157 PAIN, Barry: Collected Stories: Humorous Stories (1930), More Stories (1930), The Eliza Books (1931)
First Editions: T, Werner Laurie, 1930, 1930, 1931. Introductions by Alfred Noyes and John Head Bowden. Frontispiece of author in first volume. Three volumes uniformly bound in original orange cloth, lettered and decorated in black. Light soiling on cloth, a little foxing, cancelled signature on endpapers in third volume, otherwise very good
Three omnibus volumes collecting short stories and novels originally published between 1891 and 1921. Humorous Stories: Eliza, Mrs Murphy, Edwards, Me and Harris, Confessions of Alphonse, Innocent Amusements, Robinson Crusoe’s Return, The Diary of a Baby, Tamplin’s Tales of His Family, Marge Askinforit. More Stories: In A Canadian Canoe, The Octave of Claudius, The Memoirs of Constantine Dix, The Exiles of Faloo, An Exchange of Souls. Eliza Books: Eliza, Eliza’s husband, Eliza Getting On, Exit Eliza, Eliza’s Son.
158 PALGRAVE, W[illiam] Gifford: Hermann Agha: An Eastern Narrative (1872)
First Edition in Two Volumes: Henry S. King, 1872. Two volumes in late C19th maroon leather over red marbled boards. Small chips on spine tips, small piece of insect damage to leather on volume I, larger area of wear and small chips on lower hinge on volume II, signature (1892) on prelims/endpapers, good.
Wolff . The novel tells the story of Hermann Wolff, a Saxon carried off into captivity by the Turks, who becomes the favourite officer of Ali Bey, ruler of Egypt and later Syria, at the end of the C18th. "Tense with the passionate love of the desert and the free-life of the Bedouin." (Baker: Historical Fiction).
162 PETER PARLEY’S MAGAZINE: A Christmas and New Year’s Present for Young People: A Christmas and New Year’s Present for Young People (1842)
First Edition: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1842. Mid C19th green cloth with raised pattern of flowers, with brown leather title label on spine. Illustrated. Label has more usual title -- Peter Parley’s Annual. A little scuffing, light foxing, very good.
An early example of the popular annual.
163 PHILIPS, F[rancis] C[harles]: Extenuating Circumstances (1891) & A French Marriage (1890)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1901. Late C19th maroon leather over red marbled board, blue endpapers. Spine lightly sunned, armorial bookplate of Percy Ashton Jonson on front pastedown, otherwise very good.
Todd . First/only issue. Series half-title bound in. Two short novels issued as one volume by Tauchnitz. Extenuating Circumstances is an example of Philips at his most lurid and decadent: it is short novel dealing with hereditary insanity, suicide and murder and ends with a committal to Broadmoor. Very scarce.
164 PHILIPS, F[rancis] C[harles]: A Question of Colour and Other Stories (1895)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1895. Early C20th red cloth with green leather title label on spine. Armorial bookplate of Percy Ashton Jonson on front pastedown, otherwise very good.
Todd . First/only issue. Series half-title bound in. A Question of Colour is a novel dealing with love and race. The short novel was published independently by Constable in 1895. Tauchnitz added 9 short stories by Philips to the volume: "It is a Very Wise Child That Knows", Similia Similibus Curantur, A Dangerous Experiment, A Woman of No Reputation, The Minx, An Undeserving Woman, A Woman with a Heart, It’s Funny How People Forget, "For One Night Only".
165 PHILLPOTTS, Eden: Folly and Fresh Air (1891)
First Edition: Trischler & Co., 1891. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in dark red, green-and-white patterned endpapers. Spine dulled (lettering illegible), endpapers browned, but otherwise a clean, tight copy, good.
167 PHILLPOTTS, Eden: Sons of the Morning (1900)
Widecombe Edition: Macmillan & Co., 1928. Original white vellum spine over green cloth boards, lettered in gilt. Corners lightly rubbed, a few light marks on front board, small bookplate on front pastedown, stamp on front free endpaper, very good. Author’s signature on front free endpaper: Eden Phillpotts.
