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AINSWORTH, William Harrison, 1805-1882 : WINDSOR CASTLE : AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.

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”.
Medium 8vo (24cm). x,[ii],324pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece after Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), decorative woodcut title by Thompson after Antoine “Tony” Johannot (1803-1852), with eighteen etchings – fourteen by the peerless George Cruikshank (1792-1878) and four by Johannot – plus eighty-seven wood engravings in the text by W. Alfred Delamotte (1775-1863). Bound in a handsome later (early twentieth-century) half crushed crimson morocco, banded and richly gilt by William Worsfold (1856-1929) of Frith Street, Soho, with his stamp; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; original cloth backstrip and upper cover (the earlier blue cloth) preserved at rear; a few minimal signs of age and use but a very good copy. Bookplate carefully removed, but a pencilled note records the book’s purchase from Kensington Palace State Apartments in 2006.

£200

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“ANSTEY, F.” – [GUTHRIE, Thomas Anstey, 1856-1934] : THE TINTED VENUS : A FARCICAL ROMANCE.

“ANSTEY, F.” – [GUTHRIE, Thomas Anstey, 1856-1934] : THE TINTED VENUS : A FARCICAL ROMANCE.

Bristol : J. W. Arrowsmith, 1885. First edition : in the variant brown binding. A statue of Aphrodite brought to life by the application of an engagement ring and some make-up. Twice filmed, with Maud Cressall playing the Venus in 1921 and Ava Gardner in 1948.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). [iv],192pp. Original brown cloth, ruled and lettered on front cover in black, and on spine in gilt; chocolate endpapers; spine a shade darkened; two corners lightly bruised; endpapers cracking at hinges, but otherwise very good. Sadleir 53. Wolff 167a.

£50

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[DAWSON, William James, 1854-1928] : THE HOUSE OF DREAMS.

[DAWSON, William James, 1854-1928] : THE HOUSE OF DREAMS.

London : James Bowden, 1897. First edition. “In the dark of night, while the city slept, there came to me a vision of certain things that happened behind the Veil”. A most attractively produced fin-de-siècle tale – “A very beautiful allegory concerning the mysteries of life and death, of the power of love, and the wages of sin ... The author’s deep reverence and exalted fantasy never ring false” (Pall Mall Gazette, 24th April 1897). Printed at the Chiswick Press.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). 136pp. Title-page in red and black. Original cream pictorial cloth gilt; top edge gilt; spine a touch darkened; some marking to covers; a few internal spots, but a good and sound copy.

£75

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[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE YOUNG DUKE.

[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.
Three volumes. Medium 12mo (195 x 115mm). iv,300; [ii],(270),[ii]; [ii],(266)pp. Bound, without the half-titles to vols ii & iii and a final advertisement leaf, in an elegant, slightly later, half blue-black morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; some rubbing, slight scuffing and mild wear; a couple of short splits; internally some occasional faint marks and mild tanning, but overall a very good and handsome set. With the nautical bookplate of the collector and pharmacist Robert J. Hayhurst in the first volume. Sadleir 738.

£750

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[GALT, John, 1779-1839] : THE ENTAIL : OR THE LAIRDS OF GRIPPY.

[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).
Three volumes. 12mo (181 x 101mm). [iv],321,[i]; [ii],(334); [ii],304pp. Bound, without half-titles and final blank in vol.ii, in a smart contemporary half calf, banded and gilt; red labels; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; a few minor marks and faint creases, but a very good set. Wolff 2391.

£250

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GODWIN, William, 1756-1836 : MANDEVILLE. A TALE OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY IN ENGLAND.

GODWIN, William, 1756-1836 : MANDEVILLE. A TALE OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY IN ENGLAND.

Edinburgh : for Archibald Constable & Co., 1817. First edition. “Invisible things are the only realities; invisible things alone are the things that shall remain” – his fourth and darkest novel – the philosopher and originator of the psychological novel takes an interest in the issues of the English Civil War. Published not long before his daughter Mary Shelley produced “Frankenstein” and much admired by Shelley himself, who immediately sent a copy to Byron and described it as Godwin’s best.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (186 x 105mm). xii,306; [iv],316; [iv],(368)pp. Bound in a pleasant later (early twentieth-century) half tan polished calf, banded and gilt; olive labels; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; text a little browned and spotted in places; neatly repaired tears to a couple of leaves, but overall a very good set. With the nautical bookplate of the book-collector Robert J. Hayhurst. Wolff 2588 – but without the inserted advertisements.

