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.

MATTHEY (A.). The virgin widow. Translated from the latest French edition. Vizetelly & Co., 42 Catherine Street, Strand, 1887. Lge.16mo; purple morocco grain boards elaborately blocked black and gilt, lettered red on front cover, blocked black on back cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; pale yellow coated end-papers. Backstrip severely chipped and cracking over joints, and boards worn at edges; inscription on front end-paper; a little light dusting internally, and one leaf slightly frayed at fore-margins. As a working copy. Scarce.

Issued as volume V. of The Boulevard Novels, published at half-a-crown. Sadleir 3454/5: "these volumes are among the richest absurdities of their kind." Lots of murders, buckets of blood, detection. Not in Hubin.

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MAYSON (Walter H.). The Stolen Fiddle. Frederick Warne & Co., 1897. Advertisement leaf before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 8pp. on text-paper; vertically ribbed blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut. Front free end-paper and initial advertisement leaf lacking; otherwise very nice.

Hubin, p.289. The first binding.

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MAYSON (Walter H.). The Stolen Fiddle. Frederick Warne & Co., 1897. Advertisement leaf before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 8pp. on text-paper; light green linen effect smooth cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut. Extensive light damp-staining of covers, and back paste-down; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy with the author's signed holograph inscription, dated Dec 11/99 on the blank recto of the initial advertisement leaf. Hubin, p.289. The second binding.

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MEADE (L.T. [i.e. Mrs. E.T. Toulmin Smith]). "Water Gipsies." A Story of Canal Life in England. Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1878. Demy 8vo; original fawn wrappers printed red and blue; engraved frontispiece and eight excellent engravings in the text, mostly signed E.J.W., but one, and the cover design, signed Dalziel; pink advertisement slip tipped-in before first page of text, and inserted leaf of advertisements on cream paper between pp.64 and 65; uncut edges. Minor faults, but a very nice copy.

Issued as the Extra Christmas Number of the Sunday Magazine for 1878. Criminous, but not detective.

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[MEADE (L.T. [i.e., Mrs. E.T. Toulmin Smith] and ‘HALIFAX (Clifford [i.e., Edgar Beaumont])']. This Troublesome World. By the authors of ‘The Medicine Lady'. In three volumes. London: Edward Arnold, Publisher to the India Office, [37 Bedford Street, W.C.], 1893. Globe 8vo; title pages printed in red and black; first leaf of final gathering in volume one a single inset; Contents leaf and final leaf of volume two both single insets, the latter followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements dated October, 1893, headed ‘New and Forthcoming Books', listing this title without reviews; Contents leaf and first leaf of final gathering in volume three both single insets; pp.[viii]+310; vi+306; vi+318; unbleached fine linen, blocked with ivy-leaf design in pale and dark green on front cover and spine, lettered dark green on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers printed with flower-and-leaf design in pale grey-green; publisher's ‘book-mark' slip of thin green card printed with advertisements in dark blue (including one for this title, without reviews) loosely laid in between pp.14 and 15, as issued. Publisher's label on each front cover and large light rubber-stamp and bold inked number on each title-page (v. note); otherwise a very fine, crisp copy. Rare in any condition.

The Publisher's File Copy this being stated on the rubber-stamp; and with their white label on each front cover printed ‘File Copy' in black. The only three-decker published by Arnold who began publishing towards the end of the multi-decker period (they also published a two-volume novel ‘Dave's Sweetheart' by Mary Gaunt in 1894) the present title was probably badly distributed and possibly printed short. The one-volume edition issued in 1901 was published by Chatto and Windus and Hubin following an assumption made by Glover and Greene erroneously lists the first edition as a Chatto book. The authorship is acknowledged as above on the spine of the second edition. B.L. copy only in COPAC; not in Sadleir; Glover and Greene 348 listing only the second edition of 1901; Hubin p.289; Wolff 4723 giving a slightly variant collation which may suggest that the present copy is from an advance printing. Wolff describes the first volume of his copy as having only six leaves of prelims. instead of the eight present here the Contents leaf in his copy being a singleton. This would be logical as it would bring the book down to an exact number of sheets: in the present copy there is an extra leaf. Alternatively of course the Wolff copy may be defective. In the present copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (an exhaustive list recorded in case it may shed light on the exact status of the Wolff copy): in volume one p.52 l.4 ‘y' of ‘boy' printed a little faintly; p.64 l.2 ‘e' in ‘looked' broken; p.284 l.8 broken ‘C' in ‘Claudia'; p.286 l.23 risen space before ‘or'; p.297 l.19 ‘C' in ‘Claudia' broken (in a different place to previous example); in volume two p.7 l.24 raised full-stop at end of line; p.26 l.3 ‘C' in ‘Claudia' broken; p.34 l.9 ‘C' in ‘Come' broken; p.71 antepenultimate line ‘f' in ‘from' broken; p.173 l.2 word (‘in' or ‘at') lacking at end of line; p.180 l.12 enlarged full-stop after ‘one'; p.202 last line first ‘g' in ‘giving' printed faint; p.261 l.1 ‘i' of ‘in' lacking; p.290 ll.5 and 6 risen space after first ‘him' and before ‘speak'; in volume three p.22 l.2 ‘o' of ‘other' broken; p.43 l.6 enlarged full-stop at end of line; p.53 l.6 hyphen lacking at end of line; p.78 l.21 hyphen lacking at end of line; p.88 l.4 ‘g' of ‘beg' battered; p.116 antepenultimate line ‘d' in ‘and' broken; p.136 l.4 ‘d' in ‘promised' printed faint; p.138 antepenultimate line ‘l' in ‘real' dropped; p.186 penultimate line first ‘e' in ‘silence' printed faint; p.216 tail-ornament battered; p.217 last line ‘i' in ‘in' battered. A murder story with overt detection and ending with a trial. Opiates play some part in the plot.

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MEADE (L.T. [i.e. Mrs. E.T. Toulmin Smith]) and EUSTACE (Robert [i.e. Dr. Eustace Robert Barton]). The Brotherhood of the Seven kings. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1899. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and fourteen (ex fifteen) plates; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled vertically ribbed dark blue cloth pictorially blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; cream laid end-papers. Gilt crest on front cover (not interfering with lettering or blocking); scattered light foxing, and a some leaves opened a trifle roughly; in general nice.

Hubin, p.289; Glover/Greene, 346; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4694. Meade's name alone appears on the covers. Short stories about a female master criminal with a vivid imagination and a strong scientific bent. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', though he does record a later collection written conjointly by these authors, of which he says that one story ‘is firmly definable as science fiction, while elsewhere in the book are elements of advanced medical technology'; the same, roughly speaking, would apply to the present collection. In this copy the following typographical errors have been noted, issue significance, if any, unknown: p.34, l.24, ‘coeered' for ‘covered'; p.188, l.4, ‘p' in ‘reply' almost lacking. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.41, 55, 102, 146, 151, 182, 186, 223, 242, 259, 271, 288, 333, and 370, and are here so tipped in.

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MILFORD (Fred. C.). 55 Guineas Reward. Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press, 1886. Quarter cloth, boards printed with design formed by the words ‘55 Guineas Reward', revealing the newspaper advertisement featured in the story, with the same advertisement repeated as the design on both end-papers. Boards worn at corners and edges, but a very good copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hubin, p.292

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MORETTE (Edgar [i.e., Hector Fezandre]). The Sturgis wager. A Detective Story. New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, 1899. Two blanks at front and back, serving as end-papers; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+260+[iv]; glazed buff boards, printed on front cover and spine in black and red. Slight rubbing to boards, but a very nice copy.45.00From the library of Adrian Goldstone, with his bookplate on the front end-paper. A detective murder mystery after the Holmes\Watson model, with a superintelligent ‘Holmes' and a great deal of carefully explicated deduction. Includes some science-fiction elements, that do not, however, affect the detection. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.86, raised space between third and fourth lines from foot; p.124, raised space between ll.17 and 18; p.171, l.16, apostrophe lacking in ‘I've'; p.215, hyphen lacking at end of last line; p.258, l.1. ‘pity' printed too heavily. Hubin, p.297, not noting that the by-line is a pseudonym: a fact we know ourselves from publisher's correspondence. The date appears only on the verso of the title-page, as a copyright notice.

