Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRADDON (M.E.). Lady Audley's secret. In three volumes. Third edition, revised. Tinsley Bros., 18, Catherine Street, Strand, 1862. 3 Vols.; 2pp. integral advertisements at end of volume one, 4pp. at end of volumes two and three; royal blue dot-and-line grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated very pale yellow. Slight wear to head and tail of spines; otherwise a very nice bright copy. Scarce.

With the private library label and armorial bookplate of the first purchaser on the front paste-down in each volume, together with a contemporary ink note of the date of purchase of the set as ‘Nov. 1862' in volume three. Sadleir, 302b, but differing from the copy recorded by Sadleir by the presence of the words ‘THIRD EDITION' on the spine. The first edition appeared on October 1st 1862, and advance interest was such that it may have been reprinted before publication. Sadleir, 302, records a mixed set of which the first two volumes are of the second edition (i.e., impression), and the third volume of the first ‘edition', the set having certainly been so issued new. Other copies with this combination of volumes are also on record - suggesting that the print order was possibly increased after the first two volumes had passed through the press. An authorial copy, presented by Mary Braddon to her aunt, and recorded by Sadleir as 302a, is of the second edition throughout. The present copy, denominated ‘third edition' (it is actually the second) is important for the revisions it contains, which here make their first appearance, the most evident of them involving the extension, by several hundred words, of the last two paragraphs of Chapter IX in volume three. A very scarce title today in any three volume form, and a key title in any collection of crime fiction. Hubin, p.44.

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BRADDON (M.E.). Lady Audley's secret. In three volumes. Fourth edition, revised. Tinsley Bros., 18, Catherine Street, Strand, 1862. 3 Vols.; 2pp. integral advertisements at end of volume one, 4pp. at end of volumes two and three; royal blue dot-and-line grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated very pale yellow. Few minor restorations to cloth; slight staining of two half-titles, and one or two insignificant marks elsewhere internally; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice bright copy. Scarce.

A very scarce title in any three volume form, and a key title in any collection of crime fiction. Eight ‘editions' in three volume form (actually eight impressions of, probably, only two editions, this ‘Fourth Edition' being either in reality the third edition or the second impression of the second edition) were produced between October and December 1862, and Sadleir (II, pp.47-9) attempted to provide collations of all of them. He was unable to trace any copy, rebound or otherwise, of either the fourth or the fifth ‘edition'. Except for the word ‘fourth' instead of ‘third' on title-page and spine, in all the points noted by Sadleir, this fourth ‘edition' is in fact identical with the third - including the text of the advertisements, the colour of the end-papers, and the absence of the dot over the ‘i' of ‘is reserved' on the title-page to volume one. We have not attempted to determine in any detail whether the text has further been revised, although the pagination is the same, and the probability is that it has not been. Hubin, p.44.

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[BRADDON (M.E.).]. Henry Dunbar: The story of an outcast. By the author of "Lady Audley's Secret" Etc. etc. etc. In three volumes. John Maxwell and Company, 122 Fleet Street, 1864. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for, but bound up without the blank at end of volume one; pp.viii+306; iv+324; [iv]+276; contemporary half roan, marbled boards. Roan cracking at joints; and boards a little rubbed; text nice. A scarce early title.

Sadleir, 291 and 291a (the latter an authorial presentation copy of the same date, but with ‘Third Edition' on each title-page); Wolff, 650; Hubin, p.44. A true murder mystery. In the present copy, the first volume bears the words ‘Second Edition' on the title-page, but otherwise collates identically with the first; the remaining volumes are of the true first printing. Since the bindings are uniform and contemporary, the set was presumably issued in this mixed form.

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[BRADDON (M.E.).]. The day will come: A Novel. By the author of "Lady Audley's Secret," "Vixen," "Ishmael," "Like and Unlike," "The Fatal Three," Etc., etc. In three volumes. Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., Stationers' Hall Court, N.D. [1889]. 3 Vols.; advertisement for ‘The author's autograph edition Of Miss Braddon's novels' on verso of each half-title; final blank in volume three; dark green fine dotted line rib grain cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Some wear to covers; one volume re-cased; some end-papers strengthened with matching paper; a little scattered foxing and dusting, heavier in volume one; in general a good copy, nonetheless.

Hubin, p.44; Sadleir, 277, misdating the volume 1892 on the basis of an author's presentation inscription (the English Catalogue of Books confirms the Hubin date). Miss Braddon's name appears only on the advertisement. A murder mystery.

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BRADDON (M.E.). Rough Justice. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd., 1898. Title printed in red and black; pp.viii+392; publisher's 16pp. catalogue, undated, at end; red linen-grain cloth, blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Covers a little tired and marked and end-papers split; a little foxing, especially of uncut edges, but in general a nice copy.

Sadleir, 325; Wolff, 683; Hubin, p.44; Glover/Greene, 55. A lurid murder mystery.

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BRADDON (M.E.). His darling sin. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd., Stationers' Hall Court, N.D. [1899]. Title printed in blue and black; final page advertisements; powder blue buckram, blocked blind, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Covers used; end-papers cracked; a little dusting in text; but a very good copy, nonetheless.

Sadleir 293; Hubin, p.44. A social detective story, which develops into a murder mystery. Detective: John Faunce, former C.I.D. officer, and Private Investigator.

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BRUCE (H.A.). From the ranks To the Peerage. London, Digby, Long & Co, 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C [sic], 1899. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.viii+559+[i (advertisement)]; vertically fine ribbed leaf-green cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers printed with apple-blossom pattern in grey. Insignificant creasing to cloth of spine; poor quality paper lightly embrowned at margins; otherwise a nice copy.

A story involving forgery, robbery, and murder. Not in Hubin.

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BRYCE (Lloyd). Romance Of An alter ego. George Routledge and Sons, Limited, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, 1891. Blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[2]+vi+312; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine, all in series style; t.e.g., others mainly trimmed. A very nice copy.

Issued as a volume in ‘Routledge's Hearth & Home Library'. First English edition. Copyrighted in America in 1889, though no dated edition recorded until 1891 (under the revised title: ‘An Extraordinary Experience; or, The Romance of an Alter Ego'). Wright, 751; Hubin, p.55.

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BURGIN (G.B.). Fortune's Footballs. C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C., 1897. Sm.cr.8vo; light and lighter blue mottled linen patterned fine rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered, with short rule, and ruled box, gilt, on spine. Cloth of spine slightly darkened; poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Theft and swindling, the circus, the theatre, the Society of Friends - and a story of two young people growing up to the realities of life. A small-scale and humourous imitation of a Dickens novel, set largely in rural Enfield and Winchmore Hill. In this copy p.103, l.1, lacks the full stop at the line end; p.179, l.9, has the reading ‘tel' for ‘tell'. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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BURRAGE (E. Harcourt). The Missing Million. Frontispiece by Harold Piffard. London, S.W. Partridge & Co., 8 and 9, Paternoster Row, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece; pp.320; publisher's inserted 20pp. Catalogue at end; brown buckram, blocked pictorially yellow, black, dark brown, and white, lettered black-shadowed gilt, and black, on front cover, blocked pictorially yellow, dark brown, and black, ruled black, lettered black, and gilt, and embossed with lettering brown through gilt blocked panel, on spine; t.e.g.; end-papers printed with fern leaf pattern in grey-fawn. Spine slightly dull; label partly removed from front end-paper, leaving some scuffing; two or three leaves slightly marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.59; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1001, recording a copy in purple vertically ribbed cloth, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, with plain top-edges, white end-papers, and a 32pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue at end: one of a number of variant bindings. The Catalogue in the present copy calls for the volume to have t.e.g., as in fact it has. If the Catalogue is also correct in describing the volume as new, the present must presumably be the earlier binding - though even copies with these characteristics occur in at least two colours of cloth. A detective story with minor lost race elements, set partly on the Amazon.

