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.

[SMEDLEY (Frank E.).]. Frank Fairlegh; Or, Scenes from the Life Of A private pupil. With thirty illustrations on steel, By George Cruikshank. London: A. Hall, Virtue, & Co., 25 Paternoster Row, 1850. Demy 8vo; frontispiece, engraved and letterpress titles, and twenty-eight plates; half-title not called for; bound up without the integral advertisement leaf printed conjugate with the letterpress title-page as the last leaf of the prelims. in the parts issue; contemporary dark red half-sheep, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands lettered and elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, matching marbled sides, edges, and end-papers; black, white, and red head- and tail- bands. Marbling of boards a little faded; front end-paper scuffed at gutter by removal of tipped-on leaf; some plates slightly spotted, with offsetting onto facing leaf, and some with light marginal foxing; in general however a very nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


The correct first issue, dated “LONDON, Feb., 1850” at end of Preface. Smedley’s first book. Printed in Glasgow. Cohn, 754; Wolff, 6403. Sadleir, 3094, recording a copy in the parts. The present copy, like his, has p.33 erroneously signed F rather than D. Originally published as a series of serials in ‘Sharpe’s London Magazine’, the first series, under the present title but containing only chapters I — XII of the book as here published appearing in 1846; the second, under the title ‘Frank Fairlegh; or, Old Companions in New Scenes’ running from January to April, and then from June to October, 1847, (each with an address to the reader not subsequently re-printed) and taking the story up to chapter XLIII, with a promise of a further continuation... Sadleir’s ‘Parts’ issue appeared between January 1849 and March 1850, this issue in volume form possibly preceding the final Part.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SMITH (Albert). The Pottleton legacy: A Story Of Town and country life. With illustrations by Hablot K. Browne. David Bogue, 1849. F’cap 8vo; frontispiece and seventeen plates (ex nineteen), bound in without reference to the List of Plates; modern coarse buckram, leather spine label. Frontispiece frayed; some dusting and marking; a very good copy only.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6416a.
Ref: CRT102899


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

SMITH (C[aroline]. M[ary].). Eva & her playfellows. A Book of Entertainment. By C.M. Smith. London: Dean and Son, 11, Ludgate Hill, N.D. [1862]. Pott 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and illustrated title-page signed ‘J.V.B’, both hand-coloured, precede letterpress title-page; two hand-coloured plates tipped in; half-title not called for; eleven entry errata slip follows last page of text; 4pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with the prelims.; pp.[iv]+255+[i (blank)]+[iv]; pinkish red cloth embossed over all with a ‘cut orange’ design of segmented circles, elaborately blocked blind on sides, ruled and blocked gilt, lettered pinkish red through gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g., end-papers faced yellow. Gilt rather dull, especially on spine, and front end-paper removed; neat (and welcome) inscription dated 1862 on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Juvenile stories of talking flowers, etc., intended to teach botany. Issued according to the terminal advertisements as No.4 of ‘Dean’s 2s. 6d. Present Books’, this being the latest title listed. Osborne, p.837; COPAC records the British Library, Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, and V. & A. Libraries copies only. The book is also known in a probably secondary binding of sand-grain cloth.

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

[SMITH (Horace).]. Gaieties and gravities; A Series of essays, Comic tales, and fugitive vagaries. Now first collected. By one of the authors Of “Rejected Addresses.” In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1825. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title present in volume one, not called for in other volumes; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume three here not bound in; pp.viii+353+[i (blank)]; iv+336; iv+346; half natural calf, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine. Beautifully — and almost invisibly — re-backed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £190.00

US $235.60


Sadleir, 3099; Wolff, 6433, recording a copy similar to this.
Ref: CRT102901


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

[SMITH (Horace).]. Walter Colyton; A tale of 1688. By the Author of “Brambletye House,” &c. &c. In three volumes. Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1830. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for, but lacking the integral advertisement leaf at the end of Volume I; contemporary deep rose calf, spines tooled gilt and with black label, marbled sides, burnished sprinkled edges, end-papers faced light drab. Leather chipped at head of spine in two volumes, and generally a little rubbed and peeled, but still entirely sound and firm; labels chipped; slight foxing of titles; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


