Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CORBETT (Mrs. George). Secrets of a Private Enquiry Office; Being: Tales Wierd and Tales Ghostly, Tales Humorous and Tales Pathetic, Tales Exciting and Tales Curious. George Routledge and Sons, Limited, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, 1891. Pp.256; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed pinkish brown cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine, all in series style; t.e.g., others mainly trimmed Slight damp-spotting of front cover, and name on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as a volume in Routledge's ‘Hearth & Home Library'. Not in Sadleir, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 1436; Glover/Greene, 87, recording only a rebound copy, lacking the half-title. Detectives: Mr. Bell and Mr. White.

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CORELLI (Marie). Ziska. The Problem of A Wicked Soul. Bristol, Arrowsmith / 1897 / London, Simpkin, Marshall. 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[365]+[iii]; vertically fine ribbed Cambridge blue cloth blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight marking of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

A fantasy of reincarnation, set in Egypt. Sadleir, 631; Wolff, 1488.

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[COX (Marrion W.H.).]. The devil is dead And Scenes in General Dayton's garden. In One Volume. By the author of "Real People," "Senora Villena and Gray," etc Gilbert & Rivington Limited, St. John's House, Clerkenwell Road, E.C., 1889. Imprint leaf at end; pp.viii+382+[ii]; navy blue net grain cloth, ruled gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. In general a nice copy.

The first story is a fantasy which begins, rather alarmingly, after the manner of an essay on ancient Germanic myth! The second story is set partly in Mexico. The author's name appears only on the spine.

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CRAKE (Rev. A.D.). A Sheath of Yule Log Stories. Oxford, Mowbray & Co., 1888. Pp.[viii]+[120]; pale sage-green buckram decorated in green and blue on front cover and spine, in green on back cover; lettered on front cover and spine in gilt and green-shadowed gilt; white end-papers printed with a floral design in pale sage green. Covers very slightly rubbed and dull, and most of back free end-paper torn away; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Murder stories, ghost stories, and tales of the supernatural. Not in Bleiler (1948), Hubin, or Locke's Spectra.

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CRAWFORD (F. Marion). With the immortals. Macmillan and Co., 1888. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; 2ll. integral advertisements at end; maroon buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Slight staining of front paste-down; otherwise a nice copy.

A fantasy, the contents of which are indicated by the title. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. Blanck, 4154. Printed in England, but with American integral advertisements, priced in dollars: the first American edition, published a week or two after the English two volume edition.

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CROFTON (Francis Blake). The Major's Big-talk stories. With original illustrations. Frederick Warne and Co., Bedford Street, Strand, 1881. Tall f'cap 4to; wood-engraved frontispiece; eleven illustrations in text; pp.[viii]+152; diagonally fine ribbed grey cloth, ruled, blocked, and embossed with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, ruled, and elaborately blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, grey through gilt, black, and grey outlined bright gilt through matt gilt on front cover, ruled on, lettered up, spine in black; end-papers coated lemon yellow. Nice copy.

Rather a beautiful volume, with good illustrations. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff. ‘Tall' stories similar in type to those told by Lord Dunsany's Jorkens. One wonders whether Dunsany read these stories in his youth. In the present copy p.'76' is numbered ‘6': issue significance, if any, unknown.

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CROWE (Catherine). The Night side of nature: Or, Ghosts and ghost seers. By Catherine Crowe. Authoress of "Susan Hopley," "Lilly Dawson," "Aristodemus," &c. &c. In two volumes. London: T.C. Newby, 72, Mortimer St., Cavendish Sq., 1848. 2 Vols., lge.12mo in half-sheets; half-titles not called for; single inset leaf at end of volume one; pp.viii+422; [iv]+384; half Victorian black crushed Niger morocco, oil-marbled sides, edges, and matching end-papers, spine with five raised bands, lettered gilt in compartments. Slight wear to corners, but a virtually fine copy.

The author's most famous work, described by DNB as "one of the best collections of supernatural stories in our language." Not in Locke's ‘Spectra'; Sadleir 666, and Wolff, 1653: recording an otherwise similar copy in the original ‘dark brown fine-ribbed cloth' (Sadleir), ‘blocked in blind on front, back, and spine; lettered in gilt on spine; pale yellow end-papers' (Wolff). Though Sadleir, Wolff, and BLC all record the present printing as the correct first (with BLC listing the second edition as 1851), contemporary listings in the English Catalogue of Books record the volume as published by "Saunders and Otley, January 1848; 2nd edition, Newby, January 1849". No Saunders and Otley edition has ever been recorded, though as they appear to have ceased publishing at about this date (to be temporarily resuscitated in the 1860s), it is possible that the book was printed for that firm but taken over by Newby before or at about the time of publication, the Newby imprint not being advertised with the English Catalogue until the following season. Whether copies were actually made up with the Saunders and Otley title-page is a matter for speculation - the book was presumably intended for the Christmas market, and actually designed for issue in December 1847 - but we think we can detect very slight differences of paper stock between the prelims. and the text in both the present volumes. In volume one of this copy the following typographical flaws have been observed (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.vi, l.15, ‘s ome' for ‘some'; p.95, l.7, raised comma at end of line. The list must not be taken to be exhaustive.

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CROWQUILL (Alfred [i.e., Alfred Henry Forrester].). Tales Of Magic and meaning. Witten and illustrated By Alfred Crowquill. London: Grant and Griffith, Successors to Newbery and Harris, Corner of St. Paul's Churchyard, 1856. Super Roy.16mo in half sheets; wood-engraved frontispiece and two plates; inserted 32pp. Griffith and Farran Catalogue at end, coded ‘5m. 4. 78.'; pp.[xii]+175+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine ribbed bright green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, embossed gilt, lettered gilt and bright green through gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt and green through gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated cream. Slight cracking of end-papers; first leaf of Preface rather stained (with some offsetting onto third page of Preface), torn across and repaired without use of tissue, but scuffed on the recto with loss of some six words and parts of five others (all however being guessable); otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

The correct first printing, but evidently a late issue, with a Catalogue dating from April 1878, and a binding bearing the imprint and monogram of Griffith and Farran, successors to Grant and Griffith. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.21, and 95, and are here so bound in. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff; Allibone, p.455.

