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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.

ST. AUBYN (Alan, i.e. Mrs. Frances Marshall). To step aside Is human. F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1896. 16pp. integral publisher's advertisements at end, included in the pagination; pp.[viii]+312; dark turquoise buckram lettered and blocked white on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine, back cover blocked with publisher's monogram in blind; cream tinted end-papers. A very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Variant binding: otherwise similar copies have been seen in navy blue buckram. No established precedence. A love story turning on the theft of some diamonds. Criminous, but not detective. Hubin lists six titles by this author, but not this one.

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ST. AUBYN (Alan, i.e. Mrs. Frances Marshall). To step aside Is human. F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1896. 16pp. integral publisher's advertisements at end, included in the pagination; pp.[viii]+312; navy blue buckram lettered and blocked white on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine, back cover blocked with publisher's monogram in blind; cream tinted end-papers. Spine bubbled and a little tired; scattered foxing, chiefly affecting prelims.; in general a near-nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Variant binding: otherwise similar copies have been seen in dark turquoise buckram. No established precedence, but the present copy has a pencilled inscription on the front end-paper dated ‘June/96'. The book was published in April. A love story turning on the theft of some diamonds. Criminous, but not detective. Hubin lists six titles by this author, but not this one.

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ST. GEORGE (George). A Feminine Convic- Tion. By George St. George. Westminster, A. Constable And Co.: 1896. Narrow f'cap 8vo; two blanks and advertisement leaf before half-title; decorative title-page (possibly designed by Osman Spare); two blanks at end; pp.[4]+[x]+[189]+[i (printer's imprint)]+[iv]; vertically ribbed light greenish blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover in series style, after a design by Laurence Housman; t.e.g., others uncut. Some foxing of end-papers with offsetting onto facing blanks; slight foxing of two other leaves; last two leaves of text badly opened, with chip to each blank fore-margin; nonetheless a virtually fine copy. Scarce, especially thus.

Sadleir, 3393/8; not in Wolff. The first binding, issue in cloth. Published as the eighth volume of The Acme Library, in cloth, as here, at 1s. 6d. or in wrappers at 1s. The story of a woman who shoots her sister's drunken husband and is imprisoned for manslaughter. Not in Hubin.

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ANONYMOUS. The Princess's Complete story Novelettes. No.50 - Vol II.] Edited by Edwin J. Brett. [Price One Penny. Slain in a Mist. [At start of text:] By Sapphire. Author of "Deeper Than Hate," "'Twixt Her and Victory," "Two Dreams," &c.&c. [At end of text:] Printed by Vincent Brooks, Day and Son, Gate Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, for the Proprietor, Edwin J. Brett, 173, Fleet Street. February 15, 1887. Sm.f'cap folio format, 16pp. paged [369]-384, printed in double column, wire-stitched; elaborate wood-engraved title-page with start of text on verso; nine wood-engraved illustrations in text. Lacking the staples and almost invisibly strengthened at the spine with ghost-tape, otherwise a fine copy of a very scarce title.

A melodramatic and rather odd murder story, without detection, the opening pages worthy of Hardy! In this copy the following errata have been noted, presumably as always: p.380, col.2, l.59, ‘y ' for ‘you'; l.80, ‘go to' for ‘got to'.

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SAPTE (W., Junr.). A Century's sensations. London, George Routledge and Sons, Limited, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, Manchester and New York, 1893. Pp.255+[i (blank)]; bevelled diagonally very fine ribbed cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered blind and gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Slight marking of covers; a little dusting in text; but a near-nice copy.

Issued as a volume in Routledge's ‘Hearth & Home Library' and bound in series style. Real life murder stories, fictionalised. Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Hubin.

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SAVAGE (Richard Henry). Checked Through: Missing, Trunk No.17580. A Story of New York City Life. Copyright. George Routledge and Sons, Limited, 1896. Pp.[vi]+[5]-329+[iv (publisher's advert- isements)]+[1 (blank)]; glazed yellow boards printed in black, green, and red; end-papers printed with commercial advertisements. In general nice.

Not in Sadleir; Hubin, p.364; Glover/Greene, 396. Bearing the same date as the American edition, which, as the word ‘Copyright' on the title-page indicates, it must either precede or have appeared simultaneously with. Issued as a volume in Routledge's Railway Library.

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SAVILE (The Hon. Charles Stuart). Beating to windward, Or Light and shadow. A novel. In three volumes. T. Cautley Newby, Publisher, 30 Welbeck Street, Cavendish Square, 1866. Lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; pp.[ii]+[290]; [ii]+302; [ii]+308+2pp. commercial, 2pp. publisher's advertisements, both integral; three volumes bound in one, as issued, publisher's green sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Re-cased, but a good copy.

Not in Sadleir, Summers, Hubin, or Glover/Greene. A good early example of a true murder mystery. Detective: "Mr. Hawke, an officer of the London Detective Force." Despite being three volumes in one, this does not seem to be a remainder, since the spine bears the legend "3 Vols. in one 31/6" - this being the same price as the three volume in three (library) issue.

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SELWOOD (Robert Berkeley). Queer stories From "Truth." Eighth series. "Truth" office, 10, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, E.C., N.D. [c.1900]. Half-title not called for; Contents leaf precedes title-page, both bearing commercial advertisements; pp.[iv]+244; text-paper leaf at end bearing commercial advertisements; Glazed white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the inside and back wrappers bearing commercial advertisements. Wrappers a little chipped at head and tail of spine, and slightly dusty; otherwise a nice copy.

We have been unable to trace the date of issue of this volume, but the 1900 Paris Exhibition is referred to in one of the advertisements. A ‘Seventh Series' was certainly issued in the Summer of 1900; a ‘Fifth' in 1889. The series was apparently colour-coded, this volume having printed (somewhat unnecessarily!) on the front cover and spine: ‘(White)'. Includes at least one murder story, whilst several appear to be detective or crime stories; one story involving reincarnation; and one, ‘Park Lane: A Romance of the Next Century' is a satire based on an inversion of the social order: the Jews hasve replaced the English aristocracy. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff.

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[SHEPHERD (H.P.) and WELLS (Ernest).]. The scarlet city. Being the adventures of John Franklyn And his friend Anthony Fuller In and out and round about the Wicked World in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century Written by "Pot" and "Swears". Sands & Company, 12 Burleigh Street, Strand, London, W.C., 1899. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title/dedication leaf; title-page printed in red and black; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.588+[iv]; dark blue buckram blocked pictorially black, white, and scarlet on front cover, lettered black-outlined scarlet on spine and front cover, scarlet on spine. End-papers lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Criminous, and just barely detective. Not in Hubin or Sadleir; Wolff, 7106.

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SHIEL (M.P.). Prince Zaleski. London: John Lane, Vigo St, Boston: Roberts Bros., 1895. Narrow cr.8vo; Illustrated title-page, and design on verso of Contents leaf, by Aubrey Beardsley; two illustrations in text, presumably by the author; four leaves publisher's text-paper advertisements at end, probably integral, the verso of the last leaf blank, followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, also on text-paper, and dated 1895; pp.[viii]+163+[i (blank)]+7+[i (blank)]; bright violet buckram, blocked in white on sides and spine, lettered on front cover, dated on back cover, in white, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Cloth of spine rather dull and with barely visible restorations at extremities, but without any of the usual fading or browning; front cover a little dull, and slight fading to cloth at upper edges of sides; light marginal embrowning throughout, as usual with the series; otherwise a very nice crisp copy. Scarce thus.

Issued as Volume VII of the ‘Keynotes Series', both sets of advertisements listing the series as available to Volume VIII, with a further seven volumes as ‘In preparation'; the first set carries reviews to Volume VI. We hypothesise that the first set of advertisements, which are purely for the series, was printed conjugate with the prelims., completing the full sheet. Hubin, p.373; Sadleir, 3748; Wolff, 6294; Glover/Greene, 397; Queen's Quorum, 19; Morse (1980), pp.33 - 6. "One of the most distinguished of nineteenth century detectives" - Eric Quayle. The front cover, spine and back cover designs are by Aubrey Beardsley. Having examined a number of copies of this book, it is our belief that the brilliant violet colour of the cloth was obtained by applying a violet glaze to an otherwise white buckram. The colour tends usually to rub away at the margins of the sides, leaving visible the white underlay, and also it is light sensitive: where exposed for any length of time it tends to take on a somewhat reddish hue. The present copy shows some slight reddening of the spine, and some dulling, but the sides are unrubbed, and the book otherwise in crisp state. In this copy the following errata have been noted, and have been present in every copy examined: "p.45, l.22, ‘these' for ‘there'; p.148, l.24, ‘do on' for ‘don'; p.149, l.22, ‘"ugly"' for ‘"ill"'.

