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A Prince of Edom (1898), Ballingal, James
1 Ballingal, James A Prince of Edom (1898)
Paisley Alexander Gardner 1898 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book A Prince of Edom (1898) Signed by Author(s)
Frontispiece. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt. Endpapers replaced, a little scuffing, light foxing, good. Inscription on half title reads: Mrs Mavis [?] With the Author's Kind Regards. An Old Testament historical novel, featuring Kings David and Solomon, and the Queen of Sheba. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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The Last Harkawber and Other Stories (1904), Beswick, Harry
2 Beswick, Harry The Last Harkawber and Other Stories (1904)
London Clarion Press 1904 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book Inscribed by Author(s)
Collection of short stories. Original navy blue cloth, lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt. Lightly scuffed, very good. Inscription on half title reads: To my dear old chum & "best man" Harvey Gee from the author Septr 1904 "May the Wing of friendship never moult a feather" Richard Swiveller. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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A Woman of Shawmut. A Romance of Colonial Times (1891), Carpenter, Edmund Janes
3 Carpenter, Edmund Janes A Woman of Shawmut. A Romance of Colonial Times (1891)
Boston (Mass) Little, Brown & Co. 1891 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book Frank T. Merrill Signed by Author(s)
Original two-tone cloth: boards white with cameo of woman's head in white, pink and gilt; spine brown, lettered in gilt. A little marking on cloth, otherwise very good. Inscription on front free endpaper reads: To Mrs Frank D. Allen with the kind regards of the author E. J. Carpenter, May 1894. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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A King of Space (1925), Cowdroy, Joan A. [Joan Agnes Cowdroy]
4 Cowdroy, Joan A. [Joan Agnes Cowdroy] A King of Space (1925)
London Hutchinson & Co. 1926 2nd Edition Hardcover Good Book Signed by Author(s)
Undated, c1926. Original blue boards, framed and blocked in gilt. Spine quite sunned, first leaf used as pastedown, small nicks on board edges, good. Inscribed by the author on the title page: With cordial wishes, Joan A. Cowdroy Christmas 29. Cowdroy wrote a number of crime novels in the 1930s and 1940s. This early title is something rather different. A review from an Australian newspaper (The Queenslander) reveals that The King of Space is concerned with a young man who loses his memory after a railway accident and who is then treated by a brain specialist, who turns out to be his own (estranged and forgotten) father. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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Christian Thal, A Novel, Francis, M. E. [ie Mary Blundell]
5 Francis, M. E. [ie Mary Blundell] Christian Thal, A Novel
London Longmans, Green & Co. 1919 Hardcover Good Book Signed by Author(s)
New Impression. Signed by the author facing the title page: To Philip Williamson, with best wishes from the Author Xmas 1919. Mary Blundell "M. E. Francis". Original green cloth. Corners rubbed, spine lightly sunned, good. A novel on a musical theme. Mr Williamson was obviously not a close friend, as he only got given a reprint, and that 4 years after it was issued! 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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The Temple of Pallas Athenĉ, Lewys, George [Margot Asquith]
6 Lewys, George [Margot Asquith] The Temple of Pallas Athenĉ
New York Privately Printed for Subscribers Only 1924 Hardcover Fair Book 
Presentation Copy to Margot Asquith. First Edition. No 413 of 995 signed copied issued. Frontispiece. Original orange cloth over blue moiré boards. Spine darkened, some soiling and partial ring mark on boards: fair/good. Inscription on front free endpaper reads: Margot Asquith with Compliments of the Author. New York 1924 George Lewys. Margot Asquith was the famously witty wife of the British Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith. It seems Lewys signed every copy of his book: but this one has a nice association to a leading figure in early C20th society. 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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Some Men and Women (1925), Lowndes, Marie Belloc
7 Lowndes, Marie Belloc Some Men and Women (1925)
London Hutchinson & Co. 1925 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book Signed by Author(s)
Original light blue cloth, lettered in black. Cloth a little sunned on spine, a few faint marks, some foxing, good. Inscription on front free endpaper reads: Dear Juliet, with love from the writer Marie Belloc Lowndes. Eight short stories, including some crime. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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Her Majesty's Rebels (1907), Lysaght, S. R. [Sidney Royse Lysaght]
8 Lysaght, S. R. [Sidney Royse Lysaght] Her Majesty's Rebels (1907)
London Macmillan & Co. 1907 2nd Edition Hardcover Very Good Book Signed by Author(s)
Original fine-ribbed emerald green cloth, with blindstamped shamrock designs on front board, lettered in gilt. Light scuffing, foxing on early/late pages, inscription on front free endpaper, very good. Inscription reads: Evelyn Hellicar from S. R. Lysaght March 1907. The hero, Desmond, is clearly based on the Irish nationalist leader Charles Stewart Parnell. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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Fabulous Fancies (1903), Maxwell, W. B. [William Babington Maxwell]
9 Maxwell, W. B. [William Babington Maxwell] Fabulous Fancies (1903)
London Grant Richards 1903 1st Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Original pale blue cloth with single line border in gilt, lettered in gilt. Corners lightly rubbed, spine a little dulled, inscription on front free endpaper, a little foxing, good. Inscription reads: Dorothy Du Cane from the Author Dec. 1903. Maxwell's third book. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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Gold and Incense. A West Country Story (1895), Pearse, Mark Guy
10 Pearse, Mark Guy Gold and Incense. A West Country Story (1895)
London Horace Marshall & Son 1900 Hardcover Good Book Signed by Author(s)
Forty-seventh Thousand. Undated, c1900. Slender volume in original green cloth, lettered in black. Illustrated. A clean bright copy, signed by the author in pencil on front free endpaper, good. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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A Maiden Fair to See (1891), Philips, F. C. & C. J. Wills [Francis Charles Philips & Charles James Wills]
11 Philips, F. C. & C. J. Wills [Francis Charles Philips & Charles James Wills] A Maiden Fair to See (1891)
London Trischler & Co. 1891 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book G. A. Storey Inscribed by Author(s)
Signed family copy. Original pale chocolate brown cloth on bevelled boards lettered and decorated in green and gilt; green and white patterned endpapers. Corners scuffed, a little foxing, very good. Signed by the second author and his wife on the title page. Wills was a doctor and resided in Persia for a number of years. On his return he wrote travel books about the Middle East, before turning to fiction-writing in collaboration with the F. C. Philips. The two inscriptions on the title page read: To my dear wife from C. J. Wills, March 1891 and From A. L. Wills to Sibyl M. Wills (undated). Sibyl was Wills's daughter. 
