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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[LYTTON (Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord).]. The Last of the barons. By The author of “Rienzi.” In three volumes. London, Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street, 1843. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; blank conjugate with first leaf of Dedicatory Epistle and half-title with quotation on verso precede title-page, and leaf of Errata to volumes one and two precedes B1, in volume one, leaf headed ‘Note to Vol.I’ and conjugate integral advertisement leaf at end; half-title with note relating to circulating libraries and the ‘New Copyright Act’ on verso precedes title-page in volume two, leaf headed ‘Note to Vol.II.’ followed by conjugate integral advertisement leaf at end; half-title with advertisement for Lytton’s Works on verso precedes title-page in volume three; pp.[2]+xxix+[1 (blank)]+[ii (verso blank)]+314+2; [iv]+370+[ii]; [iv]+487+[i (blank)]; quarter purple very fine diaper cloth, drab boards, paper spine labels. Labels somewhat chipped and cloth slightly worn at extremities of spine; free end-papers to volume one replaced at an early date, and last two leaves of that volume bound in upside down; some light foxing and marking passim (but chiefly in volume one); small chip to blank fore-margin of M11 in volume one; a very good copy.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


Agrees in binding and the placement of the Errata leaf with Sadleir 415a (i.e., copy II), and Wolff, 941. In this copy, however, leaf B5 (marked B3) in volume one is a cancel pasted onto a stub, as are B4, B5, B11, C7, D11, F9, and G7 in volume two: all the above being helpfully marked by the printer with the volume number. Sadleir does not notice this in either of his copies. In volume one, and also not noted by sadleir, the closing quotation mark after “Rienzi” lacks a comma. It seems possible therefore that the present copy represents an early state of text. The binding, however is almost certainly secondary (as Sadleir’s ordering appears to assume), for in volume three the outside pages of a number of gatherings are uniformly embrowned, suggesting a lengthy period of waiting at the binders after they had been folded.
Ref: CRT102075



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

McCARTHY (Justin Huntly). The Thousand and One Days. Persian tales Edited by Justin Huntly McCarthy. In two volumes. With a frontispiece by Stanley L. Wood. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1892. 2 Vols.; heliogravure frontispiece from a pen and wash drawing, with tissue guard, in each volume; leaf bearing publisher’s woodcut device on recto, blank on verso, at end of volume one; blank before half-title in volume two; pp.[xii]+281+[i (blank)]+[ii]; [viii]+288; publisher’s half parchment, lettered and with ruled box, dark red, on spine, drab board sides; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed. Spines and edges of covers a little foxed and darkened; damp stain to blank top margin of one plate; small circular label on front cover of volume two bearing what may be either a shelf-mark of an old auctioneer’s ticet; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Presentation copy with the author’s signed holograph presentation inscription to poet and essayist Austin Dobson on the half-title of volume one. Dobson, as was often his habit, has pasted three slips from contemporary booksellers catalogues to the front pastedown in volume one, with pen annotations of date and origin. It appears from this that the book was published at 12s., but new copies were available in 1895 and 1896 at half-price or slightly less. The excellently reproduced frontispieces were printed in Paris by Lemercier. Not is Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT118735



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MAC DONALD (George). Malcolm. By George Mac Donald Author of “Robert Falconer,” “Phantastes,” etc., etc. In three volumes. Henry S. King & Co. 65, Cornhill; & 12, Pateernoster Row, London, 1875. 3 Vols., Post 8vo; pp.[viii]+286+[ii (blank)]; [viii]+317+[i (blank)]; [viii]+355+[i (blank)]; diagonally very fine ribbed bright green cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore-edges uncut; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Slight wear to spines and corners, and slight evidence that the edges of the spines have been reglued; scattered spotting and dusting or fingering to margins; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a very scarce title.

GB £875.00

US $1,181.25


Not in the Sadleir or the later Wolff collection, though listed in the first Wolff collection as no.20.

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Ref: CRT120779



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MAC DONALD (George). A rough shaking. With twelve page illustrations By W. Parkinson. Blackie & Son, Limited, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin, 1891 [i.e., Autumn, 1890]. Imp.16mo in half-sheets; half-tone frontispiece and eleven plates; pp.384; publisher’s inserted 32pp. undated Catalogue at end; bevelled sage-green buckram, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked dark green, dark brown, and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled dark brown and gilt, blocked dark green, dark brown, and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. olivine; end-papers faced red-chocolate. Very slight general rubbing of cloth; inscription dated ‘Dec 25th 1890’ on half-title; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title.

