Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MONRO (Rev. Edward, M.A.). Sacred Allegories. Second Series. The revellers. The midnight sea. The wanderer. The Journey Home. The dark mountains. By the late Rev. Edward Monro, M.A. London: Joseph Masters, 78, New Bond Street, 1874. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; title leaf tipped onto a stub [v. note]; pp.88+[ii]+96+[ii]+120; magenta sand-grain cloth, ruled and very elaboreately blocked blind on sides, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Small, neat, restoration to cloth at head of spine, and cloth of spine a little faded; prize label (dated 1876) on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £25.00

US $33.75


Three linked works in one volume, originally issued separately, probably in wrappers, the second and third parts (‘The Journey Home’ and ‘The Dark Mountains’) each provided with a separate Contents leaf, that to the first part having probably been excised to provide the stub to which the title leaf is pasted. A sort of pre-cursor of Sword and Sorcery, but Christian in intent. Not in Locke’s ‘Spectra’.
Ref: ERT118687


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NASH (Henry). Barerock Or The island of pearls. Illustrated by Lancelot Speed. London, Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C. All rights reserved, N.D. [1891]. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and sixteen illustrations in text, mostly full-page and unbacked; pp.[x (including frontispiece)]+411+[i (blank)]; dove grey buckram, pictorially blocked brown, grey-green, flesh-pink, and black, on front cover and spine, lettered black-shadowed gilt and gilt-beaded brown on front cover, lettered gilt, gilt-beaded brown, and black on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with orange-branch design in pale grey-green. Publisher’s label on front cover and rubber-stamp on blank recto of frontispiece; offsetting affecting last two gatherings (v. note); otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp and label. A very early Arnold title, published before they had adopted a policy of plain cover designs, and unusual among Arnold firsts in not bearing a date. The correct first issue, the volume being re-issued in 1894 trimmed down to cr.8vo format. The offsetting from wet sheets affecting the last two gatherings in the present volume may suggest that it was in fact an advance copy or proof. An action-packed juvenile that is a kind of blending of ‘The Coral Island’ with some of Rider Haggard’s African romances, but without the factual consistency of setting that gives to them their verisimilitude: it is instead a show-case very often for the author’s ignorance — unnecessary improbabilities ranging from a sailor telling his fellow sailor at sea that it is ‘two o’clock’, to a boa contrictor (in Africa!) killing its prey with a bite! Includes some lost-race and fantasy elements, in particular an episode depending upon mesmerism, instructions being transmitted by thought processes alone.

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Ref: ERT104106


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OSWALD (E.J.). The Dragon of the North: A tale of the Normans In Italy. By E.J. Oswald, Author of ‘By Fell and Fjord,’ ‘Scenes and Studies in Iceland,’ etc. London, Seeley & Co., 46, 47, & 48, Essex Street, Strand, (Late of 54, Fleet Street), 1888 [i.e. Winter 1887]. Extra cr.8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates, all captioned in red; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, not dated but including an advertisement of ‘The Portfolio... Volume for 1887; pp.xii+350+[ii]; patterned-sand-grain yellow-ochre cloth, ruled brown, lettered gilt, pictorially blocked gilt and brown on front cover, ruled brown, lettered and pictorially blocked gilt, on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Covers a little dusty; ink numerals and small rubber-stamp of the Joint Fiction Reserve on front end-paper, but no other signs of library use; couple of blank corners creased; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £60.00

US $81.00


A very early example of sword and sorcery, with a good historical background and a setting of eleventh century Italy. Not in Bleiler, Clute and Nicholls, or Locke’s ‘Spectra’; Nield, ‘Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales’, 1911 Supplement, p.262, recording it as a juvenile. There is no list of illustrations, but they are tipped in to face pp.32, 48, 166, 242, 272, 322, and 346.
Ref: ERT118670


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[PULLEN (Henry William).]. The fight At Dame Europa’s school: Shewing how The German boy thrashed the French boy; And how the English boy looked on. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co. Salisbury: Brown and Co. The Right of Translation is Reserved. N.D. [1870]. Double pott 16mo sewn as a single gathering; half-title not called for; 3pp. Brown and Co. and trade advertisements at end; pp.28+[iii]+[i (blank)]; light blue-green paper wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black, the back wrapper advertising translations into French and German as “Now Ready, Price Sixpence"; issued without end-papers. Slight foxing of wrappers with offsetting onto facing leaves; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce, especially thus.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Published “Price Sixpence", as stated on the wrappers. This first edition, which was of only 500 copies, was printed at Salisbury and bears the printer’s imprint: “Bennett, printer, Journal Office", on the verso of the title-page and at the end of text. The second, and later, printings declare their status on the wrappers. Demand was such that printing was transferred to Spottiswoode’s in London at the end of January 1871, and by then 29,000 copies had been sold. Subsequent editions published from 1871 onwards were illustrated by T. Nast. The pamphlet ran to at least twenty-seven printings or editions, reaching its 193rd thousand in 1874, and was still in print as late as 1914. Though the pamphlet is common in libraries, copies of the true first printing in the original wrappers as here are very scarce, especially in nice state. All the advertisements in this copy are for Brown & Co.’s publications (supported by various London firms) with the exception of the last, which is for an anonymous three-decker published by Smith, Elder and Co., ‘Six Months Hence’. The wrapper advertisements are, with regard to the imprint, the same as the title-page. Wolff, 5670a, recording the 50th thousand; Locke, ‘Spectrum’, I, p.16, and Wolff, 5671/1, both recording copies without wrappers, and hence of unknown status; not in Sadleir; British Library and National Library of Scotland copies only of the first printing on COPAC.
Ref: ERT119388


