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

[THACKERAY (W.M.).]. The history Of Henry Esmond, Esq. A colonel in the service of Her Majesty Q. Anne. Written by himself. In three volumes. Volume the First [Second; Third]. London: Printed for Smith, Elder, & Company, Over against St. Peter’s Church in Cornhill, 1852. 3 Vols.; blank precedes half-title in volumes two and three; pp.344; [2]+vi+319+[i (blank); [2]+vi+324; inserted publisher’s Catalogue, 16pp., dated October 1852 and advertising this work as ‘Now ready’, at end of volume three; vertically fine ribbed olive brown cloth, paper spine label; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; white end-papers. Very slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spines, and corners; labels slightly chipped and rubbed at top edges and a little darkened; a little scattered foxing; one page a trifle rubbed, with loss of a few letters, and a short tear to blank upper corner of the same leaf; in general a nice copy, nonetheless, of a scarce title.

GB £350.00

US $434.00


First edition, third Catalogue, and second state of prelims: Thackeray’s name appears only on the half-titles, and the spine labels, the ‘o’ in ‘Cornhill’ in volume two has dropped below the line, and in volume three the comma following ‘Esmond’ has likewise dropped, all as in the first three states of the prelims.; but the punctuation mark following ‘Company’ on the title page of volume one is printed correctly as a comma rather than a full stop as in the first state, and the binding has plain white end-papers instead of yellow ones printed in light brown, as in the second state, and with the October Catalogue rather than the March or September one. Sadleir, 3187, records only a rebound copy, lacking the blanks and catalogue, but with a title-page agreeing with that here; Wolff, 6692, records an evidently later copy, with plain white end-papers, a 16pp. publisher’s Catalogue at the end of volume three dated October 1852, a title-page including the words ‘Edited by W.M. Thackeray’ (in the present copy Thackeray’s name appears only on the half-titles and the spine labels), and half-titles to which the words ‘In Three Vols.’ and the publisher’s imprint appear to have been added (those in the present volume read: ‘ESMOND. / A STORY OF QUEEN ANNE’S REIGN. / BY / W.M. THACKERAY. / Author of “Vanity Fair,” “Pendennis,” &c. / [rule] / Volume I [II; III]. / [rule] [double rule / fist] The Author of this work gives notice that he reserves to / himself the right of translating it. / [double rule]’). The Wolff copy would appear to represent the fourth issue, having both the third state of the text, and the third recorded Catalogue, dating from the month of publication as here, in which the present title is recorded as ‘Now ready’ as opposed to the ‘Just ready’ or ‘In preparation’ recorded of some other titles, and implying, presumably, that it post-dates actual publication. The present copy is evidently later than the copies with the September Catalogue, but earlier than the Wolff copy which has an altered version of the prelims. It is to be noted that both the March and the September Catalogues precede the date of publication of the volume, though the October one does not; and also that Thackeray’s dedication is dated October 18, 1852, which appears to provide an earliest date for the binding up in respect of all three variants. Rather a scarce title in any case, and number two on Sadleir’s list of comparative scarcities, irrespective of condition.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

THACKERAY (W.M.). Denis Duval. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1867. Half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+275+[i (printer’s imprint)]; vertically ribbed rose-madder cloth, blocked and ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered and with short rule, gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Spine and edges of covers very slightly faded; some embrowning to title-leaf recto and last leaf verso due to contact with the end-papers, and two or three light scattered fox-spots in text; an unusually nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £280.00

US $347.20


The first English edition of a book first published in book form in America in 1864. Not in the Sadleir catalogue, but listed number two on his rating of comparative scarcities in fine condition, number four regardless of condition. In our experience it is scarcer than this latter rating would suggest. Van Duzer, 48.
Ref: CRT103107


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

THOMSON (Basil). The Indiscretions of Lady Asenath. By Basil Thomson, Author of “The Diversions of a Prime Minister,” “A Court Intrigue,” etc. London, A.D. Innes & Company, Ltd., 1898. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates after J.W. Cawston; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+[295]+[i (blank)]+[12]; vertically fine-ribbed cobalt-blue cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover. lettered within ruled box, gilt, on pressed-out blind panel on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt, and with pressed-out panel, blind, on spine; a.e. uncut. Covers a trifle darkened and showing very slight general wear; some foxing passim, mainly confined to margins; insription on front end-paper (v. note); a very good copy, nonetheless.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Presentation copy to Philip Snow from, the author’s daughter, Enid Wise, with her fourteen word inscription on the front end-paper. A delightful — and ultimately moving — book of short stories about the islanders if the Fiji group, written with knowledge and insight — and doing for those islands what ‘A Pattern of Islands’ was later to do for the Gilbert and Ellis group. Thomson here solves the problem of how to make a thoroughly good personality interesting in fiction: you present it as part of an alien culture, with different mores and moral assumptions from our own... The frontispiece in this copy is the plate listed to face p.178. In some, probably later, copies it is tipped in at that point (without a tissue). In the present copy the following typographical flaws have been noted, and have been present in every copy seen: p.19, l.25, ‘f’ broken at end of line; risen spaces occur: p.9, l.3, before ‘now’; p.57, l.16, before ‘which’; p.105, l.9, after ‘five’; p.152, l.24, before ‘array’; p.187, l.14, after ‘House’; p.209, l.23, after ‘crawled’; p.212, l.4, before ‘isn’t’; and p.228, l.7, before ‘alone’. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT117919


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

THOMSON (Basil). The Indiscretions of Lady Asenath. By Basil Thomson, Author of “The Diversions of a Prime Minister,” “A Court Intrigue,” etc. London, A.D. Innes & Company, Ltd., 1898. Eight plates after J.W. Cawston; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+[295]+[i (blank)]+[12]; vertically fine-ribbed cobalt-blue cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover. lettered within ruled box, gilt, on pressed-out blind panel on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt, and with pressed-out panel, blind, on spine; a.e. uncut. A very little scattered foxing confined to the larger uncut edges; a virtually fine copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


