Introduction to the Collection

This collection of the works of George Gissing is comprised of 176 items collected over a period of twenty years. The collection is organized in four parts: A.) works by Gissing, including British and American first editions, colonial editions, limited editions and later printings of titles in a variety of formats; B.) works containing material by Gissing, including contributions to periodicals, and auction catalogues with extracts from Gissing correspondence; C.) a selection of works about Gissing which includes biographices, bibliographices, criticism, exhibition and dealer catalogues; D.) Gissing autograph material. The collection is complete except for Born in Exile. When the collection began, it was not an uncommon book; it now seems painfully rare.

The distinction of this collection aside from its scope, is the rarity of its American edtions, some of which were previously unrecorded; these include three wrappered editions of nineteenth century novels: The Unclassed, A Life's Morning, In the Year of Jubilee. A few of the other highlights in the collection are: an inscribed copy of Charles Dickens, with a holograph note tipped-in, a first edition of Workers in the Dawn, a first edition of The Ionian Sea in the original dust jacket, and one of 48 copies of An Heiress on Condition which was privately printed by the Pennell Club.

Over the years, information about some of the material in this collection, as well as copies of the correspondence, has been supplied to Pierre Coustillas, the French scholar who is writing the definitive bibliography of Gissing.



The collection is organized in the following four sections:

Section A: WORKS BY GISSING
Section B: WORKS CONTAINING MATERIAL BY GISSING
Section C: WORKS ABOUT GISSING
Section D: GISSING AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL

    Section A: WORKS BY GISSING

    Listed in order of their first publication.

    WORKERS IN THE DAWN. [1880]

  1. WORKERS IN THE DAWN. A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Remington and Co., 1880. First edition, the three volumes bound in one, in what is presumably a publisher's remainder binding of blue cloth with green-coated endpapers (Collie records one other such copy, but bound in black cloth). The first edition was issued without half titles; the advertisement leaf of Vol. I is included in this three-in-one binding. Rear hinge just starting, extremes a very good, tight copy. Contained in a blue cloth clamshell box. (Collie A.1a)
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  2. WORKERS IN THE DAWN. Edited by Robert Shafer. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran, (1935). First American edition. Inscribed by the editor. In 2 volumes, with frontispiece photograph of Gissing. Blue cloth, slightly worn at extremes. Very good, in edge worn dust jackets with light soil and sunning. (Collie A.1b)
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    THE UNCLASSED. [1884]

  4. THE UNCLASSED. London: George Bell & Sons, 1895. Second edition, Colonial issue. "This issue, like other Colonial issues of Gissing's work in the 1890s, was anticipated in the initial printing of the one-volume edition, copies being sold to Bell in sheets." (Collie, p. 22). Pink cloth; with 16 pp. ads. dated August 1895. Last p. of text is starting, endpapers foxed, cloth soiled, splitting at rear joint. Good only. (Collie A.2c)
  5. THE UNCLASSED. New York: R.F. Fenno & Company, (1896). First American edition (stereotype of the second, revised, London edition). With b&w plates and frontispiece photograph of Gissing. Lacks the 2 pp. of ads. in Collie's collation. Tan cloth, lettered in gilt, decorated in yellow and brown. Ownership, newsclipping on front pastedown, slight tear to flyleaf. Otherwise a very attractive copy. In the rare dust jacket, separated at spine and folds, missing part of spine. (Collie A.2d)
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  6. THE UNCLASSED. New York: R.F. Fenno & Company, (1896). First American edition, issue in wrappers. Fenno's Illustrated Series, No. 18, for February 1896. From the same plates as the issue in boards, the only difference being that the photograph of Gissing is reproduced on the wrapper and the plate originally facing p. 42 is used as a frontispiece. Wrappers and edges are foxed and there is slight wear at spine ends, but overall a remarkably sound.
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  7. THE UNCLASSED. Edited with an introduction by Jacob Korg. (Brighton, England): Harvester Press, (1983). Reprint of edition first published in 1976. Pictorial wrapper
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    ISABEL CLARENDON. [1886]

  9. ISABELL CLARENDON. Edited with a critical introduction by Pierre Coustillas. In Two Volumes bound in one). Brighton: The Harvester Press, 1982. Original blue cloth. Second edition, second issue two volumes in one). printed from the original two- decker first edition of 1886.
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    DEMOS. [1886]

  11. DEMOS. A Story of English Socialism. A New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1888. Second edition, second issue. Errata slip present. Brown cloth stamped in black, gilt and blind, patterned endpapers. After the first (3 volume) edition, DEMOS was published anonymously in one volume in red cloth. Unsold copies of this edition were sold to W.H. Smith for sale in their railway bookstalls, bound in brown cloth with a new title page bearing Gissing's name, publisher's name and a new date. Slightly shaken, but overall still a very good, clean copy. (See Collie A.4b)
  12. DEMOS. A Story of English Socialism. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1892. Reissue, later printing of Collie's A.4f (1890). Red cloth stamped in black and gilt. Bookplate. Spine much darkened, nicked at heel and crown. Good.
  13. DEMOS. Leipzig: Victor Ottmann, 1892. Part of Ottmann's Bucherschatz Bibliothek." First German edition. Translated by Clara (Klausner) Steinitz. 3 vols. bound in one. 8vo., three quarter calf, marbled sides, endpapers, and edges. Lightwear to extremities. Near fine. (See Collie, Appendix III)
  14. DEMOS. A Story of English Socialism. With an Introduction by Morley Roberts. New York: E.P. Dutton, [1928/29]. From British sheets. Blue grained cloth, spine lettered in black. Address stamp, else near fine in lightly sunned and edgeworn dust jacket with tear at crown.
  15. Another copy of this edition, in variant binding: smooth blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Some wear and fading to cloth. Very good only.
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    THYRZA. [1887]

  17. THYRZA. A Tale. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1887. First edition. 3 vols., brown cloth stamped in black and gilt. Ex-library, with new endpapers, labels removed from front covers; rebacked with spines laid down. Worn but perfectly sound copies. (Collie A.5a)
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  18. THYRZA. A Tale. A New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1891. Second edition (first in one volume). Brown cloth stamped in black and blind, lettered in gilt. Some over-opening, corners and spine rubbed, nick at heel. Good plus. (Collie A.5b)
  19. THYRZA. A Tale. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1907. Reissue of the second edition. Red cloth stamped in black and gilt. Ownership, spine faded, front board just bumped. Very good.
  20. THYRZA. A Tale. New York: E.P. Dutton, [1928/29]. Introduction by Morley Roberts. From British sheets. Green cloth lettered in gilt. Fine, in sunned dust jacket nicked at spine ends and folds.
  21. THYRZA. A Tale. Edited with an introduction by Jacob Korg. Brighton, England): Harvester Press, (1974). First edition thus. Red cloth. Fine.
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    A LIFE'S MORNING. [1888]

