1843 The Novels of George Payne Rainsford James
What Our Customers Say...
First Edition, Leather Binding
With the bookplate of W E Powell of Nanteos Mansion, Aberystwyth. Powell was a British Lord Lieutenant and Conservative politician. He was the MP for Cardiganshire for nearly forty years. The shelf labelling to these volumes are likely to be from Nanteos mansion, a Georgian building in the Paith Valley, mid wales. It was built by Thomas Powell in 1739, with the family dwelling there for over 250 years. The Powells were influential members of Parliament and played a large role in the development of Aberystwyth and Cardiganshire. There was a second William Edward Powell who died during the First World War. He was killed five days before the Armistice, aged 19. His death was the end of the Powell line at Nanteos mansion, Aberystwyth. However, it is more likely that these works belonged to his grandfather of the same name. The bookplate of Robert J Hayhurst to the front endpapers. Hayhurst inherited and improved a group of retail pharmacies in Lancashire, John Hayhurst and son. He was a collector of naval history and eighteenth century literature. With the half titles to: Forest Days, The False Heir (volume I only), Sir Theodore Broughton, Russell, Rose D'Albret. Forest Days, (1843), Saunders and Otley The False Heir, (1843), Richard Bentley The Desultory Man (1836) Saunders and Otley Attila, A Romance (1844) A K Newman and Company Sir Theodore Broughton (1848) Smith, Elder and Co Russell: A Tale of the Reign of Charles II (1847) Smith, Elder and Co Rose D'Albret (1844), Richard Bentley. All except Attila are first editions. Attila is a scarce early edition, with a different publisher to many of James' works. Written by the noted historical writer, George Payne Rainsford James. James was the Historiographer Royal during the last years of William IV's reign. His best known novel is 'Richelieu: A Tale of France'. These novels deal with real historical figures and times. A smart set of these uncommon historical novels.
In uniform half calf bindings, with paper covered boards. Externally, all volumes are very smart. There is light fading to the spines, as is common with this colour. Prior owner's shelf numbers written to the tail of the spine in copperplate. Minor loss to the paper covered boards to 'The False Heir' volume I. Prior owners' bookplates are to the front pastedowns and endpapers of all volumes. Prior owner's inscription, W E Powell, to the head of title pages to the majority of volumes. All volumes are firmly bound. Pages are very bright with light spots to endpapers, otherwise just the odd spot.
Very Good Indeed
Delivery & payment
We send all of our books via courier which is a fully tracked and insured service. In our experience we find this to be the most reliable and quickest form of delivery. Our primary courier is DHL, but we are able to accommodate special requests if required, including postal delivery for items under 2kg. See More Details