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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.

[LEVER (Charles).]. Charles O'Malley, The Irish dragoon. Edited by Harry Lorrequer, With illustrations by Phiz. In two volumes. Dublin, William Curry, Jun and Company. Fraser and Crawford, Edinburgh. W.S. Orr and Company, London, 1841. 2 Vols., med.8vo; half-titles not called for; 8pp. publisher's catalogue, undated, inserted before frontispiece in volume one; each volume with engraved and letterpress titles, engraved frontispiece, and twenty plates; pp.[xii]+348; [x]+336; vertically ribbed cloth, light olive green in volume one, dark green in volume two, otherwise uniform, pictorially blocked blind on sides, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt, lettered green through gilt, on spine; pale yellow coated end-papers; a.e. uncut. Slight wear to heads and tails of spines, very slight in volume two; spine of volume one bubbled, and very slightly worn at the joints; crease in cloth of front cover in volume two, due to an original binding fault; slight marginal spotting of plates; otherwise in general a very nice copy. Scarce thus.

Sadleir 1396, and like his copy with the 14pp. "L'Envoy" by Lever and G.P.R. James at the end of volume one, which was later suppressed. Volume two here has the inset Dedication leaf placed after p.vii of the prelims., and not after p.ii as in the Sadleir copy. The plate to face p.166, however, has been bound in to face p.164. In the present copy, volume one is in a variant binding, of light olive green cloth, whilst volume two, like both the Sadleir volumes, is in dark green cloth. The same old ownership inscription in each volume of the present copy, suggests that this is not a made up set. The advertisements in volume one attest the fact that it was issued separately, whilst the parts publication of the second volume was still in process, and this suggests that the variant lighter cloth may mark an earlier issue of the first volume. The variant seems to have been unknown to Sadleir. P.162 in volume one in this copy is correctly numbered. Wolff, 4079, records an evidently later issue, bound as the Sadleir copy, but without the publisher's catalogue in volume one (which advertised the first volume only as available), and with the single inset dedication leaf, which was evidently not prepared until the first issue of volume one had been completed, transferred from volume two to its more natural position among the prelims. in volume one.

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[LEVER (Charles).]. Charles O'Malley, The Irish dragoon. Edited by Harry Lorrequer, With illustrations by Phiz. In two volumes. Dublin, William Curry, Jun and Company. Fraser and Crawford, Edinburgh. W.S. Orr and Company, London, 1841. 2 Vols., med.8vo; half-titles not called for; 8pp. publisher's catalogue, undated, inserted before frontispiece in volume one; each volume with engraved and letterpress titles, engraved frontispiece, and twenty plates; pp.[xii]+348; [x]+336; horizontally ribbed dark green cloth, ruled and pictorially blocked blind on sides, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt, lettered green through gilt, on spine; pale lemon coated end-papers; a.e. uncut. Barely detectable restorations to cloth of spines; cloth over back board of volume two a trifle wrinkled (due, evidently to an original binding fault: a common defect with this title); some spotting or embrowning of plates, mostly marginal; in general effect a nice copy, nonetheless.

First edition in book form, not bound from the parts. Sadleir 1396, and like his copy with the 14pp. "L'Envoy" by Lever and G.P.R. James at the end of volume one, which was later suppressed. Volume two here has the inset Dedication leaf placed after p.vii of the prelims., and not after p.ii as in the Sadleir copy. It was later transferred to its correct place in volume one. One of a number of minor variant bindings, the dark green cloth here being horizontally instead of vertically ribbed, as in other copies we have seen. Volume one contains an inscription dated 29th January 1842, apparently recording the presentation of the volume from its original reader to a friend - and marking this as a very early copy, the second volume having been published in book form only in November 1841. (The advertisements in volume one attest the fact that it was issued separately, whilst the parts publication of the second volume was still in process). P.162 in volume one in this copy is correctly numbered (is sometimes appears as 62, the one having become broken), but the page number 169 has here suffered a similar fate, a trace only of the one remaining visible. Wolff, 4079, records an evidently later issue, bound as the Sadleir copy, but without the publisher's catalogue in volume one (which advertised the first volume only as available), and with the single inset dedication leaf, which was evidently not prepared until the first issue of volume one had been completed, transferred from volume two to its more natural position among the prelims. in volume one.

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[LEVER (Charles).]. Charles O'Malley, The Irish dragoon. Edited by Harry Lorrequer, With illustrations by Phiz. In two volumes. Dublin, William Curry, Jun and Company. Fraser and Crawford, Edinburgh. W.S. Orr and Company, London, 1841. 2 Vols., med.8vo; half-titles not called for; each volume with engraved and letterpress titles, engraved frontispiece and twenty plates; contemporary half rose calf, green marbled sides, spine elaborately tooled blind and gilt, black labels; brown burnished edges. Spines faded a little; slight offsetting from plates; otherwise near fine.

Sadleir 1396, and like his copy with the 14pp. "L'Envoy" by Lever and G.P.R. James at the end of volume one, which was later suppressed. In this copy p.162 in volume one is misnumbered 62, the 1 having almost wholly failed to impress. This probably, however, is without significance. An early issue, bound up from the parts. A charming binding of high quality.

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[LEVER (Charles).]. Charles O'Malley, The Irish dragoon. Edited by Harry Lorrequer, With illustrations by Phiz. In two volumes. Dublin, William Curry, Jun and Company. Fraser and Crawford, Edinburgh. W.S. Orr and Company, London, 1841. 2 Vols., med.8vo; half-titles not called for; each volume with engraved and letterpress titles, engraved frontispiece, and twenty plates; contemporary half dark green calf, gilt and blind, marbled boards, modern marbled end-papers. Excellently rebacked with matching calf; sides slightly rubbed; all plates rather foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 1396, and like his copy with the 14pp. "L'Envoy" by Lever and G.P.R. James at the end of volume one, which was later suppressed. Volume two here has the inset Dedication leaf after p.ii as in the Sadleir copy. P.162 in volume one in this copy is numbered ‘62', a trace of the broken ‘1' only remaining. First issue, second state, but nonetheless bound throughout from the parts.

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LEVER (Charles). Tom Burke Of "Ours." By Charles Lever. (Harry Lorrequer). With numerous illustrations on steel, By H.K. Browne. In two volumes. Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company. William S. Orr and Co. London. Fraser and Co. Edinburgh. 1844. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; half-titles not called for in this issue, but fly-title (reading ‘Our mess. / By Harry Lorrequer. / Tom Burke of "Ours." / [epigraph] / Mess, no.XIV. - Vol.II') present following List of Illustrations to volume one; etched frontispiece and twenty-three plates in volume one, etched frontispiece and nineteen plates in volume two; moiré horizontally ribbed rose-madder cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered (all from type) on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth of spines faded, and restorations to joints; some spotting and damp-staining of plates, with offsetting onto facing leaves in volume one; a little scattered foxing here and there elsewhere; a good copy, nonetheless.

