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

NISBET (Hume). Where art begins. With 27 illustrations. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1892. Sm.double pott 8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard, and numerous illustrations in text; title-page vignette by the author; leaf blank but for publisher’s woodcut device on recto, at end; pp.[2]+xiv (including frontispiece)+322 (mis-paged ‘232’)+[ii]; light grey buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram device on back cover, blocked and lettered on front cover and spine, all dark crimson, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers coated dark green. Spine a little darkened and design a trifle rubbed; covers generally a little marked and dull; internally a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


A consideration of art in many aspects, in its relation to humanity. The cover design is by the author. We are not aware what issue significance, if any, the mis-pagination of the final leaf may reflect.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OLIPHANT (Mrs.). Cervantes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1880. F’cap 8vo; advertisement leaf at end, printed on verso only; pp.x+212+[ii]; sea-green cloth ruled and blocked black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered sea-green through black, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered gilt, on spine. Small pressure dint on front cover; cloth of spine very slightly darkened; one gathering slightly proud due to an original trimming fault; dates of Cervantes birth and death neatly written on half-title; otherwise, and in general effect, a very nice, crisp copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


Issued as the eleventh volume in the series Foreign Classics for English Readers, under the general editorship of the author. The series advertisements on the verso of the half-title list this as the latest volume available, with five others in preparation. In our experience an uncommon title.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OLIPHANT (Mrs.). Annals of a Publishing House: William Blackwood And His sons Their magazine and friends By Mrs [sic] Oliphant. Volume I [II]. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1897. All rights reserved. 2 Vols., sm.4to; blank before half-title and engraved portrait frontispiece on Japanese vellum, with tissue guard, in each volume; two additional engraved portraits on Japanese vellum, with tissue guards, in volume two; final blank in volume one; pp.[ii]+[xvi]+522+[ii]; [ii]+[x]+514; black buckram ruled and lettered gilt on spine, with pressed-out blind panel blocked gilt, lettered black-through-gilt, on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrappers. TOGETHER WITH: PORTER (Mrs Gerald). Annals of a Publishing House: John Blackwood By his daughter Mrs. Gerald Porter. The third volume of William Blackwood And His sons Their magazine and friends. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1898. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece and two plates; pp.[xii]+[436]; dark blue cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, with pressed-out blind panel blocked gilt, lettered dark blue-through-gilt, on front cover; t.e.g. Fine, unopened, copy in original plain wax-paper dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


The first two volumes were limited to 150 copies printed on hand-made paper, watermarked ‘Ruisdael’. There was also a trade edition uniform with the third volume. Mrs. Oliphant died before the third volume had been written, and the two completed volumes were dedicated to her memory by the publisher.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OLIPHANT (Mrs M.O.W.). The autobiography and Letters of Mrs M.O.W. Oliphant. Arranged and edited by Mrs Harry Coghill. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1899. Demy 8vo; photolitho portrait frontispiece after a drawing by Janet Mary Oliphant, and one plate from a photograph, both with tissue guards; pp.[xvi]+451+[i (blank)]; navy blue buckram, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated black. Nice copy.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


In our experience, by no means common. Includes a complete check-list of Mrs. Oliphant’s published books and introductions to books (apart from those published under the pseudonym ‘William Watson’), and another of her contributions to ‘Blackwood’s Magazine’. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff; CBEL, III, p.501.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’RELL (Max). A Frenchman In America (The Anglo-Saxon race revisited). With upwards of 130 Illustrations by E.W. Kemble. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited. All rights reserved, N.D. [1891]. Half-title not called for; blank precedes title-page; numerous illustrations in text, in half-tone or line; back end-papers (printed with publisher’s advertisements) continuing the signatures, and therefore integral (as are probably the front end-papers, since the four end-papers and the prelims. together would make one full sheet); front paste-down printed with advertisement for ‘Arrowsmith’s Christmas Annual, 1891’, the free end-paper blank; pp.[?iv]+[4]+iv+336+[iv]; old cream buckram, blocked pictorially, lettered, and with short rule, black on front cover, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered, gilt, on spine. Minute pressure dint in cloth of spine, and insignificant wear to cloth at extreme head; armorial bookplate on front paste-down, partly obscuring advertisement; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Issued as Vol.V. of ‘Arrowsmith’s Three-and-Sixpenny’ series, the series designation appearing on the front cover, without the volume number, this being the only indication of series status. The first standard binding. The first issue, the front paste-down bearing the advertisement for the Christmas Annual of 1891, whist the advertisements at the back list the first two titles in the 3/6 Series, without mentioning their series status, the first eight titles in the 2/- Series, and the first 47 titles of the Bristol Library (the forty-seventh being issued in July 1891).
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OSBORNE (Dorothy). Letters from Dorothy Osborne To Sir William Temple, 1652 — 54. Edited by Edward Abbott Parry (Barrister-at-Law). Printed for Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh, successors to Newberry & Harris, at the sign of the Bible and Swan, West Corner of St. Paul’s Churchyard, London; and Sydney, New South Wales, 1888. Demy 8vo, printed on antique-toned hand-made paper; photogravure portrait frontispiece printed on India paper and laid on to a sheet of thin card tipped onto a bound in paper hinge, with tissue guard; pp.[viii]+332; greenish-grey paper-covered boards, antique-toned paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Slight chipping to paper over hinges and to extreme head of spine, exposing the underlying muslin, and slight wear to paper over corners; a few barely visible fox-spots to margins passim; otherwise, and in general effect, a fine copy.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


The first printing, on large hand-made paper, and with the frontispiece on India paper: subsequent printings were cr.8vo. The first publication of the bulk of these letters, forty-two unedited extracts from which had been printed in 1836 in an Appendix to his two volume ‘Memoirs of the Life, Works, and Correspondence of Sir William Temple, Bart’ by the Rt. Hon. Thomas Peregrine Courtenay.The present volume is well edited with useful introductory notes to each letter. CBEL, I, p.388
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[PALMERSTON (Henry John Temple, Third Viscount), et alia]. The New whig guide. London: Printed for W. Wright, 46, Fleet-street, 1819. F’cap 8vo; half-title not present; pp.[iii]-viii+240; contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, contrasting label; buff end-papers. Spine worn, and back board detached; but the sewing sound, and a fine copy internally.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


