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1st editions of her first 4 novels, all inscribed to her Uncle; Jig-Saw (1925); Saw Dust (1926); If the Tree Is Saved (1929); For What? (1930)
London: Duckworth, 1930. First Edition. cloth. Good. 1) Jig-Saw [Duckworth]: 1st edition. Cloth faded, spine soiled and with a tear to the tip, otherwise good condition. Signed presentation copy inscribed, "To Dear Uncle Willie with love from Barbara Cartland, 9-3-25." Armorial bookplate of William Hall; 2) Saw Dust [Duckworth]: 1st edition. Cloth faded, otherwise good. Signed presentation copy inscribed, "To darling Uncle Willie to whom I am indebted for many of the thoughts in this book, and especially for the interest, kindness, and helpful criticism always accorded me. With my best love, Barbara. March 20, 1926." 3) If the Tree Is Saved [Duckworth]: 1st edition. Cloth faded, otherwise good. Signed presentation copy inscribed, "To darling Uncle Willie with love from Barbara." 4) For What? [Hutchinson]: 1st edition. Cloth faded, edges soiled, one spot, else good. Signed presentation copy inscribed, "Uncle Willie with love from Barbara.". Barbara Cartland is the 3rd best selling author of all time (1 billion books), trailing only William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. Our 4 books are all frustratingly scarce 1st editions, even without their dustjackets, just try and get any one of them. And it is only pretentious and crusty, subject scorning, literary snobbery (romance novels are trash), that prevents them from being 10 times as expensive as they are here, and your odds of finding another inscribed set (chasing the horizon), are lower than the chicken vote for Colonel Sanders, though I suppose you could try saying "Beatlejuice" 3 times, and see if that leads to anything.
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