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December 1899 - November 1900
Contains: Two on a Trail by Arthur GRIFFITHS. Short serial.
A Gay Conspiracy by Robert W. CHAMBERS. Complete serialisation.
The Silent Gate. A Voyage into Prison by Tighe HOPKINS. Six stories of prison life, escape etc. The book issue contains an additional five.
Short stories include: The Queen's Roses by S. LEVETT-YEATS, The Lady of the Ship by Q, The Ghost in the Domino by Max PEMBERTON, The Junction Gang by S. R. CROCKETT, The White Geranium & Dust by Fred M. WHITE, Gerry's Garden by OUIDA, The Haunted Men by L. J. BEESTON, Buskers at Bay by Arthur MORRISON, A Strange Insanity by L. T. MEADE & Robert EUSTACE, Matchmaker Jack & Kate of the Toll-House by Halliwell SUTCLIFFE, Phantom Death by Huan MEE.
Original red cloth, with blindstamped and gilt decorations on front board. Spine lightly sunned, page edges faintly tanned throughout, good.




36 CHAMIER, Captain [Frederick]: The Arethusa. A Naval Story (1837)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Richard Bentley, 1837. Three volumes rebound in mid-C19th brown leather over brown marbled boards; green endpapers; black leather title labels on spines. Backstrips gummed to text blocks with consequent creasing to leather. Hinges rubbed (especially on Volume I) and boards lightly grazed, inscriptions/
signatures (in pencil) on prelims in each volume: a fair to good set.
Sadleir [325], Wolff [1158]. This copy is bound up without the half-titles.


38 CHOLMONDELEY, Mary: The Danvers Jewels (1887)
First Edition: Richard Bentley, nd [1887]. Late C19th green binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine ends scuffed, light marks on boards, good.
Originally issued in blue-grey card wrappers (Topp VIII, p.296), this has been rebound in binder's cloth. Both Sadleir's and Wolff's copies were similarly rebound. Cholmondeley's first novel: given its original ephemeral format, quite a rare survivor. A mystery story involving the theft of a bag of jewels.

39 CHOLMONDELEY, Mary: Sir Charles Danvers (1889)
Reprint]: Macmillan & Co., 1902. Original fine-ribbed blue cloth, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed, faint foxing, very good.

40 CLIFFORD, Hugh: Bush-Whacking and Other Sketches (1901)
First Edition: Blackwood & Sons, 1901. Original light green cloth. Corners bumped, a little scuffing, armorial bookplate on front pastedown, inscription (1958) on front free endpaper, otherwise very good.
Short stories and sketches of the Malay States where the author was Governor of Pahang Province. The title piece was reissued in a second and different collection Bush-Whacking and Other Asiatic Tales and Memories (1929)






45 COLLINS, Wilkie: Poor Miss Finch. A Novel (1872)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Richard Bentley, 1872. Three volumes in late C19th crimson leather over marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations, brown title/volume labels on spines; blue endpapers. A little scuffing, both labels missing on volume I, title label chipped and cracked on volume III, light foxing, good only.
Parrish [p. 83].




49 COLLINS, Wilkie: A Rogue's Life: from his Birth to his Marriage (1879)
First Edition: Richard Bentley, 1879. Late C19th crimson leather over marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations, green label on spine; blue endpapers. Chip to label on spine (left side), minimal scuffing, a little faint foxing, otherwise very good.
Parrish [p.109]. Collins originally wrote the novel for serialisation in Household Words in 1856. For its book appearance, some twenty-three years later, he revised the story. A crime novel, but largely comic in tone.

50 COLLINS, Wilkie: The Fallen Leaves. First Series (1879)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Chatto & Windus, 1879. Three volumes in late C19th crimson leather over marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations, brown title/volume labels on spines; blue endpapers. A little scuffing, small chips to edges of lower (volume) labels on two volumes, light foxing, otherwise a tight set, good/very good.
Parrish [p.110]. An idealistic young man helps a lonely mother search for her long-lost daughter -- and falls in love with a prostitute.

51 COLLINS, Wilkie: Jezebel's Daughter (1880)
First One-Volume Edition]: Chatto & Windus, 1880. Late C19th crimson leather over marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations, brown label on spine; blue endpapers. Chip to label on spine (left side), minimal scuffing, a little faint foxing, very good.
Published in the same year as the three-decker, and with no edition statement on the title page.


53 COLLINS, Wilkie: The Evil Genius A Domestic Story (1886)
New [ie First One-Volume] Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1887. Late C19th crimson leather over marbled boards; raised bands, gilt decorations, brown label on spine; blue endpapers. Substantial chip to label on spine (left side), affecting the word "Genius"; minimal scuffing, a little faint foxing, good.
A novel concerned with the wrongs and right of divorce.

54 CONWAY, Hugh [ie Frederick John FARGUS]: A Family Affair (1885)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1885. Two volumes in late C19th turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt on spines; yellow endpapers, with labels for Anthony Newnham's Tauchnitz Collection on pastedowns. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, light foxing, very good.
Todd [2357a/58]. First issues; series half-title bound in. The first of Conway's three full-length novels, originally issued as a three-decker. Much influenced by Wilkie Collins.

