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

HUGHES (Robert). Coberley Hall. A Gloucestershire Tale Of the fourteenth century. By Robert Hughes, Cheltenham. Printed by S.Y. Griffith and Co. Chronicle Office, Cheltenham, 1824. Post 8vo; copper engraved frontispiece by J. Radford after a drawing signed ‘R.H.’ (presumably the author), one engraved plate, and one copper-engraved vignette in text; pp.viii+91+[i (blank)]; original drab boards; a.e. uncut. Rebacked with matching paper; damp-stain to front board; large piece chipped from two margins, without loss of text; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


A scarce example of a provincially published fiction. Block, p.115; not in Summers ‘Gothic Bibliography’.
Ref: CRT117863


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

[HUGHES (Thomas).]. The Scouring of the white horse; Or, the Long Vacation Ramble of a London Clerk. By The author of “Tom Brown’s School Days.” Illustrated by Richard Doyle. Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., And 23, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, 1859 [i.e., 1858]. (The right of Translation is reserved.) Imp.16mo, printed in half sheets; half-title, and double-spread engraved title, with tissue guard, precede letterpress title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; 16pp. inserted publisher’s catalogue at end, dated Christmas, 1858; blue straight grain morocco cloth, ruled, and elaborately blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled and elaborately blocked, embossed, and lettered, blind on back cover; a.e.g.; end-papers coated light caramel. Well night invisible restorations to cloth of joints; foxed throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


The first state of text, with the Preface numbered [v]-xi, and the text [1]-228. Most copies seen are in the later state, in which the Preface is numbered [x]-xv, and the text [17]-244. The first issue binding, with the elaborate gilt and blind blocking on the sides, and with the early advertisements. The end-papers here, however, are coated caramel, as with the later issues, rather than the yellow that is sometimes seen.
Ref: CRT118330


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

HUGO (Victor). L’homme Qui rit. Tome premier [deuxième; troisième; quatrième]. Paris, Librairie Internationale, 15, Boulevard Montmartre, A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Ce, éditeurs, A Bruxelles, á Leipzig et á Livourne, 1869. Tous droits de traduction et de reproduction réservés. 4 Vols., Demy 8vo; each volume complete with half-title, and Table at end; pp.381+[i (blank)]; 307+[i (blank)]; 296; 384; [?]Edwardian half brown fine-morocco cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine, black fine-morocco paper covered sides; marbled edges. Slight wear to corners of boards and small chips to cloth at head of spines; small Dewey number in white at tail of each spine, and library de-accession stamp on verso of each title-page; some pencilled scoring and numerous notes in first two volumes (v. note); a very little scattered foxing, and small stains to 9:8 of volume one and 10:1 of volume three, the latter just touching next, and 15:1 in the same volume opened a trifle roughly at top edge; in general a nice copy in a serviceable but unlovely binding.

GB £450.00

US $558.00


From the library of Lytton Strachey, with his small bookplate on each front paste-down and below it a label reading: “Reading University Library. From the collection of Mr. James Strachey. Presented by Mrs. Strachey", the latter two names partly obliterated in black ink. The set was evidently rebound, presumably for Lytton, but at some point after he had read it (as far as he got!) as some of the pencilled notes are slightly cropped. They are scattered throughout volume one and the first seventy-eight pages of volume two, after which, possibly, exasperation took over and he gave up. They are written in French and English, and range in extent from a simple proofing mark, through comments such as ‘Oh, V.H!’ and ‘Do crows fly at night?’ to passages of more than fifty words, for the most part criticising Hugo’s poor knowledge of English terminology, history, and customs, or, at times, his thought, and they appear, in all, on some seventeen pages. Carteret I, 423. Vicaire IV 341. Talvart-Place IX n.67. The issue with the joint Paris/Brussels imprint; there was also an issue just with the Brussels imprint.

