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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. Wordsworthiana: A selection From papers read to The Wordsworth Society. Edited by William Knight. Macmillan & Co., 1889. Photographic frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.xxiv+352; deep green fine diaper cloth, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Fine copy of a scarce title.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Contributors include J. Henry Shorthouse, Edward Dowden, Matthew Arnold, Stopford Brooke, Aubrey de Vere, J. Russell Lowell, The Hon. Roden Noel, Alfred Ainger, Lord Houghton, etc., etc., subjects treated including ‘The Platonism of Wordsworth’, ‘Wordsworth’s Relation to Science’, ‘Reminiscences of Wordsworth amongst the Peasantry of Westmoreland’, ‘Wordsworth’s Treatment of Sound’, ‘Wordsworth and Charles Lamb’, ‘Wordsworth and Turner’, ‘The Poets who helped to form Wordsworth’s Style’, etc., etc. Not listed under Lowell by Blanck, who does note, however, that his contribution had been collected already in 1887 in ‘Democracy and Other Addresses’. The editor of the present volume asserts in his Preface that many of the contributions here have been expanded, re-written, or revised since their original delivery, and the Lowell address appears to be one such: it certainly at any rate differs textually from the version published in ‘Democracy’.

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ARNOLD (Sir Edwin, M.A., K.C.I.E., C.S.I.). East and west: Being papers Reprinted from the “Daily Telegraph” And other sources. With forty-one illustrations by R.T. Pritchett. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1896. Demy 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and eleven plates; other illustrations in text; blank at end; pp.[xii]+373+[iii]; crimson art linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled gilt, lettered crimson through gilt, on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers faced brownish charcoal. Spine slightly faded, sides patchily so; scattered foxing in text, and small blank upper corners of first two gatherings lightly damp-marked; a very good copy over all.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


Essays on ‘The Egyptian Thief’, ‘Astronomy and Religion’, ‘The Indian Upanishads’, ‘The Triumph of Japan’, ‘Buddha-gya’, ‘The “Garden of Repose"’, ‘The Sword of Japan’, ‘Limpets’, etc., etc. One of Arnold’s more uncommon books.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ARNOLD (Matthew, M.A.). On translating Homer: Three lectures Given at Oxford.Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1861. Two blanks, followed by publisher’s inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end; green ripple-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, other edges trimmed; end-papers coated milk-chocolate, the pastedowns being printed with publisher’s advertisements; binder’s ticket of ‘Westleys & Co’ on back paste-down. Front cover lightly damp-marked (possibly where label has been removed); early ownership inscription on half-title; last two leaves of Catalogue excised; colour a little rubbed on end-papers; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £170.00

US $229.50



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ARNOLD (Matthew, M.A., Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford, and Formerly fellow of Oriel College.). On translating Homer: Last words. A lecture given at Oxford. London, Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+69+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated August 1872; dark green ripple-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rules gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated caramel. Useful ownership inscription dated ‘May, 1875’ on front blank; end-papers faded at margins; otherwise an extremely fine copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


This binding unrecorded by Carter: the cloth is that of his ‘A’ binding, but the lettering on spine is that of his ‘B’ binding (Arnold’s name being, however, in a serif face instead of a sans serif face, as in copies of his ‘B’ binding that we have seen). The spine lettering reads ‘LECTURE’ not ‘LECTURES’, in our experience as always (the latter probably representing a transcription error on Carter’s part). The present copy is almost certainly one of the latest issued in ripple-grain cloth: the date of the inscription, 1875, being the earliest date recorded by Carter for a catalogue in a copy with his ‘B’ binding. Carter does not mention end-papers.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ARNOLD (Matthew, M.A., Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford, and Formerly fellow of Oriel College.). On translating Homer: Last words. A lecture given at Oxford. London, Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+69+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; dark blue-green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rules gilt on spine; end-papers printed with ship and swan design in pale brownish grey. Useful ownership inscription dated 1888 on front blank; otherwise an extremely fine copy.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


The Carter ‘B’ binding, but the spine lettering reading ‘LECTURE’ not ‘LECTURES’ (the latter probably representing a transcription error on Carter’s part), variant without inserted advertisements. Arnold’s name in this copy appears in a sans-serif face. Carter does not mention end-papers: the ship and swan design was introduced at about the same date as the inscription. Advertisements are knbown in some copies with dates as late as 1890.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ARNOLD (Matthew). Essays in criticism. Third edition Revised and enlarged. London, Macmillan and Co, 1875. 32pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end dated January 1875; brown buckram, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated black. Slight foxing of prelims.; early leaves of Catalogue foxed, with offsetting onto last page of text; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Smart, 47. With an early date of the Catalogue, copies also being known with a Catalogue dated October 1875. The essay “A Persian Passion Play” is here first included.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ARNOLD (Matthew). Mixed essays. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1879. (All rights reserved). Pp.[xi]+[i (blank)]+347+[i (blank)]; dull blue buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-paers coated chocolate; binder’s ticket of Burn & Co. (Ball, 20E) on back paste-down. Insignificant string-marks to covers, and very slight fading to end-papers at margins; a virtually fine copy, nonetheless.

GB £35.00

US $47.25


Includes essays on ‘Democracy’, ‘Equality’, ‘Irish Catholicism and British Liberalism’, ‘A Guide to English Literature’, ‘Falkland’, ‘A French Critic on Milton’, ‘A French Critic on Goethe’, ‘George Sand’, etc.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ARNOLD (Matthew). Irish essays And others. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1882. All rights reserved. Pp.[xv]+[i (blank)]+308; dull blue buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-paers faced grey. Insignificant string-marks to covers, and very slight fading to end-papers at margins; a virtually fine copy, nonetheless.

GB £42.50

US $57.37


From the library of John Drinkwater, with his small gilded leather book-label on the front paste-down, and his signature dated 1923 (along with an earlier brief note of ownership) on the half-title. ‘The Incompatibles’, ‘An Unregarded Irish Grievance’, ‘The Future of Liberalism’, ‘A Speech at Eton’, ‘The French Play in London’, ‘Copyright’, ‘Prefaces to Poems’, etc. In this copy, p.vi is without a page number; and in the Contents the page number ‘208’ is given as ‘20’: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined. The correct first edition, in blue cloth. The American edition, in rust-coloured cloth, has the same title-page as this, but Macmillan’s imprint on the spine. Smart, 78; Tinker, 185.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ARNOLD (Matthew). Essays in criticism Second series. Macmillan and Co., 1888. Blank before half-title; inserted leaf publisher’s advertisements on text-paper, followed by publisher’s 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated April, 1888; pp.[2]+[x]+331+[i (blank)]; navy blue buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. A fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