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BURRAGE (E. Harcourt). The Missing Million. Frontispiece by Harold Piffard. London, S.W. Partridge & Co., 8 and 9, Paternoster Row, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece; pp.320; publisher's inserted 20pp. Catalogue at end; pinkish red buckram, blocked pictorially lime green, black, brown, and white, lettered black-shadowed gilt, and black, on front cover, blocked pictorially lime green, black, and brown, ruled black, lettered black, and gilt, and embossed with lettering pinkish red through gilt blocked panel, on spine; t.e.g.; end-papers printed with fern leaf pattern in grey-fawn. Fore-edges very slightly foxed; long prize inscription (dated January 9th, 1911) on front end-paper; otherwise a brilliantly fine, crisp, copy.

Hubin, p.59; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1001, recording a copy in purple vertically ribbed cloth, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, with plain top-edges, white end-papers, and a 32pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue at end: one of a number of variant bindings. The Catalogue in the present copy calls for the volume to have t.e.g., as in fact it has. If the Catalogue is also correct in describing the volume as new, the present must presumably be the earlier binding despite the date of the inscription - though even copies with these characteristics occur in at least two colours of cloth. A detective story with minor lost race elements, set partly on the Amazon.

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BURRAGE (E. Harcourt). The Missing Million. Frontispiece by Harold Piffard. London, S.W. Partridge & Co., 8 and 9, Paternoster Row, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece; pp.320; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end; claret fine crinkle grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind and black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, lettered black on spine. Small mark on upper margin of frontispiece, and very slight foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy of a handsome book.

Hubin, p.59; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1001, recording a copy in purple vertically ribbed cloth, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, with plain top-edges, white end-papers, and a 32pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue at end: one of a number of variant bindings. Both the present binding and the Wolff binding are secondary, the book having first been issued in a far more elaborate pictorial cloth, with t.e.g and end-papers printed with a fern-leaf pattern in grey-fawn. A detective story with minor lost race elements, set partly on the Amazon.

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BURRAGE (E. Harcourt). The Missing Million. Frontispiece by Harold Piffard. London, S.W. Partridge & Co., 8 and 9, Paternoster Row, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece; pp.320; light grey-green vertically ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked non-pictorially black and grey-green, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, lettered black on spine; a.e. trimmed and plain, white end-papers. A near-fine copy.

Hubin, p.59; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1001, recording a copy in purple vertically ribbed cloth, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, with plain edges, white end-papers, and a 32pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue at end: one of a number of variant bindings. Both the present binding and the Wolff binding are secondary, the book having first been issued in a far more elaborate pictorial cloth, with t.e.g and end-papers printed with a fern-leaf pattern in grey-fawn. A detective story with minor lost race elements, set partly on the Amazon.

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BURRAGE (E. Harcourt). The Vanished Yacht. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1898 [i.e., November 1897]. Short cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and conjugate vignette title-page with tissue guard precede letterpress title-page; four half-tone plates (one signed W. Rainey); integral advertisement leaf at end; marina blue buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, blocked pictorially black and white on front cover and spine, lettered black, and gilt-shadowed black, on front cover, lettered gilt, and white-shadowed gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with flower and bud design in grey. Slight darkening of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.59; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1002, recording an otherwise similar copy in grey cloth.

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CAINE (Hall). The Shadow of a crime. In three volumes. Chatto & Windus, 1885. 3 Vols.; initial blank in each volume; half-title in vols. two and three, lacking in volume one; imprint leaf at end of volumes one and three, not called for in volume two; 32pp. publisher's catalogue dated October, 1884 at end of volume three; light brown glazed linen blocked florally marina blue and red on front cover and spine, with publisher's monogram in marina blue on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; white end-papers printed with an orange-branch design in pale green. Spine of volume one chipped at head and tail and worn at edges; that of volume three chipped slightly at head; spines darkened; ownership stamps partly removed from prelims., but still faintly visible, and leaving slight thinning; otherwise, in general, nice.

Sadleir 487. A detective murder story set in seventeenth century Cumberland. Detective: Rotha Stagg, tailor's daughter.

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CANLER (M., Ancien Chef du Service de Surete). Autobiography Of a French detective From 1818 to 1858 Comprising The most curious revelations of the French Detective police system. Published for the Proprietors, Sold by all booksellers, 1863. F'cap 8vo; pp.iv+[316]; half-title not called for; new natural half-calf, marbled boards, black lettering piece, old sprinkled edges; new yellow end-papers and binder's blanks. Very nice copy.

Published in 1862, shortly after the first French edition, and dated ahead. Includes a Preface by C.F. Lascelles Wraxall, Bart, who was also responsible for the translation. The French original passed through three editions in a fortnight, and was then supressed. Sadleir, 3514 records a variant, yellowback, issue of this edition, with a Ward, Lock title-page, dated 1862. Our copy agrees with that in The London Library. Hubin, p.64, dating the volume as 1862.

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CAREW (Charlton). The Poacher's wife: A story of the times. In two volumes. Charles Ollier, Southampton Stret, Strand, 1847. 2 Vols., lge.12mo, bound in one; half-title probably not called for in volume one, not present in volume two; contemporary half purple calf, blind and gilt, contrasting label, purple morocco cloth sides. Slight insect damage to calf over two inches of front joint, and slight fading of spine; a little scattered dusting; in general, however, a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Hubin; Wolff, 1074. A complicated mystery set largely in Devon, involving murder, attempted murder, burglary, and embezzlement, and including some detection, particularly in the second volume. An early and not uninteresting contribution to the development of the detective story.

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CARMICHAEL (Montgomery). Sketches and Stories Grave and Gay. Westminster, Archibald Constable and Co., 1896. Blue flame-grain cloth lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

Includes ‘The Chamber of Horrors', a burlesque Sherlock Holmes story. Not in Hubin or De Waal.

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CARRYL (Charles E.). The River Syndicate And Other Stories. With Illustrations. New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1899. Frontispiece, and three plates by H.C. Edwarde; initial blank; half-title not called for; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; grey-green linen effect cloth, ruled and lettered gilt, blocked blue and silver, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight wear to head and tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription in pencil, dated ‘March 17th 1899', on back of frontispiece. Hubin, p.68, listing no English edition. A short story collection mentioned in Queen.

