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.

HARTE (Mrs. Bagot). Wrongly condemned: A Novel. Jarrold & Sons, 10 & 11, Warwick Lane, E.C., 1896. Sm.cr.8vo, wire-stitched; 27pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.325+[27]; dark green sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's initials device blind on back cover, blocked, lettered, and embossed with lettering, blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with flower-and-leaf pattern in pale grey. Nice copy.

A murder mystery, involving the trial and condemnation to death of two innocent people. Not in Hubin or Wolff; this title not in Sadleir. Issued upon first publication as volume No.33 of Jarrolds' ‘Greenback Series', this fact being stated on the front cover and in the series advertisements on the verso of the half-title, where the series is advance listed to No.43. The series was not issued in numbered order: Nos.34-36 are here listed as ‘Shortly', No.37 as ‘2nd Edition', No.39 as ‘Sixth Thousand', No.40 as ‘3rd Ed.', and Nos.41-43 as shortly. Reprints announce their status on the title-page. A popular series, little seen today, since the wire-stitching of the bindings tended to rust away, causing the early disintegration of the volumes.

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HATTON (Joseph). Cruel London: A Novel. In three volumes. Chapman & Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1878. 3 Vols. bound in one, as issued; half-title not called for in volume one, not called for in this issue in other volumes, and possibly not called for in any issue, the last leaf in volumes one and two being a single inset probably printed conjugate with the prelims. of the succeeding volume; diagonally fine ribbed rich brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover; end-papers coated cream. Spine a little worn at front lower corner, and end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir. Hubin, p.196, listing the novel as of undetermined status. It is in fact a novel after the Dickensian model, with a deus ex machina at the end, concerned largely with financial swindlers and with charity frauds, but including also one or two minor thefts, and a multiple poisoner who escapes undetected. Detectives: M. Favart, confidential agent, Topper Wingfield of Scotland Yard, and Jim Buncher a police detective. In this copy, p.206 in Vol.III is misnumbered ‘06'.

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HATTON (Joseph). The gay world. A novel. In three volumes. Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1887. 3 Vols.; [ii]+8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end of volume three, the first leaf, a singleton, being a title-leaf to the catalogue; crimson buckram, ruled and letered black, blocked grey-green on front cover, ruled black, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated black. Light mottling of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir. Hubin, p.196, erroneously giving the date as 1877. Apparently not published in America.

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HATTON (Joseph). By order of the Czar. The tragic story of Anna Klosstock, Queen of the ghetto. Fifteenth edition. Hutchinson and Co., 34, Paternoster Row, N.D. [c.1896]. Yellow slip recording that the book is "Prohibited by the Government of the Czar from Circulation in Russia" tipped in before title-page; diagonally fine ribbed cerise cloth, blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated chocolate. Cloth of spine slightly faded and a little worn at tail; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed inscription, dated June 1896 on half-title page. First published in 1890. Hubin, p.196.

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HATTON (Joseph). In male attire: A Romance of the Day. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1900. Half-title not called for; final blank; pp.iv+346+[ii]; dark red rough buckram lettered and blocked with Hatton's signature, gilt, on front cover and spine. Vertical creasing of spine, and back end-papers cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.196, listing this title as of doubtful status: it is a story involving murder. Not issued in America.

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HAWTHORNE (Julian). Dust. A novel. Copyright edition. In two volumes. Hamburg: Karl Grädener & J.F. Richter, 1883. 2 Vols, roy.16mo in half sheets; half/series title in each volume; pp.[iv]+277+[i (blank)]; [iv]+299+[i (blank)]; contemporary green morocco binder's cloth ruled gilt on spine, brown leather label. Nice copy.

Issued as volumes 223 and 224 of the series ‘Asher's Collection of English Authors', and printed in Hamburg. This title neither in Sadleir or Wolff; Wright, 2584, lists the American edition as ‘New York: Fords, Howards, & Hulbert, 1883'. If that be indeed the first American edition, the present edition, in view of its copyright status, may well have precedence. Hubin, p.197, however, lists the American edition as ‘Houghton, 1882', and the English three decker as ‘Chatto, 1883' - which may still leave the English edition precedence, since English publishers often dated their books a year ahead, whereas American ones did not. This German volume is likely to be dated correctly. A scarce title at any rate in any form, and certainly, if nothing else the first Continental edition. Hubin lists it as of undetermined status. It does involves murder.

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HAWTHORNE (Nathaniel). Doctor Grimshawe's secret. A Romance. Edited with preface and notes By Julian Hawthorne. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1883. Blank before half-title; 12pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated September 1882; fine-mottled light grey buckram, blocked blind on back cover, greyish blue on front cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered black on front cover and spine; top-edges uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with floral design in light grey. Near fine copy. A scarce title.

Hubin, p.197; Blanck, 7642, records that the English edition was dated ahead, and probably preceded the American edition, though it may have been published simultaneously with it. It is not without interest that the present copy contains a September 1882 catalogue; the American edition was not printed until December. Blanck gives no details of the English edition, and had apparently not inspected a copy.

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HAWTHORNE (Nathaniel). Doctor Grimshawe's secret. A Romance. Edited with preface and notes By Julian Hawthorne. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1883. Blank before half-title; 12pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated September 1882; fine-mottled light grey buckram, blocked blind on back cover, greyish blue on front cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered black on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed with floral design in rich olive green. Spine faded, and just a trifle worn at head and tail; otherwise nice. A scarce title.

Hubin, p.197; Blanck, 7642, records that the English edition was dated ahead, and probably preceded the American edition, though it may have been published simultaneously with it. It is not without interest that the present copy contains a September 1882 catalogue; the American edition was not printed until December. Blanck gives no details of the English edition, and had apparently not inspected a copy.

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HENDERSON (William). Clues; Or Leaves from a chief constable's Note book. By William Henderson, Chief Constable of Edinburgh, Formerly Chief Constable of Leeds, and Chief Inspector of the Detective department at Manchester and at Glasgow. Oliphant, Anderson, & Ferrier, Edinburgh And 24 Old Bailey, London, 1889. Globe 8vo; pp.256; modern quarter teak-brown linen, yellow and brown patterned boards, yellow spine label printed in brown. Bound up without the half-title (?or advertisement leaf); otherwise a fine copy in a very pleasant recent binding.

Issued at 2/6d and 2/-, presumably in cloth or boards: this very probably being the latter issue. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hubin p.201. One of two detective story collections by this author, both of them now scarce. Interesting stories based on real events, with some claim to be the earliest police ‘procedural'.

