Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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

[A. (A.).]. A plot And A peerage. London: William Tegg and Co., Cheapside, 1848 [i.e., November, 1847]. 12mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; Preface (signed in type ‘A.A.') follows title-leaf; pp.iv+284; vertically fine-ribbed scarlet cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Restorations to cloth of spine; some occasional light dusting internally; otherwise a nice copy.

A well-written humorous novel issued, according to the English Catalogue of Books, for the Christmas season of 1847. As was usual at the time, it was dated ahead. The drop-head to p.[1] gives the title as ‘Lord Viscount Petersham; Or, A plot and a peerage' - a title not elsewhere used.

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ABBOTT (Jacob). The August stories: Schooner Mary Ann. With Illustrations. Strahan & Co,. 56 Ludgate Hill, London, 1873. Sm.globe 8vo; half-title not present, apparently not called for (v. note); three wood-engraved plates on toned paper; pp[5]-8, [11]-348; apple-green bubble-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated iron-grey. Some marking and dusting throughout; as a reading copy.

Four volumes were issued under the general title ‘The August Stories'. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The pagination of the first gathering is curious, but apparently correct as issued, gathering [A] consisting of only seven sheets, the last, paged 15/16, being a single inset; only one page of the prelims. is numbered, the verso of the second leaf being paged ‘8', and since this leaf is conjugate with pp.[11]-12, being the first page of text, and the title-leaf is conjugate with pp.13/14, the pagination of this gathering is obviously impossible: even if we assume a half-title conjugate with pp.15/16 to be lacking, that would only be pp.[3/4], leaving two further leaves, paged [1/2] and [9/10] still absent - and these would be non-conjugate! There is, however, no evident sign of loss. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.47, 105, and 211, and are here so tipped in.

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ABBOTT (Jacob). The Juno Stories: Hubert. Strahan & Co., 56 Ludgate Hill, London, 1873. Pott 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[vi]+188; crimson morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, lettered black and gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated cream. Small repair to cloth at head of spine; some marking and dusting, chiefly of early leaves; in general a nice copy.

Four volumes were issued under the general title ‘The Juno Stories'. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ABOUT (Edmond). The king of the Mountains. Translated from the French of Edmond About By Richard Davey. With an introduction by Andrew Lang. William Heinemann, 1897. Blank before half-title; blue buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, blocked blind, lettered white-shadowed black within black ruled box on front cover, lettered white-shadowed black, and black, on spine; a.e. uncut. One or two small marks in text, but in effect a fine copy.

Lang's Introduction occupies pp.[v]-xii. A story of brigandage, set in Greece.

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ABRAHAM (Philip). Autumn gatherings, Being A Collection of Prose and Poetry. Sacred and secular. Published by and for The Author, at 147, Gower Street, London, W.C., 1866. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+200; reddish orange patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover; end-papers coated light lemon. Virtually fine copy.

A mixture of short stories, serious and comic verse, all more than competent, and some of a high order.

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ACKWORTH (John [i.e., The Rev. Fred. R. Smith].). Clog shop Chronicles. Charles H. Kelly, 2, Castle St., City Rd.; and 66, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1896. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled mustard coarse buckram, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram, gilt, on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut. Nice copy.

This title, without reviews, heads the list of ‘New and Recent Books' at the end of the volume (where also the cloth is described as ‘art', short probably for ‘art-linen', which in this instance it is). Published at 3/6. Short stories, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs. The first of Ackworth's Lancashire books. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6428, recording an otherwise similar copy in pale blue and white flecked smooth cloth: one of a number of variant cloths, precedence unknown.

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ACKWORTH (John [i.e., The Rev. Fred. R. Smith].). Clog shop Chronicles. Charles H. Kelly, 2, Castle St., City Rd.; and 66, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1896. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled navy blue coarse buckram, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram, gilt, on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Nice copy.

This title, without reviews, heads the list of ‘New and Recent Books' at the end of the volume (where also the cloth is described as ‘art', short probably for ‘art-linen', which in this instance it is). Published at 3/6. Short stories, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs. The first of Ackworth's Lancashire books. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6428, recording an otherwise similar copy in pale blue and white flecked smooth cloth: one of a number of variant cloths, precedence unknown.

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ACKWORTH (John [i.e., The Rev. Fred. R. Smith].). Clog shop Chronicles. Charles H. Kelly, 2, Castle St., City Rd.; and 66, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1896. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled light and dark flecked sage green smooth cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram, gilt, on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Slight cracking of front end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

This title, without reviews, heads the list of ‘New and Recent Books' at the end of the volume (where also the cloth is described as ‘art', short probably for ‘art-linen', which is barely is). Published at 3/6. Short stories, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs. The first of Ackworth's Lancashire books. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6428, recording an otherwise similar copy in pale blue and white flecked smooth cloth: one of a number of variant cloths, precedence unknown.

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ACKWORTH (John [i.e., The Rev. Fred. R. Smith].). Clog shop Chronicles. Charles H. Kelly, 2, Castle St., City Rd.; and 66, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1896. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled pale blue and white flecked smooth cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram, gilt, on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Fore-edges foxed; (inscription dated January 1st 1898) on front end-paper, which also is just a trifle chipped and scuffed at the top- fore-corner and edge; otherwise a very nice copy.

