CATALOGUE 85, 2017
Updated 20 May @ 16.45
1 ALEXANDER, Mrs [ie Annie
Missing Hero (1901)
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1901. Title page printed in red and black. Original blue-grey cloth, decorated in red and lettered in gilt; blue-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Lightly scuffed, small chip and nick to foot of spine, signature (1902) and note (1963) on half-title, very good.
Not one of the 17 titles by Mrs Alexander held by Wolff. Publisher's catalogue dated September 1900 bound in at end. A novel partly set in South Africa during the Boer War. For another novel dealing with this war see item 119.
2 ALIEN [ie Louisa Alice BAKER]:
Second Edition: Hutchinson & Co., 1897. Original deep crimson cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in black. Spine sunned to pink, nick to cloth at head of spine, a few pages have lightly wrinkled edges, a little foxing, good.
Baker spent much of her life in New Zealand and used it (as here) as a setting for her fiction -- all of which is now uncommon. Sutherland describes her novels as "grim".
THE YEAR ROUND
Extra Numbers 1885 - 91
Christmas Number 1885: Self or Bearer by Walter BESANT. Complete short novel.
Christmas Number 1886: The Holy Rose by Walter BESANT. Complete short novel.
Christmas Number 1887: "I'll Tell Thee, Dick, Where I Have Been" by Arthur PATTERSON, edited by Walter BESANT. Complete short novel.
Christmas Number 1888: short stories including: What Became of Mr Blindweed by B. L. FARJEON, My Wonderful Dream by C. L. PIRKIS, The Cardinal's Hands by Frederick TALBOT, A Cold Christmas by Eleanor C. PRICE, Doctor Cornelius by RITA.
Christmas Number 1890: "Merry, Merry Boys" by B. L. FARJEON. Complete short novel.
Spring Number 1891: short stories including: Loveday by RITA, A House of Echoes by C. L. PIRKIS, A Whisper by Esme STUART, Measure for Measure by Mrs Leith ADAMS, Redmayn's Wife by T. W. SPEIGHT.
Christmas Number 1891: An Outstanding Debt by Mary Angela DICKENS. Complete short novel.
8 issues bound together (without original wrappers) in late C19th dark green binder's cloth, yellow endpapers. A little scuffed, a little foxing, very good.
4 ALLEN, Grant: The
Woman Who Did (1895)
First Edition, Keynotes Series No VIII: John Lane (London)/Roberts Bros (Boston), 1895. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in white (design by Beardsley, repeated on title page), in gilt on spine. White decorations etc rubbed on front board and spine, some faint tanning and a few foxing spots in text, signature (1895), otherwise good.
Allen's most infamous novel: his contribution to the fin-de-siecle debates on feminism and marriage. The book ran through numerous editions in the year of publication.
5A ALLEN, Grant: Hilda
First Edition: Grant Richards, 1900. Illustrated by Gordon Browne. Original navy blue cloth, lettered and illustrated in gilt. Chipped at head of spine, small chips at foot, light foxing, lacks front free endpaper, fair/good.
Allen died with the book unfinished, and the last two episodes were written (from the author's notes) by Arthur Conan Doyle. Hilda Wade is an episodic crime story.
7 ANSTEY, F. [ie Thomas Anstey
and Others. Sketches Mainly Reprinted from Punch
First Edition: Methuen & Co., nd . Original red cloth, blindstamped on front board, elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt on spine. A few tiny marks, publisher's circular "Presentation Copy" stamp on title page, otherwise near fine.
One of Anstey's least common titles. Publisher's catalogue, dated 25/9/14 on final page, bound in at end.
8 ARNOLD, Andrew W.: The
Attack on the Farm and Other Stories
First Edition: F. V. White & Co., 1899. Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed maroon cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, endpapers browned with W. H. Smith's Subscription Library plate on front pastedown, otherwise very good.
A collection of eleven short stories, mostly historical and romantic (several are concerned with the Franco-Prussian War), and including one science fiction story -- Rollway's Marvellous Invention -- about a flying machine.
11 BARR, Robert: The
Strong Arm (1900)
First Edition: Methuen & Co., 1900. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. Boards lightly marked, spine sunned, front inner joint paper lightly cracked, small name stamp and light foxing on front endpapers, good.
Publisher's catalogue for February 1900 bound in at end. The title piece is a novel set in medieval Germany; most of the ten following short stories have similar Germanic settings.
12 BARR, Robert: The
Lady Electra (1904)
First Edition: Methuen & Co., 1904. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine a little darkened, boards lightly soiled/marked with slightly darkened area at foot of front board, rubbing to inner edge of front board, bookplate of Bishop's Stortford Conservative Club on front pastedown, a few foxing spots, good.
Publisher's catalogue for September 1904 bound in at end. Thirteen short stories, many linked by Barr's interest in then-modern technology such as long distance telephone calls and telegraphy. Scarce.
ILLUSTRATED CHRISTMAS ANNUAL for
Kitty Kirkby by Sarah Selina HAMER, A Rainy June by OUIDA, Bounce Bahawder by R. E. FRANCILLON, Capital Wine by Hugh CONWAY, The Strange Case of Professor Anderson by Phil MAY, The Hunter's Wedding by R. M. BALLANTYNE, My Ugly Wife [poem] by G. Manville FENN, The Cat Out of the Bag by Edward PUGH, A Private Enquiry by George R. SIMS & Robert, A Scapegrace by Jessie FOTHERGILL.
Original yellow paper wrappers. Nicked and chipped on edges and spine; staples rusted. Slightly fragile: fair/good.
There is a pagination error: there is no page 6/7 (but no pages are actually missing). It is unclear whether this "first" was a one-off annual: certainly it was very short-lived in this format. While some of the items may be original, several (for example Ouida's Rainy June) had already appeared elsewhere: which probably explains how Beecham's were able to offer the "marvellous publication" for "one penny".
15 BENSON, E[dward] F[rederic]:
First Edition: William Heinemann, 1911. Original brown cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board, in gilt on spine. Spine lightly sunned, a few specks on cloth, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, foxing spots on prelims, good.
17 BENSON, R[obert] H[ugh]: An
Average Man (1913)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., 1913. Original royal blue cloth with white line border, lettered in gilt. Title page printed in purple and black. Light scuffing to extremities, light foxing on prelims, undated signature on title page, very good.
The travails of a young man who thinks of converting to Catholicism. 32 page publisher's catalogue for Spring 1913 bound in at end.
18 BESANT, Walter: The
Captains' Room Etc (1883)
New Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1891. Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Light edgewear, just a little chipping to paper on hinges, small knock to top edge of front board, endpapers browned, otherwise very good.
Contains: The Captains' Room, Let Nothing Ye Dismay (the Extra Christmas Numbers for All the Year Round for 1881 & 1882 respectively), They Were Married, The Humbling of the Memlings & The Murder of Nick Vedder.
19 BIDDLE-COPE, The Marquis [ie
James Cyprian Camby BIDDLE-COPE]:
Second Edition: Ward & Downey, 1887. Original pale fawn cloth, illustrated with figure of woman in red and black, lettered in red and black; black endpapers. Corners bumped, rubbed at foot of spine, Grosvenor Gallery Library plate on front board, good.
Biddle-Cope was Anglo-American; his support for the Catholic Church gained him a marquisate of the Holy See. The novel moves between England and America (with a grim finale in Italy); one of the characters descends into madness.
23 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]:
Stereotyped/Author's Autograph Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1893. Original red cloth, decorated in black with Braddon's signature in black across front board. Light stain at top right corner of front board, light tanning to page edges, otherwise good.
The heroine turns detective.
