Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOONE (James Shergold). Men and things In 1823: A poem in three epistles, With notes. By James Shergold Boone, M.A. London: Printed for Harchard and Son, Piccadilly, 1823. Med.8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+155+[i (printer’s imprint)]; original light drab boards, anciently and crudely re-backed with drab paper, preserving a paper spine-label possibly a clipping from an old book catalogue (v. note); a.e. uncut. Boards worn at corners and a little marked; paper of spine rubbed and a little cracking at joints despite the reback, with the original paper in places showing through; end-papers foxed with offsetting onto facing page, but otherwise internally nice.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Reflections on politics, European and British, by a moderate libertarian. The author, better known for his earlier verse epistles, ‘The Oxford Spy’, became the first Vicar of St. John’s, Paddington, in 1832 having previously taught in Cheltenham. He had also won the Newdigate Prize in 1817 for his poem ‘The Farnese Hercules’. The present volume belonged to one of his former pupils, W.D. Fane, who has recorded these details lightly in pencil on the title-page, and inscribed his name, also in pencil, on the front paste-down. The spine label reads vertically upwards in three lines of very small type: “340 Men and Things in 1823, a Poem in / three Epistles with [Not]es, by J. Shergold / Boone, 8vo, boards, [??]od, cost 8[s.] (W 19) 1823.” The wording is somewhat mysterious, the ‘340’ and also the ‘8s’. suggesting to our minds a book catalogue. The volume was published according to the ‘English Catalogue of Books’ in June 1823 at 5s.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[BORROW (George).]. The Death of Balder. From the Danish Of Johannes Ewald (1773) Translated by George Borrow, Author of “Bible in Spain,” [sic] “Lavengro,” “Wild Wales,” etc. London, Jarrold & Sons, 3 Paternoster Buildings, E.C. N.D. [1889]. Half-title with limitation statement on verso, title-leaf, Preface to the translation leaf, and list of The persons leaf precede start of text; final blank; pp.[viii]+77+[iii]; purple fine-diaper cloth, paper spine-label; a.e. uncut. Label a trifle dusty, and some very slight fading to cloth on spine and at edges of sides; some scattered foxing, chiefly affecting first and last few leaves; otherwise a nice, crisp copy.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


One of a total printing limited to 250 copies. Translated in 1829, but here first published. Wise, 17.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOULTON (M.P.W.). Homer’s Iliad. Translation of book I. Also Passages from Virgil. By M.P.W. Boulton. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1875. Demy 8vo; pp.[viii]+121+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine ribbed rich brown cloth, ruled black on sides and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e uncut, fore-edges lightly trimmed, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Insignificant mark on front paste-down, and barely visible foxing of uncut edges; otherwise a brilliantly fine, unopened, copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Miltonic, by intent — and awful! But a beautiful book, nonetheless.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOURDILLON (Francis W.). A lost god. By Francis W. Bourdillon. With illustrations By H.J. Ford. London, Elkin Mathews At the sign of the Bodley head In Vigo Street, 1891. Super Roy.8vo; three pairs of fine photogravure plates by Dawsons after Ford, printed on India paper and laid on, each of the three illustrations in two states, arranged in facing pairs separated with inserted laid-paper guard (not included in collation); leaf of Notes with printer’s imprint and device on verso at end; pp.58+[ii]; quarter deep crimson reversed sheep ruled and lettered gold on spine, diagonally fine ribbed grey-green cloth sides; a.e. uncut. Sheep unobtrusively repaired at head and tail of spine, and a little rubbed in places, with loss of date and rule at tail; slight marking to cloth of sides; otherwise a nice copy of a book not calculated to survive well because of the delicacy of the sheep.

GB £350.00

US $434.00


One of an edition limited to 50 copies on Large Paper (the ordinary edition, of which there were 500 copies, being demy 8vo). Printed on Dutch hand-made paper at the Chiswick Press. There is no list of illustrations, but they are bound in between pp.[10] and [11], [28] and [29], and [46] and [47]. The spine appears to be lettered and ruled in real gold. Nelson, ‘Early Nineties’, 26.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRIDGES (Robert). The Feast Of Bacchvs [sic]. Privately Printed by H. Daniel: Oxford: 1889. F’cap 4to; half-title not called for; limitation leaf, blank on recto, precedes fly-title; Dramatis Personæ leaf, blank on recto, precedes start of text; author’s Note leaf at end; pp.[viii]+94+[ii]; quarter vellum ruled and uplettered gilt on spine, pale brown slightly glazed paper-covered sides; text-paper end-papers. Some staining to paste-downs; first and last leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £105.00

US $130.20


Printed on hand-made paper at the Daniel Press. One of an edition limited to only 105 copies. Madan, 18.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRIDGES (Robert). The feast Of Bacchus. A comedy in the Latin manner And partly translated from Terence. Published by George Bell & Sons, Covent Garden, and J. & E. Bumpus, Lim., Holborn Bars [London, E.C.], N.D. [1894]. Double cr.8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+185-230; grey wrappers printed in black on front wrapper, and (with publisher’s / author’s advertisements) on inside back wrapper; a.e. uncut; issued with tissue free end-papers but without paste-downs. Wrappers very slightly embrowned, and slight foxing to first few leaves; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £48.00

US $59.52


The second (and first revised) edition of a title printed originally in a very small edition at the Daniel Press in 1889, here issued as No.vii in the series ‘Plays by Robert Bridges’, and continuing the pagination, No.i being designated retrospectively as ‘Nero, Pt.I’ (1885), No.ii being ‘Palicio’ (1890), No.iii, ‘Return of Ulysses’ (1890), No.iv, ‘Cristian Captives’ (1890), No.v, ‘Achilles in Scyros’ (1890), and No.vi, ‘Humours of the Court’ (1894). No.viii, ‘The Second Part of Nero’ is advertised as forthcoming. Printed on van Gelder paper. The volume bears no printer’s imprint.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Christmas-eve And Easter-day. A Poem. London: Chapman & Hall, 186, Strand, 1850. F’cap 8vo; imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[iv]+142+[ii]; dull green fine diaper cloth, ruled border (two thick rules enclosing one thin rule) and oval centre-piece, blind, on sides, spine with blind decorated bands at head and foot, and lettered in gilt ‘CHRISTMAS / EVE / AND / EASTER DAY / (short rule) / BROWNING // CHAPMAN / & HALL; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellowish cream. Cloth slightly chipped at head- and tail- of spine, and worn slightly over front joint; stitching broken after gathering E, and gathering F detached (v. note); neat inscription dated ‘Feby. 9th. 1864’ on half-title (v. note); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


A scarce volume, published when its author was merely “the husband of Mrs. Browning", and preceding by some years most of the work for which he was to be remembered. Wise, 6, but a later binding, and without the August 1849 catalogue present in the first issue. Carter, ‘Binding Variants’, pp.97-8 records bindings in three distinct grains of cloth, of which this is the second (the third dating, he suggests, from 1864 or later). The present binding differs from the two copies Carter had encountered in the second style of cloth, however, by having blind rules on the sides instead of a ‘decorated border’ and having an ampersand in the spine imprint as in the first issue instead of the word ‘AND’. We would normally have restored the present copy (which could be done quite easily) instead of offering it in its present distressed state, but the card backing to the spine made visible by the broken stitching has fortunately written on its back an instruction to the binder of some bibliographical interest: “25 Brownings Xmas Eve / wanted". This suggests in the first place that there may only ever have been twenty-five copies put up in the present binding (which we would describe for want of other evidence as the third binding and fourth issue), and secondly makes clear the extraordinarily small number of copies that may at this date constitute a binding batch. On the evidence of the inscription, we would suggest that the present binding batch dates almost certainly from the Christmas season of 1863, and makes Carter’s suggestion of 1864 for the subsequent plainer binding in sand-grain cloth look very probable.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau, Saviour of society. Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1871. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; bevelled royal blue cloth blocked black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated grey-fawn. Contemporary inscription on verso of front end-paper; very slight wear to head and tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The first binding, with ‘BY’ on the spine in Roman letters.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau, Saviour of society. Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1871. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; bevelled royal blue cloth blocked black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated grey-fawn. Cloth frayed at head and tail of spine; front end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


The first binding, with ‘BY’ on the spine in Roman letters.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Prince Hohenstiel-Schwangau, Saviour of society. Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1871. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; bevelled royal blue cloth blocked black on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated grey-fawn. Spine badly torn and corners worn; text nice.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


