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.

REANEY (Mrs. G.S.). Strange tales. Seventh Series. Manchester: Brook and Chrystal, 11, Market Street, N.D. [1877]. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece and three plates; 16pp. publisher's catalogue on tinted paper at end, dated July, 1893; modern cloth. Fine copy.

Strangely moral tales. Though denominated ‘Seventh Series', this is only the second series series to be written by Mrs. Reaney, the first five being by John Ashworth. As far as we can tell from the catalogue, this is a late issue of the first book edition of this title - Mrs. Reaney's stories having sold considerably less well than Ashworths (whose first series was by this time in its 118th thousand!). This seventh series in not in the British Library Catalogue, and is here dated from the Preface.

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REED (The Rev. Andrew, B.A., of St. Leonards). Ida Vane; A tale of the Restoration. John F. Shaw and Co., 48 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1880]. Half-title not called for; advertisement leaf precedes wood engraved frontispiece by H. Petherick; pp.viii+440; publisher's inserted catalogue at end, on text-paper, denominated ‘Catalogue B'; diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered gilt-outlined black, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Some foxing of prelims.; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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REID (Captain Mayne). The Cliff-climbers; Or, The lone home in the Himalayas. Charles H. Clarke, 13 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1864]. F'cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf precedes frontispiece; half-title not called for; frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; violet sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled blind, pictorially blocked, and lettered, gilt on front cover, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; pale-yellow coated end-papers. Very slight fading to spine, and small mark on back cover; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in ‘The Mayne Reid Library'. Sadleir records no early edition of this title, and only a very late issue of one title in this series (3663). The series name appears only on the advertisement leaf, on which appear twelve titles of Mayne Reid's books, this being the last. The plates are engraved by Edmund Evans. Wolff, 5731, records an edition published by ‘Ward & Locke', also undated, but bearing an inscription dated 1866, and also the first American edition, published Ticknor and Fields and dated 1864, which contains, like the present copy, an initial advertisement leaf listing twelve titles as published, of which this is the last.

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REID (Captain [Thomas] Mayne). The Scalp-hunters; Or, Romantic Adventures in Northern Mexico. With Numerous Illustrations by William Harvey, and other Eminent Artists. Henry Lea, 112, Fleet Street, E.C., N.D. [1865]. Imp.8vo in half sheets; half-title not called for; pages printed throughout within ornamental borders; numerous illustrations in text; pp.iv+[247]+[i (blank)]; contemporary half morocco faced basil, marbled sides. Covers detached, and spine defective; slight wear to blank fore-corners of first and last few leaves, and slight staining from turnovers of the leather; otherwise a nice copy.

Bound up from the original thirty-one penny parts. Apparently the first edition in parts and the first illustrated edition of a novel originally published in three volumes by Skeet in 1851. Sadleir, under 2030, records ‘an undated quarto issue (6 3/4" x 7") with illustrations by W. Harvey', also published by Lea in thirty-one numbers, which has the same collation, and is evidently a reduced size reprint of the present edition, this measuring 10«" x 7«", even after trimming. The Skeat edition is almost unobtainable. The present edition is not recorded by Wolff. From the library of Anne and F.G. Renier, and bearing their small book label on the front paste-down, along with the earlier book label of Charles Somerset.

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REID (Captain [Thomas] Mayne). The bandolero; Or, A Marriage among the Mountains. Richard Bentley, 1866. Half-title not present; frontispiece, and nine wood-engraved plates; green sand grain cloth ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; uncut edges; lemon coated end-papers. Slight general wear to covers; some slight dusting and marking internally; but a very good copy. Scarce.

Sadleir 2081. Sadleir's copy had a half-title: ours has not, but there is no sign of loss, and it appears to have been issued without one - a hypothesis which is given some support by the presence of an old ownership inscription in blue pencil on the back of the frontispiece, which here is the first white leaf.

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REID (Captain [Thomas] Mayne). The castaways: A story of adventures in the wilds of Borneo. London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row: Edinburgh; and New York, 1870. Globe 8vo; blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece and three plates; vignette on title-page, chapters with head- and tail- pieces and decorated initial letters; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled blue sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt and blue-through-gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated lemon-yellow. A few minor faults, but in general a nice copy.

Almost certainly the normal first edition, but just possibly an advance copy. Nelson's in the nineteenth century dated virtually all of their printings (which makes it difficult to identify first editions as they gave no other indica of status), the date used being that of printing rather than that of intended publication. Unlike most nineteenth century publishers they did not date ahead. According to ‘The English Catalogue of Books', the present title was not issued until 1871, but as is shown by this copy, the book was certainly printed in 1870: we suspect that it may in fact have been published in time for the Christmas season of that year but simply not sent for listing at that time. There is no list of plates; they are marked to face pp.26, 52, 124, and 178, that for p.26 being here tipped in to face p.24, that to p.178 being utilised as the frontispiece, and the others inserted as marked. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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REID (Captain [Thomas] Mayne). The Death-shot: A Story Retold. Ward, Lock, & Tyler, Warwick House, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1874]. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; title-page followed by leaf bearing Preface, and integral leaf bearing wood-engraved illustration; twenty-four other wood-engraved illustrations arranged as plates, on text-paper, but not included in the pagination; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end (p.9 of which ends with an advertisement: ‘Windsor Castle. Photographs, Interior and Exterior Views. By the Heliotype Process. This will undoubtedly be found the great Christmas book for the season 1874.'); royal blue fine bead grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black and gilt on front cover and spine, lettered royal blue through gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Front end-papers slightly cracking; otherwise a fine copy of a handsome volume.