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MORRISON (Arthur). Tales of mean streets: Lizerunt; Squire Napper; Without visible means; Three rounds, And others. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, Strand, London, 1894. Final blank; pp.301+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated January 1895; vertically fine ribbed dark leaf green cloth lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough trimmed, others uncut. Short tear in cloth of headband, neatly repaired, and visible only as a faint scratch; lower corner of front cover with faint pressure line in cloth, crease in top corner of back cover due probably to an original binding fault; owner's name washed from back of front end-paper, but still faintly visible; otherwise fine internally, and in general effect over all a nice crisp copy.

Presentation copy, with Morrison's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper to fellow crime fiction writer Frederick Britten Austin. Loosely laid in is an ALS from Morrison to Austin (in the original envelope) dated July 4th 1937, (c.85 words) referring to this copy: "I'm glad that somewhat damaged copy of "Mean Streets" in its original form reached you at last . . . . You must have been very young when it was published, and probably don't know that Smith's library banned the book." Wolff, 4949, giving an erroneous collation; not in Sadleir; this title not in Hubin. The first and most famous volume of Morrison's London trilogy, of which the other two are ‘A Child of the Jago' and ‘To London Town'. Wolff quotes another letter from Morrison in which he says that this is the first book he has written ‘to please himself'.

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MORRISON (Arthur). Martin Hewitt, Investigator By Arthur Morrison, Author of "Tales of Mean Streets". Illustrated by Sidney Paget. Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, London: Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, 1894 (All rights reserved). Sm.cr.8vo; integral frontispiece and numerous illustrations in text, some full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+324+[iv]; light greenish blue-grey buckram, blocked pictorially black, white, grey, and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked pictorially black, white, and grey, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with an all-over design of diamond-shaped lozenges containing alternating floral and florally-wreathed monogram patterns, in pale brown. Very slight marginal embrowning of paper throughout, but a very nice, bright, copy, nonetheless.

The grey blocking on the front cover is not obvious since the white has been laid over it to give the effect of slightly dirty scraps of paper. The first - and scarcest - Martin Hewitt book. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4945, describing an otherwise similar copy in cherry-red cloth; Hubin, p.299; Glover/Greene 356, but not recording a collection copy of the first edition; Queen's Quorum, 18; a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Haycraft, writing in 1942, declared it (p.65): "almost impossible to find in . . . original state to-day."

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MORRISON (Arthur). Chronicles Of Martin Hewitt Being the Second Series of the Adventures of Martin Hewitt: investigator By Arthur Morrison, Author of "Tales of Mean Streets," etc. Illustrated by D. Murray Smith. London: Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C [sic], New York and Melbourne, 1895. (All rights reserved). Extra cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and twenty full-page plates on text-paper, all unbacked but included in the pagination; eleven illustrations in text; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+322+[vi]; bevelled light scarlet art-linen, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; laid end-papers. Virtually fine copy.

A minor binding variant, copies also being known in an otherwise similar cloth of a darker red. The cloth colour of the present copy is almost vermilion. There is no list of plates, but they form pp.7, 22, 30, 36, 60, 85, 90, 118, 127, 139, 153, 171, 185, 207, 231, 243, 251, 257, 263, and 303; illustrations in the text (many of them visual clues) appear on pp.97, 178, 194, 199, 236, 249, 250, 286, 290, 295, and 318. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4938; Hubin, p.299; Glover/Greene 357, but not recording a collection copy of the first edition. Haycraft, writing in 1942, declared it (p.65): "almost impossible to find in . . . original state to-day."

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MORRISON (Arthur). Chronicles Of Martin Hewitt Being the Second Series of the Adventures of Martin Hewitt: investigator By Arthur Morrison, Author of "Tales of Mean Streets," etc. Illustrated by D. Murray Smith. London: Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C [sic], New York and Melbourne, 1895. (All rights reserved). Extra cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and twenty full-page plates on text-paper, all unbacked but included in the pagination; eleven illustrations in text; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+322+[vi]; bevelled deep scarlet art-linen, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; laid end-papers. Insignificant scratch to cloth of back cover; small stain affecting extreme blank fore-margins of advertisements, with light offsetting onto recto of back end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

A minor binding variant, copies also being known in an otherwise similar cloth of a scarlet so light as to be almost vermilion. There is no list of plates, but they form pp.7, 22, 30, 36, 60, 85, 90, 118, 127, 139, 153, 171, 185, 207, 231, 243, 251, 257, 263, and 303; illustrations in the text (many of them visual clues) appear on pp.97, 178, 194, 199, 236, 249, 250, 286, 290, 295, and 318. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4938; Hubin, p.299; Glover/Greene 357, but not recording a collection copy of the first edition. Haycraft, writing in 1942, declared it (p.65): "almost impossible to find in . . . original state to-day."

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MORRISON (Arthur). Adventures Of Martin Hewitt: Third Series By Arthur Morrison. Illustrated by T.S.C. Crowther. London, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, 1896. Extra cr.8vo; integral frontispiece with tissue guard; other illustrations in text, some full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; 10pp. integral advertisements at end (continuing the signatures); pp.[viii (including the frontispiece)]+333+[i (blank)]+10; bevelled light blue-green art-linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut; poor quality laid end-papers. Spine a little faded with some rubbing of gilt (in particular, the very small imprint at the extreme tail is almost invisible); end-papers embrowned, as is almost inevitable with this paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.299; Glover/Greene, 350. Haycraft, writing in 1942, declared it (p.65): "almost impossible to find in . . . original state to-day."

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MORRISON (Arthur). A child Of the Jago. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., 1896. Plan on text-paper (conjugate with dedication leaf) precedes first leaf of text; integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue (last page blank), at end, dated October 1896; vertically fine ribbed dark leaf green cloth lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Slight bruising of corners, but a virtually fine copy.

Wolff, 4937, recording an otherwise similar copy with a later (November 1896) Catalogue; not in Sadleir; this title not in Hubin. The second volume of Morrison's London trilogy, of which the other volumes are ‘Tales of Mean Streets', and ‘To London Town'.

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MORRISON (Arthur). To London town. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London, 1899. Publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated September 1899; vertically fine ribbed dark leaf green cloth lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Neat, barely visible restorations to cloth at extreme head and tail bands; otherwise, and in effect, a fine copy.

Wolff, 4950; not in Sadleir; this title not in Hubin. The third volume of Morrison's London trilogy, of which the first two volumes are ‘Tales of Mean Streets', and ‘A Child of the Jago', the present title, however, being non-criminous. In our experience, it is a good deal scarcer, however, than the other two.

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MURRAY (David Christie). A rogue's conscience. Downey & Co. Limited, 12 York Street, Covent Garden, London, 1897. Pp.[iv]+267+[i (blank)]; light greenish grey buckram, embossed with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, blocked dark green and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked dark green, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; binder's ticket (square, printed in dull brown on pale green paper: a circular frame with corner ornaments, across which lies a book bearing the binder's name, the whole text reading ‘BOUND BY / GILBERT & / RIVINGTON / LONDON') on back paste-down. Covers very faded and marked; front end-paper lacking; old ownership stamp on half-title; text, in general, nice.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5041; Hubin, p.303. The binder's ticket is without question the latest we have ever come across, and is in fact so much outside the usual period for them that it is only to be regarded as something of a freak. Neither this ticket, nor the firm concerned, is recorded by Ball.

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MURRAY (David Christie). A race for millions. London, Chatto & Windus, 1898. 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted catalogue, 32pp. on smaller paper, dated March 1898, at end; cerise vertical flame-grain cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

From the first binding batch, otherwise similar copies being known with a catalogue dated May: the book was published in April. Opens with a reference to Sherlock Holmes, and includes a woman detective. Set Variously in London, the U.S.A., and Canada. One of the better written and more interesting detective novels of its period. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5038; Hubin, p.303.

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MYRTLE (William). The Plagiarist. Edinburgh and London, Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1897. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.218+[vi]; milk chocolate buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, blocked yellow and red, on front cover, blocked yellow, black, and white, lettered gilt, on spine. Insignificant mark on back cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

The story of a physical as well as of an intellectual theft. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff.

