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.

POOLE (John, Esq.). Christmas festivities: Tales, Sketches, and Characters. With Beauties of the modgrn drama In four specimens. Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1845. Lge.12mo; steel engraved portrait frontispiece, on plate raper; pp.xii+324; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated December, 1844; vertically fine ribbed sage green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; eld-papers coated yellow. Slight marking and mottling of covers; plate a trifle damp-marked on lower margin; a little scattered light foxing or dusting; in general a nice copy.

Poole is perhaps best known today as the author of ‘Paul Pry' and of the ‘Hamlet Travestie'.

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PORTER (Miss Anna Maria). The Hungarian brothers. In three vols. The second edition. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Pater-noster Row, 1808. 3 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not called for; blank before title-page in volume two, serving as free end-paper (apparently as issued); single inset leaf of errata follows Preface in volume one, title leaf in volumes two and three; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume one, 5pp. integral advertisements at end of volume two (commencing on verso of last text leaf); pp.xi+[i (blank)]+[ii (errata, verso blank)] +234+[ii]; [ii]+[ii (errata, verso blank)]+279+[v]; [ii]+[ii (errata, verso blank)]+278 (penultimate leaf a single inset); quarter white paper, saxe blue boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Expertly rebacked with matching paper, the original spine labels to volumes one and two being laid on, that to volume three supplied in facsimile; front paste-down to volume three chipped at corner, apparently as issued; otherwise a fine copy.

The author's key title and the first to which she put her name, published originally in 1807 (the Preface, ‘by a friend', being dated March of that year). The present edition includes a two page Dedication, dated May 20, 1808, and here first printed. The text may also have been somewhat revised - particularly in the second volume. Wolff, 5599, records a rebound copy of the first edition, with an errata slip present only in volume two, collating differently from the present copy in the arrangement of the gatherings, but having the same number of text leaves in volumes one and three, volume two, however, having five less (quite apart from the fact that it has no advertisements). Not in Sadleir; Block, p.188, listing only the first edition; Summers, p.362, recording the first edition, the third edition of 1816, the fourth of 1819, and several later editions, the second being listed only in the Addenda, and from a publisher's advertisement dated 1811; CBEL, III, p.413, listing the first and the fourth, but not the second or third editions. The present Second Edition presumably is scarce. It is worthy of note that the title listed by Block and CBEL as Miss Porter's anonymous first fiction, ‘Artless Tales' 2 Vols., 1793-1795 (Block) or 1795 (CBEL), is listed in the advertisements to volume two of the present copy as ‘by Mrs. Ives Hurry. In 3 Vols. 12mo.'

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PORTER (Anna Maria). Don Sebastian; Or, The house of Braganza. An historical romance. New Edition. In four volumes. A.K. Newman and Co., 1838. Final page publisher's advertisements in volume four; fawn bubble grain cloth over thin boards, embossed blind on sides and spine, paper labels. Labels just a little dusty; otherwise an extremely fine copy.

First published in 1809. Summers lists no further edition until this date, but does not list this edition, the one he records being published by Allman.

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[PORTER (Miss Jane).]. Sir Edward Seaward's narrative Of his shipwreck, And consequent Discovery of certain islands in the Caribbean sea; With a detail of many extraordinary and highly interesting Events in his life, from the year 1733 to 1749. As written in his own diary. Edited by Miss Jane Porter. Second edition. In three volumes. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1832. 3 Vols.; sm.f'cap 8vo; bound up without the half-title to volume one; half-titles apparently not called for in other volumes; small woodcut vignette on each title; contemporary full calf. Boards detached, and one lacking; sewing sound; text nice.

Originally published in 1831. Despite the title-page, a novel, and written rather than edited by Jane Porter. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5612.

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[In Russian characters:] POTAPENKO (I[gnatii].N[ikolaevich].). [In English:] The General's Daughter By the author of "A Russian Priest". London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1892. Narrow f'cap 8vo; 9pp. integral advertisements (final page blank) at end; pp.261+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ix]+[i]; glazed natural fine linen, ruled blue on sides and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram device blue on back cover, lettered blue on front cover and up spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight damp marking of front cover; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as volume 17 in ‘The Pseudonym Library' in cloth, as here, at 2/-, or in paper wrappers at 1/6. The advertisements on the verso of the half-title list the series to this volume. The translation is by W. Gaussen, B.A. The first edition in English.

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POWER (Rev. P.B., M.A.). Little Kitty's Knitting-needles. By Rev. P.B. Power, M.A., Worthing, Sussex. London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row; Edinburgh; and New York, 1872. Imp.32mo in quarter sheets; fine lithographic frontispiece in colour; pp.64; diagonally-fine-ribbed green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover, with large, glazed, lithographic onlay on front cover. Onlay slightly bubbled and a trifle dusty at edges; front free end-paper and half-title lacking; some light dusting and foxing affecting title-page and last page of text, also, very slightly a few other leaves; a very good copy, nonetheless of a scarce printing.

Juvenile. COPAC records printings of this title in 1860, 1861, and 1877, but not the present 1872 edition. The frontispiece is delicate and very finely coloured, the cover onlay unusual in incorporating the title and publisher's imprint as well as a vignette, the whole being in colour on a parchment-coloured ground.

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[PRENTISS (Mrs. Elizabeth).]. Stepping heavenward. A Tale of Home Life. By the Author of "The Flower of the Family." T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row, 1871. 2pp. publisher's advertisements before half-title page; bevelled blue sand grain cloth blocked gilt and black, lettered gilt and blue through gilt on front cover and spine, ruled blind on baak cover; dark brown coated end-papers. Inscription on half-title page; edges, end-papers and a few leaves of text a little foxef; gilt a little rubbed on covers; otherwise in general a nice copy.