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CRUIKSHANK (Robert) and SEYMOUR (Robert). The Odd volume; Or, Book of variety: Illustrated by Two odd fellows,- Robert Seymour and Robert Cruikshank. The engravings by Samuel Slader. W. Kidd, 14, Chandos Street, N.D. [1835]. Half-title lacking; frontispiece, eight plates, and numerous tail pieces; Victorian half calf, marbled boards. Covers a little rubbed; a little scattered dusting, but in general a nice copy.

Intended originally as a fourth series of "Cruikshank At Home", the title was changed when Cruikshank dropped out of the enterprise. Comprises stories and poems from various sources, including a reprinted piece by Charles Lamb, and one original tale apparently by Cruikshank. Some ghost and supernatural stories are here included.

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[CUNNINGHAM (John William).]. A World Without Souls. London: Printed for J. Hatchard, bookseller to Her Majesty, No.190, opposite Albany House, Piccadilly, 1805. F'cap 12mo; half-title not called for; 4pp. integral John Hatchard advertisements at end; pp.iv+135+[i (blank)]+[iv]; greenish grey paper wrappers backed with thin white paper, white paper label on front cover; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Paper of spine rather chipped; unobtrusive contemporary inscription at head of front wrapper; some dusting to larger uncut edges, and a very little light foxing; but a nice copy nonetheless of a very scarce book, rare in original state, as here.

Issued without a spine label. The label on the front wrapper reads: [thick-thin rule] A / WORLD WITHOUT SOULS. [taper rule] Price 2s. 6d. [thin-thick rule]. British Library copy only on COPAC; Locke's ‘Spectrum', II, p.8, recording a rebound copy only. His speculation about the original binding "presumably boards and labels" is wrong, as the present copy shows. Allegorical imaginary voyage from Switzerland to the city of O (a thinly disguised London), where the people do not have souls.

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DAVIDSON (Hugh Coleman). The Story of a lost soul: A novel. In one volume. First Edition. London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Limited, All Rights Reserved, N.D. [August, 1896]. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+480; vertically ribbed bluish violet cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with conventionalised front design in brown. Some rubbing of gilt; two or three small light marks affecting prelims.; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

A murderer commits suicide without leaving a note - and is then forced to witness subsequent events, unable to affect their course. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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DAVIDSON (John). Miss Armstrong's And other Circumstances. Methuen & Co., 1896. 40pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated March 1896; red linen-grain cloth blocked gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine and front cover; a.e. uncut. Slight wear to covers, but a nice copy, almost entirely unopened.

Short stories, including some fantasy. Not in Bleiler (1948), or Locke's Spectra; Clute and Nichols, p.303.

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DAVIES (R. Rice). The Cambrian Sketch-book. Tales, scenes, and legends of wild Wales. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. Swansea: The Cambrian Welsh and English Book Publishing Company, N.D. [1875]. Globe 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and two plates; pp.[xvi]+353+[i (blank)]; bevelled blue patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated bright lemon yellow. Restorations to two minute snags in cloth of spine; inscription dated April 26th 1876 on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Mostly stories, mostly fantasy. One story includes a flying-machine with variable geometry wings, buoyed-up by hydrogen sacs set in the angles of the wings, and propelled by compressed air! Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.121 and 269.

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DAWSON (Joseph). The Light that Came And Other Dreamings. Illustrated by Zoffany Oldfield. London, At the Unicorn Press, 26 Paternoster Square And 211 Gray's Inn Road, 1896. F'cap 8vo; title page printed in red and black; frontispiece and four plates; pp.200; 16pp. text-paper publisher's catalogue at end (last leaf blank); vertically fine ribbed moiré gold cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, short rule gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers faced with vertically fine ribbed ivory paper, printed with all-over pattern in gold and black. Cloth of spine oxydised to dark green (but lettering remaining bright); otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff. A beautifully designed volume, the shiny gilt lettering on the moiré gold cloth being surprisingly effective.

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DAWSON (W.J.). London Idylls. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1895. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; illustrated title-page printed in black and red on art paper; pp.xii (excluding title-leaf)+345+[i (blank)]+[ii]; cerise buckram blocked gilt (with vignette of St. Paul's and City of London arms) on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with pansy pattern in brownish olive. Light damp=spotting of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

Short stories set in various areas of London (East End, West End, and outskirts), but including one fantasy story, and one science-fantasy horror story. Well-written, in the main. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff. In this copy the following typographical faults have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.134, penultimate line, ‘ancies' for ‘fancies'; p.289, l.22, raised comma at end of line; p.298, l.18, raised full-stop at end of line.

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DE HAVILLAND (Saumarez). The Mystic Serpent. Iliffe & Son, 3, St. Bride Street, 1891. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; light brown buckram blocked gilt, dark blue, and copper on front cover, blue and gilt on spine, lettered copper on front cover and spine; end-papers printed florally in grey. A nice copy.

Locke, pp.66-7, describing an otherwise similar copy blocked and lettered in gilt and black; the three colour blocking on the present copy would seem to be more elaborate, suggesting, perhaps, priority of issue. Locke also describes a copy in grey blue cloth, apparently also with blocking in two colours. Sensational long novel of the occult, with some use of hypnotism.

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[DE Mille (James).]. A strange manuscript Found in a copper Cylinder. With nineteen illustrations By Gilbert Gaul. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1888. (All rights reserved). Blank, half-title with vignette, and wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, precede title-page; eighteen plates; pp.[ii]+viii+291+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated December, 1887; blue buckram blocked pictorially green and with publisher's monogram black, on back cover, blocked pictorially black, green, and copper, lettered copper, on front cover, blocked pictorially black, green, and copper, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed florally grey-green. Gilt of imprint rubbed on spine, and covers generally a trifle dull; lacking the plate to face p.70, the last page of the catalogue, and the back free end-paper. An excellent reading copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.14; not in Sadleir or Wolff. Lost race, with prehistoric monsters: including domesticated giant birds.

