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

STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Virginibus puerisque And other papers. London, C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1881. 32pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated 8.80; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed orange cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine, ruled black on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. Neat ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page, dated ‘10 June, 1881’; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


‘Some Portraits by Raeburn’ is here first printed, having been rejected by the ‘Cornhill Magazine’ and others. First appearance in book-form of the rest. McKay, 70. The first binding of three, the spine imprint reading ‘C. Kegan Paul & Co.’, and the first issue, with the earliest date of the catalogue. The second binding has the name ‘Trench’ added to the spine imprint, and a catalogue dated ‘8.82’ or ‘1.83’, whilst the third binding, dating from March 1884, bears the imprint of Chatto & Windus on the spine.

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

STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Virginibus puerisque And other papers. London, C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1881. 32pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated 8.80; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed orange cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine, ruled black on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. Slight fading of gilt on spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


‘Some Portraits by Raeburn’ is here first printed, having been rejected by the ‘Cornhill Magazine’ and others. First appearance in book-form of the rest. McKay, 70. The first binding of three, the spine imprint reading ‘C. Kegan Paul & Co.’, and the first issue, with the earliest date of the catalogue. The second binding has the name ‘Trench’ added to the spine imprint, and a catalogue dated ‘8.82’ or ‘1.83’, whilst the third binding, dating from March 1884, bears the imprint of Chatto & Windus on the spine.

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

STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Virginibus puerisque And other papers. C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1881. 32pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated 8.80; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed orange cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine, ruled black on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. Name cut from upper margin of title-page; last leaf of catalogue and back free end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


‘Some Portraits by Raeburn’ is here first printed, having been rejected by the ‘Cornhill Magazine’ and others. First appearance in book-form of the rest. McKay, 70. The first binding of three, the spine imprint reading ‘C. Kegan Paul & Co.’, and the first issue, with the earliest date of the catalogue. The second binding has the name ‘Trench’ added to the spine imprint, and a catalogue dated ‘8.82’ or ‘1.83’, whilst the third binding, dating from March 1884, bears the imprint of Chatto & Windus on the spine.

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

STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Familiar studies Of Men and books. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1882. Blank before half-title; final blank, followed by 32pp. inserted publisher’s catalogue dated ‘May, 1883’; grey fawn buckram, ruled black on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram and device in terra-cotta on back cover, blocked terra-cotta, lettered gilt, on spine, ruled terra-cotta, blocked terra-cotta and black on front cover, with a pseudo-Japanese design; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed, end-papers printed with leaf and tendril design in bright blue. Cloth of spine neatly restored at extreme head; insignificant damp-splashing on front cover; backs of end-papers a little foxed, with some offsetting; original owner’s name written on front blank; otherwise an fine copy of a book now difficult to find.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


McKay, 112. One of 1,000 copies printed, but a later issue, with advertisements dated May, 1883 instead of November, 1881 as in the first issue.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

STOWE (Harriet Beecher). Lady Byron Vindicated. A history Of The Byron Controversy From its beginning in 1816 to the present time. Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1870. 12mo; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf, blank on recto, precedes title-page; final blank; pp.6+[ii (not paginated)]+482+[ii]; binder’s blank of thinner paper at front; purple sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered, with short rule, and publisher’s monogram gilt, on spine; end-papers coated yellow. Very slight fading to cloth of spine, and front free end-paper cleanly removed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


The true first printing, the final signature consisting of a conjugate pair instead of eight leaves as in the second printing. 5,050 copies were printed on December 27th 1869, and the book was issued on the 3rd of January 1870. A further 4,022 copies were printed on January 7th 1870. Both printings were issued indifferently in purple, blue, green, terra-cotta, or brown cloth. The English edition, was published slightly later, with a limiting latest date of issue of January 22nd 1870, when it was reviewed. Blanck, 19456, printing 1. Included in Part Three of the volume, following the actual work itself, is a section of Miscellaneous Documents in which is reprinted Stowe’s article from the ‘Atlantic Monthly’ (and, in England, ‘Macmillan’s Magazine’), ‘The True Story of Lady Byron’s Life’, together with the letters to the Times from Lord Lindsay and Dr. Forbes Winslow attacking her article, which gave occasion for the present book; three poems and part of a letter by Byron; some letters from Lady Byron to H.C. Robinson, 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.

STRICKLAND (Agnes). Lives of The queens of England, From the Norman conquest. Revised edition [so volumes I, III, V, and VI; volume II reads: “Carefully revised and augmented."; volume IV reads: “A new edition, carefully revised and augmented"]. In six volumes. London: George Bell & Sons, York Street, Covent Garden, 1883 [1883; 1884; 1883; 1884; 2884 (apparently! — but the ‘2’ battered). 6 Vols., post 8vo; engraved frontispiece with tissue guard in each volume; blank before half-title in volume four; pp.xxiv+640; [xii]+663+[i (blank)]; viii+584; [2]+[x]+620; [x]+522; [xii]+508 (including General Index); 24pp. publisher’s inserted Catalogue at end of each volume, dated January 1884; scarlet sand-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, in new standard style (v. note); t.e. uncut; end-papers coated black. Spine of volume one darkened and a little tired, and stain to front board; some tissues creased, and one foxed; a few end-papers slightly cracking; in general, however, a nice set. The six volumes

GB £50.00

US $67.50


Issued as volumes of ‘Bohn’s Historical Library’, this copy being bound in the new standard style then being introduced. This edition not noticed by CBEL.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.


John Fowles’ copy.