A novel written in the form of a young girl's diary.

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PRESCOTT (E. Livingston [i.e., Edith Katherine Spicer Jay]). Helot and Hero: Sundry Developments of Love and War. A novel. Simpkin, Marshall and Co., Limited, 1899. Last leaf of Contents a single inset; pp.[x]+[402]; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth blocked brown, black, white, flesh, and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Covers a little spotted and bruised, and gilt somewhat rubbed; scattered foxing; a very good copy.

Not in Wolff.

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PRESCOTT (E. Livingston [i.e., Edith Katherine Spicer Jay]). Illusion: A Romance of Modern Egypt. Simpkin, Marshall & Co., Limited, 1899. Tall cr.8vo; leaf blank except for signature mark ‘a' precedes half-title; 7pp. integral advertisements at end, beginning on verso of last text leaf; pp.viii+301+[vii]; light blue fine rough buckram lettered very pale green on fronv cover, gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine slightly faded; end-papers foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

A story involving chemistry and an unknown Eastern drug - but not essentially either science fiction or fantasy.

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[PREST (Thomas Peckett).]. The Hebrew maiden; Or, The lost diamond. A tale of chivalry. By the author of "Fatherless Fanny;" "Tales Of the drama;" &c. &c. Printed and published by E. Lloyd, 231, Shoreditch, 1841. Demy 8vo in half sheets; half-title not called for; one hundred and four wood-engravings in text, the last one signed ‘T. Pickering'; pp.[ii]+830; modern half black sheep, spine ruled, tooled, and lettered, gilt, grey marbled sides. Some fingering and dusting, particularly on early leaves; two leaves re-margined and one a little torn, without loss; one other leaf torn, and with piece lacking at foot with loss of all or part of about the last six lines of text - the loss being supplied in old ms. on an inserted sheet; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title.

Block, p.190; Summers, p.349, noting also that ‘In a later issue the woodcuts have been toned down and are less crude and characteristic.' The present copy is of the original issue. Published in 104 weekly penny numbers, the title-page being issued with the last number, and hence carrying the date of the book's completion. A front end-paper preserved from an earlier binding at the front of the present copy bears the inscription ‘Mrs. Frewcocks / Novr. 25/1841', showing that publication was completed early enough in that year for the parts by that date to have been bound up - and thus that publication was probably commenced in the Autumn of 1839. All of Prest's novels are now rare.

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[PREST (Thomas Peckett).]. Ela, the outcast; Or, The gipsy of Rosemary Dell. A romance of thrilling interest. By the author of "Angelina; or, the Mystery of St. Mark's Abbey;" "Gallant Tom; or The Perils of a sailor ashore and afloat;" "The Brigand; or, The Mountain Chief;" "The Maniac Father;" Etc. etc. London: Printed and published by E. Lloyd, Salisbury-square, Fleet-street, And sold by all booksellers, N.D. [1850]. Demy 8vo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; numerous wood-engravings in text; pp.[iv]+572; recent diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, black skivver label ruled and lettered gilt. Some fingering, and one or two short tears and marginal chips, but a good copy.

Originally published in 1841, also by Lloyd. The present edition includes a new Preface by Prest, dated 1850, in which this edition is described as the nineteenth, and it is also implied that it has been revised. Issued in 72 penny weekly numbers, the prelims. being issued with the last number. Summers, p.305, not noting the new Preface, etc.; Block, p.190, listing only the first edition; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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PRESTON (Harriet Waters). Is that all? Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1877. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; wood-cut vignette on title-page; pp.[5]-244; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated October 1876; diagonally fine ribbed rich brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Faint ring mark on front cover; front end-paper slightly damaged by adherence of book-plate; otherwise a nice copy.

Wright, 4378, the American edition being dated 1876. Others of Harriet Preston's books were first issued in England. The present volume was printed in England, and the date of the catalogue in this copy suggests the possibility that it was in fact issued late in 1876 and, as was the usual English custom at that time for books so issued, dated the year ahead. The curious pagination is due to the fact that a full eight page gathering was planned originally as gathering ‘[A]', this to include, probably, a half-title as well as a Contents leaf. The text over-ran the exact number of sheets by two leaves, however, and the prelims. in consequence were reduced by two leaves, so that the last two leaves, gathering ‘Q', could be printed conjugate with gathering ‘A', the half-title in the process being suppressed, and the Contents moved to the verso of the title leaf. In this copy, p.'229' is misnumbered ‘22' (issue significance, if any, unknown.)

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PRESTON (Harriet Waters). A year in Eden. T Fisher Unwin, 26 Paternoster Square, 1886. 2 Vols., lge.post 8vo, bound in one, as issued; half-title present in Volume I, excised before binding in Volume II; fly-title present to each of the four parts; pp.[iv]+[214]; [ii]+208; light marina green buckram, blocked and lettered brown on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle, brown, on back cover; lettered and blocked with publisher's monogram devkce, brown, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers printed with floral pattern in light brmwn. Spine very slightly rubbed at head and tail, and just a trifle dull; back free end-paper lacking; otherwise a very nice copy.

Predates the American edition by one year. Set in New England.