GB £230.00

US $310.50


The dedication is dated August 26th, 1890, and the book was probably issued in September (though the English Catalogue records it as advertised in October). This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4302, describing an undated reprint he mistakes for the first.
Ref: CRT102095



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[MACHEN (Arthur).]. The heptameron or tales and novels of Marguerite Queen of Navarre now first Completely done into English prose and Verse from the original French by Arthur Machen. Privately Printed [Dryden Press, London], 1886. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; initial blank; portrait frontispiece and eight plates (v. note); pp.[2]+[xviii]+392; quarter cream paper, spine with five raised bands (v. note), label printed in red and black, saxe-blue board sides; a.e. uncut. Strongly rebacked with paper in imitation of the original, and preserving the original label; end-papers foxed, with offsetting; in general effect, however, a very nice copy.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


Goldstone & Sweetser, A56a, describing the spine as having “four raised bands over the cords": it has had five in every copy we have seen, and they are fakes, not covering functional cords but laid-on strips of cardboard. Danielson, p.5, remarking that the plates “are frequently missing” and erroneously liting that to face p.144 as facing 174. The author’s first translation, and second book, preceded only by ‘The Anatomy of Tobacco’ published in 1884, and an 1881 pamphlet only one copy of which is known to exist. Goldstone & Sweetser describe the plates as ‘etchings’: they look to us like drypoints. The translation was based, according to p.xvi of the Translator’s Preface, on the 1858 French edition of M. Paul Lacroix. (The Goldstone & Sweetser note reprints a statement by John Gawsworth that “this translation was made from the French of Paul Lacroix, 1858-79 and Felix Frank, 1879” which is either founded on a misreading of the Translator’s Preface or a misremembering of it). In this copy p.xvi, l.21, has the reading ‘worki s’ for ‘work is’, not noted by Goldstone & Sweetser: state or issue significance, if any undetermined.
Ref: CRT102101



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MACKENZIE (Fergus [i.e., James Anderson]). The humours Of Glenbruar. London: Gay & Bird / Edin ang Glas.: J. Menzies & Co. ABERDEEN: D. Wyllie & Son, 1894 [i.e., Winter 1893]. Two blanks before half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; pp.[xii (not paginated)]+227+[i (blank)]; bevelled light and dark streaked fawn buckram, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled box on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Slight darkening to cloth of spine, but a near-fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Presentation copy with a possibly authorial presentation inscription, initialed ‘F.M’, and dated ‘Dec. 1893’, on the front end-paper. Short stories in dialect, reprinted from periodicals (‘The Independent and Nonconformist’ and ‘The People’s Friend’). Printed as well as published in Aberdeen. The author’s second book. The final gathering, ‘Q’, consists of a conjugate pair, and was evidently printed conjugate with the prelims. The arrangement remains, however, somewhat odd, since binding would have easier if the half-title and title had been printed to fall conjugate with the author’s Note and Contents leaves instead of the two blanks, when the latter could have been left out. As it is the author’s Note and Contents are included as a conjugate pair. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; COPAC records the British Library, National Library of Scotland, Trinity College Dublin, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh copies only.
Ref: CRT118552



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

M‘LAREN (Jessie). Neil Willox: A Story of Edinburgh in the Days of Queen Marie. Edinburgh: Oliphant, Anderson, & Ferrier, 1886. Half-title not present, possibly excised before issue; wood-engraved frontispiece and eight plates, all with tissue guards; 16pp. publisher’s undated advertisements, on text-paper, at end; pp.336 (the first two pages represented by a stub); bevelled deep leaf-green cloth with a design of overlapping concentric circles each cut minutely into fragments of differing design (v. note), pictorially blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered deep leaf-green and gilt cased gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt and deep leaf-green and gilt cased gilt on spine; leaf-green end-papers printed with a design of foliage in deep leaf-green. Two or three insignificant snags to cloth of spine, and slight rubbing to extremities; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £22.50

US $30.37


There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.41, 97, 99, 143, 184, 194, 269, and 285, and are here so tipped in. Several are after R. McGregor; others are signed Williamson, W.B., and J.C. The half-title has been so neatly excised it looks to have been done before issue. The cloth grain is one that we have never seen before and of which we can find no record. It has a vaguely Celtic look, and is rather pretty. Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Nield.
Ref: CRT118553



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MACLAREN (Ian [i.e., Rev. John Watson].). The Days of Auld Langsyne. Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1895. Blank at end; pp.viii+358+[ii]; bevelled rich brown art linen, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Gilt slightly dull on spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102107



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MACLAREN (Ian [i.e., Rev. John Watson].). The Days of Auld Langsyne. Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1895. Blank at end; pp.viii+358+[ii]; bevelled rich brown art linen, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Gilt slightly dull on spine; end-papers foxed, and one or two fox-spots in text; very light marginal embrowning throughout; a near-nice copy only.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102108



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MACLAREN (Ian [i.e., Rev. John Watson].). Kate Carnegie And Those Ministers. Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1896. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+409+[i (blank)]+6; bevelled rich brown art linen, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102110



