Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MAUGHAM (W.S.). The Narrow corner. William Heinemann Ltd., 1932. Blank before half-title, blank at end; dull blue rough fine buckram, blocked with publisher’s device black on back cover, with maugham’s device black on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, black on spine. Foxed more or less throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Toole Stott, 29. In this copy there is a dropped comma at the end of the last line on p.16; p.139, l.6, a broken ‘h’ at start of line; pp.156, l.8 and 266, l.8, hyphen lacking at line end: issue significance, if any, not known.
Ref: JRT110961


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Don Fernando Or Variations On some Spanish themes. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1935. Double med.8vo; final blank; pp.[iv]+[269]+[iii]; black buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover and spine, gilt rule on spine. Very slight damp-marking of covers; half-title, blank, and edges lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Toole Stott, 34
Ref: JRT110963


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Christmas holiday. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, N.D. [February, 1939]. Blank before half-title; pp.[vi]+289+[i (blank)]; dull light blue rough-effect buckram blocked black on sides, lettered gilt on front cover, black and gilt on spine; t.e. lilac; blue end-papers. Cloth of spine slightly faded, and with slight vertical crease; end-papers a little discoloured at margins; a couple of leaves with marginal foxing; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a difficult title.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Toole Stott, 39.
Ref: JRT110967


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). A writer’s Notebook. William Heinemann Ltd, Melbourne :: London :: Toronto, 1949. Double demy 16mo; final blank; pp.xvi+349+[iii]; black fine buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, elaborately blocked and lettered silver on front cover and spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with two tears on back panel strengthened on verso with paper tape, and paper-tape strengthenings to verso of head and tail of spine.

GB £33.00

US $40.92



Ref: JRT110978


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Trio: Stories by W. Somerset Maugham. Screen adaptation by W. Somerset Maugham, R.C. Sherriff And Noel Langley. William Heinemann Ltd, Melbourne :: London :: Toronto, 1950. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone portrait frontispiece, and three plates (stills from the film); pp.[vi]+145+[i (blank)]; scarlet cloth blocked with publisher’s device blind in centre of back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Light foxing of back end-papers, edges, and some margins; otherwise a very nice copy in dust-wrapper torn and internally mended on front panel.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT110979


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Encore. Stories by W. Somerset Maugham Screen adaptation by T.E.B. Clarke, Arthur Macrae And Eric Ambler. William Heinemann Ltd, Melbourne :: London :: Toronto, 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; half-tone portrait frontispiece from a photograph, and three inserted plates, from stills, captioned on verso; pp.[viii]+165+[iii]; scarlet cloth, blocked with publisher’s device in centre of back cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on front cover, lettered and ruled gilt on spine. Poor quality gilt on spine oxydised as usual; otherwise a very nice copy in insignificantly chipped and very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’, ‘Winter Cruise’, and ‘Gigolo and Gigolette’, each story followed by its screen-play.
Ref: JRT110980


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Points of View. Heinemann, London    Melbourne    Toronto, 1958. Double demy 16mo; final blank; pp.[vi]+255+[iii]; mid-green cloth blocked with publisher’s device, blind, on back cover, with Maugham’s device, blind, on front cover, lettered gilt on red panels on front cover and flat spine, with double short gilt rule on spine-panel; pale buff end-papers. Barely visible foxing of edges, title, and final blank, and slight foxing of half-title; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper stained on back panel.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: JRT110984


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MEADE (L.T). The Princess of the Revels. With six illustrations By Percy Tarrant. London: 38 Soho Square, W., W. & R. Chambers, Limited; Edinburgh: 339 High Street, 1909. Sq.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and five plates; advertisement for other books by Meade on verso of List of Illustrations; pp.[viii]+299+[i (printer’s imprint)]; red-chocolate buckram. elaborately blocked marina green, yellow, and white, ruled yellow-outlined white, and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. A little light dusting and foxing internally, but in general a nice copy, the beautiful period cover in fine state.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4716, listing a copy in light blue buckram.
Ref: JRT110994


