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.

[WHITE (Charles).]. Almack’s revisited. “The proudest of them all shall hear of it.” In three volumes. Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street, 1828. Lge.12mo; pp.[viii (half-title, title, Advertisement leaf, and leaf bearing authorial note, all printed on the rectos only)]+384; [iv]+336; [iv]+368; quarter pale drab paper, saxe blue boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Neat, almost invisible restorations at head of two spines; first and last few leaves foxed in each volume; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $272.80


The first edition under this title, and apparently the first revised edition of a novel published earlier the same year as ‘Herbert Milton’. Sadleir, 3315, records the novel under the latter title, saying that “p.(iii) carries an ‘Author’s Note’ stating that this book was originally written under the title ‘Almacks’ [sic], but was retitled ‘Herbert Milton’ before publication in order to avoid confusion with M. Spencer Stanhope’s novel.    .    .    . The book was re-issued in the same year under yet a third title ‘Almack’s Revisited’ with new prelims. consisting [in volume one] of advert. leaf, half-title and title, but retaining the Author’s Note as in the first edition.” The ‘Author’s Note’, if so headed in the Sadleir copy, is not so in this, whilst the ‘Advertisement’, which precedes it, is avowedly written by a publisher’s Editor in the absence of the author. Wolff, 7172, records, without giving a collation, a copy of ‘Almack’s Revisited’, bound up for a ducal library, without the prelims., which, following Sadleir, he describes as “a reissue in the year of first publication of the novel published as ‘Herbert Milton’, and originally called ‘Almacks’ [sic], but never so published.” Now in the present copy the headlines throughout read ‘Almack’s Revisited’, which would seem to rule out any possibility that it is in fact a simple re-issue of the original sheets. Moreover, the collation of the Sadleir copy is given as: [iv]+384 (R12 adverts.); [iv]+328; [iv]+368 (R4 adverts), which suggests that the present copy is not merely a reprint of the first, but has been, and perhaps considerably, revised. The second note would appear to be that referred to by Sadleir, and refers to the first change of the book’s title and the alteration of some of its scenes ‘familiar from observation’: but a further misfortune was to overtake the book, and the editorial Advertisement reads: “In consequence of the singular coincidence of another Work having appeared almost at the same moment with the present, under a title so similar as to occasion each to be mistaken for the other, the Editor under whose care this work has been conducted through the press, not having the opportunity of consulting the Author, has thought it necessary, as the only course left open to him to prevent confusion, to restore to it its original title, with such a distinction as will, he hopes, prevent the possibility of all future misapprehension.” We hypothesise that White wrote the present novel under the title ‘Almack’s’ during 1826, and submitted it to Saunders and Otley, who informed him that they were in course of publishing another novel with the same title; that the present work was then re-titled ‘Herbert Milton’, the alterations made and White’s disclaimer of plagiaristic intent added as a safeguard to his reputation — but that another novel was published by a different firm contemporaneously with this with a title so similar to the new one that the publishers felt unable to proceed; and that, the author being absent, it was thought the only title it was possible to adopt was the original one, which was thus duly ‘restored’ to it, but ‘with such a distinction as will’ the Editor ‘hopes, prevent the possibility of all future misapprehension’ — i.e., the addition of the word ‘revisited’. We can only assume that the revisions, if revisions there are, had already been submitted to the publisher before the further clash of nomemclature occurred. Given its ill-starred nativity, it is a matter of some interest that this novel, under the name ‘Almack’s Revisited’, was to become White’s key title and that by which the authorship of most of his future productions was indicated.
Ref: CRT103299


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

WHITE (Percy). Mr. Bailey-Martin: a novel. William Heinemann, 1894 [i.e., December 1893]. Blank, followed by publisher’s inserted 20pp. catalogue at end, dated December 1893; pp.318+[ii]; scarlet pebble-grain cloth ruled blind on sides, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled black, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Very nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


The probable first issue: with the publisher’s catalogue dating from the month of publication: the book is also seen without a catalogue. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 7175, commenting: “A highly sardonic and effective autobiography of a ‘cad,’ who knocks all people over in his rush out of the middle class. Very well done.”
Ref: CRT103300


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

WHITE (Percy). Mr. Bailey-Martin: a novel. William Heinemann, 1894 [i.e., December 1893]. Blank at end; pp.318+[ii]; scarlet pebble-grain cloth ruled blind on sides, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled black, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Virtually fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


