Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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

HILL (Headon, i.e., F.E. Grainger). Guilty Gold / A romance of Financial fraud And city crime. By Headon Hill. Author of “Clues from a detective’s camera,” “Cabinet secret,” “The rajah’s Second wife,” etc. Illustrated by Raymond Potter. London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C. Copyrighted Abroad.) 1896. (All rights reserved. Double f’cap 8vo; frontispiece and fifteen plates; integral advertisement leaf at end; vertically ribbed dark yellow green cloth, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked blind,/ ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Minute snag-hole in cloth over front joint, and some very light marking of covers (affecting chiefly the sheen of the cloth; slight spotting to front end-papers; back of frontispiece and last plate foxed (not showing through), and slight foxing to last two leaves; a very nice copy, nonetheless: near-fine.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


One of two variant bindings, identical except that the other has no blind blocking on the spine, but is blocked in blind on the front cover instead. Precedence undetermined. Hubin, p.204, listing no American edition; Glover/Greene, 246.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUISH (Robert, Esq.). [Engraved title:] The progress of crime, Or The authentic memoirs Of Maria Manning. By Robert Huish Esqr. Author of “Memoirs of the Princess Charlotte,” “George the Fourth,” _ [sic] “Maria Martin [sic]” &c. &c. London, no publisher, 1849. [At foot of last page of text:] Printed by M‘Gowan & Co., Great Windmill Street. Demy 8vo in half sheets; wood-engraved frontispiece, vignette title-page, and twenty-four plates; letterpress title not called for; Directions to the Binder on verso of last leaf; pp.831 (excluding engraved title-leaf)+[i]; contemporary watered calf, tooled gilt on sides, spine with four flat bands, ruled and tooled gilt, dark brown lettering-piece; edges burnished brown; end-papers faced drab. Neatly re-jointed; binder’s blank foxed at front and back; two or three sets of gatherings with light embrowning and in one case foxing [v. note]; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £360.00

US $486.00


Issued without letterpress prelims., apparently in twenty-six 32pp. numbers, each with a plate (though they are not distributed as regularly as that might seem to imply). Some half-dozen sets of four four leaf gatherings passim are on different paper from the rest of the volume, with some more or less slight tendency to embrown, and in one case also to fox, this distribution tending to support the assumption that the book was issued originally in 32pp. numbers. The first printing throughout, from type, the text measuring 83mm to 84.5mm in width as against the 84.5mm to 86mm of later printings made from stereo plates. P.257 is incorrectly signed ‘2K’, this being corrected in the stereos, and pp.281 and 289 are here both signed ‘2N’, this bringing the gatherings back into order. The frontispiece here has only a two line caption, as against the five line caption present in later copies, whilst above the printer’s imprint at the end of the text are the words “End of volume the third", this not being present in the reprints. No volume breaks are otherwise indicated in the text, and it is perhaps to be assumed that volume numbers may have been included on the wrappers. A fictionalisation of the events surrounding the real-life murder of Patrick O’Connor in 1849 in the course of which he was twice robbed of small sums — in a low drinking house and in a house of ill-fame — before finally falling victim to a well-planned robbery and murder by the Mannings: the book concludes with an appendix containing an editorial article and description by Charles Dickens of the execution of Mary Manning and her husband at Horsemonger-lane, reprinted from the Times newspaper of Nov.14th 1849, and here first printed in book form. Mary Manning, neé de Roux, who was Swiss by origin, was the last woman to be executed publicly in England — Dickens’ letter of protest having some effect in stiffening a government resolve to put an end to the custom. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Block, p.116; Summers, ‘Gothic Bibliography’, p.73

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

HYNE (C.J. Cutcliffe). Honour of Theives: A Novel By C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne Author of “The New Eden;” “The Recipe for Diamonds” Etc. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1895. Advertisement leaf before half-title; two leaves text-paper advertisements followed by publishers’ inserted 32pp. Catalogue dated May, 1901, at end; pp.[xii]+240+4; light green linen ruled and blocked black and copper, lettered black-outlined copper on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with fern and tendril design in dark blue-green. Insignificant spotting to front cover, but a virtually fine copy of a handsome book.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


In our experience a scarce title. Hubin, p.219. The pair of text-paper advertisement leaves at the end were almost certainly printed conjugate with the 12pp. of prelims., completing the full sheet.

