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

HATTON (Joseph). Journalistic London. Being A series of sketches Of Famous pens and papers of The day. By Joseph Hatton. Profusely illustrated with engravings from drawings By M.W. Ridley; Together with many original portraits of distinguished editors, And writers for the press. (Reprinted, with Additions, from Harper’s Magazine.) London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1882. (All rights reserved). Double f’cap 8vo, wire-stitched; half-title apparently not called for, the Preface leaf being a single insert; numerous illustrations in the text; pp.[ii]+[iii]-iv+[iii]-viii+249+[i (printer’s imprint)]; olive green fine diaper cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher’s monogram device, black, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers faced black. Spine a little dull, and thin fade-line on front cover; a little scattered light foxing; but a nice copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The Preface, added as an afterthought, apologises for both London and journalism having changed whilst the book has been between its periodical and volume forms: “Ancient landmarks, historical and otherwise, have given place to new ones. The Cock Tavern has disappeared and the new home of ‘The Daily Telegraph’ has arisen.” etc. Includes notes on Dickens, Edmund Yates, Clement Scott, John Delane, John Oxenford, Blowitz, etc. (including a Dickens letter reprinted from the Daily News), mostly with portraits.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HAWTHORNE (Nathaniel). Our old home: A series of English sketches. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863. Tall f’cap 8vo; binder’s blank at front and back; final leaf integral advertisements; vertically ribbed teak brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt on spine; burnished edges; end-papers coated brown. Cloth frayed at head and tail of spine; end-papers marked; five leaves lightly stained at inner margins, where old, and apparently functionless sticky tape has been removed; otherwise in general a nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


Blanck, 7626, state 1.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HAZLITT (William). Characters Of Shakespeare’s plays. By William Hazlitt. London: Printed by C.H. Reynell, 21, Piccadilly, For R. Hunter, successor to Mr. Johnson, In St. Paul’s Church-yard; And C. and J. Ollier, Welbeck-street, Cavendish-square, 1817. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; four line Errata on verso of Contents leaf; pp.xxiii+[i (blank)]+352; binder’s blank before title-page, two at end; contemporary half natural calf, brown marbled paper-covered sides, ruled gilt on sides, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, black lettering-piece; burnished sprinkled edges. Strongly re-backed with matching calf with rubbed and very chipped remains of original back-strip, including the original lettering-piece, laid on; front binders blank a little foxed and marked and with old ownership inscription; first two leaves lightly foxed; text otherwise fine. Scarce.

GB £220.00

US $272.80


Keynes, 17; Jaggard, p.145; CBEL, III, p.641; NCBEL, 3: 1231. Hazlitt’s first independent work on a literary theme.

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

HAZLITT (William Carew). The Lambs Their lives, their friends, and Their correspondence: New Particulars and New Material. London, Elkin Mathews, Vigo Street; New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1897 [i.e., December 1896]. Pp.[iv]+244; publisher’s 24pp. text-paper Catalogue at end, dated ‘1896-97’; vertically fine-ribbed milk chocolate brown cloth lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Cloth of spine just a trifle darkened, and back end-paper lacking; otherwise a very nice copy, partly unopened. Scarce.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Printed on hand-made paper. Includes new biographical material relative to Charles and Mary Lamb, sixty-four hitherto unpublished or uncollected letters and notes from the Lambs, some bibliographical information, and ‘certain letters to Lamb now first correctly rendered’. Nelson, 1996.24, apparently recording only the second impression.
Ref: IRT106881


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

HEAVISIDES (Edward Marsh). The Poetical and Prose Remains Of Edward Marsh Heavisides. Edited by Henry Heavisides, Author of “The Pleasures of Home.” London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. Jennett and Co., Stockton, 1850. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; blank precedes title-page; Subscribers’ list, 11pp., at end, included in the pagination; pp.[2]+xxvi+163+[i (blank)]; vertically fine-ribbed puce cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow; binder’s ticket of Remnant & Edmonds (Ball, 66 E1) on back pastedown. Light damp-splashing to back cover and very slight fading to cloth of spine; slight bruising to lower corners. A very nice copy, nonetheless, of a handsome book, beautifully printed in Stockton by Jennett & Co.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Presentation copy from the author’s sister, with her neat twelve word inscription on the upper margin of the title-page. The author’s father was manager of the Jennett & Co. printing works, at which the author himself had served an apprenticeship, though at the time of his death in 1849, aged 28, from cholera, he was working for a bookseller. He had published in 1845, in Cleveland, a volume of poetry entitled ‘Songs of the Heart’, and also published both verse and essays in newspapers, notably the ‘Darlington and Stockton Times’. The first twenty-seven pages of the present volume are taken up by a well-balanced essay on the works of Charles Dickens, giving an interesting contemporary estimation of their varied worth as seen from an educated middle-class Northern provincial standpoint.

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

[HELPS (Sir Arthur).]. Essays Written in the intervals Of business. [publisher’s aldine device woodcut] London, William Pickering, 1841. Post 8vo; woodcut head- and tail- pieces; pp.[viii]+128; original drab boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Paper covering of spine chipped at edges; light damp-staining to margins pretty well throughout; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce in the original boards.

GB £27.50

US $34.10


On Practical Wisdom; Aids to Contentment; On Self-discipline; On Our Judgments of Other Men; On the Exercise of Benevolence; Domestic Rule; Advice; Secrecy; On the Education of a Man of Business; On the Transaction of Business; On the Choice and Management of Agents; On the Treatment of Suitors; Interviews; Of Councils, Commissions, and, in general, of Bodies of Men called together to counsel, or to direct; Party-spirit. “The essential qualities of a man of business are of a moral nature...” Printed by C. Whittingham at Chiswick. NCBEL, 3: 1388. The author’s second book, preceded only by a volume of aphorisms published anonymously in 1835.
Ref: IRT119479


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

[HELPS (Sir Arthur).]. Essays Written in the intervals Of business. London, William Pickering, 1848. F’cap 8vo; half-title a single inset; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[x]+156+[iv]; dark drab fine diaper cloth, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Label minutely chipped at corners with loss of most of ‘E; of ‘ESSAYS’, and a trifle dusty; original end-papers lightly foxed, and single fox-spot to later prelims.; front free end-paper replaced with similar period paper, chiefly noticeable by lacking foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Denominated ‘Fourth Edition’ on half title. Originally published in 1841, also by Pickering. The present edition, which is entirely re-set, in Pickering’s Caslon old-face, with long s’s, c-t ligatures, etc., adds a dedication dated ‘January 22, 1848’ to The Lord Monteagle of Brandon.

