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.

HERBERT (Henry William). Marmaduke Wyvil; Or, The maid's revenge. An historical romance. By Henry Wm. Herbert, Esq., Author of "Oliver Cromwell," &c. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn, Publisher, Great Marlborough-street, 1843. 3 Vols., post 8vo; half-titles not present, probably not called for; integral leaf bearing three entry Errata follows author's Advertisement in volume one; half-page of music in volume two, set from type; pp.vi+[ii]+319+[i (blank)]; [ii]+343+[i (blank)]; [ii]+333+[i (blank)]; contemporary half polished dark plum calf, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, red lettering-piece, marbled boards, edges burnished brown. Paper covering of back board chipped in volume one, lettering-piece lacking, and small hole in back joint of same volume; faint blind-stamps on front end-papers; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Dedicated to the author's father, the Dean of Manchester. A very well-written and powerful historical novel, deserving to be much better known. DNB records of Herbert that, having lost his property through the dishonesty of a trustee, he emigrated to America where he became a frequent contributor to periodicals, writing also, on sporting topics, under the name of Frank Forrester. In February 1858 he married for the second time a wife, Adela de Budlong of Providence, Long Island, the divorced wife of an actor, who three months later applied for a divorce. On 16th May Herbert, quite heartbroken, invited a party of his friends to dinner. Only one person came. Herbert shot himself through the head in the early morning of the following day. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; COPAC records only the British Library, National Library of Scotland, Oxford, and London Library copies.

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HERBERT (Lady [i.e., Baroness Herbert of Lea]). The Two Sisters: A tale for the "Good Shepherd." By Lady Herbert. London: John Philp, 7, Orchard Street, Portman Square, N.D. [1870]. Demy 16mo in half-sheets; single inset leaf of slightly thinner paper at the end stating that profits from the sale of the book will ‘be added to the funds for the South Wing of the new Refuge of the Good Shepherd at Manchester', followed by 16pp. publisher's advertisements on text-paper; pp.[iv]+159+[i (blank)]+[ii]+xvi; deep lime green fine-dotted-line-ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher's device blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated milk-chocolate. A very nice copy.

‘The Good Shepherd' was a Roman Catholic refuge for prostitutes.

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HERBERT (Stanley). John at home. A novel. In three volumes. T.C. Newby, Publisher, 30, Welbeck Street, Cavendish Square, 1853. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not present, and almost certainly not called for; 4pp. inserted advertisements on text-paper at end of volume one; 4pp. integral advertisements at end of volume three; publisher's quarter black roan, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine, marbled boards, black fine diaper cloth corners; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed. Slight wear to corners, and boards a trifle rubbed; end-papers, and first and last few leaves a little foxed in each volume; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir. Few Newby books were published in cloth. In the eight pages of advertisements some twenty works are mentioned, only one of which is recorded as issued in cloth - and that one not a novel. No particulars of binding are mentioned for the rest: cloth evidently not being the rule, it was requiring of notice. Newby three deckers were issued almost purely for the circulating library trade - and in the late forties and the fifties at any rate adopted a standard style of quarter roan, marbled sides, and fine diaper cloth corners, with spine blocking, ruling, and lettering, as here, involving banding with two horizontal floral curliques set head to head between double, plain and dotted, rules, three such bands enclosing two unequal, centrally placed, compartments, with balancing compartments at head and tail, closed off, at tail, by two further sets of plain and dotted rules, at head, by one, all blind, the lettering in a compressed face, and the numbering very large, all gilt, occupying respectively the upper and lower of the two central compartments.

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HERTFORD (A.C. (Adelaide M. Cameron).). Molly. Edinburgh, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, 1891. Frontispiece on verso of half-title; pp.[iv]+188; leaf green faintly cloth textured buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, ruled black and gilt, blocked gilt, black, brown, grey-purple, grey-green, pale green, and white, lettered black and gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, blocked black, brown, grey-purple, and gey-green on spine; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram design in pale brown. Very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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HERVEY (Maurice H.). The reef of gold: A Story of the South Seas. Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., Publisher to the India Ofice, 1894. Frontispiece, and seven plates; diagonally fine ribbed jet black cloth, blocked scarlet, lettered scarlet- outlined gilt on front cover, blocked scarlet, lettered gilt and scarlet-outlined gilt on spine; t.e.g. Some gilt slightly dull on upper cover; frontispiece torn and chipped at blank inner margin, and neatly laid down; otherwise a very nice copy.

The plates, which are marked to face pp.16, 58, 110, 194, 240, 264, and 302, are, correctly, inserted at those points, though the List of Illustrations gives an entirely different set of page numbers! The design of the covers is unusual and rather striking, having somewhat the effect of a photographic negative.

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HERVEY (Mrs. T.K.). The Pathway of the Fawn. A Tale of the New Year. Office of the National Illustrated Library, 227 Strand, [on engraved title:] 1852 [i.e., 1851]. Super roy.16mo in half sheets; wood-engraved frontispiece and illustrated title-page, printed in ochre and black, precede letterpress title-page; ten wood-engraved plates, printed in ochre and black; numerous wood-engraved initial letters, headpieces, etc.; jade green horizontal fine ripple grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Covers a trifle dull and faded; two faint rubber price stamps on front end-paper; inscription dated ‘Christmas, 1851' on half-title page; otherwise a fine copy.

First edition, first issue. Published, according to the English Catalogue of Books, in December 1851. Wolff, 3175, records an evidently later binding of red morocco cloth, with no publisher's name on the covers. Sadleir 3747 records this title as having been later included in the ‘Illustrated Family Novelist Series' - presumably as one of those "first published as independent works, and then incorporated in the list of the series without assuming series dress". There was no copy in his collection, and he does not describe it, though he lists it as a reprint. According to the English Catalogue of Books, it was in fact re-issued, at 2/6d. as against the 5/- of the original issue, in November 1852, by which time it had been taken over by Ingram, Cooke, & Co., who no doubt provided it with their own title-page, possibly dated 1853, since Sadleir records it after the first of his titles that is dated thus. It is unlikely that the later issue had gilt edges, since the series generally did not not - though the format of this title is in any case somewhat anomalous, the series as a whole having been cr.8vo. The wood-engravings are by W.L. Thomas, the plates being after designs by G.H. Thomas, and the initial letters, etc., after T.R. MacQuoid. Though all of the plates are on plate paper, most of them are included in the pagination, the exception being those listed as pp.96 and 159, which are in fact tipped in to face those pages, and do not have page numbers of their own; that listed as p.178 is marked as p.181 - and in fact forms pp.179-80! The plate forming pp.147-8 has in this copy been tipped in by error to face p.141.