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NESTORIEN (Arthur). In Sin or Folly? Digby, Long & Co., Publishers, 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, N.D. [1892]. Post 8vo; publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue at end, dated December 1895; bevelled scarlet buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed with branch and blossom design in lime green. Very nice copy.

Hubin, p.304, giving the date of issue as 1893, possibly because the Hubin copy had a catalogue so dated. According to ‘The English Catalogue of Books' the volume was published in March 1892, this date being supported by advertisements on the verso of the last leaf of text. Not issued in America.

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NEWALL (John). Nature's nobility. A Novel In three volumes. Charing Cross Publishing Company, Limited, 5, Friar Street, Broadway, E.C, 1879. Three volumes in one, as issued; publisher's dark green morocco cloth, blindstamped on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; pale yellow coated end-papers; half-title in volume one, none called for in volumes two and three; final blank in volumes one and two, none called for in volume three; pp.[viii]+270+[ii]; [iv]+270+[ii]; [iv]+300. Slight wear to covers; otherwise a near-fine copy.

Political crime novel. Detective: John Green, Constable.

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NISBET (Hume). The Swampers: A Romance of the Westralian Goldfields. F.V. White & Co., 1897. Frontispiece with tissue guard; vignette title; uncut edges; diagonally-fine-ribbed light brown cloth, blocked pictorially red, black, and green, lettered black and gilt, on front cover, gilt on spine. Some light dusting and marking, but a very good copy.

Hubin, p.306

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OPPENHEIM (E. Phillips), and OTHERS. A Monk of Cruta, And Other Stories. Illustrations by A. G. Warne-Browne, Stanley L. Wood, Etc. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, N.D. [1898]. Demy 8vo; frontispiece, and fourteen plates; numerous illustrations in the text; vertically ribbed cerise cloth lettered gilt and with gilt box on spine and front cover; white end-papers printed florally in brown. Spine faded; small scuff on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce.

Dated from a prize label on the front paste-down. This volume, put up in a Ward, Lock binding and with a special general title-page, is made up of remainder copies of the major portions of four issues of Beeton's Christmas Annual. ‘A Monk of Cruta' appeared in 1894, according to Hubin, but we have been unable to trace the dates of issue of the other stories, either in Hubin, or in the British Library, which has no holding of the Annual for the relevant years. The volume is made up as follows, the first three entries at least being detective novels: OPPENHEIM, ‘A Monk of Cruta' (pp. 158); [HERMAN]., ‘Lady Turpin' (pp.176); [HUNTER]., ‘The Crime of a Christmas Toy' (pp.168); ANON., ‘The Spin of a Coin' (pp.87); ANON., ‘A Muff and a Monster' (pp.6); KERNAHAN (Coulson), ‘Stranger than Fiction' (pp.13); LE QUEUX (William), ‘The Man with the Fatal Finger' (pp.18); ANDRE (R.), ‘The Head of the Family' (pp. 19); WEGG (Silas, Jr.), ‘Judas Junior: A Sketch of the Opium Dens' (pp.8); ANON., ‘Met on the Margin' (pp.13). The first regular book form publication of ‘A Monk of Cruta' (again by Ward, Lock) did not occur until the following year. This issue not listed in the British Library Catalogue.

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OWEN (J.L.). The Great Jekyll Diamond. A romance of two prodigals. The Roxburghe Press, Fifteen Victoria Street, Westminster, N.D. [1897]. Frontispiece with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf at end; jade green coarse linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers coated very dark brown. A little scattered light foxing; tissue embrowned, with light offsetting onto title-page; otherwise nice.

Hubin, p.316, listing no American edition.

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PANTING (J. Harwood). Through The Crucible. By J. Harwood Panting. Author of "The Vicar's Atonement." Preston: James Askew and Son, Corporation Street, N.D. [1898]. Cancel title leaf tipped on to a stub; half-tone frontispiece after Arthur Garratt; pp.320; diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, blocked blind, black, and blue-green, embossed blue-green, lettered black, and blocked with fine-pattern embossed lettering gilt, on front cover, ruled black and blue-green, blocked blind, black, and blue-green, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Nice copy.

First issued by Partridge, in June 1898, the present issue with a cancel dates from c.1900, "The Vicar's Atonement" having appeared in the Autumn of that year. A complicated - and delightfully ‘period' - detective murder mystery set in a country house. Wholly in keeping is the presentation bookplate of the Ashton-Under-Lyne P[leasant] S[unday] A[fternoon] Society on the front pastedown. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff.

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[PAYN (James).]. Lost Sir Massingberd. A romance of real life. In two volumes. Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1864. 2 Vols.; 16pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end of each volume. Head and tail of spines a little worn, and covers just a little rubbed; in general, however, a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; Hubin, p.321; Wolff, 5453 & 5453a and Glover/Greene 372 refer, but list only late reprints. Detective: Townshend, Bow Street Runner.

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PAYN (James). Kit: a memory. In three volumes. Chatto & Windus, 1883. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in volumes one and three; imprint leaf followed by 32pp. inserted publisher's advertisements dated October, 1882, at end of volume three; light blue buckram blocked black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e uncut; end-papers printed with orange-branch design in lime green. Spines frayed at head and tail, and cloth fragile along one joint; covers generally a little rubbed and faded; initial blank, half-title, and imprint leaf probably missing from volume two, and that volume supplied with old pale yellow end-papers, cracked now at the joints; end-papers cracking also in volume one; internally otherwise a near-fine copy

Hubin, p.321. A novel of theft, incolving trial and conviction. Not in Sadleir.

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PEASE (Howard). Tales of Northumbria. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, 1899. Blank, followed by publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue dated February 1899, at end; grey-green buckram surfaced coarse linen, blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a nice copy.

The first issue, later copies being in a differently decorated red fine diaper cloth, and without the Catalogue. Dialect tales. Includes at least one true detective story, involving a murder committed down a coal mine. Not in Hubin or Sadleir; Wolff, 5505, recording the later issue.

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PEASE (Howard). Tales of Northumbria. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, 1899. Final blank; dark red fine diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Covers very slightly dull; end-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

The secondary binding. Dialect tales. Includes at least one true detective story, involving a murder committed down a coal mine. Not in Hubin or Sadleir; Wolff, 5505, listing only this issue.

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PELLATT (T.). The Witch-finder. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1896. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed cerise cloth, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Slight mottled fading of back cover, and gilt a little dull on spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Hubin. A story of murder and feigned murder, with a trial and conviction for the latter, involving rationalised witchcraft: set in seventeenth century England.

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PEMBERTON (Max). Jewel mysteries I have known: From a Dealer's Note Book. By Max Pemberton, Author of "The Iron Pirate," etc. Illustrated by R. Caton Woodville and Fred Barnard. London, Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, 1894. (All Rights Reserved.) Demy 8vo; half-tone frontispiece on text-paper and numerous illustrations in text, some full-page; 8pp. integral advertisements at end, the last a single inset; pp.[viii (including the frontispiece)]+269+[i (blank)]+[viii]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed turquoise cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, blocked silver, lettered turquoise-through-silver on front cover, blocked gilt and silver, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; front end-papers coated light yellowish-grey-green, back end-papers coated dark grey-green. Small slightly raised patch on front board, due apparently to an original binding fault; otherwise a virtually fine copy of a book that does not tend to wear well.

Hubin, p.322; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. A somewhat anomalous copy: the end-papers at both the front and back have gilded edges, and are evidently original, but the book as usually seen has uniform end-papers, back and front, of a light yellowish-grey-green colour. The present copy has also only eight pages of advertisements instead of the usual ten. We can only think that it was a trial copy produced with sample end-papers, and that one of the advertisement leaves was not yet ready. We have not compared the text in any detail.

