CATALOGUE 88, Section One: A - B

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MURDOCH, James (writing as "A. M."):

Felix Holt Secundus and A Tosa Monogatari of Modern Times
The Wooing of Webster. Faustus Junior Ph.D. The Bear-Hunt on Fuji-San (1893)
A Yoshiwara Episode. Fred Wilson's Fate (1893)
[Indian Railway Library, Nos 18, 20 & 22]: A. H. Wheeler (Allahabad)/Walter Scott Limited (London), nd/nd/nd, (c1894).
Three volumes bound as one (without original wrappers) in pale green cloth; spine lettered and decorated in brown, reading "Yarns by a Newspaper Man/Jas Murdoch".
Corners bumped, some light marks on boards, undated signatures on front free endpapers, good.

Bound without wrappers, and undated so difficult to establish edition status. A mixture of stories with Australian and Japanese settings.

2 ABOUT, Edmond: A New Lease of Life and Saving a Daughter's Dowry (1880)
L'Homme à l'oreille cassée, 1862 & Sans Dot, 1859]
First Edition, Popular French Novels: Vizetelly & Co, 1880. Bound with:
The Notary's Nose and Other Stories (1882)
Le Nez d'un notaire, 1862]
First Edition, Popular French Novels: Vizetelly & Co, 1882. Two volumes bound as one in late C19th black leather over blue-green marbled boards. Rubbed at head of spine, boards grazed, foxing spots, good.

* ABOUT, Edmond: see also item 56

3 AIDE, Hamilton: Poet and Peer (1880)
One Volume Edition]: George Routledge & Sons, 1883. Late C19th rebinding in white parchment over dark green mottled/marbled boards; green leather title label and gilt lines on spine. Small chip to paper on front board, otherwise very good.

4 AINSWORTH, W[illiam] Harrison: Rookwood: A Romance (1834)
First One-Volume Edition, Bentley's Standard Novels, No LX: Richard Bentley, 1837. Series half-title, frontispiece and vignette title page (all dated 1837) precede printed title page. Original maroon cloth, with black title labels on spine. Spine sunned to brown, small chips to edges of labels, small knock on bottom edge of rear board, owner's name stamp on endpapers, good. £35.00


5 AINSWORTH, William Harrison: The Leaguer of Lathom. A Tale of the Civil War in Lancashire (1876)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Tinsley Brothers, 1876. Three volumes in original blue cloth, decorated in black on boards, ruled and lettered in gilt on spines; cream endpapers. Lightly scuffed, remains of W. H. Smith Subscription Library plates on front pastedowns, overlaid with armorial bookplate of "J. Steele, Coldstream Guards"; a little light foxing. Clean, tight, bright: a very good set.

6 AINSWORTH, William Harrison: Chetwynd Calverley (1876)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1876. Two volumes uniformly bound in dark brown cloth with black borders, lettered in gilt on spine; pink endpapers. A few foxing spots on prelims; Danish owner's name stamp on front free endpapers, otherwise very good.

Todd [1597]. First/only issue. Series half-titles bound in. One of the scarcer late Ainsworth titles, infrequently reprinted in London.

* AINSWORTH, W. H.: see also item 56

7 ALLEN, F. M. [ie Edmund DOWNEY]: Anchor Watch Yarns (1883)
New Edition: Ward & Downey, 1888. Original illustrated blue cloth on bevelled boards; grey-and-white patterned endpapers. Corners lightly rubbed, cloth a little soiled, some light marks in margins, good.

Nautical tall stories.

8 ANLEY, Charlotte: Miriam; or, The Power of Truth. A Jewish Tale (1826)
Second Edition: John Hatchard & Son, 1829. Mid C19th black leather with gilt borders on boards. Gilt decorations and red leather title label on spine; grey marbled endpapers. Light rubbing, a little foxing, undated signature on blank prelim, very good.

9 ANONYMOUS: [The Odd Volume] The Legend of the Large Mouth and Other Tales (1835 as The Odd Volume; or, Book of Variety: Illustrated by Two Odd Fellows, Robert Seymour and Robert Cruikshank)
First Thus: James Blackwood, nd (c1877). Frontispiece and seven plates by George Cruikshank [and Robert Seymour]. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt ("The Legend of the Large Mouth"); pale yellow endpapers. Gift inscription (1882) on front free endpaper, light scuffing, otherwise very good.