A minor binding variant, probably secondary: otherwise similar copies also being known with a publisher’s 20pp. catalogue dated December 1893, at end. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 7175, lists a copy with the catalogue, commenting: “A highly sardonic and effective autobiography of a ‘cad,’ who knocks all people over in his rush out of the middle class. Very well done.”
Ref: CRT103301


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

WHITE (Percy). A king’s diary. By Percy White, Author of “Mr. Bailey-Martin". Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, 1895. All rights reserved. Narrow f’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, probably printed as part of the last gathering, but tipped-in as a conjugate pair; burnt-sienna coarse linen blocked with art nouveau design on sides, lettered on front cover and spine, in reddish brown; uncut edges. Slight dusting to covers, but otherwise a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


A volume in Cassell’s Pocket Library. Sadleir 3741/1. Listed by Sadleir, but one of three titles not present in his collection; not in Wolff. Includes an Editor’s Foreword by Max Pemberton.

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Ref: CRT119916


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[WHITE (William Hale).]. Miriam’s schooling And other papers. By Mark Rutherford. Edited by his friend, Reuben Shapcott. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co., Ltd., 1890. Line engraved frontispiece by A. Leverett after Walter Crane, with tissue guard; printer’s imprint leaf at end; pp.[viii]+194+[ii]; greenish black buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers faced black. Nice copy. Scarce.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Sadleir, 3017, describing the cloth colour as ‘blue-black’, which it might also be; Wolff, 7185; Nowell-Smith, p.15.
Ref: CRT103305


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

[WHITE (William Hale).]. Catharine Furze By Mark Rutherford Edited by his Friend Reuben Shapcott. In two volumes. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1893. 2 Vols., post 8vo; printer’s imprint leaf, blank on verso, at end of each volume. pp.181+[i (blank)]+[ii]; 189+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally fine-ribbed red-chocolate cloth blocked with publisher’s device gilt with blind lettering, and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Small label of the Grosvenor Gallery Library on back cover of volume two; removed from that of volume one, leaving faint glue-traces; a little scattered light dusting; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £190.00

US $235.60


Sadleir, 3013, and Wolff, 7177, recording a copy in half apple-green cloth, dark olive green sides, differently ruled lettered; and Sadleir, 3013a, recording a copy in brown cloth, as here. Sadleir, following Simon Nowell-Smith, Bookman’s Journal Supplement, 1930, p.16, and ‘Bibliographical Notes and Queries’, Vol.II, No.1, January 1936, appears to accept that the brown cloth copies exhibit the primary binding. The second and third editions, however, were in brown cloth similar to this, and further doubt is cast upon the Nowell-Smith/Sadleir assumptions of precedence by the fact that the print order for the first edition appears to have been decreased whilst printing was in progress, many sets being known in which a first edition of volume one, in brown cloth, is paired with a second edition (printing) of volume two. Copies in brown cloth in which both volumes are of the first printing, as here, are uncommon.
Ref: CRT103307


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

WHYTE MELVILLE (G.J.). Digby Grand: An Autobiography. In two volumes. London: John W. Parker and Son, West Strand, 1853. 2 Vols., post 8vo; publisher’s inserted 8pp. catalogue at end of volume one; half-title not called for in volume two; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; scarlet vertically fine ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Recased, with new red-chocolate coated end-papers, and restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


The author’s uncommon first novel, preceded only by a verse translation from Horace published in 1850. Sadleir, ‘Excursions’, p.189; Wolff, 7209, recording only ‘a poor copy’.
Ref: CRT103311


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WHYTE MELVILLE (G.J.). The Interpreter: A tale of the war. Originally published in ‘Fraser’s Magazine’. London, John W. Parker and Son, West Strand, 1858. (The Author of this Work reserves the right of translation.) Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; pp.iv+431+[i (printer’s imprint)]; early half red roan ruled and lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides, sprinkled edges. Covers a trifle rubbed; minor faults internally, but in general a nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


A scarce early title. Sadleir, ‘Excursions’, p.191; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection. Sadleir notes that the book was published in January, 1858
Ref: CRT103312


