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

MASSEY (Gerald). Havelock’s march And other poems. London: Trübner & Co., Paternoster Row, 1861. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+269+[i (blank)]; dark red-chocolate diagonal wide-bead-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Insignificant rub-hole in back joint; small, unobtrusive erasure from extreme upper margin of title-page; otherwise, and in effect, a very nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


In our experience, one of the scarcer Massey titles. Poems on the Indian Mutiny. NCBEL, III, 538; Miles, V, pp.315-354. Massey, although now to a large extent forgotten, was the major English working class poet of the mid-Victorian era. Born in poverty at Tring in Hertfordshire in 1828, he began work in a silk factory at the age of eight, where for a twelve hour day he received a weekly wage varying between ninepence and eighteen pence. Later he worked for some years as a straw-plaiter. Largely self-educated, by the age of twenty-one he had founded and was editor of a working-man’s paper called ‘The Spirit of Freedom’, and the following year became one of the secretaries of the ‘Christian Socialists’, numbering among his friends within a very few years thereafter F.D. Maurice, Charles Kingsley, Hepworth Dixon, Walter Savage Landor, and George Eliot — who took him as her model for the character of Felix Holt. Massey published his first volume of verse in 1848, and achieved reputation nationally some six years later, with ‘The Ballad of Babe Christabel’, his third collection. Miles, writing about 1890, describes him as “one of the most truly national of our English poets.”
Ref: HRT118267


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

[MEREDITH (Owen [i.e., Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, First Earl of Lytton].) and FANE (Julian Henry Charles)]. Tannhäuser; Or, The Battle of the Bards. A Poem. By Neville Temple and Edward Trevor. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1861. F’cap 8vo; final leaf bearing printer’s imprint on recto, blank on verso; pp.117+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed grass green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Very sllight fading to cloth of spine, otherwise a fine copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


The probable first binding: a copy in this binding once passed through our hands with an inscription dated September 12 1861. The book is also seen in an otherwise similar horizontally-ribbed green cloth, with end-papers coated cream. CBEL, III, pp.287 & 347; Miles, V.
Ref: HRT119474


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

[MEREDITH (Owen, i.e. Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, First Earl of Lytton) and FANE (Julian Henry Charles)]. Tannhäuser; Or, The Battle of the Bards. A Poem. By Neville Temple and Edward Trevor. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1861. F’cap 8vo; final leaf bearing printer’s imprint on recto, blank on verso; pp.117+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed grass green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Spine faded, and cloth chipped a little at head and tail; one or two scattered fox-spots; in general, however, a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


The probable first binding, as suggested by the date of an inscription in another copy that has passed through our hands: September 12 1861. The book is also seen in an otherwise similar horizontally-ribbed green cloth, with end-papers coated cream. CBEL, III, pp.287 & 347; Miles, V.
Ref: HRT105667


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

MEREDITH (Owen, i.e., Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, First Earl of Lytton). Serbski pesme; Or, National Songs of Serbia. London. Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1861. F’cap 8vo; printer’s imprint leaf at end (verso blank); pp.142+[ii]; purple sand-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Gilt dulled on spine; two small, barely perceptible restorations to cloth of front cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


CBEL, III, p.347
Ref: HRT105668


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

MILLER (Joaquin). The Ship in the desert. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1875. F’cap 8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘A’ before half-title; pp.[4]+viii+140; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black on front cover, ruled black, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight foxing of prelims., but a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


Blanck, 13759. Precedes the American edition by almost five months. Printed at the Chiswick Press.
Ref: HRT105675


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

MILMAN (The Rev. H.H.). The Martyr of Antioch: A dramatic poem. John Murray, 1822. Narrow demy 8vo; bound up without the half-title; contemporary full calf gilt. Backstrip lacking, and sides a little rubbed; slight foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Based on the life of St. Margaret. CBEL, III, p.887
Ref: HRT105676


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

MILNES (Richard Monckton [later Lord Houghton]). Palm leaves. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1844. F’cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.xxxvi+202+[ii]; puce fine diaper cloth, paper spine label; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Paper label very slightly chipped and a trifle rubbed and dusty; one gathering foxed at extreme lower-edges due to an original paper fault; back end-paper slightly foxed, with some offsetting; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Apparently the first issue. Copies are also known with a publisher’s catalogue dated April 1854 bound in between the front end-papers. CBEL, III, p.299
Ref: HRT105680


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

MITCHELL (Robert). William of Normandy: A play, in five acts. Echo: a poem. Village church and churchyard Musings. Crimean sonnets. Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1879. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; fly title to each part; pp.[ii]+246; diagonally fine ribbed greyish purple cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered and with short rules gilt on front cover; end-papers coated lemon-yellow. Very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Presentation copy bearing the author’s signed holograph inscription, dated June 9th 1880, on the first fly-title. The title leaf and the last leaf of text are both single insets.
Ref: HRT105684


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

MITFORD (Mary Russell). Dramatic Scenes, Sonnets, And other poems. By Mary Russell Mitford, Author of Foscari, Julian, and Our Village. London: Geo. B. Whittaker, Ave-maria Lane, 1827. Pp.[viii]+392; original quarter pink paper, slate-grey boards, paper spine-label; a.e. uncut. Label slightly dusty; vertical crease to paper of spine; unobtrusive contemporary ownership inscription on upper board (‘Westerfield House / 1827’); very slight wear to corners of boards; essentially, nonetheless, a fine copy in a slightly worn (and repaired) fitted clamshell case. Scarce.

GB £380.00

US $471.20


With the Esher library bookplate, and the contemporary printed (real) silver trade ticket of ‘C. Ainsworth / Bookseller / & / Publisher / 27 Old Bond Street’ on the front paste-down.
Ref: HRT105685


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

MONTGOMERY (James). Songs of Zion; Being Imitations of psalms. By James Montgomery. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-row, 1822. F’cap 12mo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+153+[i (blank)]+[ii]; quarter dark drab paper-covered boards, dull blue-grey paper-covered sides, up-lettered spine-label; a.e. uncut; end-papers of coarse pale-buff paper. Paper cracked over front joint, and backstrip a little chipped; paper over back joint rubbed and cracked a little at head; slight chipping to extreme lower-edge of front board; label slightly chipped, with loss of ‘Y’ of author’s name; otherwise virtually a fine copy. Uncommon, especially in its original dress.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


From the library of bibliographer Percival F. Hinton, with his small Bacchus bookplate on the front pastedown.

