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The Constable of the Tower (1861)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1900

Seller ID: 00369

Condition: Good


Undated, unillustrated reprint, c1900. Original crimson cloth, with blindstamped pattern on front board and illustration of Windsor Castle in gilt. A little scuffed, inner joint papers lightly cracking (but joints tight), good. Scarce. Ainsworth had a habit of giving different novels similar titles. Thus The Constable of the Tower is quite different from The Constable de Bourbon and also different (although it shares a setting) from either the oft-reprinted The Tower of London or the very rare Tower Hill. View more info

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The Constable of the Tower (1861)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £16.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1862

Seller ID: 02229

Condition: Good


Original blindstamped purple cloth; yellow endpapers. Corners rubbed, small chips to cloth at foot of spine, light foxing, undated signature facing title page, good. View more info

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St James's: or, The Court of Queen Anne. An Historical Romance (1844)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1890

Seller ID: 02304

Condition: Very Good


Florin Library/Author's Copyright edition. Undated, c1890. Frontispiece original grey cloth with "Routledge's Florin Library" blindstamped on front board; patterned endpapers. Spine tips bumped/scuffed, a little light foxing, very good. View more info

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Preston Fight; or, The Insurrection of 1715 (1875)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1887

Seller ID: 03590

Condition: Good


[Reprint]: undated (c1887). Original scarlet cloth on bevelled boards, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered and ruled in gilt on spine; green-and-white patterned endpapers. Lightly sunned with rubbing at head of spine, signature (1887) on prelims, good. View more info

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Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance (1843)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £8.00

Publisher: Leipzig, Tauchnitz: 1844

Edition: First European Edition

Seller ID: VN0616

Condition: Very Good


Mid-C19th green cloth, lettered in gilt. Bound without series half-title. dated 1844 on title page but possibly a later issue. lightly scuffed on spine ends, otherwise very good. View more info

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The Constable of the Tower (1861)

By: Ainsworth, W. [William] Harrison

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1862

Seller ID: 03663

Condition: Good


Third Edition. Original blindstamped purple cloth; yellow endpapers. Corners rubbed, small chip to cloth at foot of spine, light foxing, undated signatures on prelims, good. Ainsworth produced a number of novels with confusingly similar titles: this novel is NOT The Tower of London, NOR Tower Hill, but it is, like the other two, set in the reign of Henry VIII. View more info

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Ovingdean Grange

By: Ainsworth, William Harrison

Price: £12.00

Publisher: London, G. J. Howell: 1900

Seller ID: VN1253

Condition: Very Good


A volume of Howell's De Luxe edition of Ainsworth's novels. Undated [1900]. Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Corners scuffed, a little foxing, bookplate on front pastedown, good. View more info

The Star Chamber

By: Ainsworth, William Harrison

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1900

Seller ID: VN1332

Condition: Good


Undated reprint, c1900. Original bright red cloth with raised pattern of flowers on front board: gilt vignette of Windsor Castle and title in box in centre of front board. A little rubbed at foot of spine, with small marks along bottom edge of front board, paper tanned, bookplate on front pastedown, good View more info

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Cardinal Pole: or, The Days of Philip and Mary. An Historical Romance (1863)

By: Ainsworth, William Harrison

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall: 1864

Edition: First One-Volume Edition

Seller ID: 92109

Condition: Good


Select Library of Fiction. Original royal blue cloth, blindstamped framing and decoration (incorporating series title) on boards, lettered in gilt on spine (but no publisher's name at foot), pale yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed, rubbed and nicked with one dull spot at head on spine, armorial bookplate of Paget Mosley on front pastedown, good. 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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The Catholic Crusoe; Adventures of Owen Evans, Set Ashore on a Desolate Island 1739 (1863 as The Adventures of Owen Evans, Esq., Surgeon's Mate, Left Ashore in 1739 on a Desolate Island Narrated by Himself; Edited by W. H. Anderdon)

By: Anderdon, W. H. [William Henry Anderdon]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Burns & Oates: 1876

Seller ID: 04352

Condition: Good


Seventh Edition. Illustrated. Original royal blue cloth, framed in black and gilt on front board with anchor in centre. Edges and spine ends scuffed, endpapers replaced, good. View more info

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Tales and Sketches of the Covenanters

By: Anonymous

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Richard Edward King: 1900

Seller ID: VN0058

Condition: Good


[Reprint]. Undated, c1900. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Board edges lightly sunned, paper lightly browned: otherwise a clean tight copy: good. View more info

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Red Rose and White Relating the Experiences of Ralph Mortimer, Son of a Knightly House, during the Stirring Times of Richard the Third of England (1901)

By: Armitage, Alfred

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, John Shaw: 1911

Seller ID: VN0877

Condition: Good


Undated reprint, c1911. original green cloth, oval picture on glazed paper inset in centre of front board. Paper lightly browned throughout, prize plate (1911) on front pastedown, , small tear to cloth at foot of spine, fair/good. Historical novel for children. View more info

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The Conqueror

By: Atherton, Gertude

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co.: 1903

Seller ID: VN0263

Condition: Very Good


Third impression. Original blue cloth. light scuffing, very good. A biography-cum novel of the life of Alexander Hamilton. View more info

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Noémi A Story of Rock-Dwellers (1895)

By: Baring-Gould, S. [Sabine Baring-Gould]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Methuen & Co.: 1895

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 90088

Condition: Very Good


Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. A few light marks on cloth, otherwise clean and tight: very good. Publisher's catalogue dated September 1895 bound in at end. A historical novel: set in Aquitaine during the fifteenth century. View more info

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The Prince's Valet (1907)

By: Barnett, John, [ie John Reginald Stagg]

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Smith, Elder & Co.: 1907

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 89065

Condition: Very Good


Original light blue cloth, lettered in black and gilt. Minimal scuffing to spine tips, faint mark on one corner of front board, a few foxing spots, otherwise a crisp bright copy, very good. The memoirs of Gustave, valet to Bonny Prince Charlie. The novel follows the Young Pretender's adventures across Europe after the failed uprising of 1745. View more info

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The Wood-Rangers (1860) translated and adapted "from the French of Bellamare"

By: Bellemare, Louis Ferry Gabriel De translated and adapted "from the French of Bellamare" by Captain Mayne Reid

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Ward, Lock & Co.: 1870

Seller ID: 03669

Condition: Very Good


Undated reprint, c1870. Mid C19th blue-black leather over red marbled boards; gilt framing and red leather title label on spine; red marbled endpapers. Light scuffing, small name plate on front pastedown, a little faint foxing, very good. View more info

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Jane Shore or The Goldsmith's Wife A Thrilling Story of the Reign of King Edward IV

By: Bennett, Mrs [Mary]

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Milner & Co.: 1880

Seller ID: VN1914

Condition: Very Good


Undated edition, c1880. Frontispiece. Text printed in double columns. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt. Minor scuffing a little light foxing, very good. View more info

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The Capsina (1899)

By: Benson, E. F. [Edward Frederic Benson]

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Methuen & Co.: 1899

Seller ID: 03332

Condition: Fair


Second Edition. Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed red cloth. Trace of removed bookplate on front board, cloth lightly sunned/soiled, spine darkened with small chip at head. Contents clean and tight. A fair/reading copy. A sequel to Benson's earlier novel The Vintage (1898). An historical novel: the setting is the Greek Wars of Independence (1821-2). View more info