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THE HALF-CASTE

by [Mulock, Dinah Maria]

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1897. An Old Governess's Tale. By the Author of 'John Halifax, Gentleman.' With Prefatory Letter by the Author. London and Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, 1897. 2+32 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of this collection of six contributions that had appeared in Chambers's Journal in the late 1840s, here published in book form for the first time -- as a tribute, ten years after the author's death. This is an unusually bright copy, fine except for a small mark on the front cover. Sadleir 1810; Wolff 4991.
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THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA

THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA

by Hardy, Thomas

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1876. A Comedy in Chapters. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1876. Endpaper ads dated May 9, 1876. Original cream cloth decorated in black. First American Edition, issued as a volume in Henry Holt's "Leisure Hour Series." This was Hardy's fifth novel -- following FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and preceding THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE -- and his fifth to be published in America (all by Holt). This copy has endpaper ads dated May 9, 1876, which was the month of publication -- a month after the two-volume London edition. It is in the primary binding (cream rather than mustard-yellow cloth). It is in very good condition (spine slightly darkened as usual, minor wear at the foot of the spine). These earlier Leisure Hour books (the un-numbered ones in cream cloth) are quite scarce in nice condition, as the binding is considerably more fragile than the later mustard-yellow one. Purdy p. 23.
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HARD TIMES

HARD TIMES

by Dickens, Charles

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1854. From Dickens' "Household Words." New-York: Published by T.L. McElrath & Co., 1854. Original light tan wrapper with the imprint of Fetridge & Co., Boston. First American Edition, published on August 8, 1854. HARD TIMES first appeared in America in twenty weekly issues of Household Words, in May to September 1854. In an 1857 issue of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, there is a brilliant account of the 1854 McElrath and Harper editions of HARD TIMES that had come out three years earlier; we quote it here with the kind permission of our friend Walter Smith, bibliographer of Dickens's American editions. When young McElrath,... a beginner in the business, succeeded in securing the right to the advance sheets of Dickens's "Hard Times," by paying fifteen hundred dollars -- a price which the Harpers would not pay -- they, the Harpers, determined to oppose him... The only advantage that could accrue to him from his heavy outlay was the receipt of the few last chapters two or three weeks in… Read more
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THE HAUNTED MAN and THE GHOST'S BARGAIN

THE HAUNTED MAN and THE GHOST'S BARGAIN

by Dickens, Charles

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1848. A Fancy for Christmas-Time. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. 2 pp preliminary undated ads. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in gilt, all page edges gilt. First Edition of the fifth and last of Dickens's illustrated Christmas books (none had been published in 1847, when he had been busy working on DOMBEY AND SON). This is the tale of Redlaw the chemist, who makes a pact with his "evil genius" to remove all of his memories, only to be saved in the end by his guiding angel. The book is illustrated by John Leech, John Tenniel and others. In this copy, the first page numeral on p. 166 is damaged -- which, though priority is uncertain, is the only identifiable issue point of this book. This is a near-fine copy (spine slightly faded, just a touch of wear at the spine corners); atypically the original delicate endpapers are intact. The front free endpaper bears the inked inscription "Ellen F. Lee | from her father | December 25 1848" -- Christmas Day, six days after publication. Smith… Read more
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HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT
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HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT

by Trollope, Anthony

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1869. With Sixty-four Illustrations by Marcus Stone. [In Two Volumes.] London: Strahan and Company, 1869. Original blind-stamped green cloth. First Edition in book form. Louis Trevelyan "knew he was right" about his young wife's infidelity. This is a long and detailed study of the gradual falling into madness of a suspicious husband... The final stages of his mental and moral dilapidation have a wild affliction unusual in the controlled world of Trollope characters. [Sadleir] This was one of the eight Trollope novels that were initially serialized in parts -- issued in 32 weekly wrappered parts (also available as eight monthly parts), beginning in October 1867 and ending in May 1869. There was one full-page plate plus one initial vignette by Marcus Stone in each weekly part -- hence a total of 64 illustrations, as indicated on the title pages. The publisher Virtue gave Trollope extremely generous terms in order to be chosen to publish this novel -- too generous: Virtue "went under" after the… Read more
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THE HEART OF THE MATTER
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THE HEART OF THE MATTER

by Greene, Graham

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1948. New York: The Viking Press, 1948. Original grey and antique-rose cloth, with dust jacket. First American Edition of Greene's first post-war novel, portraying the moral crisis of a good man "increasingly enmeshed in love, in intrigue, and in evil" (per the jacket), while serving as a wartime British colonial police officer in a West African capital. In 1942-1943 Greene himself had served in Freetown, Sierra Leone, as an MI6 intelligence officer -- under the later-to-be-notorious double agent Kim Philby. This is a fine, virtually as-new copy (bookplate on the front free endpaper); included is the dust jacket, essentially without wear or soil and still bearing the printed $3.00 price (one very faint small mark at the top of the front panel). Immensely popular upon publication, this novel was #40 on Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century.
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HEARTS OF THREE