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Ref: IRT106883


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

[HELPS (Sir Arthur).]. Brevia: Short essays and aphorisms By the author of “Friends in Council". Bell and Daldy York Street, Covent Garden, 1871 [i.e., Winter 1870]. Pp.[viii]+208; bevelled brown buckram, ruled blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated very dark grey; binder’s ticket of ‘Burn & Co. / Kirby St.’ on back paste-down. Very slight cracking of end-papers, but a fine copy. Uncommon.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: IRT106884


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

KINGSTON (W.H.G.). Our sailors. Anecdotes of the engagements & gallant deeds Of the British navy during the reign Of Her Majesty Queen Victoria By W.H. G. Kingston Author of ‘Our Soldiers,’ ‘Peter the Whaler,’ etc. A new edition, revised and brought down to the present time By G.A. Henty. London: Griffith Farran & Co., Newbery House, 39 Charing Cross Road, N.D. [1895]. Half-title not called for; integral wood-engraved frontispiece; pp.[xvi (including frontispiece)]+348; cobalt blue cloth pictorially blocked black, red, and white on front cover and spine, lettered gilt and black on front cover, gilt and white on spine. Spine a little darkened and dull, and white lettering of imprint barely visible; otherwise in general a nice copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


The first edition with additional text by Henty is recorded by Newbolt as 167.4, which was published in 1885, and he says that the only addition made by Henty is a chapter on ‘The Egyptian Campaign’, which occupies pp.316 — 331. He records under Note 3 that a reprint of this was made bearing a printer’s imprint at the end of the text dating it from January 1895. (This is included in the present copy, and reads in fact ‘1 M — D — 1/95’). Either Newbolt is incorrect, however, in stating that the only addition made by Henty to the 1885 edition was the chapter on ‘The Egyptian Campaign’, or he is in error in stating that the present edition is simply a reprint: pp.334 — 338 include an article on Captain Brownrigg, R.N., occupying pp.334 — 338, which details the manner of his death on the 3rd of December 1881, and could also not have been written by Kinston who he had died some sixteen months previously. The present copy is not in the binding described by Newbolt either, but in the binding described for 167.5, whilst the publisher’s imprint, given in detail above, is not either that given under 167.4 (Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh) or that given for 167.5 (Griffith Farran Browne & Co. Limited.
Ref: IRT119615


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

HOLMES (Oliver Wendell). The professor At the Breakfast-table; With the Story of Iris. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860 [i.e., December, 1859]. 12mo; binder’s blank before half-title; integral blank followed by binder’s blank at end; pp.[iv]+410+[ii]; chocolate bead grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and with publisher’s initials, blind, on sides, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers coated red-chocolate. Gilt very dull on spine; a little light embrowning; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Blanck, 8791: the trade issue.
Ref: IRT106895


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

HOOD (Tom [the younger]). The Rules of rhyme: A guide to English versification. With a compendious dictionary of rhymes, An examination of classical measures, and comments Upon burlesque, comic verse, and song-writing. London: James Hogg & Son, York Dtreet, Covent Garden, N.D. [1869]. Pott 8vo; printed throughout within a black ruled frame; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[xvi]+206+[ii]; rich brown diagonal alternate dot- and bar- line-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. One gathering slightly proud, but not loose; otherwise a near-fine copy. Scarce.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The cloth grain of this volume is striking and appears to be very rare: recorded neither by Sadleir nor Ball, it is, however, listed by Blanck under the designation ‘PD’.
Ref: IRT106903


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

HOPE (Acott R.). Master John Bull: A Holiday Book for Parents and Schoolmasters. Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1872. Globe 8vo; pp.[viii]+271+[i (blank)]; 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end; diagonally fine-ribbed blue-grey cloth, ruled black, elaborately blocked black and gilt, on front cover, ruled black and gilt, elaborately blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers faced very dark reddish brown. Virtually fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


A miscellany of essays, verse, whimsey, etc. — and a long section of Autobiography — presented with an aim of educational reform. A very early Ascott Hope title.
Ref: IRT118049


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

HOWITT (William). The rural life of England: By William Howitt, Author of “The Book of the Seasons,” etc. Illustrated with wood-engravings, Designed and executed by Samuel Williams. In two volumes. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1838 [i.e., December 1837]. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; wood-engraved vignettes on titles and head and tail pieces passim; last leaf of volume two a single inset, followed by 16pp. inserted advertisements on text-paper; pp.xx+396; xii+386; diagonally fine-ribbed bright olive green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; other edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Fine caligraphic inscription dated from ‘Corston House — Ryde — July 25th 1838’ on each half-title; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £190.00

US $235.60


"My object in these volumes has been to present to the reader a view of the Rural Life of England at the present period, as seen in all classes and all parts of the country.” — author’s Preface.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUDSON (W.H., C.M.Z.S.). Birds in a village. Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1893. Sq.cr.8vo; half-title printed in red, title-page in red and black; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled teak-brown coarse buckram, blocked (with a single broad leaf bearing lettering) and lettered with Hudson’s monogram in gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher’s monogram in blind on back cover, lettered, and with short rule, gilt on spine; end-papers coated sea-green; a.e. uncut. Small, almost invisible restoration to cloth at extreme head of spine; light marginal embrowning throughout; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


There are at least three variants of the binding: we believe this to be the third.
Ref: IRT106910


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

HUDSON (W.H., F.Z.S.). Birds in London. Illustrated by Bryan Hook, A.D. McCormick And from photographs from nature by R.B. Lodge. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, 1898. Demy 8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard, fifteen plates, and one map (printed in green); fifteen illustrations on text paper; diagonally fine ribbed bright yellow-green cloth, ruled and blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers lined blackish green. Very slight darkening of spine; first and last leaves foxed; a little scattered foxing elsewhere; otherwise nice.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


Probable second issue: some copies having end-papers coated dark yellow-green
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUGHES (Thomas, Q.C.). The old church; What shall we do with it? Macmillan and Co., 1878. Pp.[viii]+224; 36pp. publisher’s catalogue at end dated February 1878; brown patterned sand grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, black on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. Fine copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


Presentation copy from Hughes’ daughter, inscribed on the half-title in her holograph: “Mr. & Mrs. Olliver / A little token of / warm sympathy / from a fellow-worker. / May Hughes. / June 1897.” Subsequently from the library of Anne and F.G. Renier, and bearing their book-label on the front paste-down.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUGHES (Thomas, Q.C.). Memoir Of Daniel Macmillan. Macmillan and Co, 1882. Steel engraved frontispiece after C.H. Jeens, and conjugate letterpress title-page, on plate-paper, with tissue guard; pp.[xvi] (the plate-paper leaves being included in the pagination)+308; sage green smooth cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.uncut, others rough trimmed. Cloth of back cover slightly mottled due to an original dyeing fault; tissue foxed, with offsetting, and end-papers foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20



Ref: IRT106919


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

HUGHES (Thomas, Q.C.). Vacation rambles By Thomas Hughes, Q.C., (‘Vacuus viator’) Author of ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays’. London, Macmillan and Co., And New York, 1895. All rights reserved. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+x+405+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically ribbed bright olive green cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers faced black. Fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Advance copy, with the publisher’s Presentation Copy stamp in blind on the title-page.
Ref: IRT106921


