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.

BUXTON (B[erthe].H[enry].). Many loves. In three volumes. Tinsley Brothers, Catherine Street, Strand, London, N.D. [1880]. 3 Vols., bound in one, as issued; half-titles not called for; pp.[vi]+250+; [iv]+255+[i (blank)]; [iv]+276; bright green fine pebble grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. End-papers a little rubbed, and first and last page a trifle darkened and foxed, apparently by off-setting; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The second issue, three volumes in one, the spine bearing the original published price of 31/6. The authoress, who was also an actress, wrote several novels, mostly concerned with the theatre. Wolff, who found only one of her many fictions, gives a further details of her biography, adding: "Students of the Victorian theatre should read these novels if they can find them." The qualification is significant: for his own collection he found only one. The present title consists of four short novels, only the first of which would appear to qualify.

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BUXTON (B[erthe].H[enry].). Sceptre and ring. A Novel. In three volumes. London: Tinsley Brothers, 8 Catherine St., Strand, 1881. 3 Vols.; half-title in volume one; none called for in other volumes; final blank in volume three; pp.[vi]+251+[i (blank)]; [iv]+225+[i (blank)]; [iv]+214+[ii]; apple green fine pebble grain cloth, blocked eccentrically with design of vine leaves and fruit within smallish ruled circle, all black, on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated pale lemon. Covers a little rubbed and dull; end-papers in two volumes renewed at an early date with cream paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Possibly the most curious binding design we have seen on any three-decker: the ruled circle being - with obvious intentionality - so carefully contrived as to conform to no rule of proportion or design. It achieves, despite its simplicity and careful drawing, an effect of almost perfect ugliness! The authoress, who was also an actress, wrote several novels, mostly concerned with the theatre. The present title deals with the vicissitudes of an opera singer and librettist, and would appear to draw a good deal on her own experience of having to take to writing and the stage after being left impoverished by the death of her husband. Wolff, who found only one of her many fictions, gives some further details of her biography, adding: "Students of the Victorian theatre should read these novels if they can find them." The qualification is significant: for his own collection he found only one. In this copy p.147, l.2, in volume three has the misprint ‘cnocert' for ‘concert', probably as always.

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CABLE (George W.). Bonaventure: A prose pastoral of Acadian Louisiana. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1888. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; blank, followed by 8pp. integral advertisements, and blank, at end; cerise buckram, blocked and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; salmon pink head and tail bands. Spine very slightly dull; otherwise a fine copy.

Blanck, 2346. As Blanck notes, the final gathering is made up of twelve leaves: a singleton, and three conjugate pairs, with a four leaf section of text-paper, bearing the advertisements, tipped in between the two blanks. Blanck calls the text-paper initial blank a ‘fly-leaf', as though it were supplied by the binder, and suggests the leaf that should be conjugate with the first leaf of the final gathering has either been excised, or pasted under the back end-paper: it has in fact been utilised as the initial blank, which is therefore integral. The 8pp. tipped in advertisements are the other half of the sheet bearing the prelims., and are therefore also integral, as Blanck suggests. Precedes the English edition by more than a month.

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CABLE (George W.). The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life By George W. Cable with an Introductory Note by J.M. Barrie. Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1898. Lge.post 8vo; bevelled navy blue coarse buckram, blocked, lettered, and with two ruled boxes, all gilt, on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated very dark green. Near fine copy.

First English edition, and the first appearance of Barrie'sintroduction, which occupies pp.xi-xv. Not in Blanck, who records no appearance of this title in England. First published in America in 1880. Cable's first novel of nineteenth century Louisiana.

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CAINE (Hall). The bondman. A new saga. In three volumes. Vol.I. - The book of Stephen Orry [Vol.II. - The book of Michael Sunlocks; Vol.III. - The book of Red Jason]. William Heinemann, 1890. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in volumes two and three; 4pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end of each volume dated January, 1890, those in volumes one and two preceded by integral blank; diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram and motto device blind on back cover, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on spine. Very slight marking of covers, and large corner of one front cover lightly flexion creased; otherwise a very nice copy.

From the library of Mackenzie Bell, and bearing his signature and the date of purchase (from a circulating library), 17th Sept. 1890, on the front end-paper of volume one. Issued on February 1st 1890, this was the first book published by the firm of Heinemann. Sadleir, 481; Wolff, 1033.

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CAINE (Hall). Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon; The last confession; The blind mother. London, William Heinemann, 1893 (All rights reserved). 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+[280]+[vi]; scarlet bubble-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, black on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle, black, on lower inner corner of back cover, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered with short rule, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Slight foxing of first few leaves, and light dusting of some margins; corner cut from front end-paper; otherwise nice. Scarce.



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CAINE (Hall). The Manxman. William Heinemann, 1894. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 20pp. inserted text-paper advertisements at end dated June 1894; diagonally-fine-ribbed cerise cloth blocked blind on back cover, blind and dark green on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Nice copy.