Price: 60.00 GBP
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Anne Mainwaring (1901), Ridley, Lady [Alice]
12 Ridley, Lady [Alice] Anne Mainwaring (1901)
London Longman, green & Co. 1901 Hardcover Very Good Book Signed by Author(s)
New [ie Second] Impression. Original crimson cloth, lettered in gilt; black endpapers. A few light marks on front board, browning to page edges on prelims, author's inscription on half title, very good. The inscription reads: Dearest Hessey from the Writer Sept 1911. A girl marries to escape the perpetual demands of "Society": then falls in love with another man. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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The Catholic Man. A Study, Turnbull, Mrs Lawrence [Francese Litchfield Turnbull]
13 Turnbull, Mrs Lawrence [Francese Litchfield Turnbull] The Catholic Man. A Study
Boston L. Lothrop Company 1890 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Book Signed by Author(s)
Presentation copy. Original brown cloth, blocked in gilt. Light scuffing head/foot of spine, otherwise very good. The inscription on the front free endpaper reads: "Mr K. C. Jebb, with the kind regards of the author, Baltimore April 1892" 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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Earth Fires : A Pastoral Tragedy (1924), Vallings, Gabrielle
14 Vallings, Gabrielle Earth Fires : A Pastoral Tragedy (1924)
London Hutchinson & Co 1924 First Edition Hardcover Good Book Signed by Author(s)
Introduction by Lucas Malet. Original crimson cloth, lettered in black. Corners scuffed, inner joint papers lightly cracking (but joints tight), light foxing throughout, good. Inscribed on front free endpaper; Cecil J. W. Miller with the Author's gratitude and signed on the title page Gabrielle Vallings. The introduction by Lucas Malet praises the novel as a work of "intrinsic interest and value of no mean order." This is perhaps unsurprising, as Vallings was Malet's adopted daughter. Lucas Malet (ie Mary Harrison, née Kingsley), was the daughter of novelist Charles Kingsley. After her father's death she finished his last novel -- The Tutor's Story -- and then became a novelist herself. Vallings followed in the family tradition by becoming a novelist -- and by finishing Malet's The Private Life of Mr Justice Syme (1932) after her adoptive mother died in 1931. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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Fenwick's Career (1906), Ward, Mrs Humphry [ie Mary Augusta Ward]
15 Ward, Mrs Humphry [ie Mary Augusta Ward] Fenwick's Career (1906)
London Smith, Elder & Co. 1906 Soft cover Fair Book 
Number 229 of 250 copies, on handmade paper, signed by author ("Mary A. Ward") on first leaf. 2 volumes, untrimmed in original card wrappers. Edges ragged, covers have wear to edges and marks, small chips and tears on edges/corners: volume II lacks rear cover. A fair copy of a scarce item. Heavy: may require additional postage. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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The Green Bay Tree. A Tale of To-day (1894), Wilkins, W. H. & H. Vivian [William Henry Wilkins & Herbert Vivian]
16 Wilkins, W. H. & H. Vivian [William Henry Wilkins & Herbert Vivian] The Green Bay Tree. A Tale of To-day (1894)
London Hutchinson & Co. 1894 3rd Edition Hardcover Good Book 
Third [and First One-Volume] Edition. Original green cloth with blindstamped flower designs on boards, lettered in gilt. Corners scuffed, inscription, good. The inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper reads: "To Miss Edith Blyth: a tribute of deepest respect from the Author. V. King Charles of France, Spain & Navarre, his birthday, 1895 (18/30 March). Paris. Chapters I, V, X, XI, XII, XIII, XV, XVI, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXXI, XXXII, XXXIII, XXXIV, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XL; L'Envoi; paragraphs 1- 36 & 45 -40 of Chapter VIII, and paragraphs 1 - 11 & 21 -30 of Chapter IX need not be read." Vivian (the inscriber) was a journalist, keen Jacobite and editor of The Royalist International Herald, which explains his odd reference to King Charles of Spain. Usefully he also indicates which chapters (and even paragraphs) were written by his co-author William Wilkins and therefore "need not be read" by his friend Miss Blyth. The Green Bay Tree is a social and political squib, satirising fin-de-siècle English society. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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John Squire's Secret (1891), Wills, C. J. [Charles James Wills]
17 Wills, C. J. [Charles James Wills] John Squire's Secret (1891)
London Lawrence & Bullen 1893 Hardcover Very Good Book Inscribed by Author(s)
Family copy. [One-Volume Edition]. Original morocco-grained royal blue cloth, lettered in black and gilt; black endpapers. Author's inscription on title page; owner's signature on half-title. Light scuffing, a little foxing, very good. Originally issued as a three-decker in 1891. The inscription reads: Geoffrey Wills from his father C. J. Wills. Aug. 26th 1900. Geoffrey has signed the half-title. A romance which starts with a brother and sister trying to unravel the mysteries of an ancient manuscript, the diary of one John Squire.... 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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