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Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction.


BARRETT (Frank [ i.e. Frank Barrett Davis]). The justification of Andrew Lebrun. By Frank Barrett Author of ‘Kitty’s Father,’ etc. London, William Heinemann, 1894. (All rights reserved). Blank before half-title, blank following last leaf of text; pp.[2]+vi+277+[iii (blank)]; publisher’s inserted catalogue, 20pp., dated ‘July 1894’ at end; dark blue diagonally very fine-ribbed cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. One leaf opened a trifle carelessly is torn slightly at the top margin near the gutter, not approaching the text; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $290.40


A small wood-engraved bookplate on the front paste-down showing the head and shoulders of a faceless jester holding up a lettered ribbon reading GRIN AND / BEAR IT but no name, was obviously put on shortly after it had been pulled and has offset onto the facing end-paper, which itself bears the florid pencilled signature of Joan Barrett [Davis], the author’s wife. Joan Barrett [Davis], née Rose Aburrow, was herself an author, and her collection ‘Monte Carlo Stories’ (Wolff, 337) was published also by Heinemann in an identical binding in 1896. The present title, well-written, with an interesting story and good characterisation, is described by George Locke in ‘Spectrum [I]’ as a “science-fiction mystery...which also qualifies as a locked room mystery.” Given that the author never used his family name, it is amusing to read on p.256 of “A very nice family by the name of Davis". Locke’s ‘Spectrum’ p.28; Suvin, ‘Victorian Science Fiction in the UK’, p. 55. Bleiler, 1948, p.42; 1978, p.16; Reginald, 00894; Hubin, p.24; Wolff, 328, not mentioning the blocking on the back cover.

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Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction.


ANONYMOUS. Genuine and Impartial Memoirs Of Elizabeth Canning, Containing A complete History of that unfortunate Girl, From her Birth to the Present Time, and Particularly every remarkable Occurrence from The Day of her Absence, January 1, 1753, to the Day of her receiving Sentence, May 30, 1754. In which is included, The whole Tenor of the Evidence given against, And for her, on her late extraordinary Trial. With some Observations On the Behaviour of the Court, and the Conduct of the Jury. Also Free and Candid Remarks On Sir Crisp Gascoyne’s Address. London: Printed for G. Woodfall at Charing-Cross, 1754. 12mo; half-title not called for; final page blank; pp.vi+293+[i]; A3, B — I, K — N12, O3; recent full natural fine-grain morocco (but probably in fact a brilliant plasticised imitation!), ruled and tooled blind and gilt on spine, brown lettering-piece ruled and lettered gilt; oil-marbled end-papers. Title-page embrowned and with small chip to lower fore-corner; a little scattered light foxing and marking, chiefly of early leaves; a few small corners turned; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy. Very scarce.

GB £2,600.00

US $3,432.00


Despite the unpromising title, a very readable epistolary novel in the manner of Richardson (whose ‘Pamela’ is mentioned in the text), and an essay in detective fiction precursive in its method of Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Mystery of Mary Roget’ — taking as its subject-matter and structural principle the events surrounding the (temporary) disappearance of an eighteen year old girl, Elizabeth Canning, and the subsequent investigations which culminated: first in the trial of a notorious bawd, Mother Wells, and a gypsy, Mary Squires, for robbing and imprisoning her at the former’s house in Enfield Wash (an area which seems not greatly to have changed its character in the last quarter millenium or so!); and subsequently in the trial and conviction of the girl herself for perjury. The persona writing the letters claims to have visited the alleged scene of the imprisonment — and other places involved in the development of the story — and also to have interviewed witnesses; but the main part of the novel is concerned with the development and analysis of the evidence, in real time, as it came to be presented through the medium of the pamphlet and newspaper war that surrounded the trials, the statements, depositions, etc. of the principals and witnesses, or at the Court hearings themselves. Most of the documents referred to are presented either in footnotes or in the body of the text (including full transcripts of the two ‘Informations’ given before Henry Fielding, and witnessed by him in his capacity of magistrate, which are referred to, but not transcribed, in his own pamphlet on the Canning affair). Besides its interest as a novel, and the fact that it is possibly the earliest example in fiction of an analytical method applied to a series of criminous events, it offers the fullest contemporary presentation of the circumstances surrounding these two celebrated trials, and presents a very credible argument for its conclusions. Anonymous as it is, it was advertised at the time as having been compiled by a society in Charge of Canning’s case — a statement which should not be taken as meaning her defence. Not in Block, Hubin, or Summers; Raven, 267; ESTC T144508; British Library, Oxford, Wellcome, Cambridge, National Trust, and Leeds copies only on COPAC.