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

HUNT (Leigh). [Drop head:] One hundred Romances of real life, Selected and annotated By Leigh Hunt. Comprising remarkable historical and domestic Facts illustrative of human nature. [Masthead:] The new world. Park Benjamin, Editor / J. Winchester, Publisher. Office 30 Ann-street, New York, September, 1843. Extra series. No. 98, 99, 100. Pott folio format (probably gathered in eights, but without signatures), printed in double column, sewn through as a single gathering; Contents page with publisher’s advertisements on verso followed by leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end, the first and last leaves serving as wrappers; pp.80; twentieth century brown binder’s cloth, uplettered gilt on spine, fawn end-papers flecked with dark grey. Light foxing throughout chiefly confined to outermost pages and margins; two leaves, presumably conjugate (and thus suggesting the volume as gathered in eights) badly opened and with small chip to blank upper margin; otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


From the library of noted Leigh Hunt collector and commentator Payson G. Gates, whose small book-label appears on the front paste-down. Printed to look like a tabloid newspaper and issued in the series ‘Books for the People’ at 25 cents. The first American edition, following the English (Whittaker) printing published in May. COPAC records the British Library, Oxford, and National Library of Scotland copies only of the English edition, and no copies of this. A very fragile item, and a remarkable survival in such nice condition.
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Illustrated Book

DE ROUSSY (Girodet). The odes of Anacreon. Translated by Thomas Moore. With fifty-four illustrative designs by Girodet de Roussy. Now first produced in England. London: John Camden Hotten, Picadilly, N.D. [1869]. Landscape pott 4to; frontispiece and fifty-three plates, all on text-paper and included in the pagination; pp.225+[i (blank)]; bevelled diagonally fine-ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled gilt, blocked black and gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers glazed pale yellow. End-papers renewed at some point with paper that precisely matches the original, a sixteenth of an inch of the latter being visible at the fore-margins; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Includes a four-page Introduction To the English edition, presumably by Hotten.
Ref: IRT106934


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

[IRVING (Washington), PAULDING (James K.), and IRVING (William).]. Salmagundi; Or, the Whim-whams and Opinions Of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq., And others. Reprinted from the American edition, With An introductory essay And Explanatory Notes, By John Lambert. Vol. I [II]. London: Printed for J.M. Richardson, 23, Cornhill, Opposite the Royal Exchange, 1811. 2 Vols. bound in one; 12mo in half-sheets; half-titles apparently not called for; pp.[4]+liv+211+[i (blank)]; [4]+230; contemporary half natural calf, spine ruled gilt and with red lettering-piece, marbled sides; sprinkled edges. Leather cracked over joints and front end-paper tipped on to the paste-down at gutter; text nice. Scarce.

GB £250.00

US $310.00


Half-titles are almost certainly not called for since the two leaves of prelims. in each volume, combined with the four-leaf gathering at the end of volume one, the three-leaf gathering at the end of the introduction, and the final single inset leaf to volume two, complete an exact number of half-sheets. Blanck, 10225: “A cursory examination indicates that in spite of certain minor textual variations    .    .    . this is, as the title-page states ‘reprinted from the American edition’.” The American edition was very badly printed, and often lacking in marks of punctuation; they have here been supplied. Subsequent American and British editions (published from 1814 onwards) had a revised text. The author of the Introductory Essay here notes in the Preface which precedes it that “a few of the Salmagundian Essays” were introduced into his earlier work, ‘Travels through Lower Canada and the United States of North America, in the years 1806, 1807, and 1808’ “as a specimen of American literature", but did not get widely circulated as “it had scarcely been published two months when one half the edition was destroyed by a conflagration at the printers", and, apparently as a result, his publisher went bankrupt. This earlier appearance of a number of the essays is not recorded by Blanck. The present volume, which is itself scarce, is notable for the very pro-American tone of the Introductory Essay, a thing unusual in England at that date, whilst the editorial notes are useful in elucidating passages which are of a local (and now also historical) nature relating to the more minor personages and events adverted to in connection with contemporary New York. Intended at the time for the information of British readers, they will now probably be found useful by Americans as well. Neither the essay or the notes appear ever to have been reprinted.
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[IRVING (Washington).]. Legends Of the Conquest of Spain. By the author of the sketch book. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1835. F’cap 12mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; series title (v. note) precedes letterpress title; pp.276; 8pp. advertisements at end on text-paper; dark green muslin, paper spine label; t.e. uncut; binder’s blank at front and back. Slight wear to head and tail of spine, and neat restoration to cloth at top of back joint; light embrowning and some foxing, mostly light, throughout, as usual with this title; back end-papers cracked; early owner’s initials on upper margin of series title.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


Blank 10144; Langerfeld and Blackburn, p.33. One of 5,000 copies. This copy without the inserted note regarding ‘The Beauties of Washington Irving’ referred to by Blank as occurring before the series title-page. Its absence is possibly suggestive of an early state of issue. The series title reads: ‘The Crayon miscellany. By the author of the sketch book. No 3. Containing Legends Of the Conquest of Spain. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1835’. The last volume in the series. Copyright notices on both titles include the date 1835.

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IRVING (Washington). The Life and letters Of Washington Irving. Edited by his nephew, Pierre M. Irving. In three [three; [no statement given]; four] volumes. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, Publisher in Ordinary to her Majesty, 1862 [1862; 1863; 1864]. 4 Vols.; half-title present in volume one, not called for in other volumes; engraved portrait frontispiece in volume two; pp.xii+387+[i (blank)]; x+406; viii+413+[i (printer’s imprint)]; recent (1967) sea-green cloth by Dunn & Wilson, lettered gilt on spine (including shelf-mark on tail). Old library label on each front end-paper; short marginal tear to extreme blank upper inner margin of L1 in volume two, and in volume three to blank fore-margin of title leaf, and to blank fore-corner of 2A4 and 2A5 expertly, and very unobtrusively, repaired; otherwise a fine set of a rather uncommon title.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Blanck, 10198, was unable to distinguish priority of issue between the several American printings and this the first English one except to note (Vol.5, p.63) that Volume 3 “Contains some material added by the British publisher. For a comment see American Literary Gazette, Nov.16, 1863, pp.40-41: “we find the third volume ... has been interpolated on p.314, and two new chapters inserted (xxiii. and xxxiv.), eighty-one pages in all...". Blanck gives no collation of the English edition, and had apparently not seen it, but on p.335 of volume three in the present copy the following explanation appears as a footnote: “These original letters and anecdotes were received too late to be incorporated in their proper place in this work, but have been considered too interesting to be omitted. There has not been time to communicate with Mr. Pierre Irving, that he might insert them.” The note is signed ‘E.P.’ In this copy gathering U in volume one, and gatherings N, P — Z, and 2B — 2E in volume two are on paper of a different quality, either antique-toned or very lightly embrowned.
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JACOBI (Charles Thomas). On the Making and Issuing Of Books By Charles Thomas Jacobi, Manager of the Chiswick Press. London: made at the Chiswick Press and issued from the Bodley Head, by Elkin Mathews, Vigo St. W., 1891. Post 8vo; limitation leaf precedes half-title; fly-title with elaborate wood-engraved frame follows title-page; wood-engraved head and tail ornaments and historiated initial letters throughout; leaf bearing printer’s imprint followed by 4pp. integral advertisements at end; quarter Japanese vellum, blue-grey boards, spine lettered in dark brown; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Covers a trifle darkened and marked, and free end-papers embrowned on facing surface (but not on paste-downs); otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £36.00

US $44.64


One of an edition limited to 435 copies. There were also fifty copies on large paper, and fifteen ‘special copies’. Nelson, 18.

