second Dando novel, this one finding our hero shipped to China in 1860 near the end of the Second Opium War. Red cloth w/silver spine lettering, 190 pages (including bibliography). Sticker glue stain to front end paper, light tanning, in dust jacket w/moderate edgewear, full-length crease to full length of front flap, light rubbing. View more info

Foxlight

By: Cummins, Mary

Price: $12.50

Publisher: London & Toronto, Robert Hale Limited/Nelson Foster & Scott/General: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 012530

ISBN: 0-919324-42-8

Condition: Very Good


Historical fiction. From the front flap: "When Ellice Menteith arrives in Upper Canada to find her hitherto unknown relatives, she is in a poor state of health after the long voyage from Liverpool. She has been brought up in Scotland by a foster mother, Martha Bruce, and in order to save her foster sister, Nesta, from rape she attacks the man with dressmaking scissors. He is the son of the local squire and Ellice in the twilight, or foxlight, is sure that she has been seen by a tall stranger." Black cloth, 192 pages, dust jacket illustration by Eileen Walton. A bit of slant, light gene... View more info

Captain Desmond, V.C.

By: Diver, Maud

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Edinburgh & London, William Blackwood & Sons: 1921

Edition: New & revised edition

Seller ID: 010441

Condition: Fair to Good Reading Copy


Historical fiction. A romance set in India. Originally published in 1907. This edition contains three chapters substituted for the original final scene, the additional material thought in 1907 to make the work too long. Beige boards w/black lettering/medal illustration, 346 pages. View more info

The Private Life Of Helen Of Troy

By: Erskine, John

Price: $7.50

Publisher: New York, Sun Dial Press/Center Books: 1943

Edition: 2nd Sun Dial/Center edition

Seller ID: fic.00230

Condition: Good


"What kind of woman was the beautiful and unfaithful Greek wife whose face launched a thousand ships and destroyed a nation?" (well, let's see--she was unfaithful, lustful and responsible for a war--hey, she's *my* kinda broad!). Waterstain to front cover, light edgewear, minor cream-coloured soil mark to top of first end paper. Dust jacket w/edgewear, 1" jagged tear to bottom right spine edge, 1/2" jagged tear to top right spine edge, 1/2" tear to bottom left spine edge, chipping to spine ends, small soil marks to rear panel, light chipping to corners, waterstain from fr... View more info

Final Innocence

By: Honig, Donald

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1961

Edition: 1st UK edition

Seller ID: 015535

Condition: Very Good


"Set in Capstone, Long Island, and the border country of Maryland and Virginia during the American Civil War," this is the story of two sixteen-year-old boys who, when the sister of one of them is found to be pregnant, set off in search of the respected older man who is the father, and who has disappeared "on one of his periodic trips to 'the war', ostensibly on secret business for the Northern Army." Grey cloth w/gilt spine lettering, 223 pages, dust jacket illustration by Biro. Dusty/lightly soiled edges, mild offsetting to end papers, light general wear, in dust jacket w/l... View more info

ON FOREIGN SERVICE, Or, The Santa Cruz Revolution

By: Jeans, Surgeon Rear-Admiral T.T.

Price: $18.00

Publisher: London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son:

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 008840

Condition: Good to Very Good


nd (ca 1930); historical fiction originally published in 1911; when the policies of a Central American dictator threaten British interests, two armoured cruisers of the Royal Navy arrive to ensure that the politician who replaces the curmudgeon looks favourably on the Brits; illustrated cloth, 381 pgs.; some rubbing, mild wear to corners/spine ends, dusty/tanned/lightly soiled edges, some spine sunning, moderate general wear; View more info

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The Green Madonna (signed)

By: L'Ami, C.E.