Stab-holes throughout show this copy to have been bound up from the parts. "Our Mess", of which this work, complete in itself, forms the second two thirds, began publication in April 1842 as a portmanteau work rather after the manner of Dickens's "Barnaby Rudge" which had itself completed publication a year, earlier and may have provided the inspiration here. The first volume, containing "Jack Hinton, the Guardsman", was published thirteen parts in twelve between April 1842 and February 1843, its prelims., including a title dated 1843, appearing with the final number. The publication continued in March 1843 with part XIV. this commencing with the fly-title described above to "Tom Burke", the first volume of which was completed, apparently twelve parts in eleven, in January 1844, the prelims. again appearing with the final number. Publication continued with part XXVI. in February 1844, this being the first number of the second volume of "Tom Burke" or the third volume of "Our Mess", and was completed, nine numbers in eight, in September 1844, the final number, XXXIV., including prelims. for the separate binding up of of "Tom Burke". It is those prelims. that have been used here. Sadleir, 1415, describes a copy in the much more elaborate cases provided for those who had purchased all three volumes: rose-madder fine-ribbed cloth, blocked in blind and gold with martial emblems; pale yellow end-papers. The present binding is clearly a publisher's binding, however, and is not secondary but merely an alternative style, though it is in our experience a good deal scarcer than that for the three volume issue. We have seen "Jack Hinton" similarly bound. Wolff, 4098, and 4098a, describing two variants of the three volume issue.

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LEVER (Charles, Esq.). The O'Donoghue; A Tale of Ireland Fifty years ago. With illustrations by H.K. Browne. Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company, 1845. Half-title; etched frontispiece, and twenty-five spirited plates by ‘Phiz'; integral advertisement leaf at end; contemporary half-calf gilt, marbled sides and end-papers. Calf chipped at head of spine, and boards detached (the sewing, however, entirely strong and sound) frontispiece and last plate foxed; marginal foxing of other plates, rarely touching the printed area; light offsetting of frontispiece on to title page otherwise a fine copy.

Bound from the parts. Sadleir 1413 records a copy in publisher's cloth, bound from the parts, that is without the final leaf of advertisements, the conjugate leaf, 2D1, being therefore included as a single inset.

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LEVER (Charles). The Knight of Gwynne; A Tale of the Time of the Union. With illustrations by "Phiz." Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand, 1847. Etched and letterpress titles, frontispiece and thirty-eight plates; vertically fine ribbed rose madder cloth blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; uncut edges; end-papers coated pale yellow. Cloth of spine slightly bubbled, and worn at corners; corners of boards a trifle worn; plates greyed and with some foxing, mostly marginal; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Sadleir 1407. The earlier of the two bindings he records. This copy has the misprint ‘were' for ‘where' at line 12 on p.368.

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LEVER (Charles). The Knight of Gwynne; A Tale of the Time of the Union. With illustrations by "Phiz." Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand, 1847. Etched and letterpress titles, frontispiece and thirty-eight plates; contemporary half-calf, marbled boards. Leather torn at top of joints, and a little chipped at headband; plates with some foxing and slight damp-staining, mostly marginal, and one a little frayed at fore-margin; otherwise in general nice. An excellent reading copy.

Sadleir 1407. This copy has the misprint ‘were' for ‘where' at line 12 on p.368.

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LEVER (Charles). The Martins of Cro'Martin. By Charles Lever, Author of "Harry Lorrequer," "The Knight of Gwynne," &c. &c. With illustrations by "Phiz." London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1856. The twenty original monthly shilling parts in nineteen, as issued, published between December 1854 and June 1859; med.8vo, stabbed and sewn through; wrappers; a.e. uncut; each ‘standard' part consisting of one half-sheet of pale buff paper (parts I. - V.) or pink paper (the remainder), p.[1] bearing title and design by Phiz, pp.[2-8] carrying commercial (and some publisher's) advertisements; p.[6] being followed in each case by two facing plates on plate paper, with loose tissue guard, and these in turn by 32pp. of text. Parts VII. and IX. differ from this by having the wrappers only of pink paper, whilst part XVI has a full sheet, and part XVII three-quarters of a sheet. The last part, which is a double number, has three-quarters of a sheet of pink paper, two engraved plates, plus the engraved frontispiece and vignette title, and 64pp. text (including the letterpress title leaf and other prelims.). There are also inserted advertisements as follows: in No.I., December 1854, bound in before back wrapper: Virtue, Hall & Virtue catalogue, 16pp., unpaginated, followed by leaf advertising ‘The Illustrated London News' and 8pp. on thin paper, dated October, 1854, advertising ‘The Practical Hygeist & Medical Reformer'; in No.II., January 1855, bound in before back wrapper: leaf of pale green paper bearing wrapper design by ‘Phiz' on recto, Virtue, Hall & Virtue advertisement on verso for parts issue of Harry Coverdale's Courtship, 8pp. Chapman and Hall list dated January 1, 1855, and leaf of yellow paper headed ‘British College of Health New Road, London. / Report for 1855; in No.III., February 1855, bound in before back wrapper: leaf of yellow paper advertising ‘British College of Health', and 8pp. Chapman and Hall list dated January 1, 1855; in No.IV., March 1855, bound in before back wrapper: leaf of yellow paper advertising ‘British College of Health'; in No.V., April 1855, bound in before back wrapper: leaf of green paper headed ‘The Bath poisoning case'; in No.VI., May 1855, bound in before back wrapper: leaf of yellow paper advertising ‘British College of Health'; in No.VII., June 1855, bound in after front wrapper: 4pp. commercial and publisher's advertisements; and before back wrapper: 4pp. advertisement on thin white paper, headed ‘Important family medicine' followed by leaf of yellow paper advertising ‘British College of Health'; No.VIII., July 1855, no inserted material; No.IX., August 1855, bound in after front wrapper: 4pp. commercial and publisher's advertisements; No.X., September, 1855, bound in before back wrapper: 4pp. advertisements headed ‘Dr. de Jongh's / light brown / cod liver oil'; No.XI., October 1855, bound in before back wrapper: leaf of yellow paper advertising ‘British College of Health'; No.XII., November 1855, bound in before back wrapper: 16pp. catalogue on smaller paper headed ‘John Cassell's / works and publications, / published by / W. Kent & Co., / 21, 51, & 52, Paternoster Row, and 2 & 4, Paul's Alley'; No.XIII., December 1855, no inserted material; No.XIV., January 1856, bound in before back wrapper: Virtue, Hall & Virtue catalogue, 8pp., unpaginated; No.XV., February 1856, bound in before plates: publisher's demy 8vo. catalogue, 16pp., dated February 1, 1856; and before back wrapper: 4pp. advertisement headed ‘Important family medicine' followed by single leaf of thin paper headed ‘Durham Winter Assizes, 1855'; No.XVI., March 1856, no inserted material; No.XVII., April 1856, bound in before back wrapper: 16pp. catalogue on smaller paper headed ‘John Cassell's / works and publications, / published by / W. Kent & Co.'; No.XVIII., May 1856, bound in before back wrapper: leaf of thin paper advertising ‘Dr. de Jongh's / light-brown cod liver oil', followed by leaf of thin yellow paper headed ‘The / Morisonian monument', and publisher's post 8vo catalogue, 16pp., dated May 1, 1856; Nos.XIX. & XX., June 1856, bound in before plates: publisher's post 8vo catalogue, 16pp., dated May 1, 1856; and before back wrapper: slip of white paper printed in scarlet advertising Benjamin Edgington's ‘marquees, tents, rick cloths, flags, &c', followed by leaf of thin green paper advertising ‘Dr. de Jongh's / light-brown cod liver oil', and 4pp. of pale orange paper headed ‘The / Morisonian monument'. Spines of most wrappers slightly chipped or frayed at head and tail, in a couple of cases the chips extending to almost half an inch; two wrappers with short, closed, marginal tears; one or two plates lightly foxed, and those to the final part with marginal embrowning more or less confined to backs; generally, however, a nice set. Preserved in a made to measure clamshell book-form box covered in pink linen, black leather lettering-piece, ruled, tooled and lettered gilt on spine. Scarce in parts.