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JAMES (Henry, Junr.). Hawthorne. London, Macmillan and Co, 1879. The Right of Translation and Reproduction is Reserved. Pp.[viii]+183+[i (printer’s imprint)]; 4pp. inserted publisher’s advertisements at end; ivory buckram, paper spine label; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; white end-papers. Cloth of spine just a trifle darkened, edges of boards less so; end-papers and half-title foxed, and advertisement leaves very slightly embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £430.00

US $533.20


From the library of Austin Dobson, with his ‘Sign of the Lyre’ bookplate on the front paste-down, and the later book-label of B.H. Dobson. Some light pencil scoring in the text is characteristically in Austin Dobson’s hand. Loosely laid in are reviews dated January 3, ’80 and January 10, 1880, clipped respectively from ‘The Athenaeum’ and ‘The Saturday Review’ (the former being identified in pencil in Dobson’s hand). Loosely laid in also is a small postcard (with a printed stamp) postmarked ‘DEC 23 79’, addressed to Dobson, from Alexander Hay Japp, who had himself, under the pseudonym ‘H.A. Page’, published a memoir of Hawthorne together with some uncollected stories in 1872. Japp’s card refers to a volume of poems apparently sent him by Dobson, and also to the present volume: “By the by, a glance at Henry James shows some queer errors, e.g. He speaks as if an idea of Fanshawe was only to be got from Lathrop’s book! Why it has since been published...” [etc.] (c.120 words).One of the reviews complains that the James’ ‘Hawthorne’ reads at times like a review of Lathrop, and also refers to the Japp memoir. Blanck, 10544, binding variant A; Edel & Laurence A12a. The earliest of three states of text, and the first issue: p.19 being here correctly numbered, and the signature mark ‘C’, which is almost always absent, being present on p.17; whilst the inserted advertisements are of the earliest variant, [Blanck’s variant (a)]: printed on thinner paper than the body text, listing four titles on p.2 as though published, and with a list of thirteen titles under the heading ‘In Preparation’, including the present title. Precedes the American edition.
Ref: IRT106956


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JAMES (Henry). A Little Tour in France. Boston, James R. Osgood and Company, 1885. Lge.12mo in half-sheets, signed in eights; advertisement leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+255+[i]; diagonally fine-ribbed deep sky-blue cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered, with short rule, and publisher’s ‘JRO’ monogram, gilt, on spine. Faintest possible signs of library label having been removed from front cover; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £260.00

US $322.40


Edel, A23a; Blanck, 10570. The first binding/state of at least five, ignoring cloth-pattern and colour variants. In all, 1,500 copies were printed, 175 of which were later pulped.
Ref: IRT106960


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JAMES (W.P.). Romantic Professions And other papers. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane At the sign of the Bodley Head, New York, Macmillan & Compy., 1894. Post 8vo; blank precedes vignette half-title with limitation notice on verso, and decorative title-page with loose tissue guard; publisher’s inserted 16pp.catalogue dated 1894 bound in before final blank; pp.[xii]+225+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; bluish black buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Small hole in cloth at top corner of spine; otherwise a fine copy of a difficult title.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


The excellent art-nouveau half-title and title-page designs are by J. Illingworth Kay. One of 450 copies printed for England of a total edition of 663. Nelson, 84
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JANVIER (Thomas A.). In Old New York. Illustrated. New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1894. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece and numerous illustrations on text-paper, some unbacked but included in the pagination; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[xii (including frontispiece)]+285+[i (blank)]+[ii]; six inserted double spread plans on thin paper; brown fine linen blocked and lettered black and gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription dated ‘London, July 1, 1899’ on front end-paper. Blanck, 10849.
Ref: IRT106967


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[JEFFERIES (Richard).]. The Gamekeeper at home: Sketches of natural history And rural life. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1878. (All rights reserved). Pp.[viii]+216; dark yellow-green diagonally very fine ribbed cloth, blocked blind on back cover, black and gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated chocolate; binder’s ticket of Burn & Co. (Ball, 20 E2) on back pastedown. A little light foxing, chiefly affecting first and last few leaves; very slight cracking to end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £35.00

US $43.40


The Preface is signed ‘R.J.’ Sadleir, 1307; Wolff, 3618.
Ref: IRT106970


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[JEFFERIES (Richard).] Wild life In A southern county. By the author of ‘The Gamekeeper at home’. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1879. (All rights reserved.) Pp.xii+387+[i (blank)]; diagonally very-fine-ribbed dark green cloth, blocked blind on back cover, black and gilt on front cover, ruled black and gilt, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated chocolate. Very slight rubbing to front cover, probably suggesting the removal of a label; front end-papers cracked, and back free end-paper lacking; text-fine.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


The Preface is signed ‘R.J.’ This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3626.
Ref: IRT118632


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JEFFERIES (Richard). Nature near London. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1883. (All rights reserved). Half-title not called for; leaf bearing publisher’s device, followed by publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated March, 1884; pale brownish grey buckram, blocked pictorially brown on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram device brown on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; top-edges uncut; end-papers coated blackish brown. Minute rub-hole to cloth of back joint, and slight foxing to top-edges and first few leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Second issue, differentiated from the first by the fact that the catalogue is dated March, 1884 rather than October, 1883, and that the sheets are sewn, not wire-stitched. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.
Ref: IRT118633


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JEFFERIES (Richard). Red deer. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1884. Half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+207+[i (blank)]; grey buckram blocked and lettered reddish brown on front cover and spine, ruled reddish brown on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Slight fading of spine, and top edge of front cover slightly spotted; white backs of end-papers foxed with offsetting onto facing leaves; otherwise a nice copy of one of the more difficult titles.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


Sadleir, 1311, describing the cloth as ‘grey-green’. In our copy, if anything, it is grey-fawn; Wolff, 3623.
Ref: IRT106973


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JEFFERIES (Richard). The Toilers of the Field. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892. Photogravure frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[viii]+327+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end; diagonally fine ribbed pale and dark grey-green flecked cloth, white glazed paper spine label printed in black; end-papers coated black. Label a trifle darkened; some foxing, particularly of first and last few leaves and edges; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Not in Sadleir or Wolff, though it contains some fiction. Includes a bibliographical preface by C.J. Longman. A posthumous collection.
Ref: IRT106977


