CATALOGUE 88, Section Seven: U - Z

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202 UNDERHILL, George F[rederick] & Herbert S. SWEETLAND: Through a Field Glass (1895)
Yellowback: Chapman & Hall, 1895. Illustrated by L. Thackeray. Original pictorial white paper-covered boards. Spine a little darkened with a few small chips (but very little wear on hinges), corners rubbed, a little shaken, good.

Topp [III, p. 459]. The yellowback was issued only a couple of months after the first edition in cloth. A soldiers-and-girls military romance.

203 UPWARD, Allen: The Ambassador's Adventure (1901)
First Edition: Cassell & Co., 1901. Original fine-ribbed dark blue cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt; publisher's monogrammed endpapers. Corners scuffed, small nicks and rubbing on spine ends, light cracking to inner joint papers, gift inscription (1925) on title page, good.

Publisher's catalogue dated 9.01 bound in at end. Upward made short stories of diplomatic intrigue one of his specialities: this is a full-length novel on a similar theme.

204 VANDAM, Albert D[resden]: Masterpieces of Crime (1892)
First Edition: Eden, Remington & Co., 1892. Original red cloth, lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Small loss of cloth (2mm) at head of spine, spine sunned, otherwise tight, good.

Stories of crime and criminality from all over Europe.

TWAIN, Mark [ie Samuel Langhorne CLEMENS]:
Eye-Openers, Good Things, Immensely Funny Sayings & Stories That Will Bring a Smile Upon the Gruffest Countenance (1871)
First Edition: John Camden Hotten, nd [1871]. Bound with:
HARTE, Bret:
Sensation Novels Condensed (1871)
First English Edition: John Camden Hotten, nd [1871]. Bound with:
BURNAND, F[rancis] C[owley]:
Strapmore! A Romance by Weeder (1878)
Fifth Edition: Bradbury, Agnew & Co., nd. Three volumes bound as one in late C19th black leather over red marbled boards. Leather chipped at foot of spine, final leaf of Twain title repaired, rhyming bookplate on front pastedown, good.

Three examples of nineteenth century humour: an American wit, an American's parodies of (mainly English) novelists and an Englishman's parody of Ouida.

HEMYNG, Bracebridge:
The Favourite Scratched; or, The Spider and the Fly. A Story of the Day, and a Tale of the Turf as it is (1869)
First Edition: C. H. Clarke, nd [1869]. Bound with:
JENKINS, John Edward:
Lord Bantam. A Satire (1872)
Canadian Copyright Edition: Dawson Brothers (Montreal), 1872. Two volumes bound as one in late C19th red leather over marbled boards; raised bands and elaborate gilt decorations on spine; marbled endpapers; all edges marbled. Board edges lightly sunned, very good

ANSTEY, F. [ie Thomas Anstey GUTHRIE]:
The Tinted Venus. A Farcical Comedy (1885)
First Edition, Bristol Library Vol VI: J. W. Arrowsmith (Bristol), 1885. Bound with:
BESANT, Walter:
Katharine Regina (1887/8)
Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual for 1887: J. W. Arrowsmith (Bristol), 1887. Bound with:
LEWIS, Mrs L. L. [ie Rosa LEWIS]:
Fatal Shadows (1887)
First Edition, Bristol Library Vol XX: J. W. Arrowsmith (Bristol), 1887.
Three volumes bound as one in cream parchment over marbled board; green leather title label on spine. Edges scuffed, light grazing, one leaf worn on edges, otherwise very good.

LE QUEUX, William:
Three Glass Eyes. A Story of To-day (1903)
Cheap Edition: C. Arthur Pearson, nd. Bound with:
HATTON, Joseph:
The Old House at Sandwich. The Story of a Ruined House as Developed in the Strange Revelations of Hickory Maynard (1887)
Paperback: C. Arthur Pearson, nd. Bound with:
NORRIS, Frank:
Shanghaied A Story of Adventure of the California Coast (1899)
Paperback: C. Arthur Pearson, nd. Bound with:
OPPENHEIM, E[dward] Phillips:
Anna the Adventuress (1904)
Paperback: Ward, Lock & Co., 1907. Illustrated. Four Edwardian paperbacks bound as one (without original wrappers) in dark green leather over green cloth-covered boards. Rubbed at head of spine, good.