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MEADE (L.T.). A ring of rubies. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1910. Line engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, and one plate, signed ‘L.L.B.’; pp.320; diagonally fine-ribbed light blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; end-papers coated dark blue. Early inscription on back of frontispiece, but in general a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of Meade’s books. The plate is marked for p.153, and is here tipped in at that opening.
Ref: JRT110995


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MEADE (L.T.). Better than Riches. Illustrated by J. Petts. London: 38 Soho Square, W., W. & R. Chambers, Limited; Edinburgh: 339 High Street, 1917. Half-tone frontispiece and five plates; pp.[viii]+264; sky-blue buckram blocked black, pale blue, flesh-pink, and green, lettered black and flesh-pink on front cover and spine; end-papers faced buff. Early inscription on back of frontispiece; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


Not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of Meade’s books.
Ref: JRT110996


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MELLOR (Dora). Beauty retire: An Historical Romance. London, Greening & Co., Ltd., 1909. Half-title preceded by integral advertisement leaf, and with advertisements (New Fiction: listing this as the last title) on verso; pp.319+[i (blank)]; deep scarlet beaded linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Faint, neat, rubber stamp of the Joint Fiction Reserve on front end-paper, but no other sign of library use; very slight dulling to gilt blocking at top of spine; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy. Scarce.

GB £22.50

US $27.90


A story of the days of James II.
Ref: JRT118680


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MELVILLE (Herman). The Apple-tree table And other sketches. With an Introductory Note by Henry Chapin. Princeton: Princeton University Press; London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1922. Demy 8vo; three blanks before half-title, three at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; limitation leaf precedes first blank at end; quarter tan fine-weave cloth, lettered, and with short rule, black, on spine, dull grey-green boards; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Blanck, 13681. One of an issue limited to 1,500 copies of a total printing of 1,675.
Ref: JRT110998


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MELVILLE (Herman). The Portable Melville. Edited, and with an Introduction, by Jay Leyda. Chatto & Windus, London, N.D. [1968]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.xxii+745+[i (blank)]; white glazed card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black, yellow-brown, and bluish green; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Small mark on front wrapper, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Issued as ‘Chatto & Windus Paperback, CWP 30’. There was no hardcover edition. Printed in America. The first English edition of a book issued in America in 1952 (Blanck, 13700). Includes Typee and Billy Budd complete, together with stories, poems, journals, letters, etc., some of the material being here first published and first collected. Blanck does not notice an English issue.
Ref: JRT110999


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MENEN (Aubrey). The Stumbling-stone: A novel by Aubrey Menen. 1949, Chatto & Windus, London. Final blank; pp.[viii]+309+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; mottled light lilac-grey cloth, panelled sky-blue, blocked and lettered gilt within gilt ruled frame on spine, the spine not bearing an imprint; t.e. blue-grey. Fine copy in nicked and slightly dusty dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First English edition of the author’s second book. Scarce.
Ref: JRT111003


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MENEN (Aubrey). The Duke Of Gallodoro: A Novel. 1952, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.double cr.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[viii]+[275]+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[iv]; scarlet cloth textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


The author’s fourth book.
Ref: JRT111005


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MENEN (Aubrey). Dead man in The silver market: An Autobiographical Essay On National Prides. 1954, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+[136]; dark maroon fine cloth textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight dulling of gilt; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


The author’s sixth book. Essays reflecting his half-Irish, half-Indian origins.
Ref: JRT111006


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MEREDITH (George). Miscellaneous Prose. Constable and Company Ltd, 10 Orange Street, Leicester Square, 1910. Demy 8vo; blank precedes (alternative) series/half-title; half-title, a single inset leaf, follows [sic] cancel title leaf, of different paper, printed in red and black; alternative title-leaf (the cancellandum), printed in red and black, tipped in after last leaf of text; final blank; pp.[x]+[258]+[ii]+[ii]; quarter glazed unbleached linen, blocked and lettered dark blue on spine, pink silk sides; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


One of a few copies issued separately, with these prelims, the bulk of the edition being issued as volume 34 of the collected edition of The Works. Printed on paper watermarked monogram ‘GM’. All of the pieces included in this volume are here first collected, some being also here first printed.
Ref: JRT111008


