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High-flyer Hall: Joshua Blewitt’s sporting Experiences.
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High-flyer Hall: Joshua Blewitt’s sporting Experiences.

By ROBERTS (Sir Randal H., Bart).

By Sir Randal H. Roberts, Bart. Author of “The Silver Trout,” “In the Shires,” “Curb and Snaffle,” “Hard Held,” etc., etc. With numerous illustrations from drawings By G. Bowers. London, Spencer Blackett, 35, St. Bride Street, Ludgate Circus, E.C. (All rights reserved). Imp.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and seven plates, some with tissue guards; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+310+[ii]; quarter olive-green smooth cloth, lettered gilt and black, blocked gilt, diagonally fine-ribbed cloth sides, lettered gilt and black, blocked pictorially black, on front cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers faced black. Virtually fine copy of a handsome book. Very scarce. British Library copy only on COPAC. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$129.15

The Beautiful wretch The four Macnicols The pupil of Aurelius.
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The Beautiful wretch The four Macnicols The pupil of Aurelius.

By BLACK (William).

Three Stories in Three Volumes. By William Black Author of ‘Macleod of Dark,’ ‘Sunrise,’ etc. London, Macmillan and Co., 1881. 3 Vols.; text-paper advertisement leaf for Sampson Low/Macmillan (‘Novels by William Black’ / ‘Macmillan’s Biographical Series’) at end of volume three; pp.[iv]+224; [iv]+249+[i (blank)]; [iv]+227+[i (blank)]+[ii (advertisements)]; diagonally fine-ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, lettered and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated dark caramel. Barely visible mark to front cover of volume two; ‘The Four Macnicols’, a children’s story, has been badly opened in places, presumably by a child, with largish chips here and there, but not touching the text; otherwise a fine copy. ‘The beautiful wretch’ is a well-written and interesting love story; ‘The Three Macnichils’, which is founded on fact, concerns the founding of a co-operative society in Scotland, and is intended for children; the short third story concerns an unlucky man who lives his life by the maxims of Marcus Aurelius. Sadleir, 211, recording a blank leaf at the end of volume two which has certainly never been present in this copy, and also a publishers’ inserted 24pp. catalogue dated April 1881 at the end of volume one; Wolff, 491, giving no details. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$322.89

A Loose Rein.
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A Loose Rein.

By [D’AVIGDOR (Elim Henry).].

By “Wanderer,” Author of “Across Country,” “Fair Diana.” With illustrations by G. Bowers. London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 8, 9, 10, Bouverie Street, 1887. Med.8vo, pp.viii+352; the original eleven 32pp. parts, each with two inserted full-page lithographic plates printed in colours on thick paper; black-and-white illustrations and historiated lettering in text; 4pp. commercial advertisements at front in No.1.; publisher’s inserted slip preceding text, and extra gathering, prelims., 8pp., at end in No.11; pale cream thick paper wrappers printed lithographically in colours, the back wrappers bearing commercial advertisement (for ‘Apollinaris’ and ‘Friedrichshall’), printed in red, black, and green; the inside wrappers bearing commercial advertisements in black (‘Chocolat Menier’ at front, ‘Liebig’ and ‘S. & H. Harris’ at back; enclosed in a fine clamshell box covered in mid-green bookcloth, leather spine-label tooled and lettered gilt. Light dusting to front cover of No.1 and back cover of No.11, and some insignificant spotting of covers elsewhere; opened with a sharp knife, with slight slitting to a few top- or fore- margins; otherwise fine. Set in Ireland. The illustrator, a huntswoman herself, was one of the few female sporting artists of her day. Common enough bound, but very scarce indeed in its original state, as here. The publisher’s slip in No.11 reads: “With the present No. which completes the work, are given TITLE PAGE, CONTENTS, AND LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS. COVERS for binding have been prepared by the Publishers, and can be procured through and Bookseller or Bookbinder, price 1s. 4d. each.” The trade binding was of bevelled fine-ribbed cloth, blocked and lettered black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine and front cover, lettered black-outlined gilt on front cover, ruled black on spine. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$629.41

Copyright.
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Copyright.

By BESANT (Walter).

