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.

CHURCH (Rev. Alfred J., M.A.). The Chantry Priest Of Barnet: A tale of the two roses. With Sixteen Illustrations. Seeley & Co. 46, 47 & 48, Essex Street, Strand (Late of 54, Fleet Street), 1885. Frontispiece and seven plates printed in gold and colours, after mediaeval illuminated originals, and eight plates printed in dark red and cream, several after drawings by Matthew Paris; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.xii+301+[i (blank)]+[ii]; rich brown patterned fine sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked very dark red, blocked and lettered gilt, and blocked silver, on front cover and spine; end-papers coated lemon. Slight bruising and marking of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; CBEL, III, p.568 (one of a selective list of only four Church titles).

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CHURCH (The Rev. Alfred J., M A. [sic], Professor of Latin in University College, London, Author of "Stories from Homer"). With the King At Oxford: A Tale of the Great Rebellion. With Sixteen Illustrations. Seeley & Co., 46, 47, & 48, Essex Street, Strand (Late of 54, Fleet Street), 1886. All Rights Reserved. Four colour frontispiece, with tissue guard, and fifteen plates, mostly printed in one or two colours, with key-plate, but some in three or four; integral advertisement leaf at end; Cambridge blue patterned sand grain cloth ruled and blocked red and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, embossed red on front cover; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Cloth of spine slightly darkened; otherwise a nice copy, internally fine.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. A handsome volume. The delicately coloured plates are printed lithographically, for the most part, apparently, on the basis of wood-engraved originals.

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CHURCH (Rev. Alfred J.). Stories from the bible Second series. With illustrations after Julius Schnorr. Macmillan and Co., 1891. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.xii+256; blue fine diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked pictorially gilt after a design by Schnorr on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. yellow; end-papers coated grey-green. Virtually fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The ‘First Series' appeared in 1890

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CLARKE (Clara Savile). The Poet's Audience; And Delilah. Cassell & Company, Limited: London, Paris, & Melbourne, 1891. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[2]+vi+295+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated ‘6 G-9.91'; quarter navy blue buckram lettered gilt on spine, diagonally fine ribbed old cream boards printed with pattern in brown; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers printed florally pale brown. Cloth a little damp-spotted and gilt very dull; boards a little worn at corners; some very light foxing of first few leaves; otherwise nice.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The author was a friend of Beardsley and of G.S. Street. Her father had collaborated with Lewis Carroll on a stage adaptation of ‘Alice'.

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CLARKE (Mrs. D., late E.A. INGRAM). Tales and Sketches, Historical and Domestic. Longman and Co., London; Tegg & Co., Dublin and Glasgow; W. Grapel, and G. & J. Robinson, Liverpool, 1838. Sm.4to; engraved title with a vignette of Ludlow Castle, letterpress title, Preface leaf (numbered IV on verso), and leaf of Contents precede gathering A; pp.VI+336; diagonally fine-ribbed dark green cloth ruled blind on margins of boards and embossed with an all-over irregular pattern of zig-zags, commas, and conventional leaves in blind, lettered gilt on spine within a decorative gilt frame; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Head and tail of spine a little worn, and cloth slightly splitting at joints; a little dusting and foxing internally, but in general a very good copy of a rare book.

Most of the stories are of a Gothic nature, though some have a contemporary setting. Printed in Liverpool by John R. Isaac. Not in Summers, Block, Sadleir, Wolff, or the British Library Catalogue.

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CLARKE ([E.] A.W.). Jaspar Tristram: A Story. William Heinemann, 1899. Blank before half-title; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; light and lighter blue linen-patterned cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a nice copy.

Wolff, 1236; not in Sadleir. A psychological study of boyhood and young manhood, presenting with some realism an unsympathetic character viewed sympathetically from within. Well conceived and written, but rather depressing! V. d'Arch Smith, ‘Love in Earnest', p.157; Reade, ‘Sexual Heretics', pp.51, 53 ("one of the most interesting novels of the 1890s"), and 431-453; and also Oscar Wilde to Louis Wilkinson, 2nd November, 1899: "Have you read ‘Jasper [sic] Tristram'?", etc.

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CLARKE (Charles, [editor].). [Cover title:] A forecastle frolic, Being A round of stories For Christmas. Conducted by Charles Clarke, Christmas, 1868. Contents: I. On Board the Zealandia. II. The Engraver's Story. III. The Colleen's Story. IV. The Artist's Story. V. The Ship's Carpenter's Story. VI. The Government Clerk's Story. VII. The Story of the Girl who wouldn't stand Any Nonsense. VIII. The Crimean Hero's Story, &c. No publisher C.H. Clarke], 13, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1868]. Very lge.12mo (royal 8vo size), pp.48, printed in double columns; light blue wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without prelims. or end-papers. Short tear in lower margin of first two leaves; hole in two blank foremargins, due apparently to an original paper fault; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

An overt imitation of the Christmas Numbers of All the Year Round issued annually under the editorship of Charles Dickens between 1859 and 1867, and continued from about 1873 onwards by his son, the present volume, identical in size, print style, the arrangement of the drop head on p.1, and the colour and layout of wrappers, evidently being intended to fill the gap in the market created by the absence of of an All the Year Round Christmas Number in 1868. Issued, according to the headlines, on December 12, 1868. The publisher's name appears only on the back wrapper advertisement, along with the same address as is on the front wrapper.

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CLARKE (Sarah M.S. (Mrs. Pereira)). Baron and Squire. A Story of the Thirty Years War. From the German of W. Noeldechen By Sarah M.S. Clarke (Mrs. Pereira). With sixteen illustrations. London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street, 1892. Blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates; pp.[viii]+392; bevelled midnight blue buckram, blocked pictorially black, brown, dark green, and grey on front cover, black and brown on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed florally in grey. Fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.53, 69, 102, 134, 137, 196, 204, 225, 246, 273, 295, 324, 336, 378, and 387.

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[CLAY (Bertha M.)., i.e., Mrs. C.M. Braeme, nee Law]. The family story-teller. Dora Thorne. By the author of "Wife in Name Only," "A Broken Wedding-ring," "Lady Gwendoline's Dream," "A Bride from the Sea," "At War with Herself," "Lord Lynne's Choice," &c. William Stevens, 421, Strand, N.D. [1877]. Sm.cr.8vo; diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, black, and green through black, on front cover, ruled black on, lettered gilt up, spine; front end-papers printed with commercial advertisements, back free end-paper with publisher's advertisements. Generally nice copy.