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[CHATTERTON (Lady Georgiana).]. Compensation: A Story of Real Life Thirty Years Ago. In two volumes. John W. Parker and Son, 1856. 2 Vols., f'cap 8vo; publisher's catalogue, 4pp. undated, on text-paper, at end of volume one; 4pp. publisher's integral advertisements at end of volume two; pp.iv+[316]; iv+[312]+[iv]; claret fine-ripple-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated red-chocolate. Cloth splitting at joints; internally a very good copy.

Sadleir, 535; Woolf, 1176; not in Hubin or Glover/Greene.

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CHATTERTON (Lady Georgiana). Autograph letter, signed, 3pp. in the third person, addressed from 5 Seamore Place, Mayfair, and dated July 29th 1857, to a Mr. Stirling, acknowledging her authorship of the novel ‘Compensation', which, she says, she is prevented from acknowledging publicly: "So many of the characters . . . having been drawn from Life, and consequently, recognised by the originals". She also refers to another, subsequent, novel, "Life and Its Realities", not included in the Sadleir collection. One fox-spot on upper margin, and traces of gum on the inner margin of the blank fourth page where the letter has at some past date been mounted; otherwise very nice.

'Compensation: A Story of Real Life Thirty Years Ago', Sadleir 535, was published in two volumes by Parker in 1856.

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CHESNEY (Weatherby [i.e., C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne].). The dilemma Of Commander Brett. Illustrated by George Hutchinson. London, James Bowden, 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C. N.D. [June, 1899]. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; half-tone frontispiece and three plates; printer's imprint on verso of last leaf of text; publisher's integral 14pp. catalogue at end (continuing the signatures); pp.viii+[297]+[i]+[14]; brown buckram, ruled and lettered black, pictorially blocked black, white, flesh-pink, and pale olive green, on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Slight bubbling of cloth, otherwise a very nice, crisp, copy.

The third weatherby Chesney title, and a good deal scarcer in our experience than the first two. A detective murder mystery. Agrees with the British Library deposit copy in being undated. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.53, 130, and 229, and are here so tipped in. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.78. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.3, l.12, broken ‘f' in ‘of'; p.20, l.19, risen space before ‘since'; p.67, l.18, twisted comma after ‘reply'; p.96, final ‘T' in ‘BRETT' broken in headline, l.1, broken ‘T' at start of line; p.98, antepenultimate line, battered ‘a' at start of line; p.99, l.6, broken ‘h' in ‘health', l.8, broken ‘o' in ‘one', l.10. broken ‘e' in ‘terrible', antepunultimate line, broken ‘o' in ‘Scotland'; p.144, l.15, broken ‘f' in ‘If'; p.214, l.5, broken ‘f' in ‘awful'; p.272, penultimate line, broken ‘f' in ‘fact'.

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CHILDAR (Catharine). The double Dutchman. In three volumes. Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1884. 16+8pp. publisher's catalogues at end; dark green patterned sand grain cloth, yellow buckram overlays on spine and front cover, blocked green, lettered green and yellow on front cover and spine; top-edges uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; white end-papers printed with floral design in brownish olive. Some wear to covers; end-papers slightly cracked; front end-papers and top-edges in one volume ink splashed; one free end-paper lacking; some leaves badly opened, and two or three leaves stained; otherwise nice.

Not in Sadleir, or Hubin. A well-constructed story of robbery, fraud, and murder, set partly in Holland. Detective: His Grace the Duke of Invercargill (Possibly a series character, since mention is made of a previous case).

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CHOLMONDELEY (Mary). Diana Tempest. In Three Volumes. Richard Bentley & Son, 1893. 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; title pages printed in red and black; final blank at end of volume two; Postscript leaf at end of volume three; pp.[viii]+296; [iv]+269+[iii]; [iv]+266+[ii]; quarter grey-green buckram, lettered gilt on spine, yellow ochre boards printed florally in yellow-green and dark green; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram and device design in grey. Corners of boards a little worn, and one corner flexion creased; covers a trifle dull; early inscription on each half-title; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Sadleir, 550, recording a variant binding of grey-blue cloth, with the flowers on the boards printed in blue. He also describes the binding as ‘half cloth', but this reflects the fact only that he uses an older convention by which the distinction of ‘quarter' was not made. Wolff, 1212, recording a copy apparently similar to Sadleir's one. Sadleir comments on this author's fiction generally: "She is an excellent example of the not-so-long-ago front-rank novelist, whose books in good condition are extraordinarily difficult to find. Thanks to the Bentley file, and to . . . a number of novels from the library of Mr. Edward Dent . . . I have been able to reach a high level. Specimens seen elsewhere could be numbered on one hand and were far from attractive." This is the author's only three-decker. An unusual murder story in which a man deprived unjustly of an inheritance is persuaded to bet ten guineas to ten thousand pounds that he himself will now never inherit, and to sign ten betting slips of one thousand pounds each to this effect. The acceptor then disposes of the betting slips at a discount, dying some time after, and leaving no record of who holds the slips, so that the repentant bettor is unable to cancel or to buy them back. Ten potential murderers are left to seek the life of the innocent interloper who holds the land and fortune . . . and eventually a murder is achieved. This title not in Hubin, who does list two of the author's other books. He had evidently never encountered this. In this copy in the last line of p.246 in volume two the words ‘what mother' appear as a single word; in volume three, at l.6 on p.2 the ‘t' at the start of the line is printed low; at l.11 on p.183, the hyphen is lacking at the line end.

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CHOLMONDELEY (Mary). The Danvers jewels. A new edition. London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1898. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+223+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine-ribbed brownish ochre cloth, blocked with art-nouveau pattern blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges mainly trimmed. Slight fading of spine, and barely visible repair to cloth over front joint; two or three corners creased; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.80; Quayle, p.93; Sadleir, 548a; Wolff, 1210a, recording a presentation binding of white buckram blocked and lettered in gold. The second edition of the author's first book, which originally appeared anonymously in 1887, the authorship being here for the first time acknowledged. Sadleir and Wolff both imply that the present second edition represents the novel's first appearance in cloth, the 1887 edition having only appeared in blue-grey wrappers. We, however, have seen a copy of the 1887 edition bound in maroon cloth, blocked blind and lettered in gilt. Both editions are extremely scarce. The present copy has the reading ‘Sir. George' for ‘Sir George' at l.19 on p.64, and the last line of p.168 exhibits wrong spacing in ‘upset', both probably as always.

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The First Novel with a Woman Detective?


CLARE (Austin [i.e., Wilhelmina Martha James]). Pandora's portion: A Story of Hope. By Austin Clare, Author of "A Child of the Menhir," "The Carved Cartoon," "A Woman's Dower," &c., &c. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 26, Paternoster Square, 1888. Dedication on verso of half-title; integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end, not dated, but not including this volume; diagonally fine-ribbed light tan cloth, blocked gilt, blocked and embossed brown and black, lettered brown-cased gilt, brown-cased black, and gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked brown and black, blocked gilt, lettered gilt and brown-cased black, on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed with foliage-and-daisy pattern in brown. Ownership signature on half-title; half-title and final leaf of catalogue foxed by contact with the end-papers, and two or three leaves elsewhere a little foxed; slight foxing to edges and a few extreme gutters; a couple of short tears to blank lower margins of ll.209-10 and 223-4 - the first and last leaves of gathering ‘O' - which, since they are both separated and conjugate, suggests an original paper fault; otherwise, and in effect, a fine copy. Very scarce.

