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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KINGSLEY (Charles). Westward ho! Or, The voyages and adventures Of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, Of Burrough, in the County of Devon, In the reign of her most glorious majesty Queen Elizabeth. Rendered into modern English By Charles Kingsley. Cambridge: Macmillan & Co., 1855. 3 Vols., post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf before half-title in volume one, and publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated April 1855; Contents leaf in volume two, and last leaf of text, [BB3], in volume three, both single insets, as always; pp.[2]+viii+303+[i (blank)]; viii+356; [iv]+373+[i (blank)]; volumes one and two: royal blue vertical straight morocco cloth ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered and with short rules gilt on spine; top-edges uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated lemon yellow; volume three: dull blue vertical straight morocco cloth ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered and with short rules gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; thin antique toned white end-papers. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine in each volume, and barely visible restorations to two joints; internally nice.

GB £480.00

US $595.20


The statement ‘In three volumes’ appears only on the half-title in each volume, the volume number only on the half-title and the spine. A curious copy, volume three being thoroughly anomalous. Not only is the cloth colour slightly darker than that of the other volumes, but the grain is less pronounced and smoother in texture; the end-papers are of cheap paper, without a coloured surface; and the paper of the text is also of a different quality, slightly thinner and rougher than that in the other volumes, suggestive possibly of a proofing paper; leaves [E4 — 6] (pp.55 — 60) are cancels (E4 being a single inset leaf), on smaller paper of a thinner and cheaper quality still; the first leaf of text, B[1], is an inset, tipped onto B2, and also, presumably a cancel; the Contents leaf, which ought to be a single inset, is lacking and has evidently never been present in this copy; and the conjugate title and half-title are tipped in, not sewn, as in the other volumes, and as would be normal in this. The volume as usually seen does not have cancels. The printer’s imprint in the two places it appears is however identical with that in the other volumes, as is the type-face, measure, etc., and without question this volume is of the correct first printing. Given the differences detailed above, we can only hypothesise that it may in fact have been a proof. Sadleir, 1340, recording a normal copy, with the Contents leaf present in volume three, and apparently matching the rest in all respects; Wolff, 3813, recording only a doctored copy of (presumably) a later printing, with the title leaves to all volumes and other prelims. in volume one added on stubs from a copy of the first edition. A difficult title as Wolff’s compromise suggests, and number three on Sadleir’s schedule of comparative scarcities.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KINGSLEY (The Rev. C.). The heroes; Or, Greek fairy tales For my children. By the Rev. C. Kingsley. With eight illustrations by the author. Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1856. Extra cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[xx]+205+[i (blank)]+[ii (verso blank)]; vertical fine ribbed buff cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, blocked black, lettered gilt, up spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale brown. Slight chipping to cloth facing at extremities of spine (no greater than an eighth of an inch in depth); spine darkened, sides slightly so, and lightly stained; front end-papers tightened by a former owner, but not obtrusively; a couple of leaves opened a little roughly; one plate re-inserted, with insignificant short tears to two margins; a little very faint foxing passim in text; nonetheless, a near nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Corresponds to Carter’s ‘B’ binding (Binding Variants, p.124) except for a difference in the cloth colour, his being pink. Carter regarded this as a simultaneous first issue with his ‘A’ issue, the latter being in his view the gift binding. The present copy is without the dislocation of type on p.177 present in copies with Carter’s ‘B’ or ‘C’ bindings, however, and thus more nearly resembles copies recorded in his ‘A’ binding: i.e., presumptively from an earlier portion of the print run and hence representing an earlier state of text. This title neither in Sadleir, nor in the extensive Wolff collection, and in our experience, scarce. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.3, 67, 73, 115, 160, 200, and 203, and are here so tipped in.
Ref: CRT101884


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KINGSLEY (F[lorence]. M[orse].). Titus: A comrade of the cross. A Tale of the Christ. With eight illustrations [by Osinan Thomas]. Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1895. Half-title not called for; frontispiece with tissue guard; seven plates; pp.[iv]+340; vertically ribbed cerise cloth blocked pictorially gilt on front cover; lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Wright, III, 3140, listing the American edition of the same year. The English edition may, for copyright reasons, have precedence. It is, at any rate, an entirely different setting of the text.
Ref: CRT101889


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KINGSTON (W.H.G.). Dick Cheveley: His adventures and misadventures. By W.H.G. Kingston, Author of “Snow Shoes and Canoes,” “Heir of Kilfinnan,” etc., etc. Illustrated. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1881. (All rights reserved.) Square.cr.8vo, wire-stitched; half-title not called for; inserted wood-engraved frontispiece, with tissue guard, and twenty-one inserted plates, after L. Nennet; wood-engraved vignette on title; pp.[xii]+388; publisher’s inserted 30pp. catalogue at end dated April, 1880; diagonally very-fine-ribbed scarlet cloth blocked blind on back cover, pictorially blocked black on front cover and spine, lettered black-outlined gilt and gilt on front cover and spine, blocked gilt, lettered blind-through- gilt, and black, on spine; a.e.g., end-papers faced peach. Unobtrusive repair to cloth at head of spine, and gilt a little rubbed; endpapers foxed, with offsetting onto back of frontispiece and last page of catalogue; tissue guard to frontispiece lacking; slight scattered spotting to margins; insignificant rusting to staples; in general a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £35.00