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Twentieth Century Detective Fiction.


CREASEY (John). A kind of prisoner. The 29th Adventure of Department Z. Hodder and Stoughton, 1954. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.191+[i (publisher’s ‘John Creasey’ device)]; dull cerise fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked black on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on front paste-down (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a pictorial dust-wrapper with one short closed tear at head of spine strengthened with tissue on verso.

GB £85.00

US $112.20


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.99. Published two years later in America as ‘The Beauty Queen Killer’.

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Nineteenth Century General Fiction.


WETHERELL (Elizabeth [i.e., Susan Bogert Warner]). The Wide, wide world. By Elizabeth Wetherell. London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row; And Edinburgh, 1852. F’cap 8vo; inserted fine wood-engraved frontispiece and conjugate vignette title, on very thick paper, with tissue guard, follow half-title; letterpress title-page; pp.[vi (not including engraved leaves)]+[5]-717+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted Catalogue, 16pp., not dated, at end; bright blue ripple-grain cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; a little unobtrusive staining and foxing in text; in effect, however, a nice copy of a book not calculated to survive well.

GB £60.00

US $79.20


The first complete English one-volume edition of a title first published in America in December 1850 (but dated 1851). An ‘adapted’ edition “edited by a Clergyman of the Church of England” was issued, according to Blanck, in two volumes in December, 1851 or January, 1852 by Sampson Low; and an edition also in two volumes, with an added Preface by Anna Warner, by James Nisbet and Co. in August, 1852. The present edition was issued in November 1852. It has also been seen in a similar green cloth. No copy in Wolff, who does list other of her works; COPAC records copies only at the British Library and Manchester; Blanck, 21253, refers.

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Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction.


CREASEY (John). The flood. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1956. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.191+[i (advertisements)]; glazed scarlet fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked black on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on title-page (v. note); otherwise a virtually fine copy in a period pictorial dust-wrapper with a single vertical crease on front panel, close to the spine.

GB £80.00

US $105.60


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Possibly a bound proof: the dust-wrapper looks hand-folded. Published at 10s 6d Net. The seventh Dr. Palfrey novel, not published in America until 1969. Excellent science-fiction disaster novel of the mad scientist variety. Hubin, p.100; not om Locke’s ‘Spectra’.

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Twentieth Century Detective Fiction.


CREASEY (John). Accident for Inspector West. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1957. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect bound; pp.191+[i (advertisements)]; dull mid-green fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered, ruled, and blocked gilt on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on front end-paper (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a fine period pictorial dust-wrapper with unobtrusive ink number on spine.

GB £80.00

US $105.60


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. A particularly atmospheric dust-wrapper illustration. Hubin, p.99. Published two years later in America as ‘Hit and Run’.

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Nineteenth Century Prose Literature.


FELLOWES (W.D., Esq.). A Visit To the Monastery of La Trappe, In 1817: With Notes Taken during a tour through Le Perche, Normandy, Bretagne, Poitou, Anjou, Le Bocage, Touraine, Orleonois, and The environs of Paris. By W.D. Fellowes, Esq. Illustrated with numerous coloured engravings, From drawings made on the spot. London: Printed for William Stockdale, 181, Piccadilly, 1818. Med 8vo; half-title probably not called for; fine mezzotint frontispiece, and fourteen plates, all beautifully hand-coloured, and one etching (not coloured), All by I. Clark after W.D. Fellowes; pp.xii+188; later, probably Edwardian, brown glazed linen, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. marbled. Slight fading to sides visible only because of two small darker patched where label has been cleanly removed; wood-engraved bookplate of Woolwich Public Library, by George Baker, dated 1926, on front pastedown; unobtrusive perforated stamp on upper fore-margin of title-page, and later ‘Withdrawn’ stamp on top margin; a little scattered foxing and other small marks in text; otherwise a very nice copy with large margins: offered cheaply because of the perforated stamp.

GB £65.00

US $85.80




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Twentieth Century Prose Literature.


WOOLF (Leonard). The village In the jungle. By L.S. Woolf. London, Edward Arnold, 1913. Half-title not called for; conjugate leaf with dedication (‘To V.W.’) follows title-page; 8pp. publisher’s catalogue at end, not dated; royal blue linen-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed. Slight rubbing to covers; gilt of title on front cover somewhat flaked, possibly by the removal of a label, but author’s name unaffected; end-papers a little embrowned; small ownership stamp on front pastedown; a fine copy internally of a book that is surprisingly scarce.