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HERMAN (Henry). Hearts of gold and Hearts of steel. George Newnes, Limited, 8, 9, 10, and 11, Southampton Street, and Exeter Street, Strand, 1893. Half-title not called for; pp.[2]+ii+274+[ii (blank)]; 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated ‘11.99' (and giving the publisher's address as 7-12 Southampton Street; olive brown buckram, blocked black, green, white, and brownish-red, lettered black, and black-and-white-outlined brownish-red and green, on front cover, ruled black, blocked black, white, green, and gilt, lettered black, and gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed with ‘crazy-paving' pattern in greyish green. Fine copy.

Hubin, p.202, listing no American edition. Wolff, 3169, listing a variant binding of Chartreuse buckram, blocked in different colours, with floral end-papers, and a (still late) catalogue dated ‘10.96'.

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HERMAN (Henry). Lady Turpin. Ward Lock & Co Limited, Warwick House Salisbury Square E C, 1897. Frontispiece on text-paper, with tissue guard, and numerous illustrations in the text, some arranged as plates, all by Stanley L. Wood; final blank; quarter vertically ribbed turquoise cloth, lettered gilt on spine, glazed boards, the back board white, printed with series advertisements in brown, the front board peach-coloured, printed lithographically in black and colours. Back board slightly darkened; small scuff on front board; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.202. This title not in Wolff. Originally published at 1/- in December 1895 as ‘Beeton's Christmas Annual' for 1896, the story was reprinted in book form early in 1897, and issued in cloth at 3/6d. In 1899 the remaining 1897 sheets were reissued in quarter cloth, as here, as volume 15 in the series ‘2/- Copyright Novels'. First edition in book form, second issue. According to a printed note on the turnover of the front cover, printed in Holland - though this may apply only to the colour lithography. There is no printer's imprint on the volume.

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HERVEY (Maurice H.). All rights reserved. Dead Man's Court. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company Limited, N.D. [June, 1895]. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.310+[ii]; maroon smooth cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher's device, lettered, and with short rules, gilt, on spine. Very slight mottled fading of covers; end-papers a trifle dusty, with barely visible tissued repair at gutters, and small snag-hole in back free end-paper; a little very light dusting and marking passim; but in general a near-nice copy.

Issued as Vol.XXII. of ‘Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series', the advertisements listing the series to Vol.XXI. A murder Mystery. Hubin, p.202; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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HILL (Grimley). The Old House of Rayner. Digby, Long & Co., N.D. [1893]. Final leaf recto reads ‘List of publications', verso blank, followed by 8pp. publisher's inserted catalogue dated December 1895; red sand-grain cloth, lettered gilt on spine and front cover, publisher's device, gilt, on back cover; a.e. uncut; white end-papers printed with oak-branch pattern in brown. A very good copy. Scarce.

Consists of two short novels, the first of which, the title story, is a sensational tale of murder by burial alive. Not in Hubin.

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HILL (Headon, i.e., F.E. Grainger). The Rajah's second wife. By Headon Hill, Author of "Zambra, the Detective," "Cabinet Secrets," etc. With two illustrations by Walter S. Stacey. London: Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, 1894. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; half-tone frontispiece (bound in to face verso of half-title - probably by mistake!) and one plate; pp.viii+312; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; rich brown buckram, blocked pictorially black, gold, white, grey, and green on front cover and spine, lettered gilt-shadowed black, white-shadowed black, and black-shadowed gilt on front cover, black-shadowed gilt, white-shadowed black, black, and gilt, on spine. Small corner of back cover very slightly scuffed; inscription on front paste-down, blank recto of advertisement leaf embrowned; otherwise a virtually fine, bright, copy of a handsome book.

Issued, according to the integral advertisement leaf as volume 24 of ‘The Warwick House Library of Copyright Novels', the series listing running to twenty-five. Hubin, p.204, giving the publisher, erroneously, as ‘Warwick' - this being either the series or the address! The only Headon Hill title listed by Hubin as of undetermined status: set in India, it in fact involves a plot to murder an Indian Prince who has converted to Christianity and married an Englishwoman. An opium den plays an insignificant part in the plot. In this copy the advertisements are of a secondary issue, listing this title with a review, and appear to date from the Autumn or Winter of 1895: the lead title being a ‘New Work by Guy Boothby: A Bid for Fortune', which appeared in November of that year. The frontispiece is marked to face p.291, and the other plate to face p.146, at which point it is here in fact bound in.

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HILL (Headon, i.e., F.E. Grainger). Guilty Gold / A romance of Financial fraud And city crime. By Headon Hill. Author of "Clues from a detective's camera," "Cabinet secret," "The rajah's Second wife," etc. Illustrated by Raymond Potter. London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C. Copyrighted Abroad.) 1896. (All rights reserved. Double f'cap 8vo; frontispiece and fifteen plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; vertically ribbed dark yellow green cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. A virtually fine copy.

One of two variant bindings, identical except that the other has no blind blocking on the front cover, but is blocked in blind on the spine instead.Hubin, p.204, listing no American edition; Glover/Greene, 246.

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HILL (Headon). Beacon fires: War Stories of the Coast. Ward, Lock and Co Limited, Warwick House Salisbury Square E C, New York and Melbourne, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and one plate (both in part repeated as the cover designs); 8pp. integral advertisements at end (signed ‘X'); light and dark mottled grey-fawn linen patterned buckram, blocked pictorially black, dark green, brown, and white, lettered dark red, on front cover, blocked pictorially black, brown, and white, lettered black and gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; laid-paper end-papers. Poor quality end-papers embrowned; a little scattered foxing and spotting, mostly of margins; otherwise a nice copy.

Stories of spying, smuggling, highway robbery, kidnapping, etc., set in Kent, the West country, the Scilly Isles, and other coastal areas, in various historical periods. This title missed by Hubin (who lists sixty-three other titles by Hill, including only one of doubtful status). Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The plate is marked to face p.254, and is so here tipped in.

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HILL (Headon, i.e., F.E. Grainger). The shadow of The bear. C. Arthur Pearson Limited, [17 & 18] Henrietta Street, 1899. Integral advertisement leaf at end; vertically grained lime green coarse rough buckram, strikingly pictorially blocked deep olive green, olive brown, and black on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine. In general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.204, listing no American edition.

