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The Star-Chamber An Historical Romance (1854), Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth]
1 Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth] The Star-Chamber An Historical Romance (1854)
Leipzig Tauchnitz 1854 Copyright Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Two volumes bound as one in mid-C19th black leather over marbled boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Extremities lightly rubbed, boards grazed, armorial bookplate on front pastedown, a few smudgy marks in margins, good. Todd [286Ab/287A]. First settings (second issue of first volume); series half-title present in volume I only). 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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[Odd Volumes] Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875) Volumes 2 (II) & 3 (III), Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth]
2 Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth] [Odd Volumes] Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875) Volumes 2 (II) & 3 (III)
London Tinsley Brothers 1875 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Originally published in three volumes. This copy is volumes 2 (II) and 3 (III) ONLY. Volume 1 (I) is not present. Two volumes in original green cloth, decoratively blocked in black and lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Rubbed on spine ends, traces of removed labels on front boards, a little shaken, good. 2 volumes out of 3 only. Heavy: may require additional postage outside UK. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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James the Second or The Revolution of 1688 (1848), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
3 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'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). Edges and corners rubbed, foxing, fair/good. Wolff [64b] 
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Old St Paul's. A Tale of the Plague and the Fire (1841), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
5 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
6 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. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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St James's: or, The Court of Queen Anne. An Historical Romance (1844), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
7 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. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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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. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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The Constable of the Tower (1861), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
10 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. 
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)
Leipzig Tauchnitz 1844 First European Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Mid-C19th green cloth, lettered in gilt. Bound without series half-title. dated 1844 on title page but possibly a later issue. lightly scuffed on spine ends, otherwise very good. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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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 Lord Mayor of London (1862), Ainsworth, William Harrison
13 Ainsworth, William Harrison The Lord Mayor of London (1862)
London George Routledge & Sons Hardcover Good Book 
Undated reprint, c 1900. Original blindstamped red cloth, with Windsor Castle in gitl on front board. Some foxing, otherwise good. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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Tales and Sketches of the Covenanters, Anonymous
14 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 Cruise of the Daring. A Tale of the Sea (1860), Armstrong, Captain C. F. [ie Francis Claudius Armstrong]:
15 Armstrong, Captain C. F. [ie Francis Claudius Armstrong]: The Cruise of the Daring. A Tale of the Sea (1860)
London Ward, Lock & Tyler 1870 Hardcover Good Book 
Undated reprint, c1870. Mid-C19th green binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Small nick at head of spine, owner's bookplate on front pastedown, good. Wolff [179] for the three-decker first edition, noting that the author's initials were switched. Armstrong was one of the school of secondary nautical novelists who flourished in the wake of the success of Frederick Marryat. The Cruise of the Daring is set in Ireland and on shipboard, in the Napoleonic era. 
Price: 18.00 GBP
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The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician (1891), Arnold, Edwin Lester
16 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: 18.00 GBP
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The Conqueror, Atherton, Gertude
17 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]
18 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
19 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. 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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Royal Georgie (1901), Baring-Gould, S. [Sabine Baring-Gould]
20 Baring-Gould, S. [Sabine Baring-Gould] Royal Georgie (1901)
London Methuen & Co. 1901 First Edition Hardcover Good Book 
8 illustrations. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine sunned, foxing, good. Wolff [282] Publisher's catalogue dated July 1901 bound in at end. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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