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PREVOST [d'EXILES (Antoine Francois,] the Abbe). Collectanea adamantaea. - XVII. The history of Manon Lescaut And The Chevalier des Grieux. A translation from the French Of the Abbe Prevost By D.C. Moylan. Revised and Corrected by Edmund Goldsmid, F.R.H.S., F.S.A. (Scot.). In three volumes. Privately printed, Edinburgh, 1886. 3 Vols., f'cap 8vo; half/series title, title, and first page of text in each volume printed in red and black; pp.66; 92; 91+[i (blank)]; parchment wrappers printed on front cover in black, French folded over plain ivory thin card wrappers; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Slight wear to parchment on one corner and edge and tail of one spine; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce, especially thus.

One of an issue of 275 small-paper copies of a total edition of 350. Printed on fine hand-made paper. The first revised edition of a translation originally published in 1841. The novel was first published in France in 1731 as the tenth volume of "Memoires et aventures d'un homme de qualite" (Paris, 1728-32). The whole series was translated into English in 1738, and the present work was translated again in 1743 as part of a smaller collection. The first separate edition in English appeared in 1786 in a translation made by Charlotte Smith. The present translation, by Moylan, appears to be the only nineteenth century one.

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PREVOST (Francis). Rust of Gold. Ward, Lock, & Bmwden, Limited, 1895. Post 8vo, in half-sheets; art nouveau title-page, signed ‘A.L.B.'; pp.[x]+250+14 (integral advertisements); yellowish olive coarse buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram gilt on back cover, blocked with art nouveau design, and lettered gilt within gilt ruled box on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed. End-pcpers lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Short stories, interspersed with brief dramatic sketches. The leaf bearing the author's dedication (to Leo Tolstoi) is a single inset.

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PROUDLOCK (Lewis). The Shepherd of the Beacon Or, The hero of the Khyber Pass. A Story of Coquetdale by Lewis Proudlock, Dinnington, Northumberland. Hexham: Printed at the Herald office, Black Bull Yard, 1877. F'cap 12mo; half-title not called for; blank precedes title-page; pp.[ii]+180; light cerise vertical fine straight-morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover; end-papers faced deep yellow. Rebacked with cloth of a matching colour, and end-papers strengthened at gutters with matching paper; ring-mark on back cover leaving a slightly darker patch of cloth; some dusting and fingering, and a few small marks in text, chiefly confined to margins; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a rare provincially published dialect novel.

Proudlock, a miner from Dinnington, published at least two novels as well as two books of verse. ‘The Shepherd of the Beacon', set in the eighteenth century, finds two Northumbrian shepherds press-ganged into the navy, then beating off numerous ‘Affghans', before returning to Rothbury to resolve a complicated plot involving gypsies (camped at Swinton, north of Thropton), deceptions, infidelities, and sudden death. Printed at the office of the Hexham Herald, and set to what looks like a newspaper measure, it is possible that the novel was originally serialised in that paper and is here printed from the standing type. Unsurprisingly rare, the usual catalogues locating only one British copy (at the National Library of Scotland), and none in the U.S.A.

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PROUT (Captain). Bob Norberry; Or, Sketches from the note book Of An Irish reporter. With numerous illustrations By Henry Macmanus, Esq., A.R.H.A., And other eminent artists. Dublin: Published by James Duffy, 23, Anglesea-street, 1844, Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; etched frontispiece and vignette title-page each signed ‘W.H. Holbrooke 4 Crow St Dublin' (the only instance we can recall of an artist's address being included in his plate!), with tissue guard, precede letterpress title-page; ten etched plates after (and sometimes by) Macmanus, six after J. O'Malley; pp.viii+360; deep scarlet morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, blind on back cover, blocked pictorially gilt, lettered deep scarlet through gilt, on spine (title and subtitle quarter- to half- way down, ‘DUFFY DUBLIN' at extreme tail); t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Slight marking of covers due almost entirely to the too deep impress of the blind blocking, and resultant paste action; slight offsetting from one plate; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce thus.

Stab holes show that the present copy was, at least as regards the early gatherings, bound up from the parts. Sadleir, 77, recording a copy in plum ribbed cloth, pictorially blocked in gold, but having only the frontispiece and vignette title, and seven plates (all by Macmanus); Wolff, 5665, recording a copy identical with ours except that he describes all the plates as being by Macmanus (which is presumably a mistake), and that it is in tan horizontally ribbed cloth, blocked (non-pictorially) in blind on front and back, blocked and lettered in gold on spine, with pale yellow end-papers, and bound wholly from the parts. The Wolff copy is almost certainly, as he suggests, a later issue - though it might also be, just conceivably, a publisher's casing supplied cheaply to purchasers of the parts. The Sadleir copy was presumably defective - though it may in fact have been so issued, the plates having been printed short - and it is worth noting in this context that the publisher avoids any mention of how many plates there should be! If the Sadleir copy were so issued, it must at least have been a later issue, bound when the plates were beginning to run short. There is (obviously!) no list of plates, but they are tipped in to face pp.29, 32, 53, 63, 77, 88, 96, 113, 144, 153, 163, 191, 206, 221, 225, and 247. Sadleir lists this title under ‘Authorship Unknown'; Wolff under ‘Prout'; Block, p.138, under ‘Levey'. From the Preface:- "The Reporter is an Irishman, intimately acquainted with the habits, character, and social conditions of the Irish people; and whilst writers from the sister country, who know less of Ireland than they do of the Kalmuck tribes of Russian Tartary, have produced books which pretend to be faithful pictures of Irish life and character, although they are no more than hideous caricatures, calculated to excite feelings of hatred and contempt, it may not be amiss that one who knows the country well, and has mixed with the various classes of Irish society, should attempt to give a faithful history of a variety of scenes, where all the passions that actuate the human heart are developed, and from which the true condition of a people, and the just administration of the law with regard to them, may be judged. Those who have written of the Irish have, for some sinister purpose, most generally held them up as objects of pity and scorn; or they have been deplorably ignorant of the great philosophical maxim, that the race to which a people belongs, their primitive constitution, and their instincts, form the great key to their actions and their motives; and that it is because rulers do not legislate in the spirit of race, laws are rendered nugatory, and the people demoralised and miserable."

