CATALOGUE 89, Section Three: Corelli - Hall

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67 CROCKETT, S[amuel] R[utherford]: The Seven Wise Men (1909)
Paperback: Religious Tract Society, 1909. Illustrated. Original grey card wrappers, lettered and illustrated in red: light foxing, very good. Original green dustwrapper, lettered and illustrated in dark green: edges torn, small chips on spine ends, good.

This short novel appeared originally in the collection The Bloom o' the Heather in 1908, before its independent appearance the following year. A scarce Crockett title, and scarcer still with its original dustwrapper.


69 DANBY, Frank [ie Julia FRANKAU]: The Story Behind the Verdict (1915)
First Edition: Cassell & Co., 1915. Coloured frontispiece. Original blue-grey cloth, lettered in gilt. Corners bumped, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, stamp on rear pastedown, otherwise very good.

Nine linked crime stories. Listed in Hubin. Scarce. "Everybody both in and out of London...knew of the Keightley Wilburs. To begin with, their relationship was peculiar. To continue, so were they. Plutocrats...mother and son, yet lovers and intimate companions living together in a rare and perfect sympathy. Keightley wrote plays, poems, essays, professed Socialism and practised the occult...Accident led him into his adventure into criminology, the weird little god of circumstance."

70 DE LA PASTURE, Mrs Henry [ie Elizabeth DE LA PASTURE]: The Unlucky Family A Book for Children (1907)
First Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1907. Illustrated by E. T. Reed. Original royal blue cloth, framed and decorated in gilt on front board, lettered in gilt on spine, (later) blue endpapers; top edge gilt. Small nicks and chips on spine ends, undated gift inscription on front free endpaper, good.

A satirical portrait of a Victorian family.

71 DICKENS, Charles: Master Humphrey's Clock (1840 - 41)
Complete in Three Volumes: Chapman & Hall, 1840 - 41.
The Old Curiosity Shop. Complete serialisation.
Barnaby Rudge. Complete serialisation.
Illustrated by George Cattermole and Hablôt K. Browne. Three volumes uniformly bound in dark green leather over marbled boards; gilt scrolling and black leather title labels on spines; brown endpapers. Edges rubbed, boards grazed.
Volume III only: spine relaid on green leather (top and bottom pieces of original spine are missing). A good set.

Dickens started Master Humphrey's Clock as a weekly journal which would include serial fiction: eventually the fiction took over, as the journal resolved simply into the weekly serialisation of two novels: The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge.

72 DICKENS, Charles: Hunted Down A Story, The Uncommercial Traveller A Series of Occasional Papers
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1860. Bound with:
A Quiet Nook in the Jura (1867)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, c1867. Two volumes bound as one in early C19th brown cloth over green marbled boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Edges rubbed, some wear to boards, small nick at head of spine, short split (1 cm) at bottom of lower hinge, undated signature on first half-title, foxing, good.

Todd [536a & 908b]. Series half-titles bound in. First Tauchnitz issue and first book issue of Dickens's Uncommercial Traveller: the London edition (Chapman & Hall) did not appear until in 1861. Second issue of Ruffini's Quiet Nook.

* DICKENS, Charles: see also items 123, 126

73 DONOVAN, Dick [ie James Edward Preston MUDDOCK]: Caught at Last! Leaves from the Note-Book of a Detective (1889)
Reprint]: Chatto & Windus, 1895. Original red cloth on limp boards, decorated with chains and cuffs in grey, lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine; patterned endpapers. Corners rubbed, light creasing to boards, front inner joint paper lightly cracked (but joint tight), good.

Fifteen crime stories.


75 DONOVAN, Dick [ie James Edward Preston MUDDOCK]: From Clue to Capture. A Series of Thrilling Detective Stories (1893)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., nd [1893]. Illustrated. Original grey cloth, lettered and illustrated in brown, black, gilt and silver. Lightly scuffed, Argentinian bookseller's stamp on front pastedown, very good.



78 DUDENEY, Mrs Henry [ie Alice DUDENEY]: "Young, and So Fair!" by the author of "Those Irish Eyes" etc (1892)
The Family Story-Teller, Volume 82: William Stevens, nd c1892. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt. Signature on prelims, otherwise very good.

Authorship identified in Charlotte Brame Towards a Primary Bibliography by Law, Drozdz & McNally.