The first binding, with ‘BY’ on the spine in Roman letters.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Balaustion’s adventure: Including A transcript from Euripides. Smith, Elder and Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1871. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; imprint leaf at end; bevelled brown buckram, ruled and blocked black on sides, ruled black, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated deep grey-fawn. Minor faults, but in general nice.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Fifine at the fair. Smith, Elder and Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1872. F’cap 8vo; bevelled brown buckram, ruled black on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated iron grey. Some light pencil scoring, but very nice.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Aristophanes’ apology Including A transcript from Euripedes Being the Last adventure of Balaustion. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1875. (All rights reserved). F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; advertisement leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+366+[ii]; diagonally fine-ribbed dark leaf-green cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover, blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers faced iron-grey. Light damp-spotting of front cover, affecting only the sheen of the cloth; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £18.00

US $22.32



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). The Inn album. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1875. F’cap 8vo; final page publisher’s advertisements; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated grey. Slight string marking of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Pacchiarotto And How he worked in distemper: With other poems. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1876. (All rights reserved.) BOUND WITH: BROWNING (Robert). The Agamemnon of schylus Transcribed by Robert Browning. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1877. (All rights reserved). Two works bound in one volume; full rose polished calf, ruled and tooled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled gilt on bands and in compartments, edges and doublures elaborately tooled gilt, matching oil-marbled edges and end-papers. Very slight wear to binding; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


An excellent contemporary prize binding executed for Haileybury College, whose arms are impressed in gilt on the front board. The front end-paper bears a prize label dated ‘Speech Day 1887’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). La Saisiaz: The two poets of Croisic: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1878. F’cap 8vo; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed dark turquoise cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover, blind on back cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale grey. Cloth badly frayed at head and tail of spine; end-papers cracked; text very nice.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Dramatic idyls. First Series. Second Edition. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1882. BOUND WITH: BROWNING (Robert). Dramatic idyls Second series. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1880. Two works bound in one volume; full rose polished calf, ruled and tooled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled gilt on bands and in compartments, edges and doublures elaborately tooled gilt, matching oil-marbled edges and end-papers. Very slight wear to points of binding; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


An excellent contemporary prize binding executed for Haileybury College, whose arms are impressed in gilt on the front board. The front end-paper bears a prize label dated ‘Speech Day 1887’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Dramatic idyls Second series. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1880. F’cap 8vo; final leaf integral advertisements; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed dark brown cloth ruled and blocked black on front cover, blind on back cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut. A near fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


A binding variant, the ‘dog’s tooth’ pattern at the head of the spine having nine pendant loops in stead of the usual eight present at the tail.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Ferishtah’s fancies. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1884. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+143+[i (blank)]+[viii]; bevelled olive buckram, ruled and blocked black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated grey. Nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWNING (Robert). Ferishtah’s fancies. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1884. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled olive buckram, ruled and blocked black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated grey. Library label removed from front cover; corners slightly bruised; internally a fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRYANT (William Cullen). Thirty poems. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 443 & 445 Broadway. London: 16 Little Britain, 1864. 12mo; binder’s blank before title-page, integral blank followed by binder’s blank at end; half-title not called for; pp.222+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed caramel cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind on spine, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth of spine chipped at head and tail, and worn slightly over joints; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


Blanck, 1683: the correct first printing: on wove rather than laid paper, and exhibiting the first state of text, with the reading ‘veielo’ rather than ‘vuielo’ five lines from foot on p.[213]), and Blanck’s binding ‘A’ (sides blind-stamped with a double-ruled frame, the inner rule twisted to a series of ten angular ornaments, and the spine lettered ‘THIRTY / POEMS / [short rule] / BRYANT’). Blanck records two states of text, and six variants of the binding.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BUCHANAN (Robert). Undertones By Robert Buchanan. Second edition, enlarged and revised. Alexander Strahan, Publisher, 148 Strand, London, 1865. F’cap 8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+235+[i (blank)]+4; dark pale-green sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.uncut; end-papers coated milk-chocolate; binder’s ticket of Burn (Ball, 20A). Fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


First expanded and revised edition of the author’s very scarce first book, published originally in 1863. According to a note on the verso of the dedication leaf, “‘The Syren’ and ‘The Swan-Song of Apollo’ are now printed for the first time; ‘Proteus’ is almost entirely new; and the others are more or less altered or revised.” The volume is dedicated to Westland Marston. CBEL, III, p.334.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BUCHANAN (Robert [W.].). Idyls and legends Of Inverburn. Alexander Strahan, Publisher, 148 Strand, London, 1865. F’cap 8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+206+[ii]; dark green buckram blocked blind on back cover, gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Cloth worn at corners, and splitting somewhat over front joint; free end-papers lacking; otherwise nice. An excellent reading copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


From the library of Richard Garnett, with his ownership signature on the half-title page. The author’s second book. Otherwise similar copies are known in navy blue buckram, with a 16pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end dated ‘May, 1865’. CBEL, III, p.334.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BUCHANAN (Robert [W.].). The Piper of Hamelin. Fantastic Opera In two acts. With illustrations By Hugh Thomson. Printed at the Chiswick Press, 1893. Pott 4to; frontispiece with tissue guard, and conjugate illustrated title-page (listing the publisher as ‘Comedy Theatre’); eleven plates; pp.[64]; grey-flecked cream laid paper wrappers, cut flush at top-edges, printed with Chiswick Press device and imprint red on back cover, printed in red and black on front wrapper with design and lettering by Thomson; fore- and lower- edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Inscription on half-title (v. below); otherwise a near fine copy. Scarce.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The half-title of this copy bears the following neat inscription in ink: ‘First edition. / Bought in Comedy Theatre / London Decr 20/93 / Being the day when / the opera was first / produced.’ CBEL, III, p.334. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.12, 16, 20, 24, 32, 36, 40, 42, 44, 56, and 60.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BUCHANAN (Robert [W.].). The devil’s case: A Bank Holiday Interlude. By Robert Buchanan. London: Robert Buchanan, And all booksellers, N.D. [1896]. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece and five plates; 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by leaf blank except for type ornament on verso, at end; pp.[2]+[x]+169+[1 (blank)]+iv+[2]; black buckram, blocked pictorially silver, lettered scarlet and silver on front cover, panelled scarlet, lettered black through scarlet on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. One letter of title slightly rubbed on front cover; end-papers lightly embrowned on backs, with offsetting onto facing pages; otherwise a very nice copy of a scarce late title, issued privately.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.64, 72, 78, 90, and 131, and are here so bound in.
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BULL (Mr. John, Jnr.). Part II. Common sense Or Humbug attacked, In Arts, science, and literature. A Poem. Mountcastle, 14, King Street, Covent Garden, 1858. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before title-page (apparently a binder’s blank); half-title aparently not called for; nine line errata printed beneath the author’s preface on p.[iii]; two integral advertisement leaves followed by integral blank at end; pp.[vi]+130+[vi]; royal blue horizontally straight grain morocco ribbed cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on front cover; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Small, neat restoration to cloth at head of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The text of the book is on fine white paper, that of the prelims. on an antique toned stock: the initial blank is of a different stock again, cheaper than that of the text, and whiter than that of the prelims. An oddly made up book. Though ‘Part II’, apparently complete in itself, and in any case published separately — though ‘Part First’ (as it is described in the advertisements) was also published by Mountcastle, in the same year. The cloth exhibits a definite continuous rib, not a broken pattern as is usual with straight grain morocco cloths. NCSTC, 2B57005, listing the British Library copy only (of both parts); not in NUC, which does however give a single listing for the first part only (Yale).
Ref: HRT105039


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BUNNER (H.C.). Airs from Arcady And elsewhere. Charles Hutt, Clement’s Inn Gateway, London, 1885. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; blank, followed by text-paper binder’s blank, at end; pp.[ii]+[x]+109+[iii]; midnight blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g.; white head- and tail- bands. Nice copy.