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Ref: CRT119980


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HULLAH (Mary E.). Philippa. By Mary E. Hullah, Author of ‘The Lion Battalion,’ etc. With a frontispiece by Gordon Browne. London: Hatchards, Piccadilly, N.D. [1886]. Wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; leaf blank on recto, bearing publisher’s advertisement on verso faces start of text; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+307+[i (blank)]+[4]; dark red smooth cloth, ruled gilt on spine, blocked gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers faced chocolate. Nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT118738


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

HUNT (Violet). A hard woman: A story in scenes. By Violet Hunt, Author of “The Maiden’s Progress". London: Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1895 (All rights reserved). Post 8vo; final blank; pp.[iv]+346+[ii]; blackish green buckram blocked with art nouveau teazle on front cover and pattern of teazle-heads on spine in pale blue-green and brown, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut; white end-papers printed with Chapman and Hall monogram device in brown. Barely perceptible wear to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine; poor quality paper lightly embrowned, as is probably inevitable; a couple of leaves with small stains to extreme fore-margins; otherwise a nice copy. Very scarce.

GB £420.00

US $520.80


A story largely written in dialogue, a form which had a brief vogue in the 1890s, and a glorious flowering later in Ivy Compton Burnett, on whom Violet Hunt may well have been an influence — along with Jane Austen. The cover design is signed with a hand-drawn oblong box containing the letter ‘W’ and a weathervane pointing West. For some reason we think of William Horton, but memory — and definite information — at the moment fail us! Published according to the London Catalogue of Books in October 1895, this first printing was apparently rather small: it was reprinted in December 1895, and again in January 1897. All these printings are now very hard to find.
Ref: CRT101719


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

HYNE (Cutcliffe). Further Adventures Of Captain Kettle. Illustrated by Stanley L. Wood. London, C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street W.C., 1899. Advertisement leaf before half-title; frontispiece, and fifteen plates, all inserted, but included in the pagination; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by imprint leaf with blank verso, at end; pp.xiv+315+[i (blank)]+[iv]+[ii]; faintly mottled crimson fine linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; laid paper end-papers. Very slight fading to edges of back cover, and light embrowning of end-papers; most plates lightly foxed or marginally embrowned, with slight offsetting; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


More cheaply produced than the earlier volume, particularly in respect of text-paper and plates, and hence more difficult to find in anything approaching fine condition. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: CRT101732


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

INCHBALD (Mrs. [Elizabeth]). A Simple story. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, (Successor to Henry Colburn): Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh; Cumming, Dublin; and Galignani, Paris, 1833. F’cap 8vo; bound up without the series title at the start; steel-engraved frontispiece with thin paper guard, and conjugate engraved title-page, precede letterpress title-page; pp.[iii] — xii+296. BOUND WITH: INCHBALD (Mrs. [Elizabeth]). Nature and art. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, (Successor to Henry Colburn): Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh; Cumming, Dublin; and Galignani, Paris, 1833. Pp.[297] — 434. F’cap 8vo, two works in one volume, as issued; contemporary half-calf, marbled sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled and lettered gilt, tiled with a dot and tendril design in compartments; edges burnished brown. Engravings, and first and last leaf, a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


Issued as Vol.XXVI of the series ‘Bentley’s Standard Novels’. A Memoir of Mrs. Inchbald, signed ‘B.’, occupies pp.[v]-xii. The first issue, the engraved and letterpress titles bearing the same date. ‘A Simple Story’ first appeared in 1791; ‘Nature and Art’ in 1797. Sadleir 3734a/26.
Ref: CRT118023


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

JACOBS (W.W.). Many cargoes. London, Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd., 16, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1896. Pp.[viii]+247+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s 32pp. List, dated Autumn Season, 1896, inserted at end; brownish orange buckram, pictorially blocked, and lettered, black on front cover, pictorially blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. brown. Covers a little rubbed and used; one or two small marks to margins; internally in general very crisp and clean.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Jacobs’ first book, and bibliographically somewhat complex. Copies are known with and without the catalogue, and with the spine imprint reading variously LAWRENCE & / BULLEN /LTD. or LAWRENCE & / BULLEN Muir, Points: Second Series, 1934, notes that “the advance copy in the possession of the author’s agent has no catalogue, but the second edition has. Furthermore, an examination of books mentioned in the catalogue shows that those published later than ‘Many Cargoes’ have the catalogue, while those published earlier do not. It seems legitimate to infer that copies without the catalogue were bound before it was ready and these were probably advance and review copies.” The book was not published until November. Muir further notes that early copies of the book (presumably including the agent’s advance copy) have ‘LTD.’ included in the spine imprint. Hammerton, A1a and A1b, whilst agreeing in respect of the presence or absence of the catalogue, lists the state without the catalogue as not having ‘LTD.’ in the spine imprint. The present copy has the catalogue, and the spine imprint includes ‘LTD’. It may possibly appear from all this that advance copies were bound up before the catalogue was ready, but that some later copies did not have catalogues bound in, either because the stock at the binder’s had been temporarily exhausted, or because they had run out altogether, and in this case Hammerton’s first state, A1a, would in fact represent either the third or fourth state of four. The variation of the case sizes noted by Hammerton would seem to support this. Books tend to be bound more economically as time goes by and their sale has already been established: but the case of Hammerton’s first issue is recorded as being 190mm tall, whilst that of his second issue is 193mm tall. Muir, unfortunately, gives no dimensions. The case of the present copy, however is 195mm tall. Muir does not describe the binding in detail, but Hammerton does not describe copies with the top-edges other than white. The brown top-edges of the present copy is another point tending to suggest earliness of issue as it would have involved an extra production expense. We hypothesise therefore that the present copy represents the first issued state, following only that of the advance copies, and that Muir is correct in stating that the early copies have ‘LTD.’ included in the spine imprint.
Ref: CRT118461


