Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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

MILLS (John). Stable secrets; Or, Puffy Doddles, His sayings and sympathies. Ward and Lock, 158 Fleet Street, 1863. Wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and two plates, by E. Evans after ‘Phiz’; integral advertisement leaf at end (a singleton, printed conjugate with the first gathering, the last leaf of which, [A7], is likewise a single inset leaf); violet pebble-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt, lettered violet through gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered violet through gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Back cover a little wrinkled by damp, and pastedowns bubbled; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4806, recording an otherwise similar copy in pansy-faced violet cloth, with white end-papers printed with advertisements in blue, bearing an inscription dated March 1863; and noting the existence of otherwise similar copies in green cloth. The present copy in violet pebble grain cloth, with unprinted end-papers coated pale yellow, represents yet another variant. An inscription on the front end-paper here is dated ‘June 1863’. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped in to face pp.62 and 65. Wolff is in error in stating that the plates are “included in collation, but pages numbered consecutively". This may appear to be true only of the frontispiece, because the advertisement leaf, [A1], has been transferred to the end. He should not have imagined it true of the other plates.
Ref: CRT102300


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

MITCHELL (Elizabeth Harcourt). Golden horseshoes. A Tale of Chivalry for Young and Old. London: J. Masters and Co., 78, New Bond Street, 1885. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates, all by H. Petherick; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+327+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 40pp. catalogue at end, dated May, 1887; bright blue buckram blocked black on back cover, lettered black-cased gilt and black, pictorially blocked black and gilt, on front cover, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers faced blackish brown. Slight rubbing to extremities of spine and gilt of imprint a little dull; labels removed from front end-papers leaving slight scuffing; small rubber-stamp unobtrusively erased from title-page, but offset onto tissue; a couple of light pencilled notes, of an antiquarian nature, in text; otherwise, and in effect, a nice copy.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT118701


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

MITFORD (Bertram). The king’s assegai: A Matabili Story. With six illustrations by Stanley L. Wood. London, Chatto & Windus, [214,] Piccadilly, 1894. Advertisement leaf and half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard precede title page; half-title not called for; five plates; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue dated Feb. 1894 at end; pinkish cerise buckram blocked pictorially black, olive green, and white, on front cover and spine, lettered black outlined olive green on front cover, gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with flower and leaf patern in grey. Tissue guard virtually lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The first issue, with the earliest catalogue, the volume being published in March. Later copies are known with the fore-edges rough-trimmed, the lower-edges trimmed, different end-papers, and a catalogue dated May 1897. This copy has the reading ‘un’ for ‘fun’ in the last line on p.245. A story involving some Zulu magic, not rationalised.
Ref: CRT102304


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

MITFORD (Bertram). A Veldt Official. A Novel of Circumstance. With two full-page illustrations by Stanley L. Wood. London: Ward, Lock, & Bowden, Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C.; New York and Melbourne, 1895. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and one plate; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.viii+324+[ii]; blue-grey flecked dove-grey linen effect cloth, blocked pictorially grey, black and dunn on front cover and spine, lettered black and black-outlined dunn on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers printed with publisher’s monogram and blossom design in brownish grey. Faded patches on front cover, cloth of spine faded, insignificant chipping of enamel; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4817, recording only a ‘Worn, soiled, poor copy’ of the covers of which he gives a misleading description. The cover illustrations are presumably by Wood. There is no list of plates, but the single plate is marked to face p.183, and is so tipped in; the frontispiece is marked for p.254.
Ref: CRT102307


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

MITFORD (Bertram). John Ames, Native commissioner: A Romance of the Matabele Rising. Illustrated by Harold Piffard. London, F.V. White & Co., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1900. Half-title not present; half-tone frontispiece and two plates; pp.[ii]-viii+312; diagonally fine-ribbed leaf-green cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked pictorially brown, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.green, fore- and lower-edges rough-trimmed. Very light uniform embrowning throughout, as usual with this title, and some scattered foxing or light stains; otherwise a bright, nice, copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


An adventure story with elements of occult mystery. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.295, listing it as of undetermined status. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.126 and 226, and are here so tipped in.
Ref: CRT118086


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

MITFORD (Bertram). Aletta: A tale of the Boer invasion. By Bertram Mitford, Author of ‘John Ames, Native Commissioner’ The Ruby Sword’, ‘The Expiation of Wynne Palliser’, ‘The Sign of the Spider’ etc. With frontispiece by A. Wallis Mills. London, F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1900. All rights reserved. Blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; 6pp. integral advertisements at end (the first, [U8], being conjugate with the last gathering of text, the next, signed ‘X’, continuing the pagination); pp.[xii]+302+6; diagonally fine-ribbed bright light brown cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram, scarlet, on back cover, blocked with Japanese-style vertical panel (signed ‘S.C’) and lettered, scarlet, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Light embrowning of poor quality laid paper throughout, except for gathering ‘Q’ which is of wove paper (and may therefore be a cancel); short marginal tear in second leaf of advertisements; otherwise a fine copy of a very scarce title.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. A very brave novel either to have written or to have published at this date: as Mitford puts it in his Introductory: “There are Boers who do not go to bed in their clothes; who do wash, and whose persons and dwelling-houses are distinguished by the ordinary conditions of cleanliness and civilisation. There are Boers of good blood and unimpeachable descent: and whose women-kind show by no means badly in the matter of education and even of refinement. Stranger than all as it may appear, there actually are Boers who do not devote their leisure moments to the pastime of flogging their native servants to death with the sjambok. We feel moved to set forward these considerations, because an impression seems to have taken firm root in the British mind that each and every Boer is the the blackest ruffian unhung. / Let it be distinctly understood, however, that the subjoined story is romance pure and simple, and devoid of any political purpose or leaning whatsoever.    .    .    .
Ref: CRT111067


