Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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A'BECKETT (Gilbert Abbott). The Comic history of England. With ten coloured etchings, and one hundred and twenty Woodcuts, By John Leech. Published at the Punch Office, 85, Fleet Street, Vol.I, 1847. [Vol.II, 1848]. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; bound up together without half-titles; title-pages printed in red and black; twenty hand-coloured etched plates and two hundred and forty woodcut illustrations in the text, all by Leech; contemporary half green calf, matching marbled sides, edges, and end-papers, spine with contrasting label, and four broad raised bands, tooled gilt, ruled gilt and blind, after the manner of the period. Very slight rubbing of boards, but a near-fine copy.

Tooley 295. A delightful contemporary binding in near-fine state.

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ADAMS (W.H. Davenport). Warrior, priest, & statesman; Or, English heroes In the thirteenth century. Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1873. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece with tissue guard, and four plates; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; bevelled royal blue patterned sand-grain cloth, quite elaborately ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled black and gilt on front cover and spine, very elaborately blocked black, gilt, and gilt on green, lettered royal blue through gilt, on front cover, very elaborately blocked black, gilt, and gilt on green, embossed black on black, and lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated grey-brown. Contemporary presentation plate printed in gold and colours tipped in before frontispiece, with slight consequent wrinkling and small tear in end-paper; slight scuffing of back end-paper; a few leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy, the striking covers wholly fresh and bright.

Biographies of Thomas a Becket, Stephen Langton, and Simon de Montfort. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.21, 102, 215, and 328, and are here so bound in. A fine example of decorative period cloth, the gilt on green blocking, used for foliage and flowers, appearing pale metallic green when viewed straight on, brilliant gilt when viewed at variant slight angles, the connecting arabesque stems being wholly gilt: a rather unusual and well thought out effect.

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ADAMS (W.H. Davenport). Curiosities Of Superstition, And Sketches of some Unrevealed Religions. J. Masters and Co., 78, New Bond Street, 1882. Tall f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; 16pp. inserted publisher's catalogue at end, dated April, 1882; diagonally fine ribbed light grey green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover, blocked black, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale blue, printed with a conventional pattern in lilac. A nice copy.

Buddhism, Magianism, Brahmanism, Hindu Mythology, Zabianism and Serpent-Worship, Polynesian Superstitions, The Religion of the Maories, The North American Indians, Among the Eskimos, etc.

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AIKEN (Lucy). Memoirs Of The court Of King Charles the first. In two volumes. Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1833. Demy 8vo; 14pp. publisher's catalogue dated May 1833 sewn in between front end-papers, and engraved portrait frontispiece on plate paper, with tissue guard, in volume one; half-titles not called for; original drab boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Both volumes rebacked preserving the original backstrips, that to volume one being a little chipped and dusty; end-papers and portrait a little foxed; otherwise a near-fine copy.



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AINGER (Alfred). Charles Lamb. Macmillan and Co., 1882. Sewn; pp.[xii]+186+[ii (leaf bearing printer's imprint on recto)]; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end, listing this volume as ‘in preparation'; scarlet buckram over thin boards, ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher's monogram scarlet through black on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered black and scarlet through black on front cover, ruled and up-lettered black on spine; end-papers coated grey. Slight cracking of front end-papers, due to an original gluing fault, but no weakness; small spot on back cover; corner of back board lightly flexion creased; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as the twenty-first volume in the series ‘English Men of Letters', under the general editorship of John Morley. One of the scarcer titles in the series.

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ALLEN (Grant). The Evolutionist at large. London, Chatto & Windus, 1881. Wire-stitched; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; leaf of verse precedes start of text; pp.xii+215+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue dated January, 1881, at end; ivory buckram blocked dark green on back cover, ruled and blocked dark green and blocked pale green on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated black; binder's ticket of ‘Burn & Co' on back pastedown. Some darkening of cloth, and gilt very dull on spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Essays. Chatto & Windus were responsible for some of the most interesting binding designs of the early and mid 1880s. This is one of their more unusual efforts, the front cover and spine showing a diagrammatic cross section of a pond and the few inches of air above it, with a tableau of water creatures (tadpoles, frog, dragonfly, spider, water-beetle, etc) drawn in outline and to different scales amid a line-drawn arabesque of water weeds, the latter just intruding onto a small corner of the otherwise blank back cover. The effect is odd! Clodd, p.213: The author's third book.

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ALLEN (Grant). Vignettes from nature. London, Chatto & Windus, 1881. Sewn; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; leaf bearing publisher's large woodcut device on recto, blank on verso, at end; pp.[4]+viii+229+[i (blank)]+[ii]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue dated December, 1883, at end; light bright brown buckram blocked with publisher's monogram device dark brown on back cover, ruled and blocked dark brown on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. Some rubbing of gilt on spine, and small snag in cloth; inscription dated ‘Aug 19th 1885' on blank recto of advertisement leaf; otherwise a nice copy.

Later issue, as is made evident by the date of the catalogue. The first issue was probably wire-stitched. Essays: a companion volume to The Evolutionist at Large, published earlier the same year. Chatto & Windus were responsible for some of the most interesting binding designs of the early and mid 1880s. This is one of their more unusual efforts, the front cover and spine showing a design of herons on the edge of a large lake, with tall water plants in the foreground and mountains on the horizon. A strong Japanese influence is evident, as with many of Chatto's bindings of the period. Clodd, p.213: the author's fourth book.

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ALLEN (Grant, B.A.). The people's library. Biographies Of Working men. Published under the direction of the committee Of general literature and education appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross, W.C.: 43, Queen Victoria Street, E.C.; 26, St. George's Place, Hyde Park Corner, S.W. Brighton: 135, North Street. New York: E. & J.B. Young and Co., 1884. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.191+[i (printer's imprint)]; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements on thinner paper at end; diagonally fine ribbed brownish olive cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover and spine, blocked and lettered black, lettered brownish olive through black on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine. Very slight, light foxing of prelims., otherwise a fine copy of an uncommon title.

The correct first printing, dated on the title-page. Clodd, p.214

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ALLEN (Grant). English Worthies Edited by Andrew Lang: Charles Darwin By Grant Allen. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886 [i.e., Autumn, 1885]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end followed by publisher's 12pp. inserted catalogue at end, dated September 1885; pale greenish grey buckram, blocked with publisher's initial device and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered black up spine; t.e. uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers printed with daisy flower and leaf pattern in pale grey. Cloth of spine faded; otherwise a nice copy.

