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.

MACLEOD (Fiona [i.e. William Sharp].). Green fire. A romance. Westminster, Archibald Constable and Co., 1896. Imprint page and 3pp. integral advertisements at end; vertically ribbed jade green cloth panelled blind, ruled and blocked dark green, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled dark green, lettered gilt, on spine; uncut edges. Spine a little darkened, front cover very slightly marked; some leaves opened a little roughly; otherwise a very nice copy.

Advance copy, bearing the publisher's presentation stamp in blind on the title-page, together with the pencilled publication price. A novel involving somnambulism, visions, prophecy, etc., with a Breton and Scots Gaelic setting.

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MACLEOD (Fiona, i.e. William Sharp). The dominion Of dreams. Westminster, Archibald Constable and Co., 1899. Integral advertisement followed by blank at end; turquoise buckram, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; uncut edges. Cloth of spine slightly worn at head; end-papers cracked; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Fantasy and occult stories with a Scots Gaelic setting.

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MANSFORD (Charles J., B.A.). Shafts from An eastern quiver. Illustrated by Arthur Pearse. George Newnes, Limited, 8, 9, 10, and 11, Southampton Street, and Exeter Street, Strand, 1894. Frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper, arranged as plates but included in the pagination; vertically ribbed moire lilac tinged silver cloth, blocked black and orange, lettered black and black-outlined orange on front cover; ruled black and gilt, blocked black, orange, and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with peacock's feather design in brown. Nice copy.

First issue binding. Fantasy stories. Locke, p.150 refers to this title, but lists only a title dating from the 1920s in his collection.

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MANSFORD (Charles J., B.A.). Shafts from An eastern quiver. Illustrated by Arthur Pearse. 8, 9, 10, and 11, Southampton Street, and Exeter Street, Strand, 1894. Frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper, arranged as plates but included in the pagination; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated 4/98; marina green buckram, blocked black and orange, lettered black and black-outlined orange on front cover; ruled black and gilt, blocked black, orange, and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with crazy-paving design in marina green. Nice copy.

The later binding, the first being of vertically ribbed moire lilac-tinged silver cloth, similarly lettered and blocked. Fantasy stories. Locke, p.150 refers to this title, but lists only a title dating from the 1920s in his collection.

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MARKWICK (Edward). The city Of gold: A tale of sport Travel, and adventure In the heart of the Dark continent. With illustrations By H. Piffard. Tower Publishing Company Limited, 95, Minories, E., 1896. Short demy 8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+324+[iv]; crimson buckram, ruled and lettered black, lettered gilt, and black-shadowed gilt, blocked black and gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked with publisher's motto device (lettered red-through-gilt), and lettered, gilt, on spine. Very nice copy.

Lost race. Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.151: ‘one of the peaks of development of 19th century science fiction'. Not in Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.5, 77, 103, 108, 232, 280, and 314, and are here so bound in. The first issue: the book was published within a short time of Tower's demise, later copies being taken over by Thacker.

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MARLAS (Ben). Brer Mortal. Illustrated by Mark Zangwill. T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. Wood engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates; pp.[viii]+283+[i (blank)]; light-flecked-lighter-blue mottled buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device within ruled circle, black, on back cover, blocked chromatically sea-green, white, scarlet, and black, lettered dark red, on front cover, ruled dark red, sea-green, and black, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

Fantasy, philosophical and allegorical - and making a distant bow both to Bunyan and to Joel Chandler Harris! Told entirely in dialogue. Compulsively readable, and great fun. We have been unable to trace the author, but we are fairly sure that he is English. (He is not, at any rate in Wright - nor have we been able to trace an American edition). Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff.

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MARSH (Richard). The beetle A Mystery. By Richard Marsh Author of ‘The Duke and the Damsel' ‘The Crime and the Criminal,' ‘Mrs Musgrave - and Her Husband [sic] Etc., etc. With illustrations by John Williamson. London, Skeffington & Son, Piccadilly, Publishers to H.M. The Queen and to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, 1897. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title with publisher's device on verso; half-tone frontispiece and three plates; title-page printed in scarlet and black; vignettes on fly-titles; pp.viii+351+[i (blank)]; deep crimson smooth cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, ruled black and light yellow-green, blocked black, brown, and light yellow-green, lettered gilt, and black, on front cover, blocked black, brown, and light yellow-green, lettered gilt, and black, on spine; end-papers printed with apple-blossom design in grey. Very slight mottling to cloth of spine, and cloth insignificantly pulled at headband; a very few scattered fox-spots on some margins; inscriptions on half-title (v. note); otherwise a fine copy of a cheaply produced book that is seldom found in unworn state to-day.

Presentation copy inscribed on the half-title: "F. Hopson Esq / Kind regards from Mr. & Mrs. Marsh". A further inscription below it dated January 1979 in the hand of Robert Aickman Marsh's grandson and signed by him authenticates the hand-writing as that of his "grandmother Mrs. Richard Marsh". Locke ‘Spectrum' p.151 describes the finding of this copy and how Aickman's note came to be added to it. Loosely laid in also is a note from Aickman relating to the volume and a postal response card from the Incorporated Society of Authors filled in and signed by Marsh with an added note and postmarked ‘MR 7 99' agreeing to act as a ‘Steward for the Annual Dinner'. This last we understand to have been inserted from a different source. A cheaply produced best-seller comparable only with ‘Dracula' as a horror story (than which it is a good deal scarcer to-day most copies having been read to bits) ‘The Beetle' qualifies as a detective murder story with elements of SF (hypnosis and post-hypnotic suggestion; and an inventor of a means of ‘telegraphic communication between ships at sea' working on a poison gas and delivery system which plays some part in the plot) but principally concerned with sexual deviancy and the occult (modern descendants of the Ancient Egyptian cult of Isis transmigration etc.). Describing this copy Locke in his ‘Spectrum' entry fails to note the brown blocking on the front cover and spine (and indeed describes the ‘eyes' on the spine as appearing in black and green: one of them is black and brown the other black and brown with just a little speck of green); Wolff 4562 describes the cloth colour of his copy as ‘rasberry' (it was almost certainly faded or rubbed as with almost every other copy we have seen) misses the brown blocking and describes the light yellow-green blocking as ‘yellow' (again it was probably rubbed). Wolff also describes the print colour of the end-papers as ‘pale green': to our eyes (and Locke's) it is grey but the colour is somewhat equivocal and ‘pale green' is a possible description. Given that this was an ‘author's copy' it presumably exhibits the earliest shade of cloth. Copies also exist in a slightly heavier cloth of a far lighter bluer shade and a startling brightness: they are similarly blocked. Not in Sadleir. There is no list of illustrations but the plates are marked to face pp.155 187 and 279 and are here so bound in. It is a peculiarity of the volume that the leaves bearing signature marks throughout have no pagination - both page numbers and signatures being centred in the same position at the foot of the leaf. The following errata and typographical flaws have been noted in this copy (significance of state or issue if any undetermined): p.8 l.17 risen space before ‘me'; p.10 drop head risen space after ‘CHAPTER'; p.21 l.30 risen space before ‘did'; p.28 antepenultimate line risen space after ‘as'; p.56 l.11 first letter slightly inset; p.67 l.35 ‘m' of ‘my' broken; p.77 l.7 risen space after ‘He'; p.78 risen space before ‘track' in l.10 and in l.16 after ‘yet'; p.109 l.20 battered ‘c' in ‘back'; p.117 l.32 faintly risen space before ‘unusually'; p.148 l.33 ‘i' in ‘sir' lacks dot; p.178 l.17 broken hyphen at end; p.218 l.4 ‘"That it' for ‘"That is' l.21 ‘th at's' for ‘that's' and l.22 ‘th at' for ‘that'; p.227 l.12 raised space before ‘got'; p.228 l.25 opening inverted comma lacking at start of line; p.229 ll.15 and 19 raised space after ‘What' and ‘Then'; p.231 l.25 opening inverted comma lacking at start; p.237 l.32 second ‘e' of ‘were' broken; p.245 l.29 ‘d' in ‘flitted' broken; p.266 l.15 broken ‘s' in ‘wasted'; p.279 last line ‘h' of ‘the' broken; p.311 l.26 risen space after ‘unpromising'; p.318 l.20 first ‘e' in ‘Cairene' broken; p.320 l.24 redundant full-stop after ‘rites'; p.[321] l.6 ‘orgie' for ‘orgy' (though this may be correct for its date); p.322 l.32 hyphen lacking at end; p.326 l.15 risen space faintly visible before ‘abide'; p.329 l.30 risen space before first ‘to'; p.333 last line ‘id' of ‘did' battered at end of line; p.342 l.2 raised space after ‘that'; p.343 l.31 raised space before ‘that'; p.347 l.25 ‘execre-' for ‘excre-'.