First edition of this version, second issue, being the first issue of this version in book form. In the Preface, dated September, 1874, which is here first printed, the author notes "this romance, as originally published, was written when the author was suffering severe affliction, both physically and mentally - the result of a gun-wound . . . . dissatisfied with the execution of the work, the author has remodelled - almost rewritten it. It is the same story; but, as he hopes and believes, better told." The original was published in three volumes by Chapman & Hall in 1873 with the sub-title ‘A Romance of Forest and Prairie', the present version, which is entirely re-worked, being issued in twentyfive numbers during 1874, the Preface appearing with the final one. The volume issue, made up by the publishers from the numbers, was brought out, as is shown by the advertisements, before the Christmas season of that year. Wolff, 3733a, records an otherwise similar copy in brown cloth, and with a different (32pp.) catalogue; Sadleir did not possess this title in any form; CBEL, III, p.503 records only the three volume edition of 1873, and the Sonnenschein edition of the revised version issued in 1884. The present edition is extremely scarce. Confusingly, Mrs. Reid in her book ‘Mayne Reid: A memoir of his life', published in 1890, states that "in the autumn of 1874, Chapman and Hall published ‘The Death Shot' in three volumes. It had recently been revised." This is incorrect and a confusion of the two editions. A murder story, opening in Natchez, Mississippi, and ending in Texas, where the last half of the story is set. Not in Hubin.

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REID (Captain [Thomas] Mayne). The flag of distress: A Story of the South Sea. William Mullan & Son, London and Belfast, 1879. Half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+392; 4pp. publisher's advertisements on text-paper tipped in at end; diagonally fine ribbed rich brown cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher's initial device black on back cover, ruled and pictorially blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled black and gilt, lettered and blocked with publisher's initial device gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated dull brown; binder's ticket of ‘Smith Bros., Ivy Lane, E.C.' on back paste-down. Nice copy.

The first one volume edition of an uncommon title originally published as a serial in Chambers Journal in 1875, and as a three-decker by Tinsley in 1876 (v. Sadleir, 2021; Wolff, 5736 and 5736a: neither of them recording the present edition). The advertisements, though tipped in, are integral, completing, with the 8pp. of the final gathering and the 4pp. of the prelims., one full sheet.

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REID (Captain [Thomas] Mayne). The flag of distress: A Story of the South Sea. William Mullan & Son, London and Belfast, 1879. Half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+392; 4pp. publisher's advertisements on text-paper tipped in at end; diagonally fine ribbed rich brown cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher's initial device black on back cover, ruled and pictorially blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled black and gilt, lettered and blocked with publisher's initial device gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated dull brown. A little scattered dusting, but in general a nice copy.

From the library of the 6th Marquess of Bath, with his engraved armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. The first one volume edition of an uncommon title originally published by Tinsley in 1876 (v. Sadleir, 2021; Wolff, 5736 and 5736a: neither of them recording the present edition). The advertisements, though tipped in, are integral, completing, with the 8pp. of the final gathering and the 4pp. of the prelims., one full sheet.

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REID (Captain [Thomas] Mayne). The queen of the lakes. A Romance Of The Mexican valley. William Mullan & Son, London and Belfast, 1880. Pp.viii+[210]+[vi (integral commercial and trade advertisements); 16pp. inserted Mullan & Son catalogue at end; diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled blind, blocked with publisher's initials and device blind on back cover, elaborately blocked black and gilt, lettered black-shadowed bright-and-matt gilt on front cover, ruled black across, lettered gilt up, spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Gilt oxydised on spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Very scarce.

CBEL, III, p.503 gives the date 1879 for this title; Mullan, 1880, is correct according to the English Catalogue of Books. The book is of seasonal interest (the final chapter being headed ‘Concludes with a Christmas supper'), and was in fact published late in 1879 and dated ahead, as is pretty well confirmed by the integral advertisements, including as they do notices of ‘The Belgravia Annual' and ‘The Gentleman's Annual' as ‘To be ready immediately', and an injunction commencing ‘Before selecting your magazines for next year . . . ‘. Both the integral and inserted advertisements include this title among Mullan's new books as ‘Crown 8vo, cloth, 2s. 6d.', which again agrees with the English Catalogue, and would fit with the book we have, but, rather oddly, both describe it as ‘Illustrated by Walter James Allen'. No illustrations have ever been present here, nor are they called for either in the volume proper, or by the English Catalogue, which sometimes notes such things. We hypothesise that whilst it must originally have been intended to illustrate the volume, the illustrations were not ready in time for the seasonal deadline, the book being finally rushed into print without them. Sadleir, 2028, recording a copy also without illustrations, but not noting that the catalogues call for them. In the present copy p.2 is without a page-number, an error also not noted by Sadleir. The gilt blocking on the Sadleir copy appears to have been less bright. Not in Wolff's extensive Mayne Reid collection.

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REID (Capt. [Thomas] Mayne). The star of empire: A Romance. John and Robert Maxwell, Milton House, 14 & 15, Shoe Lane, Fleet Street, And 35, Bride Street, Ludgate Circus, E.C., (All rights reserved), N.D. [1875]. F'cap 8vo; pp.319+[i (blank)]; glazed yellow boards, printed in black, red, and green on front cover and spine, in black with publisher's advertisements on back cover. Slight general wear to covers, and back end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a very nice copy.

First edition, two shilling issue. Also issued in cloth at three shillings and sixpence. Published posthumously - according to the English Catalogue of Books, in 1886: but the last leaf of text has the printer's coding "Ba.-162-12-85-P.84.", as in the Wolff copy, and we agree with Wolff in taking the "12-85" to mean that the book was printed in December 1885, in which case it would almost certainly have been issued in time for the Christmas market in that year. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5758, listing the yellowback issue, as here, and describing the volume as "enormously scarce".

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REYNOLDS (Frederick). A Playwright's Adventures. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, 1831. Sm.12mo, in half sheets; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+356; binder's blank at front and back; vignette on title, and numerous wood-engravings in text by W.H. Brooke; publisher's half dark green calf, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, cream glazed boards; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed yellow; binder's ticket of F. Westley on back paste-down. Corners worn, and covers very darkened; front end-paper lacking; a good deal of dusting and fingering throughout. As a reading copy.

