The Life of a Book Agent

St. Louis: Published by the Author, 1892. 5th Edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo size, 458 pp. Very good. Item #18110103

"The Life of a Book Agent" is the autobiography of the bookseller Annie Nelles, telling of her escapades and travels as she tries to make a living peddling books; although there is some dispute as to which parts are fiction and which are true, nonetheless the book provides an in-depth look at a determined woman who searches for success in a business that, at the time, was largely dominated by men. At times melodramatic, Nelles' autobiography is filled with poignant moments as she struggles to make a living, to rise out of poverty, and to be independent.

This volume is the fifth edition of Nelles' book, and, unlike the earlier editions, is presented as though a friend of the author were telling the story of her life. This volume is seemingly scarce in the trade, with this copy is in better condition than usually found.

___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, black decorative borders and ornaments with title in gilt on the front board, gilt lettering and ruled borders on the spine, frontispiece an engraved portrait of Annie Nelles, with tissue guard; duodecimo size (7.75" by 5.5"), pagination: [1-6] 7-458.

___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; professional restoration to the hinges, now strong and solid, boards are clean overall with minor soiling, sunning to the spine, some rubbing to the corners and to the tail of the spine, all corners but the top rear are gently bumped, light toning to the interior pages, and foxing to the second flyleaf and to the tissue guard and frontispiece.

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Price: $400.00