CATALOGUE 93, Section One: AINSWORTH - BURNEY
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1 AINSWORTH, William Harrison: The Tower of London. A Historical Romance (1840)
First Edition: Richard Bentley, 1840. Frontispiece, thirty-nine plates fifty-eight woodcuts by George Cruikshank. Original fine-ribbed, brown cloth, with blindstamped framing, illustrated in gilt on front board, rear board and spine, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Spine relaid many years ago (only just visible on corners), corners rubbed, considerable foxing throughout, good. £60.00
Plates in second state. Wolff [76a].
4 ALL THE YEAR ROUND
New Series, Volume XX, January - June 1878
Contains: Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony TROLLOPE. Part of ongoing serialisation.
Strange Waters by R. E. FRANCILLON. Part of ongoing serialisation.
Georgie's Wooer by Mrs Leith ADAMS. Story in 4 instalments
Bound in at end: Extra Summer Number for 1878:
Doctor Carrick by M. E. BRADDON, Our Sensation at Unter-Bädeli by Frances Eleanor TROLLOPE, Old Sir Pierce by Dutton COOK, Tina by Rosa MULHOLLAND, Proctor's Case by Mrs Cashel HOEY & Whitehoof by R. E. FRANCILLON.
Original blindstamped green cloth, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Boards lightly marked, paper chipped on inner joints, otherwise good.
7 ANONYMOUS: Domestic Scenes; A Tale for the Times by the Author of The Baroness & Distinction (1848)
First Edition: Seeleys, 1848. Mid-C19th brown leather over purple beaded cloth; raised bands, gilt decorations and red leather title label on spine; red marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Lightly scuffed, light foxing throughout, undated signature on blank prelim, very good.
8 THE ARGOSY
Volumes 21 - 26, January 1876 - December 1878
Contains: Edina by Mrs Henry WOOD. Complete serialisation.
Gabriel's Appointment by Anna H. DRURY. Complete serialisation.
Pomeroy Abbey by Mrs Henry WOOD. Complete serialisation.
Johnny Ludlow stories (by Mrs Henry WOOD) include: Rose Lodge, The Angel's Message, Ketira the Gipsy, Anne, The Mystery at Number Seven, Owen the Milkman, Helen Whitney's Wedding, Helen's Curate, A Day in Briar-Wood, Lee the Letter-Man, Caromel's Farm, Charlotte and Charlotte & The Last of the Caromels.
Other short stories include: Through Wind and Rain by Mary Cecil HAY, A World Between by Mrs G. Linnaeus BANKS, Clement's Love, Perpetue & The Story of a Letter by Julia KAVANAGH, Rupert Hall, Katarini Orsini & A Mysterious Visitor by Mrs Henry WOOD.
Six volumes in original green cloth on bevelled boards, framed in black and gilt, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Corners rubbed, some marks on boards, a good run.
Signed Association Copy
9 ASHBY-STERRY, J[oseph]: The Bystander or Leaves for the Lazy (1901)
First Edition: Sands & Co., 1901. Original red cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt; top edge gilt. Leading edges of boards lightly marked, spine a little darkened with fraying to tips and small chips towards the foot, light foxing, fair to good. Inscription at head of title page reads: To Theodore Watts-Dunton with J. Ashby-Sterry's kind regards.
A collection of miscellaneous essays, originally appearing in The Graphic. Watts-Dunton was a poet, novelist and essayist, best remembered for saving the poet Algernon Swinburne from alcoholism.
11 BALLANTYNE, R[obert] M[ichael]: Ballantyne's Miscellany:
A) Away in the Wilderness or Life Among the Red Indians and Fur-Traders of North America (1863);
B) Fighting the Whales; or, Doings and Dangers on a Fishing Cruise (1863);
C) The Story of the Rock; or, Building on the Eddystone (1875)
Reprints: James Nisbet, 1884 - 86. Three volumes uniformly bound in red cloth, decoratively blocked in black, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Some light marks on boards, otherwise very good. Per volume:
12 BANKS, Mrs G. Linnaeus [ie Isabella BANKS]: The Watchmaker's Daughter and Other Tales (1882)
First Edition (late issue), Mrs Banks's Novels, Uniform Edition: Abel Heywood (Manchester)/Simpkin, Marshall & Co. (London), 1882. Frontispiece. Original crimson cloth, elaborately lettered and decorated in black on front board, in black and gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. A few light marks, lightly scuffed, very good.
A collection of thirteen short stories. Publisher's catalogue dated 1890 bound in at end.
13 BARCLAY, Marguerite & Armiger: The Activities of Lavie Jutt (1911)
First Edition, late issue: Stanley Paul, nd . Original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine and edges sunned, light rubbing to hinges, signature on front free endpaper, good.
Lavie, a plucky American heiress, is in London to be introduced to English Society by Lady Loamington. However, her new life turns out to be one of adventure: the episodic novel follows her "activities" which include crime and detective work. Publisher's catalogue for October 1912 bound in at end. Listed in Hubin's Crime Fiction. Armiger Barclay was of Polish descent: his wife (born Marguerite Jarvis) went through a list of pseudonyms including Olive Sandys and Countess Barcynska, and wrote around 150 novels.
