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Three Men -- and Troddles Being Some Further Exploits of a Well-Known Quartette (1916)

By: Andom, R. [ie Alfred Walter Barrett]

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, George Newnes: 1916

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2032

Condition: Very Good


Original pinky-orange cloth with figures in silhouette, lettered in black. Lightly scuffed/grazed, a little foxing, very good. A war-time entry in the series of Troddles' stories: perhaps consequently, one of the scarcer titles in the series. View more info

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Troddles & Us and Others (1901)

By: Andom, R. [ie Alfred Walter Barrett]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Jarrold & Sons: 1901

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2486

Condition: Good


Original yellow cloth, lettered and illustrated in red and black. Lightly soiled, light foxing, undated signature on front pastedown, good+. One of Andom's numerous comic novels featuring the eponymous Troddles. View more info

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The History of a Man. By the Man (1898)

By: Anonymous

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Thomas Burleigh: 1898

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: VN0981

Condition: Very Good


Original crimson cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine lightly sunned, a little browning on endpapers, otherwise very good. The life struggles of an ordinary man: "I have been fighting against circumstances now for full fifteen years". The novel treats the various phases of the anonymous hero's working life: periods of unemployment and mixed employment, starting with clerkship in a bank, then a substantial period working in the police at Scotland Yard ("The Force") and finally training to be a barrister. View more info

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The History of a Man. By the Man (1898)

By: Anonymous

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Thomas Burleigh: 1898

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: VN1477

Condition: Good


Original crimson cloth, lettered in gilt.Rubbed at head of spine, edges of front free endpaper chipped, otherwise good. The life struggles of an ordinary man: "I have been fighting against circumstances now for full fifteen years". The novel treats the various phases of the anonymous hero's working life: periods of unemployment and mixed employment, starting with clerkship in a bank, then a substantial period working in the police at Scotland Yard ("The Force") and finally training to be a barrister. View more info

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Basil St John. An Autumn Tale (1865)

By: Anonymous

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Edinburgh, Edmonton & Douglas: 1865

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 04425

Condition: Good


Illustrated. Original lilac cloth, with blindstamped framing on front board, lettered in gilt on spine, yellow endpapers. Spine sunned, corners rubbed, short split to cloth at foot of lower hinge, undated signature on front free endpaper, otherwise good. A romance, set largely in the Western Highlands, and issued by a Scottish publisher. The unknown author produced at least two further novels: Love and Duty (1866) and Arthur Clifford (1869). View more info

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Scenes and Sketches

By: Anonymous

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Published for the Proprietor: 1850

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 01913

Condition: Fair


Undated, c1850. Engraved frontispiece and title page. Original blindstamped crimson cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers; all edges gilt. Spine relaid, corners rubbed, now good. I can find no record of this title, or its author(s), anywhere. A collection of 9 short stories, with varying settings (Deptford, Blackheath, Cornwall, France), giving few clues to the identity of the writer(s): Mad Collins, Sally Grey, Isidore, Practical Jokes, Master and Man, The Wrecker's Daughter, The Rejected Lover, The Fair Day, A Workhouse Man's Tale. View more info

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Domestic Scenes; A Tale for the Times by the Author of The Baroness & Distinction (1848)

By: Anonymous. Author Unknown

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, Seeleys: 1848

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 93049

Condition: Very Good


Mid-C19th brown leather over purple beaded cloth; raised bands, gilt decorations and red leather title label on spine; red marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Lightly scuffed, light foxing throughout, undated signature on blank prelim, very good. View more info

Image for An Arm-Chair in the Smoking Room: or Fiction, Anecdote, Humour, and Fancy for Dreamy Half-Hours with Notes on Cigars, Meerschaums, and Smoking, from Various Pens (1870)

An Arm-Chair in the Smoking Room: or Fiction, Anecdote, Humour, and Fancy for Dreamy Half-Hours with Notes on Cigars, Meerschaums, and Smoking, from Various Pens (1870)

By: Anonymous; Various

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Stanley Rivers & Co.: 1870

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2590

Condition: Good


Undated first edition [1870]. Original purple-black cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt; blue-black endpapers. 2 mm loss to cloth head and foot of spine, inner joint papers lightly cracked, foxing (quite heavy on early pages), otherwise good. View more info

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Lyre and Lancet. A Story in Scenes (1895)

By: Anstey, F. [ie Thomas Anstey Guthrie]

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, Smith, Elder & Co.: 1895

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 02219

Condition: Very Good


The Novel Series. Original fine-ribbed grey-blue cloth. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown otherwise very good. View more info

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The Travelling Companions. A Story in Scenes. [Reprinted from Punch] (1892)

By: Anstey, F. [ie Thomas Anstey Guthrie]

Price: £14.00

Publisher: London, Longmans, Green & Co.: 1892

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 02319

Condition: Very Good


Original red-brown cloth spine, with brown boards, illustrated and lettered in black; chocolate brown endpapers. Minor scuffing, inscription (1938) on recto on frontispiece, bookplate on front pastedown, very good. View more info

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Lyre and Lancet. A Story in Scenes (1895)

