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Mary Johnston, Lewis Rand 1st Edition 1908 illustrated
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"Lewis Rand", by Mary Johnston, illustrated by F.C. Yohn, published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston and New York, First Edition with '1908' on the title page and copyright. First Printing, "Published October 1908" without any other printings listed; illustrated with color plates. [Reference: Morse & Brinckle pp 191-192].

Hard boards, front board and spine are decorated with embossed designs, gold lettering on spine and front board [spine soiling and shelf wear]; 5.3/4" x 8"; partially removed private book plate inside front cover and name written [see photo]; 510 pages + 4 color plates on glossy paper including frontispiece [all listed plates are present]; a little wear, two wrinkled pages, a few pages have slightly wrinkled upper edge, one page has a c.1/2" crease at the bottom margin, very good condition.

"Lewis Rand" (1908), the fifth novel by the Virginia-born writer Mary Johnston, has been singled out by some critics as her best work. A historical novel set in Virginia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, it tells the story of Lewis Rand, the poor son of an Albemarle County tobacco-roller who, under the mentorship of Thomas Jefferson, escapes poverty, joins the bar, and is elected to the General Assembly before his ambition, and an impulsive murder, finally strikes him down. The backdrop for Johnston's tale is the fierce, sometimes violent rivalry between the populist Democratic-Republican Party and the more aristocratic Federalists, a rivalry echoed by the competition between Rand and the highborn Churchill and Cary families.

"Lewis Rand" was enthusiastically received by critics, who admired Johnston's handling of her historical material. In the Smart Set, H.L. Mencken lauded its achievement, while the New York Times declared it "one of the strongest works of fiction that has seen the light of day in America." Critics reserved special praise for the character of Jacqueline Churchill, Randolph's wife, with one reviewer placing her goodness in the context of the more complex understandings of womanhood raised by a recent, nationally publicized murder trial. Subsequent critics have situated Lewis Rand among the author's best works.

The critic C. Ronald Cella has identified Lewis Rand, Johnston's fifth novel, as her first to attempt a fully realistic portrayal of historical events. Her other novels, he argued, were primarily tales of romance and adventure whose historical settings, however meticulously researched, were incidental to their appeal. Jefferson's Democratic-Republicans sided with the French in their geopolitical competition with Great Britain, sympathizing with the ideals of the French Revolution and worrying about threats to personal liberty in Britain that stemmed from what the Republicans perceived to be an overdependence on commerce.

Johnston published five best-selling books in the first decade of the 20th century, making her one of the most popular authors of the millennium according to records tracked by Publisher's Weekly.

Mary Johnston was an American novelist and women's rights advocate from Virginia. She was one of America's best selling authors during her writing career and had three silent films adapted from her novels.

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"Lewis Rand", by Mary Johnston, illustrated by F.C. Yohn, published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston and New York, First Edition with '1908' on the title page and copyright. First Printing, "Published October 1908" without any other printings listed; illustrated with color plates. [Reference: Morse & Brinckle pp 191-192].

Hard boards, front board and spine are decorated with embossed designs, gold lettering on spine and front board [spine soiling and shelf wear]; 5.3/4" x 8"; partially removed private book plate inside front cover and name written [see photo]; 510 pages + 4 color plates on glossy paper including frontispiece [all listed plates are present]; a little wear, two wrinkled pages, a few pages have slightly wrinkled upper edge, one page has a c.1/2" crease at the bottom margin, very good condition.

"Lewis Rand" (1908), the fifth novel by the Virginia-born writer Mary Johnston, has been singled out by some critics as her best work. A historical novel set in Virginia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, it tells the story of Lewis Rand, the poor son of an Albemarle County tobacco-roller who, under the mentorship of Thomas Jefferson, escapes poverty, joins the bar, and is elected to the General Assembly before his ambition, and an impulsive murder, finally strikes him down. The backdrop for Johnston's tale is the fierce, sometimes violent rivalry between the populist Democratic-Republican Party and the more aristocratic Federalists, a rivalry echoed by the competition between Rand and the highborn Churchill and Cary families.

"Lewis Rand" was enthusiastically received by critics, who admired Johnston's handling of her historical material. In the Smart Set, H.L. Mencken lauded its achievement, while the New York Times declared it "one of the strongest works of fiction that has seen the light of day in America." Critics reserved special praise for the character of Jacqueline Churchill, Randolph's wife, with one reviewer placing her goodness in the context of the more complex understandings of womanhood raised by a recent, nationally publicized murder trial. Subsequent critics have situated Lewis Rand among the author's best works.

The critic C. Ronald Cella has identified Lewis Rand, Johnston's fifth novel, as her first to attempt a fully realistic portrayal of historical events. Her other novels, he argued, were primarily tales of romance and adventure whose historical settings, however meticulously researched, were incidental to their appeal. Jefferson's Democratic-Republicans sided with the French in their geopolitical competition with Great Britain, sympathizing with the ideals of the French Revolution and worrying about threats to personal liberty in Britain that stemmed from what the Republicans perceived to be an overdependence on commerce.

Johnston published five best-selling books in the first decade of the 20th century, making her one of the most popular authors of the millennium according to records tracked by Publisher's Weekly.

Mary Johnston was an American novelist and women's rights advocate from Virginia. She was one of America's best selling authors during her writing career and had three silent films adapted from her novels.

Note:
Country restrictions may apply - the lesser expansive Priority or 1st Class shipping may not be available to all countries.

US: Priority (c.2-4 days) ------------ $10.50
Canada: 1st Class (c.2-6 weeks) ---- $24.50
World: 1st Class (c.2-8 weeks) ----- $33.50

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