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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

ALLEN (F.M. [i.e., Edmund Downey]). Through Green Glasses. Sixth edition. London: Ward and Downey, 12, York Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1888. (All rights reserved.) Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.236; publisher’s inserted 16pp. Catalogue at end, dated August 1888; glazed yellow boards printed with publisher’s advertisements in black on back cover, in scarlet, black, and olive green on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with publisher’s and commercial advertisements. Slight wear to edges and corners; spine and edges of covers somewhat dusty; a generally nice copy, nonetheless, of an uncommon title.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1894, records the first edition of 1887, but not a yellow-back. The first of the collections of tales supposedly narrated by a Waterford man, Dan Banim.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

ANONYMOUS The wet day; Or, Nothing happens to man but what Is intended for his good. Published under the direction of The committee of general literature and education, Appointed by the society for promoting Christian knowledge. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; Sold at the depositories: 77, Great Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields; 4, Royal Exchange; 48, Piccadilly; And by all booksellers, N.D. [but post 1872, and probably 1873 or 1874 — v. note]. 24pp., Demy 18mo, in sixes; sewn as a single gathering into plain white paste-down end-papers, glazed lilac wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black (the back wrapper with type ornaments), left free at spine; free end-papers and half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece; pp.24. Owner’s signature neatly written in ink on front pastedown; two faint embrowned outlines on corners of final page of text where protective over-wrapper put on by owner and secured to itself with strips of gummed paper has been removed; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

GB £20.00

US $27.00


Juvenile. Denominated ‘Class 2’ on the front wrapper. Dated primarily from the form of the imprint: 48 Piccadilly having been introduced to replace the 16, Hanover Street address in 1872, and commas [re-]introduced after the street numbers, as here, a year or two later. A later printing. COPAC records copies at Birmingham and V & A Libraries only, the latter having the Hanover Street address and the printers’ imprint Richard Clay. The printers’ imprint on the present copy reads: ‘Printed by Truscott, Son, & Simmons, Suffolk-lane, City.’ This form of the imprint of a firm later known as Jas. Truscott & Son appears to have been used at least fom 1859 to 1874, and since a similar volume from the same source could be dated from external evidence 1874, that seems the likely date of the present volume.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

BADEAU (Adam). Conspiracy: A Cuban romance. By Adam Badeau. London, Frederick Warne and Co., Bedford Street, Strand. (All Rights Reserved), N.D. [1898]. Pp.319+[i (blank)]; cream boards printed on front cover in black, red, and green, on spine in black and green, on back board with ‘Monkey Brand’ advertisement in black; end-papers printed on facing surfaces with publishers’ advertisements. Slight chipping to paper of corners and top fore-edge of spine; mull showing at joints; a very little light foxing internally; back end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


A volume in the series ‘Warne’s Library of Fiction’. Originally published by R. Worthington in New York in 1885 (Wright, Vol.III, No.205) and by Warne in 1886. Topp, ‘Victorian Yellowbacks’, IV, p.247; not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

BESANT (Walter) and RICE (James). With harp and crown. A Novel By Walter Besant and James Rice, Authors of “Ready-money Mortiboy,” “This Son of Vulcan,” “The Golden Butterfly,” “My Little Girl,” “The Case of Mr. Lucraft,” etc. A new edition. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, N.D. [1885]. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf precedes title-page; pp.[vi]+394; publishers’ inserted catalogue, 32pp., at end, dated September, 1885; yellow boards, printed on front board and spine in red, black, and green, on back board with commercial advertisements in black; antique-toned end-papers printed on all visible surfaces with commercial advertisements. Covers a little rubbed, chipped a little at one corner, and showing slight general wear; a very good, solid, copy, nonetheless.