US $43.40


Kingston’s Preface is dated ‘May 1880’, a short time before his death. Published in two formats, as here in ‘cloth extra, gilt edges, 7s. 6d.’ and, presumably later, in a ‘plainer binding, 5s.’: this quoted from an advertisement for another title listed as a sample of Sampson Low’s Kingsland volumes, ‘Snow-Shoes and Canoes’, the second edition of which is recorded in the catalogue as being available in both styles. The earliest date of the catalogue, preceding by a month the author’s Preface. Publication may have been delayed by Kingston’s death: copyright, and, probably, advance, copies are known with the title-page dated 1880. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3844, recording a copy otherwise similar, but with the title-page dated 1880.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KIPLING (Rudyard). Third edition. Soldiers Three: A collection of stories Setting forth certain passages in the lives and adven- Tures of Privates Terence Mulvaney, Stanley Ortheris, and John Learoyd. By Rudyard Kipling. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad, 1890. (All Rights Reserved.) Demy 8vo; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements precedes title-page, integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.93+[i (‘L’envoi’)]+[ii]; greenish-grey paper wrappers, printed on front and back wrapper in black, the word ‘LAHORE.’ appearing on the front wrapper below the design. The Indian variant of Livingston 30, and the first appearance of the revised text. One of 3,000 copies comprising the Indian edition of a total printing of 10,000. Virtually fine copy. BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). The Story of the Gadsbys: A tale without a plot. By Rudyard Kipling, Author of “Soldiers Three,” “Wee Willie Winkie,” etc. Published by Messrs. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad, N.D. [1890]. Demy 8vo; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements precedes title-page, integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end, blank on verso; pp.85+[i (‘L’envoi’)]+[ii]; greenish-grey paper wrappers, printed on front and back wrapper in black, the word ‘LAHORE.’ appearing on the front wrapper below the design. The Indian variant of Livingston 33, and the first appearance of the revised text. One of 3,000 copies comprising the Indian edition of a total printing of 10,000, and the correct first printing, paged to 85 instead of 93 as in later printings. Small chip to upper corner of front wrapper, but a virtually fine copy. BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). Second edition. In black and white. By Rudyard Kipling. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad, 1889. Demy 8vo; integral blank and leaf of publisher’s advertisements precede title-page; Dedication leaf followed by integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.[6 (unpaginated)]+[iv]+106+ii+[2]; white wrappers printed outside in black, the front wrapper reading ‘MAYO SCHOOL OF ART, LAHORE’ below the design. The second Indian printing, and the last to have the original text. Livingston 35. Slight dust-marking to back wrapper, but a virtually fine copy otherwise. BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). Third edition. Under the Deodars. By Rudyard Kipling. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad, 1890. (All rights reserved.) Demy 8vo; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements precedes title-page, integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+106+[ii]; greenish-grey paper wrappers, printed on front and back wrapper in black, the words ‘MAYO SCHOOL OF ART LAHORE’ and ‘MUFID I AM PRESS’ appearing on the front wrapper below the design. Slight dusting or browning to edges of wrappers, and blank corners of back wrapper slightly chipped; otherwise a nice copy. Livingstone does not record this edition, which has the original text, but under 38, notes that “a later issue, with the revised text, has on the cover the plate of the second edition, with ‘MAYO SCHOOL OF ART LAHORE’ and ‘MUFID I AM PRESS’ below it” (instead of just ‘MAYO SCHOOL OF ART LAHORE’). Since two sets of plates were made originally for the covers of other titles in the series, it would appear that the same thing happened here, and that the present copy provides a scarce example of this variant. BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). Third edition. The Phantom ’Rickshaw And other tales. By Rudyard Kipling. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad, 1890. (All rights reserved.) Demy 8vo; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements precedes title-page, integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+114+[ii]; greenish-grey paper wrappers, printed on front and back wrapper in black, the words ‘MAYO SCHOOL OF ART LAHORE’ and ‘MUFID I AM PRESS’ appearing on the front wrapper below the design. Slight marking and browning to edges of wrappers; otherwise a nice copy. This edition, not recorded by Livingstone, is identical with her ‘Second Edition’ in all respects. The cover variant is the scarcer of the two recorded under Livingstone 41 as being used indifferently for both the first and second editions, having no apostrophe before ‘RICKSHAW’ and no periods after the ‘A’ and ‘H’ in the publisher’s name. BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). Second edition. Wee Willie Winkie And other child stories. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad, 1889. (All rights reserved.) Demy 8vo; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements precedes title-page, integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+104+[ii]; greenish-grey paper wrappers, printed on front and back wrapper in black, the words ‘MAYO SCHOOL OF ART, LAHORE’ and ‘MUFID I AM PRESS’ appearing on the front wrapper below the design. A nice copy. Livingston 44, but differing from Livingstone in respect of the wrappers, the front wrapper here having no period after the ‘A’ in the publisher’s imprint (though there is one after the ‘H’), and having the printer’s imprint as above rather than simply ‘MUFID I AM PRESS LAHORE’ as illusttrated by Livingstone, whilst the insignia on the berets on the back wrapper are here a flower rather than a cockade. It seems probable, as with ‘The Phantom Rickshaw’ that two sets of plates for the cover were engraved. Six volumes, with all wrappers and advertisement leaves, and all Indian editions, bound together in early dark green patterned-sand-grain cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; the edges not trimmed by the binder.

GB £280.00

US $347.20


Light pencilled notes on some wrappers, advertisement leaves, and the blank suggest that all the volumes were purchased in November or December 1890 at Lucknow Railway Station or thereabouts by one F.G.M. Boileau, whose ink signature appears on the front end-paper together with the note: “Bound by Hunt / 1904". Two volumes also have pencilled notes of expenses written on the inside back wrapper. ‘Soldiers Three’ and ‘The Story of the Gadsbys’ here exhibit the first printing of the revised texts, in which no fewer than 157 and 188 alterations, respectively, were made from the originals. ‘In Black and White’, ‘Under the Deodars’, ‘The Phantom ’Rickshaw’, and ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ all have here the original text, differing in 255, 184, 0, and 145 places from the later editions printed in England. The Indian issues are now distinctly scarce.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KIPLING (Rudyard). In black and white. Published by Messrs. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad. N.D. [1890]. Bound up without the wrappers; signature on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a fine copy. Livingston 36 (p.43 refers). The first Indian edition printed in England (title undated, and without the English publisher’s or printer’s imprints). In this copy, p.iv appears misnumbered vi. BOUND WITH: [KIPLING (Rudyard). Soldiers Three]. Lacking the wrappers, title-page and advertisements, but otherwise nice. Almost certainly Livingston 30. BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). Wee Willie Winkie And other stories. Published by Messrs. A.H. Wheeler & Co.[,] Allahabad[;] Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Ld.[,] N.D. [1890]. Bound up without the wrappers, the initial blank, or the advertisement leaf; some slight dusting here and there; in general, however a nice copy. Livingston 45. The first English edition (the issue without a printer’s imprint). BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). Under the Deodars. Published by Messrs. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad, N.D. [1888]. Bound up without the wrappers or the advertisements; signature on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a fine copy. Livingstone 37. The true Indian first edition. Contemporary half roan, splitting at joints and rubbed. Four volumes bound together.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


The first three volumes exhibit the first printing of the revised text. No fewer than 255 alterations were made in ‘In Black and White’; 157 in ‘Soldiers Three’; and 145 in ‘Wee Willie Winkie’. Under the Deodars, which here, of course has the original text, differs in 184 places from the later editions printed in England. The Indian issues are all now distinctly scarce.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KIPLING (Rudyard). In black and white. Published by Messrs. A.H. Wheeler & Co[,] Allahabad[;] Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Ld.[,] N.D. [1890]. BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). The phantom ‘rickshaw And other tales. Published by Messrs. A.H. Wheeler & Co., Allahabad. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Ld., N.D. [1890]. BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). The Story of the Gadsbys: A tale without a plot. Published by Messrs. A.H. Wheeler & Co.[,] Allahabad[;] Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Ld.[,] N.D. [1890]. Integral advertisement leaf (with Wheeler advertisements on recto, Low’s on verso) at end; ‘Sarsaparilla’ advertisement on verso of title-page. BOUND WITH: KIPLING (Rudyard). The City of dreadful night And Other places. Depicted by Rudyard Kipling. Published by Messrs. A.H. Wheeler & Co.[,] Allahabad[;] Sampson Low, Marston, & Company, Ltd.[,] N.D. [1891]. Publishers’ note slip tipped in before title-leaf. 4 Vols., lge.post 8vo, bound together in full maroon binder’s buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; half-titles not called for; grey-green wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the inside wrappers of ‘In Black and White’ and ‘The Story of the Gadsbys’, and the back wrapper of ‘The Phantom ‘Rickshaw’, plain, the inside and back wrappers of ‘The City of Dreadful Night’, and the inside wrappers of ‘The City of Dreadful Night’, printed with commercial advertisements, the back wrapper of ‘In Black and White’ printed with illustration; issued without end-papers. Initial advertisement leaf and back wrapper to ‘The Story of the Gadsbys’ lacking; others slightly faded or dusty, and four each with a single minute chip at fore-edge; one volume with two or three fox-spots; otherwise fine copies.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