From the library of Philip Snow, with his bookplate on the front paste-down. A delightful — and ultimately moving — book of short stories about the islanders if the Fiji group, written with knowledge and insight — and doing for those islands what ‘A Pattern of Islands’ was later to do for the Gilbert and Ellis group. Thomson here solves the problem of how to make a thoroughly good person interesting in fiction: you present her as part of an alien culture, with very different mores and background assumptions from your own... The probable second issue in which the plate listed to face p.178 is there tipped in, and (like the other plates) has no tissue, instead of being provided with a tissue and used as frontispiece. In the present copy the following typographical flaws have been noted, and have been present in every copy seen: p.19, l.25, ‘f’ broken at end of line; risen spaces occur: p.9, l.3, before ‘now’; p.57, l.16, before ‘which’; p.105, l.9, after ‘five’; p.152, l.24, before ‘array’; p.187, l.14, after ‘House’; p.209, l.23, after ‘crawled’; p.212, l.4, before ‘isn’t’; and p.228, l.7, before ‘alone’. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT117920


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

THOMSON (Richard)]. Tales of an antiquary: Chiefly illustrative Of the Manners, traditions, And remarkable localities of Ancient London. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1828. Lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; first leaf of final gathering in volume two (S1) a singleton conjugate with a stub (v. note); similar stub at end of volume three, conjugate with Q1; pp.[iv]+360; [iv]+393+[i (blank)]+[a stub]; [iv]+[iii] — vi+353+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[a stub]; contemporary half brown calf, brown marbled boards, sprinkled edges. Slight rubbing of boards; volume three shaken and imperfectly reglued, leaving a few gatherings a little proud; in general however a nice copy.

GB £310.00

US $384.40


From the library of Eric Quayle, with his 1965 ‘Greensleeves’ bookplate on the front paste-down of volume one, and his pencilled notes below it. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6712, giving an evidently wrong collation for two of the volumes. Wolff records that the final leaf, S5, in volume two is a single inset: it is not. In the present copy S5 is clearly conjugate with S2, whilst S1 is clearly conjugate with a stub, and that was presumably so with the Wolff copy as well, except that Wolff does not record the stub. Wolff also records that in his copy the final leaf, Q8, in volume three is advertisements. In this again he is wrong: Q8 is text. The final leaf is in fact Q10, Q9 carrying the final page of text backed by the printer’s imprint on the verso. In the present copy the advertisements are not present, Q10 having been excised after binding, presumably by the book’s first owner, as is evidenced by there being in fact two stubs present at the end of this copy, the first binder’s blank, which was conjugate with the paste-down as part of a four-page inset, having been removed in error along with the advertisement leaf. In the recently rebound Wolff copy the leaves numbered [iii] — vi, comprising the Preface (which includes the dedication ‘To the Author of Waverley’), are correctly included in the first volume; their presence here in volume three is an error of the original binder, but may suggest that they were printed together with the prelims. to that volume. Quayle notes that this book is mentioned by Sir Walter Scott (Scott, ‘Journal’, Vol.II, p.148) and that the second edition of 1832 is dedicated to him. Quayle had evidently missed the dedication in this copy at the end of the misbound Preface. Wolff speculates, but did not have time to check, that these volumes may have provided source material for Ainsworth — in particular, ‘Rookwood’, which appeared some six years later.
Ref: CRT118360


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[TOMLINSON (Sarah Windsor).]. Tales for mission rooms. By a lady Superintendent. No.V. Be true to your word. Published under the direction of The tract committee. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Sold at the depositories: 77 Great Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields; 4 Royal Exchange; 48 Piccadilly; And by all booksellers, N.D. [1871 — but v. note]. Demy 18mo in sixes; half-title not called for; cancel title leaf on slightly smaller paper; 4pp. inserted advertisement at end; pp.63+[i (blank)]; stabbed and sewn-through paste-downs and tipped into glazed pink wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on sides, the back wrapper bearing type ornaments. Wrappers faded a little on spine and towards edges and design very slightly rubbed; neat owner’s name in ink on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a fine copy; together with a contemporary hand-made French-folded paper wrapper (v. note). Apparently rare.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Juvenile. COPAC records the Cambridge copy only, offering the date as [?1871]. The author died in 1872. The date assigned is almost certainly correct: The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge changed the style of their imprint between 1871 and 1872, dropping the ‘16, Hanover Street, Hanover Square’ address and substituting ‘48 Piccadilly’, which accounts for the cancel title-leaf here, the text otherwise being unchanged. This copy, though of the original printing, must have been issued between late 1871 and early May, 1874, the book as received by us having been enclosed in a French-folded paper wrapper added by its first purchaser and made out of a hand-written advertising circular for a millinery firm, bearing a half-penny stamp and date-stamped ‘MY 1 / 74’. Probably the cancel leaf in this copy dates it from 1872, however: from 1873 onwards commas were restored to the numbers in the street addresses. The wrappers and advertisements both have the revised style of the imprint, without the commas. Printed at the ‘Clarendon Press, Oxford, for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.’