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DESART ([W.U.O'C. Cuffe,] Earl of). The raid of the "Detrimental": Being the True History of the Great Disappearance of 1862; Related by Several of those Implicated And others; and now First set forth. C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1897. Title page printed in vermilion and black; bluish slate buckram lettered cream on front cover, blocked cream, lettered gilt on spine. A virtually fine copy. Scarce thus.

Not in Locke. A beautifully written and very amusing lost race fantasy.

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DONNELLY (Ignatius). Cæsar's column: A Story of the Twentieth Century. By Ignatius Donnelly Author of "Ragnarok," "Atlantis," &c. Authorised edition. London, Sampson Low, Marston and Company, Limited, St. Dunstan's House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C., 1891. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.367+[i (blank)]; light cerise buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine. Light embrowning of poor quality end-papers, but a virtually fine copy.

First edition, second binding. Locke's ‘Spectrum', pp.70-1, recording an issue in quarter pebble-grain olive cloth, smooth green cloth sides, spine and front cover lettered gilt, t.e.g., others rough-trimmed, with khaki end-papers, and a publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated October 1890, but not the present issue. Locke also records an edition published by Frederick Warne & Co., also dated 1891, and declares himself uncertain as to which has precedence. The present copy would appear to settle the matter, since it was purchased from the Warne file and bears their rubber stamp ‘PROPERTY ROOM / NOT TO BE TAKEN AWAY / Date........... [not filled in]' on the front end-paper. We can think of no reason why they should have had a copy of this Low edition in their file if their own edition had been published first - and Low were in any case Donnelly's regular publishers in England. According to Blanck, the first Low issue was advertised on March 7th 1891 and listed as published on July 11th of that year. The American edition (Wright, III, 15790), which appeared pseudonymously, under the by-line ‘Edmund Boisgilbert', appears to have been published in April 1890. Blanck, 4816 refers.

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DONOVAN (Dick, i.e. J.E. Preston-Muddock). Tales of terror. Chatto & Windus, 1899. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; imprint leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end dated Sept.1899; dark red rough buckram, ruled black and white, pictorially blocked flesh, black, and white, lettered white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. In general nice.

Not in Wolff; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.71. Probably better than the Locke copy. The initials of the author's name are usually said to stand for ‘Joyce Emmerson', and so they appear in Wolff, the British Library Catalogue, COPAC, Hubin, etc., and this appears to have been sanctioned by himself. Richard Dalby however, on the basis of birth and death certificates, suggests that they in fact stand for ‘James Edward'. Originally his surname was simply ‘Muddock'. The ‘Preston-' (or ‘Preston', it appears variously) appears to have been an addition of the 1890s.

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DOYLE (A. Conan). The Parasite. Westminster: A. Constable And Co.: 1894. Narrow f'cap 8vo; leaf before half-title and leaf at end excised before publication, as always, leaving stubs; decorative title-page (possibly designed by Osman Spare); pp.[2 (stub)]+[vi]+125+[i (blank)]+[2 (stub)]; vertically ribbed light greenish blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover in series style with a fantastic design by Laurence Housman; t.e.g., others uncut. Inscription dated August 1895 on back of front end-paper; but a very nice copy.

The first binding, cloth issue. Issued as the first volume of The Acme Library, in cloth, as here, at 1s. 6d. or in wrappers at 1s. Sadleir, 748 and 3393/1; Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.71; Green & Gibson, A17a; Wolff, 1911, recording the issue in wrappers only.

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DRUERY (Chas. T., F.L.S.). The new Gulliver Or Travels in Athomia. Inspired by and Dedicated to Chronanthropos sophilio. The Roxburghe Press, [sic] Fifteen, Victoria Street, Westminster, N.D. [1897]. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates by T.P. Collings after designs by the author; title-page printed in black; pp.[xvi]+160; publisher's f'cap 8vo ‘ex libris' on art paper bound in after last leaf of text; white glazed boards, printed with rules dull blue and red on sides and spine, front cover printed with design in dull blue, lettered red, red-and-white-outlined dull blue, and red-and-white-shadowed red-hatched red, spine lettered dull blue and blocked with publisher's device in red; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated very dark brown. Covers embrowned, and small piece chipped from paper of spine; some foxing; otherwise nice.

Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title "To the Worshipful / Mistress / With profound respects of artist / Jany. 1897". Beneath this, the recipient has added the note "Given to me by the "Artist" of this Book - T.P. Collings". Apparently a proof copy, and a trial binding. The book as published had the title-page printed in green instead of black as here, and a title page imprint including the word ‘Limited' after ‘Press', that is here not present. Whether there are other variants in the text, we have not checked. It is usually seen in a binding of buff cloth, similarly blocked and lettered. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.72, listing a copy of the published issue in cloth, with a presentation inscription dated ‘14/9/900'. The elaborate design on the front cover is signed by Collings.

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DRUERY (Chas. T., F.L.S.). The new Gulliver Or Travels in Athomia. Inspired by and Dedicated to Chronanthropos sophilio. The Roxburghe Press, Limited, Fifteen, Victoria Street, Westminster, N.D. [1897]. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates by T.P. Collings after designs by the author; title-page printed in dark green; buff smooth cloth, blocked dark blue on sides and spine, blocked dark blue and red, ruled red, lettered red, buff-shadowed red, red and buff outlined dark blue, and buff-hatched red, on front cover, lettered dark blue on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated very dark brown. Back cover scuffed and marked, enamel on back cover and spine rubbed and partially restored by hand; damp-staining of about two dozen leaves at extreme fore and lower margins, not approaching text; otherwise nice. As a reading copy.

The later issue, with the publisher's imprint on the title-page lightly scored through in ink and that of ‘C.T. Druery, 11, Shaa Road, Acton' substituted beneath by rubber stamp. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.72, listing a similar copy with a presentation inscription dated ‘14/9/900', but noting that the book is also seen in other bindings. The elaborate design on the front cover of the present copy is signed by Collings.

