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Antonina; or, The Fall of Rome

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £12.00

Publisher: New York, Peter Fenelon Collier: 1900

Seller ID: VN1756

Condition: Good


The Works of Wilkie Collins, Volume 17. Undated, c1900. Frontispiece. Original green cloth. Spine ends scuffed, a few marks on cloth, good. Collins's first published novel, written in imitation of Bulwer-Lytton: a tale of lecherous Roman senators, overly-devout fathers, innocent daughters and mad fanatical adherents of pagan religion: all set during Alaric's siege of Rome (408 - 10 AD) View more info

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After Dark (1856)

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Blackie & Co.: 1934

Seller ID: VN1761

Condition: Near Fine


Undated Blackie edition, c1934. Illustrated. Original steel-blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Gilt lettering a little dulled, otherwise a very crisp, bright, clean copy: near fine. Although some of the stories from the collection (such as A Terribly Strange Bed) have been much anthologised, Collins's original conception was to present a group of tales woven together with an interlinking narrative (Leaves from Leah's Diary) to form a single unified work. View more info

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A Rogue's Life from His Birth to His Marriage

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £10.00

Publisher: New York, Peter Fenelon Collier: 1900

Seller ID: VN1784

Condition: Good


The Works of Wilkie Collins, Volume 30. Undated, c1900. Original dark green cloth. Cloth chipped at head of spine, otherwise good. Also contains two short stories: Miss Dulane and My Lord, Mr Policeman and the Cook. View more info

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Hide and Seek; or, The Mystery of Mary Grice

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Smith, Elder & Co.: 1873

Seller ID: VN1817

Condition: Fair


New Edition. Late C19th rebinding in red leather over marbled boards. Loss of leather on spine ends, corners rubbed, but ontents clean and tight. A good reading copy. View more info

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Miss or Mrs? And Other Stories in Outline (1873)

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1875

Seller ID: 88102

Condition: Good


New Edition. Undated, c1875. Late C19th purple-black leather over purple cloth; tan leather title label on spine; cream endpapers. Top edges of boards faintly sunned, one corner piece scraped, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, otherwise a clean, tight copy: good. Mrs or Mrs? is a short novel written as the Christmas Number for The Graphic. The additional stories are: Blow Up with the Brig!, The Fatal Cradle & A Mad Marriage. As this is a rebound yellowback, there are no illustrations. View more info

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I Say No (1884)

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1886

Seller ID: VN2684

Condition: Good


New Cheap Edition. Rebound in beaded purple binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine faintly sunned, a little scuffing, good++ View more info

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Armadale (1866)

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £75.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: 1866

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 92070

Condition: Good


Text printed in double columns. Frontispiece portrait of Collins. Illustrated. Original fancy-grained dark green cloth, with blindstamped borders, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; cream endpapers. Small nicks and chips on spine ends, corners rubbed, a few light marks, signature on front free endpaper, good. View more info

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"I Say No" (1884)

By: Collins, Wilkie

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1885

Seller ID: VN2833

Condition: Fair


New Edition. Late C19th maroon leather over blue marbled boardl raised bands and gilt tooling on spine; blue endpapers. Lacks title label on spine, thus only fair. View more info

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Called Back (1884)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Nash & Grayson: 1930

Seller ID: 03511

Condition: Good


Undated reprint, c1930. Original pinky-red cloth. Spine lightly sunned, small label on front pastedown, good. Conway's first thriller was a huge success, but the author died very young without really fulfilling his potential. View more info

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Living or Dead? (1886) & A Family Affair (1885)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co.: 1886

Edition: Colonial Edition

Seller ID: 84065

Condition: Very Good


Two volumes bound as one in late C19th maroon leather over maroon cloth; raised bands and gilt titles on spine. Light scuffing, foxing on prelims, otherwise very good. After making his name with a series of short "shilling shockers" Conway turned to writing of two substantial, full-length novels in the last year of his tragically short life. Living or Dead? and A Family Affair were both originally published as three-deckers -- but posthumously. View more info

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A Family Affair (1885)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: Leipzig, Tauchnitz: 1885

Edition: Copyright Edition

Seller ID: 90026

Condition: Very Good


Two volumes in late C19th turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt on spines; yellow endpapers, with labels for Anthony Newnham's Tauchnitz Collection on pastedowns. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, light foxing, very good. Todd [2357a/58]. First issues; series half-title bound in. The first of Conway's three full-length novels, originally issued as a three-decker. Much influenced by Wilkie Collins. View more info

