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.

WELLS (H.G.). The War of the Worlds. London, William Heinemann, 1898. Pp.viii+303+[i (blank)]; 16pp. inserted publisher's catalogue at end dated Autumn, 1897; mottled greenish-grey linen lettered black on front cover and spine, publisher's monogram within ruled circle, all black on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Small, barely noticeable mark on front cover close to fore-edge; small, decorative, owner's monogram (in red and black) at lower corner of half-title; a virtually fine copy, nonetheless.

Currey, p.526; Locke, p.228. The first of three issues distinguished by Currey, and the first of four distinguished by Locke. Locke, however, describes all issues as having the fore-edges rough trimmed, and, if this is not an error, the present copy represents yet a further issue, having, presumably, precedence of his four!

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WELLS (H.G.). The War of the Worlds. London, William Heinemann, 1898. Pp.viii+303+[i (blank)]; mottled greenish-grey linen lettered black on front cover and spine, publisher's monogram within ruled circle, all black, on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut. Very slight marking of spine; some very light pencil markings throughout the first half of the book; otherwise a nice copy.

The first half of the book has been marked up in pencil, evidently for a radio reading or narration and dramatisation (almost certainly the former). The markings are light, and easily removable, but we have left them as having some interest. The front paste-down bears the small ink name-stamp of Alan Lewis - but whether he was connected with the adaptation, we cannot say. Currey, p.526; Locke, p.228. One of three issues distinguished by Currey, and of four distinguished by Locke, the issue status of this variant being undetermined. Locke, however, describes all issues as having the fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed, and, if this is not an error, the present copy represents yet a further issue!

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WELLS (H.G.). When the Sleeper Wakes. With illustrations. Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York, 1899. Frontispiece and two plates by H. Lanos; final blank; pp.[viii]+[329]+[iii]; light red fine linen effect cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Lacking the half-title and conjugate List of Illustrations, and the back free end-paper; some foxing of first and last two leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

Locke, Spectrum, p.228; Currey, p.527. Neither note any variants, and Locke specifically remarks that he has ‘encountered no variants'. In this copy, however, the lettering on the spine imprint is 4mm tall as against the 3mm of the usual issue; the pages measure 194mm x 126mm, as against 189mm x 123mm, the covers 198mm x 127mm, as against 194mm x 124mm; and the cloth is of a lighter shade than usual. We believe this to be either an advance copy or a trial binding, since it is obviously too scarce to be in any sense a regular issue variant.

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WELLS (H.G.). When the Sleeper Wakes. With illustrations. Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York, 1899. Frontispiece and two plates by H. Lanos; final blank; pp.[viii]+[329]+[iii]; red fine linen effect cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Gilt somewhat rubbed on spine; some scattered very light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

Locke, Spectrum, p.228; Currey, p.527. Neither note any variants. In the present copy, the spine imprint is in letters 3mm high; the leaves measure 193mm x 126mm, the covers 199mm x 128mm, making this a slightly larger copy than is usually seen.

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WELLS (H.G.). When the Sleeper Wakes. With illustrations. Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York, 1899. Frontispiece with tissue guard and two plates by H. Lanos; final blank; pp.[viii]+[329]+[iii]; red fine linen effect cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Minute chip from corner of back end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Locke, Spectrum, p.228; Currey, p.527. Neither note any variants. In the present copy, the spine imprint is in letters 3mm high; the leaves measure 189mm x 123mm, the covers 194mm x 124mm. This is the usual issue.

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WELLS (H.G.). When the Sleeper Wakes. With illustrations. Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York, 1899. Frontispiece and two plates by H. Lanos; final blank; pp.[viii]+[329]+[iii]; red fine linen effect cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Frontispiece slightly nicked and creased; two or three scattered fox-spots; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Locke, Spectrum, p.228; Currey, p.527. Neither note any variants. In the present copy, the spine imprint is in letters 3mm high; the leaves measure 189mm x 123mm, the covers 194mm x 124mm. This is the usual issue.

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WELLS (H.G.). When the Sleeper Wakes. With illustrations. Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York, 1899. Frontispiece with tissue guard and two plates by H. Lanos; final blank; pp.[viii]+[329]+[iii]; red fine linen effect cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Almost imperceptible fading of spine, and a little very light spotting of front cover; a very fine, bright, copy, nonetheless. Scarce thus.