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DU MAURIER (George). Trilby. In three vols. London, Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 45 Albemarle Street, W., 1894. Final blank in volume one; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's inserted 44pp. catalogue at end; pp.[iv]+[246]+[ii]; [iv]+259+[i (blank)]; [iv]+[182]+[ii (verso blank)]; glazed natural linen, blocked and lettered blue-green on front cover, lettered blue-green on spine. Slight general wear to covers, front end-papers renewed with matching paper, two back end-papers almost invisibly strengthened at gutters; otherwise, and in effect, a nice copy.

Sadleir, 1675; Wolff, 1952; not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. A famous fantasy of mesmeric control, which passed through seven editions in three volume form during its first year.

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ELLIS (T. Mullett). Zalma. First edition, 1895; Illustrated edition, 1897. Ash Partners Limited, 36 St. Martin's Lane, London. Sq.8vo; 8pp. Opinions of the Press, integral advertisement leaf, verso blank, half-title, leaf bearing invocation on recto, verso blank, inserted wood-engraved frontispiece by Cecil W. Quinnell, with tissue guard, and title-leaf, precede start of text, the prelims. comprising two four-leaf gatherings, the first an addition, the second original, but with a cancel title, that and the advertisement leaf being present in consequence as single insets; eleven inserted plates by Quinnell or D.B. Smyth; final leaf integral advertisements; pp.8+[viii]+438+[ii]; scarlet buckram, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt and black-shadowed gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine. Slight general wear to cloth, and gilt faded on spine; two or three leaves a little foxed, and one with small light stain; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce in either issue.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.78, listing a collection copy of the same issue, in about the same state. Anarchism, balloons, and anthrax germs: noted as the first bacteriological warfare novel. The publisher of the original edition was the Tower Publishing Co., who coincidentally went into liquidation shortly afterwards. The present volume consists of a re-issue of the same sheets, with added reviews and plates, a cancel title-page, and a new pictorial cover. The fact that several of the plates are dated 1895 suggests that the novel may originally have appeared in some periodical, and that the plates have not been specially drawn for this issue. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.22, 45, 78, 103, 140, 156, 194, 291, 339, 379, and 434, and are here so bound in. The frontispiece is marked for p.438.

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[ERSKINE (Thomas, Baron).]. Armata: A Fragment. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1817. Demy 8vo; half-title not present, possibly not called for (v. note); last leaf unsigned, but a single inset (possibly printed conjugate with title leaf); pp.[ii]+209+[i (printer's imprint); contemporary half natural calf, marbled sides, spine ruled and tooled gilt, red label. Calf a trifle rubbed, and label very slightly defective; corners worn; internally a fine copy.

CBEL, III, p.669, listing this edition as the first; so also Block, p.70, and Wolff, 2096; not in Sadleir. We are unable to account for Locke's insistence in ‘Spectrum' (p.14) that the present edition is a reprint, and that an edition exists dated 1816, that he has never encountered. "The other day upon the stair / I met a man who wasn't there . . . " A sequel was issued later the same year. Wolff comments "the first editions of both parts, but especially of Part I, are very rare." We hypothesise that the present copy was bound up before the sequel had been published.

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EVERETT (Edith Townsend). A duel with destiny And Other stories. Philadelphia, Drexel Biddle, Publisher, Walnut Street, 1898. F'cap 8vo; text-paper binder's blank at front and back; frontispiece; title-page printed in cerise and black; half-title not called for; 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements on text-paper follow last leaf of text; diagonally fine ribbed pale grey-green cloth, blocked dark green and white, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked gilt and dark green, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g.; text-paper end-papers. A near fine copy.

Wright, 1779; not in Locke. The second tale, ‘A Very Curious Story', is a horror story, involving a woman who takes on the form of a cobra to commit a murder.

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FALCONER (Lanoe [i.e., Mary Elizabeth Hawker]). Cecilia de Noel. Macmillan and Co., 1891. Integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 44pp. catalogue at end, dated September, 1891; fine diaper blue cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, ruled blind, blocked with publisher's monogram device gilt and blue-through-gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. A virtually fine copy.

A ghost story. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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FALKNER (J. Meade). The Lost Stradivarius. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1895. Blank before half-title; publisher's 32pp. catalogue at end, dated 11/95, advertising this title without reviews; pp.[viii]+296; vertically ribbed dull dark blue cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and lower- edges uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with oak-twig pattern in light brown. Very slight general wear to covers; but a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 2119; Hubin, (for no obvious reason, since it is not in the least criminous) p.140; Locke, ‘Spectrum II', p.44. A classic story of psychic possession and the occult, now very hard to find in any state. Copies are also know with a publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated ‘10/95'. There is no significance in this as according to the ‘English Catalogue of Books' the volume was not published until December.

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FAVENC (Ernest). Marooned on Australia: Being the narration by Diedrich Buys of His discoveries and exploits In Terra Australis Incognita about the year 1630. With four illustrations by Percy F.S. Spence And a map. Blackie & Son, Limited, 1897. Half-title not called for; frontispiece and three plates; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; marina green buckram, blocked black and white on front cover and spine; lettered black-outlined red and dark green on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. A nice copy.

Miller & Macartney, ‘Australian Literature', p.173. Lost race. Not in Locke.

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FAWCETT (E. Douglas). Hartmann the anarchist; Or, The doom of the great city. Illustrated by Fred T. Jane. London, Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., Publisher to the India Office, 1893. (All rights rserved). Integral frontispiece, eight illustrations in text, and seventeen full-page illustrations, integral but unbacked, and all included in the pagination; integral advertisement leaf dated October 1893 followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue also dated October 1893; pp.viii+214+[ii]; red cloth lettered and pictorially blocked black with a design by Jane on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Some damp-mottling of covers, and gilt wholly lacking from spine; internally very nice.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', pp.81-2; not in Sadleir or Wolff. Future terrorism. The full-page illustrations form pp.53-4, 61-2, 97-8, 112-3, 115-6, 121-2, 131-2, 145-6, 153-4, 157-8, 165-6, 171-2, 183-4, 191-2, 203-4, and 211-2

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FLAMMARION (Camille). Urania: A Romance. Translated by Augusta Rice Stetson. With illustrations by De Bieler, Myrbach, and Gambard. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1891. Extra cr.8vo; blank or advertisement leaf lacking before title-page; numerous half-tone illustrations in text; printer's imprint on verso of last leaf of text, followed by leaf bearing publisher's woodcut device on recto, blank on verso, and publisher's 32pp. inserted catalogue, dated October, 1891, at end; pp.[2 (lacking)]+vi+245+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; cream buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, blocked black and light brown on front cover and spine, lettered with pattern of stars gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with orange-branch pattern in lime green. Cloth of spine slightly darkened, front end-paper lacking; otherwise a very nice copy.