Sadleir, 3111. An unusual, and once delightful, period binding, now sadly defective. One would like to renew it, using the same tools! A historical novel, set in the aftermath of the Monmouth Rebellion, partly in Somerset, concerned somewhat with witchcraft and the supernatural (rationalised), and in its larger context with the replacement of James II by William and Mary.
Ref: CRT102903


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

SNAITH (J.C.). Fierceheart The Soldier. London: A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1897. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a’ precedes half-title; pp.viii+376; publisher’s inserted 8pp. catalogue at end, dated February, 1897; vertically fine ribbed blue cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, lettered gilt within gilt ruled box on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Cloth of spine darkened; slight bowing and damp-mottling of sides; a little light damp-marking chiefly confined to lower-margins; catalogue severely damp-stained; over-all, an excellent reading copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Set against a background of the ‘45 Jacobite rebellion.
Ref: CRT102911


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

[SOUTHEY (Robert).]. The Doctor, &c. Vol.I [II; III; IV; V; VI; VII]. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman [so volumes I — V; volumes VI. and VII. read: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans], 1834 [1834; 1835; 1837; 1838; 1847]. 7 Vols., complete, lge.12mo; half-title in each volume; title-pages printed in red and black; title leaf to volume four a cancel tipped-on to a stub; two line Errata slip tipped-in after title leaf in volume six; coloured lithographic frontispiece by Glover in volume seven; pp.xxi+[i (blank)]+312; xxviii+351+[i (printer’s imprint; xxix+[i (five line Errata)]+345+[i (printer’s imprint)]; xxvii+[i (blank)]; xxx+387+[i (printer’s imprint)]; xxxviii+386; [2]+xli+[i (blank)]+630+[ii (blank with printer’s imprint on verso)]; publisher’s catalogue, 12pp. on smaller paper, dated ‘January, 1835’, tipped on to front end-paper of volume one; publisher’s four-page advertisement ‘Specimen Of The student’s manual’ sewn in between front end-papers in volume four; publisher’s catalogue, 16pp. on smaller paper, dated ‘August, 1838’, sewn in between front end-papers in volume five; publisher’s catalogue, 32pp. on smaller paper, dated ‘October, 1847’, bound in at end of text in volume six; publisher’s green fine-morocco cloth, paper spine-label; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Some rubbing and dustmarking to labels; volumes one to three unobtrusively rebacked with matching cloth, and the end-papers sympathetically replaced; back joint similarly repaired in volumes four and six; back end-papers insignificantly cracked in volumes six and seven; in general effect a very nice copy, the text fine throughout.

GB £460.00

US $570.40


Evidently inspired by Sterne’s ‘Tristram Shandy’, and including many eccentricities of organisation and typography, ‘The Doctor’ is a fantastic, rambling, miscellany, containing a collection of articles on a great variety of subjects, differing from a commonplace book in that they are connected together, somewhat loosely, by the story that runs through them of an imaginary Dr. Daniel Dove of Doncaster and his horse Nobs. “Its humor is occasionally Rabelaisian.” — OCEL, p. 228. Among other things of interest, it includes the first appearance in print (on pp.318 — 326 of volume four) of ‘The Story of the Three Bears’ — but with a ‘Little Old Woman’ featured instead of Goldilocks. The volumes are also known with a publisher’s catalogue dated May, 1834 in volume one, June 1838 in volume five, October 1846 in volume six, and April 1847 in volume seven. According to the ‘English Catalogue of Books’, the first volume was published in January.

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

SPETTIGUE (H.H.). The heritage of Eve. Chatto & Windus, 1898. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated March 1898; pp.[2]+vi+372+4; vertically fine-ribbed milk chocolate cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked with art nouveau design blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with frond design in olive green. First few leaves foxed; owner’s signature (v. note) at head of first page of text; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


From the library of Marion Christie Murray, the signature being hers. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6494, listing a later issue in a binding that is differently blocked, has plain top-edges, white end-papers, and is without a catalogue and is clearly secondary, and giving a wrong collation, leaving out the blank.
Ref: CRT102925


