CATALOGUE 90, Section Five: MACDONALD - OUIDA
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123 MACDONALD, George: Guild Court. A London Story (1868)
New & Cheaper Edition, Low's Standard Novels: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1890. Blue endpapers with advertisements. Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Hinges and edges rubbed, small loss of paper on spine ends, undated signature on title page, good.
Topp [IV, pp 374 - 5], noting that the book was actually issued in 1891.
124 MACDONALD, George: The Vicar's Daughter. An Autobiographical Story (1872)
First Thus: Edwin Dalton, 1908. Illustrated. Original crimson cloth, decorated in orange and green, lettered in gilt. Corners scuffed, spine sunned, prelims lightly tanned/foxed, otherwise good.
125 MACDONALD, George: The Princess and Curdie (1883)
New Edition: Blackie & Co., nd (c1897). Eight tinted illustrations by James Allen. Original sky-blue cloth lettered and illustrated in black and gilt. Light scuffing, light foxing, very good.
Undated catalogue at end, listing titles published up to 1897. This is one of the last issues of this edition: in 1899 Blackie re-issued the novel with a new cover design and with new illustrations by Helen Stratton.
126 MACDONALD, George: Donal Grant (1883)
New Edition: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., nd . Original red cloth, lettered and decorated in black and gilt. Spine a little darkened, page edges lightly tanned, signature (1897) on front pastedown, good.
"On the one hand we have [the hero's] boyish education, his college struggles, and worthy life; on the other, the sensational and mystical story of a quest for a lost room in the castle" (Best Fiction).
128 MALLESON, Herbert H[arry]: Napoleon Boswell. Tales of the Tents (1913)
First Edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1913. With a Preface by Lady Arthur Grosvenor. Original grass-green cloth, lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine. Gilt on spine not quite in line with blindstamping. Light scuffing, light foxing, very good.
Ten linked stories of gypsy love and gypsy life a century ago, centred on Napoleon ("Poley") Boswell and Gentilla ("Gentie") Stanley. "Jaded novel-readers, oppressed by a surfeit of sex problems, wearied by the vagaries of smart week-enders, sick of "actuality" on the one hand and of introspection on the other...for such dyspeptics we can imagine no more suitable or salutary diet than that provided in the pages of Mr. Malleson's delightful record of modern gypsy life...The gypsies portrayed in these pages are neither vegetarians nor teetotallers, but they are a remarkably picturesque and unconventional set of people, inside England yet not of it, and constantly recalling by their physiognomy, their language, their superstitions, and their method of locomotion, their primitive ancestry." (Review in The Spectator).
130 MARSH, Richard [ie Richard HELDMANN]: Ada Vernham, Actress (1900)
Second Edition: John Long, 1900. Frontispiece. Original illustrated blue cloth, lettered in white and gilt. Small nick at head of spine, light scuffing, browning on endpapers, otherwise good.
131 MARSH, Richard [ie Richard HELDMANN]: The Chase of the Ruby (1900)
First Thus: Everett & Co., 1904. Original illustrated red cloth, framed and lettered in white on front board, lettered in white on spine. White lightly grazed, page edges tanned, otherwise good.
Thriller. First issued by Skeffington in 1900, and re-issued by Everett in 1904.
132 MARTIN, Mrs Herbert [ie Mary Emma MARTIN]: Many a Year Ago (1892)
First Edition in Two Volumes: Ward & Downey, 1892. Original green cloth with blindstamped decoration on front boards, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed, inscriptions (1894) on each front pastedown, small hole in front free endpaper in Volume II, light foxing, otherwise very good.
134 MAXWELL, W[illiam] B[abington]: Seymour Charlton (1909)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., 1909. Title page printed in brown and black. Illustrated. Original crimson cloth, framed in white on front board and lettered in gilt. Light scuffing, foxing spots, very good.
A younger son unexpectedly inherits a title and decides to change from a life of mere frivolity to a career in politics. W. B. Maxwell was the eldest son of M. E. Braddon and her publisher husband, John Maxwell.
135 MAXWELL, W[illiam] B[abington]: The Great Interruption (1919)
First Edition: Hutchinson & Co., nd . Original red cloth with blindstamped framing, lettered in black on spine. Corners lightly bumped, faint sunning, undated inscription on front free endpaper, light foxing, good.
Publisher's catalogue for Spring 1919 bound in at end. The First World War -- the "great interruption" of the title -- had finished only months before this book was published. The war provides most of the material for this collection of twelve short stories.
138 MEADOWS, Lindon [ie Charles Butler GREATREX]: Dame Perkins and Her Grey Mare; or, The Mount for Market (1866)
First Edition: Sampson Low, Son, & Marston, 1866. Eight coloured plates by Phiz [Hablôt K. Browne]. Original green cloth with gilt vignette and lettering on front board; pale yellow endpapers. Lightly scuffed and marked, light foxing, inscription (1867) on front free endpaper, good.