24 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]:
Author's Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., nd (c1912). Original red cloth with art-nouveau decorations in black, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. Spine a trifle dulled, some faint marks on rear board, very good.
25 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]:
Author's Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., nd (c1905). Original red cloth with art-nouveau decorations in black, lettered in gilt. A few light marks, otherwise a very clean, bright copy: very good.
26 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]:
Stereotyped/Author's Autograph Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., nd (c1896). Original red cloth, decorated in black with Braddon's signature in black across front board. Light stain at top of spine and onto corner of front board, undated signature on front free endpaper, later rear endpapers, otherwise good.
A Cornish story, suggested by the legend of Tristan and Isolde.
29 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]:
All Along the
Stereotyped/Author's Autograph Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., nd (c1896). Original red cloth, decorated in black with Braddon's signature in black across front board. Spine faintly sunned, some foxing spots, good.
30 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]:
Majesty's Pleasure (1908)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1908. Early C20th red leather over pink cloth covered boards, lettered in gilt on spine; green leaf-patterned endpapers. Scuffed on spine ends, with small chip on corner at head, otherwise good.
Todd . First/only issue. Series half-title bound in.
32 CAPES, Bernard: Adventures
of the Comte de la Muette During the Reign of Terror
First Edition: William Blackwood & Sons (Edinburgh), 1898. Original green cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt: dark green endpapers. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, Note ("First Edition") on verso of front free endpaper, very good.
December 1905 - May 1906
Benita. An African Romance by H. Rider HAGGARD. Complete serialisation.
Short stories include: For His Son's Sake by M. E. BRADDON, An Awkward Bunker by James BLYTH, Experiment at Kearsley's & Medlock's Reputation by W. Pett RIDGE, The Ghost with the Club Foot by Robert BARR, In the Blue Room by Katharine TYNAN, Jack and Dick by W. B. MAXWELL, A Lady's Honour by Halliwell SUTCLIFFE, The Fairy Ghost & Rosa's Mendacity by Huan MEE.
Articles include: The Right and Wrong of It by Marie CORELLI.
Original publisher's red cloth: with decorative borders in yellow and black; lettering in orange. Light scuffing, a little foxing, prize plate (1907) on front pastedown, very good.
37 CHEESER, Bartholomew, Esq,
Lit. Tramp: Vagaries
of a Vagrant...Dedicated to the Publicans and Sinners of this Wicked
First/Only Edition: The General Publishing Company, nd (c1890). Original pictorial paper-covered boards, with striking design on front board of nightmare scene with devils and hell-fire. Considerable loss of paper along hinge edges and spine ends; edgewear to boards; contents clean and tight: fair /good.
A scarce yellowback by a minor publishing house. Snippets, anecdotes and thoughts ranging across the world, with some recurring characters -- such as "Mr Pecksniff Junior".
39 CLIFFORD, Mrs W. K. [ie Lucy
Wild Proxy (1893)
First Edition, Yellowback Issue: Hutchinson & Co., 1893. Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Front board lightly grazed, board edges rubbed, paper chipped away on front edge of spine and on spine tips: contents clean and tight, inscription on title page, otherwise good.
Not in Wolff. An author's note states that the book had previously been serialised, in a shortened version.
40 COLEMAN, John: Curly,
An Actor's Story (1885)
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1885. Late C19th rebinding in dark green leather over red marbled boards, lightly scuffed, light foxing, bookplate on front pastedown, very good.
Topp [III, p 134]. Originally issued in limp cloth and probably also in paper wrappers. A short novel, largely set in Scotland, telling the story of an actor's thwarted love for a young heiress -- featuring an aborted elopement and untimely deaths. Coleman was a theatre manager and worked with Charles Reade on the production of his plays, and wrote a memoir: Charles Reade as I Knew Him (1903).
41 COLLINS, Wilkie: After
New Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1874. Late C19th black leather over brown marbled boards. A little rubbed at head of spine, lightly grazed on boards, light foxing on prelims, good.
42 COLLINS, Wilkie: Miss
or Mrs? (1873)
[First Book Issue], Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1872. Late C19th cream parchment over red and black mottled paper covered boards; red leather title label on spine. Spine a little darkened, title label rubbed on edges, boards grazed and rubbed on edges, a little foxing; otherwise a tight copy, good.
Todd [1233A]. First setting: precedes the London edition by 6 months. The short novel first appeared at the Christmas Number of The Graphic in 1871; this edition was published in Leipzig in 1872 by arrangement with Baron Tauchnitz; the London edition (published by Richard Bentley, with 3 additional short stories) appeared in 1873 with a dedication to Baron Tauchnitz. The second setting (and all later issues) of the Tauchnitz edition were changed to include the new dedication.
43 CONWAY, Hugh [ie Frederick
John FARGUS]: Called
First Book Edition, Arrowsmith's Bristol Library, Volume 1: J. W. Arrowsmith (Bristol), 1884. Recent rebinding in black leather over maroon marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations and red leather title label on spine. Erasure of the words "Vol I" below "Arrowsmith's Bristol Library" on title page, a little faint tanning, undated signature on prelims, good in fine binding.
The first "shilling shocker", a tale of blindness, murder, amnesia, music and a journey across Siberia -- all in a brief 194 pages. First published as Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual in 1883 and then as the first volume in Arrowsmith's Bristol Library in 1884. Sadleir  had a copy which states "83rd Thousand" and he notes the Bodleian copy states "10th - 14th Thousand". This copy has no such indications, nor a catalogue. As Wolff notes  the book had sold over 350,000 copies by 1887.
53 DONOVAN, Dick [ie James
Edward Preston MUDDOCK]: The
Chronicles of Michael Danevitch of the Russian Secret Service
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1897. Original fine-ribbed navy-blue cloth elaborately blocked and lettered in silver; green-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Lightly scuffed, a couple of spots on each board, leaf preceding half-title unopened at top but torn (without loss) on side; otherwise good.
Also contains the short crime novel The Clue of the Dead Hand, The Story of an Edinburgh Mystery. Publisher's catalogue for February 1897 bound in at end.
54 DOWNEY, Edmund: In
One Town (1887)
Fourth Edition: Ward & Downey, 1890. Late C19th rebinding in black leather over blue beaded cloth; "84" and "James" in gilt at foot of spine. Corners and spine ends worn, lightly rubbed on hinges, some staining on board edges, fair/good.
The town in question is Waterford.
55 DOWNEY, Edmund [writing as
"F. M. ALLEN"]: Through
Green Glasses (1887)
Sixth Edition: Ward & Downey, 1888. Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Considerable loss of paper along edges on spine, corners rubbed, light foxing, fair/good.
Topp [VIII, p 328]. Downey wrote both under his own name (for more realistic fiction), and under the pseudonym F. M. Allen (for the more fantastical and folkloric material).
57 DUMAS, Alexandre: The
Three Musketeers translated
by William Robson (1853)
[Les Trois Mousquetaires, 1844]
Sixteenth Thousand: George Routledge & Co., 1856. Mid C19th rebinding in grey cloth on light boards, with printed paper label on sine. Repairs to cloth on hinges, a little rubbing to spine label, otherwise, fair/good.
One of Dumas's most enduringly popular historical romances. The first appearances in English (in 1846) were serial versions, a book edition which was both abridged and had unauthorised additions, and a translation by W. Barrow. William Robson's translation first appeared in 1853 and has been frequently reprinted since.
58 EGAN, Pierce (the Younger):
The Flower of
the Flock (1858)
Pierce Egan's Popular Novels: H. Vickers, nd (c1883) Bound from the 21 penny serial parts. Nineteen illustrations. Late C19th blue binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Extremities lightly rubbed, pages 31/32 nicked/torn on edges with small piece torn from bottom corner affecting a few words of text, a little tanning of paper, inscription (1883) on front pastedown, good.