GB £145.00

US $191.40


This copy has the earlier catalogue, listing titles under the heading ‘New Fiction’ that were scheduled for publication in October, 1912. It does not list the present title. Copies are also known with a 16pp. catalogue dated ‘February, 1913’, the month of publication. This may or may not be an issue point, depending on the exact date of publication and how early the catalogues were delivered to the binder, but it seems likely that copies with the present 8pp. catalogue were the earliest bound. A second edition, so designated, was issued in 1913, and a third in 1914.

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Nineteenth Century Prose Literature.


ELIOT (George [i.e., Marian Evans]). George Eliot’s life As Related in her letters And journals. Arranged and edited by her husband J[ohn].W[alter]. Cross. In three volumes. Vol.[I. A new edition (probably added by overprinting: v. note)]; II.; III.] William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1885. All Rights reserved. 3 Vols.; volume one with engraved portrait frontispiece and one plate printed on India paper and laid on, and four other plates, all with tissue guards; half-title excised before issue and replaced with a cancellation slip bearing the intended text (v. note); volume two with engraved portrait frontispiece printed on India paper and laid on, with tissue guard, and double-spread folding facsimile; volume three with frontispiece and two plates with tissue guards; integral advertisement leaf at end (verso blank); twelve line errata slip tipped in at end of Index; pp.[iii]-[xvi]+484; [viii]+449+[i (printer’s imprint)]+stub to which facsimile is attached; [viii]+470+[ii]; brownish grey diagonally fine ribbed very small patterned cloth ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated very dark brown. Very slight rubbing to covers; neat ownership inscription dated 1885 on upper margin of title-page in volume one; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $85.80


It appears that the book as originally printed had an erroneous half-title page, which was cancelled, and the tipped-in slip here present in volume one, printed with the intended text both on the recto and verso, substituted for it. Copies are also known with a similar slip present in all three volumes, the use of a slip rather than a full cancel leaf being explicable as an economy measure since slips for all three volumes could be printed on a single leaf. What the error was is perhaps deducible: the specific titles to each volume [Vol.I. — Unknown; Vol.II. — Famous; Vol.III. — Sunset] appear only on the recto of the half-titles, and it seems probable that they were omitted in the original printing, either by oversight or because they had not yet been envisaged. The useful inscription on the title-page of volume one of the present set makes clear that it was issued at the same time as the corrected issue much more usually seen. Corrected first state of volume one; and the first regularly issued state of volumes two and three, later copies being bound up without the advertisement leaf at the end of volume three. The cloth grain is very odd. It possibly corresponds to that listed by Ball from one example of 1886 as ‘diagonal fancy ribbed’. The minute pattern appears to consist of a series of recessed elipses crossed by a diagonal fine thread running against the diagonal of the ribs, which are formed themselves by the concurrent thickened walls between the sharper curves of the elipses.

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Nineteenth Century General Fiction.


[SULLIVAN (Arabella Jane).]. Recollections Of A chaperon. Edited by Lady Dacre. In three volumes. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, (Successor to Henry Colburn.), 1833. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; bound up without half-titles; contemporary half morocco faced roan, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine, matching marbled sides and edges, end-papers faced light brown. Repairs to leather of spines, with loss of tooling at head of volume one; marbling on sides darkened and a little rubbed; leather of corners a trifle worn; early owner’s name in ink on upper margin of each title-page, and a few scattered light marks in text; nonetheless a very good copy of a scarce title.

GB £135.00

US $178.20


Well-written, intelligent and perceptive short novels, some of them proto-feminist, the last involving detection and a trial. The title is not inspiring, but the book does not deserve to be as unknown as it is. Sadleir, 3160; Wolff, 1707 (also a rebound copy, but with half-titles). Lady Dacre was the writer’s mother.

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Antiquarian General Literature.


