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AINSWORTH, William Harrison, 1805-1882 : WINDSOR CASTLE : AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.
London : Henry Colburn, 1843. First one-volume and first fully illustrated edition. One of Ainsworth’s abidingly popular historical tales, set in the time of Henry VIII – Anne Boleyn, Cardinal Wolsey, Jane Seymour, etc. Originally published in book form in three volumes earlier in 1843, but here with the full panoply of illustrations utilised in the contemporary serialization in the author’s own “Ainsworth’s Magazine”.
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AMES, Delano (Delano L.), 1906-1987 : CRIME OUT OF MIND.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1956). First edition. Dagobert and Jane in the Austrian Tyrol – the seventh in this fine series of wickedly witty murder mysteries.
ARLEN, Michael, 1895-1956 : BABES IN THE WOOD.
London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), . First edition. Five stories in familiar Arlen-in-Mayfair vein – “opulent children in powerful motor-cars dashing helter-skelter through the tangled thickets of life”, as “The Sketch” reviewer had it. The stories, mainly about women, include “A Girl with a Future”, “The ‘Lost Generation’”, and the autobiographical “Confessions of a Naturalized Englishman”.
ATWOOD, Margaret (Margaret Eleanor), 1939- : THE BLIND ASSASSIN.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, (2000). First British edition. Signed by Margaret Atwood on the title-page. Winner of the Man Booker and Hammett Prizes, claiming an immediate reputation as one of the finest novels of our era.
AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : ON THE FRONTIER : A MELODRAMA IN THREE ACTS.
London : Faber & Faber, (1938). First edition. A review copy, with the publishers’ slip loosely inserted. A play in prose and verse – intrigue and conflict between two imaginary neighbouring countries, with pronounced echoes of contemporary politics.
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AUSTEN, Jane, 1775-1817 : MANSFIELD PARK : A NOVEL.
Belfast : Simms & M’Intyre, 1846. First Belfast edition. A pleasantly produced edition – the first separate edition to appear after the expiry of the original copyright in 1842. Originally published in 1814.
BACON & CO., G.W. – publishers : BACON’S LARGE PRINT MAP OF LONDON AND SUBURBS.
London : G.W. Bacon & Co., [ca. 1939]. A most attractive pre-war map of London on a scale of 2.3 inches to the mile, extending north to Golders Green and Highgate, east to the Victoria Docks, south to Wimbledon, and west to Ealing Dean. Particular attention is given to tram and bus routes, railways, postal districts, etc. Included in the case is a 38pp “Strangers’ Guide to London”, with notes on the principal locations, a double-page map of central London, an index to the streets, etc.
BASSANI, Giorgio, 1916-2000 : THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS.
London : Faber & Faber, (1965). First edition in English. Ferrara in 1938 – the rich, beautiful, unapproachable and Jewish Finzi-Continis – the basis of the 1970 Vittorio de Sica film with Dominique Sanda, Helmut Berger, etc. First published in Italian in 1962 and here in a translation by Isabel Quigly.
BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE FLYING GOAT.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1939). First edition. A collection of sixteen short stories, including “I Am Not Myself”, “Shot Actress – Full Story”, “Elephant’s Nest in a Rhubarb Tree”, etc.
BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE MATADOR OF THE FIVE TOWNS AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Methuen & Co., 1912. First edition. A fine collection of twenty-two stories from Bennett – some tragic some frolic – including “Mimi”, “The Letter and the Lie”, “Catching the Train”, “The Widow of the Balcony”, “Hot Potatoes”, “The Tiger and the Baby”, etc.
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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : A NIP IN THE AIR.
London : John Murray, (1974). First edition : one of 175 numbered copies on handmade paper, signed by John Betjeman. Twenty-seven poems from the period 1967-1974, including “The Costa Blanca”, “A Wembley Lad”, “A Mind’s Journey to Diss”, etc.
BRADBURY, Ray (Ray Douglas), 1920-2012 : SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.
London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1963. First British edition. Bradbury’s lyrical, mysterious, dark and fantastic coming of age novel as Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show comes to town – See Mephistophele, the Lava Drinker, the Demon Guillotine, the Dangling Man, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World ...
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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : A PRINCE OF THE CAPTIVITY.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1933. First edition. Adam Melfort takes the blame for his wife’s attempt at forgery, but on his release from jail is recruited to work behind enemy lines in Belgium during the Great War.
BURTON, John Hill, 1809-1881 : THE BOOK-HUNTER ETC.
Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1862. First edition of “A Vision of Mighty Book Hunters”, “The Prowler and the Auction-Haunter” and other fine essays on book-buying by the Scottish historian John Hill Burton. The book was greeted by “The Saturday Review” on its first appearance as “beyond measure delightful to those who are in any degree members of the above mentioned fraternity”.
[CHALLICE, Annie Emma Armstrong, 1821-1875] : HEROES, PHILOSOPHERS, AND COURTIERS OF THE TIME OF LOUIS XVI.
London : Hurst & Blackett, 1863. First edition. Drawn from French sources and with emphasis in particular on the story of French influence and intervention in the American War of Independence. With a rich cast of characters including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Voltaire, Mirabeau, William Pitt, Tom Paine, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Horace Walpole, Samuel Johnson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Madame du Barry, Richelieu, Rousseau, Captain Cook, Cagliostro, etc.
