CATALOGUE 91, Section One: ABRAHAM - BURLINGTON
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2 AGNUS, Orme [ie John HIGGINBOTHAM]: The Root (1905)
First Edition: Ward, Lock & Co., 1905. Illustrated by Gunning King. Original crimson cloth, with blindstamped framing on front board, lettered and decorated in gilt. Corners rubbed, foxing spots, signature (1925) on front free endpaper, good.
Agnus/Higginbotham was a follower of Thomas Hardy, writing novels set in "Wessex" (Dorset and the South West), but generally less pessimistic in outlook. "Mr Orme Agnus dares to tread in Mr Hardy's footsteps, but with this difference, that his work is lighter, more laughable, less subjective" (The Morning Leader).
3 AGNUS, Orme [ie John HIGGINBOTHAM]: The Prime Minister (1908)
First Edition: Ward, Lock & Co., 1908. Illustrated. Original green cloth with blindstamped designs and small decorations in bright green on front board, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, gift inscription (1908) on front free endpaper, foxing, good.
Unlike Agnus's rural fiction, The Prime Minister is a sensational novel of crime, love and politics set in Westminster and beyond. Hrolf Calladen, the Prime Minister in question, murders a blackmailer who is threatening to reveal his bigamy.
5 AINSWORTH, W[illiam] Harrison: Guy Fawkes. An Historical Romance (1841); Jack Sheppard. A Romance (1839); Tower Hill (1871); Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance (1843)
John Dicks, nd (c 1895). Illustrated by George Cruikshank, Frederick Gilbert and Tony Johannot. Four paperbacks bound as one (without original wrappers) in late C19th maroon leather over cloth-covered boards; green marbled endpapers. Corners rubbed, small chips and rubbing at head of spine, light foxing, undated inscription on blank prelim, good.
6 ALLEN, [Henry] Inglis: A 'Varsity Man. Passages in the Career of an Impressionable Undergraduate (1901)
First Edition: C. Arthur Pearson, 1901. Original grey cloth, illustrated on front board (with youth in sporting clothes, lounging in a wicker chair and smoking a pipe), lettered in black on board, in gilt on spine. Minor scuffing, a few light marks, very good.
The romantic exploits, intrigues and entanglements of an undergraduate at Oxford, who is referred to throughout simply as "the Youth". Allen contributed humorous tales and sketches to the Idler, Punch etc on similar themes.
9 BALFOUR, Andrew: Cashiered and Other War Tales (1902)
First Edition: James Nisbet & Co., 1902. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine ends bumps, a few light marks, light foxing on endpapers, very good.
Eleven short stories of "the Great Boer War": The Assvogels, Cashiered, A Chaplain in the Forces, The Power of the Vrouw, A Tale of the Rails, The Merry Mauser, The Umkonto, Bellow Son of Brindle, Kaatan the Hunter, Katana the Scout.
10 BARING-GOULD, S[abine]: Through All the Changing Scenes of Life (1892)
First Edition: S. P. C. K., nd . Illustrated. Original light blue cloth, lettered and illustrated in black, brown and gilt; patterned endpapers. Light grazing and a few tiny to boards, prize inscription (1895) on verso of front endpaper, small bookseller's stamp on half-title, otherwise very good.
11 BARNETT, John: Trader Carson (1914)
First Edition: Ward, Lock & Co., 1914. Original navy blue cloth framed in light green with illustration on glazed paper on front board, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, a little faint foxing, otherwise near fine.
The lively exploits of an English trader -- "Blue-funk Carson" -- in West Africa. Carson has runs-in with Arab slave traders -- and with Mrs Poidevin, a visiting suffragette. Originally serialised in The Windsor Magazine.
12 BATCHELDER, W. J.: The "Wine-Drinker" and Other Stories (1911)
First Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1911. Frontispiece. Original red cloth, ruled and lettered in black. A few light marks, paper faintly tanned, very good.
Nautical stories "based upon either 'longshore' fact or tradition." Batchelder also wrote several books about Baden Powell and the Scouting movement.
13 BECKE, Louis: By Reef and Palm (1894)
First Edition, Pseudonym Library: T. Fisher Unwin, 1894. With an Introduction by the Earl of Pembroke. Bound with:
His Native Wife (1895)
First English Edition, Century Library: T. Fisher Unwin, nd . Frontispiece and decorated title page. Two volumes bound as one in white parchment over red silk covered boards, gilt lettering and decorations on spine. Corners rubbed, boards a little marked, spine a trifle darkened, light foxing, initials and small newspapers cutting on title page of By Reef, otherwise good.
Becke's first book (a collection of stories) and third book (a short novel), the latter having originally been published in Australia in 1895.
13A BECKE, Louis: His Native Wife (1895)
First Edition, Australander Library: Alexander Lindsay (Sydney), 1895. Rebound with red cloth spine over blue marbled boards, title hand-written on paper label on spine. Boards edges rubbed, Sydney bookseller's stamp on title page, good.
See previous item. Becke's first novel, published in his native Australia. Scarce.
16 BESANT, Walter: The World Went Very Well Then (1887)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Chatto & Windus, 1887. Illustrated, including portrait of Besant as frontispiece in Volume I. Three volumes in original grey-green cloth, with decorative scarf design on front boards in red, black and brown, lettered in gilt on spines; grey-and-white patterned endpapers. Small cloth inserts at heads of spines on Volumes I & II, full spine strengthened on Volume III. Corners scuffed, faint traces of removed labels on front boards, bookplate of Arthur Digby Besant on each front pastedown: a good, tight set.
