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The justification of Andrew Lebrun.
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The justification of Andrew Lebrun.

By BARRETT (Frank [ i.e. Frank Barrett Davis]).

By Frank Barrett Author of ‘Kitty’s Father,’ etc. London, William Heinemann, 1894. (All rights reserved). Blank before half-title, blank following last leaf of text; pp.[2]+vi+277+[iii (blank)]; publisher’s inserted catalogue, 20pp., dated ‘July 1894’ at end; dark blue diagonally very fine-ribbed cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. One leaf opened a trifle carelessly is torn slightly at the top margin near the gutter, not approaching the text; free end-papers embrowned on facing surfaces; otherwise a very nice copy. A small wood-engraved bookplate on the front paste-down showing the head and shoulders of a faceless jester holding up a lettered ribbon reading GRIN AND / BEAR IT but no name, was obviously put on shortly after it had been pulled and has offset onto the facing end-paper, which itself bears the florid pencilled signature of Joan Barrett [Davis], the author’s wife. Joan Barrett [Davis], née Rose Aburrow, was herself an author, and her collection ‘Monte Carlo Stories’ (Wolff, 337) was published also by Heinemann in an identical binding in 1896. The present title, well-written, with an interesting story and good characterisation, is described by George Locke in ‘Spectrum [I]’ as a “science-fiction mystery...which also qualifies as a locked room mystery.” Given that the author never used his family name, it is amusing to read on p.256 of “A very nice family by the name of Davis”. Locke’s ‘Spectrum’ p.28; Suvin, ‘Victorian Science Fiction in the UK’, p. 55. Bleiler, 1948, p.42; 1978, p.16; Reginald, 00894; Hubin, p.24; Wolff, 328, not mentioning the blocking on the back cover. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$315.72

The chronicles Of Michael Danevitch Of the Russian secret service.
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The chronicles Of Michael Danevitch Of the Russian secret service.

By DONOVAN (Dick [i.e., J.E. Preston Muddock].).

By Dick Donovan Author of ‘The Man-hunter,’ ‘Tracked and Taken,’ ‘Caught at Last,’ ‘A Detective’s Triumphs,’ ‘Vidocq,’ etc[.] London, Chatto & Windus, 1897. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 8pp. text-paper advertisements, probably printed conjugate with prelims., followed by publisher’s inserted catalogue, 32pp., at ens, dated Feb. 1897 and advertising this volume as ‘shortly’; pp.[viii]+304+8; vertically fine-ribbed navy blue cloth ruled and elaborately blocked silver on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with leaf-and-frond pattern in olive green; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Very slight rubbing to cloth at extreme head of spine (affecting the top 2mm); two leaves of catalogue opened a little roughly, and catalogue lightly enbrowned; nonetheless a virtually fine copy with none of the usual oxydation of the silver blocked on the spine. Copies are also known in which the back cover is blocked with the publisher’s monogram device in blind. They have the same catalogue, and were presumably of simultaneous issue. Most of the stories are cases of the celebrated Russian detective as related to fellow detective Dick Donovan. The last story, “The Clue of the Dead Hand,” features detective Peter Brodie and has a Scottish setting. It tells of a murder and a simultaneous mysterious disappearance at Corbie Hall, “a strange, weird sort of place...” that has “an eeriness about it...calculated to make one shudder.” As much a rationalized ghost story as a detective story, it also involves male impersonation. Glover and Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction, 111; Queen, The Detective Short Story, p.34; Hubin, p.124; Wolff 4957, mis-reporting the text-paper advertisements at the end as a ‘publisher’s catalogue’. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$344.42

The Stolen Bishop By Charles C.
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The Stolen Bishop By Charles C.

By ROTHWELL (Charles C.).

Rothwell. London: The Leadenhall Press, Ltd: 50, Leadenhall Street, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd: New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 153-157, Fifth Avenue, N.D. [August 1895]. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; facsimile on smaller paper tipped-in before title-page, bearing supposed ms. note by Bishop on recto, verso blank; pp.[3] - 239+[i (blank)]; publlisher’s Book List, 16pp., printed on text-paper, at end, the first page bearing the coding ‘(T.695)’ at foot; scarlet smooth cloth, ruled black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine, lettered gilt and black, blocked gilt, on front cover; fore-edges uncut; off-white end-papers. Title-page and last page of Book List embrowned by contact with end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce. A beautifully written novel, probably intended for older girls, but certainly enjoyable by anyone. One of the characters is a cripple bearing a generic resemblance to Long John Silver in Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’, but one wonders whether Mervyn Peake had ever read the book: a scene between the cripple, one of his accomplices, and two girls in the attic of an empty inn rises to a high pitch of tension and seems to foreshadow the death scene of Steerpike in ‘Gormenghast’! All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$200.91

The Vicar of Bullhampton.
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The Vicar of Bullhampton.