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HOLMES (J.G.). Ghosts' gloom: A Novel. With a Frontispiece by Wm. Parkinson. Swan Sonnenschein & Co., Paternoster Square, 1889. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece on text-paper; diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled black and gilt, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated light grey-green. Neat contemporary ownership inscription on upper margin of first page of text; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.209, listing this title as of doubtful status. It is in fact a rationalised ghost/mystery story culminating in a murder, and involving some detection. Both in conception and style the novel is very much in the manner of Wilkie Collins, to whom ‘This Novel is gratefully dedicated by an admirer of his genius and a recipient of his kindness' - wording which may lead one to suspect that Collins might possibly have advised on the structure, and perhaps even read and corrected the ms.

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HOLT (Thomas Littleton). John Horsleydown; Or, the Confessions of a thief: Written by himself. And revised by Thomas Littleton Holt. Ward and Lock, 158, Fleet Street, 1860. F'cap 8vo; half-title lacking; pp.[iii]-viii+312; recent marbled boards, leather spine label. Neat early ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page, and title-page slightly marked near inner margin; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.209, listing no American edition; Sadleir, 3522; not in Wolff.

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HOPE (Anthony). The indescretion Of the duchess: Being a story concerning two ladies, A nobleman, and a necklace. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company Limited, N.D. [1894]. Sm.f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.192; diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Nice copy.

Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff. Issued as Vol.LXII. of ‘Arrowsmith's Bristol Library'. First book edition of a title originally issued in wrappers as Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual for 1894. Two stories interwoven - one a love story, the other involving theft, murder, and pursuit.

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HOPKINS (John Baker). Two turns of the wheel. By John Baker Hopkins, Author of ‘Making the worst of it,' ‘A reasonable faith,' ‘Nihilism; or, the terror unmasked,' Etc. etc. Illustrated by A. Fairfax Lumley. London: Newman and Co., 43, Hart Street, Bloomsbury, W.C., 1881. Demy 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece, and nine plates; numerous illustrations in text; pp.vi+335+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine ribbed bright reddish pink cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover, blocked black, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Some fading and mottling of covers and gilt dull; half-title mostly lacking; a very little scattered light foxing; a near-nice copy, nonetheless.

There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.30, 96, 120, 173, 204, 257, 281, 314, and 325, and are here so bound in. All the illustrations, including the vignettes, are excellent. Not in Hubin, Sadleir or Wolff. A story involving a jewel robbery and a good deal of swindling: set variously in Bow, and Green Lanes (North London), with episodes in Stratford (East London) and Paris.

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HORNUNG (E.W.). Some persons Unknown. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1898. 4pp. integral advertisements dated ‘10.98', followed by 8+16pp. publisher's inserted catalogues dated ‘8.98' and ‘6G-10.98', at end; vertically fine ribbed navy blue cloth lettered and with short rule gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram device pattern in grey. Spine slightly dulled; prelims. and backs of end-papers foxed as usual with this title, but a nice copy otherwise. Scarce.

Short stories. Hubin, p.212; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. In this copy p.184, l.2, lacks a full stop at the end of the line: state or issue significance, if any, not known.

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HORNUNG (E.W.). Peccavi. Grant Richards, 1900. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[vi]+435+[i (imprint leaf)]; dark green slightly rough buckram, lettered yellow-green on front cover, gilt on spine. Front end-papers cracked and a trifle stained; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.212.

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HUDSON (Henry). Wild Humphrey Kynaston The robber troglodyte: A romance of the Robin Hood of Shropshire in the reign of Henry the seventh. With seventeen illustrations. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd, 1899. Blank before half-title; portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, and sixteen plates, from photographs; diagonally fine ribbed yellow-green cloth, blocked black and gilt, lettered green through gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Light foxing throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Hubin. The cover design is by the author.

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HUISH (Robert, Esq.). [The progress of crime, Or The authentic memoirs Of Maria Manning. By Robert Huish Esqr. Author of "Memoirs of the Princess Charlotte," "George the Fourth," _ [sic] "Maria Martin [sic]" &c. &c. London, no publisher, no printer. N.D., but c.1850]. Demy 8vo in half sheets; wood-engraved frontispiece, but without the vignette title-page present in the first printing and some subsequent ones; twenty-four wood-engraved plates; letterpress title almost certainly not called for; Directions to the Binder on verso of last leaf; pp.831+[i]; contemporary half-calf, green straight-morocco cloth sides; sprinkled edges. Lacking the spine; first few leaves a little foxed; fox-spot affecting blank margins of pp.183-92; light marginal damp-staining of some half-dozen plates; otherwise a very nice copy internally.

Issued stabbed, without letterpress prelims., apparently in twenty-six 32pp. numbers, each with a plate (though they are not distributed as regularly as that might seem to imply), but a reprint throughout made from stereo plates, the text measuring 84.5mm to 86mm in width as against the 83mm to 84.5mm of the original printing made from type. In this copy also the frontispiece has a five line caption as against the two line caption of the original edition, there is no printers imprint at the end of the text, nor the words "End of volume the third", as there are in that, and p.257 is correctly signed ‘2I' instead of ‘2K', as there. Otherwise it appears to be an exact reprint derived from the same setting of the type, as is evidenced by type damage and other oddities. Both copies for instance drop the sub-title from the running headlines from p.193 onwards, the final ‘h' on p.92 is battered, and in the last line on p.291 there is a risen quad after ‘in', as also before ‘and' in the last line on p.459. In the present copy, however, the second ‘7' of the page number ‘577' is raised, and at p.584, l.15, there is a broken ‘l' in likely, neither of these faults being present in the original. This copy may be lacking the engraved title, but given that in the original issue it included the date of publication, it seems possible at least that it was never included in the present re-issue, and there is indeed no sign of its having been removed from the volume as here bound. A fictionalisation of the events surrounding the real-life murder of Patrick O'Connor in 1849 in the course of which he was twice robbed of small sums - in a low drinking house and in a house of ill-fame - before finally falling victim to a well-planned robbery and murder by the Mannings: the book concludes with an appendix containing an editorial article and description by Charles Dickens of the execution of Mary Manning and her husband at Horsemonger-lane, reprinted from the Times newspaper of Nov.14th 1849, and here first printed in book form. Mary Manning, neé de Roux, who was Swiss by origin, was the last woman to be executed publicly in England - Dickens' letter of protest having some effect in stiffening a government resolve to put an end to the custom. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Block, p.116; Summers, ‘Gothic Bibliography', p.73

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HUME (Fergus). The lone inn: A mystery. By Fergus Hume, Author of The Mys- Tery of a Hansom Cab - The Mystery of Landy Court, &c. London, Jarrold and Sons, Warwick Lane E.C., 1894. Sm.cr.8vo, wire stitched; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.256+[vi]; apple green buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device, blind, on back cover, lettered and elaboarately blocked with an emblematic device gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with a small foliage pattern in pale green. Small corner chipped from front end-paper, and very small chip from fore-edge of back end-paper; two or three leaves with a little light foxing; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.216

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HUME (Fergus). The Vanishing of Tera. F.V. White & Co., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, 1900. Final blank; vertically fine ribbed blue cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Spine slightly faded; end-papers embrowned; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.217, listing no American edition; not in Wolff. a murder mystery.