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

[TOMLINSON (Sarah Windsor).]. Tales for mission rooms. By a lady Superintendent. No.II. Govern your temper. Published under the direction of the Tract committee. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; Sold at the depositories: 77, Great Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields; 4, Royal Exchange; 48, Piccadilly; And by all booksellers, N.D. [post 1872 (v. note)]. Demy 18mo in sixes; half-title not called for; 4pp. inserted advertisement at end; pp.56; stabbed and sewn-through paste-downs and tipped into glazed bright brown wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on sides, the back wrapper bearing type ornaments. Wrappers chipped a little at extremities of spine; otherwise a fine copy. Apparently rare.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Juvenile. Probably the second printing. No copy of this title recorded on COPAC. The author died in 1872. The date of issue of this copy was very probably 1873: The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge changed the style of their imprint between 1871 and 1872, dropping the ‘16, Hanover Street, Hanover Square’ address and substituting ‘48 Piccadilly’. From 1873 onwards commas were restored to the numbers in the street addresses, as on the title-page and wrappers here. The inserted advertisements, however, are without the commas, suggesting a date close enough to 1872 for the stock of advertisement sheets not yet to have been exhausted. The printer’s imprint on the verso of the title-page reads: LONDON: / GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, PRINTERS, / ST. JOHN’S SQUARE’, but that at the end of text reads: ‘Printed for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge At the ‘Clarendon Press, Oxford.’ Presumably the Clarendon Press printed the first edition of this title, probably in 1871, and their imprint ought subsequently to have been cancelled in the stereos, but, by some oversight, was not.

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

TROLLOPE (Anthony). The Last chronicle of Barset. By Anthony Trollope. With ten illustrations by George H. Thomas. Complete in one volume. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1872. (The right of translation is reserved.) Half-title not called for; frontispece with tissue guard, and four plates in each volume [sic]; pp.[viii]+472+463+[i (printer’s imprint)]; deep pink sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked black on back cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt, blocked black on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. Rebacked, with the original backstrip (which has a vertical crack down the middle) laid on; cloth of spine faded, as almost always with this colour cloth; tint contemporary inscription on upper corner of title-page, and a very little insignificant foxing to text; an excellent reading copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


The first one-volume edition: Sadleir, ‘Trollope’, p.81.

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TROLLOPE (T. Adolphus). The Garstangs Of Garstang Grange. In three volumes. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1869. (The Right of Translation is reserved). 3 Vols. bound in one, as issued, globe 8vo; half-titles not called for; fly-title to each of the six ‘Books’ included in the pagination; printer’s imprint leaf at end of volume two, blank on verso; pp.[iv]+303+[i (printer’s imprint)]; [iv]+294+[ii]; [iv]+304; diagonally fine-ribbed chocolate cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, the spine bearing the price ‘31/6’; fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated very pale yellow. Recased, with new pale-yellow end-papers, but preserving the original free end-papers as well; a few leaves with light marginal marks or foxing; but in general a nice copy.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


Sadleir, 3272 and Wolff, 6856, both recording the issue in three separately bound volumes of smooth grass-green cloth intended for the libraries, but not this secondary issue intended for sale to the general public. In the present copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been observed (state significance, if any, unascertained): in Vol.I.: p.22, last line ‘shoul’ for ‘should’; p.122, l.19, first ‘i’ of ‘impossible’ lacking; p.273, l.20, ‘that’ for ‘than’; in Vol.II.:, p.4, last line, ‘bit’ for ‘hit’; p.33, l.3, ‘blot’ for ‘blow’ (twice!); p.35, l.17, risen quad between ‘on’ and ‘the’; p.46, l.15, risen quad between ‘set’ and ‘up’; p.59, l.17, ‘particular’ for ‘peculiar’; p.65, l.21, ‘s’ of ‘Jennings’ lacking; p.97, penultimate line, ‘e’ at end of line upside-down; p.180, l.4, broken ‘t’ at start of line; p.198, last line, ‘k’ of ‘speak’ lacking; p.225, l.19, full-stop at end of line raised; in Vol.III.: p.30, penultimate line, ‘effected’ for ‘affected’; p.49, l.18, broken ‘k’ in ‘remark’; p.117, entire word (perhaps ‘badly’) lacking at end of antepenultimate line; p.178, l.1, risen quad before ‘presume’.

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Ref: CRT103146


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

TROTTER (Frederick A.). The hand on the helm. A story of Irish life. London: Charles H. Kelly, 2, Castle St., City Road, E.C., And 66, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1894. Post 8vo; integral half-tone frontispiece after a drawing, and numerous excellent wood-engraved vignettes in text, all by A.E. Line; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end (giving the publisher’s addresses as ‘25 — 35 City Road, and 26 Paternoster Row’, but not including this title and so probably earlier); light grey buckram, blocked pictorially black, white, and orange, lettered black, on front cover and spine, embossed with lettering blind on smooth blind-pressed panel on the front cover and on gilt panel on spine, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine. Prelims. and last two leaves lightly and very slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £23.00

US $28.52


An unusual cover design because of the prominence of the blind on blind lettering of the title.
Ref: CRT103147


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TRUEBA (Don T[elesforo]. de [y Cozio]). The Romance of history. Spain. With twenty-one illustrations By J.K. Meadows. In three volumes. Edward Churton, [26,] Holles Street, 1834. 3 Vols., f’cap 8vo; frontispiece and conjugate engraved title, on plate paper, tipped in before letterpress title-page in each volume (those to volume three having a tissue guard loosely laid in; five plates in each volume; half-title in volume one, not called for in other volumes; integral advertisement leaf (of plate paper!) at end of volume one; integral text-paper advertisement leaf followed by plate-paper advertisement leaf at end of volume two; integral plate-paper advertisement leaf at end of volume three; pp.[viii]+328+[ii (last page blank)]; [iv]+319+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii (last page blank)]; [iv]+310+[iv (last page blank)]; puce fine morocco cloth, lettered gilt within gilt frame on spine, in series style; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated peach. Plates foxed, with offsetting onto surrounding leaves; one or two fox-spots elsewhere; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Issued as three volumes in ‘The Romance of History’ series. The first illustrated edition of a collection of short stories based on incidents in Spanish history, written originally in English, and first published, in 1830, by Edward Bull (the firm becoming Bull and Churton in 1833, and, in 1834, Edward Churton). Sadleir records neither this title nor this series; Wolff, 6869, records the first edition of this title. According to the half/series title in the first volume of the series, ‘England’, by Henry Neele, first published in three volumes by Edward Bull in 1828, and reprinted in this series under the imprint of Bull and Churton in 1833, the series was to run to twelve volumes, and have eighty-four illustrations by T. Landseer. What happened to Landseer we do not know, though the first title in fact was illustrated by him. ‘Spain’ appears to have formed volumes IV, V, and VI, the remaining titles being, apparently, ‘France’ by Leitch Ritchie (first published by Edward Bull in 1831), and ‘Italy’ by Charles Macfarlane, published by Edward Bull in 1832. There is no list of plates in the present volumes, but they are bound in to face pp.[5], [57], [127], [163], and [223] in volume one; [5], [43], [66], [166], and [259] in volume two; and [49], [87], [149], [205], and [275] in volume three.
Ref: CRT103148