This title, without reviews, heads the list of ‘New and Recent Books' at the end of the volume (where also the cloth is described as ‘art', short probably for ‘art-linen', which it barely is). Published at 3/6. Short stories, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs. The first of Ackworth's Lancashire books. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6428, recording a similar copy: one of a number of variant colour cloths, precedence unknown.

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ACKWORTH (John [i.e., The Rev. Fred. R. Smith].). Beckside Lights. London: Charles H. Kelly, 2, Castle St., City Rd.; and 26, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1897. 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.406+[ii]+8; bevelled grey fine linen effect buckram, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram, gilt, on spine; t.e.g. In general a nice copy.

Short stories, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs. A continuation of ‘Clog Shop Chronicles'.

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ACKWORTH (John [i.e., The Rev. Fred. R. Smith].). Beckside Lights. London: Charles H. Kelly, 2, Ca{tle St., City Rd.; and 26, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1897. 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.406+[ii]+8; bevelled brown coarse buckram, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram, gilt, on spine; t.e.g. Lower margin of 4.[7] torn, affecting two words, and repaired without tissue; otherwise a very nice copy.

Short stories, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs. A continuation of ‘Clog Shop Chronicles'.

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ACKWORTH (John [i.e., The Rev. Fred. R. Smith].). Beckside Lights. London: Charles H. Kelly, 2, Castle St., City Rd.; and 26, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1897. 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.406+[ii]+8; bevelled navy blue coarse buckram, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram, gilt, on spine; t.e.g. Short tear in back end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Short stories, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs. A continuation of ‘Clog Shop Chronicles'.

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ACKWORTH (John [i.e., The Rev. Fred. R. Smith].). The Scowcroft critics. James Clarke & Co., 13 & 14, Fleet Street, 1898. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1898; bevelled light and dark flecked brownish pink cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Front end-paper unobtrusively removed; end-papers and blank foxed; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

This title, without reviews, comes second in the catalogue of ‘New and Forthcoming Books' at the end of the volume - which also lists ‘Clog-Shop Chronicles' as "now in its Ninth Thousand". Published at 3/6. Short stories, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs. Not in Sadleir; nor in the Wolff collection.

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ACKWORTH (John). Doxie Dent: A clog-shop chronicle. Charles H. Kelly, 2, Castle St., City Road, E.C., And 26, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1899. Frontispiece and numerous illustrations, all on text-paper, and included in the pagination; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; bevelled dark greenish slate rough buckram blocked with publisher's monogram, lettered and with short rule within ruled box, all gilt, on spine; t.e.g. Free end-papers embrowned; otherwise fine.

A novel, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs.

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ACKWORTH (John). Doxie Dent: A clog-shop chronicle. Charles H. Kelly, 2, Castle St., City Road, E.C., And 26, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1899. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and numerous illustrations, all on text-paper, and included in the pagination; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; bevelled light grey-blue light and dark flecked linen-effect buckram blocked with publisher's monogram, lettered and with short rule within ruled box, all gilt, on spine; t.e.g.; laid paper end-papers. Cloth of spine very slightly faded, and end-papers embrowned; otherwise fine.

A presentation bookplate, dated 1902, suggests that the present binding may be secondary: otherwise similar copies are also known in dark greenish slate rough buckram. A novel, with dialogue in the dialect of Bolton, Lancs.

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ADAMS (Ellinor Davenport). Miss secretary Ethel: A story for girls of to-day. Illustrated by Harry Furniss. Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 13 Great Marlborough Street, 1898. Wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard and four plates; pp.[viii]+255+[i (blank)]; iron-grey buckram blocked and lettered cerise on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g. Some fading of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The covers include an illustration by Furniss that rates a mention in the list of Illustrations.

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ADAMS (Francis). A child of the age. London: John Lane, Vigo St. Boston: Roberts Bros., 1894. Narrow cr.8vo.; decorated title-page by Aubrey Beardsley; last two leaves of text, signed ‘Q', singletons, followed by stubs; 4pp. publisher's series advertisements, a conjugate pair tipped onto the stub of Q2, followed by publisher's catalogue, 16pp., dated 1894, single leaf advertising Books by Francis Adams issued by Lane and other publishers, blank on verso, tipped onto the stub of Q1, and final tipped-in blank; pp.[viii]+244 (ignoring advertisements and blank); blackish-green buckram, blocked on back cover with key and date, blocked and lettered on front cover, blocked with key on spine, all pale green, lettered and blocked gilt, on spine, after designs by Aubrey Beardsley; a.e. uncut. text-paper end-papers. Light damp-staining to lower inner margins and lower edges of end-papers, barely visible also on a few leaves of text, mainly affecting the bottom 5mm or less of the lower edges; otherwise a very nice, bright, copy.

Issued as volume IV. of ‘The Keynotes Series', and the correct first issue, the series advertisements listing this as the latest published volume, with four more as ‘In rapid preparation', a further four as for ‘Early in 1895', and bearing reviews of the first three volumes only, whilst the catalogue lists this also as the latest volume published, with volumes V. listed as for October and VI., VII., and VIII. as for November, the remaining three having no dates attached. All of the advertisement leaves and also the final blank are on text-paper, the chain-lines running vertically as with the text, whilst those of the end-papers run horizontally, and it is arguable, therefore, that all of the leaves are integral. The first - and posthumous - publication of a revised and extensively re-written version of Adams' first book, originally drafted in 1880 and published in two volumes by George Redway in 1884 under the title ‘Leicester, An Autobiography'. This is the only volume in the series to bear no ‘key' design internally. In our experience one of the scarcer titles.