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

MONCREIFF (Hon. Frederick). The provost-marshal: A romance of the middle shires. Integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end; pp.[iv]+365+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed deep cerise cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. A little scattered foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £22.00

US $27.28


Historical novel. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102319


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


ONLY ONE OTHER COPY KNOWN

MONTAGUE (Edward). The Demon of Sicily. A romance, In four volumes, By Edward Montague Esq., Author of Legends of a Nunnery, the Castle of Berry Pomeroy, &c. &c. &c. London: Printed for J.F. Hughes, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, 1807. 4 Vols., 12mo; bound up without the half-titles; pp.[iii] — xi+[i (blank)]+260; [iii — iv]+216; [iii — iv]+256; [iii — iv]+264; contemporary half-calf, marbled sides, spine ruled gilt with red lettering- and numbering- piece. Sewing sound, but joints cracked and two boards replaced with old calf covered boards, crudely attached; two small worm-holes through extreme blank lower inner margins of first few leaves of volume one, and fox-spots to blank upper margin of A6 and B1 of that volume; single worm-hole throughout blank inner lower margins of volume four, and another part-way through; a very little light foxing or spotting scattered elsewhere, and some twenty-one leaves over all with small chips to extreme blank margins (v. note), and two with small holes in blank margins due to original paper flaws; short tissued repair to one blank fore-margin, not approaching printed area; text to all volumes otherwise very nice.

GB £4,200.00

US $5,208.00


A large copy, only very lightly trimmed, with a few edges left uncut. The small chips to the extreme blank margins appear all to be attributable to the original owner of these volumes having opened the pages a little too eagerly. A very rare Gothic horror novel formerly in Locke’s ‘Spectrum of Fantasy’ collection, which he records (I, p.159) as “steeped in genuine supernatural sequences” and as having stronger fantasy content than most of the other Gothics he had seen. This is the least available of Montague’s fictions, and the only one that he described as a ‘Romance’. No copy listed in NSTC; Block records it only from a reference in Allibone, Summers, probably, from the same source or from an advertisement; UCLA copy only in NUC; COPAC records no copy of the first edition, and a single copy only, in the British Library, of an equally rare illustrated penny dreadful reprint in double column issued by William Dugdale in about 1841, which, besides omitting the seven page author’s Preface, has at least minor verbal alterations throughout, and differences of punctuation.
Ref: CRT118101


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

MONTGOMERY (Florence). The blue veil: A new series of Moral Tales for Children. London, Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington Street, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1883. (All rights reserved). Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; erratum slip tipped in after Contents; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; navy blue buckram blocked with publisher’s monogram and motto device light greenish blue on back cover, blocked light greenish blue, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Barely visible restoration to cloth at extreme headband; back end-papers neatly strengthened with matching paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £32.00

US $39.68


A series of three linked tales (‘Why does she wear A Blue Veil?’, ‘A Seaside Friendship’, and ‘Introductions’), addressed to older children than the first series (which included ‘The Town Crier’, ‘The Children with the Indian Rubber Ball’, and ‘Herbert Manners’). Sadleir 1755; this title not in Wolff who under 4845 records only an illustrated edition dated 1905.
Ref: CRT102320


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

MONTRÉSOR (F.F.). The one who looked on. London, Hutchinson & Co., 34 Paternoster Row, E.C., 1895. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+247+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine-ribbed dark green cloth, lettered gilt, blocked and lettered gilt on blind-pressed panels, on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; cream lightly glazed end-papers. Back cover very lightly damp-marked (affecting only the sheen of the cloth); some foxing, more or less confined to first and last few leaves; in general a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT102326


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

MOORE (F. Frankfort). The impudent Comedian And others. With illustrations by Robert Sauber. London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C. 1897. (Copyrighted Abroad.) (All rights reserved.) Demy 8vo; numerous illustrations on text-paper; 4pp. integral illustrations at end; diagonally very-fine-ribbed dark red cloth, pictorially blocked black and gilt on sides and spine, lettered black-outlined gilt on front cover, gilt on spine. Small, unobtrusive hole in cloth of spine (3mm x 6mm); very slight foxing to prelims., and slight offsetting to both sides of title leaf; nonetheless a fine, bright, crisp copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


