CATALOGUE 91, Section Four: KEARY - MORRISON
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111A [KEARY, Annie]: Memoir of Annie Keary by Her Sister [ie Eliza KEARY] (1882)
Second Edition: Macmillan & Co., 1883. Frontispiece portrait of Annie. Original dark green cloth, lettered in gilt. Small bubble to cloth on front board, faint tanning to pages, good.
112 LAPPO-DANILEVSKAIA, Nadezhda Aleksandrovna ["A Russian Lady"]
Michail or The Heart of a Russian. A Novel in Four Parts (1917)
[Russkii barin, 1914]
First English Edition: William Heinemann, 1917. Original orange cloth, lettered and decorated in black. Some light soiling on boards, corners bumped, a little foxing, good.
Lappo-Danilevskaia was a popular and successful novelist (and opera singer) in pre-revolutionary Russia, writing novels of life in high society. She survived the Revolution, endured periods of forced labour and internment in camps before escaping and settling in France. This was her most popular novel.
113 LE QUEUX, William: Beryl of the Biplane. Being the Romance of a Air-woman of
Second Impression: C. Arthur Pearson, 1918. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in darker blue. A few specks and spots on boards, tanning and signature on endpapers, otherwise very good.
A scarce war-time title.
115 LEVER, Charles: Sir Brook Fosbrooke (1866)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1867. Two volumes bound as one in red leather over glazed red boards; raised bands and gilt lettering on spine; brown marbled endpapers. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, undated signature on first title page, very good.
Todd [886a/87]. First issues; series half-titles bound in.
117 THE LONDON JOURNAL
Volumes XLI - XLVI, January 1865 - December 1867
Contains: Fair Lilias by Pierce EGAN. Complete serialisation
The Sleep-Walker; or, Lady Theresa's Trials by Mrs Gordon SMYTHIES. Complete serialisation.
Morley Ashton by James GRANT. Complete serialisation.
The Man-Hater by Mrs E. D. E. N. SOUTHWORTH. Complete serialisation.
Three Women; or, The Fatal Passion by Fairfax BALFOUR [ie Israel Watts PHILLIPS]. Complete serialisation.
Aurora Floyd by M. E. BRADDON. Complete serialisation.
The Light of Love; or, The Diamond and the Dewdrop by Pierce EGAN. Complete serialisation.
Diavola; or, The Woman's Battle by the Author of The Black Band [ie M. E. BRADDON]. Complete serialisation.
Engaged in Secret by Percy B. ST JOHN. Complete serialisation.
A Woman with a Vengeance (anonymous). Complete serialisation.
Pale Janet by Fairfax BALFOUR [ie Israel Watts PHILLIPS]. Complete serialisation.
Eve; or, An Angel of Innocence by Pierce EGAN. Complete serialisation.
Winning Her Way by Mrs E. D. E. N. SOUTHWORTH. Complete serialisation.
Left Alone by Mrs E. D. E. N. SOUTHWORTH. Conclusion of serialisation.
The Pet Heiress; or The Gipsy's Secret by Percy B. ST JOHN. Conclusion of serialisation.
A Woman without a Heart (anonymous). Conclusion of serialisation.
Hilda's Plot by Charlotte SMITH. Start of serialisation.
One of the Six Hundred by James GRANT. Start of serialisation.
Six volumes bound as three in purple-black leather over marbled boards. Printed in newspaper format (3 columns) and illustrated throughout. Contains indices and almanacs, but NOT the extra Christmas Number for 1867. Last 50 pages of volume XLII repeated at start of following volume. Leather rubbed on extremities, inner joints reinforced in third volume, foxing, good.
Braddon's Aurora Floyd had already appeared in three-decker format: this is a secondary serialisation. However, Braddon's Diavola; or The Woman's Battle appeared here for the first time (and with illustrations) -- it was later retitled for a more respectable three-decker appearance as Run to Earth (see item 21). Most of the novels appearing here did not appear in volume form.
