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The Secret History [uncorrected proof]
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The Secret History [uncorrected proof]

By Donna Tartt

London: Viking, 1992 Uncorrected advance proof copy in paperback of the english edition of Donna Tartt's debut novel, with enclosed letter dated 11 June 1992 from Viking's Publishing Director, recommending the book. The dustwrapper is in very good condition with slight wear at edges, and a small split at the top of the spine. It is in a removable protective wrap. The soft cover binding is in very good to near fine condition with some light vertical lines to spine where the book has been held open and some cocking to the front. Contents in near fine clean condition with some light spotting to top page edges.

$293.47

Blood and Sand [uncorrected proof]
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Blood and Sand [uncorrected proof]

By Rosemary Sutcliff

London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton, 1987 A near fine copy of the publisher's uncorrected proof issued before publication due November 1987. In the original wrapper which is in near fine clean condition with just a little scuffing to the rear. In blue proof softback binding in near fine clean condition. Contents near fine and do not appear read.

$26.09

The Lottery and Murad the Unlucky. Miss Edgeworth's Popular Tales
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The Lottery and Murad the Unlucky. Miss Edgeworth's Popular Tales

By Maria Edgeworth

Halifax: Milner and Sowerby, 1860 A nice early copy in the original decorative card covers with black and white frontispiece and vignette title page. The binding has a flower design and titles to the front and a list of Milner and Sowerby's Juvenile Books at the rear. Contents: advertisement for Popular Tales and Juvenile Stories; frontispiece with signature dated 1862 to verso; vignette title; plain title 1860; text; publisher's adverts 4pp. Binding is nice and clean and in good condition; contents in very good condition.

$26.09

Golden Lives: The Story of A Woman's Courage
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Golden Lives: The Story of A Woman's Courage

By Frederick Wicks

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1891 A good copy in the original decorative card binding. The binding has general wear, particularly to spine and corners. The spine is slightly cocked and there is some grubbiness. There are ownership initials and blind stamp to the fep. Contents are very clean with the occasional light spot. With 5pp publisher's ads at the rear.

$39.13

Emma
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Emma

By Jane Austen

London and New York: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1896 A good to very good copy of the first Macmillan edition with Hugh Thomson illustrations. In the original red binding with beautiful gilt decoration to the front board and spine. All edges gilt. With numerous black and white illustrations by Hugh Thomson and decorative yellow endpapers. This copy has a bright clean binding. The spine has fading and some pulling at the top and bottom - there is light wear to joints. The front board is very bright with light corner wear and a slight bump to the bottom corner. The back board has a couple of small spots and a slight bump to the top corner. Both corners have light wear. The decorative yellow endpapers are present: with slight marking to both. Contents in very good clean condition. The half title has slight impressions from a pencil signature. pages with light toning, particularly towards edges. The corner of p355 is folded in because it was not cut properly. A nice copy.

$652.15

Mansfield Park
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Mansfield Park

By Jane Austen

London: Richard Bentley, 1833 A very good copy of the first single volume edition of Mansfield Park. Newly rebound in half leather with marbled boards, and with new endpapers. Page edges marbled. The binding has gilt-lined raised bands to the spine and title and author labels. Contents with black and white frontispiece (with new tissue guard), vignette title page and plain title page dated 1833. Lacks the Bentley Standard Novels title page. Text pp 1-424 set out as 3 books. The contents are very clean. There is some light browning to the frontispiece and vignette title and the odd spot elsewhere but the contents are in very good condition.

$899.97

Popular Tales
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Popular Tales

By Maria Edgeworth

London: J Johnson, 1804 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Maria Edgeworth's Popular Tales in 3 volumes. The set has been rebound (possibly in the early 1900's) in a half leather binding with raised bands and gilt titles to the spine. The bindings are in very good clean condition. Endpapers marbled. Initial and final blanks have been added on rebinding. The contents of each volume are in very good condition with the text on water-marked hand-made paper. Page edges are rough where edges have been opened. Vol I: title page; preface, text with half titles for each story 384pp plus errata 1p. Repaired edge tear in margin p174. Vol II: title page; text with half titles 367pp; publisher's list 1p; errata 1p. Printer's ink marks in side margin pp 104 and 108; slight marking to side edges circa p340 where paper is softer. Vol III: title page; text with half titles 394pp; errata 1p. Paper flaw p21 - part of corner tip missing; repaired vertical cut in margin p 105; mispagination p 337 for 373; top corner tip missing from errata page. A lovely set.