£500

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[HALIBURTON, Thomas Chandler, 1796-1865] : THE ATTACHÉ; OR, SAM SLICK IN ENGLAND.

[HALIBURTON, Thomas Chandler, 1796-1865] : THE ATTACHÉ; OR, SAM SLICK IN ENGLAND.

London : Richard Bentley, 1843. First edition. Sam Slick arrives in England in the unexpected guise of an Attaché to the American Legation at the Court of St. James. A sharp satire on English life by the first Canadian international best-selling author – “If our old friend, Sam Slick, be not the very wittiest person in the world, he is assuredly one of the most humorous. He is one of the few whose humour hath always point and purpose in it, and is ‘near about’ the only Yankee we have ever made acquaintance with who succeeded in warming us to feelings of hearty trustful cordiality” (Morning Post, 8th August 1843).
Two volumes. Post 8vo (193 x 110mm). vi,(278); vi,(290)pp. Bound, without half-titles, in a smart contemporary half tan calf, banded and gilt; contrasting red and green labels; marbled sides; silk ribbons; sprinkled edges; a little rubbed, marked, and slightly scuffed; a few spots, a couple of press creases, but still overall a very good copy. Armorial bookplates and ownership inscriptions of the well-to-do barrister, Justice of the Peace, and Deputy Lieutenant, Sir Mervyn Lloyd Peel (1856-1929) of Danyrallt.

£200

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HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : MEN, WOMEN, AND BOOKS; A SELECTION OF SKETCHES, ESSAYS, AND CRITICAL MEMOIRS, FROM HIS UNCOLLECTED PROSE WRITINGS.

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.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (195 x 121mm). Bound in a delightful later (early twentieth-century) full emerald green crushed morocco, banded and extra gilt in an ivy design, by William Worsfold (1856-1929) of Soho; boards and turn-ins ruled and gilt in an extension of the design; top edges gilt; original pink cloth preserved at rear; spines just a touch darkened; a few minor internal marks and spots, but overall a very handsome set. Armorial bookplate of the book-collector Charles Waterman Armour in each volume, and discreet bookseller’s stamp of G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

£300

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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : AMARYLLIS AT THE FAIR : A NOVEL.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : AMARYLLIS AT THE FAIR : A NOVEL.

London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1887. First edition. His late novel, to some extent autobiographical and based on his own family and their small Wiltshire farm.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],260pp – the variant without final blanks or advertisements. Original decorative cloth in a daffodil design; very faint crease to spine; some very minor rubbing; endpapers slightly cracked; some spotting, a little soiling to a few early leaves; still overall a very good and bright copy. With the 1904 ownership inscription of Ethel Mary Mountfort (1883-1966) of Cambridge. Miller & Matthews B24.1. Sadleir 1303.

£100

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LAUDER, Sir Thomas Dick, 1784-1848 : LEGENDARY TALES OF THE HIGHLANDS. A SEQUEL TO HIGHLAND RAMBLES.

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.
Three volumes. Post 8vo (195 x 118mm). xxiv,292; [vi],294; [vi],(324)pp. Six etched plates by “Phiz” (Hablot Knight Browne). Bound in an attractive contemporary half red calf, with green labels, banded and gilt; marbled edges and endpapers; some mild rubbing and some occasional internal marking and spotting; plates spotted, but overall still a very good set.

£250

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MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE PHANTOM SHIP.

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).
Three volumes. Post 8vo. [iv],300; [ii],(290); [ii],266pp. Bound, with the half-title in vol.i, but without the advertisements in vol.iii, in a handsome, later (early twentieth-century) half red crushed morocco, banded and prettily gilt by Riviere & Son; top edges gilt; marbled endleaves; spines a touch dulled; some light rubbing and wear to joints and tips; internally a few minor marks, spots and creases, but otherwise a very attractive set.

£750

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MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE TRAVELS AND ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF MONSIEUR VIOLET, AMONG THE SNAKE INDIANS AND WILD TRIBES OF THE WESTERN PRAIRIES.

MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE TRAVELS AND ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF MONSIEUR VIOLET, AMONG THE SNAKE INDIANS AND WILD TRIBES OF THE WESTERN PRAIRIES.

London : Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1843. First edition : the second issue, with the variant title. “A vigorous, dashing sketch of the prairies of California, the wildernesses of the Rocky Mountains, and the swamps of Texas” (Court Journal). Originally issued a little earlier as “Narrative of the Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet in California, Sonora and Western Texas”, Sadleir suggests that the book was relaunched with a more exciting title specifically for the gift-books for boys market. Scarce in either incarnation, Marryat’s novel, full of factual information drawn from (unacknowledged) contemporary sources and his own visit to the Americas, is perhaps the earliest children’s book with an American Wild West setting. It is certainly the first work of fiction to contain Mormon characters and remains an important source of information on the pre Gold Rush California of the 1830s.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (195 x 115mm). viii,312; [ii],318; [ii],(300)pp. Folding lithographic map by William Lake of the Pacific coast and territories of the Shoshones, Umbiquas, Cayuses, Nez Perces, Flatheads, etc. Bound, without half-titles (if actually called for in this issue) and final imprint leaf in vol.ii, in a smart later (early twentieth-century) half tan calf, by Henry Young & Sons of Liverpool, banded and richly gilt; contrasting maroon and tan labels; marbled sides and endpapers; top edges gilt; a few minor marks, spots and small flaws, but a very good set. Sadleir 1586b. Wolff 4525a.

£750

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MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : TALES OF MEAN STREETS : LIZERUNT : SQUIRE NAPPER : WITHOUT VISIBLE MEANS : THREE ROUNDS AND OTHERS.

MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : TALES OF MEAN STREETS : LIZERUNT : SQUIRE NAPPER : WITHOUT VISIBLE MEANS : THREE ROUNDS AND OTHERS.

London : Methuen & Co., 1894. First edition. Morrison’s extraordinary vision of the late Victorian mean streets of the East End of London – “Unquestionably an achievement of art ... something more than remarkable. The tune is new in the sense in which the new woman, and the new drama, and the new hedonism, and the other clamant bores of the period are not new ... It is akin to a shock, to a sudden gust of east wind. But to those who care for all humanity ... it should be something like a godsend” (Pall Mall Gazette, 19th November 1894).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (302),[ii] + 32pp advertisements dated October 1894. Original dark green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; a few trifling signs of age and use; mild tanning of endpapers; a few slight spots, but a very good copy. Wolff 4949.

£250

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PATER, Walter (Walter Horatio), 1839-1894 : MARIUS THE EPICUREAN : HIS SENSATIONS AND IDEAS.

PATER, Walter (Walter Horatio), 1839-1894 : MARIUS THE EPICUREAN : HIS SENSATIONS AND IDEAS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1885. First edition. The great stylist’s philosophical novel of ancient Rome – the young Marius, secretary to the stoic Marcus Aurelius, pursues integrity and the aesthetic life. One of the most remarkable novels of the period, stretching the boundaries of fiction, and exploring questions of morality, religion, philosophy and gender. A key text of the modern movement, influencing authors as diverse as Hardy, Joyce, Wilde and Woolf. “We consciously looked to Pater for our philosophy” (W. B. Yeats).
Two volumes. Post 8vo (202 x 132mm). [viii],260; [viii],246,[ii]pp. Bound in an elegant later (early twentieth-century) half blue morocco; marbled sides and endpapers; top edges gilt; a few very faint signs of age and use, but a very good set of an uncommon book. With the pictorial book-room bookplate of Allan D. Macdonald and the later (1950) ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician, in each volume.

£400

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RUDING, Walt (Walter), 1870-1895 : AN EVIL MOTHERHOOD : AN IMPRESSIONIST NOVEL.

RUDING, Walt (Walter), 1870-1895 : AN EVIL MOTHERHOOD : AN IMPRESSIONIST NOVEL.

London : Elkin Mathews, 1896 [i.e. 1895]. First edition. The short-lived Ruding’s scarce and only novel – he died at the age of twenty-five less than a month after it was published. Slated by the critics and undeniably flawed, but very consciously a new kind of fiction – startling, impressionistic, psychological, experimental and fin-de-siècle – and marked out as so by a dramatic cobwebby cover and a fine frontispiece by Aubrey Beardsley.
Post 8vo (21cm). [2],x,(100),20pp. Frontispiece – the regular “Portrait” variant, rather than the “Black Coffee” design found in a handful of pre-publication copies – by Aubrey Beardsley. Original blue cloth, blocked in lighter blue and and lettered in bronze; lightly rubbed; spine dulled (as always); endpapers lightly tanned; a few minor spots and creases, but a good copy of a difficult title. Krishnamurti 573. Lasner 94.