GB £32.00

US $39.68


First edition, English issue: one of only 262 copies thus from a total printing of 1,500. The American issue was dated 1884. Blanck, 1891. The text corresponds to Blanck’s printing 1.
Ref: HRT105040


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BURNAND (F.C., Esq.). A Grand New and Original Burlesque, Entitled Der Freïschutz; Or, A Good Cast for a Piece. By F.C. Burnand, Esq., Member of The Dramatic Authors’ Society, Author of Alonzo the Brave: or, Faust and the Fair Imogene, — Villikins and his Dinah, — In For a Holiday, — Romance under Difficulties, — Lord Lovell and Lady Nancy Bell; Or, the Bounding Brigand, — Dido, King of the Merrows [sic], — Deerfoot, — Fair Rosa- Mond, — Robin Hood: or the Forrester’s Fete [sic], — Acis and Galateâ [sic], — The Deal Boat- Man, — Ixion; or the Man at the Wheel, — Pirithous; or, Like Father Like Son, — Snowdrop; or, the Seven Mannikins. [sic] — Rumplestiltskin; or, the Woman at the Wheel, — Cupid and Psyche, — Venus and Adonis, — Dido (2nd Edition), — Faust and Marguerite, — Ulysses; or, the Ironclad Warrior and the little Tug of War, — Wind- Sor Castle Opera Burlesque) [sic]. [sic] — Madame Berliot’s Ball, — Patient Penelope, — L’Africaine: or, the Queen of the Canibal [sic] Islands. [sic] — Paris, or, Vive Lempriere, [sic] — Boabdil [sic] et Chico; or, the Moor the Merrier. — Sappho; or, Look before you Leap, — Helen; or, Taken from the Greek, — Our Yachting Cruise, — &c., &c. And part author of B.B., — Volunteer Ball, — Turkish Bath, — Isle of St. Tropez, — Easy Shaving. The Music for this Burlesque arranged by Frank Musgrave. London: Merser and Gardner, Machine Printers, Kennington Cross, N.D. [1866]. F’cap.12mo; half-title not called for; pp.IV+55+[i (blank)]; disbound; lower-edges uncut. Jarred impression slightly affecting three or four pages of first gathering towards outer margin, and names of dramatis personæ supplied in pencil as a result (this being the nadir of legibility); traces of white wrappers adhering to inner margin of title page; otherwise fine. Very scarce.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Dated from the date of its first performance as given on the verso of the title leaf (which may have been an advance notice: the exact date given is October 8th). The presence of a printer’s name in place of a publisher’s on the title-page suggests that the piece was printed privately for use in the theatre, rather than being published. Typically, not more than twenty to thirty copies at the most will have been so printed. The work was being advertised by Lacy by December, 1866. British Library copy only on COPAC.
Ref: HRT105045


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BUTLER (Arthur Gray, M.A., Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford). Charles I. A tragedy in five acts. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874. Post 8vo; steel engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[xx]+139+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated January 1877; rich grass green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated fawn. Fine, unopened copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Second issue, with the 1877 catalogue.
Ref: HRT105056


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BUTLER (Arthur Gray, M.A., Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford). Charles I. A tragedy in five acts. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874. [Added by rubber stamp:] All rights reserved. Post 8vo; steel engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[xx]+139+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated January 1877; rich grass green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated fawn. Slight wear to cloth at head of back joint; tissue foxed, with light offsetting onto portrait; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Third issue, with the 1877 catalogue, but also with the rubber stamped addition to the title-page.
Ref: HRT105057


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[BYRON (George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord).]. English bards, And Scotch Reviewers. A satire. London: Printed for James Cawthorn, British Library, No.24, Cockspur Street, N.D. [1809 but see note]. Lge.12mo, printed in half-sheets; half-title, title, and Preface leaf, together one half gathering, precede start of text (the final gathering, F, being also of three leaves, and possibly printed conjugate); pp.vi+54; recent quarter brown cloth ruled and up-lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides. Signature ofearly owner on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


A complete copy with the Preface leaf present, with the misprint ‘crouds’ for ‘crowds’ at line 159, the word ‘Author’ correctly spelled on p.[v], and the ‘correct’ mis-spelling ‘wizzard’s’ in line 47, and with 696 lines of text, all as in Randolph’s first state of the first printing, but with the reading ‘Dispatch’ at l.47 instead of ‘Despatch’, and printed on paper watermarked ‘S & G Wise 1812’: hence spurious. In this copy D2 is mis-signed C3. Randolph, p.14, superseding Wise.
Ref: HRT118736


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BYRON ([George Gordon Noel Byron,] Lord) and ROGERS (Samuel). Lara, A tale. Jacqueline, A tale. Printed for J. Murray, Albemarle-street, By T. Davison, Whitefriars, 1814. F’cap 8vo; half-title reading ‘Poems.’ in Gothic type; 4pp. integral publisher’s advertisements at end, signed ‘K’; pp.[viii]+128+[iv]; original drab boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Boards a little worn and peeled at corners; backstrip badly chipped at head and tail of spine, and label lacking; a little scattered foxing; in general a nice copy nonetheless.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Lara is by Lord Byron; Jacqueline by Rogers. Wise, I, p.101. Printed on paper watermarked ‘J 1808’.
Ref: HRT105062


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[BYRON (Lord)]. The Siege of Corinth. A poem. Parisina. A poem. London: Printed for John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1816. Demy 8vo; half-title present; fly-title and dedication leaves to each poem; pp.[iv]+89+[i (blank)]+[i (Notes)]+[i (printer’s imprint)]; recent marbled paper boards, vellum label ruled and lettered gilt on front cover; a.e.g.; buff end-papers. Small chip to boards at extreme head of spine; two or three leaves very lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Wise, I, p.106; Randolph, p.55.
Ref: HRT105064


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BYRON ([George Gordon Noel Byron,] Lord). Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the third. London: Printed for John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1816. Demy 8vo; advertisements on verso of last leaf of text; fly-title present after title-page, and fly-title to Notes, but lacking the half-title, and the two leaves of publisher’s inserted advertisements at end; pp.[iii]-[iv]+79+[i]. BOUND WITH: BYRON ([George Gordon Noel Byron,] Lord). Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the fourth. London: John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1818. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[xvi]+257+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]. Contemporary full calf, gilt, contrasting lettering-pieces. Spine rubbed and a little chipped, boards worn at the corners and detached; a little scattered light foxing, but text in general nice. Two parts in one volume.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


‘Canto the Third’ is an apparently unrecorded later state of Wise’s first issue. (v. Wise, I, p.56; Randolph, pp.59-60). In this copy the quotation on the title-page is three and a half inches wide as in Wise’s second issue, but the ‘L’ of ‘Lettre’ falls under the ‘l’ of ‘celui’ instead of the ‘u’, the exclamation mark is absent at the end of the first line of the second stanza and the last line ends, correctly ‘prevail.’ (the ‘l.’ of which was dropped in some, presumably early, copies after the correction was made), whilst the fifth line of the note on p.67 has the incorrect reading ‘Eagle’ instead of ‘Falcon’: all points characteristic of the first issue. The fourth canto (not in Randolph) agrees with Wise’s second issue throughout: p.155 ending “Esortazione", not “the impressions of” as in the first issue, and signatures ‘P’ and ‘Q’ being so signed, rather than ‘*P’ and ‘*Q’ as in Wise’s third issue, and carrying the original text, p.217 having two footnotes instead of the later three, and p.218 beginning “the other” rather than “says Lipsius", the five line errata (which was reduced to three lines in the fourth issue, and cancelled altogether in the fifth issue) here appearing on p.[236]. The first issue is definitely rare, the second, as here, uncommon.
Ref: HRT105066


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BYRON ([George Gordon Noel Byron,] Lord). Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the third. London: Printed for John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1816. Demy 8vo; advertisements on verso of last leaf of text; fly-title present after title-page, and fly-title to Notes, but lacking the half-title, and the two leaves of publisher’s inserted advertisements at end. BOUND WITH: BYRON ([George Gordon Noel Byron,] Lord). Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the fourth. John Murray, 1818. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; but lacking the integral advertisement leaf at end. BOUND WITH: ([George Gordon Noel Byron,] Lord). Lara, A tale. Fourth edition. Printed for John Murray, 1814. Demy 8vo; half-title present; imprint leaf at end; pp.[iv]+70+[ii]. BOUND WITH: ([George Gordon Noel Byron,] Lord). Mazeppa, A poem. John Murray, 1819. Demy 8vo; half-title present, but lacking the advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iv]+69+[i (blank). Contemporary full calf, gilt, matching marbled edges and end-papers. Calf of spine defective, and boards detached; light foxing of first and last few leaves; text otherwise fine. Four works in one volume.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


