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.

HALIFAX (M.C.). Among The Welsh hills. London: Groombridge and Sons, [6, Panyer Alley, Paternoster Row,] 1883. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece printed in grey and black; pp.[ii]+297+[i (advertisements)]; publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue at end, on tinted paper; diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed florally in grey; binder's ticket of ‘W. Greening, 183 Fleet Street' on back end-paper. Slight marking of back cover; front end-papers cracked and slightly chipped at joint; otherwise a nice copy.

An early reprint: the first edition was dated 1878. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The rare binder's ticket is Ball, 40.

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A milestone in the history of book design.


HALL (Mrs. S.C.). Sketches Of Irish Character. By Mrs. S.C. Hall. Second series. London: Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis, Stationers'-hall-court, 1831. 12mo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+448; publisher's full bright leaf green watered silk, ruled and blocked gilt on sides, lettered with short rule gilt on spine, within gilt blocked frame; a.e.g., bronze head and tail bands; end-papers coated pale yellow. Silk largely worn through over joints, chipped a little at head of spine, considerably so at tail, and with several chips of varying sizes along back edge of spine, the largest affecting most of one side of the blocked frame and one letter of title; silk also worn through on lower edges of boards and on corners; one gathering slightly proud, but not loose; otherwise internally a fine copy.

Published in the Spring of 1831, this volume marks an important stage in the development of the nineteenth century trade binding. Not only is it, very possibly, the only work of fiction to have been edition bound in silk - a medium used previously for Annuals, but unsuitable on account of its delicacy for a volume liable to as much handling as a commercial novel - but also, as far as we can discover only the second work of fiction to have been wholly bound in cloth, the first cloth bound book other than an Annual to have been blocked and lettered in gilt on the spine, and one of the first books ever to have gilt blocking on the sides. Silk had been introduced for covers only in the Autumn of 1827, gold blocking appears first to have been used on silk in the Autumn of 1828 - on the Amulet annual of that year, where it adorned the spine only - and first used on the spine and sides of a book - the Forget Me Not annual - in the Autumn of 1830, only some four or five months before the appearance of present volume. Moore's ‘Life of Lord Byron' of 1832 is usually quoted as the first book other than an annual to have gilt blocking applied directly to the cloth - and in that case it was applied to a small area of the spine only, though admittedly the cloth used by that time was not silk. The uncommon publisher's imprint of Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis, combined with the printer's imprint of ‘J. Westley and Co., 27, Ivy Lane', are in this context not without significance, since another member of the same family, F[rancis]. Westley was founder of a firm that was to develop into one of the five or six most important edition binders of the century. The evidence is circumstantial, as there is unfortunately no binder's ticket present in the book. The first series of Hall's ‘Sketches of Irish Character' was published by the same firm in two volumes in 1829. Possibly on account of the delicacy of its binding, this second series would seem to be extremely scarce. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff (though Wolff records a rebound copy of the first series).

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HALL (Mrs. S.C.). Midsummer Eve: A fairy tale Of Love. Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848. Narrow f'cap 4to; wood-engraved half-title, and frontispiece, precede vignette title-page with loose tissue guard; eleven plates; numerous illustrations in the text; final blank; Royal blue ripple grain cloth, ruled blind, elaborately blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow; colour co-ordinated binder's ticket of ‘Bone & Son, 76, Fleet Street' on back pastedown. One gathering slightly proud, but not loose; otherwise a virtually fine copy of a beautiful book.

Lightly tipped in at the blank opening between the half-title and the frontispiece in this copy is a letter from Mrs. Hall, one side, small 8vo (c.50 words), inviting the recipient to a celebration of her husband's birthday on the 9th May. An evident precursor of the ‘sixties book. Illustrators include Maclise, Clarkson Stanfield, W.E. Frost, J. Noel Paton, Frederick Goodall, Landseer, E.H. Wehnert, R. Huskisson, Kenny Meadows, F.W. Fairholt, J. Franklin, Harrison Weir, F.W. Hulme, J. Lecurieux, etc., etc.; engravers include W.T. Green, G. and E. Dalziel, J. Bastin, etc.; the initial letters were designed by T.R. Macquoid, and the covers were designed by J. Marchant; the name of Bone & Son, as binders, appears at the foot of the List of Illustrators as well as on their binder's ticket on the back paste-down. This volume provides a rare example of the designer of the cover and the binder receiving credits in the text. Ball, ‘Victorian Publisher's bindings', p.89. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 2915, recording only the Hotten reprint of 1870.