Issued as volume 1 in ‘The Family Story Teller' series, though this is nowhere mentioned in the volume, and bound in series style. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The second state of the title-page (the earliest issue giving the book as by the author of ‘Redeemed by Love' [only]); and a later binding up of the sheets, the back end-paper carrying an (unnumbered) listing of sixty-five titles in the series. A later printing caries a different publisher's address on the title-page, lists fifteen titles as by the same author instead of the six here, is printed on cheaper paper, has different typographical ornaments in the text, and a different printer's imprint on pp.[iv] and 203 (mentioning Great Windmill Street instead of Charing Cross). ‘Bertha M. Clay' is perhaps best remembered today for another novel, ‘Beyond Pardon'.

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[CLAY (Bertha M.)., i.e., Mrs. C.M. Braeme, nee Law]. The family story-teller. Dora Thorne. By the author of "From Gloom to Sunlight," "A Bride from the Sea," "Lady Gwendoline's Dream," "Wife in Name Only," "At War with Herself," "The Love that Lives," "A Broken Wedding-ring," "Lord Lynne's Choice," "Her Mother's Sin," "Which Loved Him Best?" "Weaker than a Woman," "Hilary's Folly," "Romance of a Black Veil," "The Sin of a Lifetime," "A Woman's War," &c. William Stevens, Limited, 23 & 24, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., N.D. [1877]. Sm.cr.8vo; diagonally fine ribbed blue-green cloth, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, black, and green through black, on front cover, ruled black, lettered gilt up spine. End-papers foxed; poor quality paper lightly embrowned; short tears in fore-margins of three or four leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as volume 1 in ‘The Family Story Teller' series, though this is nowhere mentioned in the volume, and bound in series style. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The British Library Catalogue lists only a ‘fourth edition'. The present copy is, however, certainly itself of a later printing: the earliest issues give the book as by the author of ‘Redeemed by Love' [only], and show a different publisher's address. ‘Bertha M. Clay' is perhaps best remembered today for another novel, ‘Beyond Pardon'.

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[CLAY (Bertha M.)., i.e., Mrs. C.M. Braeme, nee Law]. The family story-teller. Which loved him best? By the author of "Dora Thorne," "Lord Lynne's Choice," "The Love that Lives," "At War with Herself," "From Gloom to Sunlight," &c. William Stevens, 421, Strand, N.D. [1879]. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf and blank at end, serving as end-papers; diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, black, and green through black, on front cover, ruled black on, lettered gilt up, spine; issued without true back end-papers. Nice copy.

Issued as volume 9 in ‘The Family Story Teller' series, and bound in series style. A later issue, the advertisements listing the first fifty-one titles. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. ‘Bertha M. Clay' is perhaps best remembered today for another novel, ‘Beyond Pardon'.

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[CLAY (Bertha M.)., i.e., Mrs. C.M. Braeme, nee Law]. The family story-teller. A golden heart. By the author of "Dora Thorne," "Love's Warfare," "From Gloom to Sunlight," "Like No Other Love," "Hilary's Folly," "Wife in Name Only," &c. William Stevens, Ltd., 421, Strand, W.C., N.D. [1882]. Sm.cr.8vo; diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, black, and green through black, on front cover, ruled black on, lettered gilt up, spine. Nice copy.

Issued as volume 19 in ‘The Family Story Teller' series, though this is nowhere mentioned in the volume, and bound in series style. ‘A Wife in Name Only' appears to have been included as an advance notice: it was issued four months later, as No.23. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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[CLAY (Bertha M.).]. The family story-teller. Romance of a black veil. By the author or "Dora Thorne," [and twelve other titles, ending:] "The sin of a Lifetime," &c. William Stevens, Ltd., 421, Strand, W.C., N.D. [1883]. Pp.208; diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth, ruled black on front cover and spine, blocked black, lettered black, green through black, and gilt on front cover, lettered gilt up spine. Nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Issued as volume 21 in ‘The Family Story-Teller' series, though this is nowhere mentioned in the volume, and bound in series style. Later issue, the last title mentioned on the title-page being issued as No.62. This issue dates from 1890. The series was issued in paper wrappers at 1s., or in cloth, as here, at 1s. 6d.

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[CLAY (Bertha M.)., i.e., Mrs. C.M. Braeme, nee Law]. The family story-teller. Wife in name only. By the author of "Dora Thorne," "Romance of a Black Veil." "The Love that Lives," "Her Mother's Sin," "A Broken Wedding-ring," "Hilary's Folly," "Which Loved him Best?" "From Gloom to Sunlight," "Lord Lynne's Choice," "Weaker than a Woman," "The Sin of a Lifetime," &c. William Stevens, Ltd., 421, Strand, W.C., N.D. [1883]. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf at end, serving as paste-down; diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, black, and green through black, on front cover, ruled black on, lettered gilt up, spine; issued without true back end-papers. Fine copy.

Issued as volume 23 in ‘The Family Story Teller' series, and bound in series style. A later issue, the advertisements listing the series to volume 131. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. ‘Bertha M. Clay' is perhaps best remembered today for another novel, ‘Beyond Pardon'.

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CLELAND (E. Davenport). The White Kangaroo. A Tale of Colonial Life. Founded on fact. Illustrated. London: Gardner, Darton & Co., 3, Paternoster Buildings, E.C., And 44, Victoria Street, Westminster, S.W., 1890. Short extra cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and other full-page illustrations, all unbacked but included in the pagination; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+177+[i (blank)]+[vi]; olive green buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, pictorially blocked black, white, orange, yellow, and gilt, lettered black, on front cover and spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Covers a trifle dull; end-papers foxed on backs, with off-setting; otherwise a nice copy.

The first state of text, the title-page omitting the ‘Wells' before Gardner's name, and giving the principal address as ‘3' rather than ‘2' Paternoster Buildings. The book was published in November 1890 and was intended to be dated ahead, as was the general custom at the time: later copies are dated ‘1891'. Juvenile. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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CLIFFORD (Mrs. W.K.). Anyhow stories Moral and otherwise. With illustrations by Dorothy Tennant. Macmillan and Co., 1882. Globe 8vo, wire-stitched; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and twelve plates; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+146+[6]; mottled whitey-brown smooth linen, blocked with publisher's monogram device dark brown on back cover, ruled, blocked and lettered dark brown on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with frond and tendril pattern in royal blue. A little light dusting, but a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's holograph inscription on the half-title. Not in Sadleir. Wolff, 1256, describing an otherwise similar copy (also inscribed) in ‘pale pink' smooth linen, with an inserted 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated October 1882. The whitey-brown of our copy goes better with the dark brown blocking, and looks more the result of design. Thirteen short stories, including ‘The Three Little Ragamuffins'; and ‘The New Mother', which Wolff describes as ‘terrifying'. Dorothy Tennant's illustrations (and cover design) are very striking.

