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

JEROME (Jerome K.). On the Stage And Off: The brief career of A Would-be Actor By Jerome K Jerome With One Hundred Illustrations By Kenneth M. Skeaping. London: The Leadenhall Press, Ltd: 50, Leadenhall Street, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton Kent & Co., Ltd: New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 & 745, Broadway, N.D. [c. 1892]. All rights reserved. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral frontispiece and other illustrations in the text, some full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.viii (including frontispiece)+219+[i (blank)]; publisher’s 16pp. catalogue at end, paged 1 -7, [i — ii], 8 — 14, with ‘The Leadenhall Press, Ltd:’ added diagonally across the corner of the first two leaves apparently with a hand-stamp ; rich brown buckram ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine, the words ‘Illustrated Edition’ appearing on both. Light foxing to catalogue, but a very nice copy.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


The ‘Illustrated Edition’, but probably the first printing of the second impression. The first printing of the Illustrated Edition was dated 1891, and was published, according to Young (1891.21) in December, before the business became a limited company. The present volume, with ‘Ltd’ added to the imprint — and to the catalogue by over-stamping — connot be earlier than 1892, whilst the over-stamping suggests that it must date, at least, from not much later. It almost certainly represents, therefore, the first printing of the second impression, though it must be noted that in this copy the ‘P’ of ‘Preface’ in the heading to p.[v] is battered so that the loop almost did not print, and that if copies should be found to exist without this damage it might be evidence of this being a further re-impression. All examples of the Illustrated Edition are in our experience now scarce. The first edition of this title, published in 1885, did not have illustrations, and had only 160pp.

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

GREET (Mrs. Dora Victoire). Mrs. Greet’s Story of the [embossed vignette of owl in gold]. Illustrated by Ambrose Dudley. 1892 — 3, Published by The Leadenhall Press, Ltd., 50 Leadenhall Street, London, E.C. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 & 745 Broadway. Sm.sq.8vo (7” x 5«"), printed in double column in black upon thick brown paper; fine screen frontispiece and twenty-three other illustrations reproducing pencil drawings highlighted with chalk, printed on white paper and laid onto inset leaves of text-paper, blank except for captions on verso, full-page but not included in the pagination except for the frontispiece; facsimile signatures of author and characters in text (v. note); pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+271+[i (printer’s imprint); diagonally very-fine-ribbed green cloth, brown paper labels on spine and front cover ruled and lettered black and blocked in gilt; text-paper end-papers; natural linen marker. Spine label chipped with loss of ‘S’ of ‘Greet’s’; frontispiece illustration, but not backing-leaf, excised; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £35.00

US $43.40


Mrs. Greet’s full name appears only in the facsimile signature at the end of the text. Hubin, p.181; Young, 1892.15a, describing the marker as ‘gold linen’: one side certainly is pressed or glazed and may have a gold tone to it, but the other is natural linen and neither pressed nor glazed. An eccentric production, but achieving a very fine effect, the illustrations, in particular are beautifully set off by contrast with the brown paper of the text.

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

C[ARNARVON (George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl)]. Catalogue of Books Selected from The Library of An English Amateur. Part I. For private circulation only. London, 1893. Imp.8vo format, gathered irregularly; half-title not called for; limitation leaf precedes title-page printed in red and black; seven collotype illustrations in black and white, and three in sepia, printed on India paper and laid on to leaves of text-paper; one plate embossed in brown, black, and gold, with tissue guard; pp.[ii]+[50 (excluding leaves bearing illustrations)]; original cream card wrappers; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Wrappers a trifle darkened at edges; otherwise fine. TOGETHER WITH: C[ARNARVON (George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl)]. Catalogue of Books Selected from The Library of An English Amateur. Part II. For private circulation only. London, 1897. Imp.8vo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; limitation leaf precedes title-page printed in red and black; nine photogravure plates in black and white, and one large folding photochromograph printed in brown, and blocked in gold, with tissue guard; pp.[ii]+[57 (excluding leaves bearing illustrations)]+[i (blank)]; original cream card wrappers; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Wrappers a trifle dusty and with small nick to large fore-edge of back wrapper; otherwise fine. The two volumes together (all printed)

GB £250.00

US $310.00


Each volume limited to only 150 copies printed upon Whatman hand-made paper by the Leadenhall Press. Young, 1893.16a There were also three copies of each printed on vellum. Both volumes are now uncommon, but the second, for some reason, is definitely scarce.