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HUNTER (P. Hay). The crime Of Christmas day. Pocket edition. Edinburgh, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, 1895. Narrow post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf follows title-page; 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; scarlet buckram, lettered silver on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram silver on spine. Covers just a trifle marked and dull, and silver a little rubbed on spine; prelims very slightly foxed; otherwise nice.

A murder story with a theatrical background. This title not in Hubin. The words ‘Pocket edition' on the title-page refer to the format, known as ‘pocket 8vo'. This is the first edition.

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JAMES (W., Esq.). Charles Oliphant. A novel. In three volumes. T. Cautley Newby, Publisher, 30, Welbeck Street, Cavendish Square, 1857. 3 Vols. bound in one, as issued, 12mo; half-titles not called for, at least in this issue; fine steel-engraved frontispiece to volume one, printed on India paper and laid on to sheet of thick paper; scarlet bead grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Spine slightly dull; sprinkling of ink-spots on edges; end-papers neatly strengthened with matching paper; backing-paper to frontispiece darkened a little by paste action; blank corner of one leaf chipped away; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Hubin. Volume three, p.255 in this copy has the misprint ‘nnthought' for ‘unthought'. A well conceived and well written story, set in Scotland, involving the legal theft of a landed estate by fraud, and the eventual recovery of it by the rightful heir, after some detective work carried out on his behalf by a Mr. Lynx.

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JANE (Fred T.). The Lordship The Passen, and We. By Fred T. Jane, Author of "The Incubated Girl," "To Venus in Five Seconds," etc. London, A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1897. Pp.viii+312; vertically fine-ribbed royal blue cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, lettered within double-ruled box gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Some foxing throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

Jane, the son of a Devonshire clergyman, here draws upon the experiences of his early life to give a good, if comic, picture of the rural beliefs and manners of that county. Included in Hubin as having definite criminous content, but in our view barely so - though there is some detection of a minor sort. Hubin, p.223

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JENKINSON (Arthur). God's winepress: A Novel. Illustrated by W. Cubitt-Cooke. London, Frederick Warne & Co., And New York, 1896, (All rights reserved). Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; pp.viii+312; bevelled mottled light- and olive- green diagonally fine ribbed cloth, blocked black and gilt, lettered black-outlined gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered black, on spine; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram device pattern in olive green. Slight wear to cloth over one corner; a very little light marginal dusting here and there; in general, however, a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hubin, p.226, recording this as a title of undetermined status. It does in fact involve theft, forgery, and detection. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.81, 142, and 217, and are here so tipped in.

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KEVILL-DAVIES (Albert). Dollars are Trumps: A story. By Albert Kevill-Davies, Author of "Miss Blanchard of Chicago," "An American Widow," etc. London, Griffith Farran & Co., Newbery House, [39,] Charing Cross Road, 1893. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[2]+vi+275+[i (blank)]; publishers inserted catalogue, 12pp., undated, at end; pale grey-green crackle-grain cloth blocked pictorially dark green on front and back covers and spine, lettered dark green on front cover, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram and device pattern in light brown. Very slight dust-marking of covers, but a near-fine copy.

A murder mystery. Not in Hubin or Sadleir; Wolff records ‘Miss Blanchard of Chicago' (a three-decker), but not this title. Despite the American tenour of this author's titles, he appears to have been British. He is, at least, not listed in Wright.

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KNEESHAW (J.W.). A Black shadow: A tale of Lancashire life, By J.W. Kneeshaw, Author of "That Factory Lass," "Knave or Hero?" etc. Burnley: "Express Printing Company. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., N.D. [June, 1894]. Double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; five wood-engraved plates; head-piece and tail-piece; pp.[iv]+238; diagonally-fine-ribbed chalk-blue cloth, blocked blind on back cover, pictorially blocked black and brown, lettered black-outlined gilt, and black, on front cover, blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed florally in grey. Black blocking on spine very faded; a little scattered marginal foxing or staining; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy of a rare provincially published novel.

A murder story, set in and around Burnley, with a good deal of local dialect in the speech. There is no list of plates, but the first four are marked to face pp.3, 92, 159, and 194 and are here so bound in; the last plate has no page number but is correctly bound in to face p.230. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff; NSTC records only the British Library copy.

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KNIGHT (E.F.). A Desperate Voyage. John Milne, 1898. 12pp. publisher'd catalogue dated 1898 at end, preeded by the stubs of four further leaves which have been excised; scarlet linen-grain cloth blocked with publisher's device gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.gilt, others uncut. Covers a little stained and dusty; end-papers embrowned; slit in extreme inner margin of last leaf of text, made when the following leaves were cut away; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Glover/Greene, 275, Hubin, p.241. Issued as number III in Milne's ‘Express Series'. We hypothesise that the stubs belong to leaves of advertisements cancelled, before issue, by the publisher. The final gathering of text consists, properly, of eight leaves.

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LANG (Andrew). The Mark of Cain. Arrowsmith's Bristol Library, Vol. XIII Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 4 Stationers' Hall Court, 1886. Sm.f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; 6pp. integral publisher's advertisements at end (listing this series up to Vol.XII); white wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the inside and back wrappers bearing commercial advertisements; issued without end-papers; slip of red paper advertising the limited edition of this title tipped in before title-page. Slight spine roll, and very slight wear to paper of backstrip; neat small name written on upper margin of front wrapper; but a very nice copy.

Issued in wrappers at 1/-, in cloth at 1/6. A scarce title, rare in wrappers. Lang's first serious adult fiction, preceded by a children's story and a parody. He wrote it as Dickens might have written if he had had a degree and was rather conscious of the fact - putting inverted commas in phrases like "‘ricked' their backs", making erudite classical jokes, pointing literary references, and using footnotes. Though he carried his learning as though it were a hundredweight of precious porcelain, he did, nonetheless, produce a readable murder story. It is also full of out of the way details of social history: we had not realised, for instance that English coal-hole covers were once made of glass as well as of iron! Hubin, p.246; Sadleir, 3423, a series entry only; not in Wolff. The tipped in slip makes clear that the large paper edition, limited to 150 numbered copies on hand-made paper, and priced at 5/-, was to be of later issue.