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Ref: HRT119879


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

MOORE (Thomas). Epistles, Odes, And Other poems. By Thomas Moore, Esq. London: Printed for James Carpenter, Old Bond Street, Bookseller to Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales And Duke of York, 1806. Demy 4to; fine engraved frontispiece; leaf of Errata, &c.&c., followed by two leaves inserted publisher’s advertisements, at end; pp.[xvi]+341+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; original drab paper-covered boards; a.e. uncut. Strongly re-backed with matching paper, the original slightly stained end-papers being retained; extensive light foxing to frontispiece, visible only on margins; a little scattered light dusting and foxing in text, but a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


Verses written during a tour of the United States, satirical in tone. He thought the people, as a generality, intolerant and uncouth. CBEL, III, p.184
Ref: HRT105695


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

[MORRIS (Lewis).]. The epic of hades. By the author of “Songs of Two Worlds". Henry S. King & Co., 1876. Narrow f’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; 8pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; pp.[xii]+157+[i (blank)]+[8]+[ii]; green bevelled buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled blind on back cover; end-papers coated chocolate; top- and fore- edges uncut. Backs of end-papers foxed; otherwise virtually fine.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


From the library of bibliographer and Landor editor Stephen Wheeler, with his pencilled signature on the back of the front end-paper. A much reprinted title; the first edition, however, is rather scarce. The contents of this volume later came to be known as ‘Book II.’ Books I. and III. were published the following year. CBEL, III, p.349; Miles, V.
Ref: HRT105712


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

[MORRIS (Lewis).]. The ode of life. By the author of “The Epic of Hades". London, C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1880. F’cap 8vo; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+144+12; leaf green bevelled buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled blind on back cover; end-papers coated chocolate; top-edges uncut. A nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Scarce. CBEL, III, p.349; Miles, V; Reilly, p.337
Ref: HRT105715


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

MORRIS (Lewis, of Penbryn, M.A.; Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford; Knight of the Redeemer of Greece, etc., etc.). Songs unsung. London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1883. F’cap 8vo; 16pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+208+[16]; leaf green bevelled buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled blind on back cover; end-papers coated dark chocolate; top-edges uncut. Contemporary pencilled ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Scarce. CBEL, III, p.349; Miles, V; Reilly, p.338
Ref: HRT105716


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

MORRIS (Lewis, M.A.; Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford; Knight of the Redeemer of Greece, etc., etc.). Gycia: A tragedy In five acts. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1886. F’cap 8vo; blank, followed by 16pp. text-paper advertisements at end; green bevelled buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled blind on back cover; end-papers coated dark chocolate; top-edges uncut. Spine a litle dull and spotted; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


CBEL, III, p.349; Miles, V; this title not in Reilly.
Ref: HRT105717


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

MORRIS (Lewis). A vision of saints. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1890. F’cap 8vo; pp.[2]+vi+304; l4pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements, followed by inserted blank at end; green bevelled buckram, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine; lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated dark grey-green; top-edges uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed. Lengthy contemporary inscription on half-title; inserted blank foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Scarce. The first issue, later copies having an additional leaf of advertisements, bearing reviews of the present volume, tipped in at end before the advertisement for ‘Songs of Two Worlds’. CBEL, III, p.349; Miles, V; Reilly, p.338
Ref: HRT105719


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

MORRIS (Lewis). A vision of saints. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1890. F’cap 8vo; pp.[2]+vi+304; l6pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements, (paginated [2]+2+3-14) followed by conjugate blank at end; green bevelled buckram, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine; lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated dark grey-green; top-edges uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed. Insignificant scratch in cloth of spine; slight foxing of advertisements; otherwise a fine copy, largely unopened.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The second issue, the first issue being without the additional leaf of advertisements, bearing reviews of the present volume, here tipped in at end before the advertisement for ‘Songs of Two Worlds’. The terminal blank is part of the original 16pp. gathering of advertisements. CBEL, III, p.349; Miles, V; Reilly, p.338
Ref: HRT105720


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

MORRIS (Lewis, Author of “The Epic of Hades,” etc.). Songs Without notes. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1894. F’cap 8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a’ before half-title; final blank, followed by l4pp. publisher’s advertisements on text paper, and blank at end; deep green bevelled buckram, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine; lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated green; top- and lower- edges uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed. Fine copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Scarce. CBEL, III, p.349; Miles, V; Reilly, p.338
Ref: HRT105721


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

MORRIS (William). The neids of Virgil Done into English verse. London: Ellis and White, New Bond Street, 1876 [i.e., late 1875]. Sq.8vo; final blank; pp.[iv]+382+[ii]; very dark green smooth cloth, paper spine label printed in black; top- and fore- edges uncut. Label somewhat rubbed and chipped; end-papers foxed, with off-setting; a few fox-spots elsewhere; in general a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Temple Scott, p.32; CBEL, III, p.314
Ref: HRT105724


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

MORRIS (William). The Odyssey of Homer Done into English verse By William Morris Author of The Earthly Paradise. In two volumes. London: Reeves & Turner, 196 Strand, 1887. 2 Vols., lge.f’cap 4to; pp.[viii]+230+[ii (blank)]; [viii]+[231] — 450; quarter white paper in imitation of parchment, grey-blue paper sides, spine label printed in black; a.e. uncut; two binder’s blanks at front and back, the outer pasted down beneath the end-papers; cream cartridge paper end-papers. Paper of spine chipped slightly at head and tail in volume one, cracked over joints, and paper covering of lower corners rather worn; label to volume two lacking, and paper of spine snagged a little where it ought to be and neatly relaid; corners slightly worn; insignificant crease to one end-paper and one binder’s blank; otherwise a nice copy, fine internally, and unopened almost throughout. Intended for rebinding by the purchaser, copies are scarce to-day in their original dress, particularly in anything approaching acceptable condition, as here.