55 COOPER, John Butler: Coo-oo-ee A Tale of Bushmen from Australia to Anzac (1916)
First Edition: Hodder & Stoughton, 1916. Original pale blue cloth, with outline map of Australia in white on front board, lettered in black; pictorial endpapers. Light scuffing, a few light marks, a little speckling on front board, very good.

Presentation Copy

56 COTTON, Frederick: Hark Forward! (1891)
First Edition: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1891. Two-t0ne cloth, joined across the diagonal (top left to bottom right); red and cream, lettered and decoratively framed in gilt; green-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Spine lightly sunned and board edges lightly marked, good.
The dedication leaf (preceding contents page) gives a printed reproduction of letter from Cotton to a "Mrs Jessop"; but there is a presentation note in author's actual handwriting ("Miss Stoddart with the Author's compliments | December 11th 1893. F. C") on a blank prelim. A sporting novel (mainly hunting).

* CRAIK, Georgiana M.: see item 195

57 CROSSING, William: From a Dartmoor Cot (1906)
First Edition: Barnicott & Pearce (Taunton), 1906. With an Introduction by Eden Phillpotts. 8 photographic illustrations. Original fine-ribbed green cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine lettering a little dulled/oxidised, otherwise very good.
The words "Story and Tradition" appear on the front board as a sub-title (but not on the title page): stories and legends from Devon.

58 DANBY, Frank [ie Julia FRANKAU]: Baccarat. A Novel (1904)
First Edition: William Heinemann, 1904. Illustrations in colour. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in red and gilt. Light scuffing, light foxing, very good.
Frankau's novels were considered racy and chic, and were frequently caustic, satirising the nouveau riche middle-classes. This novel concerns a young woman who gambles away all her family's money at a casino in Normandy.

59 DANBY, Frank [ie Julia FRANKAU]: Let the Roof Fall In (1910)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., 1910. Title page framed in brown. Original dark green cloth, lettered in yellow on front board, in gilt on spine. A few light marks, front inner joint paper lightly cracked (but joint tight), good.
Late issue, as the catalogue (Autumn 1910) states the novel is in its "54th thousand".


60 DAUDET, Alphonse: The Nabob. A Story of Parisian Life and Manners, translated [from the French] by E. Clavequeen (1878)
Le Nabab, 1877]
First English Edition in Three Volumes: Smith, Elder & Co. 1878. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black on boards, in black and gilt on spines; yellow endpapers. Rebacked with original spines relaid; spines a little darkened, free corners rubbed, a few light marks, remains of Mudie's bookplates on front boards, a little foxing, good.
Wolff [1731], although this copy has initial blank leaves in volumes II & III (Wolff says I & II), and no advertisements in Volume I. The first of Daudet's novels to be translated into English and given the full three-decker treatment.

61 DENE, Stazel: The Gortchen. A Tale of an Arran Glen (1898)
First Edition: Digby, Long & Co., 1898. Illustrated with photographs. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered in red on front board, in gilt on spine; green-and-white patterned endpapers. Lightly scuffed on corners, a few foxing spots, very good.
The Gorchen is a boy adopted by a farming family on the Isle of Arran. The book is illustrated with photographs of Arran locations mentioned in the story: Brodick, Catacol, Corrie, Lochranza etc.

62 DIEHL, Alice M[angold]: Passion's Puppets (1895)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., 1895. Original green cloth, with gilt bands head and foot of front board, gilt lettering "on strings" (like puppets) on front board. The word "Anonymous" added in black below title on spine. Extremities scuffed, spine sunned and nicked on tips, a little shaken, endpapers browned, signature (1904) on front free endpaper, good.
Diehl had early international success as a concert pianist (she was praised by Berlioz) and married a minor composer, Louis Diehl. Thereafter, illness (her husband's and her children's) led to poverty and a squalid life: she turned to writing fiction. Published anonymously.

63 DONOVAN, Dick [ie James Edward Preston MUDDOCK]: The Man-Hunter (1888)
New Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1905. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, with blindstamped art-nouveau design on front board, lettered in gilt. Spine and board edges lightly sunned, gilt on spine oxidised, stamp on front free endpaper, light foxing, good.
The first of Muddock's collections of detective fiction, introducing Dick Donovan as detective (and pseudonym).

64 DONOVAN, Dick [ie James Edward Preston MUDDOCK]: Deacon Brodie or Behind the Mask (1901)
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1901. Original pinky-brown cloth illustrated and lettered in white and black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Cloth a little speckled, otherwise good.
Historical crime novel based on the life of William Brodie, an apparently respectable city councillor in C18th Edinburgh, who maintained a secret life as a gambler and housebreaker.


66 DORRINGTON, Albert: The Radium Terrors (1912)
First Edition: Eveleigh Nash, 1912. Original green cloth with illustration on glazed paper inset in centre of front board, lettered in gilt. Gilt on spine rubbed/dulled, otherwise bright, good.
Detective thriller featuring a sinister Japanese doctor and a radioactive threat.

67 DOUGLAS, George: The House with the Green Shutters (1901)
First Edition: John MacQueen, 1901. Early C20th rebinding in green leather over green cloth; raised bands and gilt lettering on spine; green marbled endpapers. Lightly scuffed, foxing spots, otherwise very good.
Written as a grim corrective to what Douglas perceived as the overtly sentimental picture of Scottish life portrayed in the works of the so-called Kailyard writers (J. M. Barrie, Ian Maclaren, S. R. Crockett etc).