CALLED BACK ... Arrowsmith's Bristol Library Vol. I. Frederick John Fargus, "Hugh Conway."

CALLED BACK ... Arrowsmith's Bristol Library Vol. I. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street. London: Griffith & Farran, n.d. [1884]. Small octavo, pp. [1-4] [1] 2-194. First book edition. Published earlier as ARROWSMITH'S CHRISTMAS ANNUAL FOR 1883. Conway's first full-length fiction, a short novel which brought him worldwide fame and established the formula and format of the Victorian shilling shocker. "... this sensational story of murder, amnesia, Siberian exile, political assassination and detection made a tremendous hit. It was translated all over Europe, a dramatized version ran for a year, and the novel sold over 350,000 copies in four years." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 222. [Bound with] Conway, Hugh. AT WHAT COST AND OTHER STORIES ... London: John and Robert Maxwell, n.d. [1885]. Small octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-173 [174: printer's imprint] [note: lacks original paper wrappers and advertising leaf (pages 175-176)]. Collects three stories, "At What Cost," "The Story of a Sculptor," and "Capital Wine," none of which are fantastic. The first two are romantic melodramas, the third a whimsical tale about an executor who struggles to preserve a magnificent wine cellar from the depredations of a tee-totaling relative. [Bound with] Cooper, J[ames] F[enimore]. THE PILOT: A TALE OF THE SEA. New edition. London: George Routledge and Sons, n.d. Small octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-288. Three books bound in one volume, three-quarter red leather and cloth. Armorial bookplate of L. R. West affixed to front paste-down. Binding extremities a bit rubbed, a very good copy. (#147682).

Price: $450.00

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