New York: Farrar & Rinehart. Very Good+ in Very Good dj. (c.1936). Later Printing. Hardcover. [nice copy, light wear to cloth at bottom edges of covers, original owner's signature at top of ffep; Grosset & Dunlap (reissue) jacket is moderately edgeworn, slightly faded at spine, split halfway up from bottom along front foldover, minor chipping at spine extremities (no loss of text); beautiful wrap-around jacket art]. Novel of wartime (that's WWI) drama, romance and espionage, centering around the exploits of a young American woman in London and Paris. She has a string of lovers and a knack for getting mixed up with all sorts of interesting characters -- per the jacket blurb, "diplomats, soldiers, aristocrats, honky-tonk dancers, socialists, politicians, spies, cocottes" -- and especially spies, in particular Mata Hari, who figures as a character in the middle section of the book. The book was filmed by MGM in 1936, with Jean Harlow in the title role (one of her last films), opposite Cary Grant and Franchot Tone, but with Mata Hari nowhere in sight. (Guess they figured they'd done all they could with that character when they had Garbo play her back in 1931.) . (Inventory #: 14284)
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