CATALOGUE 88, Section Five: Mc - R
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130 McEVOY, Bernard: A Matter of Business: A Story of Birmingham Life (1880)
First Edition: The Midland Educational Company (Birmingham & Leicester), 1880. Frontispiece. Original grey cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front board, spine untitled (ie blank). Corners rubbed, chipped on spine ends, corner torn from front free endpaper, rear free endpaper removed, owner's inscription on rear pastedown, thus fair.
A short novel (159 pp) of working life, from a provincial publisher.
131 McGOVAN, James [ie William Crawford HONEYMAN]: Brought to Bay or The Experiences of a City Detective (1878)
Third Edition: Edinburgh Publishing Company, 1878. Original royal blue cloth, framed in black and gilt on front board, ruled and lettered in gilt on spine; dark brown endpapers. Closed splits to cloth on hinge ends, tiny nicks on spine ends, otherwise good.
The first of a series of detective story collections by Honeyman. Very scarce in original editions, although cheaply reprinted in the early C20th. Honeyman was also a expert on the violin, and wrote several books on the subject under his own name.
132 MERRICK, Leonard: This Stage of Fools (1896)
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1896. Original fine-ribbed crimson cloth with art-nouveau poppy design blindstamped on front board, lettered in gilt; brown-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Corners scuffed, small nick at foot of spine, undated inscription at head of contents leaf, a few foxing spots, good.
133 MIALL, Derwent: Disclosures of a Press Agent (Mr Pusher Long) (1912)
[?], Greening & Co., nd (c1912). Original red cloth, lettered and illustrated in black. Lightly scuffed, paper faintly tanned, otherwise very good.
The dubious doings of a forerunner of Max Clifford.
134 MILES, Alfred H[enry] (editor): The Merry Middies of the "Enchantress" and other Stories of Coastguard and Smuggler, by Lieut. Brand, R. N. Captain Chamier, R. N. and Other Writers (1902)
First Edition: R. A. Everett, nd . Illustrated. Original red cloth, lettered and illustrated in black, white and gilt. Corners rubbed, spine lightly sunned, pink squiggles on rear endpapers, page edges tanned, good.
135 MOLESWORTH, Mrs [Mary Louisa]: White Turrets (1896)
First Edition: W. & R. Chambers, 1896. Illustrated. Original fine-ribbed bright blue cloth, lettered in gilt; light blue endpapers. Corners scuffed, foxing on prelims, school prize plate on front free endpaper, very good.
136 "MONK, Maria": The Character of a Convent Displayed in the Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk. Being a Narrative of Her Sufferings During a Residence of Five Years as a Novice and Two Years as a Black Nun in the Hotel Dieu Nunnery, at Montreal to Which is Added Confirmatory Notes and Affidavits Whereby Maria Monk's Disclosures are Most Fully Proved; and the Hideous Nature of the Conventual System Exposed (1836)
Penny Part Issue: Houlston & Stoneman, 1853. Frontispiece. Original blindstamped beige cloth, lettered in gilt; yellow endpapers. Corners lightly rubbed, inner joint papers lightly cracked, a little foxing, good.
137 MORRISON, Arthur: The Red Triangle. Being Some Further Chronicles of Martin Hewitt: Investigator (1903)
First Edition: Eveleigh Nash, 1903. Title page printed in red and black. Variant binding in undecorated blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Repaired split to cloth on hinge, small chips on corners, free corners rubbed, foxing spots throughout, endpapers browned, thus fair to good only.
A modest copy of the last (and least reprinted) of Morrison's collections of detective stories.
Signed by Author
138 MORTON, Alexander: Famous Detective Stories (1926)
First Edition: James Hedderwick & Sons (Glasgow), 1926, Original light grey-green cloth, lettered and illustrated in black. A little foxing, very good. Inscribed on front free endpaper: Alexander Morton, Author 6 Sep/28.
139 MOSER, Inspector [Maurice] and Charles F[rederick] RIDEAL: Stories from Scotland Yard as told by Inspector Moser, Late of the Criminal Investigation Department, Whitehall and Recorded by Charles F. Rideal Author of People We Meet etc. (1890)
Hearth and Home Library: George Routledge & Sons, nd . Original red front board and spine, with series title blindstamped at head of front board. Inner joint papers lightly cracked, page edges lightly tanned, but binding clean and bright: good.