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JERROLD (Douglas). Punch’s Complete letter writer. With fifty illustrations by Kenny Meadows. London: Published at the Punch Office, 92, Fleet Street, 1845. F’cap 8vo; half-title present; wood-engraved vignette on title and numerous illustrations in text; half-title and final leaf of text both single insets; pp.[iii] — xii+146; half natural calf tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, gilt rules, brown lettering-piece; mabled sides; edges burnished brown; end-papers faced light brown. Slight rubbing or peeling of calf; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Originally issued in wrappers. CBEL, III, p.602
Ref: IRT118013


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JOHNSON (Lionel). The art of Thomas Hardy. With a portrait etched from Life by William Strang And a bibliography by John Lane. London: Elkin Mathews And John Lane: Vigo St.; New York: Dodd, Mead And Company, 1894. Frontispiece with tissue guard; title page printed in red and black; five entry Errata on last page of prelims.; pp.[xii]+276+[lxiv]; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue on text-paper, dated 1894, at end; bright moss green coarse buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Cloth of spine faded; press cutting relating to Johnson’s death laid onto front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


Pp.xvii and xlix-[lxiv] at the end are occupied by three pieces by Hardy here first collected from periodicals — one of them in part here first printed in un-Bowdlerised form. Purdy, pp.103, 295, and 297 refers; Nelson, 99: 1,500 copies were printed.
Ref: IRT106984


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JOHNSON (Samuel, LL.D.). A Diary of a Journey Into North Wales, In the year 1774; Edited, with illustrative notes, By R. Duppa, LL.B., Barrister at law. Printed for Robert Jennings, 2, Poultry, By James Moyes, Greville Street., 1816. Two engraved facsimiles, on plate paper; pp.xvi+226; drab paper covered boards; a.e. uncut. Paper covering of boards and backstrip mostly lacking; front paste-down chipped where bookplate has been removed; lower third of front end-papers, half-title, and title leaves damp-stained, quite lightly on the title leaf; light damp-staining of plates, and some scattered light damp-staining elsewhere; one pencil correction in text; otherwise in general nice.

GB £200.00

US $248.00


Courtney, p.174; Chapman & Hazen, p.166; Tinker 1389. Probably the first issue, though without the tipped in errata slip found in some copies. The second issue has a final sheet with printed errata and announcements of other books by Duppa, which has certainly never been present here. Copies similar to the present one are also seen in full cloth, with paper spine label.
Ref: IRT106985


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KENNARD (Mrs. Arthur). Rachel. W.H. Allen & Co., 13 Waterloo Place, S.W., 1885. Series/half-title precedes title leaf; pp.[viii]+224; 4pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements on thicker paper, followed by two laid paper binder’s blanks at end; dark yellow-green smooth cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; all edges trimmed; end-papers printed with conventional pattern in grey-green. Spine slightly dull; poor quality end-papers somewhat embrowned, and with small marginal tear to front end-paper; otherwise virtually a fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Issued as the eleventh title in the ‘Eminent Women Series’, under the general editorship of John H. Ingram. Probable first issue, the advertisements noting the publication of only the first nine titles in the series, a further six, not including this one, being listed as ‘in preparation’. ‘Rachel’ was the mid nineteenth century French tragic actress Rachel Felix.
Ref: IRT106988


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KING (Dr. William, Principal of St. Mary Hall, Oxon.). Political and literary Anecdotes Of His own times. John Murray, Albemarle-street, 1818. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.xii+242; quarter dark green linen, marbled boards, recovered with early grey paper, marbled sides; a.e. uncut. Linen strong, later recoverings used, chipped, and worn; back free end-paper pasted down; neat emendations and corrections throughout by someone determined to make King’s prose fit into the mould of Victorian English; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


Written in 1761 and here first published (under the editorship of P.B. Duncan). First-hand anecdotes of Pope, Swift, Chesterfield, Bolingbroke, Walpole, etc., admixed with a good deal of sound common sense.
Ref: IRT106991


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KINGSLEY (Charles). The Good news of God: Sermons By Charles Kingsley, Rector of Eversley. London: John W. Parker and Son, West Strand, 1859 [i.e., probably, late 1858]. (The Author reserves the right of Translation.) F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; 4pp. inserted advertisements at end; pp.iv+379+[i (blank)]; dark brown diagonal ripple-grain cloth, paper spine label; top- and fore-edges uncut; end-papers coated brownish terra-cotta. Label chipped with loss of one letter and portions of the ruled frame; barely visible restorations to cloth of spine; a couple of small scuffs to end-papers; otherwise, and in general effect, a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


An uncommon Kingsley title, COPAC recording only the British Library, Edinburgh, Manchester, and London University copies. The British Library copy has a 16pp. publisher’s catalogue at the end headed ‘Standard Books’ rather than the 4pp. advertisements in this copy headed ‘New Books and New Editions’. Since the books advertised in the present copy all appear to date from 1857 or 1858, it may well represent the earlier issue, and we hypothesise that it was published in November or December 1858 and dated ahead. A second edition was published in 1859, and a third in 1860.

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KINGSLEY (Charles). Miscellanies By Charles Kingsley, Rector of Eversley; Chaplain in ordinary to Her Majesty. Reprinted chiefly from ‘Fraser’s Magazine’ and The ‘North British Review.’ In two volumes. London: John W. Parker and Son, West Strand, 1859. (The Author reserves the right of Translation.) 2 Vols., post 8vo; half-titles not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume two, verso blank; pp.[iv]+407+[i (printer’s imprint); [iv]+389+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; publisher’s inserted 8pp. catalogue at end of volume one dated September, 1859; light scarlet horizontally dotted-line-ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered, and with short rule, gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated caramel. A very nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Twenty essays (Vol.I): ‘Walter Raleigh and His Times’; ‘A Mad World, My Masters’; ‘My Winter Garden’; ‘Chalk-stream Studies’; ‘Tennyson’; ‘The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art’; ‘Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope’; ‘Thoughts on Shelley and Byron’; ‘Hours with the Mystics’; ‘Burns and His School’; (Vol.II): ‘Mansfield’s Paraguay, Brazil, and the Plate’; ‘Froude’s History of England’; ‘Plays and Puritans’; ‘The Agricultural Crisis’; ‘The Water Supply of London’; ‘North Devon — A Prose Idyl’; ‘Speech in behalf of the Ladies’ Sanitary Association, 1859’; ‘Great Cities, and their Influence for Good and Evil’; ‘On the Study of Natural History’; ‘Thoughts in a Gravel-pit’.
Ref: IRT106996


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KINGSLEY (Charles, M.A., Professor of Modern History). The Roman and the Teuton: A series of lectures Delivered before The University of Cambridge. Cambridge and London: Macmillan and Co., 1864. Demy 8vo; 16pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.lvi+340+[xvi]; brownish red pebble-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated blackish grey; binder’s ticket of ‘Burn. 37 & 38 Kirby St.’ on back paste-down. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Printed at the Cambridge University Press.
Ref: IRT106999