By TROLLOPE (Anthony).

By Anthony Trollope. With thirty illustrations by H. Woods. London: Bradbury, Evans, and Co., 11, Bouverie Street, 1870. Demy 8vo, gathered irregularly in eights and sixes (v. note); wood-engraved frontispiece with conjugate vignette title-page, twenty-two inserted plates with tissue guards, and eleven vignettes printed in the text; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.xvi (including frontispiece and title-leaf)+481+[i (blank)]+[x (not paginated)]; smooth brown cloth, blocked black on sides and spine, pictorially blocked gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges lightly trimmed; end-papers faced grey. Slight wear to head and tail of spine, with slight loss of gilt to top rule; slight marginal foxing to one plate; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce thus. *AA volume too heavy for its binding, which is seldom found to-day in its original cloth - and rarely in nice state. Sadleir, ‘Trollope’, 32: Sadleir’s ‘A’ issue (preferred) with the advertisements corresponding to those of the parts issue. In this copy the plate to p.245 has a full-stop after ‘in’ instead of a comma, whilst that to p.311 lacks the closing inverted commas: both points noted by Sadleir as characteristic of the book issue rather than copies bound up from the parts. One or two light pencilled corrections have been made using proofing marks, which suggests that this may at some point have been a publisher’s copy. The book was never reprinted in its original form, but a reset edition was published in 1871. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$896.11

Lord Wastwater.
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Lord Wastwater.

By BOLTON (Sidney).

By Sidney Bolton. In two volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1892. 2 Vols., post 8vo, bound in one, as issued; blank before half-title, blank at end in each volume; pp.[viii]+294+[ii]; [viii]+285+[iii]; deep scarlet morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine (spine lettered with title, ‘two vols in one’ and price, ‘21/-’ only); t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Two or three small tears to cloth at head- and tail of spine unobtrusively repaired; end-papers renewed; slight dusting of first few leaves; a couple of fox-spots on fore-edges; final blank in volume two somewhat marked and scuffed (it looks as though it might at some point have been pasted down); otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy. Scarce. An unusually structured true detective novel, with a fin-de-siècle theme, owing something in its conception, perhaps, to Dostoievsky, that would almost certainly have received a mention by Haycraft if he had ever come across it. Not in Hubin; Wolff, 594, recording a presentation copy ‘from the authoress’ of the two volume issue in dark blue fine diaper-grain cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine, with black [coated] end-papers, and a 24pp. publisher’s catalogue dated 8/92 inserted at the end. Wolff does not mention the final blank to volume two, possibly by an oversight: it is necessary to complete the full sheet. In this copy, probably as always, there is a risen space after ‘this’ in volume two, at p.124, l.11 All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$373.12

The Wrong box.

By STEVENSON (R.L.) and OSBOURNE (Lloyd).

By Robert Louis Stevenson Author of ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ etc. And Lloyd Osbourne. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889. Half-title not called for; 16pp. publisher’s catalogue at end dated January, 1889; scarlet smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; white end-papers printed with ship and swan design in light brown; lower-edges rough-trimmed, others uncut. Small bookplate on both paste-downs; some scattered barely visible foxing; otherwise a virtually fine, tight, copy. Scarce thus. McKay 498. The first printing, with the word Contents printed in large type above a decorative rule, and with the earliest date of the catalogue. Prideaux, I, 29; Beinecke, 501 (listing only a copy with the catalogue dated ‘8/89’); Princeton, 42, copy 1; Glover/Greene 422; Hubin, p.390. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$93.28

Solved mysteries: Or, Revelations of a City Detective.
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Solved mysteries: Or, Revelations of a City Detective.

By M‘GOVAN (James, [i.e., HONEYMAN (William C.)]).

