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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : NAT THE NATURALIST : OR A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN THE EASTERN SEAS.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : NAT THE NATURALIST : OR A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN THE EASTERN SEAS.

London : Blackie & Son, 1883 [i.e. 1882]. First edition. “Deserves a longer notice than the very large number of Christmas books on our table enables us to give. It is not a story of uneventful rambles in English woods, but of more stirring adventures in strange lands. To boys with a fancy for natural history (and what boy is without such a fancy?) this handsome book will be a welcome gift” (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 14th December 1882).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 320,32pp. Eight plates in black and tint by Gordon Browne. Original pictorial cloth, blocked in gilt, green and brown; some wear to tips and joints; endpapers slightly cracked, but a good copy. Ownership stamp of Kilfillan House at Berkhamsted.

£50

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : DEVON BOYS: A TALE OF THE NORTH SHORE.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : DEVON BOYS: A TALE OF THE NORTH SHORE.

London : Blackie & Son, 1887 [i.e.1886]. First edition. Three teenage boys from Barnstaple Grammar School – adventures on the Devon north coast in the mid eighteenth century – a rock is removed, a galena mine exposed, rescues at sea, smugglers, French attacks, silver bullion, derring-do.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 384,48pp. Twelve plates by Gordon Browne. Original pictorial cloth, over bevelled boards; olivine edges; some light rubbing and wear; splash mark at foot of spine; a little shaken and slack; endpapers cracking; one plate a little marked and slightly frayed, but overall a reasonable copy. Contemporary (Christmas 1886) gift inscription to Charles W. Christy from his mother – Charles Wakefield Christy (b.1877) and Mary Elizabeth Christy (1852?-1929), son and spouse respectively of Wakefield Christy (!835-1898), well-to-do hat manufacturer and Justice of the Peace.

£40

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE MASTER OF THE CEREMONIES. A NOVEL.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE MASTER OF THE CEREMONIES. A NOVEL.

London : Ward & Downey, 1890. [Second edition]. “Most modern novels are more remarkable for their crime than for their culture, and Mr. G. Manville Fenn’s last venture is no exception to the general rule ... turbid, terrifying, and thrilling. It contains, besides many ‘moving accidents by flood and field’, an elopement, an abduction, a bigamous marriage, an attempted assasination, a duel, a suicide, and a murder. The murder, we must acknowledge, is a masterpiece ... he posesses a rare art – the art of telling a story well” (from Oscar Wilde’s anonymous review in the Pall Mall Gazette, 16th September 1896). First published in three volumes in 1886, the original edition is a notorious rarity.
Foolscap 8vo (171 x 108mm). iv,418pp. Rebound in a later French quarter morocco, marbled sides and endpapers, sprinkled edges, with the label of the Papeterie Laugt of Pau; some rubbing and wear; mild spotting, mainly of edges, but a good copy of a difficult title.

£50

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : CUTLASS AND CUDGEL.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : CUTLASS AND CUDGEL.

London : Griffith Farran & Co., [1890]. First edition. Set in the time of George II, a boy’s adventures as preventive cutters pursue smugglers off the Dorest coast.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 374,[x]pp. Illustrations, eight full-page, by J. Schonberg. Original pictorial cloth; all edges gilt; an ex-library copy, with the ownership stamps of Skerry’s College, Birkenhead, with some internal signs of labels having been removed; some light bruising, rubbing and wear; a little shaken and slack; outer leaves a little tanned, but a good copy. Small bookseller’s label of the Newington Bookshop, Liverpool.

£40

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : A FLUTTERED DOVECOTE.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : A FLUTTERED DOVECOTE.

London : Ward & Downey, [1890]. First edition. The tale of Laura Bozerne, ‘virgin and martyr’, of Chester Square, Belgravia – “an amusing little farce of which the scene is laid at a girls’ school of, we trust, exceptional character. The fun is rather extravagant at times; but it achieves its aim of raising a laugh, in which laudable purpose it is efficiently assisted by sixty illustrations from the pencil of Gordon Browne” (The Graphic, 7 February 1891).
Crown 8vo (19cm). viii,284pp. Sixty illustrations by Gordon Browne (1858-1932). Original brown pictorial cloth; top edge gilt; a few minor signs of age and use; a touch shaken, but overall a very good copy.

£100

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : MASS’ GEORGE; OR, A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN THE OLD SAVANNAHS.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : MASS’ GEORGE; OR, A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN THE OLD SAVANNAHS.

London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, [1890]. First edition. “The writer is one of the few who has been able to resist the temptation of over-writing himself ... his book shows signs of careful preparation. Mass’ George is an English boy who, with his father, is one of the first to settle in Georgia, where many wonderful adventures are experienced. This is one of the best boys books which Mr. Manville Fenn has produced” (Morning Post, 3rd December 1890).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 554,6pp. Frontispiece and four plates by W. T. Smith. Original pictorial cloth over bevelled boards; some light wear to extremities; a few slight marks; spine a little darkened; front endpaper slightly cracked; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a good copy of an elusive title. Ownership inscription of Roger J. Gough.

£40

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : TO THE WEST.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : TO THE WEST.

London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1891. First edition. “For imagination pure and simple America is still a happy hunting ground, witness Mr. G. Manville Fenn’s ‘To the West’ ... Herein two boys pass through perils innumerable, and Indians, gold miners, starvation, hairbreath ’scapes from drowning or being lost in the forest ... an exciting compound, well-stirred up by a practised pen” (The Graphic, 24th October 1891).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 576 + 4pp advertisements. Frontispiece and four plates by W. J. Morgan. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled, over bevelled boards; a little worn and dulled; front endpaper cracking; label neatly removed from front pastedown; a little shaken; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a reasonable copy.

