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The Tinted Venus. A Farcical Romance (1885), Anstey, F. [ie Thomas Anstey Guthrie]
1 Anstey, F. [ie Thomas Anstey Guthrie] The Tinted Venus. A Farcical Romance (1885)
Bristol J. W. Arrowsmith 1885 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Arrowsmith's Library Volume VI. Original brown cloth, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine, brown endpapers. Corners bumped, a few foxing spots, spine lettering a little dulled, good. Wolff [167a] This copy has 8 pages of advertisements at the end including a list of the six titles so far issued in the Bristol Library series: The Tinted Venus noted as "20th thousand". The novel is a fantasy: the hero accidentally brings a statue of Venus to life, with both comic and catastrophic consequences. 
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The Tinted Venus. A Farcical Romance (1885), Anstey, F. [ie Thomas Anstey Guthrie]
2 Anstey, F. [ie Thomas Anstey Guthrie] The Tinted Venus. A Farcical Romance (1885)
Bristol J. W. Arrowsmith 1885 First Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Arrowsmith's Library Volume VI. Original brown cloth, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine, brown endpapers. Corners bumped, lightly rubbed on spine tips, a few foxing spots, undated signature on verso of front free endpaper, good. Wolff [167a] notes "brown in the usual color for Arrowsmith's Bristol Library". However, both Wolff and Sadleir had copies in scarlet cloth. A number of variants have been identified, with differing order of prelims, differing number of advertisement leaves etc. This copy has the advertisement for the illustrated edition of Conway's Called Back before the title page, and 8 pages of advertisements at the end including a list of the six titles so far issued in the Bristol Library series: The Tinted Venus noted as "20th thousand". The novel is a fantasy: the hero accidentally brings a statue of Venus to life, with both comic and catastrophic consequences. 
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The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician (1891), Arnold, Edwin Lester
3 Arnold, Edwin Lester The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician (1891)
London Chatto & Windus 1891 First One-Volume Edition Hardcover Good Book H. M. Paget 
With an introduction by Sir Edwin Arnold. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in bronze (title lettering in gilt on spine); black endpapers. Endpapers replaced, light scuffing, small nick at head of spine, good. A fantasy of reincarnation over the centuries. "Full of dash and go, and an easy elasticity of spirit that nothing can daunt" (Opinions of the Press). Publisher's catalogue dated June 1891 bound in at end. 
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The Pursuit of the House-Boat Being Some Further Account of the Doings of the Associated Shades, Under the Leadership of Sherlock Holmes Esq. (1897), Bangs, John Kendrick
4 Bangs, John Kendrick The Pursuit of the House-Boat Being Some Further Account of the Doings of the Associated Shades, Under the Leadership of Sherlock Holmes Esq. (1897)
London & New York Harper & Brothers 1904 Hardcover Good Book 
Ninth Impression. Illustrated. Original black cloth, illustrated and lettered in red. A little scuffed and bumped, light foxing, undated signature on front free endpaper, good. A satirical book, involving characters real (dead) and fictional, including Sherlock Holmes. 
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Looking Backward 2000 - 1887 (1888), Bellamy, Edward
5 Bellamy, Edward Looking Backward 2000 - 1887 (1888)
London William Reeves 1894 Hardcover Fair Book 
Twenty-Fourth Edition, The Bellamy Library No 1. Undated [1894]. Frontispiece of Bellamy. Original green cloth, lettered in red; booklists and adverts on endpapers. Owner's signature twice: once on front board (1920) and once on front free endpaper (1933): otherwise very good. A highly successful Utopian vision of the future by this American author. The book sparked many continuations, imitations and parodies, with (fairly obvious) titles such as Looking Upwards, Looking Forwards, Looking Further Forwards, Looking Within etc. 
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The Ghost A Fantasia on Modern Themes (1907), Bennett, Arnold
6 Bennett, Arnold The Ghost A Fantasia on Modern Themes (1907)
London Jarrold Hardcover Very Good Book 
Undated reprint: inscription dated 1946 on front free endpaper. Original brown cloth, lettered in black. A little light foxing, very good. 
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The Queen of Atlantis [tranlsated from the French by Arthur Chambers] (1920), Benoit, Pierre
7 Benoit, Pierre The Queen of Atlantis [tranlsated from the French by Arthur Chambers] (1920)
London Hutchinson & Co. 1924 Hardcover Good Book 
Undated second edition [1924]. Original crimson cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt. Spine lightly sunned. Issued without endpapers (ie first and last page are used as pastedowns). Good. 
Price: 9.00 GBP
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The Revolt of Man (1882), Besant, Walter
8 Besant, Walter The Revolt of Man (1882)
Edinburgh & London William Blackwood & Sons 1890 Hardcover Good Book 
Ninth Edition. Original sage green cloth, decorated and lettered in red on front board, in red and gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Corners scuffed, spine a little darkened/dulled, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, a little foxing, good. Besant's dystopian fantasy of a future where men are subjugated by women -- and revolt to regain the upper hand -- first appeared anonymously in 1882. 
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The Case of Mr Lucraft and Other Tales (1877), Besant, Walter & James Rice
9 Besant, Walter & James Rice The Case of Mr Lucraft and Other Tales (1877)
London Chatto & Windus 1888 Hardcover Near Fine Book 
"Library Edition". Late C19th deep maroon leather over maroon boards; raised bands and gilt titling on spine; marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Spine just faintly sunned, bookplate on verso of front free endpaper, a few foxing spots, near fine. One of the least common of Besant & Rice's titles. The book is divided into three sections: I From the Supernatural (The Case of Mr Lucraft, The Mystery of Joe Morgan, An Old Old Story, Lady Kitty, The Old Four-Poster, My Own Experience); II From Fairyland (Titania's Farewell); & III From Fact (On the Goodwin, Edelweis, Love Finds the Way, The Death of Samuel Pickwick, When the Ship Comes Home). 