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PRYCE (Richard). Time and the woman. A novel. Methuen & Co., 18, Bury Street, 1893. Pp.[iv]+300; vertically ribbed grey-green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very nice copy.

The first one-volume edition of a book originally published in two volumes in 1892. Sadleir, 1991, listing the two volume edition; this title not in Wolff. Sadleir commends Pryce as "a writer of sensibility and integrity" who "never had the success he deserved". Wolff remarks on the scarcity of all Pryce's books.

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PUGH (Edwin). The Man of Straw. London, William Heinemann, 1896. Pp.[viii]+352; 32pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end; natural glazed linen, blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle on back cover, blocked and lettered on front cover, lettered on spine, very dark brown; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Cloth of spine irregularly darkened, and with small neat restorations to joints; end-papers neatly strengthened at gutters; some scattered very light dusting and marking in text; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a scarce book.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Pugh's second book.

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[PUSELEY (Daniel [i.e., Frank Foster]).]. Number one; Or, The way of the world. By Frank Foster. Second series. Simpkin, Marshall & Co., Stationers' Hall Court, 1863. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and one plate, engraved on steel; pp.262+42pp. integral "Opinions of the Press" etc. of the First Series; pink glazed fine linen printed black on sides, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; uncut edges, end-papers coated cream, the front paste-down printed with advertisement, verso of front free end-paper with publisher's Notice, in black. Spine faded, and very slightly worn at head and tail, otherwise a fine copy.

The First Series appeared in 1862; a third volume followed later.

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[PYNE (W.H.).]. Wine and walnuts; Or, After Dinner Chit-Chat. By Ephraim Hardcastle, Citizen and dry-salter. In two volumes. Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823. 2 Vols.; Victorian half calf, marbled boards. Leather chipped at extreoities of spines, joints rubbed, covers generally a trifle worn; probably lacking half-titles, and possibly a leaf of advertisements at end of volume one; internally in general very nice.

Philip Sainsbury's copy, with his signed ownership inscription on the front end-paper of each volume, and brief pencil notes in his hand on the front paste-down of volume one, identifying the author, stating that this copy is on large paper (which is correct), and adding the comment "a very amusing anecdotal work". Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Contains interesting gossip about London theatres, Hogarth, Sterne, and, particularly, Johnson and Garrick.

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QUAINT (Roger, Monk of the Order of St. Francis, and formerly of the Grey Friary, South End, Boston [pseudonym]). Traditions of Lincolnshire, (First series.): Boston in the olden times; A series of Legends and tales, Illustrative of the History and antiquities of Boston And its neighbourhood. Boston; Printed and published by John Noble [Market Place]. Sold by Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., London; and all other Booksellers, N.D. [1841]. Demy 8vo; numerous wood-engravings on text-paper; pp.xii+252; puce bead grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Slight general wear to covers; original (and local) owner's name on half-title; a few leaves lightly foxed; nick in blank fore-margin of Contents leaf; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy.

‘Roger Quaint', according to the anonymous author in his ‘Pro-preface', was the ghostly guide of his historical researches conducted in the library of Boston church. The volume is dated by us from this Pro-preface, which is subscribed ‘The editor. / Boston, Jan. 30th, 1841.' The cloth is certainly in keeping with this date, but the spine bears the imprint of another Boston bookseller, [J.M.] Newcomb, whose blind stamp also appears on the corner of the front end-paper. The ‘First series' on the title-page presumably refers to the author's promise in his Pro-preface of a further volume of stories to be published if the first were to be well received. Not in Block. According to The English Catalogue of Books, this was the only volume to be published.

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Q (i.e., Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch). The astonishing history Of Troy town. Cassell & Company, Limited, 1888. 8+8pp.publisher's advertisements at end dated 5G. 7.88 and 5B. 7.88; light brown cloth blocked black on sides and spine, lettered black on spine and front cover, gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers printed with daisy pattern in light grey brown, the verso of front free end-paper carrying advertisements in black. Very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; nor in Wolff, who does not recognise the letter ‘Q'.

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Q (i.e., Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch). The blue pavilions. Cassell & Company, Limited, 1891. 8+8pp. publisher's advertisements at end dated ‘5 G. 9.91' and ‘5 B. 9.91'; bevelled deep pinkish red coarse buckram, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed. Spine and edges of covers slightly faded; a little scattered light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

The author's fifth book. The printer of this volume appears to have had some difficulty with his paper supply: gatherings B, C, and F being printed on a cream toned stock that does not seem to fox, the rest of the volume on a white stock that does.

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Q [i.e., Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch]. Noughts and Crosses: Stories, Studies and Sketches. Cassell & Company, Limited: London, Paris & Melbourne, 1891. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+263+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, coded ‘5 G. 2.91'; quarter cerise smooth cloth, lettered gilt on spine, vertically fine ribbed sage green paper covered sides, printed in black and gilt; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed; white end-papers. Spine a trifle dull, and slight wear to edges of boards; otherwise a very nice copy of a decidedly scarce title.

