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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 in1843, 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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[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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[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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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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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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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] : “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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[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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