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Volumes 91 - 93, January - December 1891
Contains: Mr Chaine's Sons by W. E. NORRIS. Complete serialisation.
Love or Money by Katherine LEE. Complete serialisation.
Kept to the Ear by Eliza Lynn LINTON. Novella in three instalments.
Those Westerton Girls by Florence WARDEN. Complete serialisation.
Short stories include:
Our Midnight Visitor by A. Conan DOYLE, La Bella & The Baron's Quarry by Egerton CASTLE, Kane A Soldier Servant & Janey A Humble Administrator by Sarah GRAND, Letty Coe by George GISSING, John Charrington's Wedding by E. NESBIT, In a Dim Light by Annie THOMAS.
Articles include:
Iftar in a Harem by TASMA, A Home of Rest by Rhoda BROUGHTON.
Three volumes in original blindstamped green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spines. Light scuffing and bumping, otherwise very good.
Norris's novel starts out as The Three Brothers, but the title was changed in the course of the serialisation.

187 THACKERAY, Miss [ie Anne Thackeray RITCHIE]: Bluebeard's Keys and Other Stories (1874)
First Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1874. Original dark green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt; green-black endpapers. Corners rubbed, spine relaid (a century ago), picture of keys pasted verso of half-title, good.
Wolff [5880]

188 THOMAS, Annie: Walter Goring (1866)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1866. Two volumes uniformly bound in horizontally ribbed brown cloth, with blindstamped framing and ornaments on boards, elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt on spines; yellow endpapers. A little rubbing on hinges, a few foxing spots, very good.
Todd [831/32]. First/only issues: bound without series half-titles.


189 THOMAS, Annie: No Alternative (1874)
Select Library of Fiction: Chapman & Hall, nd [1881]. Original pictorial, paper-covered boards. Small chips to paper on extremities, but boards generally clean and bright, contents clean and tight, very good.
Topp [III, p.403] for an earlier issue. This copy is dated 7-4-81 at foot of final page.

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191 TREVELYAN, Marie: From Snowdon to the Sea. Stirring Stories of North and South Wales (1895)
First Edition, late issue: John Hogg, nd [1895]. Original pale grey-green cloth, with Welsh dragon in red and gilt on front board, lettered in red, black and gilt; yellow endpapers. Spine and board edges lightly sunned, one spot on rear board, light foxing, very good.
Undated publisher's catalogue [1895] with details of Trevelyan's next book (The Land of Arthur, 1895) and reviews of current title. A collection of historical and folk tales, each relating to a specific location in Wales.

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193 UNDERHILL, G[eorge] F[rederick]: A Bad Purler (1892)
First Edition: Eden, Remington & Co., 1892. Original crimson cloth, lettered and illustrated in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Cloth a little darkened in places, 3 cm crack to head of rear inner joint, undated signature on front free endpaper, good.
"I have give a true picture of country house life and to point out how easy it is for the country house host to take in as his guest a wolf in sheep's clothing" (Author's Preface). A scarce novel: the British Library and other institutions only hold copies of the second edition of 1893.

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CRAIK, Georgiana M[arion]:
Winifred's Wooing (1862)
New Edition: Chapman & Hall, 1868. Bound with:
AIDE, Hamilton:
Confidences (1859)
Reprint]: Smith, Elder & Co., 1868. Illustrated title page. Two volumes bound as one in mid C19th beaded green binder's cloth. A little scuffing, light foxing, undated signatures on prelims, otherwise good.

ST JOHN, Vane Ireton:
The Chain of Destiny (1863)
First Edition, [Ward and Lock's Shilling Volume Library]: Ward and Lock, 1863. Bound with:
Rose Douglas; or Sketches of a Country Parish: being the Autobiography of a Scotch Minister's Daughter (1851 as Rose Douglas; or, Sketches of a Country Parish)
New Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1862. Two volumes (yellowbacks) bound as one in mid-C19th green binder's cloth. One corner and foot of spine rubbed, first volume has strong foxing, good.
St John's novel is a strong melodrama of family feuds, thwarted love and murder, while Whitehead's (as the title makes clear) is more gently domestic in tone.

