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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANONYMOUS. Celenia: Or, the History Of Hyempsal King of Numidia. In two volumes. London: Printed for, and sold by E. Davis, Bookbinder, in Fuller’s Rents, near Gray’s-Inn, Holborn. And sold By the Booksellers of London and Westminster, 1736. 2 Vols., f’cap 12mo format (no visible watermark); half-title not called for in volume one, present in volume two; pp.406 and 510 are (correctly) blank; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume two, blank on verso; pp.xi+[i (blank)]+319+[i (blank)]; [iv]+321 — 642+[ii]; A6, B — I, K — O12, P4; [ ]2, Q — U, X — Z, Aa — Ee12, Ff6; recent full brown sheep, tooled blind, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. burnished brown; recent white end-papers. Leather a little faded generally, but severely so on the back cover of volume two; light embrowning to edges of first and last leaf in each volume by contact with the turnovers of the original calf; very small, old, library stamp (and cancel stamp) on blank inner margin of A1; unobtrusive tissued repair to inner margin of H12; otherwise a very nice, crisp, copy.

GB £1,200.00

US $1,620.00


A very late example of a prose romance. The dedication, to the Duchess of Marlborough, is signed in type, pseudonymously, ‘Zelis, the Persian’. The first of the six Books into which the story is divided appeared originally as ‘The History of Hyempsal, King of Numidia’ in ‘The Persian Letters Continued: Or, The Second Volume of Letters from Selim at London, to Mirza at Ispahan’, published, also by Davis, in 1735. (The second edition forms the subject of the advertisement leaf in the present volumes). The work was reprinted in London in 1740 under the title ‘Celenia and Adrastus’, and again in Dublin in 1742, under the title ‘Celenia and Adrastes’, both of these editions being provided with a lengthy sub-title describing the contents: “with the delightful history of Hyempsal, King of Numidia: an allegorical romance. Wherein are Recited, The most refined Maxims of State-Policy; the surprising Revolutions of Kingdoms; and the just Vengeance attending Evil Ministers. Interspersed with The following Moral and Instructive Incidents viz. 1. Blood and Lust: Or, The Unparallel’d Adulterer. 2. The Beautiful Peasant: or, The Rape of Diana. 3. The Artificial Devil: or, The Taming of a Shrew. 4. Artemora: or, The Fatality of too early Marriages. 5. The Perfidious Servant: or, Treachery Punish’d. 6. Roxana: or, The Lady surrounded by Lovers. 7. The Polite Converts: or, The Generous Instructor. 8. The Lucky Discovery: or, Right will take Place. 9. Royalty Concealed: or, The Faithful shepherdess 10. The Exil’d Nobleman: or, Honour restored. 11. Amphitryo: or, The Usurper’s Downfal. 12. Faction disarm’d: or, The Triumphs of Adrastes.” NCBEL, 2: 994; ESTC, T66888; Esdail, 182; McBurney, 314: “Possibly translated or adapted from ‘Célénie, histoire allégorique’ [published in] 1732, [and written] by Louise Cavelier Levesque.
Ref: BRT118823


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANONYMOUS. The Dialogues Of Eumenes; Or the Religion of the Heart, distinguished from That Attachment to mere Modes, which too fre- Quently deforms the Christian Temper. Bristol: Printed for the Author, by W. Pine. And sold by E. and C. Dilly, London; T. Evans, Broadmead, Bristol; and by all the Booksellers in Town and Country, 1779. Pott 8vo; half-title and conjugate blank which should precede start of text lacking, and without the engraved frontispiece that is sometimes present; integral blank followed by binder’s blank at end; [-]2 ex 4, A — I, K — U8 pp.[iii — vi]+318+[ii]; quarter calf, parchment corners, green marbled sides, red lettering-piece ruled, tooled, and lettered, gilt; sprinkled edges. Calf at some point renewed; remains of old library label on front paste-down and contemporary stamp of ‘Minerva Rooms, Cork’ on some nine pages passim; later ownership stamp on front end-paper; insignificant dusting and marking of margins here and there; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy of a scarce novel.

GB £320.00

US $432.00


Dialogue in a setting, interspersed with poems, by an evident precursor of Thomas Love Peacock. Sometimes attributed to John Ash. The present copy is from the earlier part of the print run, the ‘3’ of signature mark ‘M3’ being here perfect though slightly clogged. It later became battered or broken, and in another copy seen is absent apart from a portion of the arc at the very top. COPAC lists only the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, and Bristol copies in Great Britain, to which ESTC adds John Hopkins, North Carolina, Duke, and Virginia elsewhere. Not in Block. ESTC T74951
Ref: BRT100069


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.


Probably the First Detective Novel.

ANONYMOUS. Genuine and Impartial Memoirs Of Elizabeth Canning, Containing A complete History of that unfortunate Girl, From her Birth to the Present Time, and Particularly every remarkable Occurrence from The Day of her Absence, January 1, 1753, to the Day of her receiving Sentence, May 30, 1754. In which is included, The whole Tenor of the Evidence given against, And for her, on her late extraordinary Trial. With some Observations On the Behaviour of the Court, and the Conduct of the Jury. Also Free and Candid Remarks On Sir Crisp Gascoyne’s Address. London: Printed for G. Woodfall at Charing-Cross, 1754. 12mo; half-title not called for; final page blank; pp.vi+293+[i]; A3, B — I, K — N12, O3; recent full natural fine-grain morocco (but probably in fact a brilliant plasticised imitation!), ruled and tooled blind and gilt on spine, brown lettering-piece ruled and lettered gilt; oil-marbled end-papers. Title-page embrowned and with small chip to lower fore-corner; a little scattered light foxing and marking, chiefly of early leaves; a few small corners turned; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy. Very scarce.

GB £2,600.00

US $3,510.00


Despite the unpromising title, a very readable epistolary novel in the manner of Richardson (whose ‘Pamela’ is mentioned in the text), and an essay in detective fiction precursive in its method of Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Mystery of Mary Roget’ — taking as its subject-matter and structural principle the events surrounding the (temporary) disappearance of an eighteen year old girl, Elizabeth Canning, and the subsequent investigations which culminated: first in the trial of a notorious bawd, Mother Wells, and a gypsy, Mary Squires, for robbing and imprisoning her at the former’s house in Enfield Wash (an area which seems not greatly to have changed its character in the last quarter millenium or so!); and subsequently in the trial and conviction of the girl herself for perjury. The persona writing the letters claims to have visited the alleged scene of the imprisonment — and other places involved in the development of the story — and also to have interviewed witnesses; but the main part of the novel is concerned with the development and analysis of the evidence, in real time, as it came to be presented through the medium of the pamphlet and newspaper war that surrounded the trials, the statements, depositions, etc. of the principals and witnesses, or at the Court hearings themselves. Most of the documents referred to are presented either in footnotes or in the body of the text (including full transcripts of the two ‘Informations’ given before Henry Fielding, and witnessed by him in his capacity of magistrate, which are referred to, but not transcribed, in his own pamphlet on the Canning affair). Besides its interest as a novel, and the fact that it is possibly the earliest example in fiction of an analytical method applied to a series of criminous events, it offers the fullest contemporary presentation of the circumstances surrounding these two celebrated trials, and presents a very credible argument for its conclusions. Anonymous as it is, it was advertised at the time as having been compiled by a society in Charge of Canning’s case — a statement which should not be taken as meaning her defence. Not in Block, Hubin, or Summers; Raven, 267; ESTC T144508; British Library, Oxford, Wellcome, Cambridge, National Trust, and Leeds copies only on COPAC.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANONYMOUS. L’Elena Olandese: Rapita O’sia Istoria d’una Dama D’Amsterdam, Nella quale si narrano varii accidenti D’Amore, e di Fortuna, occorsili In diverse parti del Mondo, e Massimamente in Turchia, Ov’ella e stata Schiava. Transportata dal Francese. Venezia, 1722, Per Domenico Lovisa Con Licenza de’ Superiori.
Sm.12mo; half-title not present; *3, A-H12, I8; pp.[vi]+208; Victorian quarter natural morocco, diagonally fine ribbed mustard cloth sides; a.e. burnished slate; water-marbled end-papers. Morocco somewhat stained, and front joint cracked, but strong; a few letters on title-page printed very close to gutter and obscured by pasting in of end-paper; old light library accession and cancellation stamps on verso of title leaf (v. note); one or two margins trimmed a little close, but without loss; otherwise internally a nice copy.


GB £130.00

US $175.50


An ex-British Library duplicate from the Bolland Collection.
Ref: BRT100071


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANONYMOUS. The Persian Letters, Continued: Or, The Second Volume Of Letters From Selim at London, To Mirza at Ispahan. London: Printed for, and sold by E. Davis Book- Binder in Fuller’s Rents, near Gray’s Inn, Holborn. And sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster, 1735.
12mo, in half-sheets; Final blank; A — I, K — U, X6; pp.[iv]+viii+238+[ii]; publisher’s full natural calf ruled gilt on sides and spine, red lettering-piece with guinea-roll rules, sprinkled burnished edges. Lettering-piece sympathetically renewed; otherwise a very nice copy.


GB £680.00

US $918.00


The ‘first volume’, by George Lyttelton, was published earlier the same year. This Second Volume is neither a continuation of that, nor by the same author. Written in fact as a corrective to the first, which was republican in tone: the author of this being in favour of a limited monarchy. This is almost the only example we can remember seeing of a book being published by a bookbinder, rather than a bookseller! We have described the binding as ‘publisher’s’ rather than merely ‘contemporary’ on the assumption that he will have bound the book himself. The binding is at any rate original. COPAC lists only the British Library, Cambridge, and Manchester copies in Great Britain, to which ESTC adds the National Trust, and one private library holding, and a further ten overseas. NCBEL, 2: 556; CBEL, II, p.321; ESTC, N11440; McBurney, 297 (being a little over-cautious in his note on authorship).
Ref: BRT100074


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANONYMOUS. The Reign Of George VI. London, Printed for W. Nicoll, at the Paper-Mill, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, 1763. 12mo; blank before half-title (v. note); pp.[2]+xxi+[1 (blank)]+ix. [sic]+[1 (blank)]+11 — 192; A — I12; contemporary half-sheep, marbled boards, beautifully re-backed with matching calf, polished on spine and tooled gilt, red lettering-piece, the end-papers neatly renewed with period paper. A very nice copy.

GB £2,500.00

US $3,375.00


The initial blank is actually A12, here folded back in front of the half-title. It is usually lacking. “Political novel set in the future; a work of considerable importance historically in the development of the tale of the future.” — Locke. “This imagined history of England at the beginning of the 20th century describes the manner in which a ‘philosophical king’ has led England to supremacy throughout the world. In doing so he has brought about many important reforms, most of them designed to bring prosperity to the inhabitants of the British Isles but incidentally doing the same for others, both controlled and influenced.” — Arthur O. Lewis. Clarke considers this to be a landmark book in the early development of utopian and dystopian fiction: “This book, which marks the end of the paleolithic period in futuristic fiction, is a delightful but neglected story.    .    .+ this imagined history of a future British monarch shows, already well established in the embryonic form, the essential structure of the political prophecy; for ideal states of the future, like the predictions of the next great war and coming catastrophes, are of their nature exemplary. The Tory heaven-to-be of the unknown author demonstrates the mechanics of the device. Here, as in Sebastien Mercier’s ‘L’an 2440’ or in Edward Bellamy’s ‘Looking Backward’, the historical account presents the united and contented society that has emerged from the obscurities of the future, so the propaganda suggests, because the truths of political philosophy (as an author understands them) or the forces of history (as an author defines them) have established a new order in the world. Again, the events in ‘The Reign of George VI’ reveal that fusion of narrative method with political theory that joins body with soul in the exemplary vision of the future. In projections of this kind — both utopian and dystopian — some dominant theory of one form or another defines the contours of the coming society and some favoured contemporary style of narrative decides the telling of the story. For instance, the cinematic techniques of cutting and flash-back dominate both Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ and Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-four’, and just as Huxley started from the Wellsian image of the superstate, so Orwell drew some of his most effective ideas from James Burnham on the managerial revolution. It was the same for the design of ‘The Reign of George VI’ — a working model for demonstrating the political theories of Bolingbroke in ‘The Idea of a Patriot King’, the whole written in the spirit and the style of the first popular ‘History of England’ which David Hume had been turning out at intervals down to its sixth volume in 1762.” The novel is by no means common: ESTC and COPAC locate only four copies in Great Britain (BL, TDC, Cambridge, and St. Deiniol’s), and fifteen in North America. The Cambridge entry confuses this title with another work, ‘Memoirs of the Twentieth Century, being original letters of state under George the Sixth’, and refers to the author of that, Samuel Madden, as “the supposed author". The two works are, in fact, quite distinct. Sargent, ‘British and American Utopian Literature’, p.12; Clarke, ‘The Pattern of Expectation, 1644 — 2001’, p.16 et seq.; Lewis, ‘Utopian Literature in Penn. State’, p.157; Locke, ‘Spectra’, I, p.11, listing the 1899 and 1972 reprints, and III, p.6, listing a defective copy of the first edition; ESTC, T70919. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.xii, catchword, ‘historians’ for ‘historian’; p.15 mispaged ‘1’; the number to p.179 is improperly spaced.
Ref: BRT118414


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. The Court Of Atalantis [sic]. Containing A Four Years History of that Famous Island, Political and Gallant; Intermixt with Fables and Epistles In Verse and Prose. By several Hands. Printed and Sold by J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane, 1714.
Half-title not called for; Contents leaf at end; A4, B-I, K-U8, X4; pp.[2]+vi+310+[ii]; contempoary full sheep, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Recently rebacked with calf, and with new end-papers, the old free end-papers being preserved; early ownership inscription on upper margin of title page; a few marginal ink notes in text (v. below); two gatherings with extensive light foxing, and two leaves with insignificant marginal damp-stain; otherwise a very nice copy.


GB £570.00

US $769.50


The marginal notes on some five leaves identify the originals of characters in one of the stories. Not in Rothschild; or Esdaile; McBurney, 69; NCBEL, 2: 348 and 987; CBEL, II, p.877, giving the title erroneously as ‘The Court of Atlantis’, and p.191, where it is given correctly, and listing also editions of 1717, 1720, and 1732 under the revised title ‘Court Tales’. According to CBEL the volume was edited by John Oldmixon. According to the unsigned Dedication to Sir Richard Temple, one of the stories was written by Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset. Sackville died in 1706. The other stories remain anonymous, with the exception of ‘sculapius, Or the Hospital of Fools. By William Walsh, Esq;’ which is provided with its own half-title. They are sometimes attributed, however, to Jodocus Crull and Mary Manley. In this copy p.178 is numbered 26. Since it is the twenty-sixth (and final) page of ‘sculapius’ (inclusive of the half-title), this may perhaps suggest that story originally to have been set separately. This is not unlikely: two editions of another work edited by Oldmixon were published in 1714, both including ‘sculapius’ as an addendum. Walsh died in 1708. The ‘four years’ of the title is a reference to the time that had elapsed before the first publication of this volume since that of the four parts of Mary Manley’s ‘The New Atlantis’ in 1709-10. COPAC records only the British Library, National Library of Scotland, Trinity College Dublin, and Aberdeen copies in Great Britain; ESTC adds the Huntington, Yale, Folger, Library of Congress, Newberry, Illinois, Kansas, and Harvard copies elsewhere.
Ref: BRT100079


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[AUDIGUIER (Vital d’, Sieur de la Ménor).]. A Tragicomicall History Of Ovr times, Vnder The borrowed Names of Lisander, And Calista. London: Printed by H.L[ownes]. for George Lathum at the Bishops head [sic] in Pauls Church-yard. Anno 1627.
F’cap folio in fours; half-title not called for; [A]2, B-I, K-V, X-Z, Aa-Ii4; pp.[iv]+247+[i (blank)]; contemporary full calf, neatly re-backed with matching calf, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered and ruled gilt on spine; end-papers recently renewed. Very small neat early ownership inscription on the blank lower margin of H4v; insignificant scattered light marking and dusting passim; short tear in fore-margin of Y3, not approaching text, due apparently to an original paper flaw; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.


