CATALOGUE 90, Section Six: PALL MALL - STINDE
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154 PAYN, James: Lost Sir Massingberd. A Romance of Real Life (1864)
Third Edition: Sampson Low, Son & Marston, 1865. Mid C19th purple-black leather over grey-brown beaded cloth. Corners scuffed, signature (undated) on half-title, foxing, author's name added in blue on title page, good.
The novel which made Payn's name: concerns the disappearance of the sinister, bullying baronet of the title.
155 PEARCE, J[oseph] H[enry]: Inconsequent Lives A Village Chronicle Shewing How Certain Folk Set Out for El Dorado: What They Attempted: And What They Attained (1891)
Popular Edition: William Heinemann, 1896. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt. Spine sunned, light scuffing, good.
Pearce's novels are set in Cornwall and tend towards a gloomy ("Hardyesque") view of peasant life, as the title suggests.
158 PEMBERTON, Max: Jewel Mysteries I Have Known From a Dealer's Note Book (1894)
First Edition: Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1894. Illustrated by R. Caton Woodville & Fred Barnard. Original light blue cloth on bevelled boards, lettered and illustrated in gilt and silver; deep turquoise endpapers. Corners scuffed, spine ends rubbed with small nick at head, faint marks on boards, light foxing, signatures on prelims, good.
161 PORTER, Jane [and William Ogilvie PORTER]: Sir Edward Seaward's Narrative of His Shipwreck, and Consequent Discovery of Certain Islands in the Caribbean Sea: with Details of Many Extraordinary and Highly Interesting Events in His Life from the Year 1733 to 1749, as Written in His Own Diary Edited by Miss Jane Porter (1831)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1831. Vignette title page in each volume. Three volumes in mid-C19th maroon leather over marbled boards, lettered in gilt on spines. Spines bound to text blocks by binder. Boards grazed, signatures (1846) in each volume, with additional dedication (1846) in volume I.
Wolff : also rebound in leather. He held documents describing the composition of the novel: it was originally conceived by William Porter but written with the assistance of his sister Jane: "Throughout 1830 the novel became a sort of family project, as pieces of the manuscript passed back and forth between William at Bristol and his sister at Esher".
163 PSEUDONYM LIBRARY
FALCONER, Lanoe [ie Mary Elizabeth HAWKER]: Mademoiselle Ixe (1891)
Sixth Edition: T. Fisher Unwin, 1891. Bound with:
POTAPENKO, I. N.: A Russian Priest [translated from the Russian by W. GAUSSEN] (1891)
Second Edition: T. Fisher Unwin, 1891.
Two volumes bound as one in cream parchment over red boards, with red leather label on spine, lettered in gilt. Corners bumped, small chip near foot of spine, foxing on endpapers, good.
165 READE, Charles: The Cloister and the Hearth. A Tale of the Middle Ages (1861)
New Edition in Three Volumes: Trübner & Co., 1862. Three volumes in original blindstamped purple-brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spines; pale yellow endpapers. Spines lightly sunned with some small chips and nicks to spine ends, good.
A publishing curiosity. The novel was first issued by Trübner in four volumes in 1861, and at least two further editions in the same format followed in the same year -- and in due course a one-volume edition appeared. But in between the four and one volume editions, Trübner entirely reset the text to create this standard "three-decker" version, a proceeding which seems strangely pointless.
166 REID, T[homas] Wemyss: Gladys Fane A Story of Two Lives (1883)
Second Edition in Two Volumes: T. Fisher Unwin, 1884. Two volumes uniformly bound in green leather over green cloth; raised bands and red leather title labels on spines. Spines lightly sunned, light scuffing, a couple of tiny scratches, a little foxing, very good.
Reid's most popular novel, which apparently ran through eight editions by 1912. The heroine leaves home under a cloud and becomes involved with a sinister Greek prince and a noble English gentleman with an insane wife. Love, intrigue and duelling follow, before the climax involving attempted murder and heroic rescue.
167 REYNOLDS, G[eorge]. W[illiam] M[acARTHUR]: Pope Joan; or, the Female Pontiff
DICKS'S ENGLISH LIBRARY OF STANDARD WORKS, Volume Seven, [June - December 1886].
Also contains: The History of Tom Jones by Henry FIELDING, The Water Witch by J. Fenimore COOPER.
Late C19th dark green moiré cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and with title (cut from original wrappers) laid on front board. A little foxing, very good.
169 RIDDELL, Mrs J. H. [ie Charlotte RIDDELL]: A Life's Assize (1871)
New Edition: Hutchinson & Co., nd (c1895). Original maroon cloth with speckled patterning on board, lettered in gilt on spine; dark brown endpapers. Corners rubbed, front inner joint paper lightly cracked (but joint tight), two stamps on prelims, good.
171 RITA [ie Eliza HUMPHREYS]: The Philanthropic Burglar (1919)
First Edition: Odhams Press, nd . Original red cloth, lettered in white. Spine lightly sunned, otherwise very good.
Eleven crime and adventure stories featuring the philanthropic adventurer, Rorke Morrison, and narrated by his "Watson", Henry Newell. Listed in Hubin.
172 RITA [ie Eliza HUMPHREYS]: Conjugal Rights and Other Stories (1922)
Second Edition: Hutchinson & Co., nd (c1923). Original decorated red cloth. First and last leaves used as endpapers. Boards somewhat dulled, spine a little darkened, good.
