CATALOGUE 89, Section Six: Pain - Trollope

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Volume II (2), July - December 1896
Contains: Secrets of the Courts of Europe. Second Series by Allen UPWARD. Six stories of diplomatic intrigue.
Captains Courageous by Rudyard KIPLING. First instalment in ongoing serialisation.
Short stories include:
The Rajah's Treasure & In the Abyss by H. G. WELLS, A Question of Art, The Muse of Tragedy & The Capture of the Duke by F. Frankfort MOORE, A Rising Man by Beatrice HERON-MAXWELL, The Sin of Father Baptiste by John LE BRETON, A Sicilian Dream & The God Pan by Huan MEE, Converted by Robert BARR, The Last Extreme by J. S. FLETCHER, The Brown Man's Servant by W. W. JACOBS.
Original grey cloth on bevelled boards, elaborately blocked and lettered in art-nouveau style in brown, green and gilt; all edges red. Corners scuffed, light foxing, very good.

181 PEERESS, A [ie Kate EVEREST]: The Shadow on the Purple. Recollections of an Ex-Attaché (1911)
First Edition: Lynwood & Co., 1911. Original red cloth, blindstamped on front board, with crown in gilt in centre, lettered in gilt on spine. Spine lightly sunned, light foxing, very good.

Stories of scandal and crime in high places: A Royal Crime, A Royal Elopement, A Royal Fortune, A Royal Tragedy, A Royal Mésalliance etc.

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Volumes 29 & 30, January - December 1856.
Contains: The Wife's Trial by Mrs Ann. S. STEPHENS. Complete serialisation. Numerous short stories. Numerous fashion illustrations and plates, of which twelve are in colour. Two volumes bound as one in black leather over grey cloth; blue patterned endpapers. Boards lightly sunned and marked, edges rubbed, inner joint papers cracked, light foxing, good.
The magazine was published in Philadelphia, and aimed at women (in earlier incarnations it was known as The Lady's World and The Ladies' National Magazine). It carried substantial amounts of fiction, particularly by American women writers such as Ann. S. Stephens, fashion news and patterns for embroidery, knitting etc.

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188 PORTER, Miss Anna Maria: Don Sebastian; or, The House of Braganza. An Historical Romance (1809)
One Volume Edition]: T. Allman, nd [1838]. Frontispiece (dated 1838). Original fine-ribbed dark green cloth, with blindstamped chalice motif on front board, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine, yellow endpapers. Corners scuffed, undated signature on front free endpaper, very good.

Historical novel set in C16th Portugal.

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190 REYNOLDS, G[eorge] W[illiam] McArthur]: Mysteries of the Court of London (1849 - 56)
New Edition: John Dicks, nd (c1890?). 52 engravings per volume. Eight volumes in original dark green cloth, on bevelled boards with blindstamped framing, gilt vignette in centre of front boards, elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt on spines; all but volume 1 have yellow endpapers. Volume I has a slightly small case than the other volumes, Volume V has a crack to the rear inner joint paper; Volume VIII is sunned to grey-green; generally spines lightly sunned, foxing spots: still a very good set.
A massive work consisting of four linked series (or novels).

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192 RUNCIMAN, James: The Chequers: Being the Natural History of a Public-House Set Forth in a Loafer's Diary (1888)
First Edition: Ward & Downey, nd [1888]. Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Corners rubbed, otherwise showing relatively little wear on boards, front free endpaper removed: a clean bright tight copy, good.

Topp [VIII, p.327]. Publisher's catalogue dated March 1888 bound in at end. Tales of drinking and drinkers , "the sad work that goes on in a boozing-place".

193 SAPTE, W[illiam], Jun.: A Lucky Dog (1899)
First Edition: Sands & Co., 1899. Original blue-grey cloth, lettered and illustrated in black and orange. Corners bumped, a little foxing, very good.

A comic novel concerning an impecunious young writer and his sister, Victorian journalism, petty crime -- and a dog called Peter.

* SHIEL, M. P: see item 215

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196 SIMS, George R[obert]: Stories in Black and White (1885)
First Edition: John P. Fuller, 1885. Original decorated paper-covered boards. Spine glued to text block with small loss at top, rubbing along hinges, front inner joint paper cracked, inscription (1900) on front free endpaper, good.

Twelve short stories.

197 SIMS, George R[obert]: Biographs of Babylon. Life-Pictures of London's Moving Scenes (1902)
First Edition: Chatto & Windus, 1902. Original light blue-grey cloth with London riverside scene in black, red and cream on front board, lettered in black and gilt. Spine ends bumped and scuffed, spine slightly dulled, foxing spots, otherwise good.