The second novel in the Dartmoor Cycle.
168 PHILLPOTTS, Eden: The Forest on the Hill (1912)
First Edition: John Murray, 1912. Colour frontispiece. Original brown cloth, decorative border in grey-green, lettered in gilt on spine. Corners scuffed, foxing spots, otherwise very good.
The thirteenth novel in the Dartmoor Cycle. Uncommon.
170 QUIZ [ie Edward CASWALL, but also Charles DICKENS]: Sketches of Young Couples, Young Ladies, Young Gentlemen (1838 - 40)
First Thus: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, nd . Illustrated by Phiz [ie Hablot K. Browne]. Original green cloth on bevelled boards, framed in black and red, lettered and decorated in gilt; brown endpapers. Lightly marked on bottom edge of front board, light stain on bottom portion of frontispiece and title page, a little light foxing, good.
Although presented as a collection of works by Quiz (Caswell) it in fact consists of two works by Dickens -- Sketches of Young Couples (1840), Sketches of Young Gentlemen (1838) sandwiching Caswall’s companion piece Sketches of Young Ladies (1838). The three short works appear to have been published together for the first time in around 1843. In 1875 the first American edition appeared as Drawn from Life, attributing all three works to Dickens.
171 RANDOLPH, Mr [Edmund]: The New Eve. A Study in Recent Evolution (1889)
First Edition in Two Volumes: Spencer Blackett, 1889. Two volumes bound as one in publisher’s remainder binding: blue cloth decorated in black, lettered in gilt on spine. Contents clean and tight, but two chips at head of spine and rectangular hole affecting the word "Eve" just below: thus only fair/good.
Not in Wolff. Collates: I - [iv] + 276pp; II - [ii] + 294pp. No half-titles. A novel which deals with the relationship between man and woman -- "Most love stories are trash. This is a love story. It has a moral" (Author’s dedicatory note).
172 READE, Charles: It Is Never Too Late to Mend. A Matter-of-Fact Romance (1856)
New Edition, Piccadilly Novels: Chatto & Windus, 1894. Frontispiece and vignette title. Original red cloth blocked in black, gilt lettering on spine; green-and-white "convulvulus" endpapers. Inner joint papers lightly cracked (but joints tight), inscription (1894) on verso of front free endpaper, otherwise a clean bright copy, very good.
Publisher’s catalogue dated September 1893 bound in at end. Reade’s breakthrough success: a sprawling melodrama encompassing evil machinations in Berkshire and wild adventures in the goldfields of Australia. The most compelling part of the book is depiction of the disturbing cruelty and horror of life in B-- Gaol.
175 ROCHE, Regina M[aria]: The Children of the Abbey (1796)
[Reprint]: Milner & Sowerby (Halifax), 1858. Engraved frontispiece. Small format (12.5 x 8 cm) in original blindstamped crimson cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt; yellow endpapers; all edges gilt. Corners rubbed, signature (1912) on front pastedown, otherwise very good.
A popular sentimental Gothic novel, featuring two orphans, a lost will etc.
179 SCHREINER, Olive: Undine (1929)
First Edition: Ernest Benn, 1929. Original light brown cloth. Spine very faintly sunned, otherwise very good.
Schreiner’s first novel (pre-dating The Story of an African Farm, 1883) but not published until after her death in 1920.
180 SHARPE’S LONDON MAGAZINE OF ENTERTAINMENT AND INSTRUCTION
New Series, Volumes V, VI & VII, c1854 - 5.
"Embellished with Elegant Steel Engravings."
The Cogitations of Miss Clarinda Singlehart by Anne MANNING. Complete serialisation.
The Adventurer by Terence TIERNEY. Complete serialisation.
Doctor Oliver’s Maid by SILVERPEN [ie Eliza METEYARD]. Complete serialisation.
Harry Coverdale’s Courtship and All That Came of It by Frank SMEDLEY. Continuation of intermittent serialisation.
