CATALOGUE 94, Section Four: LE BRETON - NORTON
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105 LE BRETON, Thomas [ie Thomas Murray FORD] & Harold BEVIR: The Adventures of Mrs May. Some Incidents in the Life of a Charlady Whose Motto is "Do, or be Done" (1926)
First Edition: T. Fisher Unwin, 1926. Original blue cloth, lettered in black. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, very good.
One of a series of comic novels narrated by a garrulous Cockney cleaning lady.
107 LE QUEUX, William: The Luck of the Secret Service Being the Startling Adventures of CLAUD HEATHWAITE, C. B., of His Britannic Majesty's Foreign Office, related by himself and edited by William Le Queux (1921)
First Edition: Arthur C. Pearson, 1921. Original blindstamped red cloth, lettered in black on spine. Last page (an advertisement for Pelmanism) used as rear pastedown. Lightly scuffed on edges, small chip at foot of spine, paper tanned on page edges, good.
A very scarce title by Le Queux. The book has the appearance of a pocket edition or cheap reprint, but states "First published in book form 1921" on verso of title page and matches the physical description of the copy held at the British Library.
108 LEAR, Henrietta Louisa: Tales of Kirkbeck; or, A Parish in the Fells. First & Second Series Edited by Rev Wm W. E. Bennett. (1848 - 50)
Third & First Editions: W. J. Cleaver, 1851 & 1850. Frontispiece in each volume. Two volumes uniformly bound in fine-ribbed navy blue cloth, with blindstamped decoration on front boards, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed, armorial bookplates on each front pastedown, gift inscription (1961) on front free endpaper of second volume, light foxing throughout, a good set.
A collection of short stories (12 in each volume) set in a small northern parish. Religious in flavour: "The reader must be prepared to pursue his way through scenes of sorrow and of sin".
109 LENNARD, Dacre Barrett: Tales from Molière's Plays (1859)
First Edition: Chapman & Hall, 1859. Original wavy-grained brown cloth, blindstamped framing on boards, lettered in gilt on spine, yellow endpapers. A little sunned on leading edge of front board, one corner rubbed, bookplate and inscription (1859) on front pastedown, very good.
"I have in this work attempted to do for Molière what Charles Lamb has done for Shakespeare" (Preface).
111 LEVER, Charles: Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men and Women and Other Things in General [First], Second & Third Series (1864 - 5)
First Edition in Three Volumes: William Blackwood & Sons, 1864, 1865, 1865. Original green cloth with blindstamped frames on boards, scroll-lettering in gilt; brown endpapers. Small nicks and chips to spine ends and corners, short repaired split to cloth on upper hinge of first volume, inscriptions on endpapers, light foxing, a good set.
Sadleir , Wolff . Essays written in the character of "Cornelius O'Dowd" and published anonymously. The first volume appeared on its own in 1864. Two further volumes (the "Second" & "Third" series) were issued in 1865, and volume one was then re-issued as the "First Series" (with this information added to the spine title). In this set volume one is also the first edition, as issued in 1864.
112 LINSKILL, Mary: Between the Heather and the Northern Sea (1884)
New Edition, Favourite Novels: Richard Bentley, 1893. Original series binding in blindstamped black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; publisher's monogrammed endpapers. Minimal scuffing, price stamp on front free endpaper, near fine.
117 THE LUDGATE
New Series, Volume VII, November 1898 - April 1899
Contains short stories including:
Honour Above All by Commander Verney Lovett CAMERON, The Red Mask by Rafael SABATINI, Mother & Child by F. C. PHILIPS, The Dragon of St Paul's by Reginald BACCHUS & C. Ranger GULL.
From the Sunny South by William LE QUEUX. First five installments of travelogue.
Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in black. Endpapers replaced, light marks on boards, good.
119 LYTTON, Sir Edward Bulwer, Bart: The Last Days of Pompeii (1834)
[New Edition]: Chapman & Hall, 1850. With a new Preface (1850). Text printed in double columns. Mid C19th black leather over marbled boards; raised bands and gilt decorations on spine; blue marbled endpapers. Lightly scuffed, boards darkened, a little foxing, good.
120 MAARTENS, Maarten [ie Joost Marius Willem van der Poorten SCHWARTZ]: The Sin of Joost Avelingh A Dutch Story (1889)
Fourth Edition, Favourite Novels: Richard Bentley, 1892. Original series binding in blindstamped black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; publisher's monogrammed endpapers. Minimal scuffing, a little foxing spots, very good.
121 MACDONALD, George: At the Back of the North Wind (1871)
[Reprint]: Blackie & Co., nd (c1920). Twelve colour plates and seventy-six monochrome drawings in text by Frank Pape. Original blue cloth, with art-nouveau designs in white, green and orange, with illustration on glazed paper inset on front board. Lightly scuffed, white panel on spine a little rubbed, prize plate (1923) on front pastedown, good.
122 MACDONALD, George: The Princess and Curdie (1883)
[Reprint]: Blackie & Co., nd (c1920). Twelve colour plates by Helen Stratton, and monochrome drawings in text. Original blue cloth, with art-nouveau designs in white, green and orange, with illustration on glazed paper inset on front board. Lightly scuffed, white panel on spine a little rubbed, a little light foxing, otherwise good.
123 MAGNAY, Sir William, Bart.: The Fall of a Star (1897)
First Edition: Macmillan & Co., 1897. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt. A few light marks on cloth, endpapers replaced, small piece torn from centre of title page, otherwise a tight copy, good.