A true detective novel, albeit with Gothick overtones, and featuring a lady detective, Hope Farquhar, who predates the earliest female detective recorded by Haycraft, Catherine Louisa Pirkis' Loveday Brooke, by some six years. Female Detectives had appeared in short stories as early as 1859 or 1860, and a full volume of them appeared in 1864: this is, however, the earliest recorded novel to feature one. A minor binding variant, copies also being known with end-papers printed with an oak-leaf-and-acorn pattern also in brown, and without the publisher's Catalogue. Not in Hubin or Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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CLELAND (R.). A Rich man's relatives. In three volumes. F.V. White and Co., 31, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1885. 3 Vols.; half-title in each volume with advertisement on verso, and followed by advertisement leaf; final blank in volume one; crimson coarse morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered black on front cover, lettered and ruled gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed florally in ochre. Gilt largely faded from spines; extreme fore-edge of one cover slightly damp-marked; end-papers and facing leaves foxed, other prelims. and last few leaves in each volume slightly so; otherwise a very nice set.

Not in sadleir, or Hubin. A story of kidnapping, attempted murder, and high finance, with slight detective interest, set in Lower Canada. P.134 in volume one contains an interesting footnote on the derivation of the term ‘O.K.'

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CLOUSTON (J. Storer). The Lunatic at Large. A Novel By J. Storer Clouston. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1899. All Rights reserved. Final page blank; pp.[iv]+319+[i]; publisher's 32pp. inserted Catalogue dated 3/99 at end, on text-paper; cream and pale brown faintly cross-streaked fine linen, pictorially blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine; a.e. uncut. Neat restoration to cloth at head of spine, and very slight wear to tail; cloth a spine a trifle darkened; inscription removed from front end-paper, leaving the date 1899 and a small scuff; scattered foxing, occasionally quite heavy; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy, the front cover in particular very crisp and fresh.

The author's first book, and a very amusing novel with slight detective and criminous elements in its structure, but not in essence a crime novel. Hubin, p.86

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CLOWES (W. Laird). The Double emperor: A story of a vagabond cunarder. Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street Strand, W.C., N.D. [1894]. Post 8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled dark turquoise patterned sand grain cloth, blocked black and silver, lettered black and black-shadowed silver on front cover, blocked black, lettered silver and black-shadowed silver on spine; end-papers printed with crazy-paving pattern in brown. A very nice copy.

A ‘Ruritanian' type adventure involving the kidnapping and holding for five million pounds ransom of a Germanic emperor. Not in Hubin.

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COCKTON (Henry). The Life and adventures Of George St. Julian, The Prince of Swindlers. With twentyfive illustrations. London: George Routledge, 36, Soho Square, 1844. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; twenty-five plates by Onwhyn (that to p.212 bound in as frontispiece); pp.xvi+270; contemporary half purple calf, black label, marbled sides, spine tooled and lettered gilt in period style; drab-faced end-papers. Calf splitting slightly at head of spine, and a trifle faded; some damp-marking of plates throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir, Summers, or Hubin; Wolff, 1294a: the second issue, consisting of the original Grattan and Gilbert sheets of 1841 re-issued with a new preliminary gathering, this apparently slightly revised, and given an extended sub-title: that of the first issue being simply ‘The Prince', as it is of course on the running titles here. The first leaf of the last gathering of text in both issues is a single inset: in the first issue it was printed conjugate with a list of illustrations here suppressed (since one plate and the portrait frontispiece have here been dropped); in the present issue, the half-title has been omitted, and a new Arrangement of the Plates leaf printed to follow the title leaf, the preliminary gathering being reprinted otherwise, apparently, from the original plates, with the inclusion of a single verbal ‘correction' - the substitution of ‘honerable' (a mis-print for ‘honourable') for some other word at l.4 on p.[v], this being inserted in a slightly smaller type. A very early example of the George Routledge imprint.

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COCKTON (Henry). The steward: A romance of real life. With Portrait of the Author, and Twenty-two Illustrations on Steel, By Onwhyn. W.M. Clark, 16 & 17, Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, 1850. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece by J. Welton after J.W. Childe, and illustrated title-page by Onwhyn precede letterpress title-page; twenty-one inserted plates by Onwhyn; half-title not present, possibly not called for (v. note); pp.[iv]+380; contemporary half dark green calf, spine elaborately ruled and tooled gilt, with five raised bands, matching marbled sides, edges, and end-papers. Some offsetting from plates; boards a trifle rubbed; nonetheless a very nice copy.

First issued in twenty-four weekly penny numbers, as is shown by the advertisement printed along the outermost (and also, sometimes, the centre) fold of each gathering, the numbers then being collected into six monthly parts - a fact recorded on the List of Illustrations, which, oddly, gives no page numbers for the plates, but instead assigns them merely to their parts. This reflects a peculiarity of the mode of issue, again recorded on the spine folds of the gatherings, that the plates were not published integral with the text, but had to be purchased separately, the plates for each second number costing an extra penny for the pair. (They were also available, when the last numbers were being issued, at 1/- the set). It is to be presumed that many copies were in consequence bound up wholly without plates, or perhaps with a defective complement of them. The illustrated title-page was available with the first part; the other prelims. were issued with the final part, which otherwise has five leaves - leading us to suspect that a half-title or advertisement leaf may be called for, although absent here. The present copy was bound up from the weekly numbers, rather than the parts, and has a full complement of plates. They are here bound in to face pp.8, 24, 40, 57, 72, 89, 104, 120, 136, 152, 168, 184, 201, 217, 233, 249, 265, 281, 296, 313, and 379. In our experience, a very scarce Cockton title, in any form. Block, p.43; CBEL, III, p.479; not in Hubin or Sadleir; one of three titles lacking from the otherwise complete Wolff collection of Cockton's works. A murder story.

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COLE (Mellen). Cy Ross: A novel. Gay and Bird, 15 King William Street Strand W C, 1891. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; final blank; dark green buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled black, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated yellow. End-papers tightened; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Hubin or Wolff. Set variously among the gold-fields of California and in England, the story involves an attempted murder which appears at first to have been successful, and gives rise to a chase and a good deal of detective work on the part of the victim's wife - that in London involving the assistance of a street arab.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The woman in white. In three volumes. London: Sampson Low, Son, & Co., 47 Ludgate Hill, 1860. (The Right of Translation is Reserved.) 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; fly-title precedes start of text in each volume; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end of volume three, dated August 1, 1860; violet bead grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, blocked gilt, lettered violet through gilt, and gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder's ticket of Bone & Son at end of volume one. Ring mark on back end-paper of volume one; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Rare thus.

