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.

[BARKER (Matthew).]. Jem Bunt By The old sailor. London: Published by How & Parsons, 132 Fleet Street, N.D. [1841]. Etched frontispiece, dedication leaf, and Preface leaf (dated November 1st, 1841) precede start of text; other prelims. not called for; twenty-two etched plates (v. note), and numerous wood-engravings in the text; pp.iv (excluding engraved title)+388; contemporary black half-morocco, tooled gilt on sides, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine in three panels, the large upper and lower ones bearing central arrowhead ornaments surrounded by a frame of floral arabesques, the central panel bearing the title only; puce straight-morocco cloth sides; marbled edges, end-papers faced yellow. Morocco a trifle rubbed at extreme head and tail of spine, at corners and at the points of calf over the cords; title-page foxed, plates lightly so; otherwise an excellent copy in a very pleasant period binding.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


The correct (and rather scarce) first printing, bound up from the original parts, as is evidenced by stab-holes, and published by How and Parsons. Of the etched plates, eight are signed by William (or ‘W’) Lee, four by W.J. Huggins, one by E. Duncan, five and the engraved title-page by Robert Cruikshank, the remaining four being unattributed. The wood-engravings in the text are mostly not signed, though named artists include W. Lee, S. Sly, and Percy Cruikes. There is no list of illustrations, but the plates are here bound in to face pp.7, 19, 33, 49, 67, 96, 108, 121, 124, 129, 130, 167, 189, 195, 221, 231, 259, 292, 312, 320, 327, and 369. Page 157 is here misnumbered ‘751’. This title not in Sadleir; Block, p.14, recording only the later edition published by Willoughby; Wolff, 57, recording the later How & Parsons issue in cloth. The ‘fine ship pictures’ mentioned by Wolff are all by W.J. Huggins.
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[BARRETT (Eaton Stannard).]. The Rising sun, A Serio-comic Satiric Romance. By Cervantes Hogg, F.S.M. Vol.I [II; III]. The fourth edition. Revised, corrected, and enlarged. London: Printed for Appleyards, Wimpole-street, 1807. 3 Vols., 12mo, signed and gathered in half sheets; each volume with half-title, and very large folding hand-coloured engraved frontispiece after O’Keefe; final page of volumes one and two advertisements; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume one, two at end of volume three; contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, contrasting spine label, spine ruled and lettered with shelf-mark, gilt. Calf cracking over joints and chipped at extreme head and tail bands; lacking the frontispieces and the final leaf of advertisements in volumes one and three; a little scattered foxing, mostly quite light; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Fourth edition revised, corrected, and enlarged, of volumes one and two, first edition of volume three. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 318, and Block, p.15 record no more than the first two volumes of the work, in first edition, the latter citing the British Library and one bookseller’s copy only; CBEL likewise lists the work as in two volumes; Summers, listing the work as in three volumes, records that four editions were published in 1807, with a fifth following in 1809, a statement which is given support by Locke, Spectrum, p.115, where, listing the book under Hogg, he records a copy similar to the present one, with volumes one and two “Fourth edition, revised, corrected and enlarged, 1807", and with volume three in the first edition, as here. The disagreement between authorities as to the number of volumes, and the combination of editions found in the Locke copy and the present one, are explained by the fact that the work does seem to have appeared initially as complete in two volumes (on February 20th, 1807, if we can trust the engraving in the second volume), volume two bearing the word ‘Finis’ at the end; whilst the third volume, as is indicated in the advertisements to volumes one and two of the present edition, appeared supplementally later the same year. The second volume of the present edition, evidently published in the Autumn or Winter of 1807, ends with the words ‘END OF VOL. II’, whilst the advertisements make clear that the third volume had already achieved publication some time prior to August. The extent of the ‘revisions, corrections, and enlargements’ in the present edition may perhaps be suggested by the differences in collation between the the Locke set and the first, the Locke set collating: pp.[iv]+[197]+[iii (advertisements)]; [iv]+181+[i (advertisements)]; [iv]+212+[iv (advertisements)], whilst the original edition collates: [iv]+197+[1 (bearing printer’s imprint only)+[1 (advertisement)]+[1 (blank)]; [iv]+171+[1 (blank)]. One of the most celebrated political and social satires of its time; for its status as a fantasy v. Locke, Spectrum, p.115. Complete sets in the first edition are distinctly scarce.
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BARRIE (J.M.). A window in Thrums. Hodder and Stoughton, 1889. Printed throughout on linen grain paper; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.8+217+[i (blank)]+[vi]; navy blue bevelled coarse buckram; t.e.g., others uncut; dark green coated end-papers. Slight wear to head and tail of spine; last leaf of text badly opened; neat inscriptions on half-title page; otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Sadleir 171; not in Wolff.
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BARRIE (J.M.). Tommy and Grizel. London, Cassell and Company, Limited, 1900. Pp.viii+431+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s inserted 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end, dated ‘9-00’; bevelled very dark olive brown coarse buckram, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers printed with publisher’s initial device pattern in grey. Inscription dated October 1900 (the month of publication) on half-title; very slight wear to cloth at tail of spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy with almost no foxing.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
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BASILE (Giambattista). The Pentamerone Or The story of stories By Giambattista Basile Translated from the Neapolitan by John Edward Taylor. New edition revised and edited By Helen Zimmern. With illustrations by George Cruikshank. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1893. F’cap 16mo in half-sheets; initial blank; half/series-title with vignettes and title-page printed in scarlet and black; line photo-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and twelve plates; line photo-engraved head-pieces and decorative initials throughout the text; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[xiv]+218+[6]; full very pale grey buckram, back cover with publisher’s monogram device, front cover lettered within ruled box, spine lettered within rules, all other areas very elaborately blocked with over-all pattern in very dark blue-green; a.e. printed with same pattern in dark blue-green; end-papers printed with same pattern in black. Backs of end-papers lightly foxed with slight offsetting onto blank and last page of advertisements, tissue guard foxed with light offsetting onto title-page; a virtually fine copy, nonetheless, crisp and apparently unread.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Issued, according to an advertisement on the verso of the half/series title, as the fourteenth volume of ‘The Children’s Library’. Taylor’s translation, from which the present printing was edited was originally published by Bogue in 1848. Opie, ‘Collection of Children’s Literature’, 014:022