A striking and unusual binding in virtually fine state. Short historical stories involving painting, the theatre, etc., and centred around Nell Gwyn. Baker, Guide to the Best Fiction (1932), p.348, listing a 1900 printing under its later title ‘Nell Gwyn, Comedian’.
Ref: CRT118263


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

MOORE (George). Celibates. Walter Scott, Ltd., Paternoster Square, 1895. Pp.[viii]+559+[i (blank)]; publisher’s 8pp. inserted advertisements at end; horizontally ribbed red cloth ruled gilt on spine, lettered gilt on spine and front cover; t.e.g; end-papers coated greyish black. Very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


The first issue, later copies having white end-papers. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102345


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MOORE (George). Evelyn Innes. T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; title page printed in red and black; 8pp. publisher’s catalogue, on text paper, at end; pp.[viii]+480; vertically ribbed green cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


From the library of David Garnett, with his signature on the front free endpaper, and his ‘Hilton Hall’ bookplate (one of the few copper-engraved plates designed by Reynolds Stone) on the front paste-down (Garnett Library catalogue, item 2371). The free end-paper bears the subsequent book-plate of Phyllis Davies. The unacknowledged second printing, with the shorter, expurgated, text in Chapter XII. David Garnett was very fond of George Moore, and considered that his rightful place in English literature had been usurped by Hardy.
Ref: CRT102348


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MOORE (Henry Charles). Britons at Bay: The adventures of two midshipmen In the Second Burmese War. By Henry Charles Moore, Author of ‘The Dacoit’s Treasure,’ etc. Illustrated by J. Jellicoe. London, Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., Paternoster Buildings, 1900. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; integral wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; numerous illustrations on text-paper, full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[ii]+x (including frontispiece)+346+[ii]; light turquoise buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked pictorially blue, black, buff, and gilt, lettered black-outlined gilt, and buff, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled square, buff, on front cover, blocked pictorially black and buff, lettered black-outlined gilt, and black, on spine. End-papers embrowned and prize label on front paste-down; otherwise a brilliantly fine, crisp, copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Juvenile. According to the English Catalogue of Books, published in November.
Ref: CRT117924


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

MOORE (Thomas). The Epicurean. A tale By Thomas Moore. London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster-row, 1827. Sm.f’cap 12mo; half-title not called for; pp.viii+332; two binder’s blanks at front and back; publisher’s full very dark brown morocco, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled scroll frame on spine, inner gilt dentelles; a.e.g.; white end-papers. Insignificant bruise to one corner, and slight dulling of gilt on spine; leather stains to edges of paste-downs, and end-papers unobtrusively cracked; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The de luxe issue in publisher’s full morocco; the book was also issued in boards with a paper spine label. Reprints are common: this first edition surprisingly elusive. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4898, recording a copy in boards.
Ref: CRT117984


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

[MORIER (James).]. The Adventures Of Hajji Baba, Of Ispahan, In England. In two volumes. London: John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1828. 2 Vols., f’cap 12mo; half-title not called for in volume one, present in volume two; imprint leaf, blank on recto, at end of volume one; original quarter drab paper, blue-grey paper covered sides; paper spine-labels, lettered between double rules: ‘HAJJI / BABA / IN / ENGLAND [short rule] 2 [small caps.] VOLS --- [large caps.] 15s. / VOL.I [II].’; a.e. uncut; 4pp. advance prospectus for Lardner’s ‘Cabinet Cyclopædia’ “Printed for John Taylor, Bookseller and Publisher to the University of London, 30 Upper Gower Street; And Longman, Rees, Orme Brown, and Green, Paternoster-row, 1829” bound in between front end-papers. Restorations to paper of spines, extensive in volume one, and labels somewhat rubbed and chipped; slight wear to paper over corners; a little scattered foxing internally; otherwise a very nice copy, the restorations, which are unobtrusive, leaving the volumes in sound, readable state.

GB £200.00

US $248.00


A good deal scarcer, in our experience, than the book to which it forms a sequel, particularly in original boards. Sadleir, 1794; Wolff, 4926.
Ref: CRT102358


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

MORRAH (Herbert). The optimist. A Novel. By Herbert Morrah, Author of “The Faithful City,” etc. London, C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C., 1898. Extra cr.8vo; pp.336; horizontally streaked light and dark grey-green rough buckram, blocked brown on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; laid-paper end-papers. Slight fading or rubbing to covers, and gilt on spine a little dull; end-papers lightly embrowned; old library label and ink shelving instruction on front paste-down; otherwise a nice copy. Apparently scarce.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Not in Sadleir or Wolff; British Library, Oxford, and National Library of Scotland copies only listed on Copac. The only printing.
Ref: CRT118677


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

MORRIS (Cochrane). An unco stravaig. With illustrations by the author. London, Ward and Downey, 12 York Street, Covent Garden W.C., 1893. Post 8vo; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[iv]+316; horizontally fine ribbed rose-red cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers printed with leaf pattern in pale grey. Virtually fine copy.