Clodd, p.215, giving the date as 1885.

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ALLEN (Grant). Falling in love With other essays On More exact branches of science. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1889. Two integral advertisement leaves at end; pp.viii+356+[iv]; brown patterned sand grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, black on front cover, ruled black, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. Very nice copy.

Clodd, p.216

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[ALLEN (Grant)]. The Attis of Caius Valerius Catullus Translated into English Verse, with Dissertations On the Myth of Attis, on the Origin of Tree= Worship, and on the Galliambic Metre By Grant Allen, B.A. formerly Postmaster of Merton College, Oxford. London, 1892. Published by David Nutt In the Strand. Lge.cr.8vo; limitation notice on verso of half-title; Latin title-page in Roman type faces English title-page in Old English type; 2pp. integral series advertisements at end; pp.xvi+154+[ii]; Japanese Vellum dust-wrapper, printed on front panel in black, French-folded over plain white card wrappers, additional cream thin wax-paper dust-wrapper, as issued, not printed; a.e. uncut. Extremely fine copy, the outer dust-wrapper marked somewhat on spine.

One of an edition limited to 550 copies of which 500 were for sale. Issued as the sixth volume of the ‘Bibliothèque de Carabas'. Earlier volumes in the series were issued in a thicker plain white outer dust-wrapper that was not translucent.

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ALLEN (Grant). Science in Arcady. Lawrence & Bullen, 16, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1892. Single inset blank of slightly thicker paper followed at end by 4pp. publisher's advertisement on text-paper, probably integral and printed as part of the first gathering; pp.[xii]+304+[ii]+4; bevelled navy blue smooth cloth, ruled, blocked with publisher's monogram device, and lettered, gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated grey-green. Prelims. and a few other leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Essays. Clodd, p.218

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ALLEN (Grant). Moorland idylls. Chatto & Windus, 1896. Title-page printed in red and black; 6pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated Nov.1895; pp.viii+257+[i (printer's imprint)]+[vi]; pale bluish lilac buckram ruled and blocked dark blue, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with frond and tendril pattern in olive green. A little scattered foxing, but a nice copy.

Natural history essays. Clodd, p.219, oddly commenting: "contains 33 short stories". Definitions may vary, but we think not!

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ALLEN (Grant). Flashlights on Nature. By Grant Allen, Author of "The Story of the Plants, etc. With 150 Illustrations by Frederick Enock. London, George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, 1899. Pp.viii+312; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated 1.01; diagonally fine-ribbed leaf green cloth, blocked with publisher's device and lettered within centred ruled frame, all blind, on back cover, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., end-papers faced brownish black. Nice copy.

Clodd, p.221. A later issue, as is shown by the catalogue.

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[A.L.O.E.]. The Brier and Myrtle: Or, Heathenism and Christianity Illustrated in the History of Mary. By Miss Tucker. James Nisbet and Co., 21 Berners Street, 1857. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece by J. Johnston, and one plate; pp.[2]+[vi]+96; royal blue straight morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Small mark on back cover; otherwise a nice copy.

The front end-paper in the present copy bears a presentation inscription from a Mr. Fox, which may be of interest in view of the fact that the principal missionary commemmorated in the volume was the Rev. H.W. Fox of the Telugu Mission, who died in October 1848. A previous owner's light pencilled note suggests that the giver was a relative of his. A true story of misionary life in India. The plate is tipped in to face p.29.

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ANDERSEN (Hans Christian). In Spain. Translated by Mrs. Bushby. Richard Bentley, 1864. Post 8vo; half-title apparently not called for; final leaf integral advertisements; bright brown buckram, blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Early recased; otherwise a nice copy.



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ANONYMOUS. The Book of the months, And Circle of the Seasons. With twenty-eight illustrations, engraved by J.O. Smith and W. Linton, From drawings by William Harvey. London: David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street, Late Tilt and Bogue, 1844. F'cap 8vo; fine wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates, three with tissue guards (the rest facing blank pages); integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue at end; vertically ribbed olive green cloth, elaborately blocked with strapwork design in blind on sides, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover with design by Harvey, ruled and blocked blind, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Unobtrusive restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; a little light dusting of some plates; otherwise a fine copy.

A prose description of seasonal events in both a contemporary and historical aspect, liberally interspersed with poetical illustration. There is no list of plates, but they face pp.[viii], [22], [30], 32, [56], [74], [96], [112], [128], [140], 144, [158], [178], [192], and 200.

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ANONYMOUS. The Child's duty. Dedicated By a mother, to her children. London: J. Harris, St. Paul's Church-yard, 1828. 12mo in half-sheets; fine engraved frontispiece; half-title not present, probably not called for (the five leaves of the last gathering, plus the title-page, making a half-sheet); pp.[ii]+106; contemporary (perhaps original) half scarlet roan ruled and lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides; a.e. sprinkled. Roan a trifle rubbed at head of joints, and early presentation inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

A book about morals and religion. The British Library copy only on COPAC.

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ANONYMOUSHints On the Nature and management Of Duns. By the Honourable ---, A younger son. With illustrations, by R.J. Hamerton. T.C. Newby, 72, Mortimer Street, 1845. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for, the title-page being a single inset leaf; lithographic frontispiece printed (by C. Graf) in buff and black; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in the text; diagonally ribbed rose-madder cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind and gilt, lettered gilt, up spine; t.e. uncut; lemon-coated end-papers. Neat ownership inscription, dated ‘Oct.45' on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

A work of wit, and some wisdom.

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ANONYMOUS. The Life Of the late Princess Charlotte; Detailing Her Birth, Education, . . . her ever lamentable End - The Funeral, &c. &c. Printed for, and published by T. Kinnersley, 3, Acton Place, Kingsland Road, 1818. Sm.4to; pp.iv+596; engraved frontispiece by Romney, engraved and letterpress title-pages, and nine engraved plates; contemporary watered calf, gilt; end-papers surfaced with green paper. Some wear to covers, but a nice copy.

