London: Chatto & Windus, 1880, 1883. Original green cloth elaborately decorated in gilt. pp 128. 128, 128, 32 (Oct., 1884) ads + 7 (of 16) plates. Spine has gilt flaked away, creases; lacking title leaf and pp 1-2 (Percy Fitzgerald story) of first number; page edges yellowed; occasional mild soling in text; else just good. Three numbers in publisher's binding, the Belgravia Holiday Number for 1880, Belgravia Annual for Christmas, 1880, and Belgravia Annual, Christmas, 1883. Stories include The Rideouts and Is She an Heiress? by Percy Fitzgerald; My Circular Tour, The Chinese Play at the Haymarket, and My Uncle's Will by Grant Allen [writing as J. Arbuthnot Wilson]; Beyond Recall by Marian Hepworth Dixon; Dr. Gates and the Señoritas by F. Boyle; Major Mulliner by J.W. Sherer; A Game of Hazard by Sydney Wilson; Divided by Louisa E. Ward; The Young Lady in Grey by F.W. Robinson; An Overrated Prescription, The Reduced Dinner Party, and Why He Married Her by James Payn; The Case of Hugh Maynard, The Transactions of the Cato Club, and Miss Caramel's Peril by Dutton Cook, The Young Lady in Grey and Mr Bird's Best Umbrella by F. W. Robinson; Prince Saroni's Wife by Julian Hawthorne; Zara by Mrs Hungerford; A Christmas Nightmare by T.F. Thistleton Dyer (a ghost story); and more. Poems by W.E. Henley, Violet Hunt, and others. The first Grant Allen story, My Circular Tour, is set on the American side of Niagara Falls. "A landscape painter at Niagara flirts with twins; one is 'Senior Classic and Moral Philosophy Prize-woman at the Poughkeepsie Female University'; naturally he prefers her sister who (again naturally) is really the cleverer. Some stereotyped mockery of pompous Americans." - Peter Morton. His second story, The Chinese Play at the Haymarket, is set in the theatre world of London. "A young theatrical manager who has tried everything to woo the public taste finally wins gold with an imitation Chinese melodrama: a comic tale." - Morton. The third, My Uncle's Will, is set in England and Cannes. "A young man, Payne, is put under pressure by his uncle's demand to add his name to his own: thus, Aiken-Payne." The stories were collected in IVAN GREET'S MASTERPIECE (1893, first two stories), and THE BECKONING HAND (1887), respectively. Scarce book. No copies located on AMICUS (though we sold Queen's University a copy in 2014). ; Octavo

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