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SHIEL (M.P.). Contraband of war: A tale of the Hispano-American Struggle. With illustrations by A.J. Pearse. Grant Richards, 9 Henrietta Street, 1899. Frontispiece (listed as ‘To face p.23'), and seven plates; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+258; dark grey-green buckram streaked horizontally with light grey-green, blocked and lettered white on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. A nice copy of a difficult title.

This title not in Hubin, who may have imagined it a war story. Though the background is the events leading to the onset of the Spanish-American war, it is in fact a fantastic story of international espionage and intrigue - including a mention of Redonda! Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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SHIELD (A.). The Squire of Wandales. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London, 1896. Pp.335+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end (last page blank), dated October 1896; diagonally fine ribbed dark turquoise cloth, blocked with elaborate art nouveau design in light blue and yellow-brown on front cover and spine, lettered yellow-brown on front cover, gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Brilliantly fine, unopened, copy.

A superb example of period decorated cloth - art nouveau crossed with William Morris - and in exceptional state. The author's only book, at least under this name - but we suspect a pseudonym: the front cover design falls within limits barely hinting the outline of a shield, with the authorial ‘A. SHIELD' appearing beneath it, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as though a caption rather than a name. Not in Hubin, Sadleir or Wolff. The story of a serial killer, well-told in its way, very largely through dialogue, though somewhat short on psychological depth.

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SHIELD (W.P.). Cutty Soams Or The spectre of the mine. A local story, Founded upon an old tradition of the coal trade. Newcastle-on-Tyne: Printed by Samuel Hawthornthwaite, 81 Clayton Street, 1871. Sm.cr.8vo, sewn through; half-title not called for; pp.52; thin pale greenish-blue paper wrappers printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Two-thirds of front wrapper lacking, as also an inch or so at head and tail of spine; title-page and a few corners slightly dusty; a few small corners turned; otherwise a nice copy. Rare.

A murder story involving a trial, set in and around a supposedly haunted coal-mine in the year 1801. Not in BLC, NUC, Hubin or Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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SIMMONS (Albert). Saint and Cynic: A Psychological Romance. Digby, Long & Co., N.D. [1892]. Publisher's ‘Supplementary List', 8pp., dated December 1895 bound in at end; red buckram with a diagonally cut overlay of black buckram, lettered on front cover in black and red, on spine in gilt; publisher's monogram, red, on back cover; white end-papers printed with an oak-twig and acorn design in brown. Spine a trifle faded and showing very slight wear at extremities; fine internally.

Evidently a later issue. The humorous story of a whoring and bigamous clergyman, also probably a murderer, who is eventually brought to trial for procuring. Delicately told, and obliquely criminous, but only very marginally detective. Detective: Detective Drinkwater, Scotland Yard. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff.

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SIMS (George R.). Rogues and Vagabonds. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1885. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.iv+316; diagonally fine ribbed brown Victorian binder's cloth. Nice copy of a scarce title.

Issued at 2s. 6d. in cloth and at 2s. 0d. as a yellowback, this being presumably the latter. Hubin, p.379

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SIMS (George R.). My two wives And other stories By George R. Sims Author of ‘Mary Jane's memoirs, [sic] ‘How the poor live,' ‘The Dagonet reciter, [sic] Etc. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1894. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; 4pp. integral advertisements precede title-page; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated April, 1894; pp.4+[iv]+296; blue buckram over very thin boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device, and ruled, black, on back cover, ruled black, blocked black and silver on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers printed florally in grey. A virtually fine copy of a delicate and cheaply produced book.

Presentation copy with the author's gallant signed holograph inscription on the title-page. Short stories, some criminous (involving murder, embezzlement, etc.), and one detective murder story (‘My mother's Crime'). The first binding of the 2/6d. cloth issue, and with early advertisements. The volume was issued simultaneously at 2/-, presumably as a yellowback. Hubin, p.279, listing this title as of undetermined status; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6329, listing an otherwise similar copy with the catalogue dated October 1895, and with the silver blocking replaced by pale blue. According to the English Catalogue of Books, the volume was advertised for publication in March.

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SIMS (Geo. R.). The coachman's club; Or, Tales Told Out of School. In one volume. London, F.V. White & Co, 14, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C, 1897. Pp.[viii]+312; deep scarlet fine diaper cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt somewhat oxydised on spine; poor quality end-papers embrowned, front end-papers almost invisibly strengthened with binder's tissue, and back end-papers slightly cracking; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.379. Not issued in America.

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SIMS (George R.). The Small-part lady And other stories. By George R. Sims (Dagonet). London, Chatto & Windus, 1900. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 8pp. publisher's advertisements, on text-paper and probably integral (v. note), followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue, at end; pp.[viii]+303+[i (printer's imprint)]+8; jade green mottled linen-effect rough fine buckram, blocked black and white, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Very slight foxing of edges and light foxing of last four leaves of text and integral advertisements; faint mark on front cover, possibly due to an original dyeing fault; otherwise, and in effect, an extremely fine, crisp copy.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6333. Probably due to a misunderstanding of Wolff's transcription of the title-page onto a filing card, the Wolff copy is listed as both ‘by Dagonet' and ‘[anon]' - which obviously it could not be! As will be seen above, both Sims' name and his pseudonym appear on the title-page in the present copy. Wolff's cataloguer appears to have assumed - if the ‘anon' means anything at all - that the inclusion of the pseudonym precluded Sims' name from appearing on the book. It is not quite impossible, however, that Wolff had by chance got hold of a bound proof, from the title-page (?and covers) of which Sims' name had been omitted by mistake. The Wolff copy, at any rate, is from a different binding batch, having end-papers described as printed with a floral pattern in grey, rather than being plain white as here. By this date Sims name will certainly have been intended to appear on all his books: if it were not present on the Wolff copy, it could only have been an accident to be corrected before the book finally appeared. Our copy does not have a cancel title leaf. Thirteen stories, including ‘The Small Part Lady', ‘The Low Comedian', ‘Dr. Swainson's Secret', ‘The Demon Cat', ‘Next of Kin', etc. Hubin, p.379, recording the volume as of undetermined status: it includes several murder stories, with some detective.

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SINCLAIR (Catherine). Cross purposes. A novel. In three volumes. Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1855. Lge.12mo, 3 Vols., bound in one, as issued; half-titles not called for; pp.[viii]+319+[i (blank)]; [ii]+331+[i (blank)]; [ii]+356; navy blue diagonal ripple grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Very slight general wear to covers; front end-papers renewed with yellow-coated paper, back end-papers strengthened almost invisibly with matching paper; some light dusting or greying in text; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

Sadleir, 3056, listing only a rebound copy; Wolff, 6342, listing a copy of the issue in three volumes, in maroon cloth: Sadleir, quoting, presumably, a deposit copy, calls for ‘grey-purple morocco cloth, blocked in blind and lettered in gold', for that issue. Neither had seen the present issue, three volumes in one. The binding of the present copy is interesting, the spine blocking consisting of a double (thick-thin) ruled frame a quarter inch from the edges of the spine, with the title in two lines at the top, balanced by, at the bottom, the legend ‘VOL. 1. 2. 3. / £I IIs 6d' [sic], also in two lines, the space between being occupied by a large irregular oblong blocking resembling a type-ornament. The concerns of the novel are set out in the author's Preface: ‘In free and happy England there are four kinds of slavery, which of late, as the author ventures to suggest, have increased, are increasing, and ought to be diminished:- first, the slavery of over-done education; secondly, the slavery of over-worked needlewomen; thirdly, the slavery of intemperance; and, fourthly, the slavery, worse than all united, of Romanism.' Of the first she adds: ‘A matter-of-fact, heavy, sensible education, without anything to enliven the imagination, will "make Jack a very dull boy." He learns in the wise little nursery-books to know for certain that "a sheep, when killed, becomes mutton, and the wool makes flannel;" or, in more mature years, that there are three angles to a triangle; but his mind runs on from youth to age like a railway between embankments, rather than like a flowery path across the meadow." By the third volume she seems to have become immersed in the events of the Crimean war, and the book presents a good picture of English attitudes to that in the build-up to Sebastopol. Includes also an anecdote about Sir Walter Scott which, given Sinclair's background and age, is probably an authentic memory. A murder story, culminating in a trial, and involving some detection. Not in Hubin.

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SMART (Hawley). A racing rubber. A Novel. In one volume. F.V. White & Co., 14, Bedford Street, 1895. Apple green buckram, publisher's monogram in black on back cover, ruled and lettered black, blocked blind, on front cover, blocked blind, lettered gilt, ruled black on spine. Near-fine copy.