The letterpress title-page, running to more than two hundred words, is one of the fullest we can remember having seen. This appears not to be the biography by Huish, the Preface being signed ‘D.M'I.' The volume concludes with a section of commemorative verses, mostly unsigned, but including ones by Eliza Smith, and Thomas Campbell. Other verses are signed T. Harral, J. Bisset, and J.B.

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ANONYMOUS. The Port-folio; Containing Essays, letters, and narratives. In two volumes. Printed by Dove, St. John's Square, For the author, And sold by J. Murray, Albemarle Street; J. Underwood, Fleet Street; Richardson, Corn-Hill; Curtis, Plymouth; W. Blackwood, Edin-Burgh; and J. Cumming, Dublin, 1814. 2 Vols., f'cap 8vo; [A]5, B-I, K-S8, T4; [A]3, B-I, K-U8, X3; original quarter white paper, blue-grey boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. In general a nice copy.

A curious collation, but the prelims. of the two volumes seem to have been printed as a single gathering, whilst X4 of volume two was possibly the labels. We have been unable to trace the author of this work - though the imprint suggests a connection with the Plymouth area. Letters to the editor of an imaginary periodical, with in some cases ‘editorial' response: mildly satirical, and taking on at times the character of an ‘Agony Column'.

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ANONYMOUS. Sketches By Curio. Bosworth & Harrison, 215 Regent Street, 1856. Sm.post 8vo; half-title not called for; blank at end; scarlet straight grain morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, gilt on spine, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Two small neat restorations to cloth of spine, and spine slightly dull; small ink-spot on fore-edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Sketches of characters: ‘The Literary Bore', ‘The Codger', ‘The Humbug', ‘The Great Auctioneer' (based, probably, on G.H. Robins), etc. Halkett & Laing somewhat tentatively ascribe the authorship to Richard Howell.

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ANONYMOUS. The Valley of Wyoming: The romance Of its History and its poetry. Also, Specimens of indian eloquence. Compiled by a Native of the valley. New York: Robt. H. Johnston & Co.: And sold by C.E. Butler, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 1866. Text-paper binder's blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; three integral blanks at end, the last being pasted down beneath end-papers; dark green sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; deep yellow end-papers. Cloth of spine frayed at head and tail bands, split at extrem- ities of joints; corners worn; internally fine.

Includes some specimens of ‘local poetry', ("Wyoming Massacre"; "Warriors of Wyoming"), as well as, inevitably, Campbell's poem.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Afternoon lectures on English literature. Delivered in the theatre of the museum of Industry, S. Stephen's Green, Dublin, In May and June, 1863. London: Bell and Daldy, 186, Fleet Street. Dublin: Hodges and Smith, and McGee, 1863. F'cap 8vo; pp.[xii]+252; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated January, 1864; green pebble-grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate; binder's ticket of ‘Bone & Son, 76, Fleet Street' on back pastedown. Brilliantly fine, unopened copy.

Includes ‘On the Influence of the National Character on English Literature' by the Rev. James Byrne; ‘On the Classical and Romantic Schools of English Literature as represented by Spenser, Dryden, Pope, Scott, and Wordsworth' by William Rushton; ‘On Shakespeare' by John K. Ingram; ‘On the English Drama' by Arthur Houston; ‘On the Life and Writings of the late John Foster, the Essayist' by the Rev. Edward Whately; and ‘On the Ballad and Lyrical Poetry of Ireland' by Randal W. McDonnell Esq.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Afternoon lectures on Literature & art. Delivered in the Theatre of the Royal College of Science, S. Stephen's Green, Dublin, In the years 1867 & 1868. Dublin: William McGee, 18 Nassau Street, College, School, and Medical Bookseller; London: Bell and Daldy, 1869. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[x]+348; bevelled green buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top-edges uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow; scarce binder's ticket of ‘Cavenagh, Wicklow Street, Dublin' on back pastedown. Stain on fore-edge of back end-papers; otherwise a fine copy, partly unopened.

Includes ‘Three Epochs in the Social Development of the Ancient Greeks' by the Rev. John P. Mahaffy, A.M., Fellow and Tutor of Trinity College, Dublin; ‘The Poetry of Sir Walter Scott' by Rev. J.H. Jellett, B.D., Fellow of Trinity College, and Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Dublin; ‘The Mystery of Life and its Arts' by John Ruskin, Esq., D.C.L.; ‘Mr. Tennyson and Mr. Browning' by Edward Dowden, A.M., Professor of English Literature, Trinity College, Dublin; ‘The Peculiarities of Popular Oratory' by David Sherlock, Esq., Q.C., M.P.; ‘Richard Brinsley Sheridan' by D.C. Heron, Esq., Q.C.; ‘Romeo and Juliet' by Rev. E. Whately, A.M.; ‘Recolections of Wordsworth and the Lake Country' by Robert Percival Graves, A.M.; and ‘Specimen of a Translation of Virgil' by the Right Rev. William Alexander, D.D., Lord Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Wise, Ruskin, 337.

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ANTHOLOGY. A.L.U. Papers In Prose and verse. London: F. Pitman, 20, Paternoster Row, 1870. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; one illustration (of Father Time on a bicycle) in the text; pp.216; bright green sand-grain cloth, blocked and lettered blind on sides, blocked with monogram ALU gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Small, barely visible repair to cloth at head of front joint; tear in fore-margin of three leaves. with some associated creasing; otherwise a nice copy.

Apparently printed privately for the members of a writing club. A mixture of essays, stories (one quite lengthy), and verse, all of them competant, and one or two of high standard - in particular the three poems signed ‘Conventa'. A lot of the contributions are pseudonymous or signed only with Christian names, but those by the Editor, J.B. Keene, Arthur Masson, Cecile Vaughan, and Owen Howell, are signed. Essay titles include ‘Women's Place in Nature', ‘A Remedy for City Overcrowding', and ‘A Spinster's View of the Woman's Question'; stories include ‘A Sensational Charade', ‘Christmas Time at "Rook's Nest"', ‘Called Up', and ‘A Student's Strange Story' - the last being a fantasy; whilst the poems include ‘Cycles and Bicycles' and ‘Summer in the Isle of Wight'. An interesting reflection of its period, and evidently quite scarce.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Amethyst: Or Christian's annual For M.DCCC.XXXII. Edited by Richard Huie, M.D., And Robert Kaye Greville, LL.D. Edinburgh: Published by William Oliphant; William Collins, Glasgow; Simpkin & Marshall, and Hamilton, Adams & Co. London; And William Curry, Jun. & Co. Dublin, 1832. Sm.f'cap 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.xii+360+4; publisher's half black morocco faced basil lettered gilt on spine, glazed ivory boards; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed pale yellow. Leather slightly rubbed at corners, and boards a little marked; otherwise a fine copy.