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MACLAREN (Ian [i.e., Rev. John Watson].). Afterwards And Other Stories. Hodder & Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1898. Title-page printed in scarlet and black; integral advertisement leaf at end; bevelled reddish brown art linen; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102111



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MACLAREN (Ian [i.e., Rev. John Watson].). Afterwards And Other Stories. Hodder & Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1898. Title-page printed in scarlet and black; integral advertisement leaf at end; bevelled reddish brown art linen; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight foxing of prelims., but in general a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102112



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MADOX-BROWN (Oliver). The dwale bluth Hebditch’s legacy And other literary remains Of Oliver Madox-Brown Author of “Gabriel Denver” Edited by William M. Rossetti and F. Hueffer With a memoir and two portraits. Vol.I [II]. London: Tinsley Brothers, 8 Catherine Street, Strand, 1876 [i.e., December, 1875]. (All Rights Reserved). 2 Vols., tall cr.8vo; half-titles not called for; etched frontispiece in each volume by Ford Madox-Brown, with tissue guard loosely laid-in; Erratum at end of Index in volume two; pp.[ii]+296; [ii]+308; bevelled rose-madder smooth cloth, blocked gilt, lettered rose-madder-through gilt, on front cover; top- edges uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed. Slight wear to cloth at extremities of spine, and very slight fading to cloth of spine and at edges of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £1,200.00

US $1,620.00


Presentation copy from Ford Madox-Brown (as almost always), inscribed on the front end-paper of volume one, apparently in his holograph “Marion H. Spielmann Esq / From the author’s father". Beneath this has been added, presumably in Spielmann’s hand: ”(i.e.) Ford Madox Brown / 1888". The front pastedown bears Spielmann’s large wood-engraved pictorial bookplate designed by Harold Nelson. Presentation binding, possibly as always, blocked in real gold. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 880 (under Brown), and I, pp.xxiii — xxvi where he discusses Oliver Madox-Brown at some length, adding of this title: “The Dwale Bluth’ is a very scarce book.” Oliver Madox-Brown died at the age of only nineteen, having already begun to establish a reputation both in literature and art.
Ref: CRT118703



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MALLOCK (W.H.). The new Paul and Virginia; Or Positivism on an Island. By W.H. Mallock, Author of ‘The New Republic’ etc. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1878. (The right of translation is reserved) Integral advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; pp.2+vi+144; 36pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated March, 1878; diagonally fine ribbed grey-fawn cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover, ruled black and gilt, lettered and blocked with publisher’s monogram device gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; pale blue end-papers printed florally in grey. Small restoration to cloth at head of spine; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


A squib, but a beautifully written and highly amusing one. Why, oh why, is Mallock not kept in print? This copy contains the following erratum and typographical flaws: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined: p.20, l.4, risen quad before ‘sun’; p.25, last line, raised comma at end of line; p.31, last line, ‘h’ in ‘human’ broken; p.[66], last line, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.68, l.6, battered ‘H’ in ‘He’; p.69, l.11, battered ‘e’ in ‘the’; p.89, l.10, battered ‘e’ in ‘new’; p.[108], l.3, raised comma at end of line; p.130, l.2, ‘battered ‘s’ in ‘sake’; p.143, l.18, ‘though’ for ‘through’. Sadleir, 1526; Wolff, 4414.
Ref: CRT102138



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MANBY (Charles W.). Tom Racquet And his Three maiden aunts; With A word or two about “The Whittleburys.” Illustrated by Robert Cruikshank. London: Jeremiah How, 132, Fleet Street, 1844. Demy 8vo; half-title apparently not called for; etched frontispiece and illustrated title-page with loose tissue guard precede letterpress title; author’s apology leaf and single inset Contents leaf follow title leaf; twelve further etched plates; list of Illustrations at end, blank on verso; pp.vi+264+[ii]; contemporary half blue roan, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides. Front joint slightly cracking at head; piece chipped from blank upper margin of K7; some foxing of text and plates, chiefly affecting the first thirty pages, and pretty well confined to the fore-margins thereafter: in general, a nice copy of a scarce book.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


Bound up from the parts. Issued apparently, on the evidence of the illustrations, between June and December 1844, the letterpress title appearing, probably, with the first part, the frontispiece and vignette title with the final part (this last being dated 1845). A much reprinted novel, of which this first edition is rather scarce. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4423 and 4423a, listing an 1847 printing published by J. & D.A. Darling, which he mistakes for the first, and a later reprint (which he perhaps originally thought to be the first) by Willoughby & Co.
Ref: CRT117739