Issued as volumes Nos.3, 5, 2, and XIV of ‘A.H. Wheeler & Co’s Indian Railway Library’. First English, and first revised, editions of ‘The Phantom ‘Rickshaw’, and ‘The Story of the Gadsbys’, the latter exhibiting the earlier state of text, paged [viii]+[1]-[86]+[ii], instead of [1]-[94]+[ii] as in later copies; ‘In Black and White’ is of the second, and further revised, issue, with the reading ‘HEAVENBORN,’ on p.3 instead of ‘HAZUR’; first English and first authorised edition of ‘The City of Dreadful Night’. Apart from ‘The City of Dreadful Night’, which does not so occur, the texts of all the volumes are of the state without the imprint of the Aberdeen University Press. Livingston, 36, 42, 30, and 71, but differing in minor respects of title-page punctuation from the transcriptions provided by Livingston. No fewer than 255 corrections were made for the revised edition of ‘In Black and White’, and 188 for ‘The Story of the Gadsbys.
Ref: CRT101902


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KIPLING (Rudyard). Many inventions. London, Macmillan and Co., And New York, 1893. All rights reserved. Blank before half-title; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[x]+365+[i (printer’s imprint)]+6; blue fine diaper cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, ruled and blocked blind and gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; dark grey-green coated end-papers. A near fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Livingston 100.
Ref: CRT101907


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KIPLING (Rudyard). The Second jungle book. With illustrations by J. Lockwood Kipling, C.I.E. Macmillan and Co., 1895. Blank before half-title; numerous illustrations on text paper; integral advertisement leaf at end; blue buckram blocked gilt on spine and front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; very dark green coated end-papers. Slight general wear to covers, and spine a little dull; some scattered light foxing; one or two corners turned; inscription on front blank dated ‘Xmas 1895’, and blank a little cockled; end-papers slightly cracking; a very good copy, nonetheless, and probably better than it sounds.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Livingston 116.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KIPLING (Rudyard). The day’s work. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1898. All rights reserved. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end, followed by 16pp. publisher’s catalogue dated 15.9.98.; pp.[viii]+381+[i (blank)]+[ii]; blue fine diaper cloth, blocked with publisher’s device in blind on back cover, ruled and blocked blind and gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. A virtually fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Livingston 170. According to Livingston the catalogue is dated “15,9,98"; in this copy full stops are present and not commas between the numerals. The first English edition, differing in many points of text from the American edition.
Ref: CRT101915


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KLITZ (Philip). Sketches Of Life, character, and scenery In The New Forest: A series of tales, Rural, domestic, legendary, and humorous. London: Orr & Co. Romsey: [C.L.] Lordan, 1850. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; 6pp. List of Subscribers, followed by 8pp. author’s and publisher’s advertisements (v. note); pp.[2]+x+233+[i (blank)]+[vi (not paginated)]+[8]; puce net-grain cloth, ruled, and elaborately blocked and embossed, blind on sides, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt (title only) on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow.Small wax splashes on a couple of fore-margins; otherwise a very copy. Very scarce.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


A couple of introductory essays, short stories, a note on New Forest dialect with a nine-page story in verse to illustrate it, and a closing essay. The advertisements apart from the last page comprise ‘A Catalogue Of Musical Publications, Composed by Philip Klitz, Professor of Music, Teacher of The Pianoforte, Violin, Harmony, and Composition’. The final page is for the second edition of a book ‘composed’ rather than ‘written’ by Lordan, the printer, who did not work with a pen but a composing stick: ‘Colloquies On Poetry & poets, alma mater, &c.’ — and the advertisement includes an impressive list of ‘Opinions by permission quoted’ of the first edition (from Wordsworth, Moore, Lady Blessington, Sir Bulwer Lytton, Dr. Croly, Rogers, Carlyle, Dickens, Tennyson, Mrs. Howitt, and Miss Mitford). Tipped onto the front pastedown is a folding black-edged reprint of two obituaries of Klitz, from the ‘Hampshire Advertiser’ and the ‘Hampshire Independent’, from which we learn that he was from a musical family, and died on January 13th, 1854 at the age of 49. Besides being a teacher he was “a popular composer of ball-room music” who also composed classical music, “a variety of Ballads, of which the words were frequently his own; — and one series of naval songs, called ‘The Songs of the Mid-Watch’” which the Admiralty ordered “to be added to Dibdin’s in a special edition published for the navy.” He was also a Mason, and composed Masonic songs.
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KNIGHT (George). The Circle of the Earth. By George Knight Author of “Dust in the Balance,” etc. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, 1897. Sm.roy.16mo in half sheets; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; title-page printed in red and black; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.217+[i (printer’s imprint)]+6; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; laid end-papers. Slight general wear to covers; poor quality end-papers, and tissue, embrowned; a very little scattered light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Issued at 2s. in cloth, as here, and 1s. 6d. in wrappers. The volume looks as though it ought to have been issued as part of a series, but apparently was not. A short mystical novels of ideas involving, among other things, rural improvements, socialists, the second sight, and Russian anarchists! The last two chapters, in which a soul journies through interstellar space, probably qualify it as marginal interplanetary as well. In this copy p.102, l.16, has the reading ‘begun’ for ‘began’, p.179, antepenultimate line, ‘Lossenko’ in upper and lower case instead of all upper case as called for in the text, and p.213, antepenultimate line, ‘these’ for ‘there’: apparently as always; p.167, l.3, has the ‘l’ in ‘Fräulein’ broken: this marking a later state of the text. The probable second binding: in red cloth, and with poor quality end-papers that show a marked tendency to embrown. Includes, in a footnote on p.154, the earliest definition of a ‘cocktail’ that we have come across: “the ‘whiskey and potass’ of an inferior culture"!
Ref: CRT101922