GAY (Mr.[John]). Achilles. An Opera. As it is Perform’d at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden. Written by the late Mr. Gay. With the Musick prefix’d to each Song. London: Printed for J. Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court, near Lincoln’s-Inn-Fields, 1733. Price One Shilling and Six Pence. Cr.8vo format, not watermarked; half-title present; two leaves integral advertisements at end, dated ‘February 28, 1733’, last page blank; pp.[viii]+68+[iii]+[i]; A4, B — E8, F4; stabbed and sewn through as issued; tipped into old, perhaps contemporary, blue wrappers, cut flush. Wrappers a trifle chipped and frayed; early signature on upper fore-corner of half-title; very slight staining to half-title and final page, possibly from contact with the wrappers; light embrowning to a couple of gatherings towards the end; second advertisement leaf with three small holes either caused by silverfish or an original paper flaw, and affecting one letter of text; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £200.00

US $264.00


The probable first issue, priced on the half-title and title pages. There is another issue that doesn’t have the price. Gay’s last ballad-opera, written some five years after he originated the genre, and containing fifty-four songs. NCBEL, 2:498; not in the extensive Rothschild collection in either issue; Wise, Ashley Library, II, p.143, listing the priced issue.

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Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction.


WIELAND (C[hristopher]. M[artin]. von) and CHRISTMAS (Henry). The Republic of Fools: Being The history Of the State and people of Abdera, In Thrace. Translated from the German of C. M. von Wieland, By Henry Christmas, M.A., F.R.S., Etc., etc., etc. In two volumes. London: Wm. H. Allen & Co., 7, Leadenhall Street, 1861. 2 Vols., globe 12mo; half-title not called for in volume two, present in volume one; pp.[2]+xiv+312; viii+311+[i (blank)]; bevelled green diagonally very fine ribbed cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, ruled and blocked blind on sides; t.e. uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate. Slight wrinkling to spine and gilt rule rubbed at extreme tail of volume one; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

GB £210.00

US $277.20


Apparently the only translation into English of ‘Geschichte der Abdiriten’ first published serially in Germany between 1773 and 1779, and, slightly expanded as here, in volume form, in 1780. Pp.247-260 of volume two contain ‘The Key to the Abderite History’ by the author, whilst pp.[261]-311 are occupied by a ‘Note on Philosophical Romance’ by the translator, who regards the book as a satirical novel after the manner of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. The probable first binding, copies also being known in an evidently cheaper vertically fine-ribbed red cloth, not bevelled, and differently blocked in gilt and blind both on the spine and front cover.

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Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama.


LYTTON (Sir Edward Bulwer, Bart.). Not so bad as we seem; Or, Many sides to a character. A Comedy in Five Acts. As first performed at Devonshire House, In the presence of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness The Prince Albert. London: Published for the Guild of Literature and Art, By Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1851. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; post 8vo leaf dated ‘May 16th’, bearing instructions for performance of the play, tipped in after Dedication leaf. Contemporary, possibly original, quarter purple fine-diaper cloth, not lettered, marbled sides. Small chips to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine; boards worn at corners and a little rubbed; prelims. very slightly foxed and some light dust-marking to margins; in general a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £160.00

US $211.20


CBEL, III, p.476; Sadleir, 425, noting that the “Single leaf of instructions . . . for performance of the play . . . was probably written by Charles Dickens who acted as producer.” The inserted Prospectus for the Guild of Literature and Art found at the end of some copies is not here present. The play was written and produced for the benefit of the ill-fated Guild, and acted by a cast which included Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Forster, R.H. Horne, Douglas Jerrold, Charles Knight, Mark Lemon, Tenniel, etc. It was the acceptance by Collins of the part of Smart, the Butler, which led to his first meeting Dickens and their subsequent lifelong friendship.

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Antiquarian General Literature.


STEELE (Sir Richard). The Conscious Lovers. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane, By His Majesty’s Servants. Written by Sir Richard Steele. London: Printed for J. Tonson at Shakespeare’s Head over- Against Katharine-Street in the Strand, 1723. Demy 8vo (watermark uninterpretable); half-title apparently not called for; pp.[xvi]+86+[ii (Epilogue)]; disbound, otherwise fine.

GB £75.00

US $99.00


ESTC identifies seven different settings of the text, differentiated by variant press figures. In the present copy p.11 has the press figure ‘4’, p.16 ‘2’, p.47 ‘6’, and p.48. ‘2’. Early marginal corrections have been made neatly in ink om pp.59 (‘rather’ for ‘ather’, l.29) and 83 (‘then’ for ‘than’, l.5). NCBEL, 2:191

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Twentieth Century Detective Fiction.