"All these stories. . . are founded upon facts"
140 MUDDOCK, J[ames] E[dward Preston-]: Young Lochinvar. A Tale of the Border Country (1896)
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1896. Original dark green cloth, lettered in gilt, with tartan design on front board; brown-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Lightly scuffed, a few foxing spots, very good.
* MUDDOCK, J. E.: see also items 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64
141 MURRAY, D[avid] Christie: Schwartz, Young Mr. Barter's Repentance, Bulldog and Butterfly, Juliet and Her Romeo (1889)
Second [and First One-Volume] Edition: Macmillan & Co., 1889. Original red cloth, gilt ornament in centre of front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine a trifle darkened, otherwise very good.
Four novellas. This edition appeared a mere two months after the two-decker first.
142 NORRIS, W[illiam] E[dward]: An Octave (1900)
First Edition: Methuen, 1900. Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in gilt. Sunned along top edge of front board, and lightly on spine, ink-spot on top edges, names in pencil on half-title, faint trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown, good.
Publisher's catalogue dated November 1899 bound in at end. Eight short stories.
143 O'BRIEN, William, M. P.: When We Were Boys (1890)
First Edition: Longmans, Green & Co., 1890. Original green cloth, lettered in black on front board, in gilt on spine; black endpapers. Corners rubbed, small chips/tear on top corners of spine, armorial bookplate on front pastedown, light tanning to page edges and light foxing throughout, good.
144 OLIPHANT, Mrs [Margaret]: Memoirs and Resolutions of Adam Graeme of Mossgray, Including Some Chronicles of the Borough of Fendie (1852)
[Reprint]: Hurst & Blackett, nd (c1890). Original fine-ribbed red cloth, lettered in black (gilt on spine). A few marks to endpapers, otherwise a crisp, clean, very bright copy with no sunning to cloth: near fine.
145 OLIPHANT, Mrs [Margaret]: That Little Cutty, Dr Barrère, Isabel Dysart (1898)
First Edition: Macmillan & Co., 1898. Original fine-ribbed sage-green cloth, with blindstamped art-nouveau design on front board, lettered in gilt. Corners scuffed, thumb-sized ink stain on left hand edge of front board, dark ink stain right down outer edge of rear board, trace of removed bookplate on front pastedown: a good reading copy of a scarce title.
* OLIPHANT, Mrs: see also item 121
146 ONCE A WEEK
Christmas Numbers 1865 - 1869
A Christmas Number for 1865
Short stories include: The Ghost Detective by Mark LEMON, Our Brown Passenger by Henry KINGSLEY, The Chest with the Silver Mountings by Mrs Henry WOOD, Two and All Told by Shirley BROOKS, The Ace of Hearts by Dutton COOK & To be Let Furnished by F. C. BURNAND.
Modern card wrapper.
B Christmas Number for 1866
Short stories include: Agamemnon Cottage by Dutton COOK, The Brown Imp's Story by Julia GODDARD, Laura Gaveston by Mark LEMON, Our Christmas at the Pension Latoque by Mary HOWITT, Mrs Willet's Story by Mrs J. H. RIDDELL, Sleppington's Wife by F. C. BURNAND.
Modern card wrapper.
C The Guest Meal. Being Ye Christmas Number [for 1867]
Short stories include: The Guest Meal by Mark LEMON, My Cousin Rénée by Matilda BETHAM-EDWARDS, Fanny Brown by Shirley BROOKS, Debra Mavene by Henry KINGSLEY, Messiter's Embarassment by Dutton COOK, My Mistakes by F. C. BURNAND.
Modern card wrapper
D Once a Year. The Christmas Number [for 1868]
Short stories include: Christmas Comes But Once a Year by Shirley BROOKS, Pope Elchanan by S. BARING-GOULD, The Little Corporal by Mark LEMON, A Game of Chaff by F. C. BURNAND, The Unbidden Guest by Sir Charles YOUNG, The Old Dream by Sir Edward Bulwer LYTTON.
