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.

ANONYMOUS. The Marvellous adventures And Rare conceits Of Master Tyll Owlglass. Newly collected, chronicled and set forth, In our English tongue, By Kenneth R.H. Mackenzie, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. And Adorned with many most Diverting and Cunning Devices, By Alfred Crowquill. London: Trübner & Co. 60, Paternoster Row, 1860. Sm.cr.8vo; wood-engraved text-paper frontispiece and vignette title-page printed in red and black; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[xxxii]+255+[i (blank)]; bevelled scarlet straight morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt and scarlet shadowed gilt on front cover, gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated cream; binder's ticket ‘Westleys / & Co. / London' on back pastedown. Restorations to cloth at head and tail of joints; spine a little dull; internally near fine.

First edition of this translation of a book first printed in Low German in 1483 and in English in 1528, the present translation being made from the earliest discoverable Low German edition, printed at Strasburg in 1519. The first appearance of these illustrations.

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ANONYMOUS. The uhlan's wife (Or lancer's wife.) An Interesting Story of the Great Franco-Prussian War; To which is added The maiden's flag of hope. Or Geraldine Grey, etc. Wakefield: William Nicholson and Sons; London: S.D. Ewins & Co., N.D. [c.1875]. F'cap 8vo; coloured frontispiece; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.214+6; diagonally fine-ribbed green cloth blocked blind on back cover, blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated brown. Slight wear to head and tail of spine, but in general a nice copy.



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ANONYMOUS. Uncle Horace's New home. Edinburgh: William Oliphant & Co., 1880. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece by J.M. Corner, three full page illustrations arranged as plates, and a tail-piece, all on text-paper; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.181+[i (blank)]+[ii]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed moss green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered moss-green through gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered moss-green through gilt, on spine. Inscription on, and large piece torn from, front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Juvenile.

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ANONYMOUS. Varieties of life; Or, Conduct and consequences. A novel. In three volumes. By the author Of "Sketches of Character." London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-row. 3 Vols., bound in two; 12mo; half-title present in volumes one and three, probably not called for in volume two (v. note); pp.[iv]+346; [ii]+270; [iv]+295+[i (blank)]; contemporary half sheep, marbled boards. Leather worn at head and tail of spines, and one board detached; two gatherings a little proud, but not loose; light contemporary ownership inscriprion on upper margin of each title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; Block, p.243, listing the British Library copy and one bookseller's reference only; Wolff, 7592. The Wolff copy, like ours, had only two half-titles - but in his copy, which had also been rebound, they were included in volumes one and two. This leaves the question open, since they do not bear volume numbers. The Wolff copy had a leaf of publisher's advertisements preserved at the end of volumes one and two, and Wolff's hypothesis was that since two half-titles and the advertisements had been preserved by the binder, he was unlikely to have discarded the third half-title - which is probably correct, and receives support from the copy we offer here. Wolff, assuming an 8vo gathering for the prelims. and advertisements, noted that one further leaf would still be called for, and suggests that it was used not to print a half-title, but the labels. Wolff's collation, however, is uncertain since he says that a blank is present before the title page in volume three which ‘may be integral' (and the missing leaf), and this leads us to wonder on what grounds he supposes the advertisement leaves to have been integral. It would perhaps be more logical to assume that the final gathering was a normal half-sheet 12mo (still with a label leaf) and that the advertisements were inserted.

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ANONYMOUS. Visits to ‘The Religious World'. R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside, 1829. 515pp.; old calf, ruled gilt on spine, marbled edges. Front joint cracked, but holding soundly on the cords; a near fine copy internally.

A scarce satirical novel, printed at Thames Ditton. Not in Block.

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ANONYMOUS. Wedded life In the upper ranks. The wife and friends, And The married man. In two volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1831. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; fly-title precedes each story, the first not included in the pagination of the text; additional leaf bound in before fly-title in volume one [v. note]; pp.[ii]+2+[ii]+362; [ii]+356; quarter rose-madder glazed cotton, paper spine labels, pale drab paper boards; a.e. uncut. Cloth very slightly faded on spines, and slight chipping of labels, affecting one letter of title; a little scattered very light foxing; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Block, p.250. An interesting copy, the additional leaf being a cancelans for the first leaf of text, the cancellandum, slit for cancellation, being still in place. There are two alterations to the text of p.1: in the first state the drop heading reads ‘THE WIFE / AND THE FRIENDS' (all in large capitals), and ll.2-3 have the reading ‘blame- less,'; in the second state the drop head reads correctly ‘THE / WIFE AND FRIENDS' (the first word being in small, and the rest in large, capitals), whilst ll.2-3 have the reading ‘blame- lessly,'. ‘The Wife and Friends' occupies most of the two volumes, ‘The Married Man' occupying the last 112pp. (plus fly-title) of volume two.

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ANONYMOUS. The Wildgoosechase [sic]: A narrative of real life, As exemplified in the history and travels Of An ambulatory gentleman. Glasgow: John Reid & Co., and Atkinson & Co.; Henry Constable, and Stillies, Brothers, Edinburgh; Whittaker, Treacher, and Arnott, & W.S. Orr, Paternoster Row, London, 1832. Lge.12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; steel engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page after Jas. Woodrow (not conjugate) precede letterpress title; five copper engravings, also after Woodrow; pp.iv+303+[i (blank)]; pale green glazed cotton woven with a pattern of cross-hatched wavy lines and whorls creating the effect of moiré silk, paper spine label at extreme headband (lettered down: ‘THE / WILDGOOSECHASE / Price 5s. boards.'); a.e. uncut. Slight marking of covers, and label darkened; frontispiece and vignette title leaves damp-stained in blank foremargins; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

Not in Halkett & Laing, Block, Summers, Sadleir, Wolff, the British or London Library Catalogues, or NUC. The story of a man tramping in search of work, from Glasgow to Edinburgh, and eventually London, before returning to Glasgow again, and presenting an interesting view of areas of life not usually recorded in the fiction of the period. The author's Epistle to the Reader and sundry letters in the text are signed with the non-de-plume ‘Alister Hautboy, Gent.' The cloth is of a type we have only previously seen used on quarter cloth bound books, always of provincial origin, and dating from 1821 till about 1827: the present example is unusually late, and unusual likewise for being a full cloth (the ‘boards' of the label here evidently meaning ‘cloth covered boards'). Printed by Richardson in Glasgow, and, presumably, bound there also. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.61, 98, 163, 251, and 293, and are here so tipped in.