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CLIFFORD (Mrs. W.K.). Anyhow stories Moral and otherwise. With illustrations by Dorothy Tennant. Macmillan and Co., 1882. Globe 8vo, sewn; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and twelve plates; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+146+[6]; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated October, 1883; mottled whitey-brown smooth linen, blocked with publisher's monogram device dark brown on back cover, ruled, blocked and lettered dark brown on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with frond and tendril pattern in royal blue. Spine slightly darkened, and covers a little marked; inscription dated 1885 on half-title; small damp-stain affecting lower corner of plates; otherwise a nice copy.

Later issue, possibly the third, the earliest copies being wire-stitched, not sewn, and without a Catalogue; whilst the second issue has a catalogue dated October, 1882. Not in Sadleir. Wolff, 1256, describing an otherwise similar copy in ‘pale pink' smooth linen, with an inserted 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated October 1882. Thirteen short stories, including ‘The Three Little Ragamuffins'; and ‘The New Mother', which Wolff describes as ‘terrifying'. Dorothy Tennant's illustrations (and cover design) are very striking.

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CLIFFORD (Mrs. W.K.). Very short stories And Verses for children. With Illustrations by Edith Campbell. Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, 1886. Pott 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.94+[ii]; very pale blue buckram, blocked gilt, black, and grey, ruled and lettered black on front cover, blocked black, grey, and gilt, ruled black, lettered black and gilt, on spine. Some rubbing of covers; some light marking in text; as a working copy. A scarce title.

This title not in Sadleir or Wolff. Despite the title-page, no illustrations would appear to be called for other than the frontispiece: under the heading ‘New books for children' on the advertisement leaf this title is advertised as ‘Paper boards, price One Shilling . . . With an illustration by Edith Campbell.' The ‘paper boards' is interesting, and no doubt explains the scarcity of the volume. The cloth issue would presumably have been priced 1/6d., but no cloth issue is mentioned; nor is one advertised in the ‘English Catalogue of Books', which likewise records the book only at 1s. We assume therefore that this issue was a smnall one.

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CLIFFORD (Mrs. W.K.). The last touches And Other stories. Adam and Charles Black, 1892. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+242+[ii]; royal blue crushed morocco cloth, ruled black, lettered gilt on sides and spine; a.e. trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Spine dull, and cloth neatly restored at tail of back joint; ome foxing of prelims; otherwise a very nice copy.

The verso of the front end-paper bears the ownership inscription ‘C. Garnett / London 1920'. The end-paper also bears a small blind W.H. Smith stamp. The volume as usually seen with white end-papers, and the top edges untrimmed, so the present copy is either a variant binding, or a W.H. Smith renovation: we suspect the latter. (We are ourselves responsible for the restoration to the back joint). Sadleir, 563, recording a copy with white end-papers and an undated 56pp. catalogue at end; not in Wolff.

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CLIFFORD (Mrs. W.K.). The last touches And Other stories. Adam and Charles Black, 1892. Integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 56pp. Catalogue, at end; royal blue crushed morocco cloth, ruled black, lettered gilt on sides and spine; t.e. uncut. Some foxing of prelims; otherwise a very nice copy.



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CLIFFORD (Mrs. W.K.). The last touches And Other stories. Adam and Charles Black, 1892. Integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 56pp. Catalogue, at end; royal blue crushed morocco cloth, ruled black, lettered gilt on sides and spine; t.e. uncut. Some foxing, chiefly of prelims, and slight marking; end-papers renewed at an early date with pale yellow coated paper; half-title lacking; otherwise a nice copy.



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CLOUSTON (J. Storer). The duke. Edward Arnold, Publisher to the India Office, 1900. Pp.[iv]+348; mottled light apple green cloth boldly blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Pale stain on front cover, a few leaves badly opened, a little scattered foxing, small piece chipped from back paste-down; over all, a very good copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hubin, p.86 lists this title as of undetermined status. It is in fact an amusing comedy, with no criminous content. The cover design is the ugliest we have seen: but entirely appropriate!

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[CLUTTON-BROCK (Ellen).]. Marjory: A study. In three volumes. By The author of "James Gordon's Wife." Wyman & Sons, 74-75, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's-Inn Fields, 1880. Imprint leaf at end of volume one; pp.[iv]+354+[ii]; [iv]+356; [iv]+315+[i (blank)]; 12pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end of volume III; diagonally fine ribbed dark yellow-green cloth blocked with blind frame on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder's ticket of ‘Wyman & Sons, 81, Gt. Queen St. W.C.' on each back paste-down. Very slight wear to head and tail of spines, and two or three letters of imprint rubbed; inscription removed from upper margin of each title-page leaving some thinning, with neat repairs in volumes one and three (the versos being strengthened with matching paper); small scuff, with loss of three letters of printed ascription on title-page to volume one; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1269.

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COBB (Sylvanus, Jr.). [Cover title:] The Novelette. Number 17. Containing the story, complete, of The sea lion: Or, The privateer of the Penobscot. A story of ocean life and the heart's love. Illustrated. (Written expressly for this establishment, and copyright secured acording to law.) Boston: [Elliott, Thomes & Talbot, Publishers and Proprietors,] Office American Union, Flag of Our Union, and Dollar Monthly, No.118 Washington Street, N.D. [1853]. Double lge.med.8vo; prelims. not called for; printed in triple column; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.[3]-50; pale green wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the inside and back covers bearing publisher's advertisements; issued without end-papers. Nice copy.

Issued originally as four weekly numbers, presumably with text paper wrappers completing the eight page gatherings, these being not called for in the present monthly issue, for which the six text-pages of the separate numbers have been amalgamated into new eight page gatherings, the whole being provided with illustrated wrappers. The wrappers of the present copy may be of a slightly later issue, since they advertise the series as "now issued only in magazine form - thirteen numbers being published each year, or one every four weeks. . . . Each number also contains from three to five short stories together with a large variety of general miscellaneous reading." ‘The Novelette' series is excluded from Wright, who does however list a later printing of this title at II, 584.