Sadleir 1410, and Wolff, 4093, both recording only the book issue.

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LEVER (Charles). Roland Cashel. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. In two volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1858. 2 Vols., wood-engraved frontispiece and six plates in volume one, frontispiece and eight plates in volume two; half-title not called for in volume two; pp.[viii]+312; [iv]+300; publisher's inserted Catalogue, 32pp., dated Novemver 1858, at end of volume one, advertising ‘Volume I' of the present set as ready ‘in November'; deep pinkish red horizontal straight morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth of spines very slightly faded, and small snag to cloth at head of spine in volume one; slight foxing to prelims.; otherwise a nice, crisp, copy.

Originally published in one volume in 1850, the present set, which would appear to be the first two-volume edition, includes a two-page Preface by the author, dated October, 1858, and here first published. The advertisements list this as the first title in ‘Lever's Works - Cheap and Uniform Edition', priced at 4s. per volume. The advertisements also describe the first volume as due to include eight plates, rather than the seven actually issued and called for in the list of Illustrations.

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LEVER (Charles). Davenport Dunn A man of our day By Charles Lever, Author of "Harry Lorrequer," "The Knight of Gwynne," &c. &c. With illustrations by "Phiz." London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1859. The twenty-two original monthly shilling parts in twenty-one, as issued, published between July 1, 1857 and April 1st 1859; med.8vo, stabbed and sewn through; wrappers; a.e. uncut; each ‘standard part' consisting of one half sheet printed in black on pink paper, p.[1] being the front wrapper engraved on wood by T. Bolton after "Phiz", pp.2 - [8], bearing publisher's, trade, and commercial advertisements, p.6 being followed in each case by two facing etched plates by Phiz, with tissue guard and 32pp. text, the frontispiece, engraved title, and letterpress title being issued with the final double part (that, as a double part, having four plates and 64pp. text); most parts have inserted advertisements, etc., but as these very they are detailed below. Parts VI and VII are non-standard, Part VI having no engravings (v.below) and Part VII in consequence four instead of the regular two; Part VII has in addition an extra quarter-sheet of pink paper bearing advertisements, these leaves being numbered in consequence 2 - [12]. Inserted advertisements and issue points in this copy are as follows: No.I. July, 1857, 4pp. publisher's advertisements on white paper bound in before the engravings, p.[1] dated "July 1, 1857" and announcing "New serial / by the author of "Harry Lorrequer." / In monthly numbers. On the 1st July will be published, price one shilling, / number one of / Davenport Dunn" etc.; inside the back wrapper are bound 4pp. advertisements on thin white paper headed "Important family medicine" and 4pp. on slightly shorter very thin paper announcing "On and from Monday, 29th June, / The Standard / will become a first-class / morning newspaper, / double in size, / And Reduced to Half its Present Price", etc.; No. II. August, 4pp. advertisements on thin paper for "British College of Health" bound inside back wrapper; No.III. September, No.IV. October, no inserted material; No V. November, publisher's advertisement slip for "Lowry's Atlas of India", printed on blue paper bound in before plates, and a specimen variant of this, on white paper, extracted from some other copy loosely laid in; inside the back wrapper is tipped a slip of green paper bearing an illustration by Phiz announcing "Mr. Ainsworth's new serial. / In shilling numbers. / Illustrated by Hablot K. Browne. / On the 1st of December will be published, No. V., / Price One Shilling, of Mervyn Clitheroe" etc.; No.VI, December, publisher's 16pp. catalogue dated December 1, 1857 bound in before start of text, followed by a tipped-in slip dated November 30th, reading "The Illustrations for the present Number / not being ready in time, Four Illustrations / will be given in the next Number."; bound in before the back wrapper is an advertisement for "Dr. de Jongh's Light Brown Cod liver oil", 4pp. on thin green paper; No.VII. anuary [sic] [1858], advertisement for "Dr. de Jongh's Light Brown Cod liver oil", 4pp. on thin deep pink paper, bound in before the back wrapper; No.VIII. February, advertisement for "Dr. de Jongh's Light Brown Cod liver oil", 4pp. on thin deep yellow paper, bound in before the back wrapper; No.IX. March, has no inserted material; No.X. April, post 8vo format publisher's Catalogue, 32pp., dated April, 1858, bound in before the back wrapper; No.XI. May, advertisement for "Dr. de Jongh's Light Brown Cod liver oil", 4pp. on thin green paper, bound in before the back wrapper; No.XII. June, advertisement, 4pp. on thin paper, headed "Effects of the poisons introduced by doctors", bound in before back wrapper; No.XIII. July, no inserted material; No.XIV. August, 4pp. advertisements on thin paper for "British College of Health" bound inside back wrapper; No.XV. September, advertisement for "Dr. de Jongh's Light Brown Cod liver oil", 4pp. on thin deep pink paper, followed by leaf of thin white paper printed on recto only, headed "Doctors and their mad houses" bound in before the back wrapper; No.XVI. October, advertisement, 4pp. on thin paper, headed "Effects of re-vaccination", bound in before back wrapper; No.XVII. November, advertisement for "Dr. de Jongh's Light Brown Cod liver oil", 4pp. on thin deep yellow paper, bound in before back wrapper; No.XVIII. December, Henry Lea advertisement on smaller paper dated December, 1858 for "Byron's complete works, illustrated", with illustration by Kenny Meadows on verso, bound in before back wrapper; No.XIX. January [1859], advertisement for "Dr. de Jongh's Light Brown Cod liver oil", 4pp. on thin pink paper, and advertisement "Report of the British College of Health, Euston Road, London, / for 1859", one leaf of thin white paper, bound in before back wrapper; No.XX., advertisement "Report of the British College of Health, Euston Road, London, / for 1859" etc., two leaves of thin white paper, bound in before back wrapper; Nos.XXI. & XXII. April, advertisement for "Dr. de Jongh's Light Brown Cod liver oil", 4pp. on thin deep yellow paper, and advertisement "Report of the British College of Health, Euston Road, London, / for 1859" etc., two leaves of thin white paper, bound in before back wrapper. The original twenty-two parts in twenty-one preserved in a loose green silk-covered wrap-around cardboard chemise inserted into a substantial made-to-measure book-form box (probably Edwardian) lined with marbled paper and covered with dark green morocco-faced basil; spine with four raised bands, lettered in compartments with title and author. Silk splitting slightly at joints, and slight internal rubbing to the basil; light fox-spot on margin of one plate, and two barely detectable ink-spots on one front cover, the parts otherwise entirely fine throughout, two of them unopened.

