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AVERY, Gillian (Gillian Elise), 1926-2016 & BRIGGS, Julia (Julia Ruth), 1943-2007 – editors : CHILDREN AND THEIR BOOKS : A CELEBRATION OF THE WORK OF IONA AND PETER OPIE.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, (1990). First paperback edition. An excellent collection of twenty essays – Brian Alderson on Collecting Children’s Books, Julia Briggs on Women Writers, Humphrey Carpenter on Beatrix Potter, Hugh Brogan on Tolkien, etc. With a foreword by Iona Opie.
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CHURCH, Richard, 1893-1972 : EIGHT FOR IMMORTALITY.
London : J. M. Dent & Sons, (1941). First edition. With the label of the literary agent A. D. Peters – Augustus Dudley Peters (1892-1973) – and a pencilled inscription noting that this was Church’s own copy. Essays on Edmund Blunden, W. H. Davies, Walter de la Mare, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Robert Graves, Vita Sackville-West and W. B.Yeats.
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CHURCH, Richard, 1893-1972 : BRITISH AUTHORS : A TWENTIETH-CENTURY GALLERY WITH 53 PORTRAITS.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., (1948). Second edition : revised and enlarged. Brief accounts and some splendid photographs and sketches of a cross-section of authors from Maurice Baring to Frances Brett Young. Includes John Buchan, Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, etc.
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DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 – editor : FROM ANNE TO VICTORIA : ESSAYS BY VARIOUS HANDS.
London : Cassell & Co., (1937). First edition. Essays literary, artistic and historical – the contributors including W. H. Auden (on Alexander Pope), T. S. Eliot (on Lord Byron), Graham Greene (on Henry Fielding and Laurence Sterne), Edwin Muir (on Walter Scott), Herbert Read (on William Hogarth), George Santayana (on Bishop Berkeley), John Sparrow (on Lord Mansfield), Rebecca West (on Elizabeth Montagu), Leonard Woolf (on Tom Paine), etc.
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DOOLEY, Allan C. (Allan Charles), 1943- : AUTHOR AND PRINTER IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.
Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, (1992). First edition. An absorbing study of the impact of new printing technology on the handling and shaping of texts – with chapters on composition, proofing, printing, reprinting, authors, authorial control – and much on Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, George Eliot, Alfred Tennyson, Anthony Trollope, etc.
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HAMILTON, Mark : RARE SPIRIT : A LIFE OF WILLIAM DE MORGAN 1839-1911 [i.e. 1839-1917].
London : Constable & Co., (1997). First edition. A life of William Frend de Morgan, his ceramic work at Chelsea, Merton Abbey and Sands End, the novels, friendship with William Morris and Burne-Jones, etc. The dust-jacket corrects the erroneous biographical dates of the title-page.
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HARDWICK, Michael, 1925-1991 : A LITERARY ATLAS & GAZETTEER OF THE BRITISH ISLES.
Newton Abbot : David & Charles, (1973). First edition. An absorbing guide, arranged by county and town, tabulating who lived and died where.
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HOLROYD, Michael (Sir Michael de Courcy Fraser), 1935- : UNRECEIVED OPINIONS.
London : William Heinemann, (1973). First edition. A sparkling collection of essays, etc. – on J. M. Barrie, Roger Fry, William Gerhardie, Patrick Hamilton, A. E. Housman, Augustus John, Wyndham Lewis, Bertrand Russell, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, etc., etc.
MASSON, David (David Mather), 1822-1907 : BRITISH NOVELISTS AND THEIR STYLES. BEING A CRITICAL SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF BRITISH PROSE FICTION.
Cambridge : Macmillan & Co., 1859. First edition. David Masson, Professor of English at University College, London, and later Edinburgh, with an absorbing study of English-language fiction – the nature and origins of the novel (Mort d’Arthur, More’s Utopia, Sidney’s Arcadia, Bunyan, Aphra Benn); Swift, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, Johnson, Goldsmith, Walpole; Sir Walter Scott and his contemporaries; lady-novelists, Godwin, Mrs Radcliffe, Miss Austen; Bulwer Lytton, Dickens, Thackeray, Miss Bronte, etc. George Saintsbury recalled Masson’s “granite-like solidity, a keenness of intellect, a never-failing energy, a rugged genuineness, a love of letters and learning, and, not least, a knowledge of men and women were the predominant features of his character”. The present copy was awarded to Maria Murray (1855-1909), daughter of Sherriff Abijah Murray, later to become an English tutor, as an English Literature prize at the Edinburgh Ladies’ Educational Association (session 1874-1874) – the prize-label signed by David Masson.