The correct first issue, with the earliest date of the catalogue, and with plain white end-papers, the front free end-paper not printed with advertisements on verso. This was in fact the first of at least six volumes issued similarly bound, only the colour and pattern of the paper sides verying between volumes. Later volumes had end-papers printed with a daisy pattern in pale grey, the verso of the front free end-paper being printed with an advertisement panel listing the rest of the set, which was never formally designated a series. A second edition appeared in 1893, differently bound, and this was prepared before the first edition sheets were quite exhausted. In 1894 remaining unbound sheets of the first edition were supplied with a cancel title and final leaf, both dated 1894, and issued in the binding of the second edition. These were probably bound up in two batches - one in the Autumn of 1894, and the second in the Summer of 1895 (copies being found with a catalogue coded ‘5 G. 6.95'), and these are relatively common. The original edition, however, is now very scarce - especially in acceptable condition, since the board sides tend to become worn rather easily. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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Q (i.e., Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch). Noughts and Crosses: Stories Studies and Sketches. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1894. Cancel title-page, printed in red and black; final leaf of text a cancel (bearing on the otherwise blank verso Cassell's printing imprint and the date ‘10.10.94'); 16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end dated ‘5 G. 6.95'; vertically ribbed yellow-green cloth, lettered gilt on spine within gilt ruled boxes; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut; end-papers printed with floral design in brownish olive, the front free end-paper printed with advertisements on verso, these coded ‘37-3,94'. Fine copy.

First edition sheets, re-issued with the original date bearing title-page and the printer's imprint leaf [?with a variant address] cancelled, and new ones substituted, bearing a later date. Possibly also a secondary state of the re-issue, as is suggested by the slightly later catalogue, though the volume may not have been published immediately the cancels were prepared. The first issue appeared in 1891 in quarter cloth, with decorative board sides. A second edition was prepared in 1893, bearing that date and the printer's imprint ‘10.6.93', and put up in the same green cloth as is used here. We have seen copies of this second edition with the same 1895 catalogue that this copy has, and these were presumably bound up at the same time - though copies occur also with a catalogue dated ‘5.G 8.93' and end-paper advertisements dated ‘37-8,93'. It would appear that the second edition may have been prepared before the first had been exhausted, and issue of the new edition may in consequence have been slightly delayed, with at least one further binding up occurring later. But cases for the 1891 edition seem to have run out before the stock of sheets, whereupon the publisher brought the new edition instantly ‘on line'. In order to maintain uniformity of design, and in order not to seem to be using up old stock, whilst at the same time preserving strict economy, cancels, bearing the then date of 1894, were eventually prepared for the remaining sets of 1891 sheets, and these were bound up - one batch in the Autumn of 1894 and a second, together with what was probably the final binding up of the second edition sheets, in the summer of 1895.

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Q [i.e., Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch]. The Delectable Duchy: Stories Studies and Sketches By Q. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1893. Pp.viii+343+[i (blank)]; publisher's 8+8pp. catalogue at end dated ‘5G. 5.93' and ‘5B. 5.93'; mottled dark red coarse buckram, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others rough trimmed; end-papers printed with daisy pattern in grey, the verso of the front end-paper bearing an advertisement of other books by ‘Q', dated ‘40-11.93'. Slight dulling of spine, and small damp-spot on front cover; end-papers lightly foxed, with off-setting; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Wolff, who does not recognise the letter ‘q'; nor in Sadleir.

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Q (i.e., Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch). Wandering Heath: Stories, Studies, and sketches. Cassell and Company Limited, 1895. Blank at end, followed by publisher's catalogue, 16pp., dated 6G-10.95.; deep pink coarse buckram lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with monogram design in brownish-grey. Spine faded, sides slightly so; scattered very light foxing; otherwise fine.



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Q[UILLER-COUCH (Sir Arthur)]. Ia. London, Cassell and Company, Limited, 1896. Post 8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven full-page illustrations by G. Nicolet, all unbacked, but on text-paper and included in the pagination; pp.[vii (including frontispiece)]+216; 8+16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end, coded ‘2.96' and ‘5 G. 8.95'; deep scarlet buckram embossed over-all with blind star-burst pattern, with blind-pressed panel lettered and blocked gilt on front cover, and three blind-pressed panels lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with publisher's initials device in grey. Tissue lightly foxed, otherwise a very nice copy.

A love-story set in Cornwall, and one of the scarcer of ‘Q''s fictions. Not in Sadleir or Wolff (who does not recognise the letter Q!).

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QUILLER-COUCH (A.T.). The Ship of Stars. London, Cassell and Company, Limited, 1899. 8pp. integral advertisements at end, coded ‘Fiction. 8.99', followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue coded 6 - G - 6.99; pp.viii+312+8; scarlet fine art-linen lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with publisher's initials device pattern in grey. Light foxing throughout; otherwise a very fine, crisp, copy.

From the library of Radclyffe Walters and bearing his pencilled signature and the date ‘1899' on the back of the front end-paper. (V. Sadleir XXIX Century Fiction, I, p.xxx for a note on the superb condition of the Radclyffe Walters books. Apart from the light foxing - which is the paper's fault - it is true of the present volume.) Not in Sadleir - or Wolff (who does not recognise the letter ‘Q'!)

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QUILLER-COUCH (A.T.). Historical tales From Shakespeare. Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, 1899. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[xiv]+368; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1899; vertically ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; creamish, glazed, endpapers. Very slight foxing of edges, but a fine copy.