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PEMBERTON (Max). Jewel mysteries I have known: From a Dealer's Note Book. By Max Pemberton, Author of "The Iron Pirate," etc. Illustrated by R. Caton Woodville and Fred Barnard. London, Ward, Lock & Bowden, Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., 1894. (All Rights Reserved.) Demy 8vo; half-tone frontispiece on text-paper and numerous illustrations in text, some full-page; 10pp. integral advertisements at end, continuing the signatures; pp.[viii (including the frontispiece)]+269+[i (blank)]+[x]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed turquoise cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, blocked silver, lettered turquoise-through-silver on front cover, blocked gilt and silver, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated dark grey-green. End-papers foxed on verso, with offsetting onto facing page, but otherwise a very fine bright copy of a book that does not tend to wear well.

Hubin, p.322; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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PEMBERTON (Max). The Sea wolves. Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris and Melbourne, 1894. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard after Fred T. Jane, and eight other plates, mostly signed ‘G.B'; final blank; pp.334+[ii]; 8+8pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end, coded ‘5 G. 9.94' and ‘5 B. 9.94'; dark navy blue coarse buckram, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut; end-papers printed with publisher's initials device in pale grey. Some fading to cloth of spine, and light damp-marking of sides; owner's bold name on half-title; some scattered light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.322, listing this title as of undetermined status: it in fact concerns the theft of a million in gold, and also involves wrecking. In this copy the following errors and typographical faults have been observed (state or issue significance, if any, unknown): p.[46], l.5, raised comma at end of line; p.109, l.27, ‘realise' for ‘not realise'; p.117, 2ll. up, ‘to show' for ‘to a show'; p.181, last line, ‘t' lacking at start, ‘l' at end, of line; p.228, l.14, ‘crag' apparently for ‘twig'; p.239, l.5, ‘understood' for ‘not understood': all probably as always. P.‘305' however is here correctly numbered. It is sometimes seen misnumbered ‘30': state or issue significance unknown. One of two variant bindings, a copy with p.305 misnumbered ‘30' having been seen in an otherwise similar black cloth.

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PEMBERTON (Max). The Sea wolves. Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris and Melbourne, 1894. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard after Fred T. Jane, and eight other plates, mostly signed ‘G.B'; final blank; pp.334+[ii]; 8+8pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end, coded ‘5 G. 9.94' and ‘5 B. 9.94'; black coarse buckram, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut; end-papers printed with publisher's initials device in pale grey. Very slight fading of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.322, listing this title as of undetermined status: it in fact concerns the theft of a million in gold, and also involves wrecking. In this copy the following errors and typographical faults have been observed (state or issue significance, if any, unknown): p.[46], l.5, raised comma at end of line; p.109, l.27, ‘realise' for ‘not realise'; p.117, 2ll. up, ‘to show' for ‘to a show'; p.181, last line, ‘t' lacking at start, ‘l' at end, of line; p.228, l.14, ‘crag' apparently for ‘twig'; p.239, l.5, ‘understood' for ‘not understood': all probably as always. P.‘305' however is here misnumbered ‘30'. It is sometimes seen correctly numbered: state or issue significance unknown. One of two variant bindings, a copy with p.305 correctly numbered having been seen in an otherwise similar dark navy blue cloth.

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PENNY (Mrs. Frank). The Romance of a Nautch Girl: A Novel. Swan Sonnenschein & Co. Ltd., 1898. Map frontispiece; light blue linen decorated with a leaf and stem design in dark blue on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Slight fading of covers and a little insignificant worming; two worm-holes affecting extreme margins of some leaves; one or two leaves opened a little roughly; end-papers patchily embrowned; otherwise nice. Distinctly scarce.

A very well-written murder mystery set in contemporary Southern India: by an evident pre-cursor of Agatha Christie. Detectives: Major Brett, Sperintendent of Police; Dr. Felix Manning, Civil Surgeon; the Zemindar of Chengalem. Not in Glover/Greene or Sadleir; this title not in Hubin, who records nothing earlier than 1900, or in Wolff.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The End of a life. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited. (All dramatic rights reserved), N.D. [January, 1891]. Half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+284; light brown buckram, ruled black on sides, lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher's device, lettered, and ruled, gilt on spine. Gilt of publisher's device a little dull; minute worm-hole in cloth of back joint, with some loss of paper in gutter of back end-paper (about an inch and a half total, in two strips); otherwise a fine copy of a very scarce book.

Hinton, p.4; Hubin, p.326; this title not in Sadleir or Wolff. The first issue, later copies being in red paper-covered boards printed in blue, with the author's name mis-spelt on the spine. Only 1,000 copies were printed altogether. Issued upon first publication as the second volume of ‘Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series', though this fact is nowhere stated on the book. The author's second book.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). All rights reserved. A tiger's cub. By Eden Phillpotts Author of "The End of a Life", "Folly and Fresh Air", etc. Four illustrations by Dudley Hardy. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co., Limited, N.D. [1892]. Issued without true end-papers, the ooutside leaves of the first and last gatherings serving as pastedowns; advertisements on past-edowns, and on six preceding pages at the end; front paste-down followed by half-title; rich brown buckram, ruled and blocked black and blue on front cover and spine, lettered black and black-outlined blue on front cover, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, gilt, on spine, all in series style. An extremely fine copy.

A locked room murder mystery. The advertisements on the front paste-down run to Vol.VIII of Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series, this being volume nine. Hubin, p.326; Glover/Greene, 378; Hinton, p.6; this title not in Sadleir or Wolff. This first impression consisted of 1,500 copies.

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PINKERTON (A.F.). Dyke Darrel The railroad detective Or The Crime of the Midnight Express By A F Pinkerton (sic). Copyright, 1886, by Laird & Lee. Chicago, Laird & Lee, Publishers, Corner Clark and Adams Sts [On front wrapper:] July, 1887. Extra cr.8vo, wire-stabbed; 3pp. integral advertisements (frontispiece on verso of last) precede title-page; wood-engraved frontispiece and five full-page illustrations in text (one of them repeating the frontispiece); advertisements on verso of title leaf; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[ii]+155+[iii]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed lithographically in colour, the outside back wrapper bearing commercial advertisement (for Warner Bros. ‘Celebrated Coraline Corsets'); issued without end-papers. Paper of covers showing slight wear at head and tail of spine; poor quality text-paper insignificantly embrowned, and with one or two small fox-spot like marks; nonetheless a nice copy of a cheaply produced paper-back. Scarce thus.

Issued on subscription only, according to the wrapper, in July 1887, as Vol.5 of the monthly ‘Pinkerton Detective Series', the previous volumes being: ‘Marked for Life', Jim Cummings, or The Great Adams Express Robbery', ‘US $5,000 Reward' and ‘A Life for a Life' - this last not being listed by Hubin, who does however list two further titles under this by-line from the same publisher, one in 1888 and one in 1889. The copyright notice on the title-page of the present volume may refer to a previous serialization in a magazine. It, and two other volumes in the series, were issued in England by Routledge in the same year. Hubin, p.327; Wright, 4257. Wright records only this title and ‘Jim Cummings', noting that a slightly different version of the latter was published in 1887 as part of ‘The Jesse James Detective Series' by the R.R. Publishing Co., also in Chicago, under the by-line ‘Francis Farrars'. Pinkerton is almost certainly a pseudonym; Farrars may well be also.

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PRESCOTT (E. Livingston). Dearer than Honour: A Fool's Tragedy. Hutchinson & Co, 34 Paternoster Row, E.C., 1898. Dark green buckram decorated bright green, lettered gilt on spine and front cover; uncut edges. A nice copy.

A mystery novel, criminous, but only marginally detective. Detective: Detective-Sergeant Slaney, C.I.D. Not in Hubin.

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PUGH (Edwin) and GLEIG (Charles). The Rogues' paradise.An Extravaganza. James Bowden, 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1898. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; frontispiece by Stanley L. Wood, with tissue guard; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; cerise buckram blocked in black and old cream, lettered old cream, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Covers a little dull, and enamel just a trifle chipped on front cover; tissue embrowned and foxed, with slight offsetting onto title; otherwise nice.

Hubin, p.334, not listing an American edition. A hilarious comic detective story.

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REACH (Angus B.). Clement Lorimer; Or, The Book with the Iron Clasps. A romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: David Bogue, Fleet Street, 1849. Half-title not called for; fine engraved frontispiece and eleven plates; pp.[viii]+280; contemporary green half-calf, blind and gilt, red label, marbled sides, end-papers faced tan. Nice copy.