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HEWLETT (Maurice). The forest lovers. A romance. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited; New York: The Macmillan Company, 1898. Cancel title-page on thinner paper, printed in red and black; pp.viii+384; diagonally fine ribbed grass green cloth blocked on front cover and spine with an over-all design of trees and rabbits in brownish olive, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Title leaf foxed, with offsetting; two or three scattered fox-spots elsewhere; otherwise a very nice copy.

The first issue, in which the half-title leaf is present, and the title leaf a cancel on thin paper. In a later issue the title-leaf was a single inset and the half-title was suppressed. A very unusual cover design, especially surprising from the rather staid firm of Macmillan. Loosely laid in to the present copy are two signed holograph letters from Hewlett to his literary agent (c.100 words each) date-stamped by the recipient ‘8 Sep 11' and ‘26 Oct 12', regarding personal and business matters (placement of short stories, etc.).

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HEWLETT (Maurice). The forest lovers. A romance by Maurice Hewlett. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1898. All rights reserved. Cancel title-page printed in red and black; pp.vi (paged viii) +384; diagonally fine ribbed grass green cloth blocked on front cover and spine with an all-over design of trees and rabbits in brownish olive, lettered gilt on spine; uncut edges. Numerous minor faults, but in general a nice copy.

The second issue, in which the half-title leaf was suppressed. In both issues the title is a cancel. A very unusual cover design, especially surprising from the rather staid firm of Macmillan.

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HEWLETT (Maurice). Little novels Of Italy. Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1899. Fly-titles to the stories tipped-in, and not included in the pagination; pp.[viii]+[ii]+66+[ii]+67-134+[ii]+135-218+[ii]+219-246+[ii]+247-335; light green linen blocked very dark green on front cover, lettered very dark green on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine slightly faded, but a near fine copy otherwise.

With a slip bearing Hewlett's signature neatly laid on to half-title page. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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HEWLETT (Maurice). The Life and Death Of Richard Yea-and-Nay. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1900. 2pp. integral advertisements at end followed by 4pp. inserted advertisements, and 16pp. publisher's catalogue dated Autumn, 1900; deep sky-blue buckram blocked red and gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. End-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy.



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[HICHENS (Robert).]. The Green Carnation. William Heinemann, 1894. Series title printed in black, green, yellow, and flesh on thick cream paper precedes half-title page; 20pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end dated June 1894; glazed green linen blocked and lettered white on sides and spine, in series style; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed. Enamel on spine dull; slight marginal embrowning throughout, and one or two other very minor faults, but in general a nice copy of a scarce book.

Issued as the fifth volume in The Pioneer Series. The author's scarce first book, in which he makes exquisite fun of Wilde and the aesthetic movement, and one of the most famous novels of the nineties. The "sordid and middle class affair" alluded to in ‘The Importance of Being Ernest'. The majority of copies were issued in paper wrappers.

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[HICHENS (Robert).]. The Green Carnation. William Heinemann, 1894. Series title printed in black, green, yellow, and flesh on thick cream paper precedes half-title page; 20pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end dated August 1894; glazed green linen blocked and lettered white on sides and spine, in series style; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed. Enamel on spine dull; slight, very light damp-marking of back cover; a trifle shaken and one or two minor faults internally; in general a nice copy, nonetheless of a book that seldom survives well.

Later issue, the earliest copies bound having a catalogue dated June. Issued as the fifth volume in The Pioneer Series. The author's scarce first book, in which he makes exquisite fun of Wilde and the aesthetic movement, and one of the most famous novels of the nineties. The "sordid and middle class affair" alluded to in ‘The Importance of Being Ernest'. The majority of copies were issued in paper wrappers.

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HICHENS (Robert S.). An Imaginative Man. By Robert S. Hichens Author of ‘The Green Carnation'. London, William Heinemann, 1895. Blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; integral advertisement leaf (for the first nine titles of ‘The Pioneer Series'), followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue dated March 1895, at end; pp.[viii]+245+[i (blank)]+[ii]; blackish green art linen, blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, blocked with art nouveau design and lettered, gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Some very light rubbing of cloth; light foxing of end-papers, heavier on initial blank and last leaf of catalogue; four unobtrusive closed slits in title-page (not touching printed areas) where photograph has at some point been mounted; otherwise a very nice copy. In our experience a very scarce title.

The very scarce first issue of a book that sold rather slowly, and was bound up over a period in at least three batches. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3198, describing a later issue (probably the third) as in "dark green smooth cloth, lettered in gilt on front and spine". His copy bore an authorial inscription dated 1907. The author's third novel.

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HICHENS (Robert). The Slave: A Romance. William Heinemann, 1899. 2pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 32pp. inserted publisher's advertisements; red coarse linen lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine faded; unsightly name partially removed from upper margin of title-page; library label on back paste down; otherwise nice.



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HICHENS (Robert) and BARRETT (Wilson). The daughters Of Babylon. A novel. John Macqueen, Hastings House, Norfolk Street, 1899. Publisher's 32pp. catalogue at end dated ‘February 1899'; two-tone blue linen ruled light blue, lettered tan on spine and front cover, blocked light blue, tan, and white on front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. End-papers slightly foxed; spine slightly darkened; otherwise very nice.

Hichens' novelized version of the Wilson Barrett play of the same name. The catalogue, on p.11, lists this title as for publication on February 18th.

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HICKSON (Mrs. Murray). Shadows of Life. John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1898. Blank before half-title; first leaf of last gathering a single inset; pp.[viii]+[198]; 12pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue at end, dated 1898; lighter and darker lime green linen patterned rough buckram, ruled and lettered dark green on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Spine slightly faded, and slight scattered foxing, but in general a nice copy.

Short stories by a contributor to the ‘Yellow Book'. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e. Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). The sinner's comedy. T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1892. Integral advertisement leaf at end, with printer's imprint on verso; pp.146+[ii]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed finely mottled grey and very pale grey cloth, blocked black and copper, lettered black-outlined copper, and black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers coated deep sea-green. Nice copy.