Sadleir, 485; Wolff, 1037. Wolf also quotes a letter from Hall Caine, dated ‘2/July/94', accompanying a set of advance sheets in which he notes "that this novel is published on the new principle of opposition to the 3 vol novel in point of form, being a book designed for publication in three volumes, yet going out from the first in one volume." Hall Caine and Heinemann both were among the leading opponents of the stranglehold that the three-decker had exercised upon English fiction for much of the past century. The present copy with advertisements printed on the same paper as the text, and dated June, was presumably among the first to be bound, before the July catalogue more normally seen had been prepared.

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CAINE (Hall). The Manxman. William Heinemann, 1894. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 20pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated July 1894; diagonally-fine-ribbed cerise cloth blocked blind on back cover, blind and dark green on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Nice copy.

Sadleir, 485; Wolff, 1037. Wolf also quotes a letter from Hall Caine, dated ‘2/July/94', accompanying a set of advance sheets in which he notes "that this novel is published on the new principle of opposition to the 3 vol novel in point of form, being a book designed for publication in three volumes, yet going out from the first in one volume." Hall Caine and Heinemann both were among the leading opponents of the stranglehold that the three-decker had exercised upon English fiction for much of the past century. This copy has the later, July, advertisements, some copies being known with the advertisements dated June: but this is probably without significance since, as is evident from the letter quoted above, the book was not bound until the later month.

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CAINE (Hall). Price One Pound. One Hundred Copies Only. Yan, the Icelander; Home, sweet home. A lecture-story. This Story has been written for delivery on the Lecture Platform, and is hereby protected from reproduction And dramatization according to Copyright Law. Published by Hall Caine, Greeba Castle, Isle of Man, N.D. [1896]. Med.16mo, gathered in half sheets; half-title not called for; pp.[50]; blue-grey wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. In general a nice copy.

As stated on the title page (and wrappers), one of an edition limited to only one hundred copies - but a good deal rarer today than even this might suggest owing to the fact of Caine's books not having been collected for a long period from the early 1920s onwards until almost the present time. Not in CBEL, or Sadleir. Apparently the only printing.

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CAINE (Hall). The Christian. A Story. William Heinemann, 1897. Advertisement leaf before half-title; Author's Note leaf, followed by 18pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally-fine-ribbed cerise cloth blocked brown and blind on front cover, blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Spine faded; one gathering opened a little roughly; otherwise a near-fine copy.

On verso of the title appears the boast, not unrelated to the campaign against the three-volume novel in which both Hall Caine and Heinemann were prominent: First Edition in One Volume, Six Shillings, consisting of 50,000 copies. Sadleir, 483; this title not in Wolff.

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CALTHROP (Annette). Myrtle and cypress: A Tale of Chequered Life. London: Marcus Ward & Co., 67, Chandos Street; And Royal Ulster Works, Belfast, 1876. Wood-engraved frontispiece printed in seven colours, and conjugate decorative title-page printed in flesh, red, blue, and gold, follow half-title; letterpress title-page; four wood-engraved plates by C. Roberts after ‘C.O.M.' on tinted paper; blank, followed by publisher's 16pp. text-paper catalogue at end; pp.278+[ii]; bevelled cerise sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked gilt, lettered cerise through gilt and cerise through black, on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered black, and cerise through gilt, on spine. Covers slightly dull; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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CAMERON (Mary Emily). The House of Achendaroch. An Old Maid's Story. Samuel Tinsley & Co., 10, Southampton Street, Strand, 1878. Half-title not called for; Contents leaf a single inset; pp.[2 (title leaf)]+iv+388; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end (paged [ii]+30), dated October, 1878; diagonally very fine ribbed dark blue-green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered dark blue-green through gilt, on spine. Neat restoration to cloth of headband; two leaves torn at blank inner margins, without loss; back end-paper lacking; in general, nonetheless, a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1069, describing the title-leaf as a single inset. In the present copy it is definitely conjugate with the dedication leaf.

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CAMERON (Commander V. Lovett, R.N., C.B., D.C.L.). The cruise Of The "Black Prince", Privateer. Chatto and Windus, 1886. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece after P. Macnab, and conjugate title-page, with tissue guard; leaf bearing publisher's device, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated September, 1886; pp.[iv (including frontispiece)]+314+[ii]; red buckram, blocked black, and with publisher's initials device black and white, on back cover, blocked pictorially black, white, and gilt, lettered black outlined red, and white-shadowed black on front cover, blocked pictorially black and white, lettered gilt and black, on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with orange branch pattern in pale green. Spine slightly darkened, and insignificant bubbling of cloth on sides; contemporary inscription on back of frontispiece; otherwise a very nice copy.

One of the startling and original cover designs for which this publisher became renowned in the 1880s - a period generally of rather poor design.

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CAMERON (Mrs. Lovett). Jack's secret. A Novel. By Mrs. Lovett Cameron, Author of "In a Grass Country," A Devout Lover," "This Wicked World," "A Lost Wife," &c., &c. In one volume. London: F.V. White & Co., 31, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1891. Post 8vo; advertisements on verso of fly-title; pp.[viii]+300; scarlet buckram blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, ruled black, embossed blind-through-gilt, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine, ruled, lettered, and blocked with author's monogram, black, embossed blind on blind-pressed panels, on front cover; end-papers faced pale yellow. Slight dusting and spotting of covers, and very slight fading of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

The first one volume edition of a novel also published in three volumes in the same year. Very scarce. COPAC records one holding only of the three-decker (at Cambridge), and no copies at all of this edition. There was also a yellowback, issued as the ‘Third Edition' in 1892 - which also is not on COPAC.