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The Battle of Dorking. Reminiscences of a Volunteer (1871), Chesney, General Sir George Tomkyns
10 Chesney, General Sir George Tomkyns The Battle of Dorking. Reminiscences of a Volunteer (1871)
London William Blackwood & Sons 1871 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
First Edition, (Paperback). Mid-C19th binding in red leather over red cloth, raised bands, black leather title label and elaborate gilt decorations on spine; blue endpapers. Original purple paper wrappers bound in at end, illustrated with battle scene in black. A few light marks on cloth; a few light marks on original wrappers; a few foxing spots, otherwise very good. Wolff [1191]. The first "future war" novel. Reprinted from Blackwood's Magazine of May 1871, and issued anonymously. 8 page undated publisher's catalogue at end, advertising Bulwer-Lytton's science-fiction novel The Coming Race (1871) as "this day published.". 
Price: 145.00 GBP
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The Idyll of the White Lotus (1884), Collins, Mabel
11 Collins, Mabel The Idyll of the White Lotus (1884)
London Theosophical Publishing Society 1896 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Book 
Original grey cloth on bevelled boards, lettered and ruled in gilt, black endpapers. Spine a trifle dulled, inscription (1901) on blank prelim, otherwise very good. An occult romance. Collins was a Fellow of the Theosophical Society, but also a popular novelist from a literary family (her father was novelist Mortimer Collins). 
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A Romance of Two Worlds, Corelli, Marie
12 Corelli, Marie A Romance of Two Worlds
London Methuen & Co. 1917 Hardcover Good Book 
Twenty-fourth Edition. Uniform binding in blue cloth; author's initials blindstamped on front board, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. A few foxing spots, signature (1917) on title page, with small hole where someone has attempted to remove the signature. Otherwise a tight copy, good. 
Price: 7.50 GBP
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God's Good Man. A Simple Love Story, Corelli, Marie
13 Corelli, Marie God's Good Man. A Simple Love Story
London Methuen & Co. 1918 Hardcover Good Book 
Twentieth Edition. Uniform binding in blue cloth; author's initials blindstamped on front board, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. A few foxing spots, signature (1919) on half-title, otherwise a tight copy, good. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Holy Orders. The Tragedy of a Quiet Life, Corelli, Marie
14 Corelli, Marie Holy Orders. The Tragedy of a Quiet Life
London Methuen & Co. 1908 Hardcover Good Book 
Second Edition. Uniform binding in blue cloth; author's initials blindstamped on front board, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. A few foxing spots, otherwise a tight copy, good. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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The Master-Christian, Corelli, Marie
15 Corelli, Marie The Master-Christian
London Methuen & Co. 1917 Hardcover Good Book 
Seventeenth edition. Uniform binding in blue cloth; author's initials blindstamped on front board, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. A few foxing spots, tiny square snipped from top of half-title (removing part of previous owner's signature) otherwise a tight copy, good. 
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The Mighty Atom, Corelli, Marie
16 Corelli, Marie The Mighty Atom
London Methuen & Co. 1914 Hardcover Good Book 
Twenty-second edition. Uniform binding in blue cloth; author's initials blocked in gilt on front board, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. A few foxing spots, 1 cm slip snipped from top edge of front free endpaper (removing owner's signature, probably) otherwise a tight copy, good. 
Price: 7.00 GBP
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The Secret Power. A Romance of the Time (1921), Corelli, Marie
17 Corelli, Marie The Secret Power. A Romance of the Time (1921)
London Methuen & Co. 1921 2nd Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Frontispiece portrait of the author. Original violet cloth, lettered and decorated in yellow. (Binding is same as for first edition). Generally sunned, a little rubbed and nicked on spine ends, otherwise goo. Late novel by Corelli in which her fascination with the occult strays into fantasy and science fiction. The "secret power" is a weapon, capable of ending all wars -- and destroying the world. 
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Cecilia de NoŽl (1891), Falconer, Lanoe [ie Mary Elizabeth Hawker]
18 Falconer, Lanoe [ie Mary Elizabeth Hawker] Cecilia de NoŽl (1891)
London Macmillan & Co. 1892 Hardcover Near Fine Book 
[Third Impression]. Late C19th deep turquoise leather over pale blue boards, with gilt lettering, framing and decoration on spine; grey and pink marbled endpapers. Minimal scuffing, otherwise near fine. A ghost story. 
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Tatterley, The Story of a Dead Man (1897), Gallon, Tom
19 Gallon, Tom Tatterley, The Story of a Dead Man (1897)
London Hutchinson & Co. 1898 Hardcover Very Good Book 
Fourth Edition, no date (c1898). Original green cloth, decorated in gilt on spine, black endpapers. A few light marks, signature (1898) on first page of text, very good. 
Price: 14.00 GBP
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The Justice of Revenge (1901), Griffith, George [George Chetwynd Griffith-Jones]
20 Griffith, George [George Chetwynd Griffith-Jones] The Justice of Revenge (1901)
London F. V. White & Co. 1901 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Original green cloth, lettered and illustrated in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Gilt on spine dulled, with trace of small (removed) label near foot, later endpapers, good. A scarce title: borderline science fiction 
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