GB £220.00

US $272.80


The ‘ordinary’ hand-made paper edition, printed on paper watermarked SPALDING, and bearing on the spine label the price ‘12s’, this being the price per volume. There was also an edition on large hand-made paper limited to fifty copies and issued in quarter vellum. In this copy p.336 is misnumbered 556, probably as always. Forman, 45; Ashley, III, pp.172-3, describing the similar fifty copy issue.
Ref: HRT118737


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

MOULTRIE (John). The dream of life Lays of the English Church And other poems. London, William Pickering, 1843. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; eight entry Corrigenda on verso of last Contents leaf; pp.[viii]+368; twentieth century puce quarter calf, brown cloth sides, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine; old marbled edges. Calf of spine faded to brown; front end-papers strengthened at gutter; ink and pencil markings in text (v. note); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £250.00

US $310.00


Presentation copy, with the author’s holograph inscription “Mrs Hardy / with the best wishes / and remembrances / of her sincere friend / the Author / Rugby/ October 2nd. 1845.” on the preserved front end-paper. Moultrie has additionally corrected two literals and altered three readings in ink, and annotated the poems throughout in pencil, giving the names of places referred to but not identified in the text, adding a reference to Dr. Arnold’s sermons, and the names of the anonymous personages described in the lengthy opening poem, ‘The Dream of Life’, one section of which is “inscribed to Derwent Coleridge", these totalling in all more than some twenty entries, though there are also some passages with pencil scoring or marks that to us are uninterpretable. Places identified include Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, Windsor, and Eton; persons identified include Derwent and Sara Coleridge, Praed, Macaulay, Henry Taylor, Chauncey Hare Townshend, S. Walker, Admiral Chambers, Dr. Arnold, and Mrs. Archer Clive — though perhaps the most interesting is the identification of one Mary Edmonds as the subject of the poem ‘Euthanasia’. The front paste-down bears the ‘Pickering Collection’ bookplate of Bernard Warrington.

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Ref: HRT119924


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

MOULTRIE (John). The dream of life Lays of the English Church And other poems. London, William Pickering, 1843. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; eight entry Corrigenda on verso of last Contents leaf; pp.[viii]+368; puce fine-diaper cloth, white paper spine label printed in black; a.e. uncut; publisher’s slip advertising Moultrie’s poems tipped-in between front end-papers, as issued. Rebacked with near matching cloth, the original slightly chipped backstrip laid-on together with the label; otherwise a nice copy of a volume now difficult to find.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


A Coleridge family copy inscribed on the front end-paper “Margaret Eulalia Coleridge / from / Ernest Hartley Coleridge / Aug. 2. 1903". Moultrie was at Eton with H.N. Coleridge, who introduced him to his cousin Derwent (third son of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge) at Cambridge, and they became lifelong friends. The third Book of the 140pp. poem which opens this volume is “inscribed to Derwent Coleridge", and includes verse portraits both of him and of Sara Coleridge, as well as Henry Nelson Coleridge, and other figures from their circle such as Praed and Macaulay. Ernest Hartley Coleridge edited the edition of Samuel Taylor’s ‘Unpublished Note-books’ issued in 1895.

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Ref: HRT119584


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

[MUNDEN (?Thomas Shepherd)]. Sortes Horatianæ. A Poetical review Of Poetical talent, &c. &c &c. With notes. London: Printed for T. Hamilton, 34, Paternoster Row, 1814. Post 8vo; half-title present; pp.[iv]+126; contemporary full calf, gilt roll border to edges of boards, recently re-backed, with blind rules to spine and lettering-piece ruled and lettered gilt; recent white end-papers, the old free end-papers preserved. Scattered unobtrusive notes and corrections in ink and pencil in text [v. note]; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Originally from the library of Richard Samuel White, whose large bookplate has been preserved on the front end-papers. White was a barrister of Lincoln’s Inn, and a frequent contributor of letters and verses, particularly translations from Anacreon, to the ‘European Magazine’ between 1810 and 1816, and to the ‘Gentleman’s Magazine’ in 1818 and 1817, over the signature ‘R.S.W.’. He died in 1817. Besides adding corrections and notes here and there in the present volume, White has added a note to the verso of the preserved front end-paper identyfying the author: “Written by a son of [Joseph Shepherd] Munden the Actor before the age of 21 years...Murcht. in the City of London.” He does not give the author’s Christian name or that of his employer, though he leaves spaces, intending to fill them in. We have guessed the son concerned to be Thomas Shepherd Munden, who was a merchant, and had sufficient interest in literature to publish a biography of his father in 1843, some seven years before his own death. COPAC records the British Library, Oxford, and Glasgow copies only of this title, but suggests no author’s name.

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Ref: HRT119848


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

[NEAVES (Charles, Lord).]. Songs and verses Social and scientific By An old contributor to Maga. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1868. Imp.16mo in half sheets; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.viii+70+[ii]; bevelled maroon buckram, ruled blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover; a.e.g.; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine, and spine slightly faded; cloth label giving author’s name affixed to spine; small damp-splash on front cover, affecting one letter of title; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


