I have a large number of Tauchnitz Editions and Albatross Books for sale, mostly for between £5 and £10 per volume (plus postage from UK to anywhere in the world). A small selection below, but do contact me if there is anything in particular you are looking for. Albatross books at the bottom of the page.
Selection of Arnold Bennett paperbacks, all first printings
A mixed selection of fiction and non-fiction by Arnold Bennett in Tauchnitz paperbacks. The condition of the books is variable, but all are first printings in Tauchnitz (confirmed by the two-column list, as well as the date on the back wrapper), and you could pay much more elsewhere on the web just for reprints.
UK postage £2 for a single paperback, or £5 for all 5 remaining books.
'The truth about an author’ and ‘Literary Taste’ - Tauchnitz vol. 4528 – Sept. 1919 £7 plus p+ p
‘Elsie and the child' - Tauchnitz vol. 4663 – Nov. 1924 £5 plus p + P
‘The strange vanguard’ - Tauchnitz vol. 4821 – March 1928 £4 plus p + p
‘Journal 1929’ - Tauchnitz vol. 4952 – Aug. 1930 £2 plus p + p
‘The night visitor’ - Tauchnitz vol. 5053 – July 1932 £5 plus p + p
'’Dream of destiny’ - Tauchnitz vol. 5096 – April 1933 £5 plus p + p SOLD
All 5 remaining books £18 plus p+p (£5 within UK)
Three paperbacks by Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, all first printings
Marie Belloc Lowndes was a prolific novelist, several of whose works were adapted into films, including ‘The Lodger’, filmed five times, including by Alfred Hitchcock. Her brother was Hilaire Belloc, famous for his ‘Cautionary tales’.
These three paperbacks, 80 to 90 years old, are in reasonable, but not outstanding condition, and all are first printings in Tauchnitz (confirmed by the two-column list, as well as the date on the back wrapper). You could pay much more elsewhere on the web just for reprints.
UK postage £2 for a single paperback, or £3.50 for all 3 books.
'What really happened’ - Tauchnitz vol. 4744 – Aug. 1926 £5 plus p+ p
‘Cressida: no mystery' - Tauchnitz vol. 4844 – Aug. 1928 £5 plus p + P
‘Another man’s wife’ - Tauchnitz vol. 5164 – Sept. 1934 £4 plus p + p
All 3 books £11.50 plus p+p (£3.50 within UK)
|'Marie' by H. Rider Haggard, 1st printing February 1912 |
Tauchnitz volume no. 4317, in original wraps in first printing state, dated February 1912 at top of rear wrapper and with adverts in two columns. Approx. 1" missing at top of spine. Previous owner's name on front wrapper. Otherwise in very good condition for an almost 100 year old paperback. Catalogue dated February 1912 bound in at back.
The London 1st edition of this book was published on 25 January 1912, so this continental edition followed almost immediately afterwards. The first New York edition was issued on 18 March.
£10 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK) SOLD
'The Lordship of love' by Baroness von Hutten, two volumes 1910/1911
Tauchnitz volume nos. 4165 and 4166, in original wraps. Volume I in first printing state, dated January 1910 at top of rear wrapper and with adverts in two columns. Volume II is a slightly later reprint, dated March 1911 at top of rear wrapper and with a publisher's catalogue dated July 1910 bound in. In other respects the two volumes are matched. Previous owner's name on front wrapper of volume I. Overall condition is very good for 100 year old paperbacks.
£10 plus p+p (£3.00 within UK)
‘Winnie the Pooh’ by A. A. Milne, 1st printing 1933
A first printing of Tauchnitz volume no. 5120, bound in red cloth, with a spine strip with title in gilt. The half-title is bound in, followed by a map of the 100 acre wood and surrounding areas. The book is illustrated throughout with the familiar Ernest Shepard illustrations. There are neat signatures in ink (Helga Mahler) on both half-title and title pages, but otherwise the book is in very good condition.
£8 plus p+p (£3 within UK) SOLD
'The wedding-chest mystery' by A. Fielding, 1st printing January 1931
Tauchnitz volume no. 4973, in original wraps in first printing state, dated January 1931 at top of rear wrapper and with adverts in two columns. Publisher's catalogue, dated December 1930 bound in. Covers a bit grubby and spine a bit battered but otherwise good.
£5 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK)
Three stories by Edgar Wallace, all 1st printings in a uniform binding, 1922 - 1925
Three novels by the master of thriller writing of the first half of the twentieth century. It’s been claimed that at one time around a quarter of all books being read in England were by Edgar Wallace. As well as writing over 170 novels and nearly 1000 short stories, Wallace created King Kong, and was the first British radio sports reporter, when he reported on the Derby in 1923.