Contributors include Bernard Barton, J. Montgomery, Mrs. Opie, Dr. John Brown, etc. Faxon, 1048. The first appearance of this scarce and short-lived Annual.

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ANTHOLOGY. Among My Books. Papers on Literary Subjects by The following Writers: Augustine Birrell, Andrew Lang, ‘Ian MacLaren', J.P. Mahaffy, Austin Dobson, Leslie Stephen, ‘A', Edmund Gosse, Goldwin Smith / Herbert Paul, Earl of Crewe, ‘John Oliver Hobbes', ‘Vernon Lee', Stanley Lane-Poole, Arthur Machen, Hon. Lionel A Tollemache, George W. Smalley, D.H. Madden, Percy Fitzgerald Reprinted from ‘Literature'. With a Preface by H.D. Trail, D.C.L. Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1898]. Blank before half-title; title printed in red and black; final blank; pp.[x]+158+[ii]; bevelled light lime green coarse buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated sage green. Spine and edges of covers faded; small restoration to cloth at head of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes ‘A Colloquy on Criticism' and ‘A Second Colloquy on Criticism' by Birrell; ‘History as it is written' by Lang; ‘Ugliness in Fiction' by ‘Ian MacLaren'; ‘Thoughts on Style' by Mahaffy; ‘The Adventures of Cherubina' by Austin Dobson; ‘Perishable Books' and ‘An Old Puzzle' by Leslie Stephen; ‘Addison's Travels' by Gosse; ‘Bysshe: A Dialogue' by ‘John Oliver Hobbes'; ‘Keys to the Universe' by Vernon Lee; ‘Unconscious Magic' by Machen, etc. In our experience, a scarce volume.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Amulet. A Christian and literary Remembrancer. Edited by S.C. Hall. Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis, 1832. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved presentation leaf precedes frontispiece and engraved vignette title-page; letterpress title-page; eight steel engraved plates with tissue guards, and one vignette on text-paper, also with guard; integral blank, followed by 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.318+[ii]+[iv]; publisher's full black morocco, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Front end-papers renewed with matching paper, but lacking the initial binder's blank; otherwise a nice copy.

Faxon, 1057, counting the vignettes as plates. Literary contributors include Mrs. Hemans, ‘the author of "Darnley," "Richlieu" &c.' (i.e., G.P.R. James), Barry Cornwall, the Rev. William Ellis (‘Infanticide in the Islands of the Pacific'), Allan Cunningham, L.E.L[andon]., Mrs. S.C. Hall, Charles Swain, Miss Mitford, Miss Jewsbury, Frederick Tennyson, the Hon. Mrs. Norton, Laman Blanchard, etc. The illustrations are engraved by R. Wallis, Charles Marr, W. Greatbach, Charles Fox, E. Goodall, etc., after Henry Corbould, Sir Thomas Lawrence, George Hayter, Clarkson Stanfield, B.R. Haydon, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Amulet. A Christian and literary Remembrancer. Edited by S.C. Hall. Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis, 1833. 12mo, printed in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; pp.[4]+312+[viii]; integral advertisement leaf (for Mrs. S.C. Hall's ‘The Buccaneer', published by Bentley) precedes steel-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, engraved vignette title-page, and letterpress title-page; half-title not called for; eight steel engraved plates with tissue guards, and two vignettes on text-paper, also with guards; blank, followed by three integral leaves of publisher's advertisements at end; publisher's full black morocco, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. A very nice copy.

Faxon, 1058, counting the vignettes as plates. Contributors include S.T. Coleridge, Disraeli, Mary Howitt, Mrs. S.C. Hall, L.E.L., Laman Blanchard, Mrs. Opie, Frederick Tennyson, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Amulet. Edited by S.C. Hall. Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis, 1835. Sm.f'cap 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; pp.286+[ii]; steel engraved frontispiece and nine plates with tissue guards; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; publisher's very dark brown morocco, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. A nice copy.

Faxon, 1060. The first issue of The Amulet in an enlarged format. Contributors include L.E.L., Barry Cornwall, Mrs. S.C. Hall, Laman Blanchard, The Countess of Blessington, Miss Mitford, Mrs. Charles Gore, James Hogg, Mrs. Hofland, John Banim, Charles Swain, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. Art and life, and the build-Ing and decoration of cities: A series of lectures by mem-Bers of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, delivered At the fifth exhibition of The Society in 1896. Rivington, Percival, & Co, 1897. Sm.cr.8vo; quarter cream fine glazed linen, grey boards, paper spine label. Label rubbed and slightly chipped; corner of back board flexion creased; large ink-spot affecting lower margins of first forty leaves, nowhere approaching text; otherwise a fine copy.

Lectures by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson, W.R. Lethaby, Walter Crane, Reginald Blomfield, and Halsey Ricardo.

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ANTHOLOGY. Auld lang syne. Selections from the papers Of the "Pen and pencil club." Printed for private circulation, 1877. Blank before half-title; autotype frontispiece and one plate (showing front and back views of Aubrey House); pp.[2]+vi+176; diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated cream. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

A mixture of prose and verse written between 1864 and 1874, including work by Lewis Morris, Frances Power Cobbe, Annie Keary, Joseph Mazzini, Edwin Arnold, Austin Dobson, William Allingham, Edmund Gosse, Augusta Webster, C.E. Maurice, Edward Carpenter, etc., some such as Gosse and Dobson making multiple contributions. Printed at the Chiswick Press. Murray, p.72. As Murray notes, the spine bears the imprint of G. Bell & Sons, who produced the volume for the Club. Thirty-five members contributed - which may possibly give some indication as to the size of the edition, though they will doubtless have subscribed for more than one volume each.

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ANTHOLOGY. Autographs For Freedom. By Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, And Thirty-five other Eminent Writers. London: Sampson Low, Son & Co.; and John Cassell, Ludgate Hill: And all booksellers, 1853. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.192; unglazed buff boards printed in black, the back cover bearing Cassell advertisements; thin light bright brown end-papers printed with Cassell advertisements in black. Backstrip lacking, with consequent slight chipping to paper at adjacent edge of back board, not affecting printed area; slight wear to corners of boards; otherwise a very nice copy of an apparently rare, and very delicate, title.