£125

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SCHREINER, Olive (Olive Emilie Albertina), 1855-1920 : UNDINE.

SCHREINER, Olive (Olive Emilie Albertina), 1855-1920 : UNDINE.

London : Ernest Benn, (1929). First British edition : in a secondary but nonetheless striking dust-jacket – an art deco design by “Barbara” in Benn’s 3/6 Library format. Her first novel, previously unpublished but pre-dating “The Story of an African Farm” (1883) and taking up the same themes of childhood and adolescence in nineteenth-century South Africa. With an explanatory introduction by her husband, Samuel Cron Cronwright-Schreiner.
Crown 8vo. 254,[ii]pp. Portrait. Plate. Original brown cloth, lettered across spine in gilt; a few marks and spots, mild tanning to plates, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a little worn, nicked and slightly chipped, the spine lightly tanned and a little spotted.

£40

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SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : AT THE RELTON ARMS.

SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : AT THE RELTON ARMS.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1895. First edition. “Morality is mainly a question of circumstance, and largely dependent on the chances of detection”. Her first novel – the beautiful, witty, wise, cynical and deeply unconventional Lady Joan Relton. Although published in the “Keynotes” series, with the usual Aubrey Beardsley title-page, Sharp’s attitude towards her fin-de-siècle contemporaries was at best ambivalent: “I am tired of being a Bohemian; every little pigmy who writes ballads and lets his hair grow and doesn’t wash is a Bohemian ...” says one of the characters. Sharp, herself deeply unconventional, later found fame and notoriety as one of the most powerful and eloquent voices in the suffragette movement.
Crown 8vo (180 x 112mm). [iv],182pp. Bound, without advertisements, in a smart near contemporary (early twentieth century) half brown polished calf, banded and gilt in a floral pattern; marbled sides, endpapers and edges; just a touch of rubbing; mild tannning of binder’s blanks, but otherwise a very good copy.

£125

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : KIDNAPPED : BEING MEMOIRS OF THE ADVENTURES OF DAVID BALFOUR IN THE YEAR 1751 ...

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : KIDNAPPED : BEING MEMOIRS OF THE ADVENTURES OF DAVID BALFOUR IN THE YEAR 1751 ...

London : Cassell & Co., 1886. First edition : the first issue, with the various errors – “nine o’clock” for “twelve o’clock” in the first line of p.64, etc., without the numerals at the foot of the last page of text, and with the advertisements dated April 1886.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,311,[i] + 16pp advertisements. Folding coloured map. Original variant blue cloth; a little bruised, darkened and lightly worn; a few marks; slightly shaken and slack; a few leaves roughly opened and slightly nicked and chipped; a few internal marks and spots, but a reasonable copy.

£500

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : THE MERRY MEN AND OTHER TALES AND FABLES.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : THE MERRY MEN AND OTHER TALES AND FABLES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1887. First edition. A powerful collection of six stories from Stevenson, including the title story – a dramatic tale of shipwreck and treasure hunt in the Hebrides; the moving and philosophical “Will o’ the Mill”; “Markheim” and murder in an antique shop; the horror classic “Thrawn Janet”; the gothic “Olalla”, set in Spain, and the interesting and unusual “The Treasure of Franchard”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [x],296 + 32pp advertisements dated September 1886. Original blue cloth, decorated in a striking design of silver stars and black floral sprays; some light wear; covers a little marked and smudged; mild discolouration of top edge; a few edge-spots, but still a good copy. Later ownership inscription of Jessie Kennedy (1938).

£100

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STRINDBERG, August (Johan August), 1849-1912 : BY THE OPEN SEA.

STRINDBERG, August (Johan August), 1849-1912 : BY THE OPEN SEA.

London : Frank Palmer, (1913). First edition in English of “I Hafsbandet” (1890). Strindberg’s novel of isolation and resistance – a clever outsider arrives at a remote village in the archipelago as the Superintendant of Fisheries. Translated by Ellie Schleussner.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 324pp. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled; just a touch sunned; some spotting to endpapers and prelims, but a very good copy. Contemporary gift inscription dated Christmas 1913.