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

ANONYMOUS. A Bygone Holborn. [Leadenhall Press logo] London: 1898. Landscape demy 8vo; half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece and numerous engravings in text, mostly from photographs and generally full-page; two integral blanks at end; pp.[ii (frontispiece)]+40+[i (full-page wood-engraving after Leanard Martin)]+[v]; quarter parchment, grey paper-covered boards, blocked and lettered gilt on front board. Some staining to parchment and light dusting to front board; light dusting to end-papers; slight offsetting from frontispiece; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce book.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


A well-illustrated history of the Holborn district of London with special reference to the ‘Black Swan Distillery’ the destruction of which is mentioned by Dickens in his account of the Gordon Riots (here quoted). It was rebuilt shortly afterwards, and the present volume was published in commemoration of its recent acquisition, demolition, and further rebuilding by James Buchanan & Co., distillers in 1897. COPAC records the Guildhall and Bishopsgate copies only; Young, 1898.7, adds one copy in a private collection, but misses the Bishopsgate copy. According to Young, 5,000 copies were printed, but as an advertising venture it was ephemeral, and copies are now rare.

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

LEE (Vernon [i.e., Violet Paget].). Euphorion: Being Studies of the antique and the mediæval In the renaissance. Second and Revised Edition. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 26 Paternoster Square, 1885. Demy 8vo; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue dated 1885-6; pp.[viii]+453+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed dark leaf green cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated greebish black. Light scattered foxing passim; front end-papers scuffed by removal of bookplate tipped-on a corners; otherwise a very nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


‘The Italy of the Elizabethan Dramatists’, ‘The Out-door Poetry’, ‘The Portrait Art’, ‘The School of Boiardo’, ‘Mediaeval Love’, etc. Dedicated to Walter Pater.
Ref: IRT107058


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

LEECH (John). [Cover title:] Children of the mobility. By John Leech (1841.) Reproduced, [no place, publisher, or printer,] 1875. Roy.4to; printed by the autotype process throughout, in sepia; seventeen leaves of heavy art paper, one a title-leaf, the rest printed on alternate rectos and verso only, all in sepia, the left-hand page bearing a facsimile of Leech’s holograph text, the right a drawing; frontispiece portrait of Leech, and facing reduced reproduction of illuminated type-set letter from John Ruskin relating to the drawings, precede Leech’s holograph title-page; diagonally fine ribbed dark-brown cloth, lettered and blocked on front cover, gilt, with a design by Leech. Light damp-staining of covers, not affecting design; end-papers renewed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


Not a reprint of the 1841 volume of this title, which contained woodcuts based upon Leech’s finished drawings, but autotype reproductions of his original first sketches and the manuscript captions for them, here first published. Apparently issued by Leech’s sister in connection with an appeal to purchase for the nation his remaining drawings, the (long) Ruskin letter being concerned with this. Not listed in Wise’s Ruskin bibliography.
Ref: IRT107062


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

LE GALLIENNE (Richard). George Meredith: Some characteristics. With a bibliography By John Lane. Elkin Mathews, Vigo Street, W., 1890. Blank precedes half-title; portrait frontispiece and one plate, each with tissue guard; printer’s imprint leaf following last page of Le Gallienne’s text; last page of added text bearing printer’s imprint; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xvi (unpaginated)]+168+[lxxv]+[1]+viii; blackish green buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; white laid end-papers. Very light marginal embrowning throughout; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Printed, in painfully slow stages, by Le Gallienne’s friend John Robb, at Egremont in Cheshire. The edition was limited to 750 ordinary copies and seventy-five on large paper, this being one of the ordinary issue. In addition to Lane’s ‘Bibliography’ the volume also contains an essay ‘Some Notes in regard to George Meredith in America’ by W. Morton Fullerton. Nelson, 13.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LE GALLIENNE (Richard). George Meredith: Some characteristics. With a bibliography By John Lane. Elkin Mathews, Vigo Street, W., 1890. Blank precedes half-title; portrait frontispiece and one plate, each with tissue guard; printer’s imprint leaf following last page of Le Gallienne’s text; last page of added text bearing printer’s imprint; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xvi (unpaginated)]+168+[lxxv]+[1]+viii; blackish green buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; white laid end-papers. Slight dulling of gilt on spine; very light marginal embrowning throughout; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Printed, in painfully slow stages, by Le Gallienne’s friend John Robb, at Egremont in Cheshire. The edition was limited to 750 ordinary copies and seventy-five on large paper, this being one of the ordinary issue. In addition to Lane’s ‘Bibliography’ the volume also contains an essay ‘Some Notes in regard to George Meredith in America’ by W. Morton Fullerton. Nelson, 13.
Ref: IRT107065


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

LE GALLIENNE (Richard). The book-bills Of Narcissus an Account rendered by Richard Le Gallienne. Published by Frank Murray Derby, Leicester and Nottingham and Sold by Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent & Co. Ltd. London, 1892. Cr.8vo; Imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+142+[ii]; bevelled maroon art-linen, lettered, with short rule, gilt, within gilt-ruled boxes, on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. One lower-edge snagged with creasing to blank margin (an original trimming fault); otherwise a virtually fine copy of a handsome book.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


