Title: Young Bess
Author: Margaret Irwin
Illustrator: J.R. Monsell
Year: 1944 (First Edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Description: When the future Elizabeth I was a child she was a possible, but unlikely heir to the English throne; for Henry VIII's passion for her mother, Anne Boleyn, had ended with his executing her and bastardising their daughter.
The young Bess regards him with a mix of horror and fascination. Three stepmothers have been rapidly disposed of, but the fourth, Catherine Parr, manages to outlive Henry and marries Bess's step-uncle, Tom Seymour, whose eldest brother becomes Lord Protector to Edward VI.
A furious struggle for power ensues between the Seymour brothers, complicated further by the dangerous mutual attraction between Tom and the 'odd difficult girl, Bess'.
Purple boards with gilt lettering on spine. Contains b&w frontispiece.
The jacket is in relatively good condition, with some scuffing and minor loss along the top, but is otherwise unmarked and unclipped (9s. 6d. net). The book itself is in very good condition: the pages are unmarked and free from foxing despite having been printed on War Economy paper.
Measures 21.5 cm × 14 cm (8.6″ × 5.6″). 8vo. 264 pp.