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ADAMS (Rev. H.C., M.A.). Friend or foe. A tale of Sedgmoor. With illustrations. George Routledge and Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate, 1871. Sm.F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; wood engraved frontispiece and one plate, with tissue guards; integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; royal blue fine morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, and very elaborately blocked and lettered gilt, lettered royal blue through gilt, on spine; end-papers coated very pale yellow. Edges of catalogue slightly foxed; otherwise a brilliantly fine copy of a handsome book.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff, who records one earlier and one later title by this author. The plate, signed ‘A W C', faces p.105. Juvenile.

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ADAMS (Rev. H.C., M.A.). Who was Philip? A tale of public school life. By the Rev. H.C. Adams, M.A., Author of "The Mystery of Beechey Grange," "Who did it?" "Hairbreadth Escapes," "Schoolboy Honour." With eight illustrations. London, Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh, (Successors to Newbery and Harris [sic], West corner of St Paul's Churchyard[;] E.P. Dutton and Co., New York, 1886 [i.e., Autumn, 1885]. Sm.cr.8vo; Contents leaf a single inset; frontispiece, and seven wood-engraved plates; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, coded ‘20M.8/85. - S.&S.' including this title amongst the ‘New Books for the Young. Autumn 1885'; pp.[vi]+377+[i (blank)]; bevelled scarlet smooth cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, embossed with lettering black-shadowed red on gilt-pressed panel, ruled and lettered gilt, blocked pictorially black, on spine, lettered gilt-shadowed grey and gilt, blocked pictorially black and grey, on front cover; a.e.g.; end-papers coated peach. Scattered foxing and some slight dusting; one plate reinserted and torn slightly at blank fore-margin; end-papers cracked; a generally nice copy, nonetheless.

Juvenile. This title not in Wolff. Also issued in green cloth with gilt and white title lettering on front cover and spine, and the same catalogue.

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[ADAMS (Henry).]. Democracy. An American novel. Macmillan and Co., 1882. Two integral advertisement leaves, followed by 24pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated December, 1881; green buckram, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed. Cloth worn at extremities of spine, over joints, and slightly at corners; end-papers slightly splitting; text very nice.

First English edition. Published in America in 1880.

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[ADAMS (Henry).]. Democracy. An American novel. Macmillan and Co., 1882. Two integral advertisement leaves at end; pp.[iv]+280+[iv]; pale pinkish peach very thin paper wrappers, cut flush, printed dark red on front wrapper; issued without end-papers. Back wrapper somewhat chipped along fore-edges, front wrapper minutely so; otherwise a fine copy.

First English edition, variant in wrappers, first state. Also issued in cloth. The English edition is scarce in any form; this issue in wrappers is rare. The spine, back wrapper, and inside wrappers, are blank; the front wrapper reproduces the title page, but within a double (thick/thin) ruled frame, with the words ‘PRICE ONE SHILLING' centred over the top of it. The first leaf of the integral advertisements, under the heading ‘Now Publishing', lists ‘Unknown to History' as "(Ready.)", ‘The Burgomaster's Wife' as "(In the Press)", ‘Lectures on Art' as "(Immediately.)", ‘A Memoir of Daniel Macmillan' as "(In the Press.)" and ‘The Burman' as "(Immediately.)" Conceivably an advance copy or proof. Published in America in 1880. Blanck, 11, refers, but without noticing this issue, or giving any details of the English edition.

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[ADAMS (Henry).]. Democracy. An American novel. Macmillan and Co., 1882. Two integral advertisement leaves at end; pp.[iv]+280+[iv]; pale buff very thin paper wrappers, cut flush, printed dark red on front wrapper; issued without end-papers. Back wrapper lightly chipped, stained, and frayed; ownership inscription, "George Stephens, Cheapinghaven, 1882", on front wrapper; paper of spine defective, and slight spine roll; otherwise a nice copy.

First English edition, variant in wrappers, second state. Also issued in cloth. The English edition is scarce in any form; this issue in wrappers is rare. The spine is up-lettered with the title; the back wrapper, and inside wrappers, are blank; the front wrapper reproduces the title page, but within a double (thick/thin) ruled frame, with the words ‘PRICE ONE SHILLING' centred over the top of it. The first leaf of the integral advertisements, under the heading ‘Now Publishing', lists ‘Unknown to History' as "(Ready.)", ‘The Burgomaster's Wife' as "(Ready.)", ‘Lectures on Art' as "(Immediately.)", ‘A Memoir of Daniel Macmillan' as "(Ready.)" and ‘The Burman' as "(Ready.)" The welcome inscription makes clear that this issue, like the cloth issue, and the first state of the text in wrappers, dates in truth from 1882. Published in America in 1880. Blanck, 11, refers, but without noticing this issue, or giving any details of the English edition.