Locke, Spectrum, p.228; Currey, p.527. Neither note any variants.

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WELLS (H.G.). When the Sleeper Wakes. With illustrations. Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York, 1899. Frontispiece with tissue guard and two plates by H. Lanos; final blank; red fine linen effect cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Slight wear to cloth on lower edge of front board; half-title and tissue guard lacking; one leaf badly opened with large piece chipped from blank margin; two other leaves torn and very expertly repaired (the evidence being a faint hair-line mark); otherwise a nice copy.

Locke, Spectrum, p.228; Currey, p.527. Neither note any variants. In the present copy, the spine imprint is in letters 3mm tall; the leaves measure 192mm x 127mm, the covers 199mm x 128mm. It is therefore an unusually large copy, those usually seen having leaves measuring 189mm x 123mm, and covers measuring 194mm x 124mm. Copies are also sometimes seen, however, with a spine imprint in letters 4mm tall, the leaves measuring 194mm x 126mm, and the covers 198mm x 127mm.

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WELLS (H.G.). Tales of Space And Time. Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York, 1900. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; mottled linen-effect very light brown cloth ruled and blocked dark brown on front cover, lettered, and with short rule, gilt on front cover, lettered dark brown on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut; very pale green thin card ‘bookmark' advertisement slip, printed in deep crimson with advertisements for the ‘Windsor Magazine' and ‘Beeton's Gardening Books', loosely laid in, as issued. A brilliantly fine, crisp, copy.

Not in Wolff. Currey, p.524, noting that the British Library deposit copy was received on November 21st, l899. Locke, Spectrum, p.227, notes two variants, the present copy being that with the conjugate title and half-title tipped in, as though a cancel, and not sewn. We believe this to be the first issue, or at least to have come from the earliest part of the print run, hypothesising either that the prelims. were originally wrongly imposed, or that that the book was originally intended to bear the actual date of issue, 1899. At that epoch the American copyright could have been forfeited had it appeared that the book had been published at an earlier date in England than in America, and the post-dating of the English edition would have served to avoid giving currency to this impression, whether it was in fact correct or not. Another possibility, and a quite frequent reason for tipping in, rather than sewing in, conjugate title and half-title leaves, would be if the same set of sheets, or the same plates, were intended for use in England and America, as was the case with many of the later F. Marion Crawford titles published by Macmillan in both countries (as for instance ‘Taquisara', where the American sheets imported into England, were actually, for copyright reasons, issued there first). Locke's hypothesis that "the sewing operation was faulty" in a consistent way in a large enough number of copies to warrant a reprinting of the two central leaves of the first gathering, at any event, strikes us as unlikely.

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WELLS (H.G.). Tales of Space And Time. Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York, 1900. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; mottled linen-effect very light brown cloth ruled and blocked dark brown on front cover, lettered, and with short rule, gilt on front cover, lettered dark brown on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight marking of covers, and a small part of one letter of title rubbed on front cover; small corner chipped from back end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Wolff. Currey, p.524, noting that the British Library deposit copy was received on November 21st, l899. Locke, Spectrum, p.227, notes two variants, the present copy being that with the conjugate title and half-title tipped in, as though a cancel, and not sewn. We believe this to be the first issue, or at least to have come from the earliest part of the print run, hypothesising either that the prelims. were originally wrongly imposed, or that that the book was originally intended to bear the actual date of issue, 1899. At that epoch the American copyright could have been forfeited had it appeared that the book had been published at an earlier date in England than in America, and the post-dating of the English edition would have served to avoid giving currency to this impression, whether it was in fact correct or not. Another possibility, and a quite frequent reason for tipping in, rather than sewing in, conjugate title and half-title leaves, would be if the same set of sheets, or the same plates, were intended for use in England and America, as was the case with many of the later F. Marion Crawford titles published by Macmillan in both countries (as for instance ‘Taquisara', where the American sheets imported into England, were actually, for copyright reasons, issued there first). Locke's hypothesis that "the sewing operation was faulty" in a consistent way in a large enough number of copies to warrant a reprinting of the two central leaves of the first gathering, at any event, strikes us as unlikely.

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WELLS (H.G.). Tales of Space And Time. Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York, 1900. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; mottled linen-effect very light brown cloth ruled and blocked dark brown on front cover, lettered, and with short rule, gilt on front cover, lettered dark brown on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Two minute ink-spots on front cover, and very slight darkening of covers; light marking of end-papers; an unusually nice copy, nonetheless.

