CATALOGUE 93, Section Four: LADY'S REALM - OUIDA
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104 THE LADY'S REALM
Volumes VI, VII & VIII, May 1899 - October 1900
Contains: The Splendid Porsenna by Mrs Hugh FRASER. Complete serialisation
Charming Renée by Arabella KENEALY. Complete serialisation.
Short stories include: Mr Pounsett's Romantic Temperament & White of the Blues by Arabella KENEALY, A Turn of the Wheel & Mary Ellen by Adelaide SERGEANT, A Little Horsey Nobody by Mrs Edward KENNARD, The Dead Smile by Marion F. CRAWFORD, Janie by S. BARING-GOULD, Primula Obconica & The Painted Lady by Emma BROOKE, Underground Hospitality by Dorothea GERARD, The Clue by B. M. CROKER.
Three volumes uniformly bound in maroon binder's cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt on spines. Bound up without prelims, indices etc. Spines lightly sunned, some marks on corners of boards, otherwise good.
108 LE BRETON, John [ie Alice May Harte POTTS & Thomas FORD]: Faith Hope and Charity A Novel of the Graces (1897)
First Edition: John Macqueen, 1897. Original fine-ribbed green cloth, lettered in gilt. Corners scuffed, a little foxing, otherwise very good.
"John Le Breton" was not one person but two (probably a husband and wife writing team). Likewise this novel is not one but three: three short novels illustrating the themes of the title.
109 LEBLANC, Maurice: The Hollow Needle (1911)
[L'Aiguille creuse, 1909]
First English Edition: Eveleigh Nash, 1911. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; illustration on glazed paper inset in centre of front board. Gilt lettering dulled/oxidised, some foxing, otherwise good.
The third of Leblanc's books to feature Arsene Lupin.
110 LEE, Sophia: The Canterbury Tales of the Late Sophia Lee consisting of The Two Emilys and Pembroke, or The Clergyman's Tale (Originally as part of The Canterbury Tales, 1797 - 1805)
Fifth Edition in Two Volumes: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1826. Two volumes rebound in mid C19th beaded blue cloth, with brown leather title labels on spines. Spines lightly sunned, a little foxing, very good.
The Canterbury Tales was a joint work by sisters Sophia and Harriet Lee. These two volumes contain only Sophia's stories; and it seems likely that this was the first edition/issue of this selection, the "fifth edition" applying to The Canterbury Tales as a whole.
111 LEMON, Ida: A Pair of Lovers and Other Tales. "The Short and Simple Annals of the Poor". (1893)
First Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1893. Original brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, small gilt decoration in centre of front board; green endpapers. Board edges marked, lightly scuffed, otherwise good.
Tales of the poor in London.
113 LEVER, Charles: Roland Cashel (1850)
New Edition: Chapman & Hall, 1872. Illustrated by Phiz. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt; brown endpapers. Corners lightly rubbed, small tear to edges of two prelims, faint stain on title and frontispiece, otherwise a bright, tight copy: good.
116 LOUD, Emily S[yrena]: Taurua or Written in the Book of Fate (1899)
First English Edition: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1899. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt. Page edges faintly tanned, otherwise very good.
A lost race novel (of sorts) set in the South Pacific. Originally published in New York in the same year.
117 LYALL, Edna [ie Ada BAYLY]: Knight-Errant (1887)
Second Edition in Three Volumes: Hurst & Blackett, 1887. Three volumes in original red cloth, ruled and lettered in black on boards, in gilt on spines. Lightly scuffed, with a few light marks on boards; endpapers replaced, foxing spots, a good set.
Collation and binding identical to first edition: Sadleir .
118 LYALL, Edna [ie Ada BAYLY]: Wayfaring Men (1897)
First Edition: Longmans, Green & Co., 1897. Original brown cloth, lettered in dark brown on front board, in gilt on spine; black endpapers. Lightly scuffed, foxing throughout, prelims tanned, undated signature on title page, very good.
The story of a roving actor.
120 MAARTENS, Maarten [ie Joost Marius Willem van der Poorten SCHWARTZ]: My Poor Relations. Stories of Dutch Peasant Life (1903)
First Edition: Constable & Co., 1903. Original dark green cloth, titles in gilt in two maroon rectangles on front board. Light scuffing, a little light foxing, very good.
Not in Wolff , who held some 11 of Maartens's titles. Collection of fourteen sardonic tales. Maartens produced a sequel - Brothers All - in 1909.
122 MACDONALD, George: Castle Warlock. A Homely Story (1882)
New Edition: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., nd (c1892). Original crimson cloth with decorative border in black head/foot of boards, gilt vignette of Scottish castle on front board, lettered in black and gilt. Spine very faintly sunned, undated signature on front free endpaper, bookseller's label on front pastedown, otherwise very good.
124 MACKARNESS, Mrs Henry S. [ie Matilda Anne MACKARNESS]: A Peerless Wife (1871)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1871. Two volumes bound as one in late C19th dark brown leather over red and brown marbled boards; raised bands and gilt lettering on spine; maroon marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, owner's initials stamped on prelims, very good.
Todd [1167/68]. First/only issues. Series half-titles bound in.
