CATALOGUE 91, Section Two: CAMBRIDGE - DUMAS
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37 CHOLMONDELEY, Mary: The Romance of His Life and Other Romances (1921)
First Edition: John Murray, 1921. Original grey-green cloth, lettered in black. Small loss (3 mm) to cloth at head of spine, a little scuffing, good only.
Cholmondeley's last a book; a collection of eight short stories "written in a cottage in Suffolk": The Romance of His Life, The Dark Cottage, The Ghost of a Chance, The Goldfish, The Stars in Their Courses, Her Murderer, Votes for Men, The End of the Dream.
38 CLOWES, Sir W[illiam] Laird, Kt: Told to the Marines. Stories (1902)
First Edition: Anthony Trehern, 1902. Original beige cloth lettered and illustrated on front board in black and grey, lettered in gilt on spine. Corners scuffed, undated inscription in pencil on front pastedown, good.
Clowes wrote on naval matters, but is probably best known for his future war novel, The Captain of the Mary Rose, A Tale of Tomorrow (1892). The stories in this collection are in a lighter vein: "They are stories without any purpose. They do not touch on problems of the day. They do not attack any existing institutions. They do not seek to propagate any startling doctrines. They are plain tales and nothing more".
46 CORELLI, Marie: The Love of Long Ago and Other Stories (1920)
First Edition: Methuen & Co., 1920. Original light blue cloth, lettered in white on spine. Spine just faintly sunned, some foxing, otherwise a clean, bright, tight copy: very good.
One of the four Corelli titles not in Wolff. A collection of fifteen short stories. This copy is in a variant binding -- other copies have a decorative framing on the boards and spine.
47 CORNFORD, L[eslie] Cope: Parson Brand and Other Voyagers' Tales (1906)
First Edition: E. Grant Richards, 1906. Original dark green cloth, framed and lettered in black. Lightly scuffed, light foxing throughout, very good.
Contains the title novel, a story of seafaring, slavery and religion in the eighteenth century, and a further seven short pieces of travel and adventure in Europe and the West Indies. This copy is in a variant binding: also issued in illustrated grey cloth.
49 CRACKANTHORPE, Hubert: Last Studies (1897)
First Edition: William Heinemann, 1897. "With a Poem by Stopford A Brooke and an Appreciation by Henry James." Original green cloth, lettered in dark green on front board, in gilt on spine. Spine darkened, corners rubbed, owner's decorative ink stamp on front pastedown, good.
Publisher's catalogue for Autumn 1897 bound in at end. Crackanthorpe was a contributor to The Yellow Book, and author of a handful of collections of short stories, novellas etc. He died mysteriously in Paris in 1896 at the age of only 26. Last Studies consists of three stories -- Anthony Garstin's Courtship, Trevor Perkins: A Platonic Episode & The Turn of the Wheel -- with a 13 page appreciation by Henry James.
50 CRAIK, Dinah: The Ogilvies (1849)
Macmillan's Two-Shilling Novels: Macmillan & Co., 1884. Original beige cloth, framed in blue on front board, lettered and illustrated in black; booklists on endpapers printed in red. Spine ends worn, otherwise good.
Craik's first novel. For another title in this series, see item 111.
51 CURWEN, Henry: Within Bohemia; or, Love in London (1876)
First Edition: Remington & Co., 1876. Original red cloth, with blindstamped framing and decoration, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine, yellow endpapers. Spine lightly sunned with small chip at head, light marks on endpapers, faint tanning of paper, otherwise good.
"The tales in this volume were written...under the literary influence of Balzac and Poe." (Author's Preface). "[Curwen's] most readable work is the panorama of modern sexual behaviour in London, gathered as Within Bohemia" (Victorian Fiction).
53 DALTON, James & John AKERMAN: The Gentleman in Black and Tales of Other Days (1840)
C. Daly, nd (c1840). Illustrated by George Cruikshank. Original red cloth, elaborately lettered and blocked in gilt; all edges gilt. Rebacked with half of original backstrip relaid, endpapers replaced. Frontispiece and title page heavily browned, other plates (with tissue guards) browned on margins, good.
Both titles appeared independently in 1830, and were issued together in 1840.
54 DANA, R[ichard] H[enry], Jun: Two Years Before the Mast; or, A Voice from the Forecastle: Being a Sailor's Life at Sea (1840)
First English Edition: J. Cunningham, 1841. 156 pp printed in double columns. Mid-C20th binding in dark brown leather over pale blue marbled boards; raised bands and red leather title label on spine. Title page a little darkened, otherwise very good.
Dana's account of his time at sea, and the poor conditions that sailors suffered, first appeared in America in 1840; there were two (pirated) English editions in 1841 by Cunningham and Moxon. It is unclear which has precedence.
56 DEFOE, Daniel: The Political History of the Devil (1726)
The Novels and Miscellaneous Works of Daniel De Foe, Volume 10: D. A. Talboys for Thomas Tegg, 1840. Original blindstamped brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, yellow endpapers. Spine faintly sunned, name stamp ('Layton Library') on front endpapers only, very good.
60 DIEHL, Alice M[angold]: Entrapped (1904)
First Edition: John Long, 1904. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. Marked on bottom left corner of front board, endpapers browned, some foxing, good.
62 DODDS, Fred[erick] W[illiam]: Tales of the African Wild (1914)
First Edition: W. A. Hammond, 1914. Illustrated. Original blue cloth, illustrated and lettered in red, yellow and black. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, paper faintly tanned throughout, Sunday School inscription on front free endpaper (1929), good.
According to the title page Dodds was "of Southern Nigeria, West Africa", and this is presumably the area in which these stories are set.
65 DONOVAN, Dick [ie James Edward Preston MUDDOCK]: The Crime of the Century Being the Life Story of Richard Pigott (1904)
First Edition: John Long, 1904. Original crimson cloth, illustrated in white, lettered in black (gilt on spine). Grazing/rubbing on boards, split to cloth at foot of lower hinge, some light marks in margins, good.
68 DOWLING, Richard: With the Unhanged (1887)
First Edition: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., 1887. Recently rebound in dark green cloth, lettered in gilt. Clean, bright, now very good.
Topp [IX, p.106]. Originally issued as a yellowback. A very scarce collection of grim stories, focussing on those who have deserved hanging for their crimes, but somehow escaped justice.
69 DUDENEY, Mrs Henry [ie Alice DUDENEY]: Traveller's Samples (1916)
First Edition: Mills & Boon, 1916. Original blindstamped blue-grey cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine lettering oxidised, scribble on half-title, otherwise good.
Eighteen (often grim) short stories, mainly set in Sussex.
70 DUMAS, Alexandre: Memoirs of a Physician (1847)
[Mémoires d'un Médecin, 1847]
"In Two Volumes": George Routledge & Sons, nd (1866 - 7). Two volumes bound as one in mid C19th brown leather over marbled boards; black leather title label on spine; brown endpapers. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, good.
Sadleir . A reissue of the three-volume edition published by Simms & McIntyre in 1847. Also known as Joseph Balsamo -- which appears as the running title throughout.