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[MANNING (Anne).]. The Provocations Of Madame Palissy. By The author of “Mary Powell.” Third edition. London: Arthur Hall, Virtue & Co., 25, Paternoster Row, 1856. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; seven-colour lithographic frontispiece by J.M. Kronheim & Co., after H. Warren; pp.240; publisher’s inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end, dated October, 1858; jade green diagonal ripple-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; white end-papers printed with conventional pattern in very dark green; binder’s ticket of Westleys & Co. on back paste-down. Nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4467, recording the first edition of [1853]. It differs in collation from the present copy by having the title-leaf a single inset, and two leaves of integral advertisements at end, and in binding by the cloth colour being turquoise.
Ref: CRT102146



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[MANNING (Anne)]. Tasso and Leonora: The Commentaries Of Ser Pantaleone Degli Gambacorti, Gentleman Usher to the august Madama Leonora d’Este. By The Author of “Mary Powell.” London: Printed for Arthur Hall, Virtue, & Co., 25, Paternoster Row, 1856. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece signed C.P. Nicholls; single inset title-page printed in light red and black; first leaf of final gathering a single inset; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii (including frontispiece)+292+[vi (not paginated)]; dark blue vertical straight-grain fine-morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine, the spine bearing the price 7s 6d; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated lemon. Useful ownership inscription, dated 1860, on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


The three leaves of the prelims. together with the five leaves of the last gathering complete a full sheet. The advertisements list fourteen of the author’s other historical novels, apparently in the order of publication. Sadleir, 1557, records copies in “drab (or crimson) ribbed cloth blocked in black on front and back, blocked in black and gold-lettered on spine” and with a 24pp. publisher’s catalogue at end dated ‘April 1856’; Wolff, 4473, records a copy in drab cloth with a catalogue dated ‘April 1855’ [sic]. The present copy, in a simpler blue cloth, priced on the spine, with no catalogue, but with an inscription dated 1860, certainly represents a remainder issue.
Ref: CRT119342



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[MANNING (Anne)]. The Lincolnshire tragedy. Passages in the life Of The faire gospeller, Mistress Anne Askew. Recounted by ye unworthie Pen of Nicholas Moldwarp, B.A. And now first set forth by The author of “Mary Powell.” Rather Death than false of Faith. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1866. Title-page printed in red and black; pp.[viii]+296; bevelled dark reddish chocolate smooth cloth, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated very dark green. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine, and cloth rubbed through at points of corners; inscription on half-title (v. note); otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Presentation copy with the author’s holograph inscription on the half-title page dated ‘July 14. 1866’ to Charles Edward Mudie, the founder of Mudie’s Circulating Library. Wolff, 4465, listing a presentation copy to the author’s brother inscribed on the same day; Sadleir, 1555, listing a Bentley family copy inscribed by George Bentley in August. Sadleir, who does not mention ‘The Lincolnshire Tragedy’ headline, described the cloth colour as ‘chocolate’; Wolff describes it as ‘maroon rather than chocolate’. The colour is equivocal, depending on the light: we are certain that all three copies are in the same cloth.

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Ref: CRT119329



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MARRYAT (Capt.). Percival Keene. In three volumes. Henry Colburn, Publisher, 1842. 3 Vols,, lge.12mo; half-title in each volume; printer’s imprint leaf at end of volume one; quarter slate purple horizontally ribbed cloth, drab board sides, paper spine label; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Labels renewed; cloth of spines faded, and extensively damaged by silver fish, but binding otherwise sound; otherwise, a crisp, fine copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Sadleir 1591/1591a records two binding variants, one in ‘half’ (?quarter) diaper cloth, board sides, and spine labels; the second in full brown fine diaper cloth, blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine, and with yellow (?coated) end-papers, which is presumably later. Wolff, 4530, recording a copy as Sadleir 1591. The present binding of horizontally ribbed slate purple cloth looks to be earlier than either.
Ref: CRT102168



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MARRYAT (Captain). The mission: Or, Scenes in Africa. Written for young people. Volume I [II]. London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, Paternoster Row, 1845. 2 Vols., f’cap 8vo; half-titles not called for; integral wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard in each volume; single map follows title leaf, and publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue, dated January, 1847, at end, in volume one; printer’s imprint leaf, verso blank, at end of volume two; pp.[vi (including frontispiece and map)]+328; [iv (including frontispiece)]+374+[ii]; vertically fine-ribbed deep burgundy cloth, ruled, blocked, and embossed blind on sides and spine, lettered, with short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated cream; binder’s ticket of Westleys & Clark (Ball, 101A2). Very slight fading to cloth of spines; slight pressure dinting to back cover of first volume; paste-downs a little stained at some margins where dye from the turnovers of the cloth shows through (possibly due to the paste being too wet when they were first laid); otherwise a crisp and virtually fine copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Later issue, as is shown by the date on the Catalogue, and in a variant binding. Sadleir, 1584, records a copy in dark brown horizontally ribbed cloth, with an undated 32pp. Catalogue at end; Wolff, 4523, records a copy apparently with the same Catalogue as Sadleir’s, but in dark brown vertically ribbed cloth, and bearing an inscription dated ‘Sept. 2d/47’. The inscription in the Wolff copy, suggests that it is later than ours, and if the Catalogue is indeed the same as that in the Sadleir copy, throws doubt on the issue status of that also. It is by no means certain that any of these three copies exhibits the first binding.
Ref: CRT117885



