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Image for The Star-Chamber An Historical Romance (1854)

The Star-Chamber An Historical Romance (1854)

By: Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, G. Routledge & Co.: 1875

Seller ID: VN0837


First One-Volume and Illustrated Edition. Rebound in mid-C19th red binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Rubbed on spine ends, armorial bookplate on front pastedown, a little light foxing, good. View more info

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Rookwood: A Romance (1834)

By: Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Richard Bentley: 1850

Seller ID: 80023


Standard Novels, Volume 60. Revised, Corrected and Illustrated with a New Preface, and Notes by the Author. Frontispiece. Original blindstamped brown cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Spine bumped, inner joint papers cracked (but joints tight), good. Sadleir's binding style "D". Ainsworth's romance features Dick Turpin (the highwayman) and his famous ride to York. View more info

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Talbot Harland A Tale of the Days of Charles the Second (1871)

By: Ainsworth, W. Harrison [William Harrison Ainsworth]

Price: £36.00

Publisher: London, John Dicks: 1871

Seller ID: 87037


Undated copy 1871 or later. Nine (of ten) illustrations by F. Gilbert. In modern card. One page damaged with repairs to edges (small loss of text in one margin). A reading/binding copy in modern red card wrappers. One of Ainsworth's scarcest late titles. View more info

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The Constable of the Tower (1861)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1900

Seller ID: 00369


Undated, unillustrated reprint, c1900. Original crimson cloth, with blindstamped pattern on front board and illustration of Windsor Castle in gilt. A little scuffed, inner joint papers lightly cracking (but joints tight), good. Scarce. Ainsworth had a habit of giving different novels similar titles. Thus The Constable of the Tower is quite different from The Constable de Bourbon and also different (although it shares a setting) from either the oft-reprinted The Tower of ... View more info

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The Constable of the Tower (1861)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1862

Seller ID: 02229


Original blindstamped purple cloth; yellow endpapers. Corners rubbed, small chips to cloth at foot of spine, light foxing, undated signature facing title page, good. View more info

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St James's: or, The Court of Queen Anne. An Historical Romance (1844)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1890

Seller ID: 02304


Florin Library/Author's Copyright edition. Undated, c1890. Frontispiece original grey cloth with "Routledge's Florin Library" blindstamped on front board; patterned endpapers. Spine tips bumped/scuffed, a little light foxing, very good. View more info

Image for Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875)

Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1887

Seller ID: 03590


[Reprint]: undated (c1887). Original scarlet cloth on bevelled boards, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered and ruled in gilt on spine; green-and-white patterned endpapers. Lightly sunned with rubbing at head of spine, signature (1887) on prelims, good. View more info

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Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance (1843)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £8.00

Publisher: Leipzig, Tauchnitz: 1844

Edition: First European Edition

Seller ID: VN0616


Mid-C19th green cloth, lettered in gilt. Bound without series half-title. dated 1844 on title page but possibly a later issue. lightly scuffed on spine ends, otherwise very good. View more info

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The Constable of the Tower (1861)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1862

Seller ID: 03663


Third Edition. Original blindstamped purple cloth; yellow endpapers. Corners rubbed, small chip to cloth at foot of spine, light foxing, undated signatures on prelims, good. Ainsworth produced a number of novels with confusingly similar titles: this novel is NOT The Tower of London, NOR Tower Hill, but it is, like the other two, set in the reign of Henry VIII. View more info

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Boscobel or The Royal Oak A Tale of the Year 1651 (1872)

By: Ainsworth, William Harrison

Price: £14.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1890

Seller ID: 03234


Author's Copyright Edition. Undated, c1890. Frontispiece. Original fine-ribbed crimson cloth, lettered in gilt; publisher's monogrammed brown-and-white endpapers. A little browning on prelims, otherwise a very clean, bright, tight copy: very good. View more info

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Ovingdean Grange

By: Ainsworth, William Harrison

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, G. J. Howell: 1900

Seller ID: VN1253


A volume of Howell's De Luxe edition of Ainsworth's novels. Undated [1900]. Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Corners scuffed, a little foxing, bookplate on front pastedown, good. View more info