$326.08

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

London and Toronto, New York: J M Dent & Sons Ltd; E P Dutton & Co, 1922 A very good copy of a later issue of the C E Brock illustrated edition of Sense and Sensibility. In contemporary half leather binding with colour frontispiece, decorative title page and 15 further colour illustrations by Brock. The binding has false raised bands to the spine, gilt decoration and titles. The spine is rubbed and generally darkened and there is corner wear, but the binding is clean and sound. Top page edges gilt. Contents are in very good condition. There is some spotting to the half title and the verso of the frontispiece and to the final blank. There is also a little spotting to the foredge and to the top margin of p245 and the top margin of the plate facing.

$91.30

Mansfield Park
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Mansfield Park

By Jane Austen

London & Toronto, New York: J M Dent & Sons Ltd; E P Dutton & Co, 1922 A very good copy in contemporary half leather binding with colour frontispiece, decorative title page, and 15 colour plates by Charles E Brock. The binding has false raised bands to spine with gilt decoration and titles. It is in very good clean condition, with some scuffing and wear to the spine and to edges. The bottom corners are lightly bumped. Marbled endpapers. Contents in very good clean condition. There is some spotting to preliminaries and to pp 395/6 and the reverse of the rear endpaper.

$130.43

Persuasion
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Persuasion

By Jane Austen

London and Toronto, New York: J M Dent & Sons Ltd; E P Dutton & Co, 1922 A very good copy of a later printing of Persuasion illustrated by Charles E Brock, in contemporary half leather binding. With colour frontispiece and 15 further colour plates. The binding has raised bands and gilt titles and stamped gilt decoration to the spine. The spine is scuffed and a little faded at the edges and corners and edges have slight wear. Top page edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Contents are very clean with the occasional unopened text page. There is some spotting to the half title and final text page; and some spotting to the foredge. There is a small scuff to the text on p74.

$130.43

Mansfield Park
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Mansfield Park

By Jane Austen

London: Richard Bentley, 1856 A good copy of the 1856 reprint of the Bentley edition of Mansfield Park in the original brown decorative cloth binding. Mansfield Park was first reprinted by Bentley as part of his Standard Novels series in 1833. This reissue retains the original frontispiece but without the vignette title. The cloth binding has blind stamped decoration to boards and a flowing gilt design around titles to the spine. It is rare to find one of these novels in the original cloth. The binding is a little shaken with some pulling at the top and bottom of the spine which is cocked towards the front. It is bright and clean. The corners are slightly bumped. Contents with signature to front endpaper; frontispiece; title page; text 424pp. There are browned sections to pp 24 and 25 where a newspaper clipping about the Suez crisis was used as a bookmark. There are a couple of small repaired margin edge tears and slight damage to the top gutter edge of some pages where the owner had difficulty opening the book. There is a small brown mark in the margin of pp 144-6 (from a small squashed bug - now removed) and a small ink spot at the bottom edge of pp 413, 419, 421. Bottom tip of rear endpaper not cut properly.

$391.29

Silas Marner
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Silas Marner

By George Eliot

London : Macmillan and Co. Limited , 1907 A very good copy of the first edition of Silas Marner with Hugh Thomson illustrations. With 24 colour plates, 21 full page black and white illustrations and numerous illustrations and designs in the text. One of the few works illustrated by Thomson to have colour plates. In the original dark green decorative cloth binding with stunning gilt illustration and titles to front board and spine. All page edges gilt. The binding is very bright and clean. There is slight bumping to corners and slight pulling to the spine. The back board has a couple of small light marks near the top corner. The original endpapers are present - these are clean with very slight spotting. Contents: half title; colour frontispiece with tissue guard; title page; illustration list; text in 2 parts with half titles. 2pp list of Hugh Thomson illustrated works at the rear. Contents in very good clean condition.