CBEL, III, p.301. Humorous verse comment upon Darwinism, Lord Monboddo, Mill’s philosophy, etc., etc.
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NEWBOLT (Henry). The island race. Elkin Mathews, Vigo Street, 1898. Blank before half-title; final page advertisements, followed by 24pp. publisher’s catalogue, on text-paper, dated 1898-9; diagonally fine ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Spine dull; end-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Includes ‘Drake’s Drum’, ‘Admirals All’, and other poems reprinted from the second volume of ‘Elkin Mathews’ Shilling Garland’, as well as twenty-eight poems that are entirely new. The catalogue at the end is not without some interest. CBEL, III, p.351; Miles (1907 edn.), VII.
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NICHOLLS (Harry). [Cover title:] Prince of Wales Theatre, Clayton Square. Liverpool. Lessee and Manager ... ... ... Miss Fanny Josephs. Grand Christmas Pantomime Entitled Dick Whittington and his Cat. Written by Harry Nicholls (Of Drury Lane Theatre, London.) 1865 — 6. The entire Pantomime produced under the Stage Management of Mr J.C. Emerson And the personal supervision of Miss Fanny Josephs. Day performance: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday Children half-price. Secretary and Treasurer .......... Mr A Mascard; Assistant Stage Manager .......... Mr John Northcote; Musical Director .......... Mr J. Bayliss; Scenic Artist .......... Mr W. Coleman; Stage Manager .......... Mr J.C. Emerson. Fraser and White, 18, Cable Street, Liverpool, N.D [Winter, 1865]. Globe 8vo format, 36pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering; half-title and title leaves not called for; preliminary leaf credits; final leaf commercial advertisements; pp.34+[ii]; text-paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on inside and back wrappers with commercial advertisements. Wrappers unobtrusively strengthened at spine, and a trifle dusty; wrappers and preliminary leaf with two small holes at inner margin, and insignificantly frayed at lower margin; otherwise a nice copy of a very delicate and ephemeral printing.

GB £80.00

US $99.20



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NOEL (The Honble. Roden). The House of Ravensburg. Daldy, Isbister & Co., 56, Ludgate Hill, 1877. F’cap 8vo, printed on antique toned paper; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed moss-green cloth, ruled blind on back cover, gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Insignificant damp-spotting of sides, and two or three leaves very slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy, entirely unopened. Scarce.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


CBEL, III, p.352; Miles, VI. A verse drama.
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NORTON (The Hon. Mrs.). The Child of the islands. A Poem. London: Chapman and Hall, 186 Strand, 1845. Roy.8vo; engraved frontispiece by E.P. Becker after a design by D[avid]. Maclise, R.A., with thin paper guard, and engraved vignette title-page by J. Crew, precede letterpress title-page; text printed throughout within ornamental borders; pp.xvi (excluding engraved leaves)+238; ivory vertically fine-ribbed cloth, elaborately blocked gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated turquoise. Rebacked with matching cloth, the original somewhat chipped and slightly darkened backstrip being laid on; slight wear to edges of corners; a little light foxing to engraved leaves and prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Written to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Wales on 9th November, 1842, but also to contrast his lot with that of a poor child born at the same date. Due to personal difficulties, Mrs. Norton did not complete the poem in time for it to be published at the intended time, and it is here first printed. Dedicated to Mrs. Norton’s brother, the playright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. CBEL, III, p.302.
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NORTON (The Hon. Mrs.). Fisher’s Drawing room Scrap-book. MDCCCXLVI. By The Hon. Mrs. Norton. Fisher, Son, & Co., The Caxton Press, Angel Street, St. Martin’s-le-grand, London; Rue St. Honoré, Paris, N.D. [1845]. Sm.demy 4to; binder’s blank precedes half-title, another at end; steel-engraved frontispiece with thin paper guard and vignette title page precede letterpress title; thirty-four fine steel-engraved plates, all with thin paper guards; pp.[iv]+[68]; light jade green straight-grain morocco cloth, elaborately blocked gilt on sides, lettered and very elaborately blocked gilt on spine; scarlet head- and tail- bands; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Back cover a little marked and cloth of spine a trifle faded; a very little light foxing of plates, showing only on backs or margins; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


A difficult title to find nowadays, many copies having been broken for the plates. Faxon, 1270, locating the British Library copy only. The fifteenth year of issue of this Annual. The entire contents are verse by Mrs Norton, with the exception of a few short prose quotations introducing the subjects of the plates, the longest of which, a description of an opium den visited in China, is by Lord Jocelyn.
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[O’ROURKE (Edmund).]. The cagot; Or, Heart for heart. A Play in Five Acts. Entered at Stationers’ Hall. (The right of translation is reserved.) London: John Mitchell, Publisher to Her Majesty, 33, Old Bond Street, N.D. [1856]. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; title followed by leaf listing Dramatis Personæ; pp.99+[i (blank)]; later quarter mock-vellum, sugar-paper boards, spine with five raised bands. Paper cracked over front joint and slightly chipped at head of spine; old book-label on front board; pencil scoring on first two pages of text; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £35.00

US $43.40


Probably printed primarily for use in the theatre, though it does, rather oddly include lines noted to be omitted in representation! Produced at the Lyceum Theatre Royal on Saturday, December 6, 1856. Originally issued stabbed, and presumably in wrappers. Also attributed to Edmund Falconer. OPAC records four copies only.
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OUTRAM (George). Lyrics Legal and miscellaneous. By the late George Outram, Esq., Advocate. Edited (with introductory notice) By the late Henry Glassford Bell, Esq., Advocate, Sheriff of Lanarkshire. Second edition. William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1874. F’cap 8vo; half-title not present, probably not called for; single inset title-leaf probably a cancel; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, undated; pp.[3]-126+[ii]; bevelled royal blue pebble-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated very dark red. Nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Preceded by an edition limited to 100 copies of the Legal Lyrics only, printed for the author for private circulation in 1851, under the title: “Legal Lyrics and Metrical Illustrations of the Scotch Forms of Process". A good deal of material, poetic and otherwise, is here added from ms. sources. Despite the pagination, no half-title has ever been present in this copy, and we hypothesise that the original title and half-title were cancelled before binding in consequence of the editor’s sudden death whilst the volume was passing through the press, an event referred to in an Addendum to his Introductory. CBEL, III, p.303, listing the first edition erroneously as “Legal Lyrics; or, Metrical Illustrations of the Law of Scotland. By Quizdom Rumfunidos. 1871 (priv.ptd).” Miles, IX. Excellent humorous verse, still very readable today.
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OUTRAM (George). Legal and other lyrics By the late George Outram. A new edition, with explanatory notes, And a glossary. Edited by J.H. Stoddart, LL.D. And illustrated by William Ralston and A.S. Boyd. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1888. F’cap 8vo; numerous illustrations in text; pp[xvi]+233+[i (printer’s imprint)]; bevelled cerise buckram, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated black. Nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Includes some poems here first printed. CBEL, III, p.303, not noting the additions; Miles, IX. Excellent humorous verse, still very readable today.
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OXENFORD (John). Only a halfpenny! A Farce, In one act. By John Oxenford, Author of Twice Killed, My Fellow Clerk, Day Well Spent, Dice of Death, Reigning Favourite, &c. Thomas Hailes Lacy, Wellington Street, Strand, London, N.D. [1855]. 20pp. post 8vo format stabbed and sewn as a single gathering into pinkish buff generic wrappers, printed on all surfaces in black; a.e. uncut. Very nice copy. Scarce thus.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