The earliest issue throughout as far as can be determined by the dates on the advertisements which are always correct here for the month of first issue of the part and with the publisher's dated announcements in volumes one and six referring to the work that to part six recording the temporary absence of the plates which appear correctly in part seven. Part seven has the erratum ‘anuary' for ‘January' on the cover. One of the most difficult Lever titles to find even in book form and phenomenal as a clean fresh set of parts. Sadleir 1401 and Wolff 4084 both listing book issues only. Wolff comments: "Sadleir makes this the rarest of the 8vo novels first published in parts and I would emphatically agree. This is the first copy [even of the book issue] I have ever had a chance to buy (August 1970)."

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LEVER (Charles). The Dodd family abroad. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. In two volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1859. Half-title in volume two, none called for in volume one, the list of Illustrations there being a single inset leaf signed ‘b'; frontispiece and seven plates in each volume; pp.[x]+[286]; [viii]+280; pink morocco cloth, blindstamped on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; pale yellow coated end-papers; uncut edges. Spines worn very slightly at head and foot, and chip in cloth of spine at head of volume one; spines a little faded; otherwise a very nice copy.

The first two volume edition, and with a preface by the author here first published. This edition not in Sadleir. The work first appeared in 1854, in one volume.

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LEVER (Charles). Barrington. With illustrations by Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1863. (The right of Translation is reserved.) Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece and conjugate vignette title-page precede letterpress title-page; twenty-four full page plates by Hablot K. Browne; pp.[viii]+411+[i (printer's imprint)]; purple patterned sand-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Restorations to cloth at top of joints; cloth at tail of spine a little worn; end-papers bubbled and marked and strengthened at joints with matching paper; the text and the spirited etchings by H.K. Browne in extremely fine state.

Sadleir 1394a, and like that an (?)early issue bound from the parts (showing both stab-holes, and traces of the original green wrappers on some inner margins); with a design, gilt, including a dangling fish, on the spine; but a variant in purple patterned sand-grain instead of maroon coarse morocco cloth. Wolff, 4077, records a copy similar to the present one.

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LEVER (Charles). Barrington. With illustrations by Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1863. (The right of Translation is reserved.) Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece and conjugate vignette title-page precede letterpress title-page; twenty-four full page plates by Hablot K. Browne; pp.[viii]+411+[i (printer's imprint)]; very dark red morocco cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides with a broad frame (33mm) and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; purple silk marker; end-papers coated pale yellow. The spirited etchings by H.K. Browne variously, but for the most part lightly foxed, but with some offsetting onto facing leaves, and three or four with circular damp-stain extending inwards from fore-margin; otherwise an extremely fine copy, the covers the brightest and best that we have seen.

Sadleir 1394a, but this copy not bound from the parts (though a few gatherings show stab-holes); with a design, gilt, including a dangling fish, on the spine (and BAR / BRA, in two lines, here visible blind-through-gilt on the folded ms. below Lever's name); but a variant in very dark red rather than maroon coarse morocco cloth. Wolff, 4077, records a copy in purple patterned sand-grain cloth.

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LEVER (Charles). Barrington. With illustrations by Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1863. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece and conjugate vignette title-page precede letterpress title-page; twenty-four full page plates by Hablot K. Browne; pp.[viii]+411+[i (printer's imprint)]; contemporary half green sheep, marbled sides, spine with five raised bands, tooled gilt, red label. Very nice copy.

Sadleir 1394; Wolff, 4077. An early issue, bound from the parts (showing stab-holes on some inner margins).

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LEVER (Charles). A day's ride: A life's romance. Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1864. 2 Vols. bound in one, as issued, the original prelims. to both volumes being discarded, and a new title page supplied, reading as above; half-title to this issue not called for; integral advertisement leaf (originally X8 in volume one) bound in as a single inset at end of volume two; red pebble-grain cloth, ruled and blocked and embossed with publisher's monogram and series lettering, all blind, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut. A little scattered light foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

First edition, third issue. Originally published in the preceding year. Sadleir, 1402, listing the second issue, which he mistakes for the first, stating that the first book issue had ‘Second Edition' on the title pages, "the implied ‘first edition' being the serial appearance in ‘All the Year Round'". Copies are known however without the ‘Second Edition' statement on the title-page, and it would appear that in the Sadleir copy, as in that recorded by Wolff, the single inset title leaves are cancels - intended, probably, to puff a volume which was selling only very slowly to the libraries. Slater, 1891, gives an accurate record. One of the scarcer Lever titles in any form, and rated seven on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities. According to the binding of the present copy, it was issued as a volume in Chapman and Hall's series ‘Standard Editions of Popular Authors'.