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ADAMS (Herbert). A Virtue Of Necessity: A Tale. Greening & Co. Ltd., 20, Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road, 1899. Title page printed in red and black; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end; pp.310+[ii]; deep scarlet art linen lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower-edges uncut. Insignificant damp-mark on back cover and edge of spine, with slight bubbling on back cover; front end-paper removed; a few leaves opened a trifle carelessly; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ADDERLEY (James). Stephen Remarx: The story of a venture In ethics. London, Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, Publisher to the India Office, 1893. F'cap 8vo; blank before half-title; printer's imprint leaf at end; pp.[viii]+150+[ii]; crimson leatherette, blocked gilt on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers coated maroon. Neat restoration to leatherette at fore-edge of front board; slight scuffing of back cover; end-papers just a trifle scuffed, with some shadowing through of dye on back end-paper, probably due to damp; neat inscriptions on front blank; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce book.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. A very early Edward Arnold fiction title. A well written and very readable Utopian visionary novel, with a background of the Church of England, set variously in Hoxton and in Chelsea: too much anchored in fact to qualify truly as a fantasy. In this copy the following typographical faults have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, unknown): p.29, l.8, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.35, l.2, second ‘l' in ‘tell' broken and l.5, ‘a' broken in ‘circumstances'.

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[AGG (John).]. A Month at Brussels, A Satirical Novel. In Three Volumes. By the Author of "A Month in Town," "Rejected Odes," "General Post Bag," &c. &c. Printed for M. Iley, Somerset Street, Portman Square, sold by Sherwood, Neeley, and Jones, Paternoster Row, 1815. 3 Vols., 12mo. bound together in modern cloth, leather spine label; half-title present in each volume; pp.[viii]+184; [iv]+180; [iv]+186; a.e. uncut. A few leaves very lightly foxed, otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

Not in the British Library Catalogue, Sadleir, Block, or Halkett and Laing; this title not in Wolff; Summers, p.428 gives a brief listing.

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[AGNEW (Miss E.C.).]. Rome and the Abbey: The sequel to, and by the Author of Geraldine: a Tale of Conscience. James Burns, 1849. Engraved frontispiece and vignette title precede letterpress title; pp.[ii]+388; vertically ribbed rose-madder cloth, blocked blind on sides, banded blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and bottom- edges uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Slight fading of spine and front cover just a little spotted; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy.

A Roman Catholic novel, set largely in the Italy of 1845. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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AIDE (Hamilton). Morals and mysteries. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1872. (All rights reserved). Half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+315+[i (printer's imprint)]; brown patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Neat, almost invisible restorations to cloth of spine; a little scattered light foxing and marking, and one or two corners creased; in general effect, however, a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's holograph inscription to Lady William Russell, dated ‘May 22nd 1872', on the front end-paper. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Hardyesque and/or sub-Gothic, with one horror story involving multiple murderesses. Very well written. In this copy the following typographical errors have been noted: p.159, l.14, dropped hyphen at line end; p.300, l.15, raised comma at line end.

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AIMARD (Gustave [i.e., Olivier Gloux].). The Trappers of Arkansas: A Narrative. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1876. Pp.128. Double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; white unglazed wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and black, inside in black, with advertisements on inside and back covers; issued without end-papers. A fine copy.

Sadleir 3395a/1, but this title one of four not in the Sadleir collection; this title not in Wolff. The second issue, the inside back wrapper advertising the first eight titles as ready instead of the first four as in the first issue.

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AIMARD (Gustave [i.e., Olivier Gloux].). The prairie flower: A Tale. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.125+[i (blank)]. Double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; white unglazed wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and black, inside in black, with advertisements on inside and back covers; issued without end-papers. Paper slightly chipped at tail of spine, but a near-fine copy.

Sadleir 3395a/10; this title not in Wolff.

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AIMARD (Gustave [i.e., Olivier Gloux].). The Gold-seekers: A Tale of California. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 4, Shoe Lane, E.C.; George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, N.D. Pp.127+[i (blank)]. Double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; white unglazed wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and black, inside in black, with advertisements on inside and back covers; issued without end-papers. A fine copy.

Sadleir 3395a/25; this title not in Wolff.

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AIMARD (Gustave [i.e., Olivier Gloux].). The White scalper: A Story. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1876. Pp.126+[i (blank)]+[i (printer's imprint)]. Double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; white unglazed wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and black, inside in black, with advertisements on inside and back covers; issued without end-papers. Small original binding fault affecting one leaf; otherwise a fine copy.

Sadleir 3395a/4; this title not in Wolff. The correct first issue, the back wrapper advertising only the first four titles as ready.

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AIMARD (Gustave [i.e., Olivier Gloux].). The Border rifles: A Narrative. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1876. Pp.126+[i (blank)]+[i (printer's imprint)]. Double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; white unglazed wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and black, inside in black, with advertisements on inside and back covers; issued without end-papers. Small blank corner chipped from front wrapper; otherwise a fine copy.

Sadleir 3395a/2; this title not in Wolff. The correct first issue, the back wrapper advertising only the first four titles as ready.

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AIMARD (Gustave [i.e., Olivier Gloux].). The flying horseman. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. G. Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1876. Pp.120. Double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; white unglazed wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and black, inside in black, with advertisements on inside and back covers; issued without end-papers. Piece chipped from blank fore-edge of title-leaf; but a near-fine copy.

Sadleir 3395a/7; this title not in Wolff. The correct first issue, the advertisement inside the back cover advertising only the first seven titles as ready, with the next three for ‘February' and the next two for ‘March'.