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COBBAN (J. Maclaren). The Avenger of Blood. With Twelve Illustrations by J. Gulich. Cassell and Company Limited, 1895. Post 8vo; Frontispiece with tissue guard, and eleven other illustrations arranged as plates, all on text-paper and included in the pagination; 8+16pp. publisher's advertisements at end dated 9-02 and 5G.-6.02; lake buckram, blocked and lettered yellow on front cover, (?)gilt on spine; end-papers patterned with publisher's monogral device in grey. Spine faded and (?)gilt oxydised to green; otherwise a nice copy.

Evidently a late issue. A diplomatic adventure story, set in Morocco and England.

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COCKTON (Henry). The Life and Adventures of Valentine Vox, The Ventriloquist. Robert Tyas, 1840. Letterpress title; engraved frontispiece, vignette title, and fifty-eight plates by Onwhyn; contemporary half black calf, marbled sides, the calf ruled gilt on sides and tooled with an asymmetrical design, gilt, on spine; red label, matching marbled edges and end-papers. Marbling of boards a little rubbed; one or two fox-spots and a little light embrowning of some plates; otherwise a very nice copy.

Bound from the original monthly parts, the binding an excellent example of a decorative style which flourished briefly at about this time. The print area of the engraved title-page is much larger than that of the body-text, and despite the volume being only lightly trimmed, the date is a trifle cropped. According to the Index, two of the engravings have been bound up a little out of place.

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[COCKTON (Henry).]. [Drop head:] Stanley Thorn, By the author of "Valentine Vox". [On plates:] Published by Richard Bentley, Jany.1840 [January 1842]. Pages extracted from Bentley's Miscellany, being Vol.VII, pp.59-79, 203-218, 309-329, 422-440, 526-540, 634-646, Vol.VIII, pp.87-104, 205-216, 306-320, 408-420, 513-528, 628-639, Vol.IX, pp.97-112, 209-224, 423-40, 531-542, Vol.X, 201-216, Vol.XI, pp.103-110, 223-227; twelve engraved plates, variously by George Cruikshank, Alfred Crowquill, and John Leech; later maroon binder's cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of plates, and two small tears in fore-margins; otherwise nice.

The original owner has noted on the front end-paper: "This is the absolutely First Edition being taken from Bentley [sic] Miscellany in which it was originally issued." It is not quite as absolutely first as its proud owner supposed, however, since publication of the final installment was delayed until after the appearance of the book in three volumes in October, 1841! Not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of Cockton's writings, though he notes that he has missed it twice. Wolff had not seen a copy, and is in error in implying that all the plates are by Cruikshank: those to Vol.VII, pp.64, 217, and 326 are by Cruikshank, those to pp.433, 644, Vol.VIII, pp.88, 312, and Vol.IX, p.531 are by Crowquill (though his last plate is dated Oct.1840, and was therefore prepared well in advance), and those to Vol.VIII, pp. 520, Vol.IX, pp.104, 211, and 440 are by Leech.

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COCKTON (Henry). Stanley Thorn: [sic] By Henry Cockton. Author of "Valentine Vox the Ventriloquist," "Master Passion," &c., &c. Illustrated with steel engravings. London: Henry Lea, 22, Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, N.D. [?c.1843]. Lge.post 8vo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; frontispiece and twelve plates, by George Cruikshank (3), Alfred Croquill (5), and John Leech (5); dark green coarse morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered with short rule, gilt, and embossed with lettering, blind, on blind-pressed panel, on spine; end-papers coated pale lemon; ticket of ‘Thos. Beet, Bookseller, 15, Conduit Street, Bond Street, London, W.' on front paste-down. Small rubbed patch on front paste-down with no obvious explanation; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

First published in Bentley's Miscellany in 1841 - 2, and published in three volumes by Bentley in October 1841, the present edition, including all the original plates from Bentley's Miscellany, being issued subsequently by Henry Lea both in 39 penny numbers, and in volume form, as here. This appears to have provided both the first publication of the work in numbers, and the first edition in one volume. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped in here to face pp.49, 59, 78, 112, 121, 148, 165, 185, 201, 208, 223, and 257. We can trace no record of the title ‘Master Passion' mentioned on the title-page. The present edition is not listed in CBEL, BMC, the London Library Catalogue, Sadleir, or Wolff, and is presumably rather scarce.

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COCKTON (Henry). The Sisters; Or, England and France. A Romance of Real Life. With seventy engravings, Designed by Kenny Meadows and Alfred Crowquill. Published by G. Nodes, 331, Strand, Opposite Somerset House, 1844. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece portrait of Cockton by J. Welton after J.W. Childe; numerous wood-engravings in text; last leaf a singleton; later quarter light brown cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine, marbled boards. Unobtrusive old blind ownership stamp on upper corner of title leaf and first leaf of text; some light dusting and foxing; but in general a near nice copy. Rare.

Not in Block, Summers, Sadleir, or the London Library Catalogue; Wolff, 1298, records a copy in dark green fine diaper cloth, blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, and with pale yellow [?coated] end-papers. Neither NCBEL nor the British Library Catalogue record this title, but both list a similar one, ‘The Sisters, or the Fatal Marriage' (‘Marriages' in the British Library version) as having appeared in 1851, that being presumably a reprint or revised edition of the same work, the British Library Catalogue offering two copies, both imperfect, as published by W. Mark Clark in that year, together with a reprint dated 1913. The portrait frontispiece in the present copy is the same as that used in the first edition of ‘Sylvester Sound', published by Clark, later in the same year.

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COCKTON (Henry). Sylvester Sound The Somnambulist. London: W.M. Clark, 17, Warwick-lane, Paternoster-row, 1844. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece portrait of Cockton by J. Welton after J.W. Childe, and non-conjugate engraved title-page by Onwhyn, precede letterpress title-page; forty-three spirited plates by Onwhyn; pp.xvi+367+[i (blank)]; dark green fine diaper cloth, ruled, blocked, and with publisher's monogram blind, on sides, lettered and pictorially blocked gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. End-papers strengthened at gutters, almost invisibly, with matching paper; marginal embrowning of some plates; a very little light marginal dusting in text, and some offsetting from plates; otherwise a very nice copy.