$104.34

The Vicar of Wakefield
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The Vicar of Wakefield

By Oliver Goldsmith, Austin Dobson (introduction)

London and New York : Macmillan and Co., 1904 A good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with numerous delicate illustrations by Hugh Thomson. 4th reprint of the 2nd edition in this form (first published with Thomson illustrations in 1890). The binding has sage green cloth with heart leaf design in darker green and gilt titles to front board; gilt titles and further design to spine. All page edges gilt. The binding is clean with a bright front board. The spine is sunned with pulling at the top and bottom and is cocked. There is light corner wear. Internally the original endpapers are present - the front pastedown has a pencilled 5/- to the top. There is light spotting to endpapers. Contents complete and clean with occasional light spotting - mostly to early and final pages. 6pp catalogue at the rear.

$7.83

The History of Henry Esmond, Esq. Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne Written by Himself
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The History of Henry Esmond, Esq. Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne Written by Himself

By William Makepeace Thackeray, Austin Dobson (Introduction)

London and New York: Macmillan and Co. Limited , 1905 A good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with numerous full page and in text illustrations by Hugh Thomson. First edition in this form. All page edges gilt. The binding has an intricate gilt flower and leaf design with titles to the front board, and gilt titles with further flowers and leaves to the spine. The front board is very bright and clean; the spine is more dulled. There is pulling to the top and bottom of the spine, which is cocked. There is some wear (including cloth damage) and bumping to corners. The back board has some very light marking. Internally the original endpapers are present - there is a pencilled 6/- to the front pastedown and the front free endpaper is a little grubby and has a turned over corner tip. There is an ink inscription dated 1907 to the initial blank. Contents with half title, frontispiece with tissue guard, title page, introduction, author's preface and text in 3 parts with half titles. There is a catalogue at the rear - with slight damage to the last page where it was stuck to the rear free endpaper, which also has slight damage. Contents very clean.

$15.65

The Complete Works of Jane Austen. In 12 volumes: Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Mansfield Park; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion; Lady Susan; The Watsons; Letters
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The Complete Works of Jane Austen. In 12 volumes: Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Mansfield Park; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion; Lady Susan; The Watsons; Letters

By Jane Austen, Prof. William Lyon Phelps; Reginald Brimley Johnson

Boston and New York: Colonial Press Company A scarce printing of Jane Austen's works in 12 volumes, undated but cited as 1906, with 30 colour plates by H M and C E Brock, 6 further illustrations and a folding facsimile autograph letter. In matching blue cloth bindings with paper labels which state that this edition is the 'Beacon Edition'. Top page edges gilt; remainder untrimmed. It uses some of the Brock plates from an earlier J M Dent/E P Dutton edition first published in 1898, and the prefaces are by Brimley Johnson, who edited that edition. However it also has a substantial introductory piece by Prof. William Lyon Phelps, which appears in the Frank S Holby publications. A fairly large type-face is used - reminiscent of the Winchester Edition. Book size 20 x 14.5 cms. The blue cloth bindings are generally sound and clean with the occasional light mark. There is some wear to the top and bottom of the spines - the degree of wear varies: Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey were clearly most read and have the greatest binding wear. Corners lightly bumped. Internally contents very bright and clean - some volumes are still partly unopened. Some of the pages have quite frayed edges from opening, which has occasionally resulted in some margin (but not text) loss. Each of the novels has a colour frontispiece and 2 further Brock plates per volume - these are tissue-guarded and all the volumes have a title page in red and black and additional half titles were appropriate. Sense and Sensibility Vol I: dedication; bibliography; Jane Austen by William Lyon Phelps; half title; text pp 1-225. Small repaired paper flaw in top margin p 55. Vol II: pp 1-302 - some loss to side margin of p75. Pride and Prejudice Vol I: preface; text pp 3-283. Some very crinkled/nibbled page edges. Vol II: text 3-299. Volume a little shaken and outline of pressed flower in gutter margins of pp 236/7. Emma Vol I: dedication; preface; text 1-399. Some pages unopened. Vol II: 359pp mostly unopened. Mansfield Park Vol I: preface; text 338pp largely unopened. Vol II: 347 pp, largely unopened, one tissue guard detached, side margin p219 with loss and archive tape repair, p 299 slight loss to side margin. Persuasion: preface, text 362pp. Northanger Abbey: advert by 'authoress'; preface; text 338pp. Part unopened. Lady Susan, The Watsons and Letters Vol I: frontispiece portrait of Jane Austen; title page; preface; colour plate - Old Manor House, Steventon; half title Lady Susan and text 107pp; half title The Watsons, preface and text to p195; half title The Letters; introduction by Brabourne; black and white portrait; text to p393. Many pages unopened, corner of p205 re-attached (no text affected), slight split at rear endpaper joint. The Letters Vol II: portrait frontispiece; title page; colour plate Vestibule of 4 Sydney Place, Bath; foldout facsimile autograph letter; text, black and white portrait and appendices 393pp. Please enquire if you would like to see more images to further assess condition.

