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A Poor Man's House (1908)

By: Reynolds, Stephen

Price: £9.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co., 1911


Shilling Edition. Original red cloth. Corners scuffed, a few light marks, good. The author shares the life of a fishing family in Sidmouth, Devon: semi-fictionalised autobiography. View more info

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America at Home Impressions of a Visit in War Time (1920)

By: Swan, Annie S. [Annie Shepherd Swan]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Edinburgh & London, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, 1920

Edition: First Edition


Undated first edition [1920]. Original flecked blue grey cloth, lettered in red. Corners scuffed, otherwise very good. It appears that the title was changed after the book was printed: the running title on each page is "As Others See Her", but the British Library only holds the book under the title America At Home. An account, "touched by the real tenderness of affection", of the veteran author's visit to the USA during the First World War. View more info

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An Edinburgh Eleven. Pencil Portraits from College Life (1886)

By: Barrie, J. M. [James Matthew Barrie]

Price: £4.00

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1894


[Reprint]. Bound as for the first edition in binding of British Weekly, with Barrie's pseudonym (Gavin Ogilvy) on the front board. Original beige cloth. Inscription (1897) on front free endpaper, very good. View more info

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Biographical Sketches (1869)

By: Martineau, Harriet

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co., 1869

Edition: 1st Edition


Mid C19th tan leather over red marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations and dark green leather title label on spine; red marbled endpapers,; all edges marbled. Small scrapes to leather on corner pieces, light scuffing, signature and inscription ("with compliments") on prelims, good. Sketches of significant figures -- royal, political, professional, scientific, social and literary. An enlarged edition was published in 1877. View more info

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Books and Bookmen

By: Lang, Andrew

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Longmans, 1892


New Edition. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt. A little dulling on board edges, signature (undated) on front pastedown, good View more info

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Cavaliers of Fortune: or, British Heroes in Foreign Wars (1859)

By: Grant, James

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons, 1865


Undated reprint (c1865), probably originally issued as a yellowback. Early C20th rebinding in maroon cloth, lettered in gilt; all edges marbled; brown endpapers. Address stamp on front endpapers, otherwise crisp, bright, very good. Sketches of military heroes and their lives and campaigns. Grant wrote a long series of historical and military novels (and a handful of supernatural stories as well), but this work is non-fiction. View more info

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Dagonet Abroad (1895)

By: Sims, G. R. [George Robert Sims]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus, 1895

Edition: First Edition


Original crimson cloth, decoratively blocked in black and lettered in gilt; leaf-patterned endpapers. Lightly scuffed, a few faint marks, very good. Essays on travel in Europe by the author of Rogues and Vagabonds, Mary Jane's Memoirs, Dorcas Dene Detective etc. Publisher's catalogue for October 1895 bound in at end. View more info

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England's Antiphon (1868)

By: MacDonald, George

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co., 1874


Reprint. Title page printed in red, blue and black. Illustrated. Original blue cloth, blocked in gilt; blue patterned endpapers. Spine a little dulled, undated signature on verso of front free endpaper, otherwise very good. A history and selection of English poetry. View more info

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Episodes in a Life of Adventure or Moss from a Rolling Stone (1887)

By: Oliphant, Laurence

Price: £25.01

Publisher: London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1887


Fourth Edition. Original illustrated grey cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Lightly scuffed, blank bookplate on front free endpaper, otherwise clean, tight, very good. View more info

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Exemplary and Instructive Biography for the Study of Youth

By: Chambers, William & Robert (editors)

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Edinburgh, William & Robert Chambers, 1836

Edition: First Edition


Mid C19th green cloth on light boards; hand-cut leather title label on spine. Corners scuffed, some faint marking on edges on rear board, very good View more info

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Francis of Assisi (1870)

By: Oliphant, Mrs [Margaret Oliphant]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co., 1871

Edition: 1st Edition


First Edition, late issue, The Sunday Library for Household Reading. No date [1871]. Frontispiece. Title page printed in black, blue and red, with vignette illustration of saint. Errata slip tipped in before first page of text. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt, brown endpapers. Spine a little darkened, name stamp and bookplate on front endpapers, very good. A biography of the saint. A dated second edition appeared in 1871. This undated first, with erra... View more info

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Frank Harris His Life and Adventures An Autobiography

By: Harris, Frank

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, The Richards Press, 1947


Second printing of this one volume abridgement of the notorious autobiography, originally published privately in Paris (1922 -7). Original maroon cloth. Lightly sunned on spine, a few marks on boards, good View more info

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French Men, Women and Books (1910)

By: Betham-Edwards, M [Matilda Betham Edwards]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall, 1910

Edition: First Edition


8 portraits of French authors. Original royal blue cloth, framed and lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, spine a little dulled, a few foxing spots, very good. Essays by the francophile English novelist, largely on less well-known French writers. Heavy: may require additional postage outside UK. View more info

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George Sand. Eminent Women Series

By: Sand, George] Bertha Thomas

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, W. H. Allen & Co., 1889


New Edition. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. A little browning on endpapers, otherwise very good. View more info

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I Like to Remember (1925)

By: Ridge, W. Pett [William Pett Ridge]

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1925

Edition: First Edition


Undated first edition (1925). Illustrated. Original blue cloth. Minimal wear: slight cracking to paper on rear inner joint (joint tight): very good. The reminiscences of a novelist and humourist. View more info