Entered at Stationers’ Hall[.] Katharine Regina. By Walter Besant Author of “All Sorts and Conditions of Men” Etc. Arrowsmith’s Bristol Library Vol. XXVI Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street, London; Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 4 Stationers’ Hall Court, 1888 [i.e., Winter, 1887]. The Right of Translation is Reserved. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; verso of title and Contents leaves, and lower half of Contents leaf, carry commercial advertisements (C.Taylor & Co. and Wm. Langford & Sons; W.D. & H.O. Wills; Lloyds Tea); integral leaf commercial advertisements (La Trobe / Chlorodyne), followed by 20pp. commercial and publisher’s text-paper advertisements, not numbered, at end; pp.[iv]+218+[ii]+[20]; diagonally very fine ribbed deep scarlet cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine, black and deep scarlet through black on front cover; pale yellow coated end-papers. Spine a trifle dull and darkened; front free end-paper and title-leaf torn and repaired without tissue, leaving a hair-line mark; otherwise a very nice copy of a scarce title. Issued in wrappers as Arrowsmith’s Christmas Annual for 1887, and in cloth, as here. Both issues are very scarce. One of Besant’s social novels, concerned with the problems of lone women needing to work, amd the Co-operative movement. Sadleir, 195; Wolff, 453, listing a rebound copy of the Christmas Annual, lacking the wrappers and terminal advertisements. In this copy p.112, l.3, has the reading ‘that we should so’ for ‘that we should be so’; p.121, l.14, reads ‘Harley Street’, for ‘Harley House’; p.176, ll.15 - 19 has risen furniture in right-hand margin. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$86.10

Afloat in the forest.
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Afloat in the forest.

By REID (Capt. Mayne).

By Capt. Mayne Reid, Author of “The Rifle Rangers,” “The Boy Slaves,” “The Ocean Waifs,” etc etc. London: Charles H. Clarke, 13, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1866]. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; title leaf and first leaf of final gathering (signed ‘BB’) both single insets, presumably printed conjugate (that gathering having otherwise but seven leaves); pp.[ii]+382; lightly glazed yellow boards printed pictorially on front board and in series style on spine, in red, green, and black, on back board with advertisements for Clarke’s series ‘The Mayne Reid Library’ (twelve titles not including this), in black; end-papers printed in red on facing surfaces with advertisements for Chapman and Hall’s ‘Select Library of Fiction’, with single-leaf advertisement for the same, printed in black, tipped-in between front end-papers. 5mm chip to paper (but not underlying muslin) at head of spine, and slight wear to paper at tail and over joints; armorial bookplate on front paste-down; welcome pencilled ownership inscription for the same dated ‘24th May 1866’ on title-page; otherwise a nice copy. Apparently published simultaneously in cloth at 3s. 6d. and in boards, as here, at 2s. A rare title not in Sadleir or the extensive Wolff collection of this author; COPAC records only two copies: one 17cm., presumably in cloth, at Cambridge, and one 16cm, as here, at Exeter. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$229.61

The Wide, wide world.
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The Wide, wide world.

By WETHERELL (Elizabeth [i.e., Susan Bogert Warner]).

By Elizabeth Wetherell. London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row; And Edinburgh, 1852. F’cap 8vo; inserted fine wood-engraved frontispiece and conjugate vignette title, on very thick paper, with tissue guard, follow half-title; letterpress title-page; pp.[vi (not including engraved leaves)]+[5]-717+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted Catalogue, 16pp., not dated, at end; bright blue ripple-grain cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; cloth of spine a trifle darkened and gilt a trifle rubbed; a little unobtrusive staining and foxing in text; in effect, however, a nice copy of a book not calculated to survive well. The first complete English one-volume edition of a title first published in America in December 1850 (but dated 1851). An ‘adapted’ edition “edited by a Clergyman of the Church of England” was issued, according to Blanck, in two volumes in December, 1851 or January, 1852 by Sampson Low; and an edition also in two volumes, with an added Preface by Anna Warner, by James Nisbet and Co. in August, 1852. The present edition was issued in November 1852. It has also been seen in a similar green cloth. No copy in Wolff, who does list other of her works; COPAC records copies only at the British Library and Manchester; Blanck, 21253, refers. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$86.10

John: A love story.
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John: A love story.

By OLIPHANT (Mrs. [Margaret]).

