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Outlander / A Novel (HARD-TO-FIND FIRST PRINTING)

Diana Gabaldon

Published by Delacorte Press, 1991
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NOT a BCE, NOT ex-library, NOT price-clipped, this is the first edition, first printing of the author's first novel, showing the original price of "$20.00 U.S./$25.00 Can." to jacket front flap. Jacket rear flap coded 0791, as it ought to be. Copyright page states "July 1991" with the complete number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. It's intact and square. Condition is "good in good," which (as the old booksellers say) "isn't very good." There's some slight tea-colored discoloration to fore-edge of the front free endpaper, and the upper outside corners of pp. 20-25 are slightly rippled, as though they'd been turned with damp fingers. Further, original owner used a yellow "Hi-Liter" to mark the names of characters and Gaelic phrases she knew she'd want to remember pretty much throughout the book, often skipping pages but often marking several per page -- turning to underlining in blue ink just for a change of pace on pg. 259 -- the start of Chapter 20. (On the bright side, these yellow markings virtually disappear if you read in the evening under an incandescent light, though you can't miss them in daylight.) Bottom outside corners of pp. 619-624 are rumple-damaged, though without loss of type. Laminate of the colorful Kinuko Craft jacket is moderately wrinkled (which seems to be common), with closed tears of a half-inch to as much as an inch at flap folds. It's 1945 and our heroine, a former British combat nurse, visits Scotland, where she wanders into a circle of standing stones, steps through, and is transported back to 1743, "alone where no lady should be alone," in a land beset by pestilence, superstition, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Needless to say, questions of witchcraft arise, though at least there are plenty of chases, hair's-breadth escapes, and sex. This copy remains square and tight enough to close its own text block, so it's too bad it wasn't more carefully handled, but there you have it. (Again, this copy has much yellow "Hi-Liting" and is thus "good only," though true first printings seem quite thin on the ground. Time-travel historical romantic fiction; a stout 627 pp. Reduced from $200. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER · NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES
 
Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
 
OUTLANDER
 
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
 
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
 
Praise for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels
 
“Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.”San Francisco Chronicle, on Outlander
 
“History comes deliciously alive on the page.”—New York Daily News, on Outlander
 
“Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”The Arizona Republic, on Dragonfly in Amber
 
“Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”Publishers Weekly, on Voyager
 
“Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail.”The Cincinnati Post, on Drums of Autumn
 
“A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].”—CNN, on The Fiery Cross
 
“The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters.”Booklist, on A Breath of Snow and Ashes
 
“Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.”People, on Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

Review: In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.

I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."
Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape

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Title: Outlander / A Novel (HARD-TO-FIND FIRST ...
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 1991
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrator: Jacket illustration by Kinuko Y. Craft
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition

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