Here are some interesting quotes from this unique, Charles Dickens'-esque novel: 

 

-"Doing? Why, Thomas, I've been doing nothing all my life. I have not even had a family about me to do for, as I ought to have had, and me with this great mansion and all my money. It's the money, Thomas. I've loved it and loved it till my heart as grown as hard as the specie." 

 

-"Walking down the street past open doorways where unkempt babies sprawled on unpainted and carpets floors, and rolled down bump, thump, over the steps, Alfred Slocomb caught site of a little figure ahead of him limping on uneven crutches after a tailless dog. 
"Hello, little chap! he called. "Crawl up on my back and I'll carry you a spell. Want to go anywhere?" This baffled man had been foiled in his offer and money, and now, following partially the example of Bob Green, he would offer his back and his legs. "I'm Alfred Slocomb, of Mansion Avenue. Come, get up!" 
Cripple Johnnie looked the distrust which he elt. He would no more have trusted himself on the back of this stranger that he would have mounted the back of a great lion in the circus." 

 

-"What we are trying to do, Mr. Slocomb," Paul Silver way saying as they walked along after the Entomology Class, "is to change the character of these people. As a class very common to large cities, they are by nature and nurture complaining, discontented, envious, and idle of thought. That is, the majority of them are so. The better-off of fortune and thought avoid them. They are uninteresting." 

 

-Full title: For the Sake of a Name
-Author: Elizabeth Grinnell
-Format: Hardcover, First Edition, 1900, prize-book (signed in front as you can see in picture a dedication to the winner), bright red marbling on the front and back cover,s blue binding and gilt title, gilded detail in the marbling pattern, black and white illustrations and designs throughout, blue-wrapped corners
-Condition: Great for an old book! Fraying at the corners but binding tight and no other writing aside from two numbers (97 and 611) the inscription on the front to the winner of the prize, saying in gorgeous script, "Presented to Ernest Hicks First Prize Jan 1919 for regular attendance @ The Salvation Army Sunday School. God Bless You" and I have NO idea what the gorgeous old-fashioned stunningly beautiful signature is at the bottom of this. I've tried and tried (having taken a transcription course) to make out the letters but I've given up. I'll try again until this book sells, though, because it's bothering me. 
-Publisher: David C Cook Publishing Company
-Coypright: 1900 David C Cook Publishing Company
-Date published: 1900
-Provenance: I found this at a very, very, very disorganized bookshop I only go to occasionally not because it doesn't have great books (it does!) or that it is too far away (it's actually only twenty five minutes from where I work) but because of the mess. It takes forever to dig through but for some reason I went and this is what I found! This was June 2017 in Connecticut. The rest of its provenance is described above. 

For the Sake of a Name by Elizabeth Grinnell, 1900

$40.00Price