Printed on paper watermarked ‘1819’. CBEL, III, p.677. Partly written by Palmerston, who is sometimes said also to have been the editor. (Though the editorial Advertisement with which the book opens is signed ‘E.’, it is clear from the later footnotes in the text that this stands merely for ‘Editor’). A reply to ‘The New Tory Guide’ of the same year, and now very scarce, a serious attempt having been made by Palmerston’s family and the Whig party to suppress the volume by buying up and destroying every copy. A second edition appeared in 1824. “Political pasquinades and political caricatures are parts (though humble ones) of political history: they supply information as to the personal habits and manners, and often as to the motives and objects of public men, which cannot be found elsewhere.    .    .    .    the Editor is far from thinking that the articles he has here collected are of equal merit amongst themselves, or collectively to be compared with the Rolliad and Anti-jacobin, he yet considers them worth preserving, as filling up a space which would otherwise be vacant in the lighter history of parties in this country.” — from the Advertisement. The volume includes some rather good comic verse, still very readable to-day when the figures caricatured are now scarcely known at all, whilst references to events such as the leaking of official documents to the press have perhaps not wholly lost their relevance! Writings parodied include Pope’s ‘Narrative of the Phrensy of John Dennis’, and Byron’s ‘Hebrew Melodies’ (a long section of ‘English Melodies’ in which the parody and the original appear on facing pages).
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[READE (Charles).]. Charles Reade Dramatist, novelist, journalist A Memoir Compiled chiefly from his literary remains By Charles L. Reade And The Rev. Compton Reade. In two volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1887. 2 Vols.; blank before half-title in each volume; pp.[2]+[x]+364; [vi]+364; publisher’s 40pp. Catalogue dated March 1887 inserted at end of volume two; blue-green fine-diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Very slight marking of covers; short marginal tear in one leaf repaired without use of tissue; light wax stains on three fore-margins, just touching text; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Besides a good deal of Reade’s own writing, included in Vol.II are a couple of fragments quoted from letters to Reade from Dickens (p.273), a letter from Georgina Hogarth (pp.275-6), a letter from Dion Boucicault (pp.169-70), a letter from Edwin Arnold concerning a review (pp.181-2), and a long letter from Wilkie Collins commenting on ‘Put Yourself in His Place’ (pp.198-301).

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

REID (Captain [Thomas] Mayne). Odd people. Being A Popular Description Of Singular races of man. With Illustrations. London: Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, Farringdon Street, 1860. The Right of Translation is reserved. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and seven plates, most with tissue guards; pp.[iv]+476; scarlet bead-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, gilt on spine, blocked gilt, embossed with lettering scarlet-through-gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated peach. Very slight dulling to gilt, and three of the plates a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


There is no list of illustrations, but they are here tipped-in to face pp.1, 85, 199, 224, 275, 352, and 454. NCBEL, 3:959; Wolff, 5750, describing the cloth colour as ‘purple brown’, which may suggest that his copy was dusty.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[RHYS (Ernest).]. The Biglow papers. By James Russell Lowell. [Edited. and] With a prefatory note by Ernest Rhys. London: Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1892]. Super roy.16mo, in half-sheets; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xx]+269+[i (blank)]+[vi]; half diagonally very fine ribbed powder blue cloth very elaborately blocked bright gilt on front cover and spine with an all-over floral motif arabesque tracery, a ruled box being left plain on the spine for bright gilt lettering and a short rule, and the corners being left plain; glazed off-white diagonally fine-herring-bone-ribbed paper covered sides, Regency-striped in the ribbing, printed all over with a repeating frond motif in dull gilt; a.e.g. Middle two leaves of first gathering bound in upside-down, otherwise an extremely fine copy, virtually as new.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


A very startling binding, in fine state — incredibly, published at 1/6d. Rhys’s Prefatory Note occupies pp.[vii] — xix. Though the book is undated, a neat inscription on the front end-paper is dated 1892, and virtually confirms that this is the correct first printing.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

RICHARDSON (Samuel). The Correspondence Of Samuel Richardson, Author of Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison. [II, III, IV, V: ,] Selected from the Original manuscripts, Bequeathed by him to his family, [other volumes: .] To which are prefixed, [no punctuation mark in IV and V] A biographical account Of that author, And Observations on his Writings [IV: writings]. [II, III, V: ,] By Anna Lætitia [II, IV, V: LoelE>titia] Barbauld. In six volumes. London: printed for Richard Phillips, no.71 [III: No.71], St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1804. Lewis and Rodem, Printers, Paternoster-row [II, V: J. Adlard, Printer, Duke-street, West Smithfield [V: West-Smithfield]; III: R. Taylor, Printer, Black-Horse Court, Fleet Street; IV: By T. Gillet, Crown-court, Fleet-street; VI: Marchant, Printer, Greville-street]. 6 Vols., 12mo; half-title apparently not called for in Vols.I and III, possibly not called for in other volumes; inset fly-title follows Contents leaf in Vols.II, IV, and V; in Vol.VI it appears to be conjugate with the title, the preceding Contents leaf being inset; Contents to Vol.I a single inset leaf inserted between a3 and a4; that to Vol.III apparently conjugate with title as in volume six, but no fly-title present; engraved frontispiece on copper in Vols.I, IV, and VI; large folding copper-engraved frontispiece in Vols.II and III, exquisitely hand-coloured, as issued; frontispiece not called for in Vol.V; one large folding facsimile in Vol.V, seven in Vol.VI; five line Errata on verso of last leaf of Vol.VI, followed by publisher’s catalogue, 8pp. (printed by W. Marchant, Printer, Greville-street, Holborn, like the rest of the volume, and so possibly integral); pp.vi+[ii]+[vii]-ccxii+192; [vi]+340; [iv]+332; [vi]+379+[i (blank)]; [vi]+348; [vi]+317+[i (Errata)]; contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, spines ruled and lettered gilt, marbled end-papers, sprinkled edges. Light stain affecting one opening, and tear in H5 of volume two, due to an original binding fault, repaired without use of tissue; leather renewed in volumes one and six, but now a little rubbed and worn, the other volumes in need of rebacking, two boards being detached and all of the marbling much rubbed; the sewing is sound and tight, however, and the text throughout is very clean and crisp, though the large folding plate to volume three has split at one joint and been neatly repaired at an early date with matching paper.

GB £610.00

US $823.50


Decidedly scarce. CBEL, II, p.515
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

RITCHIE (Leitch). Wanderings by the Seine. By Leitch Ritchie, Esq. Author of Heath’s Picturesque Annual, Schinderhannes, Romance Of French History, &c. With Twenty engravings From Drawings By J.M.W. Turner, Esq. R.A. London: Published for the proprietor, by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman; Rittner & Gaupil, Paris; and A. Asher, Berlin. 1834 [i.e., 1833]. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; Contents leaf a single inset on smaller paper; nineteen fine steel-engraved plates [v. note], with tissue guards; pp.[vi]+256; quarter dark brown diaper cloth, drab board sides, paper spine-label; a.e. uncut. Label chipped and somewhat rubbed, but legible; three or four small rub-holes in cloth at head and tail of spine and over front joint, but no weakness; small chip to upper corner of back board; front end-papers neatly strengthened at gutter; a little light marginal greying to plates, and a few scattered fox-spots passim; in general, however, a nice copy of the scarce ‘book’ issue, in its original state.