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

JACOBS (W.W.). The Skipper’s Wooing And The Brown Man’s Servant. London, C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C., 1897. Title-page printed in red and black; pp.viii+195+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s inserted 8pp. Catalogue at end, dated Autumn, 1897; mottled apple green fine linen patterned cloth, lettered, with short rule, gilt, and with gilt ruled box, on spine, lettered gilt on front cover. Light marginal embrowning of poor quality paper throughout, as almost always with this title; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. In this copy the author’s name on the spine is set in large and small capitals; on the front cover the title lettering is 7mm tall; the authors name is set in a mixture of caps. 6.5mm tall and lower case, and the punctuation mark after the first ‘W’ is, correctly, a full stop, instead of a comma as in the earlier issues. These points, together with the presence of a publisher’s inserted Catalogue at end, are said to characterise the third issue. Lammerton, A2c: the author’s second book.
Ref: CRT101739


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

JACOBS (W.W.). Sea urchins. London, Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd., 16, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1898. Printer’s imprint on verso of last leaf of text, followed by two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+243+[i]+[4]; light reddish brown buckram, pictorially blocked and lettered in black on front cover, pictorially blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; fore- and lower- edges mainly trimmed. Spine just a trifle darkened and end-papers lightly foxed; a near-fine copy, nonetheless. Uncommon thus.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Lammerton, A3a. Short stories.
Ref: CRT101741


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

JACOBS (W.W.). A master of craft. With twelve illustrations by Will Owen. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1900. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and eleven plates; publisher’s 48pp. inserted catalogue at end, dated August 1900; white-flecked pale green linen effect smooth cloth, blocked khaki and black, lettered black-shadowed khaki and black on front cover, blocked khaki and black, lettered black-shadowed gilt and black on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. A little very light foxing to extreme fore-margins and uncut edges, and small original blocking fault affecting ‘R’ of ‘AUTHOR’ on front cover (it has clogged); otherwise a fine copy. Scarce thus.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Lamerton A4b: first English edition, first issue, with the earliest date of the catalogue. Printed from the American plates. Lammerton describes the coloured blocking as ‘orange’, which to our eyes it never is.
Ref: CRT118293


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

JACOBS (W.W.). A master of craft. With twelve illustrations by Will Owen. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1900. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and eleven plates; publisher’s 48pp. inserted catalogue at end, dated August 1900; white-flecked pale green linen effect smooth cloth, blocked khaki and black, lettered black-shadowed khaki and black on front cover, blocked khaki and black, lettered black-shadowed gilt and black on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Some foxing to margins passim; otherwise a nice copy, the covers in particular very bright and fresh.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Lamerton A4b: first English edition, first issue, with the earliest date of the catalogue. Printed from the American plates. Lammerton describes the coloured blocking as ‘orange’, which to our eyes it never is.
Ref: CRT118294


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

[JAMES (G.P.R.).]. Richelieu, A tale of France. In three volumes. Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1829. 3 Vols., lge.12mo, bound in one; half-title to volume one present, those to volumes two and three lacking, possibly not called for; final leaf to volume one a single inset; seven entry Errata to all three volumes on verso of last leaf of Preface in volume one; pp.[xx]+290; [ii]+315+[i (blank)]; [ii]+348; early puce morocco cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. sprinkled; cream coated end-papers. End-papers cracked; first and last page embrowned by contact with end-papers; some very light scattered foxing or marking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £165.00