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

WHYTE MELVILLE (G.J.). The gladiators: A Tale of Rome and Judaea. In three volumes. Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. Half-titles not called for; contemporary half roan, spines gilt on raised bands, marbled sides. Leather cracking over one joint; slight wear to covers; otherwise in general a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Sadleir, Excursions, p.193. Actually published in January 1864.
Ref: CRT103314


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WHYTE-MELVILLE (G.J.). Black but comely Or, The adventures of Jane Lee. In three volumes. Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1879. 3 Vols.; 4pp. integral advertisements at end of volume three, followed by 32pp. publisher’s catalogue dated December, 1878; 4pp. trade catalogue for Mr. Streeter, Jeweller and Watchmaker, tipped in between back end-papers of same volume; diagonally fine ribbed blue grey cloth blind panelled on back covers, panelled, blocked with publisher’s monogram, and lettered, black on front cover, ruled black and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; yellow coated end-papers. Covers slightly worn and rather used, two end-papers slightly cracked and corner of one free endpaper a little chipped; in general a very good copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Sadleir, Excursions, pp.199-200. Sadleir calls for a 4pp. slip of publisher’s advertisements to be present between the front end-papers in volume one, not in the present copy. He does not, however, note the 4pp. trade catalogue here present between the back end-papers in volume three.
Ref: CRT103321


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

WICKS (Frederick). The infant. A novel. Illustrated by A. Morrow. Published in one volume at six shillings. London, Remington & Co., Limited, 15, King Street, Covent Garden, And Sydney, N.D. [1895]. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; numerous full-page illustrations on text-paper, unbacked but included in the pagination; 3pp. advertisements of Wicks’ other works followed by printer’s imprint leaf, at end; pp.[xiv]+404+[iv]; bevelled cerise crushed morocco cloth ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut; end-papers faced black. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; owner’s name on front blank; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT103326


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

[WILKINS (The Rev. George).]. The Two Rectors. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster-row, 1824. 12mo; half-title lacking; pp.[iii]-[xviii]+458; eight line Errata slip tipped in after title-leaf; contemporary quarter black calf, ruled and lettered gilt, black morocco cloth sides, sprinkled edges, marbled end-papers. Nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 7228; Block, p.253. The first independent fiction of this author, who was the Vicar of St. Mary’s and of Lowdham, Nottingham.
Ref: CRT103336


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

[WILKINS (The Rev. George).]. The Two Rectors. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster-row, 1824. 12mo; half-title lacking; pp.[iii]-[xviii]+458; eight line Errata slip tipped in after Preface; contemporary quarter natural calf, ruled and lettered gilt, marbled sides, sprinkled edges. Paper of sides a trifle rubbed, and front end-papers a little scuffed by removal of labels; obtrusive inscriptions on title-page, and sewing to two leaves of Preface slightly defective leaving them a little proud; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 7228; Block, p.253. The first independent fiction of this author, who was the Vicar of St. Mary’s and of Lowdham, Nottingham.
Ref: CRT118679


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

WILKINS (W.J.). Breaking his Fetters. By W.J. Wilkins, Author of ‘Hindu Mythology,’ ‘Daily Life and Work in India,’ ‘Modern Hinduism,’ etc. The Religious Tract Society, 56 Paternoster Row, 65 St. Paul’s Churchyard And 164 Piccadilly, 1892. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; integral wood-engraved frontispiece, and numerous illustrations in text; pp.223 (including frontispiece)+[i (printer’s imprint)]; pale brown buckram blocked pictorially brown, black, and yellow-brown, lettered black-cased gilt on front cover, embossed with lettering black, ruled and lettered black, blocked pictorially black, brown, and yellow-brown, panelled gilt, on spine. Brown and yellow-brown blocking a trifle rubbed; inscrition dated ‘Xmas/97’ on front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


A story involving the conversion of a Hindu to Christianity. Also known in red cloth. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT117880


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[WILKINSON (Janet W.).]. Dauntless. By the author of ‘Hands not Hearts,’ ‘The Revelations Of a Commonplace Man,’ etc. In two volumes. London: John W. Parker and Son, West Strand, 1858. (The Author reserves the right of Translation.) 2 Vols., f’cap 8vo, bound in one, as issued; both half-titles and titles present; pp.[iv]+252; [iv]+269+[i (printer’s imprint)]; light red cloth with an all-over pattern of raised circles intersection vertically, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered (with title only) on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated lemon. Unobtrusive restorations to cloth at head of spine and over back joint; two small holes in cloth of joints; back end-papers cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £150.00