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LANG (Andrew). Copyright. all rights reserved. The Mark of Cain. Arrowsmith's Bristol Library, Vol. XIII Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 4 Stationers' Hall Court, 1886. Demy 8vo; half-title and conjugate limitation leaf precede title-page; blank at end; parchment dust-wrapper, printed on front wrapper in black, French-folded over text-paper end-papers; a.e. uncut. Small restoration to parchment of dust-wrapper at head of spine; otherwise a very nice copy, fine internally.

Number 150 of an edition limited to 150 copies printed on large Dutch hand-made paper. There is no statement of limitation in the volume itself, though it is numbered in type, but tipped into a copy of the ordinary edition that passed through our hands some time ago was a printed slip advertising the present edition as limited to 150 copies, priced at 5/-. The trade edition was in sm.f'cap 8vo format and issued in wrappers at 1/-, or in cloth at 1/6. The present edition differs from the trade edition by the presence of a title and limitation leaf at the beginning and a blank at the end instead of the 6pp. integral advertisements present at the end of that. We have not checked for differences in text. A scarce title, rare in in the large-paper format. Lang's first serious adult fiction, preceded by a children's story and a parody. Hubin, p.246; Sadleir, 3423, a series entry only, not mentioning the present format; not in Wolff. In this copy the reading ‘star' for ‘planet' appears on p.101, as also in the trade edition.

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LEE (Thomas). The Old Bull Inn Of Silver Street, Edmonton: A Novel By Thomas Lee, A London Plasterer. Author of "Falsivir's Travels," "The House of Montague," "Smith's Cottage," etc. etc. All rights reserved. Edmonton: Published by Thomas Lee, At the "Old Bull" Inn, Silver St. Price two shillings. Sm.f'cap 8vo in half sheets; blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; 4pp. publisher's integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, blocked blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine. A little light foxing, but a nice copy. Scarce.

A very circumstantially based story, set in the Enfield, Edmonton, Dalston, and Hoxton areas of London, and in Paris, in the 1860s and 1870s, possibly including some characters from actual life. A full-blooded tale with a somewhat complicated plot, including theft, kidnapping, murder, attempted murder, an escape from prison, etc., and giving an excellent and highly authentic picture of life among London artisans, small shopkeepers, etc. at about that time. Lee's spelling is erratic, and his grammatical constructions sometimes a little odd - he writes as he would have spoken - but he is a born storyteller capable of creating believable scenes and characters and of developing an interesting and complex tale, and one has the feeling that with better education he could have produced first rate work. Not in Sadleir, Wolff, Hubin, or the London or British Library Catalogues.

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LEIGHTON (Marie C.) and LEIGHTON (Robert). Convict 99: A true story of penal servitude. With eight illustrations by Stanley L. Wood. Grant Richards, 9 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1898. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; light olive brown coarse buckram, blocked black, lettered red on front cover, after a design by Wood, lettered gilt and black on spine. Front pastedown slightly bubbled; end-papers and two or three leaves passim a little foxed; in general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.251.

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LEIGHTON (Marie Connor) and LEIGHTON (Robert). Michael dred Detective: The unravelling of a mystery Of twenty years. Grant Richards, 9 Henrietta Street, W.C., 1899. Blank before half-title; pp.viii+328; neat restorations to cloth at extreme head- and tail- bands, slight creasing and dulling of spine, poor quality end-papers somewhat embrowned, with offsetting onto facing pages; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.251. A book in which the murderer is the detective: possibly the earliest example of this sub-genre.

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LE QUEUX (William). The Temptress. Tower Publishing Co. Limited, 95, Minories, London, E., 1895. First gathering printed in black and red; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; scarlet coarse linen ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover in series style, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight foxing of large uncut edges; advertisement leaves opened somewhat roughly; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.253.

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LE QUEUX (William). A secret service: Being Strange tales of a nihilist. Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., 1896. Blank, and half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, precede title-page; half-title not called for; green cloth, ruled black, blocked pictorially and lettered black and reddish brown on front cover, pictorially blocked black and reddish brown, lettered gilt, on spine; laid paper end-papers. Poor quality end-papers embrowned; short tear in one fore-margin due to an original trimming fault; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Wolff. According to Hubin, p.253, the first publication under this title of a volume which had originally appeared in 1892 as ‘Strange Tales of a Nihilist'. Hubin is substantially in error. According to the author's Preface, here first published, only a handful of the fifteen stories in the present volume are from the earlier one, the rest being new.

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LE QUEUX (William). Of royal blood: A story of the secret service. Hutchinson & Co, Paternoster Row, 1900. Title-page printed in black and crimson; dull dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered red and white on front cover, blocked red, lettered white, on spine. Spine lettering chipped; otherwise nice.

Hubin, p.252. Apparently not published in america.

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LEITH-ADAMS (Mrs. (Mrs. De Courcy Laffan)). Accessory After The Fact. Digby, Long & Co, 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., 1899. Post 8vo; 3pp. integral advertisements, beginning on verso of last text-leaf, followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated February, 1899; pp.[viii]+309+[iii]; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered, and with ruled boxes, gilt, on spine; top- and lower- edges uncut; end-papers printed florally in green. Slight bubbling of cloth; end-papers renewed at an early date, with white paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Short stories, some with marginal criminous and weird elements. Not in Hubin, or Sadleir; Wolff, 12.

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LESLIE (Emma). A dangerous friend; Or, Tom's Three Months in London. Sunday School Union, 57 & 59, Ludgate Hill, London, E.C., N.D. [?1893]. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece and two plates on text-paper; final leaf integral advertisements; wrappers printed in full colour; white end-papers; issued wire-stabbed. Paper very slightly chipped at tail of spine; staples rusting, with some consequent staining visible on wrappers, end-papers, and first two leaves; wrappers a trifle dusty; inscription dated ‘Jany. 1894' on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued as No.2 of the Boys' Pocket Library, and priced at 4d. A moral tale involving theft and detection. Juvenile. Not in Hubin. This edition not in the British Library Catalogue, which gives the publication details as "G. Cauldwell: London [1890]". Presumably a reprint.

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LINDRIDGE (James, Esq.). The Life and adventures Of Jack Rann; Alias Sixteen-string Jack, The notorious highwayman. Beautifully illustrated. G. Purkess, Compton Street, Soho, N.D. [c.1845]. Demy 8vo in half sheets; wood-engraved title, on text-paper, precedes letterpress title; fifty-one wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.[2 (illustrated title)]+[iv (letterpress title, and Preface leaf)]+[3]-412; contemporary half maroon roan, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, marbled boards. Fine copy. Very uncommon thus.