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, The Westminster Press: 1952

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 016095

Condition: Good to Very Good


Winner of the Westminster Award for Fiction. From the front flap: "This is a story of fifteenth century England, in an era of adventure and intrigue, when many a lord and prelate ruled his manor by whim and fancy rather than by right and God...when the common man's slaving earned him nothing, and serfs met in secret to plot and to plan." This copy signed by L'Ami at top of front end paper. Olive cloth w/green decoration to front cover, green spine lettering, 302 pages, dust jacket illustration by Nathan Berman. Mild slant, moderately worn corners/spine ends, dusty/tanned/lightly s... View more info

Lotus Blossom

By: Lancing, George (pseudonym of Bluebell M. Hunter)

Price: $32.50

Publisher: New York, Lee Furman: 1939

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013559

Condition: Fair to Good


Set in China, and telling in fictional form the story of the Empress Dowager. The story of a beautiful young woman named Orchid who, on her way to Pekin to meet her betrothed, meets "the handsome young son of a country cobbler." An unusual relationship is subsequently formed between the girl who has grown up "with the feeling that she was one day destined to be the Empress of China," and the young man whose service as Palace Attendant in the Imperial Court requires that he first be castrated (that is one *hell* of a job-description requirement). Red cloth w/black spine letterin... View more info

The Dream

By: Lodi, Maria

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Mayflower 11905: 1971

Edition: 1st Mayflower edition

Seller ID: 009291

Condition: Good


Originally published in French in 1965 before being published in translation by William Heinemann in 1969. This first Mayflower edition follows the Heinemann translation by Anne Carter. This is the second volume of Lodi's historical trilogy that began with 'Charlotte Morel.' In 1869 Paris a man fights for his nation's future and the love of the only woman he believes capable of bringing him happiness (apparently he doesn't get out much). Light rubbing, mild spine roll, thin spine creases, creases to bottom left corner of back cover, tanning. View more info

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The Sea 'Venture

By: Mason, F. van Wyck

Price: $7.50

Publisher: London, Hutchinson: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 016944

Condition: Very Good


Mason "tells a hitherto untold story of the New World -- how the Jamestown colony almost failed, what life in Virginia was like in 1610 and how the Bermudas came to be settled." Brown cloth w/gilt and blue spine lettering, 352 pages, map end papers, wraparound dust jacket illustration by William Randell. A bumped corner, mild wear to corners/spine ends, bump to fore-edge of back cover, in lightly edgeworn dust jacket w/sticker pull to spine, a bit of chipping to corners/spine ends, sun-darkened (entirely legible) spine. View more info

The Pagoda Tree

By: Mather, Berkely

Price: $7.50

Publisher: London, Collins: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 008262

ISBN: 0 00 222410 0

Condition: Very Good to Fine


Historical fiction. Two brothers leave Australia, sailing in a Chinese junk to Hong Kong where complications, including the Chinese Opium War and a murder, cause one of them to sail for home. Lovely wraparound dust jacket illustration by Johnny Pau. Mild edgewear, faint soil to top edge, in dust jacket w/light edgewear, moderate general wear. View more info

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Prelude to Jesting

By: Mitchell, Mary

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, Methuen & Co. Ltd.: 1950

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 018325

Condition: Very Good


The story of Hugo, a dwarf spurned by his 16th-century Flemish relations, and who ends up as "a jester at the Court of King Philip of Spain," where he falls in love with a woman "who is repelled by his grotesque appearance." Blue cloth w/white spine lettering, 245 pages. Gently bumped/lightly worn corners, light sunning to spine ends, tanned/lightly soiled/some foxing to edges, date in ink to bottom of front end paper, in dust jacket w/chipped corners/spine ends, moderately sunned spine, foxing/light soil to rear panel, 3/8" tear to top left of front panel, uneven 1" tear to top of rear fold... View more info

HENRY'S QUEST, Early Life in Rural Nova Scotia

By: Monnon, Mary Ann

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Halifax, Oxford Street Press: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 012649

ISBN: 0-9691127-5-0

Condition: Very Good


Historical fiction for juveniles, set in the late 1700s when a group of Loyalists flee South Carolina and arrive in Nova Scotia to face deprivation and hard times. Winner of the Lilla Stirling Award from the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Authors Association. 83 pages. Rubbing, impressions, scratches, moderate general wear. Internally tight and clean. View more info

The Sea Captain's Wife (signed)

By: Powning, Beth

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Toronto, Alfred A. Knopf Canada: 2010