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AIMARD (Gustave [i.e., Olivier Gloux].). The Missouri outlaws. Translated by Percy B. St. John. G. Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.112. BOUND WITH: --- The prairie flower: A Tale. Rev sed [sic] and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.125+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: --- The indian scout: A Story. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.128. BOUND WITH: --- The Bee-hunter: A Tale. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.[iv]+124. BOUND WITH: --- Stoneheart: A Romance. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.[iv]+108. BOUND WITH: --- The Queen of the savannah: A Story. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.127+[i (blank)]. TOGETHER WITH: --- The Adventurers: A Story of a Love-Chase. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.120. BOUND WITH: --- The Pearl of the andes: A Tale of Love and Adventure. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.119+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: --- The Trail-Hunter: A Tale of the Far West. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. John & Robert Maxwell, Milton House, 4, Shoe Lane; George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, N.D. Pp.128. BOUND WITH: --- The Pirates of the Prairies. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. John & Robert Maxwell, Publishers, Milton House, Shoe Lane, Fleet Street; George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, N.D. Pp.127+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: --- The Trapper's daughter. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 4, Shoe Lane, E.C.; George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, N.D. Pp.128. TOGETHER WITH: --- The Tiger-slayer: A Tale of the Indian Desert. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 4, Shoe Lane, E.C.; George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, N.D. Pp.127+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: --- The Gold-seekers: A Tale of California. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 4, Shoe Lane, E.C.; George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, N.D. Pp.127+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: --- The Indian chief: A Tale of the Desert. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 4, Shoe Lane, E.C.; George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, N.D. Pp.127+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: --- The Red track: A Story of Social Life in Mexico. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. J. & R. Maxwell, Milton House, 4, Shoe Lane, E.C.; George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, N.D. Pp.125+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: --- The rebel chief: A Tale. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.128. TOGETHER WITH: --- The Trappers of Arkansas: A Narrative. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1876. Pp.128. BOUND WITH: --- The Border rifles: A Narrative. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1876. Pp.126. BOUND WITH: --- The freebooters: A Story. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1876. Pp.128. BOUND WITH: --- The White scalper: A Story. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1876. Pp.126. BOUND WITH: --- Stronghand: A Tale of the Disinherited. Revised and edited by Percy B. St. John. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, 1877. Pp.127+[i (blank)]. Double cr.16mo, except for ‘The Adventurers' and ‘The Pearl of the Andes', which are gathered in 20s, and ‘The Pirates of the Prairies' and ‘Stoneheart', which are 8vo (‘The Trail Hunter' being signed in 8s but gathered in 16s); half-title present in ‘The Indian Chief', not called for in other volumes; white unglazed wrappers printed outside in brown and black, inside in black, with advertisements on inside and back covers; issued without end-papers. Twenty-one volumes bound up in four, all front wrappers present but the back wrappers not bound in; contemporary binder's cloth. The volumes in need of re-backing, but sound; the contents in general fine, though one wrapper and two last leaves a trifle frayed. The run.

Not in Wolff; Sadleir, 3395a, being respectively Nos.9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 18, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 12 of the twenty-nine volume Percy St. John edition of ‘Aimard's Indian Tales' (only twenty-seven volumes of which are advertised in the latest numbers of the present run). Numbers 1, 15, and 20 of this run were wholly lacking from the Sadleir collection, though he had some other titles not included here. The Sadleir copies, however, with the exception of No.10, which is the same, are all undated, and of a later issue than the present copies, which would appear to be of the earliest printing throughout. The Sadleir copy of No.19, indeed, dates from more than ten years later than the present copy, bearing the imprint of Maxwell's successor Spencer Blackett. According to the advertisements the series was issued in two forms: as individual stories in ‘Picture Covers, price Sixpence each', as here, and ‘Also in Railway Volumes, Ornamental Boards, price 2s.', each of these containing four (Series one to three), three (Series four to eight), or, presumably, two (Series nine), stories in each volume, this fact explaining why groups of the stories are noted passim in the Prefaces as forming a simultaneous issue.

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AIMARD (Gustave [i.e., Olivier Gloux].). The Pirates of the prairies. Revised and edited by Percy B. St.John. John & Robert Maxwell, Publishers, Milton House, Shoe Lane, Fleet Street; George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, And sold by all booksellers, N.D. [1882]. Double cr.16mo, signed as 8vo; pp.vi+[7]-[128]; half-title not called for; white unglazed wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and black, inside in black, with advertisements on inside and back covers; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

Sadleir, 3395a/22. Issued as No.22 [Seventh Series, part one] of the Authors Copyright Edition of ‘Aimard's Indian Tales'. Each series was issued in two forms: as individual stories, as here, priced at Sixpence, and collected into ‘Railway Volumes' containing four (Series one to three) or three (Series four to eight) stories. All eight series are advertised on the inside back wrapper of this copy, but this is probably of no significance, since the last four series were all issued in 1882.

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AINSLIE (Percy). Bertie Linton; Or, Lost in Japan. Edinburgh: W.P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1891. Globe 8vo; inserted wood-engraved frontispiece after A.J. Rhind; head-pieces and decorative initial letters to the chapters; pp.128; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue at end, dated 1891, not including this title; pale green buckram, blocked and lettered black, blocked chromatically in shades of brown and greenon front cover, ruled black, lettered gilt, blocked chromatically in shades of brown and green, on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Very slight rubbing to enamel of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

Juvenile. The front end-paper bears a contemporary Prize label.