In our experience remarkably scarce. Published shortly after Arnold’s death, the volume includes a 3pp. Prefatory Note, signed ‘C’. Includes ‘The Study of Poetry’, ‘Milton’, ‘Thomas Gray’, ‘John Keats’, ‘Wordsworth’, ‘Byron’, ‘Shelley’, ‘Count Leo Tolstoi’, and ‘Amiel’. This copy has the misprints ‘an’ for ‘in’ at l.22, p.82; ‘light’ for ‘night’ at l.1, p.85; and at l.14, p.331, ‘allusion’ for ‘illusion’: state or issue significance unknown. This copy has, however, the earliest date of the Catalogue. Copies are also known without a Catalogue.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

AUSTIN (Alfred). The Garden that I love. London, Macmillan and Co., And New York, 1894. All rights reserved. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; numerous illustrations in text; inserted advertisement leaf at end, on text-paper; pale lime green rough cloth blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Cloth of spinea trifle foxed, and some foxing to text, mostly very light; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £18.00

US $24.30




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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BALLANTYNE (R.M.). Personal reminiscences In book-making. By R.M. Ballantyne Author of “The Walrus Hunters"; [and twenty-two more titles!]; Etc.etc. London, James Nisbet & Co., 21 Berners Street, N.D. [1893]. (All rights reserved). Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral half-tone portrait frontispiece and vignette title designed by the author, precede letterpress title; 8pp. integral advertisements (continuing signatures) followed by blank, at end; pp.[viii (including frontispiece and vignette title)]+238+8+[ii]; milk-chocolate buckram, blocked black and gilt, ruled gilt, blocked chromatically blue-grey, pink, and yellow, on front cover and spine, lettered black-cased blue-grey, embossed with ornament milk-chocolate through gilt, and with lettering milk-chocolate through gilt, cased milk-chocolate outlined gilt, on front cover, ruled black, embossed with lettering milk-chocolate through gilt, on spine; end-papers coated cream. Slight embrowning to poor-quality end-papers; ownership inscription and rubber-stamp on blank back of frontispiece; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


Quayle, 91a: the first issue, pictorial cloth variant. A scarce title.
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BALZAC (H[onoré] de). Maximes Et Pensées De H. de Balzac. Paris, Plon Frères, Éditeurs, 36, rue de Vaugirard, 1852. 12mo in half-sheets; binder’s blank precedes half-title; final blank; pale green paper wrappers printed outside in black; French-folded wax-paper dust-wrapper. An original folding fault has left a dark line (5mm wide) down the extreme inner margins of a couple of leaves with slight associated chipping to one of them; a very little scattered light foxing; otherwise a fine copy, virtually as new; housed in a custom folding green cloth box with dark green leather lettering-piece on spine, ruled and lettered gilt.

GB £260.00

US $351.00


Vicaire, I, 232; Talvart, I, 166
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BARING-GOULD (S.). An Old English home And its dependencies. Illustrated by F. Bligh Bond. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London, 1898. Wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous other illustrations on text-paper, some full-page and unbacked, but all included in the pagination; title-page printed in black and red; pp.[viii]+336; publisher’s inserted Catalogue, 40pp., at end, dated September 1898, listing this title amongst the ‘forthcoming books’; light blue buckram, elaborately blocked yellow on sides and spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight rubbing of covers and some scattered very light foxing, but a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Full of obscure knowledge and fascinating information.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BARTON (Bernard). Selections From The poems and letters Of Bernard Barton. Edited By his daughter. London: Hall, Virtue and Co., 25, Paternoster Row, 1849. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; lithographic portrait frontispiece after S. Lawrence, with tissue guard; three plates by L. Marvy after T. Churchyard, printed in sepia, each with tissue guard; pp.[IV (unpaged)]+[24 (unpaged List of Subscribers)]+xxxvi+363+[i (printer’s imprint)]; three line Errata slip follows last page of text; pale greenish blue straight morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Insignificant restoration to cloth at head of spine, and slight fading of cloth; inscriptions on front paste-down; frontispiece and facing tissue a trifle foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


Subscription copy, with the signature of one of the subscribers on the front paste-down. Includes a four-page Preface by Lucy Barton and a twenty-eight page memoir by Edward FitzGerald (being his first published work). The 150pp. or so of letters (to Crabbe, Southey, Lamb, etc.) are here first printed, as are the fragments of five letters to Barton from C. Lloyd, letters from Lamb and Southey, and a letter from Sir Walter Scott. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.v, [151], and 302. CBEL, III, p.227.
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BAYLY (Thomas Haynes). Musings And Prosings: By Thomas Haynes Bayly. Boulogne, Printed by F. Birlé, 36, rue des Pipots, 1833. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; List of Subscribers at end; pp.[iv]+328+[i (blank)]+[4]; contemporary full green morocco, spine with five raised bands, ruled and elaborately tooled gilt on spine, blind and gilt on sides, edges of boards and inner dentelles tooled gilt, spine lettered gilt; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed pale yellow. End-papers stained from colouring of the morocco, front free end-paper lacking, back board flexion creased (showing as a crack in the paste-down, but not otherwise); apart from these minor faulta a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


A once fine binding, not seriously flawed. According to the List of Subscribers 399 copies were subscribed for. A mixture of plays, verse, essays, and short stories: including the farce ‘Perfection’, which CBEL records as not having been published until 1836 (though it was first performed in 1830). CBEL, III, p.227.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BEERBOHM (Max). The works Of Max Beerbohm. With a bibliography By John Lane. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1896. Super roy.16mo in half sheets; pp.[viii]+[179]+[i (blank)]; publisher’s 16pp. inserted text-paper Catalogue at end, dated 1896; scarlet buckram, paper spine label printed in black; a.e. uncut; label slip bearing two spare labels tipped in at end. Spine label slightly rubbed and just a trifle chipped at sides, not approaching lettering; otherwise a virtually fine copy of a book now difficult to find in any state.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


The author’s first book. First English edition, issued four days after the American edition. The bibliography appears only in this edition.
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BEERBOHM (Max). More. London and New York, John Lane: The Bodley Head, 1899. Super roy.16mo; single inset half-title and title leaves; imprint leaf at end, printed on recto only; pp.[viii]+201+[i (blank)]+[ii]; green fine diaper cloth, paper spine label; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Very fine copy.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


Gallatin & Oliver, 4a (i.e., with the English title-page, printed wholly in black, rather than black and red as in the American issue, and with a half-title). Gallatin & Oliver regard this as the first state or issue of the English issue: we believe it to be the second one. The printed depth of the label in this copy is 24mm, the label is printed in type all of one size, 1mm in height, and the chain lines of the laid end-papers run vertically. The label on this copy measures 27mm vertically.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BEERBOHM TREE (Herbert). The imaginative faculty: A lecture delivered at The Royal Institution May 26th 1893. With a Portrait from a Drawing by The Marchioness of Granby. London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head in Vigo St., 1893. Narrow f’cap 8vo; portrait frontispiece on text-paper, a tipped in leaf; pp.[iv]+48; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, on text-paper, dated June 1893; grey boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine; label somewhat chipped; slight wear to corners of boards; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