  23. A LIFE'S MORNING. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1888. First edition. Reddish-brown cloth, yellow-coated endpapers. Esher bookplate. Inner hinges starting, Vol. I mildly skewed and all vols. with some wear to spine ends and corners; but overall a most pleasing, fresh copy. (Collie A.6a)
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  24. A LIFE'S MORNING. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1888. Very early wrappered edition, No. 91 in Lippincott's Select Novels Series, issued November I, 1888. Collation identical with first American edition, published by Lippincott in the same year, unable to determine priority. Wrappers nicked at spine and edges, rear wrap separating at hinge, but overall a very good, remarkably sound copy. Rare. (See Collie A.6b)
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  25. A LIFE'S MORNING. With an Introduction by Morley Roberts. New York: E.P. Dutton, [1928/29]. From British sheets. Blue-green cloth, spine lettered in black. Address stamp, else near fine, in lightly sunned dust jacket nicked at crown and edges.
  26. A LIFE'S MORNING. With an Introduction by William Plomer. London: Home & Van Thal, 1947. First edition thus. Red cloth. Edges foxed, else near fine, in lightly foxed and edgeworn dust jacket.
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    NETHER WORLD. [1889]

  28. THE NETHER WORLD. With an Introduction by Morley Roberts. London: Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1928. First edition thus. Red cloth, faded on spine and with some light stains; internally very fresh. Very good in all.
  29. THE NETHER WORLD. With an Introduction by Morley Roberts. New York: E.P. Dutton, [1928/29]. From British sheets. Blue-green cloth, with slight fading and soil. Very good.
  30. THE NETHER WORLD. Introduction by Walter Allen. London: Dent, (1973). First thus, Everyman's Library edition. Red cloth. Fine, in minimally worn dust jacket.
  31. THE NETHER WORLD. Introduction by Walter Allen. London: Dent, (1975). Later printing of Everyman edition, paperback. Wrappers lightly worn and creased. Very good in all.
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    THE EMANCIPATED. [1890]

  33. THE EMANCIPATED. A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890. First edition. 3 vols., 8vo, brown cloth backs, brown patterned paper boards; spines lettered in gilt; patterned endpapers. Slight rubbing to spine and extremes; Vol. II has small peeled area on front board. Text throughout is very clean and sound. Overall, an outstanding copy. (Collie A.8a)
  34. THE EMANCIPATED. London: George Bell & Sons, 1894. Second edition, Colonial issue. Pink cloth. Endpapers and edges foxed, cloth somewhat soiled, darkened and worn on spine; text is sound and clean. Good plus. (Collie A.8d)
  35. THE EMANCIPATED. Chicago: Way and Williams, 1897. Variant of Collie A8e (American issue of the second edition, Chicago, 1895), this copy being identical except for the date and "Third Edition" on the title page. Maroon ribbed cloth, worn at extremes and a little faded. Foxing. About very good.
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    NEW GRUB STREET. [1891]

  37. NEW GRUB STREET. A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1891. First edition. 3 vols., 8vo, dark blue-green endpapers. Bookplates and ink ownership. All vols. a little shaken, some inner hinges cracked; cloth fairly worn, especially at spine ends and corners. Still a good copy. (Collie A.9a)
  38. NEW GRUB STREET. A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Smith Elder, & Co., 1891. Second edition, in the publisher's dark green cloth stamped in black and gilt. Rear flyleaf missing from Volume 1, which is also a little over-opened. Otherwise a very attractive copy, the cloth outstandingly sharp and clean. The only Gissing three-decker to be reprinted in its original format.
  39. NEW GRUB STREET. A Novel. A New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1891. Second edition (and first one-volume edition). Half dark red cloth and lighter red cloth boards, stamped in black, spine lettered in gilt; endpapers plain (not yellow- coated as described in Collie). Slight over-opening and shelfwear to extremes. In all a very good and attractive copy. (Collie A.9c).
  40. NEW GRUB STREET. A Novel. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1893. Reprint of Smith, Elder's 1892 reissue (Collie A.9e). Red cloth stamped in black and gilt. Rear hinge cracked, last leaf starting, with pencil drawing on its blank side; spine faded. Good.
  41. NEW GRUB STREET. A New Edition. Troy, New York: C.A. Brewster, 1904. First American Edition. The sheets were purchased from Smith, Elder & Co. shortly after Gissing's death. Brown-green cloth (although Collie sights sage green cloth), lettered in gilt to spine, plain endpapers. Ink ownership. Spine darkened; still a solid and clean copy. Near fine.
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  42. NEW GRUB STREET. A New Edition. Troy, New York: C.A. Brewster, 1904. First American edition. Variant binding, brown cloth (the copy Collie describes has green cloth). Pencil inscription, light wear to extremes of cloth; a little skewed. Very good. (Collie A.9g)
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  43. NEW GRUB STREET. With an Introduction by Morley Roberts. New York: E.P. Dutton, [1928/29]. From British sheets. Blue grained cloth. Spine faded, light wear to extremes, else near fine.
  44. Another copy of this edition, in variant binding: blue grained cloth back, orange paper covered boards. Extremes rubbed, somewhat faded. Good overall.
  45. NEW GRUB STREET. Introduction by Harry Hansen. New York: The Modern Library, (1926). First Modern Library edition. Green leatherette cloth, limp boards. Ownership. Slightly skewed, else fine.
  46. NEW GRUB STREET. Introduction by Harry Hansen. New York: The Modern Library, [1930's]. Later printing of Modern Library edition. Tan cloth over thin boards. Some fading to cloth, front board creased. About very good, in dust-soiled and chipped dust jacket with extensive tape repair.
  47. NEW GRUB STREET. Edited with an introduction by Irving Howe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1962). First thus, Riverside edition, examination copy
  48. NEW GRUB STREET. Edited with an introduction by Irving Howe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1962). Riverside edition, paperback. Fine.
  49. NEW GRUB STREET. Edited with an introduction by Bernard Bergonzi. (Harmondsworth, England): Penguin Books, (1968). First thus, Penguin English Library edition, in grey cloth library binding. Fine, in lightly worn dust jacket.
  50. NEW GRUB STREET. Edited with an introduction by Bernard Bergonzi. (Harmondsworth, England): Penguin Books, (1978). Later printing of Penguin English Library edition. Pictorial wrappers, with some wear. Very good.
  51. ZEILENGELD. Nordlingen: Franz Greno, 1986. Part of "Die Andere Bibliothek." 1/999 copies. Translated by Adele Berger; revised by Wulfhard Heinrichs and Helga Herborth. 8vo. grey embossed paper coverd boards, gilt-lettered red leather spine label, grey endpapers, red bibbon marker. Very fine.
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    DENZIL QUARRIER. [1892]