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ANONYMOUS. Windycote Hall. A tale. John Henry and James Parker, 377, Strand, N.D. [1854]. Sm.f'cap 8vo; pp.iv+[152]; wood-engraved frontispiece; half-title not called for; glazed lemon yellow boards, printed in black, the front board bearing a repeat of the frontispiece design, the spine lettered up with title, and the back board bearing series advertisements; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed on facing pages with advertisements. Rebacked with matching paper, the upper two thirds of backstrip being laid on; otherwise a very nice copy.

A very early small format yellowback, issued as No.13 of an unnamed monthly shilling series with an evidently proletarian bias, dated by us from an advertisement for ‘The Penny Post' on the back end-papers. The British Library Catalogue dates the volume as [1856], presumably this being the accession date of their copy, but we have been unable to compare our copy with theirs since the latter no longer exists, having been destroyed by bombing during the war. Printed by Parker in Oxford, and published in London. This is the first Parker yellowback we have encountered.

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ANONYMOUS. Within sound of Great Tom: Stories of modern Oxford. Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 50 & 51, Broad Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1897. Blank before half-title, blank at end; vertically ribbed dark bluish purple cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Gilt dull on spine, and cloth of spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.



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ANONYMOUS. Wolfern Chace: A chronicle of "Days that are no more." A novel, In three volumes. Library edition. Rydal & Co., 1A, Paternoster Row, N.D. [but post 1879]. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; 4pp. publisher's inserted advertisements followed by integral blank at end of each volume; diagonally-fine-ribbed green cloth blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; white end-papers printed with a leaf design in blue-green. Fine.

With a presentation inscription: "Arthur Wheeler Esq. With the Author's Compts;" on verso of the title-page of volume one. First edition, second issue. Originally published in three volumes by Remington and Co. in 1879, each title being preceded by a leaf of advertisements, and the last text leaf in each volume being followed by only one leaf, blank, these two leaves being conjugate and forming the final gathering. The present copy consists of sheets of the first edition, with the first gathering (two leaves) being suppressed, a single leaf being inset as cancel title, and two further leaves, on thinner paper than the body text, and carrying the advertisements, being bound in between the last two leaves. The cases also here differ from those of the original issue. It is unusual to find a three-decker re-issued still in three volumes, rather than the usual three-in-one, and it would perhaps not be proper to refer to this as a remainder issue. The title-pages of the original issue recorded the book as being: "By one - who not unknown to fame, Yet dares to write without a name." The inscription here unfortunately fails to provide enlightenment, for us at least, though the book was ascribed, contemporaneously, to Lord William Lennox. Wolff, 7664 records the first issue.

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ANONYMOUS. Worth her weight In Gold. Wertheim, Macintosh, and Hunt, 24, Paternoster Row, E.C., And 23, Holles Street, Cavendish Square, W., 1863. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece by J.J. Ackson, with tissue guard; pp.[ii]+111+[i (blank)]; very thick bevelled vertically fine ribbed deep yellow-green cloth covered boards, ruled and blocked black on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and up spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated chocolate. One leaf slightly frayed at fore-margin; two or three marginal fox-spots; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir, Wolff, Halkett & Laing, the British or London Library Catalogues, or NUC. An unusual design of book, the boards being thicker than the text, and projecting either side of the spine! The title leaf is a single inset, which appears to be correct.

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ANONYMOUS. The Young Apprentice; or, The Watch-Words of Old London. With Numerous Engravings and Coloured Pictures. Newsagents' Publishing Company, 1868. Sixty-five numbers, complete, each with a wood-engraving; and with six additional engraved plates printed, with a key-plate, from woodblocks in from five to seven colours; with the ‘prize-tickets' to most of the numbers intact; sm.4to, pp.[ii]+516; bound up in old half-roan, marbled boards. Rebacked with cloth; one or two leaves a little dusty, and one or two fox-spots, but in general a very nice copy. Scarce.

Juvenile. An excellent example of an early Edwin J. Brett ‘blood and thunder' romance. The first number was "Presented Gratis with No.38 of the "Boys of England"." The ‘prize-tickets' were intended to be cut out and sent in to the publishers. Not in Summers, the British Library Catalogue, the Osborne Collection, or Halkett and Laing.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e. Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). The Giant's robe. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1884. Pp.viii+440; diagonally fine ribbed dark blue-green cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine, blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Near fine copy.

Sadleir 46; Turner 2. The author's second book. A serious novel about a young writer who passes off the work of a (supposedly) dead friend as his own composition.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e. Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). Burglar Bill And Other Pieces For the use of the young reciter. With introduction, remarks, and stage-directions. Reprinted, with some alteration and revision, From "Punch." Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 9, Bouverie St., E.C., [1888]. Wood-engraved vignette half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; buff wrappers printed in red and black. A nice copy of a scarce and delicate book.

Not in Sadleir. Turner 6. In this copy p.vii is mis-paged v, an error not noted by Turner. The date apears only on the half-title page and covers.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e. Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). The Pariah. In three volumes. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1889. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in each volume; 4pp. integral advertisements at end of volume three; pp.[viii]+295+[i (blank)]; [viii]+295+[i (blank)]; [viii]+308+[iv]; greenish grey buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered crimson on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed with a complicated flower and abstract ornament design in pale grey. Cloth of spines darkened, and worn a little at head and tail; covers generally somewhat dull; labels removed from two front end-papers, with consequent damage to the printed surface; end-papers to volume three renewed at an early date with paper printed with daisy and leaf pattern in grey; text virtually fine throughout.

Sadleir, 50, and Wolff, 164 (a contemporary authorial presentation copy), both describing the cloth colour as ‘grey-blue', but the Sadleir copy with end-papers printed in pale green, the Wolff copy in pale grey, as here; Turner, 7, describing the cloth colour as ‘blue green', the end-papers as printed in ‘light grey'. Anstey's only multi-decker, and rather scarce. Wolff quotes Sadleir's comment in ‘XIX Century Fiction': "I am not conscious of having seen another copy outside a Library."

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e., Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). Voces populi (Reprinted from "Punch"). With twenty illustrations By J. Bernard Partridge. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1890. F'cap 4to; frontispiece with tissue guard, and nineteen illustrations, all on text-paper; quarter apple-green buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides; end-papers coated chocolate. Very nice.