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MEREDITH (George). Celt and Saxon. Constable and Company Ltd, 1910. Blank before half-title, final blank; vertically ribbed red cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine faded; end-papers, prelims. and final blank a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Sadleir 1690; Buxton Forman, p.156.
Ref: JRT111009


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MEREDITH (George). Letters of George Meredith Collected and edited by His son. In two volumes. Constable and Company Ltd, 1912. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; frontispiece in each volume and two other plates, all with tissue guards; t.e.g., others uncut. Spines faded, otherwise an extremely fine unopened copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: JRT111010


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MEREDITH (George). The Letters of George Meredith To Alice Meynell With annotations thereto 1896-1907. The Nonesuch Press, London and San Francisco, 1923. Roy.8vo; three blanks before half-title; colophon leaf followed by two blanks at end; quarter pale grey green coarse buckram lettered gilt on spine, drab board sides; uncut edges; drab faced end-papers. Front board slightly damp stained, otherwise a fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


One of an edition ‘limited to 850 copies, on Ingres paper, for England and America, of which 780 are for sale.’ Printed, without acknowledgment, at the Kynoch Press. The second book issued by the Nonesuch Press.
Ref: JRT111011


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MEREDITH (George). The contributions Of George Meredith To The Monthly Observer, January — July 1849. Edited by Maurice Buxton Forman. Edinburgh, Printed for private circulation, 1928. Extra cr.8vo format, 48pp. sewn as a single gathering with puce thread into large fawn linen-textured paper wrappers printed on front wrapper in black; photogravure frontispiece printed in sepia tipped-in before half-title; a.e. uncut; end-papers not called for. Faint crease in corner of front wrapper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


One of a total edition limited to only 35 copies. Printed on hand-made paper. Apparently the only printing of these pieces originally contributed to a ms. magazine.
Ref: JRT111013


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MEREJKOWSKI (Dmitri). Peter and Alexis. An Historical Novel By Dmitri Merejkowski. Author of “Thr Death of the Gods” (Julian the Apostate) And “The Forerunner” (The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci). Sole Authorized Translation from the Russian. London, Archibald Constable & Co Ltd, 16 James’ Street Haymarket, 1905. Sm.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.556+[iv]; vertically fine ribbed mulberry cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Label removed from front paste-down leaving glue-traces, and inscription on free end-paper; slight cracking to back paste-down; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £22.50

US $27.90


The translator’s name is not given, but it may have been Herbert Trench, who is listed in the advertisements as translator of “The Forerunner".
Ref: JRT119297


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MERRIMAN (Henry Seton [i.e., Hugh Stowell Scott]). The vultures. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1902. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+vi+339+[i (blank)]+[iv]; blue patterned sand-grain cloth, ruled black on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Slight bruising of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Sadleir, 1732; Wolff, 4777.
Ref: JRT111018


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MERRIMAN (Henry Seton [i.e., Hugh Stowell Scott]). The last hope. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1904. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a’ before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+vi+350+[ii]; bright light blue patterned sand grain cloth, ruled black, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut; end-papers faced dark brown. Some light foxing of leaves and edges; contemporary inscription on front blank; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


The author’s scarce last novel, published posthumously.
Ref: JRT111020


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MILLER (Arthur). Focus. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1949. Double cr.16mo; pale blue-green cloth, lettered red on spine. Very slight fading of spine; otherwise fine in dust-wrapper darkened a trifle on spine.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


First English edition. Published in America in 1945.
Ref: JRT111029


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MILNE (A.A.). The sunny side. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1921. 8pp. publisher’s inserted Catalogue at end, undated, but not listing this volume; light green fine linen grain cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Slight fading to cloth of spine and top-edge of back cover; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


A miscellany of articles, poems, sketches, etc., mostly collected from ‘Punch’.
Ref: JRT111049


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MILNE (A.A.). By way of Introduction. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1929. 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with the prelims., and so integral; pp.viii+208+8; fine rough pink cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very slight fading to cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £21.00

