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Beckside Lights, Ackworth, John [ie Frederick Smith]
1 Ackworth, John [ie Frederick Smith] Beckside Lights
London Charles Kelly 1897 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Original black cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Endpapers lightly browned, otherwise very good. A sequel to Clog Shop Chronicles -- 9 tales of Lancashire life: The Student, Leah's Lover, Sally's Redemption, Lige's Legacy, The Memory of the Just, Isaac's Angel, Isaac's Fiddle, The Harmonium, The Haunted Man. 
Price: 9.00 GBP
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Captain Bluitt (1901), Adeler, Max [ie Charles Heber Clark]
2 Adeler, Max [ie Charles Heber Clark] Captain Bluitt (1901)
London Ward, Lock & Co. 1901 First British Edition Hardcover Very Good Book Will Owen 
Original green cloth, blocked in gilt on front board: black endpapers. Light scuffing, tiny nick in cloth on rear board, prelims foxed, signature, very good. 
Price: 18.00 GBP
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Captain Bluitt (1901), Adeler, Max [ie Charles Heber Clark]
3 Adeler, Max [ie Charles Heber Clark] Captain Bluitt (1901)
London Ward, Lock & Co. 1901 First British Edition Hardcover Good Book Will Owen 
Original red cloth, blocked in gilt on front board: black endpapers. Cloth speckled, corners rubbed, light foxing, good. 
Price: 9.00 GBP
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The Doc and Some Others (1917), Aesculapius, A Surgeon of the Royal Navy
4 Aesculapius, A Surgeon of the Royal Navy The Doc and Some Others (1917)
London W. & R. Chambers 1917 1st Edition Hardcover Good No Jacket Book 
Undated first edition [1917]. Original light blue cloth, framed and lettered in red. Lettering a little scuffed/dulled on spine, endpapers browned, good. A collection of eleven short stories, featuring Staff Surgeon O'Brien (the "Doc"); set on H. M. S. Alcibiades, and the O2 submarine, during the First World War (1915). The identity of the author remains unknown. 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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Jan Oxber (1900), Agnus, Orme [ie John Higginbotham]
5 Agnus, Orme [ie John Higginbotham] Jan Oxber (1900)
London Ward, Lock & Co. 1900 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book Bertha Newcombe 
Undated first edition [1900]. Original maroon cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, endpapers browned, signature on front free endpaper (1901), light foxing, good. Agnus/Higginbotham was a follower of Thomas Hardy, writing novels set in "Wessex" (Dorset and the South West), but generally less pessimistic in outlook. "Mr Orme Agnus dares to tread in Mr Hardy's footsteps, but with this difference, that his work is lighter, more laughable, less subjective" (The Morning Leader). Jan Oxber contains the title novel and four shorter pieces, set in "Barleigh" in Wessex. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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The Prime Minister (1908), Agnus, Ormer [ie John Higginbotham]
6 Agnus, Ormer [ie John Higginbotham] The Prime Minister (1908)
London Ward, Lock & Co. 1908 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Illustrated. Original green cloth with blindstamped designs and small decorations in bright green on front board, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, gift inscription (1908) on front free endpaper, foxing, good. Unlike Agnus's rural fiction, The Prime Minister is a sensational novel of crime, love and politics set in Westminster and beyond. Hrolf Calladen, the Prime Minister in question, murders a blackmailer who is threatening to reveal his bigamy. 
Price: 36.00 GBP
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The Mother's Recompense; A Sequel to Home Influence (1851), Aguilar, Grace
7 Aguilar, Grace The Mother's Recompense; A Sequel to Home Influence (1851)
London Groombridge & Sons 1851 First Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Frontispiece portrait of the author. Mid C19th maroon leather over marbled boards with gilt decorated spine and black title label; brown endpapers. Spine scuffed on extremities and gilt dulled, inner joints lightly cracked, good. Published posthumously. With a brief preface by the author's mother Sarah Aguilar. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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Old St Paul's: A Tale of the Plague and the Fire (1841), Ainsworth, William Harrison
8 Ainsworth, William Harrison Old St Paul's: A Tale of the Plague and the Fire (1841)
London Hugh Cunningham 1841 First Edition in Three Volumes Hardcover Good Book John Franklin 
Late C19th rebinding in dark green cloth, with maroon leather title labels on spines. Small chips to cloth on corners, some foxing/spotting (especially on plates), light damp mark and heavier foxing on lower corner of frontispiece and prelims to volume III. A fair/good set. Sadleir [24] in original cloth. In this copy the text is generally clean and tight, but the binding is rather simple and workmanlike. A heavy three volume set which will require additional postage. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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Windfalls. Some Stray Leaves Gathered by a Rolling Stone (1903), Aitken, Robert
9 Aitken, Robert Windfalls. Some Stray Leaves Gathered by a Rolling Stone (1903)
London George A. Morton 1903 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Striking frontispiece in colour. Original red cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in black. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, a few foxing spots, very good. A collection of stories set principally in Africa and South America. Scarce. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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Told by the Colonel (1893), Alden, W. L. [William Livingstone Alden]
10 Alden, W. L. [William Livingstone Alden] Told by the Colonel (1893)
London McClure & Co 1893 First British Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Illustrated. Original two-tone cloth: red boards lettered in black; blue spine, lettered in gilt. Corners lightly rubbed, a few light marks, very good. Tall stories told by a Yankee Colonel to a group of friends in Paris. Alden was American himself but spent the last years of his life in England, where he was a regular contributor to magazines such as The Strand. 