Not in Wolff. Currey, p.524, noting that the British Library deposit copy was received on November 21st, l899. Locke, Spectrum, p.227, notes two variants, the present copy being that with the conjugate title and half-title sewn, rather than tipped, in. In our experience, this is by far the scarcer variant. We believe it to have come from the latter part of the print run, the tipped in leaves to our mind suggesting cancels - or, more probably, that the prelims. were originally wrongly imposed - a mistake that would have been corrected as soon as the first attempt was made to fold them! Locke's hypothesis that "the sewing operation was faulty" in a consistent way in a large enough number of copies to warrant a reprinting of the two central leaves of the first gathering, at any event, strikes us as unlikely.

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WHITEING (Richard). The island Or An adventure of a person of quality. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1888. Half-title not called for; integral blank, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated August 1887; diagonally fine ribbed dark turquoise cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Spine a trifle dull; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 7192. The second edition, published in 1899, was revised. A Utopia, set on Pitcairn - but a Pitcairn that has suffered a sea-change; also a love-story. A well-written, and sometimes witty, book, with only one chapter (of philosophising) that rather drags. A nineteenth century precursor of Huxley's ‘Island'. In the present copy the following typographical errors have been noted: p.103, l.11, ‘e' lacking in ‘modest'; p.156, ‘al' for ‘all' at end of l.1; p.188, l.4, ‘-' lacking at line end; p.245, l.2, ‘awhile' for ‘a while': issue significance, if any, not known.

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WIDNALL (S.P.). A Mystery Of sixty centuries. Or A Modern St. George And the Dragon. Written, printed, illustrated and published, by S.P. Widnall, Grantchester, Cambridge, 1889. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece showing ‘The dragon's head' (an actual photograph, laid onto a captioned sheet!), and four wood-engraved plates, three of them apparently hand tinted (in pale greyish brown); pp.[iv]+195+[i (blank)]; quarter dark red morocco cloth, paper spine label, red, grey, and black marbled sides; a.e. scarlet; end-papers coated yellow. Slight wear to edges of boards, but a very nice copy. Scarce.

Well printed; and the plates, though crude, are effective, largely on account of the tinting. There is no list of illustrations, but they are tipped in to face pp.28, 78, 118, and 185. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.231, describing all the plates as tinted; not in Sadleir or Wolff. A precursor of Doyle's ‘Lost World'.

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WILSON (John, M.A.). The Carrisford tablets: Discovered on English soil by H. Pennant, LL.D., And F.P. Wyndhurst, Esq., and recording The voyages and adventures of Simran The Babylonian, specially on his Mission of search to the tin Mines of Albion, B.C. 1325-50. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1896. Extra.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[4]+[xvi]+[17]-229+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed reddish brown cloth, blocked pictorially gilt with a design signed ‘Lee', and lettered gilt within gilt embossed-rule box, on front cover, lettered, and with short rule gilt, and with gilt-ruled box, on spine; a.e. uncut. Virtually fine copy.

Not in Locke, Sadleir, or Wolff. Rather a handsome volume, also known in a similarly blocked, ruled and lettered pale blue cloth: precedence, if any, undetermined.

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WILSON (John, M.A.). The Carrisford tablets: Discovered on English soil by H. Pennant, LL.D., And F.P. Wyndhurst, Esq., and recording The voyages and adventures of Simran The Babylonian, specially on his Mission of search to the tin Mines of Albion, B.C. 1325-50. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1896. Extra.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[4]+[xvi]+[17]-229+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed pale blue cloth, blocked pictorially gilt with a design signed ‘Lee', and lettered gilt within gilt embossed-rule box, on front cover, lettered, and with short rule gilt, and with gilt-ruled box, on spine; a.e. uncut. Virtually fine copy, entirely unopened.

Not in Locke, Sadleir, or Wolff. Rather a handsome volume, also known in a similarly blocked, ruled and lettered reddish brown cloth: precedence, if any, undetermined.