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TWAIN (Mark, i.e. Samuel Langhorne Clemens). The American claimant. By Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens). With 81 illustrations By Dan Beard and Hal Hurst. London, Chatto & Windus, 1892. Frontispiece with tissue guard; numerous illustrations in the text; leaf at end bearing publlisher’s device on recto, blank on verso, followed by 32pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue dated May, 1892; diagonally very fine ribbed scarlet cloth blocked and lettered black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine. Spine very slightly faded; two or three leaves lightly marked in margins; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Blanck 3434 refers. The first English edition.
Ref: CRT103160


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

TWAIN (Mark, i.e. Samuel Langhorne Clemens). The American claimant. By Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens). With 81 illustrations By Dan Beard and Hal Hurst. London, Chatto & Windus, 1892. Frontispiece with tissue guard; numerous illustrations in the text; leaf at end bearing publlisher’s device on recto, blank on verso, followed by 32pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue dated May, 1892; diagonally very fine ribbed scarlet cloth blocked and lettered black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine neatly repaired at head (not affecting lettering); otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Blanck 3434 refers. The first English edition.
Ref: CRT118465


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

TWAIN (Mark [i.e., Samuel Langhorne Clemens]). The £1,000,000 bank note And other new stories. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1893. (All rights reserved [sic] Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.[viii]+311+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated March, 1893; diagonally very fine ribbed deep scarlet cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram device black on back cover, lettered and pictorially blocked black on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; others rough-trimmed. Slight, very light, dampmarking to back cover, and small bubble in cloth; small, barely visible restoration to cloth of spine at extreme head-band; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Blanck, 3436 refers: apparently published the same day as the American edition, April 29th, and thus preceeding it by a few hours. This copy has the earlier catalogue, copies also being known with a catalogue dated April, 1893, but this is no indication of precedence given the actual date of publicatuion! Includes ‘A Cure for the Blues’ the description of a very great Bad Novel (preceeding Amanda Ros’s ‘Irene Iddesleigh’ by some four years — or fifty-two, if Twain can be believed!). In this copy the last line on p.17 has a badly battered ‘e’ at the start, probably as always.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

TWAIN (Mark [i.e., Samuel Langhorne Clemens]). The £1,000,000 bank note And other new stories. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1893. (All rights reserved [sic] Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.[viii]+311+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated April, 1893; diagonally very fine ribbed deep scarlet cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram device black on back cover, lettered and pictorially blocked black on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; others rough-trimmed. Slight, very light, marking to back cover, and some foxing to prelims. and edges; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Blanck, 3436 refers: apparently published the same day as the American edition, April 29th, and thus preceeding it by a few hours. This copy has the later catalogue, copies also being known with a catalogue dated March, 1893, but this is no indication of precedence given the actual date of publicatuion! Includes ‘A Cure for the Blues’ the description of a very great Bad Novel (preceeding Amanda Ros’s ‘Irene Iddesleigh’ by some four years — or fifty-two, if Twain can be believed!). In this copy the last line on p.17 has a badly battered ‘e’ at the start, probably as always.
Ref: CRT118858


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TYRRELL (Christina). Success: And How he won it. From the German of E. Werner. In three volumes. R. Bentley & Son, New Burlington Street, 1876. 3 Vols.; half-titles not present; pp.[ii]+287+[i (printer’s imprint)]; [ii]+268; [ii]+288; half dark red basil, oil-marbled sides. Basil slightly cracked at head of one joint, and with neat repair to spine; spines slightly faded; some foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 911, records the existence of this three decker, but possessed only the one volume reprint of the next year. The German original by E. Werner (i.e., Elizabeth Buerstenbinder) appeared under the title ‘Glück Auf’.
Ref: CRT103168


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From a Royal Library.

[TYTLER (Margaret Fraser).]. Tales Of Many lands. By the author of “Tales of the Great and Brave.” London: Harvey and Darton, Gracechurch-street, 1839. F’cap 8vo; chromolithographic frontispiece with tissue guard, and chromolithographic vignette title-page, both by Day & Haghe precede letterpress title-page; six wood-engraved plates, some signed ‘J.G.’; half-title not called for; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; puce fine diaper cloth, blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers faced yellow. Very slight fading to cloth of spine; faint pink armorial ownership stamp on verso of title (v. note); otherwise a brilliantly fine, crisp, copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


From the library of Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, as evidenced by the armorial stamp on the verso of the title leaf. Juvenile. The tales have a strong Scottish bias. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.[7], [83], [105], [149], [215], and [289].
Ref: CRT100346


