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



REYNOLDS (George W.M.). The Young duchess; Or, Memoirs of a lady of quality. A sequel to “Ellen Percy.” With fifty-three wood-engravings. London: Published, for the proprietor, by John Dicks, No. 7, Wellington Street North, Strand, 1858. Super roy.8vo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; blank follows Index; numerous wood-engravings in text; pp.[viii]+415+[i (blank)]; scarlet horizontal parallel cord grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Covers a little dull and marked, and neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; text nice.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


Issued in fifty-two Weekly Penny Numbers, thirteen Monthly Sixpenny Parts, and a bound volume, as here at 6/6, this price being recorded on the spine. Summers, p.154, giving, unhelpfully, the date as 1856, which appears to have been the year of issue of the first number. The title-page, however, was issued with the last number, and was dated accordingly. The present copy us correct by the British Library entry. Further, Dicks regularly dated his first printings, but not reprinted books.

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

RHOSCOMYL (Owen [i.e., Captain Owen Vaughan].). Battlement and tower. With frontispiece by R. Caton Woodville. Longmans, Green, and Co., London, New York, and Bombay, 1896. All rights reserved. Half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece on text paper, with tissue guard; pp.viii (including frontispiece)+403+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end dated 12/95; bevelled dark grey-green smooth cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers faced black. Cloth of spine slightly faded; interesting Library label on back cover (‘Rydill’s Library. 2, Union Street, Bristol. Bookbinding and Printing at lowest prices.’); very light scattered foxing of a few leaves; nonetheless a very nice, crisp, copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Baker (1932 edn.) p.404: “Adventure and history; the Civil War in North Wales (1644-5), the siege of Conway Castle, battle of Naseby, etc."; Nield, ‘Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales’, 5th edition, 956: “Deals to a large extent with subjects of local, rather than general, interest.”
Ref: CRT102691



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

[RIDGE (W. Pett).]. Eighteen Of Them — Singular Stories By Warwick Simpson. London, Published by The Leadenhall Press, Ltd.; 50, Leadenhall Street, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd: New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 & 745, Broadway, N.D. [1894]. Sm.cr.8vo, printed on thick paper; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; 16pp. integral advertisements followed by two integral blanks, at end; pp.250+[ii (acknowledgments, verso blank)]+[16]+[iv]; folding advertisement for ‘Stickphast Paste’ tipped onto p.14 of advertisements; pale grey coarse morocco cloth, ruled and blocked black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered gilt on front cover, down-lettered black on spine; t.e.grey, lower-edges uncut. Some light dust-marking to covers and slight fading to cloth of spine; owners neat ink inscription “A L / Dec. 1894” and two minute self-caricatures in pencil on front end-paper; a few creases where corners have been turned; small abrasions to one page with loss of all or part of half-a-dozen scattered letters; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


Pett Ridge’s very scarce first book, published pseudonymously. Fantasy involving talking horses, statues, etc., recounting what they have observed. Two of the stories involve cricketers. Young, 1894.2; NCBEL 4:722.

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Ref: CRT120849



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

RIDGE (W. Pett). Outside the radius: Stories of a London Suburb. By W. Pett Ridge Author of “Mord Em’ly,” etc. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row 1899. Title-page printed in scarlet and black; pp.[viii]+327+[i (printer’s imprint)]; mottled fine linen-effect deep scarlet buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. A little scattered light foxing; inscription dated 1901 on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Loosely laid in is an ALS. from Ridge on headed card, dated simply ‘March 3rd’, to a Mrs. Dill, c.33 words, announcing the birth of a son. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT102706



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

[ROBERTS (Margaret).]. Kinsfolk and others. By the author of ‘The Atelier du Lys,’ ‘A Little Step- Daughter,’ Etc. With five full-page illustrations. London, National Society’s Depository, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster; New York: Thomas Whittaker, 2 and 3, Bible House. (All rights reserved). N.D. [1891]. Globe 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and four plates, by C.O. Murray; publisher’s inserted 16pp. text-paper catalogue at end; pp.271+[i (blank)]; bevelled milk-chocolate buckram, blocked with publisher’s device on back cover sea-green and black, pictorially blocked sea-green, black, and brownish-white, lettered gilt and black-outlined gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, pictorially blocked sea-green, black, and brownish-white, lettered milk-chocolate-through gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with oak-leaf and acorn pattern in light brown. Front end-paper foxed with offsetting onto half-title, two fox-spots on edges, and one blank margin slightly foxed with offsetting; nonetheless, virtually a fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


The present title is listed second in the inserted publisher’s catalogue at the end, and this would normally mean with this publisher that it belonged to a later binding batch. It seems improbable in this instance, however: according to The English Catalogue the book was not published until October 1891; a welcome inscription on the back of the front end-paper is dated ‘Christmas 1891’. Not in Sadleir; nor in the extensive Wolff collection of this author.
Ref: CRT102721



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

[ROBINSON (Emma)]. Whitefriars; Or, The Days Of Charles the second. An historical romance. In three volumes. [Epigraph and volume number] London: Henry Colburn, publisher, Great Marlborough-street, 1844. 3 Vols, post 8vo; half-titles not called for; pp.[iv]+323+[i (blank)]; [ii]+339+[i (blank)]; [ii]+334; Victorian quarter vellum, black lettering-pieces, bronze pebble-grain cloth sides; t.e.g., others uncut. Vellum darkened and foxed, and one lettering-piece lacking; poor quality paper showing some very light embrowning, and one blank upper margin with short tear; a very few scattered small marks or fox-spots; a very nice copy nonetheless.