GB £23.00

US $28.52


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Printed in Perth. Designed after the model of ‘Three Men in A Boat’. The front end-paper in this copy bears a neat ownership inscription dated ‘26 August, 1893’.
Ref: CRT102366


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

MORSE (Charles Russell). Life at Twenty. London, William Heinemann, 1899. Pp.viii+444; 32pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end; brownish red fine buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, ruled and lettered grey-green and orange, pictorially blocked grey-green, orange, and black on front cover, lettered grey-green and orange on spine; top- and fore-edges uncut. Very fine, crisp, copy, largely unopened. Scarce.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


In this condition rather a beautiful book. No copy traced on COPAC.
Ref: CRT118675


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

[MOWER (Arthur).]. Zulneida: A tale of Sicily. By the Author of The White Cottage. In three volumes. London: John Macrone, St. James’s Square, 1837. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title not called for in volume one, present in other volumes; 2pp. integral advertisements at end of volume three (continuing the pagination); pp.xvi+347+[i (blank)]; [iv]+395+[i (blank)]; [iv]+353+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[355]-356; quarter horizontally ribbed dark brown cloth, drab paper boards, white spine label printed in black; a.e. uncut. Small neat restoration to cloth at head of back joint in volume one; volume two neatly re-cased, preserving the original end-papers, strengthened at joints; slight wear to corners of boards; owner’s name written on upper margin of first prelim. in each volume; a little very light foxing or dusting passim; a very good copy, nonetheless.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; Block, p.168, citing the British Library copy only; Summers, p.568, recording that the author was an Edinburgh doctor. As with several novels published by Macrone, the work was distributed between two printers: volumes one and two being printed by “Whiting, Beaufort House, Strand", volume three by “A.J. Valpy, M.A., Red Lion Court, Fleet Street". The advertisements, which are dated “December 24” advertise both Ainsworth’s ‘Crichton’ and “Mr. Charles Dickins’ [sic] new work    .    .    . A second series of Sketches by ‘Boz’” under the heading “The following Works are this day published.".
Ref: CRT102370


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

MUDDOCK (J.E. [a.k.a. ‘Dick Donovan’]). “Doll:” A dream of Haddon Hall, Being the story of Dorothy Vernon’s wooing and flight. By J.E. Muddock, Author of “A Wingless Angel,” “As the Shadows Fall,” “John Jellaby’s Housekeeper,” “The mystery of Jasper Janin,” “A Wild Beauty,” “Lovat; or, Out in the ’45,” “The Luck of Logie,” “Haidee,” “Whips and Scorns [sic],” “Stripped of the Tinsel,” etc. This book and the portrait are copyright. John Heywood, London and Manchester, N.D. [1880]. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; engraved portrait frontispiece by Alfred S. Thomson after an oil-painting, with tissue guard; integral page of commercial advertisements (‘G.W. Hobson, Family and Dispensing Chemist, The Quadrant Medical Hall, Buxton’) followed by 16pp. advertisements for the first three of the author’s other listed works, on text-paper, at end; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+91+[i]+(?)16; diagonally fine-ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled black on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, up-lettered gilt with main title only on spine; end-papers faced yellow. Lower corner of back cover bruised; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Printed by John Innes at the Fife Herald Office, Cupar. The initials of the author’s name are usually said to stand for ‘Joyce Emmerson’, and so they appear in Wolff, the British Library Catalogue, COPAC, Hubin, etc., and this seems to have been sanctioned by himself. Richard Dalby however, on the basis of birth and death certificates, suggests that they in fact stand for ‘James Edward’. An early Muddock title, predating any in the extensive Wolff collection. Not in Sadleir.
Ref: CRT118767


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[MUDFORD (William).]. Nubilia In search of a husband; Including Sketches Of Modern society, And interspersed with Moral and literary disquisitions. Fourth edition, Containing two additional chapters. London: Printed for J. Ridgway, Piccadilly, Sher- Wood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster-row; And J. Booth, Duke-street, Portland-place, 1809. Half-title not present, possibly not called for; binder’s blank at front and back; pp.[viii]+494; later half-calf, marbled boards, edges, and end-papers, preserving the contemporary calf backstrip lettered and elaborately tooled gilt in a fine period style and also the free end-papers, the paste-downs being adequately matched. Given the excellent re-binding and the very unobtrusive laying-on of the backstrip, a virtually fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Scarce in any edition. Mudford’s second novel (though he denies in his original Preface that it has a right to the name) first issued in June or July of the same year, and first reprinted, apparently, in August. The Preface to the Second Edition, here also present, makes clear that that was revised and had two new chapters added at the end. Whether this Fourth Edition contains two further additional chapters, as suggested by the title-page, is in doubt. As the author remarks in his first Preface: “The title of the book sufficiently proclaims that it has been written from the suggestion of ‘Coelebs in Search of a Wife’; but no-one can pronounce it a servile imitation.” Themes dealt with include Duels, Marriage, Suicide, and the Social Customs of the day. Block, p.168, listing the title from an 1810 catalogue only.
Ref: CRT118065


