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Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1897. 6 1/2" X 4 1/2". 1st Thus. Frontis portrait of S. J. Weyman, with protective tissue. Chocolate brown cloth, incised circular front cover, gilt letters. Minor spine bumping, hd & ft, corners. Minor rubbing at hd & ft, corners. Previous seller's notation, top of fff, in light pencil. No other markings. All gilt is bright. Hinges are sound. Just a hint of spine slant, but still solidly bound. 196 pages.
One volume of the 'Stories by English Authors' series. Contents include: "A Lodging for the Night", by R.L. Stevenson; "A Leaf in the Storm", by Ouida; "A Terribly Strange Bed", by Wilkie Collins; "Michel Lorio's Cross", by Hesba Stretton; and "A Perilous Armour", by Stanley J. Weyman.
Stanley John Weyman (7 August 1855 – 10 April 1928) was an English novelist sometimes referred to as the "Prince of Romance". He traveled widely with another bestselling novelist, Henry Seton Merriman.
Weyman (pronounced "why-man") was born at Ludlow, Shropshire, England. The second son of a solicitor, he was educated at Shrewsbury School, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He took his degree in modern history in 1877, and was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1881, joining the Oxford circuit.
He practised as a barrister for eight years until, in 1889, he wrote his first novel entitled "The House of the Wolf". This was followed over the following two decades by the novels which were to make his reputation, among them historical romances set amidst the turmoil of 16th and 17th century France. He became a great traveller, sometimes in company with his fellow bestselling novelist, Henry Seton Merriman.
While for years his historical romances enchanted thousands of readers – Robert Louis Stevenson and Oscar Wilde were among the enthusiasts – today his books are largely neglected.