CATALOGUE 89, Section Two: A - Collins

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Updated 27 May







25 ANONYMOUS: Secrets of My Office by A Bill Broker (1863)
First Edition: John Maxwell, 1863. Original blindstamped brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine relaid with new endpapers (late C20th). A few light marks on cloth, undated inscription on contents page, light foxing, now a tight copy: good.

"I, Andrew Lovegood, as I choose to re-name myself and re-baptize myself, have in my time been a singularly successful gold-gatherer."


26 ANONYMOUS: Autobiography of a Publican. A Tale for the Times, Founded on Fact (1857 as The Drunkard's Son)
New Edition: J. C. Booth (York), 1870. Original pink card wrappers, lettered in black. Top free corner of front cover torn off, card lightly soiled and marked and lightly cracked on spine, fair.

"A thrilling relation of the Evils of the Liquor Trade".

Volumes 37 & 38, January - December 1884
Contains: The White Witch by Florence WARDEN. Complete serialisation.
Short stories include:
The Mail-Cart Robbery & Roger Bevere by Mrs Henry WOOD, Dr Ball & One New Year's Eve by Mrs HUNGERFORD.
Summer Supplement of The Argosy.
The Surgeon's Daughters by Mrs Henry WOOD.
Two volumes in original dark green cloth on bevelled boards, blocked and lettered in black on each front free endpaper: clean, bright, very good.

Warden's novel is not supernatural, but her usual sensational mixture of crime (bigamy, false imprisonment, murder) and romance.




31 BARNETT, John [ie John Reginald STAGG]: The Prince's Valet (1907)
First Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1907. Original light blue cloth, lettered in black and gilt. Minimal scuffing to spine tips, faint mark on one corner of front board, a few foxing spots, otherwise a crisp bright copy, very good.

The memoirs of Gustave, valet to Bonny Prince Charlie. The novel follows the Young Pretender's adventures across Europe after the failed uprising of 1745.

32 BARRETT, Frank [ie Frank DAVIS]: A Set of Rogues Namely Christopher Sutton, John Dawson, The Señor Don Sanchez del Castillo de Castelaña and Moll Dawson. Their Wicked Conspiracy, and a True Account of their Travels and Adventures. The Marriage of Moll Dawson by Sinful Means to a Worthy Gentleman of Merit; Her Fall, Remorse and Great Sorrow; Her Second Expedition with Her Former Roguish Companions into Strange Places. Her Atonement to Mr. Richard Godwin (Whereby She Renders Up All She Ever Had of Him and More) and Selling of Herself to Algerine Pirates and Going into Barbary a Slave; Together with the Tribulations of Those who Led Her into Wrong Doing, and Many Other Surprising Things Now Disclosed for the First Time as the Faithful Confession of Christopher Sutton (1895)
First Edition: A. D. Innes, 1895. Illustrated. Original blue buckram, lettered in gilt. Spine and board edges sunned, pages edges faintly tanned, a little foxing, otherwise a tight copy, good.

Rollicking historical novel set in the aftermath of the Great Plague (1665), and sporting one of the longest titles of any Victorian novel.


34 BECKE, Louis, & Walter JEFFERY: The Tapu of Banderah (1901)
First Edition: C. Arthur Pearson, 1901. Original fine-ribbed dark green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, tiny nick at foot of spine, faint foxing, very good.

Australian and South Pacific tales.

35 BENSON, E[dward] F[rederic]: The Relentless City (1903)
First Edition: William Heinemann, 1903. Original yellow cloth with image of eagle and lettering in black and red. Corners lightly rubbed, cloth lightly marked, light foxing, good.


37 BESANT, Walter: In Deacon's Orders Etc (1895)
[Cheap Edition]: Chatto & Windus, 1898. Original light brown cloth on limp/light boards, lettered and decorated in black on front board, in black and gilt on spine. Light crease to front board, otherwise good.

A collection of some of Besant's sharpest stories: In Deacon's Orders, Peer and Heiress, The Equal Woman, The Shrinking Shoe, Quarantine Island, In Three Weeks, One and Two, A Night with Tantalus, The Solid Gold Reef Company Limited, To the Third and Fourth Generation & King David's Friend. Publisher's catalogue dated March 1898 bound in at end.