128 MITFORD, Bertram: The River of Unrest (1912)
First Edition: Ward, Lock & Co., 1912. Frontispiece. Original blindstamped black cloth, illustration on glazed paper inset in centre of front board, lettered in gilt. Small chips and fraying to spine ends, illustration on front board grazed, Smith's bookplate on front pastedown, otherwise fair/good.
The frontispiece (reproduced in colour on the front board) shows a woman stabbing at a giant octopus that is attacking a man: "She darted the long, sharp spike of the boat hook down into the beak of the horror."
129 MITFORD, Mary Russell: Our Village: Sketches of Rural Character and Scenery (1824 - 32)
New Edition in Three Volumes: Whittaker & Co., 1835. Three volumes uniformly bound in mid-C19th red leather over grey-blue moiré cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spines; yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, a very good set.
Our Village was originally published in London in 5 separate volumes, at two yearly intervals.
131 MURRAY'S MAGAZINE. A Home and Colonial Periodical
Volumes I & II, January - December 1887
Contains: Major Lawrence, F. L. S. by Emily LAWLESS. Complete serialisation.
Short stories include: Amour Dure by Vernon LEE, The Silver Casket by Maxwell GRAY, For Those Who Love Music & Monsieur Alfredo by Axel MUNTHE, My Advertisement by Paul CUSHING.
Articles include: The Story of the Dead Wife by Andrew LANG, Fighting and Trapping Out West by W. F. CODY ("Buffalo Bill"), A House of Rest by Dinah CRAIK, The Joy of Living by Grant ALLEN.
Two volumes uniformly bound in late C19th deep purple leather over lilac cloth, lettered in gilt on spines; black endpapers. Lightly scuffed, inner joints reinforced, otherwise a good set.
The house magazine for the publisher John Murray. It only ran for 5 years, as it probably seemed very old-fashioned once The Strand Magazine started to appear in 1891.
132 NEALE, William Johnson: Paul Periwinkle; or, The Pressgang. In Three Books (1841)
Henry Lea, nd (c1860). "With embellishments on steel drawn and engraved by Phiz". Mid-C19th dark green leather over marbled boards; raised bands and gilt decorations on spine; marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Corners rubbed, some small scratches on boards, light foxing, good.
Paul Periwinkle is a lively naval adventure novel in the Marryat mould. Issued anonymously as "by the author of Cavendish". The dating of the Lea edition is uncertain (no copies in COPAC).
135 ONCE A WEEK
New Series, Volumes IV, August 1869 - June 1871
Contains: The Mortimers A Novel with Two Heroes by James RICE. Illustrated by Phiz. Complete serialisation.
The Sword of Damocles by Percy FITZGERALD. Complete serialisation.
One of Two; or, A Left-Handed Bride by Hain FRISWELL. Complete serialisation.
Mr Golightly; or, Memoirs of a Cambridge Freshman by James RICE. Complete serialisation.
Waiting to Win--A Story of Fairlawn Grange by the Author of A Sister's Secret. Complete serialisation.
The Riddle of Ivy Green by the Author of Sir Guy de Guy. Illustrated by Phiz. Complete serialisation.
Caught by a Thread (anonymous). Illustrated by Phiz. Complete serialisation.
So Runs the World by Anna C. STEELE. Conclusion of serialisation.
On Silver Wings by Julia GODDARD. Chapters I - XLVI. Start (and bulk) of serialisation.
Four volumes in original blindstamped blue cloth, lettered in gilt; cream endpapers. Corners bumped, spots and marks on cloth, light staining on endpapers. Chips head/foot of spine on volume IV; bottom edge of front board rubbed on volume V; contents leaves and first page of text missing in volume VII (not affecting any of the serials listed above), thus a fair/good set.
136 ORCZY, Baroness [Emmuska]: Castles in the Air Being the Adventures of M. Hector Ratichon (1921)
First Edition: Cassell & Co., 1921. Original crimson cloth, lettered and decoratively framed in black. Spine ends lightly scuffed, intermittent foxing/spotting, otherwise very good.
The adventures of "an engaging rogue...an unblushing liar, a thief, a forger--anything you will" (Author's Preface).
137 OUIDA [ie Marie-Louise DE LA RAMEE]: Critical Essays (1900)
Second Impression: T. Fisher Unwin, 1900. Original light green cloth, with art-nouveau decoration and lettering in green on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine dulled, pink spot on front board, pink stain on half of rear board; internally clean and tight; fair.
Essays on subjects literary and political: the first essay praises Gabriele D'Annunzio, hoping that he might become "a new Rienzi": unfortunately an unpleasantly prophetic wish.
138 OUIDA [ie Marie Louise DE LA RAMEE]: Le Selve (1896)
First Edition: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. Original pale green cloth, blocked in red and dark green, lettered in gilt. Decoration lightly rubbed on front board, a few light marks, browning on endpapers, good.
The second binding style: Sadleir .
139 OUIDA [ie Marie-Louise DE LA RAMEE]: Helianthus (1908)
First Edition: Macmillan & Co., 1908. Original royal blue cloth, with blindstamped decoration on front board; the same design blocked in gilt on spine; lettered in gilt; top edge gilt. Minor scuffing, otherwise near fine.
Ouida's final novel, left unfinished at her death. Publisher's catalogue for Autumn 1908 at end.