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The Revenge of Fantomas (1926). [Fantomas prend sa Revanche, 1927]. Translated by Alfred Allinson., Allain, Marcel
1 Allain, Marcel The Revenge of Fantomas (1926). [Fantomas prend sa Revanche, 1927]. Translated by Alfred Allinson.
London Stanley Paul 1927 First British Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Original maroon cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. A little damage to top edge of front pastedown, otherwise very good. The Fantomas Detective Novels were hugely popular crime stories, published in France in the early C20th. Fantomas is a vicious master-criminal (a thief, but also a killer), pursued by his nemesis, Inspector Juve, through some 32 novels by the Souvestre and Allain (and a further 11 by Allain alone, after his collaborator's death). English editions are uncommon. The Revenge of Fantomas is the fourth Fantomas novel by Allain alone, and the thirty-sixth in the whole sequence. Scarce. 
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An African Millionaire. Episodes in the Life of the Illustrious Colonel Clay, Allen, Grant
2 Allen, Grant An African Millionaire. Episodes in the Life of the Illustrious Colonel Clay
New York Dover 1980 Soft cover Fair Book 
Paperback. original illustrated card covers. Lightly scuffed on extremities, spine sunned, otherwise good. 
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What's Bred in the Bone, Allen, Grant
3 Allen, Grant What's Bred in the Bone
London George Newnes 1913 Hardcover Very Good Book 
Newnes Sevenpenny Novels. Undated [1913]. Frontispiece and decorated title page. Pocket edition in original light blue cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. A little browning on endpapers, otherwise a clean, tight copy: very good. A wild thriller, originally published by Tit-Bits, which won a 1,000 prize for the best novel in 1891. 
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The Sin of Olga Zassoulich, Barrett, Frank
4 Barrett, Frank The Sin of Olga Zassoulich
London Hardcover Fair Book 
Undated copy, without title page (hence no date, no publisher). Probably around 1900. Textually complete, with a couple of loose pages tipped in. Dark brown leather over light brown cloth. Cloth worn on edges, some smudgy marks in text. A reading copy of this sensational novel of crime and Russian revolutionaries, which starts with the dramatic line "Wolves or Cossacks?" 
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Doctor Nikola (1896), Boothby, Guy
5 Boothby, Guy Doctor Nikola (1896)
London Ward, Lock & Co Hardcover Good Book Stanley L. Wood 
Undated reprint, c1900 (titles by Boothby listed at end include Pharos the Egyptian, 1899). Original navy-blue cloth on bevelled boards, with rectangular illustration on glazed paper inset in centre of front board within gilt frame: same picture (smaller) on spine. Spine picture partially chipped away, spin ends scuffed, endpapers browned, good. 
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Love Made Manifest, Boothby, Guy
6 Boothby, Guy Love Made Manifest
London Ward, Lock & Co 1899 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book Lucy Kemp-Welch 
Undated first edition [1899]. Original navy-blue cloth on bevelled boards, lettered and decorated in gilt. Lightly scuffed. small nicks to spine ends, endpapers browned, good 
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Vixen (1879), Braddon, M. E. [ie Mary Elizabeth Braddon]
7 Braddon, M. E. [ie Mary Elizabeth Braddon] Vixen (1879)
London Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. 1891 Hardcover Very Good Book 
Stereotyped Edition, ["Autograph Edition"]. Original red cloth decorated and lettered in black and gilt, with Braddon's "signature" across front board; yellow endpapers. Rear board lightly speckled, otherwise a clean, bright, tight copy: otherwise very good. 
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Cut by the County (1886), Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]
8 Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon] Cut by the County (1886)
Leipzig Tauchnitz 1886 Copyright Edition Disbound Fair Book 
Disbound (ie original card wrappers removed). Suitable as a reading or binding copy of this uncommon Braddon title, which first appeared with One Thing Needful. Series half title present: first issue. Todd [2436a]. 
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During Her Majesty's Pleasure (1908), Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]
9 Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon] During Her Majesty's Pleasure (1908)
London Hurst & Blackett 1912 Hardcover Very Good Book 
7d Copyright Novels. Undated (c1912). Pocket edition. Frontispiece. Original green cloth, decorated in gilt on spine. Faint tanning to pages, otherwise very good. 
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Henry Dunbar (1864 as Henry Dunbar: The Story of an Outcast), Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]
10 Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon] Henry Dunbar (1864 as Henry Dunbar: The Story of an Outcast)
London Spencer Blackett 1887 Hardcover Fine Book 
Stereotyped Edition. Undated, c1887. Recently rebound in tan calf over black boards; raised bands, blindstamped stippled design to backstrip and black title label on spine. Fine. A beautiful modern binding. 
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Ishmael (1884), Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]
11 Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon] Ishmael (1884)
London John & Robert Maxwell 1885 Hardcover Good Book 
Stereotyped Edition: undated (c1885). Original green cloth, decoratively blocked in black and lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed, later endpapers, bookplate on front pastedown, title added in pen on blank prelim by previous owner, good. 
