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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”.
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[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.
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[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).
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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.
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[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 ...”.
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[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.
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