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 016887

ISBN: 0307397106

Condition: As New


First printing w/complete number sequence. Nominated for the 2012 International Impac Dublin Literary Award. A woman who has married a sea captain and "imagines an exciting life at sea with him" is denied her wishes when she becomes pregnant, and must remain behind when he sets sail. Upon his return years lataer, a scandal forces him to take her and his young daughter on board, where "they set sail for London with bitter hearts." This copy signed by Powning, on title page. Cream boards w/bronze spine lettering, 371 pages (including glossary, acknowledgments). An unread co... View more info

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A Measure of Light (signed)

By: Powning, Beth

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Toronto, Penguin / Random House / Knopf Canada: 2015

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Powning, on title page

Seller ID: 018095

ISBN: 0345808479

Condition: As New


A "seventeenth-century Puritan who flees persecution in England" discovers the colony of Massachusetts Bay is as restrictive as the country she fled, and after becoming one of America's first Quakers, realizes that "she must follow her convictions in order to bring an end to the brutal repression of the Quakers in Massachusetts, for whom death by hanging is the ultimate punishment." Brown boards w/gilt spine lettering, 324 pages. An unread copy. View more info

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The Falcon #3: The Bloody Cross

By: Ramsay, Mark (pseudonym of John Maddox Roberts)

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Signet AE1917: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 018005

ISBN: 0-451-11917-7

Condition: Very Good


The third Draco Falcon historical adventure in the Age of Chivalry, this one finding the Ultimate Warrior in medieval Paris, facing the menacing Knights Templar, who rule "an empire of satanic evil with iron hands and razor-edged steel." And, of course, we also have a ravishing duchess just to spice things up, as she makes "man after man slave and victim of her insatiable appetites." (she's always hungry?) 186 pages. Crease to bottom left corner of front cover, remainder stripe across bottom edge near spine, previous owner's sticker to inside front cover,moderate general wea... View more info

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The Falcon #1: The Falcon Strikes

By: Ramsay, Mark (pseudonym of John Maddox Roberts)

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Signet AE1770: 1982

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 018017

ISBN: 0-451-11770-0

Condition: Very Good


First in the historical adventure series featuring Draco Falcon in the Age of Chivalry, this one finding the Ultimate Warrior back from the Crusades and hunting through Europe "for the traitors who had betrayed hinm in the Holy Land." And naturally we also have a ravishing wanton who makes him "an offer that his flesh could not refuse" (I bet his flesh didn't even try!). 172 pages + 14-page excerpt from Book 2 in the series + brief 1-page author biography + 1-page advertisement for other Signet titles. Internally tight and clean w/light edgewear, previous owner's name/addres... View more info

Long Live The King

By: Rinehart, Mary Roberts

Price: $8.50

Publisher: Toronto, Thomas Allen/Houghton Mifflin: 1917

Edition: 1st Canadian edition

Seller ID: mys.00308

Condition: Good


Historical fiction. Although it has lost a little of its lustre, gilt front cover illustration is still clear and attractive. Moderate spine end/corner wear, scuffing and light spotting to cloth, dusty/lightly soiled edges. View more info

Fair Wind to Java

By: Roark, Garland

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Permabooks P127:

Seller ID: 008752

Condition: Good


Historical fiction originally published in 1948, in hardcover, by Doubleday & Company. Two ruthless men -- one a murderous captain and the other determined to destroy him -- battle for power and the wealth of the exotic Indies. Slant, edgewear, impressions, previous owner's name, moderate general wear. View more info

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Northwest Passage (signed)

By: Roberts, Kenneth

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday, Doran: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Roberts, on title page

Seller ID: 018310

Condition: Good


A historical novel set during the French and Indian War (1754 until 1763), telling the exploits of Robert Rogers and his Rangers. Basis for the 1940 movie that starred Spencer Tracy, and, almost 20 years later, a television show starring Buddy Ebsen and Keith Larsen. Dark green cloth w/blind-stamped illustration to front cover, gilt spine lettering/decoration to spine, map end papers, 709 pages + a one page listing a few other titles by Roberts. Wear to corners/spine, some cloth discolouration, light cover soil, split between copyright page/title page, previous owner's signature (in pencil)... View more info

