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AVERY, Gillian (Gillian Elise), 1926-2016 & BRIGGS, Julia (Julia Ruth), 1943-2007 – editors : CHILDREN AND THEIR BOOKS : A CELEBRATION OF THE WORK OF IONA AND PETER OPIE.

AVERY, Gillian (Gillian Elise), 1926-2016 & BRIGGS, Julia (Julia Ruth), 1943-2007 – editors : CHILDREN AND THEIR BOOKS : A CELEBRATION OF THE WORK OF IONA AND PETER OPIE.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, (1990). First paperback edition. An excellent collection of twenty essays – Brian Alderson on Collecting Children’s Books, Julia Briggs on Women Writers, Humphrey Carpenter on Beatrix Potter, Hugh Brogan on Tolkien, etc. With a foreword by Iona Opie.
Demy 8vo (22cm). xvi,424pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original wrappers; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

£15

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CADOGAN, Mary & CRAIG, Patricia, 1952- : WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST : THE FICTION OF TWO WORLD WARS.

CADOGAN, Mary & CRAIG, Patricia, 1952- : WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST : THE FICTION OF TWO WORLD WARS.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1978. First edition. A survey of the impact of war on fiction – at every level – with material in particular on Richard Aldington, Elizabeth Bowen, Angela Brazil, John Buchan, Henry Green, W. E. Johns, Evadne Price, Ernest Raymond, Henry Williamson, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (302),[ii]pp. Illustrations. Original boards; some marking to edges, endpapers, etc., – but a good copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket – just very lightly used.

£15

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CHURCH, Richard, 1893-1972 : EIGHT FOR IMMORTALITY.

CHURCH, Richard, 1893-1972 : EIGHT FOR IMMORTALITY.

London : J. M. Dent & Sons, (1941). First edition. With the label of the literary agent A. D. Peters – Augustus Dudley Peters (1892-1973) – and a pencilled inscription noting that this was Church’s own copy. Essays on Edmund Blunden, W. H. Davies, Walter de la Mare, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Robert Graves, Vita Sackville-West and W. B.Yeats.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],(x),(114),[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original violet cloth, lettered in silver; top edge violet; faint spotting of fore-edge, but a very good, bright and unworn copy in the original blue and white dust-jacket – the jacket slightly chipped and a little sunned.

£20

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CHURCH, Richard, 1893-1972 : BRITISH AUTHORS : A TWENTIETH-CENTURY GALLERY WITH 53 PORTRAITS.

CHURCH, Richard, 1893-1972 : BRITISH AUTHORS : A TWENTIETH-CENTURY GALLERY WITH 53 PORTRAITS.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., (1948). Second edition : revised and enlarged. Brief accounts and some splendid photographs and sketches of a cross-section of authors from Maurice Baring to Frances Brett Young. Includes John Buchan, Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (146),[ii]pp. Portraits. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; very good in a lightly sunned, slightly spotted and price-clipped dust-jacket – a design in pale blue, maroon and white.

£15

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DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 – editor : FROM ANNE TO VICTORIA : ESSAYS BY VARIOUS HANDS.

DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 – editor : FROM ANNE TO VICTORIA : ESSAYS BY VARIOUS HANDS.

London : Cassell & Co., (1937). First edition. Essays literary, artistic and historical – the contributors including W. H. Auden (on Alexander Pope), T. S. Eliot (on Lord Byron), Graham Greene (on Henry Fielding and Laurence Sterne), Edwin Muir (on Walter Scott), Herbert Read (on William Hogarth), George Santayana (on Bishop Berkeley), John Sparrow (on Lord Mansfield), Rebecca West (on Elizabeth Montagu), Leonard Woolf (on Tom Paine), etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). x,630pp. Original cloth gilt; slight dimple on spine; small mark on upper cover; a few faint marks and spots; faint discolouration to rear endpaper, but still overall a very good copy.

£25

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DOOLEY, Allan C. (Allan Charles), 1943- : AUTHOR AND PRINTER IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.

DOOLEY, Allan C. (Allan Charles), 1943- : AUTHOR AND PRINTER IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.

Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, (1992). First edition. An absorbing study of the impact of new printing technology on the handling and shaping of texts – with chapters on composition, proofing, printing, reprinting, authors, authorial control – and much on Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, George Eliot, Alfred Tennyson, Anthony Trollope, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (xiv),192,[ii]pp. Original cloth-backed boards; very good in a just faintly marked dust-jacket.