HEARTS OF THREE

by London, Jack

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1920. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1920. Original maroon cloth. First American Edition, which consisted of only 4,990 copies. HEARTS OF THREE was published four years after London's death (and two years after it was published in England). Like his two late books about dogs, this was hackwork necessary to raise cash, which he wrote in Hawaii during his final year... The last long novel of his life, HEARTS OF THREE, was a sorry business, a piece of romantic trash that bore no mark of Jack's style at all. It was the first time he had been asked to "novelize" a screenplay. In fact, HEARTS OF THREE was a serial adventure story of fifteen episodes, written by the screen­writer of "The Perils of Pauline" and "The Exploits of Elaine." To ask an author of Jack's quality to flesh it out was an insult and an indignity. He wrote it because the Hearst Sunday supplements bribed him with $25,000 over and above his regular contract with Cosmopolitan... He… Read more
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HEBREW MELODIES
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HEBREW MELODIES

by Byron, [George Gordon,] Lord

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1815. [the Abel Berland copy] London: Printed for John Murray, 1815. 2 pp undated ads, 4 leaves of preliminary titles, and 4 pp ads dated June 1815. Original unprinted drab wrappers. First Edition of this collection of verse, best known for "She Walks in Beauty." HEBREW MELODIES was published during the most tumultuous twelve-month span of Byron's life, beginning with his marriage to Annabella Milbanke, "perhaps the worst mistake of his life"... After the birth of their daughter in December 1815 she left him and obtained a separation. London was soon humming with speculation about the reasons, including, possibly, Byron's attachment to his half-sister..., and his bisexuality. The English public was now seized with 'one of its periodic fits of morality,' as Macauley put it... Without knowledge of the facts, the public supported Lady Byron and subjected a great English poet to insult. The bewildered, then deeply wounded, Byron left England on 25 April 1816 and never returned [CGEL]. This copy is… Read more
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HECTOR SERVADAC

HECTOR SERVADAC

by Verne, Jules

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1878. Translated by Ellen E. Frewer. With Numerous Illustrations. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1878. Original olive green cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt, all edges gilt. First English Edition of this tale in which the heroes are carried away through space upon the comet "Gallia," visiting much of the solar system. The cover (but not the title page) bears the sub-title "The Career of a Comet." In September 1877, George Munro issued a (pirated) wrappered version of this tale, in their "Seaside Library"; a month later, the Philadelphia firm of Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger issued the first half of this tale in a cloth­bound volume. Then in November 1877 (though dated 1878), this authorized Sampson Low edition in England, and an authorized Scribner Armstrong edition were both published (the entire tale, not just the first half). This copy is in olive green cloth; we have also seen terra-cotta and light lilac-brown (no priority). Condition is very good (spine a… Read more
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THE HERNE'S EGG [publisher's proof copy]

THE HERNE'S EGG [publisher's proof copy]

by Yeats, W.B.

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1938. [a publisher's proof copy] A Stage Play. London: Macmillan and Co., 1938. Original plain tan wrappers. First Edition, of which this is a publisher's proof copy, bound in plain tan wrappers instead of maroon cloth. Consisting of only 1600 copies, this was "one of Yeats's last and most controversial plays... It contains bloodshed, murder, rape and suicide, ... [yet] it is lighter than his two later farces... Written near the end of his life, [it] is more symbolic, absurdist, pretend-näive, and riddling than any other of his dramas" [Parkin/Buffalo]. This copy in plain tan wrappers is fine except that someone (perhaps the publisher?) hand-wrote the title etc. on the front cover and spine. Wade 195.
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THE HISTORICAL NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENT

THE HISTORICAL NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENT

by Sabatini, Rafael

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1917. London: Martin Secker, n.d.[1917]. 8 pp undated ads. Original grey paper-covered boards with brown cloth spine and printed spine label. First Edition. This was the first of Sabatini's three series of fictionalized historical events -- followed by other series in 1919 and in 1938. The thirteen episodes all have "The Night of..." titles -- specifically: "...Holyrood," "...Kirk o' Field," "...Betrayal," "...Charity," "...Massacre," "...Witchcraft," "...Gems," "...Terror," "...Nuptials," "...Stranglers," "...Hate," "...Escape" and "...Masquerade." In his Preface, Sabatini says he chose "more or less famous events... which were in themselves bizarre and resulting from the interplay of human passions." This is a near-fine copy (top edge of spine label scuffed away, barely affecting the first word of the title). This UK edition of the… Read more
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THE HONORABLE PETER STIRLING