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WRIGHT (Thomas). The Chalice of Carden. A story of pertinacity and perseverance, the scenes Of which are laid in the neighbourhoods Of Bedford and Newport Pagnell. Temp. 1745. Skeffington & Son, 163, Piccadilly, W., 1889. Blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and one plate; integral advertisement leaf at end; scarlet fine morocco cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed florally in grey. Cover just a trifle dull and marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The first novel by the antiquarian schoolmaster Wright, in the first third of which we see him learning to write fiction, his prose overloaded with antiquarian detail, and his characters for the most part unpromising pasteboard eccentrics. Gradually they come to life, however, and he develops the lightness of touch that was to serve him so well in his next, and masterly, novel, ‘The Blue Firedrake'. There is some carelessness of detail in this book, which has been badly edited, but Wright's complicated mind produces, as always, an interesting and carefully worked-out plot. A mystery story involving theft and murder, with a strong vein of fantasy: inherited alchemical decoctions, and the gradual working out of a prophecy supposingly left by the Rev. Richard Napier, reputedly the last of the alchemists, who died in 1634 (here, for the purposes of the story, 1684). The plate faces p.33. A very early Skeffington title.

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WRIGHT (Thomas). The blue firedrake, Or The wonderful and strange relation Of the Life and adventures Of Nathan Souldrop: Showing how he was forspoken by that terrible sorceress Elinor Shaw, the which for her various and abominable crimes Was brought to tryal at Northampton in the year 1705; Together with particulars of her amazing pranks and Remarkable actions both before and after her apprehension, The like never before heard of: Written by himselfe and now set forth By Thomas Wright, Principal of Cowper School, Olney, Author of "The Life of William Cowper," "The Town of Cowper," "The Chalice of Carden," &c. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, & Co., 1892. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece, after a period model, with tissue guard; numerous illustrations in text, of buildings in the Northampton area; leaf bearing type ornament on recto, blank on verso, follows Contents leaf; 3pp. integral advertisements at end, included in the pagination; pp.296; bright blue patterned sand grain cloth blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with a flower and leaf design in pale brown. Covers very slightly dull and spotted; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Sadleir; Wolff, 7332. A ‘wierd' novel, taking as its starting point the assumption that the last witch burnt in England was guilty as found, and had the enormous and strange powers ascribed to her. Despite the unpromising antiquarian title-page and frontispiece illustration (after a drawing by the author's father, W.S. Wright - praised, however, by Wolff), a beautifully written book with a light touch, that aims to convince by the circumstantiality of its account of a daily life in early eighteenth century England in which a belief in the possibility of witchcraft is so unemphatically embedded as to make the remarkable events of the story appear as unquestionably natural and real. In this copy the following misprints have been noted (issue significance, if any, unknown): p.167, l.11, unnecessary inverted commas at end of paragraph; p.190, l.7., ‘longre' for ‘longer'; p.191, l.6, raised ‘h' at start of line; p.247, l.10, ‘afte' for ‘after' (in some copies the ‘r' is present and the ‘A' slightly too heavy); p.282, l.15, ‘powered' for ‘powdered'.

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WYLDE (Flora F.). The life and wonderful Adventures Of ‘Totty Testudo': An autobiography. Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1873. Wood-engraved presentation leaf printed in gold and colours by Banks & Co., Edinburgh, precedes wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; five other wood-engraved plates; half-title not called for; pp.xii+468; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue at end; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed midnight blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and very elaborately blocked black and gilt, embossed with lettering black through gilt, on front cover, ruled and very elaborately blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Very slight foxing of plates; otherwise a very nice copy.

The autobiography of a giant tortoise brought by Columbus from the West Indies, relating chiefly to his adventures in Elizabethan England - written when he had attained the age of 220 years, and supposedly discovered concealed in a pillar by workmen repairing the Bishop's Palace at Peterborough ‘in the spring of the year 1760'. Despite the Presentation leaf and publisher, not obviously a juvenile, and in fact presented in 1887 to one William Gamble "for regular attendance as Teacher" at a Male Adult Bible Class. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.18, 85, 194, 353, and 412, and are here so tipped in. Issued as volume 7. of ‘Nimmo's Select Library', the Catalogue here listing the series to volume 8. The series was issued in two simultaneous forms: "elegantly bound in cloth extra, plain edges, price 3s. 6d. each" or "richly bound in cloth and gold, and gilt edges, price 5s. each", the present example being of the more expensive issue. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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XONGO-TEE-FOH-TCHI (pseudonym). Napoleon In the other world. A Narrative Written by himself: And found near his tomb In the Island of St. Helena, By Xongo-tee-foh-tchi, Mandarin of the third class. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1827. Demy 8vo; lithographic frontispiece by T. Dighton, printed by C. Hullmandel; half-title apparently not called for; pp.[x]+406; later half-calf, matching oil-marbled sides and end-papers, spine with five raised bands, tooled gilt on bands, blind on sides, ruled blind on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Scattered light foxing, but a nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', II, p.119, suggesting a possible attribution to Baron Antoine Henri de Jomini; Bleiler, 1948, p.292. After-life philosophical fantasy which opens with some spirit wanderings through space, whence the spirit of Napoleon is conducted on a brief visit to Hell before he arrives at the mighty but stagnant city of Politicopolis... The frontispiece bears the engraved legend: Published Feb. 7, 1827.