A scarce title.

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QUILLER COUCH (Lilian). Man. London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1896. Pott.8vo; wood-engraved vignette title-page printed in red and black by C.H. [?Clemence Housman] after F.C.T.; printer's imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+154+[ii]; white and pale blue mottled buckram over very thin boards, blocked and lettered green on front cover, gilt on spine in series style; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight marking and fading of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as Number Five in the series ‘Odd Volumes'. Short stories. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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RAIMOND (C.E. [i.e., Elizabeth Robins].). George Mandeville's Husband. William Heinemann, 1894. Publisher's inserted 20pp. catalogue at end, dated June 1894; cream card wrappers, printed in green, yellow, and black on front cover, in series style, in black on spine, and on back wrapper with advertisements in black; a.e. uncut. Backstrip slightly chipped at head, and wrappers generally rather dusty; light marginal embrowning throughout, as usual with this series; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as the second title in ‘The Pioneer Series', simultaneously at 2s. 6d. in wrappers, and at 3s. 0d. in cloth, the present issue being today the scarcer. An advertisement on the verso of the half title lists the next three titles in the series as in preparation.

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RAMSDEN (The Lady Gwendolen). A Smile within a Tear And Other Fairy Stories. Hutchinson & Co., 34 Paternoster Row, E.C., 1897. Frontispiece and seven plates in line, some signed Bertha Newcombe; pp.[iv]+251+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine ribbed turquoise cloth blocked in copper and chocolate, lettered gilt on chocolate ground within oblong gilt ruled box on front cover, blocked copper, lettered gilt and with square gilt ruled box on spine; a.e. uncut; cream end-papers. Cloth of spine very slightly darkened; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. An interesting period cover design, certainly owing something to Charles Ricketts. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.2, 46, 68, 95, 159, 181, and 232: those to pp.95, 159, and 181 are bound in to face pp.96, 160, and 180, the others at the openings marked.

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RANDOLPH (Mrs. [C. Emily Blanche]). Reseda. In three volumes. London: Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1881. 3 Vols.; single inset dedication leaf follows title-page in volume one; single inset text-paper fly-title to advertisements precedes publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue (not listing this title) at end of volume three; pp.[vi]+308; [iv]+303+[i (blank)]; [iv]+287+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed fawn cloth, blocked gilt, lettered black on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed florally greenish-grey. Spines variably faded, and gilt a little rubbed; restorations to cloth of joints; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. A note on the verso of the half-title to volume one explains that the book ‘was to have been called "Mignonette," but as it was found that that title had already been used, "Reseda," the botanical equivalent, has been substituted.

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RATHBORNE (St. George). Mynheer Joe. A semi-humorous story of love and adventure. Illustrated. London: James Henderson, Red Lion House, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, E.C.; New York: Robert Bonner's Sons, 1893. Double post 16mo; wood-engraved frontispiece and four plates; head- and tail- piece vignettes to the chapters; advertisements on verso of last leaf of text; navy blue buckram lettered gilt on front cover and spine. End-papers lightly foxed, but a nice copy.

Set in the Sudan, Egypt, and India. Issued as the third volume in the ‘Anglo-American Library of Fiction', in paper covers at 1s., cloth, as here, at 1s. 6d. There is no list of plates, but the first, though inserted, forms pp.33-34 and is numbered 33; the rest face pp.96, 146, and 182. The author was American, but Wright does not record this title.

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RAY (Catherine). A new exodus; Or, The exiles of the Zillerthal. A story of the Protestants Of the Tyrol. James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street, 1887. Post 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece, with tissue guard, and three plates; olive green buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, blocked, blue, white, light green, and brown, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked white, blue, and light green, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with flower and leaf design in grey-green. Enamel very slightly rubbed; half-title lightly embrowned; but a nice copy.

A wire-stitched binding, in good state.

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[RAYMOND (Walter).]. [by] Tom Cobbleigh: Gentleman Upcott's Daughter. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1892. Narrow 8vo; pp.224; natural glazed linen blocked with publisher's monogram device on back cover, ruled on sides and spine, lettered on front cover and up spine, dark blue-green; a.e. uncut. Cloth of spine darkened and showing slight general wear; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued as volume 19 of ‘The Pseudonym Library' - in cloth, as here, at 2/-; in paper wrappers at 1/6d. A minor binding variant, copies usually seen in cloth having the top-edges gilt. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5693, recording a copy with the top-edges gilt. Wolff confuses George Raymond with Walter Raymond, listing the latter's books as though by the former. A story set in Somerset.

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[RAYMOND (Walter).]. [by] Tom Cobbleigh: Gentleman Upcott's Daughter. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1892. Narrow 8vo; pp.224; yellow self-wrappers, printed in black, French folded over white plain paper wrappers, cut flush; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Paper of spine chipped at head and tail, and wrappers dusty; early inscription on upper margin of half-title; prelims. foxed; otherwise nice.

Issued as volume 19 of ‘The Pseudonym Library' - in paper wrappers, as here, at 1/6d; in cloth at 2/-. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5693, listing the cloth issue only. Wolff confuses George Raymond with Walter Raymond, listing the latter's books as though by the former. A story set in Somerset.

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RAYMOND (Walter). "Love and Quiet Life": Somerset Idylls. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1894. Printed on cream-toned paper; pp.[viii]+264; bevelled light blue-green art buckram, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled panels on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight damp-spotting of sides; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Wolff confuses George Raymond with Walter Raymond, listing the latter's books as though by the former.