Not in Sadleir, Wolff or Hubin; Summers, p.373, gives the author's name, incorrectly, as Linridge, and records this title as ‘52 penny nos., G. Purkess, Compton Street, Soho, 1845 . . . re-issue 1850'; and p.99, giving the author's name as Lindridge, but recording only the 1850 re-issue; Block, p.141, dates the book, speculatively, 1845, and gives the author's name as Lindridge, recording only the British Library copy. The confusion over the author's name is increased by the present copy, which records it as Lindridge on the letterpress title, but Lindgridge on the illustrated title! The present copy was issued weekly in 52 penny numbers, number two being given gratis with number one. The illustrated title appears to have been issued as part of the first number, the letterpress title and the Preface leaf as part of the last one.

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LYNCH (Lawrence L. (E[mma M.]. Murdoch van Deventer)). A slender clue Or The mystery of Mardi-graz: A Detective Story. By Lawrence L. Lynch (E. Murdoch van Deventer) Author of "Shadowed by Three," "Moina" Etc. Ward, Lock, Bowden and Co., London, New York, and Melbourne, 1891. (All Rights reserved.) Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.iv+348; pale grey buckram, blocked pictorially black and orange, lettered black and black-outlined crimson, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Inscription dated ‘Christmas 1891' on front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine, bright copy. Scarce thus.

The first binding, later copies being in a more practical (if cheaper) blue buckram, similarly blocked and lettered. Glover/Greene, 318; Hubin, p.264. Published in the same year as the Ameican edition.

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LYNCH (Lawrence L. (E. Murdoch van Deventer)). A slender clue Or The mystery of Mardi-graz: A Detective Story. By Lawrence L. Lynch (E. Murdoch van Deventer) Author of "Shadowed by Three," "Moina" Etc. Ward, Lock, Bowden and Co., London, New York, and Melbourne, 1891. (All Rights reserved.) Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.iv+348; sky-blue buckram, blocked pictorially black and orange, lettered black and black-outlined crimson, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth lightly rubbed, spine mottled, and gilt dull; at some point recased, and with new end-papers, matching the original ones; text very nice.

The second binding, the first being of a rather impractical pale grey buckram, similarly blocked and lettered. Glover/Greene, 318; Hubin, p.264. Published in the same year as the Ameican edition.

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LYNCH (Lawrence L. (E. Murdoch Van Deventer)). A Dead man's step. A Detective Story. Copyright. Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., 1893. Globe 8vo; 16pp. integral advertisements at end, signed ‘2E'; pp.[viii]+424+[xvi]; bright light blue buckram, blocked flesh, and black, lettered black and black-outlined scarlet on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; cream coated end-papers. End-papers embrowned; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce thus.

Bearing the same date as the American edition, and the word ‘Copyright' on the title-page, this English edition almost certainly either has precedence of it, or was issued simultaneously. The correct first printing, dated on the title-page and with nos.1-8 of the author's works listed on the verso of the half-title, [this being issued as no.9]. Hubin, p.264.

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(Lawrence L. (E[mma M.]. Murdoch van Deventer)). The last stroke. A detective story By Lawrence L. Lynch (E. Murdoch Van Deventer) Author of "No Proof," "Moina," &c., &c. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, Warwick House, Sallisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, N.D. [1896]. Pp.[viii]+319+[i (printer's imprint)]; 8pp. publisher's advertisements at end; deep yellow-green buckram, blocked pictorially dark brown, orange, flesh pink, and white, lettered black-outlined gilt, and black, on front cover, blocked pictorially dark brown, orange, and white, lettered gilt, and black-outlined orange, on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Front end-paper and half-title lacking; title-page and last page of advertisements enbrowned by contact with the end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

A striking binding. The American edition appeared in 1896; the English one is usually said to have been published in 1897. This copy, however, bears an ownership inscription on the front paste-down dated 1896. Ward, Lock was the author's regular publisher in England and for copyright reasons published all her other '90s titles in the same year as the American edition. It therefore looks likely that the inscription here is correct. Hubin, p.264, listing this edition as 1897; COPAC records the British Library and Cambridge copies only. A Francis Ferrars story.

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[LYTTON (Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord).]. Eugene Aram. A tale. By the Author of "Pelham," "Devereux," &c. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1832. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title present in each volume; integral advertisement leaf (for volume ten of ‘Bentley's Standard Novels;) at end of volume three, dated at end ‘Jan. 1, 1832'; pp.[xii]+299+[i (blank)]; [iv]+308; [iv]+306+[ii]; original quarter buff paper, pink board sides, white spine labels printed in black; a.e. uncut. Slight chipping of labels; spine of volume one a trifle marked and dusty and with unobtrusive restoration to lower extremities of joints; first and last few leaves of same volume possibly washed, but not obviously so; neat list of page numbers on each back paste-down written in a contemporary hand; nonetheless a very nice copy, close to being fine. Scarce thus.

A story founded on fact. The notes on the end-papers suggest to our eye a review. Hubin, p.57; Sadleir, 404, recording a copy in ‘half- [read ‘quarter-', usage having changed] cloth, boards, labels'; Wolff, 932, recording a copy in ‘boards, labels'. The present copy is certainly better than Wolff's, which was lacking an end-paper.

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LYTTON (Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord). Night and morning. In three volumes. Saunders and Otley, 1841. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; errata slip follows last page of text in each volume; publisher's inserted catalogue, 4pp. undated, at end of volume three; pp.[ii]+336; [ii]+[356]; [ii]+[344]; quarter cloth, boards, paper spine labels; a.e. uncut. Margins of three leaves scorched, two of them being chipped as a result, with loss of a few letters of text on one of them; otherwise generally a nice copy.

Sadleir, 424; Wolff, 948; this title not in Hubin; Glover/Greene, 322, refers, the copy there listed being a reprint. A notably scarce book, number two on Sadleir's Schedule of Comparative Scarcities.

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[LYTTON (Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord)]. Lucretia Or The Children of Night. By The Author of "Rienzi," Etc. etc. In Three Volumes. Saunders and Otley, 1846. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in volume one, half-title only in other volumes; leaf ‘O1' in volume two a single inset; 6pp. publisher's integral advertisements at end of volume three; pp.[2]+[xiv]+[294 (paged as 296)]; [iv]+306; [iv]+306+[vi]; 24pp. Whittaker's catalogue dated October, 1846, bound in before the blank in volume one; quarter blue-green fine-diaper cloth, paper spine label, drab boards; a.e. uncut. Slight wear to extremities of spines; cloth very neatly restored at back joint in two volumes; labels slightly chipped and dusty; in ggeneral a nice copy. Scarce.