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

SPETTIGUE (Jane H.). A pair of them. With four illustrations by Paul Hardy. London, Blackie & Son, Limited, 50 Old Bailey, E.C., Glasgow and Dublin, 1900. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece and three plates; pp.240; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; grey-green buckram, blocked reddish-brown, black, yellow, and gilt, lettered black-outlined reddish brown, on front cover, blocked red, black, yellow, and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers faced light buff; 4pp. publisher’s f’cap 16mo advertisements on green paper headed ‘Blackie & Son’s New children’s books for 1899-1900’ and Imp.32mo leaf of tissue paper printed with blurb for this volume in cerise (called ‘Summary’) loosely laid-in, as issued. Slight darkening of spine, but a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Rare with the laid-in advertisements — more so with the blurb! The volume was published in October 1899 and dated ahead in accordance with the usual practice of the publisher. The front paste-down in this copy bears a prize label dated ‘Xmas 1899’.

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Ref: CRT102926


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

STABLES (Gordon, M.D., C.M.). A fight for freedom: A story of The land of the Tsar. By Gordon Stables, M.D., C.M. (Surgeon Royal Navy). London, James Nisbet & Co., Limited, 21 Berners Street, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece and five plates after C. Whymper; pp.viii+328; bevelled brown buckram blocked pictorially green, black, white, pale brown, and gilt on front cover and spine, lettered black-cased gilt and gilt on front cover, ruled gilt and black, embossed with lettering black and gilt-cased black, through gilt, and lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. gilt; end-papers printed with leaf pattern in brown. Very slight wear to extremities of spine, and two blank corners creased; half-title and final page lightly tanned by contact with the end-papers; nonetheless, a virtually fine copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


NCBEL, 3:1095; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.8, 128, 182, 200, and 253 and are here so tipped in.
Ref: CRT118495


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

[STANHOPE (M. Spencer, i.e. Mrs. Robert Hudson).]. Almack’s: A novel. In three volumes. Saunders and Otley, Public Library, Conduit Street, 1826. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; bound up without half-titles, and possibly lacking also a final blank in volume one, which Sadleir records as the back paste-down in his otherwise similar ‘Second Edition’; integral advertisement leaf present at end of volume three; contemporary half-calf gilt, red spine labels, matching marbled boards and end-papers, burnished marbled edges. Leather of spines chipped and torn; scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Sadleir, 3135, recording only a ‘Second Edition’ of the same date; Wolff, 6507, unfortunately omitting to give a collation; and 6507a, recording a ‘Second Edition’ dated 1827, which he states to collate the same as the Sadleir copy — though how he can know this, since his copy is rebound and without half-titles, advertisement leaf, or blank, it is beyond our wit to fathom!
Ref: CRT102937


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

[STANHOPE (M. Spencer, i.e. Mrs. Robert Hudson).]. Key To “Almack’s,” Reprinted from The Literary Gazette Of December 9, 1826. London: Printed for W.A. Scripps, Literary Gazette Office: 7, Wellington Street, Waterloo Bridge, Strand; And 7, South Moulton Street, Oxford Street; And to be had of all booksellers and newsmen, 1827. One gathering demy 8vo, sewn; half-title not called for; text starts on verso of title leaf; pp.16; tipped into unlettered white wrappers with ms. title on front wrapper in black ink [v. note]. Corner chipped from upper fore-corner of front wrapper, and slight fraying to fore-edges; wrappers dusty and spotted, and with ink offsetting onto back wrapper from some other document; at some point folded in half horizontally, with only slight creasing, but tears to some blank fore-margins along the folds; light dusting to extreme margins throughout; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a scarce and ephemeral publication.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Sadleir, 3136, recording the pamphlet as issued without wrappers: those present here, though contemporary, were presumably, therefore, added by the original purchaser. Tipped onto the inside back wrapper is a leaf of notepaper written in two different, but apparently contemporary, hands bearing a fuller version of the ‘Key’, as in a copy referred to in Sadleir’s note, but adding a little to the information given in that, ‘Baron and Baroness Wallestein’ being identified as “Prince and Princess Polignac or Count and Countess Lieven” rather than simply the latter, and ‘Lord Killarney’ as “Lord Byron", which is mentioned neither in the printed ‘Key’ nor in Sadleir’s note. Not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT119909