The spine lettering reads merely: ‘Dramatic Annual 1831', a designation which appears otherwise only on the dedication leaf. Reynolds was best known as a playwright. This was his last book and only novel. Arnott & Robinson 3448; not in Sadleir, Wolff, Block or Summers; CBEL, II, p.483; Faxon, 1197, listing this as the only appearance of ‘The Dramatic Annual'.

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REYNOLDS (Mrs. Fred). An Idyll of the Dawn. By Mrs. Fred Reynolds Author of ‘A Tangled Garden,' ‘Llanartro, a Welsh Idyll,' Etc.With a Frontispiece by Harold Copping. London: James Bowden, 10 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1898. Frontispiece lacking; 12pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably integral (v. note); pp.275+[i (printer's imprint)]+[12]; light green linen-patterned rough buckram, blocked black, gilt, and white, lettered black, and white shadowed black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Slight marking of spine; inscription (with slight off-setting) on front end-paper; title and facing page foxed, and a little scattered light foxing elsewhere; otherwise a nice copy.

Adult novel about childhood. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The last gathering of text consists of two leaves; these and the six leaves of the advertisements would make one full gathering - and on this basis we have assumed the advertisements to be integral.

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REYNOLDS (Mrs. Fred). In the years That Came after. By Mrs. Fred Reynolds, Author of "Llanartro, a Welsh Idyll," "A Tangled Garden," "An Idyll of the Dawn," &c London, Hutchinson & Co, Paternoster Row, 1899. Single inset title-page printed in red and black; pp.x+342; slate green fine rough buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Set in Wales.

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). Pickwick abroad; Or, The tour in France. By George W.M. Reynolds, Author of "The Modern Literature of France," "Alfred de Rosann," &c. Illustrated with Forty-one steel engravings, By Alfred Crowquill and John Phillips; And with Thirty-three wood cuts, By Bonner. London: Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, Paternoster Row, 1839. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.xvi+628; engraved vignette title-page, letterpress title-page (as above), and forty plates (eight unsigned, fourteen signed by Crowquill, the remainder, including the vignette title, signed by Phillips); thirty-three woodcuts in the text; contemporary half green calf tooled blind and gilt, contrasting spine label, cloth sides; green faced end-papers. Some wear to covers; variable foxing of plates, mostly fairly light, and a very little light foxing of text; otherwise a very nice copy of the very scarce original issue in book form.

The work originally appeared serially in twenty parts in the Monthly Magazine. For this first appearance in book form a lengthy Preface was added. The book as usually seen, and as listed by Sadleir (2038), bears the imprint of Thomas Tegg on the engraved and letterpress titles, and has an engraved frontispiece facing the engraved title-page. A comparison of the two issues reveals that they are printed from the same plates, by the same firm of printers, on similar stock, and may in fact, apart from the two titles, consist of the same sheets. As Sadleir elsewhere notes "the Tegg imprint was that of a professional scavenger, yapping at the heels of embarrassed publishers". Tegg was not in the habit of selling off copyrights or remainder sheets to others, but was rather himself a habitual purchaser of such commodities. Also, Tegg was a large-scale merchandiser of novels, whilst Sherwoods, by this date, were chiefly involved in publishing periodicals, and were less well-equipped to handle a book like this. From these considerations alone it would seem unlikely that the Tegg issue was the first - but more conclusively there is the evidence afforded by the Tegg frontispiece. No frontispiece is called for in the List of Steel Engravings in either issue, but the plate which forms Tegg's frontispiece is not an extra plate: it is that listed to face p.9; and there, in the present copy, it appears. We have been able to trace no record of this Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper issue of the book, but have no hesitation in listing it as the first.

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). The Mysteries of London. With numerous illustrations By G. Stiff. Vol. I [II]. London: George Vickers, 3, Catherine Street, Strand, 1846 [volume one actually being issued on October 23rd 1845, but dated ahead]. 2 Vols., super roy.8vo in half-sheets, printed in double column; list of Illustrations on verso of last leaf of Contents in each volume; fifty-two large wood-engraved illustrations in volume one, fifty-three in volume two, all in text; pp.[viii]+416; viii+424 (mis-paged 224); scarlet fine-diaper cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; top-edges uncut, fore-edges lightly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Minor restorations to cloth of spines, just touching the top 2 or 3mm of the design in volume two; a little scattered light foxing and dusting, pretty well confined to margins, and a couple of gatherings in volume two lightly embrowned; in general, however, a nice copy.

The scarce first series, complete, in the original publisher's cloth, and the first state of text. with p.424 mis-numbered. A Second Series was issued in 1847, also written by Reynolds, and two further series in 1848-9 and 1849-50, by Thomas Miller and Edward Laman Blanchard respectively, the changes of authorship representing, according to Summers, a progressive decline in quality. Each of the four series was issued in 105 weekly penny numbers (including a supplementary number containing the prelims. and Contents), sixpenny monthly parts, and annual volumes, as here, priced at 6/6 per volume (the price appearing near the tail of each spine). Reynolds had a difference with George Stiff, the proprietor of the ‘London Journal', which Reynolds edited and which sponsored the venture, and George Vickers the publishers, and severed his connection with them before the Third Series was written. As the title was their property, he continued his original design under a different title, ‘The Mysteries of the Court of London', which appeared in four Series of two volumes each betweeen 1848 and 1856. Summers, pp.150 - 152, and 431, quoting an extended imprint evidently taken from an advertisement and noting the date when publication commenced rather than the date as it appears on the title-pages; NCBEL, 960, giving an incorrect date for each of the first two series (1847 for the first series, and N.D. for the second).