GB £60.00

US $81.00


Issued in two forms: as an Annual, with an additional, engraved, title-page reading ‘Turner’s Annual Tour, 1834’ (Faxon, 1762), and without that title (which formed the twentieth engraving mentioned on the letterpress title-page), as here, as a normal book. That, despite the title-page, only nineteen engravings are called for in the book issue, is attested by the spine-label of this copy, which reads: “WANDERINGS / BY / [large and small caps.] Leitch Ritchie [RULE] WITH / [Black Letter] Nineteen Engravings / FROM DRAWINGS / BY / [LARGE AND SMALL CAPS.] J.M.W. Turner.” The author’s Advertisement is dated ‘London, Nov. 25, 1833’, and the work was issued for the Christmas market of that year.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ROBINSON (Henry Crabb). Diary, reminiscences, and Correspondence Of Henry Crabb Robinson, Barrister-at-law, F.S.A. Selected and edited By Thomas Sadler, Ph.D. In three volumes. — Vol.I [II; III]. London: Macmillan and Co., 1869. (All Rights Reserved.) 3 Vols., demy 8vo; half-titles not called for; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece on plate-paper, with tissue guard, in volume one, conjugate with title-page; sixteen entry Errata slip to all three volumes follows Contents; integral advertisement leaf at end; facsimile of Charles Lamb’s hand-writing in text in volume two; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; facsimile of Crabb Robinson’s hand-writing at ninety-one in text in volume three; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[v] — xxiii+[i (blank)]+[ii (Contents)]+509+[i (blank)]+[ii]; iv+529+[iii]; v+[i (blank)]+598+[ii]; deep green patterned-sand-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Slight wear to cloth at extreme tail of volume three, and slight cracking of a couple of end-papers; otherwise a very nice copy, fine internally.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


Born in 1775 and dying in 1867, possessed of an enquiring, retentive, mind and wide-ranging connections, particularly in the arts and literature, economics, academia, and the law, Robinson left in his diaries and reminiscences an astonishingly detailed picture of what was being thought and said by intelligent people during the last decade of the eighteenth century and the first six decades of the nineteenth, supplemented by letters to and from figures such as Wordsworth (particularly), Rogers, Southey, Lamb, S.T. and Hartley Coleridge, Lady Byron, and the Clarksons — whilst other figures of whom first-hand accounts are given include Thomas Arnold, A.L. Barbauld, Bentham, Blake, Lord Brougham, Bunsen, Burdett-Coutts, Benjamin Constant, De Morgan, Mme. de Stael, Emerson, Flaxman, Sir John Franklin, Godwin, Goethe, Hazlitt, A.H. Layard, Harriet Martineau, Thomas Moore, Shelley, Thelwell, etc., etc., etc. Events of historical interest reflected upon range from the diarist’s first hand account of John Wesley preaching in 1790, Pitt’s show trials of 1794, a description of the field of Waterloo in 1815, through to the assassination of Lincoln in 1865. The third volume concludes with a 20pp. Appendix containing reminiscences of the author by his close friend, the mathematician, Augustus De Morgan.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[ROGERS (Samuel).]. The Early life Of Samuel Rogers. By P.W. Clayden, Auther of ‘Samuel Sharpe, Egyptologist and Translator of the Bible’. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1887. (All rights reserved). Extra cr. 8vo; blank precedes half-title; 6pp. integral advertisements at end, continuing the signatures; pp.[2]+[x]+461+[i (blank)]+[vi]; dark green vertically dotted-line-ribbed cloth, blocked black on front cover and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed;. Light foxing to end-papers, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


A substantial work, dealing with the first forty years of Rogers’ life, and drawing extensively on his unpublished letters and diaries.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ROSSETTI (Maria Francesca). A Shadow of Dante: Being an Essay Towards studying himself, his world And his pilgrimage. Rivingtons, London, Oxford and Cambridge, 1871. Blank before half-title; frontispiece and four large folding plates; pp.[xii]+296; rose buckram, blocked gilt on front cover and spine with a design by D.G. Rossetti, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Covers very dull and marked, and with neat restoration to cloth at head of spine; lacking the frontispiece and the extending portions of the first two plates; otherwise nice. Scarce. As a reading copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


In this copy p.xi is misnumbered x.

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

RUSKIN (John). Lectures On Architecture and painting, Delivered at Edinburgh In November, 1853. With illustrations drawn by the author. London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 65.[sic] Cornhill, 1854. Frontispiece and one plate with folding slip, and thirteen other plates, with tissue guards; horizontally ribbed moiré brown cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered with short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed. Sympathetically re-backed, with the original backstrip, slightly chipped at head and tail, laid on; end-papers renewed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £26.00

US $35.10


Loosely laid in is a postcard photograph of Ruskin, in conversation with Sir Henry Acland. Correctly, apart from the frontispiece, the plates are bound in at the end. This copy is without the 16pp. publisher’s catalogue found in some copies, and was almost certainly so issued. Wise, 31.

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

RUSKIN (John, M.A.). The Political economy Of Art: Being the substance (with additions) of two Lectures Delivered at Manchester, July 10th and 13th, 1857. Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1857. Double f’cap 16mo; half-title not called for; pp.viii+248; light olive-green glazed cotton, ruled, blocked, and lettered black after the manner of printed ‘series’ boards, the back cover bearing publisher’s advertisements; pale-yellow coated end-papers printed with publisher’s advertisements in black. Cloth of spine embrowned, chipped, with loss of a few letters of title, and restored at head, tail, and at small hole over back joint; neat early ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a nice copy. A delicate cloth binding, difficult now to find in good condition.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Wise, 71. Issued as a volume of ‘Smith, Elder and Co.’s New Cheap Series of Original and Standard Works’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

RUSKIN (John). The two paths: Being Lectures on art, And its application to Decoration and manufacture, Delivered in 1858-9. With two plates. By John Ruskin, M.A., Author of “Modern Painters,” “Stones of Venice,” “Seven Lamps of Architecture,” “Elements of Drawing,” etc. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1859. (The Right of Translation is reserved.) Frontispiece engraved from a photograph, and one plate after the author, with tissue guard; other illustrations on text-paper; 24pp. publisher’s catalogue at end dated May, 1859; claret straight grain morocco cloth, elaborately ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Very slight uniform fading to cloth of spine; plates foxed, with some offsetting; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Five Lectures: The Deteriorative Power of Conventional Art over Nations; The Unity of Art; Modern Manufacture and Design; The Influence of Imagination in Architecture; The Work of Iron, in Nature, Art, and Policy; and five Appendices. Incorporates Ruskin’s most profound defence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement to that date. Wise, 90.

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RUSKIN (John, LL.D., Honorary student of Christ-Church, Oxon.). Time and tide, By Weare and Tyne. Twenty-five letters To a Working man of Sunderland On the Laws of work. Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1867. (The right of Translation is reserved). Sm.f’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.viii+199+[i (printer’s imprint)]; old rose fine sand-grain cloth over very thin boards, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover and up spine; end-papers coated fawn. Neatly rebacked, with most of original backstrip laid on; slight cracking and very slight chipping of end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


Wise, 134. In our experience on of the scarcest of Ruskin’s books in the first edition. Issued on December, 19th, 1867, and reprinted in the same form a little under one month later (that printing declaring its status on the title-page). The text of all subsequent editions was revised, and ommitted three of the ten Appendices. Letters proposing an alternative to profit-sharing schemes, etc.
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RUSKIN (John). Bibliotheca pastorum. Edited by John Ruskin, Honorary student of Christ Church, Oxford. Vol.I. The Economist of Xenophon. Translated into English by Alexander D.O. Wedderburn, And W. Gershom Collingwood. With a preface by the editor. Ellis and White, 29, New Bond Street, London; And George Allen, Sunnyside, Orpington, Kent, 1876. Med.8vo; final blank; pp.[xlviii]+141+[iii]; green crushed morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; pale cream end-papers. Nice copy.