  53. DENZIL QUARRIER. New York: Macmillan and Co., 1892. First American edition, in variant brown cloth binding with decoration in darker brown, lettering in black and gilt. Some soil to cloth, wear at spine and corners. Very good overall. (Collie A.10b)
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  54. DENZIL QUARRIER. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1911. Later edition (Sidgwick & Jackson's uniform edition of Gissing novels). Red cloth. Some pp. carelessly opened, a few paint marks on cloth, but on the whole a sound and pleasing copy.
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    BORN IN EXILE [1892]
    NOT PRESENT

     

    THE ODD WOMEN. [1893]

  56. THE ODD WOMEN. New York: Macmillan and Co., 1893. First American edition (precedes the 1894 issue by Macmillan which Collie cites as first American issue). Tan cloth stamped in green, gilt and black. Ownership. Hinges starting; cloth faded, with wear at corners and spine ends. About very good.
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  57. THE ODD WOMEN. A New Edition. London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1894. Second (London) edition. With 16 pp. ads. dated November 1893. Maroon cloth, green-coated endpapers. Rear hinge starting, spine ends and corners rubbed. Very good. (Collie A.12b)
  58. THE ODD WOMEN. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, [N.D.; first issued by Nelsons in 1907]. In the Nelson's Library series. 12mo, illustrated. Red cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Hinge starting, light stain to rear board. Very good overall.
  59. THE ODD WOMEN. New York: Stein and Day, (1968). First American edition thus, with an introduction by Frank Swinnerton. Green cloth. Stamp on endpaper, else fine, in lightly edgeworn dust jacket.
  60. THE ODD WOMEN. New York: W.W. Norton, (1971). Norton Library edition. Pictorial wrappers. Some underlining, wear to wrappers. Very good only.
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    IN THE YEAR OF JUBILEE. [1894]

  62. IN THE YEAR OF JUBILEE. In Three Volumes. London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1894. First edition. 3 vols., 8vo, dark blue cloth stamped in blind and gilt; plain endpapers. Hinges starting, cloth considerably worn and darkened, especially at spines. Text very sound. Good only overall. (Collie A.13a) Detail image here.
  63. IN THE YEAR OF JUBILEE. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. First American edition. One volume, green cloth, lettering and decoration in gilt and red; blue coated endpapers. Slight shelfwear to extremes, spine somewhat darkened; otherwise a fresh, clean copy. Near fine. (Collie A.13c)
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  64. IN THE YEAR OF JUBILEE. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. Appleton's Town and Country Library, No. 172 (bound up from first American edition sheets), issued August 1, 1895. Printed wrappers. A few pp. folded at corner. Wrappers are notably clean and crisp, with tears only at the heel. Very good. Rare.
  65. IN THE YEAR OF JUBILEE. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. Appleton's Town and Country Library edition, in the cloth binding. Red cloth stamped in yellow and black. Ex-library. Small stain at fore-edge. A very good, fresh copy.
  66. IN THE YEAR OF JUBILEE. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1911. Sidgwick & Jackson's uniform edition of Gissing novels. Red cloth, with some slight wear and soil; spine faded. Very good.
  67. IN THE YEAR OF JUBILEE. New York: A.L. Burt Company, [1905]. Reprint edition. Blue-green cloth decorated in green and red. Edges foxed, cloth faded on spine and a little stained. Very good only.
  68. IN THE YEAR OF JUBILEE. With an Introduction by William Plomer. London: Watergate Classics Limited, (1947). First edition thus. Green cloth. Fine, in lightly worn and soiled dust jacket.
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    SLEEPING FIRES. [1895]

  70. SLEEPING FIRES. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. First edition. 12mo, buff cloth. In the Autonym Library series. Light foxing, spine sunned with rubbing at heel and crown. Very good. (Collie A.16a)
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  71. SLEEPING FIRES. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896. First American edition. Small 8vo, green cloth stamped in silver and dark green. Cloth spotted (mostly on rear board), spine and extremes darkened. A good, sound copy. (Collie A.16b)
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    EVE'S RANSOM. [1895]

  73. EVE'S RANSOM. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. First American edition. Green cloth, lettering and decoration in gilt and red, blue coated endpapers. Name stamp, small tear at endpaper gutter, some wear to extremes of cloth. Very good. (Collie A.14b)
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  74. EVE'S RANSOM. London: Ernest Benn Ltd., (1929). Benn's Essex Library edition, second impression. 12mo, brown cloth, spine gilt. Fine.
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    THE PAYING GUEST. [1895]

  76. THE PAYING GUEST. London: Cassell and Company, 1895. First edition. In the Cassell's Pocket Library series. 12mo, in yellow calico cloth stamped in red; white endpapers. Bookplate. Endpapers foxed, cloth somewhat darkened but only minimally worn. A near fine copy in all. (Collie A.15a)
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  77. THE PAYING GUEST. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1895. First American edition. 12mo, in yellow cloth stamped in black and red. Small bookplate. One page torn at corner, stain to rear endpapers; cloth foxed. Good. (Collie A.15b)
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    THE WHIRLPOOL. [1897]

  79. THE WHIRLPOOL. London: Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd., 1897. First edition. Maroon cloth lettered in gilt. Bookplate. A little over-opened, rubbing to extremes of cloth, slight stain on rear board. Very good. (Collie A.17a)
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  80. THE WHIRLPOOL. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, (1897). First American edition. Pale green cloth, attractive decoration in brown and green; brown lettering. Namestamp, small bookplate. Cloth is faded on spine and has a little light soil. Near fine. (Collie A.17b)
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  81. THE WHIRLPOOL. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1911. First thus, this publisher. Red cloth. Lower corners bumped, spine slightly faded. A near fine, largely unopened copy.
  82. THE WHIRLPOOL. With an Introduction by Myfanwy Evans. London: Watergate Classics Limited, (1948). First edition thus. Front board is slightly bowed. Near fine, in dust jacket with some soil and edge-wear, chipped at heel and crown.
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    HUMAN ODDS AND ENDS. [1898]

  84. HUMAN ODDS AND ENDS: Stories and Sketches. London: Sidgwick & Jack- son, 1911. First thus, this publisher. Red cloth. Ownership and a few pencil notes. Foxing to prelims., rear hinge cracked, cloth faded. Good.
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    CHARLES DICKENS. [1898].