Wolff [6315]. Publisher's catalogue for March 1902 bound in at end. Fifteen short stories of London life: "There are strange human dramas, harrowing human tragedies, enacted daily beneath the roofs of the Great City" (Author's Foreword). A different copy to the one offered in Catalogue 85.

198 SLADEN, Douglas: A Sicilian Marriage (1906)
First Edition: F. V. White & Co. 1906. Original purple cloth, lettered in white; laid on front board slip of paper: WANTED BY A NOBLEMAN, travelling in Sicily with his daughter, a Governess... [ie the mainspring of the plot]. Cloth generally sunned, and with a few marks on front board, two small chips to cloth on front board, bookplate on front pastedown, light foxing, good.

"That life in Sicily is more melodramatic than it is in West Kensington is not to be denied" (Author's Preface). The novel concerns marriage, but also the Mafia and Sicilian brigands. Scarce.

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* STACPOOLE, H. de Vere: see also item 54.


200 THE STORY-TELLER: or Table-Book of Popular Literature. A Collection of Romances, Short Standard Tales, Traditions, and Poetical Legends of All Nations; Embracing the Choicest Productions, and Forming a Cheap and Comprehensive Library of Minor Fiction (1843)
Volume 1. Edited by Robert Bell
Cunningham & Mortimer, 1843. Mid C19th tan leather over marbled boards; raised bands, black title labels and elaborate gilt decorations on spine; marbled endpapers. Edges and corners lightly rubbed, spine lightly sunned, good.
Colomba by Prosper MERIMEE. Short novel. Complete serialisation. Also short stories etc by Charles LAMB, L. E. LANDON etc, as well as much translated material, and anonymous contributions. The Story-Teller continued into a second (much shorter) volume before abruptly ceasing publication

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202 STRAUSS, G[ustave] L[ouis] M[aurice]: The Old Ledger (1854)
First Edition in Three Volumes: Tinsley Brothers, 1865. Three volumes in original blindstamped purple cloth, lettered in gilt on spines, yellow endpapers. Spines lightly sunned, some small closed splits to hinges, longer closed split to lower hinge on volume II, some light staining on endpapers, fair/good only.

Wolff [6591] in red cloth, which like this copy, has no publisher's name on the spines. The novel was severely reviewed. The Athenaeum described it as "vulgar, profane , and indelicate" (Strauss sued.) The Spectator found the first volume tiresome -- "However, after giving us exactly forty pages of a will, Mr. Strauss repents, and goes in for crimes, marriages, and mysteries".

203 STUART, Mrs Arthur [ie Nina STUART]: Chronicles of Service Life in Malta (1908)
First Edition: Edward Arnold, 1908. Illustrated. Original navy blue cloth, with blindstamped lettering and vignette on front board, lettered in gilt on spine. Light scuffing, light foxing, otherwise very good.

Mrs Stuart presents herself as the "editor" of these stories, supposedly by her friend Winne, Lady Norman Fearnaught. This is merely the author's contrivance. The British Library lists the copy as "edited [or rather, written by] Mrs Arthur Stuart". Scarce collection of stories with an unusual setting.

204 SUTPHEN, W. G. Van T. [William Gilbert van Tassel SUTPHEN]: The Golficide and Other Tales of the Fair Green (1898)
First English Edition: Harper & Brothers (1898). Illustrated. Original green cloth, illustrated in red and black with figure of golfer, lettered in black. Lightly marked and grazed on boards, spine a little darkened, rectangular corner piece cut from front free endpaper, good.

The first English edition of the first book of American golf stories, originally issued by Harpers in New York in the same year.

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* THACKERAY, W. M.: see item 65

207 TROLLOPE, Anthony: Lotta Schmidt and Other Stories (1867)
Second Edition]: Strahan & Co./Chapman & Hall, 1870. Original grass green cloth, decoratively blocked in black and gilt on front board and spine, in blind on rear board; lettered in gilt on spine; brown endpapers with Chapman & Hall booklists. Corner scuffed, small tear to inner edge of half-title, light foxing, otherwise very good.

Strahan published this collection of stories in 1867 and produced a second edition in 1870. Chapman & Hall acquired the copyright and issued the book in their Standard Library of Fiction, also in 1870. This copy is in an anomalous "in between" state: being the Strahan printing with a binding (and endpapers) from Chapman & Hall.

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209 TROLLOPE, Anthony: Dr Wortle's School (1881)
New Edition: Ward, Lock & Co., nd (c1897). Original beaded blue cloth, lettered and decorated (on spine) in gilt. Inscription (1897) on front free endpaper, otherwise very good.

* TROLLOPE, Anthony: see also item 65