Sadleir 605a and ‘Excursions' pp.140-141; Parrish, p.39; Hubin, p.91; Gasson, ‘Journal of The Wilkie Collins Society', Vol.II., 1982, pp.5-9. The probable first issue, with the most probably correct date of the catalogue (the book was published in England on August 15th, 1860; copies of this (as well as of the second third and fourth printings) are more usually seen with a catalogue dated ‘November, 1860', though copies (both of this and the second edition) are known with a catalogue dated May 1st 1860). As Gasson demonstrates, the English first edition was published simultaneously with the single volume American first edition, which, however, contains a more primitive version of the text. Sadleir would unhesitatingly have described the present set as ‘fine'.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The woman in white. In three volumes. London: Sampson Low, Son, & Co., 47 Ludgate Hill, 1860. (The Right of Translation is Reserved.) 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; fly-title precedes start of text in each volume; volume three with 4pp. inserted William Tinsley advertisements on smaller paper, dated from 314, Strand, W.C., Sept. 1, 1860, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated September 1, 1860; violet bead grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, blocked gilt, lettered violet through gilt, and gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow in volumes one and two, yellow in volume three; binder's ticket of Bone & Son at end of volume one (Ball, 17C). Slight fading to covers and gilt a little dulled on volumes one and two; unobtrusive restoration to cloth of back joint in volume one, small, barely visible, restoration in volume two; a virtually fine copy internally. Rare thus.

First edition later issue of the catalogue but preceeding the printing of the second edition. A made-up set the first two volumes having the armorial bookplate of T.H.G. Fermor and the small book label of the Easton Neston library on the front paste-down the third volume a later signature on the free end-paper. Sadleir 605a and ‘Excursions' pp.140-141; Parrish p.39; Hubin p.91; Gasson ‘Journal of The Wilkie Collins Society' Vol.II. 1982 pp.5-9. The bibliography is somewhat complex: the book was published in England on August 15th 1860; copies of this (as well as of the second third and fourth printings) are more usually seen with a catalogue dated ‘November 1860' though copies are known with a catalogue dated May 1 1860 (in which this title is listed as ‘forthcoming') September 1 1860 (as here) and no catalogue at all. Copies of the Second Edition are known with the May September and November catalogues whilst later printings to the eighth (designated simply ‘New Edition') have the September or November catalogues. As Gasson demonstrates the English first edition was published on August 15th apparently simultaneously with the single volume American first edition which however contains a more primitive version of the text much closer to that of the original serial. On the basis of the above facts we would hypothesise the following order of events:- 1. That Sampson Low catalogues in 1860 were printed at least for May August September and November that the May catalogues had not been exhausted by the time that the September ones were produced and that the latter were possibly printed short in consequence. 2. That whether printed short or not the September catalogues were exhausted before the November ones had been produced their place being supplied from the left over stock of May catalogues and this too becoming exhausted copies were then bound up without any catalogue until such time as the November ones were ready when they of course were used. 3. The first impression was evidently bound up in batches but advance interest must have been such that it became obvious at an early date that the original impression was going to prove inadequate - and a further impression was ordered to be run off the sheets of this being delivered to the binder before most of the sheets of the first impression had been bound - the new sheets being then stacked with or possibly on top of the earlier ones and hence being sent to be bound up either in advance or alongside of them; and that subsequent editions were similarly delivered before the original stock had again been worked down to and worked off. Since copies of the first edition exist with the November catalogue it would appear that final stocks of the sheets were not bound up at least until the fourth edition had been prepared in early October and that in point of binding-up they in fact post-date it. The present Vol. III. was evidently bound before the Second Edition had been printed; the first two volumes we believe to have been earlier still.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The Woman in white By Wilkie Collins, Author of "The Dead Secret," "After Dark," etc. Copyright edition. In two volumes. Leipzig, Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1860. The Right of Translation is reserved. 2 vols. bound in one, as issued, short f'cap 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half/series title to each volume; pp.X+369+[i (printer's imprint)]; [iv]+324; publisher's green vertical-grain fine straight-morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; red and white head- and tail- bands; hair-line marbled edges; end-papers faced light brown. A fine copy.

Issued as volumes 525 and 526 of Tauchnitz's ‘Collection of British Authors'. Todd 525Aa and 526A: the correct first issue of the first setting of text of both volumes, with the series/half-titles blank on versos (the second printing listed nine titles, subsequent printings more; whilst the second setting of text listed twenty-seven), the prelims. to volume one paged in Roman numerals (those to volume two have no page numbers), and with all the other points mentioned by Todd. Todd, who does not record this issue in cloth, speculates that the Tauchnitz edition may precede the English first edition since it appeared in the same month. Given that it is a copyright edition, however, and that some trouble was taken by the English publishers to ensure that the American first (and authorised) edition appeared simultaneously with the English one - as has been shown by Andrew Gasson (‘Journal of The Wilkie Collins Society', Vol.II., 1982, pp.5-9) on August 15th - it seems most probable that this edition was likewise published that day. As far as we have been able to tell, it exhibits the same text as the English first edition (the American first edition had a more primitive version). Hubin, p.91, listing only the English and American editions. V. also Parrish, p.39

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The woman in white. In three volumes. Second edition. Sampson Low, Son, & Co., 47 Ludgate Hill, 1860. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; fly-title precedes start of text in each volume; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end of volume three, dated May 1, 1860; violet bead grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, blocked gilt, lettered violet through gilt, and gilt, on spine; top-edges uncut, fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight general wear to covers, and some fading of cloth; slight cracking of two or three end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition, second printing, almost certainly PRECEDING IN DATE OF ISSUE most copies of the first printing. A bibliographical curiosity. Sadleir, ‘Excursions', pp.140-141, [1922], records the fact that "a so-called ‘New Edition' was issued in the year of publication and with binding identical to that of the first edition, for which reason only the right advertisement matter can show that a copy is untampered with." He does not record the present ‘so-called' Second Edition, which he had presumably not seen, nor the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, or Seventh Editions, his reprint, which itself exists in two states, being in fact the eighth. Sadleir does not record the date of catalogue present in his ‘New Edition', but implies that it is subsequent to September 1860. In ‘Excursions' he records copies of the first impression either without any catalogue, or with a catalogue dated ‘November 1860', noting that the latter copies "belong clearly to a subsequent issue", the book having been published, by his account, on September 1st. Andrew Gasson, in an article ‘The Woman in White: A Chronological Study', in the Journal of The Wilkie Collins Society, Vol.II, 1982, has shown that Sadleir was wrong in implying the several editions of ‘The Woman in White' to have been textually identical, and also in assigning to the first edition the publication date of September 1st: the English edition was in fact published on August 15th, apparently simultaneously with the American edition (this latter having an earlier version of the text, much closer to that of the original serial). By the time that he published ‘XIX Century Fiction' [1951], Sadleir had discovered copies of the first edition with a catalogue dated ‘August 1, 1860', which he therefore regarded as characterising the earliest issue. But the present copy, designated ‘Second Edition' on the title-page, has a catalogue dated ‘May 1860' (in which this title is listed as forthcoming); and we have heard also of copies of the first impression with the same May catalogue. We have also seen a copy with ‘Fourth edition' on the title-pages, a catalogue dated ‘September 1st, 1860', and an ownership inscription dated ‘October 12th, 1860'. On the basis of the above facts, we would hypothesise the following order of events:- 1. That Sampson Low catalogues in 1860 were printed at least in May, August, September, and November, that the May catalogues had not been exhausted by the time that the September ones were produced, and that the latter were possibly printed short in consequence. 2. That, whether printed short or not, the September catalogues were exhausted before the November ones had been produced, their place being supplied from the left over stock of May catalogues, and this too becoming exhausted, copies were then bound up without any catalogue, until such time as the November ones were ready, when they of course were used. 3. The first impression was evidently bound up in batches, but advance and early interest must have been such that it became obvious at an early date that the original impression was going to prove inadequate - and a further impression was ordered to be run off, the sheets of this being delivered to the binder before most of the sheets of the first impression had been bound - the new sheets being then stacked with, or possibly on top of, the earlier ones, and hence being sent to be bound up either in advance, or alongside, of them; and that subsequent editions were similarly delivered before the original stock had again been worked down to, and worked off. It would even be possible, given such an order of events, that copies having any but the August catalogue might be made up from sheets of more than one impression! Since copies of the first edition exist with the November catalogue, it would appear that final stocks of the sheets were not bound up at least until the fourth edition had been prepared in early October, and that, in point of binding-up, they in fact post-date it. The second impression was printed from the standing type of the first and not from stereo plates, as may be shown by measurement of lines, but slight progressive type damage is to be found - as for instance in Vol. I at p.3 text line 16 a broken ‘H' in ‘Hartright', or in Vol.III at p.8 text line 13 a broken ‘e' in ‘Glyde' - not present in a copy of the first impression, with the August catalogue, or with another copy with the September catalogue, with which comparison was made. The Second Edition is of some importance in that the text contains a number of corrections, including one affecting the chronology. Further corrections appear not to have been made until the first English one volume edition was published, in April or May 1861.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The woman in white. In three volumes. Seventh edition. Sampson Low, Son, & Co., 47 Ludgate Hill, 1860. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; fly-title precedes start of text in each volume; violet bead grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, blocked gilt, lettered violet through gilt, and gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow in volumes one and two, yellow in volume three. Spines dull and with minor restorations to cloth; library label on front cover of volumes one and two, removed from that of volume three, leaving slight traces; otherwise a nice copy of an apparently rare edition.