GB £60.00

US $81.00


First published in three volumes in 1875 by Tinsley, and here dated from the catalogue. Sadleir, 3442; Wolff, 425a.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

BLACKMORE (R.D.). Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor. By R.D. Blackmore, Author of “Craddock Nowell,” “Alice Lorraine,” “Clara Vaughan,” etc. Thirty-fifth edition. London: Sampson Low, Marston, & Company, Limited, St. Dunstan’s House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C., 1891. Final blank; pp.viii+517+[iii]; pale green glazed boards printed in dark green, black, and red on front cover and spine, in dark green and black on back cover with advertisement for ‘Fry’s Pure concentrated Cocoa’; light blue-green end-papers printed on all visible surfaces with commercial advertisements in black. Paper covering of spine a little chipped at edges, more so at tail of back joint; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Originally published in three volumes in 1869. The present printing includes Blackmore’s ‘Preface to the sixth edition’ first published in January 1873. A volume in the series ‘Low’s Standard Novels’. Wolff, 536a, records the ‘30th edition’, whilst Sadleir, 3446, records the ‘33rd edition’, both of 1889.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

GRANT (James). The Scottish soldiers Of fortune Their adventures and achievements in The armies of Europe. By James Grant Author of “The Romance of War". London, George Routledge and Sons, Limited, Broadway, Ludgate Hill; Glasgow, Manchester & New York, 1890. Half-title not called for; pp.iv+331+[i (printers’ imprint); glazed pale yellow boards printed in red, black, and green on front cover and spine, on back cover in black with advertisement for ‘Pears’ Soap’; end-papers printed on all visible surfaces with commercial advertisements (‘Routledge’s Railway Library Advertiser. Eleventh Issue.’). Corners a little worn and slight chipping to paper covering of front joint at head and tail; small piece chipped from front end-paper with loss, in all, of about three words of advertisement; front end-papers a little foxed with offsetting onto title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The first yellowback edition of Grant’s last work issued originally in cloth in 1888, the year after his death, (but dated 1889). NSTC, 0918751; not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

LEVER (Charles). The adventures Of Arthur O’Leary. By Charles Lever, Author of “Harry Lorrequer". London, Frederick Warne and Co., And New York, N.D. [c.1890]. Double demy 16mo, printed in double column; half-title not called for; final page series advertisements; pp.191+[i]; pale green wrappers printed outside in scarlet, the back wrapper bearing an advertisement for Pears’ Soap; issued without end-papers. Faint rubber-stamp, ‘3d’, on front wrapper, and very slight dusting of wrappers at edges and on spine; prelims. and last few leaves a little embrowned on margins; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £35.00

US $47.25


Issued as volume 141 of the ‘Notable Novels’ series, price sixpence. Not in COPAC, Wolff, or Sadleir, but dated from the COPAC record of other titles in the series, the advertisement page here listing numbers 1 — 152.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

[JENKINS (John Edward)]. [Cover title:] Fifteenth thousand. By the author of “Ginx’s Baby.” The Blot On The Queen’s Head; Or, How Little Ben, the head waiter Changed the sign of the “Queen’s Inn” To “Empress Hotel, Limited,” And the consequences thereof. By A guest. Strahan & Co., 34, Paternoster Row, 1876. All Rights Reserved]. [Sixpence. [Printed by:] Hazell, Watson & Viney, Kirby Street, Hatton Garden, E.C. Prelims. not called for; pp.32; blue-grey paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in blue and scarlet, on back wrapper inside and out, with publisher’s advertisements in blue, on inside front wrapper with author’s Advertisement; Chapman & Hall advertisement on smaller white paper printed in black on recto only, tipped inside back cover; lower-edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Nice copy. Scarce.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Tipped on to the upper margin of the inside front wrapper is a newspaper cutting including a very amusing skit entitled ‘A Testimonial to Mr. Gladstone. Picked up by the Man-at-the-door’, which may or may not be by Jenkins. A satire on Disraeli’s move to add the title ‘Empress of India’ to the Queen’s style. The Advertisement inside the front cover, dated March 15th [1876], records that “it has been wholly written and printed in eleven hours, and is submitted to the public subject to these disadvantages.” Written hastily or not, at least 100,000 copies of this and a subsequent illustrated issue were sold before the end of the same year. The present copy differs from the original printing only by the wrappers of that lacking the printing statement, the absence of the illustration of the inn-sign here on the front wrapper, and the fact that the wrappers of that were printed wholly in black. It also lacked the inserted advertisements. This ‘Fifteenth Thousand’ is not noticed in Copac, though copies of the first printing are recorded at Glasgow, LSE, Leeds, Bishopsgate, and the five copyright libraries, together with one copy each of the 60th, 70th, 90th, and 100th thousand. Set partly in the future, it might perhaps barely qualify as fantasy.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