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KINGSLEY (Charles). The Hermits. By the Rev. Charles Kingsley. Macmillan & Co, Publishers, N.D. [1868]. Series title precedes frontispiece; half-title not called for; frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates in sepia, with tissue guards; title-page printed in full colour; 4pp. inserted publisher’s advertisements at end, dated from 16, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, 1871; bright blue buckram blocked gilt, lettered bright blue through gilt, with Macmillan and series devices on front cover and spine, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated milk chocolate; diamond-shaped binder’s ticket, “Bound by Burn & Co” on buckle, milk chocolate on very pale brown paper (this ticket not in Ball). Spine very slightly darkened, and prize inscription in ink on back of front end-paper; half-title very lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


Issued as the second volume of ‘The Sunday Library’. Parrish, pp.64-5. Issued originally in parts, two simultaneous issues in book form were later made, the one at 4s. as here, and the other at 4s 6d., in slightly smaller format, with bevelled boards, the back cover blocked and ruled blind, the front cover ruled gilt and blocked with a pattern of Maltese crosses gilt, in addition to the Macmillan and series devices, and with a.e.g. The present copy, however, is of a later issue, and though printed on white paper instead of cream-toned paper, and with the printers’ imprint on the verso of the title-page reading ‘R. CLAY, SON, AND TAYLOR’ instead of ‘R. CLAY, SONS, AND TAYLOR’ as in later copies, the advertisement leaf is dated 1871 and mentions only a single issue, priced at 4s 6d. Eleven titles are listed as ‘now ready’, and four others as planned, as against the one ready and one planned in the earliest copies.

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KIPLING (Rudyard). A fleet in being: Notes of two trips with the Channel squadron. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited; New York: The Macmillan Company, 1898. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[iv]+84; light marina blue paper wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front wrapper and up spine; issued without end-papers. Paper a little chipped at tail of spine, not touching printed area; otherwise a nice copy. Uncommon thus.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The correct first issue, later copies being in cloth. Livingston, 178.
Ref: IRT107012


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KIPLING (Rudyard). From sea to sea And other sketches: Letters of Travel. Volume I [II]. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1900. All rights reserved. 2 Vols., complete, extra cr.8vo; title-page printed in red and black, and integral advertisement leaf at end, in each volume; pp.[xvi]+497+[i (printer’s imprint)+[ii]; [xii]+438+[ii]; faintly mottled red cloth embossed with medallion gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Small mark on front cover of volume two; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Livingston, 228: the first English edition, issued some nine months after the American edition.
Ref: IRT107013


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LAMB (Charles). Specimens Of English dramatic poets, Who lived About the Time of Shakespeare: With notes. By Charles Lamb. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row, 1808. Half-title present; pp.xii+484; contemporary half-sheep, marbled sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; sprinkled burnished edges. Front joint cracked, but holding on the cords, sheep a little darkened on spine, and worn at corners; prelims. and last few leaves lightly foxed and marked; otherwise a very nice copy. Very scarce.

GB £350.00

US $434.00


First edition, first issue, dated 1808 on the title-page. The unsold sheets were re-issued in 1813.
Ref: IRT107016


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[LAMB (Charles).]. Elia. Essays which have appeared under that signature In the London Magazine. London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, 93, Fleet Street, And 13, Waterloo Place, 1823. Cancel title (v. note); bound up without the added half-title and the three terminal leaves of integral advertisements; pp.[3 — 6]+341+[i (printer’s imprint)]; early Victorian half black polished calf, ruled gilt, tooled blind, on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt, tooled gilt and blind, brown lettering-piece, puce bubble-grain cloth sides, oil-marbled edges and end-papers. Calf rubbed at corners and edges of spine; a very little scattered light foxing; but a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


The second state of the title-page, with two addresses given for the publisher. Well printed by Thomas Davison. Thomson, 58; Wise, Ashley Library, III, p.50 (No.1020); NCBEL, 1225. Wise’s collations of the two issues are, as often, misleading, since he assumes that his rebound first issue copy was complete. He is correct in saying it should not have a half-title, but he omits to say that it lacks the three final leaves of publisher’s advertisements, which were integral and with the two original leaves of prelims. completed an exact number of whole sheets. For the second issue a cancel bifolium was provided containing a half-title and the altered title-page — though it is by no means certain that the earliest copies printed included the half-title, since it was not included in the original issue and may have been something of an afterthought. We have assumed it to be lacking here because the advertisement leaves have also been removed.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LAMB (Charles). The Letters Of Charles Lamb, With A Sketch of his Life. By Thomas Noon Talfourd, One of his executors. In two volumes. Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1837. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title, and engraved portrait frontispiece in each volume; one other plate in volume two; all plates with tissue guards; 2pp. integral advertisements at end of volume two; recently rebound in full brown buckram, unlet- tered. Plates foxed, with offsetting onto tissues and adjacent pages; text otherwise virtually fine.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Very much scarcer than the Final Memorials, which Talfourd also edited.
Ref: IRT107018


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

LAMB (Charles). Final memorials Of Charles Lamb; Consisting Chiefly of his letters not before published, with Sketches of some of his companions. By Thomas Noon Talfourd, One of his executors. In two volumes. Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1848. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; 8pp. publisher’s catalogue dated October 2, 1848, bound in between front end-papers of volume one; deep claret fine diaper cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow; binder’s ticket of Joseph Sanders, 2, Ivy Lane, on back paste-down of volume one. Cloth of back joint restored in volume two; slight cracking of end-papers; text fine; in general effect a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Second issue, with the later date of the catalogue: that in some copies being dated July 1.
Ref: IRT107020


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

LAMB (Charles). Eliana: Being The hitherto uncollected writings Of Charles Lamb. Edward Moxon and Co., 1864. Final blank; pp.437+[iii]; bevelled dark green fine morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine (the spine lettering including a facsimile of Lamb’s signature); t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow; binder’s ticket of A.W. Bain, 51 & 52, Frith Street Soho on back end-paper. Nice copy.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


A substantial collection, now, in our experience, quite difficult to find.
Ref: IRT107022


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

[LAMB (Charles)]. The only complete edition. The Essays of Elia. A new edition. With a dedication and preface hitherto Unpublished. London: E. Moxon, Son, & Co., Dover Street, 1869. BOUND WITH: LAMB (Charles). Eliana: Being The hitherto uncollected writings of Charles Lamb. London: Edward Moxon and Co., 44, Dover Street, 1867. 2 Vols., bound in one as issued, f’cap 8vo; half-titles not called for; lithographic portrait frontispiece including a facsimile of Lamb’s signature, with tissue guard, precedes title-page in each volume; integral advertisement leaf at end of second volume; pp.viii+436; viii+386+[ii]; dark green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram device black on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers coated grey-fawn. Slight damp-marking to top-edges, lightly affecting also the top eighth of an inch of the second portrait, and two or three light, small, fox-spots on lower-edges; drawing on verso of front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