Smart's last completed, posthumously published, novel, issued with a Preface by his widow. Hubin, p.380. A two volume edition was issued more or less simultaneously, bearing the same date. V. Sadleir 3084. Sadleir notes that in volume one of the two volume edition the Preface, occupying pp.ix-xii, is mis-paged [v]-viii. In this one volume edition the Preface is also paged [v]-viii, but in this case correctly so. It seems evident that the Preface at least was set to be used in the one volume edition, and then used in the other without the necessary alterations being made, so that we should perhaps hypothesise the one volume edition to have precedence. The pagination of the two editions otherwise differs throughout.

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SMIFF (O.P.Q. Philander [i.e., Aglen A. Dowty].). The reminiscences Of a rascal And Coster ballads. Edited from the original mss. By O.P.Q. Philander Smiff Author of "Figaro's History of England," "Smiff's Natural History," "The New Mysteries of London," &c., &c., &c., &c. Weldon & Co., 40 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, W.C., N.D. [c.1875]. Narrow f'cap 8vo, wire stabbed; half-title not called for; wood-engraved ‘portrait' frontispiece on text-paper and included in the pagination; 2pp. integral publisher's and commercial advertisements at end; pp.xvi+[110]+[ii]; white wrappers, cut flush, printed with wood-engraved design in red, green, and dark purple on front cover and spine, with commercial advertisement in dark purple on back cover; issued without end-papers. A nice copy.

Dated from a reference in the Preface, and the known changes of address of the publisher. Not in the British Library or London Library Catalogues, Sadleir, or Hubin. Issued as a volume in the series ‘Smiff's Immortal Works', this being the headline on the title-page. Published at 1/-. ‘Reminiscences of a Rascal', which is decidedly criminous occupies pp.1-63; the ‘Coster Ballads' pp.[65]-109. Delightfully written, and very readable.

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SOUTHERN (J.W.). Fannette; Or A brave young woman: A Shropshire romance. London: Jesse Salisbury, 116, Gray's Inn Road, W.C., 1889. BOUND WITH: SOUTHERN (J.W.). [Drop head:] A false position: A farcical story. By J.W. Southern. [Jesse Salisbury, N.D., but c.1888]. Two works in one volume, short demy 8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end, folded round the second work: prelims. not called for to second work; pp.[iv]+222+20+[ii]; publisher's scarlet fine crushed morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Neat restoration to cloth at head of front joint; cloth generally a little dull and marked; a very little scattered light fingering; otherwise, and in general a nice copy. Rare.

‘Fanette' provides a late but excellent example of a genre that enjoyed great popularity among the newly literate classes throughout the nineteenth century, of which the best known exponents were Hannah Maria Jones and Catherine G. Ward. A melodramatic story set c.1820, including the usual paraphernalia of a lost heiress, the death of a soldier abroad, children abandoned by a supposed gypsy, etc., but involving in this case as well as a main element of the plot the large-scale forging of high denomination Bank of England notes, swindling, and murder, with a good deal of associated mystery and detection. Detective: Philip Phyndem. The penultimate chapter is pure Gothic fantasy, reminiscent of ‘Monk' Lewis. The second work is a short story adapted from Southern's play of the same title. As the advertisement leaf makes clear, ‘Fanette' was originally issued in two parts. It is here still so divided, the numbering of the chapters beginning afresh with the second part, though the pagination is continuous. The second work was originally published separately, in wrappers, at threepence, whilst the bound volume of which it here forms a part was published, according to the ‘English Catalogue of Books' at 3/6d. In this copy the following mis-prints have been observed in ‘Fannette' - all within the 80pp. of Part I: p.6, l.35, ‘psssibly' for ‘possibly'; p.12, l.19, ‘orstation' for ‘or station'; p.19, l.32, inverted commas lacking at end of line; p.33, ll.9 & 11, displaced type; p.41, risen quad five lines from foot; p.69, l.41, extra inverted commas before ‘turning'. ‘Fannette' certainly, and probably ‘A False Position' as well, on the evidence of the type, was printed by Geo. H. James, Stroud, [Glos.]. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, Wolff, or Summers.

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SOUTHWORTH (Mrs. D.E. Nevitt). Retribution; Or, The maiden's dower. A tale of passion. London: Henry Lea, 22, Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1858]. Half-title not called for; pp.vi+370. BOUND WITH: DUMAS (Alexandre). Captain Paul. London: Darton and Co., Holborn Hill, N.D. [1858]. Lacking all before title-page; pp.[vii]-xii+328. Two works in one volume, pott 8vo; half roan, marbled sides. Leather of spine worn, front board detached; a very little scattered light foxing; as a reading copy.

First English edition of Retribution, Mrs. Southworth's first book, published originally in America in 1849. Wright, I, 2481; Hubin, p.384; Sadleir 3686. The volume includes also ‘A Wife's Temptations' (which occupies pp.273-336) and ‘The Widow and her Son' (pp.337-370). Dumas' Captain Paul was first published in English translation in New York in 1846, and in England in 1848. It is here followed by ‘The Sicilian Bandit', which occupies pp.[193]-328. This first appeared in England in 1837 in a translation by Theodore Hook. Issued as Vol.188 of ‘The Parlour Library': Sadleir, 3755a/188; Munro, pp.26 & 31, giving a somewhat confused account of the series.

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SPEIGHT (T.W.). The master of Trenance: A Mid-Century Romance. In three volumes. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1896. 3 Vols.; single inset half-title in each volume; final leaf of volumes one and two a single inset; publisher's inserted catalogue, 32pp., dated Nov.1895, at end of volume three; pp.[vi]+229+[i (blank)]; vi+230; vi+242; mauve diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine. Corners a little bruised, and spines slightly worn at head and tail; some end-papers cracked; internally very nice.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6484; Hubin, p.384. A crime novel containing detective elements, but not really a detective novel as such. Detectives: Ephraim Finch, Attornet-at-Law; and unnamed police officers.

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SPEIGHT (T.W.). A Minion of the moon: A romance of the King's highway. Chatto & Windus, 1897. Advertisement leaf before half-title; 32pp. inserted publisher's catalogue at end, dated Feb.1897; vertically ribbed navy blue cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt in standard style on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. A virtually fine copy.

First English hardcover edition, issued in April 1897 at 3/6d.; preceded by an edition in paper wrappers issued at 1/- in April 1896, and by an American edition of that year. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.384, erroneously records the first English edition as dated 1897. A novel involving highway robbery, murder, and abduction, with some detection - though it might also barely qualify as science fiction, since it involves "a marvellous drug from the far East, which will almost bring dead people back to life" (p.151), and disappearing ink. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff. In this copy the following typographical errors and errata have been noted: p.60, l.9, dropped ‘l' at start of line; p.66, 3ll. from foot, dropped ‘s' at end of line; p.85, l.2, raised full stop at line end; p.90, l.3, dropped ‘l' at line end; p.97, l.2, hyphen lacking at line end; p.123, l.18, ‘l' lacking at line end; p.161, 6ll. from foot, ‘t' lightly printed (almost lacking) at line end; p.164, l.16, ‘taki ng' for ‘talking'; several letters faintly printed at start of lines; p.174, l.25, ‘in- volved' for ‘involved'; p.183, ll.3, and 20, raised full stop and comma respectively at line end; p.188, l.17, raised comma at line end; and p,191, l.16, dropped ‘t' at line end.

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SPEIGHT (T.W.). The secret Of Wyvern Towers. Chatto & Windus, 1898. Advertisement leaf before half-title; leaf bearing publisher's device on recto, blank on verso, followed by 8pp. publisher's advertisements on text-paper, signed ‘X' and so probably integral (though the final gathering of text is signed ‘U'), and publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue, dated Sept.1899, at end; pp.viii+302+[ii]+8; vertically rib-beaded dark green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. A virtually fine copy.

Hubin, p.385; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6485, listing an otherwise identical copy in navy blue vertically ribbed cloth, with the same later Catalogue. In this copy, p.285, l.24 lacks the hyphen at line end. A murder mystery, with minor science fiction elements.

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SPEIGHT (T.W.). The Crime in the Wood. London, John Long, 6 Chandos Street, Strand, 1899. Title-page printed in black and vermilion; final leaf blank except for printer's imprint on recto; linen-patterned lighter and darker buff cloth, blocked flesh-pink, black, vermilion, and brownish scarlet, lettered vermilion, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut; laid-paper end-papers. A little very light marking of covers and darker buff colour faded on spine and at top edges of boards; a few scattered fox-spots or small marks passim; in general effect however a very nice crisp copy.