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CAMERON (Mrs. Lovett). A bachelor's bridal. A Novel. In one volume. F.V. White & Co., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, 1895. Publisher's 16pp. inserted catalogue at end; glazed yellow boards printed in red, black, and green on front cover and spine, with commercial advertisement in black on back cover; end-papers printed with commercial advertisements. Slight general wear to covers; otherwise nice.

Not in Sadleir. First yellowback edition. An otherwise identical edition was issued in cloth in 1894, with the title-page so dated.

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CAMPBELL (C.M.). Deilie Jock. London, A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1897. Advertisement leaf before half-title; integral advertisement leaf dated September, 1897, at end; pp.[viii]+342+[ii]; vertically fine-ribbed blue cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device with square ruled panel, blind, on back cover, panelled blind, ruled and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Scattered foxing, otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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[CAMPBELL (Harriette).]. The Only daughter. A domestic story. Edited by The author of "The Subaltern. [ ] [.]" "The Hussar," &c. In three volumes. Henry Colburn, Publisher, 1839. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; pp.[iii]-[viii]+308; [ii]+296; [ii]+271+[i (blank)]; contemporary half green calf, green marbled sides, burnished sprinkled edges; end-papers faced light brown. Labels lacking and marbled paper slightly rubbed; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Edited by G.R. Gleig. The author's first novel. A half-title was allowed for by the printer in setting the prelims. to volume one, but it is almost certain that none was actually issued. Volume one has four preliminary leaves; the last gathering consists of ten leaves; volumes two and three have each one preliminary leaf, a single inset, the last gathering in each case consisting of four leaves: the three four leaf gatherings presumably formed one full sheet, the other two title-pages being printed conjugate with the last gathering of volume one, completing that full sheet. The author's scarce first novel, edited by G.R. Gleig, and not in Sadleir or Wolff. Block, p.33.

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[CAMPE (J.H.).]. New Robinson Crusoe: An Instructive and Entertaining History: Altered from the French. J.J. Stockdale, 1818. 12mo; wood-engraved frontispiece, thirty-one full page plates, and one illustration in the text; pp.364; contemporary full morocco-grained calf, gilt. Covers slightly rubbed; a good working copy.

Juvenile. Includes a Dedication by Stockdale to Lord Kenyon, and a short unsigned translator's Preface. Campe's German original appeared in 1779, and the work was translated by the author into French in 1779, and into English in 1781. This first edition in English was published in Hambourg and had no very great sale, and it was not until the first anonymously translated Stockdale edition appeared in four volumes in England in 1788 that the work became popular in this country. The present edition, "Altered from the French", represents a redaction of the earlier Stockdale edition, this serving in turn as a basis for the further redaction published by Arliss in London in 1818 and by Espy in Dublin in 1822. It appears to be the only printing of this text. The original Stockdale edition had thirty-two fussy and not very successful plates by Bewick; these blocks were not re-used in the shortened editions, but served as an inspiration for the plates found there, those in the present edition, which are signed ‘Lee', being much simplified and very striking stylised versions of some of the same material. They are mostly in much better condition than the text, which is somewhat fingered. This edition is not in Halkett and Laing, Block, Summers, the Osborne Collection, or the British Library Catalogue.

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CANNING (Hon. Albert S.G.). Sir Marmaduke Lorton, Bart. A tale. In three volumes. London: Samuel Tinsley, 10, Southampton Street, Strand, 1875. 3 Vols.; half-title present in volume one, not called for in other volumes; pp.[iv]+292; [ii]+288; [ii]+275+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue on text-paper, dated June, 1875, at end of volume three (signed ‘31' - the other gatherings are signed by letters); diagonally fine ribbed bright brown cloth ruled and blocked black on sides, blocked black, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated cream; binder's ticket of W. Bone & Son (Ball, 17E) on back pastedown of volume one. Barely perceptible restoration to cloth at extreme head of one spine; slight rubbing of design on front covers; but a nice copy nonetheless.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1072, listing a copy with the same date of catalogue, in ‘apple-green sand-grain cloth' apparently without the black blocking on the spine, and with an errata slip tipped-in before the start of text in volume one. Sand-grain cloth was slightly cheaper than diagonally fine ribbed cloth, and that, together with the slightly simplified blocking, and the added errata slip, leads us to suppose that the present issue is the earlier. Rather cheaply produced, on paper of poor quality, all Samuel Tinsley multi-deckers are now scarce - though the catalogue here lists more than seventy of them. They were evidently intended almost purely as library fodder: almost none of the authors' names are known even to us - though one of them, "Annals of the Twenty-Ninth Century; or, the Autobiography of the Tenth President of the World-Republic" we should very much like to find, as well as the pamphlet, "Another Row at Dame Europa's School: Showing how John's Cook made an Irish Stew, and what came of it." The author of the present volume was the second son of the first Baron Garvagh. He lived in Rostrevor, County Down.

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From the library of M.P. Shiel / John Gawsworth, with the Realm of Redonda bookplate.


