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THE OLD MAN IN THE CORNER
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THE OLD MAN IN THE CORNER

by Orczy, Baroness ["Emmuska"]

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1909. Illustrated by H.M. Brock. London: Greening & Co., 1909. Original blue-grey cloth pictorially decorated in red, black and peach. First Edition of this loosely-connected collection of murder mysteries. The unnamed old man in the corner was the world's first "armchair detective," precursor to Nero Wolfe, who solved mysteries without ever leaving his corner. Included are eight illustrations by Brock, almost all of them showing the discovery of a body. The final case in the book reveals that the old man had more than a mere passing interest in at least some of the murder cases he solved so convincingly. Whenever there was a dearth of crime, he made sure that there were sufficient ingenious and carefully contrived deaths to keep his mental faculties engaged... [Quayle] During the Edwardian era, the Hungarian Baroness Orczy was by far the most important female detective fiction writer in England; she is today best known for her "Scarlet Pimpernel" tales. This copy… Read more
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OLIVER TWIST;
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OLIVER TWIST;

by [Dickens, Charles]

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1838. [our finest copy evah] or, The Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz." In Three Volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1838. 4 pp Vol I undated ads; 2 preliminary pp Vol III undated ads. Original purplish-brown fine-diaper cloth. First Edition, first issue, of this classic novel that has also been a hit as a Broadway musical. This is the "true first edition," not merely the "first edition in book form." Unlike most of Dickens's novels, OLIVER TWIST was not first issued in monthly serial parts; it did appear in "Bentley's Miscellany" magazine from February 1837 through April 1839, but this three-volume edition was published in November 1838. (OLIVER TWIST was finally issued in ten serial parts in 1846 -- one of the scarcest "Dickens in parts.") Within a week after initial publication, copies began to be issued (at Dickens's insistence) with his name on the title pages (rather than "Boz"), and with the "church" plate… Read more
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ON THE CHOICE OF A PROFESSION

ON THE CHOICE OF A PROFESSION

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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1916. London: Chatto & Windus, 1916. Original grey boards with purple cloth spine, with dust jacket. First Edition of this essay that had lain dormant among Mrs. Stevenson's papers; after her death, her son Lloyd Osbourne had it published (4,000 copies), with his own preface -- uniform with THE WAIF WOMAN. In this copy, page 7 is paginated; in some it is not. This is a fine copy; the scarce dust jacket is in very good condition (with minor soil but with very little wear -- it is usually not even present). Beinecke 702; Princeton 88.
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ONE LIFE, ONE LOVE. A Novel.  In Three Volumes
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ONE LIFE, ONE LOVE. A Novel. In Three Volumes

by [Braddon, Mary Elizabeth]

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1890. By the Author of "Lady Audley's Secret," "Vixen," "Ishmael," "The Day Will Come," etc. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1890. Original dark green cloth with spines lettered in gilt. First Edition of this novel by the founder of the intricately plotted sensation novel, particularly known for her transgressive heroines. By 1890 her books were no longer being published by John Maxwell, whom she had met and moved in with in 1860, and had the first of six children the following year -- even though he was already married with five older children (his wife was in an Irish asylum; the couple waited to marry until she died, in 1876). This tale is part lurid sensationalism, part mystery... Clara and Robert Hatrell lead an ideal life with their young daughter Daisy in a beautiful old fashioned cottage on the banks of the Thames. When his son Cyril goes away to school their friend and neighbor Ambrose Arden who is a notable scholar offers to tutor Daisy. Some time later Robert carrying… Read more
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ONE OF OUR CONQUERORS. In Three Volumes
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ONE OF OUR CONQUERORS. In Three Volumes

by Meredith, George

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1891. [an amazingly fine set] London: Chapman and Hall, 1891. Original royal blue cloth decorated in black. First Edition of what is "generally considered the most stylistically opaque and tortured of his [Meredith's] novels" [Williams]. Victor Radnor, Nataly Dreighton and their daughter Nesta have been supremely happy for twenty years; but now that Nesta is of marriageable age, it is time she and her suitor know that Victor remains married to a much older woman -- whom he had married for money but who ever since has not had the decency either to divorce him or to die. As usual with Meredith's novels, the comedy of this situation turns to tragedy. In this set the front free endpaper versos are blank (in some copies they bear Meredith ads -- priority uncertain); all six pale-yellow endpapers remain clean and intact. The volumes are amazingly bright and fine (volumes slightly askew, but no wear nor soil). This is not a scarce title, but this is the finest set we have ever seen. Collie XIII;… Read more
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THE ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL [signed by Meredith]
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THE ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL [signed by Meredith]

by Meredith, George

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1859. [signed by Meredith] A History of Father and Son. In Three Volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. Original blind-stamped greenish-brown cloth. First Edition of Meredith's first full-length novel (preceded only by a volume of verse and two single-volume burlesques). FEVEREL is the tough tale of a father's "system" of raising his son, developed not so much out of concern for his son as out of revenge for the wife who had left him. Meredith wrote FEVEREL during the stressful years of the disintegration of his own marriage to Mary Ellen Peacock (daughter of Thomas Love Peacock). In 1858, in fact, she had left him for another man, whose child she bore while still Meredith's legal wife (she died of renal dropsy in 1861). FEVEREL was a complete failure upon publication. Periodical reviewers made such comments as "This 'Ordeal' is about as painful a book as any reader ever felt himself compelled to read through...", and suggested that proper matrons would be well-advised to avoid it.… Read more
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ORLEY FARM. In Two Volumes
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ORLEY FARM. In Two Volumes