These three books are all nicely bound in blue-grey cloth with title and author in gilt on a red spine panel. They each have a bookplate at the front for Robert Whitehead and a sewn-in bookmark. All half-titles and title pages are present and each is in the first printing state as described by the Todd & Bowden bibliography. ‘The book of all-power’ was the first Wallace novel to be published by Tauchnitz in 1922 and ‘The valley of ghosts’ the second in 1923. ‘The face in the night’ followed in 1925. There is some page browning throughout all three books and some spotting, particularly on the half-title and title page of ‘The face in the night’. Otherwise they are in excellent condition.
£15 for all three plus p+p (£5 within UK)
'The rose-garden' by Frances Mary Peard, 1st printing 1872
Tauchnitz volume no. 1221. Although there is no half-title bound in, this can be identified as the first printing state (Todd & Bowden a) by the absence of a quotation on the title page verso. Bound in light brown leather, over marbled boards, with spine decoration, author and title in gilt. The edges of the boards are worn, but generally a sound copy.
£6 plus p+p (£3 within UK)
'Tom Sawyer abroad' by Mark Twain, 1st printing May 1894
Tauchnitz volume no. 2984, in original wraps in first printing state, dated May 1894 at top of rear wrapper. Two small sections of spine missing and a bit grubby in places.
Published at around the same time as the orginal US 1st printing. Many Tauchnitz editiions were actually published slightly ahead of the British or US editions.
£15 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK)
‘Held in bondage’ by Ouida, later printing around 1880s
This book was issued by Tauchnitz as two (paperback) volumes, numbers 1348 and 1349 in the Tauchnitz Collection of British Authors. Here, each volume has been bound separately, and retains its own half-title and title page. The book is bound with green leather spine and corners over green marbled boards with gilt titles and decorations on the spine, red marbled end-papers and marbled page-edges. The book was first printed by Tauchnitz in 1873, but the number of other titles by the same author listed in volume II of this copy (16 titles) identifies it as a later printing, possibly from the late 1870s or early 1880s (Todd & Bowden c). The leather on each volume is a bit battered and worn, and there is a small ink stain on the edge of volume I, but the volumes are otherwise in good condition.
Ouida was a popular and prolific Victorian author. ‘Held in bondage’ was her first novel, published in the UK in 1863 under the title ‘Granville de Vigne’, although publication by Tauchnitz only came 10 years later, after they had already published several of her other novels.
£9 plus p + p (£3 in UK) for the two volumes NOW REDUCED TO £6 plus p + p
‘Colonel Dacre’ by Emily Jolly, First edition
This book was issued by Tauchnitz as two (paperback) volumes, numbers 1678 and 1679 in the Tauchnitz Collection of British Authors. In this copy the two volumes have been bound together, but each has retained its own half-title and title page. The book is bound in red half-leather with gilt titles and bands, over marbled boards, and also has marbled end-papers. All details correspond to the first (and only) issue as recorded by Todd & Bowden.
£7 plus p + p (£3 in UK) SOLD
A set of ex-library books from the library of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, including several by Marion Crawford - offered for sale individually or together, at bargain prices. The binding is likely to be from around 1920, although most of the books appear to be earlier than this. All have half-titles bound in, and in most cases these correspond to the first printing state as described by Todd & Bowden. Note there are now 17 books in total, slightly fewer than in the top photo.
The books are uniformly bound in either red or blue cloth over marbled boards, with all edges marbled. The Tauchnitz series numbers are in gilt on the spine and paper labels on the front cover show the author and title as well as the library reference number and volume number. All the books have ex-library markings from the Vienna University, including an 'Ausgeschieden’ (withdrawn) stamp dated 2011. They also carry ownership signatures (Armand Rey?) and hand-written dates (mostly around 1915), which appear to pre-date the binding. The books may have been privately bought as paperbacks and later presented to the University, which then had them bound? All are in very good condition other than the library markings and occasional other pencil / crayon marks, and all around 100 years or more old.
£2 plus p + p (£3 in UK) for a single volume or £3 for a 2 volume book. All 17 volumes for £20 plus p + p (about £10 by courier).
Benjamin Disraeli - Vivian Grey (2v - vols. 466/467). Reprint around 1909.
Marion Crawford – A tale of a lonely parish (2v - vols. 2394/2395). As 1st printing 1886.
George du Maurier – Trilby (2v - vols. 3026/3027). As 1st printing 1894.