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UNDERHILL (Geo. F.). The Helterskelter Hounds Or Mr. Flopkin’s sporting memoirs By Geo. F. Underhill Author of “In and out of Pigskin,” etc. etc. With numerous illustrations By L. Thackeray. London — Chapman & Hall, Ld. [sic] 1894. (All rights reserved). Sm.cr.8vo; conjugate integral end-papers, evidently printed together with the prelims. completing the full sheet, the pastedowns printed with commercial advertisements, the front conjugate leaf being the half-title, the back one printed with a publisher’s advertisement; blank follows half-title; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[iv]+[2]+vi+132+[iv]; cream glazed boards printed pictorially on front board in blue-green, yellow-green, brown, and pink, lettered brown, and brown-outlined pink, on front board, printed with commercial advertisement in brown on back board, spine up-lettered brown. Slight wear to corners and very slight cracking to paper over front joint, design a little rubbed on sides, the title badly so on spine; ownership inscription dated August 1894 on half-title; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


This, and another by the same author, are the only yellowbacks we can remember seeing from this period with the date of publication printed on the front board. The volume was evidently intended to have an integral half-title, normally placed, and space was left for it, but the printer wrongly imposed the type so that the half-title and end-paper became transposed. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6923, describing the front cover printing as including black print, which is actually the overlay of brown upon blue-green, and also giving an obviously erroneous — and self-contradictory — collation; Topp, III, p.458. A sporting novel in the tradition of Surtees.

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Ref: CRT103176


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[VERNEY (Frances Parthenope, Lady).]. Stone edge. With four illustrations. Smith, Elder & Co., 65, Cornhill, 1868. Half-title not called for; frontispiece, and three plates with tissue guards, engraved on wood by W. Thomas after F.W. Lawson; final blank; pp.[iv]+314+[ii]; bevelled deep crimson buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated grey-purple; binder’s ticket of Leighton Son and Hodge on back paste-down. Slight dulling of spine; frontispiece very lightly foxed, with offsetting; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Lady Verney’s first book. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6956, records an author’s presentation copy in what is presumably a presentation binding of bevelled crimson cloth, [?ruled], blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, and with end-papers [?coated] yellow. The author’s name appears on the spine, which it does not on our copy. Wolff, 6956a, records a copy apparently as ours, except that the endpapers are [?coated] buff, not grey-purple. Lady Verney was “Florence Nightingale’s sister, and the chatelaine of Claydon, where Florence always stayed when in England. She wrote very interestingly indeed.” — Wolff, IV, p.228. “‘Stone Edge’ illustrated the dialect, the legends and the scenery of Derbyshire” — Margaret Maria Verney’s ‘Memoir’ in the memorial volume published in 1891.
Ref: CRT103191


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[VON BRACKEL (Ferdinande Freün)]. Nora: A novel taken from the German By Princess Marie Liechtenstein. London, Burns & Oates, Portman Street and Paternoster Row, 1877. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; final blank; pp.viii+358+[ii]; bevelled bright blue patterned sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled black and gilt, elaborately blocked gilt, lettered gilt and black-outlined patterned-gilt, on front cover and spine; end-papers coated brown. First few leaves, final blank, and edges lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


A sumptuous example of period cloth in fine state, including amongst the blocking on the front cover the crowned monogram of the royal translator. One is amazed to discover the edges are not gilt! A Roman Catholic novel, here first translated into English. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT103199


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WALFORD (L.B. [Mrs. Alfred Saunders]). The matchmaker. Vol.I [II; III]. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., And New York: 15 East 16th Street, 1894. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; blank at end of volume two; pp.[iv]+268; [iv]+273+[iii]; [iv]+312; publisher’s inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end of volumes one; dove grey buckram, ruled and blocked with author’s signature in black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with ship and swan pattern in pale olive green. Covers generally a little marked and dull, and gilt rubbed on spines; library label removed from each front cover; ink-spot affecting large fore-edges of last few leaves in volume three; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT103212


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The Dedication Copy

[WARD (Robert Plumer).]. Illustrations Of Human life. By the author of “Tremaine” and “De Vere". In three volumes. Vol.I. Atticus. St. Lawrence. [Vol. II. [III.] Fielding; or, society.] Henry Colburn, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1837. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; pp.viii+356+[ii (integral advertisements)]; [viii]+324; [iv]+[302 (final page blank)]; drab boards, paper spine label; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Somewhat crudely rebacked with lighter paper, preserving the labels in volumes two and three, that to volume I being supplied in facsimile; several small tears towards gutter of front end-papers in volume one repaired with tissue on verso; some very light foxing and dusting; otherwise and in general a nice copy.

GB £375.00

US $465.00


With the author’s holograph presentation inscription to the Earl of Lonsdale on the front free end-paper of volume one, THIS BEING THE DEDICATION COPY. Each paste-down bears his pencilled library reference (the Hogarth Gallery), and the engraved armorial bookplate of a later Earl of Lonsdale. Sadleir, 3299; Wolff, 7029. As noted by Sadleir, leaves Q1 in volume one and O7 in volume three are single insets. In our experience a difficult title in any form.
Ref: CRT118856


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WARD (Catherine G. [later Mason]). The Cottage on the Cliff. A sea-side story. By Catherine G. Ward, Authoress of — The Rose of Claremont, — The Mysterious Marriage, — Family Portraits, &c. &c. &c. London: Printed by C. Baynes, 13, Duke Street, Lincoln’s-Inn-Fields. Published by George Virtue, No. 26, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, And Bath Street, Bristol, 1823. Demy 8vo in half-sheets; half-title not present, and probably not called for as a blank at the end appears to be integral; engraved and letterpress title-pages; steel-engraved frontispiece, and eight plates with tissue guards; ‘Directions to the Binder’ at foot of last page of text; pp.750+[?ii]; contemporary half purple calf, marbled sides; spine with four raised bands, tooled with all-over pattern blind, recent dark-brown lettering-piece; a.e. brown; marbled end-papers. Marbled paper darkened and unobtrusively chipped; small burnholes to blank upper margins of four leaves, and short tear to fore-margin of one plate; some scattered light fingering and spotting, but in general a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


Stab-holes which do not always align show that this copy has been bound up from the thirty-one twenty-four page numbers (with the final number having, probably thirty-two pages). According to contemporary advertisements of some of her other works, they are likely to have been priced at 6d. Block, p.248; Summers, p.285: “the most popular of Mrs. Ward’s romances"; Wolff, 7005, recording a later printing, undated, but issued after she had become Mrs. Mason in about 1827. The present first printing is scarce.