  86. CHARLES DICKENS. A Critical Study. London: Blackie & Son, 1898. Inscribed presentation copy of the first edition. Pasted to the endpaper is a holograph note from Gissing, presumably to the recipient of the book (E.L. Vrice), dated from Gissing's hotel in Rome on February 26 1898 and suggesting a meeting over the next few days; the actual inscription is dated Rome, March 5 1898. Maroon cloth stamped in black and gilt, cream endpapers. Some wear to cloth, but a very good, sound copy in all. (Collie A.19a)
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  87. CHARLES DICKENS. A Critical Study. London: Blackie & Son, 1898. First edition. Maroon cloth stamped in black and gilt; cream end-papers. Brief note on rear endpaper, minimal shelfwear to cloth, else fine. (Collie A.19a)
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  88. CHARLES DICKENS. A Critical Study. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1898. First American edition. Grey paper boards stamped in gilt, red and black; t.e.g. Edge tears to a couple of pages, spine slightly sunned, with wear to heel, crown and corners; else sharp and fresh, very good in all. Gissing himself thought this edition so beautifully produced that he wrote to Dodd Mead to congratulate them on their good taste. (Collie A.19b; see also Coustillas, "Gissing's Writings on Dickens," p. 4)
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  89. CHARLES DICKENS. A Critical Study. With Typographical Illustrations by F.G. Kitton. London: The Gresham Publishing Company, 1903. Intro-ductory volume to the Imperial Edition of Dickens' works. Later issue (the Imperial Edition was first published in 1902). This edition of "Charles Dickens" was revised stamped in gilt, t.e.g. Fore- and lower edges foxed, some light soil and wear to cloth. Very good. (See Coustillas, pp. 8-9; Collie, p. 81)
  90. CHARLES DICKENS. With [Color] Frontispiece by E. W. Haslehust. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1924. 8vo., blue cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, publisher's device and single-rule border in blind to upper board, grey coated endpapers. Bookplate. Just a hint of sunning to the top-edge. Near fine.
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    THE TOWN TRAVELLER. [1898].

  92. THE TOWN TRAVELLER. London: Methuen & Co., 1898. First edition. 40 pp. of ads. inserted. Red cloth lettered in gilt. Foxing to end-papers and prelims., cloth darkened, especially on spine. About very good. (Collie A.20a)
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  93. THE TOWN TRAVELLER. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, (1898). First American edition. Olive cloth with pictorial decoration in black, lighter olive and red. Endpapers foxed, cloth somewhat rubbed and darkened. Very good. (Collie A.20b)
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  94. THE TOWN TRAVELLER. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, [1919]. 12mo, blue cloth. Slightly shaken, cloth worn at extremes and darkened. Good only.
  95. THE TOWN TRAVELLER. London: The Library Press, [N.D.]. Minerva Editions of Modern Authors series. With decorations by Frank Pape. In imitation leather stamped in gilt, green and blind, t.e.g. Light rubbing at extremes, else fine.
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    THE CROWN OF LIFE. [1899]

  97. THE CROWN OF LIFE. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1899. First American edition. Green cloth stamped in black and gilt. Ownership and small bookplate. Cloth slightly soiled, some wear to extremes. Very good. (Collie A.21b) Detail image here.
  98. THE CROWN OF LIFE. Another copy of this edition, in a variant binding: red cloth stamped in brown, lettered in gilt. Edges foxed, spine faded with slight wear at heel, but front panel very sharp. Very good overall.
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  99. THE CROWN OF LIFE. Edited and with an introduction by Michel Ballard. (Brighton, England): Harvester Press, (1978). First edition thus. Fine, in dust jacket.
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    BY THE IONIAN SEA. [1901]

  101. BY THE IONIAN SEA. Notes of a Ramble in Southern Italy. With eight illustrations in colour by Leo de Littrow and others in black and white. London: Chapman and Hall, Ld., 1901. First edition. 4to, white cloth stamped in gilt, t.e.g. Aside from some internal foxing this is a remarkable copy in the original dust jacket. The jacket has some internal tape repair and external soil. (Collie A.23a)
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  102. BY THE IONIAN SEA. New and Cheaper Edition, Illustrated. London: Chapman and Hall, Ld., 1905. Second impression of the second (1905) edition. Retains the b&w illustrations from the first edition. Folding map inserted. 8vo, green cloth stamped in gilt, t.e.g. Inscription, light foxing, wear to spine ends, two corners bumped. Overall a very good copy. (Collie A.23c)
  103. BY THE IONIAN SEA. Illustrated. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905. (?)First American edition, from the sheets of the British "new edition" described above. Format and binding as above, except Scribner's imprint on spine, top edge plain. Spine sunned, with wear at crown and heel. Very good. (Collie A.23f)
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  104. BY THE IONIAN SEA. Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1920. 1/700 copies. Small 8vo, grey paper boards with spine label. Very fine, in the plain wrapper (lightly sunned) and the slipcase.
  105. BY THE IONIAN SEA. London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1921. Reprint of the "New Pocket Edition" (1917). 12mo, blue cloth stamped in gilt. A fine copy.
  106. BY THE IONIAN SEA. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1917]. American issue of the Pocket Edition described above, from the British sheets. Format and binding as above. Cloth is sunned; light wear at spine ends. Very good.
  107. BY THE IONIAN SEA. With a Biographical Foreword by Frank Swinnerton. London: The Richards Press, (1956). First edition thus. 8vo, light green ribbed cloth. Fine, in edgeworn dust jacket.
  108. BY THE IONIAN SEA. Another copy, in variant binding: smooth, darker green cloth. Off-setting to endpapers, some slight stains to cloth. Near fine in all.
  109. BY THE IONIAN SEA. London: Icon Books, 1961. First Icon edition. Pictorial wrappers. Tape-repaired tear along spine. About very good.
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    THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. [1903]