Nineteen stories and poems, none of which is signed.


10 ANONYMOUS: Revelations of a Registry Office [title on front board: Lady Laylee's Desire with Revelations of a Registry Office] (1877?)
First Edition (?): Walter Brown, 1877. Frontispiece. Original white paper-covered boards, framed, illustrated and lettered in black, publisher's advertisement on rear board. Light soiling on boards, lacks spine, private library bookplate on blank prelim, frontispiece trimmed at bottom, fair.

* ANSTEY, F.: see item 207

11 BARRETT, Frank [ie Frank DAVIS]: The Justification of Andrew Lebrun (1894)
First Edition: William Heinemann, 1894. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Small name plate on front pastedown with offsetting to front free endpaper, a little light scuffing, very good.

12 BARRETT, Frank [ie Frank DAVIS]: The Justification of Andrew Lebrun (1894)
First Edition: William Heinemann, 1894. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Small chip to cloth at head of spine, marking on rear board, hinge rubbed, good.

A second, more well-used copy of item 11 above.

13 BELL, R[obert] S[tanley] Warren: The Refleckshuns of a Kuntry Pleeceman (1892)
First Edition: Eden, Remington & Co., 1892. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in red on front board, lettered in gilt on spine; grey-and-white patterned endpapers. Lightly scuffed, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, very good.

14 BESANT, Walter & James RICE: Ready-Money Mortiboy. A Matter-of-Fact Story (1872)
[First One-Volume Edition], The Cornhill Library of Fiction: Henry S. King & Co., 1873. Frontispiece and illustrated initial word to each chapter. Original blue cloth lettered and decorated in black on boards, in black and gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Lightly scuffed, a few faint foxing spots, very good.

15 BESANT, Walter: Katharine Regina (1887/8)
Arrowsmith's Bristol Library: J. W. Arrowsmith (Bristol), 1888. Original red cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board, in black and gilt on spine. Spine ends worn, tear (without loss) to bottom edge of front free endpaper, undated signature on prelims, good.

* BESANT, Walter: see also item 207

* BLACK, William: see item 123

16 BLATHERWICK, Charles: Personal Recollections of Peter Stonnor, Esq (1884)
First Edition: Chapman & Hall, 1884. Illustrated. Original deep turquoise cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt; brown endpapers. Light scuffing, a few faint marks on rear board, otherwise a tight, bright copy: very good.

Not in Wolff, who held one other novel by this author. A comic novel of the life of a country gentleman and his famil; involving burglaries and seances, courtship and bazaars, grand dinners and small children. Scarce.

From the Author

17 BLEACKLEY, Horace: A Gentleman of the Road (1911)
First Edition: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1911. Original green cloth, framed and illustrated in black, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, light foxing, very good. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: With kind regards from the Author.
Eighteenth century historical romance: the hero, Dick Maynard, is unjustly accused of being a highwayman.

18 BLOUNDELLE-BURTON, John: A Dead Reckoning (1904)
First Edition: F. V. White & Co., 1904. Original sage-green cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly marked on boards, light scuffing, faint foxing, very good.

One of Bloundelle-Burton's "Novels of To-day": a story of secret marriages, bigamy and blackmail.

19 BOLDREWOOD, Rolf [ie Thomas Alexander BROWNE]: In Bad Company and Other Stories (1901)
First Edition: Macmillan & Co., 1901. Original fine-ribbed blue cloth with blindstamped designs (trees and sun reflected in pool) on front board, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. Corners scuffed, spine-ends scuffed, "Presentation Copy" impressed on title page, signature (1901) on front free endpaper, a little foxing, very good.


A monthly periodical running from 1891 to 1934, and covering all fields of literature. The following are all single issues, in original wrappers, with a leading piece on the selected author, and their portrait on the front cover.

February 1913. Charles READE. With presentation portrait.


September 1914. Charles GARVICE

January 1915. George GISSING

July 1915. Neil MUNRO

August 1915. Samuel BUTLER

September 1915. Morley ROBERTS

October 1915. Compton MACKENZIE

March 1917. F. ANSTEY

April 1917. G. P. R. JAMES


November 1917. Flora Annie STEEL

February 1918. John OXENHAM


July 1918. Leonard MERRICK

June 1919. Charles KINGSLEY

November 1919. George ELIOT

June 1920. Thomas HARDY

August 1920. Joseph CONRAD

September 1920. Robert HICHENS

Per issue: £8.00
I currently have 25 other issues from the same period. Please contact me for details.