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Z. (M.A. [?Mary Anne Zimmerman, nee Brown or Browne].). Trifles For Leisure hours. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., Stationers'-hall-court; John Heaton, [7, Briggate,] Leeds, [Yorkshire,] 1838. Lge.12mo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title, title, author's Advertisement leaf, leaf of Contents, and single inset Errata leaf, on a different stock, precede first leaf of text; integral blank at end; pp.[viii]+[ii]+290+[ii]; fine diaper puce cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt, from type, in two lines (‘LEISURE HOURS'), on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Slight mottled fading of covers; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Rare.

Not in Block, Summers, Wolff, Locke's ‘Spectrum', Halkett & Laing, or the London Library Catalogue. According to a note on the Errata leaf, "The first eighty-five pages are from the pen of a professional man, who resigning it, it was consigned to M.A.Z." - from which we are tempted to suspect that M.A.Z. was the professional man's wife. If this were so, it might not be without significance that five of the epigraphs in the latter portion of the book are attributed to ‘Mary Anne Brown[e]', and one in the earlier part to ‘Zimmerman'. The first part consists of episodic anecdotal essays, some approaching the short story form - one a ghost story concerned with the posthumous reflections of a cataleptic who had been buried alive. Of ‘M.A.Z's' 205pp., the first thirteen continue the anecdotal form, the rest comprising accomplished short stories, one, ‘The Secret of a Life', being an occult story concerning the working out of a horoscope; set partly in India. Both of the authors appear to have Indian connections. In this copy, the following errors have been noted in addition to the ten errata listed: p.99, l.1 of epigraph, ‘Lockinar' for ‘Lockinvar'; p.112, l.7, ‘paper' for ‘papers'; p.226, l.9, inverted comma lacking at start of line. Printed in Leeds.

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WHITEING (Richard). The island Or An adventure of a person of quality. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1888. Half-title not called for; integral blank, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated August 1887; diagonally fine ribbed dark turquoise cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Spine a trifle dull; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'; Wolff, 7192. The second edition, published in 1899, was revised. A Utopia, set on Pitcairn - but a Pitcairn that has suffered a sea-change; also a love-story. A well-written, and sometimes witty, book, with only one chapter (of philosophising) that rather drags. A nineteenth century precursor of Huxley's ‘Island'. In the present copy the following typographical errors have been noted: p.103, l.11, ‘e' lacking in ‘modest'; p.156, ‘al' for ‘all' at end of l.1; p.188, l.4, ‘-' lacking at line end; p.245, l.2, ‘awhile' for ‘a while': issue significance, if any, not known.

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WIDNALL (S.P.). A Mystery Of sixty centuries. Or A Modern St. George And the Dragon. Written, printed, illustrated and published, by S.P. Widnall, Grantchester, Cambridge, 1889. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece showing ‘The dragon's head' (an actual photograph, laid onto a captioned sheet!), and four wood-engraved plates, three of them apparently hand tinted (in pale greyish brown); pp.[iv]+195+[i (blank)]; quarter dark red morocco cloth, paper spine label, red, grey, and black marbled sides; a.e. scarlet; end-papers coated yellow. Slight wear to edges of boards, but a very nice copy. Scarce.

Well printed; and the plates, though crude, are effective, largely on account of the tinting. There is no list of illustrations, but they are tipped in to face pp.28, 78, 118, and 185. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.231, describing all the plates as tinted; not in Sadleir or Wolff. A precursor of Doyle's ‘Lost World'.

