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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 : 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 : 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 : 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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