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[AINSWORTH (William Harrison).]. Rookwood: A romance. In three volumes. Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. (Successor to Henry Colburn.) 1834. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; bound up without the half-titles, but with the fly-title present in each volume before the first leaf of text; contemporary half green calf, tooled blind and gilt on spine, matching marbled boards and edges. Light rubbing of boards; a few leaves foxed; one gathering a little, proud but not loose; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Sadleir, 26, describing an initial blank in volume one, which we believe in fact to have been a binder's blank, the leaf being otherwise a single inset. Wolff, 67, listing a rebound copy, also without the half-titles and the blank. Ainsworth's first independent novel, and number four on Sadleir's schedule of comparative scarcities. Along with Bulwer's ‘Paul Clifford' the seminal novel of the ‘Newgate' school, and the book, also, responsible for the legend of Dick Turpin's ride to York upon Black Bess. One of the cant songs in the volume, ‘Nix My Dolly Pals, Fake Away', took the country by storm (v. Wolff, I, pp.xviii-xxi, for a discussion of the book's influence). Editions after the third were heavily revised.

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AINSWORTH (W. Harrison, Esq.). Crichton. In three volumes. Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1837. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title present in volume two, lacking in other volumes; all fly-titles present; half roan, cloth sides. Extensive dusting, sometimes fairly heavy; two or three leaves frayed at edges, and loose; one volume needs re-sewing; as a binding copy, for reading only.

Sadleir, 9. Described by Sadleir, but not in the collection.

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AINSWORTH (William Harrison). The Tower of London. A Historical Romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, Bookseller in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1840. Demy 8vo; binder's blank precedes frontispiece; wood-engraved vignette on title-page; thirty-eight plates, and numerous wood engravings in the text; binder's blank at end; pp.xvi+439+[i]; publisher's full maroon morocco blocked and lettered gilt on sides and spine uniformly with the cloth issue; gilt tooled dentelles; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale cream. In general a very good copy of the scarce ‘special issue'.

A presentation copy, bearing the author's holograph presentation inscription to Thomas Mackinlay on the upper margin of the title-page. The front blank has been used to record a series of subsequent presentations within the same family during more than the next hundred years. Wolff, 76 and 76a, listing the issue in parts and the ordinary issue of the book in cloth; Sadleir 31, recording an otherwise similar copy in dark green morocco. Both Sadleir, Wolff, and the list of plates call for thirty-nine etchings in addition to the frontispiece; the plate to face p.156 is not here present. Since the plates are sewn in and the sewing throughout is entirely tight and sound, it appears that the volume may originally have been so made up, and we speculate as to the possibility of its being a defective copy, returned to the publisher, and thence made available for the author's use.

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AINSWORTH (William Harrison). Old Saint Paul's: A tale of The plague and the fire. With illustrations by John Franklin. In three volumes. Hugh Cunningham, Saint Martin's Place, Trafalgar Square, 1841. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for, but bound up without the integral advertisement leaf at end of volume two or the inserted advertisement leaf sometimes found at the end of volume three; frontispiece and nine engraved plates in volume one; frontispiece and four plates in volume two; frontispiece and four plates in volume three; all plates with tissue guards; contemporary purple morocco cloth, paper labels; sprinkled edges. Slight general wear to covers; marginal damp-stain to one frontispiece; otherwise internally a fine copy.

Sadleir, 24; Wolff, 64.

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AINSWORTH (W. Harrison, Esq.). James the second; Or, The revolution of 1688. An Historical Romance. Edited by W. Harrison Ainsworth, Esq. In three volumes. Henry Colburn, Publisher, [13,] Great Marlborough Street, 1848. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; integral advertisement leaf precedes half-title, and list of Illustrations follows title leaf, in volume one; half-title in each volume followed by engraved frontispiece, by Buss, with tissue guard; pp.[VIII]+[xxiv (final page blank)]+278; [iv]+297+[i (blank)]; [iv]+308; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end of volume three; original pale brown boards, paper spine labels; a.e. uncut. Excellently rebacked with matching paper, without disturbing the end-papers, and with the original (somewhat rubbed) labels laid on; frontispieces damp-stained at lower corners; inoffensive nineteenth century ownership inscription on two half-titles (and one end-paper); otherwise a very nice copy.

Sadleir, 15, recording a copy in ‘half- [i.e., quarter] cloth, boards, labels', without the catalogue, or the list of Illustrations, and with the integral advertisement leaf transferred to volume three. Sadleir notes the lack of a leaf conjugate with the Advertisement leaf, and hypothesises that it was a label-leaf. It was in fact the (somewhat unnecessary) list of illustrations. It was almost certainly misbound in his copy along with its conjugate, and excised for that reason - an error which could happen easily enough, assuming the eight leaves of the prelims. (excluding the Introduction) to have been printed on a single 8vo sheet. Wolff, 54, recording a copy, like ours, in full boards, and with the catalogue, but without the list of Illustrations, and with the integral advertisement leaf transferred to the end of volume one. Wolff's copy was from the library of Harold Locke, Ainsworth's bibliographer. The book is very scarce - rated number two of thirty-six titles on Sadleir's schedule of comparative scarcities, and since neither Sadleir nor Wolff (not to mention Locke) had ever seen a copy with the list of Illustrations, the present example would appear to be something of a phenomemon!