GB £325.00

US $438.75


Emma Robinson’s first book, and a very scarce title indeed in the first printing, as here. Allowing for a label leaf, the book as here presented makes an exact number of sheets. Sadleir had to be content with a third printing (and a slightly differing collation), whilst Wolff did not find a copy at all; COPAC records copies only at the British Library, Oxford, the National Library of Scotland, and Glasgow. The title-page to volume one in this copy has the ‘m’ of ‘form’ lacking in the first line of the epigraph. It is present in the other volumes.

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Ref: CRT119436



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

ROBINSON (F.W.). Her face was her fortune. In three volumes. Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, 13 Great Marlborough Street, 1873. Half-title present in each volume; final blank in volume two; pp.viii+329+[i (blank)]; vi+310+[ii]; vi+274; contemporary half maroon sheep, spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt, black label, maroon morocco cloth sides. Nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of Robinson’s works. A very pleasant binding.
Ref: CRT102732



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

RODWELL (George Herbert Buonaparte). The Memoirs of an umbrella, By G. Herbert Rodwell, Illustrated with Sixty-eight engravings, By Landells, from designs by Phiz. Published by E. Mackenzie, 111, Fleet Street, N.D. [1845]. Demy 4to, printed in double column throughout, apart from the ‘Postscript Preface’; half-title not called for; mezzotint portrait frontispiece after [?]Banagmel; sixty-eight wood-engraved illustrations, and three leaves of music (set from type) in text; pp.iv+168; contemporary half black roan, purple fine diaper cloth sides. Covers marked and rubbed; end-papers defective; short tear in fore-margin of frontispiece; frontispiece damp-stained, with off-setting onto title-page; more or less light fingering and dusting passim; a good copy only of a scarce title.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


The author’s first novel. The ‘Postscript Preface’, dated from Brompton, October, 1845, advertises the second one, ‘Woman’s Love, A Romance of Smiles and Tears’ as to be brought out in monthly parts beginning on the first of January 1846, “in the ordinary 8vo form, for the discomfort occasioned by the awkward quarto far outweighs any advantage to be gained from larger illustrations". CBEL, III, p.607; Block, p.200; Wolff, 5950, recording a copy without the frontispiece; not in Summers, or Sadleir. Wolff speculates that the volume was issued in penny numbers: it has indeed that air, but the signatures are not signed, and there is no direct evidence.

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

RODWELL (George Herbert Buonaparte). Old London bridge, A Romance of the Sixteenth Century. By G. Herbert Rodwell, Esq. Illustrated By Alfred Ashley. London: John & Daniel A. Darling, [126,] Bishopsgate Street, N.D. [1848 — 9]. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; engraved title-page, letterpress title-page, dedication leaf with biographical note regarding Peter of Colechurch, architect of the bridge, on verso, two leaves Synopsis of the Contents, with List of Illustrations on verso of second leaf, and very large folding panoramic frontispiece, precede first page of text; twenty-three other plates, designed and engraved by Ashley, and one woodcut in the text, by Greenaway & Wright, after Ashley, all included in the List of Illustrations; pp.[viii]+[408]; contemporary half red morocco, ruled gilt, tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands elaborately tooled gilt on bands and in compartments, lettered (with title only) in second compartment, marbled sides and edges. One of the folds of the frontispiece splitting, minute chip to blank lower fore-corner of one plate, small tallow-spot to extreme blank top edge of another (with offsetting onto facing margin); nonetheless a virtually fine copy. Rare.

GB £320.00

US $432.00


Issued in twelve parts, the first of which, according to the text, appeared on May 1st 1848. The only novel by Rodwell not in the Wolff collection; Block, p.200, listing the title only as ‘Willoughby, [1848]’. Willoughby’s were a reprint house; 1848 as the date of first publication is derivable from the text — and this would of course be so with any edition. Add to this the fact that Ashley worked regularly for the Darlings as their illustrator, and it appears more or less certain that the Darling edition is in fact the first. The English Catalogue of Books seems to confirm our assumptions as to the later date of the Willoughby edition, recording second and third editions as published by Darlings’ in 1849 and 1852, and Willoughby printings later in the ‘50s. Despite its virtual disappearance now, this was in fact Rodwell’s most reprinted book. Sadleir very much liked Ashley’s ‘admirable’ engravings, a judgement in which we concur, and included in ‘XIX Century Fiction’ five books by Lt-Col. Hort, all published by the Darlings, and one by W.H. Swepstone, published by Newby, for the sake primarily of recording Ashley’s work. The present book is not in Sadleir, and was unknown to him. Oxford, Cambridge, and British Library copies only on COPAC. NCBEL, 3: 1156; Nield, ‘Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales’, 1911 Supplement, p.293; Baker, ‘Guide to the Best Fiction’, 1932, p.413.
Ref: CRT102736



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

ROOFER (Roof). American politician In England. Gay and Bird, 22 Bedford Street, Strand, London, 1898. Final blank; pp.[iv]+302+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed carmine cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled square, blind, on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Slight marking of covers, but a nice copy.

