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Antique Romance Novel: Time of Roses by Mrs. L.T. Meade
The author L. T. Meade was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith (1844–1914), a prolific Victorian writer of girls' stories. This publication carries no copyright date but according to research the book was initially published in 1898 by this publisher ( Donohue & Company) and then later in the 1900's published by Hurst & Company and also Grossett & Dunlap.
According to a review this Antique novel tells a story about a young woman (Florence) who is desperate to win a college scholarship contest so she submits another girl's essay as her own. When she becomes enamored with a young man who believes she is a bright new writing star, Florence must decide whether to continue her game of deception or choose the path of honesty. The review states that; "The Time of Roses is a moving story of the beauty of truth." On the title page of the book is a poetic lead in; "It was the time of roses and we plucked them as we passed." The title appears as; "Time of Roses," "The Time of Roses," and "In the Time of Roses" on different years of publication. This might be a First Edition but is not marked as such.
The cloth cover is quite worn on the hard boards. The cover illustration remains in very good condition showing a young woman with a tennis racket. There is loosening of the binding but it still remains intact front and back. The pages show the yellowing of time with sporadic, minimal foxing. No marks found.
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