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BATEMAN (J.C.). Ierne of Armorica. A Tale of the Time of Chlovis. London: Burns and Oates, Portman Street And Paternoster Row, 1873. Series title precedes half-title; 4pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end on slightly thicker paper, apparently dating from 1872 or 1873; pp.[viii]+384; patterned sand-grain deep scarlet cloth, paper spine-label; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated dark green. Label rather rubbed and a trifle chipped; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Issued as the Fifth Volume of ‘Burns and Oates Quarterly Series’. Not in Wolff; Sadleir records only two much earlier novels by this author; nor does he notice the series to which this title belongs. The book is also known in a plain sand-grain cloth of a somewhat lighter colour, with an inserted 24pp. undated publisher’s catalogue at end.
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BEDE (Cuthbert [i.e., Edward Bradley].). Happy hours; At Wynford Grange. A Story for Children. By Cuthbert Bede: Author of “Fairy Fables,” &c., &c. London: James Blackwood, Pate noster-Row [sic], 1859. Roy.16mo in half-sheets; wood-engraved frontispiece and three plates by the Dalziels, printed in four colours, with tissue guards; nine full-page wood-engravings and a tailpiece in text (v. note); integral leaf publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.181+[i (wood-engraving)]+[ii]; bead-grain old-mustard cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated lemon. Spine a little dull and darkened; one or two small marks internally, but a very nice copy, nonetheless of a very scarce title.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.86, 135, and 175, and are here so tipped-in. The integral wood-engravings are probably all by M.A. Williams after C.F. Sargent, though only one of them is signed by Williams and two by Sargent. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 762, recording a later, undated, copy in green patterned-sand-grain cloth, which he mistakes for the first.

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BEDINGFIELD (R.). Moll Cutpurse; Or, Cromwell and the Cavalier. A tale, By R. Bedingfield, Esq. Author of “The Miser’s Son,” — “The Peer and the Blacksmith,” — “Crime,” — “Revenge,” &c.&c. London: W. Strange, 21, Paternoster Row; And all booksellers. [At end of Preface:] 1846. Half-title not called for; two wood-engravings in text (one signed ‘C C’); pp.[2]+[ii]+[3]-251+[i (blank)]; contemporary half-calf, marbled sides; Greek key rule to leather of sides, spine ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt. Repairs to spine at head and tail; end-papers heavily damp-stained; light damp-staining elsewhere, extensive to first few leaves but more or less confined to margins otherwise, with heavy maginal damp-stains towards the end; some light embrowning more or less throughout, but no brittleness. Rare.

GB £250.00

US $337.50


A penny dreadful issued in sixteen cr.8vo penny numbers, according to the legend visible at some gutters, by “W. Strange, 21 Paternoster Row; and G. Berger, Holywell Street, Strand", the prelims. being issued as usual with the final number. Well written and very readable, though, oddly enough for a publication of this kind, somewhat too philosophical in places! The author says of himself (pp.113-4) “His powers of reflection may not be very profound; but he has never wilfully written a hundred pages which he did not intend to excite thought in his readers” — and that is perhaps a fair enough assessment. COPAC records the British Library and Oxford copies only; WorldCat adds no others; not in Wolff, Summers, Hubin, etc.

