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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 $124.00


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 $446.40


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 $223.20


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 $111.60


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 $27.28


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 $198.40


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 $74.40


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 $520.80


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 $93.00


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 $99.20


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

MURRAY (David Christie). A race for millions. London, Chatto & Windus, 1898. 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher’s inserted catalogue, 32pp. on smaller paper, dated May 1898, at end; cerise vertical flame-grain cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. End-papers almost invisibly strengthened at gutters with matching paper; a few leaves opened a little carelessly, generally at exttreme inner margins; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


From the second binding batch, otherwise similar copies being known with a catalogue dated March: the book was published in April. Opens with a reference to Sherlock Holmes, and includes a woman detective. Set Variously in London, the U.S.A., and Canada. One of the better written and more interesting detective novels of its period.. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5038; Hubin, p.303.

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

NORRIS (W.E.). Mr. Chaine’s sons: A Novel. In three volumes. London: Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington St., Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1891. All rights reserved. 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title and integral advertisement leaf at end in each volume; pp.[2]+vi+314+[ii]; [2]+vi+305+[i (blank)]+[ii]; [2]+vi+302+[ii]; brown buckram, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. printed with basket-weave pattern in brown; end-papers printed with publisher’s monogram and device pattern in grey. Restorations to cloth of joints in volumes one and two, slight wear to head and tail of spines and some edges, some barely perceptible restorations to spine lettering, library labels on each front cover; one or two small marks internally, but text in general very clean and crisp. As a reading copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


A rather eccentric murder mystery. This title not in Hubin; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5167, describing the cloth as ‘liver coloured’ and the edges as printed in black.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OXENHAM (John). God’s prisoner. The story of A crime A punishment A redemption By John Oxenham. London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1898. All rights reserved. 4pp. integral advertisements followed by publisher’s 16pp. inserted catalogue at end; vertically fine-ribbed leaf green cloth, lettered black and scarlet on front cover and spine, blocked black on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; good quality laid-paper end-papers. Very slight wear to extremities of spine; front paste-down slightly scuffed by removal of bookplate; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Beginning as a story of murder and embezzelment in London, it develops into a search for treasure in the South seas, with episodes of piracy. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff.

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REDE (William Leman). The Wedded wanderer; Or, The soldier’s fate. A novel. London: Published by G. Virtue, Ivy Lane, Paternoster-row; Bath-street, Bristol; and Vincent-street, Liverpool: And sold by all booksellers, 1827. Demy 8vo format, signed in fours and twelves; half-title not called for; fine steel-engraved frontispiece, vignette title-page, and nine plates, mostly by J. Rogers, after Hilliard, H. Corbould, Hopwood, et al.; letterpress title leaf; pp.787+[i (Directions to the Binder)]; contemporary half natural calf, marbled sides, spine elaborately tooled and ruled gilt, with green label, and three green onlays tooled gilt. Covers a trifle rubbed, and calf cracked over front joint, but not weak; a few scattered gatherings foxed and embrowned due to the use of poor quality paper in some parts; otherwise and in general a nice copy of an apparently rare book.

GB £250.00

US $310.00


Issued in thirty-three numbered parts, the last containing only ten leaves, each of the others twelve, the letterpress title being integral to the first gathering. This copy has nine plates present in addition to the frontispiece and vignette title: the Directions to the Binder calls for only eight, that bound in to face p.489 not being listed. Leaf 4R4 in this copy is apparently a cancel, on paper of a poorer quality. Not in Summers or Wolff; this title not in Sadleir; Block, p.195, listing the title only (presumably from a reference), and citing no actual copy. A crime novel involving some detection but concentrating more on the machinations of the villain, set variously in England, France, and the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars. It also shows some social concerns, and has passages relating to slavery in the West Indies, debtors’ prisons, the management of the Poor Law, etc., and is of some interest in giving glimpses of the attitudes and knowledge of educated people of the second rank at a time of considerable social transition. In form and structure, though not in style, it is an evident precursor of the Dickens novel.
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RIDDELL (Mrs. J.H.). The senior partner. A Novel. By Mrs. J.H. Riddell, Author of ‘George Geith,’ ‘The Mystery in Palace Gardens,’ etc. In three volumes. London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to her Majesty the Queen, 1881. (All Rights reserved.) 3 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; final leaf in each volume a single inset; pp.[vi]+298; [vi]+309+[i (blank)]; [vi]+290; diagonally very-fine-ribbed apple-green cloth blocked very dark green on front cover and spine, lettered very dark green on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers printed with flower-and-leaf design in grey-green. One or two very minor faults, but a very nice copy, near-fine. Scarce thus.

