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The Blacksmith of Boniface Lane (1891), A. L. O. E. [A Lady of England, ie Charlotte Maria Tucker]
1 A. L. O. E. [A Lady of England, ie Charlotte Maria Tucker] The Blacksmith of Boniface Lane (1891)
London Thomas Nelson & Co. 1900 Hardcover Very Good Book 
Undated reprint, c1900. Coloured frontispiece. Original crimson cloth, lettered and decorated in white and gilt. Light scuffing, very good. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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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. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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The Star-Chamber An Historical Romance (1854), Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth]
3 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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James the Second or The Revolution of 1688 (1848), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
4 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
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). Edges and corners rubbed, foxing, fair/good. Wolff [64b] 
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
6 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
7 Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875)
London Charles Kelly 1910 Hardcover Very Good Book 
Undated reprint, c1910. Coloured frontispiece. Original brown cloth, lettered and decorated in pale grey and gilt (oxidised on spine). A little foxing/browning on endpapers, signature (1919) on front free endpaper and bookplate on front pastedown, good. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875), Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 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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Boscobel or The Royal Oak. A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872), Ainsworth, William Harrison
15 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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Boscobel or The Royal Oak. A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872), Ainsworth, William Harrison
16 Ainsworth, William Harrison Boscobel or The Royal Oak. A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872)
London George Routledge & Sons 1874 Hardcover Very Good Book } 
New Edition, Octavo Novels. Illustrated. Original grass green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt; light brown endpapers with publisher's booklists. Lightly scuffed on corners, light foxing, otherwise a tight, bright copy: very good. The most successful of Ainsworth's later novels. Heavy: may require additional postage outside UK. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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Merry England: or, Nobles and Serfs (1874), Ainsworth, William Harrison
17 Ainsworth, William Harrison Merry England: or, Nobles and Serfs (1874)
London John Dicks 1890 Hardcover Good Book 
Undated issue (c1890). Originally issued as a paperback. Illustrated by F. Gilbert. Late C19th rebinding in beaded red cloth, lettered in gilt. A few marks on cloth, corners scuffed, front inner joint paper lightly cracked (but joint tight), good. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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Mervyn Clitheroe, Ainsworth, William Harrison
18 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
19 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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The Flitch of Bacon or The Custom of Dunmow. A Tale of English Home, Ainsworth, William Harrison
20 Ainsworth, William Harrison The Flitch of Bacon or The Custom of Dunmow. A Tale of English Home
London George Routledge & Sons 1895 Hardcover Good Book 
"The Original Illustrated Edition". Illustrated. Undated, c1895. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine lightly sunned, trace of bookplate on front pastedown, very good. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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