US $186.00


Wolf, 7232, identifies the author, recording the issue in two volumes, his copy being in olive green ripple-grain cloth. The present cloth grain is pleasant and takes blocking well — but it is rare, this being the only example that we have encountered.
Ref: CRT118274


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

[WILSON (John, ‘Christopher North’).]. The trials Of Margaret Lyndsay. By the author of Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life. William Blackwood, Edinburgh: And T. Cadell, London, 1823. Post 8vo; half-title present; pp.[iv]+403+[i (blank)]; contemporary half plum calf, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, marbled boards; sprinkled edges; buff end-papers. Calf a little faded and rubbed; a very little scattered foxing; but a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Not in Wolff; this title not in Sadleir.
Ref: CRT103350


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

[WILSON (John, ‘Christopher North’).]. The Foresters. By the author of Lights and shadows of Scottish life; and The trials of Margaret Lyndsay. William Blackwood, Edinburgh: and T. Cadell, Strand, London. 1825. Quarter green calf, marbled sides, red spine label; sprinkled edges. Bound up without the half-title or advertisement leaf; a little scattered foxing/marking; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Not in Wolff; this title not in Sadleir.
Ref: CRT103352


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

[WILSON (John, ‘Christopher North’).]. The Foresters. By the author of Lights and shadows of Scottish life; and The trials of Margaret Lyndsay. William Blackwood, Edinburgh: and T. Cadell, Strand, London. 1825. Contemporary full natural calf, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled gilt, black label; sprinkled burnished edges; drab faced end-papers. Bound up without the half-title or advertisement leaf; calf splitting slightly at head of joints; a little scattered light foxing of prelims. and last few leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Not in Wolff; this title not in Sadleir.
Ref: CRT103353


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

WOOD (Mrs Henry). Danesbury House. By Mrs. Henry Wood. Glasgow: Scottish Temperance League. London: Houlston & Wright, and W. Tweedie, 1860. Sm.f’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; publisher’s Advertisement leaf with Contents on verso follows title leaf; pp.[iv]+347+[i (blank)]; Royal blue vertical ripple-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder’s ticket, ‘COWANS, BINDER, GLASGOW’ round oval collar enclosing tree and bird, black on pink paper, 17 x 19mm (this binder not in Ball). Paper lightly embrowned throughout, with some light marginal fingering, but a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


Mrs. Henry Wood’s first book, which won her a £100 prize from the Scottish Temperance League. Sadleir, 3331, recording three variant copies, Copy II as this except in bead-grain cloth; Wolff, 7268, recording a copy of a probably later issue in limp cloth, like Sadleir’s Copy I, except that the cloth grain is morocco- instead of bead- grain. The Wolff copy has an inscription dated 1867, the Sadleir copy one dated 1860. Given its nature, and the intent of its publishers, the book may well have been issued simultaneously in two different forms, at two different prices. Number 9 on Sadleir’s schedule of comparative scarcities in any issue.

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Ref: CRT119408


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WOOD (Mrs. Henry). Oswald Cray. Three volumes in one. Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, 1865. Lge.12mo, gathered in alternate eights and fours; half-title not called for; cancel title-page; bound up without the original prelims., but with the final blank in each volume retained; pp.[ii]+365+[iii (blank)]; 361+[iii (blank)]; 358+[ii (blank)]; violet sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Some restorations to cloth of joints and at head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


First edition, second issue. Sadleir, 3354; Wolff, 7285: both noticing only the three volume issue with titles dated 1864. In a note prefacing his entry to this author, Sadleir says: ‘It is curious to note that, prior to the publication of “The Red Court Farm” (1868), Mrs. Henry Wood’s name never appeared on the binding of her novels’. Sadleir had evidently never come across the present issue, the spine of which reads: OSWALD CRAY / BY / MRS. WOOD. / AUTHOR OF EAST LYNNE &c. / [and at foot:] A & C. BLACK.

