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.

[ROSE (William Stewart).]. Apology Addressed to The travellers club Or Anecdotes of monkeys. John Murray Albemarle Street, 1825. Pott.8vo; half-title not present; cancel title-page; author's Advertisement leaf, and leaf bearing Commendatory Verses, precede first leaf of text; pp.[vi]+[184]. BOUND WITH: POUGENS (Charles). Jocko, Anecdote detachee Des lettres inedites sur l'instinct Des animaux. Paris, P. Persan, Editeur, Rue de l'arbre-sec, No.22, 1824. Pott.8vo; half-title not present; pp.[ii]+176. 2 Vols., bound in one. Lacking front board; texts fine.

The first work includes one lost race anecdote, and another concerning a ‘republic of monkeys'. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', though it would barely qualify. NCBEL, III, p.400, calling into question the authenticity of the attribution; but v. MacFarlane (Charles), ‘Reminiscences of a Literary Life, 1917, pp.34-5 for an anecdote of Rose's life which appears also (coincidentally) on pp.34-5 of the Apology. The second work is cognate with the first, and referred to in the author's Advertisement.

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SALA (George Augustus). Margaret Forster: A dream within a dream. With preface by Mrs. Sala. T. Fisher Unwin, 1897. Title page printed in scarlet and black; pp.xxiv+367+[i (printer's imprint)]; dove grey buckram blocked mauve and red, lettered red, on front cover, blocked mauve and red, ruled mauve, lettered gilt, on spine; laid end-papers. Some darkening of spine, and back cover patchily darkened; enamel a little rubbed and chipped; perforated stamp on title-leaf (v. note); otherwise a nice copy internally. Scarce.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.189, describing an otherwise similar copy in dark blue cloth, with the mauve blocking described as light blue; Sadleir, 3027, and Wolff, 6120, each recording an otherwise similar copy in navy blue cloth, with the design blocked in mauve, scarlet, and white. Wolff, however, says that the white replaces the mauve blocking on the spine: we suspect it of being faded mauve, the mauve on the spine of our copy having faded just a trifle too. The present copy, in non-standard dove grey cloth, has a perforated stamp on the title-page reading ‘WITH THE PUBLISHERS [sic] COMPLIMENTS'. It is almost certainly an advance copy, and the cloth colour, which is indeed unsatisfactory against the mauve enamel, may have been a trial. In this copy the following proofing errors have been noted: p.200, l.11: ‘lnxurious' for ‘luxurious'; p.205, l.10, ‘point' for ‘paint'. An astonishing fantasy concerning a deal with the devil, this giving rise to the "dream within a dream" (but what is ‘real'?!). In one version of the dream the heroine is an Australian heiress. Sala's last novel, published posthumously. The lengthy biographical Preface by his wife is of some interest.

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[SANDYS (Sampson, Clerk of Chancery)]. John's letter To Dame Europa, Expostulating against being Called A coward. London: Charles Westerton, Knightsbridge, 1871. Price Sixpence. One gathering f'cap 12mo; half-title not called for;pp.24; blue-green wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black, the back wrapper bearing publisher's advertisements; issued without end-papers. Slight marking to wrappers, wrappers worn a trifle at spine, and one or two minute corners turned; otherwise a nice copy.

One of the scarcer pamphlets in the ‘Dame Europa' series. Wolff, 5671/11; Locke, ‘Spectrum II', p.131, no.46.

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[SCHOFIELD (A.T.).]. Travels in the interior Or, The Wonderful Adventures of Luke and Belinda. By Luke Theophilus Courteney. Edited by a London physician. With illustrations by Harry Furniss, And original scientific drawings by L.T.C. Ward and Downey, 12, York Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1887. Extra cr.8vo; numerous illustrations in text; light blue-green bevelled buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, blocked black, lettered black and gilt, and with short rule gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g.; light brown end-papers printed with a small leaf pattern in reddish brown. Covers a little rubbed and dull, and half-title lacking; back end-paper slightly chipped; otherwise a nice copy.

The first issue, the pages measuring 200 x 132mm. A later issue, in red cloth, was trimmed somewhat smaller. The ‘interior' of the title is that of a human body. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.59 (recording a red cloth copy); not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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SCULL (W.D.). The Garden Of The Matchboxes And Other Stories. Elkin Mathews, 1896. Wood-engraved title-page with tisue guard; imprint leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 20pp. catalogue on text-paper, at end, dated 1895-6; light blue buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device dark blue on back cover, ruled, blocked and lettered dark blue on front cover and spine; Top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine slightly faded, and sides a little marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Well-written and very ninety-ish short stories, including two that are fantasy. Another, ‘A Survivor' is based upon Dumas's translation of Garibaldi's Memoirs.

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SHIEL (M.P.). Shapes in the fire: Being a mid-winter-night's entertainment In two parts and an interlude. London: John Lane, Vigo St; Boston: Roberts Bros., 1896. Blank precedes half-title; title-page by P[atten] W[ilson]; woodcut design of key by Aubrey Beardsley on verso of Contents; one illustration in text, by the author; pp.[2]+[x]+324; publisher's inserted Catalogue, 14+12pp. at end. Rebound for Boots' lending library in vertically streaked light and dark green cloth, lettered, ruled, and quite elaborately blocked gilt on spine. This copy bound up without the initial blank, the half-title, the first fly-title, or the publisher's inserted Catalogue; one leaf of text slightly chipped at extreme upper margin, suggesting that it has been re-inserted; first and last two leaves a trifle foxed, and two or three scattered fox-spots elsewhere; a very good reading copy, nonetheless of a book that would now cost several hundred pounds in fine state.

Issued as volume twenty-nine of the ‘Keynotes Series', though this is nowhere stated on the volume. Sadleir, 3748; this title not in Wolff; Locke's ‘Spectrum' p.196; A. Reynolds Morse, pp.46-47: the first state of the text, with the erratum ‘95' for ‘195' in the page numbers of the table of Contents uncorrected, and the first issue - the table of Contents actually being present. Issued originally in either light brown [Morse] or yellow [Locke] buckram, blocked on sides and spine, lettered on front cover, dated on back cover, in red, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. A later, non-series, issue was made in brown cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered within ruled boxes dark brown on spine, and with all edges trimmed, and in that issue the initial blank, the conjugate Contents leaf (with the ‘Keynotes series' device on verso), and the publisher's advertisements (with their reference to the ‘Keynotes Series') were suppressed.

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SHIEL (M.P.). The Yellow danger. Grant Richards, 9 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1898. Blank before half-title; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end dated Spring 1898; light brown smooth cloth, blocked pictorially black and red, lettered outline black, on front cover, lettered black-outlined gilt, black, and gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Light foxing of prelims., but virtually a fine copy. Scarce thus.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.197: ‘one of Shiel's most popular books'.

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SHIEL (M.P.). The Yellow danger. Grant Richards, 9 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1898. Blank before half-title; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end dated Spring 1898; light brown smooth cloth, blocked pictorially black and red, lettered outline black, on front cover, lettered black-outlined gilt, black, and gilt, on spine; top-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Slight marking of covers, and gilt a little dull on spine; neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; scattered light foxing; a very good copy, nonetheless.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.197: ‘one of Shiel's most popular books'.