By Mrs Oliphant, Author of ‘Chronicles of Carlingford,’ etc. In two volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1870. The Right of Translation is reserved. Cr.8vo (probably, but trimmed); half-titles not present and possibly not called for, but blank or advertisement leaf lacking at end of volume two; single inseet title-pages, that to volume oone probably printed conjugate with first leaf of final gathering; pp.[ii]+317+[i (blank)]; [ii]+324; recent quarter pale green calf, old cream paper-covered sides; cream paper spine label printed in black. Very slight marking to boards; unobtrusive repairs to old end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy. Apparently very scarce. Not to be confused with the 1851 title ‘John Drayton’. NCBEL, 3:955; not in Wolff (who found 85 of her 95 titles: v. note, Wolff, Vol. 3, p.217), or in Sadleir (who found 62); COPAC lists only the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and London Library copies. Sadleir notes the general high level of scarcity of Mrs. Oliphant’s fictions. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$358.77

Recollections Of A chaperon.
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Recollections Of A chaperon.

By [SULLIVAN (Arabella Jane).].

Edited by Lady Dacre. In three volumes. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, (Successor to Henry Colburn.), 1833. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; bound up without half-titles; contemporary half morocco faced roan, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine, matching marbled sides and edges, end-papers faced light brown. Repairs to leather of spines, with loss of tooling at head of volume one; marbling on sides darkened and a little rubbed; leather of corners a trifle worn; early owner’s name in ink on upper margin of each title-page, and a few scattered light marks in text; nonetheless a very good copy of a scarce title. Well-written, intelligent and perceptive short novels, some of them proto-feminist, the last involving detection and a trial. The title is not inspiring, but the book does not deserve to be as unknown as it is. Sadleir, 3160; Wolff, 1707 (also a rebound copy, but with half-titles). Lady Dacre was the writer’s mother. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$193.73

Eighteen Of Them - Singular Stories By Warwick Simpson.
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Eighteen Of Them - Singular Stories By Warwick Simpson.

By [RIDGE (W. Pett).].

London, Published by The Leadenhall Press, Ltd.; 50, Leadenhall Street, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd: New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 & 745, Broadway, N.D. [1894]. Sm.cr.8vo, printed on thick paper; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; 16pp. integral advertisements followed by two integral blanks, at end; pp.250+[ii (acknowledgments, verso blank)]+[16]+[iv]; folding advertisement for ‘Stickphast Paste’ tipped onto p.14 of advertisements; pale grey coarse morocco cloth, ruled and blocked black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered gilt on front cover, down-lettered black on spine; t.e.grey, lower-edges uncut. Some light dust-marking to covers and slight fading to cloth of spine; owners neat ink inscription “A L / Dec. 1894” and two minute self-caricatures in pencil on front end-paper; a few creases where corners have been turned; small abrasions to one page with loss of all or part of half-a-dozen scattered letters; otherwise a very nice copy. Pett Ridge’s very scarce first book, published pseudonymously. Fantasy involving talking horses, statues, etc., recounting what they have observed. Two of the stories involve cricketers. Young, 1894.2; NCBEL 4:722. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$157.86

Christowell.
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Christowell.

By BLACKMORE (R.D.).

A Dartmoor Tale. By R.D. Blackmore, Author of “Mary Anerley,” etc. In three volumes. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1882 [?December, 1881]. (All rights reserved.) 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; final blank in volumes one and three; pp.[iv]+302+[ii]; [iv]+300; [iv]+317+[iii]; diagonal fine ribbed maroon cloth, ruled blind, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated cream. Barely perceptible fading to cloth of spines; occasional light foxing; otherwise a fine copy. Tipped onto the front end-papers of volumes one and two are signed holograph letters from the author to a Dr. Wood dated, from Paddington, May 22nd 1878 (approximately 200 words), and Dec 8th 1881 (approximately 70 words), the first thanking Dr. Wood (who is apparently in Devon) for the copies of “his elegant books”, saying of himself that he has “given up the fiction” and is absorbed in gardening, and mentioning some friends, etc.; the second speaking of “the loss of a relation” and giving his reasons for never furnishing biographical particulars about himself. The front pastedown in each volume bears the armorial bookplate of Laurence Bernard Gomme. The production of this copy is a little curious, the prelims. of each volume, and the final leaf, U6 in volume two and X8 in volume three, being on a different paper stock of a pleasantly creamier colour than the rest of the book. U6, the final leaf of text in volume two, and the blank X8 in volume three, are therefore single insets, as are what should have been their conjugates, U1 and X1, those leaves being of the regular paper stock. U6 and X8 at least, and possibly the prelims. to all the volumes, are therefore cancels. This is not mentioned either by Sadleir or Wolff, and was not so in another copy that passed through our hands some time ago. Since the present copy may well have been given to Dr. Wood by the author, as is suggested by the date on the second letter, it is possible that it was a final book proof sent to Blackmore to check some corrected text. Sadleir, 220; Wolff, 527. Number nine on Sadleir’s schedule of comparative scarcities. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$3029.71

The poor traveller: Boots at the Holly-Tree Inn: And Mrs. Gamp.
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The poor traveller: Boots at the Holly-Tree Inn: And Mrs. Gamp.