LEVER (Charles). The adventures Of Arthur O’Leary. By Charles Lever, Author of “Harry Lorrequer". London, Frederick Warne and Co., And New York, N.D. [c.1890]. Double demy 16mo, printed in double column; half-title not called for; final page series advertisements; pp.191+[i]; pale green wrappers printed outside in scarlet, the back wrapper bearing an advertisement for Pears’ Soap; issued without end-papers. Faint rubber-stamp, ‘3d’, on front wrapper, and very slight dusting of wrappers at edges and on spine; prelims. and last few leaves a little embrowned on margins; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £35.00

US $47.25


Issued as volume 141 of the ‘Notable Novels’ series, price sixpence. Not in COPAC, Wolff, or Sadleir, but dated from the COPAC record of other titles in the series, the advertisement page here listing numbers 1 — 152.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

[MONRO (Edward).]. True Stories of Cottagers. Mary Cooper. London: Joseph Masters, Aldersgate Street, And New Bond Street, 1853. Demy 18mo, in sixes; blank and wood-engraved frontispiece precede title-page with woodcut vignette; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+32; stabbed, sewn through, and tipped into pale grey wrappers, cut flush, printed on sides in black, the back wrapper bearing publisher’s advertisements; issued without end-papers. Very light dusting to wrappers, otherwise a fine copy.

GB £25.00

US $33.75


Juvenile. Reprint, and at least the fourth printing, though the date of original publication is unknown: the front wrapper is dated 1850, the title-page 1853, whilst the only entry in COPAC is recorded as ‘second edition, 1842’; NCBEL, 3: records a later work by Monro, but not this title.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

SCHREINER (Olive). The story of An African farm. A Novel By Ralph Iron (Olive Schreiner). New edition. London: Chapman and Hall, Ld., 1892. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; white boards printed in black and red on front cover and spine, with an advertisement for ‘Aspinall’s Enamel’ in black on back cover. Red pretty much faded from front cover; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


From the library of Anne and F.G. Renier, with their small book-label on the front paste-down. Issued as a volume in the ‘Shilling Select Library’. Copies are also known of this date with the integral advertisements followed by a 40pp. publishers’ inserted Catalogue. The cover design is signed J.N. Nipsley. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6211, listing a copy dated 1889.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

SEWELL (Anna). Black beauty: The autobiography of a horse. London, Jarrold & Sons, 10 & 11, Warwick Lane, E.C., 1899. 10pp. commercial and publisher’s advertisements on text-paper precede half-title, the outermost serving as paste-down; commercial and publisher’s advertisements on verso of half-title, title, and Contents leaves; final leaf commercial advertisements, serving as paste-down; two wood-engraved illustrations in text; pale grey-green boards, cut flush, applied spine, printed in red and black on sides, in red up spine, the back cover bearing commercial advertisements. Small piece chipped from front cover towards spine, showing underlying cloth binding strip, larger pieces from head and tail of spine; covers creased along edge of binding strip; poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


Issued at sixpence. There was also an issue in cloth at 2/- and another in heavier boards at 1/-. First published in England in 1877.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

SMART (Hawley). A false start: A Novel. By Hawley Smart, Author of “Breezie Langton,” “From Post to Finish,” “The Great Tontine,” etc. Ward, Lock and Co., London: Warwick House, Salisbury Square. New York: Bond Street, N.D. [1888]. Globe 8vo; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; yellow glazed boards printed in green, red, and black on front cover and spine, back cover in black with commercial advertisements; end-papers printed with commercial advertisements on all surfaces. Some wear to paper over joints; small chip to paper over upper fore-corner of front cover; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Issued as a volume in the ‘Select Library of Fiction’. The first yellowback edition of a novel first published in three volumes in 1887 by Chapman and Hall. Not in Sadleir’s yellowback collection, or in Wolff’s.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

TRASK (Betty). Mannequin. By Betty Trask Author of Only the Best, etc. This is the Story [long blurb]. The Literary Press, London, N.D [c.1935]. Globe 8vo, wire stabbed; issued without half-title or end-papers, the title-page bearing advertisements for thirty titles in the series (numbered irregularly, but running to 42) on verso; pp.160; white glazed wrappers, cut flush, printed pictorially in red and colours on front cover, in red, black, and yellow down spine, lettered in blue on back wrapper with the same series advertisements as the verso of the title leaf. Insignificant creasing to wrappers, and foxing to first two leaves; very light toning to text throughout; in effect, a virtually fine copy.