STUART (Laura E.). In Memoriam Caroline Colman By her daughter Laura E. Stuart. Second Edition. Printed for Private Circulation. Fletcher and son, Davey Place, Norwich, 1896. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; Autotype portrait frontispiece from a photograph by Elliot & Fry, London, three Autotype plates from photographs by A.E. Coe, Norwich, and one from a photograph by F. Frith & Co., Reigate, mainly views of family houses; leaf printed on recto only, in red, with poem by Whittier, precedes Contents leaf, another, with poem by E.B. Browning follows last leaf of text; side-notes throughout; large folding genealogy of the Colman and Hardy families at end; pp.[viii]+153+[i (blank)]+[ii]; diagonally-fine-ribbed light greyish turquoise cloth, ruled, banded with a stylised floral roll pattern, blocked with subject’s monogram, and lettered, gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g.; end-papers printed with a floral pattern in grey. Slight darkening to spine and edges of covers, and a couple of small spots; end-papers slightly embrowned at edges; ink notes on verso of front end-paper, and a little pencil scoring, etc. in one margin (v. note); otherwise a nice copy. Very scarce.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


From the library of novelist John Fowles, with his bookplate on the front end-paper, an ink-note initialled by him on verso, and almost certainly his pencil scoring in text. The note on the verso of the front end-paper reads: “A nice bit of Victoriana: the funeral sermon (pp.142-153) is particularly ripe; also the photograph facing p.114 — no prize for spotting Sir Oran Haut-ton and the two transvestists. J.F.” It is also an interesting piece of industrial and social history, the Colman family concerned being the Mustard manufacturers of Norwich. Loosely laid in is a post-card dating from 1905 with a photographic illustration showing ‘Colman’s Original Mill’. “Looks a speck to C’s Mills now, doesn’t it” comments the sender on the verso. No copy of any edition listed on COPAC.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SWIFT (Jonathan). Unpublished Letters Of Dean Swift Edited by George Birkbeck Hill, D.C.L., LL.D [sic] Hon. Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. Illustrated. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1899. Demy 8vo; photogravure portrait frontispiece, with tissue guard, and thirteen half-tone plates; final blank; pp.xxvii+[i (blank)]+269+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; brick red coarse buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others rough-trimmed; end-papers faced dark chocolate. Some fading of covers; otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Letters to Knightley Chetwode. The plates include two bibliographical facsimiles. CBEL, II, p.583.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SWINBURNE (Algernon Charles). Note Of An English republican On the Muscovite crusade. By Algernon Charles Swinburne. London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1876. One gathering, lge.12mo, sewn; half-title not called for; mottled grey-blue paper wrappers, printed inside and on back panel with publisher’s advertisements, the front wrapper printed with a reproduction of the title-page within a ruled frame beneath which are the words Price One Shilling. Ownership inscription in pencil on upper margin of front wrapper, dated ‘7/6/78’; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Wise 63. Two thousand copies were printed. Wise calls this volume an 8vo; but the signatures show it is not.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SYMONDS (John Addington, M.D.). Some account Of the Life, writings, and character Of the late James Cowles Prichard, M.D., F.R.S., M.R.I.A., Corresponding member of the National Institute of France; etc., etc., (Being the substance of a memoir read at the meeting of The Bath and Bristol branch of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association, in March, 1849,) By John Addington Symonds, M.D., Consulting Physician to the Bristol General Hospital, [No publisher, Bristol,] 1849. Lge post 8vo, stabbed through and sewn; half-title apparently not called for; [A]2, B — D8, E1; pp.54; apparently issued without wrappers. Title-page and final page of text slightly dusty, and title-page lightly stained; otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


Printed by Evans and Abbott, Clark-street, Bristol, the imprint appearing at the foot of the final page. This private first printing apparently unrecorded, and at least not in BLC, DMB, the London Library Catalogue, Allibone, or LoC. The text was reprinted in 1850 in the Journal of the Association, and again in the Miscellanies of 1871, edited by his son.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SYMONDS (John Addington). Miscellanies By John Addington Symonds, M.D., Selected and edited, With an introductory memoir, By his son. London: Macmillan and Co. Bristol: I. Arrowsmith, 1871. Demy 8vo; half-title present; four double-sides engraved plates and one folding chart; pp.xxxii+416; later half blue skiver, by an amateur, preserving, however, the original yellow-coated free end-papers. Skiver chipped, but the binding still very strong; a couple of leaves near the end badly opened, with consequent chips to the blank top margins; text otherwise nice.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


A cheap copy because of the unpleasant binding! The son, John Addington Symonds, Jnr., here makes only his fourth appearance in print, having previously published a prize poem and an essay when at Oxford, and a review (of Browning) in ‘Macmillan’s Magazine’. His opus magnum, ‘The Renaissance in Italy’, was not to begin publication for another four years. The essays of his father’s included in the volume are ‘The Principles of Beauty’, ‘Lecture on Waste’, ‘Ten Years’, ‘Knowledge’, ‘Life of Dr. Prichard’, ‘Sleep and Dreams’, ‘Apparitions’, ‘The Relations between Mind and Muscle’, ‘Habit’, ‘Criminal Responsibility in Relation to Insanity’, ‘The Public Estimate of Medicine’, ‘The Health of Clifton’, ‘Medical Evidence in Relation to State Medicine’, and ‘Address on Health’. There are also sections of original Poetry, and of Translations from the Greek and Latin. The ‘Life of Dr. Prichard’ is here somewhat edited from its appearance in 1849. Printed by Arrowsmith’s in Bristol. NCBEL, 3: 1501
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SYMONDS (John Addington). The memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi Translated into English By John Addington Symonds. With Essays on Italian Impromptu Comedy, Gozzi’s Life, The Dramatic Fables, and Pietro Longhi By the Translator. With portrait and six original etchings By Adolphe Lalauze. Also eleven subjects illustrating italian comedy by Maurice Sand Engraved on copper by A. Manceau, and coloured by hand. In two volumes. Volume the first [second]. London, John C. Nimmo, 14, King William Street, Strand, 1890. 2 Vols., Roy.8vo; etched frontispiece, one other etching, and seven copper-engravings in volume one, five etchings, and four copper-engravings in volume two, all with tissue or captioned thin-paper guards, the etchings present in two states (v. note), the copper-engravings all hand-coloured; quarter cerise smooth cloth, deep apple-green smooth cloth sides, blocked on front cover with the Gozzi arms in gold, silver, brown, and black, and embossed deep apple-green through gold; paper spine-label printed in red and black; a.e. uncut; end-papers and two binder’s blanks at front and back sewn in; very slight wear to extremities of spines, labels a trifle dusty and insignificantly chipped at some edges just touching the ruled borders; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £150.00

US $202.50


One of an edition limited to 210 copies printed on large and thick paper, with the etchings in two states, one a proof printed on India-paper and laid on, and with the copper-plates hand-coloured. The first appearance in English of memoirs published in Italian in Venice in 1797. Of interest both in respect of the history of Venice during the eighteenth century, and for students of the Commedia dell’ Arte.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SYMONDS (John Addington And his daughter Margaret). Our life In The Swiss highlands. London and Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, 1892. Lge.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; photogravure frontispiece, three half-tone plates and one small illustration in text, all after photographs; 6pp. integral advertisements at end (the third signed ‘24’); pp.[2]+x+366+[vi]; dark yellow-green buckram ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated very dark chocolate. A fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.28, 72, and 126.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SYMONDS (John Addington And his daughter Margaret). Our life In The Swiss highlands. London and Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, 1892. Lge.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; photogravure frontispiece, three half-tone plates and one small illustration in text, all after photographs; 6pp. integral advertisements at end (the third signed ‘24’); pp.[2]+x+366+[vi]; dark yellow-green buckram ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated very dark chocolate. Blank, title leaf, and last two leaves of advertisements a little foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.28, 72, and 126.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