The Star Chamber

By: Ainsworth, William Harrison

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1900

Seller ID: VN1332


Undated reprint, c1900. Original bright red cloth with raised pattern of flowers on front board: gilt vignette of Windsor Castle and title in box in centre of front board. A little rubbed at foot of spine, with small marks along bottom edge of front board, paper tanned, bookplate on front pastedown, good View more info

Image for The Catholic Crusoe; Adventures of Owen Evans, Set Ashore on a Desolate Island 1739 (1863 as The Adventures of Owen Evans, Esq., Surgeon's Mate, Left Ashore in 1739 on a Desolate Island Narrated by Himself; Edited by W. H. Anderdon)

The Catholic Crusoe; Adventures of Owen Evans, Set Ashore on a Desolate Island 1739 (1863 as The Adventures of Owen Evans, Esq., Surgeon's Mate, Left Ashore in 1739 on a Desolate Island Narrated by Himself; Edited by W. H. Anderdon)

By: Anderdon, W. H. [William Henry Anderdon]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Burns & Oates: 1876

Seller ID: 04352


Seventh Edition. Illustrated. Original royal blue cloth, framed in black and gilt on front board with anchor in centre. Edges and spine ends scuffed, endpapers replaced, good. View more info

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Tales and Sketches of the Covenanters

By: Anonymous

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, Richard Edward King: 1900

Seller ID: VN0058


[Reprint]. Undated, c1900. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Board edges lightly sunned, paper lightly browned: otherwise a clean tight copy: good. View more info

Image for Red Rose and White Relating the Experiences of Ralph Mortimer, Son of a Knightly House, during the Stirring Times of Richard the Third of England (1901)

Red Rose and White Relating the Experiences of Ralph Mortimer, Son of a Knightly House, during the Stirring Times of Richard the Third of England (1901)

By: Armitage, Alfred

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, John Shaw: 1911

Seller ID: VN0877


Undated reprint, c1911. original green cloth, oval picture on glazed paper inset in centre of front board. Paper lightly browned throughout, prize plate (1911) on front pastedown, , small tear to cloth at foot of spine, fair/good. Historical novel for children. View more info

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The Conqueror

By: Atherton, Gertude

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co.: 1903

Seller ID: VN0263


Third impression. Original blue cloth. light scuffing, very good. A biography-cum novel of the life of Alexander Hamilton. View more info

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The Prince's Valet (1907)

By: Barnett, John, [ie John Reginald Stagg]

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Smith, Elder & Co.: 1907

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 89065


Original light blue cloth, lettered in black and gilt. Minimal scuffing to spine tips, faint mark on one corner of front board, a few foxing spots, otherwise a crisp bright copy, very good. The memoirs of Gustave, valet to Bonny Prince Charlie. The novel follows the Young Pretender's adventures across Europe after the failed uprising of 1745. View more info

Image for A Set of Rogues Namely Christopher Sutton, John Dawson, The Señor Don Sanchez del Castillo de Castelaña and Moll Dawson[.]Their Wicked Conspiracy, and a True Account of their Travels and Adventures[...] (1895)

A Set of Rogues Namely Christopher Sutton, John Dawson, The Señor Don Sanchez del Castillo de Castelaña and Moll Dawson[.]Their Wicked Conspiracy, and a True Account of their Travels and Adventures[...] (1895)

By: Barrett, Frank [ie Frank Davis]

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co.: 1895

Edition: Colonial Edition

Seller ID: VN1672


Macmillan's Colonial Library No. 233. Original undecorated green cloth. Light foxing on endpapers, otherwise very good. Historical crime novel, with an immensely long, mock eighteenth century title (I have only given about half of it above). View more info

Image for The Wood-Rangers (1860) translated and adapted "from the French of Bellamare"

The Wood-Rangers (1860) translated and adapted "from the French of Bellamare"

By: Bellemare, Louis Ferry Gabriel De translated and adapted "from the French of Bellamare" by Captain Mayne Reid

Price: £24.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1870

Seller ID: 03669


Undated reprint, c1870. Mid C19th blue-black leather over red marbled boards; gilt framing and red leather title label on spine; red marbled endpapers. Light scuffing, small name plate on front pastedown, a little faint foxing, very good. View more info