The first combined edition of two Moxon publications originally printed in 1867 and 1864. The new material consists of a Dedication dated Dec.7, 1822 and signed ‘Elia’, a preface dated June 30, 1821, recording the death of the real Elia, and signed C. Lamb, and a brief covering letter to his publisher John Taylor, dated Dec.7, 1822, instructing him print ‘the enclosed Dedication    .    .    . unless you dislike it.” Taylor evidently did dislike it, as it was not used. The preface was presumably suppressed when it was decided to publish the volume without Lamb’s name appearing. The last letter in the second work is erroneously dated ‘1897’ instead of ‘1827’ as in the earlier printing.
Ref: IRT118494


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

LAMB (Mary and Charles). Mary and Charles Lamb: Poems, letters, And Remains: Now first collected, with reminiscences And notes. By W. Carew Hazlitt. With Portrait, and numerous Facsimiles and Illustrations of their Favourite Haunts In London and the Suburbs. London: Chatto and Windus, publishers. (Successors to John Camden Hotten), 1874. Imp.8vo; lithographic portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, letterpress title-page on plate paper, and one wood engraved plate precede fly-title; eight wood engraved plates and eight facsimiles of title-pages, all on thick paper, and one large folding engraved facsimile of ms.; pp.[5] — 307 (excluding prelims)+[i (blank)]. BOUND WITH: LAMB (Charles). Notes of Charles Lamb To Thomas Allsop. No place, no publisher, no printer, no date. Pp.31+[i (blank)]. Quarter very dark red sheep, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine, deep cerise sand-grain cloth sides; t.e.g; end-papers faced deep cerise. Very slight rubbing to leather of spine; end-papers strengthened with not-quite-matching paper; ownership inscription dated 8th May 1874, apparently the month of issue, on back of front end-paper; portrait a trifle foxed and dusty; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


The special issue on large paper, published at 21s. as against the 10s. 6d. of the ordinary issue: and the first binding, later copies being put up in full purple cloth. The first work was prepared for publication for and with the assistance of John Camden Hotten, who died however in 1873, leaving the book to be issued by his successors. The text finishes on p.308 with the words ‘THE END’, followed by the printer’s imprint. The next leaf, the title to the second work, starts a new gathering. This second work is typographically similar to the first, though there are differences, but it is not called for on the general title-page, and it is separately paginated. It has, however, been present in every copy of the book that we have seen, and was apparently issued with it, as a late addition to the ‘Remains’. Its contents are reprinted from ‘Harpers’ Magazine’ of December 1859, and represent the first appearance of these ‘notes’ in England — also, conceivably, in book form. Most of them were not included in the Lucas editions of the Letters, and apparently have never been reprinted. There is no list of illustrations, but they are bound in to face pp.132, 134, 138, 160, 204, 220, 228, 284; the facsimiles face pp.136, 154, 162, 164, 166 (2), 170, 176; whilst the large folding facsimile faces p.158. CBEL, III, p.634.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LANCASTER (Henry H.). Essays and reviews By the late Henry H. Lancaster, Advocate. With a Prefatory Notice By the Rev. B. Jowett, Master of Balliol College, Oxford. Edinburgh, Edmonston and Douglas, 1876. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; fine steel-engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[2]+[xiv]+479+[i (blank)]; dark brown patterned sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated dark brown. Small mark on cloth of spine; otherwise a fine unopened copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Essays on Macaulay, Carlyle, Ruskin, George Eliot, Thackeray, etc., by a Balliol man who died in early middle age.
Ref: IRT107024


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

LANDOR (Walter Savage, Esq.). Imaginary conversations Of Literary men and statesmen. Second series. The first volume [The second volume]. James Duncan, Paternoster Row, 1829. 2 Vols., med.8vo; pp.[xxxiv]+527+[i (blank)]; [x]+548; quarter recent blue-grey buckram, paper spine labels, original drab board sides; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers renewed with old paper. Dedication foxed in volume one; slight foxing of two or three other leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £280.00

US $347.20


Wise & Wheeler, pp.65-9, their collation being rather odd because in the copy they described the single inset Contents/Errata leaf to volume one was bound in before the Dedication instead of, more correctly, after the Preface as here. The present copy appears never to have had the alternative title and half-title leaves which are found bound in at the end of volume two in some copies, designating them the fourth and fifth volume of the first series. The first binding, later copies being in cloth. A good deal scarcer than the first series.
Ref: IRT107026


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

[LANDOR (Walter Savage).]. Citation and examination Of William Shakespeare Euseby Treen Joseph Carnaby and Silas Gough Clerk Before the Worshipful Sir Thomas Lucy Knight Touching deer-stealing On the 19th day of September in the year of Grace 1582 Now first published from original papers. To which is added A Conference of Master Edmund Spenser A gentleman of note With The Earl of Essex Touching the state of Ireland A.D. 1595. Saunders and Otley Conduit Street, 1834. Lge.12mo; half-title present; pp.239-240 present in two states, as called for; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+239+[i (blank)]+239 (bis) — 284+[ii]; contemporary half black calf, marbled sides, recent red spine label. End-papers renewed; slight general wear to covers; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


Wise and Wheeler, 23. The first of the reduplicated leaves contains the running title and the last seven lines of the text of the Examination (Wise, erroneously, says five), the rest of both sides being blank. The following leaf reprints beneath the running title six of these lines (the ascription of the final speech to Sir Thomas being omitted), and the remainder of the leaf is taken up with the first part of the Post-scriptum. The earlier leaf was intended to be cancelled by the binder, but this appears not to have been done in any recorded copy still in its original binding. It is uncommon to find both leaves in rebound copies, however.
Ref: IRT107027


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

LANG (Andrew). The library By Andrew Lang. With a chapter on Modern English illustrated books by Austin Dobson. Art at home. London, Macmillan & Co., 1881. The right of reproduction is reserved. Sm.cr.8vo, wire-stitched; wood-engraved frontispiece on text-paper with tissue guard; three plates printed in colours; sixteen illustrations on text-paper; 8pp. integral trade, commercial, and publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.[xvi]+184+[viii]; diagonally fine ribbed dull light blue finely-mottled cloth over very thin boards, ruled and lettered black on back cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s and series large device on front cover, up-lettered black on spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Very slight fading of spine and slight cracking of end-papers; staples somewhat rusted; otherwise a very nice copy. Unusual thus.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


One erratum has been noted in this copy: p.94, l.27, ‘best’ for ‘better’, probably as always. The plate listed as facing p.94 is here tipped in to face p.90. Besides the chapter by Austin Dobson, most of the pages on illuminated and other mss. have been contributed by the Rev. W.J. Loftie, who has also written two pages on early printed books. Green, p.242; Murray, pp.75-76, giving an incorrect collation (Murray omits to note that the frontispiece is on text paper, thus calling for four plates, and also notices that two of the plates are coloured instead of all three); he also describes the cloth as ‘slate-coloured’, which has not been so in any copy we have seen. An otherwise similar issue was made in ruby cloth, with all edges uncut.