The novel was serialised in The London Journal and then appeared as a three-decker in 1858. Egan specialised in historical novels: but The Flower of the Flock is a contemporary story with a sensational plot.
59 EREMUS [ie Robert James MUIR]
& ANOTHER: Panta
Rye: A Prelude With
an Index (1894)
First Edition: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1894. Original publisher's binding: orange-tan spine lettered in gilt; brown and white boards with intricate design of scrolling, goats' heads, bulls, angels, gunmen, dogs, elephants etc; black endpapers. Spine ends lightly scuffed, otherwise near fine.
"The story called Panta Rye is a rich jumble of bright but chaotic ideas bearing the very impress of the undergraduate mind...Who else would index a novel?" (Review in The Academy, September 15th, 1894). An eccentric book in a very unusual publisher's binding. The novel has one word chapter titles: Fancy, Friends, Flowers, Wedding, Lunch, Water, Girls, Puzzles, Talk, Telegrams etc., and the bizarre index has entries such as "Babies...dropped, 373", "Chops, theory of, 369", "Curate, nearly killed, 363" and "Sheep, mistake about a, 284".
61 FOTHERGILL, Jessie: Kith
and Kin (1881)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Richard Bentley, 1881. Original grey-green cloth, densely decorated with flower-and-leaf designs in off-white; lettered in gilt on brown glazed labels on spines. Corners rubbed, glazed labels rubbed and chipped, W. H. Smith's labels on each front pastedown, inner joint papers cracked (but joints tight) in Volume I: otherwise a good set.
63 FRANCILLON, R[obert]
of the Law (1889)
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1889. Frontispiece. Original red cloth, illustrated with barrister's wig, lettered in black and gilt; black endpapers. Boards edges lightly marked, edges of front endpapers slightly damaged, good.
Wolff . Publisher's catalogue for December 1888 bound in at end (Wolff's copy had a much later catalogue). Twelve crime stories: Touch-and-Go with a Great Estate, A Most Remarkable Will, A Circumstantial Puzzle, Only Ten Minutes, Half-a-Minute Late, A Cool Hand, How I Became a Murderer, Three Shots with a Revolver, Buried in Gold, Stronger than Death, The Demon Sixpence, At the Twelfth Hour. A revised edition of the previous title, with four stories omitted and nine new stories added.
64 FRANCIS, M. E. [ie Mary
the Untrodden Ways (1896)
First Edition: William Blackwood, 1896. Original light maroon cloth, lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine; black endpapers. Light scuffing, light foxing, very good.
Eight stories of country life.
66 GERARD, E[mily]: Bis
First Edition: William Blackwood & Sons, 1890. Original grey cloth, ruled and decorated in red and black; lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Lightly scuffed, damp marks on edges of endpapers, inscription (1891) on half-title, otherwise good.
Wolff . A collection of short stories and novelettes by the less well-known and less successful of the Gerard sisters, with settings principally in Eastern Europe (Poland etc). The stories are: Elias of Blotatyn, Two Robbers: A Legend, Magda's Cow, Grey Fur & His Uncle and Her Grandmother. The stories are reprinted from various journals, with the epigraph "Be well advised, tell o'er the tale again" -- Shakespeare.
67 GIFT, Theo [ie Theodora
Miss Bellew (1875)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Richard Bentley, 1875. Three volumes rebound in navy blue leather over marbled boards (volumes I & III) and maroon cloth (volume II). "South African Public Library" in gilt at foot of each spine, handwritten notes on prelims but no stamps or other library markings. Light rubbing to leather, cloth sunned, foxing spots, marbled boards grazed, a good set.
Originally serialised in Cassell's Family Magazine. Wolff only held another novel (Lil Lorimer) by this author who was born "on one of the smaller islands of Oceania" Collates: I - [iv] + 308pp; II - [iv] + 368pp; III - [iv] + 304pp.
70 GISSING, George: Human
Odds and Ends. Stories and Sketches
First Edition: Lawrence & Bullen, 1898. Original fine-ribbed maroon cloth, lettered in gilt. Light mark on very bottom edge of boards, light foxing, otherwise a clean, tight copy: very good.
Twenty-nine short stories culled from various magazines.
72 GORDON, Frank: Pyotshaw;
or, The Devil's Seat. A Story of the Scotch Black Country
Second Thousand: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1885. Original pictorial paper-covered boards. A little rubbing on hinges, edges and spine ends, small crease at top end of spine; invisible repair to lower hinge, contents clean and tight: a good copy.
A novel set in the coal-mining districts of Lanarkshire.
73 GORE, Mrs [Catherine]: The
Soldier of Lyons; A Tale of the Tuileries (1831
as A Tale of
Standard Novels, Volume 82: Richard Bentley, 1841. Series half-title, frontispiece and vignette title precede printed title. Mid C19th green-brown leather over blue marbled boards; raised bands and gilt decorations on spine, blue marbled endpapers; top edge gilt. A little light scuffing, spine ends a little rubbed, foxing on prelims, otherwise good.
76 GRAND, Sarah [ie Frances
Heavenly Twins (1893)
Twenty-Eighth Thousand: William Heinemann, 1894. Original green cloth with art-nouveau flower design in gilt. Light scuffing, light foxing, very good..
Scandalously, the novel touches on the subject of venereal disease. Nevertheless (or consequently) the novel sold hugely, running through some ten or more editions in two years.
78 GREENWOOD, James: Our
Saturday Nights (1888)
First Edition: Diprose & Bateman, nd . Late C19th black leather over blue marbled boards; raised bands and red leather title label on spine; marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. A scattering of faint foxing spots, otherwise fine.
Sketches of the London working classes "on their great marketing and carousing night". Originally serialised in The People.
79 GREY, Mrs [Catherine Maria]:
The Young Prima
as The Young
Prima Donna: A Romance of the Opera)
[Reprint]: G. Routledge & Co., 1854. Mid C19th crimson leather over crimson boards, elaborately blocked in gilt on spine; maroon marbled endpapers. Corners scuffed, spine lightly sunned, one leaf slightly protruding, otherwise tight, good.
As Troy Bassett notes on his web site (At the Circulating Library, A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837 - 1901) there has been much confusion between the identities of this author (Mrs Catherine Grey), her daughters Anna Maria Grey and Mary Caroline Grey (both novelists) and three further (unrelated) Greys: Maria Grey, Maria Georgina Grey and Elizabeth Caroline Grey.... .
80 GRIFFITHS, Major Arthur: A
Royal Rascal Episodes in the Career of Colonel Sir Theophilus St
Clair, K. C. B. (1905)
First Edition: T. Fisher Unwin, 1905. Title page printed in red and black. Original red cloth with blindstamped leaf design on front board, lettered in gilt. Spine faintly sunned, small hole rubbed on rear board close to spine, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, front free endpaper tipped in, good.
The adventures of a "gentleman and soldier" in the early nineteenth century.
81 GUBBINS, Nathaniel: Dead
[Reprint]: John Long, nd (c1905). Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Some rubbing and small chips along hinges and on corners, otherwise very good.
A very late yellowback. A collection of sporting (mainly horsey) stories.
83 GYP [ie Sybille Riquetti de
Translated from the French by Alys Hallard
[French title: Bijou, 1896]
First English Edition: Hutchinson & Co., 1897. Original grey-green cloth with art-nouveau designs in dark green, lettered in gilt. Minimal scuffing, endpapers browned, armorial bookplate on front pastedown, near fine.