US $204.60


The author’s first novel, preceded by two volumes of verse. The historical background which is diffused through this work was familiar to James, who was held prisoner in France during the Napoleonic wars and spent his time there studying history. The book treats of “the inner history of the ill-fated conspiracy of Cinq-Mars, and of the events leading up to the fall of Richelieu incorporated with a story of Court intrigue. Louis XIII, Anne of Austria, and the Cardinal are drawn with care and learning. Chavigni, the bold, unscrupulous, good-hearted plotter, is a type that often reappears in James” (Baker, A Guide to the Best Fiction, 1932, p.261). “One of James’s best efforts” (Nield, Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales, 5th edn., 894. G.P.R. James (1799-1860) wrote over 100 novels, besides historical works, children’s books, and volumes of verse. He was appointed Historiographer Royal by William IV, became consul to Massachusetts and later to Virginia. Although he is little read today, his popularity in the 19th century was matched perhaps only by that of Dickens. Ellis, 3; this title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3543, listing a rebound copy without any half-titles.
Ref: CRT118776


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

[JAMES (G.P.R).]. De l’Orme. By the author of “Richelieu,” and “Darnley.’ [so volume one; other volumes have: “]. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1830. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title not called for in volume one; bound up without the half-title, and the integral advertisement leaf that should appear at the end, in volumes two and three; pp.[iv]+336; [ii (ex iv)]+342+[ii (lacking)]; [ii (ex iv)]+326+[ii (lacking)]; contemporary half natural calf, ruled blind on sides, ruled and numbered gilt on spine; lettering pieces lacking; marbled sides. Spines spotted, one joint cracking, one repaired at head, and boards a llittle rubbed; internally a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


The author’s third novel. Ellis, 5; this title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3509. James’s early novels, like his latest ones, are difficult to find.
Ref: CRT101746


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

[JANVIER (Thomas A.)]. The Reds of the Midi: An Episode of The French Revolution Translated from the Provençal of Félix Gras By Catharine A. Janvier. London, William Heinemann, 1896. Pp.xvi+264; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated May 1896; scarlet buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, ruled black, blocked pictorially black and gilt, lettered black, and gilt outlined black, on front cover, ruled gilt, lettered black on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Light damp splash on back cover; almost invisible restoration to cloth of back joint; gilt rubbed on spine; two pin-head sized rub-holes in cloth of front joint; piece torn from upper corner of front end-paper, and small chip from upper corner of last leaf of text; a little scattered very light dusting; a very good copy nonetheless, apart from the damaged front end-paper, near-nice. Scarce.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Includes a ten page Introduction by Thomas A. Janvier. Blanck, 10852, records the American edition of the same date, but appears to be unaware of the English printing.
Ref: CRT101798


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

JEFFERIES (Richard). Wood Magic; A Fable. Vol. I [II]. Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co.: London, Paris & New York, 1881. (All rights reserved.). 2 Vols., extra cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+235+[i (blank)]; [vi]+263+[i (blank)]; 8pp. text-paper advertisements coded ‘6 G — 581’ at end of each volume; diagonally very-fine-ribbed dark green cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked pictorially black on front cover, blocked black, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated dark grey. Very slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spines, and the merest hint of labels having been removed from front covers; end-papers unobtrusively renewed, probably at an early date, with paper coated red-chocolate; some half-dozen or so leaves opened badly with chips or tears to margins, not approaching textotherwise a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


An early owner (1896) has noted a couple of errata in pencil, as under (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): volume one, p.73, l.10, ‘said’ for ‘thought’; p.126, ‘Rook’ for ‘Rat’. Sadleir, 1317; Wolff, 3672.
Ref: CRT118634


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

JENKINS ([John] Edward, [M.P.].). A Paladin of finance: Contemporary manners. London, Trübner & Co. Ludgate Hill, 1882. Pp.[iv]+392; tan buckram ruled blind on sides, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers printed with flower and leaf pattern in grey. Cloth lightly marked; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3642. Jenkins is best known for his 1870 novel: ‘Ginx’s Baby’. Sadleir, in a note on that book recording that it is “an unshrinking exposure of life in the slums of Westminster, the miseries of the slum child, and the hypocrisy and heartlessness of so called ‘charitable’ folk, of clergy, of parish authorities and Boards of Guardians, of politicians and comfortable reformers", regrets his inability to find Jenkins’ “other outspoken novels on contentious social themes", of which the present title is one.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File C: Nineteenth Century General Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