Uniform in design with Olive Schreiner's ‘Dreams'. The true first edition of the author's second book - and far scarcer than the first. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1525, describing the copper as ‘brown'. Noting that the book was issued in May 1892 as Volume 28 of the Pseudonym Library, in a different setting of text, Wolff assumes (his being a presentation copy) that this is a special ‘presentation format'. The English Catalogue of books, however, lists this title as ‘3s. 6d., 2s. 6d., 1s 6d.; 4th ed. post 8vo. 2s., 1s. 6d. (Pseudonym Lib.).'. Since the Pseudonym Library was invariably published at 2s. (hardcover) or 1s. 6d. (wrappers), the 3s. 6d. and 2s. 6d. issues at least could not have been made as part of that series - and it is implied in the advertisement that the first 1s. 6d. issue was not either. The present copy was evidently the 3s. 6d. variant: we assume the 2s. 6d. one to have been in plain unbevelled cloth or boards, and the 1s. 6d. one to have been in wrappers - but all three to have been in the same large format as here, and regularly published.

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e. Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). A study In temptations. T. Fisher Unwin, 1893. Narrow 8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end before which is tipped in a publisher's advertisement leaf on tinted glazed paper; brown glazed linen, ruled and lettered blue up spine and on front cover; back cover ruled and blocked with publisher's monogram in blue; t.e.g., others uncut. A nice copy.

Issued as volume 23 in The Pseudonym Library.

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e. Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). A Bundle of Life. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1893, Pseudonym Library. Narrow extra cr.8vo (8" x 4"); blank and conjugate series/half-title precede title-page; leaf [1/9] (pp.15-16) a single inset; pp.[ii]+195+[i (printer's imprint)]; quarter white paper, imitating vellum, spine with four raised bands, white paper label, printed in black within red ruled box, at head (i.e., above top band), greenish grey paper-covered board sides; a.e uncut. Neatly re-backed in imitation of the original binding, preserving the original paper label, this somewhat darkened and chipped at edges, but without loss of text; slight wear to corners of boards; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

Printed on large and (enormously) thick hand-made paper (bulking some 28mm), and differing in minor respects in terms of content from the trade issue, which is without the initial blank, leaf [1/9] being there [1/8] and conjugate with the half/series title which bears advertisements on the verso not present here, whilst the last gathering consists of eight leaves instead of two as in the present copy, the extra six again carrying advertisements. As far as we can discover neither this title nor the series as a whole was ever advertised in this large-paper format, and the present example would appear to be one of a handful of copies only so pulled. Issued as volume 34 in The Pseudonym Library, and originally priced, if a faint pencilled note on the front paste-down is to be trusted, at 12/6d as against the 2/- of the cloth issue or the 1/6d of the issue in wrappers. Sadleir, 3655, noting the ordinary issues in buff linen and mustard yellow wrappers; Wolff, 1519, recording an ordinary copy in buff linen.

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e. Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). A Bundle of Life. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1893, Pseudonym Library. Narrow f'cap 8vo; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.195+[i (printer's imprint)]+[12]; glazed natural linen ruled and lettered blue on front cover and up spine, ruled and blocked with publisher's monogram device blue on back cover; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges uncut. Bold inscription dated ‘Dec 93' on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as volume 34 in The Pseudonym Library, this being the latest volume listed in the series advertisement on the verso of the half-title. Sadleir, 3655; Wolff, 1519.

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e., Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). The tales Of John Oliver Hobbes: Some emotions and a moral: A study in temptations; The sinner's comedy: A bundle of life. With portrait by Walter Spindler. T. Fisher Unwin, 1894. Lge.post 8vo; wood engraved title-page, by Spindler, (dedicated to the author, and dated ‘Sept.1894'), printed in dark chocolate, leaf blank apart from publisher's monogram on verso, and photogravure portrait frontispiece printed in dark chocolate, with tissue guard, precede title-page printed in black and red, this followed by Contents leaf, and fly-title to first tale; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+[452]; vertically ribbed dark green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight spotting of front cover; slight foxing of end-papers, monogram leaf, and title-page, with some slight offsetting; otherwise a fine copy.

The author's first full-length book, and far and away her scarcest title. A neat inscription on the front end-paper of this copy is dated ‘Novr. 1894'.

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e., Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). The gods Some mortals And Lord Wickenham. Henry & Co, 1895. Imprint leaf before half-title page; half-title printed in orange; vignette title; 14pp. integral advertisements at end dated April 1895; pp.viii+290+14; green coarse buckram ruled and blocked pale blue-grey, lettered gilt, on spine and front cover, blocked gilt on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. A virtually fine copy. Scarce.

The half-title and cover design are by Walter Spindler (the former being signed with his initials); the title-page is also said to be by him - but appears to us to bear the initials ‘C N. SA' at foot. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1522, describing the advertisements, evidently in error, as ‘undated'. In the present copy, as with the Wolff copy, p.6 of the advertisements lists this title as ‘Now ready'.

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e., Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). The herb-moon: A fantasia. T. Fisher Unwin, 1894. Lge.post 8vo; portrait frontispiece by Walter Spindler, precedes title-page printed in black and red, this followed by a single inset Contents leaf; pp.[vi]+[226]; vertically ribbed dark grey-green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight foxing of verso of half-title, with offsetting onto back of frontispiece; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Wolff. One of the author's favourites among her books, described by her in 1901 as "a country story - of which I am fond".

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e., Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). The school for Saints: Part of the history of The Right Honourable Robert Orange, M.P. T. Fisher Unwin, 1897. Tall cr.8vo; title-page printed in red and black; vertically ribbed dark green cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Cloth frayed at head of spine and worn at corners; poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout, and end-papers heavily so; end-papers cracked and fragile; a very good copy in general, nonetheless.



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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e., Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). The school for Saints: Part of the history of The Right Honourable Robert Orange, M.P. T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. Cr.8vo; half-title not called for; cancel title-page printed in red and black, on thicker paper; pp.[2]+514+[ii (Author's Note leaf with printer's imprint on verso); vertically ribbed dark green cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g. End-papers a little foxed, with slight off-setting; otherwise a fine copy.

Apparently first edition sheets re-issued with a new title-page: first edition, second issue. The original issue was taller, having the fore- and lower- edges uncut, and had an otherwise similar title-page dated 1897.