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SMEATON (Oliphant). A Mystery of the Pacific. With eight illustrations by Wal Paget. Blackie & Son, Limited, 50 Old Bailey, E.C., Glasgow and Dublin, 1899 [i.e., October, 1898]. Half-tone frontispiece and seven plates; pp.335+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, undated, but not including the present title; light scarlet buckram, blocked white, green, and purple, lettered white and gilt, on front cover, blocked white, gilt, green, and purple, lettered white, on spine; a.e. burnished lime green; end-papers faced pale grey. A little scattered light foxing, but a nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.200, recording an otherwise similar copy in dark red cloth, with blue instead of purple blocking, and with a.e. burnished khaki. According to Peter Newbolt, the bibliographer of Henty, Blackie regularly bound up their first editions in several different colours of cloth - this being possibly the result of a series of small binding batches being ordered rather than one large one. The present copy bears on the front end-paper a prize label dated ‘June 1899', this providing the limiting latest date of issue. Lost race.

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SMITH (J.F.). Stanfield hall: An Historical romance. Vol. I. [Chronicle of the heiress. Stanfield hall. - Vol. II; Cromwell: Or, the protector's oath. An historical romance Forming Vol. III of Stanfield hall.] Illustrated by Sir John Gilbert, R.A., And other eminent artists [So in volume I. Vols.II and III omit the words ‘And other eminent artists']. Bradley & Co., 12 and 13, Fetter Lane, E.C., 1888 [1889; 1889]. Demy 8vo; half-titles not called for; fly-title follows title-page in volume three; Contents leaf with list of Illustrations on verso follows title-page in first two volumes; two Contents leaves with list of Illustrations on verso of second follow fly-title in third volume; numerous wood-engraved illustrations on text-paper; pp.[iv]+400; [iv]+432; [viii]+406; bound strongly by an amateur in green glazed linen, hand-written paper spine labels. Labels chipped and dusty; one volume shaken; a little light dusting and fingering, passim, but a very good copy.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6445, records a copy of this edition, likewise rebound, apparently without realising that his copy was lacking two of the three title-pages; Summers, p.514, records the announcement of the first volume only of this edition from an advertisement, as issued in ‘handsome illustrated covers' (in fact boards: apart from the unusually large size, they were conventional yellowbacks). First published serially in the ‘London Journal' between May 19th 1849 and November 16th, 1850, the first two volumes were issued independently in 50 penny numbers by E. Lloyd in 1851, and reissued in 59 numbers by the same publisher in 1856, the third volume being issued separately as a complete one volume romance under the title ‘Cromwell'. A further re-issue was made, according to Summers, c.1868, but he gives no details either as to publisher or completeness, and it may in fact be a ghost. The present edition would appear to be either the third or fourth independent edition published in England, and may in fact be the first complete edition, having all three parts. Like its predecessors, it was issued in numbers, in this case apparently 77 and from the office once more of its original publisher, the ‘London Journal'. These were then bound up and issued in volume form, as is made clear by the Summers' note, but the present copy is made up from the separate numbers. In this copy all three volumes are on a white paper of good quality, and volume two exhibits an early state of the title-page, the ‘C' of ‘CHRONICLE' being broken at the top of the arc, but otherwise undamaged, and the rule down the left hand margin having two clear breaks - an inch from the top, and an eighth of an inch from the tail: later copies, of volume two at least, were on newsprint, the ‘C', besides having the break was somewhat battered, so that the fore-part of it printed faint, and the rule had been made perfect. In our experience the works of J.F. Smith, of which this is perhaps the chief, are extremely difficult to find in any edition - certainly very much more so than those of his most major rival, G.W.M. Reynolds. There are elements of science fiction scattered throughout, but most overtly in volume three, which includes the description of a kind of video camera which sees the future. V. Louis James, ‘Fiction for the Working Man', 1963, for a resumé of the SF elements. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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SMITH (J.F.). Stanfield hall: An Historical romance. Vol. I. [Chronicle of the heiress. Stanfield hall. - Vol. II.] Illustrated by Sir John Gilbert, R.A., And other eminent artists [So in volume I. Vol.II omit the words ‘And other eminent artists']. Bradley & Co., 12 and 13, Fetter Lane, E.C., 1888 [1889]. Demy 8vo; half-titles not called for; fly-title follows title-page in volume three; Contents leaf with list of Illustrations on verso follows title-page in first two volumes; two Contents leaves with list of Illustrations on verso of second follow fly-title in third volume; numerous wood-engraved illustrations on text-paper; pp.[iv]+400; [iv]+432; glazed yellow boards printed in red, black, and green on front cover and spine, with publishers' advertisements of Smith's works in black on back cover. 2 Vols. (of three, published separately); paper covering of spine chipped in volume one, which is otherwise nice; volume two on poor quality paper, uniformly embrowned, and with some soiling, and crudely rebound in cloth backed boards, with the illustration from the front cover laid on.

Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6445, records a rebound copy of this edition, apparently without realising that his copy was lacking two of the three title-pages; Summers, p.514, records the announcement of the first volume only of this edition from an advertisement, as issued in ‘handsome illustrated covers' (presumably yellowback boards, as here). First published serially in the ‘London Journal' between May 19th 1849 and November 16th, 1850, the first two volumes were issued independently in 50 penny numbers by E. Lloyd in 1851, and reissued in 59 numbers by the same publisher in 1856, the third volume being issued separately as a complete one volume romance under the title ‘Cromwell'. A further re-issue was made, according to Summers, c.1868, but he gives no details either as to publisher or completeness, and it may in fact be a ghost. The present edition would appear to be either the third or fourth independent edition published in England, and may in fact have been the first complete edition, having all three parts. Like its predecessors, it was issued in numbers, in this case apparently 77 and from the office once more of its original publisher, the ‘London Journal'. These were then bound up and issued in volume form, as is made clear by the Summers' note, but the present copy is not made up from the separate numbers, and is apparently of a later issue, volume two at least being definitely so. In the first issue all three volumes are on a white paper of good quality, and volume two has the ‘C' of ‘CHRONICLE' broken at the top of the arc, but otherwise undamaged, whilst the rule down the left hand margin has two clear breaks - an inch from the top, and an eighth of an inch from the tail: later copies, of volume two at least, were, as with the present copy, on newsprint, the ‘C', besides having the break, being somewhat battered, so that the fore-part of it is printed faint, whilst the rule has been made perfect. In this copy also the word ‘principal' on the back cover of volume one, four lines from the tail, is without the ‘l'. In our experience the works of J.F. Smith, of which this is perhaps the chief, are extremely difficult to find in any edition - certainly very much more so than those of his most major rival, G.W.M. Reynolds. There are elements of science fiction scattered throughout, but most overtly in volume three, which includes the description of a kind of video camera which sees the future. V. Louis James, ‘Fiction for the Working Man', 1963, for a resumé of the SF elements. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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SMITH (Rev. J. Hyatt). Haran, the hermit; Or, The wonderful lamp. Buffalo: Breed, Butler & Co.; New York: Phinney, Blakeman & Mason, 1860. F'cap 8vo; two blanks before title-page, integral advertisement leaf followed by two blanks at end, the outermost blanks pasted beneath the pastedown end-papers; crimson patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled blind, blocked gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; yellow end-papers. Very nice copy.