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HALL (Mrs. S.C.). Grandmamma's pockets. By Mrs. S.C. Hall, Author of stories of the Irish peasantry, &c. Edinburgh: William and Robert Chambers, 1849. Imp.32mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for; series-title; steel-engraved frontispiece by D. Millar, with tissue guard; single inset title-page printed in red and black; pp.[iv]+158; bright emerald-green boards printed lithographically in gold, burnt umber, and very dark blue on sides and spine; end-papers coated optical white. Slight chipping to boards at head of spine and slight chipping to paper covering of boards at tail and over front joint; owner's name on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

The lithography as well as the frontispiece engraving was by G. Millar of 68, Princes St., Edinburgh. Illustrated in Ruari McClean, ‘Victorian Publisher's Book-bindings in Paper', p.38: but the copy illustrated was either very faded, or the negative was ‘burnt-out', and, perhaps as a consequence, McLean fails to distinguish the burnt umber from the gold. Ours is much brighter as well as showing slightly less wear. Issued as a volume in "Chambers's Library for Young People". Osborne Collection, p.258; COPAC lists the Trinity College Dublin, National Library of Scotland, Leicester, and Chetham's Library copies only.

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HALL (Mrs. S.C.). Grandmamma's pockets. Edinburgh: William and Robert Chambers, 1849. Imp.32mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for; series-title lacking; steel-engraved frontispiece by D. Millar, with tissue guard; single inset title-page printed in red and black; pp.[ii (ex iv)]+158. BOUND WITH: MORITZ (Gustav). Duty and affection. A tale. Edinburgh: William and Robert Chambers, 1850. Imp.32mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for; series-title (misbound between pp.12 and 13); steel-engraved frontispiece after Swanston; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[vi]+162; two volumes uniform, bound together in half green calf, marbled sides, spine tooled gilt and blind. Calf rubbed; a fine pair internally.

Issued as volumes in "Chambers's Library for Young People".

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HALSE (George). A salad Of Stray leaves. With a frontispiece By the late Hablot K. Browne. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1882. Post 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+444+[iv]; diagonally fine ribbed pale green cloth, blocked pictorially deep yellow-green and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked deep yellow-green, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with flower and leaf design in dark brown. Slight general fading of cloth; otherwise a fine copy.

Ingenious and good-humoured stories, intermixed with verse, by an author better known under his pseudonym of ‘Rattlebrain'. The frontispiece, commissioned from ‘Phiz' shortly before his death, was the last drawing executed by him. Not in Wolff.

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HAMILTON (Elizabeth). Memoirs Of the Life of Agrippina, The Wife of Germanicus. By Elizabeth Hamilton, Author of "Letters on the Elementary Principles of Education;" &c. &c. In three vols. Bath, printed by R. Cruttwell [St.James's-Street]; For G. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster-row, London, 1804. 3 Vols., lge.post 8vo; half-title in each volume, integral, but not included in the pagination of first two volumes; pp.[ii]+xxxviii+319+[i (blank)]; [ii]+[vi]+340; viii+352; original buff boards, a.e. uncut. Beautifully rebacked with matching paper; some foxing to end-papers and light foxing to final leaves in volume two; otherwise a fine copy.

Chiefly of interest for the extended theoretical defence of ‘faction' which occupies much of the lengthy Preface - possibly involving the earliest definition of the genre: "The characters in a work of imagination may . . . be drawn in exact conformity to nature, and placed in such situations as to afford a striking illustration of certain truths; but how are those who are little accustomed to make observations on human life to judge of the genuineness of the representation? . . . Hence arises the advantage which the biographer possesses over the novelist. Amusement is expected by the reader from both; but in sitting down to peruse the memoirs of a fellow being, in whose past existence we have assurance . . . the expectation of amusement is chastened by the solemnity of the ideas attached to truth. . . . Every individual, however high his intellectual endowments, is impelled by passions . . . Without a complete display of these, the delineation will remain imperfect; and yet completely to delineate them is not in human power; . . . If he go to former ages in quest of materials [the biographer] can only hope to find them in the page of history; and the transactions that are there recorded, will, in the opinion of many, appear too far removed from the occurrences of common life . . ." etc. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Block or Wolff; Summers, p.59 recording only the edition of 1811 (in two volumes); CBEL, III, p.398. The book as issued was hollow-backed, the spines consisting of a piece of thin card wrapped around the edges of the boards, and together with them, covered with a sheet of ivory paper. There were no spine labels. Enough of one of the original spines (detached along one joint and chipped vertically along its whole length) remained to make this certain. The rebacking here has followed the original plan, and reproduces the appearance of the original, though the new spines have in fact been strengthened internally with cloth.