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WILSON (John, M.A.). The Carrisford tablets: Discovered on English soil by H. Pennant, LL.D., And F.P. Wyndhurst, Esq., and recording The voyages and adventures of Simran The Babylonian, specially on his Mission of search to the tin Mines of Albion, B.C. 1325-50. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1896. Extra.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[4]+[xvi]+[17]-229+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed reddish brown cloth, blocked pictorially gilt with a design signed ‘Lee', and lettered gilt within gilt embossed-rule box, on front cover, lettered, and with short rule gilt, and with gilt-ruled box, on spine; a.e. uncut. Virtually fine copy.

Not in Locke, Sadleir, or Wolff. Rather a handsome volume, also known in a similarly blocked, ruled and lettered pale blue cloth: precedence, if any, undetermined.

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WILSON (John, M.A.). The Carrisford tablets: Discovered on English soil by H. Pennant, LL.D., And F.P. Wyndhurst, Esq., and recording The voyages and adventures of Simran The Babylonian, specially on his Mission of search to the tin Mines of Albion, B.C. 1325-50. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1896. Extra.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[4]+[xvi]+[17]-229+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed pale blue cloth, blocked pictorially gilt with a design signed ‘Lee', and lettered gilt within gilt embossed-rule box, on front cover, lettered, and with short rule gilt, and with gilt-ruled box, on spine; a.e. uncut. Virtually fine copy, entirely unopened.

Not in Locke, Sadleir, or Wolff. Rather a handsome volume, also known in a similarly blocked, ruled and lettered reddish brown cloth: precedence, if any, undetermined.

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WRIGHT (Thomas). The Chalice of Carden. A story of pertinacity and perseverance, the scenes Of which are laid in the neighbourhoods Of Bedford and Newport Pagnell. Temp. 1745. Skeffington & Son, 163, Piccadilly, W., 1889. Blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and one plate; integral advertisement leaf at end; scarlet fine morocco cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed florally in grey. Cover just a trifle dull and marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The first novel by the antiquarian schoolmaster Wright, in the first third of which we see him learning to write fiction, his prose overloaded with antiquarian detail, and his characters for the most part unpromising pasteboard eccentrics. Gradually they come to life, however, and he develops the lightness of touch that was to serve him so well in his next, and masterly, novel, ‘The Blue Firedrake'. There is some carelessness of detail in this book, which has been badly edited, but Wright's complicated mind produces, as always, an interesting and carefully worked-out plot. A mystery story involving theft and murder, with a strong vein of fantasy: inherited alchemical decoctions, and the gradual working out of a prophecy supposingly left by the Rev. Richard Napier, reputedly the last of the alchemists, who died in 1634 (here, for the purposes of the story, 1684). The plate faces p.33. A very early Skeffington title.

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WRIGHT (Thomas). The blue firedrake, Or The wonderful and strange relation Of the Life and adventures Of Nathan Souldrop: Showing how he was forspoken by that terrible sorceress Elinor Shaw, the which for her various and abominable crimes Was brought to tryal at Northampton in the year 1705; Together with particulars of her amazing pranks and Remarkable actions both before and after her apprehension, The like never before heard of: Written by himselfe and now set forth By Thomas Wright, Principal of Cowper School, Olney, Author of "The Life of William Cowper," "The Town of Cowper," "The Chalice of Carden," &c. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, & Co., 1892. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece, after a period model, with tissue guard; numerous illustrations in text, of buildings in the Northampton area; leaf bearing type ornament on recto, blank on verso, follows Contents leaf; 3pp. integral advertisements at end, included in the pagination; pp.296; bright blue patterned sand grain cloth blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with a flower and leaf design in pale brown. Covers very slightly dull and spotted; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum', or Sadleir; Wolff, 7332. A ‘wierd' novel, taking as its starting point the assumption that the last witch burnt in England was guilty as found, and had the enormous and strange powers ascribed to her. Despite the unpromising antiquarian title-page and frontispiece illustration (after a drawing by the author's father, W.S. Wright - praised, however, by Wolff), a beautifully written book with a light touch, that aims to convince by the circumstantiality of its account of a daily life in early eighteenth century England in which a belief in the possibility of witchcraft is so unemphatically embedded as to make the remarkable events of the story appear as unquestionably natural and real. In this copy the following misprints have been noted (issue significance, if any, unknown): p.167, l.11, unnecessary inverted commas at end of paragraph; p.190, l.7., ‘longre' for ‘longer'; p.191, l.6, raised ‘h' at start of line; p.247, l.10, ‘afte' for ‘after'; p.282, l.15, ‘powered' for ‘powdered'.