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Ref: CRT103370


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[WOODROOFFE (Anne). Michael, The married man; Or, The sequel to The history of Michael Kemp. By the author of “Shades of Character,” “History of Michael Kemp,” &c. &c. Part I [II]. London: John Hatchard and Son, Piccadilly, 1827. 2 Vols. bound in one, as issued; half-titles not called for; fine copper-engraved frontispiece on plate-paper by Jas. & Josth. Neele after an undisclosed artist, with tissue guard; pp.[ii]+288+277* — 285*+[i (printer’s imprint)]; [ii]+[291] — 579+[i (printer’s imprint)]; vertically fine-ribbed dark green cloth, elaborately blocked on sides with an arabesque design within a double-ruled frame, all blind, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Small restorations to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine; very slight cracking to back end-papers; otherwise, and in effect, a fine copy.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


The second binding, dating, probably, from the early 1830s. Wolff, 7303 records a presentation copy, two separate volumes in boards and labels, signed with two ‘f’s as here, with the inscription dated ‘June 11th, 1827’; Block, p.256, incorrectly giving her only one ‘f’; not in Sadleir. An unusual publishing strategy: the novel was evidently intended to be sold as a single volume, as is shown by the pagination, but it was provided with two title-pages for the benefit of the circulating libraries, who could not yet, as this point in time, have been the chief purchasers of new fiction. Later in the century, the reverse strategy would have been pursued — though in the 1890s, at the end of the multi-decker period, publishers again began to produce multi-deckers with continuous pagination as here.

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Ref: CRT119432


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

WRAY (J. Jackson). Matthew Mellodew. A Story with more Heroes than One. James Nisbet & Co., 21, Berners Street, W. N.D., [1879]. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece signed ‘Wain’ after ‘G.C.K.’, with tissue guard; cancel title-leaf; two leaves integral advertisements, followed by Nisbet’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; pp.[viii]+372+[iii]+[i (blank)]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered black, black-and-gilt-outlined black, gilt, and dark green through black, on front cover, ruled and blocked gilt and black, lettered dark green through gilt, dark green through black, and gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Front end-papers almost invisibly strengthened with tissue; gilt at tail of spine very slightly rubbed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Printed and first issued by Cassell in 1879, the present copy, with a cancel title-page, represents a remainder re-issue of the original sheets made in or before December 1885, this copy bearing a prize label of that date. The covers give the author’s name, not very visibly, as ‘The Rev.’, this being evidently considered, both by Cassell and Nisbet, as not a great selling point!
Ref: CRT103388


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

YEOMAN (William Joseph). A Woman’s Courier: A Tale of the famous Forty Conspiracy of 1696. Tower Publishing Co. Limited, 95, Minories, London, E., 1896. Half-title, title, Preface leaf, Contents leaf, and first leaf of text printed in scarlet and black; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and seven plates, signed ‘Pillard’; typographic headpieces and historiated initial letters to the chapters, after a seventeenth century model; 8pp. integral advertisements at end, advertising this title as a ‘new work’ ‘ready in February’; pp.[viii]+343+[i (blank)]+[viii]; scarlet unglazed coarse linen, blocked, ruled with box, and lettered, gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, in series style; t.e.g., others uncut. End-papers cracked, and a very few scattered fox-spots on margins, but a very nice copy nonetheless of a scarce title.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Issued as the fourth volume of the series ‘The Tower Romance Library’. A historical novel dealing with the plot against King William III. Nield, 4th edn., p.76. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. There is no list of illustrations, but they are tipped in to face pp.39 (no page marked), 54, 73, 144 (though marked, correctly, for 128), 247, 329, and 338, except as indicated the plates being marked for those pages.
Ref: CRT118271


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

[YONGE (Charlotte Mary).]. Henrietta’s wish; Or, Domineering. A Tale. By the author of “Scenes and Characters,” “Kings of England,” etc. London: Joseph Masters, Aldersgate Street, And New Bond Street, 1850. F’cap 8vo; half-title present; wood-engraved frontispiece by Dalziel after ‘IHS’, on plate-paper; pp.[iv]+295+[i (blank)]; recent half dark green crushed morocco, marbled sides, spine with five raised bands, with guinea-roll tooling gilt on the bands, black lettering-piece, edges burnished brown, cream laid end-papers. Inscription dated ‘25 Decr. 1850’ on upper margin of half-title; frontispiece foxed and with small, light, dampstain to one corner; some scattered dusting and fingering to margins; otherwise a nice copy in a fine recent binding.