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

STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Catriona A sequel to “Kidnapped” Being Memoirs of the further adventures of David Balfour at home and abroad In which are set forth his Misfortunes anent the Appin Murder; his Troubles with Lord Advocate Grant; Captivity on the Bass Rock; Journey into Holland and France; and singular Relations with James More Drummond or MacGregor, a Son of the notorious Rob Roy, And his Daughter Catriona. Written by Himself, and now set forth by Robert Louis Stevenson. Cassell and Company Limited, London Paris & Melbourne, 1893. All rights reserved. Advertisement leaf, blank on recto, before half-title page; 2pp. integral advertisements, not on text paper, followed by 16pp. publisher’s catalogue dated 5G. 8.93 and 5B. 8.93, at end; midnight blue buckram lettered gilt within gilt boxes on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers printed florally light olive. Inscription on blank recto of initial advertisement leaf dated Oct 16 1893, and irritating note on title-page in ink (v. note); otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The irritating note in the centre of the title-page, written by the books’s first owner, reads: ‘1st Edn. / Said to be 10,000’! McKay 588.
Ref: CRT102959


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

STEVENSON (Robert Louis). St. Ives Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner In England. London, William Heinemann, 1898. Single inset text-paper advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.?[2]+[viii]+312; light-flecked dark grey cloth lettered gilt on spine and front cover, blocked blind on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. A virtually fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Though neither McKay nor Prideaux notes any variant, the book is in fact seen in at least three bindings. The present copy is in the usual light-flecked dark grey cloth, but has the publisher’s imprint on the spine in type approximately 3mm in height, and is blocked blind with the publisher’s windmill device within square ruled box set eccentrically at inside top corner of lower outer quarter of back cover. The first English edition.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

STEVENSON (Robert Louis). St. Ives Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner In England. London, William Heinemann, 1898. Single inset text-paper advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.?[2]+[viii]+312; dark charcoal cloth lettered gilt on spine and front cover, blocked blind on back cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. A virtually fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Though neither McKay nor Prideaux notes any variant, the book is in fact seen in at least three bindings. The present copy is in dark charcoal instead of the more usual light-flecked dark grey cloth, has the publisher’s imprint on the spine in type approximately 3mm in height, and is blocked blind with the publisher’s windmill device within square ruled box set eccentrically at inside top corner of lower outer quarter of back cover. The first English edition.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

STEVENSON (Robert Louis) and OSBOURNE (Lloyd). The Ebb-Tide. A Trio and Quartette. William Heinemann, 1894. Final blank, followed by 20pp. inserted publisher’s catalogue dated August 1894; pp.[viii]+237+[iii]; bronze morocco cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, blocked pictorially black on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine, and with short rule, black, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. A nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


McKay 603. The first English edition, second binding.
Ref: CRT102966


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

STEVENSON (Robert Louis) and OSBOURNE (Lloyd). The Ebb-Tide. A Trio and Quartette. William Heinemann, 1894. Final blank, followed by 20pp. inserted publisher’s catalogue dated August 1894; bronze morocco cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram in black on back cover, blocked pictorially black on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine, and with short rule, black, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Cloth of spine slightly chipped at extreme tail, and worn on back joint; spine a trifle dull, and oxydised as usual to green; end-papers slightly foxed; a fine copy internally.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


McKay 603. The first English edition, second binding.
Ref: CRT102967


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

STEWART (Caldwell). The Quest of a heart. Edinburgh and London, Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1895. Imp.16mo in half-sheets; pp.384; dark red coarse buckram, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, blocked gilt on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT102970


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

STOCKTON (Frank R.). The Squirrel Inn. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Limited, St. Dunstan’s House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C., 1891. (All rights reserved.) Frontispiece on text-paper and numerous illustrations in text by A.B. Frost; pp.viii (not including frontispiece)+222; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1890; grey-green buckram blocked black, white, and cream, lettered black and black-shadowed gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Catalogue embrowned; otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First English edition: having the same pagination as the American edition, but different signature marks. Printed in England. Probably issued about a week after the American edition. Blanck, 18906 refers, but does not describe this edition. Otherwise similar copies are also known in cloth of a leaf-green colour.
Ref: CRT102987