By DICKENS (Charles).

By Charles Dickens. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1864. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; final leaf integral advertisements for the ‘Illustrated Library Edition’ and the ‘Cheap and Uniform Edition’, verso blank; pp.114+[ii]; lime green wrappers printed on sides in black, the front wrapper not bearing a date, the back wrapper advertising under the heading ‘Cheap and uniform editions Of Mr. Dickens’s Christmas Books’ the four titles already published in the series (i.e., the whole series except for the present title); issued without free end-papers. Slight chipping to paper of spine; light marking to first and last two leaves and a very few fox-spots; extensive pencilled excision marks and alterations to the text of ‘The Poor Traveller’, evidently intended to produce a shorter reading version (v. note); otherwise a nice copy. The alterations to the text are in a hand closely resembling Dickens’ own, and some of them - in particular the addition of the word ‘above’ after ‘gallery’ in l.10 on p.30, and the substitution of ‘his history’ for ‘everything’ at l.15 on p.18, which are not necessitated by any of the cuts and are in fact mainly stylistic changes - are of a kind that one would not expect unless they were authorial. The excision marks, the text to be omitted outlined in pencil, with the outlined area being filled by cross-hatching or diagonal strokes, is a method known to have been used by Dickens for a similar purpose in other reading copies. In a few places a word or a sentence has been underlined for emphasis when reading, this also being the general habit of the author. One or two other marks are less interpretable but may be intended to indicate ‘louder’ or ‘softer’. Though there is no sign of provenance, the volume was purchased in 2008 at the Bloomsbury Auction sale of the residue of the Dobson family papers, as part of a bundle, and it may have come to them directly from a Dickens family source. Philip Collins, Charles Dickens[:] The Public Readings (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1975), p.155, declares that the volume “has not been reprinted since the 1858 trade edition”, which, given the date on the title-page of the present copy, is evidently false. Though printed by Bradbury and Evans like the 1858 edition, this copy bears the publisher’s imprint of Chapman and Hall on both the title-page and cover (the cover imprints having for both publisher and printer an ampersand instead of the word ‘and’), and would appear to rank as the first Chapman and Hall edition. The relationship between both the printed and the adapted text here, and that of the ‘prompt copy’ text recorded by Collins, is unclear, this copy retaining in the printed version some text excised from the prompt copy before it was printed and excluding some text that the prompt copy retains, while the revised text coincides with the post-printing revisions in the prompt copy on occasion, but elsewhere differs, the major difference in this shortened version being the entire exclusion of Mary Marshall as a character (though she is still referred to at the start as the reason for Richard Doubledick having signed up). There is evidence that the cuts were made in two distinct series. It was frequent publisher’s practice at the time to date volumes a year ahead, in which case this copy may actually have been ready (or published) in 1863, and may conceivably have been used as part of Dickens’s preparation for a reading he gave in London on the 12th of June, though it is more probable perhaps that it may relate simply to the reading given in Glasgow on the 25th of February, 1869, which, as recorded in the Letters, his agent, Dolby, rather to his annoyance, advertised by mistake. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$3229.73

Blown to bits Or The lonely man of Rakata.
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Blown to bits Or The lonely man of Rakata.

By BALLANTYNE (R.M.).

A Tale of the Malay Archipelago. With Illustrations by the Author. London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street, 1889. (All rights reserved.). Globe 8vo, wire-stitched; frontispiece, engraved and letterpress titles, and four plates; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+438+[ii]; bevelled mustard buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram device black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, Indian red, and bright gilt, blocked matt gilt, light and dark green, on front cover, ruled and blocked black, gilt, and Indian red, ruled matt gilt, lettered bright gilt, mustard and gilt outlined black, and mustard and gilt outlined red, on spine; t.e. brown; end-papers coated dark chocolate. A little very light foxing to the first and last two leaves; otherwise a fine copy. Advance copy, with the publisher’s compliments rubber stamp in purple ink on the verso of the front free end-paper. This was evidently one of the copies sent to the author, the front end-paper bearing a tipped-on slip with Ballantyne’s signature, clipped from a cancelled cheque. Ballantyne’s bibliographer Eric Quayle, informed us in a letter some years ago that slips bearing Ballantyne’s signature were pasted in “probably by Jeanie, his wife, who, after her husband’s death in 1894, pasted spare autograph signatures in the titles still remaining on their shelves, or so his surviving daughter told me!” In our experience a scarce title - possibly because wire-stitched bindings tended not to wear well, though this one is entirely crisp and sound. Quayle, 83a; Sadleir, 100, listing a copy in blue-grey cloth with very dark grey end-papers, for which he erroneously gives the date ‘1886’ - an obvious typo: Ballantine’s Preface is dated ‘1889’; not in Wolff. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$200.91