The third canto of Childe Harold agrees with Wise’s second issue in all respects commented on by Wise ( I, p.56) and with Randolph’s second issue, first variant in all respects commented on by Randolph (pp.59-60): the quotation on the title-page is three and a half inches wide and the ‘L’ of ‘Lettre’ falls under the ‘u’ of ‘celui’, the exclamation mark is present at the end of the first line of the second stanza, and the fifth line of the note on p.67 has the incorrect reading ‘Eagle’ instead of ‘Falcon’. The last line of the second stanza in this copy ends ‘prevai’, however, instead of ‘prevail.’, a variant not noticed by either Wise or Randolph. The fourth canto (not in Randolph) agrees with Wise’s first issue up to p.208 (the end of signature ‘O’), p.155 ending “the impressions of", not ““Esortazione” as in the second issue, but signatures ‘P’ and ‘Q’ are signed ‘*P’ and ‘*Q’ as in Wise’s third issue, and carry the first reprinted text, with the revised notes, p.217 having three footnotes, and p.218 beginning “says Lipsius", the five line errata (which was reduced to three lines in the fourth issue, and cancelled altogether in the fifth issue) here appearing on p.[236]. Since the present copy is in a contemporary binding, this mixture of sheets is evidently correct as issued. The first issue is definitely rare. Lara is of the first separate edition, Randolph, pp.45-6, noting this as the first issue: the text ending on p.70, and the following leaf being blank on recto, and bearing the imprint on the verso (the second issue had an inserted quarter sheet bearing a prose note between these two leaves). Randolph states that in all copies of both issues of which he had knowledge p.13 is incorrectly numbered ‘31’; the present copy belongs to what is evidently a somewhat uncommon, and presumably early, state of text, p.13 here being correctly numbered. Mazeppa is as Wise’s second issue, being without an imprint on p.[70].
Ref: HRT105067


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BYRON ([George Gordon Noel Byron,] Lord). Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice. An Historical Tragedy, In five acts. With notes. The Prophecy of Dante, A poem. London: John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1821. Blank before half-title; printer’s imprint on verso of last leaf of text, followed by integral leaf, blank on recto and bearing publisher’s advertisements on verso;; pp.[2]+[xxii]+261+[i]+[i]+[i]; original drab paper covered boards; a.e. uncut. Neatly re-backedwith matching paper; spine label lacking; a little, very light, foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


The second issue, the speech of the Doge on p.151 beginning: “His crimes!” Wise, II, p.30.
Ref: HRT105073


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BYRON ([George Gordon Noel Byron,] Lord). Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice. An Historical Tragedy, In five acts. With notes. The Prophecy of Dante, A poem. London: John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1821. Blank before half-title; printer’s imprint on verso of last leaf of text, followed by integral leaf, blank on recto and bearing publisher’s advertisements on verso; pp.[2]+[xxii]+261+[i]+[i]+[i]; original blue paper covered boards, light drab spine; a.e. uncut. Joints cracked, spine label lacking, back-strip chipped and fragile, paper covering of boards a little chipped; boards somewhat marked and dusty; some damp-staining in text; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The second issue, the speech of the Doge on p.151 beginning: “His crimes!” Wise, II, p.30.
Ref: HRT105074


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BYRON (Lord [George Gordon].). Werner. A tragedy. London: John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1823. Demy 8vo; pp.viii+188; inserted 8pp. catalogue at end (last page blank), without publisher’s name, but dated ‘Albemarle-Street, London, November, 1822’, advertising this work under the heading ‘Works in the press’; publisher’s plain drab paper wrappers; a.e. uncut. Neat contemporary signature on front free end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


Second state of text, with ‘THE END.’ on p.188, followed by printer’s imprint; the first state has neither.
Ref: HRT105078


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CALDECOTT (R[andolph]). [Cover title:] The Babes In the Wood. One of R. Cal- -Decott’s Picture Books. Frederick Warne and Co, N.D. [c.1895]. Demy 4to format gathered in 8s; half-title and title leaves not called for; text, including twenty-two illustrations, printed in sepia throughout; eight full-page illustrations in colour; pp.[32], the first and last leaf forming the paste-down; glazed yellow wrappers, cut fllush, the front wrapper printed with an additional illustration in colour, the back wrapper printed with publisher’s advertisements in black and red. Wrappers a little worn at spine, but not seriously so, and with no loss to the design; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Juvenile. Apparently the first Warne printing of a title originally published by Routledge in 1879. Identical with the first printing apart from the back cover which is here printed in black and red rather than just black, and includes the whole series instead of just the first four titles, together with other advertisements of Caldecott’s works. It bears at the foot the legend ‘Printed and copyrighted by Edmund Evans Ltd., The Racquet Court Press, London, S.E.’. Later copies published by Warne’s have much cruder colour printing, with some loss of detail, and bear at the foot of the back cover the legend ‘Printed and copyrighted by Edmund Evans Ltd., Rose Place, Globe Road, London E.1.’.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CALMOUR (Alfred C.). The amber heart And other plays. Printed for private circulation, N.D. [1888]. Blank before half-title; pp.[xii]+164; original quarteer vellum, dark grey-green smooth cloth sides, vellum ruled gilt on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, cloth lettered gilt on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Vellum foxed, end-papers and first and last two leaves lightly so; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed thirteen word holograph inscription on the front end-paper, dated May 1901, to Mrs. Carl Rosa, widow of the entrepreneur and founder of the famous operatic companies. Mounted on the front paste-down is a newspaper cutting recording her death on the 10th July 1927, together with the later bookplate of Alain Raffin. Contains four works, here first collected, though ‘Cupid’s Messenger’ had been published separately in 1884, ‘The Amber Heart’ in 1886, and ‘Elvestine’ in 1887. The remaining piece ‘Cromwell: A dramatic fragment’ is here first printed. All are in verse. The volume is dedicated “To Ellen Terry, Truest of friends", who had starred in ‘The Amber Heart’ at the Lyceum in 1887. Calmour’s biggest success, ‘The Gay Lothario’, was not to appear until 1891.
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CAMPBELL (Thomas). Gertrude Of Wyoming; A Pennsylvanian tale. And Other poems. London: Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court; Published for the author, by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster Row, 1809. Lge.post 4to; half-title not present, possibly not called for; final leaf a single inset; pp.[iv]+134; author’s note slip, giving the meaning of ‘Pelloch’ tipped in before fly-title to Part I. of ‘Gertrude’; contemporary full mottled calf, guinea roll edges, spine ruled gilt, and with red label; a.e. yellow. Front joints cracking at head and tail; free end-papers a little creased; end-papers and one or two leaves a trifle foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Well printed by Bensley on thick creamy paper. CBEL, III, p.183.
Ref: HRT105082


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CAPERN (Edward). Poems By Edward Capern, Rural postman of Bideford, Devon. London: David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street, 1856. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; List of Subscribers at end; pp.viii+200; moss-green horizontal straight morocco cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, ruled, elaborately blocked, and lettered, gilt on spine; end-papers faced yellow. Minute, barely visible, restoration to cloth at head of spine; old glue marks on end-papers; a little scattered light foxing; in general effect, a very nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Capern’s rather scarce first book, published on subscription. Pp.[iii] — vi are occupied by a Preface to the Subscribers by W.F. Rock, who edited the volume. 532 copies were subscribed, the subscribers including William Mackworth Praed (at that time Recorder of Barnstaple, Bideford, and South Molton), Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Walter Savage Landor, Charles Kingsley, Eliza Cook, Leitch Ritchie, J.A. Froude, Alexander Smith, Roland Hill, Viscount Palmerston, and the Duke of Wellington. Miles, X.
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CAPERN (Edward). Wayside warbles. By Edward Capern. Rural postman of Bideford, Devon. Author of “Poems,” “Ballads and Songs,” and the “Devonshire Melodist.” London: Sampson Low, son, and Marston, Milton House, Ludgate Hill, 1865. The right of translation is reserved. 4pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with the preliminary gathering; pp.xii+207+[i (blank)]+[4]; dark green fine morocco cloth, ruled, blocked, and embossed blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers faced pale yellow. Unobtrusive restorations to cloth at extremities of spine, and gilt somewhat dulled; small scuff to front pastedown where book-plate has been removed; tear to inner margin of half-title towards tail neatly repaired on verso with tissue; a little scattered light dusting or foxing in text; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the upper margin of the half title in his minute hand. Printed at the Chiswick Press. Miles, X.
Ref: HRT119007


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CARPENTER (Edward). Towards Democracy. Third edition, enlarged. T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1892. Extra cr.8vo; pp.viii+367+[i (printer’s imprint)]; six line Errata slip tipped in before start of text; publisher’s 8pp. inserted catalogue at end, dated 1892; diagonally fine ribbed light grey-green cloth, blocked dark blue-green, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, blocked gilt on spine; end-papers coated black. Gilt slightly rubbed on spine, and cloth of spine generally a little dull; neat early ownership inscription on half-title page; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