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MARSH (Richard). Ada Vernham, Actress. With a Frontispiece by Oscar Wilson. London, John Long, 6 Chandos Street, Strand, 1900. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece; title-page printed in scarlet and black; advertisements on verso of half-title and Contents leaves; pp.[viii]+272; 8pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end, dated Summer 1900; marina blue buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, pictorially blocked in black, white, and yellow, lettered white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Poor quality end-papers lightly embrowned; but a very nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


A contemporary ‘social’ novel touching marginally on prostitution, and with a knowledgeable background of the London and provincial stage. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.40, l.3, ‘man’ for ‘men’; p.44, l.4, ‘historian’ for ‘histrion’ (this has been corrected in pencil in an unidentified hand); p.72, l.5, single quote lacking at start of line; p.254, last line, raised ‘j’ at start of line.
Ref: CRT102178



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Provincially printed and published.


[MARTIN (Selina).]. A Sister’s stories. By the author of “Three years’ residence in Italy;” “Protestant rector,” &c. &c. Kirkby Lonsdale: Published by Arthur Foster; And L.B. Seeley and Sons, Fleet Street, London, 1833. F’cap 12mo in half-sheets; integral advertisement leaf before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece and twenty-nine plates; final page publisher’s advertisements; pp.[2]+vi+207+[i]; glazed pink muslin, paper spine label; pink-faced end-papers. Neatly re-backed, the original badly chipped backstrip and label laid on; pink of cloth and end-papers largely faded to brown; light marking to title-page and five following leaves; one plate re-inserted, and very slightly frayed and creased about the edges; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title, printed as well as published in Kirkby Lonsdale.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


A book for older children: natural history within a fictive frame. The plates are all illustrations of insects (and one frog). There is no list of plates, but they here face pp.[9], 12, 25, 59, 67, 94, 97, 98, 103, 107, 114, 115, 118, 120, 123, 124, 125, 129, 135, 136, 137, 139, [140], 157, 168, 177, 180, 183, and 192. The initial advertisement leaf is for the second edition of the author’s 1828 title: ‘A narrative Of a three years’ residence in Italy, 1819-1822’, “12mo. — price 8s....Dublin: Printed for W.F. Wakeman, 9, D’Ollier-street...". Of the present title COPAC records the British Library, Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, and Birmingham copies only.

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MARTINEAU (Harriet). The playfellow. The Settlers at home. London: Charles Knight & Co., Ludgate Street, 1841. Price 3s. 6d., [sic] in Cloth. TOGETHER WITH: MARTINEAU (Harriet). [The playfellow. The peasant And The prince. London: Charles Knight & Co., Ludgate Street, 1841. Price 3s. 6d. in Cloth.] TOGETHER WITH: MARTINEAU (Harriet). The playfellow. Feats on the fiord. A tale. London: Charles Knight & Co., Ludgate Street, 1841. Price 3s. 6d., [sic] in Cloth. TOGETHER WITH: MARTINEAU (Harriet). The playfellow. The Crofton boys. A tale. London: Charles Knight & Co., Ludgate Street, 1841. Price 3s. 6d. in cloth. 4 Vols., uniform, lge.post 16mo, in half sheets; series title precedes title-page in each volume, half-title not called for; 4pp. integral advertisements at end of volumes one and two, integral advertisement leaf precedes series title in volume two; single inset advertisement leaf, signed ‘2 C’, and included in the pagination, at end of volume three; pp.vi+331+[i (blank)]+4; pp.2+vi+355+[i (blank)]+4; pp.vi+377+[i (blank)]; pp.[viii]+336; dark brown fine-diaper cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Cloth neatly restored at most joints, and at head of one spine; volume two early recased, with white end-papers, and lacking both prelims. and advertisement leaves, but otherwise complete; inscription dated ‘Feby. 11th 1842’ on each series title; otherwise a nice set.

GB £200.00

US $270.00


Sadleir, 1645/1,2,3, & 4; Wolff, 4615. The quarterly series of ‘The Playfellow’, complete.