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198 VARIOUS AUTHORS: Tavistock Tales (1893)
First Edition: Isbister & Co., nd [1893]. With thirty-two illustrations by Gordon Browne, W. D. Almond, etc. Original purple cloth, lettered in gilt, patterned endpapers. Corners scuffed, some finger marks etc in margins otherwise good.
Contains: The March of the White Guard by Gilbert Parker; Sunshine Johnson Murderer by Luke Sharp [Robert Barr]; The Wrong Prescription by Lanoe Falconer; Pensée by Rose Metcalf; A Saul and David of the Steppe by Michael A. Morrison; The Man from the Four Corners by G. B. Burgin, Feelers of Love by A. M. Cameron; Tottie by H Guthrie-Smith; Miss Maloney's Public House by Blanche Atkinson; The White Wand and the Golden Star by A. S. Boyd & A Sprig of Lavender by A. M. Cameron. There is no indication as to why these are called "Tavistock" tales.

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201 VENN, Mrs [Susanna Carnegie]: The Husband of One Wife (1894)
"In One Volume" [ie First One Volume Edition]: Hurst & Blackett, nd (c1895). Original dark green cloth on bevelled boards, with gilt butterfly on front board; green endpapers. Lightly speckled on front board, a little foxing, very good.
An attractive and strong-minded young widow moves into the stuffy academic atmosphere of Cambridge. The author was herself the wife of a Cambridge don -- a mathematician and logician -- who gives his name to the Venn Diagram. Susanna Venn wrote a handful of novels, all now uncommon.

202 WALFORD, L[ucy] B[ethia]: Her Great Idea and Other Stories (1888)
First Edition: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1888. Original red cloth, lettered and decoratively framed in black on front board, in gilt on spine. Spine lightly sunned, a little light pink staining on edges of endpapers, good.

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205 WHITE, James: The Adventures of Sir Frizzle Pumpkin, Nights at Mess,
and Other Tales
First Edition: William Blackwood (Edinburgh)/T. Cadell (London), 1836. Eight plates by George Cruikshank. Mid C19th green beaded binder's cloth with printed paper label on spine. Label chipped on corners, foxing, good.

The "other stories" are
The Traveller in Spite of Himself, The Hour of Fortune & Crocodile Island. There are eight plates, not seven as indicated in the list following the contents leaf.


206 WHYTE-MELVILLE, G[eorge] J[ohn]: Uncle John (1874)
New Edition, Select Library of Fiction: Chapman & Hall, nd (c1887). Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Usual wear (with some chipping) to paper along hinges, corners rubbed, front board clean and bright, contents clean and tight, signature (1887) in pencil on half-title, good/very good.
Topp [III, p. 400] records several yellowback editions, none of which quite matches this copy. A country-house-and-sport novel with a bigamy sub-plot.


207 WILLIAMS, Adin: Roger Plowman's Second Excursion to London; with his Marriage to Sarah Jane (1879)
First Edition: Kent & Co., (London)/C. H. Savory (Cirencester)/ Davies & Son (Gloucster), nd [1879]. Frontispiece. Original orange paper covered boards, lettered and illustrated in black. Spine ends rubbed, a couple of light cracks to paper on spine, otherwise good/very good.
Humorous tale of an innocent countryman in London, written in rural (specifically Gloucestershire) dialect. Advertisements at the back list Roger Plowman's Garland of Merry Tales (1879) as "forthcoming".

208 WILLS, C[harles] J[ames]: In and About Bohemia Being Forty-One Short Stories (1892)
First Edition: Griffith Farran & Co., nd [1892]. Original blue-grey cloth, lettered and illustrated in black and white on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Corners lightly scuffed, specks and spots on cloth, foxing spots, good.
Stories of life in London for struggling artists, actors, and other denizens of modern-day "Bohemia".

Family Copy

209 WILLS, C[harles] J[ames]: Her Portrait or Phillida's Fortunes. A Story told in a Novel Way with Pen and Pencil (1893)
First Edition: Griffith, Farran & Co., 1893. With seventy-nine illustrations by G. A. Storey. Original illustrated beige cloth; publisher's own pale brown monogrammed endpapers. Minimal scuffing, a few light marks, inscriptions on front free endpaper, otherwise very good.
A family copy through three generations. There is the author's printed dedication page: to "my dear little daughter Sibyl". The dedicatee's signature -- Sibyl M. Wills (1906) -- and her gift inscription to her son -- To Tony from his mother Sibyl M. Martin (1952) are on the front free endpaper.