GB £320.00

US $396.80


The author’s very scarce third novel (and fifth book), originally serialised in ‘The Churchman’s Companion’ in 1849-50. This title not in Sadleir nor in either of Wolff’s collections; Laski and Tillotson, ‘Chaplet’, p.208; NCBEL, 3: 973; British Library, Oxford, and a National Trust copy only on COPAC, the last recording a 56pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end dated June 1850, not present here.

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Ref: CRT103399


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

YONGE (Charlotte M.). Love and life: An Old Story in Eighteenth Century Costume. In two volumes. London, Macmillan and Co., 1880, The Right of Translation and Reproduction is Reserved. 2 Vols.; pp.[viii]+288; [viii]+304; mid-green patterned sand grain cloth, ruled gilt and black, blocked black, on front cover and spine, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, lettered and blocked with publisher’s device gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Very slight general wear to covers; large piece cut from top of each half-title; name in ink on upper margin of each title-page; a little scattered light dusting and marking; a near-nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, IV, p.289: first collection, No.28; not in his later collection. Probable second issue: like the first issue sewn instead of wire-stitched and in mid-green patterned sand-grain rather than yellow-green sand-grain cloth, but without the inserted leaf of publisher’s advertisements present in some copies. This copy exhibits the reading ‘Eiohteenth’ for ‘Eighteenth’ in the drop title on leaf B1, apparently as always.
Ref: CRT103424


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

YONGE (Charlotte M.). Love and life: An Old Story in Eighteenth Century Costume. In two volumes. London, Macmillan and Co., 1880, The Right of Translation and Reproduction is Reserved. 2 Vols., wire-stitched; pp.[viii]+288; [viii]+304; yellow-green sand grain cloth, ruled gilt and black, blocked black, on front cover and spine, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, lettered and blocked with publisher’s device gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Unobtrusive restorations to cloth of spines, and very slight general wear to covers; some staples slightly rusting; one leaf opened a little roughly due to an original folding fault; a little scattered light dusting and marking; a near-nice copy internally, nonetheless.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, IV, p.289: first collection, No.28; not in his later collection. Probable third issue, being wire-stitched instead of sewn, in yellow-green sand-grain rather than mid-green patterned sand-grain cloth, and without the inserted leaf of publisher’s advertisements present in some copies. This copy exhibits the reading ‘Eiohteenth’ for ‘Eighteenth’ in the drop title on leaf B1, apparently as always.
Ref: CRT103425


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YONGE (Charlotte M.). Unknown to history. A story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland. Macmillan and Co., 1882. 2 Vols.; blank preceding half-title in volume one; 2pp. integral advertisements at end of volume two; dark green buckram ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower edges rough trimmed. Some wear to covers, and inner joints cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


Not in Sadleir, or Wolff.
Ref: CRT103427


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

YONGE (Charlotte M.). Stray pearls: Memoirs of Margaret de Ribaumont Viscountess of Bellaise. Vol.I [II]. London, Macmillan and Co., 1883. 2 Vols., each with 2pp. integral advertisements at end (describing ‘Unknown to History’ as Ready and ‘Essays’ by W.H. Myers as In the Press); pp.[xx]+258+[ii]; [viii]+269+[i (blank)]+[ii]; dark green buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; uncut edges. Very slight general wear to covers; some end-papers a trifle cracked; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, first collection, 46; not in second collection. A sequel to ‘Chaplet of Pearls’.
Ref: CRT103428


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

YONGE (Charlotte M.). The Armourer’s prentices. In two volumes. London: Macmillan and Co., 1884, The Right of Translation and Reproduction is Reserved. 2 Vols.; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume one; pp.[xii]+277+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; [viii]+300; deep yellow-green patterned sand grain cloth, ruled gilt and black, blocked black, on front cover and spine, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, lettered and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Small nick to headband of volume one,one board, and insignificant cracking to some end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy of one of the scarcer eighties titles.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


Not in Sadleir or the later Wolff collection: it was however included in the earlier collection he donated to the Houghton Library (v. Wolff, Vol.IV, p.289, entry (1)).

