"The Old Wives' Tale: Volumes I & II" 1941 BENNETT, Arnold
Vol I  pp.
Vol II Pages: 348-729
In tape-reinforced publisher's slipcase w/ floral boards
Limited edition of 1500 copies This copy is number 782
12 1/2" x 8 1/2"
A classic work of English fiction which celebrates the romance of even the most ordinary lives as it tells the story of the two Baines sisters, placid stay-at-home Constance and rebellious Sophia, from their girlhood to their last days. They move from the family drapery shop in provincial Bursley during the repressive mid-Victorian period to old age in the modern era of mass marketing and the internal combustion engine. The setting ranges from the Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Bursley to a Paris brothel, the action from the controlled domestic routine of the Baines household to wife murder and the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870