GB £1,000.00

US $1,350.00


First published in French in 1524, this being the first locatable edition in English. STC, 906; O’Dell, p.97; Esdaille, p.13. CBEL, following Esdaille, lists a 1621 edition from a reference only — but no actual example of that edition can be located, it does not rate a mention in STC or O’Dell, and is almost certainly a ghost — the result probably of a misreading of ‘1’ for ‘7’ in a short title manuscript note. The book marks an important stage in the development of the novel in France (and hence in England). The Epistle Dedicatorie to this English translation is signed ‘W.D.’ — and since the dedication is to ‘Mistris Francis Fortescu, wife vnto Ma. Iohn Fortescu; And Mistris Elizabeth Dvncomb, wife vnto Master William Dvncomb of Badlesden’, it seems probable that the translator was in fact the same William Duncomb. In this copy D3v, L2v, N2v, P3v, S2v, X3v, and Ii4v are all (correctly) blank; P2r (p.109) is mis-paged 97; T2r (p.139) is mis-paged 137; T2v (p.140) is mis-paged 138; T3r (p.141) is mis-paged 139; T3v (p.142) is mis-paged 140; and Ff2r (p.219) is mis-paged 199.
Ref: BRT100083


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[AULNOY (Marie Catherine Jumelle de Berneville de la Motte, comtesse d’).]. Memoirs Of the Court of France, And City of Paris: Containing The Intrigues of that Court, and the Characters of the Ministers of State, And other Officers; together with The Occurrences of the Town. In Two Parts. Translated from the Original French. London, Printed for Jacob Tonson at Grays-Inn-Gate, Rich- Ard Wellington at the Dolphin and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, George Strahan at the Golden Ball in Cornhill, and B. Lintot at the Middle-Temple-Gate-Fleet-Street, N.D. [1702]. Post 8vo, two parts in one volume; nothing present before title leaf; two interpolated leaves on whiter paper follow Kk8 in Part II; [-]1, *2, p2, +4 (+2 signed ‘+’), B -I, K8, L4; Aa — Ii, Kk8, Ll2, Ll (bis) — Ss8; pp.[xviii (not paginated)]+152; 1 — 164+161 — 288; contemporary full sprinkled panelled calf tooled blind on sides and spine, spine with five raised bands, red lettering-piece. Rebacked, preserving the original lettering-piece and the old binder’s blanks at front and back; new (sympathetic) end-papers; poor quality paper with light uniform embrowning throughout; single fox-spot to blank lower margin of ‘L1’; two or three small fox-spots to blank lower fore-corner of ‘Cc6’; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £540.00

US $729.00


Factional anecdotes published originally in French in 1692, and here first translated following the success of her similar ‘Memoirs of the Court of Spain’ published in England in 1692 and reprinted in 1701. “Her historical writings are partly borrowed from existing records to which she adds much that must be regarded as fiction and some vivid descriptions of contemporary manners.” — World Encyclopaedia. McBurney 28 lists her similar compilation, ‘Memoirs of the Court of England’ published some five years later, but not the other titles. CBEL, II, pp.534 and 535 (the latter under a Mary Manley entry) lists the other two titles, but not the present one. The same sheets are found with variant title pages giving various combinations of the publishers, the present title-page, listing all four, being apparently the scarcest. COPAC records only the British Library, and Cambridge copies, to which ESTC adds Thomas Plume’s Library in Great Britain; and the University of Missouri elsewhere. In this copy the closing parentheses round the page numbers of pp.140 and 141 in Part I. are lacking; in Part II p.93 is mis-paged ‘63’; p.129 is mis-paged ‘1229’; and p.219 is mis-paged ‘119’.
Ref: BRT118015


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[AULNOY (Marie Catherine Jumelle de Berneville de la Motte, comtesse d’).]. Secret Memoirs Of the Duke and Dutchess Of O : : : : : Intermix’d wiith the Amorous Intrigues and Adventures Of the Most Eminent Princes Of the Court of France. Written by Madam d’Aulnoy, Author of the Ladies Travels into Spain. Made English from the Paris Edition. London, Printed for S.P. Burrough and J. Baker in Corn- Hill, E. Curll without Temple Bar, E. Sanger at the Post-House and A. Collins at the Black Boy in Fleetstreet [sic], and sold by J. Woodward in St Chri- Stopher s [sic] Church-yard, 1708. Sm.12mo (the watermark may be a pot); half-title apparently not called for; engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by M.V. de Gucht after P.Lilly; 3pp. integral Edmund Curll and Egbert Sanger advertisements at end; pp.[iv]+293+[iii]; [A]2, B — I, K — N12, O4; Victorian half natural calf ruled and tooled blind on sides, spine with four raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt on bands and in compartments, lettering-piece; tan end-papers, binder’s blanks of poor quality wove paper; a.e. sprinkled brown. Boards crudely re-attached with some transparent substance we are unable to identify, lettering-piece lacking, sides a little rubbed; last leaf of advertisements a trifle foxed and dusty, but otherwise a very nice, crisp, copy internally. Very scarce.

GB £850.00

US $1,147.50


Translated from ‘Mémoires secrets de Mr. L.D.D.O. [le duc d’Orléans] ou les avantures comiques des plusieurs grands princes de la cour de France’ first published in Paris in 1696. In this copy pp.202, 203, 206, 207, 210, 211, 214, and 215 are mis-paged 102, 103, 106, 107, 110, 111, 114, and 155 respectively. McBurney, 36, not mentioning the portrait or the advertisements; ESTC, N22463; COPAC records only the British Library, Cambridge, and Leeds copies, to which ESTC adds Manchester Central Library and The National Trust in Great Britain, and the California, Newberry, Kansas, and Saint Antonio copies in the U.S.A.
Ref: BRT118829


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[AULNOY (Marie Catherine Jumelle de Berneville de la Motte, comtesse d’).] and [MANLEY (Mary de la Riviere).]. The History of the Earl of Warwick, Sirnam’d The King-maker: Containing his Amours, And other Memorable Transactions. By the Author of the Memoirs of the English Court. To which is added, The Remaining Part of the Unknown Lady’s Pacquet of Letters, taken from Her by a French Privateer in her Passage To Holland, suppos’d to be Written by Several Persons of Quality: Brought over From St. Maloes by an English Officer, at The last Exchange of Prisoners. London, Printed, and Sold by J. Woodward in St. Christopher’s Church-yard, Thred-needle-street [sic]; and J. Morphew near Stationers-Hall, 1708. Post 8vo; O4v (verso of last leaf of first Part) blank;Ll8v (verso of last leaf of first work) advertisements of Books Sold by J. Morphew; final leaf, Eee8, Contents; pp.[iv]+197+[i]; 175+[i]; 40+51-78+[ii]; A2, B — I, K — N8, O4; Aa — Ii, Kk — Ll8; Aaa — Bbb8, Ddd2 — 7, Eee8; contemporary sprinkled panelled calf, ruled and quite elaborately tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt, black lettering-piece. Rebacked, probably in the late nineteenth century, the leather now very slightly cracking over front joint, but still firm, and preserving the original end-papers; printed on paper of variable quality, some gatherings more or less lightly embrowned, and with a little scattered foxing on some few leaves principally towards the beginning and the end; insignificant original paper flaw affecting blank fore-margin of Gg7, without loss, however; in general, however, a nice, large, copy of a scarce title.

GB £960.00

US $1,296.00


The first work is by Aulnoy (or Aunoy), the second by Manley, the latter including letters 15 — 41, letters 1 — 14 having been published earlier in the same year as a supplement to ‘Memoirs of the Court of England’. Conceivably the second issue, the title and its conjugate leaf being possibly cancels: the original, exemplified, according to McBurney, in the Bodleian and Yale copies, carrying the imprint of Morphew only, and the date 1707: though this may be a ghost since it is not recorded by NCBEL, or, more impressively, either COPAC or ESTC. Both issues have the same pagination, including the break in both page numbers and signatures before Ddd2, the latter of which, at least, would presumably have been corrected had the book been reprinted. Despite the apparent lacuna, the catchwords and sense run on. A hasty division of work between two typesetters is to be suspected as the probable reason for the gap, and suggests the hypothesis that the letters were a last minute addition to the volume. McBurney, 29a recording the break in pagination, etc., as here. NCBEL, 2: 1503; ESTC, T76174. In the present copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted in the pagination: in the Part I., p.186 (N5r) misnumbered ‘981’; p.198 (O3v) misnumbered ‘8’; p.199 (O4r), second ‘9’ badly battered; in Part II., p.35 (Cc2r), risen space after page number; p.48 (Cc8v), ‘4’ so battered as to be virtually absent; p.81 (Ff1r), page number so battered as to be almost absennt; pp.110 and 111 (Gg7v and 8r) misnumbered ‘109’ and ‘110’; in the Letters, p.62 (Ddd7v) misnumbered ‘26’.
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BAYLY (Thomas, D.D.). Herba parietis: Or, The wall-flower. As it grew out of the Stone-Chamber Belonging to the Metropolitan Prison of London, called Newgate. Being A history which is Partly True Partly Romantick, Morally Divine: Whereby A Marriage between Reality and Fancy Is solemnized by Divinity. Written by Thomas Bayly, D.D. Whilst he was a Prisoner there. London, Printed by J.G. and are to be sold by John Holden At the Blew Anchor in the New Exchange, 1650. Sm.f’cap folio; half-title not called for; engraved frontispiece here not present; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[viii (unpaginated)]+130; recent sprinkled panelled calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt, tooled blind, lettering-piece ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt; buff end-papers and binder’s blanks; green and white head and tail bands. Scattered light dusting and spotting, and a few short marginal tears, not approaching ruled borders; unobtrusive contemporary ownership inscription on title-page; blank lower fore-corner of title-page, and blank corners of last few leaves a trifle dog-eared, small blank lower corner chipped from leaves A2 and L1; chip to blank lower margin of H2 (apparently a paper flaw), and to Zz2; small chip to blank upper margin of Y1; corresponding tear to Y1, just touching running-title, neatly repaired with matching tissue, without loss; other very minor faults, but in general, nonetheless, a near-nice copy with large margins, in a fine reproduction of a very pleasant seventeenth century panelled calf.

GB £480.00

US $648.00


Eccentric prose romance written, by the Royalist divine, whilst imprisoned on account of some earlier writings. The narrative is set amongst sixth century Roman exiles in Africa, and features some lively slapstick comic scenes as well as the usual romantic entanglements — the curious title, which has little to do with the content, suggesting perhaps that it was written to cheer himself up. The preface contains an impassioned defence, however, against criticisms that his account of Charles I’s religious opinions, ‘Certamen Religiosum’, was, in effect, a forgery and a defamation of the king. After his release Bayly became a Roman Catholic, and died, according to different accounts, in the household of Cardinal Ottobon, or as a poor soldier, at Bologna. Wing, B1511; Esdaile, p.159; CBEL, II, p.731. In this copy the second page of the preface contains Bayly’s reply to the third charge against him (‘With Relating a thing so Broken and Imperfect’) in two slightly different forms as replies 3 and 5 and omits his defence against the actual charge 5 as listed on the first page (‘With Publishing it divers yeares after the Conference’). We have not established whether this were corrected during the course of the printing.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BENNETT (Mrs. [Agnes Maria]). The Beggar girl And Her Benefactors. In seven volumes By Mrs. Bennett, Author of Welch Heiress, Juvenile Indiscretions, Agnes De-Coursi, And Ellen, Countess of Castle Howell. London: Printed for William Lane, at the Minerva Press, Leadenhall-street, 1797.
7 Vols., 12mo; binder’s blank at front and back in each volume; half-title present in each volume; integral advertisement leaf, blank on verso, at end of volume five; pp.[6]+[viii (dedication)]+271+[i (blank)]; [8 (p.6 so numbered at foot)]+316; [8]+271 (mis-paged 270)+[i (blank)]; [6]+357+[i (blank)]; [6]+306+[i]; [6]+339 (mis-paged 338)+[i (blank)]; [6]+414; [A]7, B — I, K — M12, N4; [A]4, B — I, K — O12, P2; [A]4, B — I, K — M12, N4; [A]3, B — I, K — P12, Q11; [A]3, B — I, K — N12, O10; [A]3, B — I, K — P12, Q2; [A]3, B — I, K — S12, T3; original half natural calf, marbled boards, spine ruled and numbered gilt, and with red lettering-piece ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt. Insignificant chipping to some head- and tail- caps; small hole in leaf E6 of volume four due to an original paper flaw, not affecting text; slight foxing to lower fore-corner of first four leaves of volume five; extensive very light foxing of leaves G8, H1 and H3 — 5 of volume six, that to G8 being offsetting, the rest apparently due to an original paper fault; small hole in blank lower margin of leaf O4, due to an original paper flaw; otherwise, and in general effect, a fine copy.


GB £2,290.00

US $3,091.50


Printed on wove paper variously watermarked 1795 or 1796, the end-papers and binder’s blanks of laid paper watermarked 1796 in a similar style, the binding of this copy is certainly contemporary, and almost certainly that of the publisher. Mrs. Bennett’s best-known title, four editions of which had appeared by 1799, and though not an uncommon title, scarce to-day in first edition and in nice original dress. Summers, pp.10 and 244, erroneously listing it as in five volumes; Block, p.19; CBEL, III, p.388; NCBEL, 3: 710; ESTC, T67328; Blakey, p.180.
Ref: BRT100090


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BODMER [(Johann Jacob)]. Noah. Attempted from the German Of Mr. Bodmer. In Twelve books. By Joseph Collyer. Volume I [II]. London, Printed for J. Collyer, in Plough- Court, Fetter Lane, J. Dodsley, In Pall Mall, T. Durham, In Cockspur-street, and F. Newberry, in Pater- Noster-row. 1767. [Printed for J. Collyer, in Plough Court Fetter Lane, R. Dodsley, in Pall-mall, T. Durham, in Cockspur-street, And F. Newberry, in Pater Nosrer-row [sic], 1767]. 2 Vols., pott 12mo, not watermarked; half-titles not called for, the fly-title to the first book in volume one being folded back behind the Preface, the second leaf being signed ‘A3’ (as in fact is the third leaf also!); pp.[xxiv]+262+[ii (advertisements of ‘Books printed for F. Newbery, at the Crown in Paternoster Row’)]; 255+[i (blank)]+[8 (advertisements of ‘Books printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-mall’)]; A — I, K — M12; B — I, K — M12; contemporary, probably publisher’s, full sheep, gilt ruled borders to front covers, spines with five bands raised over cords, and ruled gilt, numbered direct but not lettered on spines. Covers slightly rubbed, spines chipped a little at extremities, and joints cracked; carbon ownership stamp at tail of each title-page; first gathering of volume two foxed, and occasional spotting or staining to margins in both volumes; internally in general very nice.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


Collyer did not simply translate the novel: he made some alterations to the text. The variant title-page in volume two (‘R. Dodsley’ instead of ‘J. Dodsley’ appears to occur in all copies. ESTC, T99059; NCBEL, 2: 1537.

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BROOKE (Mr. [Henry]). The Fool of Quality; Or, the History Of Henry Earl of Moreland. In four volumes [so volumes I-III; vols. IV and five have no prediction]. Vol.I [II; III; IV; V]. The second edition [so vols.I and II only]. By Mr. Brooke. London: Printed for W. Johnston, in Ludgate-Street, 1767 [1767; 1768; 1769; 1770].
5 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not called for; author’s Advertisement leaf, verso blank, at end of volume four (advertising the fifth volume); A-I, K-M12, N6; A-I, K-M12, N4; A-I, K-M12, N5; A-I, K-M12, N6, O4; A-I, K-M12, N6; pp.xxxviii+[39]-300; 298; 296; 306+[ii]; 300; contemporary full sheep, spine with four raised bands, lettering-piece. Leather of one spine very decayed, all lettering-pieces lacking, most boards detached; small restoration to inner margin of title-page in volume one, and small scuff affecting part or all of three letters of the ascription; small ink-blot with associated hole on D12, with loss over all of six letters, resulting apparently from an attempt to expurgate the word ‘piss’d’; blank lower fore-corner of I9 chipped, and short tear in upper margin of N6; small chip in blank fore-margin of G1 in volume two, and small hole in blank lower-margin of I4 and L12, both due to original paper faults; N4 chipped at blank fore-corner, and minute chips from blank top- and fore- margins of N5; short tear in fore-margin of title-page in volume three and short tear in blank top-margin of K5; tear in fore-margin of A11 in volume four, and blank lower margin of G8, G12, and K2, restorations to margin of G7 and G8 without loss of text, small stains affecting blank lower corners of A8-12, B5, and B6; small chip to blank fore-margin of I11 in volume five; some light foxing or browning, and one or two small marks passim; the text however in general very good.