JEROME (Jerome K.). Diary of a Pilgrimage (And six essays.) With upwards of One Hundred and Twenty Illustrations By G.G. Fraser. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited, N.D. [1891]. Leaf bearing advertisement for ‘Three Men in a Boat’ on verso precedes half-title page and serves as paste-down; numerous illustrations on text-paper; 11pp. integral advertisements at end, the last serving as paste-down; pp.[2]+[vi]+[7]-306+[xi]+[1]; old cream buckram, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, black, on front cover, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine. Very slight marking of covers, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Issued as Volume III in Arrowsmith’s 3/6 Series. The first binding, with the series name on the front cover instead of the print order; and the first state of the text, later copies having an initial blank instead of an integral advertisement leaf before the half-title, the last gathering consisting of two leaves instead of the eight present here, and with unprinted white true end-papers. The leaves in this copy are trimmed to 185mm x 122mm, p.305 bears the signature mark ‘20*’, and the printer’s imprint at the foot of p.306 is terminated, incorrectly as usual, by a comma instead of a full stop.

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Ref: CRT101810


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

JEROME (Jerome K.). Diary of a Pilgrimage (And six essays.) With upwards of One Hundred and Twenty Illustrations By G.G. Fraser. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited, N.D. [1891]. Leaf bearing advertisement for ‘Three Men in a Boat’ on verso precedes half-title page and serves as paste-down; numerous illustrations on text-paper; 11pp. integral advertisements at end, the last serving as paste-down; pp.[2]+[vi]+[7]-306+[xi]+[1]; old cream buckram, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, black, on front cover, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine. Spine a little darkened and sides with faint pink stains; internally a fine copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Issued as Volume III in Arrowsmith’s 3/6 Series. The first binding, with the series name on the front cover instead of the print order; and the first state of the text, later copies having an initial blank instead of an integral advertisement leaf before the half-title, the last gathering consisting of two leaves instead of the eight present here, and with unprinted white true end-papers. The leaves in this copy are trimmed to 185mm x 122mm, p.305 bears the signature mark ‘20*’, and the printer’s imprint at the foot of p.306 is terminated, incorrectly as usual, by a comma instead of a full stop.
Ref: CRT101811


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

JERROLD (Douglas). Men of character. In three volumes. Henry Colburn, Publisher, Great Marlborough Street, 1841. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; binder’s blank at front and back in each volume (conjugate with free end-papers); half-title and title leaves in each volume printed on a slightly different grade of paper, and in fact cancels; volume one with leaf bearing author’s preface, leaf bearing Contents of volume one, and tipped in List of Plates for all three volumes, following title-leaf, engraved frontispiece, and three plates, on plate paper, final blank; volume two with Contents leaf following title, engraved frontispiece, and two plates, on plate-paper; volume three with engraved frontispiece, and four plates, on plate paper: Contents leaf not present, and apparently not called for (it at least was never issued with this copy, but may have been discarded by the binder in the course of inserting the cancels); pp.[2]+[viii]+310+[ii]; [vi]+323+[i (blank)]; [iv]+342; quarter purple crushed morocco cloth, paper spine labels, drab boards; a.e. uncut. Spines with unobtrusive old library shelf-marks in gilt on heads; the plates in volume one with very bad foxing and darkening, chiefly of margins; inscription erased from blank margin at head of text in volumes one and two, with consequent slight thinning; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


First edition, remainder issue, with cancel title and half-title leaves. Not in Sadleir, who investigated Colburn’s re-issues in some detail. Wolff, 3669, recording an apparent reprint in three volumes dating from 1842. The Wolff copy collates: ‘pp.[viii (paged as iv)]+[312]; [iv]+[324]; [iv]+342’ — and since he records that there is a half-title in each volume, both volumes three and four must be without the Contents leaf. Volume one in the Wolff copy has a half-title, title, and leaf bearing author’s preface, as in our copy, and one other leaf the nature of which he fails to reveal, so that his volume one must lack either the Contents leaf or the List of Plates. His collation of this volume, if correct, proves it to be a reprint, since in our copy though p.vi is paged iv as in his, the remaining prelims. are not included with the pagination of the text, the first page of text being in our copy p.[1]. Wolff also does not mention any cancels. But Wolff’s description may be entirely at fault: the List of Plates included in our copy agrees with their distribution, and they are also so marked in the steel, with volume number and page. Wolff’s note reverses the distribution of the plates in volumes one and three, which looks unlikely, even for a reprint. (His copy was, however, in three quarter roan, and this may have been an error of the binder, which he failed to spot). The plates, (which are by Thackeray) and author’s preface are dated 1838, and according to the English Catalogue of Books that was in fact the date of first publication. Jerrold’s first non-dramatic work, and his only three decker. In this copy p.313 in volume two is misnumbered 31.
Ref: CRT101820