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[LEVER (Charles).]. Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men and women And Other things in general. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1864. Publisher's inserted 20pp. Catalogue at end, undated, and not including an anouncement of this volume; pp.xii+299+[i (blank)]; bevelled green sand grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, blocked with O'Dowd's ‘facsimile' signature on front cover, lettered with elaborate scroll lettering, gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate. A little light foxing and dusting, and some light pencil scoring and notes probably relating to a review (v. below); in general a nice copy.

Advance copy, bearing the publisher's ‘Presentation' rubber stamp on the upper margin of the title page. The first issue, without the words ‘First Series' on the spine. Sadleir, 1399, listing only a copy of the second issue. Two further series were published during the course of the following year. In the present copy the words ‘The Right of Translation is Reserved' at the foot of the title-page has been printed so low down that only the extreme tops of the letters have survived the trim.

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[LEVER (Charles).]. Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men and Women And Other things in general. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1864. WITH: Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men and Women And Other things in general. Second series. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1865. 2 Vols., sm.8vo; half-titles lacking; old half roan, cloth sides. Leather badly worn, and all joints cracked, but bindings sound and strong, nonetheless; internally nice.

Sadleir 1399. A ‘Third series' appeared later in 1865. Number thirteen on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities.

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LEVER (Charles). Luttrell of Arran. With illustrations by "Phiz." Chapman and Hall, [December 1863 - February] 1865. The sixteen in fifteen original shilling monthly parts; each part (counting the last two as one) consisting of one 8pp. demy 8vo gathering on pale pink paper, paginated ‘2' to ‘7', p.1 bearing title and design by Phiz, pp.2-8 carrying commercial (and some publisher's) advertisements; p.6 being followed in each case by two plates on plate paper (four in the double part), and these in turn by the text; this is followed by further advertisements as follows: in part one 4pp. commercial advertisements printed in blue; part two 2pp. commercial advertisements on slightly tinted paper and 8pp. publisher's list dated January 1, 1864; part three 2pp. commercial advertisements on thin paper; part four 2pp. publisher's advertisements on thin slightly tinted paper and 4pp. commercial advertisements; part five 2pp. commercial advertisements on yellow paper, 2pp. publisher's advertisements, f'cap 8vo, and 4pp. list dated April 1st, 1864; part six 4pp. commercial advertisements, advertisement on pale green paper for part one of Our Mutual Friend, with design by Marcus Stone, and 8pp. publisher's list dated April 30, 1864; part seven 4pp. commercial advertisements, 2pp. advertisement on bright green paper for part two of Our Mutual Friend, and 8pp. publisher's catalogue dated April 30, 1864; part eight 2pp. commercial advertisements on yellow paper; part nine 4pp. commercial advertisements; part ten 2pp. commercial advertisements on yellow paper; part eleven 4pp. commercial advertisements and 4pp. publisher's list dated October 1, 1864; part twelve 4pp. commercial advertisements on pale blue paper; part thirteen 4pp. commercial advertisements and 4pp. publisher's list dated November 25th (no year); part fourteen one page commercial advertisements printed in purple on thin paper (verso blank); parts fifteen and sixteen 4pp. commercial advertisememts on pale blue paper; slips are present as follows: in part one a yellow slip advertising "Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings" (and a new unnamed novel) by Dickens; part two a buff slip advertising the parts issue of Trollope's "Can you forgive Her?"; part five a green slip advertising the parts issue of Dickens's "Our Mutual Friend"; part ten a yellow slip advertising No.280 of "All the Year Round"; part thirteen a yellow slip advertising "Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy" by Dickens; parts fifteen/sixteen a green slip advertising volume one of "Our Mutual Friend" and a yellow slip advertising the parts issue of "The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid. Spines of most wrappers chipped at head and tail, some badly so; one or two wrappers dusty and a little frayed at edges, one with larger tear; part one without the two plates (and apparently so issued, since the sewing is tight and there is no obvious sign of loss); plates in first few numbers a little foxed; generally, however, a nice set of a book that is difficult to find in original parts.

Sadleir 1409, recording only the book issue.

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LEVER (Charles). Luttrell of Arran. With illustrations by "Phiz." London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1865. The Right of Translation is reserved. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; engraved and letterpress titles; frontispiece, and thirty plates; plum sand grain cloth ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated light chocolate. Barely perceptible fading to cloth of spine, otherwise an extremely fine and entirely unopened copy. Scarce thus.

Sadleir 1409: the first issue binding.

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LEVER (Charles). Luttrell of Arran. With illustrations by "Phiz." London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1865. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; engraved and letterpress titles; frontispiece, and thirty plates; green wide dot and line grain cloth ruled blind on sides, panelled blind, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; very pale cream coated end-papers. End-papers expertly and almost invisibly restored at joints; otherwise an extremely fine copy.

Sadleir 1409 refers. The second issue binding. This copy is partly bound up from the parts.

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[LEVER (Charles).]. Tony Butler. In three volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1865. 3 Vols., sm.8vo; half-titles present in volumes one and two, lacking in volume three; old quarter roan, alligator grain cloth sides, round corners. Leather slightly rubbed, and chipped at headband in volume two; fore-margins of first few leaves in volume one a little stained; some dusting, but text in general very good.

Sadleir, 1423. The first issue. Number five on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities.

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LEVER (Charles). The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly. In three volumes. Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1868. 3 Vols., sm.8vo; lacking the initial blank in volume one; half-titles not called for; old half roan, cloth sides. Leather badly worn; all joints cracked, but bindings sound and strong, nonetheless; library stamps on prelims. and a scattering of other leaves, in two volumes; a little light dusting, and one or two small marks, but text in general nice.

Sadleir, 1395. A notably difficult title. Number three on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities.

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[LEVER (Charles).]. Paul Gosslett's Confessions In Love, Law, and the Civil Service. With an Illustration by Marcus Stone. London: Virtue & Co., 26, Ivy Lane; New York: Virtue and Yorston, 1868. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece; bound up without the two integral advertisement leaves at end; Victorian full calf, ruled black on sides and spine, spine with five raised bands, lettered gilt; burnished sprinkled edges; end-papers faced bright brown. Frontispiece lightly foxed, with offsetting, and with small light stain on one blank corner; inscription on blank back of frontispiece; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 1416; Wolff, 4099. A very difficult anonymous title, number two on Sadleir's schedule of Comparative Scarcities.

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LEVER (Charles). That boy of Norcott's. With five illustrations. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1869. Lge.post 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and four plates, after Mary Ellen Edwards, with tissue guards; integral advertisement leaf at end; bevelled apple green buckram, ruled and blocked blind on sides, embossed blind, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered green through gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated greyish fawn. End-papers slightly cracked; scattered light dusting; one tissue lacking; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

Sadleir, 1422. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.7, 131, 198, and 259.