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

MÜHLBACH (L. [von]). Napoleon in Germany. Napoleon And the Queen of Prussia. An historical novel. By L. Mühlbach, Author of “Marie Antoinette,” “Joseph II. and his Court,” “Frederick the Great And his Family,” “Berlin and Sans-souci,” etc., etc. Translated from the German by F. Jordan. Complete in one volume. With Illustrations. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 443 & 445 Broadway, 1867. Med.8vo, printed in double column; blank precedes frontispiece; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates; final blank; pp.[vi]+245+[iii]; puce morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers faced yellow; publisher’s advertisement slip tipped-in between front end-papers. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine, and barely visible restoration to cloth at extreme tail of back joint; advertisement slip removed from between front end-papers, leaving slight traces at the extreme gutter; a very few scattered fox-spots on margins; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The first edition in English of a novel published in German in 1863. An English printing of the same translation bears the date 1868. According to the Oxford University catalogue the name von Muhlbach is a pseudonym. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.37, 80, 115, 129, 154, 162, and 230, and are here so bound in.
Ref: CRT118028


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[MULOCK (Dinah Maria, Mrs. Craik).]. Two marriages. By The author of “John Halifax, Gentleman,” “Christian’s Mistake,” “A Noble Life,” &c. &c. In two volumes. London: Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1867. The right of Translation is reserved. 2 Vols.; single inset half-title not present in volume one (and it is not obvious that it ever has been); S1 in volume two (correctly) a single inset; pp.[iv (?ex vi)]+319+[i blank)]; [iv]+262; 12+4pp. publisher’s inserted text-paper advertisements at end of volume two, dated January, 1867; bevelled reddish-brown sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated blackish grey-green. Unobtrusive restoration to the back free end-paper of volume two, and insignificant chipp to end-papers of volume one at gutter; otherwise a very nice copy of a difficult title.

GB £270.00

US $334.80


This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5012, calling for a half-title in each volume. Given that the half-title to volume one is a single inset, it may not infrequently have been left out by the binder: and has not, in fact, been present in any copy that we have handled.
Ref: CRT102383


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[MULOCK (Dinah Maria, Mrs. Craik).]. The Adventures of a brownie. As told to my child By The author of “John Halifax, Gentleman.” London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, Crown Buildings, Fleet Street, 1872 (All rights reserved.) Pott 4to on cream-toned paper; leaf blank apart from signature mark ‘A’ on recto precedes half-title; frontispiece and five plates on white plate-paper; twelve illustrations and one tail-ornament in text: all but two of the plates and other illustrations being protected by a bound-in tissue; printer’s imprint leaf, blank on verso, followed by 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+114+[ii]+[4]; bevelled grass green fine morocco cloth, ruled blind, blocked with publisher’s monogram device, blind, on back cover, pictorially blocked black, and gilt, embossed with lettering decorated-black-outlined gilt, lettered gilt, and blind-through-gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated light yellow; black on white oblong binder’s ticket of ‘Phillip, Son & Nephew / 51, South Castle St. / Liverpool’ on back paste-down. Slight wear cloth at head and tail of spine, and slight cracking of end-papers; a little scattered foxing and very light dusting in text, and one gathering slightly proud; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


The illustrations are by Helen Paterson (Mrs. Allingham). A very elegantly designed book, printed at the Chiswick Press. Sadleir, 1805, remarking: “I include this juvenile (of which I am not conscious of having seen another copy) as an interesting consequence of the popularity of Mrs. Ewing’s famous story ‘The Brownies’, which was first published in 1870.” The Sadleir copy differed from ours, however, by being in diagonally fine-ribbed olive green cloth, and being, apparently, without the guards. Wolff, 4981, recording a copy in violet diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, also without the guards, and with an inscription dated Christmas 1878; and a copy bearing the London binder’s ticket of ‘Burn & Co.’, with a single inset blank leaf before the half-title, inset text-paper blanks instead of the tissues, and an additional inserted catalogue, 32pp., dated October 1871, at the end, and an inscription dated ‘25. May 1872’. We hypothesise the present copy to represent a provincially issued variant of the first issue.
Ref: CRT119299


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[MULOCK (Dinah Maria, Mrs. Craik).]. King Arthur: Not a Love Story. By the author of “John Halifax, Gentleman". London, Macmillan and Co., 1886. (All rights reserved.) Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end (conjugatte with last leaf of text); pp.[iv]+337+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally very fine-ribbed maroon cloth ruled and blocked with blind bands on back cover, black on front cover and spine, ruled gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers faced blackish grey. Slight rubbing to gilt of spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


The last novel published in the author’s life time: a story “founded on facts” about the responsibility of parents to their children. Wolff, 4997, recording a (probably later) copy in an otherwise similar sand-grain cloth; this title not in the extensive Sadleir collection of her works.