The eponymous heroine plays with the affections of several men before choosing the oldest (and richest). A review in The Spectator (April 1898) dismissed it as the sort of French novel quite unsuitable for "les jeunes filles".
84 HACK, Maria: Winter
Evenings; or, Tales of Travellers (1818)
New Edition, With Illustrations: Harvey & Darton, nd (c1836). Eight plates. Original blindstamped green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Spine lightly sunned, light scuffing, lacks front free endpaper, light foxing, small nameplate on front pastedown, good.
A collection of traveller's tales for children, with settings ranging across the world. Originally published in four volumes in 1818.
85 HAGGARD, H[enry] Rider: Allan
Quatermain : Being an Account of His Further Adventures and
Discoveries in Company With Sir Henry Curtis, Bart., Commander John
Good, R.N. and One Umslopogaas (1887)
First Edition: Longmans , Green & Co., 1887. Frontispiece. Original black cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt with small illustration on spine, publisher's own "swan" endpapers. Recased, with spine relaid on black cloth; some foxing; now a tight copy, good.
86 HAGGARD, H[enry] Rider:
First Edition: Longmans , Green & Co., 1890. Original black cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt; black endpapers. Recased, with spine relaid on black cloth; some foxing; now a tight copy, good.
87 HALL, Bradnock [ie Sir
Francis NEWBOLT]: Rough
Mischance. An Explanation (1896)
First Edition: George Routledge & Sons, nd . Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Boards grazed and with small losses on spine ends, paper chipped along hinges, good.
Dated 25th March 1895 on endpapers, and with catalogue dated August 1895 bound in at end. Topp [I, p 460], however notes that the book was issued in February 1896. A crime novel written "to unravel the very mysterious circumstances attending the death of a member of the University of Oxford during the early part of the year 1887".
90 HAY, Mary Cecil: The
Arundel Motto (1871
as The Arrandel
First Thus: Ward, Lock & Tyler, 1877. Recently rebound in black cloth with bold, large gilt lettering on spine; blue endpapers; all edges stained blue. A little light foxing, very good.
Topp [II, p 173] incorrectly identifies this as the first edition. The novel (Hay's first) was originally published in three volumes as The Arrandel Motto by "Mark Hardcastle", by T. Cautley Newby in 1871. Hay revised the title spelling (and possibly the text) for this one volume edition of 1877.
91 HEATHER [ie Mrs MILLS?]: Born
to Luck by
the Author of Wrecked Early in Life (1882)
First Edition in Two Volumes: Remington & Co., 1882. Two volumes bound as one in publisher's remainder binding. Blindstamped turquoise cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. A little bumped and scuffed, corners rubbed, some small bubbles to cloth on boards, signature (1886) on front free endpaper, good.
The story of two sisters, Evelyn and Charity Joyce. Evelyn is "born to luck" while Charity undergoes various vicissitudes. The author is anonymous: the novel is attributed to a "Mrs Mills" by the Bodleian, while Wrecked Early in Life was issued under the pseudonym "Heather".
92 HEMING, Lieut-Col Dempster:
Told in the
Verandah: Passages in the Life of Colonel Bowlong, Set Down by His
First Edition: Lawrence & Bullen, 1892. Original green cloth with illustration in black on front board, dark green endpapers. Edges scuffed, small octagonal red label ("Day's Library") on front board, faint trace of removed labels on front endpapers, foxing spots, otherwise good.
14 Indian "tall" stories, all but one reprinted from the Madras Mail. Several are crime stories. Published anonymously, but various sources suggest that the author was a Lieut. Col. Dempster Heming. The author produced a second collection of stories -- A Black Prince -- in 1893.
93 HERMAN, Henry: Scarlet
Fortune: A Story of the New World and the Old
First Edition: Trischler & Co., 1891. Late C19th rebinding in brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; advertisements on prelims. Corners bumped, good.
Herman lived in America until 1875 and it became a favourite setting for much of his fiction. The action in this short novel moves between America and London. The book was probably issued as a paperback.
94 HERMAN, Henry: The
Silver King's Vengeance and Other Stories
First Edition: Digby, Long & Co., 1907. Original fine-ribbed green cloth, lettered in gilt. Some spots to cloth along spine edge of rear board, foxing, good.
Posthumous collection of nine short stories, many with American settings, reflecting Herman's own time in the U. S. A. See note to item 94 above.
96 HILL, Headon [ie Francis
Fires. War Stories of the Coast (1897)
First Edition: Ward, Lock & co., 1897. Original illustrated green cloth, lettered in red, black and gilt. Corners lightly scuffed, foxing spots on early pages, tear to edge of blank prelim, otherwise very good.
Tales of the Kentish coast during the Napoleonic Wars.
97 HOOK, Theodore: Sayings
and Doings, Second Series (1825)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Henry Colburn, 1825. Three volumes rebound (mid-C20th) in plain brown cloth, with printed paper labels on spines. A few light marks on cloth, a little foxing, good.
Silver fork fiction. Four short novels: The Sutherlands, The Man of Many Friends, Doubts and Fears, Passion and Principle.
Volume XIV, July - December 1856
Contains short stories including: The Diary of Anne Rodway by Wilkie COLLINS, At the Sign of the Silver Horn & Down at the Red Grange by Percy FITZGERALD: My Little Ward, Two Hundred Pounds Reward & How We Lost Our Minister by James PAYN: Salome and I by T. W. SPEIGHT: A Day of Reckoning, My Brother Robert & Kester's Evil Eye by Harriet PARR: The Poor Clare by Elizabeth GASKELL
Articles include: My Spinsters, My Black Mirror, To Think or be Thought for?, Talk-Stoppers, The National Gallery and the Old Masters, A Petition to Novel-Writers & Bold Words by a Bachelor by Wilkie COLLINS: Nobody Somebody and Everybody & The Murdered Person by Charles DICKENS.
Extra Christmas Number for 1856: The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles DICKENS, Wilkie COLLINS, Percy FITZGERALD, Harriet PARR, Adelaide Anne PROCTOR & James WHITE.
Mid-C19th tan leather over purple cloth-covered boards; raised bands and black leather title labels on spines; green endpapers. Scuffed, with small scrapes to corner pieces, good.
Volume XVIII, June - November 1858
My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth GASKELL. Complete serialisation.
Short stories include: The Reverend Alfred Hoblush's Statement, The Canon's Clock, Fleur de Lys & Going for a Song by Percy FITZGERALD, My Uncle the Dean, Segment's Shadow & Frightful but Fashionable by James PAYN, Her Face, The Smallport Monte-Cristo & The Great Dunkerque Failure by Charles COLLINS, Tried Friendship by William Moy THOMAS, The Heir of Hardington & Lina Fernie by Harriet PARR, A Paradoxical Experience by Wilkie COLLINS, The Sin of a Father by Elizabeth GASKELL.
Articles include: The Unknown Public, A Shockingly Rude Article, The Poisoned Meal & Highly Proper by Wilkie COLLINS.
Mid-C19th tan leather over purple cloth-covered boards; raised bands and black leather title labels on spines; green endpapers. Scuffed, with small chip to leather at head of spine, good.
105 JOLLY, Emily: Viola
First Edition in Three Volumes: Hurst & Blackett, 1869. Three volumes in original violet cloth, lettered in gilt on spines; black endpapers. Spines and spine edges of boards sunned to grey, some marking on corners and board edges, small losses to cloth on spine ends; contents clean and tight. A fair/good set.
Not in Wolff. Collates: I - [iv] + 368 p; II - [iv] + 392 pp; III - [iv] + 274 pp + 16 page publisher's catalogue. Published anonymously as "by the author of Caste, My Son's Wife, Pearl etc". A mildly sensational story, dealing with adultery.
