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A Complete Set of the Flashman Novels].

A Complete Set of the Flashman Novels].

FRASER, George MacDonald. First editions; 8vo; internally fine; publisher's cloth, all but three (as published) with map endpapers, illustrated dust-jackets; comprising: Flashman,1969, dust-jacket price-clipped, slight fading to spine but not to the usual extreme, rubbed at extremities, otherwise very good; Royal Flash, 1970), dust-jacket price-clipped, rubbing to extremities, small tear to rear flap-fold, a few light spots to flaps, otherwise very good; Flash for Freedom!, 1971, a few minor spots to fore-edge, half-title and upper endpapers, dust-jacket rubbed at extremities, upper flap-fold with three small puncture holes, otherwise very good; Flashman at the Charge, 1973, near fine; Flashman in the Great Game, 1975, slight rubbing to dust-jacket extremities, a few scratches to top edge of upper panel, otherwise very good; Flashman's Lady, 1977, slight creasing to upper edge of dust-jacket, otherwise near-fine; Flashman and the Redskins, 1982, price-clipped with replacement price sticker above, otherwise fine; Flashman and the Dragon, 1985, a fine copy; Flashman and the Mountain of the Light, 1990, slight splaying to boards, minor spotting to edges ot text block, not affeacting leaves, a near-fine dust-jacket; Flashman and the Angel of the Lord, 1994, a fine copy; Flashman and the Tiger, 1999, a fine copy; Flashman on the March, 2005, slight creasing to top edge of upper panel of dust-jacket, otherwise near-fine. George MacDonald Fraser, 1925-2008, is best known for this Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown's School Days. The novels are presented as 'packets' of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century. The series begins with Flashman and is notable for the accuracy of the historical settings and praise from critics.
Jane Eyre: An Autobiography.

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography.

BRONTË, Charlotte]; BELL, Currer [pseud.]. Third edition; 3 vols, 8vo (210 x 130 mm); half-titles present in each vol., vol. I with 2pp. advertisements at the beginning but bound without the 16pp. advertisements at the end, vol. III with 8pp. advertisements as called for, very neat ink bibliographical note to margin of one page, light scattered foxing affecting all 3 vols, hinges neatly reinforced, bookplates to endpapers in each vol. (see Provenance); contemporary boards with near contemporary leather spines and corners, some general overall rubbing, modest edge wear, old repair to head of vol. III spine, small tear to head of vol. I spine but overall a good, honest set; [i-ix], x-xiii, [xiv-xvi, 1]-[304]pp.; [i-iv], [1]-304pp.; [i-iv], [1]-304pp., [1]-8pp. rare in contemporary binding complete with all half-titles present The third edition of this classic of English literature by Charlotte Brontë, originally published the previous year to immediate critical and commercial favour. Jane Eyre has gone on to be one of the most highly regarded and widely studied literary works of the 19th century, its exploration of the rights of women, the nature of servitude and madness, martyrdom and rebellion, delivered in a narrative with an emotional charge that is still as strong today as it was more than 150 years ago. After several rejections from various publishers for The Professor, Charlotte Brontë concentrated her attention on Jane Eyre, finishing her 'fair copy' on March 16th and delivering the manuscript to Smith, Elder & Co. on 19th August 1847. She made it clear to the publisher that she would not revise again; 'I know I should only further injure what may be already defective. Perhaps too the first part of "Jane Eyre" may suit the public taste better than you anticipate - for it is true and Truth has a severe charm of its own. Had I told all [underlined - author's emphasis] the truth, I might indeed have made it far more exquisitely painful.' (Smith I: 539/40). But the novel was received enthusiastically by their reader W. Smith Williams and by the head of the firm, George Smith. It was printed on 19th October; the second edition, dedicated to William Makepeace Thackeray, was published in January 1848. This the third edition was the last of the 'three decker', three volume editions, in keeping with the first & second editions. This copy of Jane Eyre belonged to the renowned Brontë scholar Margaret Middleton Smith (1931-2018), who alongside Herbert Rosengarten edited scholar editions of all Charlotte Brontë's novels, as well as editing, with Christine Alexander, the monumental Oxford Companion to the Brontës, recently republished in a new Anniversary Edition. Smith also published the exemplary three-volume edition of all Charlotte Brontë's surviving letters, comprising circa 950 letters written between 1829, when she was immersed in the creation of her juvenile imaginary world of Angria in collaboration with her brother Branwell, and February 1855, a month before her death in the early stages of pregnancy. Smith, The Bronté Sisters, pp.28-30.
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Catalogue of ethnological specimens, European and Eastern, arms and armour, prehistoric and other curiosities.

WEBSTER, William Downing. A complete set of Webster's catalogues, 1-31, in 5 volumes, 8vo and 4to, illustrated throughout with line engravings and photographic illustrations, original red cloth gilt, an excellent set. Rare. A remarkable resource for the identification of mainly Pacific island and West African artefacts. The catalogues are fully illustrated, dimensions and prices are given. William Downing Webster was born in 1868 in Greenwich, the son of Robert Burrow, potato dealer and Sarah Elizabeth Webster. 'During the early 1890's Webster became an ethnographic collector and dealer. He travelled the country buying from auction houses, direct from collectors and members of the armed forces recently returned from abroad. On the 14 May 1891 he married Agnes Harrison of Bowness, Cumbria. They continued to be based in Lancashire and had 2 daughters, Phyllis and Doris, both born in the 1890's. Webster brought and sold extensively; contributing to many of the major collections both in Britain and around the world. In 1895 he began to issue ethnographic catalogues, initially every two months, later changing to quarterly publications. 17 were produced each with illustrations; later versions featured photographs taken by Robert Burrow Webster, possibly his brother. A total of 31 catalogues were produced. These were later bound into 5 volumes: Volume 1. Catalogues 1-10 price 30/- 1895-1896 Volume 2. Catalogues 11-17 price 20/- 1897-1898 Volume 3. Catalogues 18-23 price 25/- 1898-1899 Volume 4. Catalogues 24-27 price 25/- 1900 Volume 5. Catalogues 28-31 price 25/- 1901 He sold his collection through the ethnographic auction house, Stevens in 1904, possibly due to financial reasons. The collection was billed as the "probably the finest outside any Museum" (Stevens 1904) and took place over 5 days in November of 1904. The British Museum Anthropology library holds copies of the sale catalogues.' (Horniman Museum collections).