Title: Alias Jane Smith
Author: Clarence Budington Kelland
Publication Year: 1944
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Format: Hard Cover/Dust Jacket
Special Attributes: First Edition, price on DJ = $2.50
Condition Grade: Fine / Good
Used Condition: book - tight binding, clean text, no marks, not ex-library / jacket - chip to lower left front edge, edge wear, glue residue by unclipped price, stabilized/protected in a new archival Brodart cover
Description on front cover:
An exciting, humorous, heart-warming tale about a beautiful young exiled noblewoman, her four bearded guardians and their amazing adventures in New York.
Description inside dust jacket:
One evening the arrival of four noble sets of whiskers led by an unusually handsome girl -- a girl who had about her the air of European countries and European courts -- startled the patrons of New York's fashionable Fraise du Bois. In fact Major Lincoln Bowie, home on leave from duty with the Marines, was so curious about the strange cortege that when it filed out again he followed. His persistence and luck gained him admission to the shabby brownstone house on Lexington Avenue which hid behind its unpretentious walls all that was left of the government of the Grandduchy of Apaulia. For the beautiful girl who passed as "Alias Jane Smith" and her bearded escorts were none other than the exiled Grandduchess and her cabinet ministers. Jane Smith, in urgent need of funds and determined to make her way in America, had gone into the interior decorating business. She had brains as well as beauty and with Major Bowie's expert help the exiles became a success, earning the rare and valuable services of Canopus Jones, the most read and most feared columnist in New York.
However, their success inevitably hit a snag when an unscrupulous group of decorators attempted to sabotage Jane Smith's plans to decorate the Long Island palace of Jason Tickle, millionaire.
The adventures of Jane Smith, Grandduchess of Apaulia, and Major Bowie of the United States Marines, move along at a swift pace, rich in humor, excitement and romance.