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Group of ten popular editions of Novels by Richard Marsh, comprising: The Devil’s Diamond. [And:] The House of Mystery. [And:] The Twickenham Peerage. [And:] A Metamorphosis [And:] The Strange Wooing of Mary Bowler. [And:] The Adventures of Augustus Short. [And:] The Interrupted Kiss. [and:] A Master of Deception. [And:] Ada Vernham, Actress. [And:] Mrs. Musgrave — and Her Husband.

London: [1890s-1914].

10 vols. 8vo. Printed or pictorial wrappers. About very good except as noted Item #321618

An interesting group of cheap editions of novels by the prolific Richard Marsh, whose novel The Beetle was one of the popular sensations of the late 1890s. Marsh made the rounds of London publishers during this time, including Methuen, and short-lived appearances with Pearson and Traherne. Richard Dalby identified Marsh as the pseudonym of Richard Bernard Heldmann (1857-1915), who served a term in prison in the 1880s after running up large debts under false names. The Devil’s Diamond was the first work published under the pseudonym after his release.
1. The Devil’s Diamond. With two plates. Text in two columns. 128 pp. Ward, Lock, n.d. 2/. Copyright Novels. First published 1893.
2. The House of Mystery. Text in two columns. 156, [2, ads] pp. Ward, Lock, n.d. Pictorial wrappers. Back wrapper perished. Good.
3. The Twickenham Peerage. Text in two columns.126 pp. Methuen, [n.d., ca. 1903]. Orange pictorial wrappers. Toned, spine defective. The Novelist No. XLVI. First published 1902.
4. A Metamorphosis. Text in two columns. 140 pp. Methuen, [n.d., ca. 1903]. Green pictorial wrappers, chipped. Toned. The Novelist No. LXXX.
5. The Strange Wooing of Mary Bowler. Text in two columns. 112 pp. C. Arthur Pearson, 1903. Pictorial wrappers. Toned, brittle, small losses at top corner of last ad leaves. Fair.
6. The Adventures of Augustus Short. 126, 2, ads] pp. Anthony Traherne, 1904. Green printed wrappers. Toned, very good.
7. The Interrupted Kiss. Text in two columns. 154, [6, ads] pp. Cassell, 1911. Color pictorial wrappers. Very good. Cassell’s Famous Sixpenny Novels. First published 1909.
8. A Master of Deception. Text in two columns. 124, [4, ads] pp. Cassell, n.d. Color pictorial wrappers. Very good. Cassell’s Famous Sixpenny Novels.
9. Ada Vernham, Actress. 126, [2] pp. New Edition. John Long, n.d. Pictorial wrappers. John Long’s Famous Copyright Novels.
10. Mrs. Musgrave — and Her Husband. Text in two columns. 124, [4, ads]. New Edition. John Long, n.d., [1914]. Color pictorial wrappers. John Long’s New 6d. (Paper) Novels.

Price: $250.00 Free Domestic Delivery