Unknown either to Sadleir or Andrew Gasson, the latter, discussing the various three volume editions and issues of the book at length in the Wilkie Collins Society Journal, Volume II, 1982, pp.5-14, describing the ‘New Edition' of 1860 as the seventh (Sadleir, in ‘Excursions' [1922], had described it as the second, not having seen copies of any of the explicitly numbered editions - an error he had not seen reason to correct by the time that he published ‘XIXth Century Fiction' in 1951). This seventh edition appears to confirm points raised by Gasson regarding precedence of states observed in the ‘New Edition'.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). Hide and seek; Or, The mystery of Mary Grice. New edition. London: Sampson Low, Son, & Co., 47, Ludgate Hill, 1861. Half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece by H.Adlard after John Gilbert, with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+356+[iv]; magenta bead-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, and blind through gilt on spine; top- and lower- edges uncut; end-papers coated bottle-green. Joints and extremities of spine neatly restored; tissue guard lacking; slight scattered foxing and dusting; in general, however, a nice copy otherwise.

The second edition of a book originally published in three volumes in 1854. Collins's third novel and first attempt at a mystery. The present copy represents the first one-volume, first revised, and first illustrated edition. Apart from some revisions in the text, the last two pages are entirely new (the ending being here shortened), the ‘Preface to the Present Edition' and the two page ‘Note to Chapter VII' (which appears at the end of the text) being also added. Issued as volume VII of ‘Low's Popular Library of Favourite Books', this information being given in the terminal advertisements, which record this volume as the latest available, with one more, ‘When the Snow Falls' by W.M. Thomas advertised as ‘Shortly'. Neither this edition nor this series are in Sadleir; Wolff, 1357a; Parrish, p.23; Hubin, p.90, listing only the first edition.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The moonstone. A Romance. In three volumes. Tinsley Brothers, 18, Catherine Street, Strand, 1868. 3 Vols.; bound up without the half-titles, the integral advertisement leaf which should precede the half-title in volume two, or the leaf of integral advertisements at the end of volume three; pp.[iii] - viii+[316]; [v - vi]+[298]; [iii - iv]+310; contemporary half-roan, marbled sides. Sides a little rubbed; two joints splitting at head, two others cracked but firm on the cords: in need of rebacking; a very little light dusting and marking internally, but in general an excellent copy of a book that is seldom found in acceptable state.

This copy has the misprint ‘treachesrouly' for ‘treacherously' at p.129, l.24 in volume two, said to be characteristic of the first issue. Sadleir, 598; Wolff, 1368

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The dead alive; A Story. Toronto: Hunter, Rose and Company, 1874. Sm.cr.8vo; binder's blank and non-integral text-paper blank precede half-title; binder's blank at end; pp.[iv]+[9]-108; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, diagonally ruled black and gilt, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered with publisher's imprint device blind on back cover, blocked, lettered, and with short rule gilt, lettered with imprint green-through-gilt, on spine; end-papers coated very dark olive. Some general wear to covers; a very little scattered foxing; back blank lightly stained towards top edge, with very light offsetting onto upper margin of last page of text; a near nice copy, nonetheless, of a rare title.

Not in Sadleir or Hubin, and not published separately in England. The story was included in ‘The Frozen Deep', which was published in England on November 2nd, 1874. The present volume almost certainly has precedence. The curious pagination appears to have been caused by the printer, who was also the publisher and binder, counting the two initial blanks in the collation. There is certainly no loss.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The Law & The Lady: A novel By Wilkie Collins. In three volumes. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1875. The Right of Translation is reserved. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; integral advertisement leaf, verso blank, at end of each volume that to volume one followed by publisher's inserted 40pp. catalogue, dated December, 1874; pp.[viii]+246+[ii]; iv+269+[i (blank)]+[ii]; iv+341+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine-ribbed green cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked blind on front cover, lettered, with short rule, and blocked with publisher's device gilt, lettered green through gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Re-cased, with the original backstrips laid on, these a little lacking at extreme head and tail of spines, and that to volume one at the edge also (with loss of part of the ‘W' of ‘Wilkie'), and with new pale buff end-papers; unobtrusive traces of library labels having been removed from each front cover; a few small light marks internally, pretty well confined to the second gathering in volume one, and short tear (3/16") in top margin of title leaf to same volume repaired with binder's tissue on verso; otherwise a nice copy, and not unpleasing on the shelf.

Sadleir, 594; Wolff, 1361; Parrish, p.94; Hubin, p.90. Number nine on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). The haunted hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice. To which is added My lady's money. With six illustrations by Arthur Hopkins. In two volumes. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1879 [i.e., November, 1878]. (The right of translation is reserved). 2 Vols., demy.8vo, wire-stitched; blank before half-title, and wood-engraved frontispiece in each volume; volume one with four wood-engraved plates, and leaf bearing publisher's device on recto, blank on verso, followed by publisher's inserted 40pp. catalogue, dated October, 1878, at end; pp.[2]+[x]+230+[2]; [2]+[vi]+259+[i (blank)]; milk chocolate buckram, ruled blind, blocked with publisher's device within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, ruled and blocked white, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers faced blue-black. Slight general wear to covers, and barely visible restorations to cloth at head and tail of spines; library label removed from each front cover, leaving lighter patch [v. note]; some rusting of staples visible at extreme gutters; slight creasing to free end-papers in volume one; final plate in volume one supplied in sympathetic facsimile; staples removed from same volume, which has been sewn and reinserted into the original case without disturbing either the end-papers or the muslin backing (the stapling to volume two is still sound); a few scattered fox-spots at the front and back of each volume, mainly associated with the end-papers; despite these faults, a very good copy, clean and fresh internally.