The volume contains 367pp. text as against 120pp. in the first edition, and 260pp. in the second edition. The third part is here first published. A fourth part was published separately in 1902.
Ref: HRT105091


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CHAPBOOKS. Watty’s Travels to Carslile [sic], in Search of A Place. To which are added, Will Ye Go to the Trosachs. Blue Bonnets over the Border. Down the Burn Davie. [Wood-engraved illustration] Paisley: Printed by G. Caldwell, 1826. One half-sheet Pott 8vo; pp.8. Unopened; poor quality paper uniformly embrowned, but with no brittleness; a nice copy otherwise. BOUND WITH: Dialogue Between John and Thomas, On The Corn Laws, The Charter, Teetotalism, And The Probable Remedy for the Present Disstresses [sic]. Paisley: Printed for the author, by G. Caldwell, 1842. One half-sheet Pott 8vo; pp.8. Slight dusting to first and last page, ans some light creasing; short tear to blank fore-margin of first two leaves; otherwise a nice copy. BOUND WITH: A night frae hame, Oration on teetotalization And Parody on The Last Rose of Summer. Paisley, Printed by G. Caldwell and Son, New Street, 1842. One half-sheet, Pott 8vo; pp.8. Partly unopened; a nice copy. BOUND WITH: [WILSON (Alexander)]. [Caption title:] The Loss of the pack; To which is added The pack’s address. No place [probably Paisley], no publisher, N.D. [c.1840]. Sm.Pott 8vo in half-sheets; pp.8. Nice copy. BOUND WITH: Burns’ [Oval wood-engraved portrait] Popular Songs. Paisley: Printed by G. Caldwell & Co., 2 New St., N.D. [c.1860]. One gathering f’cap 12mo; title-page printed within elaborate typographical border; pp.24. Slight dusting to title-page and last page, but a nice copy. Five works in one volume, all in verse except the ‘Dialigue’, and all issued without further prelims. or wrappers. Edwardian quarter brownish-red roan tooled blind on sides, up-lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides. Fine.

GB £60.00

US $74.40




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CHAPMAN (E[dward].J[ohn].). A Drama of Two Lives; The Snake-Witch; A Canadian Summer Night; And Other Poems. By E.J. Chapman, Late of the University of Toronto, Canada. London, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner and Co., 1899. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; three blanks at end; pp.[viii]+97+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[vi]; quarter cream smooth cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, blue-green boards, the front board lettered gilt; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine, and spine darkened to ivory; slight spotting to sides. Lengthy inscription on front blank (v. note); otherwise a virtually fine copy. TOGETHER WITH: [CHAPMAN (E[dward].J[ohn].).] A sequel to ‘Christabel’. A Review by L. [No place, privately printed,] May, 1899. One gathering, lge.12mo; issued without wrappers or half-title; final page blank; pp.[24]. Slight foxing to margins; faint vertical crease throughout, suggesting it has been folded for posting; staples a little rusty; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


The lack of publisher’s advertisements on the terminal blanks of the first title may suggest that it was printed for the author. The inscription on the front blank is signed by Frances Chapman, The Pines, Hampton Wick, Middlesex, and dated 1908. It gives biographical information about the author, who was a professor at London University before he went to Toronto, and was concerned with natural history, as are some of the poems in this volume. Reilly, p.90. The second work, which was certainly printed privately, is a pseudonymous review of the first. It is quite scarce. COPAC records only the Cambridge, London Library, Trinity College Dublin, and Oxford copies. Cambridge and the London Library ascribe it to Chapman. There is no copy in BLC.

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CLIFFORD (Mrs. W[illiam]. K[ingdon]. née Sophia Lucy Jane Lane). The likeness Of the night A modern play in four acts. By Mrs. W.K. Clifford. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1900. Copyright by The Macmillan Company in the United States of America. Rights of Translation Reserved. Cr.8vo, printed on heavy laid mould-made paper; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.viii+146+[2]; publisher’s full vellum, ruled blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and down spine (with title only); t.e.g., others uncut; thinner laid-paper end-papers; ‘Book Mark’ advertisement for the ‘Scottish Widows Fund’, printed in blue on verso, blue, with a full-colour panel on recto, laid in between pp.112/[113], probably as issued. Light marking to vellum of spine, and foxing to end-papers; ink inscription on front end-paper (v. note); some large uncut edges slightly foxed or dusty; otherwise a fine unopened copy.

GB £280.00

US $347.20


Presentation copy inscribed on the front end-paper in the author’s holograph: “Margaret Clifford / from her mother". The handsome vellum binding would appear to be an author’s binding, executed for her by the publishers. Founded on a short story by Mrs. Clifford, called ‘The End of her Journey, which was published in the magazine ‘Temple Bar’ in 1882, the dramatic version was first published in the ‘Anglo-Saxon Review’ in March 1899, then revised for performance at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool in October 1899. This is its first appearance in book form. It was filmed in 1922 under the direction of Percy Nash, and again in 1925, directed by Roy del Ruth, under the title ‘Eve’s Lover’. COPAC records only the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and London Library copies.

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CLOUGH (Arthur Hugh). Poems. With a memoir. Macmillan and Co. Cambridge And 23 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden London, 1862. (The right of translation is reserved). F’cap 8vo; pp.xxvii+[i (blank)]+259+[i (blank)]; 16pp. publisher’s catalogue in same format at end; bright green honeycomb grain cloth, ruled black, ruled, blocked, and with monogram gilt on front cover, ruled blind on back cover, ruled gilt and black and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Very slight wear to extremities of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


A minor binding variant, some copies being provided with a catalogue in a smaller format, and some copies, presumably later, having an additional 8pp. catalogue at the end. The catalogue in the present copy does not list this title. CBEL, III, p.264; Miles, IV; Tinker, 646; Scott, A13. The Memoir is by F.T. Palgrave.
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COBBOLD (The Reverend Richard, A.M.). Valentine verses; Or, Lines Of Truth, love, and virtue. Ipswich: Printed and sold by E. Shalders, 1827. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; lithographic frontispiece, 100 plates and one large folding plate, by the author; two engraved portraits by Worthington after Gardiner, with tissue guards; pp.[4]+xv+[i (not paginated)]+[1] — [244]+241* — 244*+245 — 262+[ii]; later full dark green morocco, ruled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled and lettered gilt; leaf of thin card bound in after front end-paper (v. note). Light dusting and foxing passim; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £320.00

US $396.80


Presentation copy, inscribed on the verso of the inserted leaf of thin card: “Charlotte Moore. / presented by The Author / Febry 14th 1848.” The second of Wolff’s two copies was also a presentation copy from the author, given with a similar inscription in the same year (to Charles John Martyn, on August 31st), raising the suspicion that he may have discovered a cache of them — or perhaps repurchased a small remainder stock from Shalders — at about this date. Wolff’s first copy was in the original boards, and had a spine label claiming that there were “100 plates". Neither Wolff nor Sadleir seem to have counted the plates in any of their copies, nor do they mention the reduplicated page numbers. Both, however call for an errata slip, not present here. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.[1], 3, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 67, 69, 71, 73, 77, 79, 81, 85, 89, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101, 105, 107, 109, 111, 113, 117, 119, 121, 123, 125, 127, 129, 131, 135, 139, 141, 143, 145, 147, 149, 151, 153, 155, 157, 159, 161, 165, 169, 171, 173, 175, 177, 179, 181, 185, 189, 193, 197, 199, 201, 207, 209, 211, 217, 221, 225, 227, 231, 237, 243, 241*, 245, 249, 259, 262. The large folding plate faces p.213. The engraved portraits (of John Cobbold, the author’s father, and Elizebeth Cobbold, his mother) face, respectively the dedication and p.xiv. The book was published at 30s. “Both the verses and the author’s own illustrations are highly entertaining.” — Wolff. Sadleir, 575; Wolff, 1286, and 1286a; NCBEL, 3:717. Cobbold’s second book, published in the same year as the first.
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COLERIDGE (Ernest Hartley). Poems. John Lane, The Bodley Head, London and New York, 1898. 12mo in half-sheets, printed on thick laid paper; two text-paper blanks tipped in before title-page; half-title not called for; dedication page printed in red; pp.107+[i (printer’s imprint)]; pale grey-green coarse buckram, ruled gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Reilly, p.101

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COLLINS (Mortimer). Summer songs. By Mortimer Collins. London: Saunders, Otley, & Co., Conduit Street, 1860. Half-title present; pp.[xiv]+182; binder’s blank at end; quarter purple morocco-faced sheep, purple morocco cloth sides, spine ruled and lettered gilt; a.e. scarlet; oil-marbled end-papers. Leather a little rubbed and minutely chipped at head and tail; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


Bound in before the half-title page is a holograph letter, signed, 4pp. (approximately one hundred and fifty words) in Collins’ florid hand, referring to newspaper work, and on the back of the front end-paper the name ‘James Hone’, apparently also in Collins’ hand, as is a pencilled correction to p.55, l.1 of text: ‘Porridge’ for ‘Forage’. Some occasional pencil scoring in the text possibly relates to quotation in a review.