Second Edition, so denominated on the half-title, preceded by a limited edition, divided into several issues, consisting of about 385 copies in total. The present represents the ordinary issue of the first trade edition, and the first in cr.8vo. It is more often seen in an otherwise similar blue cloth, but there is no established precedence between the two. There was also a 4to issue on large paper limited to twenty-five copies. This second edition, with its 142pp. of text, may have been extended, since the original edition, in a smaller format (f’cap 8vo for the small-paper copies), contained only 86pp. of text (plus 12pp of prelims. as against the 8pp here).
Ref: IRT118739


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

[LE GALLIENNE (Richard).]. Liber amoris Or the New Pygmalion By William Hazlitt With an Introduction by Richard le Gallienne. Elkin Mathews & John Lane At the sign of the Bodley Head In Vigo Street, 1893. F’cap 8vo; engraved facsimile title leaf with loose tissue guard precedes letterpress title-page; erratum slip tipped in before printer’s imprint leaf at end; quarter white paper, buff paper boards, paper spine label printed in red and black; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Nick in paper at extreme head-band; large uncut lower-edges slightly dusty; otherwise a fine unopened copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Printed on hand-made paper in Rugby by George E. Over, this edition is a good deal scarcer in our experience than the large paper limited edition of the following year.
Ref: IRT107071


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

LE GALLIENNE (Richard). If I were God: A conversation. London, James Bowden, 10, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1897. Long f’cap 8vo; printed throughout in dark blue; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; 8pp. integral publisher’s advertisements at end; self-wrappers printed in mustard yellow, very dark blue and dark green on front wrapper, in black on back wrapper and up spine, French-folded over outermost blanks, large fore-edges, not yapped; a.e. uncut. Paper slightly chipped at extreme head of spine, more so at tail, but not affecting printed area; otherwise a fine copy of a very delicate book. Rare thus.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


The probable second issue, in wrappers, but without the edges yapped. Bowden originally advertised only the 1s. [paperbound] issue of this title; the issue in cloth would therefore seem to be subsequent.
Ref: IRT118285


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

LITTLE (W.J. Knox). Sketches In Sunshine and Storm. A collection of Miscellaneous essays and notes On travel. Longmans, Green, & Co., 1892. Cr.8vo, printed in half-sheets; final advertisement leaf, followed by 24pp. publisher’s catalogue dated 2/92; greyish pale green buckram, pictorially blocked grey, brown, white, and gilt, lettered brown, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated plain chocolate; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Spine slightly faded; inscription on half-title; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


The blocking on the front cover is most effective.
Ref: IRT107086


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LOCKER-LAMPSON (Frederick). My confidences. An autobiographical sketch Addressed to my descendants. By Frederick Locker-lampson. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1896. (All rights reserved.) Demy 8vo, printed upon thick paper; photogravure portrait frontispiece by Walker & Boutall after a full-length portrait photograph taken in 1892 by Dickenson & Foster, and one half-tone plate after a silhouette by Charlotte Milnes, both with tissue guard; pp.[xii]+440; vertically fine-ribbed cerise cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. Very slight wear to cloth at extreme head- and tail- of spine, and cloth of spine with slight uniform fading; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


Written sporadically over some fifteen years, the volume was in type at the time of the author’s death on May 30th 1895. It was edited by Augustine Birrell, who added the Appendices relating to the author’s grandfather and great-grandfather, together with an explanatory Note. Includes brief character sketches of Thackeray, George Eliot and G.H. Lewes, Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Leigh Hunt, Dean Stanley, Carlyle, Whyte-Melville, etc., with briefer sketches of Landor, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and others. Included also is a previously unpublished letter from Carlyle. Excluded from the volume was the character sketch of Tennyson, which was extracted from the ms. by the author before his death for use in Tennyson’s biography.

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

[LONGFELLOW (Henry Wadsworth).]. Life Of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow By Eric S. Robertson. Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, 1887 [?1886]. Lge.post 8vo; wire-stitched; pp.177+[i (blank)]+xii; leaf bearing Introductory Note to the series follows title-page; first leaf of final gathering (‘12’) a single inset; navy blue diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. A fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Issued as the first volume of the “Great Writers” series, under the general editorship of Eric S. Robertson. Included at the end is a brief bibliographical check-list of Longfellow’s works, and of books, articles, music, etc., relating to him, by John P. Anderson of the British Museum, in which he attempts an ‘all edition’ listing. The special ‘Library’ issue “printed on large paper of extra quality", the published price of which was 2s. 6d., as against 1s. 0d. for the ordinary issue. Second issue, the first being in dark blue buckram, with an integral advertisement leaf, 12.8, present after the last leaf of text, advertising this as a ‘new series’ and listing the first four volumes as ready at monthly intervals, December 20th 1886 to March 20th 1887. The present volume is trimmed to a slightly smaller size, the fore- and lower- edges of the original issue being left uncut, whilst the publisher’s imprint on the spine is in plain capitals all of the same size, instead of utilizing swash letters and having the initial letters larger.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LOWELL (James Russell, A.M.). My study windows. London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1871. Lge.12mo, signed in eights and twelves; half-title not called for; cancel title leaf on slightly different paper; pp.[vi]+433+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated September 1870; bevelled dark green smooth cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; cloth slightly bubbled on back cover; otherwise a nice copy. Very scarce.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