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e. Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). Robert Orange: Being a continuation of the History of Robert Orange, M.P. And a sequel to the School for saints. London: T. Fisher Unwin, [11, Paternoster Buildings,] Paternoster Square, 1900. Cr.8vo; title-page printed throughout in black; nine integral leaves of advertisements at end; pp.[iv]+410+[xviii (paged with lower-case letters, somewhat irregularly)]; vertically ribbed dark green cloth lettered gilt on spine within gilt ruled boxes; t.e.g., others fully trimmed. Poor quality paper showing some embrowning throughout; neat contemporary inscription on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

Almost certainly an advance or trial copy: every other copy we have seen (as also all copies of the second edition - which was revised, but likewise dated 1900) has had the title-page printed in orange and black, and has been ruled and lettered on the spine with gilt of a poorer quality that tends to take on a coppery tinge. The present copy is distinctly anomalous.

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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e. Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). Robert Orange: Being a continuation of the History of Robert Orange, M.P. And a sequel to the School for saints. T. Fisher Unwin, 1900. Cr.8vo; title-page printed in orange and black; nine integral leaves of advertisements at end; vertically ribbed green cloth lettered copper on spine within copper ruled boxes; t.e.g., others more or less fully trimmed. Poor quality paper showing very slight embrowning, mostly marginal, throughout; otherwise in general a nice copy.



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HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e. Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie].). Robert Orange: Being a continuation of the History of Robert Orange, M.P. And a sequel to the School for saints. T. Fisher Unwin, 1900. Post 8vo; title-page printed in orange and black; binder's blank at front and back; full vellum, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, purple and white head and tail bands; a.e.g. Poor quality paper showing some embrowning, mostly marginal, throughout; short tear in fore-margin of half-title, lower margin of two other leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

Second and Revised Edition, issued in September, 1900, the first edition having been issued in July. Not a rebind, but an author's presentation binding, as the inscription makes clear, the end-papers being of the same laid paper as in the trade issue. The front binder's blank bears a lengthy signed inscription in the author's minute cursive hand: "Dear Dr. Godson, / I am sending you this because I had ordered it for you. But ‘The Herb-Moon' (a country / story - of which I am fond), & the ‘Tales' (in one / volume) are being bound now - & I hope you will give me a great pleasure by accepting them. / Yours sincerely / Pearl Mary-Teresa Craigie / March 27. 1901.".

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HOCKING (Silas K., F.R.H.S.). Sea-waif: A tale of the Cornish cliffs. By Silas K. Hocking, F.R.H.S., Author of "Her Benny," "Ivy," "Chips," "Poor Mike," etc. With Original Illustrations. London: Frederick Warne and Co., Bedford Street, Strand, N.D. [1882]. Post 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, vignette title-page, and four plates, all by W. Gunston; letterpress title-page reading as above; 22pp. integral advertisements at end, continuing the signatures; pp.[viii]+274+[xxii]; bevelled diagonally very fine-ribbed brown cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine, in series style; a.e.g.; end-papers printed florally grey-green; binder's ticket ‘W. Greening / Binder / 183 / Fleet Street' on back paste-down. Early signature on blank back of frontispiece, and a very little scattered foxing, but a very nice copy.

The correct first edition, the advertisements listing nothing published later than 1882. A very early Hocking title. There is no list of illustrations, but they are bound in to face pp.57, 117, 153, and 237.

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HOCKING (Silas K., F.R.H.S.). Real grit: By Silas K. Hocking, F.R.H.S., Author of "Her Benny," "His Father," "Chips," "Poor Mike, etc. With Original Illustrations. London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., N.D. [1886]. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates, all by the Dalziels; 8pp. integral advertisements at end, continuing the signatures; pp.[viii]+304+[viii]; bevelled diagonally very fine-ribbed brick-red cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine, in series style; a.e.g.; end-papers printed florally in grey. Slight wear to extremities of spine and spine a trifle faded; small tallow spot to fore-margins of one gathering; otherwise a nice copy.

The correct first edition, the advertisements listing nothing published later than 1885. There is no list of illustrations, but they are bound in to face pp.85, 160, 192, 255, and 271.

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HOCKING (Silas K.). Crookleigh: A Village Story. By Silas K. Hocking, F.R.H.S., Author of "Her Benny," "Ivy," "Real Grit," Etc., etc. With original illustrations by W.S. Stacey. London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., 1888. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; process engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates; pp.iv+316; diagonally very fine-ribbed very dark green cloth, ruled and blocked black and embossed blind on sides and spine, lettered and pictorially blocked in gilt and black on front cover; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with flower and leaf design in brown. Some light foxing and fingering internally, more or less confined to margins; otherwise a nice copy.

There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.49, 140, 199, 217, and 310, and are here so bound in.

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HOCKING (Joseph). Mistress Nancy Molesworth: A romantic story. With illustrations by F.H. Townsend. James Bowden, 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1898. Integral advertisement leaf precedes half-title; frontispiece and five plates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+428+[xii]; light and dark flecked blue linen. blocked pictorially gilt, black, green and flesh, ruled and lettered black, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. A little scattered foxing; crease in inner margin of frontispiece; owner's name on half-title; otherwise a very nice copy.

Historical romance, set in Cornwall; to judge by some of the chapter headings (‘The Haunted Chapel of St. Mawgan'; ‘I escape from the Witch's Tower'), including slight occult or supernatural elements. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. P.vii in this copy is erroneously paged ‘vi' (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined). There is not list of plates, but they are here tipped in to face pp.90, 153, 270, 307, and 481.

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HOCKING (Joseph). The Scarlet woman. A novel. Illustrated by Sydney Cowell. James Bowden, 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1899. Blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates, in half-tone; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on front cover and spine. A nice copy.



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HOCKING (Silas K., F.R.H.S.). For light and Liberty. With original illustrations by Alfred Johnson. London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., 1892 [i.e., December, 1891]. Globe 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+370+[vi]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed midnight blue cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered black, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram device in pale brown. Name obliterated on front paste-down; a little scattered light foxing; otherwise a very nice copy.

The first of Warne's standard binding styles for Hocking titles. The sheets in this issue bulk 19mm scant as against 25mm in another issue we have seen. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.62, 100, 145, 243, and 317, and are here so tipped in; the frontispiece is marked for p.349. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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HOCKING (Silas K., F.R.H.S.). Where duty lies. With original illustrations By Harold Copping. London: Frederick Warne and Co., And New York, 1893. Globe 8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates; pp.359+[i (blank)]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered black, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram device in pale brown. End-papers foxed, with offsetting; a little scattered foxing passim; otherwise a very nice copy.