GB £290.00

US $391.50


The second English edition of volumes one and two, preceded by the Dublin printings, and the first Engllish edition of the other volumes (which may have been published simultaneously with the Dublin printings). The collation leaves room for one further leaf at the end of volume three, which may or may not be called for; almost certainly it would be a blank. NCBEL, 2: 786 and CBEL, II, p.435, recording the original publication dates as 1764-70 (vols.I, II rptd 1767); Block, p.28, Sawyer and Darton, Vol.I, p.312, and Baker, 1903, p.8, all recording the work as 1766-70; Baker, 1932, p.74, saying 1765-70; ESTC, T117246; this title not in Rothschild. As far as we are able to discover the Dublin printing of the first two volumes were dated 1765 and 1766 respectively (though the first may have appeared late in 1764 and been dated ahead). The scarcity of the original edition of the first two volumes is reflected in the disagreement between authorities as to their date. A very readable novel, described in the Concise Cambridge History of English Literature as “a most extraordinary mixture of gaiety and gravity, of genius and foolishness", it is technically interesting as well. Fielding had addressed the reader directly in the intercalatory chapters of Tom Jones; Sterne in Tristram Shandy occasionally replies to an imagined query from some member of his audience — regarded as such rather than readership — presenting the author as a distinct persona. Perhaps taking his hint from these, Brooke goes further, presenting both the author and the unnamed friend to whom the story is narrated as characters set apart from the text, and making use of a desultory dialogue between them (separated out by ornamental rules) as a way to move forward the narrative, build expectation, comment on the events and structure of the story, and objectify the relationship between narrator and audience — a device re-discovered recently by our very own Osric Allen in The Dark Tunnel, though he tells us that when he published it he had not come across the present book. The work has continued to have some currency, being reprinted in 1776, again in 1777, and in 1781 condensed by John Wesley; in 1859 an edition in two volumes appeared edited by Charles Kingsley, and in 1906 one edited by E.A. Baker. In the present copy leaf I1 in volume one has no signature mark, K3 is signed K2, A4 in volume two is signed A2, and L6 is signed L5: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.
Ref: BRT100092


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[BURNEY (Frances, Mme. d’Arblay)]. Cecilia, Or Memoirs Of an Heiress. By The author of Evelina. In five volumes. London: Printed for T. Payne and Son at the Mews- Gate, and T. Cadell in the Strand, 1782.
5 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not called for, but bound up without the terminal blanks to volumes one and five; [ ]1, A-I, K-M12, N3 (ex 4); A-I, K-L12; A-I, K-P12, Q3; A-I, K-N12, O8; A-I, K-Q12, R7 (ex 8); pp.[ii]+293+[i (blank)]; 263+[i (blank)]; 365+[i (blank)]; 328; 398; contemporary full natural calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled and numbered gilt, red lettering-piece; sprinkled edges. Re-backed in Edwardian times, the new leather somewhat chipped and fragile, and all boards detached; consistent small original paper fault resulting in insignificant hole in some thirteen leaves spread through the five volumes, not touching text; but in volume one affecting one letter of catch-word in leaf I4r, and in all some five letters in middle of C12, and in volume two affecting one letter in the middle of leaf C10; a few leaves slightly snagged at top- or fore- margin by the binder’s knife; a very little insignificant foxing or small marks; short marginal tears in D6 in volume one, M2 in volume three (both resulting from original paper faults), and K3 in volume five, made good without use of tissue; long tear to L12 in volume five similarly mended without loss; unobtrusive old repair to short tear in blank upper margin of O8 in volume four; old restoration to chipped blank corners of F11 and 12, and blank lower fore-corner chipped from leaf R7 in volume five; in general, however the text excellent, the sewing entirely sound throughout.


GB £590.00

US $796.50


The author’s second novel, and a good deal scarcer than the third: printed on paper that sometimes resembles thin tissue. NCBEL, 2: 971; CBEL, II, p.527; ESTC, T102228; Block, p.53 (under D’Arblay); Rothschild, 547 and 548 (Dr. Burney’s copy, like this without the final blank in volume five). In the present copy, K10r in volume two has a garbled catchword ‘oprop’ for ‘opport’ (the ‘r’ being in fact upside-down).
Ref: BRT100093


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[BURNEY (Frances, Mme. d’Arblay)]. Camilla: Or, A picture of youth. By the author of Evelina and Cecilia. In five volumes. Printed for T. Payne, at the Mews-Gate; and T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies (Successors To Mr. Cadell) in the Strand, 1796.
5 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; integral publisher’s advertisement leaf present at end of volume one; A, a, B-I, K-R12, S4; [A]2, B-I, K-T12; [A]2, B-I, K-U12, X6; [A]2, B-I, K-T12; [A]2, B-I, K-AA12, BB2; pp.xlviii (title, dedication, author’s Advertisement, Subscribers, and Contents leaves)+390+[ii]; [iv]+432; [iv]+468; [iv]+432; [iv]+556; contemporary tree calf, tooled gilt on spines, lettering and numbering piece. Some wear and chipping to calf of spines, one lettering piece chipped, one lettering-piece and one numbering-piece lacking; slight cracking to most joints, and front cover of volume one crudely re-attached with cloth tape at the hinge; a very little light foxing passim; blank lower fore-corner torn from K5 in volume one; strip torn from lower fore-corner of Q9 in volume two, with loss in all of two letters of text; small black stain to D6v in volume three (possibly a printing fault) obscuring two or three letters of text, sewing fault affecting H6 and H7 with consequent short closed tears to blank inner margin, small chip to blank fore-margin of H9 and K6, piece lacking from extreme blank lower margin of K1 (probably an original paper fault, small wax-stain affecting blank fore-margin of P1 — 4; H11 and H12 in volume four badly opened, with tear to blank margin of H11 and piece lacking from margin of H12, just touching two letters of text, blank lower fore-corner of O6 and P1 chipped; small hole (original paper flaw) in blank fore-margin of I10, another, just touching one letter, in Uu11; otherwise a nice copy.


GB £320.00

US $432.00


The paper is watermarked ‘1795’.NCBEL, 2: 971; CBEL, II, p.527; ESTC, T114705; Block, p.53 (under D’Arblay); Rothschild, 551. The terminal advertisement leaf in volume one is frequently lacking. The list of Subscribers includes “Miss J. Austen, Steventon". Two states of text are recorded for volumes four and five. In the present copy the press figure ‘7’ on p.322 of volume four appears under the words ‘of regard’ instead of the word ‘small’ as in some copies, and in volume five p.555 has no press figure: some copies have the press figure ‘3’ at the foot.
Ref: BRT100095


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CAMPBELL (John).]. The Travels And Adventures Of Edward Brown, Esq; Formerly a Merchant in London. Containing His Observations on France and Italy; his Voyage to the Levant; his Account of the Isle Of Malta; his Remarks in his Journies thro’ The lower and upper Egypt; together with a Brief Description of the Abyssinian Empire. Interspersed throughout With several curious Historical Passages re- Lating to our own as well as Foreign Nations; As also with Critical Disquisitions as to the pre- Sent state of the Sciences in Egypt, particularly Physic and Chemistry. London: Printed for J. Applebee, For A. Bettesworth, and C. Hitch, at the Red-Lyon in Pater-noster-Row; William Hinchliffe, at Dryden’s- Head, under the Piazza of the Royal-Exchange; and Stephen Austen, at the Angel and Bible in St. Paul’s-Church-Yard, 1739. Lge.post.8vo format; nothing called for before the title-page; Index at end; pp.xvi+434+[xiv (not paginated)]; A — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ff8; twentieth century half natural calf, applied back, Cockerel-marbled sides, ruled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled and lettered gilt; white end-papers, the original free end-papers preserved. Leaf C4 torn across, without loss, and with old silked repair, and G7 with short tear to blank lower margin; small chip to blank lower fore-corner of last leaf; edges first and last two leaves a little embrowned from the turnovers of the original leather, the preserved end-papers more so, the front one somewhat chipped and fragile about the margins; otherwise an excellent, clean, large copy.

GB £780.00

US $1,053.00


An early anonymous publication by a writer admired by Johnson and Goldsmith, and the future author of ‘Lives of the Admirals’, ‘A Concise History of Spanish America’, ‘The Present State of Europe’, ‘A Political Survey of Britain’, etc. A vivid narrative after the model of Defoe, but in a style reminiscent of ‘John Inglesant’. The fictional Brown is supposed to have been born in 1641, to have begun his travels in 1660, and to have died in 1704. The detail is taken from a mixture of sources, and some at least of it verges on fantasy — as for instance the accounts of Egyptian chemistry, alchemy, medicine, etc. — though ‘Brown’ himself takes generally the sceptic’s point of view. The object, however, is to produce a good narrative, rather than to detail the ‘real’. As the ‘Editor’ says in his Preface: “I know    .    .    . that we have already many particular accounts of Egypt, but this has so little to do with the present Affair, that I am positive if we did not know from their Titles that the Accounts we already have relate to the same Country of which Mr. Brown speaks, we should scarce discern it from the Composition of their Contents    .    .    .” (pp.ix — x). McBurney, 335, somewhat misleadingly leaving out from his collation the Preface and Index; ESTC, T44124; this title not in NCBEL, which does record an earlier novel by Campbell; not in Gove.
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[CLELAND (John).]. Memoirs Of a Coxcomb. London: Printed for R. Grifiths, at the Dunciad In Paul’s Church-Yard, 1751.
F’cap 12mo (watermarked); half-title not called for; fly-titles present to parts II. and III.; fifteen entry Errata a at foot of p.386; [A]1, B-I, K-R12, S1; pp.[ii]+386; contemporary full sheep, unobtrusively rebacked to match, spine with five bands raised over the cords, ruled blind on sides and spine, red lettering piece ruled and tooled in period style; end-papers renewed with period paper. Large (20mm) light mark on title-page (probably a tallow spot) and several others towards gutter, affecting also the following leaf; title leaf unobtrusively re-margined at head where an inscription has been cut away; a little light dusting and one or two light stains passim; original paper flaw to blank lower fore-corner of E6, with minute (2mm chip); another to blank fore-margin of Q6; a very good copy only.


GB £850.00

US $1,147.50


The second ‘scandalous book’ by the author of ‘Fanny Hill’, and now quite scarce. Some of the characters are based upon real people, the most notable being the presentation of Lady Mary Wortley Montague as ‘Lady Belle Travers’. Raven, 75; Rothschild, 644; NCBEL, 2: 996, giving an extended title present only in later printings; CBEL, II, p.544; ESTC, T57321; Lowndes, p.477, describing it as a work “of the most pernicious tendency, justly censured by everyone who has the least regard to virtue and decency".
Ref: BRT100097


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[DEFOE (Daniel).]. The Consolidator: Or, Memoirs Of Sundry Transactions From the World in the Moon. Translated from the Lunar Language, By the Author of The True-born English Man. London: Printed, and are to be Sold by Benj. Bragg At the Blue Ball in Ave-mary-lane, 1705.
Post 8vo; publisher’s advertisements on lower half of last page; A2, B-I, K-U, X-Z8, Aa4; pp.[iv]+360; contemporary sprinkled calf, pleasantly rebacked in matching style, spine with five raised bands. Original end-papers expertly and unobtrusively strengthened at gutters; ms. note on blank fore-margin of B1; small burn hole in G8, with loss of two letters of text on each side of the leaf; slight marginal foxing to F3 — F6; short tear to upper margin of M1, not approaching text, and another to the upper margin of M4 (in the same place, suggesting a folding or trimming error); gatherings A, H, N, and Q to the end variously embrowned (v. note); otherwise an excellent copy, with good margins.


GB £960.00

US $1,296.00


Printed on three different paper stocks: the first, which is whitest, being used for gatherings B, C, E, F, G, I, L, and O; the second, cream toned, for gatherings D, K, and P; the third, a thinner paper that was probably slightly toned to start with, but tends to develop a species of mottled embrowning, for gathering [A] (the half-title and title), and for gatherings H, N, and Q to the end. In the present copy this paper stock is less seriously darkened and mottled than in many copies we have seen. We have had several copies of this book in a binding closely similar to the present one, and hypothesise it is a publisher’s calf. Moore, 93; Wright, 68; NCBEL, 2: 887; CBEL, III, p.499; ESTC, 4166; Esdaile, p.202; Rothschild, 737, noting that “though ‘this prose satire contains the first hints of many of the ideas which Swift afterwards embodied in Gulliver’ (Lowndes, art. Defoe) there is no positive evidence that Swift ever read or possessed a copy of ‘The Consolidator’.” According to Esdaile the work was ‘Reprinted with additions’ later the same year.
Ref: BRT100102


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[?DEFOE (Daniel) and HAYWOOD (Eliza)]. Secret Memoirs Of the late Mr. Duncan Campbel, The Famous Deaf and Dumb Gentleman. Written By Himself, who ordered they Should be publish’d after his Decease. To which is added, An Appendix, by Way of Vindication Of Mr. Duncan Campbel, against that groundless Aspersion cast upon him, That he but pretended to Be Deaf and Dumb. London: Printed for J. Millan, at the Green Door, the Corner Of Buckingham-Court; and J. Chrichley, at the London-Gazette, Charing-Cross, 1732.
Post 8vo; copper-engraved portrait frontispiece by Price after Hill on text-paper; half-title not called for, but without the initial blank present in some copies; leaf bearing The Names Of the Subscribers, and Contents leaf, follow title leaf; separate title-page to the Appendix (included in the pagination); [A]?4, B-I, K-Q8; pp.[2 (frontispiece)]+[vi]+239+[i (blank)]; contemporary watered calf, leather spine label tooled and lettered gilt. Boards worn at corners; calf rubbed and worn about edges, and somewhat crudely rebacked with sheep, but preserving the original slightly chipped label; front free end-paper renewed; old (and rather faded) ownership stamp at head of title-page; original paper fault in lower margin of leaf I2 with loss of two words; two or three leaves with insignificant marks on margins; the text in general very nice. A large copy.


GB £550.00

US $742.50


Not to be confused with ‘The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell’ written by Defoe in collaboration with William Bond (and, possibly, Eliza Haywood) and published in 1720; or ‘A Spy upon the Conjurer: or, a Collection of Surprising Stories, with Names, Places, and particular Circumstances relating to Mr. Duncan Campbell’, written by Eliza Haywood and published in 1724. After Campbell’s death in 1730, the present volume was possibly projected by Defoe, but written by Eliza Haywood on the basis of materials left by him at his own death in 1731. The portrait frontispiece is identical to that in the work published in 1720, to which also there is allusion in the text. Largely concerned with fortune-telling, magic, witchcraft, and other aspects of the occult. The second title-page reads: ‘An Appendix, By Way of Vindication Of Mr. Duncan Campbel, Against That Groundless Aspersion cast upon Him, That he but pretended to be Deaf and Dumb. By a Friend of the Deceased. London: Printed in the Year 1732.’ Eighty-six copies were subscribed for. Whicher, ‘Eliza Haywood’, 59 and pp.85-9; Esdaile, p.179; McBurney, 273; not, apparently, in NCBEL, or CBEL; ESTC, T72257; not in Rothschild.
Ref: BRT100106


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[DUBOIS-FONTANELLE Jean Gaspard and] GRIFFITH (Mrs.). The Shipwreck And Adventures Of Monsieur Pierre Viaud, A Native of Bourdeaux, and Captain of a Ship. Translated from the French, By Mrs. Griffith. London, Printed for T. Davies, in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden, 1771. Demy 8vo format, not watermarked; half-title precedes fine frontispiece, on copper, engraved by J. Collyer after S.H. Grimm; pp.xii+276; A6, B-I, K-S8, T2; contemporary full polished calf, spine with five bands raised over the cords, red lettering-piece tooled and lettered gilt; edges stained brown. Calf of front joint cracked; front end-paper lacking, but very neat strengthening to gutter; chip to blank lower fore-corner of A3, and B4, not approaching text; tear to lower margin of B6, just touching text, and longer tear to R3, both without loss and neatly mended without use of tissue; insignificant short tears to a few extreme lower margins; otherwise a very nice, large copy.

GB £550.00

US $742.50


Originally published in French in 1769, anonymously, under the title ‘Naufrage de Pierre Viaud’, the novel is a Robinsonade, like ‘Robinson Crusoe’ apparently based on facts, but so embroidered by Dubois-Fontanelle that nobody has been able to decide whether or not it should be classed also as an imaginary voyage. This, the first English edition, has also additions by the translator, as noted in her Preface. Gove, pp.41-45 referring only to the French edition; included in Garnier, ‘Voyages imaginaires, songes, visions, et romans cabalistiques’, Amsterdam et Paris, 1787-9; Sabin, 99415; ESTC, T 138378; Block, p.62, listing the Library of Congress copy only; COPAC, listing the Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and Manchester copies only. This copy has the misprint ‘VIAND’ for ‘VIAUD’ in the drop-head to p.[1].
Ref: BRT119321


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FIELDING (Henry, Esq.). Amelia. By Henry Fielding, Esq; In four volumes [omitted after volume one]. Vol. I [II; III; IV;]. London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, 1752.
12mo; half-titles not called for; final blank in volume one; integral advertisement leaf (with verso blank) at end of volume two; initial blank in volume three; A6, B-I, K-N12; A4, B-I, K-M12; A6, B-I, K-O12, P6; A4, B-I, K-N12, O4; pp.xii+285+[iii]; viii+262+[ii]; [2]+ix+[i (blank)]+323+[i (blank)]; [viii (blank)]+296; contemporary full natural calf, spine with five raised bands, and gilt rules, red label lettered gilt, sprinkled edges. One label somewhat chipped, one slightly so; small ink splashes on one leaf; otherwise a very nice copy.