GB £25.00

US $33.75


Issued, according to the advertisements, as a volume in ‘The Red Novels’ series. Probably the first paperback edition of a title published in hardcover in 1933. COPAC records the hardcover edition at Oxford, the National Libraries of Scotland an Wales only, but no paperback edition.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

UNDERHILL (George F.). In and out Of the Pig-skin. By George F. Underhill, Author of “In at the Death,” etc. Illustrated by Wallis Mackay. London: Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1893. Sm.cr.8vo; conjugate integral end-papers, the pastedowns printed with commercial advertisements, the front conjugate leaf being the half-title; printing history on verso of half-title; pp.[xii (including end-papers)]+143+[i (blank)]+[iv (publisher’s advertisements, continuing the signatures)]+[iv (end-papers); white glazed boards printed lithographically in red, green, and black on front board, with commercial advertisement in black on back board, with price (1/-) and uplettered title, black on spine. Paper worn a little over one corner, and covers generally a trifle dusty; otherwise a near-fine copy. Scarce.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


First published in the same format in 1892. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Topp, III, p.458; COPAC lists copies of the first edition at Cambridge and the National Library of Scotland only, and no copies of any reprint. A sporting novel in the tradition of Surtees.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WARD (Artemus). Artemus Ward Complete. A new edition. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1890. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title with facsimile of Ward’s holograph on verso; commercial advertisement leaf tipped-in before leaf bearing publisher’s wood-engraved device, verso blank, and publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue, at end; pp.[2]+xi+[i (blank)]+[ii (fly-title)]+[27] — 36 (Introduction signed at end (in type) ‘John Camden Hotten’)+[37] — 518+[ii]; glazed yellow boards printed on front cover and spine in black and red, on back cover with commercial advertisements; end-papers printed on all visible surfaces with commercial advertisements. Slight cracking to front end-papers and a little scattered spotting in text; in general, however, a nice copy.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WARDEN (Florence). The Case for the lady. By Florence Warden Author of “The House on the Marsh,” etc. London: The Modern Publishing Company, N.D. [c.1929]. Globe 16mo, wire-stabbed; pp.[7]-166; issued without end-papers; white glazed paper wrappers, cut flush, pictorial front wrapper in full colour, printed with series advertisements on back wrapper, down-printed on spine, in dark blue; inside front wrapper printed with commercial advertisements. Slight creasing to corners of front wrapper; uniform light embrowning to text throughout; a very nice copy nonetheless of a scarce title.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


Printed at Parkgate Printing Works, Dublin. A title published originally in hard-cover by Greening & Co. in 1910. The back wrapper lists twenty ‘Other titles in this [un-named] series’, including, however, this. COPAC lists copies of the first edition at the British Library, Cambridge, and the National Library of Scotland, but not this edition.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WINTER (John Strange [i.e., Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Stannard]). Beautiful Jim, Of the Blankshire Regiment. By John Strange Winter, Author of “Bootles Baby,” “Army Society,” “Garrison Gossip,” “A Siege Baby,” “Mignon’s Husband,” “Bootles Children,” “My Poor Dick,” “A Little Fool,” “Buttons,” “Mrs. Bob,” etc. Fifth edition. London: F.V. White & Co., 31, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1890. Advertisements on verso of Dedication leaf; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; glazed yellow boards printed in red, green, and black on front cover and spine, with ‘Beecham’s Pills’ advertisement in black on back cover; end-papers printed on all visible surfaces with commercial advertisements. Covers a little rubbed, and paper covering of boards chipped slightly at corners; ownership rubber-stamp on half-title and verso of front end-paper, and a different owner’s name written in ink at head of title-page; otherwise internally a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


A wire-stitched binding, which probably explains its scarcity. The novel was first published in two volumes in 1888. This title not in Wolff or the extensive Sadleir collection of this author’s works; COPAC records only the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and London Library copies of the first edition, and a third edition at Aberdeen.
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