GB £27.50

US $37.12


Issued by itself as the first volume in the series ‘Bibliotheca pastorum’. Volume two was issued in 1877, volume four in 1885; volume three was never issued.

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One of a few copies with India Proofs.


RUSKIN (John). Notes by Mr Ruskin On his collection of drawings By the late J.M.W. Turner, R A. [sic] Exhibited at The Fine Art Society’s galleries; Also a list of the engraved works of that master Shown at the same time. Illustrated with Thirty-five plates, and A map Indicative of The Places in The British Isles illustrated by him. London. Printed at the Chiswick Press, for the Fine Art Society. 148 New Bond Street, 1878. Demy 4to; two blanks and publisher’s Note leaf with their blind stamp authenticating the volume precede photogravure frontispiece with loose tissue guard; half-title not called for; thirty-four plates printed in black or sepia, most with loose tissue guards; wood-engraved double-spread map in text; leaf bearing printer’s device and imprint on recto, blank on verso, followed by blank at end; pp.[viii]+188+[i]+[iii]; publisher’s quarter dark brown morocco-faced sheep, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, diagonally-fine-ribbed leaf-green cloth sides; t.e. gilt, others uncut. Leather of spine rubbed and with neat repair at tail, and boards worn at corners; interesting light pencilled notes on some few leaves, presumably by Robt. G. Sillar, whose ownership signature appears on the front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy on a finely produced volume.

GB £260.00

US $351.00


Wise, 231: the first complete and first illustrated edition, 750 copies of which were issued in all, 650 copies of the ordinary edition at £1.11.6d. and 100 copies with India proofs of the plates at £2.2.0d., the present copy being one of the special copies with India proofs. A great deal of trouble was taken with the plates, which were produced by Messrs. Dawson and Co. by the then new process of photogravure, numerous negatives being taken of each in order to achieve the best effect, and some of the plates where the detail was very fine, being then worked on by hand by an engraver who had been employed on the production of some of the originals.

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[RUSKIN (John, D.C.L.).]. Christ’s folk In the Apennine. Reminiscences Of her friends Among the Tuscan peasantry. By Francesca Alexander. Edited by John Ruskin, D.C.L. George Allen, Sunnyside, Orpington, Kent, 1887. Imp.16mo in half sheets; pp.x+264; very-small-ripple diagonally ribbed brown cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut. Virtually fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Apparently a large paper copy. Wise, 333, recording only the f’cap 8vo issue. Ruskin in part wrote the text, as well as editing the work and contributing notes.
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RUSSELL (Lord John). The Life Of William Lord Russell; With some account of The times in which he lived. Printed by Strahan and Spottiswoode, Printers-Street; For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-row; And James Ridgway, Piccadilly, 1819. Med.4to; half-title present; fine engraved portrait frontispiece; engraved leaf of facsimiles; fly-title and separate Contents to Appendix; pp.xvi+[330]; contemporary half roan, gilt, marbled sides, sprinkled edges. Covers peeled; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


From the library of The Earl of Westmorland, with his printed book label. Russell’s first published work.
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SAINTSBURY (George). Miscellaneous Essays. London, Percival and Co., 1892. Advertisement leaf before half-title; blank at end; pp.[2]+[xii]+429+[iii]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; dark olive brown coarse buckram, glazed white paper spine label printed in black; a.e. uncut. Label rubbed and a little yellowed; otherwise a nice copy. A scarce title, from a small publisher.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Walter Besant’s copy, with his ownership signature on the upper margin of the title-page, and the subsequent (1914) bookplate of Arthur Digby Besant on the front paste-down. Two or three small turned corners may perhaps indicate the reading interests of one or other of the book’s former owners, whilst pencil markings — which on the Contents leaf imply some comment on the essays read, and on three pages of the essay on “The Present State of the English Novel, 1892” appear (as marginal scoring) to imply some interest or excitement — are almost certainly the work of Walter Besant. One leaf of the catalogue bears, also in pencil, a mathematical calculation, of no obvious significance, possibly also in his hand. Essays include: English Prose Style, Chamfort and Rivarol, Modern English Prose (1876), Ernest Renan, Thoughts on Rebublics, Saint-Evremond, Charles Baudelaire, The Young England Movement, A Paradox on Quinet, The Contrasts of English and French Literature, The Present State of the English Novel, etc.
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SALA (George Augustus). Dutch pictures; With some Sketches in the Flemish Manner. By George Augustus Sala, Author of “William Hogarth;” the [sic] “Seven Sons of Mammon;” “A Journey Due North;” “Twice Round the Clock;” &c., &c. London: Tinsley Brothers, [18,] Catherine Street, Strand, 1861. Title-page printed in red and black; decorative head- and tail- pieces throughout; pp.xii+339+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 4pp. list at end (v. note); purple coarse morocco cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, blocked bright and matt gilt, lettered gilt, and embossed with lettering purple-through-matt-gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated lemon; binder’s ticket of Bone and Son (Ball, 17C) on back pastedown. Ownership inscription cut from upper margin of title-page, just touching printed frame; small mark on back end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


The list of other works by Sala on the title-page gives them in reverse order, the first two being as yet unpublished. The ‘Tinsley Brothers’ List of new works’ at the end gives the present volume as “Now Ready, price 5s.", with ‘The Seven Sons of Mammon’ scheduled as for December 1st, and another book not mentioned on the title-page, ‘The Two Prima Donnas’, scheduled for November 1st. ‘William Hogarth’ was not in fact published until 1866. Essays of the belles lettres variety.
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SALA (George Augustus). Twice round the clock; Or the Hours of the day and night In London. By George Augustus Sala, Author of “A Journey Due North,” “Gaslight and Daylight,” etc. etc. Illustrated with A portrait of the author, and numerous engravings on wood, From drawings by William M‘Connel. London: Richard Marsh, 122, Fleet Street, 1862. Sm.sq.8vo; half-title not called for; portrait frontispiece and numerous full-page illustrations on text-paper, all included in the pagination; pp.xii (including frontispiece)+[5]-392; brown morocco-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Spine just a trifle darkened; two or three fox-spots passim on preliminary gathering; scattered neat light pencilled notes by an early reader, expanding incidental references in the text; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