The front wrapper bears printed at the top ‘No.’ and ‘Sixpence / Or 12 1/2 Cents’, then, within a ruled frame ‘Lacy’s acting edition’ [ornamental rule; space; short rule; then:] ‘Thomas Hailes Lacy, Theatrical Bookseller, Wellington Street, Strand, London: Mitchell, 33, Old Bond Street; Scales, 195, Shoreditch; Birmingham, Guest, Bull Street; Dublin, Wiseheart, Suffolk Street; Edinburgh, Sutherland, Calton Street; Glasgow, Love, Enoch’s Square; Liverpool, Meyrick, Hanover Street; Manchester, Heywood, Deansgate; and Leggett, Medlock Street Hulme. New York; Perry, 384, Broadway, And (by order) of all booksellers in England, The colonies, or America.’ The rest of the front wrapper consists of publisher’s advertisements, whilst the inside and back wrappers list Lacy’s Acting Edition to NO.342, being the twelfth of fifteen plays constituting volume 23, the present title being listed as the penultimate piece of volume 22, these two volumes and also 24 being issued in 1855. The remaining space on the back wrapper is filled with a listing of ‘Lacy’s Dramas for Private Representation’ Vols. I to V. In the space left after ‘No.’ on the front wrapper, the number ‘329’ has been (correctly) supplied in ink, and in the space left within the ruled box has been written (erroneously) ‘W.T. Hughes’ and (correctly) ‘Only a Halfpenny’ in the same hand, in ink. An interesting — and perhaps improbable — survival of a generic period wrapper. The piece was first performed at the Royal Haymarket Theatre, on Wednesday, May 30th, 1855. CBEL, III, p.605 note, not listing this title.
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PATMORE (Coventry). Poems By Coventry Patmore. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1844. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end, not including this title; pp.iv+157+[i (blank)]+[2]; vertically fine-ribbed bright green cloth, ruled and blocked blind, embossed with a design of vine leaves, tendrils, and flowers, blind on pressed out frame on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut, end-papers coated yellow. Slight wear to cloth at two corners of boards; neatly rebacked with matching period cloth, with the original backstrip (chipped at head and tail) laid on; original end-papers unobtrusively strengthened with tissue at gutters; a very clean, bright copy, otherwise, internally fine.

GB £150.00

US $186.00


The author’s scarce first book, issued, apparently simultaneously, in cloth, as here, and in boards and labels, whilst a few copies, such as that recorded by Hayward, appear to have been bound up (with similar end-papers) in full black morocco, for presentation. Some copies are known with 8pp. publisher’s advertisements, dated June 1st, 1844, inserted between the front end-papers. Though that was the nonth of publication it gives no evidence of priority as some copies may have been bound up before the catalogue was ready. Hayward, 263; NCBEL, 3: 487.

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PATMORE (Coventry). The Unknown Eros. By Coventry Patmore. I. — XLVI. London: George Bell and Sons, York Street, Covent Garden, 1878. Sq.cr.8vo; single inset half-title; pp.[2]+viii+210; puce fine linen ruled blind on sides, paper spine label; top- and fore- edges uncut; lower-edges mainly trimmed. Some wear to extreme head and tail of spine, and paper label rubbed; cloth generally a trifle faded; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


First published anonymously in 1877, containing x+128pp. and thirty-one odes, the present largely expanded edition is the first trade edition and the first to be published under the author’s name. The third edition of 1879 had a revised text. NCBEL, 3: 487

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PEMBER (E.H.). Debita flacco: Echoes of ode and epode. London, Printed at the Chiswick Press For private distribution, 1891. Sm.demy 8vo in half-sheets; two blanks and limitation leaf before half-title; title-page printed in black and red; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text, in the style of Flaxman; printer’s imprint leaf at end, followed by two text-paper blanks; pp.[xiv]+[113]+[i (blank)]+[i]+[v]; half natural calf, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, leaf-green buckram sides; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine slightly peeled and faded, and single small worm-hole in front joint; end-papers a trifle wormed in gutters; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Presentation copy, with the author’s contemporary holograph inscription on the second front blank. One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies. Printed upon Dutch hand-made paper. Reilly, p.375
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PEMBER (E.H.). The Voyage of the phocæans And other poems With The Prometheus Bound Of schylus Done into English verse. London, Printed at the Chiswick Press For private distribution, 1895. Sm.demy 8vo; limitation leaf before half-title; title-page printed in black and red; printer’s imprint leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[viii]+[178]+[ii]; half natural calf, ruled blind on sides, ruled and letered gilt on spine, leaf-green buckram sides; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine slightly faded, but a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Presentation copy, with the author’s contemporary holograph inscription on the front end-paper. One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies (this copy unnumbered). Printed upon hand-made paper. Reilly, p.375
Ref: HRT105786