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COLLINS (Mortimer). Selections from The poetical works Of Mortimer Collins Made by F. Percy Cotton. London, Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington St., Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1886. Lge.post 8vo; pp.[xvi]+216; bevelled cerise smooth cloth lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated cream. Backs of end-papers embrowned with uniform offsetting onto facing page, and narrow strip at extreme large fore-edge of title-page embrowned where it projects beyond the half-title; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Despite the title, the bulk of the poems are either here first collected from periodicals or here first printed. The editor, who was cousin to Collins’ widow, Frances Collins, had spent much of his leisure time in the ten years since Collins’ death setting various of his poems to music, in the course of which, he writes: “I discovered that many of the best poems were scattered about in magazines and newspapers, and therefore likely to be lost; so I have made it a labour of love, from time to time, to collect all these.” Printed on fine hand-made paper watermarked Spalding / Maker / 1885. CBEL, III, p.480
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[COMBE (William).]. [Engraved title:] The tour Of Doctor Syntax Through London, Or the Pleasures and Miseries Of the Metropolis. A Poem By Doctor Syntax. London, Published by J. Johnston, Cheapside, 1820. Med.8vo; half-title and letterpress title leaf not called for; hand-coloured frontispiece, vignette title, and eighteen plates (v. note), one with tissue guard; Preface leaf and leaf bearing List of Plates on recto, blank on verso, precede start of text; pp.iv+[2]+319+[i (blank)]; contemporary brown half-calf, marbled sides and matching end-papers, calf tooled gilt on sides; excellently rebacked with matching calf, spine with five raised bands, tooled gilt in compartments with a large daisy ornament, brown lettering-piece. Slight wear to calf of sides, and inner hinges professionally strengthened with brown linen; otherwise a very nice copy, the plates all very fresh and bright.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


Not in fact by Combe, but of all the many attempts to copy the format of the Rowlandson-Combe collaborations, this is generally reckoned the most successful. It was originally issued in parts, then advertised to be collected as a volume in boards. One of the plates is signed ‘Williams D, et Ft’, but as Tooley remarks, “according to the advertisement more than one artist was employed, or at least a different engraver to the artist", a formula that fails to preclude the possibility of other artists being involved, and he notes also: “Both Rolandson and I.R. Cruikshank are credited with the designs    .    .    . the balance of opinion favouring Cruikshank.” An important book that had a direct influence on Rodolphe Toppfer, who in 1833 was to produce what is considered to have been the first comic book, ‘L’histoire de M. Jabot’. Tooley, 434; Abbey, ‘Life in England’, 265; Hardie, 168; Prideaux, p.357, listing it under E. Williams.
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COOPER (John Dunning). Prometheus bound (From the Greek of schylus) And Original poems. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Limited. Wolverhampton: John Steen & Co., Queen Square, N.D. [1890]. Pp.[viii]+124; very dark red buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; a.e.uncut. Three small rubbed patches on front cover, affecting colour of cloth only; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Competant verse. Reilly, p.105
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COOPER (Thomas). The Baron’s Yule Feast: A Christmas-Rhyme. By Thomas Cooper, The Chartist. London, Jeremiah How, 209 Piccadilly, 1846. F’cap 8vo; half-title present; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; wood-engraved title-page by W.G.I. Mason after Weir; pp.[viii]+123+[i (blank); half dark blue crushed morocco-faced sheep, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt, blue-green patterned-sand-grain sides; t.e.g., others uncut; blue and gold oil-marbled end-papers; binder’s ticket of ‘Walter Davis, 23 & 24, Suffolk Street, Birmingham’ on back end-paper. Leather slightly peeled, and faded a little on spine; front binder’s blank and upper forecorner of half-title with rust-mark from a paper-clip (no longer present); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £350.00

US $434.00


Presentation copy with the author’s holograph inscription dated ‘Belfast, / June 14th. / 1851’ on the half-title; Graingerised by the insertion of eighteen leaves of buff paper bearing relevant illustrations from various sources, those that are without printed captions being provided with captions drawn from the text and written in pencil, apparently in the author’s hand. The front end-paper bears the book-plate of a later owner. NCBEL, 3: 516; Kress, 34887

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CORNISH (The Rev. G.J., M.A.). Come To the woods: And other poems. By The Rev. G.J. Cornish, M.A., Late Vicar of Renwyn-with-Rea, and Prebendary of Exeter. Frome: John Hodges. London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., 1869. F’cap 8vo; 8pp. publisher’s advertisements at end; bevelled blue buckram, ruled black on sides and spine, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. burnished red; end-papers faced blackish blue. Gilt very rubbed on spine; small slightly rubbed patch on back cover; faint evidence of glazing removed from sides; one or two scattered fox-spots; in general, however, a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The catalogue gives evidence of a surprisingly extensive publishing business.
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CORNWALL (Barry [i.e., Bryan Waller Procter]). Dramatic scenes. With other poems, Now first printed. By Barry Cornwall. Illustrated. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1857. Imp.16mo in half-sheets, printed on calendared paper; fifty-seven illustrations in text, wood-engraved by the Brothers Dalziel after John Tenniel, Birket Foster, J.R. Clayton, Thomas Dalziel, W. Harvey, James Godwin, Edward H. Corbould, and Harrison Weir; pp.xii+[404]; bevelled scarlet horizontal straight-morocco cloth, ruled, lettered, and very elaborately blocked gilt on front cover, blind on back cover, lettered and very elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g., end-papers coated yellow; binder’s ticket of Burn on back paste-down (Ball 20A). Spine a little dull; cloth restored at extreme head of spine, worn slightly at tail, with small restoration to front joint, and slight general rubbing to joints; internally a nice copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


An uncommon volume, more usually seen in an otherwise similar dark green cloth. The first 280 pages consist of a reprint of ‘Dramatic Scenes’, the first six scenes, forming the First Part, being ‘now materially condensed and altered’. The Third Part, which occupies the remaining 123 pages, is here first printed. NCBEL, 3: 397
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[CORY (William [earlier Johnson].]. Ionica. George Allen, 8, Bell Yard, Temple Bar, London, And Sunnyside, Orpington, [Kent,] 1891. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; blank before title-page; pp.[2]+vi+210; Erratum slip tipped in before Contents; diagonally fine ribbed pale grey-blue (‘Eton blue’) cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top-edges uncut, others mainly trimmed. Cloth a little dusty and with one or two light damp-spots; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Presentation copy from Kenneth Hopkins with his ten-word holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Based on Ionica (1858), and the privately printed Ionica II (of 1877), but including twelve poems here first published or first collected, and omitting a number from the earlier volumes. CBEL, III, p.292, erroneously stating that the volume includes ‘85 additional poems, and a biographical introduction and notes by A.C. Benson.’ It does not. It contains eighty-four poems altogether, and Benson’s introduction and notes first appeared in the edition of 1905; Reilly fails to record this volume; Colbeck, I, p.161. Hayward, 275 refers. V. also, d’Arch Smith, ‘Love in Earnest’, pp.41 et seq. and pp.246-7. A minor binding variant, copies also being known with all edges uncut.
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COSTER (George Thomas). Poems. New edition, revised, with additions. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1890. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[xii]+180; purple buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and up-lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated very dark grey-green. Spine and edges of covers faded; first and last few leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Loosely laid in is an A.L.S. from the author, approximately ninety words, dated Ap.27, 1898, giving helpful advice to an unpublished fellow poet. Reilly, p.107
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CRABBE (The Rev. George, LL.B.). Tales. London: Printed for J. Hatchard, Bookseller to Her Majesty, opposite Albany, Piccadilly, 1812. Demy 8vo; half-title present; fly-title before start of text; integral advertisement leaf at end; leaf K3 a cancel as usual, tipped onto a stub; pp.[xxiv]+398+[ii]; contemporary full Russia, gilt scroll border to sides, later rebacked with sheep, spine with five raised bands, lettering-piece; marbled end-papers; burnished, sprinkled, edges; binder’s blank at front and back. Lacking lettering-piece, and Russia showing slight wear to corners; backs of end-papers foxed, with off-setting onto binder’s blanks; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The issue in which the closing inverted comma is lacking at the end of l.10 on p.131; in this copy there is no press figure on G8v. Bareham & Gatrell, p.32
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CRAVEN (F[annie]. C[hristine]. “Fireside Musings.” By F. C. Craven. Manchester: John Heywood, 141 and 143, Deansgate. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., N.D. [c.1875]. F’cap 16mo in half-sheets, wire-stitched; half-title not called for; dedication and subscribers’ list, 13pp., follows title and dedication leaves; pp.XVII+[i (blank)]+[ii (Contents, blank on verso)]; brown patterned-sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover; end-papers faced yellow; a.e. red. Slight rusting to staples of final gathering, but a near-fine copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Printed in Manchester. The British Library guesses the date as given, but we would suspect that the volume might date from three or four years later because of the wire-stitching. COPAC records the British Library copy only.