By: Anstey, F. [ie Thomas Anstey Guthrie]

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Smith, Elder & Co.: 1895

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: VN1869

Condition: Good


The Novel Series. Original fine-ribbed grey-blue cloth. A little scuffed, good. View more info

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The Last Load. Stories and Essays (1925)

By: Anstey, F. [ie Thomas Anstey Guthrie]

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, Methuen & Co.: 1925

Edition: First Edition, late Issue

Seller ID: 03591

Condition: Very Good


Original grey cloth. Lightly scuffed, a little light foxing, very good. Wolff [160], with "undated" publisher's catalogue:. Wolff apparently overlooked the code dating at foot on last leaf. Originally issued in blue cloth, with the code date "625" (June 1925) and later issued in as a remainder/reissue in grey cloth, dated "1029" (October 1929). Anstey's final and uncommon collection of 17 humorous short stories and essays. This copy is the late remainder issue with the later code dating. View more info

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Percy and Others. Sketches Mainly Reprinted from Punch (1915)

By: Anstey, F. [ie Thomas Anstey Guthrie]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: London, Methuen & Co.: 1915

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 85013

Condition: Near Fine


First Edition. Undated [1915]. Original red cloth, blindstamped on front board, elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt on spine. A few tiny marks, publisher's circular "Presentation Copy" stamp on title page, otherwise near fine. One of Anstey's least common titles. Publisher's catalogue, dated 25/9/14 on final page, bound in at end. View more info

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Jack Allyn's Friends (1880)

By: Appleton, G. Webb [George Webb Appleton]

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, Samuel Tinsley: 1880

Edition: First Edition in Three Volumes

Seller ID: 83046

Condition: Fair


Three volumes bound as one in publisher's lilac remainder cloth. Boards marked, spine sunned and darkened, later endpapers, undated signature on prelims, fair/good. Listed in Hubin as a marginal crime novel. Not in Wolff. Collates: I - [iv] = 270 pp + advertisement leaf; II - [iv] + 262 pp; III - [iv] + 244 pp. No half-titles. Heavy: may require additional postage outside the UK. View more info

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F├ędora of the Halls (1911)

By: Applin, Arthur

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, F. V. White & Co.: 1911

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 04073

Condition: Good


Original red cloth, lettered in gilt. Small splits to cloth on hinge ends, yellow circulating library label on front pastedown, undated signature on front free endpaper, some browning on opening page of text from loose newspaper clipping, good. Theatrical novel, whose heroine is named after the hat-wearing heroine of Sardou's play. Applin was an actor and playwright and a number of his novels have theatrical themes (The Chorus Girl, The Pantomime Girl etc.); he also wrote a number of crime novels. View more info

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The Attack on the Farm and Other Stories (1899)

By: Arnold, Andrew W.

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, F. V. White & Co.: 1899

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 85096

Condition: Very Good


Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed maroon cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, endpapers browned with W. H. Smith's Subscription Library plate on front pastedown, otherwise very good. A collection of eleven short stories, mostly historical and romantic (several are concerned with the Franco-Prussian War), and including one science fiction story -- Rollway's Marvellous Invention -- about a flying machine. View more info

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The Bystander or Leaves for the Lazy (1901)

By: Ashby-Sterry, J. [Joseph Ashby-Sterry]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Sands & Co: 1901

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 93048

Condition: Fair


First Edition: Sands & Co., 1901. decorated in gilt; top edge gilt. Leading edges of boards lightly marked, spine a little darkened with fraying to tips and small chips towards the foot, light foxing, fair to good. Inscription at head of title page reads: To Theodore Watts-Dunton with J. Ashby-Sterry's kind regards. A collection of miscellaneous essays, originally appearing in The Graphic. Watts-Dunton was a poet, novelist and essayist, best remembered for saving the poet Algernon Swinburne from alcoholism. View more info

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A Sentimental Pilgrim (1915)

By: Ashworth, Marion

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1915

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2878

Condition: Good


Original steel blue cloth, framed and lettered in black. Lightly scuffed, paper lightly tanned, impressed stamp ("Presentation Copy") and stamp ("Price 6/-") on title page, good. View more info

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Sketches in Prose and Verse with a Portrait and Biographical Sketch of the Author (1893)

By: Askham, John

Price: £30.00

Publisher: Northampton/Wellingborough), S. S. Campion (Northampton)/Thos Collings (Wellingborough): 1893

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: VN2335

Condition: Good


Frontispiece portrait of author. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in black. Spine lightly sunned, gift inscription (1895) on front pastedown, good. A collection short prose pieces and (principally) poems. Askham was, like the earlier John Clare, a self-educated working-class poet. He lived and worked (initially as a shoe-maker) in and around Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. This was his last collection of (prose and) verse, published in the year before his death. View more info

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Dormant Fires (1922 as Sleeping Fires)

By: Atherton, Gertude

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, John Murray: 1922

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: VN0204

Condition: Good


Originally published in the USA in the same year under the title Sleeping Fires. Original deep crimson cloth. Corners scuffed, spine lightly sunned, with title lettering oxidised, paper on rear inner joint lightly cracking (but joint tight), good. View more info