Hubin, p.57; Sadleir, 419, recording a similar copy, and an evidently later issue in boards with the 60pp. separately printed pamphlet ‘A word to the Public', inserted between pp.[iv] and [v] in volume one; Wolff, 944, records only a copy in boards, without either the inserted pamphlet or the initial blank in volume one. Sadleir remarks in his Schedule of Comparative Scarcities: "With a few definite rarities at one end and a few comparative frequencies at the other, Bulwer's books in original condition, shabby or otherwise, keep a high level of scarcity." Of the nineteen listings in the table, Sadleir ranks this as number six. A novel based partly on the career of the murderer Wainewright, and with considerable detective elements, most of which, however, are not directly connected with the murders.

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LYTTON (Edward Bulwer[-Lytton], Lord). The Parisians By Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton, Author of the‘Coming Race,' etc. With illustrations by Sydney Hall. Four volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London. The Right of Translation reserved, N.D. [1873]. 4 Vols., extra cr.8vo; half-title blank on verso in volume one, with ‘Reprinted from Blackwood's Magazine' on verso in other volumes; slip reading ‘Reprinted from Blackwood's Magazine' tipped in before title-page in volume one; list of Illustrations in each volume precedes fly-title, those to volumes one, three, and four being single insets; text-paper advertisement leaf precedes half-title in volume two, both being single insets; last gathering of volume one folded as one half-sheet 12mo, this followed by 8pp publisher's inserted advertisements, trimmed at all edges; 8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements on thinner paper at end of volume two; last gathering of volumes three and four folded as one quarter sheet 12mo, the last two leaves of the latter integral advertisements; four wood-engraved illustrations in each volume; pp.[x]+299+[i (blank)]; 2+[vi]+311+[i (blank)]; [vi]+293+[i (blank)]; [x]+321+[i (blank)]+[4]; thin paper wrappers coated pale yellow, cut flush, printed black on sides and spine, the back panel bearing publisher's advertisements (for the three-volume edition of ‘Kenelm Chillingly in volumes one to three, for the cheap edition of ‘Kenelm Chillingly' plus ‘Fables in Song' by Robert, Lord Lytton in volume four), roughly tipped, French style, onto the paste-down end-papers; a.e. uncut. Some wear to paper of spines, with slight chipping at head and tail in all volumes, touching the printed area only in volume four, where it removes the title; light dusting to wrappers with some creasing and very slight chipping to four corners, not affecting printed area; a little light dusting to some prelims. or final leaves, and light damp-stain to blank lower fore-corner of one plate, but a nice copy nonetheless of the very scarce issue in wrappers, unopened almost throughout; preserved in a cloth-fronted, book-form, folding box, this with an unobtrusive repair to one joint.

The true first issue, published at 6/- per volume, according to the publisher's statement in monthly volumes in advance of the issue in cloth, and exhibiting an early state of both text and wrappers. The legend ‘Price SIX SHILLINGS' appears on each front wrapper. Carter, ‘Binding Variants', p.100; Sadleir, 428, copy I, recording an otherwise similar copy with advertisements for both the cloth and wrappered issue on the back wrapper of volume two, which is presumably, therefore, later than the present example; Wolff, 951, recording a copy of the cloth issue only. The cloth issue is approximately a quarter inch shorter than the wrappered issue, though of the same width. A comparison of the present copy with an early copy of the cloth issue (having the same prelims. to volume one rather than the altered prelims. recorded for the cloth issue by both Sadleir and Carter), reveals the following differences in the typography: in volume one, p.220, l.19, the ‘d' of ‘bowed' and the ‘a' of ‘and' perfect in the present copy, slightly battered at the tail-edge of the letters in the cloth copy; volume two, p.310, l.7, ‘h' of first ‘the' clogged in the cloth copy, perfect in the present copy; volume three, p.236, l.1, ‘d' of ‘find' broken in the cloth copy, perfect in this copy; volume three, p.227, page number badly battered in the wrappered copy, perfect in the cloth copy; p.229, l.3, risen space after ‘My' in the cloth copy visible throughout its length, only the tail of it visible in the wrappered copy. A novel with a good deal of overt detective interest which runs throughout, but not a crime novel, the detective interest centring on the finding of a missing person. Overtly a sequel to ‘The Coming Race' and making some reference in the author's Introductory Chaper to the Vril-ya and the words of their language, the book itself is set entirely, and realistically, in the Paris of 1869 - 70. Though at the time in course of publication, it was left marginally unfinished at the author's death. The detective story, however, is fully worked out, and since the last chapter had been written, and part of the rest is filled in in summary by the author's son, no part of the action remains unrecoverable. In our opinion one of the most readable of the author's books.

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McCARTHY (Justin). Red diamonds. In three volumes. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1893. 3 Vols.; advertisement leaf before half-title in each volume; leaf bearing publisher's large woodcut device on recto, blank on verso, follows text in volumes one and three; pp.[viii]+282+[ii]; [viii]+279+[i (blank)]; [viii]+249+[i (blank)]+[ii]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue, dated July, 1893, at end of volume three; recent quarter brown sheep, spine with five raised bands, tooled and lettered gilt, marble-printed sides, red and white head and tail bands; marble-printed end-papers, the original white free-end-papers printed florally in yellow-ochre being bound in. Fine copy.

A murder mystery, with some feminist interest: being set partly in "a sort of technical school for girls which was also to be what may be called a culture school of life . . . Girls were to be put in the way of learning every art and craft by which a woman could make a living; and they were also to be taught how to live." Hubin, p.266; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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McWATTERS (George S.). Detectives Of Europe and America, Or Life in the secret service. A selection of celebrated cases In Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, Egypt, and America. A revelation of struggles and triumphs Of the most renowned detectives of the globe for the past Twenty-five years. Profusely illustrated. Edited by George S. McWatters, Late member of the American secret service. Hartford, The J.B. Burr Publishing Co., 1878 [i.e., 1877]. Demy 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; inserted wood-engraved frontispiece and thirty-nine plates, all included in the pagination; pp.848; bevelled brown morocco cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black and gilt, lettered brown through gilt, and brown through black, on front cover, ruled black and gilt, blocked gilt, lettered gilt and brown through gilt, on spine; end-papers coated peach. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; slight cracking of end-papers; a little light fingering and dusting; over all, a very good copy.