Tom Brown at Oxford.
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Tom Brown at Oxford.

By [HUGHES (Thomas).].

By the author of “Tom Brown’s Schooldays.” In three volumes. Cambridge: Macmillan and Co. And 23, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden. London, 1861. Integral advertisement leaf at end of volume two, blank on verso; final blank in volume three; pp.xii+319+[i (blank)]; vii+[i (blank)]+338+[ii]; vii+[i (blank)]+309+[iii (blank)]; publisher’s inserted catalogue, 24pp., dated 15.10.61 / 5,000 crown at tail of first page; royal blue horizontally grained straight morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers faced pinkish buff. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spines and corners; unobtrusive repair to cloth of back joint in volume one; some insignificant creasing of end-papers due to an original binding fault; small blank lower fore-corner chipped from one leaf; in general a nice copy, nonetheless. Preserved in a clamshell box covered in purple fine-morocco cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine Sadleir, 1234, describing the end-papers as ‘deep cream’; Wolff, 3331, recording an otherwise similar copy, but with the catalogue at the end of volume three instead of volume one, and lacking the final blank in that volume; Parrish, Kingsley/Hughes, p.120; Quayle, ‘Boys’ Stories’, pp.113-4. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$642.74

The valley of poppies.
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The valley of poppies.

By HATTON (Joseph).

By Joseph Hatton, Author of ‘The Tallants of Barton,’ ‘Christopher Kenrick,’ ‘Pippins and Cheese,’ ‘With a Show in the North,’ etc. In two volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly, 1872. (All rights reserved.) 2 Vols. in one, as issued, post 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title in volume one; pp.[viii]+259+[i (blank)]; 227+[i (blank)]; purple net-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Re-backed with the original minutely chipped backstrip laid-on, but the cloth of spine slightly wrinkled and three or four of the letters rubbed; slight wear to lower corners; front end-papers cracked; internally a nice copy. Presentation copy with the author’s signed holograph inscription on the title-page dated “Christmas 1874”. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3074, listing the two volume edition in grass-green fine dotted-line ribbed cloth, blocked black on sides and spine, and blocked and lettered gilt on spine. The Wolff copy bears an author’s presentation inscription dated “Christmas / 71” showing that the book was dated ahead. The two volume in one issue is also known in an otherwise similar binding of fine-ribbed cloth, the cheaper cloth suggesting it may have been from a later binding batch. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$215.26

Talpa: Or the Chronicles of a Clay Farm.
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Talpa: Or the Chronicles of a Clay Farm.

By [HOSKYNS (Charles Wren)].

An Agricultural Fragment. By C.W.H. London: Reeve & Co., Hentietta St., Covent Garden, 1852. Half-title not called for; twenty-four tail-piece vignettes by George Cruikshank; integral advertisement leaf followed by two leaves inserted advertisements at end; early rebound in quarter black roan, green horizontally grained morocco cloth sides, omitting all the leaves of advertisements. Extreme head of spine frayed; some scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy. A very readable and amusing book, long recognised as a classic of English agricultural literature, compiled as a selection from articles first printed in the ‘Gardener’s Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette’ in 1847, and so here described as a fragment, this being its first appearance in book form. The farm was subsequently identified as at Wraxall Abbey in Warwickshire. The fourth edition, of 1857, identified the author. The vignette on p.81, captioned ‘”Drop it!”’, was itself dropped from subsequent printings. Printed by John Edward Taylor. As originally issued, the volume was in fine horizontal red and black marbled wavy-grain cloth ruled blind on sides, blocked with a vignette of a mole (not a ‘badger’ as stated by Wolff) on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine, and with end-papers coated pale yellow. Wolff, 3296; Cohn, 413; COPAC records copies at the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and Nottingham only. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$35.87

La Fortunina.
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La Fortunina.