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LEVER (Charles). Gerald Fitzgerald, The chevalier: A Novel. With a frontispiece by A.D. M'Cormick. New York, New Amsterdam Book Company; London, Downey & Co., Limited, 1899. Half-title on text-paper, etched frontispiece on plate-paper, with tissue guard, title-page on art-paper, a single inset leaf of text-paper bearing explanatory Publisher's Note, and Contents leaf, conjugate with half-title, precede first leaf of text; 16pp. inserted catalogue for "Downey & Co.'s Publications" at end, dated May 1899; green canvas, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine, the imprint reading Downey & Co./London, [sic]; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight foxing of covers, end-papers, title-leaf and facing surfaces; otherwise a fine copy.

The first English edition of a title first published in book form in New York in 1859. Sadleir, 1406, but with variant prelims., his title-page being apparently on text-paper, conjugate with the Publisher's Note leaf, bearing only a London imprint, and that "Ward & Downey", not "Downey & Co.", as here. The present copy, which was printed in Edinburgh, is clearly of an English issue, despite the precedence of the American publisher's name on the title page, since it has both an English catalogue and casing. The catalogue bears the same date as that in the Sadleir copy. Whether it bears the same imprint is uncertain, though Sadleir does not remark a difference of publisher's name between catalogue and title-page in his copy, so it would perhaps seem probable that it does not. These remarks apply likewise to the casing, which also would appear otherwise to be the same. We are unable to suggest a relationship between the two issues, but it is certain at any rate that, as Sadleir notes, "the novel is very uncommon", in any form.

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[LEWIS (Alethea Brereton).]. Rhoda. A novel. By the author of "Things by their right names," And "Plain sense." In three volumes. Vol. I [Vol. II. Part I; Vol. II. Part II; Vol. III]. London: Printed for Henry Colburn, Conduit Street; And by G. and S. Robinson, Paternoster Row, 1816. Four parts in three volumes as issued, bound in three; half-title and title present to each part; pp.[iv]+336; [iv]+244; [iv]+252; [iv]+424; early half green calf, red labels, spine ruled and tooled gilt, oil-marbled boards and end-papers. Calf slightly rubbed over joints; binder's blanks foxed, with some off-setting; short marginal tear in one leaf, due probably to an original paper fault; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Block, p.197, listing his own and the British Library copy only (possibly the same!). Also attributed to Frances Jacson.

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LEWIS (Helen Prothero). A lady of my own. In three volumes. Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1891. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title, blank at end, in volume two; blank before half-title, publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated 1891, in volume three; pp.[viii]+291+[i (blank)]; [viii]+293+[iii]; [viii]+267+[i (blank)];sea-green buckram, blocked black and gilt, lettered black, on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. One or two very minor faults, but a near-fine copy.

Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title of volume one ‘For dear Rhoda [?Broughton] / With love from the authoress / April 1894'. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4112, recording an otherwise similar copy in grey-blue cloth.

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LEWIS (M.G.). The Bravo of Venice, A Romance: Translated from the German. Printed by D.N. Shury, No.7, Berwick Street, Soho, For J.F. Hughes, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, 1805. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; page of errata (with a note by Lewis recording his absence from England during the printing of the volume), followed by 3pp. integral advertisements at end; publisher's half natural calf, unlettered, grey marbled boards. Calf cracking at joints, and front board rubbed; end-papers stained from the turnovers of the calf, extreme corners of title-page slightly so; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

First edition, second state of title-page, a very few early-printed copies bearing the date 1804 (December of that year being the actual date of issue). Almost certainly a publisher's binding. Though in essence a translation from a German original, ‘Aboellino, der grosse Bandit', by J.H.D. Zschokke, Lewis has made some revisions, at least one cut, and, more importantly, added an entire new character (Monaldeschi), and a whole new chapter (the last), making the work to a fair extent his own! Block, p.258 (under Zschokke); Summers, pp.252-3.

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LEWIS (M.G.). The monk; A Romance. By M.G. Lewis, Esq., M.P. Three volumes in one. Illustrated with Twenty-Four Engravings. No place, no date, no publisher, [c.1845]. Demy 8vo in half-sheets, printed in double-column; twenty-three wood-engravings in the text some signed by the engraver ‘J. Lauder'; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+190; puce horizontal straight-grain morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated deep yellow. Small restoration to cloth at head of spine, but a virtually fine copy.

First published in three volumes in 1796, the present copy represents the volume issue of a ‘penny dreadful' printing published also in twenty-four penny numbers, the title being issued with the final number. The amazingly crude woodcuts are a delight! Summers, p.421 quotes Frederick Coykendall on this edition, which he had not seen himself or otherwise come across.

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LEWIS (M.G.). Romantic tales. George Slater, 252, Strand, N.D. [1850]. F'cap 8vo, printed on toned paper; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[ii]+[5]-[76]; [3]-66; [3]-[76]+[ii]; pale drab unglazed boards, printed in black on sides and spine, the back board bearing series advertisements (showing this as the latest volume available); top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed on facing pages with publisher's advertisements in blue. Spine very slightly rubbed and dusty, but a near-fine copy.

The first edition thus. A very early ‘yellowback' in remarkable condition, evidently issued originally as three separate booklets, probably in wrappers. The present volume, though the pagination has been left unchanged, is not made up from sheets of the wrappered issues, since the gatherings do not break with the pagination. The third volume of the original issue may be dated from the integral advertisements as printed before August 10th [1849]; the end-papers and covers include advertisements dating the collected volume to March 1850. Issued, in "fancy boards" (as here) as Vol.III of ‘Slater's Shilling Library' "for the parlour table and the railway carriage". Also advertised are the first XVI volumes (in cloth, gilt) of ‘Slater's Shilling Series' (two as yet unpublished), the uniform series of Miss Bremer's Novels, and in "Fancy Cover" (possibly wrappers) the first IX volumes of ‘Slater's Home Library' - all of these series being published monthly. The detail of the advertisements is of some interest, including, for example, ‘Pauline; A Tale of Normandy' by Alexandre Dumas ('Home Library' Vol.III: an edition not listed by Munro); four Ralph Waldo Emerson volumes, one of which is listed by Blanck only from a periodical advertisement; one Longfellow edition not recorded by Blanck (‘Shilling Series', Vol.XIII, ‘Voices of the Night'); one Longfellow title as already published that Blanck records only as a probably abandoned project (and thus casts doubt on his speculations as to the existence of an English copyright - ‘Shilling Series', Vol.XIV, ‘The Sea Side and Fire Side'); and ‘The Buccaneer, and other poems' by Richard H. Dana (‘Shilling Series', Vol.XVI), the existence of which Blanck records only from a periodical advertisement. None of Slater's series are listed by Sadleir, who presumably had simply not met with them.