Blanck, 13139 refers. First edition, English issue, consisting, according to the American publisher’s records, of sheets of the second American printing, 200 copies of which were exported to England (on February 7th, 1871): almost certainly, in view of the presence of the English catalogue, unbound. There were four printings of the American first edition made between January 20th and August 21st 1871, of which Blanck was able to identify only three (the first, fourth, and one other, putatively the third). Nor was Blanck able to trace a copy of the English issue, offering the hypothesis merely that the importation was of sheets rather than bound volumes. Given the above, it is possible to state on the basis of the present copy that the second printing was the same as that described by Blanck as the putative third printing, having, as with the first printing, the readings ‘Certainly with’ instead of ‘Certainly not with’ at l.5, p.274, and ‘unkinged’ instead of ‘discrowned’ at l.12, p.293, but having battered type in lines 5-6 of the dedication, as with Blanck’s third and fourth printings: it is supposed, however, according to the publisher’s records, to be printed on 80lb paper, as with the first printing, instead of 60lb paper as with the third and fourth printings (we are unable to check this, having no other copy of the book to hand). This English issue, at least, shows one minor difference in collation (apart from the absence of the initial advertisement leaf that is present in the American issues), the final gathering, ‘[19]’, being here a singleton, whereas in the American issues seen by Blanck it is completed by a conjugate blank. Since the final gathering was almost certainly printed conjugate with the preliminary gathering, completing one half-sheet, the blank was presumably discarded by the English binder, together with the advertisement leaf and the Osgood title leaf. This edition was rapidly superseded in England by the first English edition printed in England, also issued by Low, a fact which explains the smallness of the importation.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LOWELL (James Russell). Latest literary essays And addresses. Cambridge [Mass.], Printed at the Riverside Press, 1891. Med.8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end, of text-paper, but apparently inserted; half-title printed in red and black, reading ‘Large=Paper Edition [rule] The writings Of James Russell Lowell Latest literary essays And addresses’; engraved portrait frontispiece, printed on India paper and laid on, with thin paper guard; title page printed in black and red, and with publisher’s large woodcut device in brown; quarter white fine buckram, white buckram tips, finely mottled grey board sides, cream paper spine label printed in black and red; white head- and tail- bands; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Very slight marking of covers; borders of title-page foxed, around tissue; a very little light scattered foxing elsewhere, and some staining in gutters, and of end-papers, apparently due to paste action; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


Printed on laid paper watermarked ‘The Riverside Press’. The English issue of the large paper issue, printed, as usual, a few days after the trade issue: one of only ‘Fifty Copies Printed for Europe’, this being numbered in red ink ‘38’. Blanck 13223, the first state of the text, with the editor’s Note in one paragraph. Blanck did not succeed in locating a copy of this issue, and records its existence only doubtfully as “fifty (?) copies printed for Great Britain.” This issue differs in respect of both the prelims. and the binding from the American large paper issue, which consisted of 300 copies issued as Vol. XI of ‘Lowell’s Writings’, the title page being printed only in black and red. The book includes essays on Gray, W.S. Landor, Walton, Milton’s ‘Areopagitica’, 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.

LYNCH (Arthur). Modern authors: A review and a forecast. London, Ward & Downey, 12 York Street, Covent Garden, 1891. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.xvi+189+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. Virtually fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Wilde, Swinburne, Zola, Ibsen, Whitman, Carlyle, Blackmore, viewed against a background of Shakespeare, Goethe, Byron, Shelley, Keats, George Eliot, etc.: a wide ranging essay aiming to propose “new principles of criticism". Arthur Lynch was born, of Irish parents, at Ballarat near Melbourne, and graduated from the University there as an engineer before moving to Europe, where he studied in Berlin for some time, before taking up journalism, which he pursued successively in London and Paris. Later he was to move to South Africa, where he fought against the English during the Boer War, an activity which led to his being condemned to death.
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LYNCH (Arthur). Human Documents: Character sketches of Representative men and women Of the time. London, Bertram Dobell, 77 Charing Cross Road, 1896. Two leaves integral advertisements at end (continuing the signatures); pp.[xii]+304+[iii]+[i (blank)]; vertically fine ribbed green cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered with short rule gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Very slight marking of front cover, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