CAPES (Bernard). Adventures Of the Comte de la Muette During the Reign of Terror. By Bernard Capes, Author of ‘The Mill of Silence,' ‘The Lake of Wine,' etc. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1898. All Rights reserved[.] Title printed in black and red; first leaf of last gathering a single inset; pp.[viii]+301+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue, at end, dated ‘5/98'; bottle green coarse buckram, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered bottle green through gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated deep olive. Darker mottling to back cover and slight foxing to prelims. and uncut edges; bookplates on front end-papers (v. note) and one or two light pencil marks in text (mostly ticks); owners' signatures at head of title-page and back of front end-paper; some light foxing, more or less confined to first few leaves, and a couple of leaves roughly opened; in effect a very nice, crisp, copy nonetheless.

From the library of M.P. Shiel / John Gawsworth, with the Realm of Redonda bookplate on the front pastedown. The pencil marks are probably Shiel's. The free end-paper bears the subsequent bookplate of Alex Bridge, whose signature appears also on its verso. A minor issue variant, some otherwise similar copies having a final blank before the catalogue. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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CAPES (Bernard). Adventures Of the Comte de la Muette During the Reign of Terror. By Bernard Capes, Author of ‘The Mill of Silence,' ‘The Lake of Wine,' etc. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1898. All Rights reserved[.] Title printed in black and red; blank, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue, at end, dated ‘5/98'; bottle green coarse buckram, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered bottle green through gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated deep olive. Nice copy.

A minor issue variant, some otherwise similar copies being made up without the final blank, and the first leaf of the last gathering a singleton. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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CARDELLA (G.). A king's daughter. A novel. Vol.I [II] [III]. Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1892. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; final blank in volumes one and two; pp.[iv]+234+[ii]; [iv]+238+[ii]; [iv]+199+[i]; diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth, ruled black on front cover and spine, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers coated black. End-papers in volume two renewed with yellow-coated paper at an early date; otherwise a nice copy.

A well-written contemporary love-story, with some social concerns (Carlyle/Kingsley/socialism). The title is less than informative. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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CAREY (Rosa Nouchette). Lover or Friend? In three volumes. Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1890. 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; half-title not present, almost certainly lacking, in volume one: present in other volumes; pp.[iv]+324; [vi]+310; [vi]+309+[i (blank)]; half dark green buckram, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine, bronze cloth sides blocked with an all-over pattern in blind; end-papers printed with publisher's device and monogram pattern in grey. Slight wear to cloth of spines, and gilt a trifle rubbed; end-papers renewed in volume one at an early date with white paper; slight marking of prelims. in volume three; in general a nice copy of a scarce book.

Not in Sadleir; this edition not in Wolff, who lists only a one volume reprint.

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CAREY (Rosa Nouchette). Doctor Luttrell's First patient. Hutchinson & Co., 1897. Final leaf a single inset; pp.322; 8pp. publisher's inserted text-paper advertisements at end; sage-green flecked with light green linen blocked with art-nouveau design of roses in dark green and crimson, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, blocked gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; Wolf, 1081.

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CAREY (Rosa Nouchette). The Mistress of Brae Farm: A Novel. Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington Street, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1896. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+vi+428+[iv]; dark green dot-and-line ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, in standard Bentley style; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram-and-device pattern in grey. Generally nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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CAREY (Rosa Nouchette). My Lady Frivol. With sixteen full-page illustrations by Bertha Newcombe. Hutchinson & Co, 1899. Half-tone frontispiece and fifteen plates; green patterned sand grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.uncut; poor quality laid paper end-papers. A nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face the following pages (the actual positions at which they are tipped in, where different, being shown in brackets): 10, 44, 48 (49), 68, 88, 118, 142, 157 (156), 167 (166), 184, 241 (240), 263 (262), 285 (284), 295 (294), 316.

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CARLEN (Emilie). Marie Louise: Or, The opposite neighbours. With numerous Illustrations. [Together with: Passages In the Life of James Leganger, A Travelling Norwegian Artist By Emilie Carlen] Ingram, Cooke, & Co., 1853. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and conjugate vignette title-page; six wood-engraved plates (including a frontispiece and vignette fly-title to the second work); list of Illustrations at end; pp.318+[ii]; moss-green straight grain morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. A virtually fine copy.

Included by Sadleir under 3747 - from an advertisement, since he did not possess this title - as a volume of The Illustrated Family Novelist. Sadleir notes of this series that "The earlier titles were first published as independent works, and then incorporated in the list of the series without assuming series dress". This is evidently one such title - though one suspects that any later binding up of sheets might have put it into standard series style.

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CARLEN (Emilie). John; Or, Is a cousin in the hand Worth two counts in the bush? By Emilie Carlen, Author of "The Rose of Tisleton," "Woman's Life," "The Birthright," etc. Rendered By the translator of "The Birthright," "The Sicilian Vespers," &c. In two volumes. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1853. 2 Vols., 12mo, printed on antique toned paper; half-titles not called for; pp.[ii]+280; [ii]+284; leaf green ripple-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth of spines neatly restored; back end-paper largely lacking in volume two, and end-papers generally somewhat rubbed and marked; some dusting, a little foxing, light damp-staining of some margins, and one leaf re-inserted with slight damage to inner margin; in all, a very good reading copy of a scarce book.