First edition, second state of text. Originally printed serially in volume one of ‘The Welcome Guest’ in 1859 (a weekly magazine published by Houlston and Wright), and issued by them in volume form, with an undated title-page, in the same year. A further, and dated, edition was issued without the illustrations by W. Kent & Co. in f’cap 8vo format, in 1861. The present volume consists of sheets of the first edition (as is evidenced by paper stock and correspondences of occasional slight type damage: as for instance on p.176 where at l.23 the upright of the ‘L’ in ‘Lazarus’ exhibits a small break in the left-hand edge of the down-stroke, and in the last line the word ‘accompaniments’ has a few letters slightly battered), with the original prelims. suppressed and new ones, recording the change of publisher, substituted. The new prelims. are on a different paper stock of a very slightly inferior quality. The odd pagination of the prelims. in this volume reproduces that in the first issue, and appears to have been the result of Sala’s Preface, occupying pp.[v]-xii, having been added as something of an afterthought when the rest of the pagination had already been fixed. We have not come across Richard Marsh as the publisher of any other volume. The British Library records both the first issue of 1859 and the edition dated 1861, but not the present issue; Wolff, 6139 and 6139a, recording both the Houlston and Wright issue and the present one, but not the issue of 1861. Reckoned by Ralph Straus (‘Sala, the Portrait of an Eminent Victorian’, London, 1941, p.133) as “by far the best book that Sala ever wrote". The idea, as Sala says in his Preface, was suggested to him by a book called ‘Low Life’, published exactly one hundred years before, in 1759, which treated a similar twenty-four hour period of the London scene, a copy of which had been lent to him by Dickens (who had in turn received it as a gift from Thackeray).
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SALA (George Augustus). William Hogarth: Painter, Engraver, and Philosopher. Essays on The Man, the Work, and the Time. By George Augustus Sala. With illustrations. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 65, Cornhill, 1866. (The right of Translation is reserved.) Wood-engraved frontispiece and four plates, all unbacked but integral and included in the pagination; two further illustrations and one diagram in text; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+318+[ii]; bevelled dark brown cloth ruled and elaborately blocked black on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated peach. Slight marking of end-papers, but a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


The first binding. CBEL, III, p.506
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SALA (George Augustus). William Hogarth: Painter, Engraver, and Philosopher. Essays on The Man, the Work, and the Time. By George Augustus Sala. With illustrations. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 65, Cornhill, 1866. (The right of Translation is reserved.) Wood-engraved frontispiece and four plates, all unbacked but integral and included in the pagination; two further illustrations and one diagram in text; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+318+[ii]; puce net-grain cloth ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated peach. Small hole in back end-paper, but a nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $44.55


Evidently a secondary binding, and trimmed to a slightly smaller measure than the first issue. CBEL, III, p.506
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SCOTT (Clement). From “The Bells” To “King Arthur". A critical record of the first-night productions at the Lyceum Theatre from 1871 to 1895. Illustrated. London, John Macqueen, Hastings House, Norfolk Street, Strand, W.C., 1897. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece of Irving (a photograph laid on to a sheet of captioned thin card); twenty-two plates; pp.[x]+444; Cambridge blue art-linen, blocked black, brown, gilt, and flesh, lettered black, on front cover, lettered and with short rules gilt on spine; t.e.g.; poor quality white end-papers. Spine severely faded, as usual with this volume, and end-papers embrowned; otherwise a nice copy of a book that tends not to survive well.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


From the library of theatre critic J.C. Trewin, and bearing his signature on the front end-paper. An unacknowledged reprint of a book that originally appeared the previous year, here in the same binding, but with cheaper end-papers, with the list of illustrations excised, and with four fewer plates. A fascinating look at the development of the Lyceum Theatre from the time when Irving was first seen there, compiled from Scott’s reviews as published at the time in various periodicals. Each notice is preceded by a complete cast-list, and a ‘Synopsis of Scenery’. Arnott and Robinson, 3807. In this copy the plates are marked to face pp.3, 29, 47, 71, 78, 106, 113, 133, 163, 221, 224, 247, 294, 320, 333, 336, 341, 345, 346, 348, 355, and 356, and are so tipped in.
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[SCOTT (Sir Walter)]. Historical illustrations Of Quentin Durward, Selected from The memoirs of Philip de Comines And Other authors. London: Printed for Charles Knight. 7, Pall-mall East, 1823. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; lithographic frontispiece and two plates after Aglio; integral advertisement leaf at end, with printer’s imprint on verso; pp.viii+166+[ii]; original drab boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Boards detached and paper covering a little chipped; paper of spine somewhat chipped and rubbed, with loss of a portion of the label; one of the plates lightly dampstained; otherwise a fine copy internally. Uncommon, especially in its original state.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


A chapter by chapter canter through Quentin Durward, exhibiting Scott’s indebtedness to Commines, not impossibly written by Charles Knight himself, and quite an early example of his imprint. The advertisement leaf lists five works, including the first number of ‘Knight’s Quarterly Magazine; No.I. Published on the 1st of June’. The preface is dated ‘June 24’. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.8 and 120. Corson, 1869; Morbey, 128.
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[SCOTT (Sir Walter).]. Reminiscences Of Sir Walter Scott By John Gibson, Writer to the Signet. Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, 1871. Sm.f’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.47+[i (blank)]; dull chocolate boards, paper label on front board. Rebacked with matching paper; sides a trifle rubbed; a little scattered foxing; in general, however, a nice copy of a scarce and delicate book.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


CBEL, III, p.375. An important little volume, Gibson having acted for Scott in legal Matters from 1822 onwards and been his chief adviser and trustee in the Constable/Ballantyne débacle, responsible both for conveying the first public acknowledgment of his authorship of the Waverley novels, and for the subsequent negotiations leading to the placement of his works with Longmans. Some ten letters from Scott are here first printed — either in whole or in main part — as well as a thirteen page ‘memorial’ written by Scott for submission to Lord Newton as part of the wrangling with the Constable creditors.
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SHARP (William). Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A record and a study. London, Macmillan and Co., 1882. Integral wood-engraved frontispiece after a drawing and caligraphic script by Rossetti, here first published, with loose tissue guard; one inserted facsimile of Rossetti ms.; final leaf bearing advertisement on recto, blank on verso; pp.viii (including frontispiece)+432+[17 (Appendix, unpaginated)]+[i (printer’s device)]+[ii]; greenish black buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover with a design after Rossetti from a brass specially engraved for this volume, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore-edges uncut. Cloth a little bubbled; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


Published in the year of Rossetti’s death and written with access to family documents, this was the first biographical and critical study of Rossetti, with chapters on his Life; The Preraphaelite Idea — “The Germ"; Book Illustrations — Designs — Pictures (two chapters); Prose Writings — “Hand and Soul” — Translations; Lyrical Poems; Ballads; The Sonnet — Sonnets for Pictures — Miscellaneous Sonnets; “The House of Life"; and an Appendix containing a Catalogue of Pictorial Compositions, supplementary to Art-Record. The facsimile is bound in to face p.426. The second book by the future ‘Fiona Macleod’, preceded only by a volume of poems issued the same year.

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[SHARP (William).]. Great English Painters. Selected Biographies from Allan Cunningham’s “Lives of Eminent British Painters.” Arranged and edited, with an introduction By William Sharp. Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, 1886. F’cap 8vo, sewn; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xxxvi]+311+[i (woodcut device)]+[iv]; scarlet buckram, blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine, ruled black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine. Slight marking of covers; very slight foxing of edges, and very slight wear to tips of spine; but a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Issued, in two simultaneous binding styles, apparently as the tenth volume of ‘The Camelot Classics’.