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211 WILSON, H[enry] Schütz: Studies and Romances (1873)
First Edition: Henry S. King, 1873. Original brown cloth on bevelled boards, lettered and decorated in gilt and black; black endpapers. Corners lightly scuffed, very good.
Two "studies" -- on Shakespeare and Goethe -- followed by thirteen short stories. Not to be confused with Wilson's later book Studies in History, Legend and Literature (1884).

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213 WINTER, John Strange [ie Eliza STANNARD]: Private Tinker and Other Stories (1895)
First Edition: F. V. White & Co., 1895. Illustrated. Original red cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board, lettered up the spine in gilt. Lightly scuffed, owner's signature and name stamp on front free endpaper, very good.
Not in Wolff. A collection of ten short stories. Scarce.

214 THE WOMAN AT HOME. Annie S. Swan's Magazine
Volume 4 (IV), [April - September 1895]
Contains: Memories of Margaret Grainger, Schoolmistress by Annie S. SWAN. Episodes VI - XI.
Stories from the Diary of a Court Dressmaker by L. T. MEADE. Episodes IV - VIII.
Short stories include:
The Hammetts by S. BARING-GOULD, A Poet at Play by Ellen Thorneycroft FOWLER, Flowing Source by Q, A Very Up-to-Date Girl by L. T. MEADE, Fire! by Evelyn EVERETT-GREEN, The Exercise Book of Field-Marshall Prinz Ilantz by S. R. CROCKETT, What She Could, The Last Sacrifice & An Impossible Man by Ian MACLAREN.
Articles include:
A First Meeting with George Eliot by Eliza Lynn LINTON. Also A First Meeting with Mr J. M. Barrie, Interview with Annie S. Swan.
Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered and decoratively framed in gilt; grey endpapers. Lightly scuffed, inner joint papers lightly cracked, otherwise very good.
Bound up in publisher's binding, but without prelims.

215 WOTTON, Mabel E[lizabeth]: A Pretty Radical and Other Stories (1890)
First Edition: David Stott, 1890. Original fine-ribbed light blue cloth, lettered and decorated in red and black; blue-green endpapers. Corners rubbed, light crease to front board, front free endpaper (and possibly half-title) removed, fair/good.
Uncommon collection of short stories.

216 WOTTON, Mabel E[lizabeth]: Day-Books (1896)
First Edition, The Keynotes Series, Volume XXVIII: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1896. Original mid-grey cloth, lettered and decorated in green on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Boards grazed, and a little dulled/darkened, corners rubbed, foxing on endpapers, otherwise good.
Four short stories: Morrison's Heir, An Acquaintance Renewed, The Hour of Her Life & The Fifth Edition. Publisher's catalogue listing this book under its original title (Morrison's Heir) as "in rapid preparation". Wotton was a close friend of Israel Zangwill, with whom she kept up an extended correspondence.

217 YATES, Edmund: Land at Last (1866)
New Edition: Chapman & Hall, 1874. Recently rebound in brown leather over marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations and black leather title label on spine. Near fine.
Binding matches following item.

218 YATES, Edmund: The Yellow Flag (1872)
New Edition: Tinsley Brothers, 1873. Recently rebound in brown leather over marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations and black leather title label on spine. Near fine.
Binding matches preceding item.

219 ZACK [ie Gwendoline KEATS]: On Trial (1899)
First Edition: William Blackwood & Sons, 1899. Original pale green cloth, lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine. Light marks on cloth, brown spots and some smudgy marks on margins, endpapers replaced, now good.
Keats's most successful novel: a study of cowardice. The last serial instalment in Blackwood's Magazine ("Maga") overlapped with the first of Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim: and Conrad wrote to the publisher: "Isn't it a funny coincidence me following Zack on essentially the same subject? I hope no-one will suspect Maga of having started a "literary" competition for the best story on the State of Funk" (quoted in By Noble Things She Stands. The Fiction of Gwendoline Keats/Zack by Carl Wells). The novel was also highly praised by Hugh Walpole.

220 ZACK [ie Gwendoline KEATS]: The Roman Road, The Balance, The Thoughty Ones (1903)
First Edition: Archibald Constable, 1903. Original grey-blue cloth on bevelled boards, lettered in gilt within concentric rings on front board. Lightly scuffed, a couple of small marks on boards, light foxing, undated signature (in pencil) on front free endpaper, otherwise very good.
The final book in Keats's brief authorial career: a collection consisting of three long stories. Recent research by Carl Wells suggests that around this time the author was involved in a driving accident which led to some form of brain damage: she wrote nothing further and probably spent her final years in an asylum.