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KNOX (Captain [Charles H.].). Harry Mowbray, By Captain Knox, Author of “Hardness,” “Day Dreams,” “The Rittmeister’s Budget,” Etc. etc. London: John Ollivier, 59, Pall Mall, 1843. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+384+[ii]+24 (‘Memorandum’ — v. note); twenty-four wood-engraved plates by V.G. Mason,the first twenty after C.H. Weigall, the rest after J. Gilbert; 6pp. wood-engraved music in text; contemporary half dark green morocco, ruled blind on sides. ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine, oil-marbled sides, burnished edges; ‘Conservative Club’ gilt stamp on front board, and their small book-label on front paste-down. Piece chipped from blank fore-margin of pp.363/4, not approaching text; some light dusting and fingering passim, but a generally nice copy of a scarce book.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Originally issued in twelve monthly parts, the monthly nature of the issue being stated in the ‘Memorandum’. From another copy that passed through our hands some years ago, we know that it was issued in pink wrappers. The sheets of the ‘Memorandum’, though separately signed and paginated, were issued monthly also, stitched up in the same wrappers, and the title-page was issued conjugate with these. The object of including the ‘Memorandum’ papers with the novel is explained as follows: “it is in the hope that the publication in the form of a monthly serial, less inaccessible than a parliamentary paper, less ephemeral than a newspaper, and penetrating into all sorts of places, may sometimes aid in diffusing information that may guide the exertions of the charitable in the direction of the remediable hardships of their less fortunate bretheren, that the author of ‘Mowbray’ proposes to append to each monthly number    .    .    . a paper on the physical and sanitary conditions of the poor.” Subjects dealt with include street and road cleansing, infectious diseases, and the purity of water. Despite the author’s intent, this is the first copy we have come across in which the ‘Memorandum’ has in fact been preserved. Nor was it in the copy of the volume issue recorded by Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.9, 12, 53, 58, 75, 89, 105, 123, 140, 160, 173, 177, 203, 212, 234, 244, 275, 284, 308, 319, 322, 342, 358, and 380, and are here so bound in. (The plate to p.58 is signed Mason only; that to p.160 by Weigall only; and that to p.140 is unsigned, but all of these are almost certainly by Mason after Weigall). The plate to p.75 has, in this copy, been bound in as frontispiece. Not in Summers; Block, p.129; Wolff, 3923, recording an otherwise similar copy, without the ‘Memorandum’ present, in sage green publisher’s publisher’s vertically fine-ribbed cloth, blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, which he hypothesises had been bound from the parts. Wolff fails to note Gilbert’s part in the illustrations.
Ref: CRT101924


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LAMB (Charles). [Engraved title:] The Adventures Of Ulysses By Charles Lamb. London, Published at the Juvenile Library, 41 Skinner Street, [on frontispiece:] 1808. 12mo.; frontispiece and conjugate title-page engraved on copper by C. Heath after R. Corbould; single inset letterpress title-page here absent (v. note); Preface and Contents leaves precede start of text; publisher’s advertisements on lower half and verso of final leaf of text; pp.[iii] — vi+203+[i]; early (probably 1830s or 1840s) half dark green sheep, green morocco-cloth sides, spine with five raised bands ruled and tooled gilt, lettered on gilt in first compartment; sprinkled edges; end-papers faced russet. Insignificant rubbing to points of leather; slight markings to margins of frontispiece, and slight offsetting between engraved leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £250.00

US $310.00


As first issued, the volume was in boards, and included, besides the engraved title-page, a single-inset letterpress title-page reading: The Adventures of Ulysses. By Charles Lamb. London: Printed by T. Davison, Whitefriars, For the Juvenile Library, No.41, Skinner-street, Snow Hill, 1808. About half the copies known seem to be without this inset leaf, and since, when transferring a volume from boards to leather, binders normally discard half-titles, advertisements, and blanks, but not letterpress title-pages, this would appear to be rather a high percentage. We hypothesise that the book may have been boarded up in batches, as would have been normal practice at the time, and that at some point the stack of odd leaves became lost or forgotten about, and so never included in later copies of the book as issued. A nice copy, offered cheaply, nonetheless, because of the absence of this leaf. An unobtrusive, accurate, and very delicate attempt has been made in this copy to highlight the frontispiece with colour — not obviously by a child, and almost certainly at an early date. We do not think that the result detracts significantly from the value of the volume. Osborne, p.574; Thomson, XXIV.

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Ref: CRT117936


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[LANG (Andrew).]. Aucassin & Nicolete Done into English By Andrew Lang. London: 1887, Published by David Nutt, In the Strand. Narrow med.8vo, printed throughout on Japanese vellum; limitation leaf, printed on verso only, precedes half-title page; dry-point illustrated title-page by Jacomb Hood, signed in the plate, and dated ‘LONDINI MDCXXXVII’ [sic], printed in black, precedes letterpress title-page, this preceded by proof-pull of the plate printed in sepia, with tissue guard, loosely laid in; two head-pieces and one tail-piece by Hood; imprint leaf at end; printed throughout in black and red; pp.[4 (limitation leaf and half-title)]+xx+70+[ii]; Japanese vellum dust-wrapper illustrated with a woodcut design by P. Jacomb Hood in black, and lettered in red and black, on front wrapper, in black with Nutt’s woodcut device on back wrapper, French-folded over plain white thin boards; unprinted parchment chemise, as issued; a.e. uncut; Japanese vellum end-papers. Chemise somewhat chipped at top-edges and about the spine, and very delicate; dust-wrapper very slightly darkened on spine and at top-edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


One of an edition limited to only sixty-three copies (of which fifty-three were for sale) printed on large Japanese vellum and with a proof pull of the dry-point, the limitation notice being numbered and signed by the publisher. Printed at the Chiswick Press. A small paper edition in f’cap 8vo format was also published, and was limited to 550 copies. Besides the prose translation and Lang’s Introduction, the volume includes Lang’s ‘Ballade of Aucassin’ reprinted from Longman’s Magazine, and the ‘Ballade of Nicolete’ signed Graham R. Tomson. Dedicated to The Hon. James Russell Lowell.