GB £23.00

US $31.05


The publisher, the author’s name, and the title all suggest an American original of this novel — but it is not in Wright, and as far as we can discover is in fact here first published.
Ref: CRT102739



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

ROUTLEDGE (James). Ingerstein Hall And Chadwick Rise. A Story of the Thirty Years’ War. In three volumes. Tinsley Brothers, 8, Catherine Street, Strand, 1878. 3 Vols. bound in one, as issued; pp.xii+260; vi+287+[i (printer’s imprint)]; vi+287+[i (printer’s imprint)]; diagonally fine ribbed rose madder cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Small blank corner chipped from one leaf; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Secondary issue, three volumes in one, the spine bearing the original publication price: ‘31/6’.
Ref: CRT102746



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

RYLEY (A. Beresford). One Crowded Hour. London: Bliss Sands & Co., 1898. Post 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; 14pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.306+[xiv]; vertically fine ribbed navy blue cloth, blocked with publisher’s imprint device gilt and navy blue through gilt on front cover, letterted gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Small, decorative, oxtagonal label of Day’s [lending] Library in centre of front cover; some foxing of end-papers, and slight, barely perceptible, foxing of large uncut edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £33.00

US $44.55


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Set largely in Anglo-American artistic Bohenian Paris.
Ref: CRT102762



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

SAVAGE (Richard Henry). The little lady Of Lagunitas: A Franco-Californian romance By Richard Henry Savage Author of “My Official Wife.” Copyright. London, George Routledge and Sons, Limited, Broadway, Ludgate Hill. Manchester and New York, 1892. (All rights reserved). Half-title with publisher’s advertisement on verso; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.[ii]+483+[iii]; yellow boards, printed in black, red, and green; end-papers printed with commercial advertisements [‘Routledge’s Railway Library Advertiser, Tenth Issue’, dated on back pastedown ‘21/7/92’]. Some slight general wear to covers; a very nice copy internally.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Issued upon first publication as Volume 1152 in Routledge’s Railway Library. The first issue, preceding by about five months the British Library copy which has the ‘Eleventh Issue’ of the Advertiser. From the library of Anne and F.G. Renier, with their small book-label on the front pastedown. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6195, incorrectly adding a ‘the’ before Lagunitas; Topp, I. p.419; Wright, III, 4784: published in the same year as the American edition which, in view of the copyright notice, it may probably precede. COPAC records copies at Oxford, National Library of Scotland and the National Trust only.

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Ref: CRT119700



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

SAVILE (Ames). A match pair: A novel. In two volumes. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1889. 2 Vols., globe 8vo; blank before half-title in volume one; blank at end in both volumes; pp.[viii]+306+[ii]; [iv]+281+[iii]; diagonally very fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers faced black. Label removed from each front cover, leaving slight traces; cloth of spines chipped, and restored with matching cloth, but with loss of two letters of one title, and somewhat darkened; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102777



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

SAXBY (Jessie M.E.). Viking-boys. London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street, 1892. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates (?by F.W. Burton); 8pp. integral advertisements at end (signed ‘Q’); pp.viii+240+8; light sage-green buckram, blocked pictorially black and grey, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover; end-papers printed with flower-and-leaf design in pale grey-green; publisher’s slip (white, printed in black) advertising as Just Published ‘Glimpses of Eastern Cities, Past and Present’ by Andrew Russell and ‘Bible Plants and Animals’ by Alfred E. Knight, loosely laid in between pp.34 and 35 as issued. Fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. There is no list of illustrations, but they are captioned to face pp.118, 216, and 231, and are here so bound in. Two of the plates are signed in full, but the signatures are unclear.

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Ref: CRT118107



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

SCOTT (Leader). The Renunciation of Helen. London, Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1898. Extra cr.8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; title-page printed in black and red; final blank; pp.[viii]+398+[ii]; pale crimson fine-weave cloth delicately ruled and pressed-out with art nouveau design, blind, on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Spine a little faded; slight mottling of sides, and blind design now barely visible; one or two small marks internally, but in general a nice copy.

GB £20.00

US $27.00


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT118016



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

[SCOTT (Sir Walter).]. Guy Mannering; Or, The astrologer. By the author of “Waverley.” In three volumes. Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London; and Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh, 1815. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; bound up without the half-titles; fly-title follows title-page in each volume; integral four entry Errata leaf at end of volume three, blank on verso; pp.[iii — iv]+341+[i (blank)]; [iii — iv]+346; [iii — iv]+358+[ii]; contemporary full sprinkled calf, tooled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, elaborately ruled and tooled gilt, red lettering piece, green numbering-piece, edges to boards and inner dentelles gilt; green silk marker; brown burnished edges; marbled end-papers; two binders blanks at front and back. Poor quality paper extensively foxed, as usual with this title; two or three short marginal tears, not affecting text; otherwise a fine copy in a fine contemporary binding bruised a little at some corners, slightly cracking over one joint, and with unobtrusive chip to calf at one lower edge.