Presentation copy with the author's holograph inscription dated May 1900 on the half-title. Glover/Greene, 415, recording as a collection copy the second edition only; Hubin, p.384; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Not mentioned in the description given above, but present both on the back and front covers and incorporated with the darker buff colour of the linen patterning is a three-dimensional effect appearing like a splash of waterdroplets lying on the surface of the cloth and raised above it (visible on the front cover at the lower left-hand corner, close beside the ‘blood-spots'). An early copy. Later bound but otherwise similar copies of the first edition do not have this three-dimensional effect, and it was possibly an experiment abandoned after the advance copies had been produced, possibly because it was too expensive, but more probably because it was too realistic and led to complaints about the covers being damp-marked!

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SPEIGHT (T.W.). The web of fate. Chatto & Windus, 1900. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end; pp.[ii]+vi+307+[1 (blank)]+4; vertically ribbed navy blue cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt in standerd style on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. A nice copy.

Hubin, p.385; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. A story involving three murders and a fraud. The following errata have been noted in this copy: p.70, l.27, ‘f' lacking at start of line; p.100, l.28 ‘end and' one word; p.121, l.7, raised comma at line end; p.132, ll.2, 4, and 19, ‘f' and comma lacking, and dropped comma at line end, respectively; p.134, l.3, raised ‘e' at start of line; p.209, l.10, first half of line garbled - probably ‘a' lacking before ‘run'.

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SPICER (Henry). Brought to book. In two volumes. Tinsley Brothers, 18, Catherine St., Strand, 1870. Half-titles not called for; advertisement leaf or blank possibly lacking at end of volume I, the last gathering containing seven leaves; contemporary full very dark green calf, tooled gilt on spines, sides, and edges of boards; a.e.g.; marbled end-papers. A near-fine copy.

A short story collection, reprinted from ‘All The Year Round' and ‘Chambers' Edinburgh Journal', including a number of crime and detective stories. In volume one ‘A Very Likely Story' is an impossible crime detective story involving the disappearance of a woman from a railway carriage going through a tunnel, a severed ‘foot' found in the tunnel being the only surviving portion of her; ‘The Story of the Stone Eyes', ‘Little Trout', and ‘Tabernacle Lodge' are mysteries; whilst ‘Haunted Hilderton' is a murder story set in a haunted house. In volume two ‘Brown Studies' is a mystery; ‘What Was It?' a sea-monster story; and ‘Is It Possible?' a piece analysing ghost stories, which includes a two page footnote by Charles Dickens. We have been unable to locate this in any of the Dickens bibliographies. The collection is not recorded in Sadleir or Hubin, and, like many Tinsley Brothers titles, is itself extremely scarce.

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SPRIGGE (S. Squire). Odd issues. London, Leonard Smithers and Co, 6 Old Bond Street W, [January,] 1899. Printed on mould-made paper; 10pp. integral publisher's advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+210+10; scarlet buckram, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Cloth on front cover a trifle bubbled; small, neat, restoration to cloth at extreme tail of spine; in general a nice copy.

Short stories. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hubin, p.386: "s[hort] s[tories], some criminous. The advertisements at the end give Smithers' address as ‘5 Old Bond Street'.

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SPRINGFIELD (Lincoln). A Galaxy Girl And Other Stories. London: W. Thacker & Co., 2 Creed Lane, E.C. Calcutta: Thacker, Spink & Co., 1898. Pp.[320]; publisher's inserted catalogue, 24pp., at end, dated 1897; vertically fine ribbed cerise cloth, blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with publisher's monogram device in orange. Spine slightly faded and gilt a trifle dull; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff. The long title story, occupying pp.[7]-253, is a detective murder story. Review copy, with ‘With the Publishers Compliments' stamped on title page in purple ink.

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STABLES (Gordon, M.D., R.N.). The Rose of Allandale: A Sensational Story of Love and Crime. Digby, Long & Co., Publishers, 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., N.D. [1896]. Title-page printed in red and black; 12pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated October 1896; crinkle grain dull mid-blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with wild briar design in light orange. Near fine.

Hubin, p.386.

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[STEPHEN (Sir George).]. Adventures Of An attorney In Search of practice. Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street, 1839. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for; pp.iv+[408]; vertically ribbed marina green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top-edges uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Rebacked, preserving most of backstrip, and with new end-papers matching those of the original; otherwise a nice copy.

Block, p.225; Hubin, p.9. Our ascription follows Block. Hubin notes that it has also been attributed to Sir James Stephen, and to Samuel Warren - this last, presumably by confusion with another anonymous title, ‘The Experiences of a Barrister', which is by him.

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STEPHENS (Riccardo, M.B., C.M.). Mr. Peters. Bliss Sands & Co., 1897. Post 8vo; title page printed in reddish brown and black; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+412+[iv]; vertically fine ribbed dull navy blue cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's devicegilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. In general a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hubin, p.389, listing this title as of undetermined status. It in fact involves murder and blackmail. A very readable story, with excellent characterisation. Opium smoking plays a minor part in the plot. In this copy p.277, l.1 lacks ‘he' at start of line: issue significance, if any, unknown.

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STEVENSON (Robert Louis) and STEVENSON (Fanny Van de Grift). More new Arabian nights: The dynamiter. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1885. All rights reserved[.] Globe 8vo; pp.[viii]+207+[i (blank)]; burgundy buckram blocked and lettered black on front cover, ruled blind on back cover; brown coated end-papers. Barely visible restoration to cloth at extreme head of spine; covers a little faded and end-papers slightly faded at edges, as is almost inevitable with this title; otherwise very nice.

One of a few copies only issued in cloth, the publisher's records suggesting a ratio of 16:1 in favour of wrappered copies - though the greater survival capacity of copies in cloth must modify expectancies to-day. A survey of copies offered recently on the web suggests a ratio of more like 5:4 - which may suggest in turn that fewer than 10% of the original printing survives. McKay 325; Glover/Green 423; Hubin, p.390. Detective: The Hon. Henry Luxmore. McKay's copy had end-papers coated green.

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STEVENSON (Robert Louis) and STEVENSON (Fanny Van de Grift). More new Arabian nights: The dynamiter. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1885. All rights reserved[.] Globe 8vo; pp.[viii]+207+[i (blank)]; pale green paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front and back wrappers dark blue-green, the front wrapper bearing an illustration, the back wrapper publisher's advertisements; issued without end-papers. Paper of blank spine at head and tail and unlettered corner of back wrapper restored; prelims. and last leaf very lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy of a book now very scarce in the original wrappers.

McKay 32; Glover/Green 423; Hubin, p.390. Detective: The Hon. Henry Luxmore.

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STEVENSON (R.L.) and OSBOURNE (Lloyd). The Wrong box. By Robert Louis Stevenson Author of ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' etc. And Lloyd Osbourne. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889. Half-title not called for; scarlet smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; white end-papers printed with ship and swan design in light brown; lower-edges rough-trimmed, others uncut. Covers a little spotted; but in general a nice copy.

This issue not in McKay. The presumed second printing, with the word Contents printed in small type, with no rule below it, and without a publisher's catalogue inserted at the end. McKay lists two copies: one with Contents in large type, with a rule, and with a publisher's catalogue dated January 1889, and one like this copy, but with a catalogue dated August 1889, which he describes as second, or possibly third, issue. There were printings of the book in May, June, and August; catalogues seem to have been printed in January and August, the new printing being made, presumably, when the sheets of the old had been exhausted. The second printing, unless it were bound up late, must either have had the January catalogue or none at all, whilst the third printing, certainly, should have had the August one. We therefore hypothesise this to be the second printing. Glover/Greene 422; Hubin, p.390.

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STEVENSON (Robert Louis) and OSBOURNE (Lloyd). The Wrong box. New edition. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892. Post 8vo; frontispiece and vignette title-page, by Charles Kerr, with tissue guard; publisher's inserted 24p. Catalogue at end, dated 2/92; cerise smooth cloth, blocked with publisher's device and lettered silver on front cover, lettered and with short rule silver on spine; end-papers coated milk chocolate. A nice copy.

From the library of A.E. Housman, with his book-label on the front paste-down, and with the subsequent signed holograph presentation inscription from John Sparrow to Geoffrey Russell on the back of the front end-paper. First illustrated edition. Issued in the uniform binding of ‘The Silver Library', but without any mention of the series on the volume.

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STEVENSON (Robert Louis) and OSBOURNE (Lloyd). The wrecker. Illustrated by William Hole and W.L. Metcalf. Cassell & Company, Limited, 1892. Half-tone frontispiece, with tissue guard, and eleven plates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end dated on p.5 ‘2G. 5.92'; royal blue buckram lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut, lower edges rough-trimmed. In general a nice copy.

From the library of poet Lance Sieveking, and bearing his pencilled signature on the front end-paper. McKay 558; Hubin, p.390.

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TALBOT (Frederick). Lottie's fortune. A Novel. In three volumes. John and Robert Maxwell, Milton House, Shoe Lane, Fleet Street, N.D. [1879]. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; diagonally fine ribbed purple cloth blocked blind on back cover, very dark green on front cover and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; pale yellow coated end-papers. In general a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Hubin. A story of murder and robbery.