Modern card wrapper. Lacks frontispiece.
E Orange & Lemons. The Christmas Number [for 1869]
Short stories include: Hunting Him Down by Tom HOOD, Conscience Money by John SAUNDERS, Round the Peat Fire at Glenbrecky by Cuthbert BEDE, A Strange Legend of the City of Old Women by Charles H. ROSS.
Modern card wrappers.
* OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips: see item 209
147 OUIDA [ie Marie Louise DE LA RAMEE]: Friendship (1878)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Chatto & Windus, 1878. Three volumes in original royal blue cloth, lettered and decorated in black on front boards, in black and gilt on spines, yellow endpapers. Extremities scuffed, tiny nicks/chips on spine ends, light marks on cloth, faint trace of removed bookplates on front boards, Greek bookseller's stamp on prelims, foxing spots on prelims, otherwise a tight set: good/very good.
148 OXENHAM, John [ie William Arthur DUNKERLEY]: God's Prisoner. The Story of a Crime, A Punishment, A Redemption (1898)
First Edition: Hurst & Blackett, 1898. Original green cloth with freehand lettering in black and scarlet on front board and spine. Lightly damp-marked at heads of boards, a few light foxing spots, good.
A criminal wanders the world seeking redemption. Oxenham's first novel: scarce.
149 PAIN, Barry: Playthings and Parodies (1892)
First Edition: Cassell & Co., 1892. Original turquoise cloth with blindstamped leaf and flower designs on front board, lettered in gilt; publisher's own monogrammed endpapers. A little rubbed at head of spine, otherwise a clean bright copy: very good.
Opens with a series of parodies of Kipling, Ruskin, Blackmore, Pater and Tolstoy. The rest of the book consists of brief stories and sketches. For more parodies see items, 90 & 205.
150 PATERNOSTER, G[eorge] Sidney: Gutter Tragedies (1903)
First Edition: Anthony Treherne & Co., 1903. Times Book Club binding in red cloth, lettered in black. Spine lightly sunned, paper lightly tanned throughout, good.
151 PATERNOSTER, G[eorge] Sidney: The Hand of the Spoiler (1908)
First Edition: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908. Original green cloth, lettered and decorated in pink and gilt. Trace of removed bookplate on rear board and front pastedown, closed tear at head of spine, otherwise good.
Edwardian crime novel concerning master-criminal Lynton Hora and his nemesis, detective Inspector Kenly. Listed in Hubin.
152 PEMBERTON, Max: Dolores and Others (1931)
First Edition: Mills & Boon, 1931. Original fine-ribbed brown cloth, lettered and framed in black. Spine bumped on tips and very faintly sunned, otherwise very good.
153 PHILLIPS, F[rancis] C[harles]: Miss Ormerod's Protegée (1894) & My Little Husband (1894)
Copyright Editions: Tauchnitz, 1894. Two volumes bound as one in late C19th blue-green binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, small tear to one corner, good.
Todd [2970 & 3021a]. First issues: series half-titles bound in. Two collections of stories, which do not correspond (in title or contents) with English editions.
154 PHILLPOTTS, Eden: Down Dartmoor Way (1896)
First Edition: Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1896. Original fine-ribbed grey cloth, with art-nouveau decorations in brown, lettered in gilt. Lightly scuffed and grazed, front free endpaper tipped in, a little tanning on prelims, very good.
155 PHILLPOTTS, Eden: The Judge's Chair (1914)
First Edition: John Murray, 1914. Original crimson cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Corners bumped, scuffed on spine ends, foxing spots, otherwise good.
156 PLATTS, W[illiam] Carter: Chiefly Uncle Parker and Incidentally Aunt Parker (1902)
First Edition: Jarrold & Sons, nd . Illustrated by the author. Original yellow cloth illustrated and lettered in red and black. Lightly marked and grazed, paper faintly tanned throughout, pencilled signature (1902) on title page, good.
Episodic comic novel by the author of The Tuttlebury Tales.
157 POCOCK, Roger: The Chariot of the Sun. A Fantasy (1910)
First Edition: Chapman & Hall, 1910. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine faintly sunned, minor scuffing, light marks on rear board, endpapers lightly tanned, very good.