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

STOCKTON (Frank R.).Mrs. Cliff’s yacht. With eight illustrations by A. Forestier. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1896. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; pp.[viii]+408; 8+16pp. publisher’s inserted catalogues at end dated ‘9.96’ and ‘6 G — 8.96; light green unglazed coarse linen, blocked black on sides and spine, lettered black and black-outlined light green on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with publisher’s monogram pattern in grey. End-papers a little cracked, and front end-paper chipped at fore-margin; half-title pasted to front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The first English edition, the American edition having appeared a week or so earlier. The pagination is entirely different, the American edition having only 314pp. A sequel to ‘The Adventures of Captain Horn’, which was published in 1895. Blanck, 18923 refers but does not describe.
Ref: CRT102991


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

STODDARD (William O.). The lost gold Of the Montezumas: A story of the Alamo. Illustrated. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1897. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece and five plates by C[harles]. H. Stephens; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.309+[i (blank)]+[10]; dull dark purple vertically ribbed faintly moiré cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked and embossed blind, panelled and lettered gilt, embossed with lettering blind-through-gilt, on spine; a.e.g. Slight foxing of end-papers, title-page and first Contents leaf; otherwise a fine copy of a very substantial and rather sumptuously designed book. Scarce.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The correct first edition, issued for copyright reasons in advance of the American edition, which was published by Lippencott in Philadelphia in 1898, though the pagination and plates are the same. Set in the Texas of 1835 — 6 and dealing with events leading up to the fall of the Alamo, this is on the one hand a classic Western in which warring Indian tribes, the Spanish-Mexican forces of Santa Anna, and a ‘Gringo’ cast including James Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Colonel Travers, etc., all play their part; on the other it is marginal lost race, involving as a further element in the story descendants of the ancient Aztecs guarding their treasure and sacrificing to their gods. Jim Bowie and an Indian companion discover the Aztec gold in the hidden cavern of Huitzilopochtli, and Bowie is doomed by Aztec curse to die, together with all those to whom he reveals the secret. There follows thereafter the Battle of the Alamo.... William Stoddard was one of Abraham Lincoln’s three private secretaries during the Civil War years, U.S. Marshall of Arkansas, and later a journalist and writer of serious historical works as well as fiction, both adult and juvenile. Not in Wright, who records several earlier titles by this author, probably because it was intended as a Juvenile; nor in Bleiler, Reginald, or Locke. In the present copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.29, last line, ‘tne’ for ‘the’; p.199, l.4, ‘Bowie’ for ‘Travis’; p.229, l.1, ‘l’ in ‘also’ broken; p.255, l.22, ‘no’ of ‘minors’ battered. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped in to face pp.20, 100, 138, 259, and 307.
Ref: CRT118248


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

STOOKE (E.M.). All rights reserved. “Not exactly". Illustrated by J. Skelton. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Company Limited, N.D. [1895]. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.318+[ii]; maroon smooth cloth lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher’s device, lettered, and with short rules, gilt, on spine. Virtually fine copy of a scarce title.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Issued as Vol.XXIII. in ‘Arrowsmith’s 3/6 Series’, the advertisements here listing the series to Vol.XXII. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.44, 76, 89, 136, 241, 263, and 293, and are here so bound in. The page markings are at the extreme tail of the leaves, and in this copy they are in all cases somewhat cropped, two being lacking. Their positioning suggests that they may have been intended to be removed in binding. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
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STRICKLAND (Agnes). How will it end? In three volumes. Richard Bentley, 8, New Burlington Street, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1865. 3 Vols.; half-title apparently not called for in volume one, not present, and probably lacking in other volumes; imprint leaf at end of volumes one and three; pp.[iv]+282+[ii]; [ii (?ex iv)]+[300]; [ii (?ex iv)]+ 294+[ii]; green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated cream. Slight general wear to covers; front free end-papers lacking; some marking and dusting; signature on upper margin of each title-page; a good copy. Scarce.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT103022


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STUART (Esmè [i.e., Amélie Claire Le Roy].). Tangled Threads. London, S.W. Partridge & Co., 8 and 9, Paternoster Row, 1897. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; pp.320; half-tone frontispiece by Sedgwick after L.Q. Aviel; publisher’s inserted 20pp. Catalogue at end, undated, but not including this title; diagonally fine ribbed pale brown cloth, blocked red and gold, ruled black, lettered gilt and black outlined gilt, black shadowed gilt, and black on front cover, blocked gilt, lettered black-shadowed gilt, black, and gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with frond design white through brown. Small light mark on spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT103024