CBEL, III, p.479; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1299, recording a copy bound up from the twelve original 32pp. parts in eleven, in a similar cloth, and with 4pp. inserted advertisements for J. Gilbert's publications at the end. The present copy is of a different issue, not bound from the parts, as is evidenced by the absence of stab-holes throughout. Nor do the signatures have the additional parts numbering - though this appears to have been introduced only for the later and undated issues of twenty-four weekly numbers in twenty-three (the last, double, number containing the prelims), the sheets of which bulk only 24mm when compressed as against the 28mm of the dated issues. The present copy would appear to represent the true first issue in book form. It would be interesting to know the width of the print areas of the pages of the Wolff copy. That of the present copy measures c.98-99mm as against the 95-97mm of the only copy we have checked in weekly numbers - the latter being thereby seen to have been printed from stereo plates, the former from type. Together with ‘Valentine Vox', Cockton's best-known book, and one of the most reprinted novels of the nineteenth century. Reprints are common: this first edition is rare - especially in fine cloth. The plates have embrowned in batches: from certain internal indications it would appear that the embrowning agent was not native to the paper used, but was introduced into it during the process of printing. The use of a publisher's monogram on the sides of the book is the earliest example we have seen of such decoration. The pictorial blocking on the spine is after a design by Onwhyn.

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COCKTON (Henry). Sylvester Sound The Somnambulist. London: W.M. Clark, 17, Warwick-lane, Paternoster-row, N.D. [1844]. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece portrait of Cockton by J. Welton after J.W. Childe, and non-conjugate engraved title-page by Onwhyn, precede start of text; letterpress title-page and list of plates not present; forty-one (ex forty-three) spirited plates by Onwhyn; pp.[iii]-xiv+367+[i (blank)]; green half roan, marbled boards, spine extra gilt. Paper covering of boards rubbed and badly chipped; light fingering and dusting passim; otherwise a good copy.

CBEL, III, p.479; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1299, recording a dated copy bound up from the fortnightly parts, in publisher's cloth. The present copy is of a different issue, bound from the weekly numbers, twenty-four in twenty-three, the last number including the prelims.). The sheets of the present issue bulk 24mm when compressed as against the 28mm of the dated issue. It would appear to be a reprint made from stereo plates, this being evidenced by the width of the print areas of the pages, here measuring c.95-97mm as against the 98-99mm of the dated issue. Slight progressive type damage also tends to support this view. Together with ‘Valentine Vox', Cockton's best-known book, and one of the most reprinted novels of the nineteenth century. The two missing plates are those to the third number.

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COCKTON (Henry). The Love match, By Henry Cockton, Author of Valentine Vox, Sylvester Sound, &c. Third edition. With portrait of the author, and twenty-two Etchings on steel by Onwhyn. W.M. Clark, 17, Warwick-lane, Paternoster-row, 1849. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece by J. Welton after J.W. Childe, and integral wood-engraved title-page, precede letterpress title-page; twenty-two steel-engraved plates; pp.[viii (including wood-engraved title)]+373+[i (blank)]; cherry red straight grain fine-morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered and pictorially blocked gilt on spine. Covers a little dull and marked, and neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; a little light dusting passim; in general a nice copy.

First issued in 1845 with a letterpress title-page reading: ‘The Love Match, designed to illustrate the various conflicting influences which sprang from the union of Mr. and Mrs. Todd', this extended title being here present only on the engraved title-page. As advertised on some of the spines, the book was originally issued in twenty-four weekly numbers, twelve priced at one penny, and twelve each with two engravings at twopence each. A ‘handsome embossed case' was advertised on the spines of the later numbers as available for one shilling; and the book was also advertised as available in publisher's cloth at five shillings. The present copy would appear to be in fact a later issue of the first edition, being made up in part from left over original numbers, and in part from a reprint of numbers made from stereo plates, the title-page alone being reset. The case is a half inch taller than the sheets, which have here been trimmed at all edges, suggesting that it may be an unsold case prepared for purchasers of the original - and untrimmed - parts. A difficult Cockton title in any of its forms. Block, p.42; not in Sadleir or Summers; Wolff, 1296, describing his copy of the 1845 issue, which is in a similar original cloth, as ‘Bound from the original ten 32-page parts with a final part of sixty-four pp including the prelims.' We find this curious: not only does it disagree with the collation of the present copy, in which the parts are numbered 1-24, and with the advertisements, but Clark's normal mode of issue was in weekly penny numbers. We suspect that Wolff, realising his copy had been issued serially, merely counted the plates and divided them into the number of the pages. Why he thought the last number was a double one we are unable to explain, except that this would have been normal practice for most publishers. The prelims., however, were indeed issued with the final part, as usual. Wolff records the prelims. in his copy as consisting of eight leaves as here, but the pagination as being [viii]+[376], BB4 being the List of Illustrations. Gathering BB in the present copy has only three leaves, the List of Illustrations having here been transferred into the prelims., so that our copy has in total one leaf less than his. If Wolff's collation is correct, we are unable to guess what the extra leaf in his copy may have been.

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COCKTON (Henry). The Sisters; Or, The fatal marriages. Illustrated with Fifty-eight engravings by Kenny Meadows and Alfred Crowquill; A portrait of the author; And Twenty-two etchings on steel, by Onwhyn. Second edition, with additions. London: W.M. Clark, 16 & 17, Warwick-lane, Paternoster-row, 1851. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece portrait of Cockton by J. Welton after J.W. Childe; frontispiece and nineteen engraved plates (v. note); numerous wood-engravings in text; pp.[iv]+380; contemporary binder's cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Some light dusting and staining, and light foxing of plates; but in general a near nice copy. Scarce.

First published in 1844 by W. Nodes as ‘The Sisters; or, England and France', the present Second Edition, With Additions being issued in twenty-four weekly numbers, probably at one penny. In the present copy four plates (those listed to face pp.225, 296, 330, and 343) are not present, but an additional plate by Onwhyn, ‘The Attack', not called for in the List of Illustrations - which was issued with the final number, and ought therefore to be correct - is included to face p.204. The British Library Catalogue offers two copies of what is probably this printing (though without noting the rather unobtrusive statement ‘second edition, with additions' on the title-page), both like the present copy imperfect. We wonder therefore whether the schedule of plates may not perhaps have been altered during the course of publication - without anyone remembering to alter the copy for the List of Illustrations! The drop heading on p.1 of the present copy and the running titles throughout give yet a third version of the novel's title, it being called there: ‘The sisters; or, the sacrifice'. The portrait frontispiece is the same as that used in the first edition of ‘Sylvester Sound', published by Clark in 1844.