Tipped onto the front blank in volume one is a slip cut from a letter, bearing Collins' signature. ‘The Haunted Hotel' is noted as the first use in fiction of dental records to identify a body. Published wire-stitched and with a thick, chalk-surfaced paper too heavy for the binding, this title is seldom seen in the original cloth to-day. Together with ‘The Woman in White', it is joint number eight on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped-in to face pp.52, 128, 166, and 196 of volume one. This title not in the Sadleir collection; Sadleir, ‘Excursions', p.146; Parrish, pp.106 - 8; Wolff, 1355. Sadleir describes the cloth colour as ‘dark brown' and we should have agreed with this if it had not been for the lighter areas where library labels have been removed from our copy: these show the original cloth colour to have been milk chocolate. The copy described by Sadleir must, like ours generally, have darkened.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). A rogue's life: From his Birth to his Marriage. By Wilkie Collins. London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1879. (The Right of Translation is Reserved.) Globe 8vo, wire-stitched; half-title not called for; pp.iv+188; diagonally very-fine-ribbed deep crimson cloth over very thin (flexible) boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on sides (the back cover bearing the publisher's monogram and motto device), ruled and blocked black, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers coated black. Minute scuff-hole (3 x 2 mm) to cloth of back board, and barely noticeable mottling to cloth of spine and extreme tail-edge of back board; slight, barely visible, rusting about the staples, which have now been removed and the gatherings sewn, without disturbing either the end-papers or the original muslin backing, the sewing itself being likewise barely visible; short split in blank lower margin of leaf 10 - 2, due apparently to an original paper flaw; otherwise, and in effect, a fine copy.

Sadleir 604; Hubin, p.90. Number seven on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities, but scarcer to-day in nice original cloth than when Sadleir rated them in 1950 because of the tendency of the staples to rust and disintegrate the volume, leading to subsequent dusting, dog-earing, and wear to the covers and end-papers. The present copy was entirely sound when purchased by us, but the gatherings came loose when it was opened, and the sewing was undertaken as a way of permanently preserving it in its otherwise virtually fine state. The present copy may now safely be read. Issued as the seventh volume in Bentley's Half Crown Empire Library, and bound in series style.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). A rogue's life: From his Birth to his Marriage. By Wilkie Collins. London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1879. (The Right of Translation is Reserved.) Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.iv+188; later half-calf, marbled sides and end-papers, spine with raised bands and contrasting labels, tooled gilt; t.e.g., others rough trimmed. Covers a trifle rubbed, otherwise a fine copy.

Sadleir 604. Number seven on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities. Issued as the seventh volume in Bentley's Half Crown Empire Library. Hubin, p.90.

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COLLINS (Wilkie). Blind Love. With a preface by Walter Besant and Illustrations by A Forestier. In three volumes. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1890. 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard and six plates in volume one; leaf blank except for publisher's device on recto at end; frontispiece and one plate in volume two; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1889, advertising this title as ‘shortly'; frontispiece and six plates in volume three; numerous vignettes in text throughout; pp.[xii]+302; [viii]+303+[i (blank)]; [viii]+316; blue very fine grain crushed morocco cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked black on sides, after the manner of a quarter cloth with decorated boards, spine lettered gilt; end-papers printed with flower and leaf design in pale grey. Label removed from each front cover leaving slightly rubbed or brighter patches that are not obtrusive; a little foxing or spotting of edges, and a few very faint fox-spots or other marks on some margins; otherwise a nice copy, the spine lettering very bright and fresh.

Sadleir Excursions p.151 recording that the book was issued in January 1890 but not in his collection as described in XIXth Century Fiction; Parrish pp.128-9; Wolff 1348. The vignettes and plates are reproduced from the ‘Illustrated London News' where the novel first appeared. Collins's last novel completed at his request by Walter Besant from copious notes (which included fragments of conversation etc.) and issued posthumously in book form. A story which begins and ends with a murder among the land-leaguers of Ireland but is chiefly concerned with the slow corruption of a man and wife leading into non-political murder and successful fraud. The character of the anti-hero is beautifully drawn. A good deal of detection is undertaken by Fanny Mere the female protagonist's maid. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance if any undetermined:) Vol.I p.v l.2 ‘a' of ‘hands' printed too heavily; p.88 l.5 broken ‘r' in ‘pro-'; p.91 l.16. broken ‘b' in ‘crumbling'; p.192 l.2 improper spacing between the ‘d' and ‘i' in ‘audible'; p.199 l.17 ‘s' in ‘Seriously' broken; p.200 l.6. ‘r' in ‘or' broken; p.206 l.18 ‘y' in ‘my' too heavy; p.247 l.7 of text ‘th' ‘s' and ‘o' in ‘the Irish lord' broken; Vol.II p.5 l.2 broken ‘c' in ‘Noticing'; p.85 l.12 hyphen lacking at end of line; p.202 l.5 broken ‘m' in ‘dumb'; p.247 l.3 raised comma at end of line; p.257 l.12 ‘d' of ‘passed' broken; p.271 l.7 ‘S' in ‘Soon' broken; p.281 l.4 light risen space before ‘door'; p.285 l.17 broken ‘f' in ‘if'; Vol.III p.6 l.12 hyphen lacking at end of line; p.39 last line ‘o' in ‘doctor's' broken; p.53 l.18 wrong fount ‘o' in ‘out'; p.77 l.13 ‘n' in ‘and' broken; p.128 l.4 ‘S' of ‘She' lacking and hyphen at end of line dropped; p.132 last line battered ‘i' in ‘in' (ald comma preceding); p.133 l.12 first ‘p' in ‘proposing' broken; p.136 l.17 second ‘l' in ‘well' battered; p.143 l.17 faint risen space before ‘you'; p.152 l.4 ‘d' of ‘indiscreet' broken; p.162 l.10 ‘w' of ‘whether' broken and too heavy; p.176 l.17 ‘a' of ‘sharply' too heavy; p.179 penultimate line ‘he' for ‘she'; p.191 l.12 ‘y' of ‘body' too heavy; p.209 l.12 ‘h' in ‘that' broken; p.212 last line ‘d' in ‘tried' battered; p.225 l.2 ‘w' in ‘when' battered; p.227 l.2 closing inverted commas lacking at end of line; p.247 l.7 wrong font ‘e' in ‘me'; p.255 l.1 ‘g' in ‘thing' raised above the line; p.273 l.15 ‘s' at end of line battered; p.315 l.12 ‘m' in ‘Vimpany' battered.

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COMBE (Martin) and LISLE (Duncan). Arnold Robur: A Novel. In three volumes. Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1886. 3 Vols.; half-title in each volume a single inset; pp.vi+310; vi+300; vi+300; diagonally fine ribbed yellow-green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth of spines very slightly dull; half-title more or less lacking in volume one; small mark on one title-page; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Hubin; Wolff, 1403. Bibliomystery, involving robbery and attempted murder.