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). The Mysteries of London. With numerous illustrations By G. Stiff. Vol. I [II]. London: George Vickers, 3, Catherine Street, Strand, 1846 [volume one actually being issued on October 23rd 1845, but dated ahead]. 2 Vols., super roy.8vo in half-sheets, printed in double column; list of Illustrations on verso of last leaf of Contents in each volume; fifty-two large wood-engraved illustrations in volume one, fifty-three in volume two, all in text; pp.[viii]+416; viii+424; scarlet fine-diaper cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; top-edges uncut, fore-edges lightly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Cloth of spine re-laid in volume one, and the design a trifle rubbed at head and tail, and with slight spine-roll, and insignificant split to upper joint; restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine in volume two, not touching the design; front end-paper in volume one a little torn, and reglued to board, back end-papers strengthened at gutter with matching paper; back end-paper in volume two lacking; a little scattered light fingering and marking, pretty well confined to margins; in general, however, a very good copy.

The scarce first series, complete, in the original publisher's cloth, but the later state of text in volume two, with the last page of text correctly numbered (in some copies it is mis-numbered 224). A Second Series was issued in 1847, also written by Reynolds, and two further series in 1848-9 and 1849-50, by Thomas Miller and Edward Laman Blanchard respectively, the changes of authorship representing, according to Summers, a progressive decline in quality. Each of the four series was issued in 105 weekly penny numbers (including a supplementary number containing the prelims. and Contents), sixpenny monthly parts, and annual volumes, as here, priced at 6/6 per volume (the price appearing near the tail of each spine). Reynolds had a difference with George Stiff, the proprietor of the ‘London Journal', which Reynolds edited and which sponsored the venture, and George Vickers the publishers, and severed his connection with them before the Third Series was written. As the title was their property, he continued his original design under a different title, ‘The Mysteries of the Court of London', which appeared in four Series of two volumes each betweeen 1848 and 1856. Summers, pp.150 - 152, and 431, quoting an extended imprint evidently taken from an advertisement and noting the date when publication commenced rather than the date as it appears on the title-pages; NCBEL, 960, giving an incorrect date for each of the first two series (1847 for the first series, and N.D. for the second).

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). The Mysteries of London. With numerous illustrations. Vol. III. (Vol.I. second series). London: G. Vickers, 3, Catherine Street, Strand, 1847. Super roy.8vo in half-sheets, printed in double column; list of Illustrations on verso of last leaf of Contents; fifty-two large wood-engraved illustrations, all in text; pp.[VIII]+416; scarlet fine-diaper cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Two inch split to tail of front joint, and slight chipping to cloth facing of spine at extreme tail; a little scattered light foxing and dusting passim; in general, however, a nice copy.

The first volume of two of the second series, in the original publisher's cloth. The first series, also written by Reynolds, had appeared in two volumes in 1845-6 (but dated 1846). Two further series were to appear in 1848-9 and 1849-50, by Thomas Miller and Edward Laman Blanchard respectively, the changes of authorship representing, according to Summers, a progressive decline in quality. Each of the four series was issued in 105 weekly penny numbers (including a supplementary number containing the prelims. and Contents), sixpenny monthly parts, and annual volumes, as here, priced at 6/6 per volume (the price appearing near the tail of each spine). Reynolds had a difference with George Stiff, the proprietor of the ‘London Journal', which Reynolds edited and which sponsored the venture, and George Vickers the publishers, and severed his connection with them before the Third Series was written. As the title was their property, he continued his original design under a different title, ‘The Mysteries of the Court of London', which appeared in four Series of two volumes each betweeen 1848 and 1856. Summers, pp.150 - 152, and 431, quoting an extended imprint evidently taken from an advertisement and noting the date when publication commenced rather than the date as it appears on the title-pages; NCBEL, 960, giving an incorrect date for each of the first two series (1847 for the first series, and N.D. for the second).

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). The Mysteries Of the Court of London. With fifty-two illustrations. Drawn by W.H. Thwaits, and engraved by E. Hooper. Vol. III [IV]. Vol.I [II]. second series. London: Published, for Mr. Reynolds, by John Dicks, At the office, 7, Wellington Street North, Strand, 1851 [1852].] 2 Vols., roy.8vo, gathered in half sheets; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume two; pp.[4]+iii+[i (blank)+416; [4]+iii+[i]+413+[i (blank)]+[2]; publisher's dull-purple horizontal straight-morocco cloth, blocked blind on back cover, blind and gilt on front cover (with same design), lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Very slight marking to covers, gilt a trifle rubbed, and unobtrusive restorations to cloth; otherwise a nice copy.

The separately issued Second Series complete, bound up by the publisher from the original 105 weekly penny numbers issued between September 1850 and September 1852. A First Series was published September 1848-September 1849 (with designs by Anelay); a Third and Fourth between September 1852 and September 1856. Not to be confused with ‘Mysteries of London', issued by George Vickers between 1845 and 1850, likewise in four series of two volumes each, the first two series also being by Reynolds.

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). The Mysteries Of the Court of London. With fifty-two illustrations. Drawn by W.H. Thwaits. Vol. V. [being] Vol.I, third series. London: Published for Mr. Reynolds, by John Dicks, At the office, 7, Wellington Street North, Strand, 1853. Roy.8vo, gathered in half sheets; half-title not called for; Index to the Engravings followed by Index to Vol. V., 3pp., with Erratum at foot of p.iii, follows title-page; pp.[4 not paginated]+iii+[i (blank)+416; publisher's dull-dark green vertical straight-morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, blind and gilt on front cover (with same design), lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; top-edges uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated deep yellow. A nice copy.

The first volume of the separately issued Third Series, bound up by the publisher from the original 52 weekly penny numbers issued between September 1852 and September 1853, and the first state of text: with some page numbers lacking in the Index to the Engravings, and the Erratum uncorrected. The First Series was published September 1848 - September 1849 (with designs by Anelay); the Third and Fourth between September 1852 and September 1856. Not to be confused with ‘Mysteries of London', issued by George Vickers between 1845 and 1850, likewise in four series of two volumes each, the first two series also being by Reynolds.