Sadleir, 58; Turner, 8. Neither Sadleir nor Turner note that the half-title is a single inset leaf, tipped on, which it is in this copy; nor that the Contents likewise is a single inset leaf, bearing at the foot the signature ‘b'.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e., Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). Voces populi (Reprinted from "Punch"). With twenty-five illustrations By J. Bernard Partridge. Second series. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892. F'cap 4to; frontispiece with tissue guard (repeating the illustration to p.86) and twentyfive integral illustrations; quarter mock-vellum extended onto a portion of the front cover and there blocked and lettered gilt, lettered and ruled gilt on spine, grey-blue, bronze, and gilt paper-covered sides; white end-papers printed in grey-green with swan-and-ship pattern. Boards worn a little at corners and edges; covers generally a little dusty and scuffed; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 59; Turner, 8.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e., Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). The talking horse And other tales. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1892. 8pp. integral advertisements at end, signed ‘Y'; pp.[viii]+320+[viii]; quarter marina blue fine diaper cloth, caramel buckram sides, lettered gilt on spine, blocked blue-green, lettered caramel through blue-green, lettered and with short rule blue-green on front cover; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Gilt slightly dull, cloth of spine a little dull and faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Sadleir, 52; Turner, 10; Not in Wolff, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'. In our experience, one of the scarcer Anstey titles. The title story at least is fantasy.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e. Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). The Man from Blankley's And other sketches (Reprinted from "Punch"). With twenty-five illustrations By J. Bernard Partridge. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893. F'cap 4to; frontispiece on verso of half-title, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; publisher's advertisements on verso of last leaf of text; pp.[viii]+151+[i]; quarter Japanese vellum, extended onto front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, vertically fine ribbed light blue paper covered boards, printed with over-all pattern in royal blue and gold; end-papers printed with ship-and-swan design in pale greyish fawn. Corners of boards slightly worn; recto of back end-paper a little foxed, with offsetting onto facing leaf; otherwise a nice copy of a beautiful and rather delicate book.

From the library of Maurice Baring, with his small pictorial bookplate, designed in 1897 by Hilaire Belloc, on the front end-paper, and his ownership inscription, dated 1935, on the upper margin of the half-title. Sadleir, 49; Wolff, 162; Turner, 16. Along with ‘Voces Populi' and ‘Vice Versa', Anstey's best known book.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e. Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). The Man from Blankley's And other sketches (Reprinted from "Punch"). With twenty-five illustrations By J. Bernard Partridge. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893. F'cap 4to; frontispiece on verso of half-title, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; publisher's advertisements on verso of last leaf of text; pp.[viii]+151+[i]; quarter Japanese vellum, extended onto front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, vertically fine ribbed light blue paper covered boards, printed with over-all pattern in royal blue and gold; end-papers printed with ship-and-swan design in pale greyish fawn. Very slight general wear to covers; but a very nice copy of a beautiful and rather delicate book. Scarce thus.

Sadleir, 49; Turner, 16. Along with ‘Voces Populi' and ‘Vice Versa', Anstey's best known book.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e. Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). Under the Rose. A story in scenes. With fifteen illustrations by J. Bernard Partridge. Reprinted from "Punch". Bradbury, Agnew & Co. Ld., 9, Bouverie St., E.C., N.D. [1894]. Fifteen illustrations, arranged as plates but included in the pagination; vertically ribbed light green cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g.; olive green coated end-papers. Spine faded; mottled fading of sides; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir 56; Turner 17.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e. Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). Lyre and lancet: A story in scenes. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1895. Super roy.16mo, gathered in half sheets; numerous full-page illustrations on text-paper by J. Bernard Partridge; pp.viii+256; inserted leaf of publisher's advertisements at end, on text-paper (advertising the present title as for ‘this day'); blue-grey vertically ribbed cloth, ruled black, lettered black and gilt, on front cover, ruled black, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine. A nice copy.

Sadleir 48 and 3753/2. Turner 18, recording only copies in ‘green' cloth. It is sometimes so seen, the actual cloth colour of such copies being a dull grey-green. With the earliest advertisements, later bound copies listing this title with reviews. Issued as the second title in ‘The Novel Series'.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e. Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). Lyre and lancet: A story in scenes. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1895. Super roy.16mo, gathered in half sheets; numerous full-page illustrations on text-paper by J. Bernard Partridge; pp.viii+256; inserted leaf of publisher's advertisements at end, on text-paper (advertising the present title as for ‘this day'); dull grey-green vertically ribbed cloth, ruled black, lettered black and gilt, on front cover, ruled black, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine. Virtually fine copy. Scarce thus.

Sadleir, 48 and 3753/2; and Wolff, 161, recording only copies in blue-grey cloth, that being in our experience by far the commoner colour. Turner 18, recording only the green cloth variant. With the earliest advertisements, later bound copies listing this title with reviews. Issued as the second title in ‘The Novel Series'.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e., Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). Love Among The lions: A matrimonial experience. By F. Anstey, Author of "Vice Versa," etc. London, J.M. Dent & Co., 29 & 30 Bedford Street, W.C., N.D. [1898]. Globe 8vo; blank before half-title; vignette title-page printed in black and red; numerous illustrations on text-paper; dark red diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. A virtually fine copy.

Sadleir, 47; Turner, 23.

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ANSTEY (F. [i.e., Thomas Anstey Guthrie]). The Brass bottle. With a frontispiece. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1900. Blank before half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pale green linen lettered maroon on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed. A nice copy.

Sadleir 44; Turner 29. A difficult title.

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ANTHOLOGY. Ashfield Priory. By M.E.O. Malen. With eleven illustrations, By F. Gilbert. John Dicks, Office of "Bow Bells," 313, Strand, N.D. [1860]. Double demy 16mo; leaf of publisher's advertisements precedes half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece on verso of half-title, and ten full-page illustrations in text; pp.[ii]+118. BOUND WITH: The birthright. By Margaret Blount. With fourteen illustrations By F. Gilbert. John Dicks, Office of "Bow Bells," 313, Strand, N.D. [1860]. Double demy 16mo; leaf of publisher's advertisements precedes half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece on verso of half-title, and thirteen full-page illustrations in text; pp.[ii]+126. Two volumes bound in one, as issued; bevelled intermittent diagonally fine rib effect deep cerise cloth, ruled blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine (the front cover bearing both titles alone, the spine both titles, together with Malen's surname); t.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. A virtually fine copy.