106 KELLETT, E[rnest] E[dward]:
Birds of a
Feather Being Episodes in the Life of Hoppy and Sloppy Remembered
(with advantages) by the latter in after years
First Edition, 3/6 Series: J. W. Arrowsmith, 1904. Original fine-ribbed maroon cloth, with lettering and decorative frame in deep pink on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, small area on worm damage on bottom of front pastedown, inscription (1906) on front free endpaper, otherwise bright, good.
Humorous stories of schoolboy life.
107 KENDALL, May [ie Emma
Goldsworth KENDALL]: Turkish
First Edition: C. Arthur Pearson/Brumby & Clarke, nd . Original maroon cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, endpapers browned, very good,.
Collection of seven stories principally concerned with the Turkish (Ottoman) oppression of Armenia. Scarce.
108 KENT, Marianne: Philip
Mordant's Ward (1888)
Railway Edition: Frederick Warne & Co., nd (c1890). Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Rubbed on spine ends and free corners, some rubbing along hinges, good.
The young heroine, Ella Carthew, moves into the unhappy household of her guardian, Philip Mordant. Later developments involve murder, hence the novel is listed in Hubin's Crime Fiction.
114 LOWNDES, Marie Belloc: Some
Men and Women (1925)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., 1925. 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.
115 LOWRY, H[enry] D[awson] &
C[atherine] A[my] Dawson-Scott: Wheal
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., nd . Original light grey-green cloth, lettered in black. Spine lightly sunned, two clippings (one a synopsis) tipped on to front endpapers, very good. .
A grim tale of the Cornish tin-mines, near Camborne. Lowry wrote a number of novels in the 1890s, and edited The Ludgate Magazine at the end of the decade. He died in 1906 at the age of 37, with this novel incomplete. His cousin completed the book for publication some twenty years later.
119 LYALL, Edna [i.e. Ada
Hinderers. A Tale of the Present Time
First Edition: Longmans, Green & Co., 1902. Original green cloth flecked with white, lettered in dark green. Minor scuffing, browning on endpapers, signature (1902) on front free endpaper, otherwise very good.
Expresses Lyall's opposition to the Boer War. F
Signed by Author
120 LYSAGHT, S[idney] R[oyse]:
Second Edition: Macmillan & Co., 1907. 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.
121 MAARTENS, Maarten [i.e.
Joost Marius Willem van der POORTEN- SCHWARTZ]: Some
Women I Have Known (1901)
First Edition: William Heinemann, 1901. Original green cloth with blindstamped framing, lettered in gilt. Minimal scuffing, light foxing, very good.
A collection of twelve of Maartens's sardonic stories: The Duchess Eleanor, Mrs Russell, Princesse!, Mme de Parfondrieu, Little Mary, John, Madame de Liancourt, Our Cousin Sonia, Diane de Bragade, Madame de Mersy, "Mees", Annette de Virofly. Dedicated by the author to "the women without a history, these histories of women".
123 MAGNAY, Sir William, Bart:
The Heiress of
the Season (1899)
First Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1899. Original brown cloth, lettered in gilt; grey endpapers. Extremities lightly scuffed, a little rubbing along hinges, inner joint papers lightly cracked (but joints tight), good.
A satirical comedy of society and political life. Not in Wolff, who held eleven titles by Magnay.
124 MANN, Mary E[lizabeth]: A
Sheaf of Corn (1908)
First Edition: Methuen & Co., 1908. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine and board edges lightly sunned, signatures on front free endpapers, good.
Collection of nineteen stories, principally of East Anglian rural life. Publisher's catalogue for November 1907 bound in at end.
126 MARRYAT, Captain
Naval Officer (1829
as The Naval
Officer; or, Scenes and Adventures in the Life of Frank Mildmay),
or, The Merchant Service (1832);
Rushbrook; or, The Poacher (1841)
Baudry's European Library: Baudry (Paris), 1834, 1834, 1834, 1841. Four volumes uniformly bound in mid C19th tan leather over light brown marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations and brown leather title labels on spines. Boards grazed, leatherwork rubbed on extremities, short splits to leather on spine ends, ancient repairs to leather on spine tips (with piece of leather overlaid on two volumes), a few foxing spots, impressed stamp ("Jerna & Hörningsholm") on prelims, bookplate of Horace Marryat on each front pastedown, fair/good.
Horace was Frederick Marryat's youngest brother, a traveller in Scandinavia and author of A Residence in Jutland (1860) and One Year in Sweden (1862). The bookplates bear Horace's name and the family motto: Fortuna Superanda Ferendo.
129 MATHERS, Helen [ie Ellen
is Fire: Woman is Tow, and Other Stories
First Edition: Jarrold & Sons, nd . Original maroon cloth, with title and framing blindstamped on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Recased (many years ago) with new endpapers and spine relaid on red cloth. Lightly scuffed, foxing spots, thus good only.
Not in Wolff. Mathers's last book and one of her scarcest titles: a collection twenty short stories.
From the author
130 MAXWELL, W[illiam]
First Edition: Grant Richards, 1903. 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.
131 MAYHEW, Augustus: Paved
with Gold or The Romance and Reality of the London Streets. An
Unfashionable Novel (1858)
First Edition: Chapman & Hall, 1858. Illustrated by Phiz. Original bright green cloth with blindstamped decorative framing on boards, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Spine lightly sunned, front inner joint paper cracked (but joint tight), occasional foxing, otherwise very good.
Wolff  for serial and first book issues. Augustus Mayhew produced this novel in serial form from 1857 - 8, reworking material originally intended to be part of his brother Henry's seminal work London Labour and the London Poor (1851). The novel exposes the horrors of slum life, and contains some of Phiz's finest illustrations. .
132 MAYO, W[illiam] S[tarbuck]:
Journeyings to the Djébel Kumri; An Autobiography of Jonathan
[Reprint]: George Routledge & Co., 1850. Bound with:
HARRIS, Alexander: Martin Beck: or, The Story of an Australian Settler (1849 as The Emigrant Family: or, The Story of an Australian Settler)
[First One-Volume Edition]: G. Routledge & Co., 1852. Two volumes bound as one in late C19th tan leather over brown marbled boards; raised bands and black leather title label on spine. Light general scuffing, bookplate on front pastedown, very good.
Mayo's novel tells of the adventures of a young American in Africa. Harris's book is one of the earliest Australian novels.
133 MERRIMAN, H. S [ie Hugh
Stowell SCOTT]: Young
First Edition in Two Volumes: Richard Bentley, 1888. Two volumes bound in crimson leather over marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations and green leather titles labels on spines. Spines lightly sunned, otherwise very good.
Scott's first novel, published anonymously -- before he devised his pseudonym.
137 MONTGOMERY, Florence:
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1895. Two volumes bound as one in late C19th green leather over green and black mottled board. Bookplates of "British Club, Biarritz" and Biarritz Circulating Library on front board, their shelf number on spine, and stamps on prelims; some tanning of prelims, spine sunned, prelims excised from volume two, otherwise good.
Todd [3060/61]. First/only issues. Series half-title in volume one only.
138 THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Ten individual issues, each containing one complete short novel. All in original blue card wrappers, framed and lettered in red. Some signs of wear; small chips etc and light tanning to pages, staples rusting, good.
A LINDSAY, Wray: Under
No 128, December 1895
A murder story.
B "M. K. B.": The
Marriage of Olga North
No 139, November 1896.
C "A. C.": Mrs
No 164, December 1898.
D NORRIS, Mabel: 'Twixt
Love and Honour
No 191, March 1901.
E LOLA: A
No 202, August 1902.