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HAMILTON (Lord Ernest). The Outlaws of the Marches. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1897. Lge.post 8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and eight plates; title-page printed in red and black; 12pp. integral advertisements at end (the first two leaves conjugate with the final gathering of text, the rest continuing a lettered sequence begun with those); vertically ribbed dark green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others rough trimmed. Fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 2943, describing the advertisements as though they are inserted, which they are not: the first two leaves are part of the final gathering of text, the first page being a fly-title to the catalogue, the second beginning a lettered sequence of pages, which is continued throughout, ‘a' - ‘l'. The last four leaves of the advertisements, therefore, are certainly integral, and were presumably printed conjugate with the prelims., completing the full sheet.

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HAMILTON (Lord Ernest). The Outlaws of the Marches. T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1897. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece, and eight plates; vertically ribbed green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others rough trimmed. Front free end-paper renewed with matching paper; half-title not present and probably excised; two advertisement leaves excised at end; otherwise a fine copy.

A totally anomalous copy: the front free end-paper and the half-title leaf may possibly have been cut away to remove inscriptions, but one can imagine no reason for the removal of the two advertisement leaves at the end; moreover, copies normally seen have the title-page printed in red and black, not simply in black as here, and have also a further eight pages of advertisements at the end, on text paper, and continuing the signatures. Given the otherwise fine condition of the volume, we speculate that this may have been an advance copy or a copy of a colonial issue, with different advertisements (including some on the verso of the half-title), and the publisher's ‘compliments' or ‘colonial issue' stamp on the front free end-paper, put up in its present form for the English market by an economical publisher. The excisions and the replaced end-paper are by no means obvious.

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HAMILTON (Rowan [Colonel].). The Story of Sylvia. Ward, Lock, Bowden, and Co., London: Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C.; New York: East 12th Street. Melbourne: St. James's Street. Sydney: York Street, 1893. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece by W.S. Steicty, with tissue guard; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pale sky blue and whitish blue flecked buckram, blocked dark blue, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated deep turquoise. Minor faults, but in general nice.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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HAMILTON (Terrick, Esq., Oriental secretary to the British Embassy At Constantinople). Antar, A bedoueen romance. Translated from the Arabic. John Murray, 1819. Pp.[4]+viii+298; publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue at end, dated January, 1819; drab boards, paper spine label (lettered ANTAR between thick-thin rules, with the price 9s. 6d. beneath); a.e. uncut. Paper of spine chipped at head and tail, and external joints cracked or cracking; half-title foxed; a little scattered light marginal foxing; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Published separately. A further three volumes were later to appear. Block, p.96.

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HAMMOND (A.). The lady Isabel: A tale of social life in the Olden time. Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1899. Final blank; pp.[iv]+[82]+[ii]; bevelled diagonally fine-ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled and blocked black, blocked gilt, on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine slightly darkened; otherwise a fine copy.



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HANCOCK (Mary S.). Sydney's Inheritance. By Mary S. Hancock, Author of ‘A Cross of Stars,' ‘Grace Ogilvie,' etc. Edinburgh & [24 Old Bailey,] London, Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1893. Narrow cr.8vo; fine wood-engraved frontispiece on verso of half-title; series advertisements on verso of title leaf; one full-page illustration, unbacked, in text; pp.160; 16pp. text-paper advertisements at end; scarlet smooth cloth lettered silver on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram silver on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed. Half-title and one leaf with closed tears, and stain on blank corner of one page; otherwise a nice copy.

Just about a detective story, but not criminous. Issued as the fifth volume of the ‘Pocket Novels' series, in paper covers at 1s. or in cloth, as here, at 1s. 6d. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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HANSON (Mrs. [Beulah Kezia].). Fanny Lee's testimony: A Yorkshire tale. Three shillings and sixpence. Copyright reserved. Manchester: John Heywood, 141 and 143, Deansgate, N.D. [?c.1845]. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.399+[i (blank)]; bevelled puce horizontal dotted diaper ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth slightly faded on spine and at edges of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

Printed in Manchester. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; nor, despite NSTC, in the British Library Catalogue, though two editions are boasted by Oxford - one dated by NSTC [?1845] and the other [?1850]. The present copy has a page height of 18cms, which corresponds to the earlier of the two NSTC editions - but we would have guessed from the binding style that it was c.1850s.

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HARDCASTLE (Charlotte). Family troubles. A story. In two volumes. T. Cautley Newby, Publisher, 30, Welbeck Street, Cavendish Square, 1862. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; advertisement leaf precedes title-page in each volume; half-titles not called for; pp.[iv]+[380]; [iv]+[420]; deep rose bead grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated chocolate. Some rubbing of gilt, particularly in volume one; front end-papers in that volume damp-marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir.