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WYLDE (Flora F.). The life and wonderful Adventures Of ‘Totty Testudo': An autobiography. Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1873. Wood-engraved presentation leaf printed in gold and colours by Banks & Co., Edinburgh, precedes wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; five other wood-engraved plates; half-title not called for; pp.xii+468; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue at end; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed midnight blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and very elaborately blocked black and gilt, embossed with lettering black through gilt, on front cover, ruled and very elaborately blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Very slight foxing of plates; otherwise a very nice copy.

The autobiography of a giant tortoise brought by Columbus from the West Indies, relating chiefly to his adventures in Elizabethan England - written when he had attained the age of 220 years, and supposedly discovered concealed in a pillar by workmen repairing the Bishop's Palace at Peterborough ‘in the spring of the year 1760'. Despite the Presentation leaf and publisher, not obviously a juvenile, and in fact presented in 1887 to one William Gamble "for regular attendance as Teacher" at a Male Adult Bible Class. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.18, 85, 194, 353, and 412, and are here so tipped in. Issued as volume 7. of ‘Nimmo's Select Library', the Catalogue here listing the series to volume 8. The series was issued in two simultaneous forms: "elegantly bound in cloth extra, plain edges, price 3s. 6d. each" or "richly bound in cloth and gold, and gilt edges, price 5s. each", the present example being of the more expensive issue. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

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XONGO-TEE-FOH-TCHI (pseudonym). Napoleon In the other world. A Narrative Written by himself: And found near his tomb In the Island of St. Helena, By Xongo-tee-foh-tchi, Mandarin of the third class. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1827. Demy 8vo; lithographic frontispiece by T. Dighton, printed by C. Hullmandel; half-title apparently not called for; pp.[x]+406; later half-calf, matching oil-marbled sides and end-papers, spine with five raised bands, tooled gilt on bands, blind on sides, ruled blind on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Scattered light foxing, but a nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', II, p.119, suggesting a possible attribution to Baron Antoine Henri de Jomini; Bleiler, 1948, p.292. After-life philosophical fantasy which opens with some spirit wanderings through space, whence the spirit of Napoleon is conducted on a brief visit to Hell before he arrives at the mighty but stagnant city of Politicopolis... The frontispiece bears the engraved legend: Published Feb. 7, 1827.

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Z. (M.A. [?Mary Anne Zimmerman, nee Brown or Browne].). Trifles For Leisure hours. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., Stationers'-hall-court; John Heaton, [7, Briggate,] Leeds, [Yorkshire,] 1838. Lge.12mo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title, title, author's Advertisement leaf, leaf of Contents, and single inset Errata leaf, on a different stock, precede first leaf of text; integral blank at end; pp.[viii]+[ii]+290+[ii]; fine diaper puce cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt, from type, in two lines (‘LEISURE HOURS'), on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Slight mottled fading of covers; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Rare.

Not in Block, Summers, Wolff, Locke's ‘Spectrum', Halkett & Laing, or the London Library Catalogue. According to a note on the Errata leaf, "The first eighty-five pages are from the pen of a professional man, who resigning it, it was consigned to M.A.Z." - from which we are tempted to suspect that M.A.Z. was the professional man's wife. If this were so, it might not be without significance that five of the epigraphs in the latter portion of the book are attributed to ‘Mary Anne Brown[e]', and one in the earlier part to ‘Zimmerman'. The first part consists of episodic anecdotal essays, some approaching the short story form - one a ghost story concerned with the posthumous reflections of a cataleptic who had been buried alive. Of ‘M.A.Z's' 205pp., the first thirteen continue the anecdotal form, the rest comprising accomplished short stories, one, ‘The Secret of a Life', being an occult story concerning the working out of a horoscope; set partly in India. Both of the authors appear to have Indian connections. In this copy, the following errors have been noted in addition to the ten errata listed: p.99, l.1 of epigraph, ‘Lockinar' for ‘Lockinvar'; p.112, l.7, ‘paper' for ‘papers'; p.226, l.9, inverted comma lacking at start of line. Printed in Leeds.

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