209 VARIOUS AUTHORS: Manfred; or, The Castle of Otranto & Theresa A Tale of the Tyrol
John Cameron's Popular Novels: John Cameron (Glasgow), nd (c1890?). Two volumes (separately paginated) bound as one in original blindstamped red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Board edges damp stained, inner joints cracked, fair/good.

210 VARIOUS AUTHORS: Clement Kennedy; or, The Maledicted & Henry Green, The Successful Backwoodsman: A Story of the Far West And Other Tales
John Cameron's Popular Novels: John Cameron (Glasgow), nd (c1890?). Two volumes (separately paginated) bound as one in original blindstamped blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Scuffed and lightly marked, front free endpaper tipped in, signatures on prelims and title page, fair/good.

211 VARIOUS AUTHORS: Modern Ghosts (1890)
First Edition: Harper & Brothers (New York). Original navy-blue cloth, elaborately blocked in silver and lettered in gilt. Small nick at head of spine, light scuffing, inscription (1899) on front free endpaper, good.

212 VERNON-HARCOURT, F[rederick] C[laude]: From Stage to Cross. The Record of a Rolling Stone (1902)
First Edition: S. W. Partridge, nd [1902]. Illustrated with photographs. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt. Endpapers tanned, gift inscription (1902) on blank prelim, a little foxing, otherwise a bright copy: very good.

213 VERNON-HARCOURT, F[rederick] C[laude]: Bolts and Bars (1905)
First Edition: Digby Long & Co., 1905. Illustrated. Original light brown cloth illustrated (with figure of chained convict) and lettered in yellow and black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Cloth a little loosened on boards, otherwise good.

214 VIZETELLY, Henry: The Story of the Diamond Necklace Told in Detail for the First Time By the Aid of Contemporary Memoirs, Original Letters, and Official and Other Documents and Comprising a Sketch of the Life of the Countess de la Motte, Pretended Confidant of Marie-Antoinette, with Particulars of the Careers of the Other Actors in this Remarkable Drama (1867)
Third Edition (revised): Vizetelly & Co., 1881. Frontispiece. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in brown and silver; brown-and-white flower-patterned endpapers. Light scuffing, otherwise very good.

215 WALKER, A[rchibald] Stodart: Breakers of the Law (1911)
First Edition: Eveleigh Nash, 1911. Original blue-black cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, blind on front board. Lettering oxidised/dulled, otherwise clean and tight, good.

A collection of fourteen stories, previously unpublished. "The Law referred to is that which binds men and women together as husbands and wives..." (Author's Foreword).

216 WARD, Mrs Humphry [ie Mary WARD]: "Missing" (1917)
First Edition: W. Collins Sons & Co., 1917. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine faintly sunned, with lettering a little dulled, signature (1940) on front free endpaper, good.

217 WARREN, Samuel: Ten Thousand A-Year (1841)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1845. "This New Edition, carefully revised, is the only one sanctioned by the author for continental circulation." Three volumes uniformly bound in continental style black cloth with blindstamped framing, lettered in gilt on spines; deep pink endpapers. Small chips on spine ends, owner's name stamp on front endpapers, foxing, good.

Todd [80c/81a/82a]. Third issue of volume 1; first issue (with woodcuts on title pages) of volumes 2 & 3. Series half-titles bound in.

218 WARREN, Samuel: The Experiences of a Barrister and Other Tales (1878)
Reprint: W. & R. Chambers, 1883. Original crimson cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt; yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed, very good.