Magnay's first crime-thriller, and a scarce title. George Carstairs is a famous and much-admired man, a clever and popular M. P. -- but some people suspect he may also be a murderer.
126 MATCHETT, Willoughby: To Welcome the King and Other Stories, Mostly Humorous (1902)
First Edition: Greening & Co., 1902. Original brown cloth, lettered and decorate in black, with gilt decoration and commercial gift statement on rear board. A few light marks, light foxing, otherwise very good.
A special binding commissioned by Gardiner & Co. (a firm selling uniforms, livery etc), as a "Xmas Present to their Young Patrons". A collection light-hearted stories, inspired by F. M. Allen's Through Green Glasses.
128 MEADE, L. T. [ie Elizabeth Thomasina MEADE]: The Medicine Lady (1892)
Cassell & Co., 1901. Bound (third in volume) with:
MACDONALD, George: The Marquis of Lossie (1877)
George Newnes, 1900. Bound with:
ELIOT, George [ie Mary Anne EVANS]: Scenes from Clerical Life (1858)
People's Edition: William Blackwood, nd (c1900)
Three paperbacks bond as one (without original wrappers), in a binding by Combridge of Birmingham: red cloth, lettered in gilt; all edges gilt. A few light marks, prize plate (1903) on front pastedown, page edges lightly tanned throughout, good.
Meade's medical novel is one of her (uncommon) adult titles, originally published in three volumes in 1892.
129 MERRICK, Leonard: The Actor-Manager (1898)
First Edition: Grant Richards, 1898. Original cream buckram with art-nouveau flower designs in red, lettered in gilt on spine. A little scuffed, spine lettering a little rubbed, undated signature on front free endpaper, good.
Not in Sadleir or Wolff. No publisher's name on spine, but clearly a publisher's rather than a private binding.
130 MERRICK, Leonard: Conrad in Quest of His Youth (1903)
First Edition: Grant Richards, 1903. Original fine-ribbed navy blue cloth with stylised peacock feather, framing and lettering in pale green on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Two tiny chips at foot of spine, a little scuffing, light foxing, otherwise a bright, tight copy: very good.
132 MILN, Louise Jordan: The Purple Mask Adapted from the Play Le Chevalier au Masque of MM Paul Armont and Jean Manoussi (1918)
First Edition: Hodder & Stoughton, nd . Illustrated with photographs. Original red cloth, lettered in black. Board edges lightly sunned, paper faintly tanned, good.
Tipped in before title page, a statement from the publisher: "This Novel is based upon Mr Matheson Lang's English adaptation of the French play entitled LE CHEVALIER AU MASQUE by Jean Manoussi and Paul Armont. The illustrations are from photographs of Mr Matheson Lang's production at the Lyric Theatre, London. Supplied by courtesy of Mr Matheson Lang". The story of an apparently foppish aristocrat who is really a heroic fighter against tyranny owes more than a little to Baroness Orcy's Scarlet Pimpernel, although the setting is Napoleonic rather First Republican.
133 MITFORD, Bertram: Fordham's Feud (1897)
Yellowback: Ward, Lock & Co., 1897. Frontispiece. Original glazed pictorial boards, with fine-ribbed blue cloth spine, lettered in gilt. Corners rubbed, spine ends scuffed, but front board very clean and bright, good.
Topp [II, p. 374] gives only a later copy from 1900. This copy is from the same year as the first edition.
135 MORRISON, Arthur: Chronicles of Martin Hewitt Being the Second Series of the Adventures of Martin Hewitt: Investigator (1895)
Yellowback, 2/- Copyright Novels: Ward, Lock & Co., nd . Illustrated by D. Murray Smith. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, with fine-ribbed blue cloth spine lettered in gilt. Corners and edges rubbed, small chip at foot of spine, light foxing, good.
Topp [II, p 368]. The second collection of six Martin Hewitt detective stories; this series originally appeared in The Windsor Magazine.
136 MORROW, Forbes St. John: Six Civil Servants We! or I. H. M. S. (1892). First Edition: Skeffington & Co., 1892. Original blue illustrated card covers (inscribed by author), bound up in contemporary blue binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Note in red on front pastedown, newspaper cutting on front free endpaper A few light marks on boards, good. Inscription on original cover reads: ....with the Author's Compliments & kind regards.
The small newspaper cutting about the author reads: "Mr F. St. John Morrow, the West Ham magistrate, who slipped on a frosty road and broke a finger. He returns to court next week".
137 MOSER, Inspector [Maurice] and Charles F[rederick] RIDEAL: Stories from Scotland Yard as told by Inspector Moser, Late of the Criminal Investigation Department, Whitehall and Recorded by Charles F. Rideal Author of People We Meet etc. (1890)
Hearth and Home Library: George Routledge & Sons, nd . Original red front board and spine, with series title blindstamped at head of front board; top edge gilt. Knock to top edge of rear board, page edges lightly tanned, foxing on endpapers, good.
"All these stories. . . are founded upon facts"
139 NORRIS, W[illiam] E[dward]: No New Thing (1883)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Smith, Elder & Co., 1883. Three volumes bound as one in remainder binding of blindstamped blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine lettering dulled, considerable wrinkling of cloth on front boards, later endpapers, early pages have light foxing and some rubbing to edges. A solid copy in a shabby and worn binding: for reading or rebinding.
Wolff  in original cloth. This copy has all the prelims and the advertisement leaf.