THE HONORABLE PETER STIRLING

by Ford, Paul Leicester

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1894. and What People Thought of Him. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1894. 2 pp undated ads. Original red cloth decorated in black and gilt. First Edition of the author's first novel, based on his own abortive efforts to enter politics in his hometown of Brooklyn. The semi-realistic PETER STIRLING is of value as a picture of petty politics in America in the '90s, but is open to... charges of lack of form and artificiality of sentiment... Its success was largely due to the erroneous rumor that the chief character was based on Grover Cleveland. [K&H] Ford suffered from severe kyphosis (derogatorily called "hunchback"), and this "delicacy" prevented him from ever having schooling other than tutoring; son of an avid book collector, he became an accomplished bibliographer at an early age. In 1902, at the age of 37, he was shot and killed by a disinherited brother. This copy is in the primary binding state, with the title misspelled "STERLING." Near-fine… Read more
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A HORSE'S TALE

A HORSE'S TALE

by Twain, Mark

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1907. Illustrated by Lucius Hitchcock. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1907. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black, white and brown. First Edition of this tale similar to Twain's earlier A DOG'S TALE. Told from the horse's point of view, this is the tale of Buffalo Bill's fictional favorite scout horse (Soldier Boy), who befriends an orphan girl whom he saves from wolves. He is stolen and ends up gored in a bullfight ring; she rushes to his side and is fatally gored herself. [MacDonnell] This copy is just about fine, with very little of the usual spine fading; the white spine lettering is entirely present. McBride p. 232; Blanck 3500. Housed in a two-part slipcase with leather spine and labels.
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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

by Doyle, A. Conan

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1902. Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1902. Original red cloth decorated in gilt and black. First Edition of Doyle's famous full-length Sherlock Holmes novel, illustrated by Sidney Paget -- a tale Doyle himself termed "a real creeper." This was the first Sherlockian tale since Doyle had apparently killed Holmes off in "The Final Problem" of late 1893. However, since THE HOUND takes place chronologically before then, Doyle was not here officially "reviving" Holmes; this he would do the following year, when he wrote "The Adventure of the Empty House" -- which would be the first tale of THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES in 1905. This copy is in very good-plus condition: there is a small worn spot at the fore-edge of the front cover, a few wrinkles in the upper spine, and a bit of the usual rubbing of cloth and gilt; other than some foxing on a few leaves near each end of the volume, the thick wove paper has held up well, and the endpapers are intact. (It appears that many… Read more
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THE HOUSE IN THE MIST

THE HOUSE IN THE MIST

by Green, Anna Katharine

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1905. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, n.d. [1905]. Original tan cloth decorated in green and red. First Edition of this mystery, issued as a volume in Bobbs-Merrill's "Pocket Book" series. The narrator stops to spend the night on "a dark and stormy night," in a big house in rural western Pennsylvania -- where the gentleman at the door seems to be expecting him. This is a near-fine copy (volume slightly askew, but virtually no wear or soil). In our experience this is a scarcer Green title than others published by Bobbs-Merrill at about the same time.
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THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS

THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS

by Buchan, John

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1935. London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1935). Original green cloth, with dust jacket. First English Edition, published two days after the American. This is the third and last mystery featuring Dickson McCunn (the two previous ones had been HUNTINGTOWER (1922) and CASTLE GAY (1930). This suspenseful tale takes place in the imaginary European nation of Evallonia; McCunn encounters (among others) "the man with the elephant." This is a fine, bright copy; the pictorial dust jacket is near- fine, remarkably complete (light foxing as usual; one closed tear with tape on the back-side). Blanchard A111.
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THE HUMOURS OF THE COURT

by Bridges, Robert

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1893. A Comedy in Three Acts. London: George Bell & Sons, and J. & E. Bumpus, n.d. [1893]. Original grey wrappers lettered in black. First Edition of this play in verse form, issued as "No. vi" in Bumpus's series "Plays by Robert Bridges." The first one had been issued in 1885, and the next four in 1890; this one, three years later, is the first to bear Bell's name on the title page as well. Near-fine condition (light foxing of the leaves). Colbeck p. 85 (in wrappers, but then cased in grey boards with vellum spine).
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HUNTING SKETCHES
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HUNTING SKETCHES

by Trollope, Anthony

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1865. [with October 1864 ads] London: Chapman and Hall, 1865. 36 pp ads dated October 1864. Original red cloth, beveled. First Edition of this collection of eight sketches about hunting, such as "The Man who Hunts and doesn't Like it" and "The Man who Hunts and does Like it." Trollope frequently employed hunting scenes in his fiction: Not all Trollope lovers are in sympathy with his long and frequent detailed descriptions of riding with the hounds, but no one in English fiction has done them better. His sense of inferiority, which had grown during his unhappy schooldays and his wasted years at uncongenial tasks at the Post Office, was first dispelled by his participation in the sport of hunting... [Gerould] Earlier in 1865, these sketches had appeared individually in the "Pall Mall Gazette"; later that year, eight more appeared there, collected the following year in a matching volume titled TRAVELLING SKETCHES. HUNTING SKETCHES was issued without a half-title,… Read more
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