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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : WORLD’S END. A STORY IN THREE BOOKS.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : WORLD’S END. A STORY IN THREE BOOKS.

London : Tinsley Brothers, 1877. First edition : in the primary binding. “The leading idea in the tale is this: at Birmingham there is an immense property without an owner, and two years ago over 100 claimants from America and other countries held a family council there ... Something similar (under different names of localities etc.) forms the nucleus of my novel which shows how this vast property influences the lives of many people” (Jefferies in a letter of July 1876). His rare third novel, intended to appeal to lovers of the sensational in the style of Wilkie Collins — “He certainly succeeds in seizing on his reader’s attention from the first start, and his story, with all its faults, is never for a moment dull or trivial” (The Graphic, 25th August 1877).
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],(250),[ii]; [iv],278; [iv],(290)pp. Original dove-grey cloth, lettered in gilt, and ruled and blocked in black and gilt; spines a little darkened; a little rubbed; some slight splash-marks and faint spots; two endpapers a little cracked; a little shaken in places; a few minor internal marks and small flaws, but overall a good set of a notable rarity — ranked by Sadleir as the scarcest of all Jefferies’ novels.

£750

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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : ROUND ABOUT A GREAT ESTATE.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : ROUND ABOUT A GREAT ESTATE.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1880. First edition : in the primary binding, with Smith slightly taller than Elder on the spine, and the chocolate endpapers.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(x),204,[iv]pp. Original blue cloth, ruled and blocked in black and blind, lettered across spine in gilt, and blocked in gilt on upper cover with Jefferies’ design of an anemone leaf; a little worn and lightly bruised; small scratch to spine; endpapers slightly cracked; some slight marks, minor chips and small flaws; some occasional pencil annotation, but a reasonable copy in cloth. With the contemporary (1882) ownership inscription and armorial bookplate of Robert Fiennes Hibbert J.P. (1860-1924), of Bucknell in Oxfordshire.

£40

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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : BEVIS : THE STORY OF A BOY.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : BEVIS : THE STORY OF A BOY.

London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882. First edition : in the variant green (a) binding – Miller & Matthews (B15) make a persuasive case for regarding these slightly taller copies in green as having appeared earlier than the regular copies in brown. Jefferies and his haunting evocation of a Wiltshire childhood – “where there was magic in everything, blades of grass and stars, the sun and the stones upon the ground”.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (180 x 119mm). viii,(288); iv,294,[ii]; iv,294,[ii]pp. Original decorative green cloth, blocked in black and gilt, and lettered in gilt; patterned endpapers; a few very minor signs of age and use; some occasional spotting to prelims and edges, but an excellent set. W. H. Smith blind-stamp to front free endpaper of the first volume.

£1,000

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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : THE DEWY MORN. A NOVEL.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : THE DEWY MORN. A NOVEL.

London : Richard Bentley & Son, 1884. First edition : just 625 sets were printed, of which only 425 were initially sent for binding. “Meadow and brook, wheat-fields and hills – a simple landscape, yet such as is not to be surpassed by any on earth. A common landscape – there are hundreds such in England – yet beyond compare. There are none like it elsewhere in the wide world” – Jefferies in his element in his native Wiltshire, with a novel characterised as “a sad little episode of cottage life, very tragic in its termination” (Reading Mercury, 20th September 1884). “Human nature, especially rustic human nature, has seldom if ever had a closer student or a more picturesque exponent” (The Graphic, 20th September 1884).
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],296; [ii],(328)pp. Decorative initials, head and tailpieces. Original green pebble-grain cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; just a hint of rubbing and bruising; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims, but a very good, bright and sound set.

£500

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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. “He has certainly made himself master of a peculiarly graceful and often fascinating style of fiction” (The Graphic, 28th May 1887).
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.

£100

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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : FIELD AND HEDGEROW : BEING THE LAST ESSAYS OF RICHARD JEFFERIES.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : FIELD AND HEDGEROW : BEING THE LAST ESSAYS OF RICHARD JEFFERIES.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1889. First edition : [the undifferentiated second impression, with the misprints corrected and in the paler binding]. A collection of twenty-nine essays, including Nature and Books, The Country Sunday, Buckhurst Park, House-Martins, Field Words and Ways, Summer in Somerset, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,332 + 16pp advertisements dated June 1888. Original decorative cloth; spine a little worn and slightly creased; front endpaper cracked and split; a little marked; somewhat spotted; somewhat shaken and loose, but a serviceable copy. Miller & Matthews B26.3.

£25

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