£25

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE GRAND CHACO : A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN AN UNKNOWN LAND.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE GRAND CHACO : A BOY’S ADVENTURES IN AN UNKNOWN LAND.

London : S. W. Partridge & Co., [1892]. First edition. “This here’s rather different to Clapham Common, isn’t it?” – a naturalist’s expedition to Paraguay – two teenage boys are among the party – and plenty of scope for serpents, insects, pumas, jaguars, quarrels, people going missing, and loss of reason.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 416pp + 16pp advertisements. Illustrations, some full page. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled, over bevelled boards; all edges gilt; a touch dulled; some very mild rubbing and wear; a little shaken; endpapers lightly tanned; some occasional spotting, but a good copy. Contemporary ownership stamp of George Reid Ackerley (1877-1928), a wool merchant himself born in Buenos Aires.

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE DINGO BOYS : OR THE SQUATTERS OF WALLABY RANGE.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE DINGO BOYS : OR THE SQUATTERS OF WALLABY RANGE.

London : W. & R. Chambers, 1892. First edition. “This is a story of Australia, in which we follow the fortunes of an English family in the northern part of the continent, from the time of their landing until, after many adventures as they travel inland, they settle at Wallaby Range. It is full of lively incident ...” (Glasgow Herald, 3rd November 1892).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 312pp + 36pp illustrated advertisements. Six full-page illustrations by Walter S. Stacey. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled; some minor rubbing and wear; just a hint of bruising; lacks rear free endpaper; endpapers cracked; a little shaken and slack; a few slight marks, but a good copy of an interesting title.

£50

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : CORMORANT CRAG : A TALE OF THE SMUGGLING DAYS.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : CORMORANT CRAG : A TALE OF THE SMUGGLING DAYS.

London : S. W. Partridge, [1895]. First edition. “Another capital book ... the magic pen of Mr George Manville Fenn has depicted the stirring scenes and incidents of the time in masterly and attractive style. The adventures of Vincent Burnet and Mike Ladelle amongst the picturesque ‘anti-excise fraternity’...” (Western Daily Press, 16th December 1895).
Post 8vo (21cm). 416 + 16pp advertisements. Illustrations by W. Rainey. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled; top edge gilt; some minor rubbing and wear; endpapers cracked; a little shaken and slack; endpapers and advertisements a little tanned, but otherwise a good copy. Gift inscription (Xmas 1896) to George Ten Bosch (1880-1910) from his mother.

£50

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE BLACK TOR : A TALE OF THE REIGN OF JAMES I.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : THE BLACK TOR : A TALE OF THE REIGN OF JAMES I.

London & Edinburgh : W. & R. Chambers, 1896. First edition. “About as rugged, fierce-looking a gang of men as a lad could set eyes on, as they struggled up the steep cliff road leading to the castle, which frowned at the summit ...”. Two great families feuding over a lead mine, apparently in the Peak District, daggers drawn, but then two boys (‘manly and generous youths’), two rescues, and a duel.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],342,[iv] + 32pp. Eight plates by W. S. Stacey. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled, over bevelled boards; expertly repaired and refurbished, endpapers replaced, probably in the 1930s, by W. H. Smith & Sons, with their repair stamp (those were the days); some slight rubbing and wear; a little dull; some spotting, but a good copy. Ownership inscription (1933) of Douglas James Crawford of Littlehampton.

£40

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : ROY ROYLAND : OR THE YOUNG CASTELLAN : A TALE OF THE CIVIL WAR.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : ROY ROYLAND : OR THE YOUNG CASTELLAN : A TALE OF THE CIVIL WAR.

London & Edinburgh : W. & R. Chambers, 1896 [i.e.1895]. First edition. Young Roy Royland defends the family stronghold while his royalist father is away fighting for the king.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 370 [i.e.368]pp + 32pp advertisements. Eight full-page illustrations by W. Boucher. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled, over bevelled boards; a little rubbed and darkened; slight spotting of edges and prelims; a little shaken and slack; a reasonable copy. Ownership inscriptions of [Thomas] Aubrey Kemble (1886-1949) and G. Bence.

£25

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : JUNGLE AND STREAM : OR THE ADVENTURES OF TWO BOYS IN SIAM.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : JUNGLE AND STREAM : OR THE ADVENTURES OF TWO BOYS IN SIAM.

London : S. W. Partridge, 1898. First edition. The son of an English resident and the son of the king, with uprisings, missing serpents, crocodile hunts, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (428)pp + 24pp advertisements. Plates by Harold Hume Piffard (1867-1939). Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled; top edge gilt; just very slightly rubbed; endpapers tanned, but otherwise a very good copy. Dated 1920 ownership of H. M. Shepstone.

£50

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : AYNSLEY’S CASE.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : AYNSLEY’S CASE.

London : John Long, (1906). First edition. Vincent Forrest has designs on the beautiful heiress Gwynne Walden – her brother murdered – Gwynne blinded – can Dr Aynsley save her? “The story is full of incident, and the plot so skilfully unfolded, that it is difficult to put the book down” (The Graphic, 10 February 1906).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 320pp. Original red cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; some minor wear at extremities; corners a little bruised, one more heavily; a few marks and spots, but otherwise a very good copy.

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