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PEMBER (E.H.). The Death-song of Thamyris And other poems With The OEdipus at Colonos of Sophocles Done into English verse. London, Printed at the Chiswick Press For private distribution, 1899. Sm.demy 8vo; limitation leaf before half-title; title-page printed in black and red; printer’s imprint on verso of last leaf; pp.[viii]+[203]+[i]; half natural calf, ruled blind on sides, ruled and letered gilt on spine, leaf-green buckram sides; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine slightly faded and gilt a trifle rubbed, but a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Presentation copy, with the author’s contemporary holograph inscription on the front end-paper. One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies (this copy unnumbered). Printed upon Dutch hand-made paper. Reilly, p.375
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PENNELL (H. Cholmondeley). Pegasus re-saddled. With ten illustrations by G. Du Maurier. Henry S. King and Co., London, 1877. F’cap 4to; wood-engraved frontispiece, and nine plates by Swain after Du Maurier; wood-engraved vignette on title, and pictorial tail-piece forming the subject of the final poem (and almost certainly by a different hand); woodcut initial letter to each poem, and tail ornaments wherever space allows; integral advertisement leaf at end; dark red buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated deep yellow. Nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Very competant humorous verse. Du Maurier’s plates are marked for pp.4, 14, 24, 38, 50, 66, 80, 96, and 114, and are here bound in to face pp.4, 16, 24, [37], 52, 66, 80, 96, and 112. According to the index, however, which does not give page numbers for the illustrations, but just the information that some poems are illustrated, the plate marked for p.14 should have been marked for p.10. Including the vignette and the tailpiece, there are twelve illustrations in all rather than ten. Copies are also known in this binding but with white end-papers, and also in a binding of green cloth with the title-page vignette repeated on the front cover in gilt.

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PINERO (Arthur W.). The Times. A comedy In Four Acts. London: William Heinemann, 1891. Roy.16mo in half sheets; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.[xii]+192; 8pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end, dated October, 1891; salmon pink buckram, elabotately ruled black on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked black on front cover. A very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Issued as the first volume of a monthly series, in paper cover at 1s. 6d., or in cloth, as here, at 2s. 6d. The present volume has an Introductory Note by Pinero in which he says that the volume is being published concurrently with the first production. In this copy p.ix, l.13, has the reading ‘mina’ for ‘mind’: state or issue significance, if any, unknown. CBEL, III, p.615
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PINERO (Arthur W.). The Cabinet Minister. A farce In Four Acts. London: William Heinemann, 1892. Roy.16mo in half sheets; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[x]+188+[iv]; salmon pink buckram, elabotately ruled black on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked black on front cover. A very nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Issued as the third volume of a monthly series, in paper cover at 1s. 6d., or in cloth, as here, at 2s. 6d. The present volume has an Introductory Note by Malcolm C. Salaman summarising Pinero’s ideas on ‘farce’ as a medium for contemporary expression. First produced at the Court Theatre on April 23rd, 1890, and here first published. CBEL, III, p.615
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PINERO (Arthur W.). The Hobby- Horse. A Comedy In Three Acts. London: William Heinemann, 1892. Roy.16mo in half sheets; 4pp. text-paper advertisements at end, almost certainly printed conjugate with the prelims., and so integral; pp.[x]+168+[iv]; salmon pink buckram, elabotately ruled black on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked black on front cover. A very nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Issued as the fourth volume of a monthly series, in paper cover at 1s. 6d., or in cloth, as here, at 2s. 6d. The present volume has an Introductory Note by Malcolm C. Salaman placing the play historically as a mirror of real-life. First produced at the St. James’s Theatre on October 23rd, 1886, where it ran for 109 performances, and here first published. CBEL, III, p.615
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PINERO (Arthur W.). The Magistrate. A Farce In Three Acts. London: William Heinemann, 1892. Roy.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[xiv]+164+8; salmon pink buckram, elabotately ruled black on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked black on front cover. A very nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Issued as the sixth volume of a monthly series, in paper cover at 1s. 6d., or in cloth, as here, at 2s. 6d. The present volume has an Introductory Note by Malcolm C. Salaman. First produced at the Court Theatre on March 21st, 1885, it ran for over 300 performances, and subsequently became a world-wide success both in English and translation. It is here first published. CBEL, III, p.615
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PINERO (Arthur W.). Printed — as Manuscript — For Private Circulation only. The Amazons. An original farcical romance In three acts By Arthur W. Pinero. London: Printed by J. Miles & Co., 195, Wardour Street, Oxford Street, W., 1893. Cr.8vo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; final blank; pp.94+[ii]; pink wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front wrapper from the same type as the title-page; issued without end-papers. Paper of spine chipped at head and tail, front wrapper a little faded, and wrappers generally a little stained; inscription on upper margin of title unobtrusively whited out, but still partly visible; title, ‘Characters’ leaf, blank, and a few late fore-edges slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £250.00

US $310.00


One of a handful of copies printed for the author in advance of the first production for use in the theatre, and the only printing of this text. The play was produced at the Court Theatre on Tuesday, March 7th, 1893 by Mr. Arthur Chudleigh, and First published by Heinemann in 1895 as Volume 11 of ‘The Plays of Arthur W. Pinero’, that volume collating pp.viii+167+[i]. No copy of the present printing listed on COPAC.
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PRINCE (John Critchley). The Poetic rosary. By John Critchley Prince, Author of “Hours with the Muses,” &c. &c. &c. Printed for the author, and sold by him, Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne. London: Simpkin and Marshall. Manchester: Geo. Hatton, 39 Victoria Street, 1850. Sm.cr.8vo in half sheets; Contents leaf and final leaf of text both single insets; two leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.x+209+[i (blank)]+iii+[i (blank)]; vertically fine ribbed dark leaf green cloth, ruled and elaborattely blocked blind, blocked gilt, on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder’s ticket: ‘Bound by / Geo. Hatton / Victoria Street / Manchester’ (not in Ball) on back pastedown. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


Restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine, and cloth a little worn over corners; light marginal embrowning to text and some very light dusting; small spots on margins of advertisement leaves and final leaf of text; otherwise, and in effect, a nice copy. Printed in Manchester. The last leaf of text is a single inset: this, the two leaves of text-paper advertisements, and the five leaves of prelims. making a full sheet. The probable third binding of at least three, copies being known in dark bluish purple cloth with the top-edges trimmed and the spine ruled gilt instead of blind; and also in dark bluish purple cloth with the spine ruled blind, and a.e. trimmed. The last forty pages consist of ‘Miscellanies in Prose’, including some fiction. CBEL, III, p.304, fails to record this privately printed edition, listing the 1851 Partridge edition as the first; Miles, X.
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Q. [Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch]. Green bays: Verses and Parodies. Methuen and Co. 18 Bury Street, W.C., London, 1893. Blank before half-title; imprint leaf at end, followed by 16pp. publisher’s catalogue, on text-paper, dated October 1892; pp.[xii]+89+[i (blank)]+[ii]; two-tone pale green fine linen-effect buckram, blocked on front cover with a design of bay branches in dark green, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Poor quality paper showing light marginal embrowning throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Printed on mould-made paper.
Ref: HRT105823