This title not in Wolff - who does however enable identification of the translator as Miss A. B. Isabel Percy, whose own copy of "The Birthright" he possessed. Sadleir likewise did not succeed in locating a copy of the present title, but refers to its existence in a Note in "XIX Century Fiction", Volume II, p.175, as the third title in a very short series of multi-volume novels issued at a greatly reduced price (in this case 8s. instead of the usual £1. 1s.). The experiment collapsed after three months, during which a bare four titles were issued.

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CARLETON (William). Jane Sinclair; Or, the Fawn of Spring Vale, The clarionet, And other tales. In three volumes. Dublin: William Curry, Jun. and Company; George Routledge, London, 1843. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; each volume with cancel title; inserted errata leaf follows title-page in volume two; fly-title to each of the six stories, included in the pagination; dark green fine diaper cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. A crisp and virtually fine copy.

Sadleir 504[b] First edition, second issue. The book's first appearance under the present title, the sub-title having originally stood instead. In this copy the inserted errata leaf in volume two, and the cancel title in volume three, are both correctly inserted before the fly-title to the following tale, not after it, as described by Sadleir. Sadleir did not possess either issue of this title, and had never seen the first issue in its original binding. The book was first issued without the errata leaf in volume two, and with integral title-pages dated 1841, bearing the Curry imprint alone.

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CARLETON (William). Tales and sketches, Illustrating the Character, usages, traditions, Sports and pastimes Of The Irish peasantry. Dublin: Published by James Duffy, 23, Anglesea-street, 1845 [i.e., 1846]. Med.8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard, engraved and letterpress titles (the former dated 1846), and six engraved plates, by Phiz, most with tissue guards; final leaf integral advertisements; scarlet net grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Backstrip lacking; plates foxed; the text in general nice.

Sadleir, 515a, but a binding variant, his being in scarlet moire cloth, and apparently without the blocking on the sides. The second issue, the first being without the engravings. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.15, 84, 97, 177, 238, and 330.

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CARLETON (William). Valentine M‘Clutchy, The Irish Agent; Or, The Chronicles of Castle Cumber; Together with The Pious Aspirations, Permissions, Vouchsafements and other Sanctified Privileges of Soloman M‘Slime, A Religious Attorney. With Twenty Illustrations, By Phiz. Dublin: James Duffy, 1848. Frontispiece, and nineteen plates; half-title not called for; pp.viii+468; old half-morocco, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine, marbled sides and end-papers; t.e.g. In general a nice copy.

This edition not in Sadleir. The Illustrated Edition, Sadleir 521a/b, was first published the preceding year; our edition is identical in text with these, except for gathering [A], which has been reduced to 8pp., with the loss of the half-title leaf and the resetting of the Preface to occupy 2pp. instead of four.

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CARLETON (William). Tubber derg; Or, The red well. Party fight and funeral, Dandy Kehoe's christening, And Other Irish tales. Dublin: James Duffy, 15, Wellington-quay: London; 22 Paternoster-row, 1869. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.256; green morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut. Small, neat, repair to cloth at head of spine; faint blind-stamp on title-page, and small, old, private ownership rubber-stamp on upper margin of half-title; otherwise in general nice.

First edition of this co0llection. This title not in sadleir; Wolff, 1125, recording an otherwise similar copy in ‘grass-green sand grain cloth'.

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[CARLYLE (Thomas).]. Sartor resartus: The Life and opinions Of Herr Teufelsdröckh. In three books. London: Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street, 1838. Lge.12mo; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.xii+310+[ii]; original drab boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Rebacked with matching contemporary paper, remains of spine label laid on; unobtrusive early signature on upper margin of half-title page; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce, especially in boards.

The first English edition in book form, of which only 500 copies were printed. Originally published serially in Fraser's magazine in 1833-4, and subsequently issued privately as an offprint in an edition of only fifty-eight copies. Two small American editions also have precedence. (V. W. Harris Arnold, ‘Ventures in Book Collecting, p.35). The label reads ‘SARTOR/RESARTUS/BY/CARLYLE', this being the only acknowledgement of authorship.

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[CARLYLE (Thomas).]. Sartor resartus: The Life and opinions Of Herr Teufelsdröckh. In three books. London: Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street, 1838. Lge.12mo; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.xii+310+[ii]; quarter purple cloth, drab board sides, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Recased with new free end-papers; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

The first English edition in book form, of which only 500 copies were printed. Originally published serially in Fraser's magazine in 1833-4, and subsequently issued privately as an offprint in an edition of only fifty-eight copies. Two small American editions also have precedence. (V. W. Harris Arnold, ‘Ventures in Book Collecting, p.35). The label in this copy reads ‘SARTOR/RESARTUS/BY/T. CARLYLE', this being the only acknowledgement of authorship. Tarr, A5.4, binding F.