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TERRELL (Thomas). The city Of The just. By Thomas Terrell (Joint Author of "Lady Delmar"). Illustrated by Everard Hopkins. London: Trischler and Company, 18, New Bridge Street, E.C., 1892. Lge.cr.8vo; frontispiece (facing first leaf of text), and nineteen half-tone plates; two leaves integral advertisements at end, the second being a single inset; light apple-green buckram, pictorially blocked black, lettered scarlet and black, on front cover, lettered scarlet and black on spine; end-papers printed with design of apple-blossom in grey-green. A virtually fine copy of a handsome volume.

A murder story with a background of financial swindling, set amidst the Black Mountains of Carmarthen. Hubin, p.400; not in Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.9, 39, 52, 90, 97, 112, 122, 142, 146, 153, 170, 183, 195, 220, 225, 251, 257, 270, and 300, the first being here bound in to face p.11, the rest as marked.

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TERRELL (Thomas). Stereotyped edition. The city Of The just. By Thomas Terrell (Joint Author of "Lady Delmar"). Illustrated by Everard Hopkins. London: Trischler and Company, 18, New Bridge Street, E.C., 1892. Lge.cr.8vo; frontispiece (facing first leaf of text), and nineteen half-tone plates; blank at end; dull apple-green buckram, pictorially blocked black, lettered scarlet and black, on front cover, lettered scarlet and black on spine; end-papers printed with design of fronds and blossom in light green. Nice copy.

Second printing, apparently identical with the first apart from the cloth colour, the colour and design of the end-papers, and the title-page, the first edition being without the words "Stereotyped edition" at the head, and having a line border not present here. A murder story with a background of financial swindling. Hubin, p.400; not in Wolff.

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THOMAS (Bertha). The house on the scar: A Tale of South Devon. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, Limited, St. Dunstan's House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C., 1890. Pp.[ii (half-title)]+295+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated October 1889; royal blue buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed florally in grey. A fine copy.

Not in Hubin; Wolff, 6703. A murder story, with some detection. In this copy, p.140, l.22 has the reading ‘rivetted' for ‘riveted'; p.240, l.16 ‘toOrestone' for ‘to Orestone'.

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THORBURN (C.H.). The Mysterious stranger: A romance of England and Canada. Digby and Long, publishers, 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., 1890. Post 8vo; dedication leaf a single inset; advertisements on verso of last leaf of text; pp.[x]+243+[i]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed grey-green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, end-papers coated very dark grey. Spine slightly dull; a very little foxing and dusting; a near-nice copy.

Not in Wolff; Hubin, p.403, listing only an American edition of the same date. A false arrest, followed by a trial for murder and robbery. Includes an interesting Appendix on the different usage of words in England and Canada.

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THORNHILL (Gerald H.). The Golden Sceptre. London, C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street W.C., 1899. Extra cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+341+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; deep reddish pink and pink flecked linen-patterned cloth, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight wear to cloth at extremities of spine, and end-papers a little cracking; end-papers foxed, with offsetting onto facing page, and single fox-spot affecting title and Contents leaves; one or two small spots or marks elsewhere, but nonetheless a nice copy.

Signed by the author on the title-page. A scarce Ruritanean detective novel with rationalised occult elements, set variously in London and Derbyshire. Not in Hubin, Wolff, or, or course, Sadleir.

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TRAIN (Elizabeth Phipps). A Social Highwayman. Illustrated by F. McKernan. London, Ward, Lock and Co Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C [sic], New York and Melbourne, N.D. [September, 1898]. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; pp.352; brown linen-patterned rough buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, blocked gilt, olive green, and marina blue on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

Includes two short novels separately published in America in 1896, ‘A Social Highwayman', and ‘The Autobiography of a Professional Beauty' (here re-titled ‘A Professional Beauty'), and first printed in England as the main contents of Beeton's Christmas Annuals for 1896 and 1897 respectively, the present volume representing the first combined edition. ‘A Social Highwayman', which is set in America, centres about a series of society jewel thefts, with detective apparatus involving a seance, and including a mention of Sherlock Holmes. ‘A professional beauty', which is set in England, includes a society jewel theft carried out by remote control through mesmerism. Both stories (and especially the second) are beautifully written, with good characterisation, and ‘A Society Beauty' gives a good picture of English upper class life in the period, observed through American eyes. The following errata have been observed in this copy (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.24, l.31, full stop lacking after ‘moment'; p.72, l.20, redundant space at start of line; p.91, l.12, full stop lacking after ‘come'; p.111, l.9, ‘began' for ‘begun'; p.116, last line, full stop lacking after ‘him'; p.185, l.15, wrong font ‘o' in ‘some'; p.237, l.9, ‘afar .' for ‘afar.'; p.241, penultimate line, sense garbled where something has dropped out; p.303, l.4, wrong font ‘b' in ‘besides'; and p.312, l.9, (?)‘impracticability' for ‘impassivity'. Not in Hubin.

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TWAIN (Mark (Samuel L. Clemens).). The Stolen White Elephant Etc. Chatto & Windus, 1882. Wire-stitched; blank before half-title; leaf bearing publisher's device on recto, blank on verso, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated May, 1882; pp.[viii]+285+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's initials device black and scarlet through black on back cover, blocked pictorially black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers printed with leaf and tendril design in brownish ochre; binder's ticket of Burn & Co on back paste-down. End-papers foxed on backs, with offsetting, one opening, final blank, and first leaf of catalogue foxed; slight marginal scuffing of two leaves; otherwise a very nice, crisp, copy of a scarce title.

Hubin, p.411; Blanck, 3403: with the earlier of the two catalogues recorded, and Johnson's correct first state (i.e., printing) of the text, the verso of the half-title bearing a list of books, but with no mention of the present title, the title-page bearing the printer's imprint on verso, and a one line printer's imprint at foot of p.285. Precedes the American edition.

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TWAIN (Mark). Pudd'nhead Wilson. A tale. With a portrait of the author by James Mapes Dodge And six illustrations by Louis Loeb. Chatto & Windus, 1894. Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; imprint leaf at end, followed by 32pp. publisher's catalogue dated Sept. 1894; diagonally-fine-ribbed cloth, publisher's device in black on back cover, blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. A near-fine copy.

Blanck 3441, the issue in red cloth, and with the earliest date of publisher's catalogue noted. Precedes the American edition. For some reason, not in Hubin; this title not in Sadleir; Glover/Greene 430. Detective: David (Pudd'nhead) Wilson.

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TWAIN (Mark i.e., Samuel Langhorne Clemens). Tom Sawyer, Detective as told by Huck Finn, and other tales. With a portrait. Chatto & Windus, 1897. Frontispiece portrait from a photograph, with tissue guard; imprint leaf at end; 32pp. publisher's catalogue dated November 1896; blue fine diaper cloth, blocked blind and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy.

Glover/Greene, 432; Blanck, 3448: includes material not in the American edition.

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VIDOCQ [(Eugène François)]. Life in Paris; Or the Adventures of a Marquis: A new historical romance, By Vidocq, Late chief of police in Paris. With illustrations. London: E. Appleyard, 86, Farringdon Street, And sold by all booksellers, 1848. Roy.8vo in half sheets; printed throughout in double columns; half-title not called for; six wood-engraved plates; pp.iv+344; carmine red diagonally fine-ribbed binder's cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Plates foxed and a couple of them torn and repaired with binder's tissue on verso; a little dusting and fingering passim, but in general a very good copy of a scarce book.

Issued as 43 penny numbers, almost certainly in 42, and also in sixpenny parts, the absence of stab-holes suggesting that the present copy was probably bound up from the parts. Summers, p.387, records this title as "Appleyard, N.D. [c.1847]. Reprint, 56 nos., 1866". If the title and Index leaves were issued, in accordance with normal practice, with the final number, 1848 was probably the date at which the issue was completed. Summers' undated Appleyard issue is in any case evidently a reprint, the present dated copy being the true first. Not in Wolff; this title not in Hubin. A very low-life novel, with a highly authentic contemporary setting - and well provided with notes! The word ‘historical' in the sub-title appears to mean ‘true-life' rather than ‘imaginary', as opposed to ‘of other times'. There is no list of plates, but they are here bound in to face pp.[1], 8, 42, 61, 67, and 73.