LE QUEUX (William). The Place of dragons. A mystery. By William Le Queux Author of “In White Raiment,” “If Sinners Entice Thee,” “The Room of Secrets,” etc. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1916. Half-tone frontispiece printed in sepia; pp.319+[i (blank)]; deep blue-green smooth linen, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Slight wear to extremities of spine; first and last few leaves, end-papers, and edges foxed; back free end-paper damaged by adherence to paste-down (an original binding fault); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $59.40


A scarce title possibly printed short because of paper shortages during the First World War, but one of Le Queux’s better titles, with an impenetrable mystery, well worked out. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.253, giving the title in error as ‘The Place of the Dragons’, and recording no American printing; COPAC lists the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and National Library of Wales copies only.

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Yellowbacks.


OUIDA [i.e., Louise de la Ramée]. Moths By Ouida Author of “Puck,” “Tricotrin,” “Strathmore,” etc. A new edition. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, N.D. [1881]. Half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf (verso blank), followed at end by publisher’s catalogue, 32pp., dated August, 1881; pp.[iv]+412+[ii]; pale yellow glazed boards printed in red, green, and black; yellow end-papers printed with commercial advertisements. End-papers foxed, with offsetting onto title-page and last leaf of catalogue, and edges foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $59.40


The first yellowback edition of a title published originally in three volumes in 1880. Wolff, 5333a, recording a copy with advertisements dated May, 1885; Sadleir, 3647, recording a copy with advertisements dated 1893.

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Literary Criticism, Academic Texts, etc.


ALEXANDER (Mrs. [i.e. Mrs. Alexander HECTOR, née FRENCH]). Her dearest foe. A Novel. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited; New York: The Macmillan Company, 1899. Double post 16mo; half-title with series advertisement om verso; 4pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with prelims.; pp.[iv]+500+[iv]; blue smooth cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Very slight rubbing to cloth of sides; end-papers foxed; poor quality paper marginally embrowned throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $39.60


Issued according to the series advertisement as volume 12 of ‘Macmillan’s Two Shilling Library’ and published, according to its fortnightly schedule, in May, 1899 (four volumes being published each month, two at a time), this being the latest volume “Ready". A further twelve titles are advertised as scheduled, with their prospective dates of publication. This title was first printed in ‘The Temple Bar Magazine’ as a serial in 1875-6, and by Bentley in 1876 as a three-decker. COPAC records copies of this edition at Exeter University, Newcastle, and Trinity College Dublin only.

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Twentieth Century Prose Literature.


KELMAN (Janet Harvey). Srories from Chaucer Told to the children by Janet Harvey Kelman With pictures by W[illiam]. Heath Robinson. London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 34 Henrietta Street, W.C. And Edinburgh, N.D. [c.1905]. Med.16mo in half-sheets; half/series title; full colour frontispiece and seven plates by W. Heath Robinson; woodcut vignette on title-page; final blank; pp.[xii]+114+[ii]; light grey-green smooth linen, lettered, blocked, and with ruled frame, gilt on spine and front cover, recessed full-colour only by W. Heath Robinson on front cover; t.e.gilt, others uncut; bronze silk marker. A very little foxing to extremes of some large uncut edges; neat ownership inscription dated ‘10.July.1908’ on back of front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy of a very handsome volume.

GB £40.00

US $52.80


Issued as a volume of the ‘Told to the Children Series’ under the editoeship of Louey Chisholm. Rogerson, 18.a.

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Nineteenth Century Prose Literature.


HOWITT (William). The Northern heights of London Or Historical Associations Of Hampstead, Highgate, Muswell Hill, Hornsey, and Islington. By William Howitt, Author of Visits to remarkable places.’ [sic] London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1869. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, integral advertisement leaf at rnd; fine wood-engraved headpieces and vignettes in the text, by O. Jewitt; pp.[ii]+xxvi+590+2; green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Slight wear to extreme tail of spine with some rubbing to gilt rules; backs of end-papers foxed, with offsetting onto front blank and terminal advertisement leaf, and a few fox-spots on large uncut edges; old, probably contemporary, ownership inscription (‘Percival Lloyd / Muswell Hill’) on upper margin of title page; closed tear to one blank fore-margin; otherwise, and in effect, a fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $118.80


The first issue, later copies having a 24pp. publisher’s catalogue inserted at end, and a slip advertising an 1871 title, ‘The Mad War Planet’, tipped-in between the front end-papers. A very heavy book, printed on chalk-surfaced paper, and rarely found near-fine in original cloth. NCBEL, 3:1287.

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Twentieth Century Prose Literature.