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COLEMAN (Katharine E.). The Wooing of Phyllis. Gay and Bird, 22 Bedford Street, Strand, London, 1896. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+vi+304; light brown art-linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Inscription cut from blank upper margin of title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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COLERIDGE (Christabel R.). Amethyst: The Story of a Beauty. In two volumes. London: A.D. Innes & Co., Late Walter Smith & Innes, 31-2, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1891. 2 Vols.; final blank in volume one; pp.[viii]+277+[iii]; [viii]+264; yellow-green fine diaper cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with leaf, bird, and flower pattern in yellow-green. Neat, barely visible restoration to tail of one joint; label removed from each front cover, leaving slight glue traces; end-papers in volume two renewed at an early date with buff coated paper; title-pages unobtrusively washed; a little scattered light foxing; nonetheless a near-nice copy of a scarce title.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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COLERIDGE (Christabel). A Pair of Old Shoes. Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., 3, Paternoster Buildings, E.C., And 44, Victoria Street, S.W., 1894. Wood-engraved frontispiece (signed ‘M'), and two illustrations (one signed ‘T.M.S.') arranged as plates, all on text-paper and included in the pagination; 16pp. integral advertisements (continuing the signatures) at end; pp.96+[xvi]; greyish blue buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, blocked pictorially black, gilt, and creamy yellow, lettered black-shadowed gilt, black, and black-and-creamy yellow on front cover, blocked black and creamy yellow, ruled black, creamy yellow, and gilt, lettered black-shadowed gilt, black, and gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Lengthy inscription on half-title page; otherwise a near-fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. There is no list of illustrations, but they form pp.31 and 91.

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COLERIDGE (M.E.). The seven sleepers of Ephesus. Chatto & Windus, [214,] Piccadilly, 1893. F'cap 8vo; pp.[iv]+164; publisher's 32pp. inserted catalogue at end, dated January, 1893; diagonally very fine ribbed pink and pale pink mottled linen patterned cloth, blocked with publisher's device, ruled, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine; a.e. uncut. Very slight fading of spine; but a nice copy. Scarce.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; CBEL, III, p.336. The author's first book. Issued, according to an advertisement on the verso of the half-title, as the fifth volume in the series ‘Handy Novels' - a series which may have provided the pattern for John Lane's later ‘Mayfair Set'.

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COLLIER (William Francis, LL.D., Author of "Pictures of the Periods," etc.). Marjorie Dudingstoune: A Tale of Old St. Andrews. Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1867. 2 Vols., bound in one, as issued; cancel title-leaf in volume one on slightly thinner paper; half-title and title not called for in volume two, in this issue; final blank in volume two; pp.[viii]+246; [ii (Contents)]+266+[ii]; purple sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated lemon yellow. Covers worn, text nice.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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COLLINGWOOD (Harry [i.e., W.J.C. Lancaster].). A pirate Of The Caribbees. Illustrated by C.J. de Lacy. Griffith Farran Browne & Co. Limited, 35 Bow Street, Covent Garden, N.D. [1898]. Extra cr.8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; bevelled vertically ribbed carmine cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Very nice.

Juvenile.

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COLLINS (C.J.). Singed moths: A City Romance. By C.J. Collins. Author of "Sackville Chase," "The Man in Chains," etc. etc. In three volumes. London, John Maxwell and Company, 122, Fleet Street, 1864. (All rights reserved). 3 Vols., printed on antique-toned paper; half-titles not called for; final leaf of volume three a single inset, signed ‘20'; maroon vertical wavy-grain cloth with triple-ruled frame blind on sides (the inner set of rules having rounded corners), ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered maroon through gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. A little wear to cloth of joints in two volumes neatly restored with matching period cloth, as also cloth at head of one spine; gilt very oxydised; front paste-down in volume three a little chipped and scuffed at fore-margin; a few gatherings slightly proud; eight leaves in volume one lightly stained at blank upper edges; also three or four leaves in volume two a little stained at blank lower fore-corners; a very good copy, nonetheless, that has not seen library use.

A scarce title, and an unusual early imprint of the firm later better known as ‘John & Robert Maxwell'. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): in volume one: p.37, l.7, hyphen lacking at end; p.40, l.11, ‘a' lacking before ‘world'; p.69, l.19, ‘wont' for ‘won't'; p.115, l.6, risen space after ‘your'; p.121, l.10, ‘th' in second ‘the' battered, and l.11, ‘d' in ‘called'; p.136, ‘6' in page number broken; p.193, l.10, single instead of double inverted comma at start; p.281, l.6, hyphen almost lacking at end; in volume two, p.145, l.17, ‘stirling' for ‘sterling'; p.210, last line, question mark instead of exclamation mark after ‘him'; p.230, ll.10 - 11, word (perhaps ‘thought' or ‘believed') dropped out between lines; in volume three, p.43, l.2, ‘ssems' for ‘seems'; p.95, l.4, ‘crid' for ‘cried'; p.258, l.4, ‘thing' for ‘things'.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). Hide and seek; Or, The mystery of Mary Grice. New edition. Sampson Low, Son, & Co., 47, Ludgate Hill, 1861. Half-title not called for; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; rose bead grain cloth blocked blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, lettered rose through gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; dark green coated end-papers. Covers used, and with Mudie's label on front board; front free end-paper lacking; title-page rubbed and with ink scribbles; dusting, fingering, and some marking in the text; a sound reading copy, nonetheless.

Originally published in 1854, this, the second edition has been extensively revised, as well as being provided with a Preface, here first printed. Besides making changes throughout, Collins has, as he declares in that Preface: "in one important respect, so altered the termination of the story as to make it, I hope, more satisfactory and more complete than it was in its original form."

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COLLINS (Wilkie). No Name. In three volumes. Sampson Low, Son, & Co., 47 Ludgate Hill, 1862. 3 Vols.; half-title not called for in volume three, present in other volumes; orange-scarlet morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered orange-scarlet through gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated cream. Slight general wear to covers; three free end-papers lacking; front free end-paper and some prelims. of volume one frayed and chipped at margins, this in no case approaching printed area; dusting, and a little foxing or marking passim, mostly fairly light; an excellent working copy.

