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Many Years After; with Other Tales and Sketches (1876)

By: A Revenue Officer

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, The Civil Service Printing and Publishing Company: 1876

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2440

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1876]. Original dark green cloth, framed in black; lettered in gilt on spine; dark brown endpapers. Corners and hinges rubbed, inner joint papers lightly cracked (but joints tight), inscription in pencil (1878) on title page, good. Tales and sketches of the Civil Service (especially the Inland Revenue) and other miscellaneous subjects, by a Civil Servant and published by the Civil Service. A quirky and scarce piece of Victoriana. View more info

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Hoary Head, and the Vallies Below (1838)

By: Abbott, Jacob

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Hamilton, Adams and Co.: 1838

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: VN2700

Condition: Good


Mid C19th grey-green binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed, school prize inscription (1839) on front free endpaper, light foxing, good++. A collection of religious stories for children, originally published in the USA. No copy of this edition on COPAC. View more info

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The Round of Wrong A Romance of To-day. Translated [from the French] by Lascelles Wraxall] (1862). [Germaine, 1857]

By: About, Edmond

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, Ward & Lock: 1862

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 88047

Condition: Good


Corners of final leaf torn (text not affected). The volume has lost its original binding and is now in a modern card wrapper. A good reading copy. View more info

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Beckside Lights

By: Ackworth, John [ie Frederick Smith]

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Charles Kelly: 1897

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN0492

Condition: Very Good


Original black cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Endpapers lightly browned, otherwise very good. A sequel to Clog Shop Chronicles -- 9 tales of Lancashire life: The Student, Leah's Lover, Sally's Redemption, Lige's Legacy, The Memory of the Just, Isaac's Angel, Isaac's Fiddle, The Harmonium, The Haunted Man. View more info

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Captain Bluitt (1901)

By: Adeler, Max [ie Charles Heber Clark]

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1901

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: 01404

Condition: Very Good


Original green cloth, blocked in gilt on front board: black endpapers. Light scuffing, tiny nick in cloth on rear board, prelims foxed, signature, very good. View more info

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Captain Bluitt (1901)

By: Adeler, Max [ie Charles Heber Clark]

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1901

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: VN0759

Condition: Good


Original red cloth, blocked in gilt on front board: black endpapers. Cloth speckled, corners rubbed, light foxing, good. View more info

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The Doc and Some Others (1917)

By: Aesculapius, A Surgeon of the Royal Navy

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, W. & R. Chambers: 1917

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN1778

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1917]. Original light blue cloth, framed and lettered in red. Lettering a little scuffed/dulled on spine, endpapers browned, good. A collection of eleven short stories, featuring Staff Surgeon O'Brien (the "Doc"); set on H. M. S. Alcibiades, and the O2 submarine, during the First World War (1915). The identity of the author remains unknown. View more info

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The Prime Minister (1908)

By: Agnus, Orme [ie John Higginbotham]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1908

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 91057

Condition: Good


Illustrated. Original green cloth with blindstamped designs and small decorations in bright green on front board, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, gift inscription (1908) on front free endpaper, foxing, good. Unlike Agnus's rural fiction, The Prime Minister is a sensational novel of crime, love and politics set in Westminster and beyond. Hrolf Calladen, the Prime Minister in question, murders a blackmailer who is threatening to reveal his bigamy. View more info

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Jan Oxber (1900)

By: Agnus, Orme [ie John Higginbotham]

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1900

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 86084

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1900]. Original maroon cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, endpapers browned, signature on front free endpaper (1901), light foxing, good. Agnus/Higginbotham was a follower of Thomas Hardy, writing novels set in "Wessex" (Dorset and the South West), but generally less pessimistic in outlook. "Mr Orme Agnus dares to tread in Mr Hardy's footsteps, but with this difference, that his work is lighter, more laughable, less subjective" (The Morning Leader). Jan Oxber contains the title novel and four shorter pieces, set in "Barleigh" in Wessex. View more info

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Sarah Tuldon (1903)

By: Agnus, Orme [ie John Higginbotham]

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1903

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2829

Condition: Good


Original crimson cloth, with blindstamped framing on front board, lettered and decorated in gilt. Corners rubbed, foxing, front free endpaper, removed, otherwise good. Agnus/Higginbotham was a follower of Thomas Hardy, writing novels set in "Wessex" (Dorset and the South West), but generally less pessimistic in outlook. "Mr Orme Agnus dares to tread in Mr Hardy's footsteps, but with this difference, that his work is lighter, more laughable, less subjective" (The Morning Leader). View more info

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The Mother's Recompense; A Sequel to Home Influence (1851)

By: Aguilar, Grace

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Groombridge & Sons: 1851

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: VN0992

Condition: Good


Frontispiece portrait of the author. Mid C19th maroon leather over marbled boards with gilt decorated spine and black title label; brown endpapers. Spine scuffed on extremities and gilt dulled, inner joints lightly cracked, good. Published posthumously. With a brief preface by the author's mother Sarah Aguilar. View more info