Published at One Shilling, the ‘autographs' of the title being the signatures of the contributors reproduced from wood-blocks. Besides Harriet Beecher Stowe, contributors include the Hon. Wm. H. Seward, the Earl of Carlisle, Caroline M. Kirkland; the Hon. Horace Mann, R. Hildreth, John G. Whittier, Miss Sedgwick, Miss C.E. Beecher, the Hon. Charles Sumner, Lindley Murray Moore, etc. Includes both a ‘Preface to the American Edition' signed by Julia Griffiths, and an unsigned ‘Preface to the English Edition', evidently here first printed. There is some confusion in Blanck with regard to the American edition, which is listed under Emerson (#5224) and again under Stowe (#19373) as published at Auburn in February 1854 by Alden, Beardsley, & Co. with somewhat different contents (Mrs. Stowe's contribution being given as ‘A Day Spent at Playford Hall', which is not in the present volume, her contributions here being ‘Caste and Christ' (as by Mrs. H.E.B. Stowe), ‘The Two Altars' (by Mrs. H.B. Stowe) and ‘To the Friends of Negro Emancipation' (unsigned, but ‘reprinted from the "Uncle Tom's Cabin Almanack"' - another work not listed by Blanck!); whilst Emerson is not in the present volume at all). Under Kirkland, however, (#11172) and Whittier (#21781), Blanck lists the American edition as published at Boston by John P. Jewett and Company in February 1853, and as an importation into England in March. The present edition, which was printed in England by John Cassell, is not listed by Blanck. It includes advertisements both for ‘The Illustrated Exhibitor for 1851' and ‘Uncle Tom's Cabin almanack; Or, The Abolitionist Memento for 1853', which may suggest that it was published late in 1852 and dated ahead.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Bijou: Or Annual of literature And The arts. William Pickering, Chancery Lane, 1828 [i.e., September, 1827]. Pott 8vo; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; fine steel-engraved frontispiece by W. Humphreys after Sir Thomas Lawrence, and conjugate vignette title-page by Humphreys after Stothard precede dedication leaf; letterpress title not called for; nine steel-engraved plates by Humphreys, Edward Finden, Augustus Fox, W.H. Worthington, etc., after Lawrence, David Wilkie, T. Stothard, Richard Westall, etc., with tissue guards, and four steel-engraved head-pieces by Fox after Stothard; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.xiv (including the engraved title-leaf)+319+[i (printer's imprint)]+[iv]; quarter scarlet roan lettered, with short rule, and blocked frame, gilt, on spine, buff boards printed in black; a.e.g.; very pale pink end-papers. Boards a trifle rubbed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Literary contributors include Mrs. Hemans, J.G. Lockhart, Sir Egerton Brydges, L.E.L[andon]., Joseph Blanco White (the original version of the famous sonnet ‘Night and Death', dedicated to Coleridge, who described it as "the finest and most grandly conceived sonnet in our language": it is best known in its later, revised, form), a fictive prose piece and several poems by S.T. Coleridge, Charles Lamb, James Hogg, Allan Cunningham, Sir Walter Scott (a six-page letter about David Wilkie's picture of him with his family, here finely reproduced), Miss M.R. Mitford (prose and verse), T.K. Hervey, T. Hood, Robert Southey, Lady Caroline Lambe, W. Lisle Bowles, Barry Cornwall, ‘the author of "The Subaltern"' (G.R. Gleig), James Montgomery, King George (!), His late Royal Highness, Frederick, Duke of York (!!), Horace Smith, Delta (i.e., D.M. Moir), etc., etc., all the material being here first published. The first of three annual issues of ‘The Bijou', in our experience one of the more difficult of the Annuals to find - and also one of the finest, and most interesting. Faxon, 1087.

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ANTHOLOGY. The book of The Cambridge Review 1879-1897. Cambridge: Macmillan and Bowes 1898. F'cap 8vo; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; vertically ribbed Cambridge blue cloth, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. A very good copy.

Contributors include J.K. Stephen, W.W. Skeat, and Dr. A.W. Verrall. Most of the contributions are unsigned. Editors during the period included Walter Raleigh, Walter Headlam, Israel Gollancz, R.P. Mahaffy, and Erskine Childers.

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ANTHOLOGY. Books Which have influenced me By W.E. Gladstone. Robert Louis Stevenson. Walter Besant. W.T. Stead. John Ruskin. P.G. Hamerton. H. Rider Haggard. John Stuart Blackie. F.W. Farrar. Walter C. Smith. Marcus Dods. Joseph Parker. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1897 [i.e., December, 1896]. Sm.post 8vo; pp.viii+123+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine ribbed light brown and pale brown finely mottled cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device chocolate on back cover, lettered dark chocolate, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt up spine. Very nice copy.

Issued as No. I. of the "British Weekly" Extras.

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ANTHOLOGY. The British seas: Picturesque notes By W. Clark Russell And other writers. With many Illustrations after J.C. Hook, R.A., H. Moore, R.A., Colin Hunter, A.R.A.., Hamilton Macallum, and other Artists. Seeley and Co. Limited, Essex Street, Strand, 1894. Imp.16mo in half sheets; text-paper frontispiece and numerous illustrations, some arranged as plates but included in the pagination; pp.[xii (including the frontispiece)]+[280 (last page blank)]; 4pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end; cerise buckram, ruled blind on front cover and spine, lettered and pictorially blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Slight darkening of spine; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Apparently the first trade edition. Wolff, 6010, like the British Library Catalogue, records only the folio edition (pp.viii+88), published in November 1891 (and dated 1892), which, though neither indicate the fact, probably consisted of 250 copies as did other similar Seeley publications at about this date. It almost certainly contains etchings in place of the half-tone ‘plates' of the present copy. Six of the eleven chapters are by Clark Russell; other contributors include P.G. Hamerton, A.J. Church, and James Purves.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Broadway Annual: A miscellany of Original literature in Poetry and prose. George Routledge and Sons, N.D. [1868]. Demy 8vo; frontispiece and conjugate title-page printed in black, sepia, and gold; twenty-two wood-engraved plates; other illustrations on text-paper; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+904; contemporary green straight grain fine morocco cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Slight foxing of last few leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

Includes a full length novel ‘By the Author of "Guy Livingstone"' [i.e., G.A. Lawrence], as well as short stories, articles, and poems by W. Clark Russell, Clement Scott, Edmund Yates, F.C. Burnand, Arthur Sketchley ('Mrs. Brown on Periodical Literature'), J. Ashby Sterry, W.S. Gilbert ('Croquet', with six illustrations by the author - a contribution not noted by Searle), Mrs. J.H. Riddell, Samuel Lover, Robert Buchanan, E.L. Blanchard, George Augustus Sala, Francis Turner Palgrave, William M. Rossetti, Tom Hood, Charles Knight, Gerald Massey, Hesba Stretton, etc., etc., many of the above being represented by more than one contribution. In this copy, the List of Illustrations disagrees in several instances with the marking of the plates, the plates being bound in (approximately) at the pages for which they have been marked.