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Ref: CRT119642


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

YONGE (Charlotte M.). The herd boy and His hermit. With five full-page illustrations By W.S. Stacey. London, National Society’s Depository, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster; New York: Thomas Whittaker, 2 & 3 Bible House, N.D. [1900], (All rights reserved). Wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and four plates; pp.261+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, this being the first title, and listed without reviews; bevelled grey-green buckram, blocked with publisher’s initials device in black and scarlet on back cover, blocked black, white, scarlet, and gilt, lettered black, gilt, and gilt-outlined scarlet, on front cover, blocked black, white, gilt, and scarlet, lettered gilt, and black, on spine; end-papers printed with publisher’s initials device pattern in grey. Faded patch at head of spine; front free end-paper lacking; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


This title not in Sadleir; Wolff (second collection only) 7367, listing an otherwise similar copy in bistre cloth, also lacking the front end-paper. The correct first issue, later copies having other advertisements. “A story based upon that of the Lord Clifford, who was given by his mother into the keeping of a Cumberland shepherd during the troublous times of the Wars of the Roses.” — blurb. In our experience, a scarce title.
Ref: CRT117868


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

YOUNG (H.H.). Eleazar and Naphtaly, An Hebrew Tale, Translated from the French, by H. H. Young. London: Joseph John Leathwick, 24, Hart Street, Bloomsbury Square, 1827. 12mo; bound up without the half-title; final blank, followed by binder’s blank or original free end-paper at end; pp.[3]-117+[i Printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; contemporary diced calf with gilt-roll borders consisting of small florets, spine up-lettered, ruled, and richly tooled, gilt, to style; a.e.marbled. Neatly re-backed, with new end-papers; minute chip from blank corner of one leaf; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Translated from the French of Jean Pierre Claris de Florian, who in turn based the story on a Hebrew poem. Not in Wolff; COPAC records the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews copies only. Printed by E. Hall at the Albion Press, 7, London Street, Fitzroy Square.

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Ref: CRT119877


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

[ZAIDA.]. Shadows and sunshine, And Other tales. By the author of “Helen Dundas, or the Pastor’s Wife.” London: John F. Shaw and Co., 48, Paternoster Row, 1864. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece, signed ‘MUS.’; pp.144; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; purple sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked blind and gilt, lettered purple-through-gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked gilt, lettered purple-through-gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale lemon-yellow. Fine, crisp, copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The author has signed the dedication (in type) as ‘Zaida’. Juvenile: improving stories for girls. A very nice example of period cloth. Not in Sadleir or Wolff (though Wolff records another anonymous volume with this title as by Isobel Goldsmid).
Ref: CRT103451


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

ZANGWILL (I.). Dreamers Of the Ghetto. London, William Heinemann, 1898. Pp.viii+480; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; brownish orange patterned sand grain cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram within a ruled circle, olive green, on back cover, ruled, blocked and lettered olive green on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Neat restoration to cloth at head of front joint; slight damp-marking to top edge of back cover; front end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


A secondary binding: in which the publisher’s imprint on the spine is blocked in letters 3mm high as with the probable first issue, but with a catalogue starting with The Open Question by Elizabeth Robins, ending with Soldiers of Fortune by Richard Harding Davis, and including this title, with reviews. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT103458


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

ZANGWILL (I.). The Mantle of Elijah. London, William Heinemann, 1900. Pp.viii+424; 32pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements, at end; orange sand-grain cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device within ruled circle, dark olive green, on back cover, blocked, and lettered dark olive green on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Edge of spine and adjacent area of front cover slightly darkened; front end-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


A minor binding variant, copies being known with the lower-edges rough trimmed instead of almost wholly trimmed as here. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT103462


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

ZANGWILL (I.). The Mantle of Elijah. London, William Heinemann, 1900. Pp.viii+424; 32pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements, at end; orange sand-grain cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device within ruled circle, dark olive green, on back cover, blocked, and lettered dark olive green on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine slightly darkened; front end-papers foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


A minor binding variant, copies being known with the lower-edges mainly trimmed instead of rough trimmed as here. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT103463


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

ZOLA (Émile). Doctor Pascal Or Life and Heredity. Translated by Ernest A. Vizetelly. With a portrait of the author. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1893. Portrait frontispiece printed in sepia, with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 32pp. List at end, dated April, 1893; pp.[xx]+354+[ii]; pale brown fine linen, blocked florally in red and black on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, black and gilt on spine; end-papers printed florally pale grey. Portrait embrowned by contact with tissue; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


First edition in English. NCBEL, 3: 110.
Ref: CRT118587


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