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[CARLYLE (Thomas).]. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and travels. From the German of Goethe. In three volumes. Vol.I. [II.] Apprenticeship. [Vol.III. Travels.] A new edition, revised. Chapman and Hall, Strand, 1842. Lge.12mo; volume one with cancel title, pasted onto a stub, the first gathering consisting of only eleven leaves, the last of which, the fly-title to book one, is arranged as a single inset; title-leaf a single inset in volumes two and three, tipped onto the following leaf, rather than being bound in; pp.[xii]+324; [iv]+[3]-[378]; [xxxviii (paged xxxvi)]+[37]-290; fine diaper slate green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; green silk marker; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Pinhole in cloth over one joint; markers detached or lacking; otherwise a near fine copy. Scarce.

Apparently the first revised edition, second issue. Carlyle published his translation of the ‘Apprenticeship' anonymously in 1824; the ‘Travels' in 1827. The present edition, besides being revised, has an additional preface, dated ‘Nov. 1839'. Dyer, pp.261-2 records the first revised (and combined) edition as published by James Fraser in 1839. We have been unable to trace a copy of this issue, and Dyer gives a rather inadequate collation, but, as far as we are able to tell, the present copy consists of sheets of the Fraser edition re-issued with a cancel title-page to each volume, the half-titles to volumes two and three, the integral advertisement leaf at the end of volume two, and the 6pp. integral Fraser advertisements at the end of volume three, being excised, and the first fly-title of volumes two and three (each signed ‘B') being allowed to stand, in place of the excised half-titles, before the tipped in cancel title leaves. The half-titles and titles were not included in the pagination of the original issue, whilst the fly-titles were, and this explains the peculiar pagination here. This issue is apparently not recorded by Dyer, who does, however, list a further Chapman and Hall edition of this date, in a binding similarly lettered, to which have been added ‘Notes' not present here. Chapman and Hall became Carlyle's publishers in the early 1840s taking over many of his works from Fraser, Saunders and Otley, and other firms: a standardisation of imprint which might well have resulted in the acquirement of stocks of unsold sheets. Carlyle's name appears only on the spines, and as a signature to the added preface.

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CARREL (Frederic). The City. London, Hutchinson & Co., 34 Paternoster Row, 1896. Extra cr.8vo; single inset advertisement leaf at end on text-paper, presumably printed conjugate with prelims.; pp[vi]+383+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed green cloth, blocked and panelled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut. poor quality end-papers a trifle embrowned; but a nice copy.

The ‘City' of the title is London's financial centre. A very readable and interesting novel that was compared favourably in contemporary reviews with Zola's L'Argent. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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CARREL (Frederic). The adventures Of John Johns. London: Bliss Sands & Co., 1897. Lge.cr.8vo; title-page printed in red and black; integral advertisement leaf, followed by 8pp. publisher's advertisements on text-paper at end; vertically ribbed dark blue cloth, blocked with publisher's device gilt and name dark blue through gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight marking of covers; back end-papers a little stained; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. A very readable and interesting novel detailing the social rise of a determined and gifted man from a working class background in contemporary London. Said to have been based on the career of Frank Harris. Carrel's earlier novel, ‘The City', was compared favourably with Zola's L'Argent. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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CARREL (Frederic). The adventures Of John Johns. London: Bliss Sands & Co., 1898. Lge.cr.8vo; title-page printed in red and black, with advertisement for Carrel's earlier book, ‘The City', on verso; publisher's advertisements on verso of Preface leaf; integral advertisement leaf, followed by 8pp. publisher's advertisements on text-paper at end; pp.[viii]+302+[i]; vertically ribbed dark blue cloth, blocked with publisher's device gilt front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight damp-marking of covers; back end-papers a little stained; otherwise a nice copy.

First published in February 1897, the book sold slowly at first, and seems then to have been a runaway success: the printing history on the verso of the half-title records a second printing in October 1897, a third and a fourth printing in November, a fifth in December, and this printing, the sixth, in January 1898. A very readable and interesting novel detailing the social rise of a determined and gifted man from a working class background in contemporary London. Pre-Arnold Bennett. Carrel's earlier novel, ‘The City', was compared favourably with Zola's L'Argent. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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CARROLL (Lewis). [i.e., Charles Lutwidge Dodgson]. A tangled tale. With six illustrations By Arthur B. Frost. Macmillan and Co., 1885. Globe 8vo; frontispiece, with tissue guard, and other illustrations on text-paper; inserted advertisement leaf at end; crimson buckram, ruled and blocked gilt on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g., end-papers coated black. Covers slightly dull; large bold inscription on half-title page (see note); otherwise a nice copy.

Williams & Madan, 144. The inscription on the half-title page, originally in pencil, but carefully inked-over, presumably by the recipient, reads "Winifred Lucy Elton/from A. Lang./1885. Xmas."

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CARROLL (Lewis [i.e., Charles Lutwidge Dodgson].). Sylvie and Bruno. With forty-six illustrations By Harry Furniss. Price three half-crowns. Macmillan and Co., 1889. TOGETHER WITH: CARROLL (Lewis). Sylvie and Bruno Concluded. With forty-six illustrations By Harry Furniss. Price three half-crowns. Macmillan and Co., 1893. 2 Vols., uniform; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard and other illustrations, all on text-paper; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end of first volume, 4pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end of second volume; pp.[xxiv (including frontispiece)]+400; [xxxii (including frontispiece)]+423+[i (blank)]+[vi]+[ii]; scarlet buckram ruled and blocked gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated black. Sides lightly stained in first volume; one opening lightly spotted in second volume; one tissue lacking; in general, however, a nice set.