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WARD (Mrs. Catherine G. [later Mason].). The Fisher’s daughter, Or the Wanderings of Wolf, And the Fortunes of Alfred. Being the sequel to that so greatly admired and popular Work, entitled, The Cottage on the Cliff, Or a sea-side story. By Mrs. Catherine G, Ward, Authoress of — Mysterious Marriage — Family Portraits — Orphan Boy — Widow’s Choice — The Thorn, &c. &c. London: Published by G. Virtue, 26, Ivy-Lane, Paternoster-row; Bath-street, Bristol; And Queen-square, Liverpool, 1824. Lge.12mo, each gathering signed both in fours and triplets of four; half-title not called for; engraved and letterpress titles; frontispiece, and nine plates, on steel; final page of Directions to the Binder; pp.911+[i]; contemporary full deep crimson straight-morocco-faced roan, flat back, sides ruled and tooled gilt to borders, spine elaborately tooled gilt, with brown lettering-piece; marbled edges and end-papers. Anciently re-backed, preserving the original backstrip; leather of spine faded; small scuff to back board; one or two minor faults internally, but generally a very nice copy, and with large margins. A scarce title.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


This title not in Wolff; Summers, p.209, giving the date as 1827; Block, giving the date as 1824, as here. The Directions to the Binder calls for only seven plates. The two extra ones are here bound in to face pp.458 and 723. In this copy, probably as always, in the Directions to the Binder the first two numbered entries are here listed in reverse order, and the plate to p.167 is without a caption. The Book was printed by Bartlett and Hinton, at Oxford, and originally issued stabbed, presumably in thirty-eight numbers each containing twelve leaves (this being indicated by the numbering of the triplets).

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WARD (Mrs. Humphry). The history Of David Grieve. By Mrs Humphry Ward, Author of ‘Robert Elsmere’. In three volumes. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1892. (All rights reserved). 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in volumes one and three, none called for in volume two; pp.[xii (not paginated)]+388; [viii (not paginated)]+388; [viii (not paginated)]+396; maroon fine diaper cloth blocked blind on front cover and spine, lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers printed with frond, snake, and emu design in light brownish grey. Fine copy.

GB £270.00

US $334.80


Sadleir 3288; Wolff, 7017.
Ref: CRT103236


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[WARD (Robert Plumer).]. Illustrations Of Human life. By the author of “Tremaine” and “De Vere". In three volumes. Vol. I. Atticus. St. Lawrence. [Vol. II. [III.] Fielding; or, society.] Henry Colburn, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1837. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; pp.viii+356+[ii (integral advertisements); [viii]+324; [iv]+301+[i (blank)]; drab boards, paper spine label; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Somewhat crudely rebacked with lighter paper, preserving the labels in volumes two and three, that to volume one being supplied in facsimile; several small tears towards gutter of front end-papers in volume one being repaired with tissue on verso; some very light foxing and dusting; otherwise in general nice.

GB £250.00

US $310.00


With the author’s holograph presentation inscription to The Earl of Lonsdale on the front free end-paper of volume one, THIS BEING THE DEDICATION COPY. Each paste-down bears the engraved armorial bookplate of a later Earl of Lonsdale. One of the scarcer Ward titles. As with the Sadleir copy, leaves Q1 in volume one, and O7 in volume three are single insets.
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WARNER (Anna). Blue flag And Cloth of gold. By Anna Warner, Author of “Three Little Spades,” “Stories of Vinegar Hill,” “Ellen Montgomery’s Book-shelf,” etc. London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street, 1880 [i.e., late 1879]. Sm.cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and other illustrations in text; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+275+[i (blank)]+4; diagonally very fine ribbed cobalt blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt, blocked black, on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. A fine, bright, copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Juvenile, apparently intended to interest children in the vegetable kingdom. A minor binding variant, otherwise similar copies being known in rich brown cloth, and with end-papers faced black. Issued in 1879, according to the English Catalogue of Books, but evidently dated ahead, as was the frequent custom at that time: our copy agrees with the British Library deposit copy. The author was an American: her dedication is dated from Martlaer’s Rock, West Point, N.Y., July 18th, 1879. The American edition appears to have precedence by about three weeks. Blanck, 21093 refers.
Ref: CRT103247


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WARNER (Anna). Blue flag And Cloth of gold. By Anna Warner, Author of “Three Little Spades,” “Stories of Vinegar Hill,” “Ellen Montgomery’s Book-shelf,” etc. London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street, 1880 [i.e., late 1879]. Sm.cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and other illustrations in text; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+275+[i (blank)]+4; diagonally very fine ribbed rich brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt, blocked black, on spine; end-papers faced black. Insignificant marking of back cover; back end-papers slightly cracked; first and last few leaves a little foxed; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Juvenile, apparently intended to interest children in the vegetable kingdom. A minor binding variant, otherwise similar copies being known in cobalt blue cloth, and with end-papers coated chocolate. Issued in 1879, according to the English Catalogue of Books, but evidently dated ahead, as was the frequent custom at that time: our copy agrees with the British Library deposit copy. The author was an American: her dedication is dated from Martlaer’s Rock, West Point, N.Y., July 18th, 1879. The American edition appears to have precedence by about three weeks. Blanck, 21093 refers.
Ref: CRT117828