  111. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. Westminster: Archibald Constable & Co Ltd, 1903. First edition. Dark green cloth, lettered in gilt. Inner hinges just starting, else a fine, sharp copy with only a trace of wear to cloth at spine ends. Contained in a half morocco slipcase with inner chemise. (Collie A.24a) Laid in: an autograph signed postcard from Gissing to F.G. Kitton, dated June 26, 1902, post-marked Paris. Gissing gives his new address in St. Jean de Luz and asks when a book by Kitton will be published.
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  112. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1903. First American edition (500 copies printed, from the British sheets). Green cloth with gilt-stamped labels, t.e.g. Ownership, corner of front pastedown torn; cloth considerably worn. Good. (Collie A.24b)
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  113. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1905. Sixth impression. Green cloth with spine label, t.e.g. Slight rubbing to extremes, label nicked. About near fine.
  114. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. London: Constable & Co Ltd, 1910. First thus, this format. 12mo, with frontispiece from the lithograph of Gissing by William Rothenstein. Dark green calf, gilt stamped and t.e.g. Ownership. Slight creasing to some pages, wear at spine ends and corners. A very good copy of a pleasing edition.
  115. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, [1912]. First American thus, from the sheets of the 1912 Constable edition. 8vo, with frontispiece. Maroon cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in blind. Slight rubbing to extremes, else a fine, sharp copy.
  116. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. Toronto: Bell and Cockburn, [1912]. First Canadian edition, from the sheets of the 1912 Constable edition. 8vo. Linen-backed brown paper boards, paper spine label. Very faint stain to front board, else near fine.
  117. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., [c. 1915]. Wayfarer's Library edition. 12mo. Terracotta cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Fine, in darkened but still pleasing dust jacket nicked at spine and edges.
  118. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. Introduction by Paul Elmer More. New York: Boni and Liveright, Inc., (1918). First Modern Library edition. Limp leatherette-covered boards, marbled endpapers. A touch of wear at extremes, else fine.
  119. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. Introduction by Paul Elmer More. New York: Boni and Liveright, [c. 1919]. Later printing of Modern Library edition. Limp leatherette boards, pictorial endpapers. Fine.
  120. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. With an Introductory Survey by Thomas Seccombe. Portland, Maine: Thomas Bird Mosher, 1921. 1/700 copies. 8vo. Blue paper boards, white paper back with paper spine label. Very fine, in the plain dust wrapper (sunned and slightly worn) and the publisher's slipcase.
  121. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, (1927). 8vo, purple cloth lettered in gilt. Inscription erased from flyleaf, half title sprung, else a nice, sharp copy; in a dust jacket worn at extremes.
  122. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, (1927). First thus, Everyman's Library edition. 12mo, blue cloth. Fine, in dust jacket with slight wear at spine, tape repaired on verso.
  123. Another copy, in variant binding, grey cloth boards with red cloth back. Fine, in dust jacket lightly sunned on spine.
  124. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. Introduction by Paul Elmer More. New York: The Modern Library, [1930]. Reprint of the 1918 Modern Library edition (see above). Brown cloth. Near fine, in soiled dust jacket nicked around edges.
  125. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. Foreword by Cecil Chisholm. London: Phoenix House Ltd, (1953). First edition thus. Small 8vo, red cloth. Fine, in dust jacket slightly darkened and worn at spine.
  126. THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF HENRY RYECROFT. With a Foreword by V.S. Pritchett. (New York): New American Library, (1961). First Signet edition. Pictorial wrappers. Fine.
  127. BOOKS AND THE QUIET LIFE. Being Some Pages from The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing, Chosen by W.R.B. Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1914. First edition thus, 1/950 copies. 12mo, in blue patterned paper boards, plain blue paper back with paper label. Fine.
  128. BOOKS AND THE QUIET LIFE. Being Some Pages from The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing, Chosen by W.R.B. Portland, Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1922. Second edition thus, 1/950 copies. 12mo, blue paper boards lettered and decorated in darker blue and red. Very fine, in the slipcase.
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    VERANILDA. [1904]

  130. VERANILDA. A Romance. London: Archibald Constable and Company, Ltd., 1904. First edition. Gissing left this novel uncompleted at his death in December 1903. Red cloth lettered in gilt, decorated in blind. Inscription (dated Christmas 1904). Slightly over-opened, some wear to extremes of cloth. Very good. (Collie B.1a)
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  131. VERANILDA. A Romance. New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1905. First American edition, from the British sheets. Light blue cloth, stamped in red and dark green. Front hinge just starting, cloth sunned at spine and perimeters. Very good. (Collie B.1b)
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  132. VERANILDA. A Romance. New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1905. Second impression of first American edition, in different binding: grey cloth lettered in dark blue. Address stamp, light soil to cloth, tiny nick at crown. Very good.
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    WILL WARBURTON. [1905]

  134. WILL WARBURTON. A Romance of Real Life. London: Archibald Constable & Co Ltd, 1905. First edition. Red cloth lettered in gilt with decoration in blind. Some light shelfwear and fading to cloth. About near fine in all. (Collie B.2a)
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  135. WILL WARBURTON. New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1905. First American edition, from the British sheets. Green cloth, decorated in blind and lettered in gilt. One faded spot on front board, slight rubbing to extremes. Very good.
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  136. WILL WARBURTON. A Romance of Real Life. Oxford University Press, London: Humphrey Milford, (1929). Part of "The World's Classics" series. 16mo., grey-green cloth, gilt letters and blind-stamped decoration to spine, plain endpapers, red ribbon marker. In the lightly edgeworn and price-clipped dust jacket, with an illustration to the front panel, which shows one small chip and a stain to the spine. Overall near fine.
  137.  

    THE HOUSE OF COBWEBS. [1906]

  138. THE HOUSE OF COBWEBS. And Other Stories. To which is prefixed, The Work of George Gissing, an introductory survey by Thomas Seccombe. London: Archibald Constable and Company, Ltd., 1906. First edition. Dark blue cloth stamped in gilt. Front hinge cracked, first signature starting; cloth worn at extremes. A good copy, in the linen dust jacket with leather spine label; jacket slightly frayed at edges. (Collie C.1a)
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  139. THE HOUSE OF COBWEBS. And Other Stories. To which is prefixed, The Work of George Gissing, an introductory survey by Thomas Seccombe. New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1906. Second impression of the first American edition; from the British sheets. Grey cloth, gilt lettering, decoration in blind. Bookplate, newsclippings on front endpapers (some offsetting); inner hinges starting, spine sunned. About very good.
  140. THE HOUSE OF COBWEBS. And Other Stories. To which is prefixed, The Work of George Gissing, an introductory survey by thomas Seccombe. London: Archibald Constable and Company, Ltd., 1907. Third impression of first edition. Dark blue cloth. Endpapers and edges foxed, slight rubbing. Very good plus.
  141. THE HOUSE OF COBWEBS. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., [1915]. Way-farer's Library edition. 12mo. Green cloth, gilt and blind stamped. Bookplate and ink ownership, light wear to extremes of cloth. Very good.
  142. THE HOUSE OF COBWEBS. With an Introduction by Thomas Seccombe. London: Constable and Co. Limited, (1931). First thus, Constable's Miscellany edition. 12mo, blue-green cloth stamped in gilt and dark blue. One corner bumped, else fine, in very clean dust jacket with nicks and tears to extremes.
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    AN HEIRESS ON CONDITION. [1923]