SYMONDS (John Addington). Walt Whitman: A study. With portrait and four illustrations. London, John C. Nimmo, 14 King William Street, Strand, 1893. Super roy.8vo; two blanks before half-title; collotype frontispiece and four plates (one in buff and black), all with tissue guards; title-page printed in red and black; two blanks at end; pp.[4]+xxxv+[i (blank)]+160+[iv]; quarter dark green buckram, olive green buckram sides, spine lettered gilt; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers glazed olive green. Slight wear to extremities of spine, and slight marking and bubbling to cloth of sides; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £25.00

US $33.75


An important early book on Whitman in which Symonds explores the erotic impulse in his poetry. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.xii, xvi, xxii, and xxviii. Babington, 58.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

TAYLOR (Henry, Esq.). The Statesman. London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, Paternoster-row, 1836. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.xviii+267+[i (printer’s imprint)]; quarter dark green diaper cloth, drab sides, paper spine-label; a.e. uncut. Label slightly chipped at edges, not affecting the lettering; a few small corners creased; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


According to his avowed intention, Taylor here treats ‘systematically of Administrative Government as it ought to be exercised in a free state’ (p. v). ‘His ironic exposition of the art of succeeding was taken for serious Machivellism; and the book, which was read in proofs by Mr. Gladstone and Spedding, was never widely popular, though it has been much admired by others as a kind of appendix to Bacon. Archbishop Whately imitated it in an anonymous book called “The Bishop"’ — DNB. Among those who admired it in later times was Harold Laski, who wrote an introduction to an edition of it published in 1927. This first edition is uncommon: definitely so in its original dress.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[THACKERAY (Miss], i.e., Anne Ritchie). Records Of Tennyson, Ruskin And Browning. Macmillan and Co., 1892. Super royal 8vo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in black and red; blank at end; off-white buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; cream laid end-papers. Back cover lightly damp-stained; back end-papers renewed with near matching paper; two small pieces chipped from final blank; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


One of seventy five numbered large-paper copies, printed upon Dickinson hand-made paper. A finely produced 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.

[THACKERAY (Miss], i.e., Anne Ritchie). Records Of Tennyson, Ruskin And Browning. Macmillan and Co., 1892. Extra cr.8vo; title-page printed in black and red; integral advertisement leaf at end; navy blue buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated deep sea-green. Book-plate removed from front paste-down, leaving slight glue traces; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



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

[THACKERAY (William Makepeace).]. An Essay on the genius Of George Cruikshank. With numerous illustrations of his works. (From the Westminster Review, No.LXVI.) With additional etchings. Henry Hooper, 13 Pall Mall East, 1840. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece and twelve lithographic plates after etchings (transferred to stone and printed by Mr. Jobbins) [sic: v.note], five steel-engravings (printed from the original plates by Mr. Yates), and five steel-engravings on India paper [sic: v.note]; thirty-eight woodcuts in the text printed variously by Mr. S. Bentley and Messrs. Whitehead; pp.[2]+ii+59+[i (blank)]; early half natural calf, ruled and tooled gilt, spine with five raised bands, brown label, oil-marbled sides; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers faced light green. Calf just a trifle rubbed and peeled, chiefly on corners; one or two plates a little foxed, and a couple with marginal embrowning; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £410.00

US $553.50


Issued originally in vertically fine ribbed sage green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt up spine, and with end-papers coated yellow (though a secondary binding of red pebble-grain cloth is also known). It had the misfortune to provide one of the earliest examples of a caoutchouc binding — a process only introduced in 1839 — with the result that examples in the original dress are consequently scarce. Cohn, 789; Van Duzer, 61. In the present copy the plate ‘Philoprogenitiveness’ is present, but transferred to stone, not from the original steel plate, as advertised. According to Van Duzer, it is often absent: the steel having possibly been damaged. The present version with the plate transferred to stone is unrecorded. Only eleven lithographic plates and five engraved on steel are called for in the list of Illustrations, and neither Cohn nor Van Duzer record copies with more, but an additional plate on stone captioned ‘June’ is here present, together with five additional steel-engravings, being fine proof-pulls on India paper, captioned respectively ‘June. — Haymaking’, ‘July. Fancy Fair’, (these between pp.50 and 51), ‘September. — Cockney Sportsmen’, and ‘December. — Christmas-eve’ (these between pp.52 and 53), this being evidently one of a small number of copies issued with such extra illustrations. Rare thus.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[THACKERAY (William Makepeace).]. Thackeray The Humourist and the man of letters. The Story of His Life, Including A selection from his characteristic speeches, now For the first time gathered together. By Theodore Taylor, Esq., Membre de la Société des Gens de Lettres. With photograph from life by Ernest Edwards, B.A., and Original illustrations. London: John Camden Hotten, Piccadilly, 1864. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; leaf bearing printed captions, wood-engraving of Thackeray’s ‘Residence in Kensington Palace Gardens’, and laid-on oval photographic portrait in sepia, precedes title-page with wood-engraved vignette; two inserted plates (one of vignettes by Thackeray, one after George Cruikshank), one inserted facsimile (of Thackeray’s hand-writing), and one small vignette in text; pp.[viii]+223+[i (blank)]; mid-green vertical dot-and-line-rib cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated cream. Virtually invisible restoration to cloth of spine; photograph somewhat faded, as usual, and light foxing to plates; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Written in fact by Hotten himself, under a pseudonym. His Preface, signed ‘T.T.’ is dated ‘25th Jan., 1864’. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.48, 83, and 188.
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THACKERAY (William Makepeace). The Students’ quarter Or Paris five-and-thirty years since. By the late William Makepeace Thackeray. Not included in his Collected Writings. With original coloured illustrations. London: John Camden Hotten, Piccadilly, N.D. [1870]. Hand-coloured frontispiece, with tissue guard, and four hand-coloured plates, after Thackeray’s original illustrations; half-title not called for; Contents on a single inset leaf; pp.[vi]+17-202; 48pp. Chatto & Windus catalogue at end, dated May, 1874; diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled blind on back cover, black on front cover and spinr, blocked with Chatto & Windus’s device black on front cover, lettered, with short rule, blocked, and with Chatto & Windus’s device gilt, on spine (this last including their name in blind); t.e. uncut; end-papers coated grey-brown; binder’s ticket of Leighton Son and Hodge on back paste-down (description as Ball ‘E’, but on diamond-shaped lozenge). Very slight wear to head and tail of spine; tissue foxed, with offsetting; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