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

JERROLD (Douglas). A Man made of money. With twelve illustrations on steel By John Leech. London: Published at the Punch Office, 85, Fleet Street, 1849. Lge.12mo; frontispiece and eleven plates; wood-engraved title-page; pp.[iv]+283+[i (printer’s imprint)]; dark green horizontally fine ribbed binder’s cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; the original wrappers to Part II., white, printed in grey and black outside, with publisher’s advertisements inside, the back wrapper bearing an advertisement for ‘Pendennis’, together with the Advertiser to that part, 4pp., bound in appropriately at front and back. Wrappers slightly dusty; half-title lacking; short tear in one lower margin; three or four plates foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Bound from the original six monthly shilling parts, issued between October, 1848 and March, 1849 (not October, 1849 and March, 1850, as stated by Wolff, who had a set in parts, and should have known better: the Advertiser in the present copy carries the month of issue, but not the year, which appears only on the title leaf issued with the final part — but that, together with the advertisement on the back wrapper of Part II, “New Work by the Author of Vanity Fair. Publishing in Monthly Parts    .    .    . The History of Pendennis", and the advertisement on the same wrapper for ‘The Great Hoggarty Diamond’ volume as ‘Nearly ready’, ought to have suggested the correct date). Wolff, 3667a; not in Sadleir. The wrapper illustration, by Leech, is not otherwise included in the book. One of three works by which Jerrold hoped to be remembered.
Ref: CRT101823


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

JERROLD (Douglas). Tales By Douglas Jerrold Now first collected With a biographical notice By J. Logie Robertson, M.A. London, William Patterson & Co., 1891. Sm.cr.8vo, wire-stitched; photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[2]+xviii+372; blue patterned sand-grain cloth, blocked gilt, lettered blue-through-gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, in series style. A nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Includes some fantasy. Issued as a volume of the series ‘Treasure House of Tales’. In this copy p.[36], l.17, has the reading ‘zea’ for ‘zeal’: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined. The present binding, however, is at least secondary, the series having originally been issued in quarter horizontally fine ribbed leaf green cloth, elaborately ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, ruled gilt on sides, with bright lime green diagonally very fine ribbed cloth sides, t.e.g., others uncut, and end-papers coated bright lemon, similar to that used for the large-paper limited issue. It is also, and most commonly, seen in blue buckram blocked and lettered identically with the present copy, but with the end-papers coated dark chocolate. Precedence as between the blue cloth issues is undetermined, though the present cloth looks earlier and is by far the scarcer. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3676, recording the buckram issue.
Ref: CRT101825


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

JERROLD ([W.] Blanchard). Cent per cent. A story Written upon a Bill Stamp. With coloured illustrations. John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, N.D. [1869]. Blank before half-title; hand-coloured wood-engraved frontispiece and conjugate title-page with hand-coloured vignette; four hand-coloured plates; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by publisher’s inserted 24pp. catalogue at end headed ‘Special List for 1869’; pp.[xii (excluding the frontispiece and title-page, and so paginated)]+[17]-268+[4 (the last leaf mis-paged 5)]; yellow-green sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, lettered yellow-green through gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale brown. Front end-papers darkened and slightly rubbed at gutter; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3679, recording an otherwise similar copy with dark brown end-papers, apparently without the 4pp. integral advertisements at end, and with the illustrations and title-page on text-paper, for which he gives the pagination as [xvi]+268 — this at the least ignoring the ‘integral’ plates. We suspect a massive error in Wolff’s collation; if not, then his copy is certainly of a later printing.
Ref: CRT101827