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). The Mysteries Of the Court of London. With fifty-three illustrations. Drawn by W.H. Thwaits. Vol. VI. [being] Vol.II. third series. London: Published for Mr. Reynolds, by John Dicks, At the office, Wellington Street North, Strand, 1854. Roy.8vo, gathered in half sheets; half-title not called for; Index to the Engravings with erratum note at foot follows title-page; pp.[4 not paginated]+iii+[i (blank)+424; publisher's dull-dark green vertical straight-morocco cloth, blocked blind on back cover, blind and gilt on front cover (with same design), lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated deep yellow. Cloth of spine badly chipped at head and tail, the missing portions loosely laid in between the front end-papers; text block detached; otherwise a nice copy, capable of excellent restoration.

The second volume of the separately issued Third Series, bound up by the publisher from the original 53 weekly penny numbers issued between September 1853 and September 1854, and the first state of text: with the page number ‘361' lacking in the Index to the Engravings, and No.98 misnumbered 97. The First Series was published September 1848 - September 1849 (with designs by Anelay); the Third and Fourth between September 1852 and September 1856. Not to be confused with ‘Mysteries of London', issued by George Vickers between 1845 and 1850, likewise in four series of two volumes each, the first two series also being by Reynolds.

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). [Mary Price; Or, the Memoirs of a servant-maid. Illustrated with fifty-two engravings by [Beautifully illustrated By] F. Gilbert. Vol.I [II]. Published [Printed and published], for Mr. Reynolds, by John Dicks, at the office [Office], No. 7, Wellington Street North, Strand, 1852 [1853].] 2 Vols., roy.8vo, gathered in half sheets; contemporary half roan, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides; final blank in volume one; advertisement leaf at end of volume two (printed on verso only); pp.414+[ii]; 414+[ii]. Covers to volume one detached; two end-papers lacking; a little scattered dusting or fingering, but text in general nice.

Bound up from the original 104 weekly penny numbers (in 103) each with a wood-engraving by E. Hooper after F. Gilbert, issued, as one might deduce from the advertisement leaf, between July 1851 and July 1853, though without the additional 8pp. prelims. to each volume not included in the sequence of the weekly numbers, which were available separately on the completion of each volume, but evidently not purchased by the thrifty first reader of this set. A Notice at the foot of the advertisement leaf makes this system clear, declaring: ‘Vol.II of "Mary Price," will be on sale next week, Price 6s. 6d. The Index and Title-page to Vol.II, Price 1d., are now on sale.' The main part of the advertisement leaf is concerned with announcing Reynolds's next work: ‘Companion to "Mary Price." No.2 gratis with No.1. On Friday, the 29th of July, will be published, Price One Penny, Number 1 (with which No.2 will be given GRATIS, in a neat Coloured Wrapper) Beautifully Illustrated with Two Engravings, Joseph Wilmot; Or, the Memoirs of a man-servant.' Summers, p.153, gives the date of ‘Joseph Wilmot' correctly as 1853-4, but dates ‘Mary Price', evidently incorrectly, as 1851-2, adding, even more confusingly: "Vol.II was published in September, 1853", which would be nonsense if the weekly issue had been published at the time that he supposed. As is made clear by the advertisement leaf in the present set, Vol.II was at least scheduled for publication not later than the 4th July 1853. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). Mary Price; Or, the Memoirs of a servant-maid. Illustrated with fifty-two engravings by [Beautifully illustrated By] F. Gilbert. Vol.I [II]. Published [Printed and published], for Mr. Reynolds, by John Dicks, at the office [Office], No. 7, Wellington Street North, Strand, 1852 [1853]. 2 Vols., roy.8vo, gathered in half sheets; half-titles not called for; pp.[IV (title leaf, and leaf of Index to the Engravings)]+[iv (Index to Vol.I.)]+414; [IV (title leaf, and leaf of Index to the Engravings)+[iv (Index to Vol.II.)]+414; blue straight morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, elaborately blocked and lettered silver on spine, blocked silver on front cover; end-papers coated yellow. Corners bruised, and silver tarnished; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition in volume form. Issued originally in 104 weekly penny numbers (in 103) (plus prelims. as an optional extra), between July 1851 and July 1853. The two volumes of the book issue each appeared one week later than the completion of the volume in numbers, and were each published at ‘6/6', the price appearing on the spine. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). Leila; Or, The star of Mingrelia. With twenty-four illustrations By F. Gilbert. John Dicks, N.D. [but post 1853]. Demy 8vo in half-sheets; scarlet fine dotted diaper grain cloth, blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; cream coated end-papers. Gilt fading from spine; cloth worn a little at tail of spine, and jagged a little on front joint; text near fine.

Undated, and not bound from the numbers, though the gatherings are numbered and the illustrations arranged for issue thus: almost certainly, therefore, a reprint from stereos of the original type. The date given above is based on the list of works by the same author given on the title-page, the latest of which, "The Rye-House Plot", was serialised in Reynold's Miscellany in 1853-4. No date is assigned to this work by Summers, and the British Library catalogue lists only an American reprint. Not in Sadleir.

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REYNOLDS (G.W.M.). [Drop-head:] Joseph Wilmot; Or, the memoirs of a man-servant. [On spines of numbers:] By G.W.M. Reynolds. Printed and Published for Mr. Reynolds by John Dicks, 7, Wellington Street, North Strand. In Weekly Penny Numbers and Monthly Sixpenny Parts. N.D. [Friday, July 29th, 1853 - Friday, July 13th, 1855]. Roy.8vo in half-sheets; 104 wood-engravings in text; pp.408+413+[i (blank)]; Victorian green dotted-line-ribbed binder's cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; green silk marker. Poor quality end-papers embrowned, with offsetting onto facing page; otherwise a very nice copy.

