Wednesday, June 17, 2009

No Time for Love



No Time for Love is #40 in the Bantam series and was published in June 1976. It is the story of Larina, who finds out that she has a month to live. What happens when she is contacted by the brother of a dead friend and they meet in Italy is the plot of this exciting story!

Francis Marshall illustrated 2 similar covers for this book. Both portray our couple in a romantic, foreign setting. I've always liked the Bantam one, which looks as if our couple is resting after walking up a steep hill. Note her summer hat and sunshade! This book was set in 1904 and the look had changed to a simple style made popular by Gibson's pictures of beautiful women. Fashion was less fussy and ornate. The Pan cover has our couple in a beautiful garden setting. They're wearing evening clothes and look as if they're ready for the dinner bell to ring. Both are beautiful covers.

At this point, I was purchasing Barbara Cartland's books every month. I would get the newest books and purchase the older numbers that I didn't already own. The cost was $1.25 which seems cheap now, but I was babysitting for $1 an hour! On a summer day, I could make up to $8, which would pay for a month of books. I believe the books were being published at the rate of 2 a month, but I would get as many as I could afford in order to have them all! It was a fun way to start book collecting! I also lived in my local library, where I could find Cartland's books and many other authors!!

3 comments:

  1. I was much like you...I would buy a Cartland as soon as it hit the bookstores and then try to obtain the ones I was missing. I started with the Bantam ones and continued with Jove, Pyramid, etc. I still don't have all of her books. :) I also didn't realize, until your blog, that there were so many covers by the same artist, or even several versions of the cover for the same title. Your blog is a delight to the eye and want to thank you for posting these wonderful covers!

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  2. Thank you! It started out with trying to find all of the early Francis Marshall covers when I stumbled across a few UK books that had different covers than the US ones.

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