By CARR (Mrs. Comyns [Alice Vansittart, née Strettel]).

By Mrs. Comyns Carr, Author of “North Italian Folk,” “A Story of Autumn,” “Lucrezia,” etc. In three volumes. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1884. (All rights reserved.) 3 Vols. in one, as issued, Globe 8vo; each volume with half-title; final blank in volumes one and two, none called for in volume three; pp.[iv]+253+[iii]; [iv]+250+[ii]; [iv]+256; dark red smooth cloth, blocked black on front cover, blind (with a different pattern) on back cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked, and lettered, with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with leaf pattern in light green. Some bubbling to cloth of sides, and slight rubbing to gilt blocking on spine; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy. Scarce. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; COPAC records the British Library, Oxford, and Cambridge copies only of this title. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$258.31

Rienzi, The last of the tribunes.
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Rienzi, The last of the tribunes.

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

By the author of “Eugene Aram,” “Last Days of Pompeii,” &c. &c. In three volumes. London, Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street, 1835. Lge.12mo; half-titles with advertisements on verso in volume one; last leaf of Preface and final leaf of text both single insets; six line errata slip tipped in before p.[1] in volume two; five entry Errata slip tipped in before two integral advertisement leaves at end of volume three; drab boards, paper spine labels; a.e. uncut; 12pp. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman catalogue dated January 1836 tipped in between front end-papers of volume one. Rebacked with similar paper; boards very slightly rubbed; some inner joints cracked; labels variously rubbed and chipped; ink-spot on first page on catalogue, free end-paper, and upper corner of half-title in volume one; otherwise a very nice copy. Sadleir, 438, not mentioning the inserted catalogue and recording copies in ‘half’ [i.e., quarter] cloth, boards, labels, and an ‘almost certainly’ later issue in grey moiré cloth, paper labels; Wolff, 956, not mentioning the catalogue but otherwise recording a copy as this. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$136.33

Malcolm.
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Malcolm.

By MAC DONALD (George).

By George Mac Donald Author of “Robert Falconer,” “Phantastes,” etc., etc. In three volumes. Henry S. King & Co. 65, Cornhill; & 12, Pateernoster Row, London, 1875. 3 Vols., Post 8vo; pp.[viii]+286+[ii (blank)]; [viii]+317+[i (blank)]; [viii]+355+[i (blank)]; diagonally very fine ribbed bright green cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore-edges uncut; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Slight wear to spines and corners, and slight evidence that the edges of the spines have been reglued; scattered spotting and dusting or fingering to margins; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a very scarce title. Not in the Sadleir or the later Wolff collection, though listed in the first Wolff collection as no.20. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$1196.14

All rights reserved.
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All rights reserved.

By HUTCHINSON (Horace G).

Peter Steele, the Cricketer. By Horace G. Hutchinson Author of “Creatures of Circumstances,” “Hints on Golf” [sic] etc., etc. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company Limited, N.D. [1895]. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.328; smooth maroon cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover, lettered with short rules, and blocked with Arrowsmith’s device, gilt on spine, in series style; plain white end-papers. Covers slightly faded, but much less so than usual with this cloth, and end-papers a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy. Issued as Vol.XXI. of Arrowsmith’s 3/6 Series, this being stated on the spine and, centrally between two rules, on the verso of the title leaf. In our experience one of the scarcer titles in the series. NSTC, 0362383; not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Rayvern Allen (though as a novel it would probably be excluded). All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$86.10

Devereux.
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Devereux.

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

A tale. By The author of “Pelham.” In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1829. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; three line Errata slip with note follows p.[viii] in volume one; two line Errata slip follows title in volume two; two entry Errata slip follows title in volume three; leaf N2 in volume one a cancel tipped onto a stub; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end of volume two; contemporary half natural calf ruled and tooled gilt on spine, brown lettering-piece, marbled sides; t.e. brown. Calf split over front joint in volume one and unobtrusively strengthened at head and tail with matching underlay; insignificant worming to upper or extreme upper margins of G8 to I2 in volume one; tear to inner margin of H1 in volume three unobtrusively repaired with tissue; a very little light scattered foxing; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy. The book which gave the phrase “from the cradle to the grave” to the language (Vol.I, p.219). Sadleir 398; Wolff, 927, recording a copy without the Errata slips. Neither record the cancel in volume one. Number six on Sadleir’s list of comparative scarcities. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.

$136.33

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