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SHAW (G. Bernard). The quintessence Of Ibsenism: by G. Bernard Shaw. London: Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, 1891. Half-title not called for; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+161+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[6]; diagonally fine-ribbed navy blue cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. One leaf a little trimmed, leaving approximately 4/10ths of an inch of white paper at fore-margin; barely visible ring-mark on front board; otherwise a very nice, bright, copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


In our experience, by far the scarcest of the five cloth colours for the binding. The sheets are the same, even to type damage in the advertisements. Laurence, A12a. In all, 2,100 copies were printed.

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SHAW (Bernard). Fabianism and the Empire: a manifesto By the Fabian Society. Edited [i.e., written] by Bernard Shaw. Grant Richards, 8, Henrietta Street, London, W.C. 1900. Globe 8vo; pp.[xiv]+101+[i (printer’s imprint)]; Saxe blue paper wrappers, printed outside and inside in black; issued without end-papers. Wrappers chipped at tail of spine (not affecting printed area), and just a trifle marked; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


Shaw’s part in the volume is made clear in the Editor’s Preface: “As the word editor is not a term of precision, it is necessary to explain that it means, in this instance, only the draughtsman employed by the eight hundred members of the Fabian Society to produce their Election Manifesto. The Society is alive to the importance of making its utterances readable; and this can only be done by leaving the manner of their expression to a literary expert, and confining its dictation to the matter to be expressed.” Printed at the Chiswick Press. Laurence, A66a: denominated by Shaw in the Preface ‘édition de luxe’. One thousand copies of this edition were printed. Shaw’s Preface is not included in the regular issue (laurence, 66b).
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe), MEDWIN (Thomas), et al. The Shelley Papers. Memoir of Percy Bysshe Shelley By T. Medwin, Esq. And Original poems and papers By Percy Bysshe Shelley. Now first collected. London: Whittaker, Treacher, & Co., 1833. Pott 16mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; 3pp. integral advertisements at end, verso of last leaf blank; pp.viii+180+[iii]+[i]; quarter puce ripple-grain cloth, paper spine-label, drab boards; fore-edges rough trimmed, others fully trimmed. Slight fading to cloth of spine, and label dusty; some very light foxing or marking passim; a nice copy nonetheless of a delicate book, that is in our experience uncommon.

GB £465.00

US $627.75


Granniss 81: “Shelley’s poems and papers are reprinted from ‘The Atheaeum’ for 1832 and 1833, with the exception of ‘To the Queen of My Heart’, the authenticity of which is doubtful. It first appeared in ‘The Keepsake’. The lines on Shelley, which follow the Advertisement, are by Thomas Lovell Beddoes and were first printed in ‘The Athenaeum’.” Part of the Memoir was written by T.F. Kelsall. One of at least three known bindings, all with the same spine label. Wise, Ashley Library, V., p.91 records a copy in ‘red-brown boards’, whilst probably later copies are known in full blue cloth. The label records the publication price as 3s. 6d.

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

SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe). The Works. Edited By Mrs. Shelley. A new edition. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1850. Roy.8vo; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece by W. Finden, and vignette title-page by Finden after G. Howse, with tissue guard; letterpress title; half-title not called for; fly-title to each of the two parts; pp.xvi+363+[i (blank)]+[xvi]+164; maroon fine-diaper cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Cloth slightly faded and with small, barely visible restorations at extreme tail of spine and head of front joint; slight wear to corners; title-page lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Bibliographically rather complex, but apparently both the first single volume and first hard-cover issue of Mary Shelley’s edition of ‘The Works’, which were first issued in two wrappered parts in November 1847 (which date appears on the engraved title-page here). The 1847 issue of ‘The Works’ consisted in turn of sheets (whether original or reprinted from stereo plates) of the textually important second (1840) Mary Shelley edition of the poems, to which were added a stereotyped reprint of sheets of the second (1845) edition of the prose works, that being slightly expanded from the first edition by the addition of a further letter (to Joseph Severn). The present edition thus gives the texts of Mary Shelley’s editions of both works in their final forms. As a further complication, the present single volume issue in hard covers occurs in two variants of the binding, identical except that cloth of the other issue is dark teak straight grain morocco, that the back paste-down bears the binder’s ticket of ‘Cash & Astle, Coleman Street, London’, not present here, and that two leaves of publisher’s advertisements (undated) are there bound in between the front end-papers. We would make a guess, and it is no more than that, that the present issue is the earlier, fine-diaper cloth being more expensive than straight-grain morocco cloth.
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SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe). Relics of Shelley. Edited by Richard Garnett. London: Edward Moxon & Co., Dover Street, 1862. F’cap 8vo; text-paper advertisement leaf at end, probably printed as [A1]; pp.[iii]-xvi+191+[i (blank)]+[ii]; publisher’s catalogue, 8pp., dated July, 1862 bound in between front end-papers; bright purple coarse morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Cloth somewhat dulled and darkened, and gilt a trifle rubbed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £250.00

US $337.50


Buxton Forman, ‘Shelley Library’, 81; Wise, ‘Shelley Library’, p.74.

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

SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe). Review of Hogg’s memoirs Of Prince Alexy Haimatoff By Percy Bysshe Shelley Together with an extract from Some early writings of Shelley By Prof. E. Dowden LL.D [sic] Edited with an Introductory Note By Thomas J. Wise. Revised edition. London, Published for the Shelley Society By Reeves and Turner 196 Strand, 1886. Post 8vo; final leaf bearing printer’s imprint on recto, blank on verso; pp.54+[ii]; light blue-green boards printed in black on sides and up spine; a.e. uncut. Boards very slightly worn at corners; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce, especially thus.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Limited to 250 copies and published at half-a-crown. Denominated ‘Second Edition’ on the front cover and the limitation notice on the verso of the half-title, and ‘Revised Edition’ on the title-page, this edition is not noticed by CBEL, (III, p.214), which does, however, record the first edition of the same year. Besides the contents listed on the title-page, the volume includes a bibliographical Introductory Note by Thomas J. Wise and a Postscript by Dowden explaining how he came to attribute this review to Shelley. Issued as No.2 in the Second Series of The Shelley Society’s Publications. Wise, ‘Shelley Library’, p.78, records that the second edition was similar to the first except that the printer’s imprint appeared on the recto of the final leaf instead of it being a blank as in the first edition, and that it was in boards, as here, instead of wrappers. According to Wise it was not revised, did not state that it was so upon the title-page, and did not declare its status as the ‘Second edition’ on the front cover and in the limitation notice (which he fails to mention at all). Wise further records the existence of a third edition published in the same year, bearing on the title-page the words ‘Third Edition Revised’, and says that “For this, the third edition, the original Introductory Note was cancelled, and a new Preface was supplied in its stead. An Index, also, was added.” The present copy clearly does not correspond to Wise’s third edition, and is presumably the correct second edition as published. We can only suppose that, if he described it accurately (which with Wise is by no means certain), the collection copy of the second edition which formed the basis of his entry was in fact a proof that differed in some respects from the published volume. We are unable to say in what the revisions consist.
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[SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe).]. Shelley’s faith. Its Development and relativity. By W. Kineton Parkes. London: Printed for private circulation only, 1888. Lge.12mo in half-sheets; limitation leaf precedes half-title; printer’s imprint leaf dated February 1888, verso blank, at end; buff boards, printed on front board and up spine in black; a.e uncut; text-paper end-papers. Light foxing to boards, otherwise a fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