The original 104 penny weekly numbers. The book was later re-issued in two volumes, each with its own title-page and index. Although the last number here consists of only three leaves, the missing leaf was more probably an advertisement than a title-page, since there is no provision for a title-page to volume one. Prelims. to both volumes were issued with the monthly parts. Summers, pp.153 and 377; this title not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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REYNOLDS (George W.M.). The days of Hogarth: Or, the Mysteries of old London. With thirty-seven illustrations By W.G. Standfast. London: John Dicks, 313, Strand, N.D. [?c.1888]. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece on text-paper; other illustrations in text; pp.211+[i (blank)]; old black binder's cloth blocked gilt with advertisement for Foyle's Catalogue on front cover, ruled and up-lettered gilt on spine. Slight wear to cloth over back joint; one leaf torn without loss; penultimate gathering embrowned (evidently a different paper stock); otherwise a nice copy.

Originally issued as a serial in ‘Reynolds' Miscellany in 1847-8, and first issued separately in penny numbers between February and October 1850, this title was re-issued in volume form as Vol.18 of Dicks' Collected Edition of 1884-5 (if Summers, p.158, is to be trusted under the variant title ‘The Days of Hogarth; or, Old London'), and again in the wrappered re-issue of this series in 1888. According to Summers it also appeared, re-titled simply ‘Old London' as one of the later volumes in the cr.8vo series ‘Dicks' English Novels' in about 1889 - though the English Catalogue of Books avers that it was here called ‘The Days of Hogarth'. Well printed in double column throughout, but with lettered gatherings suggesting volume issue rather than numbered gatherings suggesting parts, we would suspect the present volume to belong to the 1888 re-issue of the Collected Edition.

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RHOSCOMYL (Owen [i.e., Captain Owen Vaughan]). For the white rose Of Arno. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London, New York and Bombay, 1897. Pp.viii+324; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end; dark navy blue smooth cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers coated black. Small restoration to cloth over back joint; half-title lacking; some extensive light foxing; over all a very good copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The Jacobite rebellion of 1745, with the author's usual Welsh slant. Nield, 5th edn., 1319.

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RHOSCOMYL (Owen [i.e., Captain Owen Vaughan]). The shrouded face. C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1898. Printer's imprint leaf at end; pp.[iv]+366+[ii]; dull grey fine buckram, blocked pictorially black, lettered black and black-and-dull grey-outlined black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine. Spine brightened to drab; light marginal embrowning of poor quality laid paper throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Nield, 4th edition, p.56. Set in the Wales of Tudor times, and making some pretensions to historical accuracy in its depiction of the manners and customs of the country. "It is just possible that the reader unfamiliar with Welsh History may feel somewhat bewildered at coming upon such a state of society as is implied in the pages following. . . ." - author's preface. The opening of the novel reminded us irresistably of some modern science fiction novel located on a barbarous and backward planet, the customs and usuages of which the narrator understands, but to which the reader has to be gently introduced! Told in the first person throughout. In this copy the following errors have been noted, issue significance, if any, unknown: p.92, fourth line from foot, ‘King March' for ‘King Mark'; p.293, last line, ‘l' of ‘lusty' upside-down.

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RHYS (C.C.). Country house sketches. Ward & Downey, 12 York Stret, Covent Garden, 1891. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+280; iron grey buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram within gilt ruled circle, blind, on back cover, blocked gilt, lettered black, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed florally rich brown. Covers a little dull and rubbed; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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RHYS (Ernest). The Fiddler of Carne: A North Sea Winter's Tale. Edinburgh: Patrick Geddes & Colleagues, 1896. Title-page printed in red and black; 21pp. integral advertisements (included in the pagination), followed by page bearing printer's imprint, at end; pp.[viii]+375+[i]; deep moss-green buckram, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dull green, others uncut; light purplish-grey coated end-papers printed with all-over ‘Celtic' pattern in rich brown, the front end-paper printed on verso with design of doves. Cloth of spine faded and with slightly darker patch where label has been removed (this leaving also slight glue traces on fore-edge of front cover); colouring of top-edges slightly faded; slight thinning on verso of title leaf where old ownership inscription has been removed; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as the second volume in ‘The Celtic Library', and bound in series style. The volume is robustly constructed, the end-papers being folded at the gutters behind the two outermost gatherings, and sewn in. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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RICE (M. Spring). A king and not a king. Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1888. Sm.cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and three plates; pp.[iv]+204; tan buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt very dull on spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.4, 105, and 149, and are here so tipped in.

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RICHARDSON (Robert, B.A.). The boys Of Willoughby School: A tale. William P. Nimmo, London and Edinburgh, 1877. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and three plates (one by Williamson after C.J. Staniland, the others unascribed but engraved by S. Paterson); pp.vi+143+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine ribbed bright green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked gilt, lettered bright green through gilt, on front cover and spine, ruled gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Scattered foxing, but in general effect a nice copy.

Juvenile. Richardson also wrote ‘The Cold Shoulder', ‘Our Junior Mathematical Master', ‘The Boys of Springdale,' etc. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.44, 99, and 135, the first two in fact facing pp.45 and 101.

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RICKETTS (Caroline). The Crawfords. A Tale. L. Booth, 307 Regent Street, W., 1862. Sm.f'cap 8vo; steel-engraved frontispiece by H.T. Ryall after E.T. Parris, with tissue guard; pp.[iv]+348; dull scarlet bubble grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Extremely fine copy.

A beautiful example of period cloth in brilliantly fine state. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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[RIDDELL (Mrs.J.H.).]. Too much alone. A Novel. By F.G. Trafford, Author of "George Geith of Fen Court," "City and Suburb," "The World in the Church," &c. A new edition. Tinsley Brothers, 18, Catherine St., Strand, 1865. Half-title not called for; pp.iv+371+[i (blank)]; brown vertical dot and line grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; pale cream coated end-papers. Neat restoration to cloth at head of front joint; back end-papers slightly cracked; one or two small marks in text; in general, however, a nice copy. Scarce.