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WAUGH (Edwin). Sketches Of Lancashire life And localities. By Edwin Waugh. London: Whittaker and Co., Ave Maria Lane. Manchester: James Galt and Co., 1855. Double cr.16mo; pp.[xii (paginated [iv]+[vii]-[xiv]]+260; deep scarlet vertically fine-ribbed cloth pressed out with a horizontal morocco-grain pattern, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Neatly rebacked with matching cloth without disturbing the surviving portion of the spine, and wholly or virtually without loss of the lettering or design; slight marking to front pastedown, and two ownership inscriptions (one, dated ‘Jany 27th 1855’ scored through in ink); a few scattered light marks or fox-spots in text; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The first binding, as is made clear by the remarkably early inscription. The book was in fact probably published before Christmas in 1854, but dated ahead. Later issues are in a smooth blue cloth, less elabotately blocked. Conversations are in dialect throughout. Apart from two short pamphlets the texts of which are included in the present volume, Waugh’s first independent book — and rather scarce: British Library, National Library of Scotland, Oxford, Cambridge, and Chetham’s Library (Manchester) copies only on COPAC.
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WAUGH (Edwin). Lancashire Sketches. Edited by George Milner, M.A. Second series. John Heywood, Deansgate and Ridgefield, Manchester: 29 & 30, Shoe Lane, London, E.C., N.D. [1892]. Half-title not called for; vignette on title-page by Randolph Caldecott; pp.[iv]+287+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine-ribbed black cloth, lettered with Waugh’s signature and underline gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of edges and one or two early leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £21.00

US $26.04


Apparently the first publication of the Second Series. Not in Sadleir or Wolff, and apparently very scarce: university of London copy only on COPAC.
Ref: CRT118455


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WEIR (Marion Eliza). Mabel’s experience; Or, Seeking and finding. London: James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street, 1863. Globe 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece by Borders after W. Small, with tissue guard; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[iv]+242+10; dark green morocco cloth elaborately ruled, blocked, and embossed blind on sides, blocked matt and bright gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Small contemporary floral transfer on centre of front paste-down, and neat presentation inscription on free end-paper; a very little scattered foxing, but a very nice copy, nonetheless, externally fine.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Juvenile.
Ref: CRT118661


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WEST (Noel). The Children of Swift Creek By Noel West (Mrs. M.B. Cox) Author of ‘Left on the Prairie,’ ‘Jack’s Mate,’ etc. With illustrations by A. Pearce. London, Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., Paternoster Buildings, 1898. Sm.imp.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title; numerous half-tone illustrations on text-paper, full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; integral advertisement leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[2]+[x (including frontispiece)]+178+[ii]; pale green buckram blocked with publisher’s monogram device, black, on back cover, blocked pictorially black, grey, and tan, lettered black-shadowed tan on front cover and spine, lettered black on spine; end-papers faced pale yellow. Design on spine a trifle rubbed, and slight marking of back cover; first and last few leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Juvenile novel.
Ref: CRT103267


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WESTALL (William). Roy Of Roy’s Court. Vol.I [II]. London, Ward & Downey, 12 York Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1892. 2 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; doubled end-papers at front and back in volume one; integral blank at front and back in volume two; pp.212; 198+[ii]; diagonally fine-ribbed dark green cloth ruled and blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; white end-papers. Slight foxing of end-papers in volume one, and cloth insignificantly bruised at corners; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


A “story of ‘battles, sieges, fortunes’” set during the Napoleonic wars. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 7131, recording a copy in otherwise similar royal blue cloth with cream end-papers, giving an incorrect collation for both volumes, and erroneously recording the initial blank in volume two as at the beginning of volume one. Wolff does not mention the doubled end-papers in volume one, present both in this copy and in another one that we have handled. In view of the other errors in the Wolff description it may be as well to state that every copy of this title that we have seen has been in green cloth and has had white end-papers.
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WESTCOTT (Edward Noyes). David Harum: A Story of American Life. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1898. Binder’s blank at front and back; cancel title-page; pp.viii+392; 8pp. inserted advertisements at end; lemon smooth cloth, blocked dark green, red, and white, lettered red and dark green on front cover, blocked dark green, lettered red and dark green on spine. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


With the cancel title-page said to be characteristic of the first issued state, but with inserted advertisements including reviews of the volume: presumably, therefore, the second of at least three issues. Blanck, 21313, noting no issue variants; Wright, III, 5876. A novel which took America by storm, selling more than a quarter of a million copies in its first year. In England, though highly praised by Arnold Bennett (v. ‘Fame and Fiction’ pp.183-194), it passed through several editions without ever making a real mark — being possibly too culturally specific in its style and treatment.
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WESTCOTT (Edward Noyes). David Harum: A Story Of American Life. Illustrated by B. West Clinedinst, With a few text drawings by C.D. Farrand. London, C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., N.D. [1900]. Title-page printed in red and black; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates (one a portrait from a photograph); numerous illustrations in text; first leaf of final gathering a single inset; pp.[xviii]+410+[ii (blank)]; vertically fine ribbed cerise cloth, blocked and embossed with lettering blind on front cover, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine. Faint damp-mark on front cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £32.00

US $39.68


First illustrated edition, English issue: printed at the Appleton Press, New York, U.S.A. Blanck, 21315, failing to record the English issue, which is rather scarce. A novel which took America by storm, selling more than a quarter of a million copies in its first year. In England, though highly praised by Arnold Bennett (v. ‘Fame and Fiction’ pp.183-194), it passed through several editions without ever making a real mark — being possibly too culturally specific in its style and treatment.
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[WESTMACOTT (Charles Molloy).]. Fitzalleyne of Berkeley. A Romance of the Present Times. By Bernard Blackmantle, Author of The English Spy. In two volumes. London: Published by Sherwood and Co. Paternoster-row, 1825. Post 8vo; binder’s blank at front and back; half-titles not present, possibly not called for (the last two leaves of volume one, together with the two singleton title leaves, completing a half-sheet); wood-cut illustration on each title-page; pp.[iii]-xx+219+[i (blank)]; [iii]-x+201+[i (blank)]; contemporary quarter natural calf, marbled sides, vellum corners, sprinkled edges, contrasting label on spine. Calf chipped at extreme head and tail-bands and cracking slightly over front joints, but sound; one label lacking, one a trifle chipped; old gilt shelf-mark on spines; otherwise a very nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