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[BENNETT (The Rev. W.J.E.).]. A Common-place story. By the author of “Lives of the fathers", “Tales of Kirkbeck", Etc. etc. London: Cleaver, Publisher, 46 Piccadilly, 1853 [i.e., December 1852]. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; 4pp. publisher’s advertisements at end, on text-paper, and probably printed, together with the prelims., conjugate with the final gathering of text, completing the full sheet; pp.[iv]+264+?[iv]; rose-madder vertical straight grain fine morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed. Rebacked with matching cloth (the grain, however, differently aligned), most of the original backstrip being laid on; front end-papers renewed with matching paper; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The Preface is dated December 15th, 1852, and from the format we would suppose the volume to have been published as a ‘Christmas book’. According to the advertisements, which list this title under the heading ‘Rev. Wm. J.E. Bennett’s Works’, the “Tales of Kirkbeck” mentioned on the title-page was a two-decker.
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BENNETT-EDWARDS (Mrs. Harry). Loyella. By Mrs. Harry Bennett-Edwards, Author of “A Tantalus Cup,” &c. In three volumes. London: “The Royal Exchange” office, 32, Tavistock- [sic] Street, Strand, 1879. (All rights reserved.) 3 Vols. in one, as issued, wire-stitched; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume three [v. note]; pp.[iv]+223+[i (blank)]; [iv]+203+[i (printer’s imprint)]; [iv]+214+[ii]; diagonally fine-ribbed caramel cloth ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked with an art nouveau design blind on front cover, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers faced pale yellow. Apart from a couple of small fox-spots on two or three leaves, a fine copy. Rare.

GB £280.00

US $378.00


Second issue, the work having first appeared in three separate volumes intended for the library trade. The author’s second novel. The first, published in three volumes by S. Tinsley, is advertised here on the lower portion of the terminal advertisement leaf, the upper portion being occupied by an advertisement for a two-decker from the same firm as this, and its verso by an advertisement for the magazine in which presumably both it and the present novel had originally appeared: “The Royal Exchange, A Registry of Purchase and Sale of Articles of Utility, Taste, &c., and weekly journal of social topics. Every Saturday, Price 2d.” Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Allibone, Supt., p.542; COPAC records the Cambridge copy only (the three volume issue).
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BENSON (E.F.). Limitations. A novel. London: A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1896. Pp.[iv]+348; 8pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end, dated September, 1896; vertically fine ribbed dark colbalt blue cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on blind panel on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Gilt slightly dull on spine; extensive foxing of prelims., scattered foxing passim; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


The only book by this author published by A.D. Innes.
Ref: CRT100568



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BENSON (EDWARD F.). The babe, B.A.: Being the uneventful history of A young gentleman at Cambridge University. By Edward F. Benson, Author of “Dodo” “Limitations". With six illustrations. London & New York, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1897. Half-title not called for; half-tone photographic frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates; title-page printed in scarlet and black; pp.[x]+310; vertical flame-grain dark red cloth, panelled within circular rule, and lettered, pale green, blocked gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; good quality laid end-papers with chain-lines running vertically. A couple of leaves roughly opened (one with unobtrusive repair made without tissue), and tail-edge of first two leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy of a handsome book

GB £100.00

US $135.00



Ref: CRT118159



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BENSON (E.F.). The Princess Sophia. London, William Heinemann, 1900. Single inset advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.[x]+308; publisher’s inserted 24pp. catalogue on thinner paper, undated, but not including this title, at end; light sand-coloured fine linen, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, blocked pictorially red and black, lettered black, on front cover, blocked with publisher’s initials device and lettered in red and black, on spine; a.e. uncut. Slight dusting to covers; one or two leaves lightly foxed or marked; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


The first binding, later copies being in black cloth and without any of the leaves bearing advertisements. A Ruritanian story set in the imaginary principality of Rhodopé on the coast of Albania, concerned largely with the effects of gambling. A scarce title. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
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BESANT (Walter). All in a garden fair: The Simple Story of Three Boys and a Girl. In three volumes. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1883. (All rights reserved). 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title in volume one; half-titles not called for in other volumes; pp.[viii]+312; [iv]+319+[i (blank)]; [iv]+264; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue dated October, 1883 at end of volume three; blue buckram blocked lime green and black on sides, lime green on spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram black on back cover, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers printed with orange branch design in lime green. Slight bubbling of cloth in volume three, and black cover a little spotted at edges (apparently by the enamel used for the blocking, and an original binding fault; otherwise a virtually fine set.

