I didn’t really have plans to buy any more books until we moved into our very own house later this month. But since our landlords are selling the unit we live in now and had an open house on Sunday and we had to be out of the apartment, it just seemed like the right thing to do. I already told you about the haul from my favorite used bookstore in DC. But this haul came from my least favorite bookstore. In general their fiction section is no good, alphabetized to only the first letter of the author’s last name, and way over priced. I almost never buy anything there because a used paperback should not cost seven bucks. The pricing policy for paperbacks at this particular store is 1/2 off the cover price. So this means a used copy of something published at $15 is going to cost you $7.50, no matter how lame the copy or the book.
But as I was browsing I kept running into these Virago titles and something occurred to me. The Viragos (some published by The Dial Press) were published long enough ago that the original book prices were considerably less, in the six and seven dollar range. And half of those old prices is fantastically affordable.
I faced The Judge by Rebecca West forward in the one picture because we all know that the cover art is actually a portrait of Julia Strachey by Dora Carrington.
Award for favorite title goes to The Semi-Attached Couple and The Semi-Detached House. Apparently two novels published in the 1860s under the same cover here to amusing effect.