158 QUERY, Peter [ie Martin TUPPER]: Rides and Reveries of the late Mr Aesop Smith (1858)
First Edition: Hurst & Blackett, 1858. Title page printed in red and black. Original brown morocco cloth, with blindstamped framing, lettered in gilt on spine, red-brown endpapers. Some light marks on front board (trace of removed label), Mudie's label (upside down) on back board, otherwise clean, tight, very good.
Wolff . Publisher's catalogue bound in at end. Imaginary memories, anecdotes and philosophical musings.
159 REYNOLDS, G[eorge] W[illiam] M[acArthur]: Faust. A Romance (1847 as Faust: A Romance of the Secret Tribunals)
[Reprint]: John Dicks, nd, c1888. Eleven illustrations by Sir John Gilbert and Henry Anelay. Bound with:
JAMES, G[eorge] P[ayne] R[ainsford]: Arrah Neil or The Times of Old (1845)
Author's Copyright Edition: Frederick Warne & Co., 1888. Two volumes bound as one in late C19th maroon binder's cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Corners lightly rubbed, good.
160 RIDDELL, Mrs J. H. [ie Charlotte RIDDELL]: The Rich Husband (1858)
New Edition: Hutchinson & Co., nd (c1890). Original maroon cloth with speckled decoration on boards, lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers. Spine faintly sunned with small nick at head, foxing spots on prelims, very good.
161 RIDGE, W[illiam] Pett: Outside the Radius. Stories of a London Suburb (1899)
First Edition: Hodder & Stoughton, 1899. Title page printed in red and black. Original crimson cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt. Lightly scuffed, a few early pages roughly opened, otherwise very good.
162 RIDGE, W[illiam] Pett: On Company's Service (1905)
First Edition: Hodder & Stoughton, 1905. Title page printed in green. Frontispiece. Original red cloth, lettered in pink and gilt with illustration of railway porter on front board. Spine lightly sunned, a little foxing, good.
Stories of railways and railwaymen.
163 RITA [ie Eliza HUMPHREYS]: Asenath of the Ford (1892)
Imperial Library: R. E. King, nd (c1900). Frontispiece. Original blindstamped maroon cloth, lettered in silver. A few light marks on cloth, endpapers lightly yellowed, very faint tanning, otherwise a clean tight copy, good.
164 ROOK, Clarence: The Hooligan Nights Being the Life and Opinions of a Young and Impenitent Criminal Recounted by Himself and Set Forth by Clarence Rook (1899)
First Edition: Grant Richards, 1899. Colour frontispiece of Alf, the Hooligan. Original beige cloth, lettered in black and decorated with convict's arrows in red. A little scuffed, a little shaken, a couple of light water spots on front board, good.
Rook claims that this tale of low-life criminality and street gangs is "neither a novel, nor in any sense a work of the imagination". However, it reads like both and is included in Hubin's Crime Fiction II.
* ROWSELL, E. P.: see item 56
165 RUFFINI, John [ie Giovanni Domenico RUFFINI]. The Novels: Lorenzo Benoni; or Passages in the Life of an Italian (1853), Doctor Antonio (1855), The Paragreens on a Visit to the Paris Universal Exhibition (1856), Lavinia (1860), Vincenzo; or, Sunken Rocks (1863), A Quiet Nook in the Jura (1867), Carlino and Other Stories (1870)
Copyright Editions: Tauchnitz, c1870. Nine volumes bound as seven (Lavinia & Vincenzo are each in two volumes; the other are in one volume). Uniformly bound in late C19th tan leather over maroon marbled board; gilt decorations and red/black title labels on spines; maroon marbled endpapers. Extremities lightly scuffed, a little faint tanning to pages, stamps on prelims; Lorenzo Benoni lacks the lower, black label on the spine; a good set.
Todd [571c; 553Ad; 1010b; 537b/38; 670b/71; 908c; 1243]. Mostly second or third issues, but all half-titles bound in. Ruffini was an Italian exile in England and wrote his novels in his adapted language. An attractive and complete set.