GB £320.00

US $432.00


Sadleir 177, recording a copy with a catalogue dated December 1883, and making no mention of the cover blocking; Wolff, 429, describing the same cover design as on the present copy, but making no mention of a catalogue.
Ref: CRT100571



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BINSTEAD (Arthur M.). Gal’s gossip By Arthur M. Binstead Otherwise known as the Pink Un’s [title underlined] “Pitcher". London, Sands & Company, 1899. Extra cr.8vo; advertisement leaf, blank on recto, precedes half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; pp.176; 16pp. text-paper advertisements at end (referred to on the last leaf of text, and therefore integral); mottled fine pale-straw coloured linen blocked pictorially black and brown, lettered black, on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Pinhead size hole in cloth of back joint; very slight wear to cloth at extremities of spine, and insignificant marking and dusting of covers; otherwise a very nice, clean, copy.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Humorous and mildly satirical stories. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 481, describing the cloth colour erroneously as ‘white’ on the apparent assumption that his copy was dusty: it has been straw-coloured in every copy we have seen. Wolff also describes the front cover blocking as being in ‘black, auburn, flesh-colour’. That effect is created by the sophisticated use of fine half-tone overlays of black and brown — and the suggestiveness of the subject-matter. His description of the recto of the first leaf as ‘black’ instead of ‘blank’ is an obvious literal.
Ref: CRT100587



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BJÖRNSON (Björnstjerne). The fisher maiden. Translated from the Norse [sic!] By Rasmus B. Anderson, Author of “Norse Mythology,” “Viking Tales of the North,” “America not discovered by Columbus,” and other works. Author’s edition. London: Bickers & Son, 1 Leicester Square, 1884. (All rights reserved.) Globe 8vo, wire-stitched; half-title not called for; pp.274; grey diagonally fine-ribbeed cloth ruled and blocked dark red-brown, blocked and lettered gilt, embossed with lettering blind-through-gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered dark red-brown, ruled and blocked gilt, embossed with lettering blind-through-gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Cloth of spine a little faded, but a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


The third English translation of a work published originally simultaneously in Norway and Germany in 1868, but in the present edition translated with the co-operation of the author, who has also revised the text before translation. It is therefore the first edition of this text to be published anywhere.
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BJÖRNSON (Björnstjerne). Synnövé Solbakken. By Björnstjerne Björnson. Given in English By Julie Sutter. A new edition with An essay on the writings of Björnson By Edmund Gosse. London, William Heinemann, 1895. F’cap 8vo; series title and photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard precede title-page; blank, followed by 8pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end; pp.[lxxx]+[190]+[ii]; horizontally streaked grey linen ruled black on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, lettered black on front cover and on spine; a.e. uncut. Cloth of spine a little faded; one or two light pencilled notes in margins; otherwise a very a nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


The first appearance of Gosse’s lengthy introduction. The novel was published originally in Norwegian in 1857, the first edition in English appearing in 1870.

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BLACK (L.M.P.). For his country’s sake; Or, Esca: a British prince at the court of Trajan. With Illustrations by Dorothea A.H. Drew. London: Horace Cox, Windsor House, Bream’s Buildings, E.C., 1897. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; text-paper binder’s blank precedes frontispiece; frontispiece and two plates from photographs, four plates in half-tone, two being after Prof. E. Becchetti, one after Ceccarini, one unascribed, and five line illustrations after D.A.H. Drew; blank at end; pp.[xvi]+333+[iii]; Erratum slip tipped in before Preface; dull marina green buckram, blocked dark red, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; laid-paper end-papers. Spine very dull and gilt patchily rubbed or oxydised; all red enamel somewhat rubbed; poor quality end-papers embrowned, with offsetting onto blanks; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Presentation copy with the author’s holograph inscription (recipient’s name partly erased) on binder’s blank. Set c.96 A.D., partly in ‘the little British kingdom of Damnonia’, which ‘seems to have included Cornwall, Devonshire, and a small part of Somersetshire, and to have retained its independence longer than the rest of Southern Britain’ — author’s Preface. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: CRT100589



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BLACK (William). Judith Shakespeare. A Romance By William Black Author of ‘Princess of Thule,’ ‘Shandon Bells,’ etc. Vol.I [II; III]. London, Macmillan & Co., 1884. 3 Vols.; blank before half-title in each volume; integral advertisement leaf at end of first two volumes, that in volume one followed by publisher’s inserted Catalogue, 32pp., dated May, 1884; pp.[2]+vi+246+[ii]; [2]+vi+277+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; [2]+vi+256; blue patterned-sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, lettered and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Very slight spotting to sides and gilt just a trifle rubbed on spines; very light carbon name-stamp ‘Tho Hall’ on title-page of volume one, and front blank of other volumes; a couple of small corners creased; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £195.00

US $263.25


This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 497a; Nield, ‘Guide to the Best Historical Novel and Tales’, 4th edn., p.52; NCBEL, 3: 1038
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BLACKMORE (R.D.). Christowell. A Dartmoor Tale. By R.D. Blackmore, Author of “Mary Anerley,” etc. In three volumes. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1882 [?December, 1881]. (All rights reserved.) 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; final blank in volumes one and three; pp.[iv]+302+[ii]; [iv]+300; [iv]+317+[iii]; diagonal fine ribbed maroon cloth, ruled blind, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated cream. Barely perceptible fading to cloth of spines; occasional light foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £2,250.00

