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Boscobel or The Royal Oak. A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
1 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison Boscobel or The Royal Oak. A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872)
London George Routledge & Sons 1874 Hardcover Very Good Book } 
Routledge's Octavo Novels. Illustrated. Original blue cloth, lettered and illustrated in black and gilt; brown endpapers, with book lists of titles in the Octavo Novels series. A little light scuffing, a little light foxing/browning on prelims, owner's name stamp on recto of frontispiece, very good. One of the more successful of Ainsworth's later novels. A heavy volume which may require additional postage. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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James the Second or The Revolution of 1688 (1848), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
2 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison James the Second or The Revolution of 1688 (1848)
London George Routledge & Co 1890 Hardcover Fair Book 
Author's Copyright Edition. Paperback issue rebound in dark green leather over black beaded cloth. Leather worn on corner pieces and with 2 cm chip to head of spine; reading room stamps on title page; fair. An unaccountably difficult early Ainsworth title. Sadleir ranks the first edition as the second most difficult Ainsworth title: but even the reprint editions are scarce. This is a good reading copy in a somewhat battered binding. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Old St Paul A Tale of the Plague and the Fire (1841), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
3 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison Old St Paul A Tale of the Plague and the Fire (1841)
London George Routledge & Sons Hardcover Very Good Book } John Franklin & H. K. Browne 
Routledge's Octavo Novels: George Routledge & Sons, nd (c1871). Original blue cloth, lettered and illustrated in black and gilt; brown endpapers, with announcement of first volumes in series "to be issued at monthly intervals". A little scuffing on extremities foxing and spotting (mostly on prelims), owner's name stamp on recto of frontispiece, otherwise very good. 
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Old St Paul's. A Tale of the Plague and the Fire (1841), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
4 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison Old St Paul's. A Tale of the Plague and the Fire (1841)
London Parry, Blankarn & Co. 1847 Hardcover Good Book > 
New [ie First One Volume] Edition. Illustrated by John Franklin & H. K. Browne [Phiz]. Original fine-ribbed brown cloth, blindstamped on boards, 3 illustrations in gilt on spine. Recased with spine relaid and new endpapers (50 years ago). Corners rubbed, gilt a little rubbed spine, foxing spots on plates, one page has short tear at foot, good. Wolff [64b] 
Price: 24.00 GBP
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Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
5 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875)
London George Routledge & Sons 1887 Hardcover Good Book 
[Reprint]: undated (c1887). Original scarlet cloth on bevelled boards, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered and ruled in gilt on spine; green-and-white patterned endpapers. Lightly sunned with rubbing at head of spine, signature (1887) on prelims, good. 
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St James's: or, The Court of Queen Anne. An Historical Romance (1844), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
6 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison St James's: or, The Court of Queen Anne. An Historical Romance (1844)
London George Routledge & Sons Hardcover Very Good Book 
Florin Library/Author's Copyright edition. Undated, c1890. Frontispiece original grey cloth with "Routledge's Florin Library" blindstamped on front board; patterned endpapers. Spine tips bumped/scuffed, a little light foxing, very good. 
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The Constable of the Tower (1861), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
7 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison The Constable of the Tower (1861)
London Chapman & Hall 1862 Hardcover Good Book 
Third Edition. Original blindstamped purple cloth; yellow endpapers. Corners rubbed, small chip to cloth at foot of spine, light foxing, undated signatures on prelims, good. Ainsworth produced a number of novels with confusingly similar titles: this novel is NOT The Tower of London, NOR Tower Hill, but it is, like the other two, set in the reign of Henry VIII. 
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The Constable of the Tower (1861), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
8 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison The Constable of the Tower (1861)
London Chapman & Hall 1862 Hardcover Good Book 
Original blindstamped purple cloth; yellow endpapers. Corners rubbed, small chips to cloth at foot of spine, light foxing, undated signature facing title page, good. 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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The Constable of the Tower (1861), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
9 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison The Constable of the Tower (1861)
London George Routledge & Sons Hardcover Good Book Sir John Gilbert 
Undated, unillustrated reprint, c1900. Original crimson cloth, with blindstamped pattern on front board and illustration of Windsor Castle in gilt. A little scuffed, inner joint papers lightly cracking (but joints tight), good. Scarce. Ainsworth had a habit of giving different novels similar titles. Thus The Constable of the Tower is quite different from The Constable de Bourbon and also different (although it shares a setting) from either the oft-reprinted The Tower of London or the very rare Tower Hill. 