Issued in six monthly parts, in wrappers, between October 1848 and March 1849, and in book form in April 1849. Stab holes running throughout suggest that the present copy was bound up from the parts. Hubin, p.339. Sadleir, 1995, stating that p.[viii] is mispaged vi. But his, though a cloth copy, had been rebound, and we suspect that the List of Plates had in error been inserted before the Contents leaf instead of after it, as it is placed here. P.vi is the only leaf of the prelims. to be paged. Wolff, 5698, states that in his cloth copy p.[viii] is not paged vi. Reach's key title, a novel constructed somewhat after the Dickens model, but wholly his own, and frequently felicitous, in style: set mainly in nineteenth century London, but telling the story of a Vendetta pursued relentlessly over more than two centuries, and classifiable variously as a detective murder story, a Gothic horror novel, or a science fantasy - the plot turning largely on the possession by those pursuing the Vendetta of Borgia derived formulae enabling them to compound a variety of drugs with interesting effects. Too fantastical in conception to be a great novel, but compulsively readable nonetheless, and a very fine example of its kind. Eric Quayle, ‘The Collector's Book of Detective Fiction', pp.35-37, speaks of Reach in this novel as having achieved: "the distinction of having written the first full-length modern crime story in which detection plays an important role" and remarks that "the finely executed copperplate engravings by Cruikshank rank amongst the best of his work". In this copy the following misprints and typographical faults have been noted: p.47, l.32, ‘Fairfly' for ‘Firefly'; p.59, l.14, ‘taken' at start of line redundant; p.62, broken ‘h' at start of last line; p.72, l.22, punctuation mark lacking after ‘miss'; plate to p.149 captioned ‘Mrs Dumpling s Establishment' instead of ‘Mrs Dumple's'; p.178, last line, broken ‘p' in ‘pedestrians'; p.199, last line, broken ‘y' in ‘lay'; p.213, l.9, ‘book' for ‘books'; p.235, last line, broken ‘y' in ‘gravelly'; p.265, l.2, broken ‘a' at start of line.

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REACH (Angus B.). Clement Lorimer; Or, The Book with the Iron Clasps. A romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: David Bogue, Fleet Street, 1849. Half-title not called for; fine engraved frontispiece and eleven plates; pp.[viii]+280; vertically fine-ribbed puce cloth, elaborately blocked blind, pictorially blocked gilt, on front cover, elaborately blocked gilt, lettered puce-through-gilt on spine, elaborately blocked blind on back cover; end-papers coated pale yellow; a.e. uncut. Cloth of spine faded almost imperceptibly; inscription (dated June 1849) on front end-paper; slight off-setting from some plates, and a very little very light foxing here and there; nonetheless a beautiful and virtually fine copy.

The first binding, as recorded by Sadleir under 1995, in which the back cover blocking duplicates that of the front cover, but wholly in blind, instead of blind and gilt as there. Wolff, 5698, records a later issue in which the pictorial central blocking, gilt on the front cover, has been omitted from the blocking of the back cover. This first binding is known in two colours, puce, as here (variously described as ‘plum' and ‘maroon') and green, precedence, if any, being undetermined. The inscription on the front end-paper of the present copy, however, is dated ‘June 1849', the book having been first issued in monthly parts between October 1848 and March 1849, and in volume form, as here, in April - possibly as little as five or six weeks before the inscription shows this copy to have been in circulation. The present copy is printed partly on toned and partly on white paper, stab holes running through the toned sections suggesting that it has to some extent been made up from the stripped monthly parts. Sadleir states that p.[viii] is mispaged vi. But his, though a cloth copy, had been rebound, and we suspect that the List of Plates had in error been inserted before the Contents leaf instead of after it, as it is placed here. P.vi is the only leaf of the prelims. to be paged. Wolff states that in his cloth copy p.[viii] is not paged vi; nor was it in a copy in half-calf that passed through our hands some years ago. Hubin, p.339. The cover design is by John Leighton, whose monogram appears in small letters on the spine. Reach's key title, a novel constructed somewhat after the Dickens model, but wholly his own, and frequently felicitous, in style: set mainly in nineteenth century London, but telling the story of a Vendetta pursued relentlessly over more than two centuries, and classifiable variously as a detective murder story, a Gothic horror novel, or a science fantasy - the plot turning largely on the possession by those pursuing the Vendetta of Borgia derived formulae enabling them to compound a variety of drugs with interesting effects. Too fantastical in conception to be a great novel, but compulsively readable nonetheless, and a very fine example of its kind. Eric Quayle, ‘The Collector's Book of Detective Fiction', pp.35-37, speaks of Reach in this novel as having achieved: "the distinction of having written the first full-length modern crime story in which detection plays an important role" and remarks that "the finely executed copperplate engravings by Cruikshank rank amongst the best of his work". CBEL, III, p.724; Block, p.194; not in Summers. In this copy the following misprints and typographical faults have been noted: p.47, l.32, ‘Fairfly' for ‘Firefly'; p.59, l.14, ‘taken' at start of line redundant; p.62, broken ‘h' at start of last line; p.72, l.22, punctuation mark lacking after ‘miss'; plate to p.149 captioned ‘Mrs Dumpling s Establishment' instead of ‘Mrs Dumple's'; p.178, last line, broken ‘p' in ‘pedestrians'; p.199, last line, broken ‘y' in ‘lay'; p.213, l.9, ‘book' for ‘books'; p.235, last line, broken ‘y' in ‘gravelly'; p.265, l.2, broken ‘a' at start of line.

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REACH (Angus B.). Clement Lorimer; Or, The Book with the Iron Clasps. A romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: David Bogue, Fleet Street, 1849. Half-title not called for; fine engraved frontispiece and eleven plates; pp.[viii]+280; fine-diaper puce cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered, elaborately blocked, and with two dotted rules, gilt, spine; end-papers coated yellow; t.e. uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Gilt a little dulled on spine, and cloth of back cover a little bubbled; slight off-setting from some plates; nonetheless a nice copy.

The uncommon fourth binding, the sides having a double (thick/thin) ruled blind frame within which are large conventional corner and centre ornaments, and the spine, though partly pictorial, is differently blocked from that of the earlier issues. The first binding, as recorded by Sadleir under 1995, has the sides blocked pictorially, the back cover blocking duplicating that of the front cover, but wholly in blind, instead of blind and gilt as there. Wolff, 5698, records a later issue in which the pictorial central blocking, gilt on the front cover, has been omitted from the blocking of the back cover. The first binding is known in two colours, puce, as here (variously described as ‘plum' and ‘maroon') and green, precedence, if any, being undetermined. The present copy is printed partly on toned and partly on white paper, as always, but the toned sections are without the stab holes sometimes present and suggesting that they have been made up from stripped parts. Sadleir states that p.[viii] is mispaged vi. But his, though a cloth copy, had been rebound, and we suspect that the List of Plates had in error been inserted before the Contents leaf instead of after it, as it is placed here. P.vi is the only leaf of the prelims. to be paged. Wolff states that in his cloth copy p.[viii] is not paged vi; nor has it been in any copy we have seen, including one that was wholly bound from the parts. Hubin, p.339. Reach's key title, a novel constructed somewhat after the Dickens model, but wholly his own, and frequently felicitous, in style: set mainly in nineteenth century London, but telling the story of a Vendetta pursued relentlessly over more than two centuries, and classifiable variously as a detective murder story, a Gothic horror novel, or a science fantasy - the plot turning largely on the possession by those pursuing the Vendetta of Borgia derived formulae enabling them to compound a variety of drugs with interesting effects. Too fantastical in conception to be a great novel, but compulsively readable nonetheless, and a very fine example of its kind. Eric Quayle, ‘The Collector's Book of Detective Fiction', pp.35-37, speaks of Reach in this novel as having achieved: "the distinction of having written the first full-length modern crime story in which detection plays an important role" and remarks that "the finely executed copperplate engravings by Cruikshank rank amongst the best of his work". CBEL, III, p.724; Block, p.194; not in Summers. In this copy the following misprints and typographical faults have been noted: p.47, l.32, ‘Fairfly' for ‘Firefly'; p.59, l.14, ‘taken' at start of line redundant; p.62, broken ‘h' at start of last line; p.72, l.22, punctuation mark lacking after ‘miss'; plate to p.149 captioned ‘Mrs Dumpling s Establishment' instead of ‘Mrs Dumple's'; p.178, last line, broken ‘p' in ‘pedestrians'; p.199, last line, broken ‘y' in ‘lay'; p.213, l.9, ‘book' for ‘books'; p.235, last line, broken ‘y' in ‘gravelly'; p.265, l.2, broken ‘a' at start of line.