Both titles were originally issued in serial form in ‘Reynold's Miscellany'. Both were issued in book form in the series ‘Dicks English Novels' (price sixpence) in 1860, ‘The Birthright' being No.65 and ‘Ashfield Priory' No.70. The present combined issue in cloth, though evidently more expensive, is presumably secondary. Both titles are listed by Summers in his author indexes, but not in his indexes of titles: ‘The Birthright' at p.12; ‘Ashfield Priory' at p.584. Neither title is in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ANTHOLOGY. [Cover title:] Price one shilling. The Belgravia Annual. Christmas, 1885, Chatto & Windus. Demy 8vo; 16pp. integral commercial advertisements precede wood-engraved frontispiece signed ‘A.G.M.', the Contents being included as part of p.[15]; three half-tone plates (one after Marcella Walker, one after F.S. Walker, one undecipherable); 16pp. integral commercial advertisements at end; 4pp. publisher's inserted advertisements on green paper bound in after p.8 of integral advertisements, 4pp. bound in after p.24 of integral advertisements; slip of green paper tipped in between pp.32 and 33 of text; 4pp. inserted Cassell advertisements bound in between pp.72 and 73; 2pp. inserted commercial advertisements on green paper, 2pp. on white paper, tipped in at end; pp.16+128+17-32; cream thin card wrappers printed on sides and spine in scarlet and dark purple, the back wrapper bearing commercial advertisements, printed inside with commercial advertisements in dark purple; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Wrappers chipped over bottom third of spine, and very slightly at head; green paper slip more or less removed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this issue neither possessed nor recorded by Wolff. Stories by Grant Allen, Jessie Macleod, E. Lynn Linton, Coulson Kernahan, Frank Abell, F.W. Robinson, Hugh Coleman Davidson, Beatrice Harraden (‘Child Ciss: a Tale of the Stage'), etc., interspersed with poems.

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ANTHOLOGY. The bridal march: From the Norwegian of Bjornson; And The watch: From the Russian of Ivan Turgenieff. Translated by J. Evan Williams. Digby, Long & Co., Publishers, 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., 1893. Scarlet crinkle-grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated very dark grey. Spine slightly dull, and covers very slightly marked; inscription on half-title page; otherwise nice.



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ANTHOLOGY. By Creek and Gully: Stories and Sketches mostly of Bush Life. Told in Prose and Rhyme. By Australian Writers in England. Edited by Lala Fisher. T. Fisher Unwin, 1899. [Forming frame to page, the names of the contributors:] Lala Fisher. + Louis Becke. + Hume Nisbet. + Mrs. Campbell Praed. + Frank Richardson. + Mrs. Patchett Martin. + H.B. Marriott Watson. + John Elkin. + Mrs. Caffyn. + Douglas Sladen. + Margaret Thomas. + Oliphant Smeaton. + E.S. Rawson. + Hon. Pember Reeves. + E.W. Hornung. Post 8vo; half-title with publisher's monogram device; portrait frontispiece; integral advertisement leaf, followed by 8pp. text-paper publisher's advertisements at end; mottled ivory linen lettered gilt on front cover and spine, embossed with gilt bevel-ruled box on front cover, the space enclosed pressed out with a silver-gilt panel printed with a fine-screen half-tone illustration in black to give the effect of a daguerreotype; smooth white end-papers. Slight marking of covers, and spine a trifle browned; internally fine.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 7718. Short stories interspersed with verse.

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ANTHOLOGY. Christmas cheer, In Three courses, More than ordinary ones, and where every guest Will get his Dessert, And a taste of those Choice spirits, "That cheer but not inebriate," Angus B. Reach, James Hannay, And Albert Smith. Two shillings a-head, Including the best cuts and carvings By Henning, Hine, and Phiz. London: Ward & Lock, 158, Fleet Street, N.D. [1858]. Three works in one volume (v. note), Imp.32mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for; single inset fly-title to each work, bound in in place of the original prelims.; pp.104+[ii]+[7] - 93+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]+[5] - 125+[i (blank)]; glazed yellow boards printed in black and red. Backstrip replaced with plain glazed yellow paper at an early date; boards worn at corners and a little dusty; a few leaves with light fingering to lower margins; a very good copy nonetheless. Very scarce.

An attempt to work off left over sheets of three separately published booklets: ‘A Romance of a Mince Pie' by Angus B. Reach, published originally by David Bogue, according to the English Catalogue, in December 1847, with illustrations by Phiz; ‘A Bowl of Punch', published by Bogue, according to the English Catalogue, in January 1848, with illustrations by A. Henning; and ‘Hearts are Trumps' by James Hannay, publlished by Bogue, according to the English Catalogue, in December, 1848, with illustrations by Hine: each of the originals being issued at 1s. The present joint publication was priced at 2s. Wolff, 5700, lists the separate issue of the first work as in ‘grey [self-]wrappers cut flush, decorated and lettered in black on front, advertisements in black on back, up-lettered in black on spine', with a frontispiece and vignette title-page on text-paper, and with 16pp. publisher's advertisements at end. He gives the full original title as ‘A Romance of a Mince-pie: An incident in the Life of John Chirrup, of Forty-Winks, Pastry-Cook and Confectioner', and gives the date of publication from the title-page as ‘1848'. Wolff, 6410, lists the separate issue of the second work as in ‘red paper wrappers cut flush, decorated and lettered in white on front and back; up-lettered in white on spine', with a frontispiece and vignette title-page on text-paper, the final leaf, H6, a half- or fly- title [not called for in the present issue], and with 16pp. publisher's advertisements at end. According to the advertisements in the Wolff copy, the volume was intended for publication in December 1847, and it may so have appeared. The remaining work is not listed in Wolff, nor is this joint yellowback issue, which also is not listed by Sadleir. Block, p.194, lists the Reach as dated 1848, and, p.96, the Hannay as dated 1849. He does not list the Smith, or the yellowback issue (which appeared after his cut-off date). In the present copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): In ‘A Romance of a Mince Pie': p.6, penultimate line, ‘smouldering' for ‘mouldering'; p.15, l.6, broken ‘d' in ‘disturber'; p.[19], l.6 of text, raised hyphen at end of line; p.31, l.11, ‘a' lacking at end of line; p.50, penultimate line, ‘t' lacking at start of line; p.55, l.18, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.80, l.1, broken ‘a' at end of line; in ‘Hearts are Trumps': p.[21], l.13 of text, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.37, l.20, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.[55], l.12 of text, hyphen lacking at end of line, and last line, ‘eave' of ‘leave' uneven; p.[75], l.18 of text, ‘sued' for ‘used', penultimate line, risen space after ‘what'; in ‘A Bowl of Punch': p.29, penultimate line, dropped ‘e' at end; p.49, l.1, ‘e' of ‘honest' defective, and antepenultimate line, risen space after ‘and'; p.87, l.9, risen space after ‘every'; p.125, l.2, [?]risen space instead of ‘s' in ‘shrinking'.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Christmas story-teller: A Medley for the Festive Season Of Turkey and mince-pie; pantomime and plum-pudding; Smiles, tears, and frolic; Mummers, ghosts, and Christmas-trees By Old hands and new ones. Fifty-seven illustrations. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188 Fleet Street, 1877. Lge.cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates; forty-one illustrations on text-paper; 2pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated April, 1877; pp.[viii]+[502]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed yellow-green cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, ruled black, blocked black, gold, and crimson on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt and embossed with lettering green through gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; pale yellow coated end-papers. A near fine copy.