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The Tower of London. A Historical Romance (1840)

By: Ainsworth, William Harrison

Price: £60.00

Publisher: London, Richard Bentley: 1840

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 93042

Condition: Good


Frontispiece, thirty-nine plates fifty-eight woodcuts by George Cruikshank. Original fine-ribbed, brown cloth, with blindstamped framing, illustrated in gilt on front board, rear board and spine, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Spine relaid many years ago (only just visible on corners), corners rubbed, considerable foxing throughout, good. Plates in second state. Wolff [76a]. View more info

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Windfalls. Some Stray Leaves Gathered by a Rolling Stone (1903)

By: Aitken, Robert

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, George A. Morton: 1903

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2100

Condition: Very Good


Striking frontispiece in colour. Original red cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in black. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, a few foxing spots, very good. A collection of stories set principally in Africa and South America. Scarce. View more info

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Drewitt's Dream (1902)

By: Alden, W. L. [William Livingstone Alden]

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1902

Edition: First English Edition

Seller ID: 87113

Condition: Good


Original blindstamped blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. White mark (2 mm) along top edge of front board, a few light marks, light foxing, signatures (1912) on front endpapers, light foxing, good. The English hero wakes in hospital and remembers a heroic woman, that he met on a battlefield. But is this a real memory or merely a dream? Published the same year as the Appleton edition in America. View more info

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Told by the Colonel (1893)

By: Alden, W. L. [William Livingstone Alden]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, McClure & Co: 1893

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: 86038

Condition: Very Good


Illustrated. Original two-tone cloth: red boards lettered in black; blue spine, lettered in gilt. Corners lightly rubbed, a few light marks, very good. Tall stories told by a Yankee Colonel to a group of friends in Paris. Alden was American himself but spent the last years of his life in England, where he was a regular contributor to magazines such as The Strand. View more info

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The Book of Ballynoggin (1902)

By: Alexander, L. C. [Louis Charles Alexander]

Price: £40.00

Publisher: London, Grant Richards: 1902

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2063

Condition: Very Good


Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board,. lettered in gilt on spine. Spine a trifle dulled, otherwise boards fresh and bright; a little foxing on endpapers. A very good copy of this scarce collection of short stories set in and around the Irish town of Ballynoggin View more info

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Fantomas Captured (1926)

By: Allain, Marcel [Translated and edited by A. R. Allinson]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Stanley Paul & Co.: 1926

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN1975

Condition: Good


Original deep maroon cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, front inner joint paper cracked (but joint tight), foxing spots, undated signature, good. The Fantomas Detective Novels were hugely popular crime stories, published in France in the early C20th. Fantomas is a vicious master-criminal (a thief, but also a killer), pursued by his nemesis, Inspector Juve, through some 32 novels by the Souvestre and Allain. And then in a further 11 by Allain alone (of which this title is one), after his collaborator's death). English editions are uncommon. View more info

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Linnet: A Romance (1898)

By: Allen, Grant

Price: £40.00

Publisher: New York, New Amsterdam Book Company: 1900

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 82004

Condition: Good


First American Edition. Frontispiece portrait of author. Original fine-ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered in black and illustrated in gilt on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Small (and ancient) repair to cloth at foot of spine, undated signature on front free endpaper, otherwise a very clean, bright copy, good. A superior American edition of one of Allen's scarce late novels. View more info

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Below the Surface; or, Down in the Slums (1885)

By: Alsop, Alfred ["A. Delver"]

Price: £30.00

Publisher: Manchester, John Heywood: 1885

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 92156

Condition: Good


Original red cloth, lettered and illustrated in black end gilt; yellow endpapers. Rubbed on hinges, signature (1887) on front free endpaper, good. Alsop was Superintendent of The Home for Neglected Boys in Manchester's Deansgate, and wrote and edited a number of works telling the stories of the poor, of reformed criminals etc. The second story here -- Experience of a Convict -- is largely set in Gibraltar. The last story -- Life Below the Surface; or, Child Life in the Slums is by Eleanor Grundy. View more info

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The Strange Adventure of Roger Wilkins and Other Stories (1895)

By: Andom, R [ie Alfred Walter Barrett]

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, Tylston & Edwards: 1895

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 84052

Condition: Good


Original yellow cloth, lettered and decorated in brown. Spine a little darkened, small nick in cloth at head of spine, endpapers lightly tanned, inscription (1906) on front pastedown, good. The title piece is a fantasy of exchanged souls. The other stories are: The Gratitude of an Outcast, Industry and Sloth, Myrtle Farm, A Commonplace Tragedy, Mr Jordan's Reparation, Johnson's Little Spec, The Plot That Failed & In a Moment of Madness. View more info