Shells from the Sands of Time.

London: Bickers and Son … 1876.

Squarish 8vo., pp. vi, 243, [1], with half-title; a very good copy in the original blue cloth, front cover slightly discoloured.


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First edition of a collection of essays by the Limerick-born novelist, on Pepys, masques, pity, essays, servants, Macaulay, and other subjects, with two ghost stories at the end.

Loeber & Loeber, p. 202; Sadleir 461 (grey cloth).

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