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LIE (Jonas). The barque future; Or, Life in the far north. By Jonas Lie. Translated by Mrs. Ole Bull. Chicago: S.C. Griggs and Company, 1879. Lge.12mo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; 8pp. integral advertisements (the centre pair tipped in), followed by integral blank at end; pp.253+[i (blank)]+[8]+[ii]; bright green net-grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Brilliantly fine, crisp copy.

An English issue was made in the same year by Trübner & Co.

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LIE (Jonas). One of life's Slaves. Translated from the Norwegian By Jessie Muir. London: Hodder Brothers, 18 New Bridge Street, E.C., 1895. Publisher's slip advertising ‘The Visionary' by Lie tipped in at end of text; pp.[viii]+176; navy blue crushed morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered with short rule gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Virtually fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. An uncommon imprint.

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LINDAU (Rudolph). The Philosopher's pendulum And other stories. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1883. Pp.vi+322; publisher's inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end; bevelled blue-green buckram, ruled blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Very nice copy. Scarce.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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[LINDRIDGE (James).]. The Merry wives of London. A romance of metropolitan life. By the author of "Socialist Girl," etc., etc. With numerous illustrations. London: G. Vickers, 28 and 29, Holywell Street, Strand, N.D. [1851]. Super roy.8vo, in half sheets, the text printed throughout in double column; half-title not called for; integral blank, list of Illustrations, and Contents leaf, follow title-page (v. note); numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.[2]+vi+208; old half-roan, marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered gilt. Sides darkened, and a little rubbed; end-papers defective; some fingering and marking, mostly light, small hole in one leaf, with loss of about forty words; one leaf creased and rubbed, with two small holes and loss of about three words, where the number had been folded; short tear near inner margin of one leaf, with no loss; corner chipped from one leaf, with loss of about 120 words; strip torn from lower margin of one leaf, with loss of about a dozen words; a good reading copy, nonetheless, of a book seldom seen.

The original twenty-six weekly penny numbers (the prelims. probably being given gratis with the last number), issued between Monday September 16th 1850 and Monday March 10th 1851. The presence of the blank leaf amongst the prelims. is unusual in a work of this sort. We suspect in any case that it should have preceded the title page, and that the prelims. have been folded wrongly, the correct order being: the blank, title-leaf, Contents (paged vi on verso), and list of Illustrations. "The wages of continence are death" - p.89 sums up the nature of the story pretty well. Summers, whose expectations of mid-Victorian pornography must have been fairly high, describes it as pseudo-pornography. It is in fact a well-written, and frequently witty, exercise in seeing how much you can get away with, defending itself against prosecution in footnotes referring the reader to newspaper reports of evidence offered in divorce cases and the like - for example the passage on p.171: ‘"Well, the defendant in this ere case had his coat off, and his shirt sleeves rolled up, and his arms were up the ladies petticoats round her waist, and her drawers were off, and her shape was quite plain, and they were waltzing like blazes!" The judge frowned severely - the ladies turned away their heads, as if inexpressibly shocked - the bar simpered - and the audience grinned outright . . . . "When they got tired of that fun, continued Jasper, "they stripped themselves stark naked, and danced an Irish jig before the mirror. . . . Then they rolled over each other on the carpet, and I do declare that then I lost my eyesight, but not my hearing; for I heard a hard breathing, and a kissing, and the lady crying out, just like a cat on the tiles at night." A footnote refers the reader to reports of the Lennox v. Cardigan case "as given in the ‘Times,' and other daily papers." Interestingly, in view of the title-page, the book concludes: "It only remains to be mentioned, that the experiences of Laura Bell, the Socialist Girl, have yet to be written and published." She appears as a character in the present volume.

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LINDSAY (Harry). More Methodist Idylls. London: James Bowden, 10 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1899. Extra cr.8vo; 12pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with final gathering of text (a conjugate pair); pp.388+[xii]; vertically fine ribbed yellow-green cloth, blocked gilt and blind, lettered yellow-green through gilt, on front cover, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g., others rough trimmed. One fox-spot on lower-edges, very slight rubbing of gilt on front cover; lengthy presentation inscription (dated 1920!) from the Primitive Methodist Missionary Society to a fund raiser on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The presentation inscription suggests that this title may not have sold as well as the first series, the Third Edition of which is advertised on the verso of the half-title.

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[LINTON (William James).]. The Flower and The star, Or The course of the stream. A child's story. C. Honeysuckle [i.e., W.J. Linton], 85, Hatton Garden: London N.D. [1846]. Double med.16mo, stabbed and sewn; half-title not called for; wood-engraved vignette title-page, and twenty-four wood-engraved vignettes in text, all drawn and engraved by Linton; pp.[ii]+[29]+[i (printer's imprint)]; white thick-paper wrappers, cut flush, printed with hand-coloured wood-engraved vignettes, and lettering, on front and back, the back wrapper bearing publisher's advertisements; issued with free end-papers, but no paste-downs. Wrappers dust-marked, the front wrapper frayed a little at lower edge, the spine strengthened almost invisibly at extremities with tissue; owner's name in ink on upper margin of front wrapper, and a presentation inscription to a different owner on the front free end-paper; a little light dusting and spotting internally, and three or four small fore-corners slightly chipped or dog-eared; other minor faults, but an acceptable copy, nonetheless, of a rare book.

Written, illustrated, and published by the artist, ‘sixties' book illustrator, and periodical editor, in an avowed effort to improve the quality of juvenile publications. Linton was also a noted chartist, socialist, republican, and the associate of Mazzini, Alexander Hertzen, G.J. Holyoake, etc. In 1867 Ruskin, another extreme socialist, bought Brantwood, Linton's house in the Lake District, which had also been home to Gerald Massey amongst others, when Linton went to live in the U.S.A. COPAC and WorldCat each locate the Oxford copy, but no others. Oxford suggests 1850-55 as the date of publication, but in fact Linton appears to have left the Hatton Garden address by 1848, and the authorised biographical note published by Kineton Parkes' in 1891, whilst Linton was still alive, says 1846. The book was reprinted in the U.S.A. in a different format, in cloth, in 1867, and again in England in 1891.