Price: 36.00 GBP
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The Book of Ballynoggin (1902), Alexander, L. C. [Louis Charles Alexander]
11 Alexander, L. C. [Louis Charles Alexander] The Book of Ballynoggin (1902)
London Grant Richards 1902 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board,. lettered in gilt on spine. Spine a trifle dulled, otherwise boards fresh and bright; a little foxing on endpapers. A very good copy of this scarce collection of short stories set in and around the Irish town of Ballynoggin 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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A Missing Hero (1901), Alexander, Mrs [ie Annie Hector]
12 Alexander, Mrs [ie Annie Hector] A Missing Hero (1901)
London Chatto & Windus 1901 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Title page printed in red and black. Original blue-grey cloth, decorated in red and lettered in gilt; blue-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Lightly scuffed, small chip and nick to foot of spine, signature (1902) and note (1963) on half-title, very good. Not one of the 17 titles by Mrs Alexander held by Wolff. Publisher's catalogue dated September 1900 bound in at end. A novel partly set in South Africa during the Boer War. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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Fantomas Captured (1926), Allain, Marcel [Translated and edited by A. R. Allinson]
13 Allain, Marcel [Translated and edited by A. R. Allinson] Fantomas Captured (1926)
London Stanley Paul & Co. 1926 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Original deep maroon cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, front inner joint paper cracked (but joint tight), foxing spots, undated signature, 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 then in a further 11 by Allain alone (of which this title is one), after his collaborator's death). English editions are uncommon. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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Linnet: A Romance (1898), Allen, Grant
14 Allen, Grant Linnet: A Romance (1898)
New York New Amsterdam Book Company 1900 First American Edition Hardcover Good Book 
First American Edition. Frontispiece portrait of author. Original fine-ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered in black and illustrated in gilt on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Small (and ancient) repair to cloth at foot of spine, undated signature on front free endpaper, otherwise a very clean, bright copy, good. A superior American edition of one of Allen's scarce late novels. 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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The Woman Who Did (1895), Allen, Grant
15 Allen, Grant The Woman Who Did (1895)
London John Lane, The Bodley Head 1895 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
First Edition, Keynotes Series No VIII. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in white (design by Beardsley, repeated on title page), in gilt on spine. White decorations etc rubbed on front board and spine, some faint tanning and a few foxing spots in text, signature (1895), otherwise fair to good. Allen's most infamous novel: his contribution to the fin-de-siecle debates on feminism and marriage. The book ran through numerous editions in the year of publication. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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The Strange Adventure of Roger Wilkins and Other Stories (1895), Andom, R [ie Alfred Walter Barrett]
16 Andom, R [ie Alfred Walter Barrett] The Strange Adventure of Roger Wilkins and Other Stories (1895)
London Tylston & Edwards 1895 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book A. Carruthers Gould 
Original yellow cloth, lettered and decorated in brown. Spine a little darkened, small nick in cloth at head of spine, endpapers lightly tanned, inscription (1906) on front pastedown, good. The title piece is a fantasy of exchanged souls. The other stories are: The Gratitude of an Outcast, Industry and Sloth, Myrtle Farm, A Commonplace Tragedy, Mr Jordan's Reparation, Johnson's Little Spec, The Plot That Failed & In a Moment of Madness. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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Three Men -- and Troddles Being Some Further Exploits of a Well-Known Quartette (1916), Andom, R. [ie Alfred Walter Barrett]
17 Andom, R. [ie Alfred Walter Barrett] Three Men -- and Troddles Being Some Further Exploits of a Well-Known Quartette (1916)
London George Newnes 1916 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book Bernard Hugh 
Original pinky-orange cloth with figures in silhouette, lettered in black. Lightly scuffed/grazed, a little foxing, very good. A war-time entry in the series of Troddles' stories: perhaps consequently, one of the scarcer titles in the series. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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The Fortune of a Spendthrift and Other Items (1895), Andom, R. [ie Alfred Walter Barrett] & Fred Harewood
18 Andom, R. [ie Alfred Walter Barrett] & Fred Harewood The Fortune of a Spendthrift and Other Items (1895)
London Archibald Constable 1895 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Original crimson cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt. A few light marks on cloth, cloth a trifle darkened, otherwise very good. One of the scarcest Andom titles. Contains: The Story of a Spendthrift, The Curious Case of William Gully, The Alligator, The Joy of Life, A Stock Exchange Incident, Her Little Gamble, A Dinner at Putney, From Saturday till Monday, A Terrible Scare, Jack Mallery's Latest, My Friend Starleigh, A Painful Episode & On Getting Up Early. 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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Adrian L'Estrange: or "Moulded Out of Faults" (1863), Anonymous
19 Anonymous Adrian L'Estrange: or "Moulded Out of Faults" (1863)
London Smith, Elder & Co. 1863 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Original blindstamped pink cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Corners bumped, spine sunned, small nick to cloth on lower hinge, remains of bookplate on front pastedown, good. Adrian -- the oldest son of a noble family -- is just about to marry the sensible Catherine, when he decides to run off and rescue his old love Lilian -- who has been deserted, orphaned and driven insane by the machinations of a villain. The consequences are (of course) disastrous for all concerned. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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Basil St John. An Autumn Tale (1865), Anonymous
20 Anonymous Basil St John. An Autumn Tale (1865)
Edinburgh Edmonton & Douglas 1865 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Illustrated. Original lilac cloth, with blindstamped framing on front board, lettered in gilt on spine, yellow endpapers. Spine sunned, corners rubbed, short split to cloth at foot of lower hinge, undated signature on front free endpaper, otherwise good. A romance, set largely in the Western Highlands, and issued by a Scottish publisher. The unknown author produced at least two further novels: Love and Duty (1866) and Arthur Clifford (1869). 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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