79 DUMAS, Alexandre: The Musketeer Trilogy
The Three Musketeers
, translated [from the French] by William Robson (1853)
New Edition: Routledge, Warnes & Routledge, 1859.
Twenty Years After, translated [from the French] by William Robson
New Edition
: Routledge, Warnes & Routledge, 1859.
The Vicomte of Bragelonne; or, Ten Years Later Being the Completion of The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After (1857)
First English Edition in Two Volumes: G. Routledge & Co., 1857.
Four volumes uniformly bound in mid-C19th brown leather over marbled boards; raised bands and black leather title labels on spines; brown endpapers. Light edgewear, corners rubbed, boards grazed, armorial bookplates on each front pastedown, good.

The complete trilogy, including the first English edition of the third title, uniformly bound. Published in France as: Les Trois Mousketaires, 1844; Vingt Ans après, 1845; and Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, ou Dix ans plus tard, 1848 - 50.


81 ELLIS, Mrs Havelock [ie Edith ELLIS, née LEES]: The Imperishable Wing (1911)
First Edition: Stanley Paul, nd [1911]. Original crimson cloth, lettered and illustrated (a wing and a rose) in grey on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine lightly sunned, corners scuffed, some light marks on boards and small stain on bottom edge of front board, good.

Edith Lees was a lesbian feminist who entered into an open marriage with the sexologist Havelock Ellis. She wrote a handful of novels. This collection of eleven short stories is one of her scarcer titles. Publisher's booklist (of books published in 1911) bound in at end. This is a different copy from the one offered in Catalogue 86.

The Illustrious Dr Mathéus (1872)
L'Illustre Docteur Mathéus, 1858]
First English Edition: Ward, Lock & Tyler , nd [1872]. Later rebinding in crimson cloth with blindstamped framing on boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, nameplate on front pastedown, front inner joint cracking at bottom, light foxing, otherwise good.

The first English edition, not illustrated, issued as a yellowback [Topp II, p 102] by Ward, Lock & Tyler. Later reprinted by Ward, Lock & Co., (after the company had changed its name), with illustrations.

LEMORE, Clara:
Madge Dale's Marriage Portion by the author of Owen Dale's Ordeal etc (1891)
Peggy's Widow [&] Bathsheba by the author of Is Marriage a Failure? etc (1891)
Her Golden Sorrow by the author of Peggy's Widow etc (1897)
William Stevens, nd/nd/nd. Three volumes in original green cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt. Faint signatures on front free endpapers, otherwise very good.

Three examples from a long-running series of novels -- more than 200 titles -- published between 1877 and 1908 by William Stevens. Many were novels originally serialised in The Family Herald. Nearly all were issued anonymously or simply as "by the author of ...". A number of well-known writers contributed novels to the series: Charlotte M. Brame, Florence Warden, Mrs Lovett Cameron, Gertrude Warden, Mrs Henry Dudeney, Mrs Hungerford, and Madam Albanesi, amongst others. See also items 49 & 222.

* FARJEON, B. L.: see item 128

84 FENN, G[eorge] Manville [and others]: Begumbagh A Tale of The Indian Mutiny and Other Stories (1879)
Reprint]: W. & R. Chambers, 1888. Frontispiece. Original illustrated brown cloth, lettered in gilt; red and blue decorated endpapers. Lightly scuffed, a little foxing, undated signature on recto of frontispiece, very good.

Fenn's short novel -- filling half this volume -- was serialised in Chambers's Journal in 1869 and appeared in various forms and in various collections. The other stories are: Through Fire and Water & The Raffle for the Elephant (anonymous); The Detective in America & My Leave of Absence by John Berwick HARWOOD.

85 FERRIER, Susan: Miss Ferrier's Novels, Edinburgh Edition [Marriage (1818), The Inheritance (1824), Destiny or The Chief's Daughter (1831)]
Reprint]: Richard Bentley, 1892. Title pages printed in dark red and black. Six volumes in original pale green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spines, top edges gilt, no publisher's name on spines. Spine ends bumped, very faint tanning to pages, bookplates of Maurice Lindsay on each front pastedown: a clean, bright, tight set, very good.

A re-issue of the Edinburgh Edition, which Bentley first produced in 1881 - 2, possibly a remainder issue from the period after Macmillan acquired Bentley in 1898. Lindsay was a Scottish writer, poet and broadcaster.