Nelson, 62. In our experience, a scarce Bodley Head title.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BENSON (A.C., M.A.) and TATHAM (H.F.W., M.A.). Men of might: Studies of great characters. London, Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., Publisher to the India Office, 1892, (All rights reserved). Imp.16mo in half-sheets; pp.[viii]+295+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated April, 1892; deep cerise fine-diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers faced dark-chocolate. Publisher’s label on front cover (v. note); boards very slightly string-marked; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £34.00

US $45.90


The publisher’s File Copy, bearing their label to this effect on the front cover, and a very early book published by Arnold. The only markings noted in the text are a series of pencilled ticks against eight of the lectures, which may possibly serve to differentiate authorship. Benson’s scarce third book (and second under his own name). Brief biographies of Socrates the Athenian, Mahomet, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Girolamo Savonarola, Michael Angelo, Carlo Borromeo, Fénelon, John Wesley, George Washington, Henry Martyn, Dr. Arnold, David Livingstone, General Gordon, and Father Damien — intended to be read aloud by teachers and supplemented by material from other sources — all field-tested on the elder pupils at Eton. Apart from the joint authors, three of the lectures were contributed by H.E. Luxmore, Esq., also of Eton College, and the Rev. A.H. Baynes, Vicar of Christchurch, Greenwich.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BESANT (Walter). The art of fiction: A Lecture Delivered at the Royal Institution On Friday evening, April 25, 1884. (With Notes and Additions). London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1884. (All rights reserved). Extra cr,8vo; pp.40; grey wrappers of very thin, poor quality, paper, printed on front wrapper in black. Bound up without (probably blank) back wrapper in half natural calf, green morocco-grain cloth sides. All joints broken, and spine lacking; paper of front wrapper chipped a little at blank margins and now laid onto a sheet of tissue; text otherwise fine. Scarce.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


A Besant family copy, bearing the bookplate of Arthur Digby Besant on the front paste-down. CBEL, III, p.537; not in Sadleir, or the very extensive Wolff collection of Besant’s works.
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BESANT (Walter). Fifty years ago. With one hundred and thirty-seven plates and woodcuts. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1888. (The right of translation is reserved). Demy 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and forty-seven plates; vignette title-page printed in red and black; numerous illustrations in text; pp.xvi+268; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated April, 1887; diagonally very fine-ribbed rich scarlet cloth, ruled, and blocked with publisher’s monogram device, black, on back cover, ruled black and gilt, blocked gilt, embossed with lettering and design black, on front cover, ruled black and gilt, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers faced black. Half-title, frontispiece, tissue guard, and last leaf of catalogue foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


An excellent picture of life, manners, society, literature, and art as they existed in England at about the accession of Queen Victoria, well illustrated (the forty-seven inserted plates being mainly literary portraits with engraved signatures), and followed through by means of many contrasts and comparisons to the date of writing. CBEL, III, p.537; not in Wolff.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BESANT (Walter). Fifty years ago. With one hundred and thirty-seven plates and woodcuts. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1888. (The right of translation is reserved). Demy 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and forty-seven plates; vignette title-page printed in red and black; numerous illustrations in text; pp.xvi+268; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated February, 1888; diagonally very fine-ribbed rich scarlet cloth, ruled, and blocked with publisher’s monogram device, black, on back cover, ruled black and gilt, blocked gilt, embossed with lettering and design black, on front cover, ruled black and gilt, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers faced black. Half-title, frontispiece, tissue guard, title-page, some large edges, and last leaf of catalogue foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


An excellent picture of life, manners, society, literature, and art as they existed in England at about the accession of Queen Victoria, well illustrated (the forty-seven inserted plates being mainly literary portraits with engraved signatures), and followed through by means of many contrasts and comparisons to the date of writing. CBEL, III, p.537; not in Wolff.
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BESANT (Walter). The eulogy of Richard Jefferies. With a portrait. Chatto & Windus, 1888. Photo-mezzotype portrait frontispiece; half-title not called for; pp.viii+384; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1888; dark greenish blue fine diaper cloth, ruled black on sides and spine, blocked black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated grey-green. Gilt somewhat rubbed and dull on spine, and neat restorations to cloth of back joint; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25



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BIRRELL (Augustine). Life Of Charlotte Bronte. Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, 1887. (All rights reserved.) F’cap 8vo, sewn; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.186+vii (bibliography)+[i (blank)]+[6]; navy blue buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £18.00

US $24.30


Issued as the seventh volume in the ‘Great Writers’ series under the general editorship of Professor Eric S. Robertson. The correct first issue, this title being advertised in the advertisements as ‘Ready June 25th.’ ‘To be followed on July 25th by Life of Thomas Carlyle by Richard Garnett, LL.D.’ In this copy the fifth leaf of the advertisements is headed ‘Season 1887. Will be published early in May    .    .    .    ’. The Bibliography, by John P. Anderson, aims at an all-edition listing of the works, as well as biographies, articles, criticisms etc.

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BIRRELL (Augustine). Obiter dicta Second series. Elliot Stock 62 Paternoster Row, 1887. Title-page printed in black and red; leaf bearing publisher’s device and conjugate Contents leaf bound in by error before integral advertisement leaf at end instead of forming the first and sixth leaf of prelims., as would be correct; pp.[iii]-[x]+289+[i (publisher’s device)]+[i-ii, xi-xii]+[ii]; pale grey-green thin boards, cut flush, printed on front board in red: ‘OBITER / DICTA [ornamental rule] SECOND SERIES [double rule]’ between two floreate type ornaments, the whole enclosed within a single rule frame beneath which appear the words ‘PRICE HALF-A-CROWN’; white end-papers. Anciently rebacked with white linen, lettered in ink on spine; boards a little rubbed; some marginal pencil scoring and notes (v. below); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Second state of text, without the errata slip, but with the errata (p.92, l.7, for ‘deep’ read ‘steep’; p.215, last line, for ‘see’ read ‘set’) corrected, and the Note (‘The Paper on “Pope” was delivered as a Lecture at Birmingham before the Midland Institute.’) being incorporated into the heading of the paper to which it refers. A puzzling issue, possibly produced only as a trial. The book was first issued in slightly larger format with uncut edges (7 1/2” x 5” as against the 7 1/4” x 4 7/8” of the present copy), in 1887, in bevelled green buckram gilt, at 6/-. A second edition, so designated, was issued, also at 6/-, in 1888. We can find no record of this title having been advertised either in boards or as a cheap edition earlier than 1896, and that was in a smaller format, with different pagination. The prelims. and the two leaves of the final gathering were printed conjugate, which explains the curious mis-binding of the two preliminary leaves in the present copy. From the library of novelist Florence Henniker (best remembered today as the collaborator of Thomas Hardy), and bearing her pencilled signature on the upper margin of the title-page, one pencilled note and, almost certainly, a little marginal scoring, in her hand. A long and rather precious pencilled note on the front end-paper, headed ‘Note made March 15, 1968’ and signed ‘O.S.’, records the purchase of the volume by O.S. ‘about the year 1917’, and the fact that most of the pencil scoring is his own. It is distinguishable from the Florence Henniker scoring by being a good deal lighter. A further pencilled signature and accompanying note by Henniker have been virtually erased from the covers, presumably by O.S., who, as he records, had not realised that the volume had been owned ‘by a person of any consequence’. Essays on Milton, Pope, Johnson, Lamb, Emerson, etc.

