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 $37.80


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 $162.00


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 $39.15


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 $472.50


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 $141.75


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 $64.80


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 $175.50


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). Dramatis personæ. Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly, 1864. Lacking the half-title; Contents leaf, in any case a single inset, here also apparently a cancel; fly title to each poem, included in the pagination; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iv (ex vi)]+250+[ii]; dull red pebble grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate. Barely perceptible fading to cloth of spine; back free end-paper slightly frayed at fore-margin; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


On p.150 at l.13 the words ‘, then a joy,’ have been crossed through in ink and the words ‘out of pain,’ substituted for them in a hand that closely resembles the author’s. The alteration was in fact made in the second edition of the same year. Light pencil scoring against three verses in the poem ‘The Worst of It’ (verses 14, 15, and 18) coincide with minor alterations to punctuation also made in the second edition. Many of Browning’s best known poems are found in this volume, including ‘Rabbi Ben Ezra’, ‘Caliban upon Setebos’, ‘Gold Hair’, ‘May and Death’, and ‘Mr. Sludge, “The Medium"’. Wise, p.26; Ashley Library, I, p.120; Hayward, 254; Tinker, 422.

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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 $22.95


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 $16.20


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 $16.20


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 $16.20



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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 $18.90



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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 $24.30



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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 $18.90



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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 $67.50


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 $16.20



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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 $67.50


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 $22.95


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 $16.20



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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 $16.20



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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 $25.65


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 $94.50


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 $108.00


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 $67.50


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 $81.00


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.
Ref: HRT105035


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

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 $22.95


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

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 $43.20


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

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 $135.00


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

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 $54.00


Second issue, with the 1877 catalogue.
Ref: HRT105056


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

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 $22.95


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


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