The earliest of the several bindings in which this book appears. Parrish, p.45; Sadleir, 601, and Excursions, p.141, stating in the latter "Although this book is dated 1862, it was not actually published until January, 1863". If this is correct, the present example must represent a day of issue copy, since the surviving front end-papers, in volumes one and three, bear an inscription dated ‘1st January 1863'.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). Armadale. With twenty illustrations by George H. Thomas. In two volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1866. (The Rights of Translation and of Dramatic Adaptation are Reserved.) 2 Vols., demy 8vo; half-titles not called for; each volume with frontispiece; eight other plates in volume one, ten in volume two; pp.[viii]+304; [iv]+372; recent brown half-sheep over Victorian oil-marbled boards, ruled gilt on sides and spine, lettered (with title only) and numbered, gilt, on spine. Marbled boards very slightly rubbed; small faint stain Contents leaf and first three leaves of text in volume one, and a little light foxing to title-leaf and final leaf of text in each volume; otherwise a very nice copy a scarce book.

Sadleir 588. Number three on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). Man and wife. A Novel. In three volumes. Third edition. F.S. Ellis, 33, King Street, Covent Garden, 1870. 3 Vols.; bound up without the half-titles, or the 8pp. publisher's advertisements at end of volume one; contemporary half natural calf, gilt and blind, black labels, marbled sides, sprinkled edges, green faced end-papers. Small blank corner chipped from one leaf; otherwise nice.

First edition, third impression, identical with the first except for the addition of the words ‘Third edition' to the title-page. Sadleir, Excursions, p.142. Not in ‘Nineteenth Century Fiction', and No.1 on Sadleir's listing of comparative scarcities of Collins, Sadleir having failed to locate a copy for his collection. Three small impressions were produced by Ellis in 1870, after which the title passed to Smith, Elder, who published a one volume edition in 1871. The three volume edition disappeared almost without trace. Sadleir comments of it: "Why the novel . . . went to Ellis at all, I do not know . . . ; but there can be little doubt that its rarity to-day is due to it having appeared with a small firm unknown to the fiction market, and one naturally ill-equipped to distribute a commercial product like a three-volume novel." Tipped on to the front end-paper of volume one in the present copy is a slip clipped from a letter, bearing eleven words in Collins' holograph, and his signature.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The Two Destinies. Toronto: Hunter, Rose and Company, 1876. Globe 8vo; pp.viii+327+[i (blank)]; bevelled purple vertical rib-effect patterned sand-grain cloth blocked with publisher's imprint device blind on back cover, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, black-shadowed gilt, black-outlined gilt, and gilt-dot-cased black-outlined gilt on front cover (!), blocked black, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers faced caramel. General photochemical reddening of covers, and light damp-spotting; gilt a little rubbed on spine; some foxing; over all, about very good.

May precede the English edition. The front end-paper of the present copy bears a pencilled ownership inscription dated "Sept, 13th 1876". According to Sadleir, ‘Excursions', p.145, the English edition was published "in September, 1876", which leaves some latitude.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). Heart and science. A story of the present time. In three volumes. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1883. (The right of translation is reserved, and is registered in foreign countries). 3 Vols., the first and last wire-stitched, the second sewn; last integral leaf in each volume bearing publisher's woodcut device on recto, blank on verso; pp.xvi+294+[ii]; [iv]+293+[i (blank)]+[ii]; [iv]+302+[ii]; publisher's inserted 32pp. List of Books at end of volume three, dated March, 1883; grey-blue smooth cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device on back cover, ruled and emblematically blocked on front cover, ruled and blocked on spine, dark chocolate, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed; end-papers printed with orange-branch design in pale green. Slight string-marking to front cover and spine of volume one, and associated slight fading to cloth; pp.63/4 badly opened in that volume with loss of part of blank corner and fore-edge; small damp-stain to fore-margin of half-title in volume three; slight rusting to staples; otherwise a very nice copy that has never seen library use.

Sadleir, ‘Excursions', p.148; not in ‘XIX Century Fiction'; Wolff, 1356; Parrish, pp.115 - 6; Hubin, p.90.

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[COLVILLE (Margaret Agnes).]. De Cressy: A tale By the author of ‘Dorothy'. John W. Parker and Son West Strand, 1856. Sm.f'cap 8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[iv]+[310]+6; brownish-red ripple grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Cloth neatly restored at head and tail of joints; contemporary signature of Jane H. Swinburne on the upper margin of the half-title page; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1402. A well-written social novel after the Jane Austen model - but, somewhat unconventionally, continuing for a while beyond the marriage of the heroine.

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COMPTON (Herbert). Semi-tropical Trifles. R. Washbourne, 18 Paternoster Row, 1875. F'cap 8vo; pp.168; diagonally fine ribbed grass green cloth, blocked black on sides, lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, lettered, and with publisher's monogram device gilt on spine; end-papers coated brownish grey. Virtually fine copy.

Compton's scarce first book, also known in bright brown sand-grain cloth, similarly blocked and lettered, the latter binding being possibly secondary. Not in Wolff. Stories of English colonial society in South Africa (foreshadowing Kipling's early stories of Indian society) - and including one about a village cricket match. The last 19pp. are verse. In this copy pp.13/14, 41/42, 81/82, 85/86, 89/90, 101/102, 103/104, and 127/128 are, as usual, cancels.

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COMPTON (Herbert). Semi-tropical Trifles. R. Washbourne, 18 Paternoster Row, 1875. F'cap 8vo; pp.168; bright brown sand grain cloth, blocked black on sides, lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, lettered, and with publisher's monogram device gilt on spine; end-papers coated brownish grey. Charity prize label dated 1879 on back paste-down; otherwise virtually fine.

Compton's scarce first book, also known in diagonally fine ribbed grass green cloth, similarly blocked and lettered, the present binding being, on the evidence of the prize label, possibly secondary. Not in Wolff. Stories of English colonial society in South Africa (foreshadowing Kipling's early stories of Indian society) - and including one about a village cricket match. The last 19pp. are verse. In this copy pp.13/14, 41/42, 81/82, 85/86, 89/90, 101/102, 103/104, and 127/128 are, as usual, cancels.