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MARSH (Richard). Tom Ossington's ghost. With illustrations by Harold Piffard. London, James Bowden, 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1898. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and two plates; pp.iv+315+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; deep olive green cloth, blocked pictorially black and white, ruled and lettered white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. A little scattered light foxing, but a nice copy. Scarce.

The first issue: with an integral title-page bearing Bowden's imprint alone, together with the date of publication. A subsequent issue has a cancel title-page adding the imprint of the American publisher of the volume and omitting the date. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4566, recording a copy that lacked one of the plates (though he seems not to have been aware of the fact); Hubin, p.283, giving it definite status as a crime novel, which it really is not, despite being a mystery and involving the police: it is ultimately a ghost story; this title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. The final gathering has six leaves, the two leaves of the preliminary gathering almost certainly being printed conjugate with it, completing the sheet. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.116 and 290, and are here so tipped in.

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MARSH (Richard). Tom Ossington's ghost. With illustrations by Harold Piffard. London: James Bowden, 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C.; New York: M.F. Mansfield, 22, East sixteenth Street, N.D. [1898]. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and two plates; pp.iv+315+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; deep olive green cloth, blocked pictorially black and white, ruled and lettered white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Back board slightly flexion-creased; tissue guard a little embrowned at edges; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

The second issue: with a cancel title-page bearing the imprint of the American publisher of the volume in addition to that of Bowden, and omitting the date of publication. The dated integral title-page in the first issue carries Bowden's imprint alone. We have not previously seen this second issue, which is identical with the first in all other respects. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4566, recording a copy that lacked one of the plates (though he seems not to have been aware of the fact); Hubin, p.283, giving it definite status as a crime novel, which it really is not, despite being a mystery and involving the police: it is ultimately a ghost story; this title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. The final gathering has six leaves, the two leaves of the preliminary gathering almost certainly being printed conjugate with it, completing the sheet. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.116 and 290, and are here so tipped in.

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MARSH (Richard). A Second Coming. London, Grant Richards, 1900. Final leaf a single inset, followed by publisher's text-paper Catalogue, 20pp., dated 1900; pp.[vii]+[i]+[297]+i[i]; glazed unbleached linen, front cover with large panel outlined with dark brown rules and blocked with flecking of light brown in imitation of rough canvas, blocked dark brown, lettered scarlet, spine lettered dark brown. Fine copy.

Religious fantasy - and a very fine specimen of the genre.

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MAYHEW ([Henry and Augustus,] The Brothers). The Magic of kindness; Or, The Wondrous Story of the Good Huan. With illustrations by Walter Crane. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, N.D. [1869]. Super roy.16mo, gathered in half sheets; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece, and six plates; pp.iv+220; publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue at end; bevelled light purple patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, lettered and blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated cream. Spine faded, front cover less so; front free end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

First published in December 1847 by David Bogue, with illustrations by Cruikshank. The illustrations by Walter Crane are first published in the present edition. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in here to face pp.70, 106, 173, 182, 205, and 216. Osborne, p.283, listing this edition as well as a Darton edition of 1849 with illustrations by Cruikshank and Kenny Meadows.

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[MEAD (G.R.S.).]. The dream of Ravan: A mystery. (Reprinted from "The Dublin University Magazine," 1853 & 1854.) The Theosophical Publishing Society, 7, Duke Street, Adelphi, London, W.C.; The Path, 144 Madison Avenue, New York, U.S.A.; The Theosophist Office, Adyar, Madras, India, 1895. Half-title not called for; Preface leaf follows title-page; pp.[iv]+248; diagonally fine ribbed yellow-green cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Spine a little faded; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition in book form. ‘Edited' by George Robert Stow Mead, who almost certainly was in fact the author. He says in his Preface that "the narrative is set forth in the garb of a phantasy and much of strangeness is intermixed, so that the general reader will pass it by as merely a strange conceit, nevertheless the mystic and student of yoga will recognise many a home truth but slightly veiled, and many a secret wholly disclosed." Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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MEINHOLD (William). Sidonia The sorceress; The Supposed destroyer of the whole reigning Ducal house of Pomerania. In two vols. Simms and M'Intyre, Paternoster Row, and Donegall Street, Belfast, 1849. 2 Vols., sm.f'cap 8vo; bound up without half-titles; contemporary half roan, marbled boards. Covers a trifle rubbed, and roan splitting slightly over one joint; a very little foxing and dusting, chiefly of early leaves in volume one; otherwise nice.

Sadleir, 3755a/29-30; Wolff, 4732. Issued as volumes 29 and 30 of the ‘Parlour Library'.

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MILLER (George Noyes, Member of the Oneida Community). The Bellamy library - No.12: The Strike of a sex. A Novel. London: Wm. Reeves: 183, Charing Cross Rd. W.C., N.D. [1894]. Globe 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+117+[i (blank)]+[ii]; scarlet patterned sand-grain cloth ruled blind on sides, lettered black on front cover and down spine. Covers faded; otherwise a nice copy. Uncommon.

Feminist Utopia. Not Locke's ‘Spectrum'. Wright, III, 3735, records the first American edition as having been issued anonymously in 1890. The present edition has a signed Author's Preface dated ‘N.Y., Jan.1891' not included in the first American edition, and an additional, undated, Special Preface to English Edition signed ‘F.W.F.' The book was first issued in England in 1894, but the advertisements in the present copy suggest that it belongs to a later printing, listing seventeen titles in ‘The Bellamy Library', and recording of the present copy "33,000 sold". The book as published in America contained 235pp. In the English edition it was split into two parts: this, and a sequel entitled ‘After the Strike of a Sex; or, Zugassent's Discovery'. Each book was issued simultaneously in two formats - in wrappers at 1s. and in cloth, as here, at 2s.