By James M‘Govan, Author of “Brought to Bay,” “Hunted Down,” “Strange Clues,” “Traced and Tracked,” etc. Edinburgh and Glasgow: John Menzies and Company. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1888. All rights reserved. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf followed by 16pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably integral; pp.[viii]+366+[xviii]; yellow boards printed in red and black, the front board bearing an illustration involving a ghost, the spine conventional ornaments, printed in red and black, the back cover publisher’s advertisements. Almost invisibly rebacked, preserving the original slightly chipped backstrip; minute chips to two margins (apparently an original trimming fault, and short tear to one fore-margin; light damp-cockling and slight discolouration to back end-papers; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy. Very scarce, especially thus. M‘Govan claims to have been responsible for seeding the “extraordinary crop of ‘Detective’ stories from other writers” that appeared during the 1880s, commenting in his Preface: “A very eminent publisher, who refused ‘Brought to Bay’ on the ground that ‘the taste for that kind of literature had entirely faded,’ must now be rubbing his eyes in astonishment.” As with the other titles in the series, the present volume was published simultaneously in two formats, ‘Pictorial Boards, Price 2s. 6d.’, as here, and ‘Cloth Gilt, 3s. 6d.’ Both are now very scarce, having for the most part, presumably, been read to pieces! The author’s name appears on the front board as ‘McCovan’. Hubin, p.270; COPAC records copies at the National Library of Scotland and Cambridge only. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$589.40

A Skeleton in every house.

By WATERS [i.e., William Russell].

By Waters, Author of “Recollections of a Detective Police Officer,” &c., &c. London: Charles H. Clarke, 13, Paternoster-row, N.D. [1860]. F’cap 8vo; pp.[7]-334; contemporary half brown calf, oil-marbled boards. Bound up without the half-title or advertisements (v.note); calf slightly rubbed and peeled on upper corners; fore-margins lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title. Issued upon first publication as volume 222 of the Parlour Library, a fact only noted on the half-title (not here present). As issued, the volume was clothed in conventional glazed yellow boards, with white end-papers bearing advertisements in black. The pagination suggests that the front end-papers as well as the half-title were reckoned as integral. The final leaf is here a singleton, a terminal leaf of advertisements having also been omitted by the binder (as is evidenced by faint offsetting onto the last page of text), and it too was probably integral: that, the last leaf of text, the three leaves of prelims. and the front end-papers making up together one full sheet. Glover/Greene, 461; Hubin, p.427; Sadleir, 3755a/222 (recording likewise only a bound copy); this title not in Wolff. Sadleir notes the extreme scarcity of all Parlour Library titles after about number 200. In this copy the words ‘millions of men’ in the last line on p.15 are battered (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined). All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$344.42

Silken threads.
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Silken threads.

By [WILLIAMS (Harold).].

A Detective Story. By George Afterem. Boston: Cupples, Upham, and Company. Old Corner Bookstore, 1885. Sm.cr.8vo; binder’s blank before half-title, excised integral blank followed by publisher’s inserted 24pp. catalogue (last leaf blank), and binder’s blank, at end; pp.342+[ii (stub)]; diagonally very fine-ribbed light yellow-brown cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered brown on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s monogram, gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with floral design light brown. Small, faint, mark on front cover (apparently a wax-spot); poor quality binder’s blanks lightly embrowned; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce thus. Hubin, p.3. An English edition was published some five years later, as “by the author of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Morton’”. Wright, 5990 All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$172.21

The wrecker.

By STEVENSON (Robert Louis) and OSBOURNE (Lloyd).

Illustrated by William Hole and W.L. Metcalf. Cassell & Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, 1892. (All rights reserved.) Half-tone frontispiece, with tissue guard, and eleven plates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end dated on p.5 ‘2G. 5.92’; royal blue buckram lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed. Very slight damp-spotting to covers; contemporary ownership inscription on half-title; a virtually fine copy, nonetheless. Uncommon thus. McKay 558; Hubin, p.390. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$86.10

The Queen against Owen.
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The Queen against Owen.

By UPWARD (Allen).

With a frontispiece by J.S. Crompton. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1894. Half-title with advertisements on verso; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; leaf bearing publisher’s woodcut device on recto, blank on verso, precedes two leaves integral advertisements, and publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue dated Sept., 1893, at end; pp.[viii]+242+[ii]+[4]; royal blue crushed morocco cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked pictorially black and white, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers printed with flower-and-leaf pattern in grey. Dedication leaf opened somewhat roughly with consequent long tear and chip affecting the (blank) top inch and a quarter of that leaf, the chipped piece restored to its place and the tear mended without use of tissue, the visible evidence being a couple of hair-line cracks; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce. A murder mystery, and the author’s first essay in the genre. Hubin, p.412. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$143.51

Eugene Aram.

By [LYTTON (Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord).].

A tale. By the Author of “Pelham,” “Devereux.” &c. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1832. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title present in each volume; integral advertisement leaf (for volume ten of ‘Bentley’s Standard Novels;) at end of volume three; pp.[xii]+299+[i (blank)]; [iv]+308; [iv]+306+[ii]; contemporary quarter black roan lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides; a.e. uncut. Scattered foxing, otherwise a nice copy. Hubin, p.57; Sadleir, 404; Wolff, 932. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$229.61

Tales from Chambers’s Journal: Dashmarton’s legacy And A cast of the net.
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Tales from Chambers’s Journal: Dashmarton’s legacy And A cast of the net.