by Trollope, Anthony

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1862. With Illustrations by J.E. Millais. London: Chapman and Hall, 1862. Original blind-stamped purple-brown cloth with gilt-decorated spines. First Edition in book form (the two volumes were issued nine months apart during serialization of the twenty monthly parts). Included are forty full-page plates by the Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais. "While it is primarily a tragedy of misdirected maternal love, the book contains much of the best Trollopian humor, and includes the portrait of his finest gentleman, Sir Peregrine Orme" [Gerould]. In his autobiography Trollope later noted, The plot... is probably the best I have ever made; but it has the fault of declaring itself, and thus coming to an end too early in the book... I do not know that there is a dull page in the book. As described in detail by Sadleir, there are four issues of the first edition, and since the two volumes were published separately, their issue points are generally independent of each other. The first issue… Read more
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OSWALD CRAY. In Three Volumes
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OSWALD CRAY. In Three Volumes

by Wood, Mrs. Henry [née Ellen Price]

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1864. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1864. Original blind-stamped purple ripple-grain cloth with spines stamped in gilt. First Edition. Oswald Cray and Sara Davenal are in love... but then, his half-brother, who is in medical partnership with her highly-respected father, administers a fatal dose of chloroform, and Dr. Davenal nobly takes the blame. When the victim's will is read, Dr. Davenal is the designated heir -- causing Oswald to assume that his potential father-in-law is a murderer, and that therefore Sara does not deserve matrimony. And so it goes... In 1836 Ellen Price had married Henry Wood, and for twenty-plus years his banking and shipping career afforded them the good life in the South of France; then his business failed, the family returned to England, and Ellen turned to writing novels (over thirty!) to become the breadwinner for the family of six. She quickly hit it big with EAST LYNNE (1861), and followed that up with such titles as THE CHANNINGS (1862) and in 1864 this one… Read more
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OUR BASE BALL CLUB and How It Won the Championship
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OUR BASE BALL CLUB and How It Won the Championship

by (Baseball) Brooks, Noah

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1884. With an Introduction by Al. G. Spalding of the Chicago Base Ball Club. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1884. 1 page undated ads (for Spalding baseball goods). Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black and gilt, beveled. First Edition of "the first novel devoted exclusively to baseball" [Grobani 12-2c]. The first book about baseball was 1859's THE BASE BALL PLAYER'S POCKET COMPANION (nonfiction -- there are only about ten known copies, the most recently-exchanged of which was priced at $39,500). There was an 1877 volume in the "No Name Series," THE GREAT MATCH, which could also lay claim to "first baseball fiction" but which is not entirely about baseball. About these two books Strecker et al. have written, Both THE GREAT MATCH and OUR BASE BALL CLUB highlight tensions between the country and the city. More importantly, they reveal the baseball team's central place in local communities and feature insight into nineteenth century baseball debates about participation versus… Read more
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OUR MESS: TOM BURKE OF "OURS"
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OUR MESS: TOM BURKE OF "OURS"

by Lever, Charles

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1844. Edited by Charles Lever (Harry Lorrequer). With Numerous Illustrations on Steel by Phiz. [In Two Volumes.] Dublin: William Curry, Jun. and Co. [etc.], 1844. Original light grey-green paper-covered boards with red cloth spines, with printed spine labels. First Edition in book form (after serial parts) of this early Charles Lever tale -- about an exiled Irish patriot, earning military glory in France (Napoleon is one of the characters). Lever started out as a medical doctor, but during the 1830s began writing picaresque adventures during his spare time, which were published in 1839 as THE CONFESSIONS OF HARRY LORREQUER (the similarly-picaresque PICKWICK PAPERS, with illustrations likewise by "Phiz," had just been published with great success). This title, five years later, is likewise "edited by Harry Lorrequer." These volumes' title pages are confusing, in that the first volume reads "OUR MESS | Vol II | TOM BURKE OF "OURS" | Volume First" and the… Read more
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"OUT OF THE EAST."

"OUT OF THE EAST."

by Hearn, Lafcadio

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1895. Reveries and Studies in New Japan. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1895. 2 pp undated ads. Original yellow cloth decorated in silver. First Edition, first printing (with the leaves bulking 1-1/8 inches, and with the preliminary and terminal ads as indicated by Blanck). This is a collection of eleven pieces by Hearn, about his adopted country. The binding design is by Sarah Whitman. This copy is in near-fine condition (scarcely any wear at all, but with very minor darkening of this extremely soil-prone yellow cloth). Blanck 7927. Housed in a (worn) slipcase, this copy bears the small leather "Blairhame" bookplate of the noted collector Mrs. J. Insley Blair.
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AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS

AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS

by Conrad, Joseph

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1896. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896. 10 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in red and black. First American Edition of Conrad's second book, issued as #198 in Appleton's "Town and Country Library." Books in the "Town and Country Library" were issued in three formats: this standard one in cloth (priced at $1.00), one for half that price in wrappers, and a deluxe one (actually a separate printing) in half leather. The text for this title was considerably bowdlerized: to quote from Cagle, Because AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS was scheduled for inclusion in a family library series, it was decided, in the interest of propriety, to purge it of all descriptions, however innocent, of love making between Willems and Aissa. Where necessary, the editors wrote their own linking passages. This is a fine copy (one fore-corner slightly bumped). Cagle A2b.2.
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