LANG (Andrew). The Red romance book Edited by Andrew Lang. With eight coloured plates And numerous illustrations by H.J. Ford. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London, New York and Bombay, 1905. All rights reserved. Frontispiece with tissue guard and seven plates, all in full colour; numerous illustrations in the text, some full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.xii+372; scarlet buckram ruled and blocked blind on front cover with a design by H.J. Ford, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow and printed with illustrations in red by Ford. Two small holes to cloth of sides due to silverfish, gilt slightly rubbed on front cover; ownership inscription dated July 1910 on half-title; otherwise a very nice, crisp, copy.

GB £200.00

US $264.00


The first binding, later copies having the rules and blocking on the front cover in blind and being in a slightly lighter coloured cloth.

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Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction.


INCHBALD (Mrs. [Elizabeth]). A Simple story. In Four volumes. By Mrs. Inchbald. London: Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster [Paternoster in volume two] Row, 1791.
4 Vols., f’cap 16mo in half sheets; half-title in each volume; integral blank at end of volume two; 8pp. integral advertisements at end of volume four, continuing the signatures; [ ]2, A4, C-I, K-P8, Q5; [A]2, B-I, K-R8; [A]2, B-I, K-O8, [ ]1; [A]2, B-I, K8, L7, M4; pp.[iv]+vii+[i (blank)]+233+[i (nine entry Errata to First Volume)]; [iv]+253+[i (fourteen entry Errata to Second Volume)]+[ii]; [iv]+209+[i (five entry Errata)]; [iv]+157+[i (six line Errata)]+[viii]; contemporary full tree-calf, spine ruled and tooled gilt, with red lettering-piece and dark green numbering piece bearing red oval onlay in centre carrying the volume number; binder’s blanks at front an back. Some joints cracked, but firm on the cords and end-papers; insignificant insect damage to spine and heads and tails of joint in one volume, not affecting end-papers or text; otherwise a fine copy internally.


GB £750.00

US $990.00


The second state of text in which gathering E in volume three is correctly imposed. (A very scarce first state exists in which it has been wrongly imposed). A blank may be lacking at the end of volume one, but has been so in every copy we have seen; the missing L8 in volume four is presumably the unsigned leaf at the end of volume three. Minor differences in style (such as the presence or absence of taper rules on the half title, or the corresponding use of commas rather than full stops to divide the letters of the Roman figure date on the title-page) suggest that the text was distributed between two printers, one setting volumes one and two, the other volumes three and four. NCBEL, 2: 843; CBEL, II, p.472; ESTC, T134770; Block, p.118; Raven & Forster, 1791:41: none of the above listing variants; this title not in Rothschild. “‘A Simple Story’ explores in much greater psychological depth issues and behavioural patterns that also preoccupied her in her plays... its overall effect is to disturb eighteenth-century complacency about the benevolence of paternal power in a way Inchbald’s dramas did not’ — ODNB.

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Yellowbacks.


[HEMYNG (Samuel Bracebridge)]. [Cover title:] Eton school days By An old Etonian. London: John Maxwell & Co. Fleet St., N.D. [1865]. F’cap 8vo; the glazed yellow paper cover printed on front cover and spine in green, red, and black, on back cover with publisher’s advertisements in black, pasted over the original cloth of the third volume of a three volume novel, ‘The Forest and the fortress. A romance of the 19th century. By Laura Jerwy’, published by T.C. Newby in 1850 [v. note]. Chips to paper at head and tail of spine, and over back joint; paper of spine dusty, that of sides slightly so.

GB £40.00

US $52.80


This may have been made up in Maxwell’s office to give them an idea of what the finished volume would look like, or as a traveller’s sample for the same purpose, or it may have been made up for them by the binder, or, less probably, the printer, as a stage of proof. Today bound blanks are sometimes made up in the same way by the binders, but in those days, and up into the 1920s, bookbinders acted as unpaid warehousemen holding sets of sheets waiting for a binding call and also, probably, file copies to keep a record of how a volume was intended to be bound. This may have been one such copy, not needed after twenty years, but the right size, and used up thriftily for the sample of how the yellowback would look. Though the paper is cracked or lacking over the back joint, over the front joint, except at the head and tail where there are chips, it is entirely solid and shows that that the sides and spine were applied as a single sheet. The design of the original binding shows through as slight indentations in the paper, and also at the tail of the spine where the chiiped area allows the colour and texture of the cloth to be seen, and also part of the volume number, an ornamental rule, and the word ‘London’, all in gilt at the extreme tail. It is unfortunate that we have here only volume three of the Jerwy novel, which is rare, the only traceable copy being that in the British Library. The date of the overlay is provided by a listing in the London Library Catalogue.