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ANTHOLOGY. The casket, A miscellany, Consisting of Unpublished poems. John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1829. Demy 8vo; binder's blank precedes title-page; bound up without the half-title; Errata(listing three mistakes) on p.[viii]; pp.[xxiv]+[452]; early quarter fine diaper purple cloth, drab boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, from type, after the manner of a paper label; a.e. uncut. A few small ink-spots on covers; neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; quarter inch strip bearing part of contemporary inscription trimmed from upper margin of title-page, and insignificant hole in paper of same leaf; last leaf of Index lacking; scattered foxing, mostly very light; otherwise a near nice copy. Scarce.

Anonymously edited by Mrs. Blencowe. Contributors include Montgomery, Praed, Rogers, Miss M.R. Mitford, E.L. Bulwer, Esq., Thomas Moore, Milman, Byron (posthumous, but here first printed), Sotheby, Crabbe, Hogg, Mrs. Hemans, Theodore Hook, L.E.L., Bernard Barton, Mrs. Opie, Bowles, Miss Anna Maria Porter, Mrs. Joanna Baillie, Wordsworth, The Lady Ch. Bury, James and Horace Smith, Robert Plumer Ward, E. Fitzgerald, Esq., J.R. Planche, etc., some contributors (particularly Praed) being represented by several poems. Published by subscription in aid of an unidentified beneficiary, a total of 1,552 copies being subscribed for by a very distinguished list. Though not an Annual, sufficiently like one to have been included in Faxon, who lists it as 1131. Wise, ‘Wordsworth', pt.II, 34.

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Chambers's Miscellany Of Useful and Entertaining Tracts. Edinburgh, William and Robert Chambers, [on verso of Contents leaf:] 1846. Lge.16mo; half-title, single inset title printed in black and red on thicker paper, and Contents leaf with printer's imprint and date on verso, precede start of text; numerous wood engraved illustrations in text, and some decorative or historiated initials; pp.[iv (excluding title-leaf)]+32+32+32+32+32+32; 16pp. inserted catalogue of Works published by William S. Orr & Co. at end; white glazed boards printed in brown, scarlet, and dark green, flat spine; a.e. uncut. Small spot on front cover and short crack to paper covering at tail of back joint, but nonetheless a virtually fine copy.

Made up from the original parts, being numbers 105 - 111 of the miscellany, this forms Volume XII, a fact stated only on the Contents leaf and spine. This volume includes Life of Peter the Great; Story of De La Tude, The Moors in Spain; The Monyton Prizes; Curiosities of Art. - I. Architecture; The Persecutions in Scotland; The Three Ways of Living; The Child of Elle, and other Ballads. All of the contributions are anonymous. A celebrated example of a publisher's binding in decorated boards, the similar Volume X of the series being illustrated in Ruari McLean's ‘Victorian Book Bindings in Paper', p.37.

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ANTHOLOGY. Chambers's Papers for the people. Vol. I. Edinburgh: Published by William and Robert Chambers, 1850. Lge.post 8vo gathered in sixteens; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[iv]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]; glazed deep yellow boards printed in bright green and red; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with pattern of small dot-outlined diamonds in grey-green, the design on the paste-downs including a large panel printed with advertisements. Covers a trifle rubbed, and showing slight wear at all edges; otherwise a nice copy, largely unopened.

Issued in Weekly Numbers at 1 1/2d., Monthly Parts at 7d., and bi-monthly Volumes, as here, at 1s. 6d., the present volume containing Nos.1 - 8. As described in the original advertisements, "The Papers embrace History, Archaeology, Biography, Science, the Industrial and Fine Arts, the leading topics in Social Economy, together with Criticism, Fiction, Personal Narrative, and other branches of Elegant Literature - each number containing a distinct subject." All of the contributions are anonymous. The present copy belongs to a later binding up of sheets (not before December, 1851), the advertisements listing the series as complete in twelve volumes.

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ANTHOLOGY. Chambers's Papers for the people Volume VI. Edinburgh: Published by William and Robert Chambers, 1850. Lge.post 8vo gathered in sixteens; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[iv]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]; glazed deep yellow boards printed in bright green and red; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with pattern of small dot-outlined diamonds in grey-green, the design on the paste-downs including a large panel printed with advertisements. Spine very slightly chipped at head and tail, and a little faded; otherwise a very nice copy, unopened throughout.

Issued in Weekly Numbers at 1 1/2d., Monthly Parts at 7d., and bi-monthly Volumes, as here, at 1s. 6d., the present volume containing Nos.41 - 48. As described in the original advertisements, "The Papers embrace History, Archaeology, Biography, Science, the Industrial and Fine Arts, the leading topics in Social Economy, together with Criticism, Fiction, Personal Narrative, and other branches of Elegant Literature - each number containing a distinct subject." All of the contributions are anonymous. Later issue, the advertisements on the front paste-down listing the series to Volume XI.

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ANTHOLOGY. Chambers's Papers for the people Volume VIII. Edinburgh: Published by William and Robert Chambers, 1851. Lge.post 8vo gathered in sixteens; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[iv]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]+[32]; glazed deep yellow boards printed in bright green and red; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with pattern of small dot-outlined diamonds in grey-green, the design on the paste-downs including a large panel printed with advertisements. Spine very slightly chipped at head and tail, and a little faded; otherwise a very nice copy, partly unopened.