21 BOURNE, Mrs: Beta (1890)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Ward & Downey, 1890. Three volumes in original brown cloth, framed and lettered in dark brown on boards, lettered in gilt on spines; grey-and-white patterned endpapers. Corners and spine ends bumped and scuffed, W. H. Smith's Subscription Library plates on front free endpapers, later plain endpapers in volume III, inner joint papers cracking /chipped, but all joints tight, light foxing. A fair to good set.

Not in Wolff. Collates: I - [viii] + 244pp; II - [viii] + 256pp; III - [viii] + 244pp.
A review in
The Spectator summarises the plot thus: "We are introduced to two beautiful sisters. One of them has been secretly married ; she goes mad; her mother gives her an over-strong opiate, and kills her. The other sister becomes the mistress of a rich man, marries an old lover, who does not know of her degradation, and is opportunely killed by a carriage accident when it is about to be discovered."

22 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Aurora Floyd (1863)
Stereotyped Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., nd (c1890). Recently quarter-bound in deep pink-crimson leather over black cloth; raised bands, black impressed decorations and black leather title label on spine; pink endpapers. Pinky brown stain on bottom margin of pages throughout: thus only a good copy but in a fine binding.

23 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Only a Clod (1865)
Stereotyped Edition: Spencer Blackett, nd (c1887). Recently half-bound in black leather over pale brown marbled boards; raised bands and impressed gilt decorations on spine; cream endpapers. Very faint tanning to page edges: thus a very good copy in a fine binding.

24 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Run to Earth (1867)
Author's Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., nd (c1915). Original red cloth with art-nouveau decoration in black, lettered in gilt. Corners rubbed and bumped, front inner joint paper cracked in centre, inscription (1915) on front free endpaper, otherwise good.
One of Braddon's lurid working-class serial stories, repackaged for middle-class readers.

25 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Thou Art the Man (1894)
Stereotyped Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., nd, c1895. Original red cloth, blocked in black, with Braddon's "signature" across front board. A few light marks, light scuffing, foxing and pink diamond-shaped bookplate on front endpapers, page edges faintly tanned: very good.

26 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: The Infidel. A Story of the Great Revival (1900)
First Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., nd [1900]. Original fine-ribbed black cloth, with blindstamped panel of leaves in centre of front board; lettered in gilt on front board and spine. Front inner joint very neatly (all but invisibly) restored, light scuffing to corners, a little light foxing, good.

Sadleir [295]. An historical novel of the Methodist Revival.

27 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Beyond These Voices (1910)
7d Copyright Novels: Hutchinson & Co., nd (c1914). Frontispiece. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Leading edge of front board lightly sunned, otherwise very good.

28 BROUGHTON, Rhoda: Cometh Up as a Flower An Autobiography (1867)
New Edition, Favourite Novels: Richard Bentley, 1878. Engraved frontispiece. Original blindstamped green-black cloth with lettering and decoration in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Light scuffing, otherwise very good.

Dedicated to Broughton's uncle, J. Sheridan Le Fanu. For a copy of his Uncle Silas in the same Favourite Novels series, see item 107.

29 BRYDEN, H[enry] A[nderson]: Tales of South Africa (1896)
First Edition: Archibald Constable, 1896. Title page printed in red and black. Original light tan cloth, lettered and illustrated in brown. Some light marks on boards, foxing on endpapers, otherwise very good.

Eleven short stories.

* BURNAND, F. C.: see item 205

* BURNETT, F. Hodgson: see item 123

[Second Series], Volumes 1 - 2, [March 1899 - February 1900]
Poems, short stories, sketches, essays etc by: H. D. LOWRY, Arthur MORRISON, Barry PAIN, Laurence HOUSMAN, Bernard CAPES, H. B. Marriott WATSON, Baron CORVO, Dion Clayton CALTHROP, Tom GALLON, Harold BEGBIE, Walter EMMANUEL etc.
Illustrations by: Maurice Greiffenhagen, Sidney Sime, Max Beerbohm, Leonard Raven-Hill, Joseph Pennell etc.
Two volumes bound as one in early C20th yellow binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Cloth soiled, with small chip at head of spine, small nick at foot, corners lightly rubbed: contents clean but slightly shaken: fair/good.