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Nineteenth Century General Fiction.


REID (Capt. Mayne). Afloat in the forest. By Capt. Mayne Reid, Author of “The Rifle Rangers,” “The Boy Slaves,” “The Ocean Waifs,” etc etc. London: Charles H. Clarke, 13, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1866]. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; title leaf and first leaf of final gathering (signed ‘BB’) both single insets, presumably printed conjugate (that gathering having otherwise but seven leaves); pp.[ii]+382; lightly glazed yellow boards printed pictorially on front board and in series style on spine, in red, green, and black, on back board with advertisements for Clarke’s series ‘The Mayne Reid Library’ (twelve titles not including this), in black; end-papers printed in red on facing surfaces with advertisements for Chapman and Hall’s ‘Select Library of Fiction’, with single-leaf advertisement for the same, printed in black, tipped-in between front end-papers. 5mm chip to paper (but not underlying muslin) at head of spine, and slight wear to paper at tail and over joints; armorial bookplate on front paste-down; welcome pencilled ownership inscription for the same dated ‘24th May 1866’ on title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $211.20


Apparently published simultaneously in cloth at 3s. 6d. and in boards, as here, at 2s. A rare title not in Sadleir or the extensive Wolff collection of this author; COPAC records only two copies: one 17cm., presumably in cloth, at Cambridge, and one 16cm, as here, at Exeter.

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Nineteenth Century General Fiction.


[RIDGE (W. Pett).]. Eighteen Of Them — Singular Stories By Warwick Simpson. London, Published by The Leadenhall Press, Ltd.; 50, Leadenhall Street, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd: New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 & 745, Broadway, N.D. [1894]. Sm.cr.8vo, printed on thick paper; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; 16pp. integral advertisements followed by two integral blanks, at end; pp.250+[ii (acknowledgments, verso blank)]+[16]+[iv]; folding advertisement for ‘Stickphast Paste’ tipped onto p.14 of advertisements; pale grey coarse morocco cloth, ruled and blocked black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered gilt on front cover, down-lettered black on spine; t.e.grey, lower-edges uncut. Some light dust-marking to covers and slight fading to cloth of spine; owners neat ink inscription “A L / Dec. 1894” and two minute self-caricatures in pencil on front end-paper; a few creases where corners have been turned; small abrasions to one page with loss of all or part of half-a-dozen scattered letters; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $145.20


Pett Ridge’s very scarce first book, published pseudonymously. Fantasy involving talking horses, statues, etc., recounting what they have observed. Two of the stories involve cricketers. Young, 1894.2; NCBEL 4:722.

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Nineteenth Century General Fiction.


ANONYMOUS. The Tenants at Tinkers’ End. A tale. London: John Henry and Jas. Parker, 377, Strand, N.D. [1855]. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece signed with monogram ‘GF’engraved by O. Jewitt; pp.iv+156; deep pink boards printed in black, the front board bearing a reproduction of the frontispiece, the back board series advertisements, the spine up-lettered with title only; end-papers printed with publisher’s advertisements. Piece (50mm) chipped from head of spine with loss of most of ‘D’ of ‘END’; insignificant dusting to some margins; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title, rare in its original dress.

GB £90.00

US $118.80


Though the series name does not appear on the volume it was issued according to the Oxford and Cambridge records as volume No.12 in the series ‘Tales for the Young Men and Women of England.’ According to the notice on the back board the Series was to be continued Monthly “A new Part containing one or more Tales on the First of each Month.” In the list of the series “Now Ready. Price 1s. each.” this is given as the latest volume published, with ‘Windycote Hall’ planned for the following month. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; COPAC records copies at the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, and the National Library of Scotland only.

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Nineteenth Century General Fiction.


PRINSEP (Val[entine Cameron]). Virginie. A tale of one hundred years ago. By Val Prinsep, Associate of the Royal Academy. In three volumes. London: Longmans, Green, and Co. And New York: 15 East 16th Street, 1890. (All rights reserved.) 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in each volume, blank at end in volumes one and two; publisher’s inserted catalogue, 16pp., at end of volume three, coded ‘25,000/11/90’; smooth lilac cloth, lettered and with rule, gilt, on spine, lettered black on front cover; a.e. uncut; end-papers faced black. Lettering rubbed on front covers and covers marked and damp-stained; back end-papers of volume two somewhat scuffed; extendive light soiling to text; sound and usable however: a very good reading or working copy. Very scarce.