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The Star Chamber (1854), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
10 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison The Star Chamber (1854)
London George Routledge & Sons Hardcover Good Book } Phiz (Habl˘t K. Brown) 
Routledge's Octavo Novels: George Routledge & Sons, nd (c1871). Original blue cloth, lettered and illustrated in black and gilt; brown endpapers, with announcement of first volumes in series "to be issued at monthly intervals". Cloth rubbed in a couple of places on hinges and a little at head of spine, foxing and spotting (mostly on prelims), owner's name stamp on recto of frontispiece, otherwise good. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance (1843), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
11 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance (1843)
Paris Galignani 1843 First European Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Mid C19th green leather with pink and black mottled boards. Edges lightly scuffed, inner joint papers lightly cracking (joints tight) undated signature on front free endpaper, very good. Possibly the first European edition: Baudry also produced a Paris edition in the same year. 
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Boscobel or The Royal Oak A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872), Ainsworth, William Harrison
12 Ainsworth, William Harrison Boscobel or The Royal Oak A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872)
London George Routledge & Sons Hardcover Very Good Book 
Author's Copyright Edition. Undated, c1890. Frontispiece. Original fine-ribbed crimson cloth, lettered in gilt; publisher's monogrammed brown-and-white endpapers. A little browning on prelims, otherwise a very clean, bright, tight copy: very good. 
Price: 14.00 GBP
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The Constable de Bourbon (1866), Ainsworth, William Harrison
13 Ainsworth, William Harrison The Constable de Bourbon (1866)
London Chapman & Hall 1866 First Edition in Three Volumes Hardcover Good Book } 
Three volumes uniformly bound in late C19th maroon leather over red boards; titles in gilt on spines, "Ainsworth" in black on front boards; pink marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Leather rubbed at heads of spines, good. Sadleir [7] in original cloth. Half titles not called for. A heavy 3 volume set which will require additional postage. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
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The Lord Mayor of London (1862), Ainsworth, William Harrison
14 Ainsworth, William Harrison The Lord Mayor of London (1862)
London George Routledge & Sons Hardcover Good Book 
Undated reprint, c !900. Original blindstamped red cloth, with Windsor Castle in gitl on front board. Some foxing, otherwise good. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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The Miser's Daughter (1842), Ainsworth, William Harrison
15 Ainsworth, William Harrison The Miser's Daughter (1842)
London George Routledge & Sons Hardcover Very Good Book 
Routledge's Octavo Novels, undated (c1872). Illustrated. Original brown cloth, lettered and illustrated in black and gilt; brown endpapers, with book lists of titles in the Octavo Novels series. A little light scuffing, a little light foxing on prelims, owner's name stamp on recto of frontispiece, inscription (1872) on half-title, very good.. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Tales and Sketches of the Covenanters, Anonymous
16 Anonymous Tales and Sketches of the Covenanters
London Richard Edward King Hardcover Good Book 
[Reprint]. Undated, c1900. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Board edges lightly sunned, paper lightly browned: otherwise a clean tight copy: good. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician (1891), Arnold, Edwin Lester
17 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. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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The Conqueror, Atherton, Gertude
18 Atherton, Gertude The Conqueror
London Macmillan & Co. 1903 Hardcover Very Good Book 
Third impression. Original blue cloth. light scuffing, very good. A biography-cum novel of the life of Alexander Hamilton. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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The God of Clay (1908), Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher Bailey]
19 Bailey, H. C. [Henry Christopher Bailey] The God of Clay (1908)
London Hutchinson & Co 1908 Hardcover Very Good Book Alec C. Ball 
Original fine-ribbed crimson cloth, lettered in gilt. Tiny nick at foot of spine, stamps for Working Man's Club (Eskdale, Cumbria) on endpapers only, otherwise very good. Publisher's catalogue for Spring 1908 bound in at end. An historical novel about the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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The Cardinal's Page: A Story of Historical Adventure (1898), Baker, James
20 Baker, James The Cardinal's Page: A Story of Historical Adventure (1898)
London Macmillan & Co. 1899 Hardcover Good Book 
Fourth Edition/Colonial Library. Uniform Colonial Library binding: fine-ribbed navy blue cloth, lettered in gilt. Corners bumped, tiny chips to cloth head and foot of spine, a little foxing, signatures on front free endpapers, good. The story "plunges into the Hussite Wars in Bohemia, the battle of Tachau, the sack of Blankenstein, the capture of Prague, and the defence of Burgstein against the Hussites" (Baker, Historical Fiction). Period of action: 1422 - 32. 
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