A comic poem with delightful illustrations by Phiz.
139 MERRICK, Leonard: When Love Flies Out o' the Window (1902)
First Edition: C. Arthur Pearson, 1902. Original brown cloth, lettered and illustrated in pink and black. Spine lightly sunned, a few light speckles on boards, undated signature on front free endpaper, faint tanning to page edges, good.
Wolff  records a copy with white lettering on the front board and gilt on the spine. The current copy has a single leaf of advertisements at the end, with opinions of the press on Merrick's previous novel, The Worldlings (1900).
141 [MITFORD, Mary Russell]: The Life of Mary Russell Mitford, Authoress of Our Village etc, Related in a Selection from Her Letters to Her Friends. Edited by The Rev
A. G. Lestrange (1870)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Richard Bentley, 1870. Three volumes in original brown cloth on bevelled boards, framed in black and lettered in gilt on spines; pale yellow endpapers. Free corners rubbed, faint traces of bookplates on front boards, inner joint papers cracked (but joints tight), good.
142 MONTGOMERY, Florence: Seaforth (1878)
Popular Edition, Favourite Novels: Richard Bentley, 1895. Frontispiece. Original blindstamped black cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine; publisher's own monogrammed endpapers. Some foxing on prelims, undated signature on title page, very good/near fine.
One of Montgomery's adult titles, originally published as a three-decker in 1878.
* MULHOLLAND, Clara: see item 101
144 MURRAY, David Christie: Despair's Last Journey (1901)
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1901. Original navy blue cloth, lettered and illustrated on front board in yellow, grey and orange, lettered in gilt on spine. Corners bumped, lightly scuffed, small nick at foot of spine, good.
Wolff . Undated booklist at end. A man retires to the wilderness to contemplate the errors of his life and the devastating effect he has had on those he loves. Contains autobiographical elements from Murray's own life.
146 NEWMAN, Mrs E[mma]: The Last of the Haddons (1878)
Greenback Series No 30: Jarrold & Sons, 1896. Original dark green cloth, with title and series blindstamped on front board. Lightly scuffed, a little shaken, front free endpaper tipped in, otherwise good.
Originally serialised in Chambers's Journal and then issued as a three-decker by Tinsley in 1878.
* NORRIS, W. E.: see item 186
147 OLIPHANT, Mrs [Margaret]: The Prodigals and Their Inheritance (1894)
New & Cheaper Edition, Methuen's Shilling Novels: Methuen & Co., 1905. Original deep red cloth with blindstamped borders, lettered in gilt. Light scuffing, light foxing, otherwise very good.
An uncommon later title, first published in two volumes in 1894.
148 OLIVER, Pen [ie Sir Henry THOMPSON]: "All But" A Chronicle of Laxenford Life (1886)
First Edition: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1886. Illustrated by the author. Original blue cloth, ruled in black and lettered in gilt; brown endpapers. Spine sunned with small inkspot near foot, foxing on prelims, undated signature on half-title, very good.
Not merely the simple story of country life that the title suggests: the novel follows Sir Arthur Wynstanley as he becomes increasingly unhinged, and eventually attempts to murder his step-son.
149 OSTON, M: Queer Patients (1912)
First Edition: John Currie, nd . Illustrated. Original illustrated blue cloth, lettered in red and black. Spine dulled with title lettering rubbed, spine ends and corners rubbed, undated signature on front endpapers, good.
"Nothing interests doctors more than patients -- and the queerer the patients the more interesting the case" (Author's Preface). "The book is medical fiction" (Publisher's Note). Also contains some elements of crime: the title is listed in Hubin's Crime Fiction.
150 OUIDA [ie Marie Louise DE LA RAMEE]: Tricotrin: The Story of a Waif and Stray (1869)
New/Uniform Edition: Chatto & Windus, nd . Original blindstamped red cloth with gilt vase at foot of spine, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Tiny knocks to leading edges of boards, armorial bookplate on front pastedown, otherwise a very clean and bright copy: very good.
Publisher catalogue for May 1877 bound in at end. Chatto acquired the copyright to Ouida's earlier novels and started issuing them in this uniform edition in 1875. Later, the series was absorbed into the Piccadilly Novels.
151 OUIDA [ie Marie Louise DE LA RAMEE]: Ariadnê. The Story of a Dream (1877)
New/Uniform Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1878. Original blindstamped red cloth with gilt vase at foot of spine, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. A trifle darkened on boards, signature (1946) on front free endpaper, otherwise very good
Publisher catalogue for October 1878 bound in at end. See note to item 150 above.
152 OUIDA [ie Marie Louise DE LA RAMEE]: In Maremma. A Story (1882)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Chatto & Windus 1882. Three volumes rebound in late C19th brown cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt on spines, all edges yellow. Lightly scuffed, light foxing, armorial bookplate of Viscountess Wolseley on each front pastedown, very good.
Sadleir  in original cloth. This copy does not have the publisher's catalogue in Volume I.