The Prince of Wales, Kaiser Wilhelm II, A.J. Balfour, Joseph Chamberlain, W.T. Stead, T.P. O’Connor, Zola, Rudyard Kipling, Sara Bernhardt, Herbert Spencer, etc. Arthur Lynch was born, of Irish parents, at Ballarat near Melbourne, and graduated from the University there as an engineer before moving to Europe, where he studied in Berlin for some time, before taking up journalism, which he pursued successively in London and Paris. Later he was to move to South Africa, where he fought against the English during the Boer War, an activity which led to his being condemned to death.
Ref: IRT107107


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MACARTHUR (Henry). Realism and romance And other essays. [By purple rubber stamp:] London, Gay and Bird, 22 Bedford St. Strand. [Printed in type:] Edinburgh: R.W. Hunter, 1897. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[x]+291+[i (blank)]; dark red art linen, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Essays on Thomas Hardy and R.L. Stevenson, Edmund Burke, Mathew Arnold, A.C. Swinburne, Robert Fergusson, James Russell Lowell, Erasmus, etc. Issued as a memorial volume.
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MACAULAY (Lord). The Miscellaneous writings. In two volumes. Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; volume one with fine engraved portrait frontispiece engraved by C. Cook after a photograph; blank before half-title; Erratum slip tipped in at end of Contents; publisher’s 24pp. Catalogue dated September 1859 at end; pp.xvi+395+[i (printer’s imprint)]; [viii]+440; dark caramel diagonal ripple grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated light caramel, the paste-downs printed with publisher’s advertisements in black; binder’s ticket of Edmonds & Remnants on back paste-down of volume one. Slight patchy fading of covers; one gathering a trifle proud; frontispiece lightly damp-stained; otherwise very nice.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


Fiction, essays, and poems, all either here first printed or first collected. Published in the year following the author’s death, under the editorship of T.F. E[llis]. CBEL, III, p.684.
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MACAULAY (Lord). Biographies Contributed to the Encyclopædia Britannica. With Notes of his connection with Edinburgh, And extracts from His letters and speeches. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1860. (The Right of Translation is Reserved.) F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[8]+lvi (Notes)+235+[i (blank)]+[iv]; dark red horizontal straight morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated caramel. Slight fading to cloth of spine, but a very nice copy nonetheless.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Second issue, the first being in brown bead-grain cloth with gilt instead of blind rules on the spine, and an inserted 48pp. publisher’s catalogue at end. The Preface and Notes were written by Adam Black.
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McCRAY (Florine Thayer). The Life-work Of the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. By Florine Thayer McCray, Author of “Environment; a story of modern society,” etc. Funk & Wagnalls, New York: 18 and 20 Astor Place. / 1889. / London: 44 Fleet Street. Double pott 8vo; binder’s blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; eight half-tone plates and two facsimiles on text-paper, some inserted some integral, but none of them included in the pagination; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[2]+[viii]+[3 (list of Illustrations)]-440+[ii]; red buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, blocked and lettered gilt, blocked white, on front cover, blocked with publisher’s monogram, lettered, and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers printed with flower and leaf pattern in grey. Gilt faded from spine; name cut from front end-paper and binder’s blank, with short corresponding slip in blank fore-margin of frontispiece and title-leaf; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Blanck, 19505, not distinguishing issue variants. The present copy has the words ‘Printed in the U.S.A.’ rubber-stamped on the lower-margin of the advertisement leaf, which may mark it out as one of the evidently small number of copies intended for sale in England.
Ref: IRT107118


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MACLISE [(Daniel, R.A.).]. The Maclise Portrait-Gallery Of “Illustrious literary characters” With memoirs Biographical, critical, bibliographical & anecdotal Illustrative of the literature of the former Half of the present century. By William Bates, B.A. With eighty-five portraits. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1883. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and eighty-four plates, printed in buff and black; pp.[xvi]+540; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated May, 1883; cherry red buckram, ruled orange, blocked in blue-green and orange, on sides, blocked with publisher’s device orange, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine a little faded and creased; slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