Originally published in three volumes in February 1860 by Skeet, who also issued a single volume edition in November 1861. The title then passed to Tinsley, who issued the present edition in September 1865. The author's fifth novel, and the second to appear under the F.G. Trafford pseudonym. Sadleir, who had "collected her assiduously for more than ten years", and in this instance accepted reprints for his collection in default of first editions, did not find this title; neither did Wolff, whose collection was even more extensive. Sadleir remarks of her "Mrs Riddell is an outstanding example of a prolific and popular Victorian novelist whose books in fine state (and many of them irrespective of condition) seem to have disappeared."and Wolff, IV, p.35: "The Trafford titles, especially those published by Skeet, are so rare that only sheer chance will ever turn one up." The story of the rise and precarious equilibrium of a chemist turned industrialist. Gives, among other things, a good picture of a chemical manufactory of the period. Mrs. Riddell in this novel appears as a precursor of Arnold Bennett.

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RIDDELL (Mrs. J.H.). The senior partner. A Novel. In three volumes. Richard Bentley & Son, 1881. 3 Vols.; pp.[vi]+298; [vi]+309+[i (blank)]; [vi]+290; diagonally fine ribbed bright grass green cloth, blocked and lettered dark green on front cover, blocked dark green, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with flower and leaf pattern in grey-green. Covers worn and chewed; end-papers renewed in two volumes; text in general nice.

Sadleir, 2066; Wolff lists only a German reprint of the next year.

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RIDDELL (Mrs. J.H.). A rich man's daughter. F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1897. 12pp. integral advertisements at end (the last four leaves signed ‘X'); dark red linen, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed. Recased, preserving the original end-papers; a little dusting and marking in text, but a very good copy.

This title not in the extensive Sadleir or Wolff holdings. Hubin, p.346, listing this title as of doubtful status. It is not criminous, but in fact a social novel of ideas. First English edition. Published in America in 1895.

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RIDGE (W. Pett). A Clever Wife. London: Richard Bentley & Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1895 (All Rights Reserved.) Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+394+[ii]; bevelled yellow-green diagonally fine ribbed cloth, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram and device pattern in grey. Nice copy.

The author's very scarce second (or third!) book published in November 1895 - in which month ‘Minor Dialogues' was also published (by Arrowsmith). Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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RIDGE (W. Pett). Minor Dialogues. By W. Pett Ridge Author of "A Clever Wife," "Telling Stories," etc. With Illustrations by A. Standish Hartrick, Lewis Baumer And others. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, Quay Street [sic]; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company Limited, N.D. [November 1895]. Integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; pp.300+[ii]+[ii]; maroon smooth cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher's device, lettered, and with short rules, gilt, on spine. Slight fading and very slight damp-spotting of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

The author's very scarce second (or third!) book. ‘Telling Stories' was published by the St. James's Gazette' in August 1895; "A Clever Wife", like the present volume in November. Issued as Vol.XXIV. of ‘Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series', the advertisements listing the series only to Vol.XXIII. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5831. The dialogue, as a fictional form, for some reason had a vogue at about this time.

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RIDGE (W. Pett). The Second Opportunity Of Mr. Staplehurst. With Illustrations By D.A. Drew. London, Hutchinson & Co, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1896]. Narrow globe 8vo; vignette half-title with illustration by G.H. Edwards; frontispiece printed in red and black with illustration by D.A. Drew, and conjugate illustrated title-page printed in red and black with design by G.H. Edwards, on plate-paper, with tissue guard; numerous illustrations by Drew on text-paper, some full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.[iv (excluding plate-paper leaves]+316; orange buckram, ruled, blocked with Beardsleyesque design, and lettered, green on front cover, lettered green on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Edges foxed; back end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued in cloth as here at 2/6d., or in wrappers at 2/-, as the first volume of ‘The Leisure Library', this title being the only one advertised in the series advertisement on the verso of the half-title as already published, a second volume, ‘The Flaw in the Marble' "By a New Writer" being advertised as "Immediately". These are the only two titles we have ever seen. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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RIDGE (W. Pett). Three women And Mr. Frank Cardwell. C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1898. Title-page printed in red and black; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; light grey buckram, blocked black and white on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Slight vertical creasing of spine, but a near fine copy.



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RIDGE (W. Pett). Outside the radius: Stories of a London Suburb. By W. Pett Ridge Author of "Mord Em'ly," etc. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row 1899. Title-page printed in scarlet and black; pp.[viii]+327+[i (printer's imprint)]; mottled red rough buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Virtually fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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RIDINGS (Elijah). Tim Bobbin tales: Or Thomas and Mary, Rendered into simple English: With the idioms and similes retained. From the original vernacular Of John Collier, Alias Tim Bobbin, Esq., By Elijah Ridings, Author of "The Village Muse." - "Pictures of Life." etc., etc. Manchester: James Ainsworth, 93, Piccadilly, N.D. [?c.1860]. Cr.8vo in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; pp.56; light greenish blue thin paper wrappers printed on front wrapper in black; t.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Binder's blanks foxed, with light offsetting; otherwise a fine unopened copy of a very delicate book. Scarce, especially thus.

An extended imprint on the wrapper reads: ‘Manchester: James Ainsworth, 93, Piccadilly: F. Wilde, Half-street. And all booksellers. May be had also of the Author, Four-Lane-Ends, near Whitefield. Price one shilling.' The wood-engraved design on the illustrated wrapper is by R. Langton after F. Holding. Includes a Memoir of Collier, drawing largely on that by Richard Townley.