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MITFORD (Bertram). The weird Of Deadly hollow: A Tale of the Cape Colony. By Bertram Mitford Author of "A Romance of the Cape Frontier," "Through the Zulu Country," etc. London: Sutton, Drowley & Co., 11 Ludgate Hill, 1891. Half-title not called for; wood engraved text-paper frontispiece, included in the pagination, precedes title-page; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled black on front cover and spine, lettered black, and scarlet-and-black-outlined black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Very nice copy. Rare.

Printed in Glasgow. This title not in the CBEL or London Library listings, Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff. The British Library copy, which was not received until 24th May 1892, exhibits a minor binding variant, having the publisher's elaborate circular monogram device blocked blind on the back cover instead of a conventional flower-spray as here, and their imprint, ‘Sutton. / Drowley & Co', blocked at the tail of the spine from a brass, instead of the word ‘London' in ornamental type as in this copy; it also has white end-papers printed with a pattern of fern leaves in pale blue-green instead of the present yellow-coated ones. Because of the late date of receipt of the British Library copy, it is not possible to guess which variant is earlier. We have never encountered the present publishing firm before, though their advertisements list twenty-five other novels, including one (‘Not for the Night Time') by Theo Gift. A full-blooded story of supernatural horror, in part rationalised, but involving ghostly hauntings by spectres in the shapes of men and animals, and a number of quite unpleasant killings. At its climax the book presents the hero [sic!] burning his enemy to death inch by inch in a slow fire - a process which holds his interest for some days. His adversary is very much less admirable!

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MITFORD (Bertram). The sign Of the spider: An episode. Illustrated by James Greig. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., 1896. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; pp.[viii]+312; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated October 1896; Chartreuse sand-grain cloth pictorially blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. A little dusting and marking in text, but in general a nice copy.

One of Mitford's African fantasies: includes a race of Zulu descent inhabiting an unexplored country in the interior of Africa, who worship a giant spider. The monster "of a species unknown to science" - and as large a a bear - plays a major part in the plot. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Sadleir; Wolff, 4816, recording an otherwise identical copy in diagonal fine-ribbed cloth. In this book Mitford's self-reliant, self-contained, anti-establishment philosophy is given an unusually forceful and coherent expression.

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MORRIS (Alfred). Eochaid the Heremhon; Or, The romance of the lia phail. By the Late Alfred Morris. Edited and Compiled by Rev. Denis Hanan, D.D. London: Robert Banks & Son, Racquet Court, Fleet Street, E.C., 1900. Half-tone portrait frontispiece after a photograph, with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.347+[i (blank)]+[4]; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled, blocked, and letered gilt, blocked black, on front cover and spine; end-papers coated yellow. Lower corners of covers lightly damp-stained, with light consequent damp-staining of end-papers; neat ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'. Set c.600 B.C. in Egypt, Israel, and Ireland: a kingdom established in Ireland by Jeremiah and a lost tribe of the Jews - supported by thirty pages of notes, largely relating to Irish tradition, and including extracts translated from ancient Irish poems!

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MORRIS (William). A tale of the house of the Wolfings and all the kind-Reds of the mark written In prose and in verse. Reeves and Turner 196 Strand, 1889 [i.e., Winter, 1888]. Blank before half-title; 32pp. inserted publisher's catalogue at end dated December, 1888, advertising the book as ‘Now Ready'; cerise buckram, paper spine label; uncut edges. Slight bruising at foot of spine, and label a little discoloured; recto of blank embrowned; otherwise a very nice copy.

Copies are also known with a catalogue dated November, 1888. Temple Scott, p.13; CBEL, III, p.314.

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MORRIS (William). News from Nowhere Or An epoch of rest, Being some chapters from A utopian romance by William Morris, Author of The Earthly Paradise. Reeves & Turner, 1891. Half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+238; cerise smooth cloth lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover, lettered gilt up spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated lemon. Spine and top edge of front cover very slightly faded; newspaper cutting relating to the genesis of the work laid on to front paste-down; otherwise a very nice copy, for the most part unopened.

Locke, p.161 recording an otherwise similar copy in dark blue cloth, and with cream end-papers. The book is also known in a similar dark green cloth, with end-papers as here. Buxton Forman, 115; Temple Scott, p.15; CBEL, III, p.315.

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MORRIS (William). News from Nowhere Or An epoch of rest, Being some chapters from A utopian romance by William Morris, Author of The Earthly Paradise. Reeves & Turner, 1891. Half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+238; dark leaf green smooth cloth lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover, lettered gilt up spine; a.e uncut; end-papers coated lemon. Ownership signature on upper margin of title-page; first and last few leaves a trifle foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Locke, p.161 recording an otherwise similar copy in dark blue cloth, and with cream end-papers. The book is also known in a similar cerise cloth, with end-papers as here. Buxton Forman, 115; Temple Scott, p.15; CBEL, III, p.315. The present copy is embellished on the front end-paper with a delightful pictorial bookplate, depicting, after the manner of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the after-life "troubles of a non-returner of borrowed books"!

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MORRIS (William). The wood beyond the World. Lawrence and Bullen, 16, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1895. Imp.16mo in half sheets; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘A' precedes half-title; publisher's large woodcut device on title-page; printer's imprint leaf at end; pp.[2]+vi+250+[ii]; dark red coarse buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Slight marking and fading of covers; light marginal embrowning throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

First trade edition. The Kelmscott Press issued a limited edition in the preceding year. Temple Scott, pp.15-16

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MORRIS (William). The water of the Wondrous isles. Longmans, Green and Co., London, New York, and Bombay, 1897. Extra cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+x+553+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; dark red art linen, paper spine label printed in black; a.e. uncut. Slight damp-spotting of covers; label rubbed and a little chipped; inscription cut from front end-paper; scattered foxing; in general a nice copy.

First trade edition, English issue: ‘Printed by John Wilson and Son at the University Press in Cambridge U.S.A.' The Kelmscott Press issued a limited edition in the same year.

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[MULOCK (Dinah Maria, Mrs. Craik).]. The Little lame prince And his travelling cloak: A Parable for Young and Old. By the author of "John Halifax, Gentleman". With twenty-four illustrations by J. McL. Ralston. Daldy, Isbister & Co., 56, Ludgate Hill, 1875. Lge.f'cap 8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard; other illustrations in text; 15pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed grass green cloth blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated brown. Fine copy of a very scarce title.

Not in Sadleir. Fantasy, of the ‘magic carpet' variety. Osborne, p.332: ‘Successive generations of children have agreed with Charlotte Yonge who said this book was "too beautiful and too earnest not to be worth reading."'