By ANTHOLOGY.

W. & R. Chambers, Limited, N.D. [1885]. F’cap 8vo; pp.144; half-title not called for; engraved vignette on title, large head piece to each story and tail pieces passim; yellowish brown wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; wire-stabbed, through wrappers; issued without end-papers. A very fine copy. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Dated from the English Catalogue of books. A scarce series, of which Sadleir found only one example for his collection (No.8). Sadleir’s copy was in lilac wrappers, was printed on the spine as well as on the front wrapper, and apparently carried series advertisements, running to number eight, which caused him to speculate that this may have been the number issued. The signatures in the present volume make clear that this is number 12. It was in fact the last of the series issued. Three versions of the wrappers have been seen: lilac printed in purple, as the Sadleir copy, and bearing, apparently, the printed price, sixpence; and yellowish brown printed in black, this colour of wrapper occurring in two states: with the words ‘PRICE SIXPENCE’ printed in a box at the foot of the front wrapper, and with the price box left empty, as in the present copy. In addition some copies bearing the legend ‘PRICE SIXPENCE’ are sewn in the normal way instead of being wire-stabbed. Volumes in paper wrappers from this period are scarce, especially in fine state. Both stories are detective, the first involving the efforts of a private enquiry agent to recover a stolen £500 bank note; the second subtitled “The story of a detective officer”. Not in Hubin. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$93.28

Tales from Chambers’s Journal: The Winning hazard.
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Tales from Chambers’s Journal: The Winning hazard.

By ANTHOLOGY.

W. & R. Chambers, Limited, N.D. [1885]. F’cap 8vo; pp.144; half-title not called for; large wood-engraved head piece and tail pieces to the chapters; yellowish brown wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Short tear in lower edge of front wrapper, but no loss; otherwise a fine copy. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Dated from the English Catalogue of books. A scarce series, of which Sadleir found only one example for his collection (No.8). Sadleir’s copy was in lilac wrappers, was printed on the spine as well as on the front wrapper, and apparently carried series advertisements, running to number eight, which caused him to speculate that this may have been the number issued. There were in fact twelve titles, the present being number ten. Three versions of the wrappers have been seen: lilac printed in purple, as the Sadleir copy, and bearing, apparently, the printed price, sixpence; and yellowish brown printed in black, as here, this colour of wrapper occurring in two states: with the words ‘PRICE SIXPENCE’ printed in a box at the foot of the front wrapper, and with the price box left empty. In addition some copies bearing the legend ‘PRICE SIXPENCE’ are sewn in the normal way instead of being wire-stabbed. The present copy is such a one. A novelette involving embezzlement, fraud, attempted murder - and the rigging up of a corpse to sign a will! Set largely in Welsh Wales. Not in Hubin. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$93.28

A perfect fool.
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A perfect fool.

By WARDEN (Florence [née Price, later James]).

By Florence Warden, Author of ‘Ralph Ryder of Brent,’ ‘A Witch of the Hills,’ ‘The House on the Marsh,’ etc. In two volumes. London: F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1894. 2 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; 16pp. publisher’s integral advertisements at end (continuing the pagination); pp.[viii]+248; [viii]+240; bright brown diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram black on back cover, ruled and blocked with architectural motif blind, ruled and lettered black, on front cover, ruled black, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with crazy-paving pattern in orange-brown. Small, unobtrusive, restoration to cloth of spine in volume one; bookplate removed from front end-paper in volume two, leaving slight scuffing; gilt a little dull on both spines; one end-paper a little cracked; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy. A scarce title in any form, very scarce, as here, in first edition. This title not in Sadleir; Hubin, p.425; Wolff, 7046, recording only the single-volume edition of the next year, of which he hopefully, and somewhat strangely comments: “‘In One Volume’ on title page, which sometimes means it is a reprint; not this time, as the type is large, and the work never would have stretched to more than a single volume.” This to our mind suggests that the Wolff copy was heavily cut, as despite the ‘large’ type it had only 304pp. as against the total of 486pp. of text in the present copy, where the type is also large, but not unduly so. Hubin records the work as of undetermined status. It is a well-written mystery story developing in the leisurely Victorian manner and involving fraud and false imprisonment. In this copy the following erratum and typographical faults have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): in volume one, p.29, l.23, ‘ingenious’ for ‘ingenuous’; p.52, l.12, raised ‘i’ at start of line; in volume two, p.5, l.18, improper spacing between ‘o’ and ‘v’ of ‘drove’, and l.21, improper spacing between ‘o’ and ‘b’ of ‘nobody’. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$344.42

The Princess’s Complete story Novelettes.
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The Princess’s Complete story Novelettes.