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AINSWORTH (William Harrison). Ovingdean Grange. A tale of the South Downs. Illustrated by Hablot K. Browne. London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, Farringdon Street; And 56, Walker Street, New York, 1860. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates with tissue guards; pp.[x]+357+[i (printer's imprint]; scarlet bead-grain cloth ruled, blocked, and embossed with lettering, blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. A nice copy.

Sadleir, 25; Wolff, 65: the book being recorded variously in blue, red, and violet bead grain cloth, similarly ruled, blocked, and lettered, and without known precedence, to which we can add a copy in ‘old rose'. The embossed lettering on the sides is a rare example of a true binder's imprint. Appearing on the wide blind rule at the tail edge of the front cover, and, upside down, on the wide blind rule at the upper edge of the back cover, it reads: ‘W. BONE & SON. BINDERS.' It is not noted by Sadleir, Wolff, or Ball, ‘Victorian Publisher's Bindings', who records such binder's signatures as "met with occasionally in the 1830s and 1840s, with an example as late as 1871". The Ball examples may, however, be in part at least of designed bindings, where the signature is, in Carter's words (‘Binding Variants', pp.43-4): "perhaps more in the nature of an artist's signature on a picture than a deliberate attempt at an ‘imprint'". Of clear examples of the latter he is able to cite only one, dating from the mid 1830s. The present imprint is precisely analogous to that, though from a different firm. As with the Sadleir and Wolff copies, the last leaf of the Contents, signed ‘b' is a single inset, as is the last leaf of the text, which is signed ‘2B', the penultimate signature, ‘2A', consisting of two leaves.

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AINSWORTH (William Harrison). Ovingdean Grange. A tale of the South Downs. Illustrated by Hablot K. Browne. London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, Farringdon Street; And 56, Walker Street, New York, 1860. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates with tissue guards; pp.[x]+357+[i (printer's imprint]; old rose bead-grain cloth ruled, blocked, and embossed with lettering, blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow; pale yellow binder's ticket printed in blue, reading: ‘Bound by Bone & Son, 76, Fleet Street London.' on back paste-down. Covers a little mottled, and spine dulled; short marginal tear in four leaves, not affecting text; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 25; Wolff, 65: the book also being recorded variously in blue, red, and violet bead grain cloth, similarly ruled, blocked, and lettered, and without known precedence. The ‘old rose' of this copy is definitely not faded violet, as is evidenced by the turnover of the cloth at the tail of the spine; but we have been unable to find any record of copies in old rose cloth, which presumably is one of the scarcer variants. The embossed lettering on the sides is a rare example of a true binder's imprint. Appearing on the wide blind rule at the tail edge of the front cover, and, upside down, on the wide blind rule at the upper edge of the back cover, it reads: ‘W. BONE & SON. BINDERS.' It is not noted by Sadleir, Wolff, or Ball, ‘Victorian Publisher's Bindings', who records such binder's signatures as "met with occasionally in the 1830s and 1840s, with an example as late as 1871". The Ball examples may, however, be in part at least of designed bindings, where the signature is, in Carter's words (‘Binding Variants', pp.43-4): "perhaps more in the nature of an artist's signature on a picture than a deliberate attempt at an ‘imprint'". Of clear examples of the latter he is able to cite only one, dating from the mid 1830s. The present imprint is precisely analogous to that, though from a different firm. As with the Sadleir and Wolff copies, the last leaf of the Contents, signed ‘b' is a single inset, as is the last leaf of the text, which is signed ‘2B', the penultimate signature, ‘2A', consisting of two leaves.

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AINSWORTH (William Harrison). John Law The projector. In three volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1864. (The right of Translation is reserved [so volume one; . in other volumes]) 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; final leaf of volume three a single inset; pp.vi+300; vi+303+[i (printer's imprint)]; vi+314; purple-brown diagonal wide-bead-grain cloth, blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated deep yellow. Unobtrusive restorations to spines at extreme head and tail; most end-papers cracked; W.H. Smith's library label on each front paste-down, and neat ownership inscription dated ‘October 20th, 1865' on upper margin of first page of text; faint stains to margins of E6 - 8 in volume two and some very light patchy embrowning to D4 in volume three; nonetheless in general a nice copy.

Sadleir, 16; Wolff, 55.

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AINSWORTH (William Harrison). The Good old times: The Story of the Manchester Rebels of ‘45. In three volumes. Tinsley Brothers, 18, Catherine Street, Strand, 1873. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; fly-title precedes start of text in each volume; pp.viii+287+[i (printer's imprint)]; vi+288; vi+275+[i (printer's imprint)]; puce binder's cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Slight general wear to cloth; short tear to blank lower inner margin of title-page in volume one; some foxing and dusting passim, mostly light; a very good copy nonetheless of a scarce title.

Wolff, 50, records the original binding of bright blue sand grain cloth, which he may have described somewhat inadequately: the British Library copy is blocked black on sides, ruled black on spine, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; and with end-papers of dark cream paper. Both copies collate as ours. Sadleir did not find a copy, though he rated it joint number four in his schedule of comparative scarcities. In this copy the printer's imprint on the final page of volume one shows some battered type: issue significance, if any, not known.