Arthur Digby Besant was the son of Walter's brother Frank and the noted theosophist, Annie Besant.
17 BESANT, Walter: Herr Paulus. His Rise, His Greatness, and His Fall (1888)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Chatto & Windus, 1888. Three volumes in original brown cloth; front boards blocked in blue, with raised designs in brown, lettered in gilt on spines; grey-and-white endpapers. A little scuffing, light foxing, a very good set.
Sadleir . The story of a fraudulent spiritualist.
18 BETHAM-EDWARDS, M[atilda]: Brother Gabriel (1878)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1878. Two volumes bound as one in navy blue leather over red marbled boards; brown endpapers. Board edges rubbed, foxing spots, armorial bookplate on front pastedown, undated signature on blank prelim, very good.
Todd [1761/62]. First/only issue; series half-titles bound in.
20 BLAND, Hubert: The Happy Moralist (1907)
First Edition: T. Werner Laurie, nd . Original grey-green cloth, lettered in white with stylised tree in green on front board. Lettering quite rubbed on spine, partial ink stamp on rear pastedown, otherwise good.
Bland was the husband of novelist E. Nesbit. By all accounts he was an unpleasant man, who held quite contradictory views (he was a Fabian who opposed woman's suffrage), and treated his wife badly. This very scarce collection consists of seventeen philosophical short stories and essays.
24 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Ishmael (1884)
First Edition in Three Volumes: John & Robert Maxwell, nd . Three volumes in original green cloth, blindstamped framing on boards, lettered in gilt on spines; yellow endpapers. Corners rubbed, small nicks on spine ends, undated inscriptions on front pastedowns, signature (1886) on front free endpaper of Volume I, inner joint papers lightly cracking (but all joints tight): a good set.
Wolff ; Sadleir .
25 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: The Day Will Come (1889)
Stereotyped Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1890. Original red cloth, decoratively blocked in black top/bottom of front board, with Braddon's "signature" in black blocked across centre, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Spine lightly sunned with rubbing head/foot, a little foxing, signature (1890) on front free endpaper, good.
Murder mystery: Sir Godfrey and his young wife Juanita are on their honeymoon, when he is shot dead by a mysterious assailant.
26 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Sons of Fire (1895)
Stereotyped Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., nd . Original red cloth, decoratively blocked in black top/bottom of front board, with Braddon's "signature" in black blocked across centre, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers, list of Braddon's novels on front pastedown. Spine lightly sunned, foxing spots, paper faintly tanned throughout, bookplate on front pastedown (over list), good.
The last of Braddon's novels to appear as a three-decker.
27 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: A Lost Eden (1904)
7d Copyright Novels: Hutchinson & Co., nd (c1912). Frontispiece. Pocket edition in original red cloth. Lightly scuffed on spine ends, a few faint marks, very good.
Scarce. A fatherless family is living in Camberwell in the middle of the C19th century: one daughter yearns to be an actress, the other becomes involved with a man who fancies himself a Richardsonian rake.
28 BRADDON, M[ary] Elizabeth]: The Octoroon or The Lily of Louisiana (1999)
First English Edition: Sensation Press (Hastings), 1999. Edited, with an Introduction, by Jennifer Carnell. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine: fine. Original illustrated dustwrapper: minimal scuffing, a few faint marks, very good.
Originally serialised in The Halfpenny Journal between 1861 and 1862, and then published in a slightly abridged book edition - but only in America.
29 BRETT, Sylvia [aka Lady BROOKE, Ranee of Sarawak]: Pan and the Little Green Gate (1908)
First Edition: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine lightly sunned, a little foxing, very good.
A collection of brief stories: whimsy, fantasy and children being the principle themes. The book is dedicated to J. M. Barrie. Brett later became the wife of the Rajah [Charles Vyner Brooke] of Sarawak.
31 BROUGHTON, Rhoda: Nancy (1873)
Ninth Edition, Favourite Novels: Richard Bentley, 1893. Engraved frontispiece. Original blindstamped black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; publisher's own grey-and-white monogrammed endpapers. Lightly scuffed, small chip to hinge at foot of spine, a little foxing, good.
32 BROUGHTON, Rhoda: Doctor Cupid (1886)
New Edition, Favourite Novels: Richard Bentley, 1891. Original blindstamped black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; publisher's own grey-and-white monogrammed endpapers. Lightly scuffed, inscription (1895) on half-title, a little foxing, very good.
33 THE BURLINGTON. A High-Class Monthly Magazine
Edited by Helen B. Mathers
Volumes 1 - 3, January - December 1881
Contains: The Story of a Sin by Helen MATHERS. Complete serialisation.
My Lodging is on the Cold Ground by Shirley SMITH. Complete serialisation.
Short stories include Three Ghost Stories by Frederick George LEE, A Young Philistine by Alice CORKRAN, Told by a Skull by Martin PAGET, Fallen Among Thieves by Mary de MORGAN.
Articles include: Endymion. A Study & The Laws of Dress by Lady WILDE, Zola at Work by George MOORE. Other stories and articles are anonymous or signed only with initials.
Three volumes bound as one in beaded maroon binder's cloth. Boards marked, spine heavily sunned and worn at ends, inner joints cracked, fair only.
A short-lived clone of such magazines as Temple Bar or Belgravia. A "new series" appeared in 1882, after which the journal folded. Scarce