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READE (Charles) and BOUCICAULT (Dion). Foul play. In three volumes. Bradbury, Evans, & Co., 11, Bouverie Street, 1868. 3 Vols.; half-title in each volume; pp.[vi]+277+[i (blank); [iv]+278; [iv]+261+[ii (blank); contemporary half black calf ruled gilt on spine, red labels, oil-marbled boards. Labels badly chipped; neat repair to leather of one joint; two or three leaves re-inserted and very slightly trimmed; light foxing and marking passim; in general a near nice copy, nonetheless, of a rare title.

Sadleir, ‘Excursions', p.164; Hubin, p.340, listing only the American edition of the same year. Rated no.3 in Sadleir's schedule of comparative scarcities in ‘XIXth Century Fiction', a listing of which he remarks: "There are more frequencies in Reade than in Collins; yet he is as difficult to complete, owing to two or three obstinate rarities which equal anything Collins can offer. Neither Sadleir nor Wolff succeeded in finding a copy for their collections.

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REID (Captain Mayne). The Headless horseman: A Strange Tale of Texas. By Captain Mayne Reid. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1866. (Right of Translation reserved.) Lge 12mo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and nineteen plates, by R.J. Hamerton; pp.iv+470; contemporary half dark brown calf, tooled blind on sides, elaborately ruled and tooled blind on spine, dark brown lettering-piece with gilt rule and tooling, oil-marbled sides and edges; end-papers faced grey-green. Calf slightly faded on spine, and with slight peeling of corners; otherwise a fine copy.

Bound from the original twenty parts, a specimen front wrapper to one of the parts (pale salmon pink paper printed in black with a large wood-engraved illustration, unsigned but by R.J. Hamerton, incorporating title and author's name) laid onto the front paste-down. There is no list of illustrations, but they are correctly bound in at the start of each of the parts, to face pp.25, 49, 73, 97, 121, 145, 169, 193, 217, 241, 265, 289, 313, 337, 361, 385, 409, 433, and 457. In this copy the following typographical faults have been observed (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.15, headline, ‘S' in ‘post' broken, ‘T.' printed too heavily, as also the ‘1' of ‘15'; p.433, last line: dropped ‘a' in ‘had'; p.435, l.25, ‘gestur eis' for ‘gesture is'. This title not in Wolff; Sadleir, 2023, and plate 2. Sadleir gives a full collation of two sets of parts, and discusses the somewhat odd publishing history of the book, the part issue having been made up to Part XVII by Chapman and Hall, and then taken over by Bentley. As issued, the title-page for the one volume book issue was X5 in Part XX, the Contents leaf for the whole book present here being X6. Leaves X7 and X8, the title and Contents leaves for volume two if it were to be bound up as two volumes, have correctly here been discarded. "It would be interesting to know of any 2-vol copies in original cloth with Bentley on the spines, or of 1-vol. copies using the overall title-page from the Parts," remarks Sadleir. "Copies bound from the Parts must surely exist, though possibly only half-bound or in binder's cloth." The present copy clearly is such a one. A detective murder mystery, set in Texas, culminating in a trial. Also, as remarked by Sutherland (‘Victorian Fiction'): "The first pulp Western in England... Reid provides all the props of the Western genre, which descended direct to Hollywood. The Comanche attack, the saloon brawl, the main-street shoot-out, sunset on the mesquite, virtuosity with the lassoo, bowie-knife and six-gun are all found here." Not in Hubin.

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RIDDELL (Mrs. J.H.). The senior partner. A Novel. By Mrs. J.H. Riddell, Author of ‘George Geith,' ‘The Mystery in Palace Gardens,' etc. In three volumes. London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to her Majesty the Queen, 1881. (All Rights reserved.) 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; half-title lacking in volume one, present in volume three, all prelims. lacking in volume two; final leaf in each volume a single inset; pp.[iii - vi]+298; [vi (lacking)]+309+[i (blank)]; [vi]+290; old rose-red binder's cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Mudie's label on each front cover; two leaves re-inserted in volume two; otherwise, apart from the missing prelims. a nice copy. As a reading or working copy.

Very scarce. Sadleir, 2066, listing the copy from the publisher's file as in: ‘apple-green diagonal fine-ribbed cloth, blocked in dark green with design of ivy leaves and lettered in gold: pale grey flowered end-papers'; Wolff lists only a later German reprint; Hubin, p.346.

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RIDEAL (Charles F.). Stories From Scotland Yard As told by Inspector Moser, Late of the criminal investigation department, Whitehall And recorded by Charles F. Rideal. George Routledge and Sons, Limited, N.D. [1890]. 2pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed bevelled scarlet cloth, blocked blind on sides and spine, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blind on front cover; t.e.g. In general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.300. Issued as volume 51 of ‘Routledge's Hearth & Home Library'. The volume number does not appear on the book. The advertisement leaf at the end of the volume lists fifty numbered titles in the series. We suspect nonetheless that the first issue of this book should be dated, and printed on a paper that does not tend to brown.

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RIDGE (W. Pett). An Important man And others. Ward, Lock, & Bowden, Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C, [sic] New York and Melbourne, 1896. [All rights reserved]. Half-title present; pp.192; half vellum, light-grey-green-flecked grey green linen sides, brown calf spine label, spine ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt, vellum sides ruled gilt (v. note); t.e.g.; water-marbled end-papers; backs of end-papers and binder's blanks foxed, with some off-setting; light pencilled notes on Contents (v. note); poor quality paper very lightly embrowned; in general a very nice copy of a rare title.

A paper-back original here bound up complete, but without the covers. The author's own copy, bearing his signature on the half-title together with his small book-label bearing his hand-crafted monogram device in Indian ink. The notes on the Contents leaf are not definitely interpretable, but may relate to revisions and inclusions of some of the stories in later collections. At least some of the stories would appear to be criminous (‘A Case of Kidnapping', ‘A Model Crime', etc., whilst at least one, ‘An Elderly Admirer' is a fantasy (an ancient Egyptian re-awakens in modern London). Not in Sadleir; this title not in Hubin, Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Wolff. In this copy p.123, 16, contains the typo: ‘a nome' for ‘an 'ome'.

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RIDGE (W. Pett). A breaker of laws. London and New York, Harper & Brothers, 45 Albemarle Street, W., 1900. Prelims. a conjugate pair, tipped in; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iv]+305+[i (blank)]+[ii]; light-reddish-pink-flecked reddish pink linen, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Faint mark on front cover; light foxing of prelims. and last few leaves; otherwise a fine copy of a very scarce title.

Presentation copy with the author's signed holograph inscription to his sister Golde, dated Sept 1900, on the half-title. Hubin, p.346; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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ROBERTS (Morley). The master of The Silver Sea. Ward & Downey, Limited, 12 York Buildings Adelphi W.C., 1895. Short cr.8vo; leaf blank except for signature mark ‘a' on recto precedes half-title; pp.[viii]+[152]; blue buckram over very thin boards, blocked scarlet on back cover, blocked and letered scarlet on front cover and spine. Inscription on back paste-down; otherwise a nice copy.

This title not in Hubin or Wolff. A story involving murder and mutiny. Issued as the third title in an unnamed series uniform with Doyle's ‘The Mystery of Cloomber', and Mrs. Oliphant's ‘Oliver's Bride', all titles being offered in limp cloth at 1s. 6d. or in paper covers at 1s. In this copy, the last line on p.94 has the reading ‘hannel' for ‘channel'.