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AINSWORTH (William Harrison). Merry England: Or, Nobles and serfs. In three volumes. Tinsley Brothers, 8, Catherine Street, Strand, 1874. 3 Vols.; pp.x+266; vi+251+[i (printer's imprint)]; vi+243+[i (printer's imprint)]; green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, end-papers coated cream. Virtually fine copy.

A scarce title, not in the extensive Sadleir collection; Wolff recording two copies: 59, in grass green patterned sand grain cloth ‘blocked in black on front, back, and spine; blocked and lettered in gold on spine (Vols.I and III say "Merrie," Vol.II "Merry"', all volumes with subtitles also on the spines, and author's name given as "W. Harrison Ainsworth Author of ‘[The] Good Old Times'"), with cream [coated] end-papers, and an inserted 16pp. publisher's catalogue dated March 1873 at end of volumes II and III; and 59a, in dark green patterned sand-grain cloth ‘blocked in blind on front and back, blocked and lettered in gold on spine (all three volumes say "Merry"; subtitle given, but full name of author not, only surname', and no mention of other books), this copy beingwithout catalogues, and evidently secondary. The present copy would seem to be identical with Wolff, 59a, except that the cloth is sand grain, not patterned sand grain - the precedence between these two binding batches being undeterminable.

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AINSWORTH (William Harrison). Beatrice Tyldesley. In three volumes. Tinsley Brothers, 8, Catherine Street, Strand, 1878. Final blank in volume one; pp.x+286+[ii]; viii+273+[i (printer's imprint)]; vi+[i (blank)]+267+[i (printer's imprint)]; diagonally fine ribbed bright brown cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, ruled black, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered rich-brown through gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight mottled darkening of covers, but a very nice copy.

Sadleir, 2; Wolff, 37.

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AINSWORTH (W.H.). Old court. A Novel. Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly, 1878. Yellowback, large format; pale green boards printed in dark green and red; 8pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; white end-papers printed with advertisements in black. Covers worn and rubbed, but nice internally.

Issued as volume 371 of the Select Library of Fiction.

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AITCH (Elinor). Cheer or kill. A Novel. In three volumes. Charing Cross Publishing Company, Limited, 5, Friar Street, Broadway, E.C, 1878. 3 Vols. bound in one, as issued; cancel title, not bearing volume number or date, replaces the title-page to volume one, that to volume two discarded by the binder, and that to volume three (fortunately, for the dating of the volume) bound in, presumably by mistake; half-titles not called for in this issue; final blank in volume one; ripple grain green cloth blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered and blocked gilt on spine; cream coated end-papers. Near fine copy.

A sensational love story beginning with a murder. Not in Sadleir.

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[ALCOCK (Deborah).]. Archie's Chances And The Child's Victory. By the Author of "The Spanish Brothers." &c. &c. T. Nelson and Sons, 1887. Frontispiece, engraved and letterpress titles; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed bright light blue cloth lettered black and gilt, blocked black and red on front cover and spine, blocked blind on back cover. Spine a little darkened, and slight dusting of covers, but a nice copy.

Juvenile. According to the British Library Catalogue the book was published with the date "1886 (for 1885)". It is not, however, possible to check this now against the volume, since it was destroyed during the war, and has not been replaced.

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[ALCOTT (Louisa M.).]. A Modern Mephistopheles. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1877. (All rights reserved). Sq.cr.8vo; leaf before title-page excised before issue; final leaf a single inset; pp.[3]-290; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1876; diagonally fine ribbed dark yellow green cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Circular bubbled area on back cover; front end-papers a little marked; a little scattered light marking or foxing, chiefly evident on first gathering; over-all a very good copy of a very scarce anonymous title.

First edition, probable first printing (issue on large paper). Wright, III, p.36, listing the Boston, Roberts Brothers, issue of the same date, which was published as part of the ‘No Name Series'. Blanck, 184, refers to the present issue, but gives no details and had evidently never seen a copy. The English issue, which was intended for simultaneous publication with the American one, bears no printer's imprint, but would appear almost certainly to consist of imported sheets, having the same collation and being from the same setting of type, though it is on larger paper, and has a different integral title leaf. The American edition has a leaf present before the title-leaf about which Blanck says nothing, and which is presumably a series title or advertisement leaf. This has been excised in the present issue, leaving a stub, and the final leaf of text is here a singleton, whereas in the American issue it is part of a four leaf gathering, the final three leaves consisting of adsvertisements. Given the fact that this is a separate printing (probably made in advance of the American printing to allow time for shipping), it would have been logical for the printer to have economised by printing the singleton at the end as the eighth leaf of the preliminary gathering. It is at any rate tipped in without a stub. A very ‘nineties' book, despite the date, looking forward in many respects to ‘Dorian Gray'

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ALDEN (W.L.). Among the freaks. With fifty-five illustrations By J.F. Sullivan and Florence K. Upton. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1896. Half-tone frontispiece on verso of half-title, with tissue guard; vignette on title; six full-page illustrations in line, on text-paper but not included in the pagination; other illustrations, in half-tone or line, in the text; pp.viii+195+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end, coded ‘50,000-12/95'; dark grey-green buckram, ruled and blocked gilt, blocked black, lettered black-shadowed pale green, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers faced black. Some foxing, but in general a nice copy.

Not in Wright. Printed at the Aberdeen University Press.

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