London: Heinemann. (1949). First. First English edition, preceded by the American edition. Small spots of sunning on the spine ends, else near fine in attractive, very good dustwrapper (with wraparound jacket art) with a couple of tiny nicks at the spine ends, and a couple of short tears and scuffs on the front panel. A handsome copy of a cheaply made book. Smith's first novel, a bestseller by an Englishwoman living in the U.S., and one of the most beloved 20th Century romances, about an eccentric family living in the ruins of an old castle, and the trials and tribulations of the two daughters of the family. Basis for an enjoyable 2003 film directed by Tim Fywell, with interesting performances by Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, and Rose Byrne. An exceptionally uncommon title, seldom found in pleasing condition. . (Inventory #: 409968)
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