This is a rare paperback edition of a novel first published in 1914 by Charles Garvice (1850-1920), who was the author of more than 150 romantic novels. Garvice was a journalist whose first attempts at writing novels failed. However a novel published in 1908 (when he was 58) did very well in the USA and his career took off so that by 1913 he had sold more than 6 million books. The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction (2002) described his style:
Garvice's novels were invariably melodramatic, and invariably straightforward in their moral attitudes: a crucial factor with the large Nonconformist reading public. There is really no point in describing or summarising any of them. Readers bought or borrowed a 'Garvice', rather than a novel, and he never let them down. His sales were phenomenal.
First edition, thus
Bibliography code: HOD-15.4
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Series: Hodder's Sixpenny novels no 412
Binding: paper wrappers
Size: 216 x 154 mm
Dust jacket signed: signed Blampied, lower left, in skirting
Internal illustrations: none
Price: 6 pence
Printing history: none stated
Printed by: William Brendon and Son., Plymouth
Notes: This novel is listed among
New Titles, 1915, which is taken to be the date of publication.
Image of wrapper (click to enlarge)