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CONNOR (Marie). Sweet Magdalen. Only a love story. In three volumes. London: F.V. White & Co., 31 Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1887. 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; each volume with half-title, title, Contents leaf with advertisement on verso, and fly-title before first leaf of text; additional fly-title to the Prologue, and final blank, in volume one; pp.[xii]+[242]+[ii]; [viii]+220; [viii]+216; wire-stitched; bluish violet buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram gilt on back cover, lettered and with underline in script, all gilt, on front cover, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with strawberry flower and leaf design in yellow-ochre. Very slight darkening of gilt on spines; a little foxing of fore-edges; nonetheless a very crisp copy, virtually fine.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Marie Connor was the mother of Clare Leighton, who published a biography of her in 1948.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Almayer's folly: A Story of an Eastern River. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1895. Title-page printed in red and black; pp.272; vertically-rib-effect green cloth lettered gilt on spine within gilt boxes; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine a trifle worn at tail; neat restoration to cloth at head of spine where a small flap of cloth has at some point been torn loose; small damp-splash on front cover; otherwise a nice copy.

Conrad's first book. Smith, pp.1-3. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith.

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CONRAD (Joseph). An outcast of The islands. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. Advertisement leaf before half-title; title page printed in red and black; pp.[viii]+391+[i (printer's imprint)]; vertically ribbed bottle green cloth lettered gilt in gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges uncut. Gilt somewhat faded, and cloth of spine neatly restored at head and tail and joints; end-papers strengthened almost invisibly at gutters, with matching paper; otherwise nice.

Cagle, A2a; Smith, pp.4-5. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. The letters of the imprint on the spine in this copy measure three thirtyseconds of an inch in height, as in all copies examined by Smith; the cloth, however, is a good deal lighter in colour, and yellowish-green rather than bluish-green. Additionally, the uncut lower-edges are so large at the lower-edge as to extend frequently beyond the case. We suspect for this reason that it is not a published issue, but either an advance copy or a trial binding or bound proof.

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CONRAD (Joseph). An outcast of The islands. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. Advertisement leaf before half-title; title page printed in red and black; pp.[viii]+391+[i (printer's imprint)]; vertically ribbed dark bluish-green cloth lettered gilt in gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges uncut. A few extreme uncut edges foxed; otherwise a fine, crisp copy. Scarce thus.

Cagle, A2a; Smith, pp.4-5. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. The covers of this copy differ from all of those examined by Smith in that the letters of the imprint on the spine measure one eighth of an inch in height, and not three thirtyseconds. The gilt ruled box is the width of one rule larger. The lower-edges in this instance are entirely untrimmed, not rough-trimmed as in some other copies of this variant.

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CONRAD (Joseph). An outcast of The islands. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. Advertisement leaf before half-title; title page printed in red and black; pp.[viii]+391+[i (printer's imprint)]; vertically ribbed dark bluish-green cloth lettered gilt in gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Virtually fine copy. Scarce thus.

Cagle, A2a; Smith, pp.4-5. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. The covers of this copy differ from all of those examined by Smith in that the letters of the imprint on the spine measure one eighth of an inch in height, and not three thirtyseconds. The gilt ruled box is the width of one rule larger. The lower-edges in this instance are rough-trimmed, not un-trimmed as in some other copies of this variant.

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CONRAD (Joseph). An outcast of The islands. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. Advertisement leaf before half-title; title page printed in red and black; pp.[viii]+391+[i (printer's imprint)]; vertically ribbed dark bluish-green cloth lettered gilt in gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Cloth slightly worn at corners; otherwise a very nice copy.

Cagle, A2a; Smith, pp.4-5. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. The covers of this copy differ from all of those examined by Smith in that the letters of the imprint on the spine measure one eighth of an inch in height, and not three thirtyseconds. The gilt ruled box, however, is the same size.

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CONRAD (Joseph). The Nigger of the "Narcissus". A Tale of the Sea. William Heinemann, 1898 [i.e., December, 1897]. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end followed by 16pp. inserted publisher's catalogue dated Autumn 1897; slate green linen patterned cloth blocked gilt, lettered gilt and slate green through gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Very slight mottling of cloth; otherwise a fine copy.

Smith, pp.8-11. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. With the earliest catalogue recorded, and in the probable first issue binding, the publisher's imprint on the spine being in large capitals, with the initial ‘H' larger still. The first published English edition. In all, 1,500 copies were printed, divided between four issues. The present copy bears a neat inscription on the front end-paper, dated "'97".

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CONRAD (Joseph). Tales of Unrest. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1898. Title page printed in red and black; 14pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+297+[i (printer's imprint)]+[i]+[a]-i, k-n; vertically ribbed green cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. In general, a nice copy.

Cagle, A4(c)1, binding ‘a' (top edges gilt); Smith, pp.12-15. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith except for the improper spacing on pp.36 and 107. The first English edition, published on April 4th: the American edition, published by Scribner, appeared on March 26th. 3,000 copies of the English edition were printed, spread between this and four other variant bindings (all edges uncut; top-edge trimmed, other edges uncut; all edges gilt; and all edges cut, without gilding) of which this is apparently the first. Mrs. Conrad's inscribed copy, and Edward Garnett's review copy, were both of the present variant.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Tales of Unrest. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1898. Title page printed in red and black; 14pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+297+[i (printer's imprint)]+[i]+[a]-i, k-n; vertically ribbed green cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others rough trimmed. Very slight wear to cloth of joints and at tail of spine; neat, almost invisible restoration to cloth at head of spine, and at two corners; slight foxing of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

Cagle, A4(c)1, binding ‘a' (top edges gilt); Smith, pp.12-15. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith except for the improper spacing on pp.107 and 117. The first English edition, published on April 4th: the American edition, published by Scribner, appeared on March 26th. 3,000 copies of the English edition were printed, spread between this and four other variant bindings (all edges uncut; top-edge trimmed, other edges uncut; all edges gilt; and all edges cut, without gilding) of which this is apparently the first. Mrs. Conrad's inscribed copy, and Edward Garnett's review copy, were both of the present variant.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Tales of Unrest. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square,1898. Title page printed in red and black; 14pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+297+[i (printer's imprint)]+[i]+[a]-i, k-n; vertically ribbed green cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others rough trimmed. Neat restoration to cloth of back joint; otherwise a nice, bright, copy.

Cagle, A4(c)1, binding ‘a' (top edges gilt); Smith, pp.12-15. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith except for the improper spacing on pp.107 and 124. The first English edition, published on April 4th: the American edition, published by Scribner, appeared on March 26th. 3,000 copies of the English edition were printed, spread between this and four other variant bindings (all edges uncut; top-edge trimmed, other edges uncut; all edges gilt; and all edges cut, without gilding) of which this is apparently the first. Mrs. Conrad's inscribed copy, and Edward Garnett's review copy, were both of the present variant.

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