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HARDINGE (William Money). Eugenia: An episode. In three volumes. Smith, Elder, & Co., 1883. Three volumes bound in one, as issued; half-titles not called for; final blank in volume three; diagonally fine ribbed mustard cloth, blocked blind on back cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight fading of spine; stab hole running through cloth of back joint, and end-papers, with slight consequent damage to extreme inner margins of last three leaves; inner joints neatly strengthened with matching paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir.

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HARDY (Iza Duffus). The Girl he did not marry. A Novel. In three volumes. F.V. White & Co., 31, Southampton Street, Strand, 1887. 3 Vols., post 8vo; half-title, title, Contents (with advertisements on verso), and fly-title precede first leaf of text in each volume; pp.[viii]+256; [viii]+[256]; [viii]+256; quarter dark red roan, scarlet patterned sand grain cloth sides, spine ruled and lettered gilt. Spine frayed at head and tail in volume one, and leather cracking slightly over back joint; very slight general wear to covers otherwise; in general a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The identical binding style of this copy is seen on so many White and Hurst & Blackett titles of the ‘80s and early ‘90s that we suspect it of being a publisher's cheap alternative for libraries. There is, however, no sign of library use in the present copy.

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HARDY (Thomas). The trumpet-major: A tale. In three volumes. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1880. 3 Vols.; blank precedes half-title in each volume; diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth pictorially blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked gilt and black, ruled black, lettered gilt and scarlet through gilt on spine, ruled with double blind border on back cover; t.e. uncut; cream coated end-papers. Expertly recased, with insignificant restorations to covers; otherwise, and in general, an unusually crisp, bright, copy.

Sadleir 1115; Purdy pp.31-5. Sadleir's first issue; Purdy's ‘preferred state' of the first issue. According to Purdy two batches were bound up in 1880 - of 600 and of 150 copies respectively - whilst a further 250 copies, completing the issue, were bound up as a remainder at a later date. Three binding variants are known: in the presumed first binding (agreeing with the deposit copies) the spine imprint has a centred point between ‘Smith' and ‘Elder', and the back cover has a double rule border; the presumed second binding has a comma between ‘Smith' and ‘Elder' in the spine imprint, and is otherwise as the first binding; the presumed third binding is as the second binding, except that the back cover bears a triple ruled frame. The present copy has both the double rule border and the centred point, and is thus of the presumed first issue. The cover design was by Thomas Hardy himself.

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HARDY (Thomas). Desperate remedies. A Novel. With a frontispiece by F. Barnard. New Edition. Ward and Downey, Publishers, 1889. Frontispiece with tissue guard; brown buckram, blocked red, lettered gilt, on spine and front cover; publisher's monogram blind on back cover; white end-papers printed in grey. Two small holes in front free end-paper where name has been erased; ownership inscription at head of half-title; frontispiece a little frayed at edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes a Prefatory Note by Hardy here first published.

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HARDY (Thomas). A group of Noble dames. That is to say: The first Countess of Wessex; Barbara of the house of Grebe; The Marchioness of Stonehenge; Lady Mottisfont; The Lady Icenway; Squire Petrick's lady; Anna, Lady Baxby; The Lady Penelope; The Duchess of Hamptonshire; And The Honourable Laura. James R. Osgood Mc Ilvaine & Co, 1891. Blank before half-title, blank at end; mottled whity brown linen effect buckram, ruled and blocked with art nouveay design in gilt on front cover and spine, lettered brown on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth of spine a little dull and dusty, and worn very slightly at head and tail; lettering of imprint on spine partly rubbed away; neat ownership inscription on half-title; neat restoration to back end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 1106; Purdy, pp.61-7, the first issue binding. Two thousand copies of the book were printed. The cover design is by Charles Ricketts.

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HARDY (Thomas). Life's Little ironies: A set of tales With Some colloquial sketches Entitled A few crusted characters By Thomas Hardy, O.M. James R. Osgood, Mc Ilvaine & Co, All rights Reserved, [on verso of title:] 45 Albemarle Street London, 1894. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+301+[i (advertisements)]+[ii]; sage green patterned sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked brown, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut. Neat restoration to cloth of back joint, but cloth of spine somewhat creased and mottled, and with some hand restorations to gilt of lettering; pencilled ownership inscription on front end-paper dated ‘Xmas 1894'; text fine: an excellent reading copy.

Sadleir, 1110; Purdy, pp.81-6. Both Sadleir and Purdy describe the cloth as simple sand-grain, which it has never been in any copy we have seen. Scheduled for publication on 16th February, 1894, Purdy records that only 2,000 copies of this first edition were printed, and that it sold out in advance. Five large impressions had been called for by the end of May. The cover design is by Charles Ricketts.