The plates, on very stiff, thick paper, are very much too heavy for the thin paper of the text into which they are but tipped, not bound, whilst the whole is much too heavy for the binding, making the survival of the book complete, as here a somewhat improbable event. According to the Preface, a “reproduction, on slightly reduced scale    .    .    . of the eighty-one Portraits and Groups originally published in Fraser’s Magazine, 1830-38 under the title of ‘A Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters’", to which have been added “four portraits, not forming part of the original series". The first edition thus, preceded by an edition of thirty-four of the portraits, without text, in 1833, and an edition of 1874 of all of the original eighty-one portraits, to which a further three were added, accompanied by Maginn’s original text, and some supplementary notices by Bates. The present edition drops much of Maginn’s text, replacing it by new and more extended ‘Memoirs’ specially written by Bates for this edition, and adds one further portrait, also with a ‘Memoir’.
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MALLOCK (W. H.). Lucretius. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1878. F’cap 8vo; half/series title with advertisements on verso (listing this as the latest volume issued) precedes title-page; pp.viii+172; rich brown buckram blocked black on back cover, blocked and lettered black, lettered rich brown through black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers faced dark brown. Ownership inscription on half-title; otherwise an extremely fine, bright, copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Issued as a volume in the Supplementary Series of the series Ancient Classics for English Readers, under the editorship of the Rev. W. Lucas Collins, M.A. The Supplementary Series is referred to as the Second Series on the covers. NCBEL, 3:1066
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MALLOCK (W.H). Studies Of Contemporary superstition. Ward & Downey Limited, 1895. All rights reserved. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+[xiv]+302+2; pale olive coarse buckram lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt and with gilt ruled box on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine and edges of covers slightly faded; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Essays reprinted from the ‘Fortnightly Review’.
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MARTINENGO-CESARESCO (The Countess Evelyn). Essays in the Study of folk-songs. George Redway, York Street, Covent Garden, 1886. Blank before half-title; fly-title to Introduction; pp.xl+395+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, on text-paper, dated January, 1886; pale apple-green buckram, ruled blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered dark grey-green shadowed gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Spine a little marked and very dull and faded; covers generally a little dull; end-papers lightly foxed, and front end-papers a little cracked; text nice. Scarce.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Includes a bibliography.
Ref: IRT107134


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MASSON (David, M.A., LL.D., Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature in the University of Edinburgh). The three devils: Luther’s, Milton’s, and Goethe’s. With Other essays. London: Macmillan and Co., 1874 (The Right of Translation and Reproduction is Reserved.) Pp.[viii]+327+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 36pp. Catalogue at end, dated October 1879; diagonally fine-ribbed chocolate cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine; t.e uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers faced black. Two relevant newspaper clippings tipped on to front end-papers; end-papers foxed on back, with offsetting onto facing page; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy, unopened except for the first essay and the Catalogue.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Includes, besides the title essay, ‘Shakespeare and Goethe’, ‘Milton’s Youth’, ‘Dryden and the Literature of the Restoration’, ‘Dean Swift’, and ‘How Literature may illustrate History’, the last essay being here first printed, the rest being revised and expanded versions of essays originally published in 1856.
Ref: IRT107135


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MASSON (David). Carlyle Personally and in his writings. Two Edinburgh Lectures. London, Macmillan and Co., 1885. F’cap 8vo; pp.[viii]+119+[i (advertisements)]; light green buckram over thin boards, blocked with publisher’s initials device on back cover, lettered and blocked with publisher’s monogram device on front cover, up-lettered on spine, all dark sage green; t.e. burnished green. Cloth of spine just a trifle dull; small mark on top-edges; end-papers lightly foxed; nonetheless a virtually fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


An interesting contribution to the Froude controversy, by one who himself had known Carlyle since 1844. An expanded version of two lectures delivered to the Philosophical Institution of Edinburgh on the 24th and 27th of February 1885. Loosely laid in is a small printed portrait of the author, possibly as issued.
Ref: IRT107137


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MAZZINI (Joseph). Essays: selected from The writings, literary, Political, and religious, of Joseph Mazzini. Republished by the special permission Of Madame E.A. Venturi, and edited, with An introduction, by William Clark. Walter Scott, London: 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, 1887. Globe 8vo; pp.[xxxii]+332; rebound in half light brown linen, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Clark’s Introduction occupies pp.[vii]-xxviii. Included also are a brief chronology of Mazzini’s life and a check-list of his principal writings.
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MEREDITH (George). An essay on Comedy And the uses of the Comic spirit. Westminster, Archibald Constable and Company. 1897. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.105+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[vi]; bevelled brown art-linen, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. A very nice copy in a green slip-case of thin card stamped ‘Made in England’ in black on back.

GB £21.00

US $26.04


The slip-case, which is commercially made as shown by the stamp and is an exact fit, looks certainly to be original, though the unprinted tissue dust-wrapper in which this volume is also sometimes seen is here not present.
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MEREDITH (George). An essay on Comedy And the uses of the Comic spirit. Westminster, Archibald Constable and Company. 1897. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.105+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[vi]; bevelled brown art-linen, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Some rubbing of gilt on spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: IRT117834


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MILMAN (The Rev. R.). The Life Of Torquato Tasso. In two volumes. Henry Colburn, Publisher, Great Marlborough Street, 1850. Lge.12mo; half-titles not called for; pp.iv+345+[i (blank)]; iv+341+[i (printer’s imprint)]; vertically ribbed dark grey-green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and blocked blind, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated deep lemon. Restorations to cloth of spine; a little light damp-marking of some end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00



Ref: IRT107148


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MITFORD (Mary Russell). Recollections Of A literary life; Or, Books, places, and people. By Mary Russell Mitford. Author of “Our Village,” “Belford Regis,” &c. In three volumes. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1852. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title not called for in volumes one and two; text-paper advertisement leaf precedes title-page in volume one; pp.xi+[i (blank)]+323+[i (blank)]; v+[i (blank)]+302; vii+[i (blank)]+296; cobalt blue fine vertical wavy-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; pale-yellow-coated end-papers. Slight scrape to cloth over back joint in volume two resulting in barely perceptible wrinkling for about an inch vertically at point of joint and two almost invisible scratches; two or three small snags to cloth of spine in volume three, slightly affecting two or three letters of author’s name, but not obtrusive; a very nice copy, nonetheless, and fine internally.