The first of Warne's standard binding styles for Hocking titles - but in fact the last title that they produced in this format. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.64, 181, 227, 288, and 353, and are here so tipped in. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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HOCKING (Silas K., F.R.Hist.S.). One in charity. With Illustrations by Gordon Browne. London: Frederick Warne and Co., And New York, 1893 [i.e., October, 1892]. Advertisement leaf before half-title; process engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.viii+470+[ii]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed bluish grey-green cloth, ruled black, blocked black and gilt, glazed greenish bronze on pressed out panels overblocked in black, on front cover and spine, lettered black and gilt on front cover, lettered and ruled gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with fine net and flowering stem pattern in grey. A little scattered light foxing and dusting; ownership inscription dated 1893 on blank recto of initial advertisement leaf; otherwise a fine copy.

Among other things, a ghost story. The first issue, with the initial advertisement leaf present. The first of Hocking's books to be produced by Warne's in full cr.8vo format, and the usherer-in of a new standard binding style. Warne's did very well by Hocking in the production of his books: in this second standard style, by the use of heavy bevelled boards, and diagonally fine ribbed cloths with substantial coloured glazes over blind blocking, as well as the use of gilt and, often, black, sharply blocked on, they succeeded in producing a very distinctive style of binding of a solidity pretty well unmatched elsewhere - as though, almost, they have been cast in metal or ground and polished out of slabs of stone. A fine example of a distinctive late Victorian binding style. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.44, 181, and 298.

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HOCKING (Silas K., F.R.Hist.S.). One in charity. With Illustrations by Gordon Browne. Frederick Warne and Co., 1893 [i.e., October, 1892]. Advertisement leaf excised before half-title, apparently prior to issue; frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[iii]-viii+470+[ii]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, ruled black, blocked black and gilt, glazed greenish bronze on pressed out panels overblocked in black, on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and ruled gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with fine net and flowering stem pattern in grey. Three or four fox-spots on edges; otherwise a fine copy.

Among other things, a ghost story. The first of Hocking's books to be produced by Warne's in full cr.8vo format, and the usherer-in of a new standard binding style. The second issue, and the second binding, the first being of green cloth. The advertisement leaf advertised Hocking's preceding novel ‘Where Duty Lies' and also referred the reader to a ‘Catalogue at the end of the book', not in fact included in any copy we have seen: the leaf may have been excised either because ‘Where Duty Lies', which was in a smaller format and did not admit of the new standard binding style, was no longer in print by the time that this issue was made (it was not reprinted in the new format until 1896), or because the Catalogue was not in fact to be included. Warne's did very well by Hocking in the production of his books: in this second standard style, by the use of heavy bevelled boards, and diagonally fine ribbed cloths with substantial coloured glazes over blind blocking, as well as the use of gilt and, often, black, sharply blocked on, they succeeded in producing a very distinctive bindings of a solidity pretty well unmatched elsewhere - as though, almost, they have been cast in metal or ground and polished out of slabs of stone. A fine example of a distinctive late Victorian binding style. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.44, 181, and 298.

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HOCKING (Silas K., F.R.H.S.). For light and Liberty. With Original Illustrations by Alfred Johnson. Frederick Warne & Co., 1896. Blank before half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard,and four plates; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[ii]+vii+[i (blank)]+370+[vi]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed grey cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with monogram and device pattern in pale brown. Very slight foxing of prelims., advertisements, and edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The second edition, but the first in this format, of a title originally published in December, 1891 (but dated the next year). The third standard binding style, used by Warne's for the later Hocking titles, very substantial in effect. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.62, 145, 243, and 349, and are here so bound in. In this copy, p.[46], l.6, has the misprint ‘maintian' for ‘maintain'. Issue significance, if any, unknown.

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HODDER (Edwin). Tossed on the waves: A Story of Young Life. By Edwin Hodder, Author of "The Junior Clerk," "Memories of New Zealand Life," Etc., etc. Hodder & Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1868. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece on text-paper by ‘J.S.' engraved by ‘E.E.' [?Edmund Evans], with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+[iv]+241+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; bevelled yellow-green fine morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Fine copy.

The second edition of a book first published in 1864. The prelims. and final gathering consist of three conjugate pairs. The earliest book we can remember seeing printed by Unwin Brothers, and an early Hodder & Stoughton item. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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HODDER (Edwin). In strange quarters: A story of Constantinople. With eight illustrations by J. Finnemore. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1897. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; pp.[viii]+312; 16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end, on text-paper; grey-green buckram, blocked black, white, pale blue-green, yellow, and light brown, lettered black, and black-outlined yellow, on front cover, blocked white, gilt, pale blue-green, and light brown, lettered black, gilt, and black-outlined gilt, on spine; a.e.g. Light damp-mottling of back cover; end-papers foxed, with off-setting; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The plate listed as facing p.30 has in fact been bound in as frontispiece.

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HOFFLAND [sic] (Mrs. [Barbara, earlier HOOLE]). The Daughter of a genius; A tale for youth. John Harris and Son, St. Paul's Church Yard, 1823. 12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; engraved frontispiece on plate paper; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.iv+197+[i (blank)]+[ii]; publisher's quarter roan, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, pale blue-green boards printed in black, the back board bearing the publisher's large St. Paul's device with ‘HARRIS & SON's ORIGINAL JUVENILE LIBRARY' printed within its circular frame, the front board bearing a simplified version of the title-page. Minute chip from leather of headband; boards a trifle dusty and very slightly rubbed, and back board with some staining; slight foxing of prelims. and back end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy.

Published in January 1823. A second edition was issued the same year, but differs from the first in text, both that and the third edition of 1826 bearing on the title-page the legend: ‘with improvements'. This seems to have meant ‘shortened', for Osborne, p.261, listing only the third edition, gives the pagination as ‘vii+184'. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; CBEL, III, p.400.

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HOFLAND (Mrs. [Barbara, earlier HOOLE]). Integrity. A Tale. Second edition. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster-row, 1824. 12mo; steel-engraved frontispiece by J.G. Walker after T. Stothard, R.A.; pp.[iv]+264; drab boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Vertical crack in spine, and paper covering of spine a trifle chipped; some foxing and dusting; a very good copy, nonetheless.