14 BECKE, Louis: The Adventures of Louis Blake (1909)
[Third Impression]: T. Werner Laurie, 1913. Title page printed in green and black. Original fine-ribbed green cloth, vignette of palm tree on front board in gilt, lettered in gilt. Spine lettering dulled/oxidised, corners scuffed, John Bull award label tipped on to front endpapers, very good.
15 BESANT, Walter & James RICE: Ready Money Mortiboy (1872)
My Little Girl (1873)
With Harp and Crown (1875)
This Son of Vulcan (1876)
The Golden Butterfly (1876)
The Case of Mr Lucraft and Other Tales (1876)
By Celia's Arbour (1877)
The Monks of Thelema (1878)
'Twas in Trafalgar's Bay and Other Stories (1879)
The Seamy Side (1880)
The Chaplain of the Fleet (1881)
The Ten Years' Tenant and Other Stories (1881)
New Editions, Piccadilly Novels: Chatto & Windus, 1877 - 85. Twelve volumes uniformly bound in original light blue-grey cloth, decoratively blocked and lettered in black on front boards, in black and gilt on spines; black, brown or patterned endpapers. Some volumes with frontispiece. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, all spines lightly sunned, traces of removed bookplates on front pastedowns: a very good set.
The complete fiction of this highly successful partnership, which only ended with the death of James Rice (at the age of only 39) in 1882. Besant and Rice's fiction comprises nine full-length novels and three collections of shorter pieces. All volumes contain dated publisher's catalogues. For James Rice's earlier novels see item 135.
16 BESANT, Walter: The Revolt of Man (1882)
Sixth Edition: William Blackwood, 1883. Original scarlet cloth, illustrated in black on both boards, lettered in gilt on spine, black endpapers. A little rubbing at head of spine, front inner joint paper cracking (but joint tight), bookplate on front pastedown, otherwise good.
A reactionary satire: in an imagined future, women have gained political and financial control of society. Originally published anonymously.
17 BESANT, Walter: All Sorts and Conditions of Men (1882)
The Captain's Room Etc (1883)
All in a Garden Fair (1883)
Dorothy Forster (1884)
Uncle Jack Etc (1885)
Children of Gibeon (1886)
The World Went Very Well Then (1887)
Herr Paulus (1888)
The Bell of St Paul's (1889)
For Faith and Freedom (1889)
To Call Her Mine Etc (1889)
Armorel of Lyonesse (1890)
New Editions, Piccadilly Novels: Chatto & Windus, 1883 - 91. Twelve volumes uniformly bound in original light blue-grey cloth, decoratively blocked and lettered in black on front boards, in black and gilt on spines; variously patterned endpapers. Most volumes illustrated. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, all spines lightly sunned, traces of removed bookplates on front pastedowns: a very good set.
After publishing The Revolt of Man (see above) with Blackwood, Besant returned to Chatto as his main publisher: this group contains his solo Chatto novels and story collections up to 1890.
19 BLACKMORE, R[ichard] D[oddridge]: Clara Vaughan (1864)
Sixth Edition: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1880. Late C19th brown leather over blue marbled boards; raised bands and green leather title label on spine; blue marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Lightly scuffed, undated signature on blank prelim, foxing on prelims, very good.
Blackmore first novel is a sensation novel concerned with crime and detection, murder and vendetta.
20 BORROW, George: Lavengro; The Scholar--The Gypsy--The Priest (1851)
First Edition in Three Volumes: John Murray, 1851. Three volumes in original fine-ribbed blue-green cloth with blindstamped framing; paper title labels on spines; yellow endpapers. Corners bumped, spines and board edges faintly sunned, paper labels rubbed, foxing on early pages: a good set in its original state.
24 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Wyllard's Weird (1885)
Stereotyped Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1891 Original red cloth, blocked in black with Braddon's "signature" across front board, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed, cloth lightly marked, good.
A murder mystery.
29 BRAY, Mrs [Anna Eliza]: Roseteague; or The Heir of Treville Crewse (1874)
First Edition in Two Volumes: Chapman & Hall, 1874. Two volumes in original emerald green cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board, in blind on rear boards, and in gilt on spines; cream endpapers. Corners and spine tips scuffed, bookplates of John Davies Enys on each front pastedown, faint trace of inscription on front free endpaper of volume I, otherwise a very good set.
30 BRIERLEY, Ben: "Ab-o'th'Yate" Sketches and Other Short Stories (1896)
First Edition in Three Volumes: W. E. Clegg (Oldham), 1896. Edited by James Dronsfield. Illustrated by F. W. Jackson. Three volumes in original fine-ribbed green cloth. Endpapers lightly browned, light scuffing, two spots/marks on spine of Volume III: a very good set.
Wolff . A posthumous collection of Brierley's Ab-o'th'Yate and other dialect Lancashire stories.
31 BROOKE, Henry: The History of Henry Earl of Moreland (1765 - 70 as The Fool of Quality; or, The History of Henry Earl of Moreland)
J. Gleave (Manchester), nd (c1810). Frontispiece, vignette title page and six further plates. Early C19th brown suede, with black leather title label on spine. Rubbed on corners, small loss at head of spine, heavy foxing and spotting, undated signature on prelims, otherwise fair/good.
32 BROUGHTON, Rhoda: Second Thoughts (1880)
Favourite Novels: Richard Bentley, 1885. Original series binding: blindstamped black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; chocolate brown endpapers. Small nicks at head and small chip at foot of spine, paper chipped on inner joints, foxing on early/late pages, good.