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CROMMELIN (May). The Freaks of Lady Fortune. F.V. White & Co., 1891. Pp.[viii]+312; diagonally fine-ribbed red cloth, blocked and lettered in black on sides, ruled and blocked with ornament black, lettered gilt, on spine; white end-papers printed with a floral pattern grey-green. Inscription on half-title page; otherwise a nice copy.

A tale of imposture and a purloined will, with marginal detective elements. Detective: His Grace the Duke of Islay. Not in Hubin or Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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[CROSKEY (Julian).]. [By] Mr. M--: The Shen's Pigtail And other cues of anglo- China life. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1894. Narrow f'cap 8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.204+[iv]; glazed unbleached linen, ruled on sides and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram on back cover, lettered on front cover and up spine, all dark blue; t.e.g., others uncut. Nice copy.

Issued as Volume 39 of the Pseudonym Library, and published simultaneously in cloth, as here, at 2/- and in wrappers at 1/6d. The advertisements on the verso of the half-title list the series to no.38. The long title story is a murder mystery involving a good deal of detection. Hubin, p.636: not traced in author index; Sadleir, 3655 (a series entry only); Wolff, 1644. In this copy the last line on p.70 has the reading ‘vamen' for ‘yamen', probably as always.

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[CROSKEY (Julian).]. The Chest of Opium By Mr. M-. Neville Beeman, Limited, 6 Bell's Buildings, Salisbury Sq., E.C., 1896. F'cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; illustrated title-page printed in black and red; pp.[168]+[ii]+[ii]; mottled fine linen effect iron grey and pale grey buckram, blocked with publisher's device and motto black on back cover, blocked and lettered black, lettered scarlet, on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; front paste-down printed with publisher's Ex Libris design in black. Small light mark on back cover, spine a trifle faded, front end-papers lightly damp-marked, slight marginal spotting/foxing of three or four leaves, some leaves badly opened; nonetheless a near-nice copy of a scarce book.

Includes ‘The Chest of Opium' and ‘Chinese Horror'. Issued as the second volume in ‘The New Vagabond Library', under the general editorship of G.B. Burgin. The first three titles are listed on the verso of the half-title. The front end-papers are of wove text-paper, and were evidently printed as part of the final gathering, the back-end-papers are of laid paper. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1643, listing only an issue in wrappers; Hubin, p.482, not identifying the author, and omitting the title from the main index.

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D. (A.). Shooting Stars. A Novel. In Three Volumes. T. Cautley Newby, 1869. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; frontispiece, signed ‘W.B.S.', with tissue guard, in volume one; pp.[iv]+[328]; [iv]+[298]; [iv]+292; diagonally-ribbed rust-brown cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Cloth slightly bubbled and mottled, and end-papers a trifle marked; otherwise a nice copy.

A complicated plot involving kidnappings and several murders, but with the process of detection going forward principally behind the scenes. An interesting glimpse of mid-Victorian morality. Detectives: Captains O'Neil and Fitzroy. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, Hubin, the British Library Catalogue, or Halkett and Laing; Wolff, 7627A, describing a copy bearing the same date in ‘grey-purple ripple-grain cloth' with end-papers [?]coated buff, with a leaf of advertisements before the title-page in each volume and an integral leaf of advertisements at the end of volume two, none of which appear ever to have been included in the present copy, but apparently without the frontispiece. At least one of the advertisement leaves in the Wolff copy appears to be non-integral, as the Wolff collation would give otherwise an exact number of 12mo sheets. The edition listed here saves that, plus a quarter sheet. Primacy could be arguable for either.

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DABBS (George H.R., M.D.). The manor inn: A tale of a lost impression. Charles William Deacon & Co., 1899. Lge.post 8vo; blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; pp.[4]+viii+228; bevelled white coarse buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very slight darkening of covers, and gilt on spine a trifle dull; front end-papers and blank foxed; inscription on front blank; otherwise fine.

Not in Wolff; Hubin, p.106. Not issued in America. Inscribed on the front blank ‘F.I.M. / from / A L. / Nov.1899' in a hand resembling Andrew Lang's.

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DAVIDSON (Hugh Coleman). The Queen of the black hand. By Hugh Coleman Davidson, Author of "The Old Adam," "Cast on the Waters," "The Green Hills by the Sea'" All rights reserved. London: Trischler and Company, 18, New Bridge Street, E.C., 1890. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; 12pp. integral advertisements at end, numbered in two series; pp.[2]+vi+260+iv+8; bevelled midnight blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with pansy pattern in grey. Very slight dulling to cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as a volume in ‘The Victorian Library Series' - a fact only evident from the advertisements. These list two titles as published already, one (‘Midge' by May Crommelin) as In the press, and six other titles as planned, the list headed by the present volume which is scheduled for ‘the first week in February'. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1737, listing an otherwise similar copy with "dark purple and white floral patterned end-papers"; Hubin, p.110, listing this title as of undetermined status: it is a melodramatic story set in contemporary Spain in which a secret society of anarchists condemn to death an English journalist who is investigating them.

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DAVIS (Ellis J.). His Little Bill of Sale. John Long, 6 Chandos Street, Strand, 1898. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; integral advertisement leaf at end; diagonally fine ribbed crimson cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight wear to head and tail of spine; light embrowning of poor quality end-papers; blank and half-title slightly foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Financial swindlers. Includes a court case with a succession of appeals through the levels of the English legal system, with full pleadings and judgments, which might be taken for satire, but which, regretably, even today, the initiated might regard as sober fact. Written by a lawyer. Not in Hubin.

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DAWSON (William J.). Judith Boldero: A Tragic Romance. London, James Bowden, 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1898. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.406+[x]; vertically fine-ribbed cerise cloth blocked and embossed blind and gilt, lettered cerise through gilt on front cover, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Unobtrusive restoration to cloth at head of spine, otherwise a nice copy.

A story involving murder and robbery. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; this title not in Hubin, who lists only one 1920 title for this author.

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DE FONBLANQUE (Albany). Bad luck. A Novel. In three volumes. Richard Bentley and Son, 1877. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; 2pp. integral advertisements at end of volume three; diagonally fine ribbed grass green cloth ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, blocked bright and matt gilt, lettered gilt and green-through-gilt on spine; end-papers coated cream. Almost imperceptible marking of covers in volume one, and end-papers very slightly cracking in the same volume; but a virtually fine copy, nevertheless.

This title not in Hubin. A murder mystery.

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DESART ([W.U.O'C. Cuffe,] Earl of). Herne Lodge. Vol.I [II]. Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1888. 2 Vols.; half-titles not called for; pp.[iv]+[264]; [iv]+210; maroon fine-bead-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers glazed very dark blue. Very slight wear to extremities of spines; library labels removed from front covers; anciently recased, apparently at different times, with end-papers that fail to match and leave the old paste-downs still just visible at extreme edges; slight foxing and marking; a very good copy only. Scarce.

A story of fraud, murder, and mystery, set largely in a house reputedly haunted, though this plays almost no part in the plot. Detectives: Ralph Goring, journalist; Dr. Plamber, physician. Not in Hubin, Glover/Greene, or Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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