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LANG (Andrew). A monk of Fife: Being the chronicle written By Norman Leslie of Pitcullo, Concerning marvellous deeds That befell in the realm of France, in the years of our re-Demption, MCCCCXXIX-XXXI. Now First done into English Out of the French by Andrew Lang. Longmans Green and Company In Paternoster Row, London, New York and Bombay, 1896. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations and initials in the text, and full-page tailpiece, by Selwyn Image; light brown linen-patterned rough buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on blind panels on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight rubbing to cloth at head of spine, and minute nick; end-papers foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £18.00

US $22.32



Ref: CRT101935


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LATHROP (George Parsons). An echo of Passion. Author’s Edition. Edinburgh, David Douglas, Castle Street, 1884. Imp.32mo in quarter sheets; half-title present; final leaf, signed ‘O’, a singleton; pp.210; rebound in contemporary pale brown linen, leather spine label. Label lightly rubbed; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Blanck, 11432, refers, but gives no details, evidently not having seen the volume. It deserves separate listing since it contains an introductory Author’s Note subscribed ‘New York, July 1884’, not included in the American edition which was published in 1882. The volume was issued priced at 2s., presumably in cloth, and at 1s., presumably in wrappers. We assume the present copy to represent the latter issue.
Ref: CRT101937


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[LAURENCE (Miss H.).]. London In The olden time; Or, Tales Intended to illustrate the Manners and superstitions of its inhabitants, From the twelfth to the sixteenth century. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster Row, 1825. Pp.324; half-title present; erratum slip tipped in after title-page; Edwardian half purple calf, blue cloth sides, brown lettering-piece on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; marbled end-papers. Slight fading to leather of spine, and very slight rubbing to points; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Probable second issue, without the May 1825 catalogue present in some copies, and having an erratum slip. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3954.
Ref: CRT118006


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LAWRENCE (Edmund). George Stalden: A personal memoir of the time of the American revolutionary war. Edited by Edmund Lawrence. Vol.I [II]. London, Remington & Co., Publishers, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1887. 2 Vols., bound in one as issued; half-title in volume one, none called for in volume two in this issue; pp.268; [3]-292; diagonally fine ribbed pale claret cloth, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked black, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with ivy-leaf pattern in lime green. Cloth a little faded and very slightly marked; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Includes a Preface noting differences between this and the historical accounts.
Ref: CRT101944


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LEE (Albert). The key of the holy house: A Romance of Old Antwerp. C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., 1898. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+vi+364; leaf green buckram blocked pictorially black, grey, and yellow, lettered black, on front cover, lettered black on spine. End-papers and edges foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT101950


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LEE (Albert). The Inca’s ransom: A Story of the Conquest of Peru. By Albert Lee, Author of “The Black Disc,” “The Prince’s Messenger,” Etc. London, S.W. Partridge & Co., 8 & 9 Paternoster Row, N.D. [1898]. Half-tone frontispiece after Lancelot Speed; pp.320; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, undated; red buckram, lettered gilt and black, blocked pictorially black, brown, white, and green, on front cover, blocked black, gilt, green, and white, lettered black-through-gilt, and gilt, on spine. Virtually fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Printed on good quality paper with no tendency to brown, these are first edition sheets, but this copy is of a secondary issue with a later catalogue describing it as a volume of ‘The Home Library’ published at 2/-. It is in fact trimmed 3/8” shorter than the first issue, which was published in November 1898 at 2/6d.
Ref: CRT101951


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LEE (Holme, i.e. Harriet Parr). Mrs. Denys Of Cote. In three volumes. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1880 [i.e., 1879]. (All rights reserved.) Three volumes in one, as issued; half-title, title, Contents leaf, and fly-title in each volume; fly-title to each of the seven books; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume three; pp.[viii]+311+[i (blank)]; [viii]+315+[i (blank)]; [viii]+289+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover, blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Small bruise to lower edge of front cover; back end-paper lightly creased; otherwise a virtually fine copy, very bright and fresh.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


A minor binding variant, copies also being known in diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth. NCBEL, 3: 942, gives the date as 1880, but it was presumably published in the Christmas season of 1879, and dated ahead: in this copy the title page to volume three is in the first state, bearing the date 1879. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT118775


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L[EECH (J[oseph].).]. Brief romances From Bristol history With a Few other papers from the same pen. Being cuttings from the columns of the “Bristol Times,” “Felix Farley’s Bristol Journal,” and the “Bristol Times and Mirror,” during a series of years Extending from 1839 to 1883. By J.L. Bristol: William George and Son. London: Hamilton, Adams and Co., 1884. Half-title not called for; printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+262(fly-title and preface to the ‘other papers’ included in the pagination)+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered and blocked gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; glazed tan end-papers. Front free end-paper lacking; other end-papers embrowned; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Printed, surprisingly enough, in Bath. Fiction based on historical and quasi-historical documentation (including the works of Rowley), and hints gleaned therefrom; together with a few other papers, likewise for the most part concerned with Bristol. The author’s name is given in full only at the end of the Dedication, though his surname appears on the spine. One of an unspecified, but “very limited edition", and now extremely scarce. The book was reprinted at least once, without a date on the title-page, and bound in a plain cloth of a lighter blue. That edition too is scarce.
Ref: CRT101965


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[LE FANU (Joseph Sheridan).]. The fortunes Of Colonel Torlogh O’Brien: A Tale Of The wars of King James. With illustrations by Hablot K. Browne. Dublin: James McGlashan, 21, D’Olier-street. William S. Orr and Company, London, 1847. Lge post 8vo; half-title not called for; list of Illustrations (a singleton, signed ‘b’) follows Contents; frontispiece and twenty-one etched plates by Phiz; pp.[x]+342; old half rose calf, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides. Repair to top of back joint, and leather of spine faded; some foxing of plates, as usual with this title, with some slight — and generally associated — foxing of text; short tear to blank fore-margin of final leaf with old, barely visible, tissued repair; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £260.00

US $322.40


Stab-holes visible in most gatherings show that this copy was bound up from the parts. Sadleir 1375/I; Wolff, 4012.
Ref: CRT117738


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LEFEBRE-LABOULAYE (Edouard René, Membre de l’institut de France). Abdallah, Or the four-leaved shamrock. Translated by Mary L. Booth. London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, Milton House, Ludgate Hill, 1868. Sm.f’cap 8vo; title-page printed in red and black and with woodcut vignette; tissue guard; final blank; pp.[xii]+181+[iii]; maroon buckram over very thin boards. ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; violet and white head- and tail- bands; violet silk marker; end-papers coated dark grey-green; binder’s ticket of Burn & Co (Ball, 20D, but a year earlier than any example he records) on back paste-down. Light marking of covers; back end-papers and blank damp-marked at top corner; corner of front end-paper creased; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


The first translation into English of a work published in France in 1859. Given the publisher, and the fact that the translator was American, this translation may have appeared first in that country. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
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[LE GALLIENNE (Richard).]. The Quest of the Gilt- Edged Girl. By Richard de Lyrienne [i.e., David Hodge]. Bodley Booklets No. 2. John Lane, The Bodley Head, London and New York, 1897. Super roy.16mo in half sheets; leaf bearing moral on recto, printer’s imprint on verso, followed by 4pp. integral advertisements for ‘The Quest of the Golden Girl’, and 12pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements dated 1897, at end; pale brown paper wrappers printed on front wrapper and up spine in light brown; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a little chipped and rubbed, front wrapper laid down onto a sheet of tissue, and re-attached; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


An anonymous parody of Le Gallienne’s celebrated novel ‘The Golden Girl’ here advertised as in its fourth printing.
Ref: CRT101968


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LEIGH (John Garrett). God’s greeting: A Story of this Our Day. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1899. [All rights reserved]. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.viii+405+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; scarlet linen, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated charcoal. Fine copy.