Issued in Weekly Numbers at 1 1/2d., Monthly Parts at 7d., and bi-monthly Volumes, as here, at 1s. 6d., the present volume containing Nos.57 - 64. As described in the original advertisements, "The Papers embrace History, Archaeology, Biography, Science, the Industrial and Fine Arts, the leading topics in Social Economy, together with Criticism, Fiction, Personal Narrative, and other branches of Elegant Literature - each number containing a distinct subject." All of the contributions are anonymous. Later issue, the advertisements on the front paste-down listing the series to Volume XII.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Cleveland Literary annual. Edited by Mrs. S. Hjerleid and Mr. A. Macpherson. Middlesbrough: Office of the Cleveland Institution Of Engineers, 1873 [i.e., December, 1872]. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; Corigenda slip tipped in before Contents leaf; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.200+[4]; rich brown buckram, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt up spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated iron grey; f'cap 8vo leaf of Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. advertisements dated 1873, advertising ‘The Triumph of Iron' by Francis C. Naish (one of the contributors to this Annual), tipped on to the front end-paper. Very nice copy.

Tipped in beneath the advertisement leaf at the front is a receipt dated Middlesbrough, December 1872, made out to one R.J. Naish for two copies of the Annual, which we thus learn was was issued in that month and priced at 2/6d. A series of light pencil inscriptions record the Naish family provenance of this copy down to 1932. Contributors include Hans Christian Andersen ('A Narrative', translated by Mrs. Hjerleid), the editors, F.C. Naish, etc., several of the contributions, however, being pseudonymous , anonymous, or signed with initials only. Against one of them, ‘Necken's Well', ascribed to ‘Shelley' has been lightly noted in pencil: ‘Mrs. Hjerleid'. A rare example of a provincial Annual. Not in Faxon.

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ANTHOLOGY. The collection Of Autograph letters And Historical documents Formed by Alfred Morrison (Second Series, 1882 - 1893). The Blessington papers. Printed for private circulation, 1895. Super roy.8vo; title-page printed in black and scarlet; final blank; pp.[iv]+234+[ii]; quarter Holland, dove-grey paper covered boards flecked darker grey; a.e. uncut. Fine copy.

A substantial volume printed in a rather small type-face, including among other contents letters from Benjamin Disraeli (26), Lady Blessington (4), George Cattermole (1), Castlereagh (3), John Wilson Croker (1), Charles Dickens (2 letters, plus text of short printed circular and of another lengthy printed circular regarding American piracies), Albany Fonblanque (11), John Galt (12), Samuel Carter Hall (1), Anna Maria Hall (1), Theodore Hook (1), G.P.R. James (2), William Jerdan (3), Walter Savage Landor (88, including an uncollected ‘imaginary conversation' and several poems), William Charles Macready (1), Richard Monckton Milnes (5), Frederick Marryat (1), the Marquis of Normanby (2), Sir Robert Peel (1), Frederick Mansell Reynolds (12), Lord John Manners (2), Mrs. Sigourney (4), Albert Smith (4), James Smith (29), Richard Westmacott (3), Nathaniel Parker Willis (10), etc., etc. V. John F. Mariani, ‘Lady Blessington's "Ever obliged friend and servant, W.S. Landor": a study of their literary relationship'; and ‘The Wordsworth Circle', 7(i), Winter 1976, pp.17 - 30.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Comic annual For 1842. By T. Hood. Henry Colburn, Great Marlborough Street, 1842. 12mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; vignette title-page by Hood with tissue guard; twelve plates by Leech, with tissue guards; numerous illustrations on text-paper by Leech or Hood; 6pp. integral advertisements followed by 8pp. inserted advertisements for ‘Colburn's Modern Standard Novelists', at end; vertically ribbed deep rose cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Virtually fine copy.

The last issue of this Annual, after two silent years. Most of the contents are by Hood, the main contribution being ‘Miss Kilmansegg and her Precious Leg: A golden legend'. It also includes a brief parody of an episode from Dickens' ‘Pickwick Papers', entitled "Not in Boz". Faxon, 1171.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. The English annual. London: Published by Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, Cavendish Square And Desilver, Thomas & Co. Philadelphia, N.D. [?1834]. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; letterpress title-page apparently not called for in this issue, though the Contents leaf is sewn in with a stub; steel-engraved frontispiece, with tissue guard, and vignette title-page precede Table of Contents; fourteen other steel-engraved plates with tissue guards; pp.[v-viii]+360; publisher's black morocco faced basil, embossed with rules and elaborately blocked and embossed blind on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. A near nice copy.

Evidently a re-issue from which the letterpress title-page has been removed to suppress the date, and by us dated speculatively from internal evidence, the several genealogical memoirs in the volume ending with nothing later than the summer or autumn of 1833. It is also the correct size for the 1834 volume, which was the first of the series, later issues being of a slightly smaller format. Faxon, however, calls for the volume for 1834 to bear the imprint of Edward Bull, to have Mrs. Norton's name on the title-page as Editor, to have one fewer plate, and twenty more pages of text. The last leaf of text in the present volume finishes, correctly, with the words ‘THE END' followed by the printer's imprint, making clear that there is nothing lacking; whilst all of the plates bear Churton's name alone as publisher. According to Faxon, the 1835 volume bears the joint imprint of Bull and Churton, and the remaining three known issues of this annual the imprint of Churton alone. We have had the 1838 issue through our hands some years ago and can say definitely that it is not that: but in fact none of the issues recorded by Faxon have the same number of pages as the present copy, quite apart from the difference in their size. Boyle's Index to the Annuals does not help, as he does not notice the English Annual at all. We hypothesise that Faxon may have in error recorded the number of pages in the 1834 volume as 380 instead of 360, and that he miscounted the plates, those in the present copy being re-impressions with an altered imprint, whilst Mrs. Norton's name was given as editor only on the suppressed letterpress title. The first two volumes of the English Annual were originally printed for circulation exclusively overseas, and Churton could therefore have re-issued the unsold sheets in, say, 1839 (the year after the demise of this Annual), as a virtually new book. In this copy the plate listed as facing p.168 is bound in (correctly) as the frontispiece, and that listed as facing p.287 is in fact the vignette on the engraved title-page. Contributors include Miss Mitford, J.A. St. John, Mrs. Crawford, [Benjamin Disraeli], Frances Osgood, the late R.B. Sheridan, Thomas Haynes Bayly, Sir Egerton Brydges, Ann of Swansea, Mrs. Hemans, etc., several of the above being represented by multiple contributions. [?]Faxon, 1211, and if so the first appearance of this Annual.