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Ref: CRT120371


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

MUNRO (Neil). Gilian the Dreamer: His Fancy His Love and Adventure. Isbister & Co. Ltd., 15 & 16 Tavistock Street Covent Garden, 1899. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.400; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight marking of covers; end-papers lightly foxed; but a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The probable second binding, copies also being known in an otherwise similar cerise cloth.
Ref: CRT102389


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MUNRO (Neil). Gilian the Dreamer: His Fancy His Love and Adventure. Isbister & Co. Ltd., 15 & 16 Tavistock Street Covent Garden, 1899. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.400; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight marking of covers; back end-papers and last leaf of text stained at extreme upper margins; internally a fine copy otherwise.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The probable second binding, copies also being known in an otherwise similar cerise cloth.
Ref: CRT102390


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MUNROE (Kirk). At War with Pontiac: Or, the totem of the bear. A tale of redcoat and redskin. With eight illustrations by J. Finnemore. London, Blackie & Son, Limited, 50 Old Bailey, E.C., Glasgow and Dublin, 1896. Half-tone frontispiece and seven plates; pp.[viii]+320; publisher’s inserted undated catalogue, 32pp., at end [v.note]; pale yellow-green buckram blocked black and brown, lettered black-outlined tan, black, and black-outlined brown on front cover, blocked black, green, and brown, lettered black-outlined gilt, and gilt, on spine; end-papers faced brownish grey. Slight rubbing of covers; prize inscription on back of front end-paper; scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Published in October 1895, and dated ahead, the present issue consists of first edition sheets, but appears to have been bound in about 1911, as may be deduced from entries in the catalogue. The prize inscription dates from 1916.
Ref: CRT102392


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MURRAY (David Christie). Tales in prose and verse. Chatto & Windus, 1898 [i.e., Christmas, 1897]. Half-tone frontispiece, by Arthur Hopkins, with tissue guard; 8pp. advertisements on text-paper (probably printed conjugate with prelims., making one full sheet), followed by publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue dated Sept.1897, at end; pp.[viii]+271+[i (blank)]+8; vertical flame-grain pinkish red cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut; white laid end-papers. Spine a little dull and faded; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Mostly prose. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5042, describing the cloth colour as ‘maroon’. The author’s dedicatory Letter is dated from Glan-y-Dow, November, 1897, and the book appears to have been published for the Christmas market of that year.
Ref: CRT102402


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[?MURRAY (E.C. Grenville).]. Club cameos: Portraits of the day. With sixty-two illustrations by Rupert Browne. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188 Fleet Street, 1879. Med.8vo; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black, and with wood-engraved vignette; sixty-one other wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.[iv]+355+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine-ribbed milk-chocolate cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed florally pale brown. Small glue-mark at tail-edge of back cover; title-page lightly embrowned and very slightly foxed, from contact with the end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Everything about the book — the large format, the scattering of excellent comic wood-engravings, the general design, not to mention the satirical nature of the social sketches — screams Grenville Murray: but we cannot find the book attributed to him (or, for that matter, anybody else). It is, at any rate, scarce, COPAC recording only the deposit copies and one other. An interesting series of ‘representative’ literary portraits, dealing with: The House, The Private Secretary, The Guardsman, Patriotism, Letters, The Club, M.F.H., Culture, Finance, Wits, The Old School, Social Ambition, Bohemia, A Parasite, and Agitation. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT118784


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

NEALE (The Rev. Erskine, M.A.). The Old Minor Canon; Or, A life of struggle, and a life of song. By The Rev. Erskine Neale, M.A., Rector of Kirton, And Chaplain to Earls Huntingdon and Spencer, Author of “The Closing Scene,” “Risen from the Ranks,” etc. London: Sampson Low and Son, 47 Ludgate Hill, 1854. Pott 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and conjugate letterpress title-page, on thick paper, with tissue guard, precede author’s note; pp.xii (including frontispiece)+295+[i (printer’s imprint); dull greenish blue vertical straight morocco cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, elaborately blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g., end-papers coated pale lemon; binder’s ticket of Burn (Ball, 20 A1, but a couple of years earlier than any cited). Fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. An unusual binding design.
Ref: CRT118672


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NEALE (The Rev. J.M., B.A., Late scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge; Author of “Herbert Tresham.") Agnes de Tracy; A tale of the times Of S. Thomas of Canterbury. Cambridge: Thomas Stevenson. London: J.G.F. & J. Rivington, 1843. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[viii (paged as vi)]+200; puce fine-diaper cloth cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover, with a plain, applied, spine, and a.e. cut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Re-backed with matching period cloth, and end-papers unobtrusively strengthened at hinges; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


The second binding, copies also being known in horizontally ribbed dark grey-green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine, and with a.e. uncut. The author’s scarce second book. Not in Sadleir or Summers; Wolff, 5069, recording the first binding; Block, p.171.
Ref: CRT119886


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NEISH ([Lady] R[osalie].). All Rights Reserved. The others — By one of them. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company Limited, N.D. [1898]. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.310+[ii]; vertically ribbed dark red cloth blocked and lettered scarlet, mainly on blind panel, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt, and with blind panel, bordered gilt, on spine. Fine copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Issued as Vol.XXXIV. of ‘Arrowsmith’s 3/6 Series’, the advertisements, correctly, listing the Series only to Vol.XXXIII. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102417


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

NEWBOLT (Henry). Stories From Froissart. Illustrations By Gordon Browne. London, Wells — Gardner, Darton, & Co., 3, Paternoster Buildings, 1899. Integral frontispiece, vignette title-page printed in red and black, and numerous illustrations in text, many full-page and unbacked but included in the pagination; 20pp. publisher’s integral advertisements at end, continuing the signatures; pp.[xxxii]+[284]+20; old cream fine linen, blocked and lettered black on back cover, pictorially blocked black and red, lettered black, on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Light marking of covers, and red rather faded on spine; foxing to edges and some scattered leaves passim; four leaves of advertisements rather roughly opened; a generally nice copy, nonetheless of a book that is by no means common.