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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THEY NEVER SAY WHEN : A NOVEL.
London : Collins, 1944. First edition. A Slim Callaghan tale – Mlle Juliette de Longues can speak so much basic English with her eyes she can afford to be dumb – but she is good. Irana Favely knows she is good. Paula Denys doesn’t care if she’s good.
COLLER, D.W. (Duffield William), 1805?-1884 : THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF ESSEX, COMPRISING A NARRATIVE OF PUBLIC AND POLITICAL EVENTS IN THE COUNTY, FROM THE EARLIEST AGES TO THE PRESENT TIME ...
Chelmsford : Meggy & Chalk, 1861. First edition, in book form, bound from the original monthly parts. A popular but assiduously researched history, compiled by the editor of the “Chelmsford Chronicle” – “we have traced the old paths and trodden over much new ground”.
COLLINS, Wilkie (William Wilkie), 1824-1889 : THE LAW & THE LADY : A NOVEL.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1875. First edition. Valeria learns that her new husband has a dark secret and that she must resolve a murder mystery to establish his innocence. Essentially a detective novel, with this resolute heroine acting as sleuth. “An exceedingly clever novel, full of admirable writing, abounding in a subtle ingenuity which is a distinct order of genius ... Will be read with avidity by all who delight in the romances of the greatest master the sensational novel has ever known” (The World).
CONRAD, Joseph, 1857-1924 : AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS.
London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. First edition. Conrad’s second novel, inspired by his time at sea – the disreputable Peter Willems is on the run. Filmed by Carol Reed in 1951, with Trevor Howard, Ralph Richardson, Robert Morley, etc.
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CRYSTAL PALACE, PRINTED IN THE MACHINERY DEPARTMENT.
[London : ca.1855]. A commemorative cotton handkerchief printed on the spot for visitors to the Crystal Palace. The design is twofold (each could be had separately) – an outer frieze printed in red and ochre depicts a somewhat Eurocentric (although perhaps tongue in cheek) view of the advance of civilization – a Fijian cannibal before civilization, Britannia bringing blessings, the advances of hats, shoes, socks and parasols, and finally the “Glorious Result of Civilization” – the tipping of hats, the advantages of “Gentlemen’s Ready Made Clothes” (a discreet advertisement for Mr Moses, the founder of Moss Bros.), the ignoring of street urchins selling matches, the kissing of hands and the adoption of the latest fashions – all tartan for the ladies in the 1850s. In the centre of the handkerchief, a black-and-white image has been superimposed of the Crystal Palace in its new home in South London, with its terraces and fountains.
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“DELANNOY, Burford” – [JUDGE, Adolphus Eugene, 1856-1931] : THE MARGATE MURDER MYSTERY.
London : Ward, Lock & Co., 1902. First edition. Two clerks in Brixton fall in with a shop-girl – she ends up murdered in a Margate hotel. The police know who did it – but do they have the right man? An interesting murder mystery, the story told from a number of different viewpoints.
DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 – editor : THE PIC NIC PAPERS. BY VARIOUS HANDS.
London : Henry Colburn, 1841. First edition. A lively collection of stories and occasional pieces assembled by Dickens as a way of financially assisting the widow and children of his first publisher, John Macrone, who had died at the age of just twenty-eight. Dickens wrote the preface and the first story, “The Lamplighter”, and there are further contributions from William Harrison Ainsworth, Allan Cunningham, W. H. Maxwell, Thomas Moore, Leitch Ritchie, Horace Smith, Agnes Strickland, and others who preferred to remain anonymous.
[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE YOUNG DUKE.
London : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. First edition. Disraeli’s intriguing early novel of high society – “all rings, ringlets, and a little rouge” – a wastrel redeemed by the love of a good woman, etc., but also the novel in which we first see the evolution of Disraeli’s politics and what was soon to become his particular brand of one-nation conservatism.
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DONLEAVY, J.P. (James Patrick), 1926-2017 : A SINGULAR MAN.
London : Bodley Head, (1964). First British edition. His second novel – a dark masterpiece of love and imagination. Originally published in Boston the previous year.
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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : BALTHAZAR : A NOVEL.
London : Faber & Faber, (1958). First edition. The second volume in the Alexandria Quartet – “Balthazar’s merciless ‘Interlinear’ to the love-story of Justine”.
DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : MOUNTOLIVE : A NOVEL.
London : Faber & Faber, (1958). First edition. The third volume in the Alexandria Quartet – David Mountolive, youthful passion, politics, diplomacy, and conspiracy.
“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : FELIX HOLT THE RADICAL.
Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons 1866. First edition : a publisher’s presentation copy, neatly inscribed – “To Mrs. Burt. With Mr. Blackwoods Compliments”. In the Carter ‘A’ binding (as are both the presentation copies traced by Carter and the British Library copyright deposit copy). There is a binder’s ticket (Edmonds & Remnants) not noted by Carter in the first volume – and the final volume has an inserted 20pp undated Blackwood catalogue not noted by Sadleir, as well as the two integral advertisement leaves.
ELLROY, James (Lee Earle), 1948- : L. A. CONFIDENTIAL.