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MUNRO (John). A Trip to Venus. London: Jarrold & Sons, 10 and 11 Warwick Lane, E.C., All rights reserved, 1897. Sm.cr.8vo, wire-stitched; 18pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.254+[xviii]; dark purple buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, blocked gilt, lettered gilt, and gilt-outlined scarlet, on front cover, blocked gilt, lettered gilt-outlined scarlet, on spine. Very slight dulling of spine, and a very little light foxing in text; end-papers lightly embrowned; otherwise a fine copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.163, recording the collection copy as the third (first illustrated) edition in default of a fine first; not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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MURRAY (David Christie). Mount despair And other Stories. With a frontispiece by G. Grenville Manton. Chatto & Windus, 1895. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; frontispiece; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+260+[iv]; crimson coarse linen, lettered and pictorially blocked black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed with daisy plant pattern in bright brown. Covers a trifle marked and faded, and gilt a little rubbed; otherwise a nice copy.

The long title story is set in Australia. Of the remaining five, one is a kind of ghost story; one occult; and one deals with a murder. Not in Sadleir, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 5035, describing an otherwise similar copy in ‘red buckram'.

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NEMBHARD (Mabel). Fantasies. With illustrations by Maud Linley Sambourne, A.L. and M. Bowley, A.S. Gibson, and F. Reason. George Allen, 156, Charing Cross Road, 1896. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title a single inset leaf; four inserted plates; numerous unbacked full page illustrations on text-paper and included in the pagination; blank at end; pp.x+[198]+[ii]; brown buckram ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine. Very slight marking of covers, but a near-fine copy.

Not in Sadleir, or Wolff; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.164. A secondary binding, the first being in blue cloth lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blocked black on front cover, with t.e.g., and the others uncut. Fantasy short stories, including one interplanetary.

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NESBIT (E.). Something wrong. A.D. Innes & Co., 31 & 32, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1893. Sm.f'cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.158+[ii]; drab rough-textured paper wrappers, cut flush, printed with publisher's monogram device on back cover, lettered on front cover and up spine, all in dark red. Patchy darkening of spine; one or two small corners turned; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued at 1s. in paper wrappers, as here, or 2s. in cloth, as the fourth title in ‘The Whileaway Library'. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', which does however record the companion Nesbit volume of the same year ‘Grim Tales'. As with the two titles of the series listed by Locke, the first signature of the present title is signed ‘B'. Eight short stories, the relatively long first story being weird, one other being a horror story, and a third having horror elements. In this copy on p.8 three/four lines from foot of page a line of type has dropped out.

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NEUMAN (B. Paul). The Interpreter's House: A book of parables. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1892. Pp.[xii]+207+[i (blank)]; old cream buckram ruled brown on sides and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram in ruled circle, all brown, on back cover, blocked brown, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered brown on spine; t.e.g.; end-papers printed with arabesque design dark brown. Very slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; spine lettering rubbed, and cloth a little dusty; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum' or Wolff. Short stories including several fantasy: ‘The Prison of the Twentieth Century', ‘The Forest Child', ‘Mr. Witterley's Strange Experience', etc.

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NEUMAN (Paul). Raymond's folly: The story of an experiment In utopia. T. Fisher Unwin, 1893. Post 8vo; half-title, title, dedication leaf, two leaves of Contents, and leaf bearing epigraph on verso precede start of text; pp.[xii]+180; scarlet buckram, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of back cover very slightly bubbled; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Wolff.

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NEWNHAM-DAVIS (Lieut.-Col. N.). Three men and a god And Other Stories. Downey & Co. Limited, 12 York Street, Covent Garden, 1896. Post 8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+242+[ii]; pale oatmeal coarse buckram, embossed with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Gilt a trifle dull on spine, and cloth of spine just a little darkened; end-papers and early prelims marked, apparently through paste action from the binding; otherwise a fine copy.

Kiplingesque, but well written. Includes one murder story, one ghost story, and one or two others with fantasy elements. Set variously in India, Hong-Kong, Nepal, Japan, and South Africa.

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[NICHOLSON (J. Shield).]. Thoth. A romance. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1888. Steel engraved vignette on title page; 24pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated 4/88; brownish orange buckram ruled and lettered dark brown, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated very dark green. Covers a trifle rubbed and dull; end-papers and facing pages embrowned; a very little marking and dusting in text; in general a nice copy, nonetheless.

Lost race science fiction story, set in the time of ancient Greece. Locke, p.16: "One of my favourite stories of this kind." - One of ours, too! Locke's copy is identical with ours, including the dating of the advertisements, except that he describes the front cover lettering as gilt.

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NISBET (Hume). The great secret: A Tale of To=morrow. In one volume. F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1895. Globe 8vo; 16pp. integral advertisements at end (continuing the pagination); pp.[xii]+304; scarlet buckram blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, ruled black, blocked blind, on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, lettered and with short ruled gilt on spine. Slight marking of covers; gilt faded on spine; piece torn from top of half-title (presumably to remove an inscription); otherwise a nice copy.

One of the most uninspired binding designs of the century! Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.166, listing only a ‘good' copy, recording that he had resented having to pay £15.00 for his copy in the mid-seventies, and adding: "I was probably being a bit of a cheapskate as the book is not at all easy to find, but even those few years ago £15.00 was a lot to pay. In 1979 [the date of writing ‘Spectrum'] it seems a mere bagatelle." Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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NORRIS (W.E.). The Spectre of Strathannan And other stories. T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. Narrow post 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end, both of text-paper, but apparently non-integral, a stub following the initial blank being presumably the remains of an excised advertisement leaf forming the original [a]1; contemporary half-vellum, spine ruled gilt and with red label, drab boards, t.e. sprinkled. Fine copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Hubin. The lengthy title-story is a rationalised ghost story; the fourth tale, ‘The McCleverty', is about a jewel robbery at a country house. Issued as a volume of T. Fisher Unwin's ‘Autonym Library', and printed upon paper so watermarked. In the present copy the letter ‘t' of ‘the' is lacking at l.5 on p.702; ‘-' is lacking after ‘con' at the end of l.1 on p.102.

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[OLIPHANT (Mrs. Margaret).]. The Land of darkness Along with some Further chapters in the experiences Of The little pilgrim. Macmillan and Co., 1888. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; final leaf blank; p.[viii]+[240]; pale grey buckram, uniform with "A Little Pilgrim in the Unseen"; uncut edges. End-papers and edges slightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir, and hence, presumably, absent even from the publisher's files, since Sadleir was allowed to take them over. On account of this bequest, Sadleir was able to amass in his collection sixty-two of Mrs. Oliphant's ninety-five published fictions. He notes, however, the extreme difficulty with which this was accomplished, "so utterly do most of her books in original state seem to have vanished." First issue, the author's name nowhere being present. A fantasy, set largely in Hell. Bleiler, p.25; Locke, Spectrum, p.169.

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[OLIPHANT (Mrs. Margaret).]. The Land of darkness Along with some Further chapters in the experiences Of The little pilgrim. Macmillan and Co., 1888. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; final leaf blank; pp.[viii]+[240]; pale grey buckram, uniform with "A Little Pilgrim in the Unseen"; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine a little darkened; end-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir. Second issue, the author's name appearing on the spine, which is lettered also in a heavier type face than in the first issue.