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CRAWLEY (Richard). Venus and Psyche With Other poems. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1871. F’cap 8vo; pp.vi+222; blue sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled gilt, blocked black and gilt, on front cover, ruled black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated red-chocolate. Generally nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription on the half-title.
Ref: HRT105136


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CROLY (The Rev. George, A.M.). The Angel of the world; An Arabian tale: Sebastian; a Spanish tale: With Other poems. John Warren, Old Bond-street, 1820. Demy 8vo; half-title not present; author’s note leaf at end; pp.[iii]-[xvi]+182+[ii]; contemporary half natural calf, brown marbled sides, sprinkled edges. Sides detached, otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Croly’s scarce third book. CBEL, III, p.231.
Ref: HRT105137


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CULLEN (The reverend John, D.D., M.A., Vicar of Radcliffe-on-Trent, etc.). Poems and Idylls. London: S.W. Partridge & Co., 9, Paternoster Row, 1893. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.280; diagonally fine ribbed light brown cloth, blocked black on back cover, ruled black, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers faced black. A nice copy of a handsome book.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Second edition of a title published originally in 1887, but differing from it greatly in contents, some poems in the earlier volume being here dropped and others added, together with a new section of Notes. In the final count the present volume includes some ninety poems, as against the sixty of the first edition. Reilly, p.120.
Ref: HRT105142


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CUMBERLAND (Richard). The Sailor’s daughter: A comedy, In five acts. Now performing at the Theatre-Royal, Drury-Lane. By Richard Cumberland, Esq. London: Printed by Luke Hansard, For Lackington, Allen, and Co., Finsbury-square, 1804. Demy 8vo, stabbed through and sewn into grey paper wrappers; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; A3, B — I, K — M4, N1; pp.[vi]+[87]+[i (printer’s imprint)] +[ii]; a.e. uncut. Wrappers rather chipped at spine; neat inscription on front wrapper; most of free end-papers lacking; some small corners turned; in general, however, a nice copy: scarce in original state.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The inscription on the front wrapper reads “Book Society / No.19 — 1804". The advertisement leaf appears to have been printed conjugate with the prelims. CBEL, II, p.453: the first of three printings in this year.
Ref: HRT105144


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CUNNINGHAM (Allen). Sir Marmaduke Maxwell, A dramatic poem; The mermaid of Galloway; The legend of Richard Faulder; And twenty Scottish songs. London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, Fleet Street, 1822. 12mo; half-title not called for; 6pp. integral advertisements at end, the first verso only numbered; pp.[xii]+209+[i (blank)]+6; original quarter drab paper, white spine label, blue-grey boards; a.e. uncut. Paper cracked over front joint; slight marking to front paste-down; but a very nice copy, nonetheless, of a scarce book.

GB £220.00

US $272.80


Cunningham’s third book; published at 7s. The advertisements at the end include adverts for Keats’ ‘Endymion’ ‘Price 9s. boards’ and ‘Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other Poems’ ‘Price 7s. 6d. boards’, as well as works by Hazlitt and John Clare. NCBEL, 3: 717
Ref: HRT118369


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIDSON (John). Smith A Tragedy. By John Davidson Author of ‘Bruce: a drama’. Glasgow, Frederick W. Wilson and Brother, 1888. F’cap 16mo in half-sheets; final blank; pp.70+[ii]; parchment wrappers French-folded over pastedowns, front wrapper printed in black; a.e.uncut. Very slight dusting to parchment and a couple of fox-spots on fore-edges of front end-paper with offsetting onto turn-over of parchment; otherwise virtually a fine copy, unopened throughout.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


The author’s scarce fourth book, published at 2/6d, and reputedly one of only 300 copies printed. Colbeck, 1:180; Krishnamurti, 172; NCBEL, 3:619.

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Ref: HRT119745


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIDSON (John). A second series of Fleet Street Eclogues. 1896 [i.e., Winter 1895], London John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York Dodd Mead And Company. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; blank, followed by publisher’s inserted 16pp. text-paper catalogue dated 1895 (but advertising this volume as though ready), at end; pp.[viii]+101+[iii]; navy blue coarse buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Poor quality paper showing very light marginal embrowning throughout; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


CBEL, III, p.337; oddly, not in Reilly!
Ref: HRT105151


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[DAVIES (J.H.).]. Random rhymes. (1865 to 1885.) London: Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh, Successors to Newberry and Harris, West corner of St. Paul’s Churchyard, 1886. Sm.demy 8vo, apart from the title-page, which is borderless, printed throughout in black within rubricated borders; half-title not called for; fly-title precedes start of text; printer’s imprint leaf at end; pp.[ii]+262+[i (blank except for border)]+[i (printer’s imprint)]; eleven entry Errata slip tipped in before fly-title; diagonally fine ribbed bluish purple cloth, ruled and blocked scarlet on front cover, ruled and blocked gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers faced yellow. A couple of insignificant marks on covers; last couple of leaves a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy of a handsome book.

GB £21.00

US $26.04


Reilly, p.127, recording that the author was the rector of Mount Bures. Printed at Sudbury [?Suffolk].
Ref: HRT117771


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVISON (Francis). Davison’s Poetical rhapsody, Edited by A.H. Bullen. George Bell and Sons, 1891. 2 Vols., lge.post 8vo; titles printed in red and black; imprint leaf and blank at end of volume one; publisher’s quarter brown calf, diagonally fine ribbed cloth sides; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight rubbing of one joint, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies, printed on large hand-made paper at the Chiswick Press. The text is based on a collation of the four editions of the Rhapsody published between 1602 and 1621, and is provided with a full apparatus criticus, including variorum notes, and a 70pp. Introduction by the editor, who comments: “In some respects ‘Davison’s Poetical Rhapsody’ is the most valuable of our old anthologies. . . . it was in great part compiled from unpublished writings.” Among the poets represented in the collection are Thomas Campion, Henry Constable, Sir John Davies, Davison himself, John Donne, Robert Green, Mary Countess of Pembroke, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, and Sir Henry Wotton.
Ref: HRT105155


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DERRY (E.). Sophonisba Or the Prisoner of Alba And Other Poems. London, Digby, Long & Co., 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., 1896. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+223+[i (blank)]; four line Errata slip tipped in after last leaf of text; diagonally fine ribbed light blue cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked blind, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt up and on spine; end-papers printed with blossom pattern in lime green. Tail of front cover darkened a little by damp; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


The author also wrote ‘Lays of the Scottish Highlands’. Reilly, p.134
Ref: HRT105158


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DE TABLEY (John Byrne Leicester Warren, Lord). Poems Dramatic and Lyrical: By John Leicester Warren Lord De Tabley. With illustrations by C.S. Ricketts. London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane: at the Sign of the Bodley Head. New York: Macmillan and Company, 1893. Photogravure frontispiece and four plates after Charles Ricketts, one drypoint by William Bell Scott, all with tissue guards; title-page printed in scarlet and black; imprint leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[xiv]+212+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[iii]; light apple-green buckram, ruled and blocked gilt on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine (v. note); t.e.g., others uncut. Cloth of spine bruised a little at extremities, and a trifle darkened; very slight foxing to some tissues, with offsetting onto facing pages; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


