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The Rocks of Valpré

Ethel M[ary] Dell

The novel is by Ethel M. Dell (1881-1939), a very successful and popular writer of romantic melodramas. She married Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Tahourdin Savage in 1922, bought a large house near Guildford, and became reclusive (see The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction, 2002). She died of cancer aged 58. She had no children.

This is one of three dust jackets designed by Blampied for cheap reprints of Dell's novels, all in the same style. The other two are The Way of an Eagle and The Knave of Diamonds.

Cheap edition

Bibliography code: TFU-21.2

Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin

Series: Unwin's 2/6 Novels

Year: 1921

Format: 16mo

Pages: 346

Binding: Red cloth with title and author in black, with a design in between; title, author and publisher in black on spine; plain rear board

Size: 191 x 129 mm

Dust jacket: signed Blam in white, faintly lower right corner

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 2 shillings 6 pence

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Printing history: First published, 1914. 24th impression (2s 6d), 1921. 30th impression, 1925, at least.

Printed by: The Mayflower Press, Plymouth. William Brendon and Son, Ltd

Notes: The price on the spine of the jacket above has been blacked out.