US $26.04


From the library of bibliographer Eric Quayle, with his 1960 ‘Greensleeves’ bookplate on the front paste-down. A neat ownership inscription on the front end-paper is dated ‘Dec. 1929’. The first binding, later copies having the front cover plain and the spine lettered in cream.
Ref: JRT111054


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MILNE (A.A.). Peace with honour: An Enquiry into the War Convention. Methuen and Co. Ltd. London, 36 Essex Street W.C., 1934. Final leaf blank but for printer’s imprint on verso; pp.[viii]+213+[ii]; mottled pale lemon Sundour cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine. Neat ownership inscription on half-title; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed price-clipped dust-wrapper laminated with clear plastic.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Milne’s anti-war essay.
Ref: JRT118218


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MITCHELL (Julian). Imaginary Toys. Julian Mitchell. [On verso of title-page:] New Authors Limited, 178 — 202 Great Portland Street, London, W.1, An imprint of the Hutchinson group, London Melbourne Sydney, Auckland Bombay Toronto, Johannesburg New York, First published 1961. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[208]; dark charcoal fine linen-textured boards, blocked red, green, and white, lettered white, on spine. Virtually fine copy in slightly frayed and rubbed dust-wrapper with one short tear.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The author’s first novel.
Ref: JRT111061


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MITCHELL (Julian). Imaginary Toys. Julian Mitchell. [On verso of title-page:] New Authors Limited, 178 — 202 Great Portland Street, London, W.1, An imprint of the Hutchinson group, London Melbourne Sydney, Auckland Bombay Toronto, Johannesburg New York, First published 1961. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[208]; dark charcoal fine linen-textured boards, blocked red, green, and white, lettered white, on spine. Virtually fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The author’s first novel.
Ref: JRT111062


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MITCHELL (Julian). Truth and fiction. Covent Garden Press Ltd, 1972. Cr.4to, 36pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering; blank before half-title, two blanks at end; pale green wrappers printed in grey and black on front wrapper, in black on inside wrappers. Fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Issued as Number Four of the Covent Garden Esays, edited by Ronald Hayman. One of 500 ordinary copies of a total edition of 600.
Ref: JRT111066


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MITFORD (Bertram). Selmin of Selminfold. By Bertram Mitford Author of “The River of Unrest,” “The Heath Hover Mystery,” “A Dual Resurrection,” “Ravenshaw of Rietholme,” Etc., etc. Ward Lock & Co., Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1912. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and one plate by A[lfred] Forestier; 16pp. publisher’s advertisements at end, on text-paper; pp.320+16; black smooth cloth, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, with full-colour lithographic onlay on front cover recessed in blind-pressed panel. Two or three scattered light fox-spots; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


The illustration is marked for pp.12 and is so bound-in. Though essentially a romance, the sub-plot involves the planning of a ‘perfect’ murder by a doctor who infects his victim’s kitten with rabies.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MO (Timothy). The Redundancy of Courage. Chatto & Windus, London, 1991. Double med.16mo format, notch-bound; two blanks at end; pp.[iv]+408+[iv]; light blue-green fine cloth-textured boards, lettered and with short rules gilt on spine; end-papers printed with chameleon design in pale blue-green. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


The probable first binding. Mo’s fourth novel.
Ref: JRT111071


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MONTAGUE (C.E.). Dramatic Values. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1911. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; beaded fine linen grain dark green cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Edges, and a few leaves foxed, but a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


Essays on Synge, Shaw, Ibsen, Moliere, Oscar Wilde, Masefield, etc.
Ref: JRT111088


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MONTAGUE (C.E.). Action And other stories. Chatto & Windus, 1928. Blank before half-title; dull light blue cloth, paper spine-label printed in blue; t.e. blue. Very nice copy in slightly frayed and marked dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88




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Ref: JRT111092


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MONTAGUE (C.E.). Action And other stories. Chatto & Windus, 1928. Blank before half-title; dull light blue cloth, paper spine-label printed in blue; t.e. blue. Nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: JRT111093