London : Mysterious Press (Random Century Group), (1990). First British edition. Signed by Ellroy in a title-page scrawl. His extraordinary exercise in powerful neo-noir – the basis of the award-winning 1997 film with Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, etc. “Shatters the boundaries of the contemporary crime novel” (Jonathan Kellerman).
[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : THE PARISH OF ST. JAMES CLERKENWELL TAKEN FROM YE LAST SURVEY WITH CORRECTIONS.
[London : for A. Churchill, J. Knapton & others, 1720]. A most attractive early eighteenth-century parish map – Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell Close and the surrounding streets – Turnmill Street running south, St. John’s Gate and Lane, eastwards across St. John Street to what is now the Goswell Road, and north across open fields past the “Ducking Pond”, “Black Marys Hole” and the “Madd House” to “New River Pond”, “Sadlers Well” and the fringes of Islington. A numbered key gives the names of thirty-five smaller streets, courts and alleys. Originally produced for the 1720 edition of John Stow’s “Survey of London”.
“ERSKINE, Rosalind” – [LONGRIGG, Roger Erskine, 1929-2000] : THE PASSION-FLOWER HOTEL / PASSION FLOWERS IN ITALY / PASSION FLOWERS IN BUSINESS.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1962-1965). A first edition set of all three novels in Longrigg’s succès de scandale, purportedly written by the fifteen-year-old Rosalind Erskine – Nabokov meets Angela Brazil as well brought up nymphets set up a bordello in the gym of their highly respectable boarding-school. Adapted into a musical by Wolf Mankowitz and John Barry, and later filmed in Germany with Natassja Kinski.
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FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : JOHN THORNDYKE’S CASES. RELATED BY CHRISTOPHER JERVIS, M.D. AND EDITED BY R. AUSTIN FREEMAN ...
London : Chatto & Windus, 1909. First edition. Introduced in Freeman’s preface as “a somewhat new departure in this class of literature” – as indeed it was. Dr Thorndyke, first of the modern forensic detectives, here appearing in eight stories, including “The Anthropologist at Large” and “The Blue Sequin”. A Haycraft-Queen “cornerstone” of detective fiction.
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FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : THE PENROSE MYSTERY.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1936). First edition : the first issue, with the top edge stained blue. A wealthy collector of antiquities disappears after a hit-and-run – Thorndyke investigates.
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[GALT, John, 1779-1839] : THE ENTAIL : OR THE LAIRDS OF GRIPPY.
Edinburgh : William Blackwood / London : T. Cadell, 1823. First edition. Family and obsession – “Galt’s most admired work. It won the unconditional praise of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Walter Scott, while Byron was reduced to tears and judged Galt’s portrait of Leddy Grippy one of the most original women figures in the history of literature” (Massimiliano Demata).
“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : NO MORTGAGE ON A COFFIN.
London : Robin Hood Press, [ca.1949]. [Second edition]. “His work was sabotage; his recreation women”. Gangsters, Nazi spies, and mistresses in East Coast America. Originally published by Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. in 1941, the book was voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the publishers when both they and the author pleaded guilty to obscenity charges relating to two other Glinto titles at the Old Bailey in May 1942. Although retaining the original 1941 date, the present edition from the Robin Hood Press (established in 1946) is manifestly somewhat later and roughly datable from the lower wrapper advertisement for a Bryn Logan western published in 1949.
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GODDEN, Rumer (Margaret Rumer), 1907-1998 : THE GREENGAGE SUMMER.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1958. First edition. A lyrical and troubling coming of age in the green and gold of a French August. Later made into the 1961 film with Kenneth More (his favourite film), Susannah York, Jane Asher, etc.
GOLDSMITH, Oliver, 1728-1774 : SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER: OR, THE MISTAKES OF A NIGHT. A COMEDY. AS IT IS ACTED AT THE THEATRE-ROYAL IN COVENT-GARDEN.
London : for F. Newbery, 1773. First edition : the variant with the pagination corrected and the preliminaries reset to incorporate a half-title. Charles Marlow, George Hastings, Tony Lumpkin and the Hardcastles – Goldsmith’s legendary comedy of errors, first performed at Covent Garden on 15th March 1773. With a dedicatory epistle to Dr. Johnson and a verse prologue by David Garrick.
GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE MINISTRY OF FEAR : AN ENTERTAINMENT.
London : William Heinemann, (1943). First edition. Greene’s powerful evocation of London in the blitz – and a spy thriller full of guilt, menace and deceit. Informed by his work at the Ministry of Information – and turned into the 1944 Fritz Lang film noir, with Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds.
“GRIFF” – [BOYCE, David, 1916-1993] : SHOOT TO LIVE.
London : Modern Fiction (London), . First edition. “Master-spies, gunhawks, mobsters, hoods, all the unsavoury characters of the underworld ... A young scientist is kidnapped. He carries badly wanted secrets in his brain ... the secrets of that most despicable of all forms of death ... germ warfare!”. Mark Freeman of the FBI is on the case. The “Griff” house name here being used by David Boyce.
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HADFIELD, John (John Charles Heywood), 1907-1999 : LOVE ON A BRANCH LINE.
London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), (1959). First edition. Hadfield’s delightful fiction of a rural arcadia – a retreat to the “more enjoyable depths of an almost mythical East Anglia, where a backwoodsman peer lives in a private railway train, playing vintage jazz as an accompaniment to the amorous dalliance of three gorgeously amoral daughters ... extraordinary moonlight encounters, a drinking scene of classic proportion, a traction engine rally, and a comic cricket match which is the first serious rival to that of Macdonell’s England, Their England”.
HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : JUDE THE OBSCURE.
London : Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., (1896) [i.e. 1895]. First edition : with six of the first eight gatherings in first state, with page numbers on all the partially blank pages. His last, most bleak, and most controversial novel. With an etched frontispiece of “Christminster” by Henry Macbeth-Raeburn (1860-1947) and Hardy’s map of Wessex at rear.
HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : HUMAN SHOWS FAR PHANTASIES : SONGS, AND TRIFLES.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1925. First edition. The last collection published in Hardy’s lifetime – 152 poems, most previously unpublished and mainly recently composed, although with a handful from earlier in his career.
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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : SELECTED POEMS OF THOMAS HARDY.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1940. First edition. A wartime selection of the best of Hardy, edited and introduced by the historian George Malcolm Young (1881-1959). “In the dark and threatening hours through which we are passing, Hardy, who ‘was steeped in the ancient music of rural England’, speaks to us of the homeland we are defending”.
HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 & OTHERS : STORIES FROM “BLACK AND WHITE”.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1893. First edition. Eight stories which had originally appeared in “Black and White” magazine, including Hardy’s “To Please His Wife”, as well as contributions from Grant Allen, J. M. Barrie, W. E. Norris, Eliza Lynn Linton, Margaret Oliphant, James Payn and W. Clarke Russell.
HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : SELECTED POEMS : 1965-1975.
London : Faber & Faber, (1980). First edition : [one of just 500 copies in hardback]. An extensive selection of Heaney’s earlier work, including many of his finest poems.
HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATION ISLAND.
London : Faber & Faber, (1984). First edition. One of the most celebrated collections of poems of modern times – “Many of these poems have a tough rind as though the author knew for his purposes deferred comprehension was better than instant. Obliquity suits him. Heaney’s talent, a prodigious one, is exfoliating and augmenting here” (Richard Ellman).
HOGARTH, William, 1697-1764 : THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH; INCLUDING THE ANALYSIS OF BEAUTY ...
London : S. Cornish, 1838. First edition of this attractive and convenient edition of Hogarth – engraved prints of all the paintings, etc., complete with notes, analysis and short essays on each, a life of Hogarth, and the full text of his own “Analysis of Beauty”.
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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : THE PRISONER OF ZENDA : BEING THE HISTORY OF THREE MONTHS IN THE LIFE OF AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN.
Bristol : J. W. Arrowsmith, . First edition : the secondary issue, with the verso of the title-page reset, eighteen titles (the last being the present work) listed at the rear in Arrowsmith’s 3/6 Series, and bound in the rather darker cloth with the “f” on the spine uncrossed. Loosely inserted in a slip of paper cut from a letter and mounted on thin card with the inscription “Yours very truly” and the signature “Anthony Hope Hawkins”. Filmed on a number of occasions, but most memorably in the David O. Selznick production of 1937, with Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, Raymond Massey, Douglas Fairbanks, David Niven, etc.
HOPKINS, R. Thurston (Robert Thurston), 1884-1958 : FAMOUS BANK FORGERIES, ROBBERIES AND SWINDLES.
London : Stanley Paul & Co., (1936). First edition. A fascinating study in the history of iniquity – the Uncrowned King of Crime; the Windell Fraud; Murder in the Fog; the £50,000 Bank-Note; the Josephine O’Dare Gang; the Kennaway Brothers, and many another tale. Back before 1936 the banks were apparently more likely to be victims than perpetrators.
HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.
London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition : in the uncommon secondary binding, lettered in silver rather than gilt. A collection of forty poems, five stories and a radio play.
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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : [COVER TITLE] SHAKESPEARE’S POEM.
London : Lexham Press, (1971). First edition : limited to 150 copies, “of which seventy-five numbered copies, signed by the author are for sale” – the present example being one these numbered and signed copies. Printed at the Trigram Press. Although not marked as such in any way, this copy (No. 43) formerly belonged to the poet Sir Stephen Spender (1909-1995).
HUME, Fergus (Fergusson Wright), 1859-1932 : THE DWARF’S CHAMBER AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1896. First edition. The title novella and eight short stories, the latter mainly detective tales – “The Jesuit and the Mexican Coin”, “The Rainbow Camellia”, “The Ivory Leg and the Twenty-Four Diamonds”, etc. – all admired for their cleverness and lightness of tone, foreshadowing the Golden Age of the interwar years. “They are all good, and the majority are in Mr Hume’s most terse and telling style” (Western Daily Press, 27th October 1896).
HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : MEN, WOMEN, AND BOOKS; A SELECTION OF SKETCHES, ESSAYS, AND CRITICAL MEMOIRS, FROM HIS UNCOLLECTED PROSE WRITINGS.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1847. First edition. A sparkling collection of Hunt’s essays for the magazines – Hunt on fact and fiction; inside an omnibus; a visit to the zoo; beds and bedrooms; the world of books; a few remarks on the rare vice called lying; female beauty; statesmen-poets; English queens; social morality in Suckling and Jonson; the other side of Alexander Pope; the beneficence of bookstalls; bookbinding; British poetesses; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; Pepys in Tangier; Madame de Sévigné – and much else.