Marion Crawford – Via Crucis (2v - vols. 3400/3401). As 1st printing 1900.
Marion Crawford – Cecilia (2v - vols. 3623/3624). As 1st printing 1903.
Richard Bagot – Donna Diana (2v - vols. 3637/3638). As 1st printing 1903.
Theodore Roosevelt – Outdoor pastimes of an American hunter (with photo of author)
(vol. 3918). As 1st printing 1906.
Marion Crawford – Arethusa (2v - vols. 3997/3998). As 1st printing 1907.
Marion Crawford – The diva’s ruby (2v - vols. 4078/4079). As 1st printing 1908.
Tauchnitz published Shakespeare plays in a variety of different editions over a period of 100 years, both as individual plays and as combined editions There are examples here of both types.
Individual Shakespeare plays in original paperback form
The individual plays were available separately over a long period at a price of 0.30 Marks, although as slim paperbacks, relatively few have survived. These examples, all in original wraps, correspond in each case to Todd & Bowden state c, so although dated 1868, they probably come from around 1890. That still makes them nearly 125 years old. They are a bit worn and with some minor spine damage, but generally in good condition. Previous owner’s name and date (Nov. 90?) on front cover of three of them.
Vol. 5 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Vol. 13 King Richard II
Vol. 18 Second Part of King Henry VI
Vol. 19 Third Part of King Henry VI
Individual plays £3 plus p+p (£1 within UK)
All four together £10 plus p+p (£2 within UK)
Shakespeare’s complete works, 1916 edition in two volumes, volume I only
During World War I, when the publishing options open to Tauchnitz were curtailed, they re-issued the Complete Works of Shakespeare in a massive single volume of 3360 pages, and also in a matching two volume edition. Todd & Bowden located two copies of the single volume edition, but were unable to trace any copies of the two volume edition in all the libraries and collections that they investigated.
This copy of volume I only is therefore quite unusual. It is dated 1916 and bound (by the publisher) in light brown cloth with a Tauchnitz monogram on the front cover and spine, and a censor mark on the title page. Covers a little bit grubby, some light page browning, otherwise pretty good condition. 1752 pages. A rare Tauchnitz item.
£20 plus p+p (£3 within UK)
Plays and poems of Shakespeare – a mixed set of all 7 volumes from the 1st edition
The bindings are not uniform, and the volumes are in different states, but this is a complete set of all seven volumes from the first Tauchnitz edition of Shakespeare in 1843/4. The texts of this edition were based on the work of J. Payne Collier, a noted Shakespeare scholar, who was later shown to be a forger. When this was discovered, Tauchnitz re-issued their Shakespeare volumes in a revised edition dated 1868, but these volumes all carry the earlier date. They are numbered as volumes 40 to 46 in the Tauchnitz Collection of British Authors.
As they are not a uniform set, I will sell individual volumes separately or together. Two of the volumes are in the earliest state as described by Todd & Bowden, the others are all from the first setting, and pre-1868, but may date from the 1850s or 1860s. All half-titles and title pages bound in.
Vol. I (T & B state Ac) – dark cloth binding, frontispiece portrait of Shakespeare - £3 plus p+p
Vol. II (T & B state Ab) – dark cloth binding, spine decoration in gilt - £3 plus p+p
Vol. III (T & B state Ad) – leather spine with raised bands over marbled boards - £4 plus p+p
Vol. IV (T & B state Ad) – leather spine with raised bands over marbled boards - £4 plus p+p
Vol. V (T & B state Aa) – leather spine over green paper-covered boards - £5 plus p+p
Vol. IV (T & B state Ac or Ad) – leather spine /raised bands, marbled boards - £4 plus p+p
Vol. VII (T & B state Aa) – leather spine over green paper-covered boards - £5 plus p+p
All 7 volumes £25 plus p+p (£8 within UK)
‘Enoch Arden and other poems' by Lord Tennyson, reprint around 1908
Volume 3 of the original Tauchnitz Students' Series published from 1886 to 1917, copies of which are now relatively difficult to find. The Todd & Bowden bibliography was unable to find a single copy for 21 of the 41 titles in the series. The books were published and sold in Germany for the use of students learning English. ‘Enoch Arden’ was first published in the series in 1886, but this copy is a later reprint from around 1908. The Todd & Bowden bibliography records the existence of only a single copy of this book in the Frankfurt City and University Library.
There is an ownership signature on the front cover, and also on the front free end-paper, but otherwise the book is in very good condition. There are introductions and explanations for students in German (and in Gothic script) at the bottom of each page and at the start of poems.