The second volume is of the first issue, with Chapter 8 in the Table of Contents given as p.110 instead of p.113 (Williams, 250).

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CARTER (Mary E.). Mrs. Severn. A novel By Mary E. Carter, Author of ‘Juliet'. In three volumes. Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington Street, publishers in ordinary to Her Majesty The Queen, 1889. 3 Vols., post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end of volumes II and III; diagonally fine ribbed bevelled scarlet cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with oak twig and acorn design in brown. Cloth frayed a little at head and tail of spines, and a little stained; neat restoration to cloth over one joint; internally a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir.

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CELIERE (Paul). The startling exploits Of Dr. J.B. Quiès. From the French of Paul Célière By Mrs. Cashel Hoey and Mr. John Lillie. With one hundred and twenty illustrations. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1886. (All rights reserved). Lge.demy 8vo; half-title not called for; fine wood-engraved frontispiece on text-paper, with tissue guard, and other illustrations in text, by F. Lix,, some full-page and unbacked, but all on text-paper and included in the pagination; pp.[xii]+328; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end; blue-grey coated cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram, black on back cover, pictorially black, white, brown, and gilt, lettered black, on front cover, blocked black, white, brown, and gilt, lettered gilt, blue-grey through gilt, and brown on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers faced pale yellow. Some barely detectable rubbing to the blue-grey coating of the cloth at top and fore-edges of covers, and on spine, and with a small white streak close to the spine on the back cover due to an original production fault, but a virtually fine copy nonetheless. A superb example of period book production in as near to fine state as one is likely to see.

Fantastic travels. The fine and unusual cover design of a hot air balloon, its gaily decorated envelope bearing the title, swinging wildly in from the left-hand upper corner over a landscape of trees, twilit fields, and a distant sea, its occupants frantically casting out ballast, must be one of the most striking pictorial productions of its period. The small uncoated streak on the back cover allows one to see that the cloth colour was originally matt white rather than blue-grey, and that the latter colour is applied to the surface. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. In this copy, p.68, l.6 has lacks the ‘e' of ‘imperative' at the end of the line: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.

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CHAMBERS (Robert W.). In the quarter. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1895. Pott 8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.314+[vi]; olive brown buckram, pictorially blocked with vignette in black and white, lettered white on front cover, lettered white on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Cloth of spine and back cover slightly marked, and spine lettering a trifle dull; otherwise a nice copy.

Life among the artists in Paris.

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[CHAMEROVZOW (Louis Alexis).]. Chronicles Of The Bastile. First series. The Bertaudière. An historical romance. London: T.C. Newby, 72, Mortimer St. Cavendish Square, 1845. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; engraved frontispiece and thirty-nine plates by Robert Cruikshank; pp.xii+640; contemporary natural half-calf, marbled boards, tooled blind on sides and spine, gilt on spine, contrasting label. Some wear to covers; gathering 2S misbound before 2R; one leaf frayed at margins and slightly trimmed; frontispiece foxed; a little scattered light marking and dusting; in general a very good copy, nonetheless, of a very scarce title.

Block, p.38, listing the British Library copy only; not in Summers; this title not in Sadleir or Wolff, the latter however listing the second and third series of 1846 and 1848. The last thirty-four pages are occupied by a second story: ‘The Iron Mask: An episode', this having its own fly-title (included in the pagination).

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CHAMIER (Captain, R.N.). The Spitfire, A tale of the sea. In three volumes. Henry Colburn, Publisher, 1840. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for, but lacking the three frontispieces present in the Sadleir copy; in need of rebacking; some marking and dusting, but the text very good, nonetheless. An excellent reading copy.

Sadleir 529.

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CHANT (Mrs. Ormiston). Sellcuts' Manager. Grant Richards, 1899. Blank before half-title; publisher's inserted 20pp. text-paper catalogue at end; crimson cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Slight darkening of covers; light damp-stain on fore- and lower- edges; end-papers slightly cracking; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. A story involving arson and a trial, but not primarily a crime story.

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CHAPPELL (Jennie). Losing and finding; Or, The moonstone ring. By Jennie Chappell, Author of "Who was the Culprit?" "The Man of the Family," etc. Illustrated by W. Rainey, R.I. London: S.W. Partridge & Co., 9, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1893]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece and five full-page illustrations, all on text-paper and unbacked, but included in the pagination; head- and tail- pieces throughout; pp.96; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue at end; light blue buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device, black, on back cover; blocked black, tan, and pale green, lettered black0outlined gilt, black-outlined pale green and tan, and black, on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, embossed with lettering light blue through gilt, on spine. Covers a little dull, but a nice copy nonetheless.

The correct first printing: on paper of good quality (an almost certain sign with Partridge books), but also in this instance with an inscription on the front end-paper dated ‘Dec: 6th, 1893'. Juvenile.