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WALLACE (Robert F.). A life's destiny. In two volumes. London: James Blackwood & Co. Lovell's Court, Paternoster Row, 1873. All rights reserved. 2 Vols.; 2pp. integral advertisements precede half-title in volume one, 6pp. in volume two; pp.[4]+iv+9-280; [8]+iv+9-292; cobalt blue sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e uncut, others mainly trimmed ( volume one), rough-trimmed (volume two); end-papers coated deep lemon. Spine and back cover of volume one a little darkened; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

A crime novel involving a jewel theft, a murder, and a detective, but so blandly written that it scacely qualifies as a detective novel. Not in Sadleir or Hubin; Wolff, 6989, recording an otherwise similar copy in pebble-grain cloth. Documents laid into the Wolff copy suggest that it was published by Blackwood for the author, who undertook to sell it on subscription.In this copy, probably as always, the following errata and one typographical flaw have been noted: volume one, p.261, l.16, ‘factthat' for ‘fact that'; volume two, p.173, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.188, last line, ‘scenes' for ‘senses'; p.195, l.10, ‘outstart' for ‘outset'; p.279, l.1, raised ‘t' at start of line. The advertisements in volume two are interesting in as much as they record thirty-five titles in ‘Blackwood's London Library', a 2s. f'cap 8vo series in ‘Coloured Wrappers' described as ‘Suitable for railway reading'. Sadleir, 3447, records this as a conventional small-format yellowback series issued from 1855 onwards, the titles being frequently renumbered, and mentions variant lists of 1865 and 1874 as well as the present one.

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[WARDEN (Florence).]. The family story-teller. The house on the marsh. William Stevens, 421, Strand, N.D [c.1883]. Half-title present; pp.210; contemporary half light blue roan, oil-marbled boards. Paper covering of boards scuffed towards fore-edges; short tear in blank fore-margin of seven leaves, due to a trimming fault; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Issued simultaneously in wrappers and in cloth (at 1/-, and 1/6d., respectively), as volume 22 of ‘The Family Story-teller' series. Sadleir, 3303, listing an evidently later copy, with the author's name acknowledged on the title-page, in silurian grey wrappers, cut flush, printed in dark blue and red; Wolff, 7038, listing a copy, likewise bearing the author's name on the title-page, in publisher's dark green diagonal fine ribbed cloth, blocked black, lettered gilt, and green-through-black, on front cover, ruled blind on back cover, ruled black, up-lettered gilt, on spine. Both the Sadleir and Wolff copies had end-papers printed with advertisements, as did the present copy, faint offsetting from the verso of the front free end-paper being faintly visible on the half-title page. The present copy was presumably issued in wrappers. Both the Sadleir and Wolff copies belonged to the sixth printing: the precise issue status of the present copy cannot be determined due to the discarding of the advertisement-bearing end-papers, but it evidently pre-dates both of theirs, the book having, as here, been first published anonymously. Hubin, p.425, erroneously dating this title as 1877, which was in fact the issue date of the first volume in the series. The English Catalogue of Books suggests 1883, and the book was reprinted in America, by Munro, in that year. The author's key title and, apparently, also her first book.

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WARDEN (Florence). The family story-teller. The house on the marsh. By Florence Warden, Author of "At the world's mercy," &c. (Reprinted from the Family Herald.) London: William Stevens, 421, Strand, N.D [c.1884]. Pp.210; inserted advertisement leaf at end on text-paper (originally the back free end-paper); contemporary green binder's cloth, brown leather spine-label tooled and lettered gilt. Virtually fine copy. Scarce.

Issued simultaneously in wrappers and in cloth (at 1/-, and 1/6d., respectively), as volume 22 of ‘The Family Story-teller' series. Sadleir, 3303, listing a similar copy, with the author's name acknowledged on the title-page, in silurian grey wrappers, cut flush, printed in dark blue and red; Wolff, 7038, listing a copy, likewise bearing the author's name on the title-page, in publisher's dark green diagonal fine ribbed cloth, blocked black, lettered gilt, and green-through-black, on front cover, ruled blind on back cover, ruled black, up-lettered gilt, on spine. The present copy was presumably issued in wrappers. Both the Sadleir and Wolff copies belonged to the sixth printing: the precise issue status of the present copy cannot be determined due to the discarding of all but one of the advertisement-bearing end-papers, but it appears to be identical with theirs, and was certainly not issued before the Spring of 1884, when At the World's Mercy was first published (as No. 27 in the same series). The first edition of both titles was anonymous. Hubin, p.425, erroneously dating this title as 1877, which was in fact the issue date of the first volume in the series. The English Catalogue of Books suggests 1883 for the first printing, and the book was reprinted in America, by Munro, in that year. The author's key title and, apparently, also her first book.

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[WARDEN (Florence).]. The family story-teller. At the world's mercy. William Stevens, 421, Strand, N.D [1884]. Final blank; pp.190+[ii]; finely mottled pale blue thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed very dark blue and reddish brown on sides, lettered very dark blue up spine, the back wrapper bearing an advertisement for ‘Cadbury's Pure Cocoa'; end-papers printed with commercial and publisher's advertisements in black. Paper chipped at tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy. Rare in wrappers.

Issued simultaneously in wrappers and in cloth (at 1/-, and 1/6d., respectively), as volume 27 of ‘The Family Story-teller' series (and so numbered on the front wrapper). The correct first issue, the series advertisements on the back free end-paper listing the series only to number 25. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hubin, p.424.

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WARDEN (Florence). The Mystery of Dudley Horne. London: George Bell & Sons; And Bombay, 1897. Publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated November 1896; mottled pale pink buckram flecked salmon pink, blocked with publisher's device and lettered brown on front cover, blocked gilt, lettered, blocked with publisher's device, and with short rule, brown on spine; t.e. uncut. Small mark on fore-edges of first few leaves, but a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in ‘Bell's Indian & Colonial Library'. Colonial editions were intended for simultaneous issue with the English editions, and hence were often printed first. The English edition was issued by F.V. White & Co., and bore the same date. Hubin, p.425.

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WARDEN (Florence). A sensational case. By Florence Warden Author of "The house on the marsh", "A terrible family" "Adela's Ordeal" "A perfect Fool" etc etc. Illustrated by St. Clair Simmons. London, Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C [sic] New York and Melbourne, 1898. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; pale fawn linen effect cloth, flecked with orange, pictorially blocked deep orange, black, gilt, and iron grey, ruled and lettered black, on front cover, pictorially blocked black, lettered gilt and orange, on spine; a.e. uncut. A near-nice copy.

Hubin, p.425. The first English edition. Published in America in 1894. Wolff, 7051, listing a 2/- edition, which, though he appears to be unaware of the fact, is a reprint (or cheap re-issue), bearing the same date, but which has only three of the four plates, that to p.197 in the present copy being used there for the cover. The front cover in the present copy is entirely different from that described by Wolff, and shows three men in evening dress sitting round a table; whilst the spine illustration shows a man holding a truncheon. According to the English Catalogue of Books, the present edition was published at 3s.6d., and was issued in September 1898; the 2s edition in February 1900. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.33, 97, and 197, and are here so bound in.

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WARDEN (Gertrude). All rights reserved. As a Bird to the Snare. Arrowsmith's Bristol Library. Vol.XXIX. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 4 Stationers' Hall Court, 1888. Sm.f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+187+[i (series advertisements)]; white paper wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the spine up-lettered, the front wrapper bearing title, etc., the inside and back wrappers commercial advertisements (‘Fry's Cocoa' on back wrapper, ‘Rowlands'' products inside front wrapper, ‘Whelpton's Vegetable Stomach Pills' inside back wrapper); issued without end-papers. Wrappers very slightly darkened on spine, with minute chips at tail; nonetheless a near-fine copy. Rare thus.

First edition, issue in wrappers, published at One Shilling. The book was also issued in cloth at 1/6d., the wrappered issue to-day being by far the scarcer. The series advertisements on the verso of the last leaf list twenty-nine titles, ending with this one. The author's first book. Hubin, p.425; not in Sadleir, though he notices the series as a whole under 3423 without listing his holdings; this title not in Wolff.

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WARDEN (Gertrude). The family story-teller. An angel of evil. By Gertrude Warden (Mrs. Wilton Jones), Author of "The Haunted House at Kew," "Five Old Maids," "Her Fairy Prince," &c. London: William Stevens, Ltd., 421, Strand, W.C, [sic] N.D. [September, 1897]. Half-title present; two leaves integral advertisements possibly lacking at end; pp.204 ?+[iv]. Hubin, p.425; this title not in Wolff; not in Sadleir. BOUND WITH: ANONYMOUS. The family story-teller. Dalrymple's wife. By the author of "Her Second Marriage," "A Little French Cousin," "Addie's Husband," &c. London: William Stevens, Ltd, 421, Strand, W.C., N.D. [June, 1895]. Half-title present; two leaves integral advertisements possibly lacking at end; pp.204 ?+[iv]. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff. BOUND WITH: The family story-teller. Madge Dale's marriage Portion. By the author of "Gwen Dale's Ordeal," &c. London: William Stevens, 421, Strand, N.D. [March 1891]. Half-title present; pp.192. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff. Three works, post 8vo, bound up together in one volume, early blue binder's cloth lettered gilt on spine. Small light stain affecting extreme blank lower margin of last two leaves in the first volume and the first four in the second; one leaf with short marginal tear, not approaching text; last leaf of third volume a trifle foxed; other wise fine.