Later issue, Chatto & Windus having taken over Hotten’s business after his death in 1873. In our experience this title is very scarce in any issue, especially in such acceptable condition. Articles originally contributed to the American journal ‘The Corsair’ in 1839-40, and here, with the exception of one chapter (‘More Aspects of Paris Life’ which was included in revised form in ‘The Paris Sketch Book’ in 1840), here first published in England. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.24, 56, 124, and [160]. The odd pagination is correct according to the list of Contents, the printer having evidently misread ‘17’ for ‘7’ in his instructions when setting the text, and thus allowing ten pages too much. Wolff, 6697, recording the first issue, which collates the same.
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THACKERAY (William Makepeace). Miscellaneous essays Sketches and reviews. With illustrations by the author. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1885. Demy 8vo; blank, half-title, and series title precede specific title-page; ten plates; integral advertisement leaf at end, a single inset, but continuing the signatures; pp.[2]+x+468+[ii]; green pebble-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked with Thackeray’s monogram gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked blind, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers glazed black. A fine copy.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


Articles, essays, sketches, a lecture, and some fiction, for the most part published originally in Fraser’s Magazine and Punch, and here first collected. The fiction includes the story ‘Bluebeard’s Ghost’. Issued as a supplementary volume to the 1867-9 edition of the Works, with which, not surprisingly, it is but seldom found. A further supplementary volume was issued the next year. The present title was also issued separately, in a different grain of cloth, with the monogram on the front cover blocked in blind instead of gilt, white end-papers, and without the series title. CBEL, III, p.429.
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THACKERAY (William Makepeace). Sultan Stork And other stories and sketches By William Makepeace Thackeray (1829-1844) Now first collected To which is added The Bibliography of Thackeray Revised and considerably enlarged. London, George Redway, York-street, Covent Garden, 1887. Med.8vo; pp.[xx]+268; horizontally fine-ribbed dark yellow green cloth, lettered gilt on spine and front cover, ruled gilt on spine, and with six blind rules in three groups on spine and front cover; end-papers faced very dark olive brown. Neat inscription on half-title; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Includes also two letters from A.C. Swinburne, here first published. The ‘sketches’ include ‘Dickens in France’, which contains an extended account of a French theatrical version of Nicholas Nickleby, and its reception. The Bibliography is by Richard Herne Shepherd. The probable second binding, of at least three.
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THOREAU (Henry D.). Summer From the journal of Henry D. Thoreau. Edited by H.G.O. Blake. T. Fisher Unwin, 26 Paternoster Square E.C., 1884. Half-title not called for; double spread map on thin paper tipped in before title-page; cancel title leaf; pp.[vi]+382; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue dated 1884, at end; bevelled bright green diagonally very fine ribbed cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed florally in grey. Slight dulling of gilt rules; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Blanck, 20127. According to Blanck, quoting publisher’s records, though the binding of the sheets of the first printing was not completed until March 26, 1886, a second printing of 588 copies was made on July 15th, 1884, 520 of which were shipped to England where they were issued by T. Fisher Unwin without the integral advertisements and with a cancel title-page. This second printing is otherwise identical to the first, and is recorded by Borst under A9.1 as English issue, first printing.
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TODD (Adam B.). Poems, Lectures, and miscellanies. Edinburgh: John Forsyth, Guthrie Street, 1876. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[xii]+199+[i blank, but for type ornament)]; bright blue patterned sand-grain cloth over thin boards, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover; end-papers coated yellow. Nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


Lectures and essays on Burns (who was a friend of Todd’s father), ‘The Poetry of Thomas Campbell’, ‘The Poetry of the Bible’, Thomas Aird, etc. The Poems occupy the first 21pp.
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TRAILL (H.D.). Coleridge. Macmillan and Co., 1884. Wire-stitched; pp.[xii]+211+[i (blank)]; 4pp. inserted advertisements at end; red buckram over thin boards, ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered red through black on sides, lettered black on front cover and up spine; end-papers coated grey. Neat ownership inscription on upper margin of half-title; slight rusting of staples; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


The first issue, the advertisements listing the previous volume ‘Bacon’ , but announcing nothing later.
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TRAILL (H.D.). The new Lucian Being A series of Dialogues of the dead. Chapman and Hall, Limited, [11, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden,] 1884. Demy 8vo; pp.[viii]+312; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated November, 1883 (and describing this volume as ‘In the Press’); reddish purple fine diaper cloth, ruled black on sides and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram black on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated charcoal. Some very slight fading of covers; neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; slight foxing of prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


CBEL, III, p.755. Fourteen dialogues, including ‘Richardson and Fielding’, ‘Sterne and Thackeray’, ‘Plato and Landor’, ‘Lucian and Pascal’, ‘Daniel O’Connell and Isaac Butt’, ‘Lucretius, Paley, and Darwin’, etc.
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TRAILL (H.D., D.C.L.). The Marquis of Salisbury. Sampson Low, Marston & Company, (Limited), St. Dunstan’s House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E. C., 1892. Demy 8vo, printed on Spalding hand-made paper; four binders blanks of Dickinson & Co. hand-made paper at front and back, the outermost serving as end-papers, limitation leaf, photogravure frontispiece by Annan & Swan from a photograph by Elliott & Fry, printed on India paper and laid on, with tissue guard, and half/series title, precede title-page; pp.x+224; quarter vellum, ruled gilt on sides, ruled blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, cerise buckram sides; t.e.g., others uncut, cerise and white headband, cerise silk marker. Slight darkening of vellum, but a fine copy otherwise.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies. Issued as a volume in the series ‘The Prime Ministers of Queen Victoria’ under the general Editorship of Stuart J. Reid.
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TRELAWNY (E.J.). Recollections Of the Last days of Shelley and Byron. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1858. Post 8vo; blank precedes half-title; lithographic portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, and one similar plate, printed in black and buff, by Day & Son after J.A. Vintner, one wood-engraved plate by E.H. Michael after Captain D. Roberts, R.N., and one other, not signed; pp.viii+304; publisher’s catalogue, 8pp., dated February, 1858, bound in between front end-papers; puce vertical straight-grain morocco cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides (with no central ornament), ruled blind, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Some barely perceptible fading to cloth of covers; first leaf of catalogue a little scuffed and chipped at top and bottom margins where tipped-on label has been removed; end-papers a little marked and with one small scuff to back paste-down where label has been removed; light foxing to plates, visible chiefly on backs and margins; light marking to lower margins at one opening; slight damage to margins of U1 (pp.289-90: v. note); otherwise, and in general effect a virtually fine copy.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