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The Venetians (1892), Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]
12 Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon] The Venetians (1892)
London Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. 1893 Hardcover Very Good Book 
Stereotyped Edition, ["Autograph Edition"]. Original red cloth decorated and lettered in black and gilt, with Braddon's "signature" across front board; yellow endpapers. Spine faintly sunned, paper faintly browned, on page edges, otherwise very good. 
Price: 36.00 GBP
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Vixen (1879), Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]
13 Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon] Vixen (1879)
London John & Robert Maxwell 1882 Hardcover Very Good Book 
Stereotyped Edition. Undated (c1882/5). Original green cloth, elaborately blocked in black, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. A few light marks on rear board, otherwise very good. Reviews for Braddon's "latest novel", Mount Royal (1882) at end, although code at foot of final page suggests 1885. 
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Cut by the County (1886) bound with The Life and Memoirs of Sarah Barnum, with a Preface by Paul Bonnetain, edited by Henry Llewellyn Williams (1884), Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]; Marie Colombier
14 Braddon, M. E. [Mary Elizabeth Braddon]; Marie Colombier Cut by the County (1886) bound with The Life and Memoirs of Sarah Barnum, with a Preface by Paul Bonnetain, edited by Henry Llewellyn Williams (1884)
London John & Robert Maxwell/Crown Publishing Co 1886 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Braddon: Cut by the County (1886). First Separate Edition: John & Robert Maxwell, nd [November 1886]. Bound with: Colombier: The Life and Memoirs of Sarah Barnum, with a Preface by Paul Bonnetain, edited by Henry Llewellyn Williams (1884). Crown Publishing Co., nd [1884]. Two volumes bound as one in late C19th maroon leather over red marbled boards. paper rubbed on edges of boards, owner's rhyming bookplate on front pastedown, good. The first independent appearance of Cut by the County, which originally appeared as the filler in the second and third volumes of One Thing Needful (1886). Dated 11/86 on the final leaf. Wolff [675a], whose copy was undated, speculates that the book was not printed until 1887, but is incorrect. The book was issued in yellowback format, but also in brown decorated cloth. It is now one of Braddon's more difficult titles, in any format. 
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Romance of a Young Girl (c1886), Brame, Charlotte Mary [aka Charlotte M. Braeme, Bertha M. Clay, Author of Dora Thorne]
15 Brame, Charlotte Mary [aka Charlotte M. Braeme, Bertha M. Clay, Author of Dora Thorne] Romance of a Young Girl (c1886)
London William Stevens 1887 Hardcover Very Good Book 
[Reprint], The Family Story-Teller: William Stevens. Undated, c1887. Original dark green cloth, framed and lettered in black and gilt. Light crease at head of front board, a few light marks on pages, very good. Brame's novel was first serialised in The Family Herald from 1885 to 1886: the first book edition probably appeared in 1886, as No 36 in the Family Story-Teller. This edition carries a list of 48 titles in the series on the rear free endpaper. 
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God and the Man (1881), Buchanan, Robert
16 Buchanan, Robert God and the Man (1881)
London Chatto & Windus 1887 Hardcover Good Book 
New Edition, Piccadilly Novel. Illustrated by Fred Barnard. Original royal blue cloth, elaborately blocked in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine; brown-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Spine a little darkened, tiny chips on spine tips, signature (1889) on front pastedown, foxing spots throughout, good. "A study of the vanity and folly of individual Hate" (author's note). Publisher's catalogue dated April 1888 bound in at end. 
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A Double Scoop (1924), Cable, Boyd [ie Ernest Andrew Ewart]
17 Cable, Boyd [ie Ernest Andrew Ewart] A Double Scoop (1924)
London Hutchinson & Co. 1924 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Undated first edition [1924]. Publisher's remainder binding: maroon cloth, with blindstamped borders on boards, and art-nouveau flower designs on spine, lettered in gilt. Lettering on spine oxidised, otherwise very good. Semi-humorous crime novel (listed in Hubin). Chuck Summers pursues clues to the disappearance of William Goodenough, through Australa and the Far East. Cable/Ewart wrote two crime novels and a collection of short stories (his best known works relate his experiences in the trenches during the First World War). Publisher's catalogue for Autumn 1924 bound in at end. 
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For the Term of His Natural Life, Clarke, Marcus
18 Clarke, Marcus For the Term of His Natural Life
London Macmillan & Co. 1921 Hardcover Very Good Book 
Reprint. Original red cloth, lettered and framed in black. A trifle darkened at foot of spine, a little light foxing, very good 
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The Two Strange Men (1924), Clouston, J. [Joseph] Storer
19 Clouston, J. [Joseph] Storer The Two Strange Men (1924)
London Nash & Grayson 1924 First Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Original orange cloth. Corners lightly rubbed, Light marks on front board, light sunning at top of spine, good+. Crime novel. 
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"I Say No" (1884), Collins, Wilkie
20 Collins, Wilkie "I Say No" (1884)
London Chatto & Windus 1886 Hardcover Good Book 
New Edition. Late C19th brown beaded cloth, with (presumably) original leatherwork replaced at later date by brown fabric; pale brown card endpapers. Light browning on prelims, good. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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