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Rookwood: A Romance (1834), Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth]
1 Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth] Rookwood: A Romance (1834)
London Richard Bentley 1850 Hardcover Good Book 
Standard Novels, Volume 60. Revised, Corrected and Illustrated with a New Preface, and Notes by the Author. Frontispiece. Original blindstamped brown cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Spine bumped, inner joint papers cracked (but joints tight), good. Sadleir's binding style "D". Ainsworth's romance features Dick Turpin (the highwayman) and his famous ride to York. 
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The Star-Chamber An Historical Romance (1854), Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth]
2 Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth] The Star-Chamber An Historical Romance (1854)
London G. Routledge & Co. 1875 Hardcover Good Book Phiz 
First One-Volume and Illustrated Edition. Rebound in mid-C19th red binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Rubbed on spine ends, armorial bookplate on front pastedown, a little light foxing, good. 
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Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
3 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
4 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison St James's: or, The Court of Queen Anne. An Historical Romance (1844)
London George Routledge & Sons 1890 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
5 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
6 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison The Constable of the Tower (1861)
London George Routledge & Sons 1900 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 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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Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance (1843), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
8 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
9 Ainsworth, William Harrison Boscobel or The Royal Oak A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872)
London George Routledge & Sons 1890 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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10 Ainsworth, William Harrison Boscobel or The Royal Oak. A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872)
London George Routledge & Sons 1900 Hardcover Good Book 
Undated reprint, c1900. Original bright red cloth with raised pattern of flowers on front board: gilt vignette of Windsor Castle and title in box in centre of front board. Spine faintly sunned, signature (1912) on front free endpaper, bookplate on front pastedown, otherwise a clean, bright copy: very good. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Crichton (1837), Jack Sheppard (1839), The Tower of London (1840), The Miser's Daughter (1843), Windsor Castle (1843), St James's (1844), James the Second (1848), The Star Chamber (1854), The Flitch of Bacon (1854), The Spendthrift (1857), Ovingdean Grange (1860) & Auriol (1868), Ainsworth, William Harrison
11 Ainsworth, William Harrison Crichton (1837), Jack Sheppard (1839), The Tower of London (1840), The Miser's Daughter (1843), Windsor Castle (1843), St James's (1844), James the Second (1848), The Star Chamber (1854), The Flitch of Bacon (1854), The Spendthrift (1857), Ovingdean Grange (1860) & Auriol (1868)
London George Routledge & Sons 1870 Hardcover Good Book 
New Editions, [Railway Library]. Mostly undated, c1870*. Twelve volumes uniformly rebound in tan leather over red marbled boards; green leather title labels on spine with titles blocked diagonally (bottom left to top right); green endpapers. Each volume has had an owner's signature snipped out from the top edge of one page in the prelims (page varies from volume to volume), extremities lightly scuffed, foxing spots, occasional small stamps on prelims, a few pages slightly proud, good. A collection of 12 volumes (probably all originally yellowback issues) uniformly bound. Topp [I, throughout] describes the various issues and reissues of the Railway Library editions of Ainsworth's novels. *Most volumes are undated except for The Spendthrift -- 1871 and Ovingdean Grange -- 1870. A heavy 12 volume set which will require additional postage. 
Price: 175.00 GBP
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Mervyn Clitheroe, Ainsworth, William Harrison
12 Ainsworth, William Harrison Mervyn Clitheroe
London G. J. Howell 1900 Hardcover Very Good Book 
A volume of Howell's De Luxe edition of Ainsworth's novels. Undated [1900]. Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Corners scuffed, a little foxing, bookplate on front pastedown, very good. 
Price: 14.00 GBP
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Ovingdean Grange, Ainsworth, William Harrison
13 Ainsworth, William Harrison Ovingdean Grange
London G. J. Howell 1900 Hardcover Very Good Book 
A volume of Howell's De Luxe edition of Ainsworth's novels. Undated [1900]. Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Corners scuffed, a little foxing, bookplate on front pastedown, good. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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14 Ainsworth, William Harrison The Star Chamber
London George Routledge & Sons 1900 Hardcover Good Book 
Undated reprint, c1900. Original bright red cloth with raised pattern of flowers on front board: gilt vignette of Windsor Castle and title in box in centre of front board. A little rubbed at foot of spine, with small marks along bottom edge of front board, paper tanned, bookplate on front pastedown, good 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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Windsor Castle An Historical Romance (1843) & James the Second; or, the Revolution of 1688. An Historical Romance (1848), Ainsworth, William Harrison
15 Ainsworth, William Harrison Windsor Castle An Historical Romance (1843) & James the Second; or, the Revolution of 1688. An Historical Romance (1848)
London Routledge, Warne & Routledge 1864 Hardcover Very Good Book 
New Editions -- 1864 & 1865. Two volumes bound as one in mid-C19th black leather over mauve cloth; raised bands and red leather title label on spine. Lightly scuffed, cloth lightly sunned, inscription (1869) on front free endpaper, bookplate on front pastedown, very good. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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The Catholic Crusoe; Adventures of Owen Evans, Set Ashore on a Desolate Island 1739 (1863 as The Adventures of Owen Evans, Esq., Surgeon's Mate, Left Ashore in 1739 on a Desolate Island Narrated by Himself; Edited by W. H. Anderdon), Anderdon, W. H. [William Henry Anderdon]
16 Anderdon, W. H. [William Henry Anderdon] The Catholic Crusoe; Adventures of Owen Evans, Set Ashore on a Desolate Island 1739 (1863 as The Adventures of Owen Evans, Esq., Surgeon's Mate, Left Ashore in 1739 on a Desolate Island Narrated by Himself; Edited by W. H. Anderdon)
London Burns & Oates 1876 Hardcover Good Book 
Seventh Edition. Illustrated. Original royal blue cloth, framed in black and gilt on front board with anchor in centre. Edges and spine ends scuffed, endpapers replaced, good. 
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Tales and Sketches of the Covenanters, Anonymous
17 Anonymous Tales and Sketches of the Covenanters
London Richard Edward King 1900 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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Red Rose and White Relating the Experiences of Ralph Mortimer, Son of a Knightly House, during the Stirring Times of Richard the Third of England (1901), Armitage, Alfred
18 Armitage, Alfred Red Rose and White Relating the Experiences of Ralph Mortimer, Son of a Knightly House, during the Stirring Times of Richard the Third of England (1901)
London John Shaw 1911 Hardcover Good Book 
Undated reprint, c1911. original green cloth, oval picture on glazed paper inset in centre of front board. Paper lightly browned throughout, prize plate (1911) on front pastedown, , small tear to cloth at foot of spine, fair/good. Historical novel for children. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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The Conqueror, Atherton, Gertude
19 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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Noémi. A Story of Rock Dwellers (1895), Baring-Gould, S. [Sabine Baring-Gould]
20 Baring-Gould, S. [Sabine Baring-Gould] Noémi. A Story of Rock Dwellers (1895)
London Methuen & Co 1895 2nd Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Frontispiece. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine lightly sunned, W. H. Smith's Subscription Library label on front pastedown, good. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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