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RAYMOND (Walter). Tryphena in love. With illustrations By I. Walter West. London, 1895, J.M. Dent & Co., Aldine House. Sm.f'cap 8vo; vignette half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece and conjugate illustrated title, with tissue guard; five plates; pp.[viii (excluding frontispiece and title)]+176; pale lime green and white finely mottled linen-patterned cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with illustrations and pattern lime green. Slight fading of spine, but a very nice copy.

A volume in the Iris Series, with prelims. and binding in series style. The cover and end-papers are designed by the illustrator. The second issue: the first being of leaf-green silk. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Wolff confuses George Raymond with Walter Raymond, listing the latter's books as though by the former.

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RAYMOND (Walter). Tryphena in love. With illustrations By I. Walter West. London, 1895, J.M. Dent & Co., Aldine House. Sm.f'cap 8vo; vignette half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece and conjugate illustrated title; five plates; pp.[viii (excluding frontispiece and title)]+176; pale lime green and white finely mottled linen-patterned cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with illustrations and pattern lime green. Faint ring-mark on back cover, and spine a trifle darkened, but a nice copy.

A volume in the Iris Series, with prelims. and binding in series style. The cover and end-papers are designed by the illustrator. The second issue: the first being of leaf-green silk. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Wolff confuses George Raymond with Walter Raymond, listing the latter's books as though by the former.

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RAYMOND (Walter). In the Smoke of war: A story of civil strife. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company Limited, N.D. [1895]. Sm.f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; cancel title-page tipped onto the stubs of two excised leaves; 12pp. commercial advertisements, on text-paper, at end; diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Very fine copy. Scarce.

Second issue: the original sheets of Arrowsmith's Annual for 1895, with the prelims. excised, and provided with a new title-page. Issued as Vol. LXVI of Arrowsmith's Bristol Library. The first issue thus. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5694, listing the original issue. Wolff confuses George Raymond with Walter Raymond, listing the latter's books as though by the former.

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REACH (Angus B.). Leonard Lindsay: Or, The story of a buccaneer. In two volumes. David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street, 1850. 2 Vols.; half-titles not called for; pp.[xvi]+328; iv+352; Victorian half red calf, gilt, matching oil-marbled sides, end-papers, and edges. Sewing sound and boards firmly attached, but in need of rebacking; a little scattered light dusting and marking, but a very good copy, nonetheless.

CBEL, III, p.724; this title not in Wolff; Sadleir, 1996, recording a copy in navy-blue fine ribbed cloth, blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine, and with a publisher's catalogue, 4pp., undated, at end of volume two. Sadleir does not say whether the catalogue is on text-paper: we suspect that it may be as the four leaves comprising the last gathering of volume one, together with the prelims. of volume two, and the two leaves of advertisements would make up a full sheet. The second novel by the author of ‘Clement Lorrimer, Or, The book with the iron clasps', and in our experience a good deal scarcer than the first. It is Reach's only multi-decker.

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READE (Charles). Peg Woffington. A novel. Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1853. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+[332 (final page blank)]; ripple grain cobalt blue cloth, sides blocked in blind with decorated border and centre piece; spine blocked and lettered in gilt; uncut edges; end-papers coated reddish brown. Back cover damp marked along lower edge of board; covers generally darkened, and showing some wear at corners and at head and tail of spine; end-papers renewed at an early date with white paper; light dusting throughout text and one or two small marks; a good copy, nonetheless, of one of the scarcest of this author's books.

Reade's first book, of which only five hundred copies were printed. Parrish, p.171; Sadleir 2011 and 2011a, recording copies only in pinkish maroon ripple grain cloth, differently blocked, and with two other (and different) colours of end-paper; Wolff, 5711, records only the first American edition. Number four on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities, in any original binding. The present copy corresponds to Carter's ‘C' binding (v. Binding variants, p.148), of which he comments: "A and B are the perfectly normal variants for a novel at this period, though the description in the publishers' records CLOTH shows that the half cloth copies were probably wholesaler's binding. But C is a very queer affair, and I have only seen one example of it. It does not look secondary, since it is more gilt as to spine than B [he presumably meant A, of which it is also true, and would make more sense]; and it must presumably be a trial, since the other conceivable alternative - a library binding - is out of the question for a first novel of which only 500 were printed." Carter's hypothesis is given much support from the present copy in two different ways. In the first place the backing of the spine is good unused white card, not the waste that was normally used on a commercial run, and there is written on it in a contemporary hand, just visible on a careful inspection in good light, the legend "200/Peg Woffington". Two hundred is obviously a job number (the known rarity of this binding style precluding any possibility that nearly half the issue was so bound), and the fact that it should be written there at all is suggestive of an order for two or three copies only rather than for a commercial binding run. Second, the present copy bears on p.79 a litteral correction in the hand of one evidently used to correcting proofs, and it seems possible that it is to be considered both as a trial binding and as a proof copy. Sadleir calls for a conjugate dedication leaf to follow the title page. It is not present here, but since the end-papers have been renewed, it is not now possible to tell whether or not it has been lost. The title however is trimmed to a smaller measure than the rest of the book and may have been printed as a single leaf. The dedication leaf, which bears the date ‘December 15, 1852' was almost certainly the last portion of the book to be set in type, and might very well not have been ready by the time any trial copies were bound up. The (rebound) British Library deposit copy bears the accession date stamp ‘10 JA 53'.