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HARDY (Thomas). Jude The obscure. With an etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn And a map of Wessex. All rights Reserved. [On verso:] James R. Osgood McIlvaine & Co., 45, Albemarle Street, London, 1896. Half/series title precedes frontispiece with tissue guard; leaf bearing caption faces frontispiece; map at end followed by blank; pp.[ii]+[2]+[iii]-[viii]+516+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine, blocked and with monogram, gilt, on front cover; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Cloth very lightly damp-marked at lower corners of sides; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir 1108, the variant described by him, but not included in his collection, with the final gathering consisting of four leaves; Wolff, 2979; Purdy, pp.86-91: Signatures E, F, G, and H in this copy are in Purdy's first state, with page numbers on the partially blank leaves, A, B, C, and D are not (no established issue significance). The first issue of the binding, with the Osgood, McIlvaine imprint at the foot of the spine instead of the Harper imprint present on later copies. (Harper & Brothers took over Osgood, McIlvaine in 1897). Issued upon first publication as Volume VIII of The Wessex Novels.

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HARDY (Thomas). The well-beloved: A sketch Of a temperament By Thomas Hardy. With an etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn And a map of Wessex. James R. Osgood McIlvaine & Co, All rights Reserved, 1897. Leaf blank but for asterisk on recto precedes half/series title and inserted frontispiece on special paper, with tissue guard; single inset leaf bearing caption faces frontispiece; map at end, conjugate with final leaf of text; pp.[2]+ii+[2]+iii-x+[338]+[ii (map)]; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine, blocked and with monogram, gilt, on front cover; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges uncut. End-papers lightly foxed, and tissue guard foxed with offsetting onto caption leaf; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Sadleir, 1118; Wolff, 2997; Purdy, pp.92-6. An earlier issue than that described by Purdy, in dark yellowish-green, rather than dark green, cloth, with a rather indistinct, almost dotted, rib, rather than the definite rib present in the dark green variant (which Purdy describes, somewhat misleadingly, as ‘bold-ribbed'), and with the fore- and lower- edges uncut, instead of trimmed. Issued as Volume XVII of The Wessex Novels, this is the first publication of the novel in book form. It differs considerably from the serial publication of the novel in 1892 in the ‘Illustrated London News': "many scattered passages were excised or added, chapters retitled &c., but the major alterations were confined to the opening and closing chapters, particularly the latter, where the whole conduct of the plot was changed and an entirely new conclusion substituted." - Purdy.

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HARE (Christopher). As we sow: A west country Drama. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 45 Albemarle Street, 1897. Blank before half-title; advertisements on verso of last leaf of text, followed by integral advertisement leaf, at end; vertically ribbed dark green cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Spine very slightly faded; a few leaves badly opened, with some chipping to blank margins; otherwise a very nice copy.

A very readable dialect novel.

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HARKER (Bailey J.). Philip Neville Of Garriton. A Yorkshire tale. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co.; Bradford: T. Brear, 1875. Post 8vo; Glossary leaf followed by imprint leaf at end; blue green fine straight grain morocco cloth, ruled blind on back cover, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; deep yellow end-papers. Prelims. and last three or four leaves foxed quite heavily; edges a little foxed; back end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a very nice copy.

The prelims. are printed on a thinner paper stock than the rest of the volume, suggesting that they may be cancels. The volume was printed in Bradford, and it seems possible that an earlier state or issue of the book was intended for purely local circulation. For some reason, in this copy, gathering ‘C' is in fact signed ‘3'. "The author has stated in the tale that one of his chief purposes in writing it is to preserve the fine dialect of Craggland. For his efforts to do this he believes philologists will thank him" - Preface.

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[HARPER (Henry George).]. Winkles: A winner. By "G.G.". Sands & Company, 1899. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title-page; title-page printed in red and black; 7pp. integral advertisements at end; green glazed linen, blocked black, enamelled white on sides and spine, lettered black on spine and front cover; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight general wear to covers; front free end-paper lacking, back end-papers cracked; otherwise in general a nice copy.

A novel about horse racing.

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HARRADEN (Beatrice). In varying moods: Short stories. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1894. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated ‘4/94'; olive green crushed morocco cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Very slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine, spine dull, and gilt of imprint lacking; internally a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. CBEL, III, p.548. The author's fourth book. Short stories, one new, three reprinted from ‘Blackwood's Magazine', one from the ‘Graphic', one from the ‘English Illustrated Magazine', and one from the ‘Cheltenham College Magazine', by permission of Miss Beale.