GB £880.00

US $1,188.00


Worthington, 2. The second volume in the “Waverley” trilogy, and in our experience scarcer than the first, though two thousand copies were printed of this, as against one thousand of the first volume. Of the third volume, “The Antiquary” (published in 1816), six thousand copies were printed, of the next novel, “Rob Roy” (1817), 10,000 copies, and of the next, “Ivanhoe” (1820), 12,000 copies — after which the numbers are unrecorded, but evidently, to judge by survival rates, larger still. In volume one in the present copy, p.31, l.9 has the reading ‘in future’ (instead of ‘thereafter’, as in the second printing); p.235, l.7, reads ‘Mr Mac-Morlan’s’ (instead of just ‘Mac-Morlan’s’, as in the second printing); and p.323, l.4, reads ‘half way’ (rather than ‘half-way’, as in the second printing). Additionally, p.293, l.17, reads ‘rudence’ instead of ‘prudence’, as recorded by Worthington ‘in some copies’ of the first printing. In volume two, p.153 is signed ‘2 G’ (rather than ‘G 2’, as in the second printing); at p.233, l.9, the first word is ‘in’, and the page is misnumbered ‘333’ (corrected in the second printing); at p.271, l.21, there is a dash at the start of the line; at p.273, l.24, there is a comma at the end of the line, and at p.281, l.8, after the first word (rather than semi-colons, as in the second printing); at p.297 the signature mark ‘N 2’ is present (absent in second printing); at p.306, l.5, ‘her cousin’ is not in Italics (as in the second printing), and at p.321, l.9, there is a dash after the first word. The following chapters are misnumbered: at p.79, VI. is misnumbered ‘V.’, at p.96, VII. is misnumbered ‘VI’, at p.119, VIII. is misnumbered ‘VI.’, at p.152, X. is misnumbered ‘VIII.’, at p.165, XI. is misnumbered ‘IX.’, at p.188, XII. is misnumbered ‘X.’, at p.302, XVII. is misnumbered ‘XVIII.’ and at p.325, XVIII. is misnumbered ‘XVII’ — all this being noted by Worthington as characteristic of the first printing. In addition at p.195, l.17, the hyphen between ‘eve’s’ and ‘dropper’ is here present but very faint indeed, this being characteristic presumably of an early state of this sheet (Worthington records it as always absent in the first printing, and restored to clarity in the second); and at p.138, Chapter IX. is misnumbered ‘VII.’ (this not being noted by Worthington, presumably by omission). In volume three p.57 is signed ‘C 2’ (instead of p.59), p.153, ‘G 2’ (instead of p.155), and p.177 ‘H 2’ (instead of p.179); p.12, l.9, has a comma after ‘recovered’ (second printing has a semi-colon); p.96 is without a mention of Shenstone as the author of the quotation (added in second printing); and p.146, l.12 has inserted commas before second word, ‘fellow’ instead of first word, ‘that’ (corrected in second printing). P.60 in this copy is without the press mark ‘10’ at foot, which in some copies is present. This copy combines the second state of the Errata leaf (with the parenthesis ‘(In some copies)’ added to line four) with the first state of the text (the incorrect reading ‘minute’ being in fact present instead of ‘minutely’, this correction having been made in the course of the printing of the first impression). Worthington records two cancel leaves for this printing: H3 and H4 in volume two. Both are present here.
Ref: CRT102793



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

[SCOTT (Sir Walter).]. The Monastery. A romance By the author of “Waverley.” In three volumes. Edinburgh: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London: And for Archibald Constable and Co., And John Ballantyne, bookseller to the king, Edinburgh, 1820. 3 Vols., 12mo; half-title present in volumes one and three, lacking in volume two; fly-title present in each volume; blank lacking at end of volume two; pp.[iv]+331+[i (blank)]; [ii]+333+[i (blank)]; [iv]+351+[i (blank)]; contemporary natural half-calf tooled gilt on spines, maroon labels, marbled sides, burnished sprinkled edges. One label lacking, calf of spine a little chipped, and split at joints, and in need of rebacking; signature of Augusta Duchess of Sussex on each title-page, repeated as Augusta at end of text in each volume, and on first page of text in volume three, the text otherwise fine.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Worthington, 9; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. In volume one, p.226, l.25 has the reading ‘attentoin’ for ‘attention’, as always.
Ref: CRT102799



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[SCOTT (Sir Walter).]. Quentin Durward. By the author of “Waverley, Peveril of the Peak,” &c. In three volumes. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; And Hurst, Robinson, and Co., London, 1823. 3 Vols.; half- and fly- title in each volume; final blank at end of volume one; pp.lxiii+[i (blank)]+273+[iii]; [iv]+331+[i (blank)]; [iv]+360; original drab boards, paper spine labels; a.e.uncut. Some mottled darkening to spines, and end-papers embrowned; faint damp-staining to upper margins of end-papers and the outer leaves of some gatherings, generally insignificant; matching marks to the inner sides of a couple of conjugate unopened leaves in volume one, evidently a production fault; a little scattered foxing; a fine copy, nonetheless, unopened throughout apart from the conjugate half-title and title leaves.