Articles and short stories include My Work and a Decorator, The Footsteps of Pitying Children, Three Junes at Chauncy Manor & The Stewpan at Aldershott by SILVERPEN, Our Street & A Queer World by Edmund YATES, Adventures Beyond the Arctic Circle & A Midnight Adventure on the North Cape of Lapland by William HURTON.
Numerous other stories, unsigned.
Three volumes uniformly bound in mid-C19th brown leather over brown marbled boards; raised bands and lighter brown leather title labels on spines. Light edgewear, a little foxing, very good.
I can find no trace of book publication of Tierney’s The Adventurer, which deals with life and adventures in the Ottoman Empire.
181 SHERWOOD, Mrs [Mary Martha]: The History of Theophilus and Sophia (1811)
Eleventh Edition: Houlson & Son, 1836. Frontispiece. Early C19th blue leather over blue marbled boards, lettered and decorated in gilt, yellow endpapers. Corners rubbed, inscription (1838) on verso of front free endpaper, good.
A short children’s story by the author of The History of Little Henry and His Bearer.
182 SHERWOOD, Mrs [Mary Martha]: The Nun (1833)
First Edition: Seeley & Burnside & Seeley, 1833. Vignette title page only. Mid C19th black leather over blue marbled board; gilt decorations on spine; blue marbled endpapers. Light edgewear, ancient repair to lateral tears on title and contents leaves, undated inscription on blank prelim, otherwise good.
Anti-Catholic novel. There is no printed title page, only an illustrated one.
186 SIDGWICK, Mrs Alfred [ie Cecily Wilhelmine SIDGWICK]: Anthea’s Guest (1911)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1911. Blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Bookplate of Percy Ashton Jonson on front pastedown: clean, bright, tight, very good.
Todd . First/only issue. Series half-title bound in.
187A SOLDood. [2nd copy]
188 SINCLAIR, May: Arnold Waterlow A Life (1924)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., nd . Original two-tone cloth: spine cream, lettered in gilt; boards royal blue. Thumb-nail sized brown spot at foot of spine (with fainter mark on spine edge of front board), a little faint browning on paper, light crease to cloth on front board, otherwise good. Author’s signature (May Sinclair) on front free endpaper.
Publisher’s catalogue for Autumn 1924 (announcing this novel) bound in at end. Sinclair was a feminist and a follower of Sigmund Freud; she started writing in the 1890s; and Arnold Waterlow is one of her later novels, published three years before her death in 1927.
189 SLADEN, Douglas: The Admiral A Romance of Nelson in the Year of the Nile (1898)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., 1898. Original beige cloth, illustrated with figure of Nelson (from an old print) and lettered in black. Edges scuffed, inner joints lightly cracked, undated inscription on front free endpaper, good.
190 SOLLY, [Reverend] Henry: Lady Stella and Her Lover (1888)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Ward & Downey, 1888. Three volumes in original dark green cloth, lettered and decorated in black on boards (in gilt on spines); green-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. A few light specks and spots on cloth, faint foxing on prelims, otherwise a clean, tight, bright copy, very good.
Wolff . Publisher’s catalogue for March 1888 bound in at end of Volume III.
191 SOMERVILLE, Alexander: The Life of Roger Mowbray, Merchant Prince of England and Member of Parliament (1853)
First Edition: Darton & Co., 1853. Frontispiece and vignette title precede printed title. Original light green cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Corners bumped, faint inscriptions (1856 and undated) on front free endpaper and blank prelim, foxing, good.
An improving tale for younger readers.
* SOMERVILLE & ROSS: see item 177
193 THE SUNDAY MAGAZINE for 1871 - 2
for 1871 - 2
The Vicar’s Daughter by George MACDONALD. Complete serialisation. Illustrated.
Margaret by C. C. FRASER-TYTLER. Complete serialisation. Illustrated.
Premiums Paid to Experience by Edward GARRETT [ie Isabella Fyvie MAYO]. Complete serialisation. Illustrated.
Late C19th brown leather over blue and brown marbled boards; brown leather title label to spine (incorrectly dated "1882"). Lightly scuffed, edgewear, otherwise very good.