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OLLIER (Charles). Fallacy Of Ghosts, dreams, and omens; With stories of Witchcraft, life-in-death, And Monomania. By Charles Ollier. Author of "Ferrers," "Inesilla," etc. London: Charles Ollier, Southampton Street, Strand, 1848. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; fly-title to each section and story, included in the pagination; frontispiece and two wood-engraved plates by George Measom after W.B.S.; pp.[iv]+251+[i (printer's imprint)]; puce fine diaper cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine (with price, "4/-" at foot); t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Neatly recased, preserving the original end-papers; some damp-staining of plates and of blank lower-margins of a few leaves of text; nonetheless, a very good copy.

Apparently very rare. This title not in Sadleir or Block; not in Wolff, Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Summers. The first 110pp. comprises essays on ‘Fallacy of Spectral Appearances', ‘Fallacy of Dreams', and ‘Fallacy of Supposed Ominous Night Noises'. The remaining 141pp. consist of four stories, as detailed on the title-page. With one exception the whole contents of the volume appeared c.1843 in Ainsworth's Magazine. They are here revised and enlarged. The remaining piece is here first published. In this copy the plate listed to face p.15 is included as frontispiece, the frontispiece being bound in to face p.93.

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OPPENHEIM (E. Phillips). All Rights Reserved. A Daughter of Astrea. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited, N.D. [February, 1898]. F'cap 8vo; pp.191+[i (publisher's advertisements)]; diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; white end-papers. Gilt oxydised on spine, and covers just a trifle marked; otherwise a nice copy.

An adventure story with lost race and occult elements: "The man has occult ways and means of his own. He is a sorcerer. To put our detectives against him would be like asking you or me to stand up against Jackson." - p.184. This title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. Issued as Vol.LXXVII of Arrowsmith's Bristol Library. In the present copy p.175, l.24, has the reading ‘upo ' for ‘upon': state or issue significance, if any, unknown.

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[ORCZY (The Baroness [Emmuska])]. The Enchanted Cat. Illustrated by The Baroness Orczy And Montagu Barstow. London: Dean & Son, Limited, 160a, Fleet Street [/] Wolf & Co., Philsdelphia, New York, And Chicago, N.D. [1895]. F'cap 16mo in quarter sheets; numerous illustrations in text; pp.64; scarlet buckram, blocked pictorially light green, dark green, and black, lettered gilt, and black, on front cover, uplettered black on spine; a.e.g.; horizontally ribbed buff end-papers printed with irregular outline ‘pebble' design in gold. Light mottling of cloth; front end-paper and half-title lacking; a very little light dusting and foxing internally; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a very scarce title.

Not in Sadleir, Wolff, Locke's ‘Spectrum', or the Osborne Catalogue. Technically published anonymously, Orczy and her new husband appearing on the title-page only as illustrators, for which they were already known, though Baroness Orczy in fact translated and edited the volume from the Hungarian and the words ‘By The Baroness Orczy' appear on the covers. This is almost certainly her first book, though she and her husband published two further volumes of fairy stories in the course of the same year, for which she received credit as ‘adaptor'.

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UNRECORDED ‘FUTURE WAR' STORY


OSCAR (Alan [i.e, W.B. Whall]). The Destruction of the "Urania," And How the French fleet was checked. Reminiscences of the 1896 war. By "Alan Oscar," Author of "Lieut. De Brion, R.N. R," &c., &c. London: Pewtress & Co., 28, Little Queen Street, W.C., 1894. Extra cr.8vo format, 44pp. sewn as a single gathering, with red thread, into buff paper wrappers, cut flush, printed pictorially on front wrapper in black; half-title not called for; issued without end-papers. Faint vertical crease throughout; wrappers slightly dusty, and small chip to tail edge of blank back wrapper at spine; otherwise a very nice copy. Rare.

Not in COPAC or the British Library Catalogue, and no other copy traced. Whall, who was best known as a naval writer under his own name, wrote at least three other titles under the ‘Alan Oscar' by-line: ‘Lieutenant De Brion', a short novel (pp.165+[i]) published by Remington & Co. in 1893; ‘Captain Kid's Millions', (pp.290), published by Chapman and Hall in 1897; and ‘School and Sea Days', (pp.400), published by Thomas Burleigh in 1901. All are now very scarce. The present future war story, written in the tradition of Chesney's ‘The Battle of Dorking', provides a good stylistic imitation of Kipling.

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OWEN (Evelyn [i.e., Lady Mary Hervey and Richard Arkwright].). Copyright. Entered at Stationers' Hal [sic] Driven home: A tale of destiny. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 4 Stationers' Hall Court, 1886. Short cr.8vo; half-title not called for; Contents leaf and leaf bearing Introduction follow title-page; pp.[4]+ii+174; scarlet buckram, ruled black on sides, blocked black lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated grey-green. Fine copy.

With the signature of the Earl of Home on the upper margin of the title-page, and the small Hirsel Library booklabel on the front paste-down. A ghost story. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Wolff.

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PAIN (Barry [i.e., Eric Odell]). Stories And interludes. With a frontispiece by C.W. Furse. Henry & Co., 6 Bouverie Street, E.C., 1892. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; 9pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+215+[ix]; cerise buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated very dark green. Two leaves slightly foxed at inner margins; otherwise a very nice copy.

Short stories, including several fantasy. This title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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PARRY (His Honour Judge Edward Abbott). The Scarlet Herring And other Stories. With Illustrations by Athelstan D. Rusden. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place; Manchester: Sherratt & Hughes, 27 St. Ann Street, 1899. Sm.sq.8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard, and numerous illustrations, on text-paper, some unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.xii (including the frontispiece)+137; mottled lime green linen patterned cloth, blocked black and scarlet, lettered black and black-outlined scarlet on front cover, blocked black and scarlet, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g. Fine copy.

Illustrated after the model of Bearsley. Juvenile.

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PEASE (Howard). The mark o' the deil And Other Northumbrian Tales. T. Fisher Unwin, 1894. Printer's imprint leaf at end; pp.166+[ii]; mottled sage green fine linen, blocked white, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed florally pale grey-green. A nice crisp copy.

Includes some stories of supernatural interest. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Wolff.

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PEMBERTON (Max). The Impregnable City. A Romance. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1895. Half-title not called for; half-tone portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's 8+8pp. catalogue at end dated ‘5G. 5.95' and ‘5B. 5.95'; light brick red coarse buckram, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut; end-papers printed with publisher's initial device pattern in grey. Covers lightly rubbed; a few leaves with light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.174, describing it somewhat oddly as a "Nautical thriller with elements of science fiction, primarily a powerful, impregnable fortress city." Whilst the above is true, the nautical elements are relatively minor. It would be better described as a Utopian fantasy. An Austrian diplomat/soldier inspired by Tolstoi sets up a community on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific, which he makes accessible only by submarine. Giving refuge to political convicts from France and Russia, the community comes into conflict with these nations - but is eventually overthrown from within. Contains some science fiction elements, principally electrical, and anarchism plays a small part in the plot. This copy contains a good deal of battered type, for instance: p.66, l.4, ‘th' of ‘through' lacking; p.68, l.11, ‘an' of ‘and'; p.169, l.27, second ‘I', l.28, ‘mine'; p.306, ‘all'; in addition the following typegraphical errors have been observed, state or issue significance, if any, undetermined: p.147, l.8: ‘ful' for ‘full'; p.186, l.17: ‘down' for ‘done'; p.210, l.30: full stop lacking at end of line. The folds of the gatherings are printed, as Locke notes, with the date ‘4.95'.