GB £21.00

US $26.04


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT118001


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LEMON (Mark). Prose and verse. London: Bradbury and Evans, 11, Bouverie Street, 1852. F’cap 8vo; engraved frontispiece by Leech with tissue guard; pp.[viii]+256; dark brown ripple-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated lemon. Slight embrowning and foxing to frontispiece; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


A mixture of stories, sketches, and poetry (mainly narrative, though one of the poems is a welcome for Dickens’s ‘Cricket on the Hearth’). The first non-juvenile book by the editor and co-founder of ‘Punch’. CBEL, III, p.603; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4050, describing a presentation copy in a slightly variant binding bearing the words ‘Price 4/-.’ blocked at the tail of the spine: it is not present here, though the binding is otherwise the same. Comparison with other volumes of the period (Meredith’s ‘Shaving of Shagpat’, for example, or Peacock’s ‘Gryll Grange’) suggests that the addition of the price marks the Wolff copy, despite the presentation inscription, as secondary.
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LEPELLETIER (Edmond). Madame Sans-gêne: A Romance By Edmond Lepelletier Founded on the play by Sardou and Moreau. Translated from the French and edited by J.A.J. de Villiers. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1895. Leaf blank except for signature mark ‘a’ on recto precedes half-title; leaf bearing publisher’s woodcut device on recto, blank on verso, followed by publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated ‘Nov.1896’; pp.[4]+[iv]+318+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed cerise cloth, blocked black, grey-green, and flesh-brown, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed with conventional floral pattern in black. Early ownership inscription at head of first leaf of text; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


The second page of the Contents is paginated ‘iv’, thus ignoring both the blank and the half-title. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT101980


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LEVER (Charles). Our mess. Edited by Charles Lever. (Harry Lorrequer.) Vol.II. Tom Burke of “Ours,” Volume first. With Numerous illustrations on steel, By Phiz. Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company. Wm S. Orr and Co. London. Fraser and Co. Edinburgh, 1844. TOGETHER WITH: Tom Burke Of “Ours.” By Charles Lever. (Harry Lorrequer.) With numerous illustrations on steel, By H.K. Browne. In two volumes. Vol.II. Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company. Wm. S. Orr and Co. London. Fraser and Co. Edinburgh, 1844. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; half-title lacking in volume one, none called for in volume two; fly-title present before Prefatory Epistle in volume one; frontispiece and twenty-three plates in volume one, frontispiece and nineteen plates in volume two; pp.[iii] — xii+372; [viii]+294; contemporary green half-calf, marbled sides, tooled blind on sides, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine; edges burnished brown; end-papers faced light brown. Marbling of sides a little rubbed and dusty; leather peeling a little, and with somewhat crude repairs to head of spines; plates with marginal foxing, but otherwise a nice copy internally.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Bound from the parts. An attempt, like that made by Dickens with ‘Master Humphrey’s Clock’, to link together a series of novels — the first, not here present, being ‘Jack Hinton, the Guardsman’. It seems to have been dropped after the issue of the parts, and volumes were made up with only the separate title-pages used for the second volume here. The rather clumsy system of double numbering in the general title-page of the first volume of the present copy may suggest some element of schizophrenia concerning it even from the start. Sadleir, 1415 and Wolff, 4098 and 4098a, all listing copies of the later issue in cloth. According to Sadleir, separate title leaves for all three volumes were issued at the end of volume three (i.e., ‘Tom Burke’, Vol.II), and the title to volume one here present was presumably only issued with the parts.
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LEVER (Charles). St. Patricks Eve By Charles Lever. Illustrated by Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 186 Strand, 1845. Super roy.16mo in half sheets (though signed in places rather irregularly: v.note); half-title not called for; wood-engraved vignette title-page, and numerous wood-engraved illustrations in the text; steel-engraved frontispiece and three plates; pp.[iv]+203+[i (printer’s imprint)]; leaf-green vertically fine-ribbed cloth, blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, elaborately blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated lemon. Slight wear to spine at extreme head and tail; plates rather foxed, with offsetting onto facing leaves; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


The irregularity in the gatherings is apparently due to the leaves containing wood-engravings, sometimes with their conjugates, having been printed separately, and then inserted. The first two gatherings, which contain several illustrations, were wholly done in this way, and each contains four leaves; others contain five, six, nine, ten, or twelve. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.24, 82, and 186. Wolff, 4103; Sadleir, 1420: the first binding of three, later copies being in a lighter coloured cloth, without the lower half of the spine blocking, and with a.e. plain, and later ones still lacking also the blind-blocked harps as corner ornaments to the boards. The first state of the title-page, the ‘Z’ of ‘PHIZ’ appearing in reverse: this not being noted by either Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT101992


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(LEVER (Charles). The Dodd family abroad. By Charles Lever, Author of “Harry Lorrequer,” “The Knight of Gwynne,” &c. &c. With illustrations by Phiz. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1854. Demy 8vo; bound up without the half-title; etched frontispiece, vignette and letterpress title-pages, and thirty-eight plates; pp.[iii]-[xvi]+624; contemporary dark red full calf, ruled gilt on sides, spine with raised bands, tooled gilt in compartments, black lettering-piece; marbled edges and end-papers. Some wear to calf at extremities of spine and corners, and calf cracked over front joint; end-papers neatly strengthened at gutters; a few plates slightly foxed or with light damp-staining to margins; otherwise, a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Stab-holes show this copy to have been bound from the parts. A signed binding by Smyth & Co., Gerry Street, Liverpool. Sadleir, 1404; Wolff, 4087. Number six on Sadleir’s schedule of Comparative Scarcities.
Ref: CRT118897


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LEVER (Charles). The Martins of Cro’ Martin By Charles Lever, Author of “Harry Lorrequer,” “The Knight of Gwynne,” &c. &c. With illustrations by “Phiz.” London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1856. Demy 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and illustrated title-page, on plate-paper precede letterpress title-page; thirty-eight wood-engraved plates; pp.xiii-[xiv] and final leaf (signed 2S[1]), single insets; pp.[xiv]+625+[i (printer’s imprint)]; grass green straight morocco cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, blocked, lettered, and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges lightly trimmed, lower-edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow; ticket ‘Bound by / Sutton / Taunton’ on front paste-down. Beautifully re-backed with matching cloth the original slightly frayed back-strip being laid on; very slight foxing of some plates, but in effect a virtually fine copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


The stab-holes and binder’s ticket show this copy to have been bound up from the parts for their first purchaser, locally, in a publisher’s case. Sadleir, 1410, recording a similar copy; Wolff, 4093, recording Dickens’ copy.
Ref: CRT101996


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LEVER (Charles). The Martins of Cro’ Martin By Charles Lever, Author of “Harry Lorrequer,” “The Knight of Gwynne,” &c. &c. With illustrations by “Phiz.” London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1856. Demy 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and illustrated title-page, on plate-paper precede letterpress title-page; thirty-eight wood-engraved plates; pp.xiii-[xiv] and final leaf (signed 2S[1]), single insets; pp.[iii]-[xiv]+625+[i (printer’s imprint)]; contemporary half black polished calf, marbled sides, tooled with ornamental rules, blind, on sides, spine ruled gilt and blind, with four broad raised bands tooled with floral ornament, gilt, red lettering-piece, ruled gilt; a.e. burnished brown; end-papers faced dull sage green. Slight rubbing to marbled paper of sides; one plate foxed, others with slight marginal foxing and some offsetting onto facing pages, but in effect a virtually fine copy in a period binding of good quality.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Stab-holes show this copy to have been bound up from the parts. Sadleir, 1410; Wolff, 4093, recording Dickens’ copy.