GB £980.00

US $1,323.00


ESTC, T89846; Cross, III, p.321-2; Rothschild, 853. With the very scarce final blank in volume one, and the frequently lacking advertisement leaf for the ‘Universal-Register-Office’, including a reference to ‘The Covent-Garden Journal’ present in volume two, as in the Rothschild copy; also present, and neither recorded by Rothschild nor called for in the signatures, is an initial blank in volume three, completing the half-sheet, which appears to be conjugate with the leaf described by Rothschild as A5 (i.e., the last leaf of the preliminary gathering). Certainly, at any rate, it differs in quality from the paper of the binder’s blanks, and closely resembles that used for the prelims. As far as we can discover, this blank is unrecorded. According to advertisements by the publisher in December 1751 ‘this work has been printed at four presses’. Strahan printed, and recorded in his ledger, 5,000 copies of Vols. I and III in December 1751, and 3,000 in January 1752, but according to Rothschild: ‘no distinguishing characteristics have been recorded’. Copies of the first printing show a total of thirty-three press variants in gathering I of Vol.III, but these are exhibited as one or other only of two states: either a corrected inner forme is backed by an uncorrected outer forme, or an uncorrected inner forme is backed by a corrected outer forme. It appears from this that printing must have been carried out simultaneously on two machines, each printing sheets to be backed up on the other, and to have been started before Fielding had returned the corrected proofs. These must, however, have arrived before the backing-up had been begun, so that the backing run on each machine was done in both cases with the corrected text (v. Battestin, Wesleyan Edition, Appendix VII, pp.594-5 for a discussion of this). It appears necessary also to assume that the print order must have been increased to 8,000 before the printing of this gathering commenced. A simple way to tell the difference between the two states is provided by p.191, l.4, where the misprint ‘the at Folly’ was corrected to ‘at the Folly’. Vol.III in the present copy has this correction. Besides these variants, however, a number of other press variants and errata have been noted, scattered throughout. The following occur only in some copies: in Vol.I, p.258, penultimate line, the present copy has ‘the Name’ where sometimes the ‘t’ of ‘the’ is lacking; in Vol.II, the press figure ‘3’ appears on p.109 (rather than on p.108 where, as Rothschild notes, it is occasionally found); on p.107, last line, the ‘ot’ of ‘Broth’ is perfect where in some copies it is badly broken, the top half of these two letters being displaced to the right; on p.137, the last line, has both ‘it’ and the catchword ‘was’ below it correctly printed where some copies have ‘i’ for ‘it’, and the catchword ‘wa’ for ‘was’; p.228, ll.17 and 20 both have the reading ‘she’ whereas it ought to be ‘she’ in l.17 and ‘he’ in line 20 but other copies have ‘he’ for ‘she’ and ‘she’ for ‘he’ respectively (no copy seen having the correct reading!); in Vol.III, p.39 has the page number present where in some copies it is lacking. The following have been noted in every copy examined: in Vol.I, p.11, ll.13, ‘him’ redundant at start; p.26, l.8, ‘or’ for ‘for’; p.257, last line of text, ‘off’ for ‘of’; in Vol.II, p.221 is misnumbered ‘211’; in Vol.IV, p.25, l.4, ‘by searching’ for ‘searching; p.137 the catchword appears as ‘withou’ rather than ‘without’; p.281, l.19, ‘the’ redundant at start.
Ref: BRT117783


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FIELDING (Henry). Amelia. By Henry Fielding, Esq; In four volumes [omitted after volume one]. Vol. I [II; III; IV;]. London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, 1752.
12mo; half-titles not called for; final blank in volume one lacking; integral advertisement leaf (with verso blank) at end of volume two; initial blank in volume three; A6, B-I, K-M12N11 (ex 12); A4, B-I, K-M12; A6, B-I, K-O12, P6; A4, B-I, K-N12, O4; pp.xii+285+[i ex (iii)]; viii+262+[ii]; [2]+ix+[i (blank)]+323+[i (blank)]; [viii (blank)]+296; volumes one, two, and four, contemporary full natural calf, spine with five raised bands, and blind or gilt rules, red lettering-piece tooled and lettered gilt, volume four having additionally gilt ornaments to the compartments; volume three, contemporary half-calf, marbled sides, spine with five raised bands, red lettering-piece tooled and lettered gilt. Joints to first two volumes cracked, and front board lacking to volume one; first and last leaf in first two volumes showing some marginal staining from the turnovers of the calf; a very few small spots or very light stains internally, almost wholly confined to margins; chip to blank fore-margin of F12 and short tear to blank lower margin of K4 in volume one, and short tear to blank lower margin of I11 in volume three; otherwise internally a nice copy. A made up set here offered inexpensively for re-binding.


GB £400.00

US $540.00


ESTC, T89846; Cross, III, p.321-2; Rothschild, 853. Without the very scarce final blank in volume one, but with the frequently lacking advertisement leaf for the ‘Universal-Register-Office’, including a reference to ‘The Covent-Garden Journal’ present in volume two, as in the Rothschild copy; also present, and neither recorded by Rothschild nor called for in the signatures, is an initial blank in volume three, completing the half-sheet, which appears to be conjugate with the leaf described by Rothschild as A5 (i.e., the last leaf of the preliminary gathering). Certainly, at any rate, it differs in quality from the paper of the binder’s blanks, and closely resembles that used for the prelims. As far as we can discover, this blank is unrecorded. According to advertisements by the publisher in December 1751 ‘this work has been printed at four presses’. Strahan printed, and recorded in his ledger, 5,000 copies of Vols. I and III in December 1751, and 3,000 in January 1752, but according to Rothschild: ‘no distinguishing characteristics have been recorded’. Copies of the first printing show a total of thirty-three press variants in gathering I of Vol.III, but these are exhibited as one or other only of two states: either a corrected inner forme is backed by an uncorrected outer forme, or an uncorrected inner forme is backed by a corrected outer forme. It appears from this that printing must have been carried out simultaneously on two machines, each printing sheets to be backed up on the other, and to have been started before Fielding had returned the corrected proofs. These must, however, have arrived before the backing-up had been begun, so that the backing run on each machine was done in both cases with the corrected text (v. Battestin, Wesleyan Edition, Appendix VII, pp.594-5 for a discussion of this). It appears necessary also to assume that the print order must have been increased to 8,000 before the printing of this gathering commenced. A simple way to tell the difference between the two states is provided by p.191, l.4, where the misprint ‘the at Folly’ was corrected to ‘at the Folly’. Vol.III in the present copy has this correction. Besides these variants, however, a number of other press variants and errata have been noted, scattered throughout. The following occur only in some copies: in Vol.I, p.258, penultimate line, the present copy has ‘the Name’ where sometimes the ‘t’ of ‘the’ is lacking; in Vol.II, the press figure ‘3’ appears on p.108 (rather than on p.109 where, as Rothschild notes, it is usually found); on p.107, last line, the ‘ot’ of ‘Broth’ is badly broken, the top half of these two letters being displaced to the right, whereas in some copies it is perfect; on p.137, the last line, has ‘i’ for ‘it’, and the catchword ‘wa’ for ‘was’, both being correctly printed in some copies; p.228, ll.17 and 20 both have the reading ‘she’ whereas it ought to be ‘she’ in l.17 and ‘he’ in line 20 but other copies have ‘he’ for ‘she’ and ‘she’ for ‘he’ respectively (no copy seen having the correct reading!); in Vol.III, p.39 has the page number present where in some copies it is lacking. The following have been noted in every copy that we have examined: in Vol.I, p.11, ll.13, ‘him’ redundant at start; p.26, l.8, ‘or’ for ‘for’; p.257, last line of text, ‘off’ for ‘of’; in Vol.II, p.221 is misnumbered ‘211’; in Vol.IV, p.25, l.4, ‘by searching’ for ‘searching; p.137 the catchword appears as ‘withou’ rather than ‘without’; p.281, l.19, ‘the’ redundant at start.
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FIELDING (Henry, Esq.). Amelia. By Henry Fielding, Esq; In four volumes [omitted after volume one]. Vol. I [II; III; IV;]. London: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, 1752.
12mo; half-titles not called for; bound up without the final blank in volume one or the initial blank in volume three; integral advertisement leaf (with verso blank) at end of volume two; A6, B-I, K-M12, N11 (ex 12); A4, B-I, K-M12; A5 (ex 6), B-I, K-O12, P6; A4, B-I, K-N12, O4; pp.xii+285+[i (ex iii)]; viii+262+[ii]; ix+[i (blank)]+323+[i (blank)]; [vii+i (blank)]+296; contemporary full natural calf, spine with five raised bands, black lettering piece. Small chip to head-cap of volume IV, and sllight cracking to a couple of joints, but no weakness; new lettering-pieces; a slightly grubby copy with a few scattered small light stains and the occasional short marginal tear; tears and creasing and some small chips to a number of lower inner margins (apparently a binding fault), especially affecting B2 — 10 in volume one, but without loss of text, and to upper forecorner of B9 in volume four, and H7 and 8 in volume two with loss of all or part of half a dozen letters on H7; some ink notes in margins and correction of errata, in a contemporary hand, showing evidence of close reading; a very good copy only but in a strong contemporary binding. As a working copy


GB £150.00

US $202.50


ESTC, T89846; Cross, III, p.321-2; Rothschild, 853. With the frequently lacking advertisement leaf for the ‘Universal-Register-Office’, including a reference to ‘The Covent-Garden Journal’ present in volume two, as in the Rothschild copy; but without the scarce blanks. According to advertisements by the publisher in December 1751 ‘this work has been printed at four presses’. Strahan printed, and recorded in his ledger, 5,000 copies of Vols. I and III in December 1751, and 3,000 in January 1752, but according to Rothschild: ‘no distinguishing characteristics have been recorded’. Copies of the first printing show a total of thirty-three press variants in gathering I of Vol.III, but these are exhibited as one or other only of two states: either a corrected inner forme is backed by an uncorrected outer forme, or an uncorrected inner forme is backed by a corrected outer forme. It appears from this that printing must have been carried out simultaneously on two machines, each printing sheets to be backed up on the other, and to have been started before Fielding had returned the corrected proofs. These must, however, have arrived before the backing-up had been begun, so that the backing run on each machine was done in both cases with the corrected text (v. Battestin, Wesleyan Edition, Appendix VII, pp.594-5 for a discussion of this). It appears necessary also to assume that the print order must have been increased to 8,000 before the printing of this gathering commenced. A simple way to tell the difference between the two states is provided by p.191, l.4, where the misprint ‘the at Folly’ was corrected to ‘at the Folly’. Vol.III in the present copy has this correction. Besides these variants, however, a number of other press variants and errata have been noted, scattered throughout. The following occur only in some copies: in Vol.I, p.258, penultimate line, the present copy has ‘he Name’ for ‘the name’; in Vol.II, p.107, last line, the ‘ot’ of ‘Broth’ is perfect (in some copies it is badly broken, the top half of these two letters being displaced to the right); p.137, last line, has both ‘it’ and the catchword ‘was’ below it correctly printed (some copies have ‘i’ for ‘it’, and the catchword ‘wa’ for ‘was’);the press figure ‘3’ appears on p.109, as usual (it is occasionally found on p.108 instead, as Rothschild notes); p.228, ll.17 and 20 have ‘he’ for ‘she’ and ‘she’ for ‘he’ respectively (some copies have ‘she’ for both); in Vol.III, p.39 is without a page number (in some copies it is correctly numbered). The following have been noted in every copy that we have examined: in Vol.I, p.11, ll.13, ‘him’ redundant at start; p.26, l.8, ‘or’ for ‘for’; p.257, last line of text, ‘off’ for ‘of’; in Vol.II, p.221 is misnumbered ‘211’; in Vol.IV, p.25, l.4, ‘by searching’ for ‘searching; p.137 the catchword appears as ‘withou’ rather than ‘without’; p.281, l.19, ‘the’ redundant at start.
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FLORIAN (M. [J.-P. Claris] de). Mélanges De Poésie et de littérature. Par M. de Florian, Capitaine de dragons, et gentilhomme de S. A. S. Mgr. le duc de Penthievre; des acad. de Madrid, De Florence, de Lyon, de Nismes, d’Angers, etc. A Paris, De l’imprimerie de Didot l’aŒné, 1787.
18mo in sixes; six copper engraved plates; pp.224+[iii (Approbation / Privilege)]+[i (advertisements)]; [1] — 196,publisher’s plain grey paper wrappers, white paper spine label; a.e. uncut; issued without free end-papers, the paste-downs being bound in. Lacking much of the backstrip, and almost all the paper label; margins of one plate lightly foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy.


GB £230.00

US $310.50


Querard, Vol.III, p.141. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in, correctly, to face pp.[7], [25], [41], [95], [145], and [171]. In this copy the comma following ‘Lyon’ on the title-page is battered (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined). About half the volume is prose (including an imitation of Cervantes), the rest verse of a mainly narrative nature.
Ref: BRT100110


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GODWIN (William). St. Leon: A Tale Of the Sixteenth century. In four volumes. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-row, 1799. R. Noble, Printer, Great Shire-Lane.
4 Vols., 12mo; half-title present in each volume; final blank present in volume three; [A]2, a6, B-I, K-O12, P6, Q4; A2, B-I, K-O12, P6, Q4; A2, B-I, K-N12; A2, B-I, K-P12; pp.[4]+xii+331+[i (blank)]; [iv]+331+[i (blank)]; [iv]+286+[ii]; [iv]+336; original grey paper wrappers, re-backed with buff paper, white paper spine-label, in period style; edges lightly rough-trimmed at time of re-backing; original end-papers preserved. Some wrappers a little chipped and fragile at edges, and a trifle stained; end-papers strengthened at gutters, back free end-paper to volume three lacking, the presence of the original final blank making this less than obvious, front free end-paper to volume four supplied with similar paper; a very little scattered light foxing or staining, two or three small corners turned, small chip to blank upper corner of D12 in volume three, and blank lower corner of M12 in volume four (possibly original paper faults), half-title to volume one repaired at tail of gutter, tear in lower margin of B12 in volume four neatly repaired without tissue, blank lower fore-corner of D10 in volume three restored almost invisibly with matching paper; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy.


GB £2,150.00

US $2,902.50


Wolff, 2589: “A fundamental novel for the occult tradition: elixir of life, wandering Jew, etc."; Bleiler (1948), p.128, listing only the ‘Bentley Standard Novels’ edition of 1831; NCBEL, 2: 1250; CBEL, II, p.655, erroneously stating: ‘3 vols. 1799; 4 vols. 1800’; Block, p.85 (‘4 vols., 1799’); ESTC, T94266; Summers, p.493, giving the printer’s name as ‘J. Cundee. Ivy-lane, Newgate-street’; this title not in Locke, Rothschild or Tinker. A narrative concerning the tragic pursuit of the philosopher’s stone (the alchemical elixir). The character of Marguerite in this novel is said to be a sketch of Mary Wollstonecraft.

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[GOLDSMITH (Oliver)]. The Vicar Of Wakefield: A tale. Supposed to be written by Himself. Vol.I [II]. Salisbury: Printed by B. Collins, For F. Newbery, in Pater-Noster-Row, London, 1766. F’cap 12mo; half-titles not called for; author’s Advertisement (signed in type by Goldsmith) follows title-page in volume one; pp.[iv]+214; [ii]+223+[i (blank)]; [A]2 (v. note), B — I12, K11; [A]1 (v. note), B — K12, L4; recent full natural polished calf by W. Stock of Sydney, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands tooled with guinea-roll rules blind, tooled and numbered gilt in compartments, black lettering-piece; a.e. gilt; marbled end-papers. Small chip to lower fore-corner of B1 in volume one, neatly restored with sympathetic paper, but with loss of all or part of about six words on either side of the leaf, these being supplied in facsimile from another copy; short tear to blank fore-margin of C1 in same volume repaired without the use of tissue; small chip to blank upper fore-corner of D3; tear to blank extreme inner margin of D6 repaired almost invisibly, again without tissue; small hole in G7, G10, and I8, probably original paper flaws, without loss of text (though one falls between two letters on one side of a leaf); chip to blank lower fore-corner of last leaf repaired with sympathetic paper; one or two spots or small, light, stains on some half-dozen or so leaves; volume two lightly embrowned throughout, and with small hole in blank fore-margin of D4, probably due to an original paper flaw; binding fine.

