This old work is “The Usurper or Her Humble Lover” by Charles Garvice and published by M.A. Donahue with a copyright on the lithograph of 1909. There is also a short story at the end. This first came out circa 1900-1902. Garvice (1850-1920) was one of the most popular English writers of his time. This book is about an English earl who gets secretly swapped as an infant with the son of an evil gypsy. Our hero is raised by good gypsies and becomes the gypsy leader. He is a man a brave man with good character; however, his nemesis (the usurper of his rightful title) is quite the opposite. How the gypsy king regains his rightful title and finds romance sets forth a series of plots and twists with kidnappings, attempted murders, and thievery. "Garvice offered his own formula for success to R. D. Blumenfeld, who, in In the Days of Bicycles and Bustles, recorded: I have from Charles Garvice his secret of success in the making of a popular novel designed to cause every cook and housemaid in Europe and America to weep copiously. He says: "First take a wicked Earl; then an innocent village maiden; next some irate parents, a background of soldiers and sailors, a family solicitor and an elopement scene; a church door; snow falling, detectives, and finally Villainy defeated and Virtue triumphant. There's a firm in New York who would take one of these novels a week if I could furnish it. But, alas! I can only do about six a year!" There is a short story after this titled “Lady Margaret” by Frances Henshaw Baden. The lithograph cover is vibrant and beautifully detailed making this a lovely piece for display as well!
This is app. 7.5”x5” with 265 pages for the first story and 14 pages for the short story plus some advertising. This has cloth over hard boards with a paste down lady lithograph. This is in good+ condition overall with a little corner, edge, spine wear and bumping. There is some cloth wear to spine tips and corners. The binding is tight and all pages intact. The book is complete.
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