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“INNES, Michael” – [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : FROM LONDON FAR.
London : Victor Gollancz, 1946. First edition. After a morning in the Reading Room, Richard Meredith accidentally triggers a password in the local tobacconist’s – trapdoors open, stolen Titians and Vermeers appear.
“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : ACCUSED.
London : New Fiction Press, . First edition. The most notorious and most scrutinised of the books in the 1954 obscenity trial, with Heade at his very best on the front cover, with a tenderness sometimes lacking. Evidently based on James M. Cain’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice”, it is thought that the outline of the plot was supplied to Frances by Geoffrey Pardoe (Holland p.299).
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JONES, Owen, 1809-1874 – illustrator : THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES ...
London : John Murray, 1845. First Owen Jones edition. One of the highlights of early Victorian book production and early colour printing – the text with decorative borders and initials throughout, many in colour, interspersed with divisional titles chromolithographed in gold and glowing colours, and illustrations drawn from the great masters.
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KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : STALKY & CO.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1899. First edition. “In summer all right-minded boys built huts in the furze-hill behind the college – little lairs whittled out of the heart of the prickly bushes, full of stumps, odd root-ends, and spikes, but, since they were strictly forbidden, palaces of delight”.
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LARKIN, Philip (Philip Arthur), 1922-1985 : THE WHITSUN WEDDINGS : POEMS.
London : Faber & Faber, (1964). First edition. A celebrated collection of thirty-two poems and one of the high points of twentieth-century poetry. “The poems were written in or near Hull, Yorkshire, with a succession of Royal Sovereign 2B pencils during the years 1955 to 1963” (Philip Larkin).
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LARKIN, Philip (Philip Arthur), 1922-1985 : TROUBLE AT WILLOW GABLES AND OTHER FICTIONS.
London : Faber & Faber, (2002). First edition. Larkin’s original ambition was to be a novelist and the present volume gathers together his early fiction for girls written under the pseudonym “Brunette Coleman”, as well as unpublished drafts of two unfinished novels, “No for an Answer” and “A New World Symphony”, and further similar material. Edited by James Booth.
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LAUDER, Sir Thomas Dick, 1784-1848 : LEGENDARY TALES OF THE HIGHLANDS. A SEQUEL TO HIGHLAND RAMBLES.
London : Henry Colburn, 1841. First edition. Lauder’s second collection of carefully preserved highland legends – a world of warlocks, water-kelpies, dominies and fighting men, with the Legend of the Clan-Allen Stewarts, etc.
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LOVETT, Richard, 1851-1904 : LONDON PICTURES : DRAWN WITH PEN AND PENCIL.
London : Religious Tract Society, 1890. First edition. An interesting and heavily illustrated portrait of late Victorian London – chapters on civic and commercial London; the Tower of London; ecclesiastical London; the imperial government and the royal palaces, and legal and literary London.
MACAULAY, Rose (Dame Emilie Rose), 1881-1958 : KEEPING UP APPEARANCES.
London : W. Collins, Sons & Co. (1928). First edition. “One can always depend upon Miss Rose Macaulay to give us a novel with an underlying idea which is both original and unexpected ... one part satire and one part a very human document. And she has told her story with wit and humour” (The Tatler, 18 April 1928). Daisy, Daphne, and Marjorie trying to make a good impression and making a mess of their lives.
McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : AMSTERDAM.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1998). First edition. Signed by Ian McEwan on the title-page. The winner of the 1998 Booker Prize, cited by the judges as “a sardonic and wise examination of the morals and culture of our time”.
McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : ATONEMENT.
London : Jonathan Cape, (2001). First edition. “McEwan’s finest achievement. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class ...” – filmed in 2007 with Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, etc.
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MAHAN, A.T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914 : THE LIFE OF NELSON : THE EMBODIMENT OF THE SEA POWER OF GREAT BRITAIN.
London : Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1897. First edition : the London issue of the American sheets. The great American strategist concentrates on Nelson’s professional life – a magisterial historical and tactical analysis, with an exploration of the whole notion of sea power and its meaning both in Nelson’s time and among the Great Powers at the close of the nineteenth century.
“MANSFIELD, Katherine” – [MURRY, Kathleen Mansfield, 1888-1923] : SOMETHING CHILDISH AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Constable & Co., (1924). First edition. A collection of twenty-five stories written between 1908 and 1920, including the semi-autobiographical “An Indiscreet Journey”, etc.
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MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE PHANTOM SHIP.
London : Henry Colburn, 1839. First edition. Marryat’s celebrated tale of the Flying Dutchman, ghost ships, holy relics, Arabian magic, demon pilots, and the Inquisition, which also manages to incorporate the story of the White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains, often separately anthologised and credited as “the first significant werewolf tale in English, and still one of the best” (Bleiler).
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MASEFIELD, John (John Edward), 1878-1967 : THE BOX OF DELIGHTS : OR, WHEN THE WOLVES WERE RUNNING.
London : William Heinemann, (1935). First edition. Kay Harker and the battle for the magical box.
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MORGAN, Charles (Charles Langbridge), 1894-1958 : THE GUNROOM.