GB £2,160.00

US $2,916.00


A beautiful signed binding in perfect period style by W. Stock of Sydney. Probable first state of volume one, probable second state of volume two. ESTC, T198363 (this issue); Roscoe A200(2); Rothschild, 1028, recording a mixed set of first and third states of text; Temple Scott, pp.174-5: volume one with ‘husband’ lacking at start of l.1 on p.15, but with catchword on p.14 ‘hus-’ not ‘has’ (a variant not recorded: did Temple Scott mis-read his notes?); with the catchword on p.71 ‘Within’ not ‘Far’, that to p.75 ‘This’ not ‘The’, that to p.77 ‘This’ not ‘While’ (as recorded by Temple Scott of the Elkins copy), and that to p.120 ‘pre-’ not ‘a’; volume two has the signature mark ‘B4’ misprinted ‘B3’, and the number to p.159 misprinted as ‘165’, but the catchword on p.39 is here correctly ‘him’ rather than ‘was’. We have avoided using Temple Scott’s ABC classification of states of text since his applying it to the volumes as pairs creates a confusing and unnecessary number of variations — and also is logically unsound if taken to represent a sequence of corrections. It is impossible to be certain of one of the points recorded by Temple Scott — the presence or absence of the catchword on p.213 in volume one since at that point the corner has been torn away, possibly removing it, but the presence of the point to p.77, which Temple Scott hints is unusual, leads us to suppose that it is probably of the earliest state — in which case there is here no loss. The corrected catchword to p.39 in volume two, combined with the incorrect page number, suggests that this volume exhibits the second state of three, the page number also being later corrected. In addition to the points recorded by Temple Scott, the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted, and may or may not have significance in terms of state: Vol.I, p.5, l.7, ‘r’ in ‘Abensberg’ printed too heavily; p.13, l.8, irregular type in ‘tea,’; p.14, l.6, dot lacking to ‘i’ of ‘it’; p.39, ll.14/15 verb (probably ‘is’ or ‘must be’) dropped out between lines; p.43, l.3, ‘making’ for ‘taking’; p.53, l.13, second ‘e’ of ‘flatterers’ broken; p.87, ll.15/16, slanting type at start of line; p.135, last line, ‘c’ of ‘sincerer’ broken; p.141, l.10, ‘i’ of ‘friend’s’ virtually lacking; p.158, l.7, ‘coversation’ for ‘conversation’; p.163, l.12, ‘c’ of ‘cipal’ broken, l.19, ‘ri’ of ‘rival’ dropped; Vol.II, p.1, l.2, ‘no’ of ‘novelty’ battered; p.18, l.9, ‘re’ and ‘v’ of ‘receive’ battered; p.25, l.11, irregular type in ‘extraordinary’; p.37, l.18, broken ‘l’ in ‘Arnold’; p.58, l.1, ‘t’ of ‘amazement’ battered; p.62, l.20, first ‘l’ in ‘all’ printed faintly; p.[89], antepenultimate line, ‘t’ of ‘youngest’ clogged; p.118, penultimate line, ‘f’ of ‘for’ lacking; p.126, l.4, first ‘e’ in ‘wretched’ clogged (likewise ll.16 and 17, in ‘ed’ and at end of ‘miserable’); p.157, l.8, first ‘e’ in ‘miserable’ clogged; p.158, l.11, enlarged full stop after ‘heart’; p.176, ll.18 and 19, ‘r’ of ‘before’ and first ‘m’ of ‘immense’ almost lacking; p.196, l.18, dropped ‘t’ in ‘thence’; p.200, l.9, ‘whose’ for ‘whoso’, l.16, ‘st’ of ‘lost’ printed faint; p.212, l.12, ‘wa’ in ‘ward’ raised. Temple Scott calls for a final blank in volume one, which is surprising, in view of the fact that the volume would make exactly eighteen and a half sheets without it. Slight differences of paper in the present copy suggest that the two preliminary leaves are not conjugate — and in that case it would have been logical for Collins to print the title leaf as part of the final gathering instead of the blank. Offsetting onto K12v of volume two (which is blank) suggests that the sheet has at some point been stacked on top of a sheet containing the title-page. Logically, this ought to be gathering L — in which case it was a normal half-sheet, and contained space likewise for the author’s Advertisement leaf, which was probably provided after the other text. The Rothschild copy did not have a blank at the end of volume one, neither has any other copy we have seen, and we wonder whether Temple Scott has at some point mis-collated, or assumed!
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GOMEZ (Madame [Madeleine Angelique Poisson] de). Persian Anecdotes: Or, secret Memoirs Of the Court of Persia. Written originally in French, for the Enter- Tainment of the King, By the Celebrated Madame De Gomez, Author of La Belle Assemblée. Translated by Paul Chamberlen, Gent. London: Printed for Weaver Bickerton, in Devereux- Court, near the Middle-Temple, 1730.
Post 8vo; half-title not called for; leaf blank on recto, bearing blurb on verso, precedes title-page; integral advertisement leaf at end; A6, B-I, K-U, X-Cc8, Dd2; pp.xii+402+[ii]; contemporary panelled calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides, with centre and corner ornaments, spine with five raised bands, red lettering-piece, edges of boards tooled gilt; sprinkled burnished edges. Almost invisibly re-backed, preserving the original back and label, and with new free end-papers of matching period paper discernable only because of a slight over-lap at the gutters; slight silver-fish damage to both free end-papers; contemporary ownership inscription on blank recto of blurb leaf, the owner’s name and date ‘1730’ repeated (with slight off-setting) on the upper margin of the first leaf of The Author’s Preface; small original paper flaw extending upwards from lower margin of leaf C2 and crossing the last three lines of text where it appears as a slight thinning of the paper and results in no loss; otherwise a fine copy.


GB £580.00

US $783.00


The earliest example of a true blurb we have come across: it is an extended description of the work extracted we are told from ‘Lettres serieuses & et badines, sur les Ouvrages des Savans. Printed at the Hague for John Vanduren, 1729’, and here presented in translation. CBEL, II, pp.542 & 793; Omitted in NCBEL; McBurney, 250, recording that the French original was published anonymously in 1727, and has also been attributed to N. Baudot de Juilly.
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[GRAVES (Richard).]. The Spiritual Quixote: Or, the Summer’s ramble Of Mr. Geoffry Wildgoose. A comic romance, In three volumes. [Vols. II and III omit: ‘In three volumes’] London: Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-mall, 1773.
3 Vols., 12mo; half-title present in each volume; engraved vignette on each title-page; blank before half-title in volume one; final blank in volume three; A-I, K-P12, Q6, R2; a4, B-I, K-N12; [A]2, a4, B-I, K-O12, P6; pp.[4]+xx+352; viii+287+[i (blank)]; xii+322+[ii]; original full natural calf, spine with five raised bands, red labels, sprinkled burnished edges; text-paper end-papers and binder’s blanks. Calf a trifle chipped and scratched on sides, and on one spine, and worn a little at extremities of spines and over joints, external joints being largely cracked or cracking, but firm on cords, and with the end-papers unaffected; labels recently renewed; signature ‘P’ in volume one misbound in the middle of signature ‘L’, and consequently a fraction proud, but without looseness; leaf I12 in volume two neatly re-margined, without loss of text; minute chip to lower fore-corner of G2, I1, and L10 in volume three; a little scattered very light spotting or dusting, but text nonetheless in general nice.


GB £720.00

US $972.00


NCBEL, 2: 1174; ESTC, T72189; Block, p.90; Rothschild, 1053, recording a copy without the two integral blanks. In the present copy leaf D4 in volume one is signed D5; in volume three E6 is signed L6: neither error being mentioned in Rothschild. An interesting copy, in the original state.
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[HAWKESWORTH (JOHN).]. Almoran And Hamet: An Oriental tale. In Two volumes. Volume first [second]. London: Printed for H. Payne, and W. Cropley, At Dryden’s Head in Pater-noster Row, 1761.
2 Vols., f’cap 8vo (watermarked); half-titles present in both volumes; two entry Errata to both volumes at end of volume one; [A]4, B-I, K8, L2; [A]2, B-I, K8, L6; pp.viii+146+[ii]; [iv]+156; contemporary full watered calf ruled gilt on sides, spine with four bands raised over the cords, ruled and numbered gilt, lettering piece; a.e. brown; marbled end-papers. Re-backed with matching calf, preserving the original end-papers; slight wear to corners and edges of boards; small strip (15mm x 4mm maximum) torn from blank upper margin of C1, corresponding short closed tear (4mm) to blank upper margin of C2 and C3, minute chip (2 x 2mm) to blank upper margin of K3, in volume one; text otherwise fine.


GB £460.00

US $621.00


CBEL, II, p.467; NCBEL, 2: 836; ESTC, T68578; Block, p.99: the first of two editions printed in this year, that listed by Block bearing the imprint “Printed by C. Say. For H. Payne” etc. — and in fact, though he not does say so, bearing on its title-page the words ‘The second edition’. Though Hawkesworth’s name does not appear on the title-page, the book was not in fact published anonymously: his name, in type, appears at the end of the dedication.
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[HAWKESWORTH (John).]. Almoran And Hamet: An Oriental tale. In two volumes [this in volume one only]. The second edition. Vol. I [II]. London, Printed by C. Say: For H. Payne and W. Cropley, At Dryden’s Head in Pater-noster-Row, 1761. 2 Vols., f’cap 8vo format (watermarked ‘PRO PATRIA’ and Britannia); half-title present in each volume; final leaf of volume one a single inset; pp.viii+146; [iv]+156; [A]4, B — I, K8, L1; [A]2, B — I, K8, L6; contemporary sprinkled calf, spine with four bands raised over the cords, spine ruled and numbered gilt, lettering-piece; engraved armorial bookplate of Almeric Hugh Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough on front end-papers. Spines very defective, and two boards detached; inscriptions obliterated on front binder’s blanks; single worm-hole through extreme lower inner margin of first four gatherings in volume two; occasional light dusting and one or two small marks, the text in general, however, nice. As a binding copy.

GB £60.00

US $81.00


An entirely different setting of text from the first edition of the same year. CBEL, II, p.467; NCBEL, 2: 836; ESTC, T57815; Block, p.99, listing this printing only. As with the first edition, though Hawkesworth’s name does not appear on the title-page, his name, in type, appears at the end of the dedication.
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The first Hollow Earth fantasy.

[HOLBERG (Ludwig, Baron).]. A Journey To the World Under-Ground. By Nicholas Klimius. Translated from the Original. London: Printed for T. Astley, at the Rose in St Paul’s Church-Yard; and B. Collins, Bookseller, in Salisbury, 1742. F’cap 12mo (watermarked); half-title not called for; Contents leaf follows title leaf; pp.[iv]+324; [A]2, B — I, K — O12, P6; 24pp. inserted Astley catalogue at end; (?)publisher’s full natural calf, ruled gilt on sides and spine, spine with five bands raised over the cords, not lettered; edges burnished brown. 3mm chipped from calf across headband; small chip to top corner of front end-papers repaired apparently prior to binding(!); neat early ownership inscription of ‘Wm. Braithwaite’ on front end-paper; small hole to blank inner margin of H6 due to an original paper flaw; small mark extreme inner margin pp.190/191; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £2,800.00

US $3,780.00


Translated, possibly, from the Latin original first published in Copenhagen with a title-page reading: ‘Nicolai Klimii iter Subterraneum Novem Telluris Theoriam ac Historiam Quintæ Monarchiæ Adhuc Incognitæ Exhibens e Bibliotheca B. Abelini. Sumpibus Jacobi Preussii, Hafni & Lipsiæ, 1741’, though German and French translations were issued by the same publisher in the same year. This, the first translation into English, has been ascribed variously to the Rev. M. Sumby, and to John Lumby. A satirical utopia making use of the ideas of the astronomer Edmond Halley, and inspired in part by Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, in part by More’s ‘Utopia’, and also by the ‘Lettres persanes’ of Montesquieu, it describes the fantastic voyage of the protagonist through a hole in a mountain into a hollow earth, where he finds a minute sun circled by the planet Nazar together with an area, presumably the inside surface of the hollow earth, known as ‘the Firmament’, the inhabitants of which exhibit a variety of social structures, some diametrically opposed to that of the contemporary European stereotype; and also a variety of physical characteristics, mostly awarded with satyrical intent. In one, for instance, females are the dominant sex, and males perform only menial tasks; in another the inhabitants have no mouths, and speak by breaking wind. France and Russia are among the actual countries satirised. The novel was considered dangerously radical in Denmark, and no edition in Danish was to appear for a further forty-seven years. The author, who was born in Norway, studied at Copenhagen where he was appointed successively to professorships of philosophy, metaphysics, Latin rhetoric, and finally of history. Some passages reflect the philosophy of David Hume (v., for instance pp.138-9). The book may have been known to H.G. Wells, one of the episodes in it having possibly inspired ‘The Country of the Blind’. Clute and Nicholls, p.577; Locke, Spectrum III, pp.44-5: “The seminal work of inner-world science fiction"; Block, p.111, giving an extended title not present in this copy ("being the Subterraneous Travels of Nicholas Klimius"); Beesley, Check list of Prose Fiction published in England, 1740 — 1749, p.51; Gove, pp.303 — 6; ESTC, T91064; CBEL, II, p.995; NCBEL, 2: 212.
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[HORNECK (Philip).]. The High-German Doctor. With many Additions and Alterations [omitted in volume two]. To which is added, a large Appendix, With an Explanatory Index. In Two Volumns [sic] [omitted in volume two]. Vol.I [II]. London Printed, and Sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster [London, Printed, and Sold by J. Roberts, near the Oxford- Arms in Warwick Lane], 1720 [1719]. Sm. f’cap 12mo; nothing present before title-page in each volume; title leaf to first volume probably a cancel; final blank in each volume; pp.[ii]+295+[49 (not paginated)]+[ii]; [ii]+304+[26 (not paginated)]+[ii]; [A]1, B — I, K — P12, Q5; A — I, K — O12; recent natural half polished calf, marbled grey-green sides, spine ruled gilt and blind, tooled blind over cords with guinea-roll; numbered direct, within compartments, and with brown lettering-piece. A good deal of marking and dusting, particularly to outer leaves, but a good copy, nonetheless, finely bound.

GB £165.00

US $222.75


Originally issued semi-weekly, folio, in single leaves printed in double column, between May 4th, 1714 and May 12th, 1715, and reprinted in book form by Roberts in 1719, the present volume one representing the second issue, with a cancel title-page dated 1720. P.272 of volume two is blank, p.273 carrying a sectional title-page, blank on verso, reading: “The High-German Doctor Concluded. With a lively Representation of our Present Distempers: The several Symptoms Explain’d. And proper Cure Recommended. London: Printed in the Year 1719.” P.295 in volume one and the unpaginated leaves in both volumes are the Index. A fantastic, rampling, tissue of nonsense and political abuse, cast as fiction, the work may have influenced Southey’s seven volume work ‘The Doctor’. The author, a Whig, was satirised by Pope in the ‘Dunciad’. NCBEL, 2:1275

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

INCHBALD (Mrs. [Elizabeth]). A Simple story. In Four volumes. By Mrs. Inchbald. London: Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster [Paternoster in volume two] Row, 1791.
4 Vols., f’cap 16mo in half sheets; half-title in each volume; integral blank at end of volume two; 8pp. integral advertisements at end of volume four, continuing the signatures; [ ]2, A4, C-I, K-P8, Q5; [A]2, B-I, K-R8; [A]2, B-I, K-O8, [ ]1; [A]2, B-I, K8, L7, M4; pp.[iv]+vii+[i (blank)]+233+[i (nine entry Errata to First Volume)]; [iv]+253+[i (fourteen entry Errata to Second Volume)]+[ii]; [iv]+209+[i (five entry Errata)]; [iv]+157+[i (six line Errata)]+[viii]; contemporary full natural calf, spine ruled and tooled gilt, with red lettering-piece and oval dark green numbering piece. First two volumes excellently rebacked in matching style, preserving the original lettering-pieces; one or two scattered fox-spots and small marks; small hole in leaf E3 in volume two due to an original paper fault, affecting page numbers; D8 in volume four with two short tears in fore-margin and slightly trimmed at fore- and lower- margins; small hole in leaf H7 due to an original paper fault affecting running head but without loss; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy.


GB £1,100.00

US $1,485.00


The very scarce first state of text in which gathering E in volume three has here been wrongly imposed, the order of the pages running 49, 54, 55, 52, 53, 50, 51, 56, 57, 62, 63, 60, 61, 58, 59, 64. A blank may be lacking at the end of volume one; the missing L8 in volume four is presumably the unsigned leaf at the end of volume three. Minor differences in style (such as the presence or absence of taper rules on the half title, or the corresponding use of commas rather than full stops to divide the letters of the Roman figure date on the title-page) suggest that the text was distributed between two printers, one setting volumes one and two, the other volumes three and four. NCBEL, 2: 843; CBEL, II, p.472; ESTC, T134770; Block, p.118; Raven & Forster, 1791:41: none of the above listing variants; this title not in Rothschild; this state of text not in the British Library. “‘A Simple Story’ explores in much greater psychological depth issues and behavioural patterns that also preoccupied her in her plays... its overall effect is to disturb eighteenth-century complacency about the benevolence of paternal power in a way Inchbald’s dramas did not’ — ODNB.
Ref: BRT100119


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The first appearance of Volume II. in any language.

