Now We Set Out. Susan Ertz. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1934. First edition. Original dust jacket; art by Bip Pares. Young people clashing on the age-old stumbling block of jealousy of the past. It is the man who cannot reconcile himself to accepting the fact that the girl has a right to a past. His furies almost wreck the frail bark of matrimony; she finds a way out, which in turn endangers their safety. But nature takes a hand, and they come together again.
If Winter Comes. A.S.M. Hutchinson. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1923, First edition, photoplay edition. Original dust jacket. A William Fox film starring Percy Marmont and Ann Forrest. Features four scenes from the film. The novel was in many aspects ahead of its time, dealing with an unhappy marriage, eventual divorce, and an unwed mother who commits suicide.
The Dark House. Warwick Deeping. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1941. First Canadian edition. Original dust jacket; art by Zairo. An earnest and ambitious young doctor is forced by circumstances into village and rural practice – and this is the story of a misfit, a square peg in a round hold, of community politics and backbiting and jealousies, of a character changing under uncongenial work – and coming near to wrecking not only his professional career, but his home as well.
Runyon à la Carte. Damon Runyon. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. (1944). First edition. Original dust jacket. “One reason Rudolph is sitting on the floor is this is an empty house that is all boarded up for years and there is no furniture whatever in it, and the other reason is that Rudolph has a .38 slug in his side and really does not feel like doing much of anything but sitting.” – from “Johnny One-Eye"
Celia’s Choice, How One Girl Solved Her Problems. Edith Vezolles Davis. Boston: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Co, 1933. First edition. Original dust jacket and illustrations by J. Clemens Gretta. Romance novel of a young woman who chooses to work in a pottery rather than accept the patronage of her rich friend’s parents.
The Golden Snare. James Oliver Curwood. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1921. Photoplay edition. Original dust jacket. With but two years of service in the RNMP Philip Raine finds himself somewhat unwillingly on the trail of Bram Johnson, wanted for murder and a wild, untamed and savage man who commands a pack of wolves as his brethren. But most peculiar of all is the Bram’s golden snare intricately woven out of the finest, most delicate flaxen hair of a woman.
The Hurdy-Gurdy Girl (1879). Jules Richomme (French, 1818-1903). Oil on canvas. A hurdy-gurdy is a string instrument incorporating a wooden wheel rotated by a shaft connected to a hand crank. Sound is produced by the action of the rim of the rotating wheel rubbing across the string as the wheel is turned. Same in principle as that of a violin bow on a violin string. Because of the curve of the wheel, a number of strings arranged to intersect its circumference can be sounded simultaneously.
A Modern Hero. Louis Bromfield. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1932. First edition. Original dust jacket; art by F. S. Johst. Pierre is a young and handsome circus rider whose mother has long tolerated his amorous adventures but becomes genuinely concerned when he actually falls in love. She reveals to him that he’s the son of a wealthy man, whom she could not marry because of the circus life. But Pierre uses this knowledge as a springboard to wealth and fame himself.