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PETRIE (W.M. Flinders, Hon. D.C.L., [LL.D.,] Edwards Professor of Egyptology, University College, London). Egyptian Tales Translated from the papyri. Illustrated by Tristram Ellis. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, Strand, 1895. 2 Vols.; frontispiece on verso of half-title, imprint leaf at end, in each volume, twenty-two illustrations in the text in first volume, thirty-three in second volume, some arranged as plates, unbacked, but integral and included in the pagination; pp.viii+145+[i (blank)]+[2]; xii+146+[2]; publisher's inserted 40pp. catalogue, dated September 1897 at end of second volume; marina green fine diaper cloth, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Spines darkened and dull; a very little light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

The fact of one being the First and the other the Second Series of these tales is stated only on the spines, though it is mentioned incidentally in the Preface to the Second Series. Includes mystical and magical elements reflecting contemporary beliefs. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff.

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PHELPS (Elizabeth Stuart [the younger, later WARD]). Men, women, and ghosts. Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., Successors to Ticknor and Fields, 1869. 12mo, signed throughout in eights and twelves; binder's blank and advertisement leaf precede title-page; half-title not called for; integral blank followed by binder's blank at end; pp.[viii]+334+[ii]; deep green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Gilt of imprint slightly rubbed; small mark on front cover; slight cracking of front end-papers, and end-papers a trifle rubbed at edges; a nice copy, nonetheless.

Wright, II, 2630; not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. The author's second book, published in the same year as her first. The last sentence of the first paragraph is the worst thing in the volume - and one of the stories, ‘Calico' could have done with some tightening up: otherwise an excellent and beautifully written collection, conversational in tone and innovative in technique, the personae of the several narrators well characterised by the rhythms and language of their speech. An unjustly neglected volume by an author on this showing at least (we have not come across her other books) perhaps best described as an American female pre-Kipling. Three of the ten stories are fantasy: ‘The Day of My Death' is an occult story involving poltergeists; ‘What was the Matter?' a story of second sight involving wierd elements; and ‘Kentucky's Ghost' a simple ghost story. In this copy p.114, l.27, has the reading ‘aprong' for ‘apron'; at p.269, l.6 there is a battered ‘t' at the start of the line: issue significance, if any, not known.

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PHILIPS (F[rancis]. C[harles]. The Strange adventures Of Lucy Smith. In two volumes. London, Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., Paternoster Square, 1887. 2 Vols., bound in one; half-titles not present; pp.[iv]+187+[i (blank)]; [ii]+185+[i (blank)]; contemporary half purple calf, oil-marbled sides, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt, tooled blind, on sides; sprinkled burnished edges; end-papers faced light brown. Slight rubbing to calf; single fox-spot on prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy.

A very readable occult science-fantasy with hints of the Sado-Masochistic and one actual bodice-ripping episode. Extremely scarce (being probably too strong for the circulating libraries). This title not in Sadleir, who had only a reprint of Philips' earlier novel, ‘As in a Looking Glass' (described by Wolff as "a really naughty book"); nor in Wolff, who collected him assiduously and had a dozen of his other titles, some in multiple editions or binding variants; Oxford copy only on COPAC; not listed in Bleiler, Clute & Nicholls, or Locke's ‘Spectra'.

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PHILLIPS (W.S.). Totem tales: Indian Stories Indian Told Gathered in the Pacific northwest. Fully illustrated by the author. Chicago, Star publishing Co., 1896. Lge.imp.16mo in half sheets; half-tone frontispiece, preceded by blank; half-title not called for; numerous illustrations on text-paper, some arranged as plates but included in the pagination; pp.[2]+326; light green coarse buckram, blocked black and gilt, lettered black on front cover, blocked black, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine; black and white head and tail bands. A nice copy.

Not in Wright.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). A Deal With The Devil. Bliss, Sands and Foster, [15,] Craven Street, Strand, W.C., 1895. Imprint leaf followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue, at end; yellow crushed morocco cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, blocked pictorially black on blind panel on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine. Binding slightly used; otherwise a nice copy.

Hinton, p.10. One of 1,000 copies. The story of a man living backwards, at an accellerated rate, from extreme old age to birth, as the result of a deal inadvertently entered into with the Devil on his hundredth birthday. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. In this copy l.12 on p.43 lacks an ‘r' at the start of the line.

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PLATT (William). Men, women And chance. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. F'cap 8vo; pp.[viii]+88; bevelled light greenish grey linen blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut; end-papers printed with a leaf and flower pattern in light brown. Small faded patch on spine where label has possibly been removed; two leaves opened a little roughly, with slight chipping of one, and two or three marginal tears (not touching text); otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Two stories: the first a delightful satirical social fantasy set in the twentieth century, the second a love-story of the '90s æsthetic order. The illustration on the front cover resembles the work of S.H. Sime. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; this title not in Locke's ‘Spectra', though the second volume has a long entry about the author and another of his works.

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POE (Edgar Allan). Tales of mystery, Imagination, & humour; And poems. Illustrated with twenty-six engravings on wood. Thirtieth thousand. Printed and published by Henry Vizetelly, Gough Square, Fleet Street, Clarke & Co., 148, Fleet Street, N.D. [1852]. Double f'cap 16mo; wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page, on plate paper, other illustrations in text; pp.xxiv+[1]-256. BOUND WITH: Tales of mystery, Imagination, & humour. Second series. Illustrated with sixteen engravings on wood. Clarke, Beeton, & Co., foreign booksellers, 148, Fleet-street, N.D. [1852]. Double f'cap 16mo; wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page, on plate paper, other illustrations in text; pp.[iv]+[1]-252. Two volumes bound together, contemporary half black calf, gilt. Some fingering and dusting; but a very good copy.

Issued as Volumes I. and IX. in the series ‘Readable Books'. Sadleir 3659/I and IX. Sadleir suggests that the Second Series may not have been issued until 1853. An inscription on the verso of the front end-paper in the present volume, dated 1852, demonstrates that Sadleir's hypothesis was wrong. The bibliography of these volumes is quite complex. The first was originally published under the imprint of Henry Vizetelly, in eight weekly penny numbers, which then were gathered as two sixpenny parts each containing four numbers, and finally put up as a volume, in boards, at 1/-, the second series apparently being similarly treated by Clarke, Beeton. The presence of visible stab-holes in one or two of the gatherings, shows that the present volume was bound up either from the numbers or the parts - as indeed would be expected from a copy bound up at so early a date. The title-page of the present first series is interesting in showing that the work reached so much as a thirtieth thousand in this form - and still within the year of its first issue. Shortly after the publication of the volume, Vizetelly, who appears to have been moving premises, became joined with Clarke and Co. as joint publishers, adopting the latter's address, and later in the same year the imprint was changed again, to become Clarke, Beeton, and Co. The present copy, includes Vizetelly's Prospectus, and Preface, omitted from the later Clarke, Beeton issues. Later still, the number of pages, excluding prelims., was reduced to 240pp. in each volume, though whether by resetting or omission, we cannot say. The first appearance of these tales in England (?and the first illustrated edition). Blanck, 16205 and 16207, dating the second volume [1853].