F WARRINGTON, Sydney: The
Mystery of Eileen
No 210, October 1902.
G MAUDE, Margot: Jack's
No 219, July 1903.
H "L. M. P.": Lavender
No 240, April 1905.
I SKAE, Mabel: The
Manoeuvres of Elizabeth
No 241, May 1905.
J ATKINSON, Blanche: If
Love Were All
No 248, October 1905 Per issue:.
139 MOORE, F[rank] Frankfort: In
Our Hours of Ease (1896)
First Edition: Mentz, Kenner & Co, 1896. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt, with illustration of sundial and swallow in silver on front board. Lightly scuffed, very good.
Produced by a minor publishing house and confused with the reprint Hutchinson issued in 1897 (see Wolff para 4871). A collection of light-hearted stories: Her Tender Heart, Reggie's Rival, The Prince of the Schwabs, The Iconoclast, Sally, The Waits of Taragonda Creek, A Lead Over, The Duke, Highwayman for an Hour. Scarce.
140 MORIER, James: Zohrab
the Hostage (1832)
Standard Novels Vol LIV [Second Issue]: Richard Bentley, 1837. Series half-title, frontispiece and vignette title page precede printed title page. Original smooth maroon cloth with two black labels on spine. Spine sunned to brown, labels chipped on edges, spine ends chipped, contents tight with some foxing spots on prelims: otherwise good.
An Eastern tale: set in Persia.
142 MORRISON, Arthur: Chronicles
of Martin Hewitt Being the Second Series of the Adventures of Martin
Hewitt: Investigator (1895)
First Edition: Ward, Lock & Co., 1895. Illustrated by D. Murray Smith. Original red cloth on bevelled boards with small gilt vignette bottom right on front board, lettered in gilt. Spine a little darkened and rubbed at top, light mark on corner of front board, signature (and matching name stamp) dated 1901 0n front free endpaper, light foxing throughout, good.
The second collection of six Martin Hewitt detective stories; this series originally appeared in The Windsor Magazine.
143 OCHILTREE, Henry: Out
of Her Shroud (1897)
First Edition: Adam & Charles Black, 1897. Original black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt. Minimal wear, near fine.
Ochiltree was a (minor) contributor to the so-called "Kailyard" school of fiction which centred on stories of peasant, farming and country life in Scotland. Scarce.
145 ONIONS, Oliver: Pedlar's
First Edition: Eveleigh Nash, 1908. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, moderate foxing, W. H. Smith's label on front pastedown, good.
Twelve miscellaneous short stories.
146 ORCZY, Baroness [Emmuska]:
Lady Molly of
Scotland Yard (1910)
First Edition: Cassell & Co., 1910. Illustrated by Cyrus Cuneo. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine. Lightly speckled along leading edge of front board, small nick and fraying at head of spine, signature (1915) on front pastedown, good.
The cases of a lady detective, related by her friend Mary.
147 OUIDA [ie Marie Louise DE LA
Strega and Other Stories (1899)
First Edition: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1899. Original slate grey cloth ruled and lettered in black and orange on front board, in gilt on spine. A few faint marks, otherwise near fine.
Contains: La Strega, An Anarchist, Ruffo and Ruff, El Brug, Toto & Tonia.
148 OUIDA [ie Marie Louise DE LA
Waters of Edera (1900)
Third Impression: T. Fisher Unwin, 1900. Title page printed in red and black. Original fine-ribbed dark green cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, some browning on endpapers, very good.
The last novel Ouida completed in her lifetime and one of her more uncommon titles. This binding is identical to that of the first edition [Sadleir, para 1953].
149 OWEN, Mary Alicia: Old
Rabbit the Voodoo and Other Sorcerers
First English Edition: T. Fisher Unwin, 1893. With an Introduction Charles Godfrey Leland. Illustrated by Juliette A. Owen & Louis Wain. Original illustrated blue cloth. Lightly rubbed and scuffed, spine a little darkened, front inner joint paper cracked (but joint tight), good.
Animal folk tales derived from a mixed inheritance of African-American and Native American sources.
150 PAIN, Barry: Deals
First Edition: Hodder & Stoughton, 1904. Four illustrations. Original beige cloth, lettered and illustrated in black and white. Light damp mark on one corner, foxing spots throughout, good.
Stories of financial and trading deals of various (and frequently dubious) sorts: A Modern Sibyl, Greaswell's House Paints, In the Lock, Bluff, Fifteen Per Cent, Soames v. Farshaw, An Exploration Enterprise, Unlikelies, Ruined, The Fylmire Diamond, The Biting of the Biter, Camphor. A scarce Pain title.
151 PAIN, Barry: Wilhelmina
in London (1906)
First Edition: John Long, 1906. Original grey cloth, with London skyline in blue, lettered in red. Spine tips scuffed, endpapers lightly tanned, a little foxing, very good.
The heroine's various adventures in the London: from mixing with spiritualists to selling cars. Uncommon Pain title.
153 PARDOE, Miss Julia: Episodes
of French History During the Consulate and the First Empire
First Edition in Two Volumes: Hurst & Blackett, 1859. Frontispiece and vignette title-page in each volume. Two volumes in original royal blue cloth, blindstamped designs on boards, lettered in gilt on spines. A little scuffing, a few small spots on cloth, later endpapers, small withdrawn stamp for Reading University on verso of title pages (no other indication of library ownership), inscriptions (1860) on recto of frontispieces, foxing, good. .
£40.00 Not in Wolff, who had some 16 of Julia Pardoe's titles. Occupies that debatable ground between history and fiction: historical episodes are dramatised with dialogue, to read like stories.
157 PEARD, Frances Mary: Number
One and Number Two (1900)
First Edition: Macmillan & Co., 1900. Early C20th brown leather over green cloth-covered boards; raised bands, gilt decorations and black leather title label on spine. Clean, bright, very good.
Reflects Peard's own experiences of wide travel in Europe and beyond.
158 PEMBERTON, Max: Mid
the Thick Arrows (1905)
First Edition: Hodder and Stoughton, 1905. Illustrated by Fred Pegram. Original illustrated crimson cloth. A little scuffed on spine tips, light foxing, very good.
159 PEMBERTON, Max: The
Man Who Drove the Car (1910)
First Edition: Eveleigh Nash, 1910. Original emerald green cloth with illustration inset on front board, lettered in gilt. Minimal scuffing, small bump to leading edge of front board, a few foxing spots, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown: a very bright tight copy, very good.
Confessions of a chauffeur.
160 PERTWEE, Roland: The
Transactions of Lord Louis Lewis (1917)
First Edition: John Murray, 1917. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Endpapers a little browned, otherwise fine.
The author's first novel. Pertwee went on to have a successful career as a novelist, playwright, and screenplay writer (Pink String and Sealing Wax etc); as well as founding a small dynasty of actors (Jon, Sean etc).
161 PHILLIPS-WOLLEY, C[live]:
Snap! A Legend
of the Lone Mountain (1890)
First Edition: Longmans, Green & Co., 1890. Illustrated by H. G. Willink. Original navy blue cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt, black endpapers. Spine ends scuffed, a little light foxing, otherwise very good..
An adventure story for older boys, set largely in the U. S. A. and Canada, much concerned with sporting achievement: cricket, big-game hunting, mountaineering and the wild outdoor life of a cowboy in the Far West.
162 PICKTHALL, Marmaduke: Pot
au Feu (1911)
First Edition: John Murray, 1911. Original green cloth with decorative borders in white, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, armorial bookplate of the Marquess of Hartington on front pastedown, very good.
Short story collection divided into three sections: Crochety Stories, Tales of the One Republic and The Heat of the Sun. The first section has stories set in England, the second in France and the third in the Arab world (where Pickthall spent part of his youth).