Beautifully printed on cream-toned paper. Includes many letters from Shelley; and some from Napier about the war in Greece. In this copy leaf U1 is a cancel which has been tipped rather carelessly onto a barely visible stub, resulting in slight paste-damage and one short tear to the inner margin. The two lithographic portraits are of Shelley and the author, the latter facing p.237; the two wood-engravings face pp.92 and 237: there is no list of plates. This is apparently the first binding, with the bound-in catalogue dated February 1858. The book is also known in bright green morocco cloth, the sides bearing a large oval central ornament and corner decoration, all in blind, and with the spine lettered in gilt. Wise, Ashley Library, V., pp.119-20, recording a copy similar to the present one, which he describes as in ‘deep crimson’ cloth. To our eyes it is slightly browner than ‘crimson’ would suggest. Wise also gives a wrong collation: not realising that the initial blank is integral and counted in the pagination, he states ‘p.vi is misnumbered viii’. NCBEL, 3:1307.
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TROLLOPE (Anthony). Hunting sketches. (Reprinted from the “Pall Mall Gazette.") Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1865. Half-title not called for; advertisement for “The Pall Mall Gazette” on verso of last leaf of text; pp.[iv]+115+[i]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end dated May, 1865; recent half red calf, spine with five raised bands, tooled, ruled, and lettered gilt, ruled blind on sides, marbled effect half-tone sides printed in red, blue, brown, and black; t.e. uncut; buff end-papers and binder’s blanks. Fine copy.

GB £250.00

US $337.50


Sadleir, Trollope bibliography, 21. A finely executed recent binding, despite the curious mock marbled paper used for the sides.
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TROLLOPE (Anthony). The commentaries Of Cæsar. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1870. F’cap 8vo; half-title a single inset leaf; two integral advertisement leaves followed by 16pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements, not dated, at end; pp.vi+182+[4]; bright brown buckram ruled and blocked black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered bright brown-through black, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Two early ink ownership inscriptions on half-title; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Sadleir, 35.
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TROLLOPE (Anthony). Thackeray. Macmillan and Co., 1879. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.vi+210+[ii]; dull red buckram over thin boards, ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher’s monogram dull red through black, on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered black outlined dull red, on front cover, ruled and up-lettered black on spine; end-papers coated black. Spine a little dusty, and very slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


This copy is sewn. Some were wire-stitched. Issued as the ninth volume in the ‘English Men of Letters’ series under the general editorship of John Morley. Sadleir, 54. Sadleir’s correct first state of text, the advertisement leaf listing nine titles (including this one) as ‘Ready’, and the tenth volume, ‘Spenser’ as ‘In the Press’. Sadleir is almost certainly wrong in regarding copies in this binding that have the text in the first state as reprints, whilst at the same time admitting that the large paper issue was several times reprinted and often exhibits a later state of the text. The series was advertised initially in two formats: the ‘large paper’ format, with uncut edges, in white buckram with a paper spine label, and the ordinary format, with all edges trimmed, as here. The earliest volumes issued with trimmed edges were put up in crimson buckram, and ‘Thackeray’ is sometimes seen in that colour of cloth. Late in 1879 the colour was changed to dull red, as here, and some time before August 1880 scarlet buckram was used instead. The present copy therefore exhibits the second variant of this issue. The ‘large paper’ issues appear to have been discontinued somewhere about 1883. We would describe the present copy as: first edition, first state of text, small format issue, second binding, sewn variant.
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TROLLOPE (Anthony). An Autobiography. In two volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1883. All Rights reserved. 2 Vols.; photogravure portrait frontispiece by Leopold Lowenstarn after a photograph printed on India paper and laid on to a leaf of thick paper, with tissue guard, in volume one; no frontispiece called for to volume two; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by publisher’s Catalogue, not dated, 24pp. on text-paper, at end of volume two; pp.[xiv]+259+[i (printer’s imprint)]; [vi]+227+[i (printer’s imprint)]+4; dark red smooth cloth, lettered and blocked with author’s signature black on front cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt, panelled white (v. note) on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated dark brown. Slight fading and marking to covers, caused in part by the removal of a library label from each front cover; spines a little mottled, white panels darkened and more or less lightly rubbed; slight cracking to end-papers in volume one, and one or two small marks or slight dusting to text; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


A binding variant (if so) that is almost certainly primary. Sadleir, Trollope Bibliography, 67, records the spine panels as blind, and offers no variants of this (though he does offer a variant of the cloth grain, and of the colour of the end-papers); nor have we previously ourselves seen a copy in which the panels were clearly white (though we do remember to have seen traces of what looked like white pigment around the edges of one or more of the three pressed-out panels in some copies). White enamel is notoriously evanescent, especially when applied to a smooth cloth, and it seems possible at least that it was originally on all copies, but has disappeared, or that it was originally on the earliest copies, but was dropped from later binding batches because of its tendency to rub or flake. The present copy with its three white panels, even though they are somewhat darkened and rubbed, is a good deal more striking than the binding as it usually appears. Wolff, 6765, records a copy, evidently without the white enamel, but with the same coloured end-papers as here, inscribed by the publisher in the month of publication, whilst Sadleir records a copy with an undated inscription by the publisher, that had dark green end-papers, though since it is the only copy recorded with such end-papers one might hypothesise that it was a binding trial.
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TUPPER (Martin Farquhar, D.C.L. F.R.S.). Martin Tupper’s Autobiography: My life As an author. By Martin Farquhar Tupper D.C.L. F.R.S. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188 Fleet Street, E.C., 1886. (All rights reserved). Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece (a sepia photograph, laid on to a cationed leaf of thick paper), with tissue guard; title-page printed in scarlet and black; pp.xii+431+[i (blank)]; deep turquoise fine diaper cloth, blocked and lettered with Tupper’s armorial bearings black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top-edges uncut; end-papers faced yellow. Prelims. and last three leaves foxed, edges slightly so; end-papers cracked, and small corner torn from back free end-paper; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £20.00

US $27.00


Probable second issue, copies also being known with the back cover blocked with the publisher’s monogram blind, the front cover blocked and lettered gilt, with the top- and fore- edges uncut, and the end-papers coated dark chocolate.