* BESANT, Walter & James RICE: see item 177


38 BLACKMORE, R[ichard] D[oddridge]: Lorna Doone. A Romance of Exmoor (1869)
Twenty-Fourth Edition: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1885. Frontispiece (printed) and 10 photographs each tipped on card pages inserted throughout the book. Original blue cloth on bevelled boards, lettered and ruled in black and gilt on spines; grey-and-white patterned endpapers. Corners scuffed, a few light marks on boards, inner joint papers lightly cracked good.

This appears to be a publisher's own extra-illustrated edition (rather than a private grangerisation), as the card inserts add to the size of the book without detriment to the binding; and have printed titles. But I can find no record of this edition, in this state, listed elsewhere.

39 BLACKMORE, R[ichard] D[oddridge]: Perlycross. A Tale of the Western Hills (1894)
First One-Volume Edition]: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1894. Original morocco-grained royal blue cloth, with blindstamped wavy lines on front board, lettered in gilt; publisher's own decorated blue endpapers. Minimal scuffing to corners: a clean, bright copy, very good.

First published in three volumes earlier in the same year.





44 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Ishmael (1884)
Stereotyped Edition: John & Robert Maxwell, nd (c1885). Frontispiece. Original green cloth, decorated in black and lettered in gilt. Corners scuffed, very good.

Dated 6.85 at foot of final page.

45 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Wyllard's Weird (1885)
Stereotyped Edition: John & Robert Maxwell, nd (c1885). Frontispiece. Original green cloth, decorated in black and lettered in gilt. Corners scuffed, inner joint papers lightly cracked, undated signature on front free endpaper, good.


47 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: Dead Love Has Chains (1907)
7d Copyright Novels: Hurst & Blackett, nd (c1913). Frontispiece. Pocket edition in original green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt. Some darkening/marking on rear board,  good.

A short novel, originally called Conrad. [2nd copy: not in printed catalogue]

48 BRADDON, M[ary] E[lizabeth]: The White House (1908)
First Edition: Hurst & Blackett, 1908. Original blue cloth, framed and lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine, publisher's own monogrammed endpapers. Corners scuffed, small chip to cloth on lower hinge, front inner joint paper lightly cracked, good.

Sadleir [342].



51 BROUGHTON, Rhoda: Red as a Rose is She (1870)
Eleventh Edition, Bentley's Favourite Novels: Richard Bentley, 1887. Frontispiece. Favourite Novels binding in blindstamped black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Minimal scuffing, light foxing on prelims, inscription (1889) on title page: crisp, bright, very good.

Penny Parts

52 BURRAGE, Edwin Harcourt: Handsome Harry of the Fighting Belvedere & Cheerful Ching-Ching, Sequel to Handsome Harry & Daring Ching-Ching; or The Mysterious Cruise of the Swallow & Wonderful Ching-Ching. His Further Adventures. Sequel to Handsome Harry, Cheerful Ching-Ching and Daring Ching-Ching.
Author's Editions: [W. Lucas], nd (c1885). 51 weekly penny parts (numbered continuously through the four books), each headed with a full page illustration. Late C19th tan leather over orange marbled boards. Edges rubbed, some tanning to paper, some pages misbound (but all present) in parts 13 & 23, some pages severely trimmed at top, lacks final instalment of the final story, thus fair.

The first three stories are complete; only Wonderful Ching-Ching is missing a final episode. Burrage's juvenile penny dreadful style tales tell of wild adventures at sea, with some very dubious racial stereotyping.

Penny Parts

53 BURRAGE, Edwin Harcourt: Young Ching-Ching
24 weekly parts, each headed with a full page illustration. No publisher's details etc, but almost certainly W. Lucas, c1885. Binding uniform with item 52 above. A little light foxing a few wrinkled pages edges, very good.

The best preserved of the five stories by Burrage offered here, and separately bound.



56 CLEEVE, Lucas [ie Adelina KINGSCOTE]: The Fool-Killer (1904)
First Edition: T. Fisher Unwin, 1904. Title page printed in red and black. Original blue cloth, lettered in black. Sunned at extreme foot, foxing spots on early pages, good.

Publisher's booklists (1903 - 04) at end.