Contributors include Mark Lemon, Edmund Yates, Andrew Halliday, Shirley Brooks, J. Ashby-Sterry, Walter Thornbury, Alfred Crowquill, Tom Hood, Percy Fitzgerald, F.C. Burnand, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Christmas tales. 1825. To be continued annually. Printed for R. Ackermann, 101, Strand; And sold by all the booksellers In the United Kingdom. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for; pp.[vi]+372+6pp. publisher's advertisements at end, presumably printed conjugate with the prelims.; pink boards; a.e. uncut. A nice copy.

One of the scarcest of the annuals, and not listed in either Faxon or Boyle, this seems to have been its only appearance. (Though Faxon lists two much later annuals with the same title, one published by Jennings, and one by A.K. Newman, neither appears to have connection with this one). Avowedly made up of stories rejected from the "Forget Me Not" and from translations, it includes contributions by Albert, Count of Pappenheim, Elizabeth Sheridan Carey, W.C. Stafford, F. Jacobs, J.J. de Mora, C.B. von Miltitz, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. A Collection Of Early Prose Romances. Edited by William J. Thoms. William Pickering, 1828. 3 Vols.; general titles printed in red and black; half-titles possibly not called for, but with all fly-titles, blanks, and separate titles to each work; recent half-calf, cloth sides, t.e.g., marbled end-papers. A nice set.

Contains Robert The Deuyll, Thomas A Reading, Frier Bacon, Frier Rush, Helyas, Doctor Faustus, Second Report of Doctor Faustus, Virgilius, Robin Hood, George A Green, Tom A Lincolne. Titles to the separate works are dated variously 1825 and 1828. Includes also type-facsimiles of the original title-pages.

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ANTHOLOGY. Complete novels From the Gentleman's Magazine: Old father time. By R.E. Francillon; The pearl-shell necklace. By Julian Hawthorne. Poor Zeph! By F.W. Robinson. Filthy lucre. By Albany de Fonblanque. Esther's glove. By R.E. Francillon. The romance of Giovanni Calvotti. By D. Christie Murray. London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1885. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; single inset title-page on different paper stock, replacing original Contents leaf with advertisements on verso; pp.144+[3]-160+130; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated September, 1885; white smooth cloth very elaborately blocked brown and black, lettered brown, on front cover and spine; t.e. brown; end-papers coated pale yellow. White cloth rather dusty, and foxed on back board; unobtrusive restoration to cloth at head of back joint; a little scattered light dusting passim; otherwise a nice copy.

Left-over numbers of Christmas issues of The Gentleman's Annual for 1877, 1878, and 1879 bound up together with a general title-page. Wolff, 7775 and 7775a, records the original separate issues of the numbers for 1877 and 1879, but not that for 1878; nor does he record this collective issue.

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ANTHOLOGY. The conscript And other tales. W. & R. Chambers, 1880. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; wood engraved frontispiece printed in grey and black, with tissue guard, and three plates; pp.256; diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black and gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Anonymous short stories. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.[57], [77], and [181].

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ANTHOLOGY. [Cruikshank At Home]. The humourist; A New Family Album Of Endless Entertainment. With Numerous illustrations, From drawings by Mr. Robert Cruikshank: Being the Second Series of Cruikshank at home. W. Kidd, 14, Chandos Street, West Strand, N.D., [1833]. 12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and nine plates; vignette on title-page, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; pp.[iv]+[320]; horizontally ribbed green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. A nice copy.

Includes one short novel, ‘Mary Ogilvie', and a dozen or so short stories, reprinted anonymously from periodicals - one, however, being Lamb's ‘Roast Pig'. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.4, 45, 146, 168, 171, 188, 203, 219, and 224, and are here so bound in.

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ANTHOLOGY. Cruikshank At Home: A new family album Of Endless entertainment. With Numerous illustrations, Engraved on wood by Samuel Slader [From drawings by Mr. Robert Cruikshank]. Third Series. W. Kidd, 14, Chandos Street, West Strand, N.D., [1834]. 12mo in half sheets; binder's blank at front and back; wood-engraved frontispiece and eleven plates; vignette on title-page, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; pp.[viii]+316; green diaper cloth, ruled blind, blocked blind and gilt, on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e uncut; end-papers printed with pattern in yellow-green. Covers nice; end-papers slightly scuffed; some marking and dusting of text.

Short stories, reprinted anonymously from periodicals. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.46, 74, 104, 112, 136, 167, 203, 216, 242, 280, and 306, and are here so bound in. The cover design is by Cruikshank.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Danes Sketched by Themselves. A series of popular stories by the best Danish authors. Translated by Mrs. Bushby. In three volumes. Richard Bentley, 1864. 3 Vols.; advertisement leaf precedes title-page in volume one; half-titles not called for; pp.[viii]+312; [iv]+303+[i (blank)]; [iv]+303+[i (blank)]; light brown pebble-grain cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. A worn copy.

Includes stories (and some poems) by Hans Christian Andersen, Carl Bernhard, B.S. Ingemann, H.P. Holst, Carit Etlar, E. Storm, Baroness Knorring, etc. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ANTHOLOGY. Dash & Daring: Being Stories Told By G.A. Henty; Geo. Manville Fenn; David Ker; Headon Hill; W.H.G. Kingston; Reginald Horsley; Harold Bindloss; And many others. With eight illustrations By W.H.C. Groome. W. & R. Chambers, Limited, Edinburgh, N.D. [1898]. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled pale olive-green cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's monogram device black and pale olive-green through black, on back cover, blocked black and gilt, lettered black, and black-shadowed gilt, on front cover, blocked gilt, lettered gilt and black-shadowed gilt, on spine; end-papers faced pale grey. Numerous minor faults, but a near-nice copy.

An early reprint, identical with the first edition except for the absence of a date from the title-page. Dartt, pp.45-6, describing the ship on the front cover as blocked in blue. It is in black and gilt on our copy, and this agrees with the British Library deposit copy.