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HARRADEN (Beatrice). Hilda Strafford And The remittance Man: Two Californian stories. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1897. 4pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 32pp. publisher's catalogue, on text paper, dated 12/96; vertically ribbed grey cloth blocked blind on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. A nice copy.

NCBEL dates the first edition of this volume as 1906.

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HARRADEN (Beatrice). The fowler. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1899. All rights reserved. Blank before half-title; 2pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end dated 3/99; pp.[2]+vi+357+[i (printer's imprint)]+2; olive green crushed morocco cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed. Contemporary owner's name on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a brilliantly fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3009; CBEL, III, p.548.

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HARRIS (Frank). Elder Conklin and Other stories. W. Heinemann, 1895. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; final blank; sage green glazed fine linen, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and up spine. Some fading of cloth, and small neat restorations to cloth of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

Printed at the Chiswick Press. The author's first book.

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HARRIS (Joel Chandler). Uncle Remus Or Mr. Fox, Mr. Rabbit, and Mr. Terrapin. With fifty illustrations by A.T. Elwes. London, George Routledge and Sons, Broadway, Ludgate Hill; Glasgow and New York, 1888. Sm.f'cap 8vo; integral wood-engraved frontispiece, vignette title-page, and numerous illustrations in text; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xxxii (including frontispiece)]+248+[viii]; diagonally fine ribbed light caramel cloth, blocked blind on back cover, blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with pattern of prunus blossom in green. Small restoration to cloth of back joint; otherwise a nice copy.

This edition not in Blanck. It is presumably a reprint of Blanck 7102, the 1881 Routledge edition of the same title, which Blanck likewise failed to locate.

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HARRIS (Joel Chandler ‘Uncle Remus'). Mingo And other sketches in Black and white. Author's Edition. Edinburgh, David Douglas, Castle Street, 1884. Cr.16mo in half sheets; pp.248; half mauve sand-grain (?binder's) cloth, brown and grey marbled sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; a.e. crimson. Spine slightly faded, marbled sides a trifle rubbed; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued in the same year as the American edition. Blanck, 7112 refers. Issued in cloth at 2/- and in printed wrappers at 1/-; we assume the present copy to be an early rebind of a wrappered copy. Printed at the Edinburgh University Press.

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HARRISON (Mrs. Burton). Bar harbor days. With illustrations by Fenn and Hyde. New York, Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, 1887. F'cap 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; frontispiece and thirteen plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; horizontally fine-ribbed light-blue-flecked white cloth blocked pictorially (with a design showing a tennis net and a woman holding a racket, against water with a boat and setting sun) in dark brown and gilt, lettered dark brown, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; black and white head and tail bands; end-papers coated pale chocolate. Spine and edges of back cover slightly darkened; gilt very slightly rubbed; otherwise a fine copy.

Wright, 2503. Rather an unusual cover design.

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HARRISON (W.H.). Christmas tales, Historical and domestic. Embellished with engravings, By Bacon, Engleheart, Charles Rolls, and Goodyear, From designs by Richter, Corbould, and J.M. Wright. With A medallion portrait of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. A.K. Newman and Company, N.D. [?1832]. 12mo; fine steel engraved frontispiece, and five plates, with tissue guards; engraved and letterpress titles; publisher's full black morocco, elaborately pressed out with diagonal fine ribbing, variously oriented, and an embossed design, on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g., end-papers coated yellow. Leather a trifle worn at head and tail of spine and corners, and slightly bruised on spine; a little scattered dusting; a near-nice copy, nonetheless, of a scarce title.

Closely resembling an Annual in format and design, and evidently issued with something of an opportunistic intent primarily for a Christmas market, this copy was at first tentatively dated by us ‘1838' on account of an inscription dated ‘May 16th 1839' on the front end-paper; we then found that Block, p.98, records the volume from a single bookseller's copy, and ascribes it with similar caution to 1838. It is not in ‘The English Catalogue' either for that year or the next, and it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that the copy recorded by Block is the same that we now have, and was tentatively so dated by his bookseller on the same grounds! Harrison issued a volume entitled ‘The Humourist: A companion for the Christmas fireside', in 1831, in a similar, but much less elaborate, publisher's leather, and all of his fiction of which we have been able to find record was published between 1829 and 1833. Further, the present volume has a preface in which Harrison pays homage to Scott, adding that the "Vignette Portrait . . . will, it is presumed, at a time when his loss is yet fresh in the public mind, add materially to the interest of the volume." Scott died in September 1832, and we have therefore taken this as the more probable year for the book to have been published.