Warren's Experiences of a Barrister originally appeared (anonymously) in Chambers's Journal under the title The Lawyer Detective. This volume contains three of the original ten stories, followed by six stories from Confessions of an Attorney (also attributed to Warren) and two further unlinked stories: The Bankrupt's Son and Infallible Judgements.

219 WATERS [ie William RUSSELL]: Recollections of a Detective Police-Officer. Second Series (1859)
First Edition: W. Kent & Co., 1859. Mid C19th black leather over brown marbled boards. Leather split along lower hinge, with 3 cms missing at head of spine above title; leather backstrip gummed to text block, inner joint papers cracked, small name plate on front pastedown, light foxing. With all faults: a reading/working/ rebinding copy.

220 WATERS [ie William RUSSELL]: Traditions of London, Historical and Legendary (1859)
First Edition: W. Kent & Co., 1859. Mid C19th red leather over black and purple marbled boards, lettered in gilt on spine; pale brown marbled endpapers. Edgewear, inner joint papers cracked (but joints tight), undated signature on title page, good.

221 WESTBROOK, H[erbert] W[etton] & Lawrence GROSSMITH: "The Purple Frogs"...with Six Illustrations in Music, Arranged from the MS. Notes of Botolph Glenfield, by Ella King Hall (1914)
First Edition: Heath, Cranton & Ouseley, nd [1914]. Original blindstamped green cloth, lettered in black on spine. Trace of removed plate on front pastedown, otherwise clean, bright, very good.

"The theme underlying their extraordinary novel is almost worthy of Gilbert, as is the character of Vaughan, the butler, who embarks upon a profession hitherto untried — that of blackmail by means of the incriminating letters thrown overboard in bottles by people who subsequently escape drowning; and the fun grows, or might grow, fast and furious, when the heroine, recovering and concealing such a bottle, is hailed by her friends as a dipsomaniac...The curious title of the story is that of a novelette, written by the chief character, which is here reproduced at full length, and illustrated in a pseudo-Futurist manner by manuscript music, irrelevant, but in itself charming." (Review in The Spectator, which found the book unintentionally funny). Very odd indeed.

222 WHYTE-MELVILLE, G[eorge] J[ohn]: Cerise. A Tale of the Last Century (1866)
Second Edition in Three Volumes: Chapman & Hall, 1866. Three volumes in late C19th scarlet leather over maroon marbled boards, lettered in gilt on spines. Corners lightly rubbed, a few tiny chips to leatherwork, neat restoration to leather on top spine ends, undated signature on front free endpapers, a good set.

One of Whyte-Melville's most successful novels, running through three three-decker editions.

Signed Family Copy

223 WILLS, C[harles] J[ames] & F[rancis] C[harles] PHILIPS: A Maiden Fair to See (1891)
First Edition: Trischler & Co., 1891. Illustrated by G. A. Storey. Original pale chocolate brown cloth on bevelled boards lettered and decorated in green and gilt; green and white patterned endpapers. Corners scuffed, light foxing, very good. Signed by the author and his wife on the title page.

Wills was a doctor and resided in Persia for a number of years. On his return he wrote travel books about the Middle East, before turning to fiction-writing in collaboration with the F. C. Philips. The two inscriptions on the title page read: To my dear wife from C. J. Wills, March 1891 and From A. L. Wills to Sibyl M. Wills (undated). Sibyl was Wills's daughter.

224 WOOD, H[enry] F[reeman] Wiber: Under Masks (1908)
First Edition: Sisley's, nd [1908]. Original red cloth. Rebacked with endpapers replaced (mid C20th). Spine lettering dulled, otherwise a clean, tight copy, good.

A mixed collection of stories including crime and political satire. Wood was the author of a much-admired crime novel The Passenger from Scotland Yard.

225 WOOLF, L[eonard] S[idney]: The Village in the Jungle (1913)
First Edition: Edwin Arnold, 1913. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Front mottled and spotted so that the title lettering on the front board is partially obscured, but contents clean, tight and in good order: fair.