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POE (Edgar Allan). Tales of mystery, Imagination, & humour; And poems. Illustrated with twenty-six engravings on wood. Clarke, Beeton, & Co., foreign booksellers, 148, Fleet Street, N.D. [1852]. Double f'cap 16mo; wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page, on plate paper, other illustrations in text; pp.[iv]+[ix]-xxiv+[1]-256; Cambridge blue glazed boards, printed in black; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated yellow; slip advertising ‘Clovernook' by Alice Carey, backed with advertisements for other of "Clarke, Beeton, & Co's New publications", tipped on to front free end-paper, as issued. Rebacked with matching paper covered board; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as volume I. in the series ‘Readable Books'. Sadleir 3659/I. The bibliography of this volume is quite complex. It was originally published under the imprint of Henry Vizetelly, in eight weekly penny numbers, which then were gathered as two sixpenny parts each containing four numbers, and finally put up as a volume, in boards, at 1/-. Shortly after the issue of the volume, Vizetelly, who appears to have been moving premises, became joined with Clarke and Co. as joint publishers, adopting the latter's address, and later in the same year the imprint was changed again, to become Clarke, Beeton, and Co.At some stage titles of the series were also issued in cloth, at 1/6d. - though whether the present title was in fact so issued is not certainly known. The earliest series design of the boards, mimicked by that used for the cloth, was purely decorative, and bore the name of the series on the covers. Later issues had a pictorial cover, and did not. The present copy, which probably dates from 1853-4, has the Clarke, Beeton title-page (representing the second or third issue of the text), combined with the later issue of the boards. The curious pagination of the preliminary leaves results from the removal, prior to the volume being made up, of the two leaves carrying Vizetelly's ‘Prospectus' of the series, and his ‘Preface', prior to the provision of new prelims. Foxing, and a slight general ‘exposed' quality affecting the last few leaves of the fourth number, lead us to suspect that this volume may have been made up from stripped parts. The first appearance of these tales in England (?and the first illustrated edition). Blanck, 16205.

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POE (Edgar Allan). Tales of mystery, Imagination, & humour. Second series. Illustrated with sixteen engravings on wood. Clarke, Beeton, & Co., foreign booksellers, 148, Fleet-street, N.D. [1852]. Double f'cap 16mo; wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page, on plate paper, other illustrations in text; pp.[iv]+[1]-252; dark green ripple-grain cloth, the front cover bearing a design of seraphs, gilt, enclosed in an elaborate blind frame, the lower cover bearing an elaborate design in blind, the spine lettered and elaborately blocked gilt. Spine worn at extremities and a little worn at edges, as are also the covers; name on blank verso of frontispiece, in ink; prelims. browned; in general, however, a very good copy, nonetheless.

Sadleir, 3659/IX refers. Issued as volume ix in Clark, Beeton, & Co.'s series ‘Readable Books'. Sadleir's copy was in boards, and the illustration he provides of that (Plate 7) shows the design of the blind blocking on the front cover of the present copy also, except that the words "Readable Books" and "one shilling" are replaced with a continuation of the design, and the central panel, instead of lettering, carries the tableau of seraphs, gilt. Recording the present issue from advertisements, Sadleir remarks: "At some stage [in the series], (probably when Clarke, Beeton became sole publishers) a cloth edition was issued at one and sixpence, but I have never seen a specimen." This issue may therefore be considered as distinctly scarce.

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POWELL (G.H.). Animal Episodes And Studies in Sensation. George Redway, 1896. 2pp. integral advertisements at end; oatmeal coarse buckram, lettered red on front cover, gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Covers darkened; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy with the author's holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Includes several creepy tales, more or less rationalised, some with criminous content - and one true ghost/horror story, beautifully told. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 5613.

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PRESTON (Arthur C.). A Royal Revenge: Showing how the gods in their Waywardness aimed of the Arrows of misfortune a quiverful, And to what end the fairest in the Land reaped the fruits of victory. With twelve Full-page illustrations By the author. London, Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, E.C., 1899. Title-page printed in scarlet and black; pp.352; fine half-tone frontispiece and eleven plates by the author; scarlet buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled, and printed with half-tone illustration by the author (not included in the volume), in black, on blind pressed panel on front cover. Unobtrusive restorations to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine; plate to p.110 lacking; otherwise a nice copy of an uncommon title.

Ancient Egyptian fantasy with all the usual trimmings - including some lost race and supernatural elements. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. A distinctive and unusual binding design extending in a vertical strip edged by two black rules from top to bottom of the cover, giving the effect of a film strip bearing a pictorial photomontage, the gilt lettering being incorporated within it. There is no list of plates, but they are marked for pp. 76, 97, 110, 135, 164, 189, 236, 274, 299, 315, and 346, and are tipped in at the right-hand side at those openings (that to p.110 being, as stated above, here lacking).

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PRINSEP (Val C.). The Story of Abibal The Tsourian Translated from the Phoenician By Edward Lovel Lester. Preceded by an account of The finding of the manuscript By Emily Watson. Edited by Val C. Prinsep, A.R.A. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1893. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; 16pp. integral advertisements at end (bearing the signature mark ‘N' on the first leaf); diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth over very thin boards, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Corner clipped from front end-paper, possibly denoting remainder status; otherwise a fine copy of a delicate book.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum' or Wolff. Archaeological fantasy: the discovery of a ms. detailing the imaginary voyage of a Phoenician prince to prehistoric England.

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Q [i.e., Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.] I saw three ships And Other Winter's tales. Cassell & Company, Limited, 1892. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.304; 8+8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end, dated ‘5 G. 5.92' and ‘5 B. 5.92'; mottled charcoal coarse buckram lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others mainly trimmed; white end-papers. Very slight fading of spine, but a near-fine copy of a difficult title.

Includes ‘The Haunted Dragoon', etc.

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Q. Fairy Tales, Far and Near, Re-told by Q. With illustrations by H.R. Millar. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1895. Imp.16mo in half sheets; integral wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and numerous illustrations in text; pp.192, including frontispiece; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue, coded ‘5G 8 95'; buff art-linen blocked olive green on back cover, blocked olive green and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, in art nouveau style; t.e.g.; end-papers printed with publisher's device in grey. Some foxing and dusting; a good reading copy.

The author's name appears in full on the front cover and spine. In this copy p.32 is without a page number.