Based on McWatters' 1871 volume: ‘Knots Untied; or, Ways and Byways in the Hidden Life of American detectives', the present volume represents a considerable expansion, the tales of crime outside America being here first added. A vast compilation: fiction based upon true crime. Hubin, p.275; not in Wright.

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[?MAGINN (William).]. The red barn, A tale, Founded on fact. Printed for Knight and Lacy, 55, Paternoster Row, 1828. Sm.4to and med.8vo; half-title not called for; acquatint frontispiece portrait of William Corder not present; five fine acquatint plates, and two mezzotint plates (one signed R. Seymour, the other probably by him); large engraved folding facsimile of letter from Corder to his mother, written on his way to Bury Gaol; one woodcut in the text; ‘Directions to the Binder' slip tipped in; pp.[vi]+[2 (fly-title to text of novel, not paginated)]+615+[i (blank)]+72+689 - 716; recent full green cloth lettered gilt on spine, pale yellow end-papers and binder's blanks; a.e. uncut. Near fine copy. Very scarce.

This copy almost certainly made up from the original parts, and of an earlier printing than that listed as Sadleir 1521. His copy is described as 8vo, was issued in calf with gilt edges, lacks the ‘Directions to the Binder' slip (which would, of course, have been redundant), and contained no peculiarities of pagination. The present copy collates A-4I4; B-E8; F4; 4T, 4U, 4X, 4Y4. Sadleir does not give the signatures, but the pagination in his copy coincides with ours until p.[616], the blank page following the last leaf of the novel; the account of the trial, in Sadleir's copy paginated [616]-680, is here paginated [1]-64; the Appendix, pp.[681]-690 in Sadleir's copy, is here pp.[65]-72, 689-690; after which the pagination continues without break, in agreement with Sadleir's copy once again. It appears from this that the account of the trial was the first part of the volume to be written, and was issued originally, along with the Appendix, as a separate publication, presumably contemporaneously with the event; and it was the interest aroused by this, as we may speculate, that gave the impulse to the writing of the novel. In addition to the systematic peculiarities of pagination listed above, it may be noted that p.289 in the present copy appears as 28. Wolff, 4376, describing a copy that ‘collates like Sadleir's copy'. Not in Hubin. A key title for the student of crime fiction. Otherwise attributed to Robert Huish.

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[MAITLAND (Jas. A.).]. The Lawyer's story: Or, The orphans' wrongs. By A member of the New York bar. T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row; And Edinburgh, 1854. F'cap 8vo; two blanks, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue dated 1854, and printed in dark blue, at end; fine ripple-grain scarlet cloth, elaborately ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered ornamentally gilt on front cover and spine, ruled, and blocked gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Neat restorations to cloth of spine; a little very light foxing; otherwise virtually fine.

Hubin, p.277, recording no English edition. The American edition, published under Maitland's name, was dated 1853; the present edition, however, bears a copyright claim on the verso of the title-page ('Entered at Stationers' Hall'), which suggests that it may conceivably have been published first, but dated ahead.

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MARCHMONT (Arthur W., B.A.). Sir Jaffray's wife. Frederick Warne and Co., 1895. Mottled greyish fawn linen-effect buckram, blocked very dark green and gilt, lettered very dark green, on front cover and spine. Enamel slightly rubbed on spine; two or three fox spots on edges; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.280, listing this title as of undetermined status. It is in fact a superb detective murder mystery of the Agatha Christie country house variety.

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MARSH (Richard). Frivolities Especially addressed to those who Are tired of being serious. By Richard Marsh, Author of "Tom Ossington's Ghost," "Curios: some Strange Adventures of Two Bachelors," "The Beetle: a Mystery," etc. London, James Bowden, 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1899. Title-page printed in red and black; publisher's 16pp. catalogue at end, on text-paper; light green buckram ruled black, blocked pictorially in black, red, and orange, lettered black and black-outlined gilt, on front cover; lettered black and gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Circulating library label removed from front cover, leaving a very slightly darker patch; unusual Circulating Library label (Pickering's) on front paste-down; corner creased and small chip from blank lower-margin of K3; small chip from blank upper margin of P5; slight spotting to L2 and L3; top quarter lacking from last leaf of advertisements; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy of a book the cloth spine of which usually does not survive well.

Short stories, of which ‘The Burglar's Mistake' is an occult crime story involving Mesmerism; and ‘A Burglar Alarm' is a humorous story involving burglary; others are concerned with cadging, jury service, etc. One, ‘Mr. Harland's Pupils', is a Mormon story. Published in May. Hubin, p.283; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Apparently not issued in America. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.146, last line, risen space before ‘my'; p.321, l.20, ‘n' of ‘own' broken.

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MARSH (Richard). Philip Bennion's Death. London, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, 1899 (All rights reserved). Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; 14pp. publisher's integral advertisements followed by blank at end (continuing the signatures); pp.240+[xiv]+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed cerise cloth lettered and blocked gilt and with gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; a.e.uncut. Small faded patch on back cover, probably where an old auction label has been removed; four leaves of catalogue opened somewhat roughly; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

The first edition under this title and first hard-cover edition: originally published in 1897 as a shilling paperback under the longer title ‘The Mystery of Philip Bennion's Death'. The present edition was published in June 1899 at 3/6d. Hubin, p.283; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Apparently not issued in America. In this copy l.24 on p.148 has the reading ‘point' for ‘point of view': state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.

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MARSH (Richard). The Chase of the Ruby. London: Skeffington & Son, 163 Piccadilly, Publishers to Her Majesty The Queen And to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, 1900. Leaf blank on recto, bearing publisher's monogram on verso, precedes half-title; pp.viii+215+[i (printer's imprint)]; ruby red rough buckram, ruled and lettered white, pictorially blocked black, white, and pale lime green, on front cover, lettered white on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Cloth lightly damp-mottled on lower third of spine, with loss of imprint, and slight marking of end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy, apart from the spine imprint, the very delicate enamel fresh and with almost no rubbing or scratching. Scarce thus.

Published in October. Hubin, p.282; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Apparently not issued in America. A murder story involving the occult.

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MARSH (Richard). The Goddess: A Demon. London: F.V. White & Co., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1900. 12pp. integral advertisements at end (continuing the signatures); pp.[viii]+300+[12]; vertically fine-ribbed dark leaf-green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, blocked pictorially pale green, scarlet, and black, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Neat contemporary signature pencilled on half-title; two or three small spots on lower margins; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice bright copy.

An occult murder mystery (mainly rationalised), pretty well in Marsh's best manner - and a striking binding. Hubin, p.283. In this copy at p.104, last line, there are redundant inverted commas at the line end: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.

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