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ROBERTS (Morley). The plunderers: A romance. Methuen & Co., 1900. Final blank, followed by 40pp. publisher's catalogue dated November 1899; red coarse buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed; lower-edges uncut. A nice copy.

Hubin, p.348. Diplomatic international adventure story, largely set in Persia, and involving a plot to steal £6,000,000 in jewels. A precursor of the modern spy story.

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ROBERTS (Sir Randal H., Bart.). In the shires. A Sporting Novel. In one volume. F.V. White & Co., 31, Southampton Street, Strand., N.D. [1887]. Wire-stitched; pp.[viii]+247+[i (imprint page)]; diagonally fine-ribbed grass-green cloth blocked with publisher's monogram in black on back cover; lettered and pictorially blocked black on front cover, gilt on spine, white end-papers printed with a fruiting vine design in pale grey green. Covers dull and a little marked; ownership inscription dated ‘18.9.87' on half-title; a very good copy only.

A crime novel rather than a detective novel, involving the forgery of a cheque, blackmail, and incidental murder. Glover/Greene, 391, list another work by the same author, ‘Hard Held. A Sporting Novel', published two years later; neither title is in Hubin; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The dated inscription in this copy is useful in confirming that it is the correct first edition rather than the cheaper reprint of the next year.

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ROBERTS (Sir Randal H., Bart.). Curb and snaffle. London: F.V. White & Co., 31 Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1888. F'cap 8vo; advertisements on verso of fly-title; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+242+6; diagonally fine ribbed grass green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram in black on back cover, ruled, pictorially blocked, and lettered black on front cover, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with cherry-branch pattern in pale grey-green. TOGETHER WITH: Hard held: A Sporting Novel, Being A sequel to "Curb and Snaffle". London, Spencer Blackett & Hallam, 35, St. Bride Street, Ludgate Circus, E.C., 1889. (All rights reserved). Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; pp.iv+284; pinkish scarlet patterned sand-grain cloth, blocked gilt, lettered black on front cover and spine; end-papers faced yellow. Small mark on spine of second volume, but a nice set.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, lists the first volume as 5912, describing the end-papers as ‘floral-patterned', which at a quick glance they might seem; of the second volume he lists only a yellow-back reprint of the next year; Glover/Greene, 391 (‘Hard Held'); not in Hubin. The first volume is frequently met with, the second, from a small and shortlived firm, is rather scarce. The spine imprint in this copy reads, correctly, ‘Blackett & Hallam' in large and small capitals. Only the second volume is detective.

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ROBINSON (F.W.). Lazarus in London. In three volumes. Hurst and Blackett, 1885. 3 Vols.; half-titles present in volumes one and three; rebound in cloth, blind and gilt. Lacking the title-page to volume three, but an excellent working copy.

Hubin, p.350; Wolff, 5934, recording only a one-volume reprint dating from 1888; not in Sadleir.

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ROGERS (Lieut.-Colonel E., Late Staff Officer of Pensioners and Recruiting Officer, Manchester, 1874-89.). A modern sphinx. A Novel, Edition de luxe, with seven illustrations. In one volume. No place, no publisher, no date [1895]. Three volumes, complete, bound in one, with additional fore-matter, illustrations, etc., as under; binder's blank at front and back; half-titles not called for; portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; title, quoted above, with printed ‘Price Shillings' at foot, but the price not inserted; errata to all three volumes (but not to the fore-matter!) on verso; Introduction, pp.[iii]-xvi; single inset leaf, unpaginated, listing illustrations; original sheets of the 1891 issue, including all prelims., but with six added plates; 3pp. 1895 advertisements headed ‘Opinions of the Press, 1881', verso of second leaf blank; publisher's half-roan, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt, pale yellow-green pebble grain cloth sides, lettered on front cover in gilt, red and green head and tail bands; a.e.g.; oil-marbled end-papers. Roan worn at head and tail of spine, and repaired at joints; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Hubin. An author's presentation binding, and a presentation copy, bearing the author's signed holograph inscription, dated ‘2 Feby: 1896' on the front binder's blank. The book is usually found in red cloth. This re-issue with the added fore-matter consisted of only ‘a few hundred' copies. Dated 1895 on spine. The book was originally published as a three-decker in 1881, the original title-pages (all here present) reading: A modern sphinx. A Novel By Major E. Rogers, S.O.P., F.R.G.S., &c. In three volumes. John & Robert Maxwell, Publishers, Milton House, Shoe Lane, Fleet Street, 1881. Before the three volume issue was quite exhausted, it was withdrawn, and the story edited by M.E. Braddon for re-issue in shortened form as a single volume, under the title Madeline's Mystery. This too went out of print, and when in 1895 a stock of unbound sheets of the original three-decker was discovered at the binders, Rogers decided to re-issue it with the addition of illustrations and the present new and lengthy Introduction, being prompted to this by the recrudescence of a correspondence in The Lancet concerning the original of one of his characters, Dr. James Barry. Barry, the subject recently of a biography, was a woman, who, disguising herself at an early age as a man, qualified M.D., and entered the Medical Department of the British Army, serving, probably, at Waterloo, certainly, in the Crimea, and attaining, in the course of a career lasting from 1813 until 1865, the rank of Inspector-General of Hospitals. Rogers describes her from the life, having served with her in the West Indies, and at one point even shared a cabin with her on a voyage without having the least suspicion of her secret. In the present Introduction he gathers a number of stories about her from various sources, chiefly brother officers, and adds a description of her person and bearing. Among the illustrations are two portraits. The story, set in British Guiana, is a murder mystery involving a trial.

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ROGERS (Lieut.-Colonel E., Late Staff Officer of Pensioners and Recruiting Officer, Manchester, 1874-89.). A modern sphinx. A Novel, Edition de luxe, with seven illustrations. In one volume. No place, no publisher, no date [1895]. Three volumes, complete, bound in one, with additional fore-matter, illustrations, etc., as under; half-titles not called for; portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; title, quoted above, with printed ‘Price Shillings' at foot, and the price 7/6 inserted in ink; errata to all three volumes (but not to the fore-matter!) on verso; Introduction, pp.[iii]-xvi; single inset leaf, unpaginated, listing illustrations; original sheets of the 1891 issue, including all prelims., but with six added plates; 3pp. 1895 advertisements headed ‘Opinions of the Press, 1881', verso of second leaf blank; diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth blocked blind on back cover, blocked black, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; yellow coated end-papers. A near-fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Hubin. According to the Introduction this issue with the added fore-matter consisted of only ‘a few hundred copies'. Dated 1895 on spine. The book was originally published as a three-decker in 1881, the original title-pages (all here present) reading: A modern sphinx. A Novel By Major E. Rogers, S.O.P., F.R.G.S., &c. In three volumes. John & Robert Maxwell, Publishers, Milton House, Shoe Lane, Fleet Street, 1881. Before the three volume issue was quite exhausted, it was withdrawn, and the story edited by M.E. Braddon for re-issue in shortened form as a single volume, under the title Madeline's Mystery. This too went out of print, and when in 1895 a stock of unbound sheets of the original three-decker was discovered at the binders, Rogers decided to re-issue it with the addition of illustrations and the present new and lengthy Introduction, being prompted to this by the recrudescence of a correspondence in The Lancet concerning the original of one of his characters, Dr. James Barry. Barry, the subject recently of a biography, was a woman, who, disguising herself at an early age as a man, qualified M.D., and entered the Medical Department of the British Army, serving, probably, at Waterloo, certainly, in the Crimea, and attaining, in the course of a career lasting from 1813 until 1865, the rank of Inspector-General of Hospitals. Rogers describes her from the life, having served with her in the West Indies, and at one point even shared a cabin with her on a voyage without having the least suspicion of her secret. In the present Introduction he gathers a number of stories about her from various sources, chiefly brother officers, and adds a description of her person and bearing. Among the illustrations are two portraits. The story, set in British Guiana, is a murder mystery involving a trial.