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ANTHOLOGY. Dialogues of the Day. Edited by Oswald Crawfurd And written by Anthony Hope, Mrs. Alfred Hunt, Mrs. Crackanthorpe, Miss Marion Hepworth Dixon, Mrs. Hugh Bell, Luke Miller, Mrs. Ernest Leverson, Miss Gertrude Kingston, A.N. Stainer, Mrs. Fogg-Elliott, Miss Clara Savile Clarke, Mr. Squire Sprigge, Miss Violet Hunt, And the Editor. With numerous full-page Illustrations. London: Chapman & Hall, Ld., All Rights Reserved, N.D. [September, 1895]. F'cap 4to; numerous illustrations, unbacked, but on text-paper and included in the pagination; pp.[iv]+VI+262+[ii]; green art-linen lettered very dark green on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Fine copy. Scarce.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 7744, describing the title leaf as a single inset - which, given the presence of a half-title, looks unlikely. In our copy pp.V-VI is a single inset; the title leaf is conjugate with the half-title. Printed in Holland. Twenty-two short stories published in ‘Black and White' between 1892 and 1895, and here first collected (Anthony Hope, Violet Hunt, and Clara Savile Clarke contributing three each, Ada Leverson and the editor having two each, and the rest one). "Our prospectus asked for a very short story which was to be told in dialogue, virtually a very short play which should be without the drawback of technical stage-directions, which should do without narrative, description or reflection from the author, and should possess an attractive setting forth, due development of character and incident, embroidered upon a ground of true comedy, and a final satisfactory culmination and solution. The piece moreover was to be set forth luminously and pleasantly, without hitch and with all possible literary art." - Editor's introduction. It was the use of the dialogue in these pieces that gave rise to the form of Violet Hunt's first novel, published in 1894. Mrs. Leverson on the front cover is given her more familiar name, ‘Ada'. In this copy p.252, l.10, has the reading ‘tha'll' for ‘that'll': state or issue significance, if any, unknown.

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ANTHOLOGY. Drawing-room tales. The stout gentleman; The deserter; And The broken heart. By Mrs. Baker. London: Published by Shepherd and Sutton, Foster Lane, Cheapside, N.D. [c.1830]. Half-title not called for; fine engraved frontispiece by Edwards after Hilton; four pages of wood engravings in the text, unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.[71]+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: Drawing-room tales, Historical and traditional. The advantages of talent When united to virtue. Ancient heroism, Or, The true friends. And Helim, the wise and good. By Mrs. Baker. London: Published by Shepherd and Sutton, Foster Lane, Cheapside, N.D. [c.1830]. Half-title not called for; fine engraved frontispiece by J.C. Edwards after Witherington; four wood engravings in the text, the first two signed ‘IT' and in the manner of Bewick, all of them unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.[71]+[i (blank)].BOUND WITH: Drawing-room tales. Revenge; Or, The young West Indian. Obstinacy. And Benevolence; Or, Little Agnes. By Miss Selwyn. London: Published by Shepherd and Sutton, Foster Lane, Cheapside, N.D. [c.1830]. Half-title not called for; fine engraved frontispiece; four pages of unsigned wood engravings in the text, some apeing the manner of Bewick, all of them unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.72. BOUND WITH: Drawing-room tales. The Woodville family; And The Franks; By Miss Pearson. And the rural feast By Mrs. Baker. London: Published by Shepherd and Sutton, Foster Lane, Cheapside, N.D. [c.1830]. Half-title not called for; fine engraved frontispiece by Edwards; four wood engravings in the text, three of them unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.[71]+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: Drawing-room tales. Experience, I'll risk it, And The dainty boy By Emma Leslie. London: Published by Shepherd and Sutton, Foster Lane, Cheapside, N.D. [c.1830]. Half-title not called for; fine engraved frontispiece by W. Symns after Fussell; three wood engravings in the text, them unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.[71]+[i (blank)]. Pott 12mo in half-sheets; the five parts bound together, as issued in publisher's horizontally fine-ribbed light puce cloth, blocked with arabesque design blind on sides, paper spine label; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth lacking from front board, defective and laid down on spine; label badly rubbed and no lettering now visible; free end-papers pasted down and later Victorian patterned end-papers pasted over them; some dusting and marking in text and light but extensive dampstaining to plate-paper illustrations; small corner chipped from one leaf with loss altogether of some five or six words; but sound and in general a very good copy internally. Rare.

Juvenile. Five parts originally issued separately in printed boards with the series title: ‘Drawing-room tales, adapted for the entertaimnent and instruction of young people, of various ages. By different authors. Edited by Mrs. Baker, late Miss Horwood. The volume as such is unrecorded, but such parts as exist in libraries have been variously dated speculatively as having appeared between [1815] and [1825] (Oxford), to as late as [1840] (Liverpool). The mixture of the cloth style and paper label here suggests c.1830-2 for the present volume, and almost certainly rules out the Liverpool date, whilst we can find no record of the firm earlier than 1825 or later than 1843 in respect of other publications, the style of the imprint remaining consistent throughout, except for 1839, when they published the first ‘Bradshaw' under the extended imprint ‘Shepherd, Sutton, and Wyld'. It was possibly that difference in the style that suggested to Liverpool the assignment of [1840]. COPAC records the second part listed above at Liverpool, and the fourth part at Oxford. The other three parts are not in COPAC, though a further part, not in the present volume is recorded at the V. & A.: ‘Edgar and Isabella, Or, The Baron of Rosedale; And The village ball. By Mrs. Baker (Late Miss Horwood), Author of "Original Poems for Young Minds," &c.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Edinburgh tales. By Mrs. Johnstone. Mrs. Gore. Miss Mitford. Mrs. Marsh. Mrs. Crowe. Mary Howitt. M. Fraser Tytler. John Mills. William Howitt. [Thomas Carlyle. Sir Thomas Dick Lauder.] Etc. etc. etc. Edited by Mrs. Johnstone. Three volumes in one. Chapman and Hall, London; John Menzies, Edinburgh, 1850. Super royal 8vo; three volumes bound in one, as issued; title leaf, and general Contents leaf, precede start of text; half-title not called for; separate title and Contents leaves to each volume not called for in this issue; olive green morocco cloth, blocked blind on sides; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Rebacked; otherwise a good copy. Scarce.