  144. AN HEIRESS ON CONDITION. Philadelphia: Privately Printed for the Pennell Club, 1923. 1/48 numbered copies. Title page vignette by Joseph Pennell. 4to, cloth-backed grey paper boards. Slight wear at corners and spine ends, else fine; in the linen dust jacket, a little worn at extremes.
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    SINS OF THE FATHERS. [1924]

  146. SINS OF THE FATHERS and other tales. Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1924. First edition, 1/550 numbered copies. First book appearance of four stories written for the Chicago Tribune in 1877. Yellow cloth back with paper label, mottle purple paper boards. Slight sunning at top edges, else fine, in the plain green dust wrapper, lightly worn at spine. (Collie C.2) Detail image here.
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    CRITICAL STUDIES OF THE WORKS OF CHARLES DICKENS. [1924]

  148. CRITICAL STUDIES OF THE WORKS OF CHARLES DICKENS. With an Introduction and Bibliography of Gissing by Temple Scott. New York: Greenberg, Publisher, Inc., 1925. 1/1500 numbered copies. First collected edition of the introductions to nine of Dickens' novels, which Gissing wrote (1898-1900) for Methuen's Rochester Edition of the works of Dickens. The Rochester Edition was never completed, and three of Gissing's introductions are here printed for the first time. Also the first book appearance of "Dickens in Memory," which appeared in the December 1901 issue of "Literature." With frontispiece photograph of Gissing. Brown paper boards, brown cloth back, paper labels. Name label, trace of wear to extremes of boards, else fine. In dust jacket. (Collie C.3a)
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  149. THE IMMORTAL DICKENS. (Being Critical Studies of the Works of Charles Dickens). London: Cecil Palmer, (1925). First British edition; order of chapters differs slightly from the American edition above. Intro- duction by B.W. Matz. With frontispiece portrait of Dickens. Purple cloth, paper spine label. Lower corners just bumped, else near fine, in edgeworn dust jacket lightly sunned on spine. (Collie C.3b)
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  150. CRITICAL STUDIES OF THE WORKS OF CHARLES DICKENS. With an Introduction and Bibliography of Gissing by Temple Scott. New York: Haskell House, 1965. Facsimile reprint of first edition described above. Grey cloth. Fine.
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    A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES. [1927]

  152. A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES and other stories. London: Constable & Co Ltd, 1927. First edition. Blue cloth. Sunned spot on spine, else fine, in dust jacket scuffed at perimeters and chipped on spine, with tape repair on verso. (Collie C.4a)
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  153. A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES and other stories. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1927. First American edition, from British sheets. Blue cloth. Fine, in spine-sunned dust jacket with nicks and tears at corners and spine ends. (Collie C.4b)
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    LETTERS OF GEORGE GISSING TO MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY. [1927]

  155. LETTERS OF GEORGE GISSING To Members of his Family. Collected and arranged by Algernon and Ellen Gissing. With a preface by his son. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1927. First American edition. With photogravure portrait frontispiece and a facsimile letter. First American edition, from British sheets. Green cloth. Fine, in edge-worn dust jacket sunned and nicked at spine, tape repaired on verso. (Collie D.4)
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    A YORKSHIRE LASS. [1928]

  157. A YORKSHIRE LASS. New York: Privately Printed, 1928. First edition, 1/93 numbered copies. 8vo, blue patterned paper boards, paper label. Some wear at crown and top edge. Near fine, in the (torn) tissue wrapper.
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    SELECTIONS, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND IMAGINATIVE. [1929]

  159. SELECTIONS, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND IMAGINATIVE, From the Works of George Gissing. With Biographical and Critical Notes by his Son. With an Introduction by Virginia Woolf. London: Jonathan Cape, (1929). First edition, this selection (all material previously published). Brown cloth. Fine, in a dust jacket darkened and lightly worn at spine and perimeters.
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  160. SELECTIONS, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND IMAGINATIVE, From the Works of George Gissing. With Biographical and Critical Notes by his Son. With an Introduction by Virginia Woolf. New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1929. First American edition, from British sheets. Maroon cloth. Trace of wear at spine ends, else fine, in a darkened dust jacket rubbed and nicked at spine and edges.
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    SHORT STORIES. [1929]

  162. GEORGE GISSING. [In the series:] Short Stories of Today and Yesterday. London: George G. Harrap, (1929). First edition, this selection of stories. Maroon cloth. Fine, in near fine dust jacket lightly worn at spine.
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    BROWNIE. [1931]

  164. BROWNIE. Now first reprinted from The Chicago Tribune together with six other stories attributed to him. With Introductions by George Everett Hastings, Vincent Starrett, Thomas Ollive Mabbott. New York: Columbia University Press, 1931. First edition, 1/500 numbered copies. Tan paper boards, tan cloth back. A trace of rubbing to corners, else fine; in the plain dust wrapper with paper label, lightly worn at edges. (Collie C.6a)
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    THE LETTERS OF GEORGE GISSING TO EDUARD BERTZ. [1961]

  166. THE LETTERS OF GEORGE GISSING TO EDUARD BERTZ, 1887-1903. Edited by Arthur C. Young. London: Constable, (1961). First edition. Black cloth. Fine, in the dust jacket. (Collie D.8a)
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  167. THE LETTERS OF GEORGE GISSING TO EDUARD BERTZ, 1887-1903. Edited by Arthur C. Young. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1961. First American edition (possibly preceding the British edition above, though printed from British sheets). Grey cloth. Fine, in the dust jacket.
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    THE LETTERS OF GEORGE GISSING TO GABRIELLE FLEURY. [1964]

  169. THE LETTERS OF GEORGE GISSING TO GABRIELLE FLEURY. Edited by Pierre Coustillas. New York: The New York Public Library, 1964. First edition. Large 8vo; illustrated. Mauve cloth. Fine. (Collie D.9a)
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    ESSAYS AND FICTION. [1970]

  171. ESSAYS & FICTION. Edited with an Introduction by Pierre Coustillas. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, (1970). First edition. All material published here for the first time. Frontispiece photograph of Gissing. Green cloth. Fine, in the dust jacket. (Collie C.10a)
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    THE LETTERS OF GEORGE GISSING TO EDWARD CLODD. [1973]