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HARTE (Mrs. Bagot). Bianca. T. Fisher Unwin, 1893. 2 Vols.; blank before half-title and final blank in volume one; dark green diagonally fine ribbed cloth lettered red on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; white end-papers printed with floral design in green. Slight marking of first few leaves of volume one; blank corner cut from last leaf of text; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir. The publishers have here worked very hard to turn the 243pp. of this slim single-decker into a two volume work, using paper of extraordinary thickness. The pagination runs throughout, however, the type having evidently been set for a single volume. An example such as this must inevitably raise the suspicion that every Fisher Unwin novel up until at least this date should have also a multivolume issue, produced for the libraries, however implausible this may sometimes seem. The issue is further complicated by the fact that this two volume edition later ran to a remainder issue, two volumes in one, with the prelims. of both volumes still retained!

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HARTE (Mrs. Bagot). Shipwrecked lives. The Roxburghe Press, Limited, Fifteen Victoria Street, Westminster, N.D. [1899]. Half-title, title, and verso of title, printed in grey-green; publisher's wood-engraved art-paper Ex Libris leaf, followed by integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iv]+[iv]+301+[i (blank)]+[ii ('Ex Libris', verso blank)+[ii (advertisement page, verso blank)]; deep yellow-green coarse linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Slight bubbling of cloth on sides; inscription removed from half-title, leaving slight thinning, and ownership inscription on upper margin; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. A story involving embezzlement, but not in essence a crime story.

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HARTE (Bret). Sensation novels Condensed. John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, N.D. [1871]. F'cap 8vo; inserted advertisement leaf precedes integral frontispiece; half-title not called for; vignette on title-page; 32pp. publisher's catalogue, headed ‘Special List for 1871', and oddly paginated, followed by 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements, at end; bevelled yellow-green buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated chocolate. Lacking an end-paper; otherwise a very good copy.

Blanck, 7428. First edition under this title, and the first English edition printed in England. It is a piracy of the 1867 New York edition, which was imported into England by Sampson Low, and does not contain the material added in the Boston edition of 1871. The volume was put up in cloth at 2s. 6d., and in paper wrappers at 1s. 6d. The cloth volumes are today considerably the scarcer, despite the fragile nature of the wrappered issue, and this presumably reflects in some measure the relative size of the respective binding runs. This volume contains an introduction by the publisher, dated ‘6 Feb., 1871, which is here first printed. Includes parodies of Cooper, Lever, M.E. Braddon and Mrs. Henry Wood, Dumas pere, Bulwer, Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Marryatt, Wilkie Collins, Hugo, Sala, etc.

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HARTE (Bret). Sensation novels Condensed. John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, N.D. [1871]. F'cap 8vo; integral frontispiece; half-title not called for; vignette on title-page; yellow wrappers printed in black, and with publisher's advertisements on inside wrappers. Bound up without the back wrapper at an early date in green cloth; front wrapper frayed and remargined at fore-edge; otherwise a fine copy.

Blanck, 7428. First edition under this title, and the first English edition printed in England. It is a piracy of the 1867 New York edition, which was imported into England by Sampson Low, and does not contain the material added in the Boston edition of 1871. The volume was put up in cloth at 2s. 6d., and in paper wrappers at 1s. 6d. This volume contains an introduction by the publisher, dated ‘6 Feb., 1871, which is here first printed. Includes parodies of Cooper, Lever, M.E. Braddon and Mrs. Henry Wood, Dumas pere, Bulwer, Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Marryatt, Wilkie Collins, Hugo, Sala, etc.

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HARTE (Bret). Condensed novels. With illustrations by S. Eytinge, Jr. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1871. 12mo; binder's blank and frontispiece with tissue guard precede title-page; one inserted plate; half-title not called for; binder's blank at end; bevelled fine bubble grain cloth, blocked with Harte's signature within eight sided ruled box, gilt on front cover, blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Two or three leaves foxed, otherwise virtually fine.

Blanck, 7255, recording copies with this grain of cloth only in terra-cotta. First expended edition, including two ‘novels' not previously collected. Includes parodies of Charles Reade, Disraeli, Cooper, Lever, M.E. Braddon and Mrs. Henry Wood, Dumas Pere, Bulwer, Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Marryatt, Wilkie Collins, Hugo, Sala, etc.

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HARTE (Bret). The Fool of Five Forks. London, George Routledge and Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate, N.D. [1875]. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.128; glazed yellow boards printed on front cover in orange and black, with publisher's advertisements in black on back cover, lettered black up spine; end-papers printed with publisher's advertisements in black (the free end-papers on recto and verso). Slight general wear to covers; otherwise a nice copy.

Blanck, 7279, the end-papers being in Blanck's state ‘A', with James Grant's novels listed on the front paste-down in two columns instead of three as in state ‘B', and the heading being ‘NOVELS AT TWO SHILLINGS' instead of 2/6 as in Blanck's state ‘C' (no priority determined).