First edition, third issue. Published, according to the spine imprints throughout, by ‘William Tait, Edinburgh; Chapman & Hall, London', in 76 weekly numbers between January 4th 1845, and June 13th 1846; the half-annual numbers being gathered into volumes, each with its own title leaf and index leaf, these being issued with the 26th, 52nd, and 76th numbers. In 1850 the remaining unsold stock was bound, three volumes in one, with new prelims., the original title and half-title leaves being discarded, and issued under the new joint imprint of Chapman & Hall and John Menzies, this being the issue offered here. According to Block, the title imprint of the three volume issue adds the name of ‘John Cumming, Dublin' to those of Tait and Chapman & Hall. No fewer than fifteen of the stories are by Mrs. Johnstone, five are by Mrs. Gore, and five by Miss Mitford. Not listed in Sadleir or in Summers. Block, p.124; CBEL, III, p.403.

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ANTHOLOGY. Fiction. [:] For Family reading. Edited By Mrs. Eliza Winstanley. Author of "Twenty Straws," "The Mistress of Hawk's Craig," "Voices from the Lumber Room," "Dora Riversdale," etc. Illustrated by F. Gilbert [and R. Huttula]. Vol.I [II]. London: Published by John Dicks, 313, Strand, 1866 [i.e., December 1865 and 1866]. 2 Vols., bound in one, sq.8vo format, volume one gathered in twelves, volume two in sixteens, printed in double columns throughout; half-titles not called for; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.iv+308; iv+316; contemporary half-sheep, marbled boards, tooled blind, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight cracking of sheep at joints and slight worming of leather on front board; small singe to blank lower fore-corners of two leaves; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

The first volume was issued in weekly halfpenny numbers, and monthly parts, between September 27th 1865 and December 20th 1865 (the first number being given gratis with No.61 of ‘Bow Bells', and, according to an advertisement in No.14, the whole offered as a volume at 1/- in December 1865); the second volume in weekly penny numbers (presumably, monthly parts,) and as a volume in boards priced at 1/3d., between December 27th 1865 and February 28th 1866. A further four volumes were issued later. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Summers, p.216, describing the editor as ‘An actress, whose novels frequently have theatrical life as their theme." A mixture of long and short fiction, none of it signed in full and much of it anonymous, but indicated contributors include the editor, F.A.D., C.E.B., ‘The Author of "The Pearl of Savoy," "Blanche of Castile," "The Farmer's Daughter," etc.', F.R., S.M., M.L., J.H.N., M.R., T.M., E.R., E.S.B., A.H., E.L., C., J.J., M., L., M.N.R., C.A., R.R., F.B.M., L.J.H., E.W.P., F.B., S.A., E.F.R., T., E.Y., V.M., A.T., etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. A gem of Cremona By B.M. Vere And "A chef-d'oeuvre" By E. Blair-Oliphant. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited, N.D. [1893]. Sm.f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.190+[iv]; diagonally fine ribbed chocolate cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated black. Very nice copy of a scarce title.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Issued as Volume LIV. od Arrowsmith's Bristol Library, the advertisements listing the series only to No.53. In this copy the ‘o' of ‘Hamilton' on the title-page has printed very lightly: state or issue significance, if any, not known.

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ANTHOLOGY. Illustrated Tales From the "Strand magazine." George Newnes, Ltd., 8, 9, 10, & 11, Southampton Street, Strand, London, W.C., N.D. [February, 1895]. Wide Imp.8vo, printed in double-column; end-papers each conjugate pairs, the paste-downs and verso of back free end-paper printed with publisher's advertisements, recto of front free end-paper utilised for title-page; half-title not called for; numerous illustrations in text by a variety of artists; pp.[iv (end-papers)]+16+16+16+16+16+16+16+16+16+16+[iv (end-papers)]; scarlet buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover. Some marking of covers and small restoration to cloth of spine; some light dusting passim, and some foxing and staining more or less confined to first and last numbers and back end-papers; tear to one upper margin neatly repaired with ghost-tape.

First edition thus: a collected re-issue of unsold numbers of the series ‘Illustrated Penny Tales', this being the dropped head of each number. Both this cloth issue and the original separate numbers are now very rare - a fact accounted for equally by their popular nature and their over-sized format. Includes ‘A Deadly Dilemma', ‘The Prisoner of Assiout', and ‘The Conscientious Burglar' by Grant Allen, ‘The Minister's Crime' by J. Maclaren Cobban, ‘The Voice of Science' by A. Conan Doyle (Green/Gibson, C82), ‘A Thing that Glistened' by Frank R. Stockton, ‘In the Interests of Science: The Story of a Burglary, From the German', ‘Zodomirsky's Duel' by Alexandre Dumas (Munro, Translations into English, p.222, recording the appearance of this translation in the Strand Magazine, but failing to record its appearance in the Penny series), ‘Laying a Ghost' and ‘Lady Florry's Gems', by George Manville Fenn, ‘Making an Angel' by J. Harwood Panting, translations from Pushkin, de Maupassant, etc., etc. The story by Conan Doyle was the first work of his to have been published by Newnes, and is otherwise uncollected - as indeed are many of the other stories here.

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ANTHOLOGY. Just One more tale. A second collection of short original stories For children from four to ten Years of age. Being a Companion Volume to Please tell me a tale. By S. Baring-Gould. Frances E. Charlton. Frances Clare. Miss C. R. Coleridge. Amabel Jenner. / Mrs. Massey. Philip H. Neale. L.C. Skey. Edmund M. Southwell. Helen A. Wilmot-Buxton. Charlotte M. Yonge. Skeffington & Son, 163, Piccadilly, W., 1886. Super roy.16mo in half sheets; wood-engraved frontispiece signed ‘HP', printed in sepia; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+158+[ii]; pale sky-blue buckram, ruled scarlet, blocked lime green on back cover, ruled and lettered scarlet, blocked scarlet and lime green, on front cover, ruled and lettered scarlet, blocked lime green, on spine; a.e. scarlet; end-papers printed florally in grey. Fine copy.

The striking cover blocking is after the Japanese style - but presaging art nouveau. A beautiful book. Most of the contributors are represented more than once. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Chaplet for Charlotte Yonge, p.209.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Library of fiction, Or Family story-teller; Consisting of Original Tales, Essays, and sketches of character. With fourteen illustrations. Vol.II. London:- Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand, 1837. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not present (possibly not called for - v.note); fourteen wood-engraved plates; pp.[iv]+350; contemporary half natural calf, marbled sides, spine ruled gilt, tooled blind, black lettering-pieces. Slight cracking to calf over joints; otherwise a nice copy.