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

JONES (Charles Henry). Davault’s mills. A novel. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1876. Lge.12mo; binder’s blank at front and back; half-title not called for; 8pp. publisher’s integral advertisements at end; pp.424+[viii]; diagonally fine ribbed blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled, blocked and lettered black on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt and blue-through-gilt on spine; end-papers coated red-chocolate. Barely perceptible damp-marking of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Wright, II, 3026. Labour unrest, legal complications concerning a land transaction, etc. The author’s Postscript is dated ‘Philadelphia, March, 1876. A well-written book, but apparently the author’s only novel.
Ref: CRT101836


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

JONES (Hannah Maria). Rosaline Woodbridge; Or, The midnight visit. A Romantic Tale. By Hannah Maria Jones, Authoress of the wedding ring, the victim of passion, the forged Note, the British officer, &c. &c. London: For George Virtue, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row; Bath-street Bristol; and St. Vincent Street, Liverpool, 1827. Demy 8vo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; engraved frontispiece and engraved title-page by J. Rogers after Hopwood precede letterpress title; seven other inserted plates, all after Hopwood where signed, one engraved by T. Smith, one by Rolls, the rest by J.Rogers; Directions for Placing the Plates at foot of final leaf of text; pp.712; recent half rose calf, marbled sides, the original free end-papers preserved. Some thumbing, dusting, and light foxing throughout; one leaf neatly re-cornered with loss in total of four letters of text; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title.

GB £290.00

US $359.60


This copy is bound from the original numbers, as is demonstrated by the fact of stab-holes being here and there visible at some extreme gutters. The signatures suggest that it was issued in thirty numbers, each except the last containing 24pp. The final number containing only 16pp. was probably bulked out by the inclusion of the frontispiece and engraved title. The printed title-page was part of the first number; Summers, pp.81 and 486, erroneously recording the heroine’s name in the second entry as ‘Rosalind’; Block, p.145 (under the author’s later name of ‘Lowndes’). Block lists also another edition of the same year, in three volumes, published by Matthew Iley, and without the sub-title or plates. Precedence between the two is unclear, but Virtue was the author’s regular publisher at this date, so the Iley edition is presumably a piracy. In the present copy the misprint ‘he fearrs’ for ‘her fears’ has been noted at l.6 on p.337 (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined).

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Ref: CRT118027


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

KEITH (Leslie). ‘Lisbeth. In three volumes. Cassell and Company Limited, 1893. 16pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements dated 5 G. 8.93, and 5 B. 8.93, at end of each volume, those in volume two following integral blank; pp.[iv]+[234]; [iv]+[232]; [iv]+228; scarlet crushed morocco cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers renewed at an early date with yellow coated paper. Label removed from each front cover leaving the cloth slightly wrinkled, and taking with it the gilt of the author’s name; covers generally a trifle used; a very little scattered foxing; and marking, but a very good copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Not in Sadleir or Wolff. An entertaining and well-written book.
Ref: CRT101853


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

[KENNEDY (Grace).]. Philip Colville; Or, A covenanter’s story. Unfinished. By the author of “The Decision,” “Father Clement,” &c. &c. Edinburgh: Published by W. Oliphant, 22, South Bridge; And sold by M. Ogle, and Chalmers & Collins, Glasgow; J. Finlay, Newcastle; Beilby & Knotts, Birmingham; J. Hatchard and Son, Hamilton, Adams & Co. [sic] J. Nisbet, J. Duncan, B.J. Holdsworth, and F. Westley, London; and R.M. Tims, and W. Curry, Jun. & Co. [sic] Dublin, 1825. 12mo; steel-engraved frontispiece after Margaret Vans; five line Errata at foot of last leaf of text; pp.[iv]+272; contemporary half-green calf, spine ruled and tooled gilt, with five raised bands, and red label, marbled boards, edges and end-papers. Light foxing of frontispiece; bound up without the half-title; contemporary name written on upper margin of title page; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3780, recording an otherwise identical volume in original “smooth brown-purple cloth, with shiny stripes and occasional flowers in pattern", and a spine-label. Grace Kennedy’s last, unfinished, novel, and in our experience somewhat scarce. Wolff does not mention the date on the frontispiece in his copy: in the present copy it is 1827, which suggests that copies with a frontispiece may represent a later issue — or possibly that publication was for some reason delayed. In his transcription of the title-page Wolff includes the two missing commas: we suspect that this is an error on his part, rather than evidence of a variant state.
Ref: CRT101862


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