By ANONYMOUS.

No.248 - Vol X.] Edited by Edwin J. Brett. [Price One Penny. Eileen o’Hara [sic] or Love’s sacrifice. [At start of text:] By the Author of ‘By The Sad Sea Waves,’ ‘Nellie’s Conquest,’ &c. [At end of text:] Printed by Vincent Brooks, Day and Son, Gate Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, for the Proprietor, Edwin J. Brett, 173, Fleet Street. November 24, 1890. Sm.f’cap folio format, 16pp. paged [305]-320, printed in double column, wire-stitched; elaborate wood-engraved title-page with start of text on verso; nine wood-engraved illustrations in text. Lacking the staples, otherwise a fine copy of a very scarce title. Attempted murder by proxy; murder; the suppression of a will; rent rises, evictions, and troubles in Ireland: all graphically described, the author being evidently Irish and familiar with the contemporary rural scene. Amusingly, one of the detectives is called ‘Moriarty’! In this copy the following erratum has been noted, presumably as always: p.319, col.1, line 3: ‘Mention of you’ for ‘mention but of you’. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$64.57

Honour of Theives: A Novel By C.J.
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Honour of Theives: A Novel By C.J.

By HYNE (C.J. Cutcliffe).

Cutcliffe Hyne Author of “The New Eden;” “The Recipe for Diamonds” Etc. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1895. Advertisement leaf before half-title; two leaves text-paper advertisements followed by publishers’ inserted 32pp. Catalogue dated May, 1901, at end; pp.[xii]+240+4; light green linen ruled and blocked black and copper, lettered black-outlined copper on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with fern and tendril design in dark blue-green. Insignificant spotting to front cover, but a virtually fine copy of a handsome book. In our experience a scarce title. Hubin, p.219. The pair of text-paper advertisement leaves at the end were almost certainly printed conjugate with the 12pp. of prelims., completing the full sheet. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$258.31

The Mark of Cain.

By LANG (Andrew).

Authorized edition. New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1886. Binder’s blank at front and back; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.173+[i (blank)]+[ii]; quarter black smooth cloth, lettered gilt on spine, dark red cloth-covered boards, lettered light red on front board. Some wear to covers; front free end-paper slightly trimmed and re-inserted; otherwise internally nice. As a reading copy. The first American edition. In this copy p.90, l.9, has the reading ‘star’ for ‘planet’, as always. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$31.57

The Amusing Adventures Of Guzman of Alfaraque.

By ALEMAN (Mateo).

A Spanish Novel By Mateo Aleman. Translated by Edward Lowdell. Illustrated with engravings on steel from designs by Staal. London: Vizetelly & Co., 42 Catherine Street, Strand, 1883. Extra cr.8vo; fine engraved frontispiece and two plates drawn and engraved by G. Staal, all with red captions and tissue guards and on thick paper; wood-engraved head- and tail- pieces and initial letters to the chapters throughout; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+viii+478+[ii]; diagonally very-fine-ribbed brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers faced greenish black. Insignificant wear to cloth at head of front joint; half-title and advertisement leaf foxed by contact with the end-papers; first tissue a little foxed; back end-paper cracked; otherwise a fine copy of a very handsome book. The first printing of this translation of a book originally published in Spanish between 1599 and 1602, and first translated into English by Thomas Mabbe in 1622 (as ‘The Rogue’). Several editions appeared thereafter including a one by Brady in 1821. The present translator “has sought to divest the work of the tedious and to modern notion misplaced disquisitions on morality and religion with which the author, in accordance with the spirit and custom of his time, has interlarded and overloaded his subject” - translator’s Preface. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$43.05

Miranda Of the balcony.
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Miranda Of the balcony.

By MASON (A.E.W.).

A story. Macmillan and Co., Limited, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1899. All rights reserved. Pp.viii+312; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated 5.8.99; vertically fine ribbed deep turquoise cloth blocked with art nouveau design blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Spine just a trifle dull; otherwise a nice copy. A story involving treason, smuggling, kidnapping, blackmail, etc., as well as a certain amount of detection: ‘”‘Ambrose,’ said I, ‘never in all your puff have you struck anything like this. Fouché you shall trample under foot and Sherlock Holmes shall be your washpot; you are the best in the world.’”’ Not in Sadleir or Hubin; Wolff, 4626. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$114.80

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