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SUE (Eugène). Mathilde: Memoirs d’unr Jeune Femme. Bruxelles, Société Belge de Librairie: Hauman et Cie., 1841 — 1842. 7 Vols. bound in 4; 12mo; contemporary half calf gilt, marbled boards. Covers somewhat rubbed, but sound and fine internally. Scarce.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Vols. 1 — 6 are dated 1841, Vol.7 1842; fly-titles to all volumes, that to Vol.5 reading: cinquième et dernière partie’. The words ‘fin de cinquième et dernière partie’ appear at the end of this volume, there being no indication given that the work was to be continued further. The title-page to Vol.6 bears the legend: ‘sixième partie’, but the fly-title reads ‘cinquième et dernière partie (suite)’. The printer’s identification code at the foot, however, runs: ‘Eugène Sue — Tome VI’, and the final leaf bears the legend : ‘fin de la sixième partie’. The seventh volume is correctly numbered on both the title and fly-title, but p.116 (gathering 10:6 verso) bears the legend ‘fin des Mémoirs de Mathilde’ at the foot, the leaf 11:1 following being a fly-title to the Epilogue. Vicaire, ‘Manuel de l’amateur de livres du XIXe Siècle’, records the first edition as being published in Paris, six volumes in eight, in 1841. Our copy evidently represents the first Belgian edition, not mentioned by Vicaire, and presumably, also, it is a piracy, since the printer of an authorised edition would not have been likely to fall into confusion over the fact that a book advertised as appearing in six volumes was published in eight. We have not, however, been able to locate a copy of the first Paris edition for comparison upon this point, the British Library copy being the same as ours. The second Paris edition, published in 1844 — 1845 was revised, and subsequent editions appear to have followed this. Saintsbury in his ‘History of French Literature’, quotes Thackeray’s high praise of this novel, adding, however, that he has not read it himself since he has not been able to obtain a copy of it in any format.
Ref: CRT120711


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[SURTEES (Robert Smith)]. Handley Cross; Or, The Spa Hunt. A Sporting Tale. By the author of “Jorrocks’ Jaunts and Jollities,” &c. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn, Publisher, Great Marlborough Street, 1843. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title not called for in volume one, present in other volumes; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume three; pp.viii+328; [iv]+316; [iv]+306+[ii]; quarter dark green fine-diaper cloth, drab paper covered boards; a.e. uncut. Barely visible restorations to cloth of spines, and slight wear to cloth at extremities; some chipping to paper covering of boards, and labels quite badly chipped; back end-paper to volume one a little chipped at top corner; some end-papers strengthened very unobtrusively at gutters with tissue; scattered light dusting passim; a very good copy, nonetheless, and more presentable than we have probably made it sound.

GB £195.00

US $241.80


The second Jorrocks story, and Surtees’ first three-decker. It was reprinted with illustrations in 1854. Sadleir 3162; Wolff 6633; Block, p.230; NCBEL 3: 967.
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[SURTEES (R.S.).]. Handley Cross; Or, Mr. Jorrocks’s hunt. By The author of “Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour,” “Jorrocks’s Jaunts,” etc. etc. With illustrations by John Leech. London: Bradbury and Evans, 11, Bouverie Street, 1854. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-cut vignette on title; frontispiece and sixteen steel-engraved plates, all finely hand-coloured; eighty-four wood-engravings in text; contemporary half natural calf, marbled sides, the spine ruled blind but not lettered. Neat repair to calf at head of spine, boards darkened, library label cleanly removed from front cover leaving a lighter patch; scattered dusting and light fingering, more or less confined to fore-margins, and one or two spots or small stains; an excellent reading or working copy.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


Stab-holes show this copy to have been bound up from the parts. The best, and first illustrated, edition, of a book originally published in three volumes in 1843. Sadleir, 3162a, listing a copy in cloth. As in the Sadleir copy the plate listed to face p.1 has been utilised as frontispiece. Woolf, 6633a, records a copy, also in cloth, in which this plate was bound in to face p.1, the plate utilised as frontispiece being that listed to face p.532.
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SURTEES-RAINE (Edith Cornforth). A woman’s Dilemma. Illustrations by W. Gunston. London: Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School Union, 2 and 3 Ludgate Circus Buildings; 2 Castle Street, City Road, E.C., N.D. [1891]. Sm.cr.8vo; wood engraved frontispiece and two plates; pp.[viii]+200; light grey-green buckram blocked with publisher’s monogram device black on back cover, blocked brown and black, lettered black and black shadowed gilt on front cover, blocked black, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Prize label dated 1892 on front paste-down; hole in front end-paper where library label has been removed; class-marks on back of title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £8.50