London : A. & C. Black, 1919. First edition. Morgan’s extraordinary and “deadly true” first novel, written while a prisoner-of-war and rewritten after his manuscript was lost at sea. His searing account of the systematic and sadistic bullying of tyro midshipmen in the Royal Navy of the time led to the book’s strange disappearance from the bookshops – never officially suppressed but, as Morgan later recalled, “the ordinary means of distribution ceased to be available to it. How this was brought about I do not know, but as the Navy has a Secret Service, I draw my own conclusions”.
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[MORIER, James (James Justinian), 1782-1849] : THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA, OF ISPAHAN.
London : John Murray, 1824. First edition. The picaresque adventures of Hajji Baba, variously barber, doctor, executioner and rogue – a delicious satire on Persia and the Persians by the diplomat James Morier. An immediate best-seller, it was reportedly believed in Persia to be an English translation of a Persian author. “English gentleman say, Hajji Baba very clever book, but I think not clever at all – very foolish book. You must not be angry with me, sir. I your old friend, sir. God know, I your very good friend to you sir. But now you must write other book, and praise Persian peoples very much. I swear very much to the king you never write Hajji Baba”.
[MORIER, James (James Justinian), 1782-1849] : THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA, OF ISPAHAN, IN ENGLAND.
London : John Murray, 1828. First edition. Morier’s lovable rogue finds himself part of the Persian ambassador’s retinue on a state visit to England – genial, gentle, warming – but deadly satire is never far away.
NORTON, R.A. : THROUGH BEATNIK EYEBALLS : A NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE LIFE.
London : Pedigree Books (Edwin Self), (1961). First edition. “Here, for the first time, is a serious book written about teenagers, by a teenager and in a language that has delighted teenagers in America and Britain. It is written mainly in the now famous Kookie-talk” – the story of Fenella the clinker from way out – “Orbit strictly unknown. Destination nowhere!” – a cult classic of the beat generation, with a seven-page glossary of Kookie-talk for “Bods from Squaresville”.
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Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : A NEST OF SIMPLE FOLK : A NOVEL.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1933). First edition. The daughter of a county family marries the son of one of the tenants and is rejected by her kith and kin – a fine and unsentimental novel of Irish life.
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OGILVY, James S. (James Spence), 1859?-1917 : RELICS & MEMORIALS OF LONDON CITY.
London : Blackfriars Publishing Co., . First edition : the variant Blackfriars imprint. A handsomely produced and illustrated record of corners of the City of London that “still make London a land of dreams, and, more than any other, a city of shrines – a place of memories”.
OGILVY, James S. (James Spence), 1859?-1917 : RELICS & MEMORIALS OF LONDON TOWN.
London : Blackfriars Publishing Co., . First edition : the variant Blackfriars imprint. “A permanent record in colour of historic buildings scattered over a wide area ... the tangible relics of bygone history pass one by one under the house-breakers’ hands, and when another generation has gone their numbers will be few indeed”. A handsome record by the artist James Ogilvy, mainly of the lesser-known and more vulnerable London buildings, together with his well-informed accompanying text.
PEACOCK, William, 1839?-1910 – publisher : GALL & INGLIS’ MAP OF ENGLAND. WITH THE RAILWAYS.
London : W. Peacock, [ca.1862]. An attractive map from the Edinburgh publishers James Gall (1784-1872) and Robert Inglis (1820?-1887), here fashioned as a dissected puzzle by William Peacock. The counties of England and Wales broadly speaking each represent a single piece of the puzzle. William Peacock took over his father’s map dissecting business in or about 1861, and to judge from the extent and reach of the railway system, this map must have been prepared at about that time. Peacock went on to become the best known brand name for jigsaw puzzles of the late nineteenth century.
POTTER, Beatrix (Helen Beatrix), 1866-1943 : THE TALE OF MRS. TITTLEMOUSE.
London : Frederick Warne & Co., 1910. First edition. “Once upon a time there was a wood-mouse, and her name was Mrs. Tittlemouse. She lived in a bank under a hedge”. Cover design, endpapers and colour illustrations by the author.
POWELL, Anthony (Anthony Dymoke), 1905-2000 : AT LADY MOLLY’S : A NOVEL.
London : William Heinemann, (1957). First edition. It’s 1934 and Widmerpool is thinking of marriage. The fourth volume in the “Dance to the Music of Time” sequence.
PUNSHON, E.R. (Ernest Robertson), 1872-1956 : THE ATTENDING TRUTH.
London : Victor Gollancz, 1952. First edition. Owen of the Yard investigates the murder of an unassuming commercial traveller in Pending Dale – “What is distinction? ... in the works of Mr. E. R. Punshon we salute it every time” (Dorothy L. Sayers).
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ROLLIN, Charles, 1661-1741 : THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE EGYPTIANS, CARTHAGINIANS, ASSYRIANS, BABYLONIANS, MEDES AND PERSIANS, MACEDONIANS AND GREEKS.
London : for James, John and Paul Knapton, 1734-1736. First edition in English. Rollin’s sprawling history of the ancient world – by far the most influential and popular account of its time – reprinted again and again until the late nineteenth century. Although three supplementary volumes were published in 1737-1739, the set was evidently regarded by many readers as complete in ten volumes by 1736 and a good number of sets in the major institutions are similarly restricted to this number. A nineteenth-century pencilled instruction at the front of the present set confirms that only ten volumes were ever sent to the bookbinder “to be lettered and gilt on the backs” – in fact to be labelled. Originally published in Paris from 1730 onwards.