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BLACK (William). Goldsmith. Macmillan and Co, 1878. Wire stitched; 4pp. tipped in advertisements, on slightly thinner paper, at end; cerise buckram, ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher’s monogram cerise-through-black on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered black and cerise-through-black on front cover, ruled and up-lettered black on spine; end-papers coated black. Staples slightly rusty; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


Issued as the sixth volume in the series ‘English Men of Letters’, under the general editorship of John Morley. The first few titles were issued originally in cerise buckram instead of the later, more familiar, scarlet. The present copy is of the correct first issue, in cerise buckram, and with advertisements listing the first seven titles as ‘Ready’, and the eighth, ‘Defoe’, as ‘In the Press’. According to later advertisements of the series, Defoe appears, in fact to have been issued seventh, ‘Burns’, listed here as ‘Ready’, being in fact issued eighth. Copies in the original cerise buckram are now uncommon. The book appears to have been issued simultaneously with gatherings either wire-stitched, as here, or sewn.
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BLACK (William). Goldsmith. Macmillan and Co, 1878. Wire stitched; 4pp. tipped in advertisements, on slightly thinner paper, at end; cerise buckram, ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher’s monogram cerise-through-black on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered black and cerise-through-black on front cover, ruled and up-lettered black on spine; end-papers coated black. Covers a little dull and damp-spotted; staples slightly rusty; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Issued as the sixth volume in the series ‘English Men of Letters’, under the general editorship of John Morley. The first few titles were issued originally in cerise buckram instead of the later, more familiar, scarlet. The present copy is of the correct first issue, in cerise buckram, and with advertisements listing the first seven titles as ‘Ready’, and the eighth, ‘Defoe’, as ‘In the Press’. According to later advertisements of the series, Defoe appears, in fact to have been issued seventh, ‘Burns’, listed here as ‘Ready’, being in fact issued eighth. Copies in the original cerise buckram are now uncommon. The book appears to have been issued simultaneously with gatherings either wire-stitched, as here, or sewn.
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[BLESSINGTON (Lady).]. The most gorgeous Lady Blessington By J. Fitzgerald Molloy Author of [six titles,] etc. With a portrait of Lady Blessington. In two volumes. Downey & Co., 12 York Street, Covent Garden, London, 1896. 2 Vols.; volume one with single inset integral advertisement leaf (signed ‘a’) before half-title, sepia-tone autogravure frontispiece, and final blank; pp.xiv+290+[ii]; viii+[319]+[i (blank)]; bevelled dark blue-green art-linen, embossed with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt, on spine; t.e.g. Labels and paper-clips removed from front end-papers leaving some scuffing and two small tears/chips; title-leaves washed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

1818. A Catalogue Of Books, On Sale (for prompt payment) at the Price affixed to each, By W. Eddowes, Corn-Market, Shrewsbury. Part III. Containing Upwards of 6000 Volumes, In History, Biography, Voyages, Travels, Law, and Miscellanies. Catalogues, price 1s. To be had of Longman, Hurst, and Co. Paternoster-row London; And at the place of sale. [Fist] A liberal Discount allowed to Purchasers of £5 Value, or upwards. Printed by W. Eddowes, Shrewsbury. Where may be had (price 1s.) part I. Containing Dictionaries (of Languages, Arts, and Professions), Lexicons, Grammars, and Concordances; — Greek and Latin Classics; School Books; — Divinity and Miscellaneous Works, in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin; — French, Italian, and Spanish Authors; — English Translations of Classic Authors, Poetry, Plays, &c. Also, (price 1s.) part II. Containing Divinity and Ecclesiastical History, Sermons, Natural History, Husbandry, Gardening, Arts, Physic, Chemistry, &c. &c. Demy 8vo in half sheets, stabbed and sewn through; pp.[ii]+167 — [242]; drab paper shelf-back; other wrappers not called for. Penultimate leaf with silver-fish damage to blank lower margin, last leaf creased, frayed at upper margin, with a dozen or so small wormholes, and extensive silverfish damage to lower forcorner and bottom sixth of leaf (v. note); otherwise a nice, clean, copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


The catalogue finishes two thirds of the way down the recto of final leaf, and is complete, the scattering of wormholes missing the lettering. The foot of the recto of the final leaf is occupied by an advertisement for the fourth (and concluding) part of the catalogue, the text of which is partly eaten away, but is wholly recoverable, reading: “(fist) The concluding Part of this Catalogue, con- / taining an Appendix to the various Classes o[f] / Books included in this and the two preceding, F[ollowed by] / Odd Volumes, Magazines, Re[views,] / &c. &c. will be published in the cou[rse of the / pr]esent Year.” The verso of the final leaf contains a brief Index to Part III. which is unaffected by the worming or other damage. The ‘6000’ of the title-page is a mis-statement (and perhaps is intended to refer to the total catalogue). The present part includes 2339 items.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRAY (Anna Eliza). Autobiography Of Anna Eliza Bray (Born 1789: died 1883) Edited by John A. Kempe. London: Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1884. Extra cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf precedes half-title; mezzotint portrait frontispiece, and one plate printed on India-paper and laid-on, both with tissue guards; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+356+[iv]; bright blue fine-diaper cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram black on back cover, blocked and ruled black on front cover and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated dark grey-chocolate. Spine darkened, and with remains of small circular label, probably once bearing the shelf-mark of a private library; ‘Alexandra House’ bookplate on front pastedown; edges of leaves just a trifle dusty; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