  173. THE LETTERS OF GEORGE GISSING TO EDWARD CLODD. Edited and with an Introduction by Pierre Coustillas. London: Enitharmon Press, 1973. First edition, 1/450 copies. With an appendix by Gabrielle Fleury. Illustrated. Blue cloth, paper label. Name label, else fine, in the dust jacket. (Collie D.11a)
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    GEORGE GISSING ON FICTION. [1978]

  175. GEORGE GISSING ON FICTION. Edited, with Introduction and Notes by Jacob & Cynthia Korg. London: Enitharmon Press, 1978. First edition, 1/450 copies. Includes excerpts from previously unpublished letters and two essays: "The Coming of the Preacher" (printed in the January 1900 issue of "Literature"), and "The English Novel of the Eighteenth Century" (previously unpublished). Beige cloth. Fine, in the dust jacket.
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    SIX SONNETS ON SHAKESPEARE HEROINES. [1982]

  177. SIX SONNETS ON SHAKESPEARE HEROINES. With an introductory note by Pierre Coustillas. (London) Eric & Joan Stevens, 1982. First edition, 1/250 copies. Blue pictorial wrappers. Fine. (Collie C.12)
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    Section B: WORKS CONTAINING MATERIAL BY GISSING

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  179. THE LADY'S REALM. An Illustrated Monthly Magazine. Vol. IV. May 1898 to October 1898. London: Hutchinson and Co., 1898. Includes a story by Gissing, "The Peace-Bringer." Large 8vo, maroon cloth. A little shaken, cloth worn at extremes and split at rear joint. Still a good, clean copy.
  180. THE ANGLO-SAXON REVIEW. A Quarterly Miscellany. Vol. IV. March 1900. London: John Lane, 1900. With a story by Gissing, "Humplebee." Small folio, in full morocco gilt. Wear to spine and extremes; rear joint cracked. Internally very fresh; about very good in all.
  181. DICKENS, Charles. BARNABY RUDGE. With an Introduction by George Gissing and Notes by F.G. Kitton. London: Methuen & Co., 1901. First thus, Rochester Edition, and first printing of Gissing's introduction (see also Section A, "Critical Studies of the Works of Charles Dickens," 1924). In 2 vols., illustrated. Red cloth, gilt stamped and t.e.g. Light foxing to fore-edges, minimal shelfwear, else fine.
  182. THE CRITIC. An Illustrated Monthly Review of Literature... Vol. XL, No. 1. January 1902. With "Dickens in Memory" by Gissing. Only the front cover and first part of the issue is present, but the Gissing article is complete and sound. This essay was first printed in "Literature" in December 1901 and was later included in Gissing's "Critical Studies of The Works of Charles Dickens" (1924).
  183. FORSTER'S LIFE OF DICKENS. Abridged and Revised by George Gissing. With portraits, illustrations, and facsimiles. London: Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1907. Later printing of Gissing's revision (first issued 1902). Gissing corrected Forster's text throughout and in some places inserted sentences and even whole paragraphs (see Collie, p. 107). Blue cloth, darkened and lightly worn at spine and extremes; name on flyleaf. Very good overall.
  184. THE YELLOW BOOK. A Selection edited by Cedric Ellsworth Smith. Hart-ford, Connecticut: Edwin Valentine Mitchell, 1928. First edition. Includes Gissing's story "The Foolish Virgin." 8vo, illustrated, in yellow cloth decorated in black. Ownership and bookplate. A near fine, bright copy in dust jacket worn at extremes.
  185. AMERICANA AND HISTORICAL AUTOGRAPHS. [Sale Catalogue]. (New York): American Art Association, 1931. Items 85-89 are autograph letters by Gissing (12 letters in all), from which quotation is made in the catalogue descriptions. Printed wrappers. Near fine.
  186. THE COLOPHON. Part 18. (Vol. V, No. 2, September 1934). Includes short article, "How and why I collect George Gissing," together with an 8 pp. tipped-in facsimile of Gissing's autograph "Account of Books Etc.," 1880-1898. 4to, paper-covered boards. Fine.
  187. THE LIBRARY OF THE LATE JOHN W. MASURY. [Auction Catalogue]. (New York): American Art Association, 1935. Items 167-171 are autograph letters by Gissing (49 letters in all), from which substantial quotation is made in the catalogue descriptions. Printed wrappers. Near fine.
  188. PRESENTATION COPIES, FIRST EDITIONS AND AUTOGRAPH LETTERS. [Auction Catalogue]. New York: Union Galleries, 1936. The main feature of the sale being a "splendid series of autograph letters signed by George Gissing." 15 letters listed, all written to Gissing's brother and discussing at length his literary work, the break-up of his first marriage, etc. The descriptions include extensive quotation from each letter. Printed wrappers. Fine.
  189. RARE BOOKS, AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, [ETC.]. [Auction Catalogue]. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1949. Sale included Gissing's personal diary, 1887-1902, illustrated with his drawings (one page reproduced and lengthy quotations given); and a series of letters to his brother (some passages quoted). Printed wrappers. Fine.
  190. GEORGE GISSING AND H.G. WELLS. Their Friendship and Correspondence. Edited with an Introduction by Royal A. Gettmann. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1961. First edition. With 2 photographs. Maroon cloth. Fine, in lightly worn dust jacket. (Collie D.7a)
  191. GEORGE GISSING AND H.G. WELLS. Their Friendship and Correspondence. Edited with an Introduction by Royal A. Gettmann. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1961. First American edition (possibly preceding British, though printed from British sheets). Maroon cloth. Lower corners just bumped, else fine, in lightly worn dust jacket.
  192. COUSTILLAS, Pierre. GISSING'S WRITINGS ON DICKENS. A Bio- Biblio-graphical Survey. London: Enitharmon Press, 1969. First edition, 1/275 numbered copies. Includes two uncollected reviews by Gissing from the Times Literary Supplement. Grey cloth, paper label. Fine, in minimally worn dust jacket.
  193. (COUSTILLAS, Pierre, Editor). HENRY HICK'S RECOLLECTIONS OF GEORGE GISSING. Together with Gissing's letters to Henry Hick. Edited and Introduced by Pierre Coustillas. London: Enitharmon Press, 1973. First edition, 1/450 numbered copies. Grey cloth, paper label. Ownership, else fine, in the dust jacket. (Collie D.10a)
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    Section C: WORKS ABOUT GISSING