GB £450.00

US $607.50


Once noted as the finest copy known, it may well still be — despite the fact that it has evidently since been housed in a smoky room and the top edges on some occasion slightly exposed to damp. Worthington, 15.
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[SCOTT (Sir Walter).]. St Ronan’s well. By the author of “Waverley, Quentin Durward,” &c. In three volumes. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; And Hurst, Robinson, and Co., London, 1824. 3 Vols.; bound up without the half-titles; fly-title present in each volume; later half-calf, gilt and blind, contrasting labels, matching marbled sides, edges, and end-papers. Calf a little rubbed, and splitting at head of spine in one volume, though without obvious weakness; two labels lacking, others slightly chipped; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Worthington, 16.
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SEWELL ([Elizabeth Missing, and] the Rev. William). Margaret Percival. By The author of “Amy Herbert,” Etc. Edited by the Rev. William Sewell, B.D., Fellow and tutor of Exeter College, Oxford. In two volumes. London: Printed for Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, Paternoster-row, 1847. 2 Vols.; 12mo, in half sheets; 4pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements precede half-title in volume one; pp.[iv]+460; [iv]+485+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end of volume one, dated October 1846; vertically fine-ribbed dark grey-purple cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, ruled and blocked blind, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated peach; binder’s ticket of ‘Westleys & / Clark. / London.’ on back paste-down of volume one (Ball, 101, B1). Cloth of spines a trifle faded, and barely detectable restorations to cloth at head of two joints; neat contemporary ownership inscription, in pencil, on upper margin of title-page in volume one; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


A minor binding variant: copies also being known with end-papers coated peach. Sadleir, 3047; not in Wolff, who records only the Third Edition of the same year. Sadleir does not mention the end-papers; in Wolff’s third edition they were printed with advertisements. Sadleir notes of the Sewell’s works in general that they have “now become very scarce in clean original editions". They have not become commoner since the date at which he wrote.
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SHEARAR (James). Prinkle And his friends. A Novel. In three volumes. London: Tinsley Brothers, 8, Catherine St., Strand, 1877. (All Rights reserved.) 3 Vols.; last leaf of volume one a single inset, last gathering of volume three a conjugate pair; pp.[vi]+306; [vi]+303+[i (blank)]; [vi]+292; royal blue diagonally-fine-ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Small restoration to cloth of back joint in volume three, and unobtrusive restorations to cloth at extreme head and tail of spines; cloth of two spines a little wrinkled; ownership rubber-stamp on each front end-paper; one or two scattered spots passim, apparently tallow drips; small chip from blank fore-margin of pp.91-2 in volume one, and tear in blank lower margin of pp.13-4 in volume two; otherwise and in general effect a nice copy that has never seen library use. Scarce.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


The most Dickens-like novel we have come across in everything but style — the more so because it is not a conscious imitation. The publisher, William Tinsley, in his autobiography declares that with the exception of a few outstanding early titles such as ‘Lady Audley’s Secret’, he hardly ever sold more than thirty copies of a three volume novel to the general public, with the exception of one unidentified work which was slated by the reviewers for indecency, and of which he sold more than sixty: the present novel, with its sympathetic presentation of prostitution, and the unshakable atheism of one of the most sympathetic characters, bids fair to have been that book. It is at any rate a scarce title to-day, and may not have been accepted by the circulating libraries. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
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SHELDON (Charles M.). The crucifixion Of Phillip Strong. S.W. Partridge & Co., 8 & 9 Paternoster Row, 1899. Sm.cr.8vo; publisher’s inserted 20pp. catalogue at end; cerise smooth cloth lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g. Cloth of spine slightly faded; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


Wright, 4889. Originally published in Chicago in 1894. First English edition printed in England — preceded by a small issue of the American edition edition made for copyright purposes in 1894. The present edition includes an Introduction by John H. Vincent dated 1898. Evangelical, born again Christian, and consisting largely of sermons, but nonetheless compulsively readable, on account largely of its excellent dramatic structure and the fact that the message is firmly grounded in personality and concrete events. The cover design is bastard art nouveau.
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[SHERER (Col. Joseph Moyle).]. The Story of a life. By the author of Scenes and Impressions in Egypt and Italy, Recollections of the Peninsula, &c. In two volumes. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster-row, 1825. 2 Vols.; bound up without the half-titles; pp.[iii] — xii+316; [iii — iv]+364; contemporary half polished green calf, tooled gilt on spine, blind on sides, red lettering-piece, oil-marbled sides, edges, and end-papers. Some general wear to bindings and lettering-pieces chipped; unobtrusive but somewhat crude repair to spine of volume two; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £195.00

US $263.25


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6286.

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[SHERWOOD (Mrs.).]. The Flowers of the forest. By the author Of “Little Henry and His Bearer.” London: Printed for the Religious Tract Society; Sold at the depository, 56, Paternoster Row; By J. Nisbet, 21 Berners Street; and By other booksellers, 1830. Demy 18mo, in sixes; half-title not called for; integral wood-engraved frontispiece; woodcut vignette on title; other illustrations in text; pp.108 (including frontispiece); contemporary half polished calf, tooled blind on sides and spine, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine, water-marbled sides; a.e.g.; end-papers coated greenish black. Slight wear to calf at head-band; neat owner’s name on back of frontispiece; a little light foxing and fingering passim, mostly of margins; otherwise a nice copy. Apparently scarce.

GB £35.00

US $47.25


Juvenile. The first Religious Tract Society printing of a work originally published two years earlier by Houlston and Son. Dated Religious Tract Society volumes are relatively seldom seen. This leads us to suppose that they may have ordered small editions, and reprinted frequently. NCBEL 3:766. Printed by C. Whittingham at Chiswick.