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

RANDOLPH (Lewis V.F.). Survivals. Embellished by Bryson Burroughs. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York & London, The Knickerbocker Press, 1900. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[xiv]+89+[i (blank)]; mottled apple-green fine linen, ruled, blocked, and numbered sage green, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered with short rule gilt on spine; t.e.g., others rough trimmed. Two small spots on front cover; inscriptions on title-page and front end-paper (v. note); otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Presentation copy, with the author’s address in Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.A., and holograph inscription, on the title-page, and a letter from him, also presenting the volume, tipped on to the front end-paper. The recipient has transcribed the letter onto the front end-paper beneath the tipped on sheet. Loosely laid in is an advertising booklet, 24pp. sm.double 12mo, bearing on the cover a half-tone portrait of Randolph, and including reviews of the volume.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

READE (Charles) and TAYLOR (Tom). Masks and faces; Or, Before and behind the curtain. A Comedy In two acts By Tom Taylor and Charles Reade. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1854 (The Authors reserve the right of Translating this work.) F’cap 8vo; (?integral) blank, half-title, title, and dramatis personæ leaf precede start of text; pp.[viii]+71+[i (printer’s imprint)]. BOUND WITH: READE (Charles) and TAYLOR (Tom). The king’s rival. A Drama, In five acts. By Tom Taylor and Charles Reade, Authors of “Masks and Faces,” “Two Loves and A Life,” Etc. etc. First produced at the Theatre Royal, St. James’s, October 4, 1854. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1854. (The Authors reserve the right of Translating this work.) F’cap 8vo; half-title, title, Preface leaf, and Dramatis Personæ leaf precede start of text; pp.[viii]+72. BOUND WITH: READE (Charles) and TAYLOR (Tom). Two loves and a life. A Drama, In four acts. By Tom Taylor and Charles Reade. Produced at the Theatre Royal, Adelphi, April, 1854. (The Authors reserve the right of Translating this work.) F’cap 8vo; half-title, title, and Dramatis Personæ leaf precede start of text; pp.[vi (ex viii)]+85+[i (printer’s imprint)]. Recent quarter polished natural calf, spine with four raised bands, green lettering-piece, blue cloth sides. A little scattered light foxing in first work, and neat Victorian ownership inscription on verso of title leaf; prelims. of last work a trifle stained; otherwise nice, and the binding fine.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


Sadleir, ‘Excursions’, pp.171-2; not in Wolff. Sadleir calls for 8pp. of prelims in ‘Masks and Faces’ without specifying what they are, and we are unable to tell whether the initial blank here present is correct or not, as both it and the text closely resemble the original binder’s blanks which are here preserved, though the blank in our view appears, like the text, to be a trifle thicker. Sadleir calls also for 8pp. of prelims. in ‘Two Loves and A Life’, also without specifying what they are. All three of these plays are now very hard to find.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

REEVE (Percy). Love & Music. London, David Bogue, 3, St. Martin’s Place, Trafalgar Square, 1883. Sq.pott 4to (6.5” x 6.25"); binder’s blank of thin white paper at front and back; pp.viii+111+[i (printer’s imprint)]; bevelled ivory coarse buckram. lettered yellow and gilt on front cover; a.e. yellow; mottled grey end-papers. Very slight marking of covers; front end-papers cracked, back free end-paper and binder’s blank lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


A mixed bag, including a satire on the House of Commons, and a poem on “Two on a Tower", dedicated to Thomas Hardy.
Ref: HRT105835


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

RITCHIE (Archibald Tucker). The columbiad, A Poem. London: Smith, Elder and Co., Cornhill, 1843. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.viii+216; publisher’s inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end, dated July, 1842; vertically ribbed bright brown cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth worn and minutely chipped at head of spine, and neatly restored at joints; front end-paper largely cut away; otherwise a generally nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Deals, among other subjects, with opium addiction, and prostitution.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ROBERTSON (Lord). Leaves from a journal, And Other Fragments in Verse. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street; Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd; and Fraser & Co., 1845. Demy 8vo; demy 8vo in half sheets; half-title not called for; pp.xvi+112; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated January, 1845; glazed cream paper covered boards; a.e. uncut; end-papers glazed pale yellow. Rebacked with cream buckram, paper spine label; paper a little loose on sides; three openings a little stained at inner margins where wild flowers have been pressed between the leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96



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

R[OBINSON]. (S[amuel].). Specimens Of Frederick Schiller’s Minor poems. Williams and Norgate, 14, Henrietta-street, Covent Garden, London; And 20, South Frederick-street, Edinburgh; And J.E. Cornish, Manchester, 1867. F’cap 8vo in half-sheets; half-title/presentation leaf present; pp.[viii]+112; binder’s blank at front and back; half red morocco ruled gilt on sides and spine, tooled and lettered gilt on spine; oil-marbled sides, end-papers, and edges. Slight damp-fading of calf on back board, but a near-fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The author’s initials appear (printed) on the presentation section of the half-title, where his address is given as Blackbrook Cottage, Wilmslow. The recipient’s name has been entered in ink, presumably in the author’s hand, and the date added ‘July 1867’. The presentation page suggests that the book was privately issued, despite the imprint. A very early Williams and Norgate title.
Ref: HRT105857


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

[ROCK (William Frederick)]. Jim and Nell: A Dramatic Poem In the Dialect of North Devon. By a Devonshire Man. London: Printed for private circulation, 1867. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.56; deep green sand-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover; lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated dull yellow. Slip laid on to front paste-down bearing presentation inscription (not from author); otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £35.00

US $43.40


Printed by Unwin Brothers, Gresham Steam Press, Bucklersbury. Includes a 17pp. Glossary of Devonshire Words printed in double column at end. Rather scarce, COPAC recording the Oxford and Guildhall copies only.