US $10.54


There is no list of plates but they are tipped-in to face pp.4 and 180. Probable later issue, copies also being known in red cloth, more colourfully blocked, and with an undated 16pp. Catalogue inserted at end. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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Ref: CRT119417


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SWAN (Annie S[hepherd].). Warner’s chase: Or, the gentle heart. Illustrated. Blackie & Son, 49 & 50 Old Bailey, E.C.; Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin, 1885 [i.e., Winter, 1884]. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; fine wood-engraved frontispiece and two plates, printed in black and sepia; pp.192; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, headed ‘New Series for Season 1885’; light blue rough buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt and dark red on front cover, ruled and blocked gilt and dark red, embossed with lettering dark red, on spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Gilt and red of embossed lettering somewhat rubbed on spine; useful neat contemporary ownership inscription on blank back of frontispiece; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. The neat ink ownership inscription on the back of the frontispiece is dated ‘Dec. 1884’, proving that the volume was published in that year and dated ahead. A pencil note on the back of the back end-paper reads ‘10 Decr.84’, and may declare the actual date of purchase. The author’s twelfth book. She was to continue writing for another sixty years!
Ref: CRT103043


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SWAN (Annie S[hepherd].). A son of Erin. By Annie S. Swan (Mrs. Burnett-Smith). Author of “A Bitter Debt,” “A Stormy Voyager,” “Wyndham’s Daughter,” “A Victory Won,” “Ne’er-do-weel.” etc. With illustrations. London, Hutchinson & Co., 34, Paternoster Row, 1899. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; wood-engraved pictorial head-pieces and initial letters to the chapters; pp.344; diagonally fine-ribbed dark grey-green cloth, ruled and blocked with an art nouveau design in black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. ‘C2’ written neatly in ink on verso of frontispiece, and ‘3/6 for 2/3 net’ written in pencil at tail of back end-paper; otherwise virtually a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Possibly a traveller’s copy, or from the publisher’s file copy. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked for pp.11 (bound to face 12), 68, 116, 226, 267 (268), 297 (296), and 330. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT118815


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SYMONDS (Sarah). The Prize Tale. The Soldier’s progress: Pourtrayed in the Life of George Powell. Embellished with Six coloured engravings. From designs by John Gilbert. Willoughby & Co., 22, Warwick Lane, And all booksellers, 1850. Sm. f’cap 8vo; frontispiece and five plates, all hand-coloured and with tissue guards; pp.viii+115+[i (printer’s imprint)]; 8pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end; scarlet vertical grain straight morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Very nice copy.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


Not in Sadleir, Wolff, Osborne or Gumuchian. An anti-war tale, dedicated by the publishers ‘To The committee and members Of “The Peace Society” And “The League of Universal Brotherhood". Gilbert’s ‘Tableau’ were first published in 1849. Willoughby’s then ‘offered a small prize for the best Tale to illustrate the Tableau’. Of the twenty-five entries, the present story was adjudged the winner. It follows the progress of a young recruit and his sweetheart from the time of his enlistment, through battle, maiming, and a narrow escape from being murdered by a scavenger on the battlefield, to his subsequent penury and early death.
Ref: CRT103051


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THACKERAY (William Makepeace). Vanity fair. A Novel without a Hero. With illustrations on steel and wood by the author. London: Bradbury and Evans, 11, Bouverie Street, 1848. Demy 8vo; bound up without the advertisement leaf giving advance notice of The Great Hoggarty Diamond which should precede the frontispiece; half title not called for; frontispiece, engraved and letterpress titles; thirty-eight full page plates; numerous engraved initials and vignettes in the text; late 20th century full brown crushed morocco by Baynton-Riviere, ruled and with an elaborately tooled border, gilt, on sides, spine with five raised bands with guinea-roll tooling, ruled and elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, edges of boards ruled gilt, doublures ruled and elaboarately tooled gilt; a.e.g.; Cockerell-paper end-papers. Some gatherings sympathetically washed, with slight consequent differences in paper colour, and a couple of minute marginal tears unobtrusively mended; otherwise an extremely fine copy in a sympathetic period-style binding of superb quality, also in fine state.