164 PRICHARD, Hesketh: November
Joe The Detective of the Woods (1913)
[Second Edition/Impression]: Hodder & Stoughton, nd (c1913). Frontispiece. Original red cloth with vertical stripes in orange, lettered in white. Spine lightly sunned and rubbed on tips, white mark on corner of rear board, later endpapers, good.
Episodic crime novel whose detective hero is a backwoodsman in Canada. Although the title page states "illustrated" there is only a frontispiece. The first edition was in illustrated green cloth.
165 PROUT, Captain [ie John
LEVY; or T. Prout LEVEY; or Captain P. O'SHAUGNESSY]: Bob
Norberry; or, Sketches from the Note-book of an Irish Reporter
First Edition, later issue: James Duffy (Dublin), 1844. (Engraved title page dated 1846). Eighteen plates by "Henry MacManus ...and other eminent artists". Original blindstamped green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Small splits to cloth on hinge ends, and starting to split along lower hinge, light foxing, otherwise fair/good.
Wolff  in a different coloured cloth, also with the 2 different dates on printed/engraved title page. The identity of Captain Prout remains unclear. The British Library also holds a copy of The Miser's Fate: Embracing the Life and Adventures of Bob Norberry, an Irish Reporter by Captain P. O'Shaugnessy, which is probably a later edition of the same book.
169 REA, Alice: Dalefolk
New and Revised Edition [and First One-Volume Edition]: Hurst & Blackett, nd . Original dark green cloth on bevelled boards, lettered and decorated (small butterfly motif) in gilt; dark green endpapers. Small chip to cloth at foot of spine, edges scuffed, good. Inscription on verso of front free endpaper reads: Alec L. Rea with the authors best love and good wishes Christmas 1896.
A novel set in rural West Cumberland and in part concerned with local superstitions and the effects of a "curse".
171 RIDGE, W[illiam] Pett:
Taken from Life (1926)
First Edition: Methuen & Co, 1926. Sixteen photographs by E. O. Hoppé. Original maroon cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine faintly sunned, a few light marks (mostly on bottom edge of boards), gift inscription (1926) on front free endpaper, good.
Sixteen character sketches of London characters, each with an accompanying photograph.
173 ROBINSON, Emma: Whitehall;
or, The Days of Charles I., An Historical Romance
"In One Volume": George Routledge & Co., 1853. Mid C19th crimson leather over crimson boards, elaborately blocked in gilt on spine; maroon marbled endpapers. Corners scuffed, cloth loose on board edges and lightly marked, good.
174 RODWELL, G[eorge] Herbert:
Bridge, A Romance of the Sixteenth Century
Third Edition: John & Daniel A. Darling, nd [1848/49]. Frontispiece and illustrated title page precede printed title page, fold out panorama of London Bridge faces first page of text, one textual illustration and a further 22 plates by Alfred Ashley. Original purple cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt; yellow endpapers. Cloth sunned on spine and board edges, small chips on spine ends, light foxing, good.
An historical romance using a location as the linking theme of the narrative, in the manner of William Harrison Ainsworth. The folding illustration of London Bridge is often found torn and damaged, but in this copy it is in excellent condition: the book is often found rebound but here in the original cloth.
175 RUSSELL, W[illiam] Clark:
First Edition: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, nd . Illustrated. Original illustrated blue cloth, lettered in black and gilt; green-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Spine ends lightly bumped, a little faint foxing, near fine.
Wolff . Publisher's catalogue dated October 1889 bound in at end. Not of one Russell's seafaring novels, but a work of non-fiction on the naval and maritime history of the east coast of Kent.
178 SHIEL, M[atthew] P[hipps]:
Children of the
First Edition: Grant Richards, 1923. Original red cloth, lettered and illustrated in black. Spine sunned and tips rubbed, front free endpaper tipped in, good only.
179 SIDDONS, Henry: The
Maid, Wife and Widow. A Tale (1806)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Printed for R. Phillips. Three volumes in early C19th brown leather over marbled boards; gilt lettering and decorations on spines. Spine ends rubbed with tiny chips, signatures (1915) on front free endpapers (snipped out in volume II), leather splitting on front hinge of volume I, otherwise a tight, clean, good set.
"Mr. Siddons, the son of our venerable actress, whose Virtuous Poverty we noticed with approbation ... in our third volume, encouraged by the success which that work experienced, has produced another novel, under the title of Maid, Wife, and Widow, which, we think, in every respect, surpasses the former." (Flowers of Literature for 1806). The venerable actress was Sarah Siddons. Henry himself acted and wrote plays, poems and a handful of novels. Collates: I - xxxii + 256pp; II - [iv] + 264pp; III [iv] + 228 + 6pp publisher's booklist as part of last gathering.
181 SINCLAIR, Catherine:
Abbey; or, Cross Purposes (1855
[First One-Volume Edition]: Knight & Son, 1857. Mid C19th tan leather over marbled boards; blocked in gilt and with black leather title label on spine; brown endpapers. Paper rubbed on boards with some loss to edges, leather scuffed, inner joint papers cracked, undated signature on front free endpaper, good.
"An anti-Catholic polemic" [Sutherland].
184 SMALE, Fred C.: The
Mayor of Littlejoy (1901)
First Edition: Ward, Lock & Co, nd . Thirty illustrations by Will Owen. Original blue cloth, with illustration in gilt and white, lettered in gilt. Extremities scuffed, inner joint paper cracked (but joints tight, good.
A comic fantasy: the mayor (Alderman Pettigrew) is greatly embarrassed to discover that his great-great-great-great grandmother was -- and still very much is -- a fairy called Rosabel.
186 SMITH, Horace: The
Moneyed Man; or, The Lesson of a Life
[Parlour Library]: Darton & Co., nd . Mid C19th navy-blue leather over pale-blue marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations and lettering on spine, pale brown endpapers. Lightly scuffed, a little foxing, very good.
Sadleir [3755a]. "The Moneyed Man is the most natural and able of Mr. Smith's novels, and contains some fine pictures of London city life" (Robert Chambers). The novel is the story of a rich man in the last decade of the eighteenth century, by a novelist who was himself a wealthy and successful stockbroker.
187 SMOLLETT, Tobias: The
Adventures of Peregrine Pickle; also The Regicide, or, James the
First of Scotland, A Tragedy; The Reprisal, or, The Tars of Old
England, A Comedy; and Miscellaneous Poems
First Thus: H. Hughes, 1826. Four volumes uniformly bound in early C19th tan leather over pink marbled boards; raised bands, gilt tooling and red leather title labels on spines. Bindings: boards grazed, edges rubbed, small loss to leather on spine ends. Contents: all volumes tight, hinges tight, browning of paper: otherwise a good set.
Contains Smollett's novel Peregrine Pickle (1751) which fills three-and-a half volumes; with two of his plays, The Regicide (1749) and The Reprisal (1757), plus a few poems, completing the fourth volume.
189 STACPOOLE, H[enry] De Vere:
The Tales of
Mynheer Amayat (1930)
First Edition: George Newnes, nd . Original light-blue cloth, lettered in gilt. A couple of faint marks on cloth, a little faint tanning on endpapers, otherwise near fine.
Detective stories set in and around the Dutch East Indies.
191 SULLIVAN, Arabella: Tales
of the Peerage and the Peasantry,
edited by Lady Dacre (1835)
[Standard Novels, Volume 117]: Richard Bentley, 1849. Mid C19th brown leather over brown moiré cloth; raised bands and red leather title label on spine; brown endpapers. Corners bumped and scuffed, light foxing, signatures (1855 & 1918) on front free endpaper, slightly shaken, good.