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QUILP (Jocelyn [i.e., Halliwell SUTCLIFFE].). Baron Verdigris. A Romance of the re-Versed direction. By Jocelyn Quilp. With a Frontispiece by Aubrey Beardsley. Henry and Co, 93, St. Martin's Lane, 1894. Sm.cr.8vo; text-paper frontispiece with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+214+2; diagonally fine ribbed pale apple green cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with flower and leaf design in olive green. Very slight marking of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Lasner, 72. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.179: "A whacky satire ‘dedicated equally to fin-de-sieclism, the sensational novel and the conventional drawing-room ballad' which concerns the misadventures of a 12th century knight whose time-sense is upset. He remembers the past and the future, becomes horribly confused, and undergoes fantastic adventures (to achieve notable failures) . . . this insane book".

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REA (Alice). The beckside boggle And other Lake country stories. London, T Fisher Unwin, 26 Paternoster Square, 1886. Half-title not called for; integral half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+308; scarlet smooth cloth ruled black on sides and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram black within ruled circle on back cover, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers coated peach. Gilt very dull on spine; covers generally a trifle rubbed and dusty; slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Only the first story has supernatural content - but it is a good one! - A very scarce collection. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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RICHARDSON (Benjamin Ward). The Son of a star: A romance of the second century. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., And New York: 15 East 16th Street, 1889. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A. Twenty-nine line Errata on verso of last leaf of Preface; pp.[6]+[vi]+470; bevelled navy blue buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed with ship and swan design in pale ochre. Backs of end-papers foxed, with slight offsetting onto facing page; uncut fore-edges lightly so; otherwise a fine copy.

First one volume edition of a book originally published in three volumes in the preceding year. Includes a three page Preface, here first published, in which Richardson discusses his theory of fiction and replies to some criticisms made of the novel in reviews. This Preface, which is tipped in after the Contents leaf continuing the pagination ([iii], iv, v), is dated from 25, Manchester Square, London: April 23, 1889, and is on thicker and slightly smaller paper. It is evidently a last minute addition, printed in England - the rest of the book having, for copyright reasons, been printed in America. A historical romance including the description of a Utopian civilisation set somewhere to the West of Britain, replete with fantasy and science fictive elements, which the Preface insists may be rationalised or have actually occurred. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5790, listing only the three volume edition; Locke's ‘Spectrum', pp.182-3, recording both editions.

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RIDDELL (Mrs. J.H.). Routledge's Christmas annual: The Uninhabited house. By Mrs. J.H. Riddell, Author of "George Geith," etc. etc. With illustrations by A. Chantrey Corbould. London & New York, George Routledge and Sons, N.D. [1875]. Lge.12mo; frontispiece and four plates, engraved by Edmund Evans; pp.96. BOUND WITH: Routledge's Christmas Annual: The disappearance Of Mr. Jeremiah Redworth. By Mrs. J.H. Riddell, Author of "George Geith," Etc. etc. London & New York, George Routledge and Sons, N.D. [1878]. Lge.12mo; frontispiece and four plates after D.H. Friston engraved by Edmund Evans; pp.96. Two volumes bound up together without the white pictorial wrappers printed in red, blue, and black; recent quarter black calf ruled and lettered gilt on matching spine label, contemporary black moiré cloth sides. A little scattered light dusting and fingering passim, but in general nice. Uncommon.

Sadleir, 2069 and 2046, listing copies in the original wrappers; Wolff, 5827 and 5800, listing rebound copies. Hubin, p.346, listing the first work as of undetermined status. Both are in fact ghost-stories with criminous content. Hubin lists the first work in error as ‘1866' for ‘1876' and the English edition of the second work as ‘1879', 1876 and 1879 being the dates of the later book editions.

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RITCHIE (Leitch). The Romance of history. France. In three volumes. Edward Bull, Holles Street, 1831. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles lacking; fly-title to each story, included in the pagination; pp.[viii (paged as [iii]-[viii]+[ii])]+326; [iii]-[vi]+350; [iii]-[vi]+346;; contemporary half maroon calf, ruled and with armorial blocking, gilt, on spine, green bead grain cloth sides. Calf faded on spines; a little light foxing affecting some half-dozen or so leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

Legendary historical tales, including a werewolf story and several other wierd fantasies. Not in Sadleir, or Wolff. The lattermost portion of the final volume and the final leaf of volume one (a single inset), are printed on a different paper stock, this being used also for the preliminary leaves to each volume, which must therefore have been printed last. The leaf following the title-page in each volume is signed ‘a3', suggesting that half-titles are in fact called for. In volume one both the first leaf of the author's Advertisement, which follows the title leaf, and the Contents leaf, which follows that, are signed ‘a3', the Advertisement having apparently been included as an afterthought. This Advertisement is dated 11th December, 1830: it seems probable that the book was issued before Christmas in that year and dated ahead. One of three titles issued by Bull under the same general heading, the others being ‘England' by Henry Neele, and ‘Italy' by Charles Macfarlane. Other titles were issued opportunistically under the same heading by other publishers at about the same time.

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ROBERTS (Morley). The Great Jester: Being Some jests of fate Told by Morley Roberts. Mentz, Kenner & Gelberg, 63 and 65 Charterhouse Street, E.C., 1896. Half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iv]+[206]+[ii]; yellow-green unglazed coarse linen, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others lightly trimmed. Near fine copy.

A rare Morley Roberts title from a vanishingly small publisher. Includes at least two horror stories, one of which involves a drug-induced fantasy, and several stories with a decadently period flavour.

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ROBY (J., Esq., M.R.S.L.). Popular traditions Of England. First series: Lancashire. By J. Roby, Esq., M.R.S.L. In three volumes. Henry Colburn, [13,] Great Marlborough Street, 1841 [i.e., Winter 1840]. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; mezzotint frontispiece with tissue guard and six wood-engraved illustrations in text in volume one; four wood-engraved illustrations in text in volume two; eight wood-engraved illustrations in text in volume three; pp.[vi]+318; [iv]+348; [iv]+330; publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue precedes frontispiece in volume one; vertically ribbed deep marina blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Very slight general wear to covers; end-papers strengthened with near-matching paper; frontispiece a little foxed and damp-stained; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Summers; Wolff, 5947, recording a copy with the single inset Contents leaf to volume one bound in back to front (the prelims. to volume one were printed along with the three leaves of the final gathering to that volume, ‘P', completing the half sheet, leaf P1 likewise being a single inset). Roby published in 1829 a book called "Traditions of Lancashire" in two volumes, to which in 1831 he added a Second Series, also in two volumes. The present work is founded upon them, omitting the poetry, and the least effective stories, from the earlier works, and presenting the rest in a revised and more popular form. Many of the stories are wierd, occult, or Gothic in nature: ‘The Goblin Builders', ‘The Grey Man of the Wood', ‘The Fairies' Chapel', ‘The Demon of the Well', ‘The Dead Man's Hand', ‘The Lost Farm; or, The Haunted Casket', ‘The Skull House', ‘Rivington Pike; or, The Spectre Horseman', ‘Dr. Dee, the Astrologer', ‘The Seer', ‘The Lancashire Witches', etc. Predates Ainsworth's novel ‘The Lancashire Witches' by eight years, and may well have provided a major source for it. The publication date of 1840 is given on the frontispiece.

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