CATALOGUE 93, Section Three: HAMILTON - KUPRIN
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73 HAMILTON, Lord Frederick: The Beginnings of Mr P. J. Davenant (1917)
First Edition: Hodder & Stoughton, 1917. Original fawn cloth, lettered and illustrated in black and red. Bound up using first/last pages as endpapers. Lightly marked, very good.
Six crime stories featuring a schoolboy detective. The Sherlock Holmes connection is indicated by the silhouette illustration on the front board, complete with meerschaum pipe. Slip tipped in before title page: "The Author's profits on the sale of this book will be handed over to the Marchioness of Lansdowne's "Officers' Families".
74 HARDING, Commander Claud, R. N.: Jack Stapleton; or, The Romance of a Coral Island (1896)
First Edition: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1896. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt, with blindstamped design of wavy lines on front board; green-and-white patterned endpapers. Minimal scuffing, a few faint marks, very good.
Wolff [5539/60] held two other titles by Harding, as "Ouidiana". Sadleir [p288] notes that Harding was Ouida's childhood playmate (and son of her adored godmother) and that he was the source of much of Sadleir's Ouida collection. In his own right Harding wrote some 5 or 6 nautical novels. Jack Stapleton is set in the West Indies. Scarce.
76 HATTON, Joseph: Under the Great Seal (1893)
[First One-Volume Edition]: Hutchinson & Co., nd . Original yellow cloth with embossed seal in red, lettered in black. Lightly marked on boards, spine faintly sunned, small owner's name stamp on front endpapers and title page, very good.
Set in Newfoundland.
78 HENNESSEY, J[ohn] D[avid]: The Dis-Honourable (1896)
First Edition: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., nd . Original olive brown cloth with wavy-line blocking on front board, lettered in gilt. Small scratch to front board, good.
Crime novel, listed in Hubin. Hennessey was an Australian writer (although born in England), and the novel -- the author's first -- is set in Queensland.
79 HEWLETT, Joseph: Peter Priggins the College Scout (1841)
Baudry's European Library: Baudry (Paris), 1841. Edited by Theodore Hook. Mid-C19th tan leather over marbled boards; raised bands, elaborate gilt decorations and green leather title label on spine. Lightly scuffed on extremities, foxing on early pages, otherwise very good.
Only Hook's name appears on the spine of this binding.
Inscribed by Author
82 HOLMES, Robert: Sister Matty and Company. A Mixed Lot (1918)
First Edition: William Blackwood & Sons, 1918. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt. Gilt a little dulled, boards slightly bowed, wartime paper tanned throughout, good. Inscription on front free endpapers reads: The very Rev. the Dean of Worcester with Robert Holmes's esteem and regard, 18 Friary Road, Sheffield, Oct. 1918
"All but one of the characters sketched in this volume are selected out of some three hundred ex-convicts I have had a hand in seeking to help these twenty years...". Case studies of criminals written up as short stories by a Police Court Missionary.
83 HOOK, Theodore: Gilbert Gurney (1836)
Baudry's European Library: Baudry (Paris), 1836. Mid-C19th tan leather over marbled boards; raised bands, elaborate gilt decorations and green leather title label on spine. Lightly scuffed on extremities, foxing on early pages, otherwise very good.
84 HOOK, Theodore: Jack Brag (1837)
Baudry's European Library: Baudry (Paris), 1837. Mid-C19th tan leather over marbled boards; raised bands, elaborate gilt decorations and green leather title label on spine. Lightly scuffed on extremities, foxing on early pages, otherwise very good.
86 HOOK, Theodore: Precepts and Practice (1840)
Baudry's European Library: Baudry (Paris), 1840. Mid-C19th tan leather over marbled boards; raised bands, elaborate gilt decorations and green leather title label on spine. Lightly scuffed on extremities, foxing on early pages, otherwise very good.
One of Hook's uncommon later titles: a collection of twenty-one short stories, previously published individually in periodicals.
87 HORNUNG, E[rnest] W[illiam]: Peccavi (1900)
First Edition: Grant Richards, 1900. Original deep turquoise cloth, lettered in pale green on front board, in gilt on spine. A few light marks, light foxing, very good.
A story of sin and atonement by the creator of Raffles.
90 HUTCHINSON, Horace G[ordon]: My Wife's Politics (1890)
First Edition: Edward Arnold, nd . Late C19th black leather over maroon marbled boards. Spine relaid and inner joints strengthened (a century ago). Light edgewear, good.
Short humorous novel, narrated by a man whose wife -- unable to vote -- throws herself with abandon into political causes such as The Primrose League, or the movement for Irish Home Rule.
91 THE IDLER
Volume II, August 1892 - January 1893.
Contains: The American Claimant by Mark TWAIN. Second half of serialisation.
Novel Notes by Jerome K JEROME. Continuation of ongoing serialisation.
Told by The Colonel by W. L. ALDEN. Conclusion of serialisation.
Short stories include: The Los Amigos Fiasco by A. Conan DOYLE, The Doom of London, Fighting with Four Fists, The Sixth Bench & The Type-Written Letter by Robert BARR, A Little Misunderstanding by Allen UPWARD, A One Horse Yarn & Snakes and Hospitality by Eden PHILLPOTTS, The Queen's Triplets by I. ZANGWILL, Una at Desford by Barry PAIN.
My First Book. Contributions by W. Clark RUSSELL, Grant ALLEN, Hall CAINE, George R. SIMS, Rudyard KIPLING & A. Conan DOYLE.