118 THE LONDON MAGAZINE
Volume XXVI, March - August 1911
Contains: The Strange Cases of Dr Xavier Wycherley, Mental Healer by Max RITTENBERG. 5 (of 6) psychological mystery stories.
Skeleton Island. A Romance of the Florida Coast by H. De Vere STACPOOLE. Complete novella.
The Ninth Wave by Agnes & Egerton CASTLE. Complete novella.
The House of Fortune by Max PEMBERTON. Complete novella.
A Drama in Venice by Morley ROBERTS. Complete novella.
The Lost House by Richard Harding DAVIS. Complete novella.
A Live Wire by Madame ALBANESI. Complete novella.
Short stories include: The Fifth Message from the Tideless Sea by William Hope HODGSON, Educating Aubrey by P. G. WODEHOUSE, "Floreat Etona!" & Dawnay's Irregulars by John LE BRETON, The Man of the Shadow by Perceval GIBBON, Smeath by Barry PAIN, Mrs Bill's Husband by Hugh WALPOLE, When the World was Young by Jack LONDON.
Original red cloth, lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine. Some marks on boards, inner joint papers lightly cracked, inscription (1914) on front pastedown, good.
Rittenberg's Xavier Wycherley stories eventually appeared in book form under the title The Mind-Reader -- now a very scarce book. Hodgson's horror story concerns an attack by giant octopi.
121 MACDONALD, Frederika: The Flower and the Spirit (1887)
First Edition in Two Volumes: William Blackwood & Sons, 1887. Two volumes in original navy blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spines, brown endpapers. Minimal scuffing, a few light marks on fore-edges, otherwise very good/near fine.
Wolff . The novel is the study of "a real and not uncommon character, the man in whom the poetical gift is not strong enough to make a real vocation, but quite strong enough to spoil his life." (The Spectator). MacDonald's principal claim to fame was studying at Pensionnat Heger in Brussels, where Charlotte Bronte had been a teacher some 17 years before; subsequently she wrote a book on the subject: The Secret of Charlotte Bronte (1914).
122 MACDONALD, George: Phantastes. A Faerie Romance for Men and Women (1858)
A New Edition, with Thirty-Three New Illustrations by Arthur Hughes, edited by Greville MacDonald: Fifield, 1905. Original blue cloth with gilt border, top edge gilt. Corners lightly scuffed, a few spots on boards, foxing spots on fore-edges, very good.
124 MACDONALD, George: The Flight of the Shadow (1891)
New Edition: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., nd (c1900). Original crimson cloth on bevelled boards with gilt vignette and decorative black bands, lettering in black and gilt. Spine a little sunned, page edges lightly tanned throughout, undated inscription on front free endpaper, otherwise good.
125 MACGREGOR, Mrs James: Whose Was the Blame? A Woman's Version of the Kreutzer Sonata, with a Prologue Translated from the Russian of Prince Galitzen [by Marie L. Shedlock] (1894)
First Edition: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1894. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, very good.
Scarce. A response to Tolstoy's novella, The Kreutzer Sonata, in which a jealous husband murders his wife. A similar response, translated as Whose Fault? by Tolstoy's wife Sofiya, has recently been published -- after languishing unknown for a century. Although the title page says that the Prologue is translated from the Russian, on the verso it states that it is translated from the German.
127 MARRYAT, Florence: The Prey of the Gods (1871)
New Edition: Hutchinson & Co., nd (c1895). Original crimson cloth with raised pattern of chrysanthemums on front board. Lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, front inner joint papers chipped, otherwise very good.
128 MARSH, Richard [ie Richard HELDMANN]: The Crime and the Criminal (1897)
2/- Copyright Novels: Ward, Lock & Co., nd . Illustrated by Harold Piffard. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, with fine-ribbed maroon cloth spine lettered in gilt. Edges rubbed, endpapers browned, trace of removed sticky tape on prelims and second illustration, good only.
Todd [II, p.367]
129 McCARTHY, Justin: Dear Lady Disdain (1876)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1876. Two volumes bound as one in red leather over glazed red boards; raised bands and gilt lettering on spine; brown marbled endpapers. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, undated signature on first title page, paper faintly tanned throughout, good.