[ISLA y ROJO (José Francisco de).]. The History Of The famous preacher Friar Gerund De Campazas: Otherwise Gerund Zotes. Translated from the Spanish. In two volumes. London: Printed for T. Davies, in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden; And W. Flexney, in Holborn, 1772. 2 Vols., Demy 8vo (watermarked with fleur-de-lys); half-title not called for in volume one, not present in volume two; twenty-nine entry Errata (plus translator’s note) on A4v in volume one; twenty-two entry Errata on [Mm8r] in volume two; pp.[viii]+564; [ii]+541+[i (blank)]+[i (Errata leaf, blank on verso]; A4, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Nn8, Oo2; [-]1, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Mm8; contempoary full natural calf, spine with five bands raised over the cords, ruled and numbered direct, gilt, recent red lettering-piece; a.e. burnished brown. Expert, almost invisible, restorations to calf of spines, and end-papers almost invisibly strengthened at hinges; lacking the back free end-paper to volume two (a fact which is not obvious because the facing page is blank; first and last couple of leaves in each volume stained at margins from the turn-ins of the calf, and one gathering with some light foxing; small hole in Aa8 of volume two, probably due to an original paper flaw, with loss of all or part of six letters in total; otherwise, and in effect, a very nice copy.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


The first volume is a translation of Isla’s ‘Historia del famoso predicador fray Gerundio de Campazas, alias Zotes’, as published originally under the name Don Francisco Lob•n de Salazar, in 1758, but slightly cut by the removal of a lengthy “declamation against a Portuguese book not worth a long confutation,” as the translator’s Advertisement explains, together with “some episodical criticisms on foreign learning, in which [the author] talks with too much peremptoriness of what he was but indifferently qualified to talk of", whilst “some of the didactic parts likewise are curtailed". Though the first volume was originally published in Spanish, it was suppressed in 1760 by the Inquisition, with the result that the second volume, which was just then ready to be printed, never appeared, and this translation, made, as the Advertisement again records, from the author’s “only copy of [the manuscript], partly written by a careful amanuensis, and partly with his own hand", represents the first appearance of the second portion of the work in any language. A picaresque novel, written in the tradition of Cervantes, and full of fresh humour, wit, and irony, the story is that of a peasant boy who rises to prominence as a preacher by means of his smooth tongue. It constitutes a biting satire on the charlatanism and bombast of the popular preaching friars of the day, combining a satirical and burlesque narrative fiction about bad preachers, who continued to follow the pompous and pedantic style of the Gongoran Baroque, with a didactic treatise on sacred oratory. The author also intersperses various stories and jokes, and it includes incidentally the first appearance in print of the phrase ‘accidentally on purpose’. The translator is usually thought to have been Thomas Nugent, though it has also been attributed to Ferdinando Warner. ESTC, T63924

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[JOHNSTONE (Charles).]. Chrysal; Or the Adventures of a Guinea. Wherein are exhibited Views of several striking Scenes, With Curious and interesting Anecdotes of the Most Noted Persons in every Rank of Life, whose Hands it passed through In America, England, Holland, Germany, and Portugal. By an Adept. Vol.I [II]. London: Printed for T. Becket, at Tully’s Head, near Surry Street, in the Strand, 1760.
2 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not called for; A12, b7, B-I, K-L12, M4; A6, B-I, K-M12, N6; pp.xxvi+[xii (Contents, unpaginated)]+248 (mis-paged 234); [xii (unpaginated)]+275+[i (blank); contemporary half sheep, marbled boards, spine ruled and numbered gilt, red lettering-piece. Joints cracked but boards holding firmly on the cords; a very little scattered dusting and marking; small hole in blank margin of A3 in volume one due to an original paper flaw, others in I4 and K5 with loss overall of all or part of nineteen letters; minute hole in blank margin of K3, K4, and L6 in volume two this last with some associated marginal creasing, likewise due to original paper faults; the text in general very nice.


GB £460.00

US $621.00


A novel based on actual people, reckoned by D.N.B. to be “the best scandalous chronicle of the day", it started a vogue for episodic fiction linked by the personality of an object. The only printing of this text, subsequent editions being revised. In 1765 a further two volumes were added, by which time volumes one and two had reached the “Fourth Edition, greatly inlarged” (and dated 1764). By 1800 a further nine complete editions had appeared. It was still in print as late as 1908. The early reprints with the expanded texts are common: this first edition is scarce. The following Errata have been noted in the present copy. In volume one: p.7 signed ‘B3’ for ‘B4’, p.153 ‘G5’ for ‘H5’; pp.179 mis-numbered 579; 190 mis-numbered 990; 241-248 mis-numbered 235, 230, 227, 222, 223, 226, 231, and 234, respectively; in volume two leaves B4 and H5 are mis-signed B5 and G5. The collation as given above is one leaf short: the blank B8, not here present is sometimes found folded back to precede the title-page, as in the Tinker copy. NCBEL, 2: 999; CBEL, II, p.545; ESTC, T89195 Block, p.124; Sabin, 36391; Tinker, 1417, recording the same misnumbering of pages as here, but not mentioning the two leaves mis-signed.
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[JOHNSTONE (Charles).]. The Reverie: Or, A flight To the Paradise of fools. Published by the Editor of The Adventures of a Guinea. In two volumes. Printed for T. Becket, and P.A. Da Honddt, In the Strand, 1763.
2 Vols., 12mo; half-title not called for in volume one, possibly lacking in volume two; integral three line Errata leaf at end of volume two; A6, a4, B-I, K-M12, N8; [ ]1, A4, B-I, K-N12; pp.[xii]+viii+280; [x]+286+[ii]; contemporary full calf, ruled gilt on sides and spines, spines with five raised bands; sprinkled burnished edges. Some joints slightly cracking; first one and last two leaves of text in both volumes stained in margins by dye from turn-over of calf, and two or three leaves with slight foxing; otherwise a nice copy.


GB £340.00

US $459.00


The first authorised, and first English edition, a piracy having appeared in Dublin the preceding year under the imprint of Dillon Chamberlaine. At least five further editions had appeared by 1800. A socio-political novel representing William Pitt, Lord Bute, and other contemporary figures, in disguised form. The collation as given above is one leaf short, which may have been a half-title to volume two, or possibly a blank. It has been absent in every copy we have traced. In the present copy a single blank in fact is present, but though it precedes the title in volume two, the chain lines show it to be non-integral. NCBEL, 2: 1000, recording the Dubllin edition; CBEL, II, p.546; ESTC, T126192; Block, p.124; Raven, 724.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

JONES (D., Gent.) The Secret history Of White-Hall, From the Restoration of Charles II. Down to the Abdication of the late K. James. Writ at the Request of a Noble Lord, And conveyed to him in Letters, by --- Late Secretary-Interpreter to the Mar- Quess of Louvois, who by that means had The perusal of all the Private Minutes Between England and France for many Years. The Whole consisting of Secret Memoirs, Which have hitherto lain conceal’d, as not being Discoverable by any other Hand. Publish’d from the Original Papers. By D. Jones, Gent. London, Printed, and are to be Sold by R. Baldwin near the Oxford-Arms Inn in Warwick-Lane, 1697.
F’cap 8vo; final blank; A-F, Aa-Ee, Aaa-Eee, Aaaa-Dddd, Aaaaa-Eeeee, Aaaaaa-Gggggg8; pp.[xvi]+80+80+80+64+80+110+[ii]; contemporary full natural calf, spine with five raised bands, with label; marbled edges. Rebacked; leaf A1 [?half-title] not bound in; a little scattered dusting and staining, mostly of margins (and some of it the result of the marbling), but the text in general nice.


GB £120.00

US $162.00


A puzzlingly constructed book. The existence of the several series and the corresponding re-starting of the pagination is explicable on the assumption of the text having been divided between several printers or compositors. More difficult to explain is the numbering of the letters, which proceeds smoothly through to LXXIII in the middle of the fifth series, before jumping back to I on Bbbbb4v and running through to XV, the final series starting with XIV [bis] and running through to LV. Letters XIV [bis] and XV [bis] are evidently an error of numbering, but the reason for the existence of two numbered sequences at all, inexplicable from internal evidence, is suggested obliquely by the putative Jones in his Preface as being the result of the writer’s having returned briefly from France after the fall of King James II and then been sent back to Paris, from where he commenced the correspondence anew. The point of this is somewhat obscured, however, by the fact that the letters are not in chronological order even within the numbered sequences, the historical events not having, according to Jones, been dealt with by their author strictly as they occurred, and the letters having in consequence required to be re-ordered by himself, as ‘methodiser’. This cumbrous machinery of verisimilitude would hardly have been necessary if the letters were real, and destroys the illusion by being so much over-done! In this copy, leaf F6r has no page number; Bbbbbb is mis-signed Abbbbb. Wing J934; not in CBEL or Esdaile.
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KEATE (George). Sketches From Nature; Taken, and coloured, in a Journey to Margate. Published from the Original designs. By George Keate, Esq., Vol. I [II]. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-mall, 1779.
2 Vols., pott 8vo; half-title present in volume one only; four entry Errata to both volumes on p.[viii] of volume one; [A]4, B-I, K-O8; [A]1 (?ex 2), B-I, K-P8; pp.[viii]+207+[i (blank)]; [ii]+223+[i (blank)]; contemporary full watered calf, ruled blocked, and numbered gilt on spine, black label, edges of boards tooled gilt; burnished sprinkled edges. Joints very slightly cracking, and calf just a trifle rubbed at edges; original owner’s inscription on upper margin of half-title; otherwise a nice copy.


GB £540.00

US $729.00


NCBEL, 2: 665; CBEL, II, p.369; ESTC, T122134; Block, p.126; this title not in Rothschild. An imitation of Sterne’s ‘Sentimental Journey’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[KNIGHT (Ellis Cornelia).]. Dinarbas; A tale: Being A continuation of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia. London: Printed for C. Dilly, in the Poultry, 1790.
F’cap 12mo; half-title not called for; three line Errata at end of Contents; A6, B-I, K-P12; pp.xii+336; Victorian half mottled calf, brown sand-grain cloth sides, ruled gilt on sides, ruled and elaborately tooled gilt on spine, brown lettering-piece, ruled and tooled gilt; t.e.g., others uncut. Calf cracked at joints and a little worn at head and tail of spine; ownership inscription, dated 1792, on blank upper margin of title-page, and author’s name added in a contemporary hand (possibly the same) after title; paper flaw in blank lower margin of D11, leaving small hole; very light foxing to some leaves, and light staining to one or two large uncut margins; otherwise a nice copy.


GB £410.00

US $553.50


Courtney & Nichol Smith, p.94; Summers, p.296; NCBEL, 2: 1009; CBEL, II, p.549; ESTC, T127411; Block, p.129; Rothschild, 1305. Prompted by a passage in Hawkins’ ‘Life’: “The tale of ‘Rasselas’ was written to answer a pressing necessity, and was so concluded as to admit of a continuation; and, in fact, Johnson had meditated a second part in which he meant to marry the hero, and place him in a state of permanent felicity.” A second edition, still anonymous, appeared in 1792 from the same publisher. By 1800 there had been four editions, and by 1820 at least ten.
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[LA FORCE (Charlotte Rose de Caumont de)]. The Secret history Of Burgundy: Or, The Amorous and Political Intrigues of Charles Duke of Burgundy, and Louis XI. Of France. The Loves and Misfortunes of the Princess Of Burgundy, and of the Count D’Angolesme; of the Queen of France, and the Duke of Calabria. With The Histories of Comines, of Sovereign, and Polignac; and the Unfortunate Death of the Archduchess of Austria. Faithfully collected by a Person of Quality Of the French Court, and now first done Into English. London: Printed for J. Walthoe Jun. over-against The Royal-Exchange; T. Woodward, At the Half-Moon against St. Dunstan’s Church, Fleetstreet; and sold by T. War- Ner, at the Black-Boy in Pater-noster-Row, 1723.
12mo; half-title not called for; A6 [A2 mis-signed A3, but followed by leaf correctly signed A3], B-I, K-R12, S6; pp.xii+396; contemporary full calf. Recently rebacked with matching calf, ruled blind and gilt, red label, with new end-papers (the original end-papers, however, being retained); old ownership signature on one lower margin; short tear in H10 at lower margin, without loss; small hole in [I9] due to an original paper fault, with loss of one letter of running title; early ink note on back end-paper, with slight offsetting onto last page of text; a little very light dampstaining of some upper margins, otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.


GB £430.00

US $580.50


Translated, with an added Dedication and Preface to the English edition, the former being signed in type, by Gabriel Roussillon. CBEL, II, p.785; omitted from NCBEL; ESTC, T130229; Esdaile, p.255 & McBurney, 147: both omitting the ‘Jun.’ from Walthoe’s name. ESTC records only the British Library and Leeds copies in Great Britain; the Library of Congress, Newberry, Iowa, Columbia, and University of Pennsylvania copies elsewhere.
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[LANGHORNE (John).]. The Letters That passed between Theodosius And Constantia; After She had taken the veil. Now first published from the Original Manuscripts. London: Printed for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, In the Strand, 1763.
F’cap 8vo; half-title present; integral advertisement leaf at end; [A]2, a8, b4, B-I, K-L8, M4; pp.[2]+xxv+[i (blank)]+165+[i (blank)]+[2 (verso blank)]; Edwardian full sprinkled calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, red label; a.e. uncut. Calf cracked over front joint but firm on the cords; internally a fine copy of a book now difficult to find in fine uncut state.


GB £480.00

US $648.00


From the library of Ralph Edward Gathorne-Hardy, with his armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Langhorne’s name appears at the end both of the dedication and the author’s Advertisement. Founded on a well-known story in the Spectator (No.164). A second edition in the following year had a new preface and two additional letters. NCBEL, 2: 666; CBEL, II, p.369; ESTC, T107275; Block, p.133; the British Library did not acquire a copy of this first edition until the Ten Year Supplement, 1956-1966; this title not in Rothschild.
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[LANGHORNE (John).]. The Letters That passed between Theodosius And Constantia; After She had taken the veil. Now first published from the Original Manuscripts. London: Printed for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, In the Strand, 1763.
F’cap 8vo; half-title present; integral advertisement leaf at end; [A]2, a8, b4, B-I, K-L8, M4; pp.[2]+xxv+[i (blank)]+165+[i (blank)]+[2 (verso blank)]; contemporary half natural calf, tooled gilt and with label on spine, marbled sides. Front board and label lacking, calf chipped at head of spine; back end-paper lacking; ms. poem written in pencil on blank M3v and M4v; text otherwise nice. As a binding copy.


GB £100.00

US $135.00


Langhorne’s name appears at the end both of the dedication and the author’s Advertisement. Founded on a well-known story in the Spectator (No.164). A second edition in the following year had a new preface and two additional letters. NCBEL, 2: 666; CBEL, II, p.369; ESTC, T107275; Block, p.133; the British Library did not acquire a copy of this first edition until the Ten Year Supplement, 1956-1966; this title not in Rothschild.
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LANGHORNE (JOHN, D.D.). Frederic and Pharamond, Or the Consolations Of Human life. London, Printed for T. Becket, and P.A. de Hondt, In the Strand, 1769. Sm.f’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end, blank on verso; A2, B — I, K — L8, [-]2; pp.iv+157+[i (blank)]+[ii]; binder’s blank at front and back; contemporary mottled calf, spine ruled gilt, with five raised bands, contrasting lettering-piece, edges tooled gilt, sprinkled burnished edges, green silk marker. Slight cracking to calf over front joint; early ownership inscriptions on upper margin of title-page; very light staining to margins of first and last two leaves from the turn-overs of the calf; slight staining to inner margins at one opening, from the marker; otherwise a very nice copy of one of Langhorne’s scarcer works.

GB £360.00

US $486.00


Cast as a series of ‘Discourses’. CBEL, II, p.369; NCBEL, 2: 666; ESTC, T134207, listing the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, and Manchester University copies only in Great Britain, and ten elsewhere; Block, p.133; this title not in Rothschild.
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LEE (Harriet and Sophia). Canterbury tales For The year 1797. [so volume one; other volumes omit For The year 1797, and instead have: Volume the second; Third; Fourth; Fifth] By Harriet [Sophia; Sophia and Harriet; Harriet; Harriet] Lee. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-row, [so volumes one to three; volume four has: G. and J. Robinson; volume five: Geo. Wilkie and John Robinson, No.57; And Geo. Robinson, No.25, Paternoster-row] 1797 [1798; 1799; 1801; 1805]. 5 Vols., demy 8vo format (volume one watermarked 1795, volume two 1797, volume three 1798, the others not watermarked); half-title not called for in volume one, not present, possibly not called for in other volumes; pp.190 and 330 in volume one (correctly) blank; Erratum at foot of last leaf of text in volume two; leaf bearing a five entry Errata at end of volume four; pp.xxiii+[i (blank)]+396; [ii]+564; [ii]+522; [ii]+490+[ii]; [ii]+528; A8, a4, B — I, K — U, X, Z, Aa — Bb8, C6; [A]1, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Nn8, O2; [A]1, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk8, Ll5; [A]1, B — I, K — U, X — Z, 2A — 2H8, 2I6; [A]1, B — I, K — U, X — Z, Aa — Ii, Kk — Ll8; contemporary full natural calf ruled gilt on sides and spine, spine with five raised bands, red lettering- and numbering-pieces, edges of boards tooled gilt, inner dentelles blind; sprinkled burnished edges; end-papers faced brown. Calf darkened on spines and a little stained or spotted on sides; one numbering-piece lacking and two others chipped at corner, not touching the legend; front board to volume two neatly re-attached; a couple of unobtrusive repairs at head or tail of joints in other volumes, and small nick to headband of volume five; in volume one, large blank lower fore-corner torn from Y1, just touching one letter of text, and small blank lower fore-corner torn from Y7; small hole (an original paper flaw) in Y4, with loss of part of one letter of text; faint stain to blank lower fore-corner of T1 and T2 in volume three; strip torn from blank upper margin of B4 in volume four, and small hole (an original paper flaw) in 2F3, with no loss of text; small hole (an original paper flaw) to blank top margin of P7 and Bb8 in volume five; a very little light foxing or other small marks passim; otherwise a very nice, crisp, copy. Complete sets as here are rare.