Three volumes from Stevens' ‘Family Story-teller' series, issued originally in cloth at 1/6d or in silurian grey wrappers printed in red and black, at 1/-, the present volumes being almost certainly of the wrappered issue. The first volume is a murder story; the second an excellent detective murder mystery; the third a murder mystery involving also kidnapping and an inheritance: the three having been collected in one volume, presumably, by an early afficionado of the genre.

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WARREN (Gertrude L.). The mystery Of Hazelgrove. A Novel. Digby, Long & Co., Publishers, 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., N.D. [1895]. Pp.[viii]+365+[i (blank)]; publisher's 8pp. catalogue at end, dated March 1895; navy blue fine bead-grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed with passion flower pattern in brown. Short tear in fore-margin of title-page, small name stamp on upper margin; foxing and marking passim; a good reading copy.

Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff.

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[WARREN (Samuel).]. The Experiences Of A Barrister. By S*** ****** ******, D.C.L. J. & C. Brown & Co., Ave Maria Lane, 1856. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece after H. Anelay, on text-paper; half-title not called for; contemporary half brown calf, elaborately tooled blind on spine, black label, marbled sides. Covers slightly rubbed; front end-paper chipped; slight scattered foxing; in general a nice copy.

Hubin, p.426; Sadleir, 3504.

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[WARREN (Samuel).]. The Experiences Of A Barrister. By S*** ****** ******, D.C.L. J. & C. Brown & Co., Ave Maria Lane, N.D. [c.1856]. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece after H. Anelay, on plate-paper; half-title not called for; integral leaf of publisher's advertisements at end; crimson straight grain morocco, ruled and blocked blind, embossed with lettering and some design, blind, on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated yellow; binder's ticket of Leighton, Son & Hodge, Shoe Lane, on back pastedown. Neat, almost invisible restoration to cloth of back joint; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.426; Sadleir, 3504, listing the yellowback first edition, dated 1856. That collates A-I, K-U8, the frontispiece being on text paper, whereas the present issue, which is from the same type, collates A2, B-I, K-U8, X6 (the prelims. having been printed as part of the last gathering, and the frontispiece on plate paper, the extra leaf being used for advertisements. The present issue was published at 3s. 6d. as against the (?)2/- of the yellowback issue, and the simpler makeup of the latter, combined with the lower price, leads us to wonder whether the undated issue was not in fact printed first.

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WATERS [i.e., William Russell]. Traditions of London, Historical and legendary. W. Kent & Co., Paternoster Row, And (late D. Bogue) 86, Fleet Street, 1859. The right of Translation is reserved. Tall cr.8vo; half-title not called for; final leaf integral advertisements; pp.[iv]+258+[ii]; pinkish maroon morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated yellow; binder's ticket of Bone & Son, 76, Fleet St., on back paste-down. Cloth neatly restored on spine; gilt dull; original ownership inscription clipped from top corner of front end-paper (leaving the word ‘Ellie' and the date ‘Feb 8./59'); otherwise, and in general, a nice copy. Scarce.

Bearing the pencilled initials and bookplate of E. Beresford Chancellor on the front end-papers. Wolff, 6080 and 6080a, records two copies: the one in maroon ripple grain cloth blocked, apparently, like the present copy - and this he regards as primary; the other in brown coarse morocco cloth, with the spine lettering from type, with no gilt blocking round it, and different blind-blocking, this latter being clearly later. The spine of the present copy is banded at head and tail with a ‘mirror-image' pattern of linked trefoils, and the title is blocked in ornamental capitals surrounded by a curly pattern of fronds; the sides have an ecclesiastical style frame, with quadruple acorn corner ornaments, enclosing an oblong divided into eight triangles patterned with oak-leaves, set about a large, plain, central diamond. The early date of the original inscription in this copy is not without relevance, but it is possible that the book was issued in the Autumn of 1858, and dated ahead, in which case this morocco cloth version of the binding might well be an early secondary. Sadleir, 3539, lists only a later, yellowback, reissue of the first edition sheets, made apparently by Ward & Lock, though he notes the existence of the original issue, which he too describes as in maroon ripple grain cloth. Not listed by Hubin, who was possibly misled by the title into believing that the contents were not criminous - despite the fact that Sadleir had included the volume in his crime section. Murder stories for the most part, based, supposedly, on fact.

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WATERS [i.e., William Russell]. The Experiences Of a French detective officer. Adapted from the mss. of Theodore Duhamel. By "Waters," Author of "Recollections of a Detective Police Officer," Etc., Etc. London: Charles H. Clarke, 13, Paternoster-row, N.D. [1861]. F'cap 8vo; pp.[iv]+[13]-334; Quarter greyish-purple diagonally fine-pattern-ribbed moiré cloth, greenish drab paper sides, paper spine label. Cloth a little faded and insignificant chip to label just touching one of the rules; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title.

Issued upon first publication as volume 234 of the Parlour Library, a fact only noted on the half-title. Sadleir does not record a cloth issue of the Clarke ‘Parlour Library' volumes, listing them only as in glazed yellow boards, with white end-papers bearing advertisements in black. The end-papers here, though white, do not carry advertisements. COPAC lists only the British Library and Cambridge copies; Hubin, p.427; Sadleir, 3515 giving the same pagination as here, but recording it in error as No.134 rather than 234 of the ‘Parlour Library'; and 3755a/234, listing it correctly; this title not in Wolff. Sadleir notes the extreme scarcity of all Parlour Library titles after about number 200.

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WATERS [i.e., William Russell]. The Heir-at-law, And other Tales, By Waters, Author of "Recollections of a detective police-officer,' [sic] "A skeleton in every house," etc. etc. London: Ward, Lock, & Tyler, Warwick House, Paternoster Row, N.D. [c.1862]. Sm.f'cap 8vo; pp.351+[i (irrelevant wood-cut decoration)]; Victorian green straight-morocco binder's cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Crease in back end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes several criminous stories (‘The Counterstroke', ‘The Beauty of Barbican', ‘The Dark Chamber', ‘The Unlawful Gift'), one detective murder story (‘The Hunchback of Strasbourg'), one satirical fantasy (‘The Magic Mirror'), several involving the Peninsular War, etc. The British Library have a printing published as a yellow-back by Henry Lea, which they date [1861]. It collates as this, and examination proves it to be from the same setting of type, though the stereos from which the present copy was printed exhibit progressive damage, proving this Ward, Lock issue to be later.

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WATSON (H.B. Marriott). Galloping Dick. London: John Lane; Chicago: Stone and Kimball, 1896. Copyright leaf precedes half-title; illustrated title-page; imprint leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end dated 1895; natural unglazed linen, ruled, blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked black on back cover, blocked and lettered black on spine; t.e. black, others uncut. Slight wear to cloth of spine; otherwise nice.

Hubin, p.427

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WATSON (Robert [Patrick]). Louise Reignier: The communion of crime And criminals. A True Story. Smith, Ainslie, & Co., Newcastle Street, Strand, N.D. [1895]. Half-tone frontispiece by Justin Hill on text-paper, with tissue guard, and seven other illustrations, all unbacked, but on text-paper and included in the pagination; pp.[xii (including frontispiece)]+227+[i (blank)]; salmon pink flecked with pale pink linen-effect buckram, pictorially blocked and lettered navy blue on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with ‘crazy-paving' pattern in salmon pink. Very fine copy.

"This book is a truthful reproduction of the author's life. The people who figure in the story are personally known to him, and the incidents occurred as they will be found detailed in the various chapters. In short, it is a novel founded upon absolute and reliable facts." - author's Preface (dated January 1895). Not in Sadleir; Hubin, p.427; Wolff, 7095, describing the front cover as ‘blocked and lettered in black' - which might well appear to be the case with a slightly less pristine copy - and the illustrator's first name as ‘Justine[?]', which we are reasonably certain it is not. We have not otherwise come across this publisher.

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WELFORD (Hadley). Whose deed? A romance. London, Jarrold & Sons, 10 & 11, Warwick Lane, E.C., (All rights reserved), 1899. Sm.cr.8vo, wire-stitched; 7pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.313+[vii]; dark leaf-green sand-grain cloth elaborately blocked with grass and daisy pattern, blind, on sides, lettered gilt within blind and gilt ruled frame, on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram device within ruled frame, all blind, on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's sixteen word holograph inscription to his aunt (dated July 16th 1899) on half-title. Dedicated ‘To the Memory of / G.H., H.H., / And / Wilkie Collins'. A murder mystery not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff. Issued as volume 52 in Jarrold's ‘"Greenback" Series', this being the latest volume listed.