Allegorical fantasy. This title not in Wright, who records nothing by Smith earlier than 1863. The advertisement leaf in the present volume advertises that another Smith volume, ‘The Vision of All Soul's Hospital, An Allegory', "will be published in the fall of 1860." Wright 2262 records only an 1863 edition of that title, renamed ‘Gilead, or, The Vision . . .', published in New York by Scribners, with Breed, Butler as a secondary publisher, and without noting that it is not in fact the first.

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STABLES (Gordon, M.D., C.M., Surgeon Royal Navy). The cruise Of The crystal boat: The wild, the weird, the wonderful. With illustrations. London: Hutchinson & Co., 25, Paternoster Square, 1891. Blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates, several signed by C. Laplante and Philip Poteaux as engraver and artist; leaf of advertisements and conjugate text-paper blank at end almost certainly printed conjugate with first gathering, and thus integral; pp.[xii]+343+[i (blank)]+[ii]+[ii]; bevelled deep scarlet buckram, blocked gilt, dull grey-green, light reddish brown, and black, lettered black and deep scarlet-through-gilt, on front cover, blocked gilt, black, and light reddish brown, lettered black and embossed scarlet-through-gilt on spine; a.e.g.; endpapers faced pale yellow. Brilliantly fine, crisp, copy. Scarce.

Issued in December 1891 at 5s. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.204, recording a poor copy only, with the note: "Obtained in the 50s and has eluded me ever since, so my efforts to upgrade have been to no avail." There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.50, 111, 132, 155, 165, 185, and 190, and are here tipped in at those openings. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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STABLES (Gordon, M.D., C.M., Surgeon Royal Navy). The cruise Of The crystal boat: The wild, the weird, the wonderful. With illustrations. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, N.D. [c.1891]. Wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates, several signed by C. Laplante and Philip Poteaux as engraver and artist; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[x]+343+[i (blank)]+[vi]; bevelled scarlet buckram, blocked gilt, dull green, light brown, and black, lettered black and scarlet-shadowed black, on front cover, blocked gilt, black, and light brown, lettered black and scarlet-through-gilt on spine; a.e.g.; endpapers printed with apple-blossom design in lime green. Light damp-marking of covers; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued at 3/6d. as a volume in the ‘Boys Golden Library', and therefore an early reprint, the original edition being published at 5s. and bearing the date of issue on the title-page. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.204, recording a poor copy of the first printing, with the note: "Obtained in the 50s and has eluded me ever since, so my efforts to upgrade have been to no avail." Apart from the addition of the advertisements and the deletion of the date from the title-page, the present edition would appear to be identical textually with the original. Both printings are extremely scarce. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.50, 111, 132, 155, 165, 185, and 190, and are here tipped in at those openings. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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STEPHENS (Riccardo, M.B.). The cruciform mark: The strange story of Richard Tregenna Bachelor of medicine (Univ. Edin.). Chatto & Windus, 1896. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; blank page, followed by leaf bearing publisher's woodcut device on recto, verso blank, and publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue dated ‘Nov.1895', at end; pp.[2]+vi+341+[i]+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed black cloth, elaborately blocked scarlet, lettered copper on blind pressed cross-shaped panel, on front cover, lettered copper on spine; t.e.g.; end-papers printed with orange branch pattern in lime green. Neat restoration to cloth at head of spine; copper conceivably oxydised gilt; otherwise a fine copy of a book that does not usually survive well.

Wierd, rationalised wierd, and science fictive. Beautifully written, and with good characterisation, like all of Riccardo Stephens' books. Set largely in the Edinburgh Medical School, where Stephens was presumably a student, instinct with atmosphere and full of local colour, it presents an excellent picture of staff/student/society interactions in the Edinburgh of the day. A long story, using the feelings and events of everyday normality as a canvas with which are inwoven by hints and touches a gradually accumulating nexus of wierd and science fiction elements, it builds up to a considerable climax. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff; Glover/Greene, 419. This copy, though without sign of ownership, was purchased by us from the publisher's files. We have noted in it the following errata and typographical flaws: p.22, l.6: ‘want' for ‘went'; p.39, l.8: hyphen lacking at line end; p.75, l.5: broken ‘b' in ‘but'; l.6: broken ‘b' in ‘bestow'; l.11: broken ‘b' in ‘by'; p.80, l.29: broken ‘A' in ‘After'; p.248, l.15, raised point in ‘10.30'; p.259, l.11: ‘r' lacking at line end; p.303, l.7: ‘al' for ‘all'; p.305, ll.14-15: first letter lacking in each.

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STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Strange case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886. Integral advertisement leaf at end; brownish salmon buckram blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered black on front cover; uncut edges; end-papers printed florally in grey. Covers slightly rubbed, otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Locke. McKay 348. A.J. Balfour's copy, with his unobtrusive contemporary ownership stamp in gilt on the front cover.

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STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Island nights' Entertainments Consisting of The beach of Fales ; The bottle imp; The isle of voices. With illustrations by Gordon Browne and W. Hatherell. Cassell & Company Limited, London Paris & Melbourne, 1893. (All rights reserved). Advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; frontispiece illustration (on verso of half-title), one plate printed in colours, and twenty-six full-page illustrations on text-paper, arranged as plates but included in the pagination; final blank followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements dated 7G-9.92.; pp.[xii]+277+[iii]; pale blue green crushed coarse morocco cloth blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with a floral design in greyish fawn. Some darkening of spine; end-papers a little cracked; white backs of end-papers, and catalogue, foxed; inscription on blank recto of advertisement leaf; otherwise fine.

The first state of text, the price on the advertisement leaf being corrected from 5/-to 6/-in ms. instead of by a rubber stamp, and with the earliest date of the catalogue. Prideaux 38.

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STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Island nights' Entertainments Consisting of The beach of Fales ; The bottle imp; The isle of voices. With illustrations by Gordon Browne and W. Hatherell. Cassell & Company Limited, London Paris & Melbourne, 1893. (All rights reserved). Advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; frontispiece illustration (on verso of half-title), one plate printed in colours, and twenty-six full-page illustrations on text-paper, arranged as plates but included in the pagination; final blank followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements dated 7G-3.93.; pp.[xii]+277+[iii]; pale blue green crushed coarse morocco cloth blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with a floral design in greyish fawn. Some darkening of spine and adjacent edge of back cover; otherwise fine.

The first state of text, the price on the advertisement leaf being corrected from 5/-to 6/-in ms. rather than by rubber stamp, but with the later date of the catalogue (some copies having a catalogue dated 7G-9.92. Prideaux 38.

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STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Island nights' Entertainments Consisting of The beach of Falesa; The bottle imp; The isle of voices. With illustrations by Gordon Browne and W. Hatherell. Cassell & Company Limited, London Paris & Melbourne, 1893. (All rights reserved). Advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; frontispiece illustration (on verso of half-title) with tissue guard, one plate printed in colours, and twenty-six full-page illustrations on text-paper, arranged as plates but included in the pagination; final blank followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted advertisements dated 7G-3.93.; pp.[xii]+277+[iii]; pale blue green crushed coarse morocco cloth blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with a floral design in grey green. Spine slightly faded; white backs of end-papers foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

In this copy the price on the advertisement leaf has been corrected from 5/-to 6/-by a rubber stamp, rather than in ink. This issue not noted by McKay; Prideaux 38.