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[SHERWOOD (Mrs. Mary Martha)]. The red book. By the author of “Little Henry and his Bearer.” Religious Tract Society, Instituted 1799; Published and sold at the depository, 56, Paternos- Ter Row; also by J. Nisbet, 21, Berners Street; And other booksellers, N.D. [c.1830]. Demy 18mo, in sixes; two binder’s blanks (the first backing the front end-paper) precede integral wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and title-page; five wood-engraved illustrations in text, all with tissue guards; two binder’s blanks at end (the second backing the back end-paper); quarter red roan, ruled and uplettered gilt on flat applied spine, marbled paper sides, cut flush; drab-faced end-papers. Roan rubbed and chipped to upper part of spine, with loss of the word RED; tissues a trifle foxed; unobtrusive signature on verso of frontispiece; otherwise a nice copy. Rare.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Juvenile. COPAC records the Birmingham copy only of this first printing, though Liverpool and the National Library of Scotland record a third edition as published in 1833; NCBEL lists only a fourth edition as published in 1836. ‘Printed by J. Rider, Little Britain, London.’

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[SHORTHOUSE (J. Henry).]. John Inglesant; A romance. Birmingham: Cornish Brothers, 37, New Street, 1880. Demy 8vo; two binder’s blanks each at front and back; pp.577+[i (blank)]; bevelled full vellum lettered red-over-gilt on front cover and spine, blocked red-over-gilt on spine (with a pattern of six dots), gilt inner dentelles; blue-and-white headband; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; vertically fine-ribbed white end-papers printed all-over with a complicated design of flowers and leaf-fronds in dark green and a pattern of stitches in gold, after the manner of an elaborate gold-threaded period brocade. Some discolouration of front cover and extreme margins of back cover due chiefly to an original binding defect (paste action); re-jointed with some faint crease-marking to vellum of front cover and spine (again paste-action: v. note), and with some consequent slight distortion of cover lettering where the vellum has stretched; otherwise a nice copy. Rare, especially thus.

GB £1,350.00

US $1,822.50


Presentation copy, inscribed on the verso of the half-title in the author’s hand: ‘The Revd. Prebendary Morse / St. Mary’s Nottingham / from his affectionate friend, the author.’ The Rev. Francis Morse, M.A., Canon of Southwell, and Rural Dean, as he became, was that ‘lifetime’ friend of the author’s to whom he was to dedicate his novel, ‘Sir Percival’ in 1888. Loosely laid-in (and perhaps responsible for the original stressing of the front joint!) is an eight-page signed holograph letter from the author, dated June 29, 1887, to another friend, who had recently stayed at his house in Edgbaston, and whom he addresses simply as ‘Marston’ (possibly the ‘spasmodic’ poet and playright Westland Marston’), discussing the present work: “I have never called ‘John Inglesant’ a novel and should never dream of doing so. What it is I have attempted to explain in the Preface [added in the trade edition of 1881] and I cannot improve upon the description there given as I took very great pains during a fortnight I spent quietly at Bournmouth to make the description as perfect as I could... As regards John Inglesant himself I can never regard him as weak and ductile or irresolute. His life and character is subjected to the most searching analysis going back as far as the life and character of his great grandfather... that I suppose has ever been attempted in literature, and nothing is more surprising to me than the blindness of good people as to the true motives of their actions and the influence of inherited character and environment upon their lives...” — an excellent letter that says much about Shorthouse’s intentions in the book. The true first edition of the author’s first book and key title: privately printed in an edition of only 100 copies, though this is nowhere stated in the volume. Shorthouse’s name does not appear on either the title-page or covers, but the volume did not appear strictly anonymously, as he signed (in type) the dedication. Together with ‘Robert Elsmere’, the most important religious novel of late Victorian England, the Macmillan trade edition, first published in two volumes in the following year, selling, eventually, some 80,000 copies. The trade edition presented a slightly variant text. Sadleir, 3054; Wolff, 6300. Despite the smallness of the printing, there are several variants of the binding, that normally seen being of thin parchment rather than the thicker vellum used here, without the bevelled edges present in this copy or the gilt tooling on the turn-overs, and with plain yellow-coated end-papers rather than the textured and elaborately printed ones described above. Both the first Sadleir copy and the Wolff copy are of that variant, though since they do not mention the end-papers in those copies, they may have been white, and the top-edges may not have been gilt. (We have handled previously a copy otherwise similar in which the end-papers were coated yellow, and the edges as here.) The second Sadleir copy was in ‘full dark red morocco, blind-tooled and gold-lettered on spine by Rivingtons’, with ‘dark grey [?coated] end-papers, t.e.g., others uncut’, a presentation copy in what Sadleir regards as ‘clearly a presentation binding’. The present example clearly exhibits a presentation binding style as well, though a less expensive one than that of the second Sadleir copy, and one possibly that we should expect to find repeated on other copies reserved for the author’s closer friends. The present copy, however, is not special merely in terms of its dress: it differs textually as well — and this we may suspect to be true of all the copies bound in presentation styles, which are thereby likely to be both first issues and to show a later state of text. In the ordinary copy that we had some time ago we noted the following errata, which we then assumed to be without state or issue significance: p.38, l.10, ‘ing’ for ‘ring’; p.41, l.28, full stop instead of comma after ‘spears’; p.51, l.27, ‘exageration’; p.52, l.22, word (probably ‘led’) lacking at end of line; p.74, l.26, ‘fo’ for ‘of’; p.74, l.28, ‘best’ (possibly) for ‘rest’; p.83, l.2, ‘a’ for ‘of’; p.83, l.19, ‘visitors’’ for ‘visitors’; p.94, redundant closing inverted commas at end of page; etc. Of these, the present copy exhibits the errata as given above at p.51, l.27; p.74, l.26; p.83, l.19; and p.94 only, the others having been corrected, in the main by evidently hand-held type, preceded where necessary by erasure of the erroneous text — a time-consuming and expensive process to apply to copies individually, which we may imagine only to have been undertaken in copies intended for the author’s friends. The corrections of the remaining errata mentioned above are as follows: p.38, l.10, ‘r’ of ‘ring’ supplied at start of line, but breaking the justification; p.41, l.28, full-stop extended (almost undetectably) into comma by a pen-stroke; p.52, l.22, ‘led’ present at end of line, but badly printed and a little faint; p.83, l.2, ‘a’ erased before ‘rapture’ and ‘of’ supplied in type, but with improper spacing between the words. The earlier copy that we had was purchased before we had read beyond p.94 — but we assume a similar system to have been pursued throughout. The pen-stroke on p.41 looks authorial, and suggests that all of the corrections may have been done by Shorthouse himself. In addition to the above, if our earlier transcription is to be trusted (not to say that of Sadleir) the title-page usually has a colon present after ‘Inglesant’ instead of the semi-colon present here — which would, if a point at all, suggest an early state of the present title-page. Sadleir and Wolff both remark on the cleanness of their copies as something unusual with this book, Wolff adding that the hinges usually ‘buckle, warp, and split’. The splitting (but not the buckling and warping, the good millboard here being to heavy to permit it) had evidently happened to the present copy: when we purchased it the front joint had been repaired by having a piece of vellum inserted beneath the original vellum of the front cover and spine, and the back joint had been strengthened internally with vellum. This was resposible for the paste-marked crease lines on the front cover, and had led to the front joint being left with a broad visible crack with discoloured edges through which the strengthening was visible, whilst the back joint had been put under some strain and was starting to crack despite the unstrained strengthening beneath. We have made most of this good by the application of a narrow strip of thin vellum to the outside of each joint, which further strengthens the joints and should prevent further deterioration, but have been unable to do anything about the faint crease-lines where the original vellum has absorbed the glue that was used, or about the stretching which has slightly enlarged the first ‘N’ of the title. The result, however, is now unobtrusive and not unpleasing, as well as being strong.
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SHORTHOUSE (J.H.). The little Schoolmaster Mark. A Spiritual Romance. Macmillan and Co., 1885. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+[238]+[ii]; blue fine diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, blocked with publisher’s initials device blind on back cover, embossed with author’s initials blue and gilt shadowed blue, blocked gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed. A nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