GB £2,340.00

US $2,901.60


Very scarce. Sadleir, 2066, listing the copy from the publisher’s file; Wolff lists only a later German reprint; Hubin, p.346. Includes a fair amount of detection, and the subject is financial swindling, but the story involves nothing that would have been criminous at the time.

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

ROTHWELL (Charles C.). The Stolen Bishop By Charles C. Rothwell. London: The Leadenhall Press, Ltd: 50, Leadenhall Street, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd: New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 153-157, Fifth Avenue, N.D. [August 1895]. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; facsimile on smaller paper tipped-in before title-page, bearing supposed ms. note by Bishop on recto, verso blank; pp.[3] — 239+[i (blank)]; publlisher’s Book List, 16pp., printed on text-paper, at end, the first page bearing the coding ‘(T.695)’ at foot; scarlet smooth cloth, ruled black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine, lettered gilt and black, blocked gilt, on front cover; fore-edges uncut; off-white end-papers. Title-page and last page of Book List embrowned by contact with end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


A beautifully written novel, probably intended for older girls, but certainly enjoyable by anyone. One of the characters is a cripple bearing a generic resemblance to Long John Silver in Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’, but one wonders whether Mervyn Peake had ever read the book: a scene between the cripple, one of his accomplices, and two girls in the attic of an empty inn rises to a high pitch of tension and seems to foreshadow the death scene of Steerpike in ‘Gormenghast’!

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STABLES ([William] Gordon, M.D., C.M., R.N.). The mystery Of a millionaire’s grave. By Gordon-Stables [sic], M.D., C.M., R.N. Author of “The Cruise of the Snowbird,” “From Pole to Pole,” “In Touch With Nature,” “Jack Locke,” &c., &c., &c. London: Remington & Co., Publishers, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, N.D. [1890]. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.x+310+[ii]; dark red buckram blocked black and grey-green, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with pansy pattern in brown. Cloth very slightly dulled, but a nice copy of a scarce adult title.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


Apparently ‘founded on fact’: resurrection men, holding to ransom a corpse. Hubin, p.386

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

STEVENSON (Robert Louis) and STEVENSON (Fanny Van de Grift). More new Arabian nights: The dynamiter. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1885. Globe 8vo; pp.[viii]+207+[i (blank)]; pale green paper wrappers, printed on front and back wrappers dark blue-green, the front wrapper bearing an illustration, the back wrapper publisher’s advertisements; issued without end-papers; bound into half crushed red morocco, ruled gilt on sides, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine, light red cloth sides; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated dark grey-green. Blank paper backstrip not present; front joint very slightly rubbed; minor (and barely visible) restorations to nick in lower margin of front wrapper and extreme upper corner of back wrapper; otherwise a perfectly fine copy; very scarce thus.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


McKay 32; Glover/Green 423; Hubin, p.390. Detective: The Hon. Henry Luxmore. A virtually fine copy, lacking only the unprinted paper backstrip, in a fine binding, probably Edwardian.

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STEVENSON (R.L.) and OSBOURNE (Lloyd). The Wrong box. By Robert Louis Stevenson Author of ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ etc. And Lloyd Osbourne. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889. Half-title not called for; 16pp. publisher’s catalogue at end dated January, 1889; scarlet smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; white end-papers printed with ship and swan design in light brown; lower-edges rough-trimmed, others uncut. Small bookplate on both paste-downs; some scattered barely visible foxing; otherwise a virtually fine, tight, copy. Scarce thus.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


McKay 498. The first printing, with the word Contents printed in large type above a decorative rule, and with the earliest date of the catalogue. Prideaux, I, 29; Beinecke, 501 (listing only a copy with the catalogue dated ‘8/89’); Princeton, 42, copy 1; Glover/Greene 422; Hubin, p.390.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

STEVENSON (Robert Louis) and OSBOURNE (Lloyd). The wrecker. Illustrated by William Hole and W.L. Metcalf. Cassell & Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, 1892. (All rights reserved.) Half-tone frontispiece, with tissue guard, and eleven plates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end dated on p.5 ‘2G. 5.92’; royal blue buckram lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed. Very slight damp-spotting to covers; contemporary ownership inscription on half-title; a virtually fine copy, nonetheless. Uncommon thus.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


McKay 558; Hubin, p.390.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.


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TROLLOPE (Anthony). The Vicar of Bullhampton. By Anthony Trollope. With thirty illustrations by H. Woods. London: Bradbury, Evans, and Co., 11, Bouverie Street, 1870. Demy 8vo, gathered irregularly in eights and sixes (v. note); wood-engraved frontispiece with conjugate vignette title-page, twenty-two inserted plates with tissue guards, and eleven vignettes printed in the text; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.xvi (including frontispiece and title-leaf)+481+[i (blank)]+[x (not paginated)]; smooth brown cloth, blocked black on sides and spine, pictorially blocked gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges lightly trimmed; end-papers faced grey. Slight wear to head and tail of spine, with slight loss of gilt to top rule; slight marginal foxing to one plate; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce thus.