First published by the same publishers in April 1823. Stereotyped and printed by J. & R. Childs in Bungay, Suffolk. Block, p.110, recording the British Library copy only of the first edition; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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HOFLAND (Mrs. [Barbara, earlier HOOLE]). Farewell tales. London: A.K. Newman and Company, 1840 (i.e., Winter 1839). 12mo; fine steel engraved frontispiece after S. Williams, with tissue guard; engraved and letterpress titles; integral advertisement leaf followed by tipped in 4pp. roy.32mo publisher's advertisements on yellow paper, printed on facing surfaces only, at end; full black polished calf elaborately pressed out blind on sides and spine (v. note), lettered within frame, gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; diagonally fine-ribbed moiré end-papers coated yellow. Prize inscription dated Christmas 1839 on front paste-down; slight staining to edges of paste-downs from the turnovers of the calf, and barely visible scuff to back cover; very slight foxing to tissue; otherwise a fine copy of a truly beautiful book.

Juvenile. This title not among the extensive Osborne listings. The very welcome inscription makes clear that this is the earlier of the two known bindings, copies also being seen in black morocco, less elaborately blocked blind, the sides lettered gilt, the spine ruled blind, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, and with yellow-coated end-papers of a paper without texturing. The present binding has been pressed out with a fine steel plate, rather like some cloth casings of the period, the entire surface of the sides bearing a complex geometrical design finely grained in various contrasting ways within a triple frame consisting of three parts: an outer fine flame-grain edging within which, separated by rules and embossed lines are bands pressed out in fine-diaper and fine ripple-grain. The pattern on the spine again covers the entire surface and combines areas pressed out with extremely fine vertical and horizontal ribs with a stylised embossed pattern of leaf-tendrils, the top inch being left plain and blocked with a complex floral wreathe and lettering. One of the finest examples of a steel-pressed leather binding that we have seen.

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HOFLAND (Mrs. [Barbara, earlier HOOLE]). Farewell tales. London: A.K. Newman and Company, 1840 (i.e., Winter 1839). 12mo; fine steel engraved frontispiece after S. Williams, with tissue guard; engraved and letterpress titles; integral advertisement leaf at end; full black morocco elaborately blocked blind and gilt on sides, ruled blind, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Nice.

Juvenile. This title not among the extensive Osborne listings.

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HOLDSWORTH (Annie). The Years that the Locust hath Eaten. William Heinemann, 1896. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end; vertically fine ribbed dark yellow-green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Faint creasing of back free end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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HOLDSWORTH (Annie (Mrs. Lee-Hamilton)). The Valley of the Great Shadow. William Heinemann, 1900. Pp.[viii]+[248]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; vertically fine ribbed dark yellow-green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Nice copy.

Publisher's Presentation Copy, bearing their blind-stamp to this effect on the upper margin of the half-title and title leaves. Apparently also an author's copy: the front end-paper bearing the inscription ‘Mother's Book' in pencil, and the signature of her daughter, Mrs. Champion.

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HOLLAND (Clive). The golden hawk; Or, The wanderings of John Malcom. With original illustrations By W.J. Warren. Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., Stationers' Hall Court, 1888. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece, and two plates; pp.[xii]+212; scarlet smooth cloth, ruled black on front cover and spine, ruled, lettered, and pictorially blocked, black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers glazed pale lemon. Single fox-spot on fore-edges of prelims.; otherwise a fine copy.

The author's first book. An eighteenth century story of piracy and buried treasure, evidently inspired by Stevenson's ‘Treasure Island'. Holland was later to become a writer of fantasy stories, bare elements of which (an idol, and rationalised witchcraft) are in the present book. Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Locke's ‘Spectrum', though all possessed later titles by this author. Wolff 3240 refers (and v. also 3239 for Sadleir's ownership of another title).

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HOLLIS (Margery). Audrey: A Novel. In three volumes. Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1890. 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title in each volume; royal blue cloth, blocked all over with a pattern of small squares alternately ribbed horizontally or vertically, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale grey, printed with a floral pattern in blue. Covers used and showing slight general wear; end-papers and facing leaves embrowned; otherwise in general nice.

Not in Sadleir.

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HOLMES (Oliver Wendell). The professor At the Breakfast-table; With the Story of Iris. Sampson Low, Son & Co., 47 Ludgate Hill, 1860. Tall f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. f'cap 8vo catalogue, dated June, 1863, at end; violet pebble grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered violet through gilt, on spine; fore-edges uncut, others lightly trimmed; end-papers coated cream. Gilt of panel a little flaked on spine; otherwise a fine copy.

Blanck, 9094. The first English edition, but a later issue as is shown by the catalogue. Copies are also known without a catalogue.

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HOLMES (Oliver Wendell). A mortal antipathy. First opening of The new portfolio. Edinburgh: William Paterson, 1886. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; navy blue buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers coated dark brown; publisher's advertisement slip tipped in between front end-papers. Very nearly a fine copy.

Blanck does not record this edition. The book was first published at Boston late in 1885. The first London edition, dated 1885, was published c. December 12th in that year. The Edinburgh edition may or may not have precedence, it being common practice at the time to date forward books published in late Autumn or early Winter to the following year.

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HOLT (Emily Sarah). Lettice Eden; Or, The lamps of Earth and the Light of Heaven. A Tale of the Last Days of King Henry the Eighth. John F. Shaw and Co., 48 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1877]. Wood-engraved frontispiece by H.W. Petherick; 8pp. inserted text-paper advertisements of Holt's works (latest title ‘Clare Avery' [1876], listed without reviews), followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue of ‘New publications', undated, but listing books issued not later than 1876; diagonally very fine ribbed deep yellow-green cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled black, lettered gilt, and gilt-outlined yellow-green shadowed black, on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, and green-through-gilt, on spine; a.e. burnished scarlet; end-papers coated cream. Small patch rubbed in gilt around spine imprint; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The absence of any of Emily Holt's novels from Sadleir is not surprising, since, though extremely prolific, she did not publish in multi-volume format. Her absence from Wolff demonstrates the extreme scarcity of her books in first edition form. Along with Emma Jane Worboise, Emily Holt is a good example of a novelist very popular in her day with that stratum of readers who did not aspire to the circulating libraries, whose original editions are now very scarce, having for the most part been read to pieces by their owners. Emily Holt's novels were all historical, and were published under the general title: ‘Tales of English Life in the Olden Time'. They were very much reprinted, in the 80s and 90s sometimes in quite sumptuous editions, but also in the cheap editions of publisher's such as Richard Edward King - in which form they were still very often seen some twenty-five or thirty years ago gracing the outside shelves of the poorer sort of bookshop. A demy 8vo collected edition of The Works, beautifully bound, but on very inferior paper, was published by Shaw in the early years of the present century. It is now very rare. The task of identifying Holt's first editions is complicated by the fact that they were all published by John F. Shaw, who seldom either dated any of his books, or declared their edition status. It may generally be done by the advertisements, as here. The book was published at 5/-.