The ‘Autobiography’ covers only the first fifty-four years of her long life, the rest being supplied briefly by the editor, who was her godson and nephew. Besides its intrinsic interest as a record of the life of a minor novelist active throughout much of the nineteenth century, who was well enough thought of to have inspired two collected editions of her novels (in 1845-6 and 1884), the volume contains many lengthy letters from her close friend Robert Southey and, after his death, his wife, the poetess Caroline Bowles, as well as letters from Mrs. Opie, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Isaac D’Isreali, the Rev. R. Polwhele, etc., and memories of John Murray and Sir Walter Scott. There is no list of illustrations in the volume, and it seems to have been issued with a variable number of them: two of the deposit copies are recorded as having a frontispiece only; one deposit copy and the two others listed on COPAC are recorded as having four portraits; whilst the Wolff copy, which was the editor’s own, has three. The present copy is entirely tight and sound and shows no evidence of loss, but only has two: the frontispiece and a portrait of Mr. Bray facing p.192. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 778; NCBEL, 3: 712

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BRIDGES (Robert). John Keats A critical essay By Robert Bridges. Privatelt Printed, 1895. F’cap 8vo; photogravure portrait frontispiece printed in sepia, by Walker & Bentall, with tissue guard; title-page printed in red and black; pp.97+[i (blank)]; brick red coarse linen, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; laid end-papers with horizontal chain-lines. Unobtrusively rebacked preserving the original backstrip (minutely chipped at head and tail), and without disturbing the end-papers; owner’s name on upper margin of half-title, and lower margin of frontispiece foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


McKay 29. There was no trade edition.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[BRIERLEY (Ben)]. Ab-o’th’yate’s dictionary; Or, Walmsley Fowt skoomester. Put t’gether by th’ help o’ Fause Juddie. Manchester: Abel Heywood & Son, 56, & 58, Oldham Street. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1881. Half-title not called for; final blank; numerous illustrations in text signed with a monogram ‘JS’ (for J. Shackleton?); pp.237+[iii]. BOUND WITH: Home memories, And Recollections of a life; By Ben Brierley, Author of “Tales and Sketches of Lancashire Life,” &c. Manchester: Abel Heywood & Son, Printers, 56 & 58, Oldham Street. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., Stationers’ Hall Court, N.D. [1886]. Pp.viii+99+[i (printer’s imprint). Two works in one volume, as issued, publishers scarlet ribbon-embossed cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; 4pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements for the first nine volumes of ‘Ben Brierley’s Works . . . With Frontispiece by J. Shackleton’ at end. Very slight dulling to cloth of spine, and end-papers lightly embrowned; last three leaves of first work lightly foxed, with offsetting onto half-title of second work; otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce.

GB £60.00

US $81.00


The spine bears the title ‘Life of / Ben / Brierley’ together with the imprint ‘A. Heywood & Son’, the upper cover reads ‘Ab-o’th’-yates / Dictionary. / Home Memories. / Ben Brierley’. The first work is a dialect dictionary in reverse: the words listed are standard English, but the extended and often amusing definitions are in dialect. The second work is dated by a reference to the death of the author’s daughter in June 1875, which he describes as “nearly eleven years” ago (v. ‘Home Memories’, p.77), and this is confirmed by an entry in ‘The English Catalogue of Books’, which records it as published separately at 1s. in that year. No copy traced on Copac of either of the two works separately, and only the British Library copy of this combined edition, which they date speculatively as 1887. The binding provides the latest example we have seen of a ribbon-embossed cloth used on a regularly published book.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROOKE (Stopford A.). Tennyson: His art and relation to Modern life. Isbister and Company Limited, 15 & 16 Tavistock Street Covent Garden, 1894. Med.8vo; title-page printed in red and black; pp.490; maroon fine diaper cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; a.e. uncut. Front end-paper excised; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


With a ‘bookmark’ advertisement for the ‘Scottish Widows Fund’ loosely laid in, as issued.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWN (John, M.D.). The Enterkin. By John Brown, M.D. Author of ‘Rab and his Friends,’ etc. etc. Edinbuurgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1865. One gathering super Roy.16mo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece by J. Cooper on text-paper; vignette on title-page; flesh-pink thin paper wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the inside and back panels bearing publisher’s advertisements; issued without end-papers. Neat owner’s name on upper margin of front wrapper; some scattered foxing; faint vertical crease throughout; a nice copy, nonetheless of a delicate and very scarce topographical pamphlet.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Issued, Price Sixpence, as No.4 in the series ‘Odds and Ends’. This title not in CBEL. The essay was reprinted in volume three of ‘Horæ Subsecivæ’ in 1882.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWN (John, M.D.). John Leech And other papers. By John Brown, M.D., LL.D., etc. Edinburgh, David Douglas, 1882. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; Erratum at foot of last leaf of text; pp.[2]+[x]+442+[ii]; dark green smooth cloth, white paper label on spine printed in black (and bearing the price ‘seven shillings and sixpence’ at tail); top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Unobtrusive restoration to cloth at extreme head of spine; label slightly chipped at edges and somewhat rubbed and dusty; slight bubbling to cloth of sides; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £32.00

US $43.20


Published in the year of his death, the volume includes a Preface by the author dated Jan. 3, 1882. Despite the title, this constitutes the third and final volume of ‘Horæ Subsecivæ’, a fact only noted on the running titles. Since the first two volumes of ‘Horæ Subsecivæ’ were reprinted later the same year under that title, but otherwise uniform with the present work, it seems likely that only the earliest copies were intended to be issued with the present title-page, subsequent issues having cancels designating them as part of the set. Includes, besides the title piece: ‘A Jacobite Family’, ‘Mystifications’, ‘Miss Stirling Graham of Dunstrune’, ‘Thackeray’s Death’, ‘Marjorie Fleming’, ‘Minchmoor’, ‘"In Clear Dream and Solemn Vision"’, ‘Jeems the Doorkeeper’, ‘Sir E. Landseer’s Picture’, ‘The Enterkin’, ‘The Duke of Athol’, ‘Struan’, ‘Dick Mihi, or Cur Why’, ‘E.V.K. to his Friend in Town’, and ‘Sir Henry Raeburn’. NCBEL, 3: 1372, listing the volume only under its later title.
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[BROWNING (Robert)]. A handbook To the works of Robert Browning. By Mrs. Sutherland Orr. Second edition revised. London: George Bell & Sons, York Street, Covent Garden, 1886. (The right of translation is reserved.) F’cap 8vo; half-title apparently not called for; pp.[xii (paged as [xiv])]+344; pinkish-red prize calf, ruled and tooled gilt on sides, the front cover with the large central stamp of Haileybury College, spine with five raised bands, very elaborately tooled gilt on bands and in compartments, black lettering-piece; matching marbled edges and end-papers. Prize label on front paste-down; single faint fox-spot affecting first two leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


An opulent example of a late Victorian prize calf in virtually fine state. Unfortunately unsigned. Among the additions to this second edition of the handbook, which is in any case considerably corrected and revised, are two signed notes by Robert Browning.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRYDGES (Sir Egerton, Bart.). Imaginative Biography. Vol.I [II]. Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street, 1834. 2 Vols., lge.12mo, bound together in recent full brown buckram, red leather spine label ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt, burnished sprinkled edges; half-title present in each volume; possibly lacking a blank or advertisement leaf at the end of volume one (though it may have been a label leaf). Very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £200.00