87 FLEMING, George [ie Julia Constance FLETCHER]: Kismet. A Nile Novel (1877)
Copyright Edition: Tauchnitz, 1884. Late C19th red leather over red and black mottled boards, lettered in gilt on spine; pink marbled endpapers. Lightly scuffed, foxing on prelims, very good.

Todd [2294b]. Second issue. Series half-title bound in.



90 FOTHERGILL, Jessie: A March in the Ranks (1890)
In One Volume": Hurst & Blackett, nd (c1891). Original dark green cloth on bevelled boards, with gilt butterfly motif in centre of front board, lettered in gilt on spine; dark green endpapers. Light scuffing, a few light marks, very good.

A young doctor takes up a post at a hydropathic sanitarium in the Yorkshire dales, and becomes involved with a local family.

91 GASKELL, Mrs [Elizabeth Cleghorn]: North and South (1854)
New Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1871. Frontispiece. Original green cloth on limp/light boards, decoratively framed in black and lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Light scuffing, a few light marks, inner joint papers lightly cracked, signature (1872) on front free endpaper, very good.

For the original serialisation of the novel, see item 123.

92 GASKELL, Mrs [Elizabeth Cleghorn]: Cranford and Other Tales
New Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1886. Frontispiece. Original green cloth on limp/light boards, decoratively framed in black and lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Light scuffing, a few light marks, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, a bright tight copy, very good.

Contains the novel Cranford and fifteen shorter pieces.

93 GASKELL, Mrs [Elizabeth Cleghorn]: Wives and Daughters. An Every-Day Story (1866)
New Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1886. Frontispiece. Original green cloth on limp/light boards, decoratively framed in black and lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Light scuffing, a few light marks, light foxing, undated signature on front free endpaper, a bright tight copy, very good.

* GASKELL, Mrs: see also items 65, 123, 127

94 GERARD, Dorothea: Lady Baby A Novel (1890)
New Edition: William Blackwood & Sons, nd (c1892). Original dark green cloth with blindstamped decorative border on front board, lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, a few light marks, armorial bookplate (scratched and partly removed) on front pastedown, good.

95 GILBERT, William: The Magic Mirror (1866 as The Magic Mirror A Round of Tales for Young and Old)
First Thus: Maclaren & Co., 1907. Twenty coloured illustrations by John Menzies. Original blue cloth lettered and decorated in style of illuminated manuscript, with illustration on glazed paper inset in centre of front board. Corners scuffed, spine ends chipped, foxing (especially on prelims), inscription (1951) on recto of frontispiece, good.

Whimsical fairy stories by novelist William Gilbert, father of playwright and librettist W. S. Gilbert.

96 GODWIN, William: The Adventures of Caleb Williams; or, Things as They Are (1794 as Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams)
Standard Novels, Revised and Corrected with a Memoir of the Author: Richard Bentley, 1849. Frontispiece (dated 1831). Original blindstamped brown cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; yellow endpapers. Corners lightly rubbed, a few light marks, very good.

In the 4th binding style: a reprint of the 1831 edition.



99 GRIFFITHS, Major Arthur: Tales of a Government Official (1902)
First Edition: F. V. White and Co., 1902. Original orange cloth, framed and lettered in black on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, owner's signature (1905) at head of front board and (1907) on front free endpaper, otherwise very good.

Griffiths was H. M. Inspector of Prisons from 1878 to 1896, and had a lifelong interest in crime and criminology. The stories in this volume are based on his own experiences: "Moving episodes in town and country; gaol outbreaks, affrays, assaults; escapes that have succeeded or failed; sentences borne by the wrong people; great frauds that failed; wild schemes of vengeance for wrongs real or fancied; restitution made unsought and unexpected; instances of faith and self-sacrifice expected by poor souls sunk deep in crime".

100a GUBBINS, Nathaniel:
Dead Certainties (1902)
Reprint: John Long, nd (c1903). Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Rubbed on spine ends and a little on hinges but otherwise a tight copy, good.

Stories of sports, horses and dodgy doings. [2nd copy. Not in printed catalogue]

101 SOLD

102 SOLD

* HAGGARD, H. Rider: see item 136

103 HALL, Mrs S. C. [ie Anna Maria HALL]: Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1840)
[Reprint]: William & Robert Chambers (Edinburgh), 1850. Mid C19th rebinding in tan leather over green beaded cloth; maroon title label on spine. A little rubbed on spine ends and corner pieces, tiny chip at head of spine, undated signature on front free endpaper, light foxing, good.