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TWAIN (Mark, (Samuel L[anghorne] Clemens.).). A tramp abroad; Illustrated by W. Fr. Brown, True Williams, B. Day and other Artists — with also three or four pictures made by The author of this book, without outside help; In all Three hundred and twenty-eight illustrations. (Sold by subscription only.) Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company. Chatto & Windus, London, 1880. Demy 8vo; binder’s blank at front and back; half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, wood-engraved second frontispiece, and thirty-three plates, twenty-eight of them included in the pagination; other illustrations on text-paper; pp.631+[i publisher’s advertisement); dark teak brown sand grain cloth, blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked, and embossed with publisher’s monogram device, blind, on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered dark teak brown through gilt on spine; all edges sprinkled brown; buff end-papers. Cloth worn at corners and at head and tail of spine; the covers dull, the spine tired; lacking the front free end-paper; the text, however, in general nice.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


Blanck 3386. Copy on thick paper (Blanck’s state ‘A’); with the first state of the portrait frontispiece, and the second state of the pictorial frontispiece; binding state ‘B’, but an unrecorded colour variant, Blanck recording only copies in black cloth, and a trial binding in midnight blue. The cloth colour in the present copy is definitely brown. This copy is without the cerise and white head and tail bands present on some otherwise identical copies. This copy has the publisher’s code figure ‘3’ stamped in blind upon the back cover. In addition to the typographical errors noted by Blanck passim, the present copy has a number of pagination errors in the list of Illustrations: that forming p.395 is listed as p.393; p.77 as 78; p.135 as 136; p.240 as 239; p.298 as 297; p.337 as 338; p.344 as 343; p.383 as 384; and p.502 as 501. They are probably without issue significance.
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TWAIN (Mark, (Samuel L[anghorne] Clemens.).). A tramp abroad; Illustrated by W. Fr. Brown, True Williams, B. Day And other artists — with also three or four Pictures made by the author of this book Without outside help; in all Three hundred and fourteen illustrations. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1880. (All rights reserved). Advertisement leaf before half-title; integral frontispiece with tissue guard, other illustrations on text-paper; pp.[ii]+xxiii (including frontispiece)+[ii (blank)]+[i (illustration)]+564; 32pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated August 1880; diagonally fine ribbed red cloth, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram black and red through black on back cover; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed with leaf and tendril design in light brown. Slight marking of covers and small barely visible restoration to cloth of back joint; bold inscription on half-title; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


First English one volume edition, published four months after the edition in two volumes. The first issue, with the catalogue dating from the month of publication, and sewn: later bound copies have a catalogue dated January, 1881, and are wire-stitched. Blank, 3386 refers.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

TWAIN (Mark, (Samuel L[anghorne] Clemens.).). A tramp abroad; Illustrated by W. Fr. Brown, True Williams, B. Day And other artists — with also three or four Pictures made by the author of this book Without outside help; in all Three hundred and fourteen illustrations. London, Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1881. (All rights reserved). Advertisement leaf before half-title; integral frontispiece with tissue guard, other illustrations on text-paper; pp.[ii]+xxiii (including frontispiece)+[ii (blank)]+[i (illustration)]+564; 32pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated October, 1881; diagonally fine ribbed red cloth, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher’s monogram black and red through black on back cover; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers printed with leaf and tendril design in light brown. Slight marking of covers, and very slight foxing of prelims. and edges; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Second English one volume edition, identical with the first except for the date on the title-page and the catalogue. Wire-stitched.
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VERNEY (Frances Parthenope, Lady). Essays and tales. London, Simpkin Marshall, Hamilton & Co. Ltd., Liverpool Edward Howell, 1891. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; collotype frontispiece from a photograph; pp.xvi+635+[i (bibliographical check-list)]; very fine diagonally fine-ribbed milk chocolate cloth banded very dark reddish-brown on sides and spine, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others mainly trimmed. Front free end-paper chipped in two or three places at edges, and a little delicate; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