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STOCKTON (Frank R.). The Great Show In Kobol-Land. By Frank R. Stockton. Illustrated. London, James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 45 Albemarle Street, W., 1891. (All rights reserved). Extra imp.8vo in half sheets; integral half-tone frontispiece; numerous line-engraved illustrations in text by Dan Beard; final blank; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+90+[ii]; quarter light brown buckram, blocked and lettered red, bronze coloured boards, the front board printed with illustration, design, and lettering, in gilt. Spine a little dusty and spotted and with slight wear at extreme head and tail; red blocking and lettering faded almost to invisibility; light ring-mark on back cover; paper covering of front board a trifle chipped at lower margin; half-title and verso of final blank embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Blanck. Blanck, 18903, lists a 24pp. pamphlet, ‘The Cosmic Bean; or, the Great Show in Kobol-Land. London, Black and White Publishing Company, Limited, 1891', but not this volume which contains: ‘The Two Thrones of Tanobar'; ‘The Opening of the Great Show'; ‘Race Day in Kobol-Land'; ‘Prince Atto and the Sirens'; and ‘The Barebacked Griffin and the Spelling Bee'. Almost certainly the pamphlet recorded by Blanck was a copyright printing, the British Library copy being the only example traced. Clute & Nichols, ‘Encyclopedia of Science Fiction', p.1169; this title not in Locke's ‘Spectra'.

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STOCKTON (Frank R.). A Story-teller's Pack. Illustrated by Peter Newell, W.T. SmedleyFrank O. Small, Alice Barber Stephens, and E.W. Kemble. Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, 1897. All Rights Reserved. Pp.viii+380; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and fifteen plates; publisher's inserted catalogues signed Fiction 3.99, and 6G-3.99, at end; sea green fine linen, blocked with an art nouveau design dark brown on sides and spine, lettered dark brown on front cover, gilt on spine; t.e.g., others rough trimmed; end-papers printed with monogram device in grey. Cloth slightly faded on spine and adjacent edge of back cover; tissue foxed; a little scattered light foxing passim; otherwise a nice copy of an uncommon title.

This title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. Wright, 5254, listing the american edition of the same year. For copyright reasons the English edition probably either has precedence, or will have been issued simultaneously. Includes at least one science fantasy story, and one ghost story.

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STOCKTON (Frank R.). The great Stone of Sardis. Biographical Edition. New York, Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1899. Blank precedes photogravure portrait frontispiece printed in sepia, with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf at end; vertically ribbed grey-green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine slightly faded and dulled; otherwise a nice copy.

First published in 1898, he present edition contains an Introductory Sketch by the author, apparently here first printed. From the library of Science Fiction writer Donald Wollheim, and bearing his ownership rubber stamp on the back end-paper. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.206, recording the first English edition.

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STOKER (Bram, M.A.). Under the sunset. With illustrations by W. Fitzgerald and W.V. Cockburn. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1882 [i.e., 1881]. Sm.f'cap 4to; fine photogravure frontispiece and five superb plates; numerous illustrations on text-paper, several arranged as plates but included in the pagination; imprint leaf at end; full bevelled vellum, ruled red on back cover, ruled red and gilt on front cover and spine, lettered red-outlined gilt on front cover, gilt on spine; a.e.g.; red and white head and tail bands; end-papers printed with floral pattern in gilt. Some marking of back cover and spine; otherwise a nice copy.

The rare first issue. An ownership inscription on the upper margin of the half-title page, dated ‘Xmas 1881', shows this to be a very early copy. This is important: Locke, p.207 describes at some length an issue in ‘imitation vellum' and with end-papers printed in khaki, but he notes no issue variants, and has evidently no idea of the existence of an issue in real vellum, and with floral gilt end-papers, the primary status of which is proven, if it need proving, by the inscription. Printed at the Chiswick Press. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.38, 50, 82, 157, and 182.

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STOKER (Bram). Dracula. Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 2 Whitehall Gardens, 1897. Title leaf a single inset; final blank; pp.x+390+[ii]; deep yellow buckram, lettered and ruled red on spine and front cover; a.e. uncut. Spine very slightly worn at head and tail, and a trifle faded; cloth in general very slightly dust-marked; a very little light dusting and marking here and there in text; an unusually nice copy, nonetheless, of a book not usually seen in clean state.

The correct first printing, without advertisements, and with the final leaf blank. Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.207

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SUFFLING (Ernest R.). The story hunter Or Tales of the weird and wild. Illustrated by Paul Hardy. Jarrold & Sons, 10 and 11, Warwick Lane, 1896. Wire-stitched; frontispiece, and three plates; 14pp. integral advertisements at end; flesh coloured buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, blocked black, brown, grey, and pale pink, on front cover and spine, lettered brown-shadowed gilt, and black, on front cover, gilt on spine; a.e. olivine; end-papers printed with leaf and flower pattern in pale brown. Covers grubby, and extensively restored with matching cloth; piece chipped from front end-paper; a good deal of light dusting, and some spotting, in text: as a reading copy.

Not in Wolff. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.208, listing a copy in khaki cloth, and calling for six plates. There is no list of illustrations, but the four here present are marked for pp.21, 58, 91, and 156, the first being included as frontispiece, the rest as marked.

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[TELLET (Roy), i.e., The Rev. A.E. Evans, B.A.]. The outcasts: Being certain strange passages in the Life of a clergyman. In two volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, edinburgh, 1888. 2 Vols.; diagonally faint ribbed blue-green cloth ruled red on sides and spine, lettered red on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers coated brownish olive. A very good copy only.

A melodramatic story of fraud and apparent murder, turning upon the idea that a blood transfusion might transfer criminous attributes from the donor to the recipient. Includes passages of opium induced fantasy. Not in Locke. Review copy, with the publisher's compliments stamp in blind on the title-page of volume one.

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TEMPLE (Laura, Author of "Ravenna," "Arline," "The Queen's Secret," etc.) Princess's novelettes and) A complete story. (Christmas number, 2d. the two. Princess's Novelettes Christmas number: An Avenging Shadow Or The Mystery Of the Haunted Bridge. Published with no.91 of) (Princess's Novelettes. [At end of text:] Printed by Vincent Brooks, Day and Son, Gate Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, for the Proprietor, Edwin J. Brett, 173, Fleet Street. November 29, 1887. Sm.f'cap folio format, 16pp. paged [257]-272, printed throughout in double column, wire-stitched; elaborate wood-engraved title-page with start of text on verso; sixteen wood-engraved illustrations in text (mostly quite small); pale marina blue wrappers printed in black: on front wrapper with a reproduction of the title-page, on inside and back wrappers with commercial advertisements. Small mark on upper margin of front wrapper; small corner torn from one leaf, with loss of all or part of about thirty-five words; staples rusting; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title.

The Christmas Number only. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 7874, records a bound volume of this periodical, also including a Christmas Number, dating from 1890-91, but not the present title. An improbable survival, given its size and thinness, especially in such nice state. The advertisements suggest that despite the publisher this was intended as a publication aimed at adults.

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THOMPSON (Creswick J.). Zorastro: A romance. By Frederick J. Thompson Author of "Poison Romance and Poison Mysteries," "The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy," etc., etc. London, Greening & Co., 20 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road, 1899. Pp.[iv]+275+[i (advertisements)]; publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, listing this title without reviews; pale and sage green linen-effect fine rough buckram blocked matt and glazed back, scarlet and buff, lettered matt black, on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Poor quality end-papers slightly embrowned, and catalogue largely so; slight marking of half-title; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff. Set in the early 16th century, a novel involving alchemy and the search for the elixir of life.