$1043.44

Sense and Sensibility [Vols I and II, Winchester Edition]
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Sense and Sensibility [Vols I and II, Winchester Edition]

By Jane Austen

Edinburgh: John Grant , 1911 A fair set of the Winchester Edition version of Sense and Sensibility in 2 volumes. In original blue cloth binding with gilt decoration and titles to spines. Top page edges gilt, remaining edges untrimmed. Vol I with a frontispiece portrait of Austen. Vol I 276 pp; Vol II 286 pp. Classed as 'fair' because, although the bindings are sound, the spines are very dulled with mottling, creasing and some pulling. Boards generally clean. Contents overall in very good clean condition: the untrimmed page edges in Vol I are fairly browned with some fraying where the edges protrude and some marking on p 100; in Vol II the fep is attached to the front pastedown for about a 1 cm strip vertically down the book, very small tear to side of title page.

$78.26

Nothing Serious
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Nothing Serious

By P G Wodehouse

London : Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1950 A very good copy of the 1st edition, 1st printing in poor wrapper. The wrapper has its original price of 8/6, but is missing a large section of the front cover and the bottom part of the spine cover. There are a variety of edge tears etc and it has had repair. It is in a removable protective wrap. The orange cloth binding is in very good clean condition. It has a little fading at the bottom of the spine and at edges - particularly where the wrapper was missing. There is an inscription to the fep. Contents very clean - foredge spotty, light toning to endpapers. With one page book list at the rear.

$78.26

Enter Psmith
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Enter Psmith

By P G Wodehouse

London : A & C Black Ltd, 1950 A very good copy of the 4th reprint of Enter Psmith in fair wrapper. This title was originally the second part of 'Mike' and was published separately in 1935 because it stands alone and introduces the highly popular Psmith. The wrapper (which features a picture of Psmith as if he is around 30), is complete and not price-clipped. It has, however got a repaired tear to the front and repaired edge-nibbling with a little loss. It is in a removable protective wrap. The binding is in very good clean condition with only slight fading to edges. Contents bright and clean - slight browning to endpapers and the odd page where a corner has been turned at some time.

$52.17

Rodney Stone
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Rodney Stone

By Arthur Conan Doyle

London: John Murray , 1925 A very good early copy in good wrapper - published January 1925. Published as a cheap edition (price 2/- on the wrapper) so a surprising survival in good condition. The wrapper is grubby towards the edges and on the spine and has edge wear with some loss at the top and bottom of the spine and at the flap joints. It has been repaired and is in a removable protective wrap. The blue cloth binding with impressed design is in near fine clean condition with just a little wear to edges. Contents are very clean but with the usual browning because of the paper used. There is a signature dated 25.12.26 to the fep. 4pp adverts at the rear.

$13.04

Emma Vols I & II
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Emma Vols I & II

By Jane Austen

Edinburgh: John Grant, 1911 A good copy of the 'Winchester Edition' of Jane Austen's Emma in 2 volumes. In the original blue cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. Top page edges gilt; remainder untrimmed. The bindings are in fair to good condition, being sound and generally clean, but with very dulled spines. There is some fraying to the top and bottom of the spine on both volumes and some creasing. Light wear to corners. Vol I: half title to Winchester Edition Vol VII; title page in red and black; half title to volume; dedication to the Prince Regent; text 355pp. Contents very good - some browning to free endpapers and a lot of wrinkling to protruding page edges. Vol II: half title Winchester Edition Vol VIII; title page; half title to volume; text 358pp. Contents good to very good - some browning to free endpapers, some protruding side edges (including fep and first half title page) have small edge tears, repaired paper flaw to top margin of p55, slight damage to paper at rear endpaper joint.

$110.87

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