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[CHARLES (Mrs. Rundle).]. The Draytons And The Davenants: A Story of the Civil Wars. By the Author of "Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family," &c. &c. London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row; Edinburgh; and New York, 1867 [i.e., 1866]. Half-title not called for, though allowed for in the pagination: the first and last gatherings each consist of seven leaves, 1[7], pp.15-16, having been printed as the last leaf of the final gathering, and coded, for the binder's benefit, with the job number, ‘(142)', on verso; pp.[3]-494; bevelled sea-green sand grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and embossed with lettering, blind, on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered sea-green through gilt, and with ruled frame with scalloped corners, blind, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered sea-green through gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate. Edges slightly foxed; end-papers slightly foxed, with offsetting; one leaf badly opened; otherwise virtually fine.

The fifth title in the ‘Schönberg-Cotta' series of novels. An advertisement on the verso of the title lists the first four (and one earlier title). Reprints are common. This first edition is rather scarce. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1169, listing a variant in plum patterned sand-grain cloth, with black [?coated] end-papers, and with half-title and final blank . He gives no details of the advertisements. CBEL, III, p.283 omits this title. Originally published in serial form in ‘The Family Treasury'.

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CHARLETON (R.J.). Netherdyke: A tale of the ‘forty-five'. Edward Arnold, London, 37 Bedford Street / New York, 70 Fifth Avenue, 1897. Pp.vi+306; publisher's inserted catalogue, 32pp. at end, dated October, 1897; vertically fine-ribbed crimson cloth, lettered within ruled boxes, gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut. Publisher's label on front cover (v. note); otherwise a brilliantly fine, unopened, copy.

The publisher's File Copy, so designated on the label. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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CHELLIS (Mary D.). Clarence Vane; Or, How the Doctor Saved. Glasgow: John S. Marr & Sons; London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., N.D. [1875]. F'cap 8vo; half=title not called for; wood-engraved title-page by R. Paterson after ‘C McW'; pp.191+[i (printer's imprint)]; inserted 16pp. catalogue of ‘John S. Marr & Sons, Successors to the late George Cameron, 194 Buchanan Street, Glasgow' at end; bevelled dark green fine sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered dark green through gilt, and with small brown calf onlay blocked gilt and embossed with letter brown through gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked gilt, lettered gilt and dark green through gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated chocolate. Raised portions of calf onlay slightly rubbed; otherwise a nice copy. A scarce title from a small publisher.

Printed in Glasgow. A temperance novel. The front end-paper of this copy bears a barely visible inscription dated ‘April 13th /75'.

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CHERBULIEZ (Victor, Of the French Academy). Vizetelly's One-Volume Novels. XII. The trials of Jetta Malaubret. (Noirs et rouges.) Translated from the French By the Comtesse Gaston de la Rochefoucauld. Vizetelly & Co., 42, Catherine Street, Strand, 1886. Post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated November, 1885; diagonally fine-ribbed greyish brown cloth, blocked pink and embossed blind on back cover with publisher's monogram device, ruled, blocked, and lettered pink, blocked gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked pink, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; end-papers coated iron grey. Virtually fine copy.



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CHERBULIEZ (Victor, Of the French Academy). Vizetelly's One-Volume Novels. XII. The trials of Jetta Malaubret. (Noirs et rouges.) Translated from the French By the Comtesse Gaston de la Rochefoucauld. Vizetelly & Co., 42, Catherine Street, Strand, 1886. Post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated November, 1885; diagonally fine-ribbed greyish brown cloth, blocked pink and embossed blind on back cover with publisher's monogram device, ruled, blocked, and lettered pink, blocked gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked pink, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; end-papers coated iron grey. Very nice copy.



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[CHESNEY (General Sir George Tomkyns).]. The Private secretary. In three volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1881. 3 Vols; single inset fly-title follows title leaf in volume one; pp.[vi]+286; [iv]+284; [iv]+285+[iii (blank)]; milk chocolate buckram, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with a reversed out wild rose pattern in pale blue-green. Small neat restorations to cloth of spines; cloth of sides a little bubbled in volume three; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy with Chesney's holograph inscription in pencil on the upper margin of the title-page to volume one: "O.E. Wheeler / from the author". Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1194. As in the Wolff copy the first leaf of signature ‘S' in volume one is a single inset.

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CHETWYND (The Honble. Mrs. Henry). Criss-cross lovers. A novel. In three volumes. F.V. White & Co., 31 Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1890. Each volume with half-title, title, Contents leaf, and fly-title with publisher's advertisements on verso; blank at end of volume one; 16pp. integral publisher's advertisements (continuing the pagination) at end of volume three; very dark green diagonally fine ribbed cloth blocked with publisher's monogram in scarlet on back cover, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover, ruled scarlet, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; white end-papers printed with floral pattern in grey green. Lacking three end-papers, two others marked with purple crayon, two slightly chipped at corner; one inner joint slightly cracking; a very little scattered dusting and marking; apart from the end-papers, however, a near-fine copy.

Not in Sadleir.

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CHOLMONDELEY (Mary). Red Pottage. Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, 1899. Blank before half-title; leaf bearing Postscript on recto, imprint on verso, followed by 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated October, 1899; vertically fine ribbed dark red cloth, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very nice copy.

Sadleir, 555. The author's scarce key title. Sadleir remarks of this author's books generally that apart from the copies in his collection "Specimens seen ... could be numbered on one hand, and were far from attractive."

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