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RUSSELL (Dora). A Torn-out page. Digby, Long & Co., 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., 1899. 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.349+[iii]; orange buckram ruled and lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Hubin, p.359, listing this title as of undetermined status. It is in fact a story involving kidnapping for ransom, and detection. In the secondary, ‘Times Book Club', binding.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The tragedy Of Ida Noble. With forty-six illustrations by Everard Hopkins. 1893, Hutchinson & Co., 34, Paternoster Row. All illustrations on text-paper, the full-page ones arranged as plates but included in the pagination; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; dark purple coarse buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated black. Very slight fading of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.359. Originally published in England in ‘Atalanta', as the Extra Christmas Number for 1891, of which it formed the whole. The present is the first English edition in book form, an American book edition having appeared dated 1891. The relatively scarce first issue.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The tragedy Of Ida Noble. With forty-six illustrations by Everard Hopkins. 1894, Hutchinson & Co., 34, Paternoster Row. Cancel title-page; all illustrations on text-paper, the full-page ones arranged as plates but included in the pagination; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; vertical rib-effect dark green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device gilt on front cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated dark green. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.359. Originally published in England in ‘Atalanta', as the Extra Christmas Number for 1891, of which it formed the whole. The present is the first English edition in book form, an American book edition having appeared dated 1891. First edition sheets, with a cancel title-page: the second issue.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The tragedy Of Ida Noble. With forty-six illustrations by Everard Hopkins. 1894, Hutchinson & Co., 34, Paternoster Row. Integral title-page; all illustrations on text-paper, the full-page ones arranged as plates but included in the pagination; 5pp. integral advertisements at end (starting on verso of last leaf of text); vertical rib-effect dark green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device gilt on front cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated dark green. Half-title lacking; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.359. Originally published in England in ‘Atalanta', as the Extra Christmas Number for 1891, of which it formed the whole. The present is the second English edition in book form, the first having appeared, differently bound and with an integral title-page so dated in 1893, and an American book edition having appeared dated 1891. Identical with the second issue of the first English edition, except that the 1894 title-page is here integral, and that the advertisements are extended to five pages and have been reset.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The Good ship "Mohock". In two volumes. Chatto & Windus, 1894. 2 Vols.; blank before half-title in each volume; leaf blank but for publisher's woodcut device on recto, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue, dated Sept.1894, at end of volume one; pp.[viii]+198+[ii]; [viii]+216; navy blue crushed morocco cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, embossed with over-all pattern blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with flower and leaf pattern in light brown. Spines almost invisibly restored at head and tail, and gilt a little rubbed; insignificant scuffing of front paste-downs where bookplates have been removed, and some darkening of back end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

Wolff, 6020; Sadleir, 2096, recording a copy identical except for the colour of the end-papers, there pale grey. A story of robbery at sea. This title not in Hubin.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The Good ship "Mohock". Chatto & Windus, 1895. Advertisement leaf before half-title; pp.[viii]+280; publisher's 32pp. catalogue at end dated Oct.1895; navy blue crushed morocco cloth blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine, and spine slightly dull; advertisement leaf opened a trifle roughly; back end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

The first one volume edition of a book originally issued in two volumes in 1894. A story of robbery at sea. This title not in Hubin.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The phantom death And other stories. With a frontispiece by H.C. Seppings Wright. Chatto & Windus, 1895 [i.e., December 1894]; frontispiece with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue dated Dec.1894; dark jade green coarse buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered reddish brown on front cover, blocked reddish brown, lettered gilt, on spine, blocked reddish brown on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed florally in green. In general a nice copy of a scarce title.

Hubin, p.359, listing this title as of undetermined status. The title story is a murder mystery resolved as by natural causes; others deal with murder or attempted murder; and one with the mysterious disappearance of a supposed diamond, and with its recovery; there is a good deal of detective interest in some of these stories, though others involve merely the straightforward description of criminous events; most are sea stories, and several, additionally, have Australian or South African settings. The very unusual art nouveau cover design is signed ‘DS'.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The Tale of the ten: A salt-water romance. In three volumes. Chatto & Windus, 1896. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in each volume; imprint leaf at end of volume one; 32pp. publisher's catalogue dated Nov.1895 at end of volume two; diagonally fine ribbed green cloth blocked pictorially blind on front cover, with publisher's device, blind, on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; white end-papers printed with a leaf and tendril design in olive brown. One or two minor faults, but in general a nice copy.

This title not in Sadleir or Glover/Greene. The story concerns the theft at sea of two tons of gold, and the tracking down of the theives by Commander Boldock, R.N.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The last entry. With a frontispiece by Max Cowper. London, Chatto & Windus, 1897. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece; leaf blank apart from publisher's woodcut device on recto follows last page of text; pp.[viii]+262+[ii]; publisher's inserted catalogue at end, 32pp. on smaller paper, dated Feb.1897, and advertising this volume as ‘Shortly'; dark blue crushed-morocco cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Gilt dulled on spine; a little very light foxing passim; poor quality paper of catalogue lightly embrowned; in general a nice copy nonetheless of a difficult title.

The first issue: with the advertisement leaf present which was later excised. A story involving murder, piracy, etc. This title not in Hubin, or Sadleir; Wolff, 6031.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The last entry. With a frontispiece by Max Cowper. London, Chatto & Windus, 1897. Stub precedes half-title where advertisement leaf has been excised; wood-engraved frontispiece; leaf blank apart from publisher's woodcut device on recto follows last page of text; pp.[viii]+262+[ii]; publisher's inserted catalogue at end, 32pp. on smaller paper, dated Feb.1897, and advertising this volume as ‘Shortly'; dark blue crushed-morocco cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. A little very light foxing passim; a near-fine copy of a difficult title.

The second issue: with the advertisement excised. A story involving murder, piracy, etc. This title not in Hubin, or Sadleir; Wolff, 6031.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). The Two Captains. Illustrated by B J Rosenmeyer. Sampson Low, Marston & Co, Limited, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece with loose tissue guard, and three plates; title-page printed in scarlet and black; pp.[viii]+423+[i (printer's imprint)]; navy blue crushed morocco cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with arabesque pattern in brownish grey. A little scattered light foxing, but a nice copy.

A story involving piracy. Not in Hubin or Sadleir. Wolff, 6069, describing an otherwise similar copy ruled in blind on the spine and with end-papers described as printed with an arabesque pattern in brown.

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RUSSELL (W. Clark). Rose Island: The Strange Story of a Love Adventure at Sea. London, Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1900. All rights reserved. Half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end, followed by publisher's 32pp. catalogue on text-paper, dated October, 1900; pp.[iv]+353+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically fine-ribbed deep marina-blue cloth, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut; white end-papers. Insignificant spotting to covers, and small bruise to lower fore-corner of front board; inscription on front end-paper; a little scattered light foxing, more or less confined to margins; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce, late, title.

First English edition of a novel issued the previous year in the U.S.A. An action-packed story involving murder, with some reference to piracy. This title not in Sadleir or Hubin; Wolff, 6055. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.60, l.8, risen space after ‘the'; p.67, l.3, ‘o' of ‘personal' printed faintly; p.95, l.12, ‘s' of ‘she' battered; p.125, l.4, ‘i' in ‘daring' damaged; p.181, l.17, ‘r' in ‘traditional' printed too heavily; p.182, l.7, first ‘l' in ‘fellow' and l.15, ‘r' in ‘treacherously', printed too heavily; p.205, l.29, ‘full' for ‘fill'; p.211, l.15, ‘T' of ‘They' broken; p.215, l.19, ‘un' of ‘bluntly' battered; p.227, l.27, ‘c' of ‘come' broken; p.228, l.21, risen space before ‘now'; p.236, l.20, ‘f' of ‘aft' broken; p.242, l.21, wrong fount ‘po' in ‘pounder'; p.277, l.5, risen space after ‘were'; p.292, last line, ‘g' of ‘gets' battered; p.314, l.20, ‘n' printed too lightly, ‘t' too heavily, in ‘nothing'; p.322, l.20, ‘f' of ‘of' broken; p.331, l.23, risen space before ‘to'; p.342, l.16, risen space after ‘as'. In addition, p.207, l.4, the dot is lacking over the ‘i' in ‘cliff', and there are several examples thereafter: e.g., p.221, l.28, in ‘his'. This is unlikely to have significance.

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