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Called Back (1884)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £10.00

Publisher: Britsol, J. W. Arrowsmith: 1885

Seller ID: VN2638

Condition: Good


[Early reprint]. Bristol Library, Volume I. Original brown cloth, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Rubbed on spine ends, lightly grazed on boards, good. First issued as a Christmas Annual in 1883, this short thriller became a runway bestseller. View more info

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Called Back (1884)

By: Conway, Hugh [ie Frederick John Fargus]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Britsol, J. W. Arrowsmith: 1886

Seller ID: VN2639

Condition: Good


[Early reprint] Bristol Library, Volume I. Original brown cloth, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Lightly scuffed, a little foxing, very good. First issued as a Christmas Annual in 1883, this short thriller became a runway bestseller. View more info

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Link by Link (1886)

By: Courteney, Cecil

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Bevington & Co: 1886

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 92068

Condition: Good


Original light brown cloth on bevelled boards, with decorative bands in black head/foot of front board and spine, ruled and lettered in gilt; leaf-patterned endpapers. A little scuffed, boards slightly bowed, browning on endpapers, otherwise good. Scarce murder mystery: listed in Hubin. View more info

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The Secret of the Hollow Tree (1898)

By: Covertside, Naunton

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Digby, Long & Co.: 1898

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 92053

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1898]. Original sage green cloth, lettered and illustrated in black, red and orange; green patterned endpapers. Corners scuffed, three nicks to cloth at foot of spine, undated signature on front pastedown, good. A murder mystery set in Wales. View more info

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The Exploits of Kesho Naik, Dacoit (1912)

By: Cox, Sir Edmund C. [Sir Edmund Charles Cox]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Constable & Co.: 1912

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2542

Condition: Good


Original red buckram, blindstamped on front board, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, spine lettering oxidised to brown/black, a little foxing, good. The third of Cox's Indian crime books. Krishna, a minor character in John Carruthers Indian Policeman (1905) and The Achievements of John Carruthers (1911), here takes on the role of narrator, telling the story of an audacious bandit. NB. A variant binding: also issued in blue cloth. View more info

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The White Feather and Other Stories (1896)

By: Crawfurd, Oswald

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1896

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 84081

Condition: Good


Chapman's Story Series. Frontispiece. Original navy blue cloth with art-nouveau flower design on front board, lettered in gilt; pale blue endpapers with poppy designs incorporating publisher's initials in brown. Extremities lightly rubbed, tiny chips to head of spine, foxing spots, otherwise good. Contains the novel The White Feather and two short stories: Sonia & Professor Hoffmann's "Folly". View more info

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The Blacksmith of Voe (1887)

By: Cushing, Paul [ie Roland Alexander Wood-Seys]

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, William Blackwood & Sons: 1890

Seller ID: VN0996

Condition: Good


New Edition. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in red on front board, decorated in red and lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Trace of removed bookplate on rear board; bookplate of South African Public Library on front pastedown, their accession date stamp (31 August 1891) on title page with note in pen on verso, small stamp at head of first page of text. Cloth worn head/foot of spine, good reading copy. of a scarce title. A novel of village life in Derbyshire, with a murder as the mainspring of the plot. View more info

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The Story Behind the Verdict (1915)

By: Danby, Frank [ie Julia Frankau]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Cassell & Co.: 1915

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 89059

Condition: Very Good


Coloured frontispiece. Original blue-grey cloth, lettered in gilt. Corners bumped, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, signature (1916), stamp on rear pastedown, spine a trifle dulled, otherwise good+. Nine linked crime stories. Listed in Hubin. Scarce. "Everybody both in and out of London...knew of the Keightley Wilburs. To begin with, their relationship was peculiar. To continue, so were they. Plutocrats...mother and son, yet lovers and intimate companions living together in a rare and perfect sympathy. Keightley wrote plays, poems, essays, professed Socialism and practised th... View more info

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The Yellow Man (1900)

By: Dawe, Carlton

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson & Co.: 1901

Edition: 2nd Edition

Seller ID: VN2703

Condition: Good


Early C20th rebinding in navy-blue cloth over beaded black cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, crease on spine, signature (Japan, 1907) on front free endpaper, good. A good reading copy of this scarce title of intrigue. View more info