The verso of the front end-paper bears the inked inscription “With the publishers / Compliments", apparently in the hand of Sir Harry Verney, the author’s husband, who financed the volume. (The book came from the same source as another copy that we handled, which bore his ten-word holograph inscription, signed with initials, on the blank recto of the frontispiece: and the writing here looks to be in the same hand). Issued as a memorial volume, Lady Verney having died on May 12th 1890, the volume includes unpublished and previously uncollected verse, short fiction, and essays; also a brief Memoir signed MMV [i.e., Margaret Maria, Lady Verney, the author’s daughter-in-law]. By the sister of Florence Nightingale “and the chatelaine of Claydon, where Florence always stayed when in England. She wrote very interestingly indeed.” — Wolff, IV, p.228. Printed in Liverpool by Edward Howell on chalk-loaded paper, the volume is very much too heavy for its binding — considering which, the condition of the present copy is remarkable. The fiction includes ‘The Seed of Ghosts’, ‘The Old Clerk’, ‘King Arthur’s Great Boar-Hunt’ (a fairy-story), ‘Beast Stories’, etc.; the essays are wide-ranging, and include, besides much derived from Verney family history (‘The House of Claydon and its Inhabitants, from 1480 to 1796’, ‘Three Centuries of Family Portraits) historical essays (‘Turkish Invasions of Europe in 1670-83’, ‘Six Generations of Czars’, ‘Sir Thomas More’), comments on contemporary events (‘What England has done for the Sick and Wounded’, ‘In a Great Town Hospital’, ‘The Last of Sir Gilbert Scott’s Restorations, Hillesden’), essays on South Africa, India, Burma, etc. (‘Ostriches on a Cape Farm’, ‘A Raid and a Rescue in South Africa’, ‘The Defenders of our North-West Indian Frontier’, ‘Bits from Burma’), essays on social questions (‘Class Morality’, ‘Female Education in France’, ‘Sentimental Religion’, ‘The Dignity of Labour’), on natural history (‘Colour in Birds and Insects’, ‘Folding and Packing of Leaf Buds’), and a good deal more. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
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VERNEY (Frances Parthenope [Lady]). Memoirs of the Verney family During the Civil War Compiled from the letters and illustrated by The portraits at Claydon House By Frances Parthenope Verney. In two Volumes. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., And New York: 15 East 16th Street, 1892. All rights reserved. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; title-page printed in red and black, each volume with different wood-engraved vignette; volume one with photogravure frontispiece and nine plates, printed in sepia, with tissue guards, one very large folding photogravure plate, one very large folding genealogy, four wood-engraved plates, and numerous illustrations in the text mostly after drawings by Lady Verney; volume two with photogravure frontispiece and twelve plates, printed in sepia, with tissue guards, one half-tone plate, and one illustration in the text after a drawing by Lady Verney; publisher’s full fine-grain-morocco-faced sheep, ruled black on sides, blocked gilt on front cover with armorial bearings of the Verneys, spine with five raised bands, ruled black and gilt, dark red lettering-pieces, inner margins of boards with widely spaced gilt rules between which are elaborate floral corner ornaments; a.e.g., oil-marbled end-papers; purple-and-white head- and tail- bands, purple silk marker. Slight rubbing to leather here and there; most tissues embrowned, with some offsetting onto blank margins, and one a little torn; a little scattered very light foxing; otherwise a nice copy. TOGETHER WITH: VERNEY (Margaret M[aria, Lady]). Memoirs of the Verney Family During the Commonwealth 1650 to 1660 Compiled from the letters and illustrated by The portraits at Claydon House By Margaret M. Verney. London, Longmans, Green, and Co., And New York: 15 East 16th Street, 1894. All rights reserved. Demy 8vo; binder’s blank at front and back; title-page printed in red and black, with wood-engraved vignette; photogravure frontispiece and nine plates, printed in sepia, with tissue guards, and one illustration in the text; first leaf of final gathering a single inset; publisher’s full brown coarse-grain-morocco-faced sheep, ruled black on sides, blocked gilt on front cover with armorial bearings of the Verneys, spine with five raised bands, ruled black and gilt, dark red lettering-pieces, inner margins of boards with widely spaced gilt rules between which are elaborate floral corner ornaments; a.e.g., oil-marbled end-papers; black and white head- and tail- bands. Slight rubbing to leather here and there, and head of front joint splitting slightly; lacking the lettering-pieces; a little scattered very light foxing; otherwise a nice copy. The three volumes together.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Presentation copies in author’s presentation bindings, the usual bindings being of brown morocco cloth, blocked and lettered as here, but with red and gilt rules, with the top-edges only gilt, and with different end-papers. The first two volumes have inscriptions on the back of the front end-papers “Presented...by Lady Verney / July 30, 1894", apparently in the hand of Sir Harry Verney, the author’s widower. The third volume has tipped onto the back of the front end-paper an als, c.60 words, from Margaret Verney to a Mr. Sadler, dated March 11th 1895, presenting the volume. The first two volumes are by the sister of Florence Nightingale “and the chatelaine of Claydon, where Florence always stayed when in England. She wrote very interestingly indeed.” — Wolff, IV, p.228. She died on May 12th 1890. The first volume, which includes a four-page Introductory Note by Samuel R. Gardiner, was prepared for publication before her death, the second, which was prepared but not finally completed, was edited by her daughter-in-law, Margaret Maria, who then continued the work, issuing the volume on the Commonwealth period in 1894 and a further volume taking the history forward from the Restoration until 1696 in 1899. “The Letters and Papers of the Verney Family down to the end of the year 1639 were first printed in 1833. Here, the tale was taken up by pious hands and carried on through three series of Memoirs of the Verney Family during the civil war, during the commonwealth and from the restoration to the year 1696. The story, like the stately and hospitable English house which forms its centre, is full of portraits; but, in their book, the tact of the editresses has allowed these to be mainly self-painted. The Verneys, before and during the seventeenth century, were, in the words of the elder lady Verney, “an ordinary gentleman’s family of the higher class, mixing a good deal in the politics of their times, with considerable county and local influence; Members of Parliament, sheriffs, magistrates, soldiers — never place-men — marrying in their own degree, with no splendid talents or position to boast of, no crimes either noble or ignoble to make them notorious, and, for that very reason, good average specimens of hundreds of men or women of their age.” They were, at the same time, a family that cherished, in prosperity and in adversity alike, the principles of conduct in both public and private life to the observation of which the greatness and the freedom of England are deeply indebted; and, in their case, the principles in question were practised not less constantly by the women than by the men.” — ‘The Cambridge History of English and American Literature’. The photogravures, by Walker & Boutell, are described more fully in the Notes as “photo-intaglio copper plates, carefully reproduced from photographs taken of the original pictures at Claydon". They are fine impressions here, but will no doubt have worn in the usual way of copper; later reprints, at any rate, are inferior.
Ref: IRT118404



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

VOLTAIRE ([François-Marie Arouet] de). Supplement Au Recueil Des lettres De M. de Voltaire. A Paris, Chez Xhrouet, Deterville, Petit, 1808. 2 Vols., lge.post 8vo; yellow coated wrappers, stippled in black, paper spine label; uncut edges; issued without end-papers, but with scrap paper serving as paste-downs. Paper of spines rubbed, and labels decayed so that little more than the print bearing portions remain; small hole in paper of spine in volume one; otherwise an extremely fine, unopened, copy. Rare thus.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


Querard, 371. The more expensive, 8vo, issue.
Ref: IRT107589



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

WALPOLE (Hon. Horace). Letters From the Hon. Horace Walpole, To George Montagu, Esq., From the year 1736, to the year 1770. Now First published from the originals, In the Possession of the Editor. Printed for Rodwell and Martin, New Bond Street, 1818. Imp.4to; general title with copper engraved vignette precedes title-page; half-title apparently not called for; ten line errata slip bound in before start of text; blank or advertisement leaf probably lacking after last leaf of text; 8pp. index to persons mentioned in the text, med.4to format and on thinner paper, bound in at the end; pp.[2]+[iv]+446+[viii]; later half green morocco, spine with five raised bands, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, ruled gilt on sides, green morocco cloth sides; t.e.g., others uncut; marbled end-papers. Binder’s blanks and index foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £250.00

US $337.50


CBEL, II, P.837; Hazen, 29: one of a few copies on large and thick paper. Copies were issued both with and without the general title, here present, designating this Vol.VI of The Works., the book being in fact published separately, the first five volumes having appeared, under different editorship, in 1798; two further volumes were added in 1822, and a ninth in 1825. A further general title to volume six was issued by John Murray in 1822, when he also issued volumes seven and eight. The index was circulated privately, and is often absent.