£20

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HAMILTON, Mark : RARE SPIRIT : A LIFE OF WILLIAM DE MORGAN 1839-1911 [i.e. 1839-1917].

HAMILTON, Mark : RARE SPIRIT : A LIFE OF WILLIAM DE MORGAN 1839-1911 [i.e. 1839-1917].

London : Constable & Co., (1997). First edition. A life of William Frend de Morgan, his ceramic work at Chelsea, Merton Abbey and Sands End, the novels, friendship with William Morris and Burne-Jones, etc. The dust-jacket corrects the erroneous biographical dates of the title-page.
Medium 8vo (25cm). xiv,236,[vi]pp. Plates, some coloured. Portraits. Original boards; slightly bruised, a few faint marks, but very good in a similarly lightly bruised dust-jacket, with a short repaired tear.

£20

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HARDWICK, Michael, 1925-1991 : A LITERARY ATLAS & GAZETTEER OF THE BRITISH ISLES.

HARDWICK, Michael, 1925-1991 : A LITERARY ATLAS & GAZETTEER OF THE BRITISH ISLES.

Newton Abbot : David & Charles, (1973). First edition. An absorbing guide, arranged by county and town, tabulating who lived and died where.
Crown 4to (26cm). 216pp. Maps by Alan G. Hodgkiss. Original boards; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£20

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HOLROYD, Michael (Sir Michael de Courcy Fraser), 1935- : UNRECEIVED OPINIONS.

HOLROYD, Michael (Sir Michael de Courcy Fraser), 1935- : UNRECEIVED OPINIONS.

London : William Heinemann, (1973). First edition. A sparkling collection of essays, etc. – on J. M. Barrie, Roger Fry, William Gerhardie, Patrick Hamilton, A. E. Housman, Augustus John, Wyndham Lewis, Bertrand Russell, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, etc., etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). vi,266pp. Original boards; two corners a little bumped; a few spots to top edge, but otherwise a very good copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket – similarly bumped and lightly sunned, with a few tiny marks, but otherwise very good.

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MASSON, David (David Mather), 1822-1907 : BRITISH NOVELISTS AND THEIR STYLES. BEING A CRITICAL SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF BRITISH PROSE FICTION.

MASSON, David (David Mather), 1822-1907 : BRITISH NOVELISTS AND THEIR STYLES. BEING A CRITICAL SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF BRITISH PROSE FICTION.

Cambridge : Macmillan & Co., 1859. First edition. David Masson, Professor of English at University College, London, and later Edinburgh, with an absorbing study of English-language fiction – the nature and origins of the novel (Mort d’Arthur, More’s Utopia, Sidney’s Arcadia, Bunyan, Aphra Benn); Swift, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, Johnson, Goldsmith, Walpole; Sir Walter Scott and his contemporaries; lady-novelists, Godwin, Mrs Radcliffe, Miss Austen; Bulwer Lytton, Dickens, Thackeray, Miss Bronte, etc. George Saintsbury recalled Masson’s “granite-like solidity, a keenness of intellect, a never-failing energy, a rugged genuineness, a love of letters and learning, and, not least, a knowledge of men and women were the predominant features of his character”. The present copy was awarded to Maria Murray (1855-1909), daughter of Sherriff Abijah Murray, later to become an English tutor, as an English Literature prize at the Edinburgh Ladies’ Educational Association (session 1874-1874) – the prize-label signed by David Masson.
Crown 8vo (182 x 119mm). (x),308pp. Bound in a smart contemporary full prize calf, banded and gilt, with the Academy’s monogram on the upper board; marbled edges and endpapers; a few minor marks; a touch sunned; some spotting of binder’s blanks, but a very good copy.

£100

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MUSGRAVE, P.W. (Peter William), 1925-2011 : FROM BROWN TO BUNTER : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE SCHOOL STORY.

MUSGRAVE, P.W. (Peter William), 1925-2011 : FROM BROWN TO BUNTER : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE SCHOOL STORY.

London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1985). First edition. Professor Musgrave with a history of the boys’ school story – from its origins, through the great Victorians and on to 1930.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,(276),[iv]pp. Illustrations. Original boards; faint mark to top edge, otherwise very good in dust-jacket.

£15

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NELSON, Claudia : BOYS WILL BE GIRLS : THE FEMININE ETHIC AND BRITISH CHILDREN’S FICTION, 1857-1917.