The first complete edition of a book originally issued in two parts in 1883-4. The second binding, the first being of dark green smooth cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6302, listing only the first part.
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SHORTHOUSE (J.H.). Sir Percival. A story of The past and of the present. London, Macmillan and Co., 1886. Blank precedes half-title; pp.[2]+x+300; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated March, 1886; turquoise patterned sand grain cloth, ruled black and gilt, blocked black, on spine and front cover, ruled and blocked blind on back cover; lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; dark chocolate coated end-papers. Barely discernable restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; neat ownership inscription, in ink, dated ‘Dec: 12 1886’, on verso of front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The relatively scarce first issue, later copies either having a catalogue dated November, 1886, or being being without a Catalogue. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6303, listing a copy with the November catalogue. “It will be plain, I think, from internal evidence, that this narrative could not have been written much before the year nineteen hundred and twenty” — author’s Preface.
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SHORTHOUSE (J.H.). Sir Percival. A story of The past and of the present. London, Macmillan and Co., 1886. Blank precedes half-title; pp.[2]+x+300; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated November, 1886; turquoise patterned sand grain cloth, ruled black and gilt, blocked black, on spine and front cover, ruled and blocked blind on back cover; lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; dark chocolate coated end-papers. Back end-papers slightly cracked; neat ownership inscription in indelible pencil, dated ‘Nov 22 86’, on front blank; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


The second issue of at least three, later copies being without the Catalogue, whilst some copies are known with a catalogue dated March. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6303, listing a copy with the November catalogue, as here. “It will be plain, I think, from internal evidence, that this narrative could not have been written much before the year nineteen hundred and twenty” — author’s Preface.
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SHORTHOUSE (J.H.). Sir Percival. A story of The past and of the present. London, Macmillan and Co., 1886. Blank precedes half-title; pp.[2]+x+300; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated November, 1886; turquoise patterned sand grain cloth, ruled black and gilt, blocked black, on spine and front cover, ruled and blocked blind on back cover; lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; dark chocolate coated end-papers. Spine a little dull; end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The latest issue of at least three, earlier copies having an inserted 32pp. catalogue dated either March or November 1886. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6303, listing a copy with the November catalogue. “It will be plain, I think, from internal evidence, that this narrative could not have been written much before the year nineteen hundred and twenty” — author’s Preface.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SHORTHOUSE (J.H.). Sir Percival. A story of The past and of the present. London, Macmillan and Co., 1886. Blank precedes half-title; pp.[2]+x+300; turquoise patterned sand grain cloth, ruled black and gilt, blocked black, on spine and front cover, ruled and blocked blind on back cover; lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; dark chocolate coated end-papers. Covers dull and the gilt rather rubbed; some wear to head and tail of spine and corners; one or two leaves slightly foxed; in general, however, a nice copy internally.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The latest issue of at least three, earlier copies having an inserted 32pp. catalogue dated either March or November 1886. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6303, listing a copy with the November catalogue. “It will be plain, I think, from internal evidence, that this narrative could not have been written much before the year nineteen hundred and twenty” — author’s Preface.
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SIMPKINSON (John Nassau, Rector of Brington, Northants). The Washingtons. A tale of a country parish in the 17th century Based on authentic documents. Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860. Fine sepia-tone acquatint frontispiece by H. Adlard after F.G. Simpkinson; wood-engraved vignette on title page, wood-engraved coat of arms at end of text; pp.xvi+326 (novel ends on p.306, pp.307-326 occupied by ‘Note on the Washingtons of Sulgrave’)+lxxxix (Appendix of original documents)+i (blank); light brown ripple grain cloth blocked blind on sides, gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Re-cased, with new purple coated end-papers, and cloth re-glazed; a very nice copy internally