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

LANG (Andrew). Letters On Literature. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in black and red; pp.[2]+[x]+200; bevelled very dark green coarse buckram, lettered on front cover, lettered and with short rule on spine, all gilt; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Piece clipped from head of initial blank; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Essays on ‘Modern English Poetry’, Fielding, Longfellow, John Hamilton Reynolds, Virgil, Plotinus, Lucretius, Rochefoucauld, Richardson, Gerard de Nerval, books about ‘Red Indians’, etc.
Ref: IRT107045


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

LANG (Andrew). Essays in little. With portrait of the author. London: Henry and Co., Bouverie Street, E.C., 1891. Series title, and portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, precede title-page; half-title not called for; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+205+[iii]; maroon buckram, blocked white on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated black. Couple of small damp-spots on back cover, affecting only the sheen of the cloth, but essentially a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Issued in January 1891 as the first volume of The Whitefriars Library of Wit and Humour, under the general editorship of W.H. Davenport Adams. Essays on Alexandre Dumas, Stevenson, Homer, Thackeray, Dickens, Charles Kingsley, Lever, Sir Walter Scott, Bunyan, Kipling, etc.
Ref: IRT107052


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

LANG (Andrew). Essays in little. With portrait of the author. London: Henry and Co., Bouverie Street, E.C., 1891. Series title, and portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, precede title-page; half-title not called for; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+205+[iii]; maroon buckram, blocked white on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated black. Some dulling of spine and two insignificant marks on back cover; tissue slightly foxed; otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Issued in January 1891 as the first volume of The Whitefriars Library of Wit and Humour, under the general editorship of W.H. Davenport Adams. Essays on Alexandre Dumas, Stevenson, Homer, Thackeray, Dickens, Charles Kingsley, Lever, Sir Walter Scott, Bunyan, Kipling, etc.
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LANG (Andrew). Cock Lane And Common-sense. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., And New York: 15 East 16th Street, 1894. Blank, followed by publisher’s inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end coded ‘50,000/2/94’; pp.xvi+357+[iii]; dark red buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers faced black; publisher’s net book agreement slip tipped-in between front end-papers. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; owner’s name written in ink on upper margin of half-title; otherwise a fine copy of a difficult title.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


A systematic review of occult phenomena written, at least by intent, “in a spirit of fairness and right reason".
Ref: IRT107056


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

B. (W.). The elephant’s ball And Grande Fête Champêtre. A facsimile reproduction Of the Edition of 1807 With an introduction By Charles Welsh. Griffith & Farran, Successors to Newbery & Harris, West Corner of St Paul’s Churchyard, London. Field & Tuer, Ye Leadenhalle Presse, E.C., 1883. F’cap 4to gathered in eights, stabbed and sewn through; half-title not called for; eight inserted plates, and a tail-piece, all after William Mulready; pp.x+16 (not including plates); tipped into pale brown wrappers of hand-made paper printed in black, the back and inside wrappers bearing Griffith & Farran advertisements; fore- and lower- edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Edge of spine foxed, and slight foxing to lower margin of first two leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The ‘plain’ issue, published at One Shilling. There was also a hand-coloured issue at Eighteen-pence. The series of children’s books printed for Griffith and Farran was evidently the inspiration for the similar series of facsimiles published later by the Leadenhall Press. Young, 1883.19, recording a copy in grey wrappers, and not mentioning the coloured issue.

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[DORSET (Catherine Ann Turner)]. The Lion’s Masquerade: A sequel to The peacock “at home” Written by a Lady. A facsimile reproduction Of the Edition of 1807 With an introduction By Charles Welsh. Griffith & Farran, Successors to Newbery & Harris, West Corner of St Paul’s Churchyard, London. Field & Tuer, Ye Leadenhalle Presse, E.C., 1883. F’cap 4to, stabbed and sewn through; half-title not called for; six inserted plates, and a tail-piece, all after William Mulready; pp.x+16 (not including plates)+[ii (v. note); tipped into tan wrappers of hand-made paper printed in black, the back and inside wrappers bearing Griffith & Farran advertisements; fore- and lower- edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Tissued repair to verso of front wrapper, covering but not obscuring some words of advertisement, and slight fraying of wrappers; wrappers lightly dust-marked; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The ‘plain’ issue, published at One Shilling. There was also a hand-coloured issue at Eighteen-pence. The series of children’s books printed for Griffith and Farran was evidently the inspiration for the similar series of facsimiles published later by the Leadenhall Press. Bound in at the end of the present volume is an additional copy of the title-page, evidently included in error by the binder. Young, 1883.20, recording a copies in tan or grey wrappers, and not mentioning the coloured issue.

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[DICKENS (Charles)]. Dickens memento With Introduction by Francis Phillimore And “Hints to Collectors” by John F. Dexter. Catalogue With Purchasers’ Names & Prices Realised Of the Pictures, Drawings and Objects of Art Of the late Charles Dickens Sold by Auction in London By Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods On July 9th, 1870. London: Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall & Co.; Hamilton, Adams & Co. New York: Scribner & Welford, 743 & 745, Broadway, N.D, [1885]. Double demy 8vo; title-page printed in red and black; four leaves text-paper advertisements at end, last page blank; pp.[iv]+35+[i (blank)]+11+[i (blank)]+[viii (advertisements)]; half diagonally fine-ribbed cobalt blue cloth, marbled sides, textured light cobalt blue paper label lettered gilt within gilt-ruled box on front board; t.e. uncut. Slight rubbing to extremites of spine and corners, and slight marking to cloth of back cover; end-papers foxed, with offsetting, and some very light marginal foxing or embrowning passim, but a very good copy, nonetheless, of a book that does not tend to survive well.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


"Francis Phillimore” was a pseudonym of Alice Meynell. Among the advertisements at the end is one for the ‘Bewick Memento’ making clear that the present similar volume was published later. COPAC appears to record the British Library and Guildhall copies only, which looks unlikely for this volume. Young, 1885.13, binding a.

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TUER (Andrew W.). Old London Street Cries And the cries of To-day With Heaps of Quaint Cuts Including Hand-coloured Frontispiece: By Andrew W. Tuer, Author of “Bartolozzi and his Works,” &c. [July,] 1885, Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall & Co.; Hamilton, Adams & Co. New York: Scribner & Welford. Cr.16mo in half-sheets; two conjugate blanks precede hand-coloured frontispiece and conjugate title-page; author’s Introductory precedes start of text; numerous illustrations in text; 7pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii (including blanks and frontispiece)]+137+[138 — 144 (advertisements)]; boards covered with paper stippled in shades of red, white labels printed in black on spine and front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut; unbleached linen ties to fore-edges and, unbleached linen marker. Slight fading to spine, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First expanded edition, following the quarto edition published at a guinea. The present edition was published at One Shilling. According to the Introductory, which itself is here first included, the volume has been additionally illustrated as well as extended. Young, 1885.29 describing the covers as ‘marbled’.

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