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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : COMEDIES OF COURTSHIP.

“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : COMEDIES OF COURTSHIP.

London : A. D. Innes & Co., 1896. First edition. A collection of six short stories, including “The Lady of the Pool” and “A Three Volume Novel” – “trifles light as air ... fashioned by a master hand” (Daily News).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],346,[ii]pp. Original dark blue cloth, ruled and lettered on upper cover and spine in gilt, blocked in blind with the publisher’s device on lower cover; some faint rubbing; a few slight marks; some spotting, mainly of endpapers and edges, but still a very good copy. Inscribed E. A. Braid, Essex Fruiterers Library Department, on front pastedown, above a blank label with a single 1949 date-stamp.

£40

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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : PHROSO : A ROMANCE.

“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : PHROSO : A ROMANCE.

London : Methuen & Co., 1897. First edition. Young Lord Wheatley buys a remote Greek island – and finds more than he bargained for.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,452pp. Illustrated with eight plates by Harold Robert Millar. Original blue-green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; a faint hint of rubbing; mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy. Inscribed E. A. Braid, Essex Fruiterers Library Department, on front pastedown, above a blank label.

£25

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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : THE KING’S MIRROR.

“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : THE KING’S MIRROR.

London : Methuen & Co., 1899. First edition. “Before my coronation there was no event in childhood that impressed itself on my memory with marked or singular distinction ...” – “equal to anything Mr. Anthony Hope has done” (Pall Mall Gazette, 13th September 1899).
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(312) + 40pp catalogue dated September 1899. Original blue-green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; some light wear; a little sunned; occasional very mild spotting, but a good copy. Pencilled ownership inscription dated September 1899 of Mary Victorine Rae (1857-1949) – mother of the author Gwynedd Rae (1892-1977).

£25

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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : QUISANTÉ.

“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : QUISANTÉ.

London : Methuen & Co., 1900. First edition. A powerful political novel – Alexander Quisanté – an outsider, but the coming man in London political circles. “He is vulgar, he is something of a charlatan, but he has a streak of genius and that mysterious quality – force” (Pall Mall Gazette, 10th October 1900). Lady May Gaston has breeding, humour and courage – “Lady May sneers and mistrusts and dislikes, but she is carried away”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],376 + (48)pp advertisements dated August 1900. Original blue-green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine; very lightly rubbed; slight spotting of edges and endpapers; but a very good copy. Faint bookseller’s blind-stamp of W. H. Smith & Son, London, on front free endpaper.

£25

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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : A SERVANT OF THE PUBLIC.

“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : A SERVANT OF THE PUBLIC.

London : Methuen & Co., (1905). First edition. “It takes, they say, three generations to make a gentleman ... three generations, not perhaps of human flesh, but of mercantile growth to make a great concern ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). vi,362 + 40pp catalogue dated September 1905. Four plates by Harold Percival. Original blue-green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; lightly rubbed; slightly bruised; a few marks; some spotting of edges and prelims; small ink-mark on fore-edge, but a good copy. Ownership stamps of Walter B. Scott on front endpaper.

£25

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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : TALES OF TWO PEOPLE.

“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : TALES OF TWO PEOPLE.

London : Methuen & Co., (1907). First edition. “Common opinion said that Lord Lynborough ought never to have had a peerage and forty thousand a year; he ought to have had a pound a week and a back bedroom in Bloomsbury. Then he would have become an eminent man ...”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],332 + 40pp advertisements dated September 1907. Frontispiece by Arthur Herbert Buckland. Original blue-green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; the faintest hint of rubbing; very slight worming to hinge of lower endpaper and the extreme gutter of advertisements and final text leaves, but otherwise a very good and still bright copy. Pencilled initials S. A. H. on front endpaper.

£25

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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : THE GREAT MISS DRIVER.

“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : THE GREAT MISS DRIVER.

London : Methuen & Co., (1908). First edition. A secret daughter returns to inherit the estate of a self-made man – “clever and original – especially in its heroine ... a work for serious perusal, and for not a little reflection ... The author has entered a new literary kingdom ... from the realms of golden romance he descends to hard and actual circumstance” (Hull Daily Mail, 3rd October 1908).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(vi),(374),[ii] + 40pp catalogue dated August 1908. Coloured frontispiece by Arthur Herbert Buckland. Original blue-green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; lightly rubbed and a little sunned; faintly splashed; a few minor signs of age and use, but a good and sound copy. Ownership inscription dated October 1908 of Mary Victorine Rae (1857-1949) – mother of the author Gwynedd Rae (1892-1977).

£20

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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : CAPTAIN DIEPPE.

“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : CAPTAIN DIEPPE.

London : Skeffington & Son, [1918]. First British edition in book form. Captain Dieppe, man of mystery, soldier, adventurer, fugitive – and a woman who is not what she seems. A Prisoner of Zenda style romance, originally published as a special number of the “Illustrated London News” in 1899 and later a success on the stage in both London and New York.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192 + 16pp inserted advertisements. Original green cloth, ruled on upper cover and blocked on lower cover in blind; ruled and lettered on spine in black; very lightly rubbed and a touch bruised; a few minor marks and signs of age, but a good copy. Contemporary inscription to Bill from his father dated 13th September 1918 on preliminary blank.

£25

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