US $3,037.50


Tipped onto the front end-papers of volumes one and two are signed holograph letters from the author to a Dr. Wood dated, from Paddington, May 22nd 1878 (approximately 200 words), and Dec 8th 1881 (approximately 70 words), the first thanking Dr. Wood (who is apparently in Devon) for the copies of “his elegant books", saying of himself that he has “given up the fiction” and is absorbed in gardening, and mentioning some friends, etc.; the second speaking of “the loss of a relation” and giving his reasons for never furnishing biographical particulars about himself. The front pastedown in each volume bears the armorial bookplate of Laurence Bernard Gomme. The production of this copy is a little curious, the prelims. of each volume, and the final leaf, U6 in volume two and X8 in volume three, being on a different paper stock of a pleasantly creamier colour than the rest of the book. U6, the final leaf of text in volume two, and the blank X8 in volume three, are therefore single insets, as are what should have been their conjugates, U1 and X1, those leaves being of the regular paper stock. U6 and X8 at least, and possibly the prelims. to all the volumes, are therefore cancels. This is not mentioned either by Sadleir or Wolff, and was not so in another copy that passed through our hands some time ago. Since the present copy may well have been given to Dr. Wood by the author, as is suggested by the date on the second letter, it is possible that it was a final book proof sent to Blackmore to check some corrected text. Sadleir, 220; Wolff, 527. Number nine on Sadleir’s schedule of comparative scarcities.

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BLACKMORE (R.D.). Tales from the Telling-house: 1. Slain by the Doones; 2. Frida; or, the Lover’s Leap; 3. George Bowring; 4. Crocker’s Hole. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Limited, St. Dunstan’s House, 1896. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘A’ before half-title; wood-engraved vignette title-page, printed in black and red, with tissue guard; printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[2]+[xiv]+68+[ii (fly-title to second story)]+[69]-134+[ii (fly-title to third story)]+[135]-202+[ii (fly-title to third story)]+[203]-244+[ii]; glazed unbleached linen, ruled and blocked green, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled green, blocked with publisher’s monogram device, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight foxing to paste-downs and large uncut fore- and lower- edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Sadleir, 233; Wolff, 542 (in a dust-wrapper!). Printed at the Chiswick Press. An American edition exists dated 1895: it consists however of imported English sheets, with a cancel title-page, and was presumably so dated for reasons of copyright.
Ref: CRT100602



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BLACKMORE (R.D.). Tales from the Telling-house: 1. Slain by the Doones; 2. Frida; or, the Lover’s Leap; 3. George Bowring; 4. Crocker’s Hole. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Limited, St. Dunstan’s House, 1896. Sm.cr.8vo, wire-stitched; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘A’ before half-title; wood-engraved vignette title-page, printed in black and red; printer’s imprint leaf at end; pp.[2]+[xiv]+68+[ii (fly-title to second story)]+[69]-134+[ii (fly-title to third story)]+[135]-202+[ii (fly-title to third story)]+[203]-244+[ii]; grey-blue and white linen-patterned fine buckram over thin boards, blocked with art nouveau design and lettered dark blue, on front cover, ruled green, lettered and with short rule dark blue on spine, lettered within ruled box dark blue on back cover; lower-edges rough trimmed. Light damp-staining of many margins; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


Issued as a volume in ‘Low’s Indian & Colonial Library’. First edition, colonial issue. Sadleir, 233; Wolff, 542: neither of them recording this issue. Printed at the Chiswick Press. An American edition exists dated 1895: it consists however of imported English sheets, with a cancel title-page, and was presumably so dated for reasons of copyright.
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BLACKMORE (R.D.). Dariel: A Romance of Surrey. With srawings by Chris Hammond. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1897. Frontispiece on text-paper, with tissue guard, and numerous illustrations, unbacked and not included in the pagination, but all on text-paper; pp.[viii (not including frontispiece)]+505+[i (printer’s imprint)]; navy blue crushed morocco cloth, ruled blind on front cover, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. A nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