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HARTE (Bret). Tales of the argonauts, And Other sketches. Boston, James R. Osgood and Company, (Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co.), 1875. 12mo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; brown net grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Slight cracking of end-papers, and slight spine roll; otherwise a fine copy.

Blanck, 7280, state A (probable first printing, the sheets bulking 13/16").

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HARTE (Bret). Gabriel Conroy. A Novel. Frederick Warne and Co, Bedford Street, Strand, N.D. [1876]. F'cap 8vo; two leaves bearing publisher's advertisements precede title-page, serving as end-papers; half-title not called for; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; boards, printed in colours; back end-papers printed with publisher's advertisements. Boards worn and rubbed; back free end-paper chipped; text very good.

Issued, apparently as volume 81, in Warne's ‘Companion Library'. The advertisements at the end include a notice for "Bret Harte's new novel. In three volumes. Gabriel Conroy", together with some early reviews. The first one volume edition, published in the same month as the three volume edition, and preceding the American edition by some months. Blanck 7283 refers. Bret Harte's first full length novel. Not in the Sadleir collection.

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HARTE (Bret). In the Carquinez Woods. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1883. F'cap 8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by 12pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated April 1883; blue-green patterned sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered, and blocked with publisher's device, gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. End-papers foxed, with offsetting onto facing leaves; otherwise nice.

Blanck, 7234. Precedesthe American edition. According to the integral advertisements, issued as a volume in the series ‘The Modern Novelist's Library', though it is there described as cr.8vo, which it clearly is not.

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HARTE (Bret). Maruja. Chatto and Windus, 1885. F'cap 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; imprint leaf at end, followed by 32pp. publisher's catalogue dated September, 1885; light tan buckram over thin boards, blocked and lettered reddish-brown on front cover, blocked reddish-brown, lettered gilt, on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram device reddish-brown on back cover; end-papers printed with an orange-branch pattern in lime green. Very slight marking of covers, and slight rubbing of enamel; a very nice copy, nonetheless, of a difficult title.

Blank 7331, recording a copy with a July catalogue. This is without issue significance, however, since the book was not published until September 10th. A delicately produced volume, not calculated to survive well.

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HARTE (Bret). Cressy. In two volumes. Macmillan and Co., 1889. 2 Vols., Globe 8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end of volume two; Oxford blue buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram yellow-green on back cover, ruled yellow-green on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Some wear to covers, and cloth dull; library label on each front cover; light dusting and marking passim; a good copy only.

Sadleir, 1144, describing the yellow-green ruling and blocking as ‘yellow'. Blanck, 7345. Without a full stop after ‘Co' on the title-page to volume two, apparently as always. Precedes the American edition.

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HARTE (Bret). A waif of the plains. With sixty illustrations by Stanley L. Wood. Chatto & Windus, 1890. Frontispiece and numerous illustrations on text-paper; tissue guard; leaf bearing publisher's device on recto, blank on verso, followed by publisher's 32pp. catalogue at end, dated January, 1890, at end; scarlet buckram ruled and blocked black, blocked chromatically green and yellow, on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed with orange branch design in grey. Some restorations to cloth of spine; tissue torn; inscription on upper margin of half-title and title; otherwise a nice copy.

Blanck, 7349, recording the end-papers as printed in olive. Blanck's second state of the binding, without ‘&c' following the title on the spine.

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HARTE (Bret). A ward Of The Golden Gate. By Bret Harte. A new edition With 59 illustrations by Stanley Wood. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1895. F'cap 8vo; advertisements on verso of half-title; frontispiece and conjugate title-page cancels pasted to a stub; other illustrations in text; final leaf bearing illustration and ‘Finis' on recto, printer's imprint on verso; pp.viii (including frontispiece)+302+[ii]; inserted advertisement for ‘Eno's Fruit Salt' with lithographic onlay printed in sepia followed by publisher's 32pp. catalogue dated Dec.1894 at end of text; glazed yellow boards printed in red and green on front cover and spine, the back board bearing an advertisement for Pear's Soap in black; poor quality end-papers printed with commercial advertisements. Slight cracking to back joint and edge of front cover scraped with slight loss to paper covering; half-title and final page of advertisements embrowned by contact with end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in fact ‘ A New Edition' but a reissue of the sheets of the first edition which was published by Chatto & Windus in 1890 ahead of the American edition. The present copy is of the Indian issue, identical with the English one except for the presence of a rubber stamp reading ‘Thacker & Co. Ld. Bombay' on the lower margin of the front end-paper. This issue not listed by Sadleir or Blanck; not in Wolff.

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