First (?or second) English edition of a translation issued in America in 1890. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.84, recording, somewhat puzzlingly, a different Chatto edition of the same date, having the same pagination as the American edition, which the present edition does not.

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FLEMING (Keith). "Can such things be?" Or The weird of the Beresfords: A study in occult will-power. George Routledge and sons, 1890. Diagonally fine ribbed bevelled scarlet cloth ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered blind and gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. A near fine copy.

A psi-fi murder/horror story. Not in Locke. Issued as volume 26 in Routledge's Hearth and Home Library.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). The Wonderful City. T. Nelson and Sons, 1898. Sm.cr.8vo; initial blank; half-title not called for; frontispiece with tissue guard, and conjugate vignette title, signed ‘Rhind', precede letterpress title; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed rich brown cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt and rich brown through black, on spine; printed florally pale grey on end-papers. Edges, end-papers, and blank foxed; two or three small fox-spots elsewhere; otherwise a fine copy, the superb cover design in brilliant state.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.85, recording only copies in red or blue cloth, apparently without the blind blocking on front cover and spine, and with end-papers printed in light brown. Clute and Nicholls, p.434; not in Wolff. Lost race adventure novel.

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FLETCHER (J.S.). Morrison's machine. By J.S. Fletcher, Author of ‘When Charles the First was King,' ‘The Builders' ‘The Paths of the Prudent' Etc. London, Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1900. Half-title not called for; pp.iv+348; diagonally fine-ribbed faint moiré-striped-effect blue-green cloth lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Insignificant ink-splashes on back cover; very slight wear to head and tail of spine; slight rubbing to gilt on front cover, and slight traces (affecting the sheen of the cloth only) of a label having been removed from lower third; later small rubber-stamp with owner's name and date on front end-paper, and back end-papers strengthened almost invisibly at hinge; small chip to blank lower fore-corner of three leaves and to top fore-corner of two more; in general effect, nonetheless, a near-nice copy of a very scarce title.

Clute and Nicholls, p.434: "‘Morrison's Machine', an adult tale, analyses the relationship of scientific Man to the Machines he was creating at the turn of the century." It might also be regarded as a crime fiction, since it both contains detective elements and ends in a trial, but the crime involved, the theft of an employees intellectual property by his employer would not, oddly enough, constitute a crime under present law since the invention was produced at work, on the employer's time, and with the use of his materials. This title not in Locke's ‘Spectra', Wolff, or Hubin.

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FLETCHER (Lawrence). Zero the slaver: A Romance Of Equatorial Africa. Cassell & Company, Limited, 1892. Final page advertisements, followed by stub of a further leaf, presumably of advertisements also, that has ben excised, apparently before publication, this followed by a 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue dated ‘5 G. 8.92'; iron grey bevelled buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. In general a nice copy of an uncommon title.

Though from a different publishing house, issued uniform with Haggard's ‘Allan Quatermain', and evidently intended to trade upon its success. A very difficult book to classify - not quite lost race, though including a secret colony of Mormons in central Africa, in some sense detective, since the protagonist is an American detective sent to Africa to capture an American Mormon arch-criminal, and with some definite fantasy elements, including a pathway through the bowels of a volcano, a reptile trained to track down and kill its mistress's enemies, and a drug that produces a state of suspended animation. Not in Locke, or Hubin.

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GARNETT (Richard). The Twilight of the gods And other tales. T. Fisher Unwin, 26 Paternoster Square, 1888. Blank precedes half-title; 6pp. integral advertisements at end followed by 24pp. inserted publisher's catalogue dated 1891; bluish violet buckram blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed with a frond design in orange. Very slight marking of covers, but a near fine copy.

Marginal fantasy. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum' or Sadleir. Wolff, 2412, listing a copy with a 24pp. undated catalogue at end, which he describes as being in blue cloth - but since he also gives the pagination wrongly, we suspect he may also have missed the Roman numeral date on the catalogue. In our experience, Unwin catalogues from the late 1880s and early 1890s were always dated, whilst this cloth tends to fade to a more bluish colour. The original shade effectively represents the twilight of the title - particularly when combined with the black lettering. The collection was to be reprinted by the Bodley Head in 1928 with a Foreword by T.E. Lawrence.

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GARNETT (Richard). The Twilight of the gods And other tales. T. Fisher Unwin, 26 Paternoster Square, 1888. Blank precedes half-title; 6pp. integral advertisements at end followed by 24pp. inserted publisher's catalogue dated 1891; bluish violet buckram blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers printed with a frond design in orange. Very slight darkening of spine, and neat restoration to cloth at head of spine and top of back joint; otherwise, and in general a nice copy.

Marginal fantasy. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum' or Sadleir. Wolff, 2412, listing a copy with a 24pp. undated catalogue at end, which he describes as being in blue cloth - but since he also gives the pagination wrongly, we suspect he may also have missed the Roman numeral date on the catalogue. In our experience, Unwin catalogues from the late 1880s and early 1890s were always dated, whilst this cloth tends to fade to a more bluish colour. The original shade effectively represents the twilight of the title - particularly when combined with the black lettering. The collection was to be reprinted by the Bodley Head in 1928 with a Foreword by T.E. Lawrence.

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GERARD (E. (Madame de Laszowska).). An electric shock And other stories. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1897. Publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated ‘10/05'; diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed. Lacking the front free end-paper and half-title leaf; otherwise a nice copy.

Not a translation, the authoress being of English origin. Of the six stories in the volume, one, ‘The portrait of Conceta P---', is occult; three of the others, including the long title story, have a medical, but not science fiction, background. In this copy at l.16 on p.69 ‘-' is lacking after ‘ex' at the end of the line.