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LIPSETT (Caldwell). Where the Atlantic Meets the Land. John Lane, 1896. Illustrated title-page by Patten Wilson, and design on verso of Contents leaf, by Aubrey Beardsley; 16+16pp. publisher's inserted catalogues at end, on text-paper, the latter dated 1896; light apple green buckram, blocked in brownish flesh on sides and spine, lettered on front cover, dated on back cover, in brownish flesh, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Extremely fine copy.

Issued as Volume XXV of the ‘Keynotes Series'. Sadleir, 3748. The spine and back cover designs are by Aubrey Beardsley, the front cover design by Patten Wilson.

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LIPSETT (Caldwell). Where the Atlantic Meets the Land. London: John Lane, Vigo St; Boston: Roberts Bros., 1896. Illustrated title-page by Patten Wilson, and design on verso of Contents leaf, by Aubrey Beardsley; 16+16pp. publisher's inserted catalogues at end, on text-paper, the latter dated 1896; light apple green buckram, blocked in brownish flesh on sides and spine, lettered on front cover, dated on back cover, in brownish flesh, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Spine very dull, with two inch dint/scratch, and sides a little mottled; internally a nice copy.

Issued as Volume XXV of the ‘Keynotes Series'. Sadleir, 3748. The spine and back cover designs are by Aubrey Beardsley, the front cover design by Patten Wilson.

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[LISTER (Thomas Henry).]. Herbert Lacy. By The author of Granby. In three volumes. Henry Colburn, 1828. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; bound up without the half-titles, and the advertisement leaf at the end of volumes two and three; contemporary half-calf, marbled boards. Recently rebacked with matching calf, and provided with new end-papers; slight wear to corners; otherwise a fine copy.

Sadleir 1444: "He is in the front rank of silver-fork novelists".

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[LISTER (Thomas Henry).]. Arlington, A novel. By the author of "Granby." In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1832. 3 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not called for; pp.[ii]+326; [ii]+349+[i (printer's imprint)]; [ii]+323+[i (blank)]; five line Errata slip tipped in after title-page in volume three; original half natural calf, brown marbled boards, spine tooled with all-over pattern blind, and with five raised bands, ruled gilt, puce labels lettered and ruled gilt, edges burnished buff. Slight general rubbing to covers and labels chipped; a little scattered foxing; short tear in one blank lower margin, probably due to an original paper fault; otherwise a very nice copy.

A Lister family copy, bound for the author, with the beginning of a presentation inscription, crossed through, in the author's hand, on the upper margin of the title page in volume one, and the same inscription, completed, on the second front binder's blank in the same volume, reading: ‘To "Mrs George" from her affectnate son-in-law the Author'. Each front paste-down bears the early armorial bookplate of Thomas Villiers Lister, whilst a neat pencilled inscription beneath the words ‘By the author of "Granby"' on the title-page to volume one adds the information "i.e. Thomas Henry Lister / of Armitage Park, nr. Rugeley, / Staffs / 1800 - 1842 / [signed:] F.H. Lister / his gd.son'. A superb association copy of the last of the three novels written by an author described by Sadleir as "in the front rank of silver-fork novelists". Sadleir, 1442, recording a copy in original boards with paper spine label; Wolff, 4156, recording a copy in original "half" [?quarter] smooth green-blue cloth, board sides, and paper spine label.

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LOCKE (William J.). The Demagogue And Lady Phayre. William Heinemann, 1896. Illustrated additional title-page printed in colours on pale lemon paper, and integral advertisement leaf, precede half-title and letterpress title leaves; 8pp. publisher's inserted catalogue, on text-paper, at end; dark yellow-green buckram, blocked and lettered on sides and spine, and with short rule on front cover, all in white; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Very nice copy.

Issued as Volume X of ‘The Pioneer Series'. Issued at 3s. net in cloth and at 2s. 6d. net in thick paper wrappers, the illustrated front wrapper of the paper edition being bound into the cloth edition as the additional title-leaf.

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[LOCKHART (John Gibson).]. Some passages In The life of Mr Adam Blair. And The history of Matthew Wald. By the Author of Valerius and Reginald Dalton. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1843. F'cap 8vo; binder's blank, series title, and steel-engraved frontispiece on plate-paper precede title-page; fly-title precedes start of text; binder's blank at end; pp.[iv]+[380]; diagonally very fine ripple grain dark green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered, and with short rules, gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale lemon. A nice copy.

Blackwood's Standard Novels, Vol.XI. Sadleir, 3738a/11, the first issue: the last volume in the series known to have been published, though one further was announced. The first combined edition of two very scarce Lockhart titles, issued originally in 1822 and 1824, only the first of which appears in the Sadleir collection in its original form. We have adopted Sadleir's description of the cloth, though more precisely it is diagonally fine ribbed with a vertical rib-effect cross-grain. Sadleir describes this series in its original form as ranking ‘second after Bentley's for integrity and care'.

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[LOGAN (Eliza).]. St Johnstoun; Or, John, Earl of Gowrie. In three volumes. Edinburgh: Printed for Maclachlan and Stewart, Edinburgh; And Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, London, 1823. 3 Vols., 12mo; pp.[6]+iv+306; [4]+300; [4]+292; light brown boards, paper spine labels; a.e. uncut. Neat, almost invisible restorations to paper of spines; small original chips in lower margins of two back end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

From the library of novelist Hugh Walpole, and bearing his (paper) Brackenburn bookplate on each front paste-down. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4178. A well-written historical novel that claims to be founded not merely upon historical fact, but upon newly discovered Logan family documents a circumstantial account of the finding of which is given at the end. The Prefatory Notice to the Reader and the lengthy concluding Letter, dated respectively ‘September 3', and ‘September 30, 1823', are signed ‘Peregrine Rover'. According to the concluding Letter this, the author's first fiction, was published at ‘his' expense. A further work is promised, based upon further supposed family documents, and this novel, ‘Restalrig; or, The Forfeiture' was issued by the same publisher in 1829.

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LONG (Lady Catharine). Sir Roland Ashton. A Tale of the Times. In two volumes. James Nisbet and Co., Berners Street, 1844. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; pp.[viii]+380; [iv]+420; vertically ribbed turquoise cloth, blocked blind on sides, banded blind on spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; pale yellow coated end-papers. Cloth of back joints neatly restored in each volume; back end-papers cracked in volume two, and a little marked by damp; some light foxing; otherwise a near fine copy.

The perfect and very elegant matching of the ribbed cloth with the elaborate blind blocking, as also the unusual colour of the cloth, give this an air of being the primary binding. Sadleir 1450 is a variant binding in bright blue morocco cloth, apparently without the blind-stamping on the sides and spine.

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