Wolf, 531; Sadleir, 224. Sadleir’s statement that the frontispiece is inset and on plate paper is incorrect: in another copy that passed through our hands some years ago, the prelims. were unopened, and the frontispiece conjugate with the half-title. The List of Illustrations is in fact the singleton, and was presumably printed conjugate with signature 3, which, as Sadleir remarks, has only seven leaves.
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BLESSINGTON ([Marguerite,] Countess of [née Power]). The Confessions Of an Elderly gentleman. Illustrated by six female portraits, from highly Finished drawings by E.T. Parris. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, Paternoster-row, 1836. Lge.12mo; steel engraved frontispiece, and five plates with thin paper guards; pp.[iv]+287+[i (blank)]; horizontally fine ribbed light brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow; binder’s ticket of Remnant and Edmonds (Ball, 66D) on back paste-down. Rebacked with matching period cloth and with the original backstrip, slightly chipped at extremities, but not affecting the design, laid on; front end-papers a trifle scuffed and with a couple of small chips; some foxing to plates, heavy only on the frontispiece; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Sadleir, 236 and 236a and Wolff, 549 record three variant bindings, but not the present one.
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BOLDREWOOD (Rolf [i.e., T.A. Browne].). A Sydney-side Saxon. London, Macmillan and Co., And New York, 1891. All rights reserved. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end, listing books By the Same Author on recto and works by F. Marion Crawford, Mrs. Craik, and Charles Kingsley on verso; pp.[viii]+237+[i (blank)]+[ii]; publisher’s 56pp Catalogue at end, dated ‘May, 1891’; scarlet fine-diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked with publisher’s device gilt and blind-through-gilt on front cover, blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Slight foxing or browning of end-papers, but a fine copy. Scarce thus.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Sadleir, 263; Wolff, 591 and 591a.
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BOLDREWOOD (Rolf [i.e., T.A. Browne].). The Sealskin cloak. London, Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1896. 2pp. publisher’s integral advertisements, followed by 56pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated ‘July, 1896’ (and ‘20/50/7/96’ at end); pp.[iv]+505+[i (blank)]+[ii]; royal blue fine diaper cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, blocked and ruled gilt and blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut. Black mark on front cover and covers generally a little dull; otherwise a nice copy

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Sadleir, 262; Wolff, 588; Burke, 13.
Ref: CRT100621



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BORROW (George). The Romany rye; A sequel to “Lavengro.” In two volumes. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1857. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; 8pp. integral advertisements at end of volume two; pp.[xii]+372; [viii]+375+[i (blank)]+[8]; publisher’s 32pp. inserted catalogue on smaller paper, dated February, 1857, at end of volume one; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, paper spine label; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated red-chocolate. Slight rubbing of labels; inscription on each front end-paper; a very little light foxing, more or less confined to two gatherings; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £200.00

US $270.00


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 599, describing the cloth colour as ‘dark blue’; Wise, 12, likewise describing the cloth colour as ‘dark blue’: this is probably a matter of ‘the eye of the beholder’. Only 1,000 copies were printed, as against the 3,000 of the first edition of ‘Lavengro’. In our experience it is by comparison today even scarcer comparison than the difference in print order would suggest.
Ref: CRT100633



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BRADWOOD (Wat [i.e., Walter Bradford Woodgate]). A hunt cup; Or, Loyalty before all. A Novelette. London: Tinsley Brothers, 8, Catherine Street, Strand, 1873. Wood-engraved frontispiece and nine plates; other illustrations in text; final blank; pp.[vi (paged viii)]+330+[ii]; cerise patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated cream. Slight mottling and dulling of sides; end-papers cracked; back end-paper slightly torn; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


The plate listed in the Index to Illustrations to face p.79 is bound in as frontispiece (no frontispiece otherwise being listed). Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
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[BRAY (Anna Eliza).]. The Protestant; A tale of The reign of Queen Mary. By the Author of ‘De Foix,’ ‘The White Hoods,’ &c. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1828. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; titles, and last leaf of volume two, single insets; errata to all volumes on verso of last leaf of text in volume three, followed by integral advertisement leaf; pp.[ii]+344; [ii]+326; [ii]+281+[i]+[ii]; quarter dark green morocco cloth, drab sides, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Two front end-papers renewed with period paper; a very little scattered light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


Not in Sadleir or Summers; Wolff, 792, recording only a rebound copy lacking the advertisements; Block, p.25. The author’s third novel, and the one that led to her friendship with Southey.
Ref: CRT100663



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BRAY (Captain Claude). Randall Davenant: A tale of the Mahrattas By Captain Claude Bray, Author of “To Save Himself.” With original illustrations By Alfred Johnson. London: Frederick Warne and Co., And New York, 1892. (All rights reserved.) Extra cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with loose tissue guard, and seven plates (all engraved by E. Evans); pp.[x]+389+[i (printer’s imprint)]; bevelled light blue-grey buckram, blocked black, red, pale grey, and gilt, lettered black-outlined gilt, and black on front cover, blocked red, black, and gilt, ruled black and red, lettered black-outlined gilt, black, and gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with oak-leaf and acorn design in brown. Virtually fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


The author’s second novel, following a two-decker. Wolff lists a three decker published the following year, but not this title; not in Sadleir. An unusual example of a dated Frederick Warne publication. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.29, 100, 166, 213, 276, 344, and 377, and are here so tipped in.
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BRITON (E. Vincent). Some Account of Amyot Brough Captain in His Majesty’s Regiment of Foot, who fought (But with no great glory) under H.R.H. the Duke of Cumberland In the Low Countries, and had the honour to be wounded in The left shoulder under the eyes of General Wolfe at the Taking of Quebec. By E. Vincent Briton. Volume I [II]. London, Seeley & Co., 46, 47, & 48, Essex Street, Strand (Late of 54, Fleet Street), 1885. All Rights Reserved. 2 Vols., extra cr.8vo; medallion portrait of the Dke of Cumberland on the title-page to volume one, of General Wolfe on that to volume two; numerous topographical illustrations in the text, some full-page and unbacked, but all included in the pagination; pp.[viii]+365+[i (blank)]; [vi]+396; dark green patterned-sand-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated light lemon. Slight bruising to upper fore-corner of back board in volume two; first and last page lightly embrowned in each volume, and slight, barely visible, foxing to title leaves and uncut fore-edges; nonetheless a veirtually fine copy.