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GERRARE (Wirt). Phantasms. Original stories Illustrating Posthumous Personality and Character. Sole edition. London: The Roxburghe Press, 3, Victoria Street, Westminster, N.D. [December, 1894]. Half-tone frontispiece after K. Pleydel Young, with tissue guard; title-page, with publisher's advertisement on verso, printed in green; integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, printed in green, and dated 1895; bevelled vertically fine ribbed gold cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated very dark brown. Spine a trifle darkened, and covers very slightly marked; early inscription on half-title; tissue foxed, with light offsetting onto title; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued as the first volume in ‘The Time Limited Series', and advertised on the verso of the title leaf as follows: "This, the sole edition of "Phantasms" which will be published during the continuance of the copyright, will not be obtainable of the Publishers after March 31st, 1895". The integral advertisement leaf at the end advertises a second volume in the series, and makes clear that the limitation period for that would be three months ("October to December, 1895"). The present volume should by that account have been issued in January, but it was probably published a week or two early to take advantage of the Christmas market: and indeed Locke records an author's presentation copy inscribed "X'mas 1894". The object of the series was said to be to publish stories that were entirely new, and thus to ensure that readers (particularly those receiving books as gifts) should not find that they had seen the stories already, in some other edition, or in some magazine. Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.90, describes his copy as in "Green cloth; bevelled edges; spine and front cover lettering in blue". It is possible the Locke copy had oxydised, since the gold does oxydise to green, but as an authorial copy it may have been a trial binding. The expensive gold cloth could hardly have been secondary, and the ‘time limit' experiment in any case hardly allows for any cheap re-issue!

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GIBERNE (Agnes). Father Aldur: A Water Story. With sixteen Illustrations. Seeley & Co., 46, 47, & 48, Essex Street, Strand, (Late of 54, Fleet Street), 1887. Imp.16mo in half sheets; frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates, all printed in blue and brown; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+333+[i (blank)]+[2]; pale blue patterned sand grain cloth, blocked turquoise and gilt, lettered gilt, and gilt-outlined turquoise on front cover, blocked gilt and turquoise, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Spine and edges of covers faded; inscription on front end-paper; a few leaves slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Juvenile fantasy. Father Aldur is the spirit of a river.

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GILBERT (William). The magic mirror: A Round of Tales for Young and Old. With eighty-four illustrations by W.S. Gilbert. Alexander Strahan, Publisher, 1866. Short cr.8vo; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[vi]+290; bevelled purple sand-grain cloth, blocked and lettered blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated chocolate. Gilt slightly dull on spine; silver-fish damage to top half-inch of half-title, and quarter inch patch at top edge of title-page; prelims. and last leaf very lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce.

Not in Locke; Searle, p.73. Fantasy stories: supernatural, faery, magical, etc.

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GILCHRIST (Murray). The Stone dragon And other tragic Romances. Methuen and Co., 18 Bury Street, W.C., 1894. 24pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated October 1893. Black cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Cloth of front cover very slightly bubbled; otherwise a very nice copy.

Fantasy short stories. This title is announced as forthcoming in the catalogue.

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[GODWIN (Henry, of Newbury).]. Stonehenge; Or, The Romans in Britain. A romance of the days of Nero. By Malachi Mouldy, F.S.A. In three volumes. Richard Bentley, 1842. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title not called for in volume one, not present in volumes two and three; old quarter roan, parchment corners, marbled sides; a.e. uncut. Covers a little used, but sound; contemporary provincial library advertisement laid on to front end-papers in each volume; extensive light dusting, marking, and foxing throughout text; an excellent reading copy, nonetheless, of a very scarce title.

Not in Sadleir, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 2585. The author's only novel, edited by his father, and published posthumously. Includes a good deal about Druidic mysteries, divination, and magic. Though the author admits in his Introduction that he has used his imagination a good deal, his father's labours have resulted in a copious supply of notes and references to classical and other texts (amounting to some fifty pages of gathered notes, in addition to footnotes), and to these he has added a fifty page ‘Essay on Druidism'!

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[GODWIN (Henry, of Newbury).]. Stonehenge; Or, The Romans in Britain. A romance of the days of Nero. By Malachi Mouldy, F.S.A. In three volumes. Richard Bentley, 1844. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for in this issue; cancel title in each volume; pp.[ii]+[v]-xv+[i (blank)]+303+[i (printer's imprint)]; [ii]+292; [ii]+300; quarter deep rose morocco cloth, pale sage green boards, paper spine labels; top-edges uncut. Neat restoration to cloth of one spine, labels a little chipped, boards dusty, slight wear to corners, contemporary ink ownership inscription of private book society on each front cover and related label on one front paste-down, end-papers a little marked and three neatly strengthened at joints; three large blank lower margins torn or chipped, not approaching text; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy.

Second issue, the first having a half-title in each volume, and title-pages dated 1842. Not in Sadleir, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 2585. The author's only novel, edited by his father, and published posthumously. Includes a good deal about Druidic mysteries, divination, and magic. Though the author admits in his Introduction that he has used his imagination a good deal, his father's labours have resulted in a copious supply of notes and references to classical and other texts (amounting to some fifty pages of gathered notes, in addition to footnotes), and to these he has added a fifty page ‘Essay on Druidism'! If it were set, say, in Africa, and in more modern times, it would clearly qualify as being lost race - at least in so far as concerns the first volume.

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GREENE (The Hon. Mrs. [Louisa Lilias Plunkett].). Bound by a Spell; Or, The Hunted Witch of the Forest. With eight original illustrations by Gordon Browne. Cassell & Company, Limited, 1885. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates printed in grey and black; pp.[viii]+376; 8+8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end dated ‘5G. 3.89' and ‘5B. 3.89'; blue-green diagonally fine ribbed very small patterned cloth blocked black on back cover, blocked pictorially black, white, and gilt, lettered black, and black-shadowed gilt, on front cover, blocked pictorially black and white, lettered gilt and black-shadowed gilt, on spine; end-papers printed florally in grey, the verso of the front end-paper bearing advertisements in black. Light foxing of plates and a little scattered dusting; but a nice copy.