GB £2,850.00

US $3,847.50


An early attempt, taking its hint from Chaucer, to provide a frame that would link up a series of stories and short novels, which perhaps in turn gave the idea to Dickens and Lever for their similar experiments, ‘Master Humphrey’s Clock’ and ‘Our Mess’. The first volume begins with a scene-setting introduction by The Poet, who also tells the second story, and reappears at the end of the third volume, where he signs himself ‘S.L.’ to complete the design. Volume one contains:- The Traveller’s Tale: Montford; The Poet’s Tale: Arundel; The Frenchman’s Tale: Constance; and The Old Woman’s Tale: Lothaire: a Legend; volume two:- The Young Lady’s Tale: The Two Emilys; and volume three:- The Officer’s Tale: William Cavendish; and The Clergyman’s Tale: Henry. This completes the original design, and The Poet, in signing off, confesses that the whole thing was a [day-]dream, adding “if you should find this as pleasant as I have done, why we may henceforward recite tales without going to Canterbury". Volume four commences with ‘The Poet’s Address’ in which he picks up on this, remarking: “Should you be good-naturedly disposed, you will not inquire minutely where the travellers were picked up by whom the following stories were related; but will continue to ramble on, with me, through the regions of imagination, without much anxiety as to the object of the journey, provided the road be but pleasant.” Volume five makes no reference at all to the original characters, and links with the rest by nothing more than its title and the headings of the stories. Volume four contains:- The German’s Tale: Kruitzner (which became the source for Byron’s ‘Werner’); The Scotsman’s Tale: Claudina; and volume five, after an introduction unrelated to anything in the first four volumes:- The Landlady’s Tale; The Friend’s Tale; and The Wife’s Tale. The first three volumes are not that uncommon, whilst the fourth volume is scarce in any original format edition, though these four were all reprinted at the time. The fifth volume was not immediately reprinted, and appears to be very scarce indeed. Even more so are complete sets, with all the volumes in the first edition, COPAC and ESTC recording between them copies only at the British Library in Great Britain, and Duke University in the U.S.A. In addition to the printed list of errata present in volumes two and four, the following have been noted in pencil in this copy: volume three, p.216, l.7, for ‘lifeless’ read ‘senseless’; volume four, p.384, l.8, for ‘your’ read ‘the’ and after ‘recollection’ insert ‘of you’, and p.347, l.9, for ‘pointed’ read ‘point’. ESTC, T142428; NCBEL, 2: 1013, erroneously listing the work as ‘5 vols. 1797 — 1801’; Block, p.135, giving the title as in the first volume, and erroneously listing all five volumes as 1797; Summers, p.258, giving the dates correctly as here and noting that the series was reprinted in 1837 and 1838 as volumes 12 and 13 of Bentley’s Standard Novels, with a new Preface by Harriet Lee in which she identifies Sophia as the author of The Introduction, The Young Lady’s Tale, and The Clergyman’s Tale, the rest being by herself; not in Rothschild.
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[LENNOX (Charlotte).]. The Female Quixote; Or, the Adventures Of Arabella. In Two Volumes. London: Printed for A. Millar, over-against Catharine-street [Vol.II has: Cathe- Rine-Street] in the Strand, 1752. 2 Vols, f’cap 12mo (watermarked); half-titles not called for; pp.162 and 210 in volume one, and final page of both volumes (correctly) blank; pp.vi+[x (not paginated)]+271+[i (blank)]; [ii]+325+[i (blank)]; A8, B — I, K — M12, N4; [A]1, B — I, K — O12, P7; recent quarter natural calf, marbled sides, tooled blind on sides, spine with five bands raised over the cords, tooled numbered, and dated, gilt, tooled black, on spine, red lettering-piece; new end-papers. Light staining to some edges of first and last leaves in both volumes mainly from the turn-overs of the original calf, but a little spotting or staining also to extreme fore-margins of a dozen or so other early leaves in volume one; two or three short tears to blank margins of A4, A8, and B4 in volume one, and very short tear to fore-margin of M3 in volume two, all unobtrusively repaired without use of tissue; very small chip (3mm) to upper margin of C5 in volume one and P2 in volume two (trimming faults); one word underlined in ink and brief ms. note partially erased from margin of F4r in volume one; small hole in blank lower margin of B1 and B9, and blank fore-margin of D1 in volume two, all due to original paper flaws, as also a small hole in the middle of G4 with loss of all or part of seven letters, but no loss of sense; faint mark to blank lower fore-corner of H10, with offsetting onto H11 in volume two; in general, however, a nice copy, pleasantly bound.

GB £1,800.00

US $2,430.00


The author’s first novel and key title, printed by Samuel Richardson. Volume two here exhibits what appears to be an early state of text, pp.262 and 263 being misnumbered 263 and 262 respectively, whilst the running titles to pp.314, 316, and 320 have all the reading ‘Book XI’ for ‘Book IX’, and pp.322 and 324 have the reading ‘XII’ for ‘IX’, none of this being noted of the Rothschild copy. The Dedication, which is signed ‘The AUTHOR?’, was written in fact by Samuel Johnson, and the penultimate chapter, Book IX, Chap.11, “Being in the Author’s Opinion, the best Chapter in the History” has also been attributed to him (v. ‘Charlotte Lennox’ by Professor Miriam Small, 1935, pp.77 et seq.). Includes a parody of a prose romance. The second edition of the same year was ‘revised and corrected’. Rothschild, 1320; Block, p.136; ESTC T71886, recording copies at Oxford, Cambridge, the British Library, and Bristol only in Great Britain; NCBEL, 2: 848; Courtney & Nichol Smith, p.38; Chapman & Hazen, p.136, Sale, (2), 398.
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[LE SAGE (Alain René).]. Le Diable Boiteux: Or, the Devil Upon Two sticks. Translated from the Last Edition at Paris, With several Additions. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays- Inn Gate next Grays-Inn Lane, 1708. Post 8vo format (not watermarked); half-title not called for; fine frontispiece engraved on copper; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iv]+278+[ii]; [A]2, B — I, K — L8, M4, N — T8; contemporary full panelled sprinkled calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides. Recently rebacked with with sprinkled calf, spine with five raised bands, lettered direct; with the original free end-papers preserved; light foxing or embrowning in text throughout; very slight fraying to extreme fore-margins of first two leaves; otherwise an excellent copy of a scarce and important book.

GB £900.00

US $1,215.00


The first edition in English of a title originally published in France the preceding year, the book is a social satire consisting of a series of anecdotes and short stories linked by a framework of fantasy: a randy student rescues the devil Asmodeo from a bottle in which he has been imprisoned by an alchemist, and the devil then takes him on an tour of the city, explaining to him the more interesting histories of the various inhabitants. With one exception, the anecdotes and stories themselves do not include fantasy elements (the exception being one in which Asmodeo intervenes to cause havoc amongst the student’s enemies), but the fantasy frame is in evidence throughout: the roofs of the houses are made transparent to the student, he flies with the devil between rooftops, he is made invisible by being enclosed in a mist which functions like a sort of two-way mirror, etc. — and the devil is returned to his bottle by the alchemist at the end. The book was frequently reprinted, and was expanded into two volumes with the appearance of the sixth edition of 1729. Reprints are common, but this first edition is scarce. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined, but in all copies seen): p.24, l.15, ‘Widwife’ for ‘Midwife’; p.57, last line, ‘Lauguage’ for ‘Language’; p.111, l.6, ‘o’ of ‘who’ slightly raised; p.120, l.27, ‘infrom’ for ‘inform’; p.121, l.4, ‘Misantrope’ for ‘Misanthrope’, and l.6, ‘Threatre’ for ‘Theatre’; p.129, l.3, risen space after ‘Days’; p.156, first five lines, irregular type in the first couple of words; p.173, l.8, ‘ceiv’d’ for ‘ceive’; p.186, l.24, ‘o’ of ‘wherefore’ too heavy; p.200, l.11, full-stop lacking after ‘Friend’; p.256, l.19, ‘transport,let’ for ‘transport, let’. The following flaws seen in another copy are not, however, present here: p.65, catchword battered; p.124, l.7, ‘n’ of ‘Tender’ battered; p.244, l.18, ‘t’ of ‘after’ defective (battered, and possibly an ‘i’); p.256, l.19 ‘e’ of ‘let’ very faint. McBurney, 38; NCBEL, 2, 1519; ESTC, T132612; Bleiler, (1948), p.179, listing only the seventh edition of 1741; not in Locke’s ‘Spectra’.

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[LUCHET (Jean Pierre Louis de la Roche du Maine, Marquis de).]. Olinde, Par L’auteur des Mémoires Du Vicomte De Barjac. Tome premier [second]. A Londres [but ?Paris], 1784. 2 Vols., bound in one; 18mo in sixes; half-title present in volume one, apparently not called for in volume two (v. note); pp.[iv]+145+[i (blank)]; [ii]+100; [ — ]2, A — I, K — M6, N1; [ — ]1, A — H6, I2; contemporary full French mottled calf, ruled gilt on borders and edges, inner gilt border of small florets, spine elaborately tooled gilt, black lettering-piece; a.e.g., marbled end-papers. Worm channel affecting top three-quarters of an inch of calf (only) at head of back joint, small rub-hole over cord at front joint and three pinprick-sized worm-holes at tail of joint (again affecting only the calf); blank area of lettering-piece slightly rubbed; small hole in G6 of volume two due to an original paper flaw, but with no loss of text; otherwise a fine copy in a delightful binding. Scarce.

GB £320.00

US $432.00


The probable first edition, though two others were published bearing the same date, one without a place, that was almost certainly a piracy, and one with a Geneva imprint. At this date it is more likely that an authorized edition would bear a London imprint than a Geneva one, though it is probable that all three were in fact printed in France. ESTC, 1990, listing the British Library and Leeds copies only, suggests a Parisian origin for this edition. The absence of a half-title in volume two is almost certainly correct, the two leaves of prelims. and single inset final leaf of text in volume one, together with the title-page and final two-leaf gathering in volume two, together with the tally of six-leaf gatherings, completing in total seven full sheets. The Marquis de Luchet (1740 — 1792) was a cavalry officer and a Privy Councilor in Prussia, who wrote prodigiously in several literary genres. All editions of this title are scarce.
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[MACKENZIE (Henry).]. The Man Of the World. In two parts. Volume I [II]. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1773. 2 Vols., f’cap 12mo format (not watermarked); half-titles present; 7ll. Errata at foot of last page of text in volume one; 2ll. Errata on verso of last leaf in volume two; pp.[iv]+340; [iv]+251+[i]; contemporary full polished calf, spine with five bands raised over cords, ruled and numbered gilt, red lettering-piece; a.e. burnished brown. Neatly rebacked with matching calf, preserving the original lettering-pieces and end-papers, these unobtrusively strengthened at gutters with tissue; small hole due to an original paper flaw in blank margin of B9, I9, K11, and L6 in volume one, B1, C10, D8, F6, G3 (twice!), L2, and M3 in volume two; another to F1 in volume one just touching one letter of text, and another with associated short tear to centre of K2 in volume two with loss of two letters; strip torn from blank fore-margin of E12 in volume one, just missing text, and small chip to blank fore-margin of M11 in volume one; small chip (probably a paper flaw) to top margin of C6 and K4, and small chip to blank lower fore-corner of F8 in volume two; a little scattered light foxing or marking here and there, and light embrowning to gatherings K and L in volume two (v. note); otherwise, and in general, a nice copy.

GB £520.00

US $702.00


With the early engraved armorial bookplate of Sir George Cornewall, Baronet, and the later engraved bookplate of Sir Velters Cornewall, Bart. in each volume. Part of the second volume is set in America amongst the Cherokee Indians, some of whose customs it attempts to describe. Block, p.149; CBEL, II, p.547; NCBEL, 2: 184; ESTC, T38918. In addition to the Errata recorded in the volume, the following errata (one of which may be merely a variant spelling) and typographical flaws have been noted in this copy (the former apparently present in all copies and so without state or issue significance): volume one, p.28, l.11, ‘groop’ for ‘group’; p.30, antepenultimate line, risen space after ‘suffering’; p.71, l.1, ‘i’ in ‘restrict’ perfect: in some, presumably later, copies it is battered and looks like an accent; p.187, l.9 of text, hyphen at end of line raised; p.196, l.12, ‘an     devery’ for ‘and every’; p.218, antepenultimate line, ‘w’ in ‘own’ perfect: in some copies it is broken; volume two, p.53, last line, inverted commas lacking at end of line; p.119, l.3, inverted commas lacking at end of line; p.213, l.15, risen space before ‘place’; p.246, l.14, no ‘I’ required before ‘receive’, and l.15, ‘from’ for ‘for’. Except for gatherings K and L in volume two, printed on paper of a better quality than that of copies generally seen, which together with the lack of type damage on pp.71 and 218 in volume one, leads us to suppose that it comes from the earlier part of the print run, and that the paper stock was changed in the course of printing.
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[MALTHUS (David or Daniel).]. Paul and Mary, An Indian story. In two volumes. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall, 1789.
2 Vols. bound in one, probably as issued, pott 8vo; A6, B-I, K-N8; [A]2, B-I, K8, L7; pp.xii+191+[i (blank)]; [iv]+158; contemporary full natural calf, spine with five raised bands, red lettering-piece, ruled and tooled gilt in compartments; sprinkled edges. Pleasantly re-backed with matching calf, in period style, and preserving the original end-papers; boards worn at corners; text very nice.


GB £650.00

US $877.50


The first printing of this translation of Paul et Virginie by Jacques-Henri Bernadin de Saint-Pierre, originally published in French in 1787. CBEL, II, pp.553 (giving the translator’s name as Daniel) and 771 (giving it as David); NCBEL, 2: 1008 (Daniel) and 1531 (David); ESTC, T70721, listing the British Library, Oxford, and Glasgow copies only in Great Britain, though several elsewhere; Block, p.204 (David); Summers, 459 (Daniel).
SEE ALSO WILLIAMS for the first translation of the book under its original title.
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GOOD MATERIALS FOR A DOCTORAL DISSERTATION! ALL THREE PRINTINGS OF THE FIRST EDITION.

MARMONTEL (M. [Jean-François]). Belisaire. Par M. Marmontel, De l’Académie Françoise. A Paris, Chez Merlin, Libraire, rue de la Harpe, A l’Image S. Joseph, 1767. Avec Approbation, & Privilége du Roi.
12mo; half-title present; blank leaf follows last page of Préface; [ ] ii, a vi, A-I, K-O xii, P iv; pp.[4 (half-title and title)]+x (Preface)+[ii]+340+[iii (Approbation / Privilége)]; text-paper binder’s blank before half-title, text-paper end-papers; original full sprinkled calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled (and in one case lettered) gilt in compartments. Leather cracked and a little chipped over back joint; front joint slightly cracking; corners of boards a trifle worn; small burn hole in blank upper margin of half-title; small hole due to an original paper flaw in blank lower margin of leaf D i; otherwise a nice copy. First edition, first issue (the Approbation later being suppressed) and the earliest state of text (without the ‘Addition’ leaf that was added later to some copies): copy on ordinary paper, without plates.

TOGETHER WITH: MARMONTEL (M. [Jean-François]). Belisaire. Par M. Marmontel, De l’Académie Françoise. A Paris, Chez Merlin, Libraire, rue de la Harpe, A l’Image S. Joseph, 1767. Avec Approbation, & Privilége du Roi.
Lge.cr.8vo; half-title present; copper engraved frontispiece and three plates by C. le Vasseur after H. Gravelot; [-], A-I, K-T, V-Xviii, Ziv; pp.[4 (half-title and title)]+x (Preface)+[ii]+340+[iii (Approbation / Privilege)]+[i (blank)]; two binder’s blanks at front, one at back; lacking the blank leaf ([-]viii) which should follow the Préface; contemporary full calf gilt, brown burnished edges. Rebacked, with black label; corners of boards worn; some foxing and marking passim, more or less confined to margins; small neat early name stamp on upper margin of title-page and one other leaf. First edition, first issue (the Approbation later being suppressed) and the earliest state of text (without the ‘Addition’ leaf that was added later to some copies): copy on large and thick paper.