On the Field of Glory

By: Sienkiewicz, Henryk

Price: $14.00

Publisher: New York, Hippocrene Books: 2000

Edition: 1st Hippocrene edition

Seller ID: 009707

ISBN: 0-7818-0762-X

Condition: Near Fine


Historical fiction. The first of a planned trilogy of Poland in the seventeenth century, a time "in which King John Sobieski III of Poland came to the rescue of Vienna and defeated the Turkish armies besieging it." Sienkiewicz died in 1916, before he could write the second and third volumes of the trilogy. Translated from the Polish by Miroslaw Lipinski. Brown boards, 257 pages. Gently bumped spine ends, short remainder line across bottom edge, in rubbed dust jacket w/light edgewear. A nice copy. View more info

The Affairs of Caroline Cherie

By: St. Laurent, Cecil

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Dell 852: 1955

Edition: 1st paperback edition

Seller ID: 011080

Condition: Very Good


reissues the 1954 Crown Publishers edition; third in the series featuring Caroline Cherie, a "wildly passionate, unpredictable young minx" and her amorous adventures in Napoleonic days; translated by Coburn Gilman; cover by Freeman Elliot; View more info

Henry's Archbishop

By: Street, M.K.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Robert Hale: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014097

Condition: Good


Historical fiction based on the life and times of Thomas Cranmer, beginning with his second marriage, and showing "how Henry VIII forced this shy, retiring man to accept the Archbishopric of Canterbury." Black cloth w/silver spine lettering, 191 pages, dust jacket illustration by Biro. Some spine slant, bumped corners/spine ends, light general wear, in price-clipped dust jacket w/lightly tanned spine, light edgewear, uneven 3/4" tear to top right spine edge, scrapes to spine. Jacket now in protective mylar sleeve. View more info

Three Ships West

By: Symons, Harry

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Harlequin 207: 1953

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: fic.00404

Condition: Fair to Good


Historical adventure featuring mutiny, intrigue, treasure, shipwrecks, Christopher Columbus heading into the great unknown in those three ships that that Isabella broad gave him--this one's got it all, boys and girls. Strong spine slant, crease to bottom right corner of front cover, rubbing, scraping to spine ends and edges, short separations at bottom edges, light soil to back cover, bottom page corners stained blue. Internally tight. View more info

Black Jade

By: Taylor, Angeline

Price: $5.00

Publisher: White Circle CD357: 1948

Edition: 1st White Circle edition

Seller ID: 010399

Condition: Good


The story of an 18th century Caribbean planter and his exotic slave-mistress, purchased at auction and tied to him by strange bonds. Reading crease, handling wear, previous owner's tape repair to bottom right spine edge, impressions, general wear. View more info

Kid (Forest) Kerley

By: Texas Pat (pseudonym of Kilpatrick Mason)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: The Arthur Westbrook Company:

Seller ID: 011257

Condition: Near Fine


nd; #9 in the publisher's "Early Western Life Series"; flaking at bottom staple, tanned pages, light edgewear, light smudging to back cover; a great copy, internally tight and clean; fragile to begin with, it would be extremely difficult to turn up a nicer copy than this; View more info

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An AFB 4-book multi-pack: The Amazing Quest of Doctor Syn, The Courageous Exploits of Dr. Syn, The Further Adventures of Doctor Syn, The Shadow of Doctor Syn

By: Thorndike, Russell

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Arrow B645, B644, B629, B647: 1972

Edition: New editions

Seller ID: 018313

Condition: Good


The third, fourth, fifth and sixth books from the seven-book series featuring the Vicar of Dymchurch, who cares deeply for his flock, but who manages to find the time to lead the Night Riders, a group of smugglers proving to be a major headache for the authorities. All four titles are in Good condition, with no loose or missing pages, and are offered for those who just wish to read about the exploits of the two-faced clergyman. To browse through other multi-packs, enter "AFB multi-pack" in the title field. View more info

The Loveday Scandals

By: Tremayne, Kate

Price: $20.00

Publisher: London, Headline Book Publishing/Hodder Headline: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013105