GB £110.00

US $148.50


Written by Earl Spencer’s domestic chaplain, the novel includes much information of historical interest on the Washington family background in England drawn from papers found in the archives at Althorp, and in the parish records of Brington. Wolff, 6311, recording a copy in an evidently later binding of green pebble-grain cloth, blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine, and with white end-papers, and bearing an ownership inscription dated 1889. The cloth of the present copy is barely probable as late as 1860: that of the Wolff copy unlikely for at least another half-dozen years.
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SIMS (George R.). As it was in the Beginning: Life Stories of To-day. In one volume. London: F.V. White & Co, 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C, 1896. Pp.[viii]+308; scarlet fine diaper cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; cream laid end-papers. Ownership inscription ‘C.G. Dent / 24/4/1900’ on half-title; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


Not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of this author (numbering some twenty-nine titles).
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SIMS (Geo. R.). The coachman’s club; Or, Tales Told Out of School. By Geo. R. Sims, Author of ‘As it Was in the Beginning,’ ‘Rogues and Vagabonds, [sic] ‘Mary Jane’s Memoirs,’ ‘How the Poor Live,’ ‘The Dagonet Ballads,’ &c In one volume. London, F.V. White & Co, 14, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C [sic] 1897. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title, title, Contents leaf and fly-title precede start of text; pp.[viii]+312; scarlet fine-diaper cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; laid-paper end-papers. Gilt a trifle dulled on spine; poor quality end-papers embrowned with offsetting onto half-title and final page of text; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Twenty short stories showing the influence of Kipling (who is quoted in the text). One of them involves a robbery, one espionage, and another fraud. The collection as a whole, however, is not criminous. Hubin, p.379; not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of this author (numbering some twenty-nine titles). In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): title-page, closing inverted comma lacking after ‘Vagabonds,’ and risen space after following comma; p.2, last line, ‘nd’ of ‘and’ broken; p.4, last line, ‘y’ at end broken; p.10, running title has enlarged full-stop; p.11, l.26, enlarged full-stop after ‘maid’; p.16, l.7, broken ‘s’ in ‘as’; p.51, last line, ‘m’ battered at start; p.53, antepenultimate line, improper spacing in ‘third’; p.54, last line, wrong font ‘f’ in ‘from’; p.77, antepenultimate line, hyphen lacking at end; p.78, l.10, ‘and’ lacking after ‘lines’; p.86, l.22, apostrophe lacking in ‘she’d’; p.123, l.8, risen space after ‘then’; p.146, antepenultimate line, improper spacing in ‘and’; p.180, l.5, ‘o’ of ‘bhoy’ broken; p.199, last line, risen space after ‘of’; p.243, l.12, ‘man’ for ‘men’; p.252, l.16 of text, ‘r’ in ‘burning’ broken; p.260, l.26, ‘r’ in ‘berth’ broken; p.261, l.24, second ‘e’ in ‘secret’ broken; p.271, l.10, broken ‘i’ in ‘time’; p.293, l.1, ‘new’ battered; p.299, l.5 of text, ‘it at’ for ‘at it’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SINCLAIR (Catherine). Modern flirtations; Or, A month at Harrowgate. In three volumes. By Catherine Sinclair, Author of “Modern Accomplishments,” eighth thousand; “Modern Society,” sixth thousand; “Hill and Valley,” third thousand; “Scotland and the Scotch,” third thousand; “Shetland and The Shetlanders,” second thousand; “Holiday House,” third Thousand; “Charlie Seymour,” third thousand, etc. Edinburgh: William Whyte and Co., Booksellers to the Queen Dowager; Longman, Brown, and Co.; Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.; Hamilton, Adams, and Co.; Whittaker and Co.; Duncan and Malcom [sic], London; W. Curry, Jun., and Co., Dublin: [sic] and William Collins, Glasgow, 1841. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; title-leaf and final leaf of text in volumes one and two are single insets, as is the title-leaf in volume three; pp.xiv+386; [ii]+362; [ii]+348; half natural calf, tooled blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and elaborately tooled gilt in compartments on spine, lettering piece, marbled sides, sprinkled edges. Slight rubbing of sides, and lettering-pieces lacking; first and last leaves foxed in each volume; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


Sadleir, 3059; Wolff, 6346. As with the Sadleir copy, there is no gathering signed ‘E’ in volume two, the signatures running directly from ‘D’ to ‘F’ without a break in the pagination.
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