TOGETHER WITH: MARMONTEL (M. [Jean-François]). Belisaire. Par M. Marmontel; [sic] De l’Académie Françoise. A Paris, Chez Merlin, Libraire, rue de la Harpe, A l’Image S. Joseph, 1767. Avec Approbation, & Privilége du Roi.
12mo; copper engraved frontispiece and three plates by C. le Vasseur after H. Gravelot; half-title lacking, possibly not called for; first gathering mis-imposed, so that ‘a iij’ precedes ‘a ij’; leaf headed ‘Addition A la Note de la Page 237.’ precedes ‘Approbation’, etc., blank leaf, apparently integral, follows it; [avi], A-I, K-O xii, P vi; pp.[2 (title)]+x (Préface)+340++[ii]+[iii (Approbation / Privilege)]+[iii (blank)]; text-paper binder’s blank before frontispiece, text-paper end-papers lining pink, grey and white marbled paper end-papers; original full watered calf ruled gilt on sides, rebacked with late Victorian alligator-grain cloth, unlettered, but with small paper label bearing old shelf-mark. Leather a little worn on sides and almost invisibly repaired on edges; endpapers renewed, preserving the original free end-papers; small mark on two pages due to small squashed insects; otherwise a nice copy. First edition, first issue (the Approbation later being suppressed): copy on ordinary paper, with plates, and the extra leaf of ‘Additions’.


GB £460.00

US $621.00


The ‘Catalogue hebdomadaire’ lists three issues for the 7th February 1767: one 12mo, without plates, at 2 livres, (which we refer to below as ‘A’); one 12mo, with plates, at 3 livres (which we refer to as ‘C’); and one 8vo, with plates, at 5 livres (which we refer to as ‘B’). All are offered here. All three issues are set to the same measure, and the pagination is the same, but ‘A’ is signed and gathered in sixes up to gathering ‘O’, the final gathering, ‘P’, being of four leaves, the first two of which bear respectively the signature marks P and Pii. It appears to have been printed first, the formes being then unlocked and re-imposed for printing as 8vo, the page signatures being appropriately altered at the same time, all but the last: the second leaf of the final signature, ‘Z’, retaining the original 12mo signature ‘Pii’. This provides a logical sequence, if not actual proof, that ‘A’ was printed in advance of ‘B’, and also shows that the type used was the same. It may be hypothesised that the plates were not ready by the time that ‘A’ was printed (and perhaps, bound). The formes were then once more unlocked and the type apparently stored for a time (v. below) before being re-imposed for printing as 12mo, a number of alterations being made to the text at the same time. In the course of this re-imposition for ‘C’, the layout of the first gathering was mismanaged, and ‘a iij’ in the present copy (pp.v-vi) has been folded to precede ‘a ij’ (pp.iij-iv). Issues ‘A’ and ‘B’ share certain peculiarities, not shared by ‘C’, which suggest a closer relationship between them than with that: both for example have the full stop after ‘PRÉFACE’ on p.[i] raised level with the mid-stroke of the ‘E’, where in ‘C’ it is correctly aligned. Likewise the type ornaments in ‘A’ and ‘B’ are the same, but those in ‘C’ are sometimes different (the head-ornament on p.[i] for instance, or the tail ornament on p.20 or p.32) suggesting that though the type was kept standing, some at least of the type ornaments may have been plundered for use elsewhere before ‘C’ came to be printed. Revisions and corrections, sometimes erroneous, were carried out between each of the three printings: the drop-head ‘BELISAIRE’ on p.1 of ‘A’, for instance, was corrected to ‘BÉLISAIRE’ in ‘B’, but restored to ‘BELISAIRE’ in ‘C’, presumably because that capital ‘E’ had not been accented either in the title-page or running heads, though other capitalised acute ‘E’s had been, as, for example, throughout, in ‘PRÉFACE’. The major differences in text, however, as far as a brief examination can determine, are not between ‘A’ and ‘B’, but between them and ‘C’: opening the volumes pretty well at random we find on p.viij, for example, ‘A’ and ‘B’ read ‘L’historien Procope’ whilst ‘C’ reads ‘L’Historien Procope’; on p.18 the antepenultimate line in ‘C’ reads ‘savez’ where the other two read ‘scavez’; on p.205 ‘change;’ in the last line in ‘A’ and ‘B’ becomes ‘change,’ in ‘C’. More obviously, as well, ‘C’ has a leaf of ‘Additions’ at the end of the text, not present in ‘A’ or ‘B’. There is at least one difference in lineation also: though all three issues are set generally 24 lines to the page p.326 has an extra line in ‘A’ and ‘B’, but the correct number of lines in ‘C’. Other variants (pp.19 and 92, which are one line short, and pp.94, and 124, which have an extra line) are the same in all three printings. We have hypopthesised that the final blank present in this copy of ‘C’ is integral because the position of the chain-lines across the page matches those of the last gathering, but not the backing leaf of the end-papers. The text of Bélisaire ends on p.272 in all three volumes, the remaining pages being occupied by a reprint of Marmontel’s “Fragmens De Philosopie morale", this being supplied with a fly-title included in the pagination. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face the start of chapters VI, VII, and XVI (pp.57, 69, and 255), and do so where called for in each case. The 8vo issue offered here is not to be confused with the 240pp. 8vo edition, with a corrected text set to a larger measure, which was published later the same year. Marmontel’s views on toleration and freedom of opinion, as expressed in ‘Bélisaire’ have earned it a place in eighteenth century philosophical thought as well as fiction.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MARMONTEL (M. [Jean-François]). The Incas: Or, The destruction Of the Empire of Peru. By M. Marmontel. In two volumes [not stated in Vol.II). Vol.I [II]. London: Printed for J. Nourse, P. Elmsly, and E. Lyde, In the Strand; and G. Kearsly, in Fleet-Street, 1777. 2 Vols., f’cap 12mo format (not watermarked); half-title not called for in volume one, present in volume two; Epistle Dedicatory and Table of Contents to the First Volume, not paginated, follow title leaf in volume one; author’s Preface precedes start of text; Table of Contents to the Second Volume preceded by blank page at end of volume two; pp.[10]+xxv+[i (blank)]+263+[i (blank)]; [iv]+296; A6, a, B — I, K — M12; A2, B — I, K — N12, O4; contemporary full sprinkled calf, spine with five bands raised over cords, elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, lettering and numbering piece, edges of boards tooled gilt; edges burnished brown. Both lettering-pieces and part of one numbering-piece lacking, wear to extreme head- and tail- of spines, fronnt joint to volume one cracked, but firm on the cords and end-papers; small chip to fore-margin of a1 in volume one, light mark to lower fore-corner of half title, and trimming fault to L4 in volume two leaving extra flaps of paper folded in; some very light foxing to half a dozen scattered leaves; otherwise a nice copy of an uncommon title.

GB £560.00

US $756.00


The first edition in English of a novel originally published in French, in Paris, in the same year, by Lacombe, as ‘Les Incas, ou, La destruction de l’empire de Pérou: roman poetique’. ESTC, T120072; Sabin, 44653; NCBEL, 2: 142 lists the French original, but no translation before 1792; this title not recorded by Block; six copies only on COPAC.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MIDON (Francis). The History Of the Rise and Fall Of Masaniello, The Fisherman of Naples, Containing An Exact and Impartial Relation of the Tumults and Popular Insurrections, that Happened in that Kingdom, (in the Year 1647. [sic]) on Account of the Tax upon Fruits. Collected from Authentick Memoirs and Manuscripts. By F. Midon, Junr. London: Printed for C. Davis, in the Paternoster-Row, And T. Green, near Charing-Cross, 1729. Post 8vo; binder’s blank at front and back; integral blank precedes engraved frontispiece on copper; title-page printed in black and red; two entry Errata at foot of last page of text; integral advertisement leaf at end, bearing on recto advertisements of Books Printed for Charles Davis, and on verso Books Sold by Thomas Green; A — I, K — O8, P10; pp.[iv]+xii+226+[ii]; contemporary full sprinkled calf, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands decorated with large guinea-roll tool, the compartments elaborately ruled and tooled, all gilt, brown lettering-piece; sprinkled edges. Insignificant scrape to back board, very slight wear to corners, and calf slightly splitting at head and tail of front joint, but with no weakness; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £1,140.00

US $1,539.00


A day-by-day account of Masaniello’s rise and fall, based on historical events, this is fiction masquerading as history, and was so recognised at the time when it was published, being included among the nine additional novels in the second edition of “A Select Collection of Novels in Six Volumes . . . printed for John Watts” in 1729 under the variant title: “Memoirs of a most Remarkable Revolution in Naples, or, The History of Massaniello” — the latter edition being little more than a summary of Midon’s text, almost certainly by another hand. McBurney, 117b, recording only the reprint — which suggests that he had failed to locate a copy of the original. McBurney says “attributed to Francis Midon": which in fact, in the reprint, it is not. Not in NCBEL; ESTC, T125465; Goldsmiths’ Catalogue, 6733. In the present copy the following additional errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined:) p.5, page signature (‘B 3’)lacking; p.6, signed ‘B 3’ instead of ‘B 4’; p.18, l.7, ‘thut’ for ‘that’; p.119, risen quad before page number; p.182, l.16, ‘delirous’ for ‘delirious’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[MOORE (Dr. John).]. Mordaunt. Sketches Of Life, characters, and manners, In Various countries; Including the Memoirs Of A French lady of quality. By the Author of Zeluco & Edward. Vol.I [II; III]. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row; S. Hamilton, [so Vol.I; vols.II & III: By S. Hamilton] Falcon-court, Fleet-street, 1800.
3 Vols., lge post 8vo; half-titles not called for; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-2C8, 2D2; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-2C8, 2D4; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-2F8, 2G6; pp.[2]+ii+403+[i (blank)]; [2]+ii+408; [2]+ii+460; contemporary full watered calf, spine ruled and tooled gilt and with red lettering-piece and small oval numbering-piece; yellow burnished edges. Minute chip to one extreme headband; spines just a little rubbed, two numbering-pieces and one lettering-piece lacking; some eight or nine leaves over all with small marks, mostly attributable to messy printing; four leaves in volume two and two in volume three with light dampstaining of margins; pencil notes on some half-dozen leaves (v. note); otherwise a very nice copy.


GB £230.00

US $310.50


The first printing of Moore’s original English text of a novel published in a French translation in 1798. Cast in epistolary form, and including reference to contemporary personages and events — in particular the French Revolution and the war. Pencilled notes on pp.256 and 261 in volume one identify the originals of persons referred to only by initials and dashes, and add comment relating to the writer’s father, who was present at the events described; pencilled notes in volumes two and three record errata, as under. In volume two: p.70, last line, for ‘former’ read ‘latter’; p.354 in heading to letter for ‘Miss’ read ‘Mrs’; in volume three: p.93, l.2, for ‘lady’ read ‘Lord’; p.237, l.21, for ‘Diana’ read ‘Deanport’. In this copy signature mark ‘B4’ in volume three is perfectly aligned: in some copies the ‘B’ is on its side and the ‘4’ aslant. CBEL, II, p.551; NCBEL, 2: 148; ESTC, T57357; Block,p.165.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[MOORE (Dr. John).]. Mordaunt. Sketches Of Life, characters, and manners, In Various countries; Including the Memoirs Of A French lady of quality. By the Author of Zeluco & Edward. Vol.I [II; III]. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row; S. Hamilton, [so Vol.I; vols.II & III: By S. Hamilton] Falcon-court, Fleet-street, 1800.
3 Vols., lge post 8vo; half-titles not called for; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-2C8, 2D2; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-2C8, 2D4; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-2F8, 2G6; pp.[2]+ii+403+[i (blank)]; [2]+ii+408; [2]+ii+460; contemporary full watered calf, spine ruled and tooled elaborately gilt, with black lettering-piece; brown burnished edges; marbled end-papers. Minute chip to one extreme headband; spines just a little rubbed; some gatherings folded badly, with irregular margins; some staining or marking, mostly of lower margins; two leaves with light dampstaining of margins; short tear in lower margin of P8 in volume two, and small hole in lower margin of G1 and 2G1 of volume three, due to an original paper fault; 2D2 and 2D3 in volume two supplied in facsimile; otherwise a nice copy.


GB £110.00

US $148.50


The first printing of Moore’s original English text of a novel published in a French translation in 1798. Cast in epistolary form, and including reference to contemporary personages and events — in particular the French Revolution and the war. The following errata or typographical faults have been noted in this copy: in volume two: p.70, last line, for ‘former’ read ‘latter’; p.354 in heading to letter for ‘Miss’ read ‘Mrs’; in volume three: the ‘B’ of signature mark ‘B4’ turned on its side, the ‘4’ slanted; p.93, l.2, for ‘lady’ read ‘Lord’; p.237, l.21, for ‘Diana’ read ‘Deanport’. CBEL, II, p.551; NCBEL, 2: 148; ESTC, T57357; Block,p.165.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[PEACOCK (Lucy)]. The Adventures Of the Six princesses Of Babylon, In their travels to the Temple of Virtue: An Allegory. Dedicated, by permission, To Her Royal Highness the Princess Mary. London: Printed for the author, by T. Bensley; And sold by J. Buckland, Pater-noster -Ro w [sic], J. Pridden, Fleet Street; and by the author, At A. Perfetia’s, No. 91, Wimpole-street, Cavendish-square, 1785. Cr.4to format, not watermarked (24cms tall); half-title not present; dedication, author’s note, List of Subscribers, and Introduction follow title leaf; pp.[iii] — xxxi+[i (blank)]+131+[i (blank)]; A3 (ex 4), b — e2, f, A — I, K — Q4, R2; old brown fine-diaper binder’s cloth, leather lettering-piece on spine; a.e. brown; end-papers coated pale yellow. Cloth of front joint cracked, but holding on the tapes, and no cracking to the end-papers; old tissued repairs to blank inner margin of title leaf, and crease to final leaf of text; piece chipped from blank upper inner corner of M1; small hole at extreme upper margin of N3 repaired with matching paper; some foxing passim, and some light embrowning, chiefly marginal; in general a very good copy, nonetheless.

GB £450.00

US $607.50


Signed by the author at end of text. Despite her name not appearing on the title-page, the volume was not in any case issued anonymously, since her name appears printed at the end of the dedication. Lucy Peacock’s first book, a juvenile, written at an early age, and loosely based upon Spenser’s ‘Fairy Queen’. There are five issues of the 1785 printing, this 4to issue with the dedication notice on the title-page being apparently the scarcest. The text was reprinted in 1786, subsequent editions to that being revised. A bookseller who came to have a shop in Oxford Street, her later works were published by Newbery and Harris. The present title was originally issued stabbed: and hence presumably in wrappers. ESTC T300068; NCBEL, 2: 1007; Block, p.180, Raven & Forster, 1785:40.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PILKINGTON (M[ary].S. [née HOPKINS]). Edward Barnard; Or, Merit exalted; Containing The history Of the Edgerton family. London: Printed for E. Newbery, at the corner of St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1797.
12mo; Half-title apparently not called for; copper-engraved frontispiece; B-H12; pp.167+[i (blank)]; contemporary full sprinkled sheep, ruled gilt on spine. Slight wear to leather; back free endpaper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.


GB £420.00

US $567.00


Juvenile. CBEL, II, p.559; NCBEL, 2: 1028; ESTC, T73529, Block, pp.184-5. Mary Pilkington was the author of numerous works of fiction, several of them printed by the Minerva Press: this appears to have been her first children’s book, and second novel.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[PINCHARD (Mrs.).]. The Two cousins, A Moral story, For the use of young persons. In which is exemplified The necessity of moderation and justice To the attainment of happiness. By the Author of The Blind Child, And Dramatic dialogues. [rule; quotation from Beaumont and Fletcher; rule] London: Printed by E. Newbery, at the Corner of St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1794. [Entered at Stationers [sic] Hall.]
12mo; half-title; fine copper-engraved frontispiece; 4pp. publisher’s advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with prelims., completing the half-sheet; [A]4, B-G12, [ ]2; pp.[viii]+144+[4]; contemporary full tree sheep. Sheep cracking slightly over joints, and small scratch in leather of front board; small hole in blank inner margin of B6; otherwise a very nice copy.


GB £370.00

US $499.50


Juvenile. NCBEL, 2:1027; ESTC, T132928, recording six copies in Great Britain and eleven elsewhere; Block, p.185; Roscoe, J291(1); Osborne, p.289. Mrs. Pinchard was the author of a number of works of fiction, including a couple of adult three-deckers.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[PINCHARD (Mrs.).]. The Two cousins, A Moral story, For the use of young persons. In which is exemplified The necessity of moderation and justice To the attainment of happiness. By the Author of The Blind Child, And Dramatic dialogues. [taper rule; quotation from Beaumont and Fletcher; taper rule] London: Printed by E. Newbery, at the corner of St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1798. [Entered at Stationers [sic] Hall.]
12mo; half-title lacking; fine copper-engraved frontispiece; without the 4pp. publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+144; contemporary full tree sheep. Sheep cracking slightly over joints, and free end-papers lacking; one leaf torn without loss; dusting and some small marks passim; as a working copy.


GB £60.00

US $81.00


The second edition of a title published originally in 1794. Juvenile. NCBEL, 2:1027, not noticing this second edition.1 Mrs. Pinchard was the author of a number of works of fiction, including a couple of adult three-deckers.

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