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TOURNEUR (Nigel). Hidden witchery. Decorated By Will Mein. London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Imp.16mo in half sheets; advertisement leaf before half-title; half-title and wood-engraved frontispiece on text-paper, both single inset leaves; two full-page wood-engraved illustrations, unbacked, but on text-paper and included in the pagination, wood-engraved head- and tail- pieces throughout; pp.[xii (including frontispiece)]+244; quarter white buckram, diagonally fine ribbed bluish grey-green cloth sides, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Two small marks on back cover; white cloth very slightly bubbled, and insignificant scratch in cloth of spine; short tear in one fore-margin repaired without tissue; otherwise a fine copy.

According to the limitation notice on the verso of the half-title one of an edition limited to 450 copies. Short stories, with one exception all occult or horror, with wierd elements, well told in a (not always successful) artificial mock-antique prose, and showing strong influence of the symbolists. In some ways pre-cursive of E.R. Eddison. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.213, stating of his copy "title and dedication leaves a conjoint pair tipped onto a stub" and adding: "I once saw, long ago, a copy in which the title and dedication leaves were not cancels; I would presume that such copies preceded". This is such a copy, the title and dedication leaves here being bound in as part of a four leaf gathering to which the singleton half-title and frontispiece leaves have been added. Locke also states that the bluish grey-green cloth in his copy is blue, but this may be no more than a trick of the light!

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TRACY (Louis). The Final War. A Story Of the Great Betrayal. Illustrated by Ernest F. Sherie. C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1896. Sq.demy 8vo; frontispiece, and fifteen plates; diagonally fine ribbed blue-grey cloth blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; cream end-papers. Spine and edges of covers slightly darkened; otherwise a nice copy.

Locke, p.213, recording a presentation copy inscribed in November 1896, similarly bound; variant bindings exist, but this is presumably the first.

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TRACY (Louis). The Final War. A Story Of the Great Betrayal. Illustrated by Ernest F. Sherie. C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1896. Sq.demy 8vo; frontispiece, and fifteen plates; diagonally fine ribbed blue-grey cloth blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; cream end-papers. Cloth slightly bubbled on spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Locke, p.213, recording a presentation copy inscribed in November 1896, similarly bound; variant bindings exist, but this is presumably the first.

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TRACY (Louis). An American Emperor: The Story of the Fourth Empire of France. Illustrated. C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1897. Sq.demy 8vo; half-title and frontispiece lacking; fifteen plates by E.S. Hope, all present; 4pp. advertisements on text-paper at end, dated September, 1897; light cerise cloth blocked grey and black, lettered black on front cover and spine, ruled black on spine; cream end-papers. Covers slightly damp-spotted; free end-papers removed; full page of shorthand notes faintly visible on front paste-down; neat light pencil notes on three or four leaves (see below); otherwise a nice copy.

Michael Moorcock's copy, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. The shorthand notes avoid this bookplate, and so may be by him, as the book was purchased from his library. The pencil notes on the other leaves are from an earlier date, and would seem to be by someone who was familiar with the author and his family. The printed dedication reads: ‘This book is dedicated/to one who took the keenest interest/in its progress, and read each/page as it was written -/my wife'. Each line of this dedication has been lightly underscored, and the words ‘Hear Hear.' added in pencil at the end. On the Preface leaf against Tracy's statement: ‘Personally, I like Vansittart.' have been written the words ‘so do I', and at the mention of ‘the published price' an asterisk has been inserted referring to a pencil note at the foot of the text ‘6/-; 4/6 nett'. In the Contents, the title to chapter XXX., ‘Two Women', has been underlined. One other leaf bears light small marginal doodles. Locke, p.213 notes that the book occurs in variant bindings, and records a different binding with advertisements dated ‘Autumn 1897', which may or may not be earlier than the September of the present volume. We have not identified the handwriting of the inscriptions, and cannot say whether they are likely to throw any light on issue precedence. The book was partly written by M.P. Shiel, who filled in for Tracy when he was ill whilst the book was being written for serial appearance in the magazine ‘Pearson's Weekly.

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[TURNERELLI (E. Tracy).]. Christmas tales for Christmas charities. No.2. Two nights In A haunted house In Russia. By the author of ‘A night in a haunted house in Ireland' (‘My Guitar.') Written in commemoration of the Marriage of the Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna With H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. First Edition. London: Lionel Booth, 307 Regent Street; Leamington: H. Wippell, Victoria Library; And of the author, 1873. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[xxxiv]+150+[ii (integral advertisements); diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover; applied spine; a.e. purple; end-papers coated milky chocolate. Colour on top- and fore- edges faded; otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce, especially thus.

Not in Wolff; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.215, giving an evidently incorrect collation (mentioning the fore-matter, but not accounting for it in the pagination). Locke's copy is of a variant in purple cloth, lettered gilt on the spine as well as the front cover, but without gilt blocking on the front cover, the back cover decorated in blind instead of black, and with a.e. red instead of purple, as here: the Locke copy being, presumably, from being less ornate, a later issue. The author's name appears at several places in the fore-matter.

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TYTLER (Sarah). The witch-wife. Chatto & Windus, 1897. 8pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue dated Sept.1897; pp.280+8; vertically fine ribbed lake cloth, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked silver on front cover, ruled and lettered silver on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with frond and tendril design in olive green. Nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's holograph inscription, dated 22nd October 1897, on the upper margin of the title-page. A story involving hypnotism, second sight, the transmission of occult powers from wet-nurse to foster child, and very minor science fictive elements: set in mid and late seventeenth century Scotland. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Sadleir; Wolff, 6922.

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VERNE (Jules). Dr. Ox's experiment. And other Stories. Translated from the French of Jules Verne. With numerous illustrations. Sampson Low, Marston, Low, & Searle, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1874. Double imp.16mo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispice and forty-seven plates; vignette on title-page; other illustrations in text; pp.[xii]+332; bevelled green sand-grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device and ruled, blind, on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, ruled and blocked gilt, lettered green through black and green through gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered green through gilt and green through black, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Cloth worn at corners, slightly so at head and tail of spine; end-papers cracked; three plates lacking; a little dusting and marking passim; a very good reading copy.

The first English edition. This title not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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VERNE (Jules). From the earth to the moon Direct In 97 hours 20 minutes. Translated from the French By Louis Mercier, M.A. (Oxon), and Eleanor E. King. Author's edition, with illustrations. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1876. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; seven full-page illustrations on text-paper, arranged as plates but included in the pagination; pp.160; publisher's 16pp. catalogue at end dated January, 1876; white card wrappers cut flush, printed in blue-grey and black, the back wrapper bearing a commercial advertisement (Fry's Cocoa). Paper covering of spine a little chipped at tail; end-papers foxed; neat inscription, dated ‘April 1876', on title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued as volume 5 in the one shilling series: ‘Jules Verne's Works: Low's Authorised & Illustrated Edition', the volume number being given only in the catalogue. The first separate English edition, and the first ‘yellowback' edition: preceded by an edition combined with ‘Around the Moon' issued in cloth in 1873. The present edition is not recorded by Locke. Sadleir, 3706a/[5], recording this title only from an advertisement: it is one of two titles in the series lacking from the collection. The present copy differs from those recorded by Sadleir in having plain end-papers. The Sadleir copies had the inside wrappers printed with advertisements, and were presumably without end-papers. The catalogue in the present copy contains a Special Notice dated ‘188, Fleet Street, January, 1876' announcing the first eight titles in the series as prepared and shortly to be issued. This volume is therefore presumably in the earliest state. The wrapper illustration, printed in black and white, adds to the reality of the story by giving somewhat the effect of a photograph.

