The Grass is Always Greener

Bantam 410. Cover and pages clean, no writing. Glossy cover starting to wrinkle along outside edge. Very minor spine wear. Cover artist is Casey Jones. From Kirkus Reviews:

A fantasy of modern American life which stretches from a horse with a trust fund to a reporter and a banker who swap personalities. Sherman, a tall, rakish, fun-loving political reporter from Sacramento is covering a governors' convention in Philadelphia. Baxter Oldershaw, bank official, is in the city for his aunt's funeral. They don't know each other, but both get thoroughly pixilated, and next day Sherman is roly poly Baxter, and Baxter is tall lean Sherman. They exchange homes, lives and loves- a challenge to their wits and their creator's ingenuity. He makes the reader know and see his characters; he has brilliant bursts of satire; he is bawdy; he's corny; he's dull. He's reminiscent of Thorne-Smith -- and he's irritatingly pseudo. Readers will either take him to their hearts- or hate him. At least he supplies comic relief.

  • The Grass is Always Greener
  • George Malcolm-Smith
  • Bantam Books, 1948

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is a novella, completed in 1927 and was unpublished in Lovecraft's lifetime. It is both the longest of the stories that make up his Dream Cycle and the longest Lovecraft work to feature protagonist Randolph Carter. This is Ballantine 01923-7. Mild page toning. Cover is clean, binding crisp. A good tight copy. 242 pages.

  • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Ballantine Books, 1970

The Crown of Life

This vintage novel is bound in red cloth boards, with gilt spine lettering and gilt author's facsimile signature on the front cover. Spine is faded; inner pages faintly browned, but most are clean and unmarked. Lower portion of join frayed and worn. Owner's name on frontispiece. This is Gissing's 19th novel, written around the same time as his more well-known "The Nether World." 348 pages, plus advertisements; approx. 5"x7".

  • The Crown of Life
  • George Gissing
  • Methuen & Co., 1927
  • Second edition

The Place of Honeymoons

This antique hardcover book is bound in olive green boards, with gilt lettering on the front and spine. Mild edgewear; slight foxing at rear endpapers; inner pages clean. This novel from best-selling writer Harold MacGrath was made into a film in 1920. 378 pages; approx. 5"x8".

  • The Place of Honeymoons
  • Harold MacGrath
  • Arthur I. Keller, illustrator
  • The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1912

Dr. North and His Friends

This antique hardcover book is bound in green boards with gilt lettering and decoration on the front and spine. Mild wear to spine ends; owner's name on front endpaper; most inner pages clean, binding tight. The author, a medical doctor, writes of his own experiences in fictionalized form as a celebrated doctor who popularized the so-called "rest cure." 499 pages; approx. 5"x8".

  • Dr. North and His Friends
  • S. Weir Mitchell
  • The Century Co., 1901

Humble Life

This antique hardcover children's book is bound in green decorative boards, with reverse gilt spine lettering, black cover lettering and decoration, and a color paste-down illustration. Some foxing within; covers are clean, a bit of wear to edges. 149 pages; approx. 5"x7". 

  • Humble Life: A Tale for Humble Homes
  • Henry Selous
  • T.C. Collins, illustrator
  • Griffith and Farran, 1876

The Scarlet Letter

This antique hardcover book is bound in brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine and etched designs on the cover. Edges are worn, corners a bit bumped; spine chipped. Heaviest edgewear along bottom of covers. Binding generally tight, a few signatures are loose. Inscriptions on front inner board and front endpaper, some remnant of labels as well. Fair condition. This second edition includes an introduction from the author, and "The Custom-House" as a preface to the novel. No advertisements at front of book. Four pages of Ticknor and Fields advertisements at rear. 307 pages, approx. 5"x7".

  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Ticknor and Fields, 1855

Worcester Evening Post Prize Cook Book

This vintage cookbook is bound in tan cloth boards with dark brown lettering and cover illustration. Corners bumped and worn; some cover soil. Some pencil notes at rear; a few browned spots on inside pages where clippings have been kept. Contains a wide variety of recipes sent in by readers of the Worcester Evening Post in Worcester, Massachusetts. 498 pages, including index, plus advertisements; approx. 5"x8".

  • Worcester Evening Post Prize Cook Book
  • Lyda Flanders, Editor
  • Worcester Post Co., 1929