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

ROCKLIFFE (James). The Camp of the Hallamshires, And other Poems. By James Rockliffe. Sheffield: Pawson and Brailsford, Printers, High Street, 1865. Half-title not called for; lithographic frontispiece after a sketch by Corporal W.E. Bullmore, printed in pale yellow and black; pp.80; glazed yellow wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; pale blue-green end-papers. Paper of wrappers chipped at head and tail of spine, and wrappers dusty; back wrapper slightly torn at fore-edge, but without loss; early ownership signature, ‘Thos Fenton’, at head of dedication page; some foxing and light dusting; a very good copy, nonetheless, near nice.

GB £95.00

US $117.80


From the library of bibliographer Percival Hinton, with his small book plate on the front paste-down. Apparently rare. No copy located either on COPAC or WorldCat. The main poem describes the volunteer camp at Ringstone Hill in 1862. Other poems show the author to have had connections with the Liverpool Thespian Amateur Society, whilst another mourns the death of Thackeray, others include a ‘Welcome to Princess Alexandra’ and a masque for the Royal Wedding of 1863, verses on Florence Nightingale, the Severn, Wharncliffe, etc. Several are reprinted from Magazines, including Eddowes’s ‘Shrewsbury Journal’, the ‘Sheffield Daily Telegraph’, the ‘Midland Magazine’, the London ‘Looker On’, etc. Competant verse.

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

ROGERS (Samuel). Human life, A poem. By Samuel Rogers. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1819. Post 4to; binder’s blank at front and back; half-title discarded; pp.[3]-96; contemporary full horizontally strait-grain morocco-faced calf, borders ruled and rooled gilt on sides, tooled gilt on inner dentelles, spine with five raised bands, tooled gilt on bands and in compartments, the second and fifth compartments lettered gilt; sprinkled edges, oil-marbled end-papers; black silk marker binder’s ticket ‘T. Sowler, 15 St. Anne’s Square, Manchester’ (Ramsden, p.153) on front paste-down. Calf of spine chipped at head and tail, splitting over front joint, and worn at the corners; some very light foxing to text, and some light contemporary pencil scoring and one explanatory pencilled note; two small ink marks on lower margin of one leaf; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


Well printed by Bensley and Son, Bolt Court, Fleet Street. The correct first edition: in quarto rather than octavo format, and in the usually seen final, issue. Murray ordered 750 copies in quarto in January, 1819, followed by 6,011 copies in octavo, produced in three separate printings during March and April. Simon Nowell-Smith, Book Collector, Autumn 1965, pp. 362-5, suggests four theoretically possible states of the quarto edition, the first being actually unknown. The second and third states each have ninety-four pages plus a final leaf bearing the printer’s imprint, and in the third state leaves K1 and K2 are cancelled in order to change a couple of the notes. In the fourth state signatures F-M are cancels, three lines are added, and the text is extended to ninety-six pages, as here, the printer’s imprint occurring at the foot of the last leaf. The two earlier states are very seldom found. CBEL III, 181

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

ROGERS (Samuel). Human life, A poem. John Murray, 1819. Pp.100; printed on thick paper; contemporary full calf, blind, gilt, and black; matching marbled end-papers and edges. Boards detached; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The 8vo edition, following the 750 copy 4to edition by about two months. 6,011 copies of the 8vo edition were produced, in three separate printings, during March and April. Like the quarto edition they were printed by Bensley and Son.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ROSE (Henry). The works of Henry Rose. Illustrated. London, Reeves and Turner, 196, Strand, 1890. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; engraved portrait frontispiece; wood-engraved vignette on title; eight wood-engraved plates, some signed H.W. Royle; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[iv]+390+[vi]; grey buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated buttercup-yellow. Portrait foxed, title-page slightly so; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.3, 27, 131, 199, 237, 266, 279, and 305. Reilly, p.409
Ref: HRT105869


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

ROSSE (Alban, A.B.). The Island Spectres; [(an allegory)] And something more, But nothing worse: By Alban Rosse, A.B., Author of the “History of the Kings and Queens of England,” In verse; “Birth of the Storms,” &c., &c. Birmingham: Printed at M. Billing’s Steam-Press Offices, 1855. Demy 8vo, printed in half-sheets; wood-engraved plate on text-paper follows title-page; other illustrations in text; pp.56; scarlet morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover; end-papers coated yellow. Front end-paper lacking; two or three leaves foxed; a little light fingering and dusting; in general a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The words ‘(an allegory)’ have been added on the title-page in ink, possibly by the author. A very odd production, the implicit point of which wholly eludes us!
Ref: HRT105872


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

ROSSETTI (Dante Gabriel). The poetical works Of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Edited with preface by William M. Rossetti. A new edition in one volume. Ellis and Elvey, London, 1895. All rights reserved. Drypoint portrait frontispiece by G.W. Sherborne from a photograph taken in 1864, with tissue guard; pp.[xxxii]+380; original (v. note) dark green crushed Levant morocco very elaborately tooled gilt on sides and spine after a design by the author, lettered gilt on spine, doublures ruled and tooled gilt with small florets and leaves, again after a design by the author; French marbled end-papers; a.e. burnished gold. Fine copy.

GB £840.00

US $1,041.60


Despite the ‘New Edition’ on the title-page, this is actually, as William Rossetti’s Preface makes clear, the first collective edition of his brother’s original poems (without the translations). The binding, which is by Zaehnsdorf, is signed and dated 1895, suggesting that this copy was supplied by the publisher as sheets, and that this is its original dress. It reproduces, as far as the outside covers are concerned, though on a smaller scale, Rossetti’s design for the covers of the 1870 edition of the ‘Poems’, the tooling here being more perfect than the blocking on cloth of the originals, however, the brasses for that having been cut badly — though to speak more truly it follows more precisely the design of the binding of the two volume Collected Works of 1886, in its original envisagement, the lower of the two small panels on the sides having ten horizontal rows of circlets on the front and eleven on the back cover. The tools used on the doublures are based on elements of the end-paper design of the 1870 volume. A beautiful volume, and one of only a very small issue so bound.

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