GB £95.00

US $128.25


An unusual publication from Seeleys, who did not go in for multi-deckers, but well-made in their usual style, on chalk-rich paper, and rather heavy even for its size. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 822; Nield, 4th edn., 1291 (starred item): “A tale of unusual charm"; Baker, 1932, p.72: “Social and domestic life at Penrith, Westerham, etc.; with Wolfe’s campaign terminating in an intimate study of his life.” The author’s first book and only multi-decker.

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BRITON (E. Vincent). Sue: Or, wounded in sport. Seeley & Co., 46, 47, & 48, Essex Street, Strand (Late of 54, Fleet Street), 1886. Half-title and title a conjugate pair on slightly thicker paper, the latter bearing a wood-cut vignette; pp.[iv]+220; orange-pink buckram, ruled and blocked brown, lettered and with short rule dark blue, on front cover, lettered dark blue on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
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[BRONTE (Charlotte).]. The professor, A Tale. By Currer Bell, Author of “Jane Eyre,” “Shirley,” “Villette,” &c. In two volumes. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 65, Cornhill, 1857. (The right of Translation is reserved.) 2 Vols., post.8vo; the half-title present to each volume; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume one; imprint leaf, followed by 8pp. integral advertisements (paged [1]-8) at end of volume two; pp.viii+294+2; [iv]+258+[ii]+8; publisher’s inserted catalogue, 16pp., at end of volume two, dated December, 1858; dark green vertical straight-morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; pale yellow coated end-papers; binder’s ticket of ‘Westley’s / & Co. / London’ on back pastedown (Ball, 103 C). Some rubbing to gilt of rules at extreme head of spine; two or three small spots or marks in text; a virtually fine copy, nonetheless, in the original state.

GB £1,520.00

US $2,052.00


First issued two volumes in two in the Summer of 1857, principally for use by the circulating libraries, who purchased such copies at a large discount, the present two volumes in one issue of the same sheets, at a lower non-discounted price, was the first intended for sale to the general public. The catalogue suggests that it was timed for the Christmas market of 1858. The first binding of this issue, copies also being known in dark green diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, that being associated with a catalogue dated April, 1859. In our experience this two volume in one issue is a good deal scarcer in any condition than the library issue, possibly because the two volumes together are somewhat heavy for the case, and from many rebound copies the distinguishing catalogue has been discarded. In virtually fine cloth, as here, it is definitely uncommon. Sadleir, 347, and Wolff, 827, recording only the issue in two volumes (with June and July 1857 catalogues, respectively); Parrish, p.96; Smith, pp.162 — 6. In all, 719 copies were bound up two volumes in one.
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BROOKS (Shirley). Sooner or later. With illustrations by G. du Maurier. Bradbury, Evans, & Co., 11, Bouverie St., E.C., 1868. Sm.demy 8vo, 2 Vols. in one, as issued; wood-engraved frontispiece and conjugate vignette title-page in each volume, those to Vol.I. with tissue guard; seven other plates in volume one, six in volume two; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume two (a singleton, but integral: in fact printed conjugate with the prelims. of volume one, and appearing before the half-title of that volume in the two volume issue, but not included in the pagination); pp.[xiv (including the vignette title leaf)]+384; [x (including the vignette title-leaf)]+384+[ii]; yellow-green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated deep greyish fawn; binder’s ticket of ‘Leighton Son and Hodge’ on back paste-down. Very slight wear to cloth at extremities of spine and over front joint; ownership inscription dated ‘April 1971’ on blank upper margin of first title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


First edition, second issue. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 840, listing the two volume issue.
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BROOKS (Shirley). Sooner or later. With illustrations by G. du Maurier. Bradbury, Evans, & Co., 11, Bouverie St., E.C., 1868. Sm.demy 8vo, 2 Vols. bound in one, contemporary half red roan, marbled sides, spine ruled and lettered gilt; wood-engraved frontispiece and conjugate vignette title-page in each volume; seven other plates in volume one, six in volume two; pp.[xiv (including the vignette title leaf)]+384; [x (including the vignette title-leaf)]+384. Slight wear to roan at edges; front end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 840, listing the two volume issue in cloth.
Ref: CRT100693