GB £200.00

US $248.00


Not in the Sadleir collection; Wolff, 4821, calling for a half-title following the advertisement leaf in volume one, which has certainly never been present here. The advertisement leaf is, both here and in the Wolff copy, a single inset; the last leaf of the prelims. is here also a single inset — and it appears possible that the advertisement leaf may have been printed in the present instance as part of the first gathering. There appear to have been two printings of this title, probably before first publication. The present copy is printed on a white paper stock throughout. Some years ago we had a copy in which the whole of volume one together with the prelims. and gatherings K, L, O, and P (a single inset leaf, evidently printed conjugate with the three leaves of the prelims.) of volume two were printed on white paper, the rest being printed on antique toned paper, and this was also without a half-title in volume one, whilst another copy that passed through our hands some years ago was printed on antique toned paper throughout. Wolff does not describe the paper of his copy, but notes no variation. The third copy noticed above had been rebound and was without the half-titles and advertisement leaf, and also, of course, its original end-papers; the second copy differed from the present copy in having the end-papers coated buff, in which it was in agreement with the Wolff copy. Copies with yellow end-papers are also known with a half-title but without the advertisement leaf. There is no demonstable precedence, and they must all have been issued within a fairly short space of time as a two volume edition was published the next year. Includes, besides a good deal of autobiographical material, comments on Keats, Shelley, Leigh Hunt, John Clare, Thomas Holcroft, Praed, Landor, the Brownings, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Hawthorne, Longfellow, etc.
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MITFORD (Mary Russell). Letters Of Mary Russell Mitford. Second series. Edited by Henry Chorley. In two volumes. London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1872. 2 Vols.; title-pages printed in red and black; tipped-in advertisement leaf and conjugate blank at end of volume two, on text-paper, and probably integral; pp.[iv]+303+[i (blank)]; [iv]+267+[i (blank)]+[2]+[ii]; bevelled rich brown fine-dotted-line-ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated peach. Minor, and barely visible restorations to head of spines; slight dulling of gilt; end-papers a trifle cracked or chipped at gutters; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


This title not in Sadleir or Wolff. A minor binding variant, copies also being known with the fore-edges trimmed.
Ref: IRT107155


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MORE (Hannah). Practical piety; Or, The influence Of the Religion of the heart On the Conduct of life. In two volumes. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, In the Strand, 1811. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title present in volume one, not called for in volume two; six-line Errata to Volume I. on verso of last leaf of text in that volume; final leaf of volume two advertisements for books Written by the same Author, blank on verso; pp.xvi+247+[i]; iv+293+[i (blank)+[ii]; contemporary full diced calf, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt on spine; sprinkled burnished edges. front joint to each volume strongly, but somewhat crudely, repaired; back joint cracked, but holding; short tear to blank upper margin of first leaf of text in volume one; otherwise near-fine.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


NCBEL, 2:1599.
Ref: IRT118491


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MORE (Hannah). Memoirs of the life Of Mrs. Hannah More: By William Roberts, Esq. In two volumes. Published by R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside; And sold by L. and G. Seeley, [112,] Fleet Street, London, 1836. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, and final blank, in volume one; pp.xxiii+[i (advertisement)]+585+[iii]; [iv]+563+[i (blank)]; puce fine morocco cloth, embossed with an over-all conventional design (consisting of rows of alternating stars and circles within a four-lobed frame); blocked, lettered, and with short rules, gilt, on spine (title, author, and volume status only, within an elaborate frame); a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. A little very slight fading to cloth; extensive but very light foxing to portrait, and a little very light scattered foxing to text; nonetheless, virtually a fine copy.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


According to the Preface to the Present Edition, this is the fourth printing, the first three each being in four volumes and consisting of 2,000 copies, and each of them having a new Preface. The present edition has been condensed and partly re-written, omitting much material not immediately concerned with the subject. As a result, it consists principally letters from Hannah More to various correspondents, with some few from others to herself, supplemented by extracts from her diary, the whole linked by a brief editorial commentary, and a final summing-up. Those whose letters are represented include J. Langhorne, Mrs. Boscawen, David Garrick, Elizabeth Montagu, R. Berenger, Mrs. Reynolds, Bishop Porteous, Rev. John Newton, William Cowper (letter to Newton), James Stonehouse, James Montgomery, and Rowland Hill. Among her other correspondents are Horace Walpole and William Wilberforce. CBEL, II, p.845, recording the work, erroneously, as ‘2 vols. 1834; 4 vols. 1838 (3rd edition)’; NCBEL, 2:1600 correctly records the four volume edition as 1834, but omits this edition. The present copy has at p.365, l.1 in volume two the misprint ‘Hore’ for ‘More’ (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.
Ref: IRT117753