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HOLT (Emily Sarah). Lady Sybil's choice: A Tale of the Crusades. John F. Shaw and Co., 48 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1879]. Wood-engraved frontispiece by H. [W.] Petherick, with loose tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf of Holt's works (latest title ‘The Maiden's Lodge' [1879], listed without reviews), followed by publisher's inserted 8pp. list of ‘Works by Emily S. Holt' (titles not published later than 1878) and 16pp. catalogue of ‘New Publications', undated, but listing books issued not later than 1878, at end; diagonally very fine ribbed deep yellow-green cloth, blocked black on back cover, black and gilt on front cover, ruled black, lettered gilt, and gilt-outlined black, on front cover, blocked black and gilt, ruled gilt, lettered gilt, black, and gilt-striped black, on spine; a.e. burnished scarlet; end-papers coated yellow. Corners of back cover very faintly damp-marked; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The absence of any of Emily Holt's novels from Sadleir is not surprising, since, though extremely prolific, she did not publish in multi-volume format. Her absence from Wolff demonstrates the extreme scarcity of her books in first edition form. Along with Emma Jane Worboise, Emily Holt is a good example of a novelist very popular in her day with that stratum of readers who did not aspire to the circulating libraries, whose original editions are now very scarce, having for the most part been read to pieces by their owners. Emily Holt's novels were all historical, and were published under the general title: ‘Tales of English Life in the Olden Time'. They were very much reprinted, in the 80s and 90s sometimes in quite sumptuous editions, but also in the cheap editions of publisher's such as Richard Edward King - in which form they were still very often seen some twenty-five or thirty years ago gracing the outside shelves of the poorer sort of bookshop. A demy 8vo collected edition of The Works, beautifully bound, but on very inferior paper, was published by Shaw in the early years of the present century. It is now very rare. The task of identifying Holt's first editions is complicated by the fact that they were all published by John F. Shaw, who seldom either dated any of his books, or declared their edition status. It may generally be done by the advertisements, as here. The black spine lettering of the present volume is unusual, being set against a label-like panel of wavy diagonal stripes, some of which pass over the lettering, and others behind it (some of the letters thus being wholly black, and others stripy). The book was published at 5/-.

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HOLT (Emily Sarah). The maidens' lodge; Or, None of self and all of thee. A Tale of the Reign of Queen Anne. John F. Shaw and Co., 48, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1879]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; advertisement leaf at front; wood-engraved frontispiece and three plates by J.W. Petherick; pp.viii+248; diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, lettered gilt, black, and gilt-shadowed rustic gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered dark green through gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Nice copy.

There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.68, 156, and 217, and are here tipped in at those openings. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The absence of any of Emily Holt's novels from Sadleir is not surprising, since, though extremely prolific, she did not publish in multi-volume format. Her absence from Wolff demonstrates the extreme scarcity of her books in first edition form. Along with Emma Jane Worboise, Emily Holt is a good example of a novelist very popular in her day with that stratum of readers who did not aspire to the circulating libraries, whose original editions are now very scarce, having for the most part been read to pieces by their owners. Emily Holt's novels were all historical, and were published under the general title: ‘Tales of English Life in the Olden Time'. They were very much reprinted, in the 80s and 90s sometimes in quite sumptuous editions, but also in the cheap editions of publisher's such as Richard Edward King - in which form they were still very often seen some twenty-five or thirty years ago gracing the outside shelves of the poorer sort of bookshop. A demy 8vo collected edition of The Works, beautifully bound, but on very inferior paper, was published by Shaw in the early years of the present century. It is now very rare. The task of identifying Holt's first editions is complicated by the fact that they were all published by John F. Shaw, who seldom either dated any of his books, or declared their edition status. It may generally be done by the advertisements, the fourteen titles in the series listed in the present volume starting, correctly, with ‘Lady Sybil's Choice', also published in 1879, which is listed here without reviews, and including nothing later than that title. The present volume was published at 3/6d., and is exceptionally plain for an Emily Holt first edition. Usually they were published at 5/-.

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HOLT (Emily Sarah). Red and White: A Tale of the Wars of the Roses. London: John F. Shaw and Co., 48 Paternoster Row, (All rights reserved.) N.D. [1882]. Wood-engraved frontispiece after H. Petherick; integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue (denominated ‘Catalogue B') at end; pp.366+[ii]; deep yellow-green buckram, blocked in black, white, and red on front cover and spine, lettered gilt and black on spine, black-shadowed red, black-shadowed white, and black on front cover; end-papers coated pale yellow. A fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The absence of any of Emily Holt's novels from Sadleir is not surprising, since, though extremely prolific, she did not publish in multi-volume format. Her absence from Wolff demonstrates the extreme scarcity of her books in first edition form. Along with Emma Jane Worboise, Emily Holt is a good example of a novelist very popular in her day with that stratum of readers who did not aspire to the circulating libraries, whose original editions are now very scarce, having for the most part been read to pieces by their owners. Emily Holt's novels were all historical, and were published under the general title: ‘Tales of English Life in the Olden Time'. They were very much reprinted, in the 80s and 90s sometimes in quite sumptuous editions, but also in the cheap editions of publisher's such as Richard Edward King - in which form they were still very often seen some twenty-five or thirty years ago gracing the outside shelves of the poorer sort of bookshop. A demy 8vo collected edition of The Works, extravagantly bound in scarlet and extra gilt, but on very inferior paper, was published by Shaw in the early years of the present century. It is now very rare. The task of identifying Holt's first editions is complicated by the fact that they were all published by John F. Shaw, who seldom either dated any of his books, or declared their edition status. It may generally be done by the advertisements, as here, this book not appearing on the integral advertisement leaf listing of her works, which advertises ‘Joyce Morrell's Harvest' in the lead position and without reviews, as the latest published; whilst in the Catalogue it has been moved to the end of the list on the equivalent page, and given a note from a review, the lead position being taken by the present title, without reviews, but with a blurb beginning: ‘To her popular series "Tales of English Life in the Olden Time" - this well-known author adds one on the stirring days of the Wars of the Roses . . . The book was published at 5/-.