GB £650.00

US $806.00


A volume too heavy for its binding, which is seldom found to-day in its original cloth — and rarely in nice state. Sadleir, ‘Trollope’, 32: Sadleir’s ‘A’ issue (preferred) with the advertisements corresponding to those of the parts issue. In this copy the plate to p.245 has a full-stop after ‘in’ instead of a comma, whilst that to p.311 lacks the closing inverted commas: both points noted by Sadleir as characteristic of the book issue rather than copies bound up from the parts. One or two light pencilled corrections have been made using proofing marks, which suggests that this may at some point have been a publisher’s copy. The book was never reprinted in its original form, but a reset edition was published in 1871.

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

UPWARD (Allen). The Queen against Owen. With a frontispiece by J.S. Crompton. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1894. Half-title with advertisements on verso; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; leaf bearing publisher’s woodcut device on recto, blank on verso, precedes two leaves integral advertisements, and publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue dated Sept., 1893, at end; pp.[viii]+242+[ii]+[4]; royal blue crushed morocco cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked pictorially black and white, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt and black on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers printed with flower-and-leaf pattern in grey. Dedication leaf opened somewhat roughly with consequent long tear and chip affecting the (blank) top inch and a quarter of that leaf, the chipped piece restored to its place and the tear mended without use of tissue, the visible evidence being a couple of hair-line cracks; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


A murder mystery, and the author’s first essay in the genre. Hubin, p.412.

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

WARDEN (Florence). A perfect fool. By Florence Warden, Author of ‘Ralph Ryder of Brent,’ ‘A Witch of the Hills,’ ‘The House on the Marsh,’ etc. In two volumes. London: F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1894. 2 Vols., sm.cr.8vo; 16pp. publisher’s integral advertisements at end (continuing the pagination); pp.[viii]+248; [viii]+240; bright brown diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram black on back cover, ruled and blocked with architectural motif blind, ruled and lettered black, on front cover, ruled black, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with crazy-paving pattern in orange-brown. Small, unobtrusive, restoration to cloth of spine in volume one; bookplate removed from front end-paper in volume two, leaving slight scuffing; gilt a little dull on both spines; one end-paper a little cracked; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


A scarce title in any form, very scarce, as here, in first edition. This title not in Sadleir; Hubin, p.425; Wolff, 7046, recording only the single-volume edition of the next year, of which he hopefully, and somewhat strangely comments: “‘In One Volume’ on title page, which sometimes means it is a reprint; not this time, as the type is large, and the work never would have stretched to more than a single volume.” This to our mind suggests that the Wolff copy was heavily cut, as despite the ‘large’ type it had only 304pp. as against the total of 486pp. of text in the present copy, where the type is also large, but not unduly so. Hubin records the work as of undetermined status. It is a well-written mystery story developing in the leisurely Victorian manner and involving fraud and false imprisonment. In this copy the following erratum and typographical faults have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): in volume one, p.29, l.23, ‘ingenious’ for ‘ingenuous’; p.52, l.12, raised ‘i’ at start of line; in volume two, p.5, l.18, improper spacing between ‘o’ and ‘v’ of ‘drove’, and l.21, improper spacing between ‘o’ and ‘b’ of ‘nobody’.

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

WATERS [i.e., William Russell]. A Skeleton in every house. By Waters, Author of “Recollections of a Detective Police Officer,” &c., &c. London: Charles H. Clarke, 13, Paternoster-row, N.D. [1860]. F’cap 8vo; pp.[7]-334; contemporary half brown calf, oil-marbled boards. Bound up without the half-title or advertisements (v.note); calf slightly rubbed and peeled on upper corners; fore-margins lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


Issued upon first publication as volume 222 of the Parlour Library, a fact only noted on the half-title (not here present). As issued, the volume was clothed in conventional glazed yellow boards, with white end-papers bearing advertisements in black. The pagination suggests that the front end-papers as well as the half-title were reckoned as integral. The final leaf is here a singleton, a terminal leaf of advertisements having also been omitted by the binder (as is evidenced by faint offsetting onto the last page of text), and it too was probably integral: that, the last leaf of text, the three leaves of prelims. and the front end-papers making up together one full sheet. Glover/Greene, 461; Hubin, p.427; Sadleir, 3755a/222 (recording likewise only a bound copy); this title not in Wolff. Sadleir notes the extreme scarcity of all Parlour Library titles after about number 200. In this copy the words ‘millions of men’ in the last line on p.15 are battered (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined).
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