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MORRIS (William). [Cover title:] Birmingham Society of arts & school of design. Labour and pleasure, Versus Labour and sorrow. An Address By William Morris, Esq., M.A., President, In the town hall, Birmingham, 19th February, 1880. Birmingham: Cund Bros., printers, London Works, Moor Street, N.D. [1880]. One gathering double demy 16mo, cream paper, sewn into text-paper wrappers, the front wrapper printed in black. Slight foxing of wrappers and at inner margins of centre fold; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

GB £190.00

US $235.60



Ref: IRT107176


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MORRIS (WILLIAM). [Cover title:] Price one penny. Under an Elm=Tree; [sic] Or, Thoughts in the Country-Side. [sic] By Wm. Morris, Author Of “The Earthly Paradise,” &c., &c. Aberdeen: Printed and Published by James Leatham, 15 St. Nicholas Street, 1891. Demy 16mo, a single gathering, sewn, without wrappers; half-title not called for; publisher’s advertisements on verso of title-page, listing another Morris pamphlet in the series, ‘A King’s Lesson’ as the first item, but not this title; a.e. uncut. Slight dusting and marking of title-page and last page of text, but a very nice copy nonetheless of a very scarce and fragile item.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Scott, p.27; Buxton Forman, 131
Ref: IRT107182


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MUDDOCK (J.E. [Preston]). “For valour” The “V.C.". A record of the Brave and Noble Deeds for which Her Majesty has bestowed the Victoria Cross, from Its Institution to the present date. Compiled and Edited from the State Papers. With illustrations by G.H. Edwards. London, Hutchinson & Co., 14 Paternoster Row, 1895. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece, and three plates; other illustrations in text; 4pp. Index at end; pp.XXXII+292; bevelled grey buckram, blocked gilt, reddish-brown, and black, lettered black-through-gilt, and black, on front cover and spine, in series style; a.e.g.; end-papers faced pale yellow. Slight creasing to cloth of spine at head and tail, and cloth just a trifle dull; but a near-fine copy. Scarce.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Still the standard record of its subject. Issued as a volume in the series “Boy’s Golden Library” — a fact only stated on the spine. There is no list of illustrations, but the plates are marked to face pp.90, 134, and 180, and are here tipped-in at those openings.
Ref: IRT117922


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MUNTHE (Axel). Vagaries. John Murray, 1898. Pp.[xvi]+308; quarter horizontally fine ribbed moiré dark red cloth, applied at spine, pale grey green boards; a.e.uncut. Slight wear to cloth at extremities of spine; boards worn at corners and a little rubbed; short tear in upper margin of front end-paper; back end-papers very slightly splitting; otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Proof copy. The covers, which are certainly original, bear no lettering, label, or decoration of any kind. The published volume is approximately 6mm shorter and narrower than the present copy, having t.e.g., and the others lightly trimmed. Essays and sketches, written in English, and here first collected.
Ref: IRT107193


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MURRAY (David Christie). My contemporaries In fiction. London, Chatto & Windus, 1897. Cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end, followed by publisher’s inserted catalogue dated ‘Sept. 1897’; deep rasberry coloured fine-grain art-linen, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; a.e. uncut. Very slight patchy fading to cloth of spine; pleasantly decorative contemporary engraved bookplate of Lurgan Mechanics Institute on front paste-down, but no other signs of library use; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


The first binding. Essays on Dickens, Charles Reade, Stevenson, Meredith, Hall Caine, Kipling, Hardy, George Moore, S.R. Crockett, Ian Maclaren, Dr. Macdonald, J.M. Barrie, Marie Corelli, etc., 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.

MURRAY (E.C. Grenville). The National songs and legends Of Roumania. Smith, Elder & Co., 1859. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for in this issue; cancel title-page tipped on to stub of original half-title, this followed by stub of original title leaf; separate fly-title and half-title to section of engraved music at end; pp.[ii]+[v]-lii+[142 (last page blank)]+[ii]+[22 (last page blank)]; deep sky-blue sand-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Gilt very dull on spine; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


First edition sheets, second issue. Originally issued with a title-page dated 1854, as ‘Doine; or the national songs and legends of Roumania’, the main title appearing also on the half-title page, and providing the reason for its cancellation here. The music section at the end comprises ‘Six National airs of Roumania Arranged for the piano By Henriz’ (mis-spelled ‘Henry’ in the British Library Catalogue), the fly-title note being signed in type, presumably in error: ‘C.E. Grenville Murray’.
Ref: IRT107199


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