£7.50 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK)
‘Twelfth Night' by William Shakespeare, almost unique example
This is one of the 21 volumes in this series, for which Todd & Bowden were unable to find a single copy in any of the collections that they reviewed. It can safely be claimed therefore that it is relatively rare, if not quite unique. There is one other similar copy in my own collection, but I have never come across, or heard of, any other copy in a library, in any other collection, or for sale.
It is volume 19 of the original Tauchnitz Students' Series published from 1886 to 1917 and sold in Germany for the use of students learning English. ‘Twelfth Night' was first published in the series in 1887, but this copy is a later reprint from around 1910, identified by the rear cover advert for the 31st edition of the Tauchnitz English-German pocket dictionary.
There are occasional small marks throughout, but generally the book is in very good condition. There is an introduction and an appendix in German, by Dr. Hermann Conrad as well as explanations for students in German at the bottom of each page. The English text is in a standard typeface, while German text is in Gothic script.
£12 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK)
‘The Skin Game' by John Galsworthy, 1934 printing not recorded in the bibliography
Volume 18 of the Tauchnitz Students' Series Neue Folge (i.e. the new series published in the 1930s, replacing the earlier series published from 1886 to 1917). These books were published and sold in Germany for the use of students learning English. This title was first published in 1929 and the Todd & Bowden bibliography records only a single printing. However this copy, which lists 26 other Galsworthy titles on the back of the half-title, appears to be a later printing from around 1934, of which no copies were identified by Todd & Bowden. A copy of the 'Anmerkungen und Wörterbuch' (explanatory notes and vocabulary) for German students is laid in.
Some general wear including marks on spine and front cover, and an ownership signature on the half-title, but generally a very good copy.
£3 plus p+p (£1.50 within UK)
'The ring of eyes' by Hulbert Footner, 1st printing 1933
Albatross volume No. 102, one of the first volumes in the Albatross Crime Club. Spine and front cover rather battered and worn – text block much better.
£4 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK)
|‘Inspector Rusby’s finale’ by Virgil Markham, 1st printing 1933|
Albatross volume No. 110, from the Albatross Crime Club. One of the early Crime Club editions, following closely after its first printing in the Collins Crime Club earlier in 1933. Virgil Markham (1899 – 1973) was a Californian crime writer.
Spine torn and frayed, but more or less complete. Generally worn with some small page edge staining. Otherwise good condition.
£6 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK)
‘Murder on the Orient Express’ by Agatha Christie, 1st printing 1934
Albatross volume No. 121, from the Albatross Crime Club.
Possibly one of the best-known books in the whole area of crime fiction, as a result of the classic film version as well as huge book sales and many other adaptations. It was first published in the Collins Crime Club in 1934 with this continental version appearing more or less simultaneously. I have no record of exactly when the Albatross editions were published, but this is the first Albatross Crime club edition to be dated 1934, so was almost certainly published early in the year.
Spine a bit torn and frayed, but complete. Page edges browned. Overall book is solid but a bit worn.
£15 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK) SOLD
‘The Chinese Orange Mystery’ by Ellery Queen, 1st printing 1935
Albatross volume 239. One of the series of novels, written both by and about Ellery Queen, who was both a fictional detective and the pseudonym for the joint authors, cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee. This was the third of the books to be published by Albatross, following the earlier publication of ‘The Greek Coffin mystery’ and ‘The Egyptian Cross Mystery’.
This copy is a bit worn, particularly on the spine and the corners, but is in generally good condition.
£6 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK)
The Albatross Almanac for 1935, 1st printing 1934
Albatross published almanacs for 1933, 1935 and 1936. So far as I know there was no almanac published for 1934. The book is basically a series of extracts from longer books published by Albatross, as a sort of sampler for the series. It includes extracts from D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Katherine Mansfield, Rosamond Lehmann and others. The book starts however with a short story of the supernatural by Hector Bolitho called ‘The Albatross’. Pride of place goes to this story presumably because of its name, but rather disappointingly I don’t think it was written specifically for Albatross Books. It seems to have been first published in the Evening Standard in February 1934, before being identified as a suitable lead story for the Albatross Almanac, published towards the end of the year.
This copy is in very good condition (exceptional for a paperback that is nearly 80 years old), with a neat ownership signature on the front free end-paper.
£5 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK)
'Dames don’t care' by Peter Cheyney, 1st printing January 1939
Any copies of the 20 or so books published in the Albatross Mystery Club are hard to find. This one, volume 431, is in excellent condition.
£8 plus p+p (£2.50 within UK)