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ANTHOLOGY. The English annual, For MDCCCXXXVIII. Published by Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, Cavendish Square, 1838. Double f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece, with tissue guard, and illustrated title-page precede letterpress title-page; pp.[viii]+360; publisher's reddish brown morocco faced basil, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. A near nice copy.

The fifth and last volume of a scarce Annual the first two volumes of which were printed for circulation exclusively overseas. In this copy the plate listed as facing p.19 is bound in (correctly) as the frontispiece, and that listed as facing p.231 is in fact the vignette on the engraved title-page. Contributors include Miss Mitford, Richard Westall, [Caroline Sheridan], [Robert Folkstone Williams], Mrs. Hemans, The Honourable Augusta Norton, etc., all of the contributions being here first printed in book form. Faxon, 1215, listing one location only.

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ANTHOLOGY. Essays From the Chap-Book: Being a Miscellany of Curious and interesting Tales, Histories, &c; newly com-Posed by Many Cele-Brated Writers And very delight-Ful to read. Chicago: Printed for Herbert S. Stone & Company, And are to be sold by them at The Caxton Building in Dearborn Street, 1896. F'cap 8vo; two blanks before half-title; imprint leaf at end, followed by 8pp. publisher's catalogue, on text-paper, dated October, 1896, and two binder's blanks; very pale grey buckram, ruled and lettered blue, blocked pictorially green, yellow, black and blue on sides, enamelled blue, ruled and lettered very pale grey through blue on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. A nice copy.

Blanck 1291. Includes work by Edmund Gosse, H.H. Boyesen, Alice Morse Earle, Louise Imogen Guiney, Norman Hapgood, Lewis E. Gates, etc. The publisher's catalogue, which is numbered ‘1', reveals that the firm of Herbert S. Stone & Co. was ‘Established May, 1896', and that this is in fact one of their first books.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. Essays From the North American Review. Edited by Allen Thorndike Rice. London: J.C. Nimmo and Bain; New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1879. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; title-page printed in black and red; final blank; pp.vi+[3]-482+[ii]; dark green diagonally fine ribbed cloth, ruled blind on back cover, gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated dark caramel. Neat restorations to cloth over back joint, and very slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition, English issue: the American sheets with an English title leaf, and a variant last gathering reduced to two leaves, and omitting the advertisements integral to the American issue. Essays by Emerson, George Bancroft, John Lothrop Motley, Washington Irving, Longfellow, Lowell, Oliver Wendell Holmes, etc., mostly here first collected in book form. Blanck, 679, and 12217, recording only the American issue; this title is omitted from most entries.

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ANTHOLOGY. Fabian Essays in socialism By G. Bernard Shaw. Sydney Olivier. Sidney Webb. Annie Besant. William Clarke. Graham Wallas. And Hubert Bland. Edited by G. Bernard Shaw. London: The Fabian Society, 63 Fleet Street and 180 Portsdown Road, 1889 [i.e. 1890]. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pictorial title, dated 1890, with tissue guard; final blank; light sage green buckram, blocked and lettered dark sage green on spine and front cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated dark sage green. A near-fine copy.

The variant without a conjugate blank preceeding the frontispiece: probably the second state.

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ANTHOLOGY. Favorite Authors. A companion-book Of Prose and poetry. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1861 [i.e. 1860]. Binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; title-page printed in blue and deep pink; pp.iv+[300]+[iv (blank)]; portrait frontispiece and twenty-two other steel-engraved portraits on plate-paper, with tissue guards; blue bead grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on sides and spine, lettered blue-through-gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated brown. In general a nice copy.

Blanck, 5943, giving the date 1861, like the title-page of this copy. The verso of the title-page bears the copyright notice ‘Entered . . . in the year 1860'. The front binder's blank in the present copy bears an inscription dated ‘Jan 11. 1861'. The book was presumably published for the Christmas season 1860. Edited by James T. Fields. Includes work by Hawthorne, Whittier, Longfellow, Emerson, Holmes, Lowell, Tennyson, Browning, Leigh Hunt, Mitford, Arnold, Landor, De Quincy, etc.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Fireside companion; A literary, biographical, and anecdotical Book for all seasons. Being A series of tales, sketches, poems, biographies, essays, Anecdotes, &c., &c., &c. Illustrated by numerous engravings. Henry Lea, 22, Warwick-lane, N.D. [c.1835]. Lge.post 8vo; fine steel-engraved frontispiece by Heath after F.P. Stephanoff; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in the text; pinkish purple straight morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight mottled fading of front cover and spine; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

Contributors include Mrs. S.C. Hall, Charles Mackay, G. Linnaeus Banks, Mrs. Hemans, Ebenezer Elliott, etc. A non-Annual: but, in contents, very like one!

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ANTHOLOGY. Fisher's Juvenile scrap-book. By Agnes Strickland And Bernard Barton. 1838. Fisher, Son, & Co., N.D. [1837]. Lge.post 8vo, in half sheets; half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and vignette title-page, precede letterpress title-page; fourteen plates with tissue guards; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.86+10; horizontally ribbed puce cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g.; yellow coated end-papers. Covers near fine; inscription on back of frontispiece; some fingering, foxing, and marking of text and plates more or less throughout; as a working copy.

Faxon, 1280.

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ANTHOLOGY. Forecasts Of the Coming century By A decade Of writers: Alfred Russel Wallace, Tom Mann, H. Russell Smart, William Moris, H.S.Salt, Enid Stacy, Margaret McMillan, Grant Allen, Bernard Shaw, Edward Carpenter. Manchester: The Labour Press Limited, 57 and 59, Tib Street, 1897. Frontispiece, by T.A. West, on art-paper; tissue guard loosely laid in; pp.192; green patterned sand grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt and black on front cover with a repetition of the frontispiece design, blocked with publisher's monogram device black, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with leaf design in light green. Near fine copy. Scarce.

Edited by Edward Carpenter, a fact only acknowledged on the spine. The papers by Morris (made available just before his death) and Salt are reprinted from a periodical; the remaining essays are here first published. The volume was issued at 2/6 net, as is stated on both the half-title and the spine.

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