US $270.00


"By Imaginative Biography I mean, an Imaginary Superstructure on the known facts of the Biography of eminent characters.” — Author’s note. This adequately describes the second volume and a portion of the first. Through most of the first volume, however, the ‘Biographies’ are cast chiefly in the form of imaginary conversations, more interactive than Landor’s dialogues, and hence more dramatic, the speeches being kept short and having the cut and thrust of real conversation for which in Landor one sometimes wishes — though they are, as a consequence, without his grace. They also differ from Landor’s by being each set in a biographical and critical frame. Twentyfour Biographies and dialogues, the latter including Thomas Gray and Horace Walpole, John Milton and Lord Brackley, James Beattie and Andrew Douglas, George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland, and Samuel Daniel, etc. One would have wished for more!
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BURNS (Robert). Poems By Robert Burns: With An account of his life, And Miscellaneous Remarks on his writings. Containing also Many poems and letters, Not printed in Doctor Currie’s edition. In two volumes. Edinburgh: Printed for the trustees of the late James Morison, By John Moir, Royal Bank Close, 1811. 2 Vols., med.8vo; half-titles not present, possibly not called for in volume one; copper-engraved frontispiece in each volume; sixteen engraved plates in volume one, six in volume two, three in all being after Geddes, the rest after J. Burnett; pp.[ii]+xii+[ii fly-title to Life]+[xiii]-cxxx+[ii (blank)]+320; [2]+[v]-viii+[3]-357+[i (four line Errata)]+27+[i (blank)]; contemporary straight-grain calf, tooled gilt on sides and spine, spine with four raised flat bands, marbled end-papers and edges, black labels; pale marina green silk markers. All boards detached, calf of spines a little chipped and two labels lacking; binder’s blanks strengthened at gutters; slight foxing of some plates, with offsetting, and some scattered foxing in second volume, but the text in general very nice.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


A sumptuously produced edition, important for the appearance in it of Josiah Walker’s ‘Life’ (the third earliest biography, preceded by those of R. Heron (1797) and Currie (1800)), and for the section of letters which includes seven from Burns to Richard Brown of Irvine, all hitherto unpublished, besides a letter to Burns from Mr. Crawford of Cartsburn, referred to by Burns in the above. Also included is a letter from the contemporary Scots poet David Sillar containing his reminiscences of Burns, another letter including comment on two contemporary reviews, a poem and appreciation by Mrs. Grant of Laggan, etc. The ‘poems...not printed in Doctor Currie’s edition’ of 1800 are a selection from those printed in the 1801 volume ‘Poems Ascribed to Robert Burns’, including ‘The Jolly Beggars: A cantata’, ‘Holy Willie’s Prayer’, etc. CBEL, II, p.975. There is no list of plates, but those in volume one are bound in to face pp.1, 13, 20, 30, 43, 105, 132, 149, 158, 176, 182, 243, 281, 294, 304, and 317; those in volume two to face pp.1, 37, 43, 86, 111, and 119.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BURNS (Robert). The Correspondence Between Burns and Clarinda. With a memoir of Mrs M‘Lehose, (Clarinda.) Arranged and edited by her grandson, W.C. M‘Lehose. Edinburgh: William Tait, 107, Prince’s Street; Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., London; And John Cumming, Dublin, 1843. Lge 12mo; lithographic frontispiece and illustrated title-page on plate paper, by Fr. Schenck of Edinburgh, with tissue guard, bound in between half-title and letterpress title reading as above; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.xi+[i (blank)]+297+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically-fine-ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers faced lemon. Neatly re-backed with the original backstrip laid on, this chipped a trifle at extremities; very slight foxing and marginal greying to the plate paper leaves; bookplate and ink ownership inscription of James Paxton on front end-papers and upper margin of illustrated title-page, in very light pencil on upper margin of letterpress title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


The bulk of the letters are here first published. Copies are also known in purple cloth: precedence undetermined, though the present cloth is perfectly right for its date. Both issues have ‘Price 8/6’ on the spine.

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[BURNS (Robert).]. Burns’s “Chloris": A Reminiscence By James Adams, M.D. With Facsimile of Poem “The Song of Death” In the Poet’s Handwriting. Glasgow, Morison Brothers, 99 Buchanan Street, 1893. F’cap 4to; half-title not called for; pp.187+[i (blank)]; one large folding facsimile tipped in; quarter parchment, lettered gilt on spine, very dark blue-green boards; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Parchment darkened on sides, slightly so on spine (the darkening apparently due chiefly to colouration from the boards); otherwise a fine copy, apart from one gathering entirely unopened.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


One of an edition on large fine hand-made paper (watermarked ‘Stanley / 1892’), ‘strictly limited to 275 Copies, only 250 of which are for sale’, the present copy being unnumbered. Adams had known Burns’s “Chloris” (Jean Lorimer, later Whelpdale) as a child, and also Mrs. Findlater, the widow of Mr. Findlater of the Excise, the poet’s immediate superior officer in the service, both of whom had numerous mss. of Burns which they used to give to Adams’ father in lieu of payment for his medical attentions. (Mrs. Findlater’s mss, were so numerous that Adams relates how he and her son as children ‘frequently used the unwritten sides of the sheets for our artistic aspirations in delineating houses, beasts, and boats’!) His reminiscences and comments on the relations of Burns and “Chloris” are thus not without some claim to authority. Also interesting is his note on the dispersal of the mss. The coloured lithographic reproduction of the ms. of ‘The Song of Death’ is beautifully done, and gives very much the feel of the original. The volume was printed in Edinburgh by M‘Farlane & Erskine.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BUTLER (Samuel). Unconscious memory: A comparison between The theory of Dr. Ewald Hering, Professor of Physiology at the University of Prague, And The “Philosophy of the Unconscious” Of Dr. Edward von Hartmann; With translations from these authors, And preliminary chapters bearing on “Life and Habit,” “Evolution, Old and New,” and Mr. Charles Darwin’s Edition of Dr. Krause’s “Erasmus Darwin.” By Samuel Butler, Author of “Erewhon,” “The Fair Haven,” “Life and Habit,” “Evolution, Old and New,” etc. Op. 5. London: David Bogue, 3 St. Martin’s Place, Trafalgar Square, W.C., 1880. (All rights reserved.) Pp.viii+288; publisher’s 32pp. Catalogue, on text-paper, dated 1879 (and including a note Dated July 1st, 1879, referring to the decease of Mr. Hardwicke, the change of style of the business from Hardwicke and Bogue to that of David Bogue, and its removal from 192, Piccadilly, to No.3, St. Martin’s Place from that date), at end; four entry Errata slip tipped in after Preface; bevelled brown smooth cloth, ruled black on sides and spine, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s monogram within square ruled box, gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers faced black. Very slight cracking to end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £340.00