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READE (Charles). Peg Woffington. A novel. Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1857. Cr.8vo; half-title not called for; wood engraved frontispiece by J.W. Whymper; pp.255+[i (printer's imprint)]; deep pink horizontal straight grain moroco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides (with what would pass at a later date for an art nouveau design!), ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Gilt dull, and cloth slightly worn at head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

First illustrated edition, entirely reset, of a book published originally in December 1852 (and bearing the date 1853 on the title page). Sadleir notes that an illustrated edition, apparently similar, of ‘Christie Johnson' was issued in 1857, but he seems not to have known of the illustrated edition of ‘Peg Woffington'.

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READE (Charles). The Course of true love Never did run smooth. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1857. (Right of Reproduction and Translation reserved.) Half-title not called for; final blank; pp.269+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; white boards, printed in pink and black; t.e. uncut; very thin paper end-papers. Covers dusty; rebacked with pink paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 2001, and ‘Excursions', p.161; Parrish, p.193. Wolff, 5705, records only the cloth issue.

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READE (Charles). White lies. A Story. In three volumes. Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1857. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; pp.[vi]+300; [ii]+[238 (printer's imprint)]; [ii]+[232 (printer's imprint)]; green diagonal straight grain morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Back end-papers of one volume almost invisibly strengthened with matching paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir's collection, nor in Wolff; Sadleir, ‘Excursions', p.161, incorrectly describing the volumes as 8vo.

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READE (Charles). Cream. Contains Jack of all trades, A Matter-of-Fact Romance, And the Autobiography of a thief. Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1858. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for; one engraved plate; royal blue bead grain cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on sides and spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; glazed end-papers coated light brown. Excellently recased, preserving the original end-papers, which have been strengthened with near-matching paper at the joints; cloth neatly restored at tail of spine; some dusting and marking in text; a pleasant copy, nonetheless.

Presentation copy, inscribed by Reade on the front end-paper: ‘Tom Taylor/from the Author/March 15. 1858.' Reade has also made one small alteration to the text in ink ('Reverend Gent' for ‘clergyman' at line 2, p.258), one correction in pencil ('front' for ‘float' three lines from foot on p.140), and added a cryptic note, again in pencil, against the word ‘mayor' two lines from foot on p.86. Light pencil scoring occurs on two other leaves. A very interesting association copy, Taylor having several times collaborated with Reade in the writing of plays. ‘The Autobiography of a Thief' is a pendant to ‘It is Never Too Late to Mend', which had appeared two years earlier. In this copy pp.136 and 137 are numbered respectively 36 and 1, a fault not present in other copies examined; the word ‘LONDON' in the imprint on the spine is in the same size and style of lettering as that of the publisher's imprint on the line below, being 4mm high instead of 3mm, as in the regular issue. Sadleir, ‘Excursions', p.162 describes the volume as ‘(4 3/4 x 7 5/8)'. The pages in the present copy are three sixteenths of an inch taller, but this has been the case with every copy we have seen. Sadleir also describes the end-papers as ‘red-chocolate', which they are likewise in the British Library copy. Here they are definitely light brown. The present copy is abominably printed, with a good deal of smudging and offsetting of the ink, as though it has not properly been allowed to dry. This has not been the case with other copies examined, and may suggest the possibility of its being an advance copy, hastily bound up. The book is said by Sadleir to have been published in the month in which this copy was inscribed.

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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.

READE (Charles). Cream. Contains Jack of all trades, A Matter-of-Fact Romance, And the Autobiography of a thief. Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1858. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for; one engraved plate; royal blue bead grain cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on sides and spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; matt end-papers coated red-chocolate. Cloth neatly restored at head and tail of spine; front end-papers renewed with white paper; ugly bold inscription on title-page; a very little scattered dusting and foxing in text, and a few leaves opened a trifle roughly; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir's collection; Sadleir, ‘Excursions', p.162; Parrish, p.200; Wolff, 5706. The Autobiography of a Thief' is a pendant to ‘It is Never Too Late to Mend', which had appeared two years earlier. In this copy pp.136 and 137 are correctly numbered; the word ‘LONDON' in the spine imprint is in letters 3mm high. Sadleir, describes the volume as ‘(4 3/4 x 7 5/8)'. The pages in the present copy are three sixteenths of an inch taller, as has been the case with every copy we have seen.

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READE (Charles). "Love me little, love me long." In two volumes. Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1859. 2 Vols.; blank before half-title in volume one; imprint leaf at end; final blank in volume two; royal blue bead grain cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Cloth worn at head and tail of spines, slightly so at corners; corner of one board a trifle chipped; one or two minor faults internally, but in general nice.

Sadleir 2010; Parrish, p.201; Wolff, 5710. In the present copy the back end-papers have been made in two pieces, overlapping on the back board: but this is evidently correct as issued, since the binder's ticket called for by Sadleir in volume one is present, and affixed across the overlap.

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READE (Charles, D.C.L.). Good stories Of Man and other animals. With illustrations by E.A. Abbey, Percy Macquoid, And Joseph Nash. Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1884. Half-title not called for; frontispiece and conjugate vignette title-page, and three plates; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated March 1884; diagonally fine-ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, and red-through-gilt, on spine; top-edges uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers printed with floral pattern in olive green. Very light damp-stain affecting upper inner corner of frontispiece and vignette title-page; short tear in one fore-margin; otherwise, and in effect, a fine copy. Scarce, especially thus.

Not in Wolff; Sadleir, ‘Excursions', pp.167-8, recording a copy with an October catalogue (that being the month of publication); not in ‘XIX Century Fiction', but rated number four in his listing of comparative scarcities.

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