Rationalised werewolf story. Juvenile, in the same sense as with Rider Haggard. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Sadleir; Wolff, 2736, listing an otherwise similar copy in tan cloth, with end-papers printed olive green, a blank (which must be a binder's blank) before the frontispiece (but described by Wolff as though in fact integral), and without the inserted advertisements at the end, which in the present copy prove it to be secondary. Wolff, 2736a, describes a further copy, in grey cloth, without the blocking on the back cover, but otherwise identical with his first copy. In the present copy the advertisements on the verso of the end-paper are coded ‘18', and list eight titles, ending with this one. The cloth pattern is unusual: it appears to consist of a series of recessed elipses crossed by a diagonal fine thread running against the diagonal of the ribs, which are formed themselves by the concurrent thickened walls between the sharper curves of the elipses. We have seen it only on one other book, also dated 1885, though it possibly corresponds to that listed by Ball from one example of 1886 as ‘diagonal fancy ribbed'.

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GREENWOOD (James). The adventures Of Seven four-footed foresters Narrated by themselves. With Illustrations by H.S. Melville Engraved by Vizetelly. London: Ward and Lock, 158, Fleet Street, 1865. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece, and eleven full page plates; one leaf of integral advertisements at end; bright maroon red cloth embossed over all with a ‘cut orange' design of segmented circles, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled blind, blocked pictorially gilt, on front cover, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; pale cream coated end-papers. Spine faded, and worn at head and tail, and covers generally showing some wear; front end-papers strengthened; two small ink-spots on last plate; otherwise a nice copy.

Probable first issue, otherwise similar copies also being known in a vertical wavy-grain cloth, and with a semi-colon after ‘Melville' on the title-page. A fantasy about a zoo-keeper who can talk to animals. Not in Bleiler. This title not in Osborne Collection.

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GREENWOOD (James). The adventures Of Seven four-footed foresters Narrated by themselves. With Illustrations by H.S. Melville; Engraved by Vizetelly. London: Ward and Lock, 158, Fleet Street, 1865. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece, and eleven full page plates; one leaf of integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+390+[ii]; bright maroon red vertical wavy-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled blind, blocked pictorially gilt, on front cover, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; pale cream coated end-papers; binder's ticket of ‘E. Symmons & Sons' [v. note] on back paste-down. Spine slightly faded; some light foxing passim, not affecting plates; otherwise a nice copy.

Probable later issue, otherwise similar copies also being known in a cloth embossed over all with a ‘cut orange' design of segmented circles, and with no semi-colon after ‘Melville' on the title-page. The present copy bears on the front paste-down the bookplate of Lionel Edgar Salt, partially obscuring an inscription dated 1866, which suggests that it may belong to a later binding batch. The advertisement leaf is a single inset leaf, but is of text-paper, and is necessary to make up with the last three pages of text (gathering CC) and the four pages of the prelims. a complete sheet. The binder's ticket, which reads, all in capitals within a single-ruled oblong frame with small ‘clove' shaped corner ornaments: ‘Bound by / E. Symmons & Sons / [type ornament] 23 [type ornament] / Bouverie Street, / Fleet Street', is that of a firm not recorded by Ball. A fantasy about a zoo-keeper who can talk to animals. Not in Bleiler. This title not in Osborne Collection.

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GREENWOOD (James). The bear king: A narrative confided to the marines. By James Greenwood Author of ‘The Hatchet Throwers,' ‘Curiosities of Savage Life,' etc. With illustrations by Ernest Griset. London: Griffith and Farran, Successors to Newbery and Harris, Corner of St. Paul's Churchyard, 1868. F'cap 4to, on toned paper; frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven inserted plates, all hand-coloured; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+98+6; bevelled scarlet sand-grain cloth, ruled black on sides, gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, pictorially blocked brigh and matt gilt, lettered gilt-outlined scarlet-through-gilt, and scarlet-through-gilt, on front cover, scarlet-outlined gilt on gilt, and gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated greenish black; binder's ticket of Burn (Ball, 20A) on back paste-down. Small, insignificant stain on back cover; a couple of leaves with small marks in margins; otherwise a very nice copy.

A humorous fantasy in some ways precursive of Peake's ‘Letters from a Lost Uncle', ‘told' literally and figuratively ‘to the marines'. Presumably intended as a juvenile, but not obviously so. Issued, according to the advertisements, at 3s. 6d. with plain edges and the plates not coloured, or, as here, at 5s. with the plates coloured and the edges gilt. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaw have been noted, probably as always: p.40, l.23, ‘f' of ‘if' defective, and word, probably ‘bear' dropped out between the last line on p.40 and the first on p.41. The plate marked and listed to face p.96 has here been inserted as frontispiece, again probably as always.

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GREENWOOD (James, ‘The Amateur Casual'). [Cover title:] Joe Sterling Or A Ragged Fortune. Edwin J. Brett, "Boys of England" office, 173, Fleet Street, N.D. [c. September-November 1877]. Imp 8vo in sixes; wood-engraved single inset cover/title leaf printed in red, yellow, ochre, and blue, followed by wood-engraved illustrated fly-title; nine wood-engraved illustrations on text-paper, arranged as plates but included in the pagination, and forming the first leaf of each number; pp.120; two wood-engraved plates printed in full colour; 12pp. advertising insert for ‘Boys of England Graphic View Of The world' containing a ‘Full Description Of the Grand and Instructive Sheet given with No.572 of the Boys of England' (separately priced at one penny, but here presumably included free) at end; single inserted leaf of buff paper advertising the first two numbers of ‘True to each other; Or, boyhood's trust' on recto, blank on verso serving as back wrapper; Japanese sewn (through and round) without a backstrip, as issued; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Wrappers and fly-title a little frayed at fore-margins (particularly the back wrapper); one leaf with closed tear; one illustrated leaf with three small marginal tears, not approaching printed area; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