GB £26.00

US $32.24



Ref: CRT102424


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

NORRIS (W.E.). Mrs Fenton: A sketch. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889. All rights reserved. Pp.[iv]+244; brown patterned sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with flower and bird pattern in lime green. Light foxing or dusting throughout and back free end-paper lacking; early ownership inscription on half-title; a very good copy, nonetheless. Scarce.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5168, recording a copy in “terra-cotta smooth cloth, crackled all over to resemble leather; blind frames on front and back; lettered in dark brown on front, blocked and lettered in gold on spine; tan and white” swan and ship end-papers, and with an inserted publisher’s catalogue, 16pp. at end, dated August 1889. The present copy has certainly never had a catalogue, has no spine imprint, and has a barely visible W.H. Smith blind-stamp on the top corner of the front free end-paper: as with other books we have seen from the 1860s onwards without spine imprints and with a Smith’s stamp or label, we hypothesise that it is a secondary issue bound for sale by Smiths.
Ref: CRT118328


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NORRIS (W.E.). Marietta’s Marriage. William Heinemann, 1897. Pp.vi+350; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated Autumn 1897; vertically fine ribbed olive green cloth blocked gilt, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, lettered green through gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine and edges of covers faded; front end-papers cracked, and with inscription; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5161. The Contents leaf and the first leaf of the final gathering are both single insets.
Ref: CRT102439


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NORRIS (W.E.). Giles Ingilby. With eight illustrations by Percy F.S. Spence. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London, 1899. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; pp.[viii]+328; publisher’s inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated February 1899; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine and front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Gilt a trifle dull on spine, and cloth showing very slight wear at extreme head and tail; inscription on half-title; tissue foxed, with some off-setting onto title-page; a very little scattered foxing elsewhere; a near-nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5150.
Ref: CRT102441


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NORWAY (G.). The Loss of John Humble: What led to it and what came of it. With eight full-page illustrations by John Schönberg. London: Blackie & Son, 49 & 50 Old Bailey, E.C., Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin, 1890. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and seven plates; pp.351+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; fawn cloth, ruled blind on back cover, blocked dark brown, black, and light blue, banded brownish copper, and lettered dark brown outlined brownish copper on front cover and spine; a.e. olivine; end-papers faced reddish purple. Slight rubbing of cloth colour on points, owner’s name on verso of half-title; but a near-fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96



Ref: CRT102442


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

NORWAY (G.). Ralph Denham’s Adventures In Burma. Edinburgh, W.P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1898. Small cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and five plates; pp.255+[i (publisher’s advertisement); publisher’s 16pp. catalogue on text-paper at end; dull turquoise buckram, chromatically blocked dark red, scarlet, yellow, and black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, ruled black on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated dark milk chocolate. Virtually fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; neither is it in the two main Burma bibliographies by Patricia Herbert and Frank Trager. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.83, 129, 163, 203, and 234, and are here so tipped in. Virginia Woolf adopted the name Ralph Denham for the hero of her second novel, ‘Night and Day’, which was published in 1919. Her Ralph Denham was, morally at least, not unrelated to the real life Leonard Woolf. Leonard Woolf had gone out in 1904 not to Burma, but to Ceylon. One wonders whether Virginia Woolf had ever come across this title    .    .    .
Ref: CRT102443


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

OLIPHANT (Laurence). Piccadilly: A fragment Of Contemporary biography By Laurence Oliphant With Eight illustrations by Richard Doyle. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1870. The Right of Translation is reserved. Short demy 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates; pp.[viii]+328; jade green buckram, ruled blind on back cover, ruled black, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, ruled black, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; top- and lower-edges uncut; fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated milk chocolate; binder’s ticket of ‘Burn & Co.’ on back paste-down. Front end-papers strengthened with brown tissue towards gutter, apparently to make gook a surface scuff where an advertising slip has been removed; one leaf a little marked at inner margin, and a couple of others with slight dusting at outer margins; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5214, recording a copy “dirty, and somewhat worn". Evidently uncommon. There is no list of plates, but they are inserted in this copy to face pp.[1], [38], 80, [139], [185], 236, and [284].
Ref: CRT102453


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OLIPHANT (Laurence). Altiora peto. In two volumes — vol. I [II]. With illustrations. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1883. 2 Vols., wide lge.post 8vo; bound up without half-titles; wood-engraved frontispiece, and illustrated title page printed in buff-ochre and brown, precede letterpress title in each volume; one wood-engraved plate in each volume; blank leaf (K8) between pp.158 and 159 in volume one; pp.[iii-vi]+[1]-158+[ii]+159-286; [iii]-vi+270; contemporary half natural calf, maroon fine diaper cloth sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt and blind, black label, marbled edges. Slight peeling or rubbing of calf at corners; small neat ownership inscriptions and accession dates partly trimmed from upper margins of three leaves; one faint blind ownership stamp; otherwise a fine copy, finely bound.