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SELDEN, John, 1584-1654 : THE TABLE-TALK OF JOHN SELDEN ESQ.
London : William Pickering, 1847. First Pickering edition. “The not distinguishing where things should be distinguished, and the not confounding, where things should be confounded, is the cause of all the mistakes in the world” and other majestic thinking from the “glory of the English nation”, the jurist and scholar John Selden. Collections of Selden’s table-talk had appeared since the seventeenth century, but are here introduced by a long “biographical preface” from Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858) – “There are few volumes of its size so pregnant with sense, combined with the most profound learning; it is impossible to open it without finding some important fact ... something practically useful and applicable to the business of life”. Printed by Charles Whittingham at Chiswick.
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[SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816] : THE RIVALS, A COMEDY. AS IT IS ACTED AT THE THEATRE-ROYAL IN COVENT-GARDEN.
London : for John Wilkie, 1775. First edition : the variant with the catchword “Epi-” on p.100. His first play and the first appearance in print of this great classic of the London stage – the immortal Mrs Malaprop, Lydia Languish, eighteenth-century Bath, etc.
SILLITOE, Alan, 1928-2010 : THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER.
London : W. H. Allen, 1959. First edition. His second book, winner of the Hawthornden prize, the title novella memorably filmed by Tony Richardson, with Tom Courtenay and Michael Redgrave, in 1962. With eight further short stories, including “On Saturday Afternoon”, etc.
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“SMITH, Shelley” – [BODINGTON, Nancy Hermione, 1912-1998] : BACKGROUND FOR MURDER.
London : Gerald G. Swan, (1942). Her first crime novel – and we meet the curious investigator Jacob Chaos. Murder in a madhouse – Dr Royd has been killed and any number of people had good cause.
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SOUTHGATE, Henry, 1818-1888 – editor : WHAT MEN HAVE SAID ABOUT WOMAN. A COLLECTION OF CHOICE THOUGHTS AND SENTENCES.
London : Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, 1865. First edition. “A bouquet of literary blossoms” – an extraordinary anthology of hundreds of quotations, culled from hundreds of authors, and all “devoted by Man to the exaltation of Woman”.
STERNE, Laurence, 1713-1768 : THE WORKS OF LAURENCE STERNE IN TEN VOLUMES COMPLETE.
London : for J. Dodsley, J. Johnson, G. G. J. and J. Robinson, T. Cadell, J. Murray [and others], 1793. A handsome early collected edition of Sterne, comprising “Tristram Shandy”, “A Sentimental Journey”, three volumes of sermons and two of letters, as well as “A Fragment in the Manner of Rabelais” and “The History of a Watch-Coat”, together with his own memoir of his life and family.
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STEVENSON, Francis Seymour, 1862-1938 : HISTORIC PERSONALITY.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1893. First edition. An interesting and erudite discourse from the British parliamentarian and scholar on the variety of ways of knowing and understanding the great figures of the past – via history, biography, autobiography, diaries, memoirs, letters, table-talk, characterisation, monumental inscriptions, portraiture and, not least, imaginative literature. With passing reference to Aristotle, Boswell, Julius Caesar, Lord Chesterfield, Goethe, Dr Johnson, La Bruyère, Rousseau, Shakespeare, Theophrastus, Voltaire, etc., etc. The present extra-illustrated copy has been enlivened by the insertion of thirty-seven engraved portraits, culled from various sources, of a number of the figures mentioned (although the hand-coloured plate inserted as a frontispiece would appear to be a portrait of Robert Stevenson, the engineer, rather than of the author).
TEMPLE THOMSON & CLARK : THAMES WHARVES.
London : J. D. Potter, [ca.1905]. A striking and unusual map displaying (in two portions) the stretch of the tidal Thames from Charing Cross to Gravesend – the upper portion going downstream to Barking Reach, the larger lower portion from Halfway Reach on to Gravesend. At a scale of four inches to one sea mile, the prinicipal feature is the identification in red of over 180 steamship wharves, with notes on vessel lengths, average spring and neap depths, etc. Compiled by the steamship owners and brokers Temple, Thomson & Clark, from their address at 38 Leadenhall Street – premises they appear to have occupied for a short while either side of 1905 – and published by the nautical equipment firm established by John Dennett Potter of the Minories.
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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE.
London : Putnam, (1955). First British and first separate edition : a pencilled note states this to be the first issue, without the copyright notice on the verso of the title-page – a point not mentioned by Rolph. The unfinished and partly autobiographical novel, originally published with other material a few months earlier in the USA. With a foreword by Vernon Watkins.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : CASTLE RICHMOND. A NOVEL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1860. First edition : Sadleir’s second state text, with the numerous minor corrections. Although Sadleir rightly distinguishes between the corrected and uncorrected texts, his evidence would seem to suggest that the pre-May 1860 copies he designates as being “first issue” were more in the nature of advance copies. The book was not in fact published until 10th May. An important early Trollope title – love, inheritance, blackmail and famine in Ireland – as Trollope recalled in later life, “The heroine has two lovers, one of whom is a scamp and the other a prig”.
TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE BELTON ESTATE.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1866 [i.e.1865]. First edition. Clara Amedroz has to choose between kind and generous Will Belton and smooth and urbane Captain Aylmer – probably one of Trollope’s most undervalued novels and certainly one of the hardest to find in first edition. As long ago as 1928 Michael Sadleir wrote that “‘The Belton Estate’ in first edition, through some hazard of publishing history which I cannot explain, has simply disappeared. I have no record of ‘The Belton Estate’ being offered for sale in a bookshop catalogue or at auction”.
WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : THE FOUR JUST MEN.
London : Tallis Press, 1905. First edition. His first thriller – the assassination of the Foreign Secretary. Launched in a blaze of publicity Wallace could not afford, the front cover advertises a total of £500 in prizes to anyone capable of solving the final mystery. The present copy has the original numbered competition slip (detached but present) and an earlier owner has typed out and inserted the solution as it appeared in a subsequent edition, with the pictorial label from that edition.
“WATERS” – [RUSSELL, William, 1805?-1876?] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER / [FIRST AND] SECOND SERIES.
London : J. & C. Brown & Co. / London : W. Kent & Co., 1856-1859. First edition. The very first appearance in fiction of a Scotland Yard detective, indeed the very first English detective stories. Originally published in “Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal” between 1849 and 1852, with some of the stories appearing in book form in New York in 1852, the present publication is the first appearance of all eleven, with a final twelfth tale not previously published. Bound together with the present copy is the scarce Second Series of 1859 – a further eight stories by “Waters” of the Yard, the narrator invented by journalist William Russell.
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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : SCOOP : A NOVEL ABOUT JOURNALISTS.
London : Chapman & Hall, (1938). First edition. “Up to a point, Lord Copper”.
WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : [SWORD OF HONOUR – THE CROUCHBACK TRILOGY].
London : Chapman & Hall, 1952-1961. A first edition set of the separately published “Men at Arms” (1952), “Officers and Gentlemen” (1955) and “Unconditional Surrender” (1961).
WILLIAMS, Montagu (Montagu Stephen), 1835-1892 : ROUND LONDON : DOWN EAST AND UP WEST.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1892. First edition. Montagu Williams Q.C., variously schoolmaster, soldier, actor, dramatist, journalist, leading barrister and police magistrate known in the East End as “the poor man’s magistrate”, with a fine series of lively essays (all based on true stories) portraying life across Victorian London – down east with East End Shows, Match Girls, Sclater Street Birds, Griddlers or Street Singers, the London Hospital, Clerkenwell Green, Ratcliff Highway, Sunday at the East End (including cricket in Bethnal Green), Burglarious Bill, From the East End to Ramsgate, etc. – and up west with Climbing the Ladder (enter plutocracy), Descending the Ladder, Modern Stockbrokers, Huckstering Hymen (the marriage market), the Company Promoter, Things Theatrical, Covent Garden, Floss and Floss (lawyers), the Road to Ruin, Moneylenders, Talent in Tatters, and the London Season. With a preface by Charles Dickens Jr.
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WILLIAMSON, George, 1825-1903 : MEMORIALS OF THE LINEAGE, EARLY LIFE, EDUCATION, AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE GENIUS OF JAMES WATT.
Edinburgh : for the Watt Club, by Thomas Constable, 1856. First edition. A handsome and valuable account, drawn from documentary sources, of the life, career and family of James Watt (1736-1819), inventor of the steam condenser, proponent of the concept of horsepower – and the man for whom we name watts and wattage as units of power.
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : YOUNG MEN IN SPATS.
London : Herbert Jenkins, (1936). First edition : in the variant orange binding. A memorable collection of eleven short stories, including the classic “Uncle Fred Flits By” and one of Wodehouse’s personal favourites, “The Amazing Hat Mystery”. The contents differ slightly from that of the later American edition.
WYLD, James, 1790-1836 : ENVIRONS OF LONDON.
London : James Wyld, 1891. An attractive circular map of the environs of London on a scale of half an inch to a mile, extending north beyond Hertford and Ware, east to Tilbury, south to Dorking and Edenbridge, and westwards to Windsor and Eton. Coloured circles indicate places respectively within four miles and twelve miles of Charing Cross, Originally published in 1832 and revised and updated by Wyld’s son and grandson until the present version, which is the last known.
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YONGE, Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901 : LOVE AND LIFE : AN OLD STORY IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY COSTUME.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1880. First edition. “There is always a pleasurable feeling of expectation in opening a new novel by Miss Yonge and that lady’s many admirers need not be told that there is a certainty of more or less satisfaction from anything she writes” (Morning Post, 14th September 1880). A lost inheritance, a secret love – Major Delavie and his three daughters encounter the wonderfully villainous Lady Belamour.
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[YONGE, Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901] : A BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS OF ALL TIMES AND ALL LANDS : GATHERED AND NARRATED BY THE AUTHOR OF “THE HEIR OF REDCLYFFE”.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1908. A collection of fifty historical tales of heroism and self-denial intended as “a treasury for young people”, or “a mother’s storehouse for reading aloud to her boys” – Alcestis and Antigone, The Pass of Thermopylae, The Shepherd Girl of Nanterre, The Keys of Calais, Sir Thomas More’s Daughter, The Children in the Wood of the Far South, etc. Originally published in 1864.
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