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[WILLIAMS (Harold).]. Silken threads. A Detective Story. By the author of "Mr. and Mrs. Morton." Alexander Gardner, Publisher to Her Majesty the Queen. Paisley, 1890. Final blank; marina blue cloth, blocked red, orange, grey, and black, lettered black, on front cover, blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated black. A nice copy of a very scarce title from (despite the Royal warrant) a small provincial publisher.

The first English edition of a book published originally in America, in 1885, under the by-line ‘George Afterem'. Hubin, p.3, not noting a British edition. Wright, 5990.

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WILSON (E. Lea). The vanishing hand And Other Tales. Printed for private circulation only, 1893. Post 8vo; pp.160; bevelled vertically ribbed yellow-green cloth, ruled and pictorially blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with frond design in green. Half-title lacking; corner of front end-paper a little chipped; otherwise a very nice copy.

Two long stories and a very short one (ocupying only the last four pages): the long ones being a detective story involving robbery and murder, and a tale involving attempted murder. Well written enough for the privately printed status of the volume to be an anomaly. Hubin, p.441.

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WOOD (H.F.). The Englishman of the Rue Cain. Chatto & Windus, 1889. Post 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated December, 1888; crimson crushed morocco grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device black and crimson through black on back cover, blocked pictorially purple and black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with tendril and leaf design in royal blue. Slight general wear to covers; otherwise nice.

Hubin, p.443. The prelims. are on a thinner paper stock than the rest of the book. The catalogue lists this title as not yet ready.

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WOOD (Mrs. Henry). The Channings. In Three Volumes. Richard Bentley, 1862. Half-titles not called for; recently rebound in modern full coarse buckram, leather labels; old marbled edges. In general a nice copy.

Sadleir 329. Not in Glover/Greene. Detective: Mr. Butterby, Police Detective. The following errors have been observed in the text of this copy: in volume two, p.140 at l.19 reads ni for in; at l.20, traicle for article; in volume three, p.65 at l.17 the i has dropped out of it; p.92 line 1, p.93, ll.22, 24, 27, and 28, and p.98, l.25 have missing final letters; p.182 at l.22 reads turninig for turning. The issue significance of the above, if any, has not been established, though the same errors were present in a copy we handled which was presented by the authoress to her son.

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WOOD (Mrs. Henry). Within the maze. A Novel. In three volumes. Richard Bentley and Son, 1872. 3 Vols., f'cap 8vo; half-titles not called for; pp.[iv]+308; [iv]+[324]; iv+[312]; maroon bevelled patterned sand grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled black, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, after the manner of a calf binding with five raised bands, blocked or lettered gilt in the compartments, with title and volume number only (no imprint or author's name); a.e.g.; end-papers coated black. In general a nice copy.

Sadleir, 3367; Wolff, 7298; both recording an entirely different binding, in larger format, without gilt edges or bevelled boards, in cloth of a different colour and grain, though blocked likewise in black and gilt, and with white end-papers. Neither Sadleir nor Wolff record a presentation binding of this title, which the present example evidently is. It resembles indeed in general arrangement other presentation bindings described by Sadleir (v., for example, Sadleir, 3333 notes, or Sadleir, 3360a). A very difficult title, rated joint number one on Sadleir's listing of comparative scarcities. A number of misprints and typographical faults have been noted in the present set. Comparison of several copies of this title suggest that the following faults may be always present: In Vol.I, p.211, l.15, ‘uto' for ‘not'; in Vol.II, p.295, last line, ‘ti' for ‘it'; in Vol.III, p.18, l.1, ‘"' lacking at start of line; p.37, l.18, ‘remanet', probably for ‘remnant'; p.112, ll.12-13, ‘impas- sioned' for ‘impas- sive'; p.180, page number appears as ‘081' and l.15 ‘-' lacking at end of line; p.210, l.9, battered capital ‘P' instead of a lower-case ‘p' in ‘pipe'; p.227, last line, ‘uot' for ‘not'; pp.286, and 291, 3ll. from foot, ‘-' lacking at end of line; p.306, last line, ‘f' missing at start of line. The spelling ‘decrepid' is used throughout. The following faults, however, appear to be diagnostic of states of text, though we are unable to suggest a precedence among them: In the present copy, Vol.I, p.277, ll.13 ends ‘patient', l.14, ‘in', both words being printed perfectly: some copies wholly lack the final ‘nt' and ‘n', respectively; in Vol.II, p.188, last line ends with a space, the letters ‘f he' being lacking: in some copies they are present, but the ‘e' drops below the line; p.177, the second ‘7' in the page number drops below the line: in some copies it is correctly printed; in Vol.III, p.230 is correctly numbered: in some copies the page number appears as ‘30'. Except in this last point, the present copy agrees with the British Library deposit copy. An excellent story of mystery and detection, opening with a murder. Hubin, p.444; Glover/Greene, 466.

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WOOD (Mrs. Henry). Within the maze. A Novel. In three volumes. Richard Bentley and Son, 1872. 3 Vols., f'cap 8vo; half-titles not called for; pp.[iv]+308; [iv]+[324]; iv+[312]; contemporary half green calf, green cloth sides. Some scattered marking and dusting; one text-leaf supplied in facsimile; in general a near nice copy.

Sadleir, 3367; Wolff, 7298. A very difficult title, rated joint number one on Sadleir's listing of comparative scarcities. A number of misprints and typographical faults have been noted in the present set. Comparison of several copies of this title suggest that the following faults may be always present: In Vol.I, p.211, l.15, ‘uto' for ‘not'; in Vol.II, p.295, last line, ‘ti' for ‘it'; in Vol.III, p.18, l.1, ‘"' lacking at start of line; p.37, l.18, ‘remanet', probably for ‘remnant'; p.112, ll.12-13, ‘impas- sioned' for ‘impas- sive'; p.180, page number appears as ‘081' and l.15 ‘-' lacking at end of line; p.210, l.9, battered capital ‘P' instead of a lower-case ‘p' in ‘pipe'; p.227, last line, ‘uot' for ‘not'; pp.286, and 291, 3ll. from foot, ‘-' lacking at end of line; p.306, last line, ‘f' missing at start of line. The spelling ‘decrepid' is used throughout. The following faults, however, appear to be diagnostic of states of text, though we are unable to suggest a precedence among them: In the present copy, Vol.I, p.277, ll.13 ends ‘patie ‘, l.14, ‘i ‘, instead of ‘patient' and ‘in': in some copies both words are printed perfectly; in Vol.II, p.188, last line ends ‘if he', the ‘e' dropping below the line: in some copies the line ends with a space, the letters ‘f he' being lacking; p.177, the page number is in correct alignment: in some copies the second ‘7' drops below the line; in Vol.III, p.230 is numbered ‘30': in some copies it appears correctly. An excellent story of mystery and detection, opening with a murder. Hubin, p.444; Glover/Greene, 466.

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WOOD (Mrs. Henry). The story of Charles Strange. A Novel. In three volumes. Richard Benntley and Son, 1888. No half-titles called for; old library cloth. Lacking the prelims. to volume one, but textually complete, and an excellent working copy.

Hubin, p.444; Wolff, 7293; Sadleir, 3361. Published posthumously. Number four on Sadleir's list of comparative scarcities. A story involving mystery and unravellment, fraud, attempted murder, and minor theft - yet still but scarcely criminous!

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WRAY ([The Rev.] J. Jackson). Will It Lift? The Story of a London Fog. By J. Jackson Wray, Author of "Simon Holmes, the Carpenter," "The Secret of the Mere," "Nestleton Magna," Etc. etc. etc. London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street, 1888. Blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates, signed ‘M.F.'; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+228+4; grey-fawn fine crushed morocco cloth blocked pictorially light and dark brown, blocked black and gilt, ruled black, on front cover and spine, lettered gilt and gilt-outlined black, on front cover, gilt on spine, ruled gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Some foxing to edges; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy.

This title not in Hubin, who does however record two earlier titles: "The Secret of the Mere" and "Jonas Haggerley"; not in Sadleir or Wolff. A story involving the theft of a chest filled with gold sovereigns and banknotes, totalling several thousands of pounds, and its recovery. A wraith (rationalised) plays a part in the plot. An ‘improving' crime story, by a clergyman, but a pretty volume. The brown on brown cover illustrations show St. Pauls' and the river wrapped in a ‘London particular'. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.69, 155, and 199, and are here so bound in. The frontispiece is marked for p.49.

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