GB £200.00

US $248.00


The present copy has been bound up from the four original parts. The neat ink ownership inscription ‘Brisbane of Brisbane / Glasgow’ and the library accession date (‘August 6th 1883’ for volume one; and ‘29-8-1883’ for volume two) appear on the verso of Contents in each volume, and the last page of volume one, these being presumably the dates of receipt from the binder; pp.159-60 in volume one, being the first leaf of the second part, bears a faint armorial stamp in blind, whilst the front paste-down in each volume bears the armorial bookplate of Brisbane of Brisbane. The engravings are all signed J.W., but, besides this, the frontispiece to volume two, and the two plates, are signed ‘Williamson sc.’ — which may or may not give a clue to the artist’s name. Sadleir, 1841, describing a later issue in cloth, remarks that in his copy volume one [ignoring the prelims.] ‘collates A-S in eights, except K, which is seven leaves, with K1 a single inset’ and volume two [ignoring the prelims.] ‘collates A-S in eights, except I and S, each five leaves. I1 a single inset’. In the present copy, signature K in volume one consists of eight leaves, K8 being a blank not included in the pagination. The last two leaves of text in volume two (S1 and S2), are conjugate, and this copy is without the advertisements, which may have been discarded by the binder — though conceivably they are not called for in this issue. Wolff, 5702, records an evidently later copy in pale blue cloth with blocking and lettering in dark blue and gold, and with end-papers [?coated] pale yellow, in which signature S in volume two is likewise without the advertisements, and thus consists, as here, of two leaves only. There is no list of plates, but that in volume one is marked to face p.240 and that in volume two p.202, and they are here so bound in. They are on paper of differing quality from the text.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OLIPHANT (Mrs.). The ways of life: Two stories By Mrs. Oliphant. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1897. (All Rights Reserved). 6pp. integral advertisements at end; vertically ribbed dark blue cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. Later inscription at head of half-title; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £210.00

US $260.40


A scarce late title, and her last work of fiction: Sadleir, who found “62 of her 95 published fictions", found not this one; Wolff, 5289.

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Ref: CRT102468


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

[O’NEILL (Mrs.).]. The bondman. a story of The times of Wat Tyler. (Franklin Library Edition.) New York, Wallis & Newell, publishers, No.9, John Street. Sold by the principal booksellers throughout the United States, 1835. 12mo, apparently in half sheets; half-title not called for; pp.154; later white card wrappers, lettered on front wrapper by hand, blue buckram spine. Marginal foxing and light browning throughout; otherwise nice.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Possibly the first American edition of a title published in England in 1833.
Ref: CRT102471


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ORMAN-COOPER (Lina). The cathedral cave And Then and now. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1897. F’cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece; one illustration on text-paper; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.92+[i (blank)]+[3]-95+[i (blank)]+[ii]; pale- and whitish- blue mottled buckram, blocked in maroon, pink, and pale green, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked maroon, pink, and pale green, lettered maroon, on spine. Neat inscription in Welsh on front end-paper; very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Two stories first published separately by Hodder in 1885, and here first brought together, separately paginated, but printed as a single volume, presumably from the original plates, but with the omission of the separate title-pages. Juvenile: the first story set in Ireland and ‘founded on fact’; the second a temperance story set, apparently, in Wales.
Ref: CRT102481


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OSBORNE (Amy). Ellen; Or, Training by trials. London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.; Ipswich: J.M. Burton and Co., N.D. [1857]. F’cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page precede letterpress title; pp.280 (excluding engraved leaves); contemporary half-roan, marbled sides. Roan cracked over front joint; two leaves torn without loss; one or two small marks in text and a little scattered dusting; a very good copy only.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Issued originally in thin glazed boards printed in black as volume 34 of the ‘Run and Read Library’, and dated here from the British Library listing. Sadleir, 3673, records the series to volume 22; not in Wolff.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OUIDA [i.e., Louise de la Ramée]. Ariadnê, The story of a dream. In three volumes. Chapman & Hall, 193, Piccadilly, / Chatto & Windus, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, 1877. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in volume one; inserted 32pp. Chatto & Windus catalogue dated May, 1877, at end of volumes two and three; diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, blocked black, on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Front cover of volume one a little string-marked, and badly damp-darkened (the black blocking having ‘run’, apparently through the soaking off of a large library label); inscription cut from front end-paper in volume two; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


Sadleir, 1906; Wolff, 5313. Joint number seven on Sadleir’s listing of comparative scarcities. Sadleir remarks on the general high level of scarcity of Ouida first editions.
Ref: CRT102489


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