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HOLT (Emily Sarah). Wearyholme; Or, Seedtime and harvest. A Tale of the Restoration of Charles the Second. London: John F. Shaw and Co., 48 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1883]. Wood-engraved frontispiece after H. Petherick, with tissue guard; pp.384; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue (denominated ‘Catalogue B') at end; fawny brown buckram, blocked in dark green and red, lettered gilt and dark green shadowed gilt, on front cover and spine, lettered dark green on front cover, ruled gilt and dark green on spine; end-papers printed with floral pattern in fawn. Very slight foxing of edges; tissue foxed with some offsetting onto facing pages; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The absence of any of Emily Holt's novels from Sadleir is not surprising, since, though extremely prolific, she did not publish in multi-volume format. Her absence from Wolff demonstrates the extreme scarcity of her books in first edition form. Along with Emma Jane Worboise, Emily Holt is a good example of a novelist very popular in her day with that stratum of readers who did not aspire to the circulating libraries, whose original editions are now very scarce, having for the most part been read to pieces by their owners. Emily Holt's novels were all historical, and were published under the general title: ‘Tales of English Life in the Olden Time'. They were very much reprinted, in the 80s and 90s sometimes in quite sumptuous editions, but also in the cheap editions of publisher's such as Richard Edward King - in which form they were still very often seen some twenty-five or thirty years ago gracing the outside shelves of the poorer sort of bookshop. A demy 8vo collected edition of The Works, extravagantly bound in scarlet and extra gilt, but on very inferior paper, was published by Shaw in the early years of the present century. It is now very rare. The task of identifying Holt's first editions is complicated by the fact that they were all published by John F. Shaw, who seldom either dated any of his books, or declared their edition status. It may generally be done by the advertisements, as here, this book not appearing, without reviews, as the lead title of Holt's works in the catalogue. Nineteen other titles are listed, all with reviews, and none of them dating from later than 1882. The book was published at 5/-.

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HOLT (Emily Sarah). The Lord of the marches; Or, The story of Roger Mortimer. A Tale of the Fourteenth Century. John F. Shaw and Co., 48 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1884]. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and two plates by M. Irwin; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue (denominated ‘Catalogue B') at end; pp.224; olive-green buckram, blocked in dark green, silver, and gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked and embossed gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover, gilt and dark green on spine; end-papers printed florally in grey. A nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The absence of any of Emily Holt's novels from Sadleir is not surprising, since, though extremely prolific, she did not publish in multi-volume format. Her absence from Wolff demonstrates the extreme scarcity of her books in first edition form. Along with Emma Jane Worboise, Emily Holt is a good example of a novelist very popular in her day with that stratum of readers who did not aspire to the circulating libraries, whose original editions are now very scarce, having for the most part been read to pieces by their owners. Emily Holt's novels were all historical, and were published under the general title: ‘Tales of English Life in the Olden Time'. They were very much reprinted, in the 80s and 90s sometimes in quite sumptuous editions, but also in the cheap editions of publisher's such as Richard Edward King - in which form they were still very often seen some twenty-five or thirty years ago gracing the outside shelves of the poorer sort of bookshop. A demy 8vo collected edition of The Works, extravagantly bound in scarlet and extra gilt, but on very inferior paper, was published by Shaw in the early years of the present century. It is now very rare. The task of identifying Holt's first editions is complicated by the fact that they were all published by John F. Shaw, who seldom either dated any of his books, or declared their edition status. It may generally be done by the advertisements, as here, this book appearing at the head of the second advertisement leaf listing her works in the catalogue, without reviews, and opposite to ‘The Lord Mayor of London', published in the same year, which heads the first leaf, also without reviews. This book was published at 3/6d., ‘The Lord Mayor of London' at 5/-. There is no list of plates, but they are here marked for pp.89 and 126, and are tipped in to face pp.80 and 160.

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HOLT (Emily Sarah). It might have been: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot. London: John F. Shaw and Co., 48 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1889]. (All rights reserved.) Half-tone frontispiece by M. Irwin, with tissue guard; 8pp. inserted advertisements on thicker paper of John F. Shaw & Co.'s Publications (undated, but titles not published later than 1888), followed by publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue of ‘John F. Shaw & Co.'s New Stories' (including this as the only 5/- Holt title listed without reviews); red-chocolate buckram, blocked pictorially black, gilt, milk chocolate, iron grey, and red-chocolate through gilt, ruled black, lettered black, gilt, and red-chocolate through gilt, on front cover, blocked pictorially black, gilt, milk chocolate, and iron grey, ruled black, lettered black, and gilt, on spine; end-papers printed florally pale grey. Half-title removed; otherwise a fine copy.

Also known in buckram of a pale sky-blue colour, with half-tone black blocking substituting for the iron grey, and milk chocolate rules as well as black ones on the spine and front cover. Because on that variant the half-tone blocking substitutes for grey (thus reducing the number of foils used), we have little hesitation in regarding the present cloth colour as the primary one. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The absence of any of Emily Holt's novels from Sadleir is not surprising, since, though extremely prolific, she did not publish in multi-volume format. Her absence from Wolff demonstrates the extreme scarcity of her books in first edition form. Along with Emma Jane Worboise, Emily Holt is a good example of a novelist very popular in her day with that stratum of readers who did not aspire to the circulating libraries, whose original editions are now very scarce, having for the most part been read to pieces by their owners. The present volume resembles, both in format and design, the Blackie juveniles, and we find Emily Holt's books being advertised by this date more or less indifferently both as for boys and girls or as general fiction. Emily Holt's novels were all historical, and were published under the general title: ‘Tales of English Life in the Olden Time'. They were very much reprinted, in the 80s and 90s sometimes in quite sumptuous editions, but also in the cheap editions of publisher's such as Richard Edward King - in which form they were still very often seen some twenty-five or thirty years ago gracing the outside shelves of the poorer sort of bookshop. A demy 8vo collected edition of The Works, extravagantly bound in scarlet and extra gilt, but on very inferior paper, was published by Shaw in the early years of the present century. It is now very rare. The task of identifying Holt's first editions is complicated by the fact that they were all published by John F. Shaw, who seldom either dated any of his books, or declared their edition status. It may generally be done by the advertisements, as here. The book was published at 5/-.

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