One of an edition limited to only twenty-five copies. Printed upon Dutch hand-made paper. A lecture delivered to the Shelley Society on 8th February 1888. Included in the Shelley Society Papers, Vol. I., Part II, 1891. Ashley Library Catalogue, V, p.138, recording only the ordinary edition in wrappers.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe). Letters From Percy Bysshe Shelley To J.H. Leigh Hunt. Edited by Thomas J. Wise. In two volumes. London: Privately Printed, 1894. 2 Vols., extra cr.8vo in quarter sheets (the first gathering in volume one, however, being a full sheet); three blanks before half-title in volume one; limitation leaf following title leaf in volume one; leaf bearing dated woodcut device of The Ashley Library followed by four blanks at end in each volume; pp.[6]+[x]+74+[ii]; [viii]+69+[i (blank)]+[ii]; half dark purple sheep, purple fine-linen-grain cloth sides, and matching cloth-faced end-papers, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt; t.e.g., others uncut. Leather of spine slightly rubbed and peeling; bound up without the integral blanks at start of volume two and end of both volumes; otherwise internally a fine copy.

GB £850.00

US $1,147.50


The total edition consisted of only thirty copies. As issued, the volumes were in bevelled brown buckram with four integral blanks at the end of each volume, and also at the start of volume two, the outermost serving as pastedowns. These have here been discarded by the binder who has supplied cream binder’s blanks. The binding looks to be American. Twenty-six letters, written between 2nd March 1811 and 19th June 1822, most of them either here first published or here first appearing in an ungarbled form. Printed on fine hand-made paper watermarked ‘J. Whatman 1894’. Wise, ‘Ashley Library’, V., p.103, not mentioning the blanks.

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SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe). Letters From Percy Bysshe Shelley To Thomas Jefferson Hogg. With Notes by W.M. Rossetti and H. Buxton Forman. Volume I. [All published] London: Privately Printed, 1897. Extra cr.8vo format, mainly in quarter sheets (the first three gatherings, and and the final gathering, however, being half-sheets); five blanks before half-title in volume one, four at end, the outermost serving as end-papers; limitation leaf following title leaf in volume one; leaf bearing dated woodcut device of The Ashley Library followed by four blanks at end in each volume; pp.[10 (including end-papers)]+[x]+97+[ii (blank)]+[i]+[9 (including en-papers)]; bevelled navy-blue fine buckram lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut. Faint scratch to front cover and very slight rubbing to gilt at head of spine; internally a fine copy.

GB £450.00

US $607.50


The total edition consisted of only thirty copies. Eighteen letters, written between 20th December, 1810 and 28th April, 1811. Printed on fine hand-made paper watermarked ‘J. Whatman 1895’. Wise, ‘Ashley Library’, V., p.103-4, not mentioning the blanks. The only volume printed, the project having been abandoned after the announcement of the Complete Correspondence edited by Roger Ingpen in the same year. It is possible that no all copies were bound up, as it it a good deal scarcer in our experience than other titles in the series, despite the limitation being the same. COPAC records the British Library copy only.

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

SMITH (Alexander). Dreamthorp. A book of essays written in The country. Strahan & Co., 32 Ludgate Hill, 1863. Globe 8vo; 18pp. publisher’s catalogue at end, paginated 3-16, but certainly complete as issued; bevelled green dot-and-line grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, gilt on spine, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges lightly trimmed; end-papers coated red-chocolate. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine; uniform light enbrowning of margins throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Printed on tinted paper. The catalogue turns up in a variety of truncated forms (pp.5-18, and 3-18 also having been seen in copies we have had). This copy precisely agrees with Carter, ‘More Binding Variants’, p.39, variant ‘A’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SMITH (Alexander). Last leaves. Sketches and criticisms, By Alexander Smith, Author of “A Life-drama,” “Dreamthorpe,” etc. etc. Edited, with a Memoir, by Patrick Proctor Alexander, M.A., Author of “Mill and Carlyle,” etc. Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1868. Half-title not called for; engraved portrait frontispiece with thin paper guard of smaller paper precedes title-page; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end, dated ‘4.68’ at foot of first leaf; pp.cxxiii+[1 (blank)]+334+[ii]; bevelled deep cerise sand-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated chocolate. Printed on two different grades of paper, gatherings A — L, and N on a good quality white paper that does not tend to embrown, gatherings M and O — X, and the prelims., signed [ — ], A1, B2 — H2, on a paper that embrowns but does not tend to become brittle. (No gatherings are called for bearing the signatures A2, J, V, or W). Very slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Includes essays on Scottish Ballads; Dreams and Dreaming; Mr. Carlyle at Edinburgh; Winter; Literary Work; The Minister Painter; Sydney Dobell; Essayists, Old and New; Edinburgh; 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.

SMITH (The Reverend Sydney, A.M. and Fellow of New College, Oxford). Six sermons, Preached in Charlotte chapel, Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Printed by Mundell & Son, And sold by Manners & Miller, Edinburgh, and By Longman & Rees, Paternoster-row, London, 1800. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; inserted leaf of Errata at end; Victorian half-roan, marbled sides. End-papers foxed; covers worn; internally a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £200.00

US $270.00


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

SOUTHEY (Robert). Vindiciae ecclesiae anglicanae. Letters To Charles Butler, Esq. Comprising Essays on the Romish religion And vindicating The Book of the Church. John Murray, 1826. Demy 8vo; pp.xxvi+526; half-title not called for; contemporary sprinkled calf, burnished sprinkled edges. Front joint very weak, leather slightly chipped at tail of spine, and lacking the label; internally a fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


CBEL, III, p.181
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[SOUTHEY (Robert).]. Attempts in verse, By John Jones, An old servant: With Some account of the writer, Written by himself: And An introductory Essay On the Lives and works of our uneducated poets, By Robert Southey, Esq. Poet Laureate. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1831. Half-title not called for; pp.[xvi]+332; recent half natural calf, spine raised over cords, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine in second and third compartments, marbled sides; t.e yellow, fore- and lower- edges very lightly trimmed. Title-page a little marked at edges from turn-ins of original binding, and a few scattered fox-spots or small marks, pretty well confined to margins; otherwise a very nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £345.00

US $465.75


In the 168pp. of Southey’s Introduction he considers, with examples of their verse, John Taylor the Water-Poet, Stephen Duck, James Woodhouse, John Bennet, Ann Yearsley, and John Frederick Bryant.