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VERNE (Jules). Round the moon: A Sequel To "From the earth to the moon." Translated from the French By Louis Mercier, M.A. (Oxon), and Eleanor E. King. Author's illustrated edition. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1876. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; nine full-page illustrations in text; pp.192; publisher's 16pp. catalogue at end dated January, 1876; white card wrappers cut flush, printed in blue-grey and black, the back wrapper bearing a commercial advertisement (Fry's Cocoa). Paper covering of spine chipped at head and tail and slightly defective elsewhere; end-papers and catalogue foxed, with offsetting; neat inscription, dated ‘April 1876', on title-page; blank fore-margin of one leaf and back end-paper with short tear; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued as volume 6 in the one shilling series: ‘Jules Verne's Works: Low's Authorised & Illustrated Edition', the volume number being given only in the catalogue. The first separate English edition, and the first ‘yellowback' edition: preceded by an edition combined with ‘From the Earth to the Moon' issued in cloth in 1873. The present edition is not recorded by Locke. Sadleir, 3706a/[6], recording only a reprint dating from some ten years later. The present copy differs from those of the series recorded by Sadleir in having plain end-papers. The Sadleir copies had the inside wrappers printed with advertisements, and were presumably without end-papers. The catalogue in the present copy contains a Special Notice dated ‘188, Fleet Street, January, 1876' announcing the first eight titles in the series as prepared and shortly to be issued. This volume is therefore presumably in the earliest state. The wrappers give the title as ‘Around the Moon: A Sequel to "From the Earth to the Moon"'.

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VERNE (Jules). Around the world in Eighty days. Translated by Geo. M. Towle and N. Danvers. Author's illustrated edition. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1876. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and six illustrations on text-paper, arranged as plates, but included in the pagination; pp.192 (including frontispiece); publisher's 16pp. catalogue at end dated April, 1876; glazed white thin card wrappers cut flush, printed in blue-grey and black, the back wrapper bearing a commercial advertisement (Fry's Caracas Cocoa); recto of back end-paper blank, but end-papers otherwise printed with trade and commercial advertisements; inserted 4pp advertisement on smaller paper for Chapman & Hall's ‘Select Library of Fiction' tipped in between front end-papers. Two or three small chips to paper of spine; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in the one shilling series: ‘Jules Verne's Works: Low's Authorised & Illustrated Edition'. The first ‘yellowback' edition of this translation: preceded by an edition of a different translation issued in 1879 by Ward & Lock, and by a 7/6d cloth edition of this translation issued by Sampson Low c.1872. The catalogue of the present copy includes the text of a brief note from Verne to the publisher's (in French) confirming their authorisation to translate and publish his works. This letter is apparently here first printed. This title not in Locke. Sadleir, 3706a/[7]. Not in Wolff. The present copy apparently differs from those of the series recorded by Sadleir in having end-papers. The Sadleir copies had the inside wrappers printed with advertisements, and were presumably without end-papers. The first eight titles in the series seem to have been issued simultaneously in April 1876 - the date of issue of the catalogue in the this copy. This volume is therefore presumably in the earliest state.

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VERNE (Jules). Five weeks in a balloon. A voyage of Exploration and discovery in central Africa. From the French of Jules Verne. Author's illustrated edition. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1876. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous illustrations on text-paper; pp.190 (excluding frontispiece); publisher's 16pp. catalogue at end dated April, 1876; glazed white thin card wrappers cut flush, printed in blue-grey and black, the back wrapper bearing a commercial advertisement (Fry's Cocoa); recto of back end-paper blank, but end-papers otherwise printed with trade and commercial advertisements; inserted 4pp advertisement on smaller paper for Chapman & Hall's ‘Select Library of Fiction' tipped in after front end-papers. Blank lower margins of catalogue snagged (probably an original binding fault); otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in the one shilling series: ‘Jules Verne's Works: Low's Authorised & Illustrated Edition', the volume number being given only in the catalogue. The first ‘yellowback' edition: preceded by an edition of a different translation issued in cloth in 1870 by Chapman & Hall and by a 7/6d cloth edition of this translation issued by Sampson Low c.1872. The catalogue of the present copy includes the text of a brief note from Verne to the publisher's (in French) confirming their authorisation to translate and publish his works. This letter is apparently here first printed. This title not in Locke. Sadleir, 3706a/[2]. Not in Wolff. The present copy apparently differs from those of the series recorded by Sadleir in having end-papers. The Sadleir copies had the inside wrappers printed with advertisements, and were presumably without end-papers. The first eight titles in the series seem to have been issued simultaneously in April 1876 - the date of issue of the catalogue in the this copy. This volume is therefore presumably in the earliest state.

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VERNE (Jules). The mysterious island (Part I [II; III]). Dropped from the clouds [Abandoned; The secret of the island]. By Jules Verne. Translated from the French by W.H.G. Kingston. Author's illustrated edition. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1883. 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; half-titles not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece in each volume on text-paper and included in the pagination, printed with advertisements on recto; eight illustrations in volume one, seven each in volumes two and three, arranged as plates, but on text-paper and included in the pagination; 4pp. integral advertisements at end of volume one, 2pp. at end of volume three; pp.187+[i (blank)]+[iv (last page blank)]; 192; 189+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; glazed white paper covered boards, cut flush, applied at spines, printed in blue-grey and black, the back board bearing a commercial advertisement (Fry's Cocoa); end-papers wholly printed with publisher's and commercial advertisements. Paper of spines chipped, considerably on volume two, a little at head and tail on other volumes; paper covering of one back board slightly chipped at corner, barely touching the printing of the frame; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued in the series: ‘Jules Verne's Works: Low's Authorised & Illustrated Edition'. The first ‘yellowback' edition of the first translation into English of this sequel to ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea': preceded by a three volume edition in cloth issued at 22/6d. in 1876. This title not in either Locke or Sadleir, though the latter records its existence under 3706 as one of only five titles in the series lacking from his collection. A rare example of a ‘yellowback' three-decker.

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VERNE (Jules). The giant raft. (Part II.) The cryptogram. Illustrated. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1885. (All rights reserved.) Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece (with analytical table of Sampson Low's editions of Verne's works on recto) and numerous illustrations, all on text-paper, and included in the pagination; pp.192; glazed white card wrappers cut flush, printed in pale blue and black, the back wrapper bearing a commercial advertisement (Fry's Cocoa Extract); end-papers otherwise printed with publisher's advertisements. Paper of spine slightly chipped at head and tail, and small corners chipped from back board, not affecting design; unobtrusive repair to gutter of back end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued in the 1/- series: ‘Jules Verne's Works: Low's Authorised & Illustrated Edition'. The first ‘yellowback' edition of the first translation into English (originally issued in cloth in 1881). The analytical table in this copy does not record this title as issued in this series, though it does record cloth editions at 7/6 and 3/6. Presumably, therefore, this is the earliest issue. The English Catalogue of Books does not record it as advertised at 1/- until the following year. Sadleir, 3706a/[18]; not in Wolff.