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MASON (A.E.W.). Lawrence Clavering. London: A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1897. Half-title not called for; pp.iv+380; vertically ribbed royal blue cloth, publisher’s monogram device within ruled box, blind, on back cover, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled box in blind-pressed panel on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


Set largely in the Lake District and at Carlisle among Catholics at the time of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion: a story of political intrigue, love, sin, and expiation. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4625; Baker (1932), p.331.
Ref: CRT102217



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MASON (A.E.W.). Lawrence Clavering. London: A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1897. Half-title not called for; pp.iv+380; vertically ribbed royal blue cloth, publisher’s monogram device within ruled box, blind, on back cover, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled box in blind-pressed panel on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. A few leaves with light foxing or fingering, and narrow blank forecorner torn from one leaf (bad opening); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


Set largely in the Lake District and at Carlisle among Catholics at the time of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion: a story of political intrigue, love, sin, and expiation. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4625; Baker (1932), p.331.
Ref: CRT118925



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MAUGHAM (William Somerset). Liza Of Lambeth. By William Somerset Maugham. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1897. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; 6pp. publisher’s integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+242+[vi]; apple green smooth cloth, lettered, with short rule, and blocked with publisher’s device, black, on back cover, lettered, with short rule, and blocked within ruled frame, gilt, on front cover, lettered, with short rule, gilt on spine; laid-paper end-papers. Restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine, and front joint; hinges strengthened with tissue; poor quality end-papers variously embrowned and fragile, the front free end-paper very much so and a little chipped and cracking; front blank embrowned on recto and with ownership inscription (dated March 1901); a very little light foxing or marking in text, but in general a nice copy internally: over all, no more than a very good copy, however, of a badly produced book that tends not to survive well.

GB £200.00

US $270.00


The cover vignette is by Aubrey Beardsley. Raymond Toole Stott, 1, stating that there are no issue points. It is sometimes said, however, that the first issue has brackets enclosing the copyright statement on the verso of the title-page: for what it is worth, they are so present in this copy. Stott quotes A.D. Marks, who was Trade Manager to Fisher Unwin at the time: “The first printing was a very small one because... there was much disturbance in the minds of the seniors as to whether the book should be published at all.”

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MAXWELL (W[illiam]. H[amilton].). Rambling recollections Of a Soldier of fortune. By W.H. Maxwell, Author of “Stories of Waterloo,” “Wild Sports of the West,” “Life of Wellington.” &c. &c. &c. With a portrait of the author, and illustrations By H.K. Browne. Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company, Longman, Brown, and Co. London, 1842. Lge.12mo; portrait frontispiece by J. Kirkwood after C. Grey, R.H.A, dated 1st Jany. 1842, and four wood-engraved plates by H.K. Browne, on plate-paper; 12pp. integral advertisements at end dated January, 1842; contemporary full polished calf, spine with five raised bands, tooled richly gilt in compartments, dark brown lettering-piece, gilt frames on sides and edges of boards tooled gilt, richly gilt tooled turn-ins; t.e.g., others uncut, end-papers faced blackish green. Sides detached and front paste-down scuffed by removal of labels; slight foxing to frontispiece, with offsetting; otherwise a near-fine copy internally. A once fine binding capable of restoration.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Sadleir, 1641; Wolff, 4671

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MAYHEW (Augustus). Paved with gold; Or The romance and reality of the London streets. An Unfashionable Novel. By Augustus Mayhew (One of The Brothers Mayhew). With illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1858. Half-title not called for; letterpress title page; frontispiece, engraved title, and twenty-four plates by Phiz, some with tissue guards; pp.viii+408; polished black half-calf, oil-marbled sides, red lettering-piece; calf tooled blind on sides; spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt. Calf of spine and paper of sides a little rubbed, the corners more so; insignificant (and barely visible) repair to calf at tail of spine; first couple of plates embrowned at blank outer margins, and some of the others very slightly so, but the plates and text in general very fresh and clean; internally, over all, an excellent copy.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


Stab-holes show this copy to have been bound up from the original thirteen parts. The volume contains some of ‘Phiz’’s most successful illustrations, including several fine ‘dark’ plates. The plate listed as facing p.9 has here been bound in to face the engraved title, as a frontispiece. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4683a, listing an issue in publisher’s cloth apparently bound up from stripped parts, but giving no details as to which plate was used for the frontispiece.
Ref: CRT102238



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MEADE (L.T. [i.e., Elizabeth Tomasina]). The Autocrat of the nursery. By L.T. Meade, Author of “How it all came round,” “Scamp and I,” “Hermie’s Rosebuds,” etc. With Forty Illustrations by T. Pym. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1884. Double f’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; woodcut frontispiece and vignette title-page on text-paper; head-pieces, decorative initials, and other illustrations in text; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.xvi (including frontispiece)+174+[ii]; grey-lilac buckram blocked with publisher’s monogram device black on back cover, blocked black, dark green, yellow, and silver, on front cover and spine, lettered black-cased silver and black-cased gilt on front cover, lettered silver, black-cased silver, and black-cased gilt, and embossed with lettering dark green-through-gilt on spine; end-papers printed with strawberry blossom design in grey. Re-backed preserving the original rubbed and somewhat frayed backstrip; end-papers a little chipped at gutters; some spotting and light fingering passim, more or less confined to margins; a generally good copy of a very scarce early title.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Juvenile. The advertisements at the end add two earlier L.T. Meade titles to those mentioned on the title-page, both f’cap 8vo volumes published at the low price of 1s.: ‘Scarlet Anemones’, and ‘The Two Sisters’. Possibly the author’s sixth volume — and a beautiful book if it were in fine condition. An American edition appeared in the following year. The reference to ‘The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table’ by Oliver Wendell Holmes is made evident by the caption of the vignette at the foot of the illustrated title-page. NCBEL, 3:1097; COPAC records only the Oxford and the British Library copies (the latter apparently lacking the List of Illustrations), whilst at the time of cataloguing we can trace no copy offered on the web.
Ref: CRT118464