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LEVER (Charles). The knight of Gwynne: A tale of the time of the union. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. In two volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1858. Half-titles not called for; the list of Illustrations in volume two a single inset leaf signed ‘b’; frontispiece and seven plates in each volume; pp.[viii]+312; [vi]+306; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end of volume one, dated April, 1858; pink morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; pale yellow coated end-papers; a.e. uncut. Ownership inscription torn from each free end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


The first two volume edition, and with a preface by the author here first published. This edition not in Sadleir. The work first appeared in 1847, in parts, as one volume.
Ref: CRT101998


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[LEWES (G.H.)]. Ranthorpe. London: Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand, 1847. Half-title not called for; pp.viii+351+[i (blank)]; orange glazed linen printed on all visible surfaces in black; yellow end-papers printed with Ward & Lock advertisements [sic] in black. Rebacked with orange cloth, preserving the original chipped backstrip (v. note); corners of front cover flexion-creased; print of covers a little rubbed, and cloth slightly darkened, especially on spine; otherwise a nice copy, internally fine.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


From the library of Anne and F.G. Renier, with their small book-label on the front paste-down. Three chapters deal with murder and detection. The backstrip is chipped a little over the joints and the extreme tail, and more so where the upper edge of the spine meets the front cover, but without loss to the printed area except for the final letter of the price, and two inches of a vertical rule. First edition, remainder issue, the book having been published originally by Chapman & Hall in rose-madder fine-ribbed cloth at 9s., in April 1847, as volume 13 of their ‘Monthly series’ (Sadleir, 1424). The present re-issue is recorded by Sadleir in a note under 3742, where he erroneously states “The final incarnation of several of the titles was... offered for sale by Ward & Lock, two-vols-in-one, at half a crown a time.” Only the titles issued originally in two volumes were in fact offered at half a crown; those published as single volumes were offered at two shillings, but Sadleir had apparently not seen any. The present volume bears that price at the head of the spine and on the front cover. Wolff, 4110, recording a copy of the original issue, of which he comments: “I have never seen another copy.”

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[LISTER (Thomas Henry).]. Herbert Lacy. By The author of Granby. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1828. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; bound up without the half-titles, and the advertisement leaf at the end of volumes two and three; contemporary full polished calf, tooled blind with ten-rule central frames and corner ornaments within a double-ruled gilt border on sides, flat spine elaborately ruled and tooled gilt in compartments, lettered direct in the second and fourth compartment; edges of corners tooled gilt; oil-marbled end-papers and edges; purple silk marker in volumes two and three, absent in volume one. Small splash (probably white paint) on front cover of volume one; Slight rubbing to joints, but no weakness; a few leaves lightly foxed, and light staining from the markers; armorial bookplate on each front paste-down; otherwise a very nice copy in a pleasant period binding.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


Woolf, 4158; Sadleir 1444: “He is in the front rank of silver-fork novelists".

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Ref: CRT102025


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[LOCKHART (John Gibson).]. Valerius; A Roman story. In three volumes. Edinburgh: Printed for William Blackwood, Edinburgh; And T. Cadell, Strand, London, 1821. 3 Vols., 12mo; half- and fly- titles in each volume; pp.[iv]+311+[i (blank)]; [iv]+312; [iv]+347+[i (blank)]; quarter dark grey-green ribbon-embossed cloth, drab paper-covered boards, spine labels. Light marking of boards and some minor restorations to cloth of joints; one label slightly chipped, two renewed in period style; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $272.80


Sadleir, 1448, describing a copy in ‘mottled pink and white boards, labels’; Wolff, 4174, describing a copy in quarter brown paper with blue paper-covered boards. Neither notes that the book is 12mo.
Ref: CRT102029


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LONGFELLOW (Henry Wadsworth). Kavanagh, A tale. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1849. 4pp. publisher’s advertisements dated May 1, 1849 bound in between front end-papers; binder’s blank at front and back; integral blank before half-title; horizontally fine ribbed rose madder cloth elaborately blocked blind on sides and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges very lightly trimmed; peach end-papers. Cloth just a little faded, and large piece chipped from tail of spine; foxed throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Blanck 12096. First printing, first state of text: with the misprint ‘hte’ on p.177; with the readings ‘left. At’ on p.173 and ‘now only’ on p.180; and without the word ‘End’ at end of text. The binding agrees with Blanck’s first issue, except for the colour, which is an unrecorded variant. The catalogue is Blanck’s ‘B’ setting (no priority).
Ref: CRT102034


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From a Royal Library

LONGFELLOW (Henry Wadsworth). Kavanagh, A Tale. Liverpool: John Walker, 7, Clayton Square. London: David Bogue, John Johnstone, Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Edinburgh: John Johnstone, Oliver and Boyd. Dublin: J. M’Glashan, N.D. [1849]. Super roy.16mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf precedes title-page; cancel title-page printed in red and black; pp.[ii]+137+[1 (printer’s imprint)]; pale flesh-pink fine morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt, from type, on front cover, ruled and blocked blind on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Very slight dustmarking of covers, and light foxing to first three leaves; unobtrusive red armorial ownership stamp on verso of title (v. note); otherwise a fine, crisp, copy. Rare.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