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WALBEY (Mrs. Clara). From the farm To The battle-field. Three Separate Stories. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Limited. Hertford [Hertfordshire]: Stephen Austin and Sons, 1890. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; blank at end; pp.[viii]+182+[ii]; caramel fine buckram, blocked gilt on front cover, blocked scarlet and variable green, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with small daisy pattern in brown. Virtually invisible restorations to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine, and light embrowning of end-papers, but in effect a near-fine copy nonetheless.

A scarce provincially published novel printed in Hertford. The binding is an unusually pretty one. Three stories: ‘The Brentwoods of Dovesdell Farm', ‘A Queen of El Dorado', and ‘The Last Battle on England's Isle'. The last story is a near-future fantasy involving an invasion of England. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', Sadleir, or Wolff.

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WALLACE (W.B.). The Clue of Ariadne And other Tales. The Roxburghe Press, N.D. [1896]. Half-title, title, and fly-titles printed in Green; page of integral advertisements followed by wood-engraved Roxburghe Press ex-libris leaf on art-paper at end; light olive brown art-linen blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Edges of title-page slightly foxed; otherwise a near-fine copy.

Three long short-stories, the longest of which, ‘Princess Asenath', is an immortality fantasy partly set in Atlantis. Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.221; not in Bleiler.

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WALLER (S.E.). Sebastiani's secret. With nine illustrations By the author. Chatto & Windus, 1897. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and eight plates (one, bearing a vignette, following title-page); pp.[viii]+323+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated Feb.1897; vertically fine ribbed olive brown cloth, blocked black, white, silver, and metallic blue, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with frond and tendril design in light brown. Brilliantly fine copy.

Not Sadleir, Wolff, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'. The first binding. Fantasy involving occult knowledge and modern day descendants of the rulers of Atlantis.

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WALLER (S.E.). Sebastiani's secret. With nine illustrations By the author. Chatto & Windus, 1897. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and eight plates (one, bearing a vignette, following title-page); pp.[viii]+323+[i (blank)]; sky-blue buckram, ruled, lettered, and blocked with a degenerated art nouveau pattern in blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut; white end-papers. Slight marking and dulling of covers, and very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy.

Not Sadleir, Wolff, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'. Fantasy involving occult knowledge and modern day descendants of the rulers of Atlantis. Secondary binding, probably quite late: the front end-paper here bears an inscription dated ‘Dec 1912'.

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WATSON (Aaron). For Lust of Gold: A romance; Being a narrative of the adventures of Francis Boulmer, Anthony Goddard, and certain Others, in their search for the Golden city of Manoa. London, Walter Scott, Limited, Paternoster Square, N.D. [1892]. Half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece; pp.312; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; bevelled blue-green fine crackle-grain cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked black, blocked gilt, embossed with lettering blue-green through gilt, on sides and spine, ruled gilt on spine; a.e.g. Gilt on spine very slightly dulled; otherwise a fine copy.

Lost race; set in Elizabethan times. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.224. Agrees with Locke apart from the binding and illustration: his being in bevelled diagonally fine ribbed pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered on front cover and spine in gilt, black, and brown, and with the top-edges only gilt; and with six plates instead of the one included here. The catalogue in the present copy includes an advertisement for ‘A Study of Recent Earthquakes' by Charles Davison, under the heading ‘Contemporary Science series . . . New volumes', and this suggests an issue date for this copy of about 1905. We are of the opinion, however, that both the Locke copy and ours are reprints rather than later issues: as far as we are aware, Walter Scott dated all their first printings but removed the dates from subsequent impressions.

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WEBSTER (J. Provand). The Oracle of Baal: A narrative of some curious Events in the life of Professor Horatio Carmichael, M.A. Edited by J. Provand Webster. With numerous illustrations by Warwick Goble. Hutchinson & Co., 34 Paternoster Row, 1896. Half-tone frontispiece and twelve plates; title-page printed in red and black; integral advertisement leaf at end, followed by leaf of publisher's advertisements on text-paper; pp.[vi (paged viii)]+374+[ii]+[ii]; bevelled turquoise buckram, blocked gilt, black, red, and dun, lettered black, embossed with lettering very dark red (apparently black on red) on front cover, and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Gilt slightly dulled or rubbed on lettering panels; end-papers a little cracked; otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Wolff. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.224, recording a variant binding of dark green vertically ribbed cloth, lettered gilt, blocked bronze and gilt, on front cover and spine, t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed, and calling for fourteen plates instead of the thirteen present in this copy. There is no list of plates, but the British Library copy, also of the green cloth issue (though with all edges uncut, and dark blue coated end-papers not mentioned by Locke), only has the same thirteen that are present in our copy. We are fairly confident that Locke's statement is erroneous, and that he has counted either the frontispiece or the ‘facsimile' plate twice. The plates are marked for pp.35 (faces 34), 40, 44, 76, 86, 113 (faces 112), 132, 163 (faces 162), 180, 225 (faces 224), 234, and 288, and are here so tipped in. The frontispiece in this copy is marked for p.351 (in the British Library copy it is the plate marked for p.35). Locke's ‘instinct' tells him to regard his copy as exhibiting the primary binding, and the fact that the British Library copy, deposited in the month of issue (April), is also in green cloth, would seem in general terms to confirm this. It is however a less expensive binding than the present one, which resembles the 6/- Blackie G.H. Hentys. According to ‘The English Catalogue of Books' ‘The Oracle of Baal' was issued in April 1896 at 6/-, and re-issued at 3/6d. in October 1897. The final advertisement leaf in both the present copy and the British Library one advertises the book as at 6/-. Our own hypothesis would be that there were two simultaneous issues, aimed at different markets, the green cloth version possibly for the library trade, the present one for more general - or ‘prize book' - sale. The curious pagination of the prelims. reflects the fact that space was left originally for one further preliminary leaf - possibly a dedication leaf or list of plates. The three preliminary leaves, the final advertisement leaf, and the last gathering of text (including the first advertisement leaf), together make up one full sheet, however, and the collation as it stands would appear to be correct. The British Library copy collates the same as ours. The collation given by Locke is certainly incorrect, appearing to leave out the preliminary leaves altogether, whilst that given by ‘The English Catalogue' is uninterpretable. Lost race.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Time Machine: An Invention. William Heinemann, 1895. F'cap 8vo; grey wrappers printed in blue. Covers a little embrowned; rebacked with matching paper, and with chip at spine edge of back wrapper similarly made good; inscription on upper margin of front wrapper dated ‘Nov 16/95'; internally fine.

Locke, p.227. Locke's presumed first issue, and with the probable first state of the wrappers, the inside front wrapper being without damaged or misplaced type. Currey, p.525.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Time Machine. An Invention. William Heinemann, 1895. F'cap 8vo; 32pp. publisher's advertisements at end, undated, p.1 advertising "The Manxman" by Hall Caine, and not listing any other book by Wells; light greyish canvas-like cloth, blocked and lettered purple on front cover, lettered and with short rule purple on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram purple on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. In general a nice copy.