One of an edition limited to 600 copies. Printed upon thick mould-made paper. The cover design is by Charles Ricketts. An excellent example of ‘nineties book production. Nelson, 1893.8; Colbeck, 197: 13; Van Capelleveen, ‘New Checklist of Books designed by Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon’, B11a.
Ref: HRT105159


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DE VERE (Sir Aubrey, Bart.). A song of faith, Devout exercises, And sonnets. London, William Pickering, 1842. F’cap 8vo; half-title and final blank or advertisement leaf lacking; pp.[iii]-[xvi]+286; contemporary full calf ruled and tooled gilt on sides, matching marbled edges and end-papers, crimson silk marker. Spine lacking; internally a fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


The author’s third book, commented on by Wordsworth before publication, and dedicated to him. CBEL, III, p.232
Ref: HRT105160


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DE VERE (Aubrey [Thomas]). The sisters, Inisfail, And other poems. London: Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts; Dublin: McGlashan and Gill, Sackville Street, 1861. F’cap 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[xvi]+342; contemporary binder’s cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked gilt; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Re-backed, with the old backstrip laid on; bookplate and inscriptions on front end-papers; two or three fox-spots on title-page, but text otherwise very nice.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The author’s fifth book. Probably lacking a blank or advertisement leaf at end. CBEL, III, p.1053; Miles, IV.
Ref: HRT105162


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DISRAELI ([Benjamin]). The Revolutionary epick. [sic] The work of Disraeli the younger, Author of “The Psychological Romance.” London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1834. Lge.post 4to; half-title with advertisement for ‘Contarini Fleming, Or, the psychological romance’ on verso and title leaf a conjugate pair, tipped in; so also the final leaf of text and conjugate advertisement leaf at end (verso blank); pp.[iv]+viii+89+[i (v. note)]+[ii]; original drab-paper-covered boards, cream paper label printed in black on front board; t.e. uncut. Spine and corners of boards unobtrusively restored with matching paper, and back end-papers re-cornered at lower fore-corners; damp-staining to lower fore-corners throughout, for the most part looking like light foxing, but heavier on some leaves, though affecting no more than an arc extending about one inch along the bottom edge and one and a half inches up the fore-edge and nowhere approaching within an inch and a quarter of the text; otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy. Rare.

GB £450.00

US $558.00


Mock-Miltonic in tone, and for the most part very readable, only fifty copies of this first edition were printed (v. Sadleir, ‘Excursions’, pp.117 and 121, citing a statement in the Preface to the 1864 edition). The first part only, published, as appears from the label, at the rather high price of 9s. 6d. The sole indications given to the unfortunate purchaser that he was not getting the completed work for this money appear on the verso of the last leaf of text and the conjugate facing advertisement page, the former bearing the legend ‘End of book the first.’ and the latter ‘The plea of Lyridon, the genius of federalism, [sic] Forms The second book Of The revolutionary epick’. The second part, comprising, according to Sadleir, ‘Books II. and III. containing The Plea of Lyridon, the Genius of Feudalism; [sic] and the First Part of the Conquest of Italy’ was published, at 12s. later the same year. The work was finished in 1837, but publication of the remaining portion did not take place until 1864, when it appeared in the company of an extensively revised version of the first three parts. The present edition appears to contain the only printing of the original text. Sadleir’s collation for this part leaves out the unnumbered half-title and title leaves. Nor does he note that p.vii is mis-paged iii, which it is in the present copy.
Ref: HRT105176


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DOBELL (Sydney). England in time of war. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 65, Cornhill, 1856. Half-title not called for; 4pp. reviews of Dobell’s earlier books, Balder and The Roman, followed by publisher’s inserted 16pp. Catalogue dated June, 1856, at end; pp.iv+200+[4]; dark green horizontal straight morocco cloth ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, blocked blind, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale lemon. Nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Presentation copy, with the author’s holograph inscription on the upper margin of the title-page. A holograph note on the Contents leaf identifies the subject of the poem ‘A Nuptial Eve’. CBEL, III, p.285.
Ref: HRT105177


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DOBSON (Austin). Vignettes in rhyme And vers de société (Now first collected) By Austin Dobson. Henry S. King & Co., 65 Cornhill and 12 Paternoster Row, London, 1873. F’cap 8vo; pp.viii+220; publisher’s inserted 20pp. Catalogue at end dated December, 1873; bevelled diagonally fine-ribbed brown cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled black, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate. Barely visible restoration to cloth at extreme headband; inscriptions on half-title; otherwise in general a nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Murray, i (I.): the first binding, later copies being in red cloth; Hayward, 285 and Alban Dobson, II., recording only copies with the end-papers dark green. The author’s first volume of verse, and apart from a couple of books edited by him, Dobson’s first book. The total edition consisted of 500 copies.
Ref: HRT105179


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DOBSON (Austin). Proverbs in porcelain And other verses. Henry S. King & Co., London, 1877. Half-title a single inset; three leaves of integral advertisements, the last a single inset, all included in the pagination, followed by 4pp. publisher’s advertisements tipped onto stubs of two further excised non-integral leaves, and 32pp. publisher’s catalogue dated March, 1877, at end; pp.[x]+209+[i (blank)] bevelled brown patterned sand grain cloth, ruled black on sides and spine, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt, blocked gilt and black, on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated blackish green. Neat, barely visible, restoration to cloth at extreme head of spine; scattered light foxing; but a very good copy, nonetheless.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Murray, pp.4-5, recording the volume only with uncut edges and as having a 36pp. catalogue, for which he gives no date. He does not mention either the stubs or the undated tipped in advertisements, and almost certainly has taken the first four pages to be part of the catalogue which follows. Alban Dobson, IV., records the book as here, but does not mention that the first four pages of advertisements are tipped onto stubs. The edition consisted of 500 copies. The book was not published until June 16th. Messrs. Henry S. King & Co. were bought out by C. Kegan Paul and Co. in the following year, and the second edition, of 1878, appeared, with some omissions, additions, and alterations, under their imprint.
Ref: HRT105180


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DOBSON (Austin). At the Sign Of The Lyre. London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co, 1885. Extra cr.8vo; limitation leaf and leaf blank on recto, bearing author’s note on verso, precede half-title, blank on verso; inserted frontispiece by E[dwin]. A. Abbey, on special paper, with thin paper guard; title-page printed in red and black; inserted tailpiece by Alfred Parsons, on special paper, following last leaf of text; pp.[4]+[x]+231+[i (‘L’envoi’)]; full dark blue morocco, sides, edges, and doublures ruled gilt, spine with gilt-ruled boxes, lettered direct in compartments; t.e.g., others very lightly trimmed; end-papers faced blue-grey. Very slight rubbing to leather over front hinge, otherwise a fine copy.

GB £680.00

US $843.20


Out of a total of seventy-five copies printed on large Whatman hand-made paper, numbered, and signed by Dobson, this is one of only twenty-five copies ‘for America’. The book was issued originally in plain white paper wrappers in the expectation that the purchaser would discard them and have the volume bound, as has indeed happened here, the present copy having, according to the binder’s legend on the verso of the front end-paper, been: “Bound by Stikeman & Co. / for Charles Scribners Sons". Inserted after the title leaf is an additional sheet of thin card into which has been inlaid an a.l.s. from Dobson written in his ‘copperplate’ hand and dated ‘12. 1. ’10’, c.55 words, to Mr. Burlingame, referring to his “very cordial letter, the proof, and the cheque", and adding “I am glad you are going to put the lines in Scribner.” He goes on to suggest that they may meet. Murray, p.10; A.T.A. Dobson, XIV, Note.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DOBSON (Austin). Old-World Idylls And other verses. London, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1890. Pott 8vo; leaf blank on recto bearing bibliographical note on verso precedes half-title with statement of printing on verso; inserted ‘bookplate’ frontispiece with thin paper guard; title-page printed in black and red; inserted tailpiece; pp.[2]+x+252; bevelled olive green buckram, blocked with publisher’s motto device, gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


The Tenth Edition of a title originally published in 1877: includes a frontispiece and tailpiece here first printed, two additional poems, and a few minor alterations. Murray, p.8 (giving an incorrect collation, omitting the initial blank). This edition not in Alban Dobson or CBEL.
Ref: HRT105182


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DOBSON (Austin). Collected Poems. With a portrait. Third edition. London, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. Ltd, Paternoster House, Charing Cross Road, 1898. Photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[xvi]+[527]+[i (blank)]; dark red art linen, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Slight fading of spine, but a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Murray p.20: contains “two slight alterations". Not in Alban Dobson.
Ref: HRT105184


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