Todd [1580A/81A]. First setting: series half-titles bound in. Probably McCarthy's most successful novels, with one of his bewitching heroines -- and a hero called Christmas.
130 MERRIMAN, H. S. [ie Hugh Stowell SCOTT]: Suspense (1890)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Richard Bentley, 1890. Three volumes in original navy-blue cloth, lettered in gilt on board and spine, vignette of sword on front boards in silver; brown-and-white oak-leaf patterned endpapers. Lightly scuffed, half-title excised in volume I, and top quarter cut (to remove signatures) in volumes II & III, light cross in blue on front pastedowns, otherwise a clean, bright tight set, good/very good.
Sadleir . Merriman's third novel, and one of those he chose to suppress in later years. Not included in collected editions of Merriman's novels.
131 METHLEY, Alice [Augusta]: La Belle Dame (1906)
First Edition: John Long, 1906. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. A few specks and small marks on boards, undated inscription on front pastedown, foxing spots, good.
Crime novel. "This remorseless lady, finding her brother-in-law's continued existence a menace and an obstacle to her schemes, murders him by means of hot coffee and a tabloid. Others also have to suffer the penalty of her clever misdeeds and accumulative propensities" (The Athenaeum). Very scarce. See notes to following two items.
132 METHLEY, A[lice] A[ugusta]: The Key of Life (1909)
First Edition: T. Fisher Unwin, 1909. Title page printed in red and black. Original fine-ribbed royal blue cloth, decorated in white and lettered in gilt. Tiny amount of rubbing to white on spine, "Presentation Copy" blindstamped on foot of title page, very good/near fine.
A romantic mystery-thriller set largely in Egypt, based on the idea of one man being punished for another's unintended crime -- the innocent man being driven to the brink of insanity by years of false imprisonment and torture. Very scarce.
134 MIDDLEMASS, Jean: Vaia's Lord (1888)
Yellowback: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1889. Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Usual chipping to paper on edges, hinges and spine ends, otherwise a tight copy, good.
Topp [IX, p. 113]
135 MIDDLEMASS, Jean: The Queen Wasp (1900)
First Edition: Digby, Long & Co., 1900. Frontispiece. Original pink cloth ruled in black, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Boards lightly marked, spine faintly sunned with small chip on hinge to right of title, otherwise a tight copy: good.
Murder and blackmail in high society.
136 MOODEY, Martha Livingstone: The Tragedy of Brinkwater (1888)
First British Edition, Cassell's American Library of Fiction: Cassell & Co., nd . Original pictorial paper-covered boards; spine and front board blue-black rather than yellow or white. Spine ends rubbed, some chipping along hinges, undated signatures on prelims, good
Topp [VII, p.206] describes the later (1890) issue in the Railway Library. Publisher's catalogue code dated 5G.7.88 bound in at end.
137 MOORE, George: A Drama in Muslin A Realistic Novel (1886)
Eighth Edition: Walter Scott, nd (c1895). Original green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; cream endpapers. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, very good.
The novel ran through several editions quickly (first from Vizetelly, then from Scott) but is now unaccountably uncommon. Moore later revised and rewrote it as Muslin (1915). The novel is the interwoven stories of five Irish girls.
139 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 maroon cloth spine lettered in gilt. Corners and edges rubbed, spine a little darkened, light foxing, good.
Topp [II, p 368]. The second collection of six Martin Hewitt detective stories; this series originally appeared in The Windsor Magazine.
140 MORRISON, Arthur: Adventures of Martin Hewitt, Third Series (1896)
Second Edition, 2/- Copyright Novels: Ward, Lock & Co, nd . Illustrated by T. C. S. Crowther. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, with fine-ribbed maroon cloth spine lettered in gilt. Corners rubbed, spine a little darkened, light foxing, good.
Topp [II, p.372 & 389 for later reprint issues]. The third and scarcest collection of Morrison's Hewitt detective stories; this series also originally appeared in The Windsor Magazine.