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MEREDITH (George). Evan Harrington. In three volumes. London: Bradbury & Evans, 11, Bouverie Street, 1861. (The Right of Translation is reserved.) 3 Vols., post 8vo; half-titles not called for; final blank in volume one; blank precedes title-page in volume three, and integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 12pp. catalogue dated December, 1860; pp.iv+302+[ii]; [iv]+279+[i (blank)]; [viii]+282+[ii]; pinkish-maroon bead-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered, with short rule gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Rebacked with cloth of a matching colour (but not texture), the original slightly chipped backstrips being laid-on; covers just a trifle faded and marked; title-pages neatly remargined, and with old library class-mark more or less faintly inked on upper margins; a little light dusting and marking here and there, but the text in general nice.

GB £430.00

US $580.50


This title not in Wolff; Sadleir, 1695, listing a copy with a later (January, 1861) catalogue, and not noting the absence of a sub-title in the English edition: the single volume American edition, which is dated 1860, bearing the sub-title ‘Or, He Would be a Gentleman’. Entering it as number three in his listing of comparative scarcities, Sadleir adds the comment: “Few Victorian fictions are more seldom seen". Not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT102257



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MEREDITH (George). One of our conquerors. In three volumes. Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1891. 3 Vols.; final blank in volume one; royal blue coarse morocco cloth, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; glazed pale salmon yellow end-papers. Spines and edges of covers slightly darkened; spines worn slightly at heads; corners a little bruised; very poor quality end-papers cracking, and fragile at inner joints; otherwise nice.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Sadleir 1700. The scarce first issue with the verso of the front end-papers blank. Buxton Forman, p.97, describes only the later issue in which the verso of the front end-papers carries a list of Meredith’s works. Not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT102265



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MEREDITH (George). The tale of Chloe — the House on the beach — The case of General Ople and Lady Camper. Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, 1894. Dark olive brown buckram, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; others rough-trimmed. Slight general wear to covers, otherwise a nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Sadleir 1704a, but apparently a variant binding, this copy having the title lettering in three lines on the spine, as with the reprint issued in 1895, his copy having it in two. This copy has no gilt ruling on the spine: copies more usually seen have a gilt rule at the head and tail — as also has the edition of 1895. As in all copies of this printing that we know of, p.v of the prelims. is mis-numbered ‘vi’. First English and first collected edition, trade issue, second binding. Not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT102267



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MEREDITH (George). The tale of Chloe — the House on the beach — The case of General Ople and Lady Camper. Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, 1894. Dark olive brown buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; others rough-trimmed. Slight general wear to covers, otherwise a nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Sadleir 1704a, but apparently a variant binding, this copy having the title lettering in three lines on the spine, as with the reprint issued in 1895, his copy having it in two. This copy has a gilt rule at head and tail of spine, as also has the edition of 1895: copies are also known without. As in all copies of this printing that we know of, p.v of the prelims. is mis-numbered ‘vi’. First English and first collected edition, trade issue, third binding. Not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT102268



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MEREDITH (George). The tale of Chloe — the House on the beach — The case of General Ople and Lady Camper. Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, 1895. Dark olive brown buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; others rough-trimmed. A nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


The second English trade edition, the first being dated 1894. In our experience this second edition is by far the scarcer — and it is worthy of note that though it appears superficially similar, the text has in fact very largely been reset, and contains at least some minor differences. Some are insignificant: p. v of the prelims., for instance, is here unnumbered, where in the 1894 edition it is mis-numbered ‘vi’; and the last leaf of text bears here the printer’s imprint at the foot, where in the 1894 edition it does not. Others, however, are substantive: the last line on p.334 of the 1894 edition, for example, begins “such fears": in the 1895 edition this appears in the second line on p.335 as “such fear". Differences in lineation between the two editions make it difficult to check the extent of such revisions, and we have not attempted to do so in any systematic way.
Ref: CRT102269