ISBN: 0-7472-6569-0

Condition: Near Fine


1st printing w/complete number sequence. The fourth title in the historical fiction series concerning the Loveday family. Purple cloth w/silver soil spine lettering, 342 pages. A hint of general wear, in dust jacket w/a suggestion of edgewear View more info

I AM General Eaton! (signed)

By: Turner, Philip

Price: $6.50

Publisher: Bar Harbor, Acadia Publishing Company: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 012485

ISBN: 0-934745-26-9

Condition: Near Fine


Historical fiction based on the life and times of William Eaton, the Barbary General. Turner has signed this copy on title page. 246 pages (including bibliography), illustrated, cover by Lisa Turner. Moderate general wear. An unread copy, internally tight and clean. View more info

CAPTAIN FANTOM, being an account of sundry adventures in the life of Carlo Fantom soldier of misfortune, hard-man and ravisher

By: Underhill, Charles (pseudonym of Reginald Hill)

Price: $7.50

Publisher: London, Hutchinson of London: 1978

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 015109

ISBN: 0 09 131120 9

Condition: Very Good


Historical fiction set in the first half of the seventeenth century, and telling the story of a Croatian mercenary who fought for money and women. Brown cloth w/gilt spine lettering, 224 pages, wraparound dust jacket illustration by Chris Collingwood. Moderate general wear, previous owner's sticker to bottom of front pastedown, previous owner's name to bottom of front free end paper, price-clipped dust jacket w/some rubbing, impressions/thin scratches, 1&1/2" tear to bottom of rear fold. Jacket in protective mylar sleeve. View more info

Madame Dorthea

By: Undset, Sigrid

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf Canada: 1940

Edition: 1st US edition

Seller ID: 011831

Condition: Good


Originally published in Oslo by H. Aschehour & Co., and here translated from the Norwegian by Arthur G. Chater. Historical fiction set in eighteenth-century Norway, from the 1928 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Green cloth w/gilt spine lettering, 351 pages, dust jacket illustration by Salter. A bit of slant, tanned/dust-soiled edges, previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown, offsetting to end paper, in dust jacket w/sunned spine, edgewear, moderate chipping to corners/spine ends, several short edge tears, some soil/smudging to rear panel, general wear. View more info

Purple Hills

By: Waltrip, Lela and Rufus

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Longmans, Green & Co.: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014691

Condition: Very Good


Historical fiction. Sequel to 'White Harvest,' "but a story that can be read independently." The Mathis family has claimed an abandoned New Mexico homestead, but after a promising beginning learn why earlier homesteaders left it. 154 pages, illustrated by Christine Price. View more info

Fingersmith

By: Waters, Sarah

Price: $55.00

Publisher: London, Virago/Time Warner: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014779

ISBN: 1-86049-882-5

Condition: As New


"London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves -- fingersmiths -- under the rough but loving care of Mrs. Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away." Black cloth w/red foil spine lettering, 548 pages + Notes, red ribbon bookmark. View more info

Captain For Elizabeth

By: Westcott, Jan

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Harlequin 164: 1952

Edition: 1st Harlequin edition

Seller ID: 008904

Condition: Fair Reading Copy


historical fiction; follows the Crown hardcover edition; the story of Captain Tom Cavendish and his adventures in the service of Queen Bess; or, as the publisher would have it, "A lusty novel of piracy, stolen treasure and women abandoned to the unknown."; slant, sunned spine, a bit of soil, impressions, 1" separations at bottom spine edges, previous owners' names on title page, again at top of following page, general wear; View more info

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Loves' (Love's) Chase

By: Zola, Emile

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, The Warren Press: 1911

Edition: 1st thus

Seller ID: 018322

Condition: Good


A naive young man from Lower Normandy enters Parisian society, and after hearing that married women are interested in taking on young lovers, does his damnedest to initiate such an arrangement. He identifies a couple of candidates, and initially can't decide which one to go after, but once he does, has no idea how to begin the seduction. This is an unusual item, indicating that the publisher either didn't know what it was doing, or made something of an embarrassing error (or two). The front cover indicates that this book is 'A Tragic Love' (another of Zola's books), but the title page and a... View more info