From the library of Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover and Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, as attested by the ownership stamp, and possibly exhibiting a presentation binding style, copies usually seen being in vertically fine ribbed slate purple cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt, from type, on front cover and up spine, ruled blind on spine, and having the fore-edges trimmed, the lower-edges rough-trimmed. Finely printed in Liverpool by D. Marples. The text is that of the first American edition, altered state, except for the absence of the word ‘END’ at end of text. Blanck does not record this edition of ‘Kavanagh’, but he does record Walker (together with the same associates) as the publisher of an authorised edition of ‘The Seaside and the Fireside’ later the same year, which appears to have been issued simultaneously with, or in advance of, the first American edition, and it would be strange if the present edition were not similarly authorised. It is not on the face of it likely that Walker would have gone to the expense of competing with the London trade unless he had had some advantage such as this, and even less likely that an established London firm such as that of Bogue, who was to take over as Longfellow’s authorised English publisher within two years, would otherwise have accepted a merely subordinate interest. Nor was ‘Kavanagh’ the first of Longfellow’s books to be published by Walker, for the advertisement leaf at the front of the present volume refers to two other titles (likewise missed by Blanck) as ‘Lately published . . . Uniform with Kavanagh’: ‘Hyperion’, and ‘Poems, Lyrical and Dramatic, Comprising Voices of the Night, Evangeline, The Spanish Student, &c., Being the most perfect and comprehensive edition of the Author’s Poems and Dramas.’ These books, and ‘The seaside and the Fireside’, which from Blanck’s description was evidently uniform as well, were issued both in cloth and paper wrappers, and it is likely that the present volume was also. That Walker’s ‘Kavanagh’ predated his issue of ‘The Seaside and the Fireside’ is made clear both by the absence of the latter title from the advertisement, and by the fact of the publisher’s change of address: for both ‘The Seaside and the Fireside’ and for a second (and expanded) edition of ‘Poems, Lyrical and Dramatic’ issued in 1850 (Blanck, 12341), Blanck gives Walker’s address as 7, Clayton Square, as here on the cancel title, not 97, Bold Street, which is the address found on the earliest copies of ‘Kavanagh’ and on the 1848 ‘Evangeline’; whilst by 1851 Bogue had wholly taken over. Probable first English edition, second state of text, probably authorised, though possibly preceded by a few copies of the American edition imported by Wiley, and, finally, in a probable ‘presentation’ style of cloth.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LYONS (A. Neil). Sixpenny Pieces. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York: John Lane Company: 1909. 6pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 16pp. text-paper advertisements, presumably integral, all unpaged; pp.viii+305+[i (blank)]+[xxii]; vertically fine-ribbed light lime-green cloth, ruled white, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. light green. End-papers foxed, and bold inscription on front end-paper; light embrowning at one opening where newsprint bookmark had been left between the leaves; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £21.00

US $26.04


Short stories about a London doctor who caters for the poor — the ‘sixpenny pieces’ of the title being his usual fee. Includes one beautiful and very short story, called ‘The Survivor’, which everyone should read!
Ref: CRT118133


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[LYTTON (Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord).]. Falkland. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1827. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for; pp.[xii]+264; publisher’s quarter apple-green smooth cloth, light drab sides, reddish-brown leather spine-label edged at the top and bottom with two guinea rules enclosing a plain rule, and bearing the title only; top- and fore-edges uncut; black silk marker. Barely visible restoration to cloth of front joint, and slight fading to colour; first and last leaves foxed, and slight scattered foxing elsewhere; unobtrusive marker stain between pp.238 and 239, and marker present but detached; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice, crisp copy.

GB £850.00

US $1,054.00


The first edition of the author’s first novel, and probable first issue (of three). The more expensive, and hence probably the earlier, of the two known bindings, the book also being seen in grey boards with a paper spine label. In 1827 publishers were only just beginning to experiment with cloth. The leather label was a neat idea, but one that did not catch on, being probably too expensive for general use. The first spine-blocking on cloth was not to appear for about another five years. This title, anonymous and by an unknown author, did not sell and was re-issued in 1834 in grey-brown cloth with cancel prelims. attributing it to the author of ‘Pelham’. Sadleir, 406; Wolff, 934; NCBEL, 3: 917

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[LYTTON (Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton).]. Devereux, Par l’auteur De Pelham et de L’enfant désavoué; Traduit de l’anglais Par Jean Cohen. Tome premier [deuxième; troisième; quatrième]. Paris, Mame et Delaunay-Vallée, Libraires, Rue Guénégaud, No.25, 1829. 4 Vols., f’cap 12mo; half-title in each volume; pp.[iv]+189+[i (blank)]; [iv]+209+[i (blank)]; [iv]+233+[i (blank)]; [iv]+184; contemporary quarter vertically fine-ribbed puce cloth, tooled, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; oil-marbled sides. Cloth of spines sunned; prelims. to volume two, the final gathering of volume three, and one gathering in volume four, quite heavily embrowned (these being on different paper); edges a little foxed; old library stamp on verso of each title-page; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First edition in French, published in the same year as the English edition.
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[LYTTON ([Sir]] E[dward]. L[ytton]. Bulwer [later, Lord]). L’étudiant; Contes, Nouvelles, Et Esquisses littéraires, Par E.L. Bulwer. Traduit de l’anglais Par le traducteur des Derniers Jours de Pompéi. Tome premier [second]. Paris. Librairie de Fournier Jeune, Rue de Seine, No 14, 1835. 2 vols, f’cap 12mo; half-titles present; pp.xij+355+[i (Table)]; [iv]+374+[ii (Table, verso blank)]; contemporary quarter vertically fine-ribbed puce cloth, tooled, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; oil-marbled sides. Cloth of spines sunned; a very little scattered foxing, and edges a little foxed; old library stamp on verso of each title-page; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £32.00

US $39.68


First edition in French, published in the same year as the English edition.
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[LYTTON (Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord).]. The Last of the barons. By The author of “Rienzi.” In three volumes. London, Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street, 1843. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; blank conjugate with first leaf of Dedicatory Epistle and half-title with quotation on verso precede title-page, and leaf of Errata to volumes one and two precedes B1, in volume one, leaf headed ‘Note to Vol.I’ and conjugate integral advertisement leaf at end; half-title with note relating to circulating libraries and the ‘New Copyright Act’ on verso precedes title-page in volume two, leaf headed ‘Note to Vol.II.’ followed by conjugate integral advertisement leaf at end; half-title with advertisement for Lytton’s Works on verso precedes title-page in volume three; pp.[2]+xxix+[1 (blank)]+[ii (verso blank)]+314+2; [iv]+370+[ii]; [iv]+487+[i (blank)]; quarter purple very fine diaper cloth, drab boards, paper spine labels. Labels somewhat chipped and cloth slightly worn at extremities of spine; free end-papers to volume one replaced at an early date, and last two leaves of that volume bound in upside down; some light foxing and marking passim (but chiefly in volume one); small chip to blank fore-margin of M11 in volume one; a very good copy.

GB £220.00

US $272.80


Agrees in binding and the placement of the Errata leaf with Sadleir 415a (i.e., copy II), and Wolff, 941. In this copy, however, leaf B5 (marked B3) in volume one is a cancel pasted onto a stub, as are B4, B5, B11, C7, D11, F9, and G7 in volume two: all the above being helpfully marked by the printer with the volume number. Sadleir does not notice this in either of his copies. In volume one, and also not noted by sadleir, the closing quotation mark after “Rienzi” lacks a comma. It seems possible therefore that the present copy represents an early state of text. The binding, however is almost certainly secondary (as Sadleir’s ordering appears to assume), for in volume three the outside pages of a number of gatherings are uniformly embrowned, suggesting a lengthy period of waiting at the binders after they had been folded.
Ref: CRT102075


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