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RIDLEY (Mrs. Edward). The story of Aline. London: Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1896. Integral blank followed by publisher's inserted 48pp. Catalogue at end, dated August, 1896; pp.[iv]+305+[iii]; navy blue buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers printed with stylised field and tree design in pale grey-green; a.e. uncut. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

The cover cloth, end-papers, and text paper are those used for Chapman & Hall's ‘Novel Series', to which, however, this volume does not belong. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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"RITA" [i.e. Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. Miss Kate; Or, Confessions of a caretaker. A Novel. In One Volume. London: F.V. White & Co., 31, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C. [sic], 1889. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; 16pp. text-paper advertisements at end, dated May, 1889, this title appearing as the latest advertised as available (at the foot of p.2); pp.[iv]+298+[ii (recto blank, verso bearing printer's imprint)]; brown buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, ruled and lettered black, blocked yellow and black, on front cover, ruled black, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers printed with a repeating pattern of small fronds in olive green. Ownership inscription dated ‘June 3rd' at head of first page of text; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

The prelims. were printed conjugate with the final gathering of text, which consists of six leaves. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5860, recording only a yellowback reprint dated 1892. A cheaply produced volume not calculated to survive: which probably explains its scarcity.

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"RITA" [i.e. Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. A husband of no Importance. T. Fisher Unwin, 1894. Narrow f'cap 8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; glazed natural linen, ruled blue on sides and spine, lettered blue on front cover and up spine, blocked with publisher's monogram device blue on back cover; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut. Faint flexion crease in front cover; end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued as Volume 42 of The Pseudonym Library. A criticism of contemporary feminist ideals.

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"RITA" [i.e. Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. Peg, the Rake. In three volumes. Hutchinson & Co., 34 Paternoster Row, E.C., 1894. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in each volume; integral advertisement leaf at end of volumes two and three; claret coarse unglazed buckram blocked blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine. Spines very slightly faded, poor quality end-papers lightly embrowned; a virtually fine copy, nonetheless.

Sadleir 2072. With the publisher's blind embossed presentation stamp on the title-page of volume one. A novel set in contemporary Ireland.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. Master Wilberforce: A Study of a Boy. Hutchinson & Co., 34 Paternoster Row, E.C., 1895. Frontispiece by G.H. Edwards; numerous illustrations on text-paper, also by Edwards, some arranged as plates, but included in the pagination; pp.[iv]+[316]; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated September 1895; bevelled fine bead grain cerise cloth, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered cerise through gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut; creamish glazed end-papers. Very slight cracking of end-papers, but virtually a fine copy.



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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. A Gender in Satin By "Rita" Author of "A Husband of No Importance". T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. Lge.12mo; leaf bearing publisher's large woodcut device precedes half-title; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pale creamy grey coarse buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, ruled and blocked blue, blocked scarlet and brown, on front cover, ruled blue and gilt, lettered gilt, blocked blue, scarlet, and gilt, on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed. Half-title lacking; a little scattered light foxing; otherwise, and in general effect, a fine copy.

Issued as the first volume in Unwin's ‘Half-Crown Series', this fact being stated only later, in advertisements, though the volume is here bound in what was to become the series style: a uniform design, varying between volumes in respect of the colours used. A magnificent, if somewhat eccentric, example of an art nouveau binding: the present title having gold poppy flowers with scarlet leaves against a brown brick wall! Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5847.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. Joan & Mrs Carr. London, F.V. White & Co, 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W. [sic], 1896. 16pp. publisher's integral advertisements, included in the pagination, followed by blank, at end; pp.[viii]+310+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed olive brown cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, panelled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; ruled gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; pale tan lightly calendered end-papers. Front end-papers renewed with whiter paper at an early date; a very little scattered foxing; otherwise a very nice copy.

A scarce title, not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5853, erroneously recording a later (1897) edition as though it were the first.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. Vignettes: Stories. In one volume. F.V. White & Co, 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C, 1896. Pp.[viii]+312; vertically fine ribbed dark yellow-green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, panelled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; laid-paper end-papers. Slight general wear to covers; a little scattered foxing; in general a nice copy.

This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. The Sinner. London 1897, Hutchinson & Co., 34 Paternoster Row. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+[362]; pale grey-green linen-patterned fine rough buckram, blocked dark brown, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, ruled dark brown on spine; a.e. uncut; creamish laid-paper end-papers. Cloth of spine slightly faded; inscription dated November 1897 on front paste-down; slight foxing of first and last leaf; otherwise a fine copy.

A scarce title, not in either Sadleir or Wolff.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. Petticoat Loose: A novel. London, Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1898. Final blank; pp.[iv]+350+[ii]; diagonally fine-ribbed leaf-green cloth, elaborately embossed with art nouveau design blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Cloth of spine just a trifle tired; owner's name on half-title in ink; some marking and fingering; nonetheless a very good copy.

Probably a review copy: stamped ‘With The Publisher's Compliments' blind on the upper margin of the title-page. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5865

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. Vanity! The Confessions of a Court Modiste. T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1900. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[iv]+308+[viii]; greyish olive green buckram blocked pictorially black and silver, lettered black and greyish olive green through silver on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; publisher's white paper slip printed on recto in buff and black, on verso in black, advertising ‘The Literary Pen' tipped in between pp.16 and 17, as issued. Poor quality laid paper, badly embrowned in margins throughout; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5876, describing an otherwise similar copy in dark olive cloth.

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RIVES (Amélie, [Princess Troubetzkoy, later Mrs. John Armstrong Chanler].). Meriel: A love story. Chatto & Windus, 1898. Pp.[iv]+223+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated March 1898; crimson linen blocked with a striking art nouveau design in pale grey, and lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with leaf and tendril design in brownish olive. Spine slightly dull; inscription on blank upper corner of title-page; a little scattered foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Nor is it in Wright, though it was copyrighted by Lippincott's in America in 1898. Presumably it appeared in ‘Lippincott's Magazine'.

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