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Rabelais (1879)

By: Besant, Walter

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, William Blackwood & Sons: 1885

Seller ID: VN0507


reprint. Issued as part of the series "Foreign Classics for English Readers" edited by Mrs Oliphant. Original green cloth, lettered in black and gilt. Corners bumped, light foxing, very 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

Seller ID: VN0995


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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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

Seller ID: 00462


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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Wilkie Collins (1951)

By: Collins, Wilkie] Kenneth Robinson

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, Davis-Poynter: 1974

Seller ID: VN1022


[Second edition]. Original grey cloth; very good. Original illustrated white dustwrapper. Edges lightly scuffed and a touch of darkening to spine: good. One of the books on Collins which appeared in the 1950s and spearheaded a revival in the interest of the father of the sensation novel. View more info

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Marie Corelli, the Writer and the Woman by Thomas F. G. Coates & R. S. Warren Bell (1903)

By: Corelli, Marie] Thomas F. G. Coates & R. S. Warren Bell

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson & Co: 1903

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 03817


Illustrated. Original crimson cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt. Spine lightly sunned, endpapers browned, light foxing, good. A friendly appreciation of the novelist. View more info

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Trooper 3809. A Private For Saleier of the Third Republic

By: Decle, Lionel

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Heinemann: 1899

Seller ID: VN0256


[Second Edition]. Original red cloth with illustration on front board. Lightly scuffed, very good. Reminiscences of a life in the French army, intended to show that the Dreyfus affair was a result of an unjust and tough military system. Non-fiction. View more info

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Pictures of Travel in the South of France (Nouvelles impressions de voyages: Midi de la France, 1841)

By: Dumas, Alexandre

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Offices of the National Illustrated Library: 1851

Edition: First English Edition

Seller ID: VN0973


National Illustrated Library. Undated [1851]. With 50 engravings on wood. Full leather, blocked in gilt (on front board) with cameo design with ornate framing and Greek motto, for the Glasgow Collegiate & Commercial Academy, with the same design blocked in blind on rear board; raised bands and leather title label on spine, marbled endpapers. Corners rubbed, a few very small scrapes to leather on board edges, small chip on bottom spine corner of front board, good. The fir... 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

Seller ID: 03339


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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Frank Harris His Life and Adventures An Autobiography

By: Harris, Frank

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, The Richards Press: 1947

Seller ID: VN0039


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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Our Hundred Days in Europe (1887)

By: Holmes, Oliver Wendell

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co.: 1894

Seller ID: VN0369


New & Cheaper Edition. Original maroon cloth. Sunned on spine, a little foxing, Reading Society prize note and signature on front free endpaper, very good. American novelist Holmes travelled to Europe and recorded his impressions. By "Europe" he means principally England, with a brief trip to Edinburgh, and another to Paris. View more info

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Vacation Rambles (1896)

By: Hughes, Thomas

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co.: 1896

Seller ID: 01634


Second Edition. Original green cloth; dark blue endpapers. Light scuffing, private library plates on front endpapers, very good. Edited by the author's daughter. A work of non-fiction travelogue, by the author of Tom Brown's Schooldays. View more info

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Jean Ingelow Victorian Poetess

By: Ingelow, Jean] Maureen Peters

Price: £10.00

Publisher: Ipswich, The Boydell Press: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 00057


Original lilac cloth: very good. Original glazed white dustwrapper: light soiling, very good. Ingelow was a poetess, but also wrote stories for girls, and number of novels for adult readers: Off The Skelligs (1872), Fated to be Free (1875), Sarah de Berenger (1879) View more info

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Lytton Strachey A Critical Study

By: Iyengar, K. R. Srinivasa

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1939

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: 01429


Original green cloth. no dustwrapper. Spine lightly sunned, otherwise clean, tight copy, good. The author was Professor of English at Lingaraj College, University of Bombay View more info

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Robert Buchanan, Some Account of His Life, His Life's Work, and His Literary Friendships by Harriet Jay (1903)

By: Jay, Harriet [Robert Buchanan

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, T. Fisher Unwin: 1903

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 03964


Illustrated. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in black and yellow. Small repair to cloth at head of spine, a few light marks on cloth, light foxing, fair/good. The biography of novelist and poet Buchanan, compiled and written by his adopted daughter and fellow novelist Harriet Jay. Several chapters are contributed by other novelists: R. E. Francillon, George R. Sims, Henry Murray. View more info

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Books and Bookmen

By: Lang, Andrew

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Longmans: 1892

Seller ID: VN0019


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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Letters on Literature

By: Lang, Andrew

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Longmans: 1892

Seller ID: VN0020


New Edition. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt. A little dulling on board edges, signature (1927) on front pastedown, 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

Seller ID: 04304


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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Memoir of the Life of Laurence Oliphant and of Alice Oliphant His Wife (1891)

By: Oliphant, Mrs [Margaret Oliphant]

Price: £50.00

Publisher: London, William Blackwood & Sons: 1891

Edition: First Edition in Two Volumes

Seller ID: 78071


Frontispieces of Laurence and Alice. Original light blue cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt; brown endpapers. A few light marks, minimal scuffing, otherwise near fine. The Scottish novelist's biography of her novelist cousin. two volume set. Heavy: may require additional postage outside UK. View more info

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[English Men of Letters, edited by John Morley] Sheridan

By: Oliphant, Mrs [Margaret Oliphant]

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co.: 1883

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN1326


Original red cloth, lettered and decorated in black; black endpapers. Chipped on spine ends, bookplate on front pastedown, 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

Seller ID: 79084


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