NELSON, Claudia : BOYS WILL BE GIRLS : THE FEMININE ETHIC AND BRITISH CHILDREN’S FICTION, 1857-1917.

New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, (1991). First edition. An absorbing study of models of masculinity in (mainly Victorian) books for boys – "asexuality and virility as social ideals".
Medium 8vo (24cm). [xiv],(216),[ii]pp. Illustrations. original cloth; very good in dust-jacket.

£20

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POWELL, Violet (Violet Georgiana, Lady), 1912-2002 : THE LIFE OF A PROVINCIAL LADY : A STUDY OF E. M. DELAFIELD AND HER WORKS.

POWELL, Violet (Violet Georgiana, Lady), 1912-2002 : THE LIFE OF A PROVINCIAL LADY : A STUDY OF E. M. DELAFIELD AND HER WORKS.

London : William Heinemann, (1988). First edition. A full-length study of the life and works of E. M. Delafield (1890-1943) – “a novelist of a distinctive and remarkable talent” as well as the author of the abidingly entertaining “Diary of a Provincial Lady”.
Medium 8vo (25cm). xiv,190,[iv]pp. Plates. Portraits. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy in The dust-jacket – just lightly used and a touch sunned, but also very good.

£20

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RIVERS, Isabel – editor : BOOKS AND THEIR READERS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND.

RIVERS, Isabel – editor : BOOKS AND THEIR READERS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND.

Leicester : Leicester University Press / New York : St. Martin’s Press, 1982. First edition. Essays by Terry Belanger, John Valdimir Price, Isabel Rivers, etc., on various aspects of writing, publishing and reading in the eighteenth century.
Medium 8vo. (xii),(268)pp. Original boards; a little bumped at head; mild spotting of edges, but otherwise a very good copy in a lightly sunned and creased dust-jacket.

£20

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ROWELL, George (George Rignall), 1923-2001 : THE VICTORIAN THEATRE : A SURVEY.

ROWELL, George (George Rignall), 1923-2001 : THE VICTORIAN THEATRE : A SURVEY.

London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. A highly-regarded survey of nineteenth-century theatre and drama – in fact covering the period 1792-1914 – with much incidental reference to Harley Granville Barker, Dionysius Lardner Boucicault, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, Sir John Hare, Sir Henry Irving, Charles Kean, William Charles Macready, Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, James Robinson Planché, Thomas William Robertson, etc. – and much also on the London theatres themselves.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xiv),(204),[ii]pp. Plates. Original cloth; a very good, clean and sound copy in a lightly used dust-jacket.

£20

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SHEAVYN, Phoebe (Phoebe Anne Beale), 1865-1968 : THE LITERARY PROFESSION IN THE ELIZABETHAN AGE.

SHEAVYN, Phoebe (Phoebe Anne Beale), 1865-1968 : THE LITERARY PROFESSION IN THE ELIZABETHAN AGE.

Manchester : Manchester University Press / New York : Barnes & Noble, (1967). Second edition : revised throughout by J. W .Saunders. The best edition of this elegant study, first published in 1909. Authors, patrons, censors, publishers, theatre, etc. – with much incidental reference to Nicholas Breton, Thomas Dekker, Michael Drayton, Robert Greene, Gabriel Harvey, Thomas Heywood, Ben Jonson, Thomas Nashe, William Shakespeare, Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). x,248,[ii]pp. Original cloth; a few slight marks and edge-spots, but a very good copy in a faintly sunned and lightly marked but unworn and good dust-jacket.

£20

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SHILLINGSBURG, Peter L. (Peter LeRoy), 1943- : PEGASUS IN HARNESS : VICTORIAN PUBLISHING AND W. M. THACKERAY.

SHILLINGSBURG, Peter L. (Peter LeRoy), 1943- : PEGASUS IN HARNESS : VICTORIAN PUBLISHING AND W. M. THACKERAY.

Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, (1992). First edition. A mine of material on Victorian publishing and the influence of the market-place on authorial ambition and choice. With much passing reference to Bradbury & Evans, Chapman & Hall, Charles Dickens, Harper & Brothers, Charles Lever, George Smith and Smith, Elder & Co., Anthony Trollope, etc. In the “Victorian Literature and Culture” series.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (xiv),(302),[iv]pp. Original cloth-backed boards; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket.

£25

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SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : IVY WHEN YOUNG : THE EARLY LIFE OF I. COMPTON-BURNETT, 1884-1919.

SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : IVY WHEN YOUNG : THE EARLY LIFE OF I. COMPTON-BURNETT, 1884-1919.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1974. First edition. “A story as eventful and often as startling as any of Dame Ivy’s own plots”.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (320)pp. Plates. Portraits. Table. Original tan cloth, lettered in gilt; very good in the D. H. Smith dust-jacket – just faintly sunned, but very lightly used and also very good.

£20

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SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : SECRETS OF A WOMAN’S HEART : THE LATER LIFE OF IVY COMPTON-BURNETT, 1920-1969.

SPURLING, Hilary, 1940- : SECRETS OF A WOMAN’S HEART : THE LATER LIFE OF IVY COMPTON-BURNETT, 1920-1969.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1984). First edition. The reassessment and rediscovery of a major novelist.
Medium 8vo (25cm). 336pp. Plates. Portraits. Original tan cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the D. H. Smith dust-jacket – just faintly tanned, but also very good.

£20

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STANFORD, Derek, 1918-2008 : INSIDE THE FORTIES : LITERARY MEMOIRS 1937-1957.

STANFORD, Derek, 1918-2008 : INSIDE THE FORTIES : LITERARY MEMOIRS 1937-1957.

London : Sidgwick & Jackson, (1977). First edition. Absorbing reminiscences of John Bayliss, Roy Campbell, Ian Hamilton Finlay, G. S. Fraser, Wrey Gardiner, Robert Greacen, John Heath-Stubbs, J. F. Hendry, Nicholas Moore, Herbert Read, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Muriel Spark, Dylan Thomas, etc., with much on the London literary haunts of the period.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,242pp. Plates. Original boards; top edge lightly spotted, but a very good copy in the original John Sewell dust-jacket – lightly tanned and somewhat sunned at spine, with one short nick, but otherwise good.

£15

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STEPHEN, Leslie (Sir Leslie), 1832-1904 : HOURS IN A LIBRARY.

STEPHEN, Leslie (Sir Leslie), 1832-1904 : HOURS IN A LIBRARY.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1909-1917. A revised and rearranged edition of Stephen’s three series of literary essays originally published 1874-1879. The great Victorian critic on Honoré de Balzac, Charlotte Brontë, Sir Thomas Browne, Daniel Defoe, Thomas de Quincey, Benjamin Disraeli, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, William Godwin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Hazlitt, Samuel Johnson, Walter Savage Landor, Philip Massinger, Alexander Pope, Samuel Richardson, Walter Scott, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Laurence Sterne, Horace Walpole, William Wordsworth and others.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (187 x 124pp). (xiv),350,[ii]; [vi],(348); [vi],(344)pp. Bound in an elegant contemporary half polished tan calf, banded and gilt, by MacLehose of Glasgow; contrasting red and green labels; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; spines just a touch sunned; a few minor signs of age and use; a few spots, but overall a very good set. Dated 1978 ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician.

£150

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THOMSON, Patricia (Patricia Tyler), 1921-1998 :  THE VICTORIAN HEROINE : A CHANGING IDEAL 1837-1873.

THOMSON, Patricia (Patricia Tyler), 1921-1998 : THE VICTORIAN HEROINE : A CHANGING IDEAL 1837-1873.

London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. A study of the evolution of the heroine in British fiction as ideas of emancipation began to take hold.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 178,[ii]pp. Original boards; a very good, sound and clean copy in the original Lynton Lamb dust-jacket – just faintly marked and a touch dusty.

£20

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TOMPKINS, J.M.S. (Joyce Marjorie Sanxter), 1897-1986 : THE POPULAR NOVEL IN ENGLAND : 1770-1800.

TOMPKINS, J.M.S. (Joyce Marjorie Sanxter), 1897-1986 : THE POPULAR NOVEL IN ENGLAND : 1770-1800.

London : Constable & Co., 1932. First edition of this celebrated study of the gothic novel – with much on Robert Bage, Elizabeth Bonhote, Frances Brooke, Richard Graves, Elizabeth Griffith, Thomas Holcroft, Courtney Melmoth, Anne Radcliffe, Clara Reeve, Charlotte Smith, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),388pp. Original cloth; a few faint marks, edges a little spotted; endpapers a little tanned, but a nice copy in a lightly torn, slightly chipped and repaired dust-jacket, just faintly tanned and lightly spotted. Pencilled ownership inscription of M. C. Argyle.

£25

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