Issued originally ten numbers in nine (‘No.2 and a Coloured Picture Gratis with No.1'), ‘Price One Penny', the collation suggesting the possibility that the original numbers may have been supplied with text-paper wrappers not here bound in, the present representing, possibly, a collected issue of the set, though this is nowhere indicated. Not in Sadleir, the extensive Wolff collection, Summers, Locke's ‘Spectrum', or the London Library Catalogue. The British Library have a copy which they describe as imperfect (though, if it is this edition, it is not), and for which they suggest the date [1890]. NUC lists no copy in the United States, but one copy in Canada (toronto Public Library), which apparently collates as the present one, for which they suggest the date as [ca.1885]. An ‘Important Notice' at the end of the text in the present copy advertises: ‘Ready on Monday next, Nos. 1 and 2 of Ralph Wildhawk; Or, alone among the brigands', this title being listed by Summers, but without a suggested date. The whole is dated here from the advertising insert, No.572 of ‘Boys of England' having appeared c.November, 1877. There is no list of plates, but the coloured plates were given with the double first number and with No.3: they are here bound in to face pp.30 and 66. A story set in the contemporary London under-world, and turning on the possession of something resembling a self-energising laser (a red jewel that generates light and cuts iron like butter, set in a small ivory casket). The jewel is described as a ‘talisman', but it is suggested that it is the creation of a chemist.

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GREENWOOD (Jessy E.). The moon maiden And other Stories. Macmillan and Co., 1886. (?)Blank before half-title excised, apparently before binding; pp[2]+[vi]+183+[i (blank)]; Oxford blue cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, lettered gilt and Oxford blue striped gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.96; not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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GRIER (Sydney C. [i.e., Hilda Gregg]). The kings Of the east: A Romance of the Near Future. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1900. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+vi+363+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue, on text-paper, at end; slate green buckram, blocked with inexplicable monogram ‘EC' within ruled circle, all gilt, on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated dark grey-green. Covers dull; neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; label removed from front paste-down leaving slight scuffing; otherwise in general nice.

Perhaps this should not be described as ‘fantasy': it turns on a Jewish plot to found a state called Israel by the re-colonisation of Palestine with European Jews! Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff.

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GRIFFITH (George [i.e. G.C. Griffith-Jones]). Olga Romanoff Or The Syren of the Skies. A sequel to "The Angel of the Revolution". Tower Publishing Company Limited, 95, Minories, E.C., 1894. Double f'cap 8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; lacking the errata slip; vertically ribbed moire greenish gold cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered dark blue, and black, on front cover, ruled, and lettered, and blocked with publisher's device, gilt, on spine. Slight wear to head and tail of spine; cloth of spine darkened; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Wolff; Locke, p.98: "Probably Griffith's best book".

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GRIFFITH (George [i.e. G.C. Griffith-Jones]). The Virgin Of the Sun. A tale of the conquest Of Peru. By George Griffith, Author of The Angel of the Revolution," [sic] "Valdar the Oft-Born," "Men who have Made the Empire," &c., &c. London, C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C., 1898. Frontispiece by Stanley L. Wood; imprint leaf at end; pp.[xii]+306+[ii]; dark green buckram lettered gilt, blocked gilt and red on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. End-papers foxed; poor quality paper very slightly embrowned at margins; otherwise a nice copy.

The primary binding. Wolff, 2800; Locke, Spectrum, p.98. The only instance we can remember having seen of red blocking used over gilt. The inverted commas before ‘The Angel' appear to be lacking on all copies.

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GRIFFITH (George [i.e., G.C. Griffith-Jones]). The Great Pirate Syndicate. With Frontispiece. London: F.V. White & Co., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C. 1899. Half-tone frontispiece; publisher's integral 10pp. Catalogue at end (continuing the signatures); pp.[viii]+302+10; vertically fine-ribbed deep scarlet cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut; laid-paper end-papers. Some patchy darkening of covers; inscriptions on front end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.97.

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HAGGARD (Capt. Andrew, D.S.O.). Leslie's fate And Hilda Or The ghost of Erminstein. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street, N.D. [1892]. F'cap 4to; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper, some with loose tissue guards; final blank; maroon crushed fine morocco cloth, arranged in imitation of half bound leather, pressed out with coarse morocco sides, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's device, gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with floral pattern in pale brown. Backs of end-papers foxed, with offseting onto facing page; otherwise a fine copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.101; Wolff, 2834. The first story is supernatural with a tincture of lost race; the second a ghost story.

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HAGGARD (Captain Arthur (Arthur Amyand).). The Kiss of Isis And The Mystery of Castlebourne. In one volume. Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 13 Great Marlborough Street, 1900. 2pp. integral advertisements followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end; vertically ribbed midnight blue cloth, lettered scarlet on front cover, gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Very nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum' p.101.

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HAGGARD (H. Rider). King Solomon's Mines. Cassell & Company, Limited, 1885. Large folding map frontispiece in colour; pp.[4]+vi+[7]-320; 8+8pp. publisher's inserted catalogues dated ‘5 G. 8.85' and ‘5 B. 8.85'; red buckram, blocked pictorially black on sides and spine, lettered black on front cover and spine, gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Covers used, text nice; as a working copy.

Sadleir, 1089; Scott, 4. First issue, with the earliest date of the advertisements. Two thousand sets of sheets were printed, five hundred being sent to New York for the American issue, and the remainder equally divided between the three English issues.

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HAGGARD (H. Rider). King Solomon's Mines. Cassell & Company, Limited, 1885. Large folding map frontispiece in colour; pp.[4]+vi+[7]-320; 8+8pp. publisher's inserted catalogues dated ‘5 G. 10.8'[sic] and ‘5 B. 10.85'; red buckram, blocked pictorially black on sides and spine, lettered black on front cover and spine, gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Covers very slightly mottled; insignificant restoration to cloth of spine; gilt somewhat rubbed; end-papers neatly strengthened at gutters with near-matching paper; map lightly foxed, torn, and repaired with binder's tissue on verso; a little scattered light foxing; inscription dated (from Hong Kong) ‘Xmas 1885', on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 1089; Scott, 4. Second issue, the first issue having advertisements dated ‘8. 85'. Two thousand sets of sheets were printed, five hundred being sent to New York for the American issue, and the remainder equally divided between the three English issues.

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