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MEREDITH (George). Lord Ormont and his Aminta. A Novel. In three volumes. Chapman and Hall, Ld., 1894. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in volumes two and three, final blank in volume three; pp.[viii]+235+[i (blank)]; [viii]+240; [viii]+266+[ii]; olive green morocco cloth blocked and ruled black on sides and spine, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Barely visible traces of library labels having been removed from front covers; end-papers lightly foxed, with some offsetting; otherwise an unusually nice copy of a book that tends not to wear well.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Sadleir 1699b; Wolff, 4740. One of 1,500 copies.
Ref: CRT102270



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[MERRIMAN (Henry Seton [i.e., Hugh S. Scott]).]. Young Mistley. In two volumes. London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1888. (All Rights Reserved.) 2 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; last leaf of volume two an unsigned singleton; pp.[iv]+292; [iv]+289+[i (blank)]; royal-blue diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed florally in grey. End-papers renewed with yellow-coated paper at an early date (leaving the originals just visible at the foot on one paste-down); some patchy darkening of cloth, and almost invisible restorations to cloth of joints in volume two; a little foxing, more or less confined to first and last leaves, and a grease-spot (candlewax) affecting the edges or extreme fore-margins of some fifteen leaves and the back end-paper in volume two. A very good copy, nonetheless, near-nice.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


Merriman’s very scarce, anonymous, first book. Sadleir, 1734, recording an example with an additional conjugate blank leaf at the end of volume two, which may have been removed from the present copy when the end-papers were replaced. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): in volume one, p.39, l.14, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.43, last line, Mistley described as ‘28’ instead of ‘23’ (v. p.64 for confirmation of this); p.66, l.13, ‘younger’ for ‘elder’ (v. p.267, last three lines for confirmation); p.76, l.4, broken ‘m’ in ‘From’; p.126, l.16, broken ‘f’ in ‘friend’; p.180, l.19, risen quad before ‘lone’; p.181, l.15, broken ‘o’ at end of line; p.215, l.11, broken ‘o’ in ‘own’; p.245, l.12, ‘nyard’ in ‘Winyard’ battered; p.257, l.4, battered ‘h’ in ‘she’; in volume two, p.25, l.17, ‘Charley’ for ‘Charlie’; p.81, risen quad before ‘over’, and l.20, another before ‘cool’; p.98, l.18, ‘ignorant’ for ‘ignorance’; p.121, last line, ‘n’ of ‘forgotten’ dropped below line; p.130, l.8, ‘fine’ for ‘line’; p.264, last line, improper spacing in ‘ridiculously’; p.283, antepenultimate line, ‘st’ in ‘stood’ broken.
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MERRIMAN (Henry Seton). The slave of the lamp. In two volumes. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1892. 2 Vols.; blank before half-title in each volume; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume two; pp.[viii]+276; [viii]+289+[i (printer’s imprint]+[ii]; light blue-grey buckram, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Spines faded; covers a trifle rubbed and dull, and cloth a little bubbled at edges; first and last two leaves in each volume lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Sadleir, 1727, describing the cloth colour as ‘pale-greenish-blue’. Either description might fit. Wolff, 4772.
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MERRIMAN (Henry Seton). Flotsam: The study of a life. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1896. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece and conjugate vignette title-page by H.G. Massey, on art paper, with tissue guard; final blank; pp.[iv (including frontispiece)]+350+[ii]; publisher’s inserted 24pp. catalogue dated 4/96, at end; bevelled crimson art-linen, lettered blind on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers faced black. Insignificant lighter streak on front cover, due possibly to an original dyeing fault; contemporary signature and date ‘July 20th 96’ (the month of issue) on blank recto of frontispiece; slight damp-staining and cockling here and there; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Sadleir, 1716; Wolff, 4761.
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MERRIMAN (Henry Seton). The Isle of unrest. With illustrations. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1900. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates, by G. Wright; 8pp. integral advertisements at end, continuing the signatures; pp.viii+344+[viii]; royal blue patterned sand grain cloth, ruled black on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers faced dark chocolate. Most of half-title lacking; faint vertical crease in title-page; one or two leaves opened just a trifle roughly; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Set chiefly in Corsica, of which the author remarks: “There are few birds in Corsica, for the natives are great sportsmen, and will shoot, sitting, anything from a man to a sparrow in season and out.” Sadleir, 1721; Wolff, 4766
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

METCALFE (William Charles). On the face of the deep Or The Bird-borne Missive. Illustrated by S.H. Vedder. London, Jarrold & Sons, 10 & 11, Warwick Lane, E.C., (All rights reserved), 1897. Sm.cr.8vo, wire-stitched; half-tone frontispiece and two plates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.291+[i (blank)]+[12]; lime green buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked black, white, and light brown, lettered black and light brown shadowed gilt, on front cover, blocked black, white, and light brown, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with flower and leaf design in lime green. Neat, barely visible, restoration to cloth at headband; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Juvenile. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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Ref: CRT102286



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