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  195. ROBERTS, Morley. THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY MAITLAND. London: Eveleigh Nash, 1912. First edition. A fictionalized biography of Gissing, written by a personal friend. Red cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Inscription; note on rear endpaper. Front hinge starting, cloth somewhat worn. Very good only.
  196. ROBERTS, Morley. THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY MAITLAND. London: Eveleigh Nash, 1912. Second edition. Orange cloth stamped in black. Inscription, preliminaries foxed, cloth faded and worn at spine. A good copy.
  197. YATES, May. GEORGE GISSING. An Appreciation. Manchester, [England]: The University Press, 1922. First edition. Green cloth. Trace of wear at spine ends, else fine.
  198. SWINNERTON, Frank. GEORGE GISSING. A Critical Study. New York: George H. Doran Company, (1923). First American edition. Dark green cloth. Ownership. Near fine, in a dust jacket with wear at spine and perimeters.
  199. DONNELLY, Mabel Collins. GEORGE GISSING, GRAVE COMEDIAN. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1954. First edition. Dark blue cloth. About fine, in spine-sunned, lightly worn dust jacket.
  200. GORDAN, John D. GEORGE GISSING, 1857-1903. An Exhibition from The Berg Collection. New York: New York Public Library, 1954. Catalogue, 45 pp., describing the books, mss. and letters in the exhibition. Blue printed wrappers, slightly chipped and faded. Very good.
  201. WARD, A.C. GISSING. (London): Longmans, Green & Co., (1959). First edition. In the British Council "Writers and Their Work" series. In printed wrappers. Near fine.
  202. SHERIF, Nur. THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN GEORGE GISSING AND EDUARD BERTZ as revealed in Gissing's letters. Offprint from Cairo Studies in English, 1961. 16 pp., in printed wrappers, lightly worn and creased. Very good.
  203. KORG, Jacob. GEORGE GISSING: A Critical Biography. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1963. First edition. Brown cloth. Fine, in dust jacket slightly worn at spine.
  204. (COUSTILLAS, Pierre, Editor). COLLECTED ARTICLES ON GEORGE GISSING. New York: Barnes & Noble, (1968). First American edition. Green cloth. Fine, in lightly soiled dust jacket.
  205. COUSTILLAS, Pierre. GEORGE GISSING AT ALDERLEY EDGE. London: Enith-armon Press, 1969. First edition, 1/250 numbered copies. Brown cloth with paper label. Fine, in the dust jacket.
  206. TINDALL, Gillian. THE BORN EXILE: George Gissing. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1974). First American edition. Terracotta paper boards, cloth backed. Fine, in slightly edgeworn dust jacket.
  207. COLLIE, Michael. GEORGE GISSING: A BIBLIOGRAPHY. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, (1975). First edition. Brown cloth. Fine, in the dust jacket.
  208. COLLIE, Michael. GEORGE GISSING: A BIBLIOGRAPHY. (Folkestone, England): Dawson, (1975). First British edition. Brown cloth. Fine, in the dust jacket.
  209. POOLE, Adrian. GISSING IN CONTEXT. Towowa, New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, (1975). First American edition. Green cloth. Ownership, else fine, in lightly edgeworn dust jacket.
  210. COLLIE, Michael. GEORGE GISSING: A Biography. (Hamden, Connecticut): Archon Books, (1977). First American edition. Stamp on endpaper, a few pp. creased, cloth slightly soiled and worn. About very good.
  211. GOOD, John. GEORGE GISSING: IDEOLOGY AND FICTION. New York: Barnes & Noble, (1979). First American edition. Maroon cloth. Ownership. Fine, in near fine dust jacket.
  212. COUSTILLAS, Pierre. GEORGE GISSING AND IVAN TURGENEV. Including two letters from Turgenev. London: The Enitharmon Press, 1981. First edition, 1/250 copies. Pictorial wrappers. Fine.
  213. COLLIE, Michael. GEORGE GISSING. A Bibliographical Study. (Winchester, England): St. Paul's Bibliographies, (1985). First thus, revised and extended edition. Fine, in the dust jacket.
  214. [CATALOGUES]. One auction catalogue, two bookseller's catalogues, each containing rare Gissing items. Some pencil notes, one wrapper clipped. Very good.
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    Section D: GISSING AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL

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  216. AUTOGRAPH LETTER. Signature cut away. One page, written on Gissing's letterhead from his home in Epsom, dated March 16 1895. To his literary agent, W.M. Colles. Written at a difficult time in his unhappy second marriage: "For several days I have been much out of sorts - unable to write a line. On Monday I shall go, perforce, to the seaside, & there - if possible during the week - write some more papers for Jerome[?], & send them to you as quickly as possible. This is an annoying delay; I want to get the things off hand, for the longer story." A "received" stamp dated March 18 1895; a couple of pencil marks. Very good.
  217. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED. Three pages, written from Cosenza, Calabria, dated Nov. 19 1897 (during the stay in Calabria that Gissing recorded in "By the Ionian Sea"). To Professor Walter Raleigh, the scholar and author, then teaching at University College, Liverpool. An extremely characteristic and revealing letter in which Gissing apologizes for having, months before, offered Raleigh a drink and possibly (or possibly not) failed to pay for it. "That very night, I lay awake, pondering the wretched doubt. Again & again it has come back to me.." In Calabria, insomnia has attacked him again: "I am at a loathsome inn, & cannot sleep; the house is indescribably foul; I must needs write letters in the stillness, by this wretched candle, & among them the long- owing apology to you..." The rest of the letter is in the style of "By the Ionian Sea": "You know that this is the burial-place of Alaric. But, after seeing it, one has all sorts of doubts & difficulties. The very name of the river is uncertain. The educated people call it Busento, but the peasantry say Basenz' or Basenzio... Then again, the tradition that the Goths buried their king at, or near, the junction of the Busento & the Crati, and then killed all the captives who had done the work, to conceal the burial-place, involves an absurdity; for these rivers flow together at the very entrance to the town, which overlooks them from its steep hillside. The only way of keeping the thing a secret would have been to depopulate Consentia..." Signed "Sincerely yours, George Gissing." The letter has slight wear at folds, else fine. In the hand-addressed envelope, from which Professor Raleigh removed the Italian stamp.
  218. ORIGINAL SIGNED LEAF of the last page of Gissing's introduction to the Autograph (or "Millionaire's") Edition of Dickens' "David Copperfield," which was limited to 300 copies. According to Spiers and Coustillas ("The Rediscovery of George Gissing," p. 124), the New York publisher George Sproul paid Gissing $20 for this introduction, and an additional $6 to sign all 300 copies. The book appeared in 1903 but apparently a number of the copies were never bound up. 1 leaf in fine condition.