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[BROUGHAM (Henry, Lord).]. Albert Lunel; Or, The Château de Langeudoc. In three volumes. London: Charles Knight & Co., 22, Ludgate Street, 1844. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title present in volumes one and two, that to volume two being a single inset; none called for in volume three; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume one; final leaf of volume two a single inset; pp.viii+253+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; vi+241+[i (printer’s imprint)]; iv+284; drab boards, paper spine labels; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Volumes one and three re-backed without disturbing the end-papers, and with the original backstrips laid-on; spine to volume two restored at head and tail with matching paper; slight flexion-crease to back cover of volume one; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £310.00

US $418.50


The original issue, in boards and labels: later copies were in cloth, and there also was a ‘remainder’ issue with a cancel title-page. In a long note Sadleir comments on Bohn’s statement in the 1865 edition of Lowndes’ ‘Bibliographers’ Manual’ that “it is said not above five copies are extant", explaining this by reference to the Frederick Locker copy, which Sadleir possessed and which had been the author’s own. This contained a holograph note reading: “The only persons who ever saw this book were Rogers, Lyndhurst, Croker, Lady C. Lindsay & Mrs Dawson Damer.” It would appear that having written the novel, a roman á clé about an intimate circle actually staged in the Château at Cannes built in his daughter’s memory in 1840, but ostensibly a tale of pre-revolutionary France (though there are episodes set elsewhere: for instance among the slaves of Cuba), Brougham had doubts about publication. His initial ones are evident in his dedication to Samuel Rogers, where he wrote with conscious misdirection: “Should such an accident ever happen as your indulging in any curiosity upon so trifling a matter, you will find the mystery in which your unknown admirer is wrapt impossible to pierce. Your sagacity may, from internal evidence, serve to point a conjecture towards France and her colonies, as his country, — her language, as that in which his book may have been written.” Rogers presumably informed him that his identity would certainly be guessed, and he then asked advice from the other friends mentioned above: in consequence deciding on suppression. He then appears to have bought up all the copies that had been bound and sequestered them, for he told Forsyth that the bulk of the original edition was sealed in a cellar and “I dare say many years hence someone will dig this up and publish it.” Whether he thought he had bought the entire stock we cannot guess. Certainly the unbound copies remained with Knight (probably at his printers’ or binders’), though he never advertised it in ‘The English Catalogue’, and a few copies were put up by him in cloth, presumably after Brougham’s death in 1868. Knight retired shortly afterwards (he died in 1873) and the remaining sheets were sold to C.H. Clarke, who issued them with his own cancel title leaf dated 1872. At some point also the copies sealed in Brougham’s cellar were excavated and put on sale. Sadleir, 353, recording two copies; Wolff, 848: both listing the original issue.
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BRUNE (Francis). Vaussore, A son of Rousseau: His journal. Edited by Francis Brune. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London, 1898. Pp.vi+362; publisher’s inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated February 1898; dark and light grey-green linen-patterned cloth blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Light foxing of end-papers and edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. The prelims. were printed conjugate with the last gathering of text.
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BULLER (Henry F.). A bachelor’s family. In three volumes. London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1895. All rights reserved. 3 Vols.; advertisements on verso of half-title in volume one; pp.[iv]+287+[i (blank)]; [iv]+279+[i (blank)]; [iv]+240; 16pp. advertisements for Hurst & Blackett’s Standard Library, on text-paper, followed by 8pp. inserted advertisements for Hurst & Blackett’s Three-and-sixpenny Series at end of volume three; olive green buckram, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated light grey-green. Gilt very dull on spines, and small stain affecting uncut fore-edges of four leaves in volume three; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £150.00

US $202.50


In respect both of the spine lettering and the design of the front cover, these volumes appear to owe something to the design of the ‘Keynotes Series’ being issued by John Lane.
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BUNGENER (Louis Félix). Julian: Or, the close of an era. By L.F. Bungener. In two volumes. London: Arthur Hall, Virtue & Co., 25, Paternoster Row, 1854. 2 Vols., f’cap 8vo, bound in one; half-titles not present; final page of volume one advertisements; pp.[ii]+425+[i]; [ii]+436; contemporary half-calf, marbled sides; calf a little chipped on spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


First edition in English. The author was a French protestant historian of German descent.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BURGIN (G.B.). The hermits of Gray’s Inn. London, C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C., 1899. Extra cr.8vo; frontispiece by A. Kemp Tebby and fourteen plates; 5pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.291+[v]; vertically ribbed olive green cloth, printed with illustration in black on blind-pressed panel on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Printed panel very slightly rubbed, and top-edges foxed; Light foxing of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


‘The Brethren’, a Mason-like society of misogynists, receive wax phonograph cylinders from a dead ex-member, with instructions intended to lead to their reform    .    .    . Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 986
Ref: CRT100720



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