Collection of stories dealing with marriage breakdown: Conjugal Rights, Decree Nisi, The Custody of the Child, A Brief for the Defence, A Turn of the Cards, The Unexpected Happens, The House Without a Clock.
173 ROSS, Martin [ie Violet MARTIN] & E[dith] Œ[none] SOMERVILLE:
A Patrick's Day Hunt (1902)
First Edition: Archibald Constable, nd . Book in landscape format, each signature consisting of only two leaves, printed on card-like paper. Original grey cloth, lettered and illustrated in green and black (untitled on spine). 8 colour plates and numerous monochrome sketches by Edith Somerville. Corners lightly rubbed, light foxing in text throughout, very good.
For this particular book the partners reversed the order of their names. One of only two of their titles not held by Sadleir.
* RUSSELL, W. Clark: see item 37
174 RYE, John: Kirby-in-the-Dale (1884)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Swan, Sonnenschein & Co., 1884. Three volumes in original blue cloth; with framing in black on front boards, in blind on rear boards, lettered in gilt on spines; dark brown endpapers. Lightly scuffed, lightly sunned on spines, foxing, otherwise very good.
Not in Wolff. Collates: I - [iv] + 278pp; II - [iv] + 294pp; III - [iv] + 304pp. The new young Vicar of Kirby-in-the-Dale (Yorkshire) quickly becomes involved with the local gentry: family mysteries are unveiled, hidden identities revealed, and secret marriages uncovered.
175 SARTORIS, Adelaide [née KEMBLE]: A Week in a French Country House, [with] Medusa and Other Tales (1867, 1868)
Early/First American Edition: Loring (Boston), nd (c1870). Rebound (late C20th) in full black leather, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine, and retaining original pink card wrappers. A little foxing, otherwise very good.
Undated, but advertisements at the back for new books include Gerald Estcourt by Florence Marryat (1867), Robert Falconer by George MacDonald (1868), Ben the Luggage Boy by Horatio Alger (1870). Medusa is a short novel, followed by three shorter stories. The two books are the sum total of Sartoris's fiction.
176 SHEARAR, James: Prinkle and His Friends (1877)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Tinsley Brothers, 1877. Three volumes in original royal blue cloth, decoratively framed in black on boards, ruled and lettered in gilt on spines; cream endpapers. Small loss (2 mm) at foot of spines on first two volumes; small nicks on all spine ends, spines a little darkened; contents lightly foxed, but otherwise clean and tight: a good set.
Not in Wolff. A scarce novel, apparently the author's only work, dealing with contentious issues including prostitution and atheism. Collates: I - [vi] + 306 pp; II - [vi] + 304 pp; III - [vi] + 292 pp.
177 SHORTHOUSE, J[oseph] H[enry]: The Little Schoolmaster Mark A Spiritual Romance, [First Part] & Second Part (1883 - 84)
[Second] & First Editions: Macmillan & Co., 1884, 1884. Two volumes in original pale green cloth on limp/light boards, lettered in brown. Light scuffing, cloth lightly marked on edges, light foxing, undated signatures in each volume, otherwise very good.
Shorthouse published the first part of The Little Schoolmaster Mark in 1883, and a second part in 1884. The first volume appears to have been reprinted here without any change from the first edition (no "first part" added, no edition statement). Wolff held the first edition of the First Part, but no copy of the Second Part. The two parts appeared in a single volume from 1885 onwards.
179 SIMS, George R[obert]: Mary Jane Married. Tales of a Village Inn (1888)
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1888. Original blue cloth, lettered and decorated in black, orange and gilt; grey-and-white leaf-patterned endpapers. Cloth rubbed on spine ends, a few light marks on boards, inner joint papers lightly cracked (but joints tight), initials on front pastedown, good.
Wolff . Unlike Wolff's copy (which is a late issue with a catalogue dated 1898), this copy has a publisher's catalogue dated 1888 bound in at end. A sequel to Sims's earlier Mary Jane's Memoirs (1887): the narrator heroine and her husband now run The Stretford Arms, with its variety of interesting guests and their experiences.
181 SINCLAIR, May: The Life and Death of Harriet Frean (1922)
2/- Novels: W. Collins Sons & Co., nd (c1925). Original blue cloth, decorated in gilt on spine, bound up using first and last leaves as endpapers; good. Original illustrated dustwrapper; two chips on spine edge of front, otherwise good.
182 SMITH, Albert: Comic Tales and Sketches (1852) & Pictures of Life at Home and Abroad (1852)
New Edition: David Bryce, nd . Illustrated. Rebound in mid C19th green leather over marbled boards; raised bands, black leather title labels and gilt decorations on spine; yellow endpapers. Hinges and corners lightly rubbed, good.
A rebound yellowback: Topp [IX, p.17]. The first combined edition of these two works.
184 STANTON, Coralie & Heath HOSKEN [ie Alice & Ernest HOSKEN]: The Muzzled Ox A Romance of Riches (1911)
First Edition, late issue: Stanley Paul, nd . Original red cloth, lettered in black. Board edges quite speckled and a little darkened, otherwise good.
Publisher's catalogue for January 1913 bound in at end. A conventional young Englishman, called Mornington Pelham, and his fiancée -- Mary Campbell-- become involved with Queen Carlotta of Morania and some stolen jewellery.
185 STINDE, Julius: Woodland Tales [translated from the German by Ellis Wright] (1887)
First English Edition: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887. Original red cloth, ruled and lettered in black; yellow endpapers. Spine lightly sunned, a few light marks on boards, a little scattered foxing on early pages, very good.
By the author of The Buchholz Family.