A story of seduction, contrasting the lot of man and woman in the subsequent event. Purchased by us from the Worcester Public Library, and with the contemporary engraved book-plate of ‘The Worcester Library. Instituted 1790.’ on each paste-down. Block, p.251; Wolff, 7136, recording a copy that on inspection in fact collates as this, though he includes binder’s blanks at front and back in his collation; not in Summers, or Sadleir; this title not in the London Library catalogue.
Ref: CRT103271


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

WETHERELL (Elizabeth [i.e., Susan Bogert Warner]). Queechy. Vol.I [II]. James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street; Hamilton, Adams, & Co., Paternoster Row, 1853. 2 Vols.; each volume with frontispiece and vignette title page by Birkett Foster preceding letterpress title; half-titles not called for; pp.[viii]+372; [vi]+367+[i (blank)]; deep blue ripple grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked with decorative lettering gilt on front cover and spine, ruled blind on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; yellow coated end-papers; binder’s ticket of Westleys & Co., Friar Street (Ball, 103 B) on back pastedown of volume one. Slight foxing to prelims.; neat inscription dated Dec.12th 1853 on blank recto of each frontispiece; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


First published in America the previous year. This edition contains, besides the Birkett Foster illustrations, a Preface to the English Edition (dated from New York, March 24, 1852) not included in the American edition. Not in Sadleir. Wolff, 7063 and 7063a records two variant copies, both different from the present copy. One is 5” x 7 3/4", bound in rose-madder ripple grain cloth, and collating as the present copy, though it is, according to Wolff’s statement, without the Preface to the English Edition (which is puzzling in itself: what does fill the vacant leaf?). The second is 4 9/16” x 7", bound in blue morocco cloth, differently blocked, with a frontispiece and two illustrations, but no vignette title, and collating viii (including a half-title) + [344 (including 4pp. advertisements)]; [iv]+321. Wolff states that this copy includes the Preface to the English Edition (which is puzzling again, since the presence of a half-title in volume one means that it has one leaf less of prelims. available to accommodate it). The present edition, which is that usually seen, measures 4 7/8” x 7 1/2". We would suggest that Wolff’s first copy is a trial copy or proof prepared before the Preface to the English Edition had been set up, and that his second copy is a later reprint, the present copy representing the regular first edition as published. Despite the date on the title page the English edition was advertised for publication, according to the English Catalogue of Books (where it is listed under title but not author), in April 1852, and the date of the Preface suggests therefore that it must have been put out with a considerable rush.
Ref: CRT118671


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

WEYMAN (Stanley I. [sic]). My lady Rotha. A Romance. With eight illustrations by John Williamson. London: A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1894. Half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece, and seven plates; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; contemporary half-blue crushed morocco, ruled gilt on sides and spine, elaborately tooled with a pattern of fleurs-de-lys and lettered gilt within an elaborate tooled frame on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough trimmed; flecked light and dark blue cloth sides; t.e.g.; purple silk marker; pale blue and white marbled end-papers. Joints slightly rubbed and morocco over front joint somewhat cracked; bound up without the final advertisement leaf; internally a fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Binder’s stamp of Morrell on verso of front free end-paper. Sadleir, 3311, recording only the twenty copy limited edition, published at ten guineas, which was printed in February 1894. The trade edition was not issued until October. The title-page at least was reset for the trade edition (which may, of course differ textually as well), the title page of the limited edition giving a fuller version of the publisher’s address. Wolff, 7152 and 7152a, records respectively the limited edition (Sadleir’s copy) and the trade edition. Neither Sadleir nor Wolff mention the error on the title-page. This may be merely an oversight. If it is not, the present copy presumably represents the first issue of the trade edition. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.56, 124, 202, 268, 321, 353, and 393.
Ref: CRT103282


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

WEYMAN (Stanley). From the Memoirs Of A Minister of France. Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, 1895. All rights reserved. Inserted text-paper leaf of publisher’s advertisements followed by publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, coded ‘6 G-7.95’; pp.[viii]+492; black buckram, lettered within ruled boxes, gilt, on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut; end-papers printed with publisher’s device pattern in pale grey. Slight fading and spotting of spine; large uncut fore-edges just a trifle foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 7145, erroneously stating “FF5, 6 advertisements of Weyman novels". FF5, 6 are in fact the final leaves of text (pp.489-92 in Wolff’s copy and ours). The two pages (one leaf) of advertisements of Weyman novels which follow are non-integral. The back of the front end-paper in the present copy is printed with a panel of advertisements coded ‘35-7.95’, which lists nineteen titles starting with this one. Wolff does not mention these advertisements. In case there may be variants, the front paste-down here bears a bookplate giving the date of original purchase as ‘7.9.95’ — which must be very close to the date of first issue.
Ref: CRT103287


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

WEYMAN (Stanley). From the Memoirs Of A Minister of France. Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, 1895. All rights reserved. Pp.[viii]+492; contemporary half-blue crushed morocco, ruled gilt on sides and spine, elaborately tooled with a pattern of fleurs-de-lys and lettered gilt within an elaborate tooled frame on spine; flecked light and dark blue cloth sides; t.e.g.; purple silk marker; pale blue and white marbled end-papers. Joints slightly rubbed and morocco over front joint somewhat cracked; internally a fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Binder’s stamp of Morrell on verso of front free end-paper. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 7145, erroneously stating “FF5, 6 advertisements of Weyman novels". FF5, 6 are in fact the final leaves of text (pp.489-92 in Wolff’s copy and ours).
Ref: CRT103288


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