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

KERNAHAN (Coulson). Captain Shannon. With sixteen full-page illustrations By F.S. Wilson. London, Ward, Lock and Co. Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, 1897. (All rights reserved). Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; very dark green diagonal fine beaded-line bead ribbed cloth, lettered scarlet on front cover, ruled and lettered scarlet on spine. One or two very minor faults, but a nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Hubin, p.237. The first English edition, the American edition being dated 1896. A murder detective mystery, with a background of terrorism. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.24, 30, 38, 66, 73, 76, 91, 97, 103, 142, 184, 195, 213, 226, and 254, and are here so bound in. The very unusual cloth grain consists of lines spaced at 1mm intervals, between each pair of which, filling the space, there runs a single row of beads (c. 0.7mm across); each of the lines, however, being itself made up of a single line of very fine beads (less than 0.1mm across).
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LANG (Andrew). The Mark of Cain. Authorized edition. New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1886. Binder’s blank at front and back; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.173+[i (blank)]+[ii]; quarter black smooth cloth, lettered gilt on spine, dark red cloth-covered boards, lettered light red on front board. Some wear to covers; front free end-paper slightly trimmed and re-inserted; otherwise internally nice. As a reading copy.

GB £22.00

US $29.70


The first American edition. In this copy p.90, l.9, has the reading ‘star’ for ‘planet’, as always.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[LYTTON (Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord).]. Eugene Aram. A tale. By the Author of “Pelham,” “Devereux.” &c. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1832. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title present in each volume; integral advertisement leaf (for volume ten of ‘Bentley’s Standard Novels;) at end of volume three; pp.[xii]+299+[i (blank)]; [iv]+308; [iv]+306+[ii]; contemporary quarter black roan lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides; a.e. uncut. Scattered foxing, otherwise a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


Hubin, p.57; Sadleir, 404; Wolff, 932.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MACDONALD (The Rev. J. Middleton, Bengal Chaplain). Thunderbolt: An Australian story. In one volume. London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 13, Great Marlborough Street, N.D. [1894]. Blank before half-title; Glossary leaf with printer’s imprint on verso followed by two leaves integral advertisements and 16pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue, at end; bevelled dark green crushed morocco cloth blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore-edges uncut; end-papers coated dark grey-green. Cloth of sides just a trifle affected by damp and slightly bubbled; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £60.00

US $81.00


A story involving robbery, murder, detection, bushranging, a trial, etc. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

M‘GOVAN (James, [i.e., HONEYMAN (William C.)]). Solved mysteries: Or, Revelations of a City Detective. By James M‘Govan, Author of “Brought to Bay,” “Hunted Down,” “Strange Clues,” “Traced and Tracked,” etc. Edinburgh and Glasgow: John Menzies and Company. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1888. All rights reserved. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf followed by 16pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably integral; pp.[viii]+366+[xviii]; yellow boards printed in red and black, the front board bearing an illustration involving a ghost, the spine conventional ornaments, printed in red and black, the back cover publisher’s advertisements. Almost invisibly rebacked, preserving the original slightly chipped backstrip; minute chips to two margins (apparently an original trimming fault, and short tear to one fore-margin; light damp-cockling and slight discolouration to back end-papers; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy. Very scarce, especially thus.

GB £420.00

US $567.00


M‘Govan claims to have been responsible for seeding the “extraordinary crop of ‘Detective’ stories from other writers” that appeared during the 1880s, commenting in his Preface: “A very eminent publisher, who refused ‘Brought to Bay’ on the ground that ‘the taste for that kind of literature had entirely faded,’ must now be rubbing his eyes in astonishment.” As with the other titles in the series, the present volume was published simultaneously in two formats, ‘Pictorial Boards, Price 2s. 6d.’, as here, and ‘Cloth Gilt, 3s. 6d.’ Both are now very scarce, having for the most part, presumably, been read to pieces! The author’s name appears on the front board as ‘McCovan’. Hubin, p.270; COPAC records copies at the National Library of Scotland and Cambridge only.

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

MARSH (Richard). The Crime and the criminal. By Richard Marsh, Author of “The Mystery of Philip Bennion’s Death,” “Mrs. Musgrave’s Husband,” etc., etc. With two full-page illustrations by Harold Piffard. London, Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, N.D. [1897]. Half-title not called for; title-leaf and final leaf of text both single-insets; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and one plate; pp.vi+346; diagonally very fine ribbed cerise cloth lettered gilt and with gilt ruled box on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut; laid-paper end-papers with vertical chain-lines. Nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Published in September, 1897. That the title-page is undated agrees with the deposit copies. The plate is not listed in the Contents, but it is marked to face p.339 and is here so bound in. Hubin, p.282; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. Apparently not issued in America. COPAC lists the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and London Library copies only.

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

MASON (A.E.W.). Miranda Of the balcony. A story. Macmillan and Co., Limited, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1899. All rights reserved. Pp.viii+312; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated 5.8.99; vertically fine ribbed deep turquoise cloth blocked with art nouveau design blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Spine just a trifle dull; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


A story involving treason, smuggling, kidnapping, blackmail, etc., as well as a certain amount of detection: ‘"‘Ambrose,’ said I, ‘never in all your puff have you struck anything like this. Fouché you shall trample under foot and Sherlock Holmes shall be your washpot; you are the best in the world.’"’ Not in Sadleir or Hubin; Wolff, 4626.

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