The second of two volumes, issued originally in monthly numbers in 1836 and 1837, and apparently quite scarce, the present copy, as evidenced by stab-holes, bound up from the parts. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; only the University of London copy in COPAC; Eckel, ‘First Editions of the Writings of Charles Dickens', pp.137 - 9. Eckel does not give a collation of the parts, and appears not to have been aware that prelims. were issued for binding the parts issue: presumably with numbers seven and fourteen. He does call, however, for a half-title to be present in the cloth issue. Some contributions are anonymous, but named or indicated contributors to this second volume include Douglas Jerrold, J.S. Coyne, Alex. Campbell, Sheridan Knowles, Maurice Harcourt, Edward Mayhew, Edward Oliver, W.H. Wills, C. Whitehead, James Ollier, [Thomas Gaspey], [Edward Smallwood], etc. There is no list of plates, but they marked to face pp.46, 56, 59, 88, 117, 157, 183, 205, 235, 243, 286, 301, 313, and 327, and are here so bound in.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Library of romance; A collection of Traditions, poetical legends, And Short standard tales and romances, Of all Nations. Orlando Hodgson, 111, Fleet Street, 1837. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; engraved frontispiece by Greatbach with tissue guard; cancel title-page, printed on slightly thicker paper, followed by a single inset leaf of text-paper bearing the index; pp.iv+440; burgundy fine diaper cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. In general a nice copy.

Not to be confused with the Smith, Elder ‘Library of Romance' of 1833-5, the 1880 series of the same name, or the Chapman and Hall ‘Library of Fiction' of 1836-7, the present volume was originally published in threehalfpenny numbers by Richard Carlile, Jun., 137 Fleet Street, under the title ‘The Library of Romance, Or Journal of Fiction' (at least up to No.18, gathering T, ending on p.288, after which in the present copy the spines of the numbers appear to bear neither imprint, number, nor price). The prelims. were originally issued with the final number, the title-page, from the same setting of type as that in the present copy (for both have the same slightly bent and defective short rule, and a broken top to the first ‘O' in ‘LONDON'), reading identically with it, except for the imprint, which was that of Carlile, and the date, which was 1836. Carlile was principally a political publisher of radical tendencies, and periodically found himself in trouble with the law, which may explain how the bound volume came to be issued by Hodgson, though it is possible that Hodgson functioned in any case as a distributor, or a participant in the venture, for whom a separate title-page might be run off. Other instances might certainly be cited where a work issued in penny or twopenny numbers by one publisher occurs in volume form bearing on the title-page any of several other local imprints. The signatures throughout include the legend ‘Vol. 1', but there is no evidence that the journal was ever continued beyond the contents of the present book. A rare, and rather astonishing, anthology, including, pieces by Matthew Lewis, Sir Walter Scott, Wordsworth, Mrs. S.C. Hall, Miss Landon, R. Southey, Miss A. Strickland, James Sheridan Knowles, Leigh Hunt, Mrs. Hemans, Miss Pardoe, Lady Caroline Lamb, Barry Cornwall, Thomas Moore, Charles Swain, G.P.R. James, Lord Normanby, Thomas Roscoe, P.B. and Mrs. Shelley, E.L. Bulwer, James Hogg, etc., etc., mostly reprinted, without acknowledgement, from Annuals, though afew of the pieces are taken from other periodical sources, and these include an 8pp. short story entitled ‘An Actor's Death' and credited to ‘Boz'. We cannot find any reference whatever to either the volume or this story title in the writings of Dexter, or in the bibliographies and check-lists of Shepherd, Anderson, Kitton, Thomson, Eckel (1913, and 1932), or Miller, and this is perhaps an index of the volume's rarity. The story is in fact identical with ‘A Stroller's Tale', which appeared in the May 1836 part of ‘The Pickwick Papers', and appears to have been reprinted almost immediately upon its first publication from that source. The volume is not listed in Block, Summers, Sadleir, CBEL, or the British Library Catalogue, the only copy we have been able to trace being a slightly imperfect one, with the Carlile title-page, and bound up from the numbers, which is now part of the collection at The Dickens House Museum.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Children's Hour Series. The Little orphans: And other tales. Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter, and Co., 1871. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece; numerous wood-engravings on text-paper, some arranged as plates; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; bevelled dark green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, gilt on spine, lettered dark green-through-gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. A little scattered light dusting; one gathering slightly proud; otherwise a nice copy.

Most of the contents are anonymous, pseudonymous, or are signed only with initials; among named authors are Anna J. Buckland, Mrs. Charles Brent, John Forbes, etc. A few of the wood-engravings, by Williamson after a variety of artists, are rather fine.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Massacre of the Innocents and Other Tales By Belgian writers. Translated by Edith Wingate Rinder. Chicago, Stone & Kimball, 1895. F'cap 8vo; decorated title-page printed in lime-green and black, in series style; colophon leaf at end; pp.xii+292+[ii]; pale green linen, blocked jade green, ruled blue-green, lettered gilt on sides and spine, blocked gilt on sides; t.e.g., others uncut. Nice copy.

Printed at The Lakeside Press, Chicago, and issued as a volume in Stone & Kimball's ‘Green Tree Library' - a series with no apparent English equivalent. Writers represented include Maeterlinck, Georges Eekhoud, Camile Lemonnier, Louis Delattre, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Mayflower tales. By Julian Hawthorne. Grant Allen. Richard Dowling. George R. Sims. Hume Nisbet. New York: J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, 57 Rose Street, 1892. Half-title apparently not called for; four integral advertisement leaves, followed by two integral blanks at end; pp.[ii (title-leaf)]+[5]-191+[iii (blank)]+1-84 (containing stories not listed in the Contents)+1-7 (advertisements)+[v (blank)]; quarter light yellow-green smooth cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, onyx-patterned boards; end-papers printed with formal leaf design in yellow-green. A nice copy.

An oddly made-up volume, but apparently complete. Issued as No.22 in the series ‘Ogilvie's Onyx Edition'. The advertisements list the series to No.40, which suggests that this may be a later printing.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Miz Maze Or The Winkworth Puzzle: A story in letters, by nine authors. Macmillan and Co., 1883. Page of facsimile signatures on verso of Preface leaf; fly-title to each of the seven parts; integral advertisement leaf at end; dark green buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; wire-stitched. A reading copy only.

An experimental epistolary novel: "It had sometimes occurred to two of the writers of the ensuing correspondence that novels in letters generally were unsatisfactory because the various characters could only be the same person under different masks. They therefore resolved to try the experiment of putting the representation of each correspondent into different hands . . . so that there may be the difference that real life might produce in style and way of thinking." - Preface. The author participants are Charlotte Mary Yonge, Frances Awdry, Mary Bramston, Christabel Rose Coleridge, A.E. Mary Anderson Morshead, Frances Mary Peard, Mary Susanna Lee, Eleanor C. Price, and Florence Wilford. Who wrote what is not identified.

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