GB £1,620.00

US $2,008.80


Bound up from the parts and, with the exception of four parts, the first printing throughout. Very scarce thus. The bibliography of this book is extremely complex, and has been the subject of an extended study by Peter L. Shillingsburg (V. Studies in Bibliography, University of Virginia, Vol.34, 1981, p.118 et seq.). The points of the first edition are usually said to be the presence of the drop title to page one being printed in ‘rustic’ type, the woodcut of Lord Steyne being present on p.336, and the reading ‘Mr. Pitt’ for ‘Sir Pitt’ occurring at l.31 on p.453. As Shillingsburg remarks, however, none of these so-called points in fact guarantees firstness of printing even of the part in which it occurs, since the book was reprinted in part form up to eight times over something like twenty years, and the rustic type and woodcut did not disappear until the third or fourth impression, whilst the erratum ‘Mr. Pitt’ was not corrected until the printing of 1853. The early impressions may be differentiated, nonetheless, in two different ways: (i) the first printing was made from standing type, the lines being set to a measure 97mm or more in length, whilst subsequent printings were made from stereo plates cast from that type and show a shorter measure — 96mm or less — because of the shrinkage of the casting medium (plaster of Paris) used to make the moulds; and (ii) every single part shows one or more variations between the first printing and subsequent ones, corrections and revisions having been made both during the course of the first impression and of later ones. (Shillingsburg identifies no fewer than 210 variant readings of which 150 are substantive, 17 involving the addition, deletion, or substitution of passages ranging in length from three to seventy-five words). Taking Shillingsburg’s schedule of Variants as a guide, apart from Part 1, which is of the third printing, and Parts 3, 7, and 10, which are of the second, the present copy is printed from standing type throughout, and not from stereo plates, and is of the correct first printing, with the earliest states of the text in all the parts, except in the five instances noted below. The gatherings, where variations of state have been discovered between copies printed from the standing type, correspond to Shillingsburg’s second states for gatherings K, Y, and KK, and to his third state for gathering FF, whilst gathering T exhibits a second state of text that is unrecorded (p.280, l.32 having the reading ‘in her’, but the fourth line from the foot the reading ‘Crawley’s horses had’ as in the second printing instead of ‘Crawley had’, as in the first state of the first). Additionally, gathering GG exhibits an earlier state of text than that recorded by Shillingsburg as his first state, having the reading ‘slouc hed hat and [#]’ instead of ‘slouched hat an d [#]’, recorded as his first state, or ‘slouched hat an d a’, recorded for his second printing. The title-page (issued with the final part) is the first of the six that Shillingsburg records. Three other variants have been noted in this copy that have not been noted by Shillingsburg and may further differentiate states or printings: in Part 3, p.81, l.2, the ‘f’ in ‘of’ at the end of the line is broken, so that it looks like an ‘r’ (which, if Shillingsburg has not simply missed it, may differentiate the third printing from the second of signature ‘G’); in Part 8, p.242, l.4, the ‘l’ in ‘tiful’ is of the wrong font, Italic instead of Roman face (which it is not in our reference copy of the first state, and since this signature has otherwise the readings of the second state, and again unless Shillingsburg has missed it, would differentiate a third from a second state of the first printing of signature ‘R’, without enabling us to say which was which); and finally, in Part 10, p.304, ll.5 — 7, and 24 have respectively the letters ‘n’, ‘as’, ‘ord’, and ‘nt’ lacking at the ends of the lines, whilst at ll.11 and 12 the final ‘d’ and ‘e’ have printed very faint (which appears to suggest a later state of Shillingsburg’s second printing of signature ‘U’). As Shillingsburg notes, the method of issue of this book, together with the fact that the parts would often be reprinted before earlier impressions had been exhausted (and the first part was reprinted before publication), meant that sets of parts supplied by the publisher were often mixed, let alone sets of parts saved up for binding by later purchasers or enthusiasts. A volume such as the present one, in which only four parts are not from the original standing type is very hard to find.
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