US $459.00


Hoppé, 12: the first issue, copies bound up later being without the catalogue. Hoppé, however, describes the end-papers as dark green. If this is correct, there must have been at least three binding batches, and it appears that some unsold copies, also, passed to Longmans, who re-issued them in 1890 with a cancel title-page, making a total of four possible states or issues. The number bound, however, seems to have been in all no more than about 300 copies: 272 had been sold by 1899, at which point Butler had himself only about five copies left and he could get no more, the stock of sheets having been destroyed some years before in a fire at the printers (v. letter of Jan. 3rd, 1900 from Butler to Robert Bridges, quoted by Hoppé). One of the scarcest of Butler’s first editions in any of its several incarnations — decidedly so in virtually fine first issue state as here.
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BUTLER (Samuel). A lecture On The humour Of Homer Delivered at The Working Men’s College, Great Ormond Street, London, January 30th, 1892. Re-printed, with preface and additional matter, From The Eagle. By Samuel Butler, Author of “Erewhon,” “Ex Voto,” &c. Cambridge: Metcalf and Co. Limited, Trinity Street, 1892. Demy 8vo format, twenty-six leaves wire-stitched as a single gathering into pale grey paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on the front and inside back wrapper in black, the latter bearing advertisements for Butler’s other works; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+43+[i (blank)]; issued without end-papers. Lightly inked contemporary inscription on front wrapper; slight rusting of staples; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


Issued ‘PRICE SIXPENCE’, this appearing on the front wrapper. Hoppé, 26, describing this pamphlet as ‘very rare’.

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CALDECOTT (Randolph). A Sketch-Book Of R. Caldecott’s Reproduced by Edmund Evans The Engraver & Printer & Published by George Routledge & Sons, London & New York, N.D. [1883]. Landscape Roy.8vo, numbered on versos only, wire-stabbed and glued; printed throughout lithographically in sepia, the rectos apart from the title-page in colours; pp.48; half leaf-green smooth cloth, unbleached linen sides, the front cover blocked with lettering and design in dark brown.Slight rusting of staples; three leaves with small marginal tears, two of them a trifle dusty ans with vertical creases; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £25.00

US $33.75


One of Routledge’s more curious experiments. One would have expected the staples to have passed through all the leaves, but each gathering appears to have been separately stapled, and the three glued together at the spine. An uncommon and rather beautiful volume. Henry Blackburn, ‘Randolph Caldecott’, p.205.

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CARLYLE (Thomas). Latter-day pamphlets Edited by Thomas Carlyle. Chapman and Hall, 186 Strand, 1850. Lge.12mo; half-title not present, probably not called for; title leaf followed by leaf of Contents; separate title to each of the eight pamphlets, reading: Latter-day pamphlets. No.I. February 1850. The present time. [No.II. March 1850. Model Prisons.; No.III. April 1850. Downing Street.; No.IV. April 15, 1850. The new Downing Street.; No.V. May 1850. Stump-orator.; No.VI. June 1850. Parliaments.; No.VII. July 1850. Hudson’s statue.; No.VIII. August 1850. Jesuitism.]; pp.[4]+[ii]+56+[ii]+46+[ii]+48+[ii]+54+[ii]+50+[ii]+47+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]+46+[ii]+ 53+[i (printer’s imprint)]; contemporary green pebble grain binder’s cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; sprinkled edges. End-papers foxed, with offsetting; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


The original eight parts bound up together in one volume, together with the general title-page and Contents.
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CARLYLE (Thomas). Shooting Niagara: And after? (August 1867.) By Thomas Carlyle. Printed For sale at the Carlyle house. Half-title not called for; text begins on verso of title; pp.[i]+[200]-241+[i (printer’s imprint)]; very pale greenish blue wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Labels removed from three blank areas of wrappers, leaving slight thinning; ink notes on back wrapper; spine neatly repaired with matching paper; name-stamp removed from blank upper margin of title-page, leaving slight thinning; otherwise nice. Scarce.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


"Reprinted from Macmillan’s Magazine, for August 1867. With some Additions and Corrections.” — note to first page of text. Essentially an off-print — which explains the pagination — but modified, and offered for sale, albeit privately. The front wrapper adds to the text of the title-page ‘Price three pence’. CBEL, III, p.656 records the magazine appearance of this article, but not this separate printing.
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CARLYLE (Thomas) and GOETHE (Johann Wolfgang von). Correspondence Between Goethe and Carlyle Edited by Charles Eliot Norton. London, Macmillan and Co. And New York, 1887. The right of translation is reserved. Final leaf integral advertisements; pp.xix+[i (blank)]+362+[ii]; olive smooth cloth ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; poor quality laid end-papers. End-papers lightly embrowned, with offsetting onto facing page, and corner cut from front free end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy of an uncommon book.

GB £22.50

US $30.37


The text is in English and German. NCBEL, 3: 1253; Tarr, A41.1.a: one of several variant bindings.
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CARLYLE (Thomas). Carlyle’s Unpublished Lectures: Lectures On the History of literature Or the successive periods of European culture Delivered in 1838 By Thomas Carlyle Now first published From the Anstey Ms. in the library of the Bombay branch Royal Asiatic Society. Edited With an introduction and notes By R.P. Karkaria. London: Curwen, Kane & Co., 121, Fleet Street; And Bombay, 1892. Sm.Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; cancel title leaf tipped on to a stub; pp.[2]+xiii+[i (blank)]+199+[i (blank)]+iii+[i (blank)]; diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Slight bubbling of cloth; covers slightly damp-spotted; gilt a trifle dull on spine; neat, almost invisible restoration to cloth at extreme head of joints; text nice.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Review copy, issued with the publisher’s review slip laid on to the verso of the front end-paper. This has been partly removed. It reads (or is interpretable) as follows: ‘[Messrs.] Curwen, Kane & [Co.] / ["Times of] India” Office, Bombay[,] / [would be please]d to receive a copy of [any] / [paper givin]g a notice of th[is book.] Review slips from this period are rare. Carlyle’s lectures in 1838 were delivered impromptu, and were never either published or even written down by him. Thomas Chisholm Anstey, then a law student, attended all of the lectures except the ninth, and took detailed notes of them. This is the first publication of the original Anstey Ms., though portions of a second Ms., which appears to have been a corrupt copy of it, were printed in London in the ‘Nineteenth Century’ magazine for May 1881, and in full in London in 1892, edited, with a preface and notes, by Professor J. Reay Greene. The present edition bears no place of printing, but it almost certainly was printed in India, and is recorded by CBEL, III, p.658, only as issued in Bombay. This English issue, with a cancel title leaf, is scarce. It is not listed in ‘The English Catalogue of Books’, and four copies only are listed on COPAC as against eight of the issue published in India with a title-page imprint reading: Bombay: Curwen Kane & Co.; London: T.G. Johnson.
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CARLYLE (Thomas). Historical sketches Of notable persons and Events in the reigns of James I. and Charles I. By Thomas Carlyle. Edited by Alexander Carlyle, B.A. London, Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1898. (All rights reserved). Med.8vo; title-page printed in scarlet and black; final blank; pp.xii+354+[ii]; dark green vertically fine-ribbed cloth, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