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SOUTHEY (Robert). Lives Of the British admirals, With an Introductory view of the Naval history of England. By Robert Southey, LL.D. Poet Laureate. Vol.I [II; III; IV; V]. London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman, [so Vols.I and II; Vol.III and IV read: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans; Vol.V: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans] Paternoster Row, [so in Vols.I, II, and III; full-stop in Vol.IV; semi-colon in Vol.V] And John Taylor, Upper Gower Street [so in Vols. I, II, III, and V; this line lacking in Vol.IV]. [so in Vols. I, III, and IV; Vols. II and V have a comma] 1833 [1833; N.D. [?1834]; N.D [1837]; 1840]. 5 vols., complete, f’cap 8vo; engraved vignette title on plate-paper, reading as above, in each volume; half-title and letterpress title not called for; initial blank in volumes two and four; pp.[ii (a single inset, not paged, verso blank, containing the Preface)]+[ix] — xvi+428; [ii]+[v] — x+380; [v] — x+355+[i (printer’s imprint)]; [ii]+[v] — x+447; [v] — [xii]+345+[i (printer’s imprint)]; mid-brown vertical rib-effect fine ripple-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow, the paste-downs printed with advertisements for ‘Lardner’s Cabinet Cyclopædia’ in black. Faint stain on each front end-paper where label has been cleanly lifted off; light foxing to title leaves in first two volumes; otherwise a very fine, bright, set, volume one and half of volume five being unopened.

GB £260.00

US $351.00


Issued upon first publication between 1833 and 1840 as volumes in the ‘Cabinet Cyclopædia’, this imprint appearing on the spines. The bindings are here uniform, even to the titles advertised on the end-papers, whilst the text exhibits first edition sheets throughout. The inserted titles to volumes three and four, however, are variants of undetermined status, dated examples being known, and also, in the case of volume four, examples with Taylor’s imprint present. The first three volumes carry the printer’s imprint of Spottiswoode and Shaw, the last two that of A. Spottiswoode. The final volume was written in part by Robert Bell. CBEL, III. p.181
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SOUTHEY [Robert]. Southey’s Common-place book. Edited By his son-in-law, John Wood Warter, B.D. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1849. TOGETHER WITH: SOUTHEY [Robert]. Southey’s Common-place book. Second Series. Special collections. [Third Series. Analytical readings.] [Fourth Series. Original memoranda, etc.] Edited By his son-in-law, John Wood Warter, B.D. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1849 [1850] [1851]. 4 Vols. uniform, demy 8vo; half-title not called for in volume one, present in other volumes; engraved title-page with portrait vignette, with tissue guard, precedes letterpress title-page in volume one; verso of letterpress titles printed in black and red; integral advertisement leaf follows text in volume two and three, two in volume four; pp.iv+596; [viii]+693+[i (blank)]+[ii]; [viii]+841+[i (printers woodcut device and imprint)]+[ii]; [viii]+748+[iv]; publisher’s inserted catalogue, 32pp., dated September 30, 1849 at end in first two volumes, similar catalogue dated June 1st, 1850 in third volume; leaf green very fine ripple-grain cloth ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with design of overlapping circles in blue, the pastedowns bearing publishers’ advertisements within a ruled-off panel; binder’s ticket of Remnant & Edmonds (Ball, 66 E1) on each back paste-down. Insignificant wear to cloth at extreme head or tail of spines and cloth of spines slightly faded; slight patchy fading of some sides; early ownership inscription on upper margin of each half-title; otherwise a nice set. The four volumes

GB £240.00

US $324.00


Printed by Charles Whittingham at Chiswick. The volumes were issued separately. The first edition of the first series is scarce. The first two series were reprinted in the following year, the first series with the addition of the words ‘First Series. Choice passages. Collections for English manners and literature.’ to the title-page. A later state of the first two bindings exists without the spine blocking or inserted catalogue, and with the end-papers coated chocolate.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SOUTHEY [Robert]. Southey’s Common-place book. Second Series. Special collections. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1849. Demy 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+[694]+[ii]; verso of title-page printed in red; light yellow-green fine ripple grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated chocolate. Cloth of spine faded, and rubbed through a little towards tail; otherwise a nice copy, fine internally.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


The second binding, the first having more elaborate blind blocking on the sides, extensive blind ruling and panelling on the spine, and white end-papers printed with a pattern in blue, the pastedowns bearing advertisements. A First Series appeared also in 1849, a Third Series in 1850, and a Fourth Series in 1851, the four volumes being published independently. It says much for Victorian reading habits that the first two series had passed into a second edition by the time that the third series appeared! Printed by C. Whittingham at Chiswick.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

STEPHEN (Leslie). Hours in a library. (First series.) Second edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1877. (All rights reserved.). Pp.[viii]+392. TOGETHER WITH: STEPHEN (Leslie). Hours in a library. (Second series.) Second edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1881. (All rights reserved.). Two leaves integral advertisements at end; half-title and final advertisement leaf (signed 2C) both single insets; pp.[vi]+393+[i (blank)]+[iv]. TOGETHER WITH: STEPHEN (Leslie). Hours in a library. (Third series.) (Reprinted from the Cornhill Magazine.) London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1879. (All rights reserved.). This copy issued without the initial blank found in some copies; pp.[vi]+408. 3 Vols., uniform: brown fine bead grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, blocked gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Short tear to fore-margin of one leaf in volume one, due to an original trimming fault, and slight cracking to back end-papers; wood-engraved bookplate of (probably) the first owner, with later owner’s name added on blank margin, on each front paste-down, and neat inked ownership inscription of recent owner on upper corner of each half-title; otherwise a fine bright set.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Essays on the novels of De Foe, Richardson, and Balzac; Pope, Hawthorne, Sir Walter Scott, and De Quincey in the First Series; on Sir Thomas Browne, Jonathan Edwards, William Law, Horace Walpole, Dr. Johnson’s Writings, Crabbe’s Poetry, William Hazlitt, and Mr. Disraeli’s Novels in the Second Series; on Massinger, Fielding’s Novels, Cowper and Rousseau, The First Edinburgh Reviewers, Wordsworth’s Ethics, Landor’s Imaginary Conversations, Macaulay, Charlotte Brontë, and Charles Kingsley in the Third Series. The Third Series is of the variant issue in which the initial blank has been discarded before binding.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

STEPHEN (Leslie). Studies of A biographer. Vol.I [II]. London, Duckworth and Co., 3 Henrietta Street, W.C., 1898. 2 Vols.; blank before half-title in volume two; bevelled deep olive green coarse buckram, blocked with publisher’s motto device, blind, on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Spines a trifle marked and slightly faded to a brownish hue; a very little scattered light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


A minor binding variant, advance copies, at least, being in an otherwise similar binding of light olive brown instead of deep olive green, and with fore- and lower- edges uncut instead of rough-trimmed, as here. One of the first books published by Duckworth’s. A second series of two volumes was issued in 1902. Essays on ‘National Biography’, ‘The Evolution of Editors’, ‘John Byrom’, ‘Johnsoniana’, ‘Gibbon’s Autobiography’ ‘Arthur Young’, ‘Wordsworth’s Youth’, ‘The Story of Scott’s Ruin’, ‘The Importation of German’, ‘Matthew Arnold’, ‘Jowett’s Life’, ‘Oliver Wendell Holmes’, ‘Life of Tennyson’, and ‘Pascal’.
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