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

RITCHIE (Leitch). The Romance of history. France. In three volumes. Edward Bull, Holles Street, 1831. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles absent, probably lacking; fly-title to each story, included in the pagination; pp.[viii (paged as [iii]-[viii]+[ii])]+326; [iii]-[vi]+350; [iii]-[vi]+346; contemporary green fine diaper cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Legendary historical tales, including a werewolf story and several other wierd fantasies. Not in Sadleir, or Wolff. The lattermost portion of the final volume and the final leaf of volume one (a single inset), are printed on a different paper stock, this being used also for the preliminary leaves to each volume, which must therefore have been printed last. The leaf following the title-page in each volume is signed ‘a3’, suggesting that half-titles were in fact allowed for by the printer. In volume one both the first leaf of the author’s Advertisement, which follows the title leaf, and the Contents leaf, which follows that, are signed ‘a3’, the Advertisement having apparently been included as an afterthought. This Advertisement is dated 11th December, 1830: it seems probable that the book was issued before Christmas in that year and dated ahead. One of three titles issued by Bull under the same general heading, the others being ‘England’ by Henry Neele, and ‘Italy’ by Charles Macfarlane. Other titles were issued opportunistically under the same heading by other publishers at about the same time.
Ref: ERT104144


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File E: Nineteenth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.


The first scientific ‘disaster’ novel in English.

[SHELLEY (Mary Wollstonecraft).]. The last man. By The author of Frankenstein. In three volumes. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1826. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-titles not called for, but bound up without the integral advertisement leaf (v. note) at the end of volume one; advertisements for ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Valperga’ on lower half of last page of text in volume three; pp.[xii]+358; [ii]+328; [ii]+352; contemporary half natural calf, ruled and elaborately tooled gilt on spine, ruled blind on sides, black lettering- and numbering- piece, matching marbled sides and end-papers; sprinkled edges. Some chipping to paper of sides; one numbering-piece supplied from another volume, and not uniform; two pin-head sized holes in blank fore-margin of L3 in volume one, similar hole in lower margin of F7 in volume three, both due to original paper flaws; minute chip from blank lower fore-corner of N3 in volume two; four or five leaves over all with slight, very light, spotting or small stains; a very nice copy, nonetheless, virtually fine internally.

GB £6,600.00

US $8,910.00


Less sought after than ‘Frankenstein’ because never filmed, but better written, scarcer, and just as important in the development of the genre. Locke, ‘Spectrum’, p.194: “Science fiction novel of the twenty-first century which culminates in the wiping out of mankind by a plague; an early and very important work in the history of the development of science fiction.... The book’s importance to the hard core of my 19th century collection of science fiction cannot be over-estimated.” Clute & Nicholls, 1993, p.1099: “The tale served as a model for much subsequent work using its basic idea of a world in which there can be a last, secular survivor.” Sir Edmund Gosse in ‘Silhouettes’ (1925) pp.231 — 8, after noting the rarity of the novel even at that time, speaks of its value outside the genre, as biography, the main characters being informed portraits of Byron (Lord Raymond), Shelley (Earl adrian), Claire Clairmont (Perdita), William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft (Earl Adrian’s parents), etc. “That Mrs. Shelley’s novel was anonymous, and its plot veiled by imaginary names and circumstances, has, I think, concealed the amount of biographical value which it contains. When she wrote it, the events of her husband’s life and of Byron’s were fresh in her memory, and she was incessantly occupied with them. In her solitary and melancholy condition, her thoughts were concentrated on what she had lived through in a few brilliant, feverish years, and her recollections were intense.” Not in Sadleir; Wise, Ashley Library, V, p.39 (the copy read by Gosse); Wolff, 6281; Bleiler, 1948, p.35; CBEL, III, p.416. It is by no means certain that the advertisement leaf recorded as lacking above is in fact called for in this copy. The Ashley Library and Wolff copies are both in the original boards, but collate differently, Wise having apparently assumed that a blank at the start of volumes two and three was in each case integral and conjugate with the title-leaf: but the collation over the three volumes works out to an exact number of whole sheets if the titles were single insets, as in the Wolff copy, and it seems probable that the blanks recorded by Wise were in fact binder’s blanks. This in turn casts into doubt his statement that Q12 in volume one, recorded by Wolff as an advertisement leaf, was also a blank. It seems more likely that this terminal blank in the Wise copy was also a binder’s blank, and, assuming that the Wise copy has suffered no loss, that copies were originally made up both with and without this leaf. As with the Wolff copy, p.327 in volume one is here misnumbered ‘227’.
Ref: ERT117869


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