In our experience, scarce. The first publication of an abandoned long-term project of Carlyle’s, sketched about 1822 and finally abandoned in 1844, here reproduced from ‘a rough first draft’ manuscript. CBEL, III, p.654.
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CARR (J. Comyns). Essays on art. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1879. Lge.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+253+[i (blank)]+[2]; very dark green buckram, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut. A virtually fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Blake, Corot and Millet, Frederick Walker, George Cruikshank, ‘The Artistic Spirit in Modern English Poetry’, etc.
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CARROLL (Lewis (Rev. C.L. Dodgson).). The Life and letters. By Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, B.A. Christ Church, Oxford. Illustrated. T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Buildings, 1898. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, on text-paper, and numerous illustrations, all on text-paper; 12pp. text-paper advertisements at end; bevelled moss green rough buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with publisher’s monogram pattern in greyish olive. Slight mottled dulling of covers, but a much nicer copy than usual of a book that tends not to wear well.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


Includes a bibliographical check list of Carroll’s works, as well as a good deal of material by him, including reproductions of his photographs, and drawings. Most of the material is here first printed.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CAUNTER (The Rev. Hobart, B.D.). Illustrations Of The New Testament. By Westall and Martin. With Descriptions By The Rev. Hobart Caunter, B.D. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1836. Demy 8vo format; half-title not called for; Contents leaf followed title-page; forty-eight wood-engraved illustrations, half after William Westall, half after John Martin, each preceded by a descriptive leaf of text printed on the recto only; four entry Errata slip tipped-in after last plate; publisher’s puce morocco cloth, ruled, and blocked with an arabesque design, blind, on sides, blocked, lettered, and with short rules, gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers faced yellow. Some damp-fading to covers; first plate quite heavily damp-stained, one or two others with very light staining to margins; small snag to extreme blank inner margin of last plate, due to a binding fault; short tear to blank upper margin of one text leaf; a very little scattered foxing; small indelible ink drawing on blank verso of one plate, and faint traces of removed pencil calculations on blank versos of one text leaf and one plate; an acceptable copy, however, in general very clean and crisp.

GB £85.00

US $114.75



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CHAMBERS (Robert). The Popular rhymes Of Scotland, With illustrations, Chiefly collected from oral sources. By Robert Chambers, Author of “Traditions of Edinburgh,” “Walks in Edinburgh,” &c. Edinburgh: William Hunter, 23, Hanover Street, Charles Smith & Co. 25, Hanover Street, And James Duncan, London, 1826. F’cap 12mo in half-sheets; 4pp. publisher’s advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with the half-title and title, which are on slightly thicker paper than the text; pp.xvi+319+[i (blank)]+4; buff boards printed with rules and lettering in black on sides and spine; a.e uncut. Re-backed preserving the original backstrip, but with stains from old sellotape repair to spine and adjacent edges of boards; boards dusty, corners bruised, and one a little chipped (not approaching printed area); internally fine.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Rather uncommon in the original boards. The ‘illustrations’ are verbal, not pictorial.

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CHURCH (R.W., Dean). Bacon. Macmillan and Co., 1884. Wire-stitched; pp.viii+227+[i (blank)]; 4pp. inserted advertisements at end; red buckram over thin boards, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered red through black on sides, lettered black on front cover and up spine. Neat ownership inscription on upper margin of half-title; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


The first issue, the advertisements listing the second previous volume ‘Sheridan’ as ‘Just ready’, and announcing nothing later.
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CHURCH (R.W., Dean). Bacon. Macmillan and Co., 1884. Wire-stitched; pp.viii+227+[i (blank)]; 4pp. inserted advertisements at end, listing the present volume as the latest issued; red buckram over thin boards, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered red through black on sides, lettered black on front cover and up spine. Spine slightly faded; neat ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The second issue, the advertisements in the first issue listing the second previous volume ‘Sheridan’ as ‘Just ready’, and announcing nothing later.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CLOUGH (Arthur Hugh). Letters and remains Of Arthur Hugh Clough Sometime Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. For private circulation only. London: Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., New-street Square., 1865. Lge.post 8vo; pp.vi+328; emerald green honey-comb grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, gilt and black on front cover and spine, blocked with Clough’s monogram gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Beautifully, and wholly unobtrusively, re-cased, preserving the original end-papers; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice copy. Rare.

GB £290.00

US $391.50


Presentation copy inscribed on the upper margin of the half-title: “With Mrs. Clough’s compts / Combe Hurst Kingston / June 1866". The front paste-down bears the armorial bookplate of Hugh Beaver Roberts, who was presumably the recipient. Includes poems (such as ‘Dipsychus’), extracts from journals, letters to Thomas Arnold, Matthew Arnold, Emerson, A. P. Stanley, F.T. Palgrave, C.E. Norton, etc., as well as members of his family, and biographical notes by his sister, and the editor. Edited anonymously, probably by his wife. Some, but not all, of the contents were reprinted in the 1888 Macmillan volume ‘Prose remains of Arthur Hugh Clough With a selection from his letters and a memoir’, and in later editions of the poems. The rest is available only in the present volume. In this copy p.93, l.19, has the ms. correction ‘ambrosial’ for ‘animal’, in Mrs. Clough’s hand. Only 250 copies are said to have been printed.
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COLERIDGE (S[amuel]. T[aylor].). Aids to reflection In the Formation of a manly character On the several grounds of Prudence, morality, and religion: Illustrated by Select passages from our elder divines, especially From Archbishop Leighton. By S.T. Coleridge. London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, 93, Fleet-street: And 13, Waterloo-place, Pall-mall, 1825. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; author’s Advertisement leaf, Preface, Contents, and leaf of Corrections and Amendments follow title leaf; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xvi]+404+[iv]; contemporary half old-rose calf, green calico sides, spine ruled gilt, black lettering-piece, sprinkled edges; purple silk marker. Lettering-piece virtually lacking, spine faded, corners a little rubbed; insignificant cracking to leather over joints, but no obvious weakness; some offsetting to text here and there and one leaf missed by the binder’s knife and folded over a few mm. at fore-margin; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


NCBEL, 3:219. The last major work published during Coleridge’s lifetime.

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