£200

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[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES ; OR, THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC, AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN, MR. JOHN JORROCKS, OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES ; OR, THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC, AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN, MR. JOHN JORROCKS, OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

London : Walter Spiers, 1838. First edition. The first appearance of Jorrocks – ten stories from the “New Sporting Magazine” here revised and polished for their first publication in book form.
Demy 8vo (24cm). [viii],358,[ii],8pp. Twelve etched plates by “Phiz” (Hablot Knight Browne, 1815-1882). Original publisher’s pictorial morocco cloth, extensively blocked in gilt and blind; some very minor wear at foot; top edge a touch dusty; plates showing light spotting and offsetting in places, but a very good copy indeed, in a most attractive and early example of a publisher’s cloth gilt case. With the unusual contemporary armorial ownership stamp of the London solicitor Charles Ranken Vickerman (1817-1897).

£500

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[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES ; OR, THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC, AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN, MR. JOHN JORROCKS, OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES ; OR, THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC, AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN, MR. JOHN JORROCKS, OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

London : Walter Spiers, 1838. First edition. The first appearance of Jorrocks – ten stories from the “New Sporting Magazine” here revised and polished for their first publication in book form.
Demy 8vo (24cm). [viii],358,[ii],8pp. Twelve etched plates by “Phiz” (Hablot Knight Browne, 1815-1882). Original publisher’s pictorial morocco cloth, extensively blocked in gilt and blind; some very minor wear at foot; top edge a touch dusty; plates showing light spotting and offsetting in places, but a very good copy indeed, in a most attractive and early example of a publisher’s cloth gilt case. With the unusual contemporary armorial ownership stamp of the London solicitor Charles Ranken Vickerman (1817-1897).

£500

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SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864 : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES : THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN MR. JOHN JORROCKS OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864 : JORROCKS’S JAUNTS AND JOLLITIES : THE HUNTING, SHOOTING, RACING, DRIVING, SAILING, EATING, ECCENTRIC AND EXTRAVAGANT EXPLOITS OF THAT RENOWNED SPORTING CITIZEN MR. JOHN JORROCKS OF ST. BOTOLPH LANE AND GREAT CORAM STREET.

London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1903. A handsome and lavishly produced edition of Surtees’ classic of sporting humour, produced for the Trübner Sporting Library series. John Jorrocks originally surfaced in the “New Sporting Magazine” in 1831, and first appeared in book form in 1838, but here appears with the original illustrations from all the various early editions – by Henry Alken, “Phiz” and William Heath – including an Alken illustration previously unpublished. With an interesting introduction on the history of the book and its illustrations by Joseph Grego (1843-1908), noted authority on illustration and its techniques.
Super royal 8vo (258 x 172mm). xxii,(356)pp. Frontispiece, extra pictorial title, twenty-nine tissue-guarded plates – twenty-two with original hand colour – and nine illustrations in text. Bound in an elegant contemporary half red crushed morocco for Hatchard’s; banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endleaves; a few very minor signs of age and use; some spotting to text, but otherwise a very good copy indeed. Dated 1906 gift inscription from Alwyn(e) Ainsworth Crossley (1881-1933) to S. M. Crossley – presumably his widowed mother, Sarah Maude Crossley (1847-1938).

£200

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[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : “ASK MAMMA;” OR, THE RICHEST COMMONER IN ENGLAND.

[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : “ASK MAMMA;” OR, THE RICHEST COMMONER IN ENGLAND.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1858. First edition. “It may be a recommendation to the lover of light literature to be told, that the following story does not involve the complication of a plot ...”.
Demy 8vo (214 x 133mm). (xii),412pp. Hand-coloured frontispiece and twelve hand-coloured etchings by John Leech. Numerous illustrations, decorative initials, etc., also by Leech, in text. Bound in a later full sprinkled calf, ruled and decorated in gilt in a late eighteenth-century pattern; contrasting red and tan labels; marbled endpapers; lightly rubbed; internally a few minor marks; text a touch brittle, with a few nicks and small flaws, but overall a very good copy of an attractive production.

£200

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THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : VANITY FAIR : A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO.

THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : VANITY FAIR : A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO.

London : Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, [ca. 1930]. An attractively bound standard library edition in the Oxford Thackeray series first published in 1908. The text is that of the revised edition of 1864, but all of the original illustrations from the original parts published 1847-1848 are retained. Edited and introduced by George Saintsbury (1845-1933).
Crown 8vo (183 x 114mm). xxii,[2],(886)pp. Portrait frontispiece. Numerous illustrations, many full page, by Thackeray himself. Bound in a pleasant contemporary diced calf, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; lightly sunned and slightly scuffed, but a very good, clean and sound copy. With the prize label of Harrow School in the tenure of Sir Cyril Norwood as headmaster, 1926-1934.

£75

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TROLLOPE, Frances, 1779-1863 : THE VICAR OF WREXHILL.

TROLLOPE, Frances, 1779-1863 : THE VICAR OF WREXHILL.

London : Richard Bentley, 1837. First edition. A novel with the reputation of being her best – a stinging satire on evangelicanism, with an unscrupulous vicar who manipulates the more susceptible women of the parish: a powerful plea for the better education of women and a prescient foreshadowing of priestly abuse.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (195 x 114mm). [iv],324; [iv],328; [iv],(344)pp. Frontispieces and six striking further plates drawn and etched by Auguste Hervieu (d.1880). Bound, with both half-titles called for, in a nineteenth-century half roan with marbled sides and the binder’s labels of Fr. Ljunggrens of Goteborg – now fully rebacked in a recent chestnut morocco, banded and gilt, with black labels; some occasional spotting and browning; a few minor marks, nicks, creases and small flaws, but overall a very good set of an uncommon book.

£500

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[UPHAM, Edward, 1776-1834] : RAMESES; AN EGYPTIAN TALE : WITH HISTORICAL NOTES ON THE ERA OF THE PHARAOHS.

[UPHAM, Edward, 1776-1834] : RAMESES; AN EGYPTIAN TALE : WITH HISTORICAL NOTES ON THE ERA OF THE PHARAOHS.

London : for G. B. Whittaker / Bath : John Upham / Exeter : Charles Upham, 1824. First edition. Bookseller, orientalist and quondam mayor of Exeter, Upham intended his anonymous tale to introduce readers to the full glories of ancient Egypt – “a series of data, whereby may be formed a knowledge and appreciation of this ancient and illustrious kingdom, resorted to by the wisest and best of the philosophers, the sages, and legislators of Greece, and pronounced by them to be ‘the mother of arts, and the fountain of wisdom’”. Each volume concludes with copious historical notes.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (187 x 111mm). viii,(342); [ii],(322); [ii],328pp. Bound, without half-titles and a final blank, in an attractive near contemporary half blue-green polished calf, worked in blind on broad bands, ruled and lettered in gilt on red labels; marbled sides; some mild rubbing and a few minor signs of age and use, but a very good, crisp and sound set. Bookplate with the unicorn crest of the Marquesses of Conyngham in each volume and the contemporary ownership inscription of A. Conyngham in vol.i – presumably the diplomat Albert Denison Conyngham (1805-1860), later first Baron Londesborough. Wolff 6925 – not in Sadleir.

£300

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WARD, Mrs Humphrey (Mary Augusta), 1851-1920 : THE HISTORY OF DAVID GRIEVE.

WARD, Mrs Humphrey (Mary Augusta), 1851-1920 : THE HISTORY OF DAVID GRIEVE.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1892. First edition. An early novel of faith and doubt from the sterling Mrs Humphry Ward, Tasmanian-born grand-daughter of Dr. Arnold of Rugby.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (20cm). [xii],388; [viii],388; [viii],396pp. Original cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt and blind; very short split to lower joint of vol.i; a little sunned; the patterned endpapers a little tanned; preliminary blank neatly removed from vol.i; but still a clean and pleasant-looking set. Pencilled ownership inscriptions of Cyril D. Fitzroy, dated Oxford 1905 – this Cyril Duncombe Fitzroy (1861-1939), an Inspector of Schools for Art Instruction. Sadleir 3288. Wolff 7017.

£100

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YONGE, Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901 : LOVE AND LIFE : AN OLD STORY IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY COSTUME.

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.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],288; [viii],304pp. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt, and blocked in black; a little rubbed and worn; endpapers cracking; a little slack; a few internal marks, nicks and spots, but a good and serviceable cloth set.

£125

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