G. B. Stern

Published by Cassell & Company Ltd., 1942
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First impression of the first edition thus (originally published under the name "Tents of Israel" in 1924. Complete with folding family tree tipped into rear of book. ***Very good in blue cloth-covered boards with black titles to spine. Corners and head and tail of spine rubbed and faded. Slight foxing to all edges of text-block, prelims and rear pages only very faintly affecting a few interior text pages. Spine tight. No inscriptions. ***In a near fine colour printed dustwrapper showing publisher's original price of 12/6 net on spine of dustwrapper. Corners and head and tail of spine very slightly rubbed. No tears. Front and rear panels and spine of dustwrapper bright. ***552 pages. 204mm x 148mm. ***'These are the chronicles of the families of Rakonitz and Czelovar, from 1887 until the Autumn of 1940. The vitality of a whole new generation is brought into contemporary years with the enchanting heroine of the book, Toni's daughter Babs, her brother and all her cousins. ***Each character stands brilliant and distinct. Anastasia, the old Matriarch whom we all know already, is as energetic and irresistible as ever. What a joy, too, to meet again the Matriarch's daughter, Truda, Aunt Elsa, Susan, Berthe and Letti of the Paris branch, Rudi the Viennese composer of light music, Haidee and Val, Neil and Helen and Loraine. ***Scenes and stories follow each other swiftly, from Victorian London to Vienna and the Italian Riviera, then back again, to London; Italy, California, Paris, Copenhagen, London once more; and then a quiet conclusion on Richard's Berkshire farm. ***Here is a feeling of satisfaction that though realism has never once been sacrificed to romance, life has risen again and again, strong and irrepressible, as in the Phoenix legend of the young soul born anew from the ashes. ***All the Matriarch books converge into this one.' (Quote from rear of dustwrapper blurb). ***This book is part of the family saga about the cosmopolitan Jewish Rakonitz family. ***Gladys Bertha (or Bronwyn) Stern was the author of The Rakonitz Chronicles published in 1932, and many other novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, biographies and literary criticism including the novel: The Woman in the Hall" mentioned on the front panel of this novel. ***Daunt Books re-published The Matriarch on 27/6/13. ***The best-known of her over forty novels are those making up the series based on her own family: the first three volumes published as The Rakonitz Chronicles: Tents of Israel, 1924 - later published as The Matriarch in 1942, A Deputy Was King in 1926, Mosaic in 1930, Shining and Free in 1935. ***They are the chronicles of a wealthy, cosmopolitan Jewish family including scenes of Victorian and 1930s London, but also of Vienna, the Italian Riviera, Paris etc. Her friends in literary London included the writers Noël Coward, Rebecca West, H.G. Wells and W. Somerset Maugham. Apart from over forty novels, she wrote short stories, plays, and biographies of Jane Austen and Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as an autobiography, All In Good Time in 1954, about her conversion to Catholicism. *** A rare war-time literary first edition printed on thin economy standard wartime paper complete in its fragile and original dustwrapper - very hard to find in this near fine and unfaded condition. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. Bookseller Inventory # 2345

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Publisher: Cassell & Company Ltd.

Publication Date: 1942

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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