Published anonymously with only the "editor's" name appearing on the title page.
January 1874 - June 1875 [bound as three half-year volumes]
The Frozen Deep by Wilkie COLLINS. Complete serialisation.
The Dream Woman by Wilkie COLLINS. Complete serialisation.
Patricia Kemball by Eliza Lynn LINTON. Complete serialisation.
Ralph Wilton's Weird by Mrs ALEXANDER. Complete serialisation.
Lilith by W. H. POLLOCK. Complete serialisation.
Leah A Woman of Fashion by Mrs Annie EDWARDES. Start of serialisation
Uncle John by G. J. WHYTE-MELVILLE. Conclusion of serialisation.
Short stories include: A Dream Story by Katharine S. MACQUOID, The Dean's Watch by ERCKMANN-CHATRIAN.
Three volumes uniformly bound in late C19th dark brown leather over red marbled boards. Boards heavily grazed, otherwise a solid binding: good only.
194 TIDDY, E. J: Maze
of Scilly (1913)
First Edition: John Long, 1913. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt. Trace of removed label at foot of front board and of bookplate on front pastedown, oval stamp for Criccieth Library on front pastedown, and a couple of times in margins, otherwise a clean, tight copy.
"The following sea tales of the Islands of Scilly cover a period from 1707 to 1862. They are...in nearly every case actual happenings, although most of the characters are entirely imaginary" (Author's Note).
196 TROLLOPE, Anthony: Sir
Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite
[Reprint]: Ward, Lock & Bowden, nd (c1890). Original blue-grey beaded cloth, lettered in gilt with decoration at foot of spine. Leading edge of front board bumped, a little foxing, good.
A short and powerfully moving novel: parental intransigence leads to tragedy.
200 UPWARD, Allen: Secrets
of the Courts of Europe (1897)
First Edition: J. W. Arrowsmith (Bristol), nd . Original fine-ribbed maroon cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine very faintly sunned, undated signature on front free endpaper, otherwise clean, bright tight copy: very good.
Twelve stories of ambassadorial confidences; political and royal secrets; and other intrigues. Originally published in two series of six in Pearson's Magazine.
203 VARIOUS AUTHORS: The
Ladysmith Treasury edited
by J. Eveleigh Nash (1900)
First Edition: Sands and Company, 1900. Original pale green cloth with chequered pattern in blue on front board, illustrated with figure of woman holding title on gilt scroll. Lightly grazed, a little foxing, undated signature on prelims, very good.
A collection of stories published to raise money for the people of Ladysmith in South Africa (besieged during the Boer War). All but two stories (one by Conrad, the other by Setoun) make their book appearance here for the first time. The stories are: A Game of Adverbs by F. ANSTEY, An Outpost of Progress by Joseph CONRAD, Death or Gabrielle by Bernard CAPES, A Suicide at Sea by Edgar FAWCETT, A Golden Wedding by Francis GRIBBLE, The Story of the Strange Chance Mine by Robert MACHRAY, A Scots Carnival by Ian MACLAREN, When Thieves Fall Out by W. E. NORRIS, The Happy Valley by Eden PHILLPOTTS, 'Tis Love by Edwin PUGH, The Gamblers of Gravel Mountain by Morley ROBERTS, The Last of the Six O'Clock Bell by Gabriel SETOUN, The Chameleon by H. A. VACHELL, The Gardener's Head by Percy WHITE, Ill-Favoured Anne and Thomas Tidds by ZACK.
204 VARIOUS AUTHORS:
PEMBERTON, Max: The Sea Wolves (1894)
Paperback: Cassell & Co., 1901. Bound with:
BARING-GOULD, S[abine]: Cheap Jack Zita (1893)
Paperback: Methuen & Co., nd. Bound with:
BENSON, E[dward] F[rederick]: Dodo. A Detail of the Day (1893)
Paperback: Methuen & Co., nd. Bound with:
NORRIS, W[illiam] E[dward]: His Grace (1892)
Paperback: Methuen & Co., nd.
Four Edwardian paperbacks bound together (without original wrappers) in beaded green binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Rubbed at top of spine, page edges tanned throughout, otherwise good.
205 WALFORD, L[ucy] B[ethia]:
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1900. Early C20th red leather over red patterned paper-covered boards; title vertically in gilt on spine; red patterned endpapers. Light scuffing, undated signature (in blue crayon) and note on blank prelims, foxing spots on prelims, otherwise very good.
Todd . First/only issue. Series half-title bound in. A Scottish story.
206 WARMAN, Cy: The
Express Messenger and Other Tales of the Rail
First English Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1897. Original fine-ribbed blue cloth with decorative blindstamped framing and lettering in gilt; green-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Light scuffing, small rub to foot of spine, gift inscription (1900) on half-title, otherwise very good.
Twenty-two stories of railways, locomotives, and engineers: mostly set in America, but with the last few stories moving to Europe and to the Near East. First published by Scribners in New York in the same year.
207 WATERS [ie William RUSSELL]:
London, Historical and Legendary (1859)
First Edition: W. Kent & Co., 1859. Mid C19th blindstamped purple cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; pale yellow endpapers. No publisher's name on spine. Boards lightly sunned, spine strongly sunned (to brown), otherwise a tight copy, good.
Advertisements on final leaf. A secondary binding, possibly publisher's own remaindering. A collection of eight stories, several of which are concerned with historical murder cases. Listed in Hubin.
208 THE WELCOME
January - June 1859
Make Your Game by George Augustus SALA. Complete serialisation.
Looking Back by Frederick GREENWOOD. Chapters I - XIX. Start of serialisation.
Trumps! by George William CURTIS. Chapters I - XXVI. Start of serialisation.
Under a Cloud by Frederick & James GREENWOOD. Conclusion of serialisation.
Short stories & novelettes include: The Foundling by H. Sutherland EDWARDS, The Fiddler Among the Bandits & The Assassination of Marshall Brune by Alexandre DUMAS, Plot and Passion by John LANG, A Skeleton in the House by Edmund YATES, Diamonds! by Hain FRISWELL, The Lost Baby by John HOLLINGSHEAD, Blitsum's Mannikin & A Wager for a Wife by James GREENWOOD. Mid C19th beaded lilac binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Generally sunned to grey (especially on spine), with a few light marks and scuffs; inscription (1860) on front free endpaper, otherwise good.
210 WINTER, John Strange [ie
Eliza STANNARD]: Sentimental
Maria and Other Stories (1899)
& A Gay
Little Woman (1897)
First Editions/One Shilling Novels: F. V. White & Co., 1899 & 1897. Two volumes bound as one in black leather over maroon marbled boards; red leather title label on spine; green endpapers. Board edges a little rubbed, a little foxing, good.
Two collections of short stories (eight in the first, nine in the second). Originally issued as paperbacks in White's ephemeral "One-Shilling Novel" series.
211 WINTLE, W[illiam] J[ames]:
Nights with an
Old Lag (1911)
First Edition: John Ouseley, nd . Frontispiece. Original black cloth, framed and lettered in red on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Corners bumped, light foxing, signature (1915) on front pastedown, very good.
Confessions of "one of the most daring and expert burglars and safe-breakers in Great Britain". Wintle claims the material is "true", but the book is listed in Hubin's Crime Fiction.
214 WOOD, Mrs Henry [i.e. Ellen
First Edition in Three Volumes: Tinsley Brothers, 1865. Three volumes bound as one in late C19th black leather over red marbled boards; raised bands and red leather title label on spine; green endpapers. Boards grazed, inscription (1870) on blank prelim, very good.
Sadleir . This copy bound up without half-titles.