GB £55.00

US $72.60


An intelligent and well-researched historical novel set before and during the French Revolution. Wolff, 5657, recording a ‘soiled’ copy in smooth cloth he describes as pale blue-grey, with dark blue lettering on front cover, volume one without the initial blank and with a 16pp. catalogue dated ‘12/90’ at the end, but none in volume three; not in Sadleir; rather surprisingly, not in Baker; COPAC records copies at the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, the National Library of Scotland, and the London Library only; Worldcat adds only New York University, Emory, Texas, and Sydney.

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Nineteenth Century General Fiction.


OLIPHANT (Mrs. [Margaret]). John: A love story. By Mrs Oliphant, Author of ‘Chronicles of Carlingford,’ etc. In two volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1870. The Right of Translation is reserved. Cr.8vo (probably, but trimmed); half-titles not present and possibly not called for, but blank or advertisement leaf lacking at end of volume two; single inseet title-pages, that to volume oone probably printed conjugate with first leaf of final gathering; pp.[ii]+317+[i (blank)]; [ii]+324; recent quarter pale green calf, old cream paper-covered sides; cream paper spine label printed in black. Very slight marking to boards; unobtrusive repairs to old end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy. Apparently very scarce.

GB £250.00

US $330.00


Not to be confused with the 1851 title ‘John Drayton’. NCBEL, 3:955; not in Wolff (who found 85 of her 95 titles: v. note, Wolff, Vol. 3, p.217), or in Sadleir (who found 62); COPAC lists only the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and London Library copies. Sadleir notes the general high level of scarcity of Mrs. Oliphant’s fictions.

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Twentieth Century Detective Fiction.


BEEDING (Francis). There are Thirteen. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.271+[i (blank)]; dark red cloth ruled and lettered white on spine and front cover, blocked with publisher’s monogram white on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper stained a little on verso, and a trifle rubbed at extreme tail of spine.

GB £55.00

US $72.60


The publisher’s file copy, only identified as such by a pencilled number on the front end-paper. Hubin, p.28. A General Granby/John Orton story.

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Twentieth Century Detective Fiction.


BENTLEY (E.C.). Elephant’s Work: An enigma. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1950. Sm.cr.8vo; two integral advertisement leaves at end (verso of second blank); pp.252+[iv]; dark red cloth lettered and blocked with publisher’s monogram white on spine. Rubber-stamp and inked number on front end-paper (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in torn and frayed, but virtually complete, dust-wrapper with one small chip at lower corner of spine, and strengthened unobtrusively on verso with matching paper.

GB £70.00

US $92.40


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Bentley’s ‘shocker’, suggested originally by John Buchan, to whose memory the story is dedicated. Hubin, p.31.
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Twentieth Century Detective Fiction.


CREASEY (John). The Black Spiders. The 30th story of Department Z. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1957. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect bound; pp.191+[i (advertisement)]; scarlet fine-cloth-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked black on spine. Rubber-stamp and ink number on half-title page (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in a mint pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $105.60


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp. Hubin, p.99. Not published in America until 1975.EC z

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Antiquarian General Literature.


[MAURICE (Thomas)]. Grove-Hill, A Descriptive Poem, With An ode to Mithra, By the Author of Indian Antiquities. [Vignette] The Engravings on Wood by J. Anderson, from Drawings by G. Samuel. London: Printed by T. Bensley, For John and Arthur Arch, Gracechurch-street, And J. Wright, Piccadilly, 1799. Demy 4to format, watermarked ‘1794 / J. Whatman’; half-title present; fine vignette title-page; fifteen inserted plates on plate-paper; binder’s blank at end; pp.[viii]+76; [-], A2, B — I, K4, L2; modern brown boards, brown lettering-piece ruled and down-lettered gilt; marbled edges. Pale pinkish offsetting onto plate-paper (possibly the result of a chemical reaction of the printer’s ink with the paper), and offsetting also from one or two of the plates; a very little light dusting, passim, and two pages stained at inner margins, suggesting dye from the original marker; nonetheless a crisp and virtually fine copy.

GB £225.00

US $297.00


Beautifully printed by Bensley on thick hand-made paper, and with excellent sharp engravings. ESTC, T085697

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