Currey, p.525; Locke, Spectrum, p.227. Agrees with the first issues of both Locke and Currey, except that this copy has an extra 16pp. advertisements (not advertising later books) and that the covers measure 18.4 cms. vertically, as against the 18.2 called for by Currey (Locke gives no measurement). Wolff, 7107, lists a variant issue in cloth of a brownish, not a greyish, colour, and with no catalogue.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Time Machine. An Invention. William Heinemann, 1895. F'cap 8vo; 16pp. publisher's advertisements at end, undated, p.1 advertising "The Manxman" by Hall Caine, and not listing any other book by Wells; light brownish canvas-like cloth, blocked and lettered purple on front cover, lettered and with short rule purple on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram purple on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. End-papers lightly foxed; small inscription dated ‘May 1895' on front end-paper; otherwise fine.

Wolff, 7107, recording a copy not distinguishable from this, except that it has no catalogue. Currey, p.525; Locke, Spectrum, p.227. Agrees with the first issues of both Locke and Currey, except that this copy is in cloth of a brownish, not greyish colour, and that the covers measure 18.3 cms. vertically, as against the 18.2 called for by Currey (Locke, perhaps wisely, gives no measurement). The inscription in the present copy is interesting, since the book seems to have been published in late May. According to Percy Muir, 1,000 copies were bound in cloth in that month, the next binding order not being given until August.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Time Machine. An Invention. William Heinemann, 1895. F'cap 8vo; light brownish canvas-like cloth, blocked and lettered purple on front cover, lettered and with short rule purple on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram purple on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. A nice copy.

Wolff, 7107, listing a copy not distinguishable from this. Currey, p.525; Locke, Spectrum, p.227. Agrees with the first issues of both Locke and Currey, except that this copy is in cloth of a brownish, not greyish colour, that it is without an inserted publisher's catalogue, and that the covers measure 18.3 cms. vertically, as against the 18.2 called for by Currey (Locke, perhaps wisely, gives no measurement).

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WELLS (H.G.). The Time Machine. An Invention. William Heinemann, 1895. F'cap 8vo; pp.[viii]+[132]; light brownish canvas-like cloth, blocked and lettered purple on front cover, lettered and with short rule purple on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram purple on back cover; a.e fully trimmed. A fine copy.

Wolff, 7107, listing a copy not distinguishable from this. Currey, p.525; Locke, Spectrum, p.227, mentioning, but not listing, this variant. Agrees with Currey's variant (E), except that this copy is in cloth of a brownish, not a greyish colour. The covers measure 17.2 cms. vertically, as called for by Currey (Locke gives no measurement). According both to Locke and Currey, copies such as this, with all edges trimmed, were wrappered copies stripped and rebound. In our experience they constitute, nonetheless, one of the scarcer variants.

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WELLS (H.G.). The stolen bacillus And other incidents. By H.G. Wells, Author of "The Time Machine". Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, Strand, London, 1895. Blank before half-title; pp.[xii]+275+[i (printer's imprint); publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated September 1895; steel-blue buckram blocked with an art-nouveau design and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Very slight dulling of spine, but a crisp and virtually fine copy.

The author's first volume of short stories, and in our experience the scarcest of his volumes of ‘scientific romance'. Locke, ‘Spectrum II' (recording a foxed copy); Currey, p.523; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Wonderful visit. London, J.M. Dent & Co., Aldine House; New York: Macmillan & Co., 1895. Pp.viii+251+[i (blank)]; bevelled deep scarlet art linen blocked gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very nice copy.

Currey, p.527; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.228. The usual, and probable first issued, state of the binding (a few advance copies having been produced before the design for the binding had been finalised, with the front cover plain and without the blocking on the spine). This copy has the misprints ‘grow' on p.83, and ‘eader' on p.198, as usual.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Island of Doctor Moreau. By H.G. Wells Author of ‘The Time Machine,' ‘The Wonderful Visit,' and ‘The Stolen Bacillus' London, William Heinemann, 1896. Blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf at end advertising ‘The Time Machine' (verso blank); pp.[2]+x+219+[i (blank)]+[ii (author's Note, with printer's imprint on verso)]+[ii]; light grey-green rough buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt (with a repeated pattern involving Tudor roses and small monogram ‘HGW's) all gilt; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Half a dozen fox-spots on back of frontispiece, lightly offset onto verso of half-title and some shadowing through; tissue lightly embrowned; otherwise an extremely fine copy.

In our experience easily the scarcest of H.G. Wells' early science fiction novels in first edition here in what appears to be an advance or trial binding made up before the usual binding of light yellow brown cloth with its somewhat garish pictorial blocking had been decided upon. We have never seen another copy in this far more elegant binding which is not recorded by either Currey or Locke. The text agrees with Locke's first state and both text and end-papers are of the same paper stock as those in the British Library deposit copy of the published issue the text-paper being watermarked ‘Abbey Mills Greenfield' in both cases and the end-papers being of a smooth creamy white hard slightly glossy paper. In the volume as usually seen the top- and fore- edges are uncut and the lower-edges mainly trimmed the leaves measuring vertically 188mm maximum and the covers 197mm. In the present copy the top-edges are fully trimmed and the fore- and lower- edges untrimmed the leaves measuring vertically 190mm and the covers 200mm. The present copy is possibly unique.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Island of Doctor Moreau. By H.G. Wells Author of ‘The Time Machine,' ‘The Wonderful Visit,' and ‘The Stolen Bacillus' London, William Heinemann, 1896. Blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf at end advertising ‘The Time Machine' (verso blank), this followed by publisher's inserted catalogue on thinner paper, 32pp. (advertising ‘The Manxman' on first page, and ‘Out of Due Season' on the last, and not mentioning this volume); pp.[2]+x+219+[i (blank)]+[ii (author's Note, with printer's imprint on verso)]+[ii]; fawn linen blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, blocked pictorially red and black, lettered fawn-striped black, and red, on front cover, lettered black on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Covers a little dusty; tissue lightly embrowned, as usual; otherwise a nice copy.

The second, but first published, binding of three, later copies being without the monogram on the back cover, and having different advertisements. The present copy agrees with the British Library deposit copy, which has an accession date of ‘26 MH 96'. In our experience easily the scarcest of H.G. Wells' early science fiction novels in first edition. Currey, p.520: binding ‘A'; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.226.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Plattner story And others. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London, 1897. Blank at end, followed by 40pp. publisher's inserted Catalogue dated March 1897; vertically ribbed crimson cloth, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine and front cover; a.e. uncut. Covers a trifle dull, and a little spotted on sides; middle 32pp. of Catalogue lacking; otherwise a very nice copy.

Currey, p.522, listing no issue variants; Locke, Spectrum, p.227: "A scarceish book in any issue". The present copy agrees with Locke's first issue.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance. London, C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C., 1897. Blank before half-title; integral leaf of advertisements at end; title page printed in vermilion and black; pp.viii+245+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; red fine linen lettered on spine and front cover, with ruled box and short rule on spine, all gilt, front cover blocked pictorialy in black. Small, barely visible mark on cloth of spine; poor quality end-papers embrowned, and light embrowning of poor quality paper throughout, as almost always with this title; neat early inscription on half-title; otherwise, and in general effect, an unusually nice copy of a book that does not generally survive well.

Locke, Spectrum, p.226; Currey, p.520.

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