MUSGRAVE, P.W. (Peter William), 1925-2011 : FROM BROWN TO BUNTER : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE SCHOOL STORY.
London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1985). First edition. Professor Musgrave with a history of the boys’ school story – from its origins, through the great Victorians and on to 1930.
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NELSON, Claudia : BOYS WILL BE GIRLS : THE FEMININE ETHIC AND BRITISH CHILDREN’S FICTION, 1857-1917.
New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, (1991). First edition. An absorbing study of models of masculinity in (mainly Victorian) books for boys – "asexuality and virility as social ideals".
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ROWELL, George (George Rignall), 1923-2001 : THE VICTORIAN THEATRE : A SURVEY.
London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. A highly-regarded survey of nineteenth-century theatre and drama – in fact covering the period 1792-1914 – with much incidental reference to Harley Granville Barker, Dionysius Lardner Boucicault, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, Sir John Hare, Sir Henry Irving, Charles Kean, William Charles Macready, Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, James Robinson Planché, Thomas William Robertson, etc. – and much also on the London theatres themselves.
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SHEAVYN, Phoebe (Phoebe Anne Beale), 1865-1968 : THE LITERARY PROFESSION IN THE ELIZABETHAN AGE.
Manchester : Manchester University Press / New York : Barnes & Noble, (1967). Second edition : revised throughout by J. W. Saunders. The best edition of this elegant study, first published in 1909. Authors, patrons, censors, publishers, theatre, etc. – with much incidental reference to Nicholas Breton, Thomas Dekker, Michael Drayton, Robert Greene, Gabriel Harvey, Thomas Heywood, Ben Jonson, Thomas Nashe, William Shakespeare, Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, etc.
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SHILLINGSBURG, Peter L. (Peter LeRoy), 1943- : PEGASUS IN HARNESS : VICTORIAN PUBLISHING AND W. M. THACKERAY.
Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, (1992). First edition. A mine of material on Victorian publishing and the influence of the market-place on authorial ambition and choice. With much passing reference to Bradbury & Evans, Chapman & Hall, Charles Dickens, Harper & Brothers, Charles Lever, George Smith and Smith, Elder & Co., Anthony Trollope, etc. In the “Victorian Literature and Culture” series.
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SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : IVY WHEN YOUNG : THE EARLY LIFE OF I. COMPTON-BURNETT, 1884-1919.
London : Victor Gollancz, 1974. First edition. “A story as eventful and often as startling as any of Dame Ivy’s own plots”.
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SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : SECRETS OF A WOMAN’S HEART : THE LATER LIFE OF IVY COMPTON-BURNETT, 1920-1969.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1984). First edition. The reassessment and rediscovery of a major novelist.
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STANFORD, Derek, 1918-2008 : INSIDE THE FORTIES : LITERARY MEMOIRS 1937-1957.
London : Sidgwick & Jackson, (1977). First edition. Absorbing reminiscences of John Bayliss, Roy Campbell, Ian Hamilton Finlay, G. S. Fraser, Wrey Gardiner, Robert Greacen, John Heath-Stubbs, J. F. Hendry, Nicholas Moore, Herbert Read, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Muriel Spark, Dylan Thomas, etc., with much on the London literary haunts of the period.
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STEPHEN, Leslie (Sir Leslie), 1832-1904 : HOURS IN A LIBRARY.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1909-1917. A revised and rearranged edition of Stephen’s three series of literary essays originally published 1874-1879. The great Victorian critic on Honoré de Balzac, Charlotte Brontë, Sir Thomas Browne, Daniel Defoe, Thomas de Quincey, Benjamin Disraeli, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, William Godwin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Hazlitt, Samuel Johnson, Walter Savage Landor, Philip Massinger, Alexander Pope, Samuel Richardson, Walter Scott, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Laurence Sterne, Horace Walpole, William Wordsworth and others.
THOMSON, Patricia (Patricia Tyler), 1921-1998 : THE VICTORIAN HEROINE : A CHANGING IDEAL 1837-1873.
London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. A study of the evolution of the heroine in British fiction as ideas of emancipation began to take hold.
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TOMPKINS, J.M.S. (Joyce Marjorie Sanxter), 1897-1986 : THE POPULAR NOVEL IN ENGLAND : 1770-1800.
London : Constable & Co., 1932. First edition of this celebrated study of the gothic novel – with much on Robert Bage, Elizabeth Bonhote, Frances Brooke, Richard Graves, Elizabeth Griffith, Thomas Holcroft, Courtney Melmoth, Anne Radcliffe, Clara Reeve, Charlotte Smith, etc.
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