Original green cloth, lettered and illustrated in gilt. Edges scuffed, a little foxing, good
92 THE IDLER
Volume III, February - July 1893
Contains: Memoirs of a Female Nihilist by Sophie WASSILIEFF. Non-fiction. First three
My First Book. Contributions by M. E. BRADDON, F. W. ROBINSON, H. Rider HAGGARD, Robert BUCHANAN, R. M. BALLANTYNE, I. ZANGWILL.
Short stories include: A Blessing Disguised by F. W. ROBINSON, A Dismal Throng by Robert BUCHANAN, Cheating the Gallows by I. ZANGWILL, An Ethiopian Cricket-Match, In the Hands of Jefferson & Rum Punch at Podbury's by Eden PHILLPOTTS, The Legs of Sister Ursula by Rudyard KIPLING, The Woman of the Saeter by Jerome K. JEROME.
Original green cloth, lettered and illustrated in gilt. Small nicks to cloth on spine ends, a little foxing, good
93 THE IDLER
Volume IV, August 1893 - January 1894.
Contains: The King of Schnorrers by Israel ZANGWILL. Complete serialisation.
Memoirs of a Female Nihilist by Sophie WASSILIEFF. Non-fiction. Last three installments.
My First Book. Contributions by Morley ROBERTS, David Christie MURRAY, Marie CORELLI, John Strange WINTER, Jerome K. JEROME, Bret HARTE.
Short stories include: The Burrawaar Brand by E. W. HORNUNG, Bellamy by James PAYN, The Case of Lady Sannox by A. Conan DOYLE, A Dream in the Night by Coulson KERNAHAN, Story of a Deccan Filly by Hume NISBET, Exchange is Robbery by Richard MARSH, The Greenstone God and the Stockbroker by Fergus HUME, The Man-Eater by Morley ROBERTS, The Phantom Death by W. Clark RUSSELL.
Late C19th red leather over red cloth covered boards; raised bands and dark green leather title label on spine. Rubbed at foot of spine, some scrapes to leather on corner pieces, light foxing, otherwise good.
95 JAMES, G[eorge] P[ayne] R[ainsford]: The Convict (1847) & The Smuggler (1845)
Parlour Library: Simms & McIntyre, 1853 & 1850. Two volumes bound as one in mid-C19th maroon leather over marbled boards. Spine lightly sunned, boards grazed, some edgewear, inscription (1858) on first title page, a little foxing, good.
96 JOLLY, Emily: Colonel Dacre (1874)
New Edition: Chapman & Hall, 1875. Rebound in late-C19th royal blue cloth; ruled and lettered in gilt on spine. Board edges a little darkened, corners scuffed, good.
Published anonymously as "by the Author of Caste, My Son's Wife, Pearl etc".
98 KEIGHTLEY [Sir] S[amuel] R[obert]: The Last Recruit of Clare's. Being Passages from the Memoirs of Anthony Dillon, Chevalier of St. Louis, and Late Colonel of Clare's Regiment in the Service of France (1897)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., nd . Frontispiece. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine sunned, with small nicks head/foot, a little foxing, good.
Six linked stories of various lengths -- the first a brief eight pages, the last almost one hundred.
100 KINGSLEY, Henry: The Works of Henry Kingsley (1895-6)
[The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn; Ravenshoe; The Hillyars and the Burtons; Silcote of Silcotes; Stretton; Austin Elliot & The Harveys; Mademoiselle Mathilde; Old Margaret and Other Stories; Valentin & Number Seventeen; Oakshott Castle & The Grange Garden; Reginald Hetheridge & Leighton Court; The Boy in Grey and Other Stories]
New Editions: Ward, Lock & Bowden/Ward, Lock & Co, 1895 - c1900. Brief biographical introduction in first volume. All volumes have a frontispiece: some have other illustrations in text. Twelve volumes on original fine-ribbed red cloth, with twig-and-leaf decorations and lettering in gilt. Cloth lightly sunned on spine, light scuffing, one volume rubbed at foot of spine, bookplates in six volumes, otherwise a clean, tight set, good to very good.
Henry was the younger brother of novelist Charles Kingsley. His early and most successful novels reflect his globetrotting experiences (particularly in Australia); his later novels tend to show the effects of his advancing alcoholism. He died, aged only 46, in 1876. This is a mixed but complete set of the Ward Lock issue: six volumes are dated (Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1895-96), and six are from a slightly later undated reprint (Ward, Lock & Co, c1900). The binding is the same, but the later volumes have slightly smaller casings, and the cloth is slightly darker red. The earlier volumes are largely unopened/unread; the later volumes have bookplates.
101 KINGSLEY, Charles]: Charles Kingsley: His Letters and Memories of His Life, edited by His Wife (1876)
First Thus, Abridged Edition in Two Volumes: Kegan Paul & Co., 1879. Illustrated. Two volumes in deep olive green-brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spines; yellow endpapers; all edges gilt. Minimal wear, near fine.
103 KUPRIN, Alexander: The Bracelet of Garnets and Other Stories (1919)
First British Edition: Duckworth & Co., 1919. Authorised translation by Leo Pasvolsky, with an Introduction by William Lyon Phelps. Frontispiece photograph of author. Original slate grey cloth, lettered in red on front board, in gilt on spine. Corners bumped, a little frayed at head of spine, publisher's stamp on title page ("To be published 12 Nov 1919"), light foxing, good.