Ref: IRT107592



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

WALPOLE (Horace). The correspondence Of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford, And the Rev. William Mason. Now first published from the original mss. Edited, with notes, By the Rev. J. Mitford. In two volumes. Richard Bentley, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1851. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; final blank in volume two; pp.xxv+[i (blank)]+446; [iv]+413+[iii]; royal blue horizontal ripple-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow; binder’s ticket of Remnant & Edmonds on back paste-down of volume one. Cloth of spines very slightly faded; insignificant cracking of end-papers in volume one; end-papers foxed on backs, with slight off-setting; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


A very substantial and most interesting correspondence. CBEL, II, p.837.

Ref: IRT107593



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

WARD (Adolphus William). Chaucer. Macmillan and Co., 1879. Pp.[viii]+198+[i (Glossary, with printer’s imprint on verso)]; 4pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end; scarlet buckram over thin boards ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher’s monogram scarlet through black, on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered scarlet through black, on front cover, ruled and lettered black up spine; end-papers coated black. Covers a little marked and spotted; slight wear to head and tail of spine, cloth of spine a little chipped and dull, and enamel very rubbed; end-papers slightly cracked; text fine.

GB £7.00

US $9.45


Issued as a volume in the series ‘English Men of Letters’, under the general editorship of John Morley. In the advertisements twelve volumes are listed with reviews; and the present volume is the third of four volumes listed without reviews, and therefore newly published. One volume, ‘Cowper’, is listed as ‘Shortly’, and seven others as ‘In preparation’.

Ref: IRT107594



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

WATSON (William). Excursions in Criticism: Being some prose recreations Of a rhymer. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, Vigo Street; New York: Macmillan & Co., 1893. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; imprint leaf at end; greyish fawn buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Covers slightly darkened, and front cover a little marked; corner of back end-paper torn; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Includes essays on Ford and Webster, Keats, Hardy, Lowell, Coleridge, Austin Dobson, Meredith, Dr. Johnson, etc.
Ref: IRT107601



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

WHIBLEY (Charles). A book Of Scoundrels. London, William Heinemann, 1892. Small woodcut vignette on title; pp.viii+283+[i]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue dated ‘August 1896’ at end; black coarse buckram blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Neat restoration to cloth at extreme head of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


Later issue, as is shown by the catalogue.
Ref: IRT107608



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WHIBLEY (Charles). The pageantry Of Life. London, William Heinemann, 1900. Leaf bearing printer’s imprint on verso, blank on recto at end; pp.[viii]+269+[i (blank)]+[ii]; black coarse buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled circle, blind, on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Small chip from corner of front end-paper, due evidently to an original binding fault; otherwise a virtually fine copy of one of Whibley’s scarcer titles.

GB £33.00

US $44.55


A carefully designed book. Includes essays on ‘Young Weston’, ‘Theagenes’ [Sir Kenelm Digby], ‘The Real Pepys’, ‘Saint-Simon’, ‘The Caliph of Fonthill’, ‘Disraeli the Younger’, etc. P.47, l.23, in this copy has the reading ‘fot’ for ‘for’; p.51, l.3, and p.52, l.5, p.53, ll.10 and 14, etc. the reading ‘ir’ for ‘it’: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.
Ref: IRT107609



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

WHITTIER (John Greenleaf). Life and letters Of John Greenleaf Whittier By Samuel T. Pickard. In two volumes. With illustrations. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Limited, St. Dunstan’s House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C., 1895. 2 Vols.; engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard in each volume; three engraved plates in volume one, two plates and a facsimile in volume two; pp.[2]+[x]+402; [viii]+[403]-802; publisher’s 32pp. catalogue at end dated 1893; vertically fine ribbed dull marina green cloth, lettered gilt on spine, blocked with author’s signature gilt on front cover; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with publisher’s monogram and House of Commons end-papers in grey. Spines darkened and a little rubbed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Blanck, 22172, note. Published simultaneously with the American edition (on 10th November, 1894), but dated ahead, the volumes were printed in England from a second set of plates in a slightly earlier state than those used for the American edition, having a slightly shorter version of the Index at the end of volume two. The London edition is definitely scarce.

Ref: IRT107618



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

WHYTE MELVILLE (G.J.). “Bones and I;” Or, The skeleton at home. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1869. Half-title not called for; pp.iv+287+[i (blank)]; deep scarlet morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated cream; not inappropriate binder’s ticket of ‘W. Bone & Son, 76 Fleet St. London, E.C’ on back paste-down. Light marking of front cover; paste-downs a trifle darkened, apparently from a chemical reaction with the paste; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


Essays, cast in dialogue form.
Ref: IRT107620



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

[WILSON (John, ‘Christopher North’).]. The Recreations Of Christopher North. In three volumes. Wiliam Blackwood and Sons, 1842. 3 Vols.; advertisement leaf precedes half-title in volume one; inserted leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end of volume two; vertically fine-ribbed moiré dark green cloth ruled and elaborately blocked blind on sides, elaborately blocked and lettered gilt on spine; uncut edges; end-papers coated yellow. Title, Contents leaf, and last two leaves of text in volume three a little foxed; otherwise a virtually fine, crisp, copy. Scarce thus.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


The elaborate gilt blocking on the spines of these volumes depicting bindweed flowers, leaves, and tendrils entwining a frame of interlaced woody stems, combined with the elaborate, very delicate, but crisp and sharp blind blocking on the sides (bindweed corner ornaments set round a central arabesque enclosing a strapwork trellis), make them, surely, among the most beautiful — not to say unusual — of their day.
Ref: IRT103355



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

[WORDSWORTH (William).]. Wordsworthiana. A selection From papers read to The Wordsworth Society Edited by William Knight, London, Macmillan & Co., And New York, 1889. Lithographic portrait frontispiece after the statue by Thomas Woolner, R.A., with tissue guard; pp.xxiv+352; dark green fine-diaper cloth, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Slight fading to extreme tail-edge of back cover; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


Contributors include Matthew Arnold, J. Russell Lowell, Aubrey de Vere, J. Henry Shorthouse, Edward Dowden, Stopford Brooke, The Hon. Roden Noel, Alfred Ainger, Lord Houghton, John Veitch, etc.
Ref: IRT119769



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