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MONTGOMERY (Florence). Behind the scenes In the schoolroom: Being the experiences Of a young governess. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1913. Extra cr.8vo; pp.viii+312; 8pp. publisher’s catalogue at end, dated Autumn 1913, including this title under the heading New Fiction; vertically fine ribbed cobalt blue cloth, blocked with an art nouveau design blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., lower-edges rough trimmed. Labels removed from front end-papers leaving scuffing, a couple of small holes, and ugly discolouration from the glue; otherwise a very nice, bright copy.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


A scarce, very late, title by an author who started writing in the 1860s. In a brief Preface the author declares: “The following story is not, from the author’s point of view, suitable for children. As, however, parents prefer to jusge for themselves in these respects, she would ask them to exercise that judgment by reading the story before giving it to their children, and thus relieve her of any responsibility in the matter.” This title, published in the author’s seventieth year, not in Sadleir or Wolff.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MONTRÉSOR (F.F.). The Celestial surgeon. London, Edward Arnold, 41 & 43 Maddox Street, Bond Street, W., 1904 (All rights reserved.) Pp.[viii]+375+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s 16pp. catalogue dated October, 1904, on text-paper, at end; vertically fine-ribbed mid-blue cloth, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Two or three leaves a little foxed, but a nice copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


Well written, with good characterisation and an interesting story — but with coincidences in the latter that would scarcely have disgraced Hardy! Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
Ref: JRT118376


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOORE (Brian). The Temptation of Eileen Hughes. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square London, 1981. Short double demy 16mo; blank and advertisement leaf before half-title; final blank; pp.[x]+211+[iii]; quarter black cloth, orange-red boards, spine blocked with publisher’s initials device, down-lettered, and with short rule, silver; black and white head- and tail- bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper somewhat faded on spine.

GB £23.00

US $28.52



Ref: JRT111095


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOORE (Frank Frankfort). A Nest of Linnets. With 16 illustrations By J. Jellicoe. London: Hutchinson & Co, Paternoster Row, 1901. Half-tone frontispiece and fourteen plates [sic]; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; bright green very fine-ribbed cloth, blocked and embossed gilt, embossed with lettering bright green through gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; cream laid end-papers. Front end-paper unobtrusively re-inserted; one plate apparently lacking; a very little scattered light marginal foxing; otherwise, and in effect, a nice copy.

GB £12.50

US $15.50


The correct first printing, dated on the title-page. Nield, 5th edn., 1452, quoting the advertisement at the back of this copy: “A novel set in Bath when ‘at the height of its popularity as a fashionable resort’.”
Ref: JRT118269


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOORE (George). ‘Hail and farewell!’: Ave. London, William Heinemann, 1911. Single inset advertisement leaf on text-paper precedes half-title (two variants, cancellandum and cancellans, being present in this copy, the former marked on recto in blue pencil ‘CAN’); title-page printed in red and black; black smooth cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, ruled and blocked blind on front cover, light green on spine, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Very nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


The first volume of the ‘Hail and Farewell’ trilogy, and the first issue, in black cloth. This copy exhibits the earliest state of the text, the first of the two advertisement leaves having an error in the publisher’s name, the ‘I’ of William being an up-side down ‘F’; whilst the second advertisement leaf has this corrected. Danielson, in his 1922 bibliography of Moore, stated that the book occurs with and without the advertisement leaf, and that copies with the advertisement leaf were the first issued. Edwin Gilcher, in his 1970 bibliography (and later update) of Moore, notes that Danielson later repudiated this conclusion in a letter (inserted in the Frank Fayant copy of ‘Ave’, now at Cornell University) on the basis that all the review copies were without this leaf. Gilcher adds that this is confirmed by his own research as no early authorial presentation copies have been found with this additional leaf. Nobody seems to have realised before, however, that the advertisement leaf as usually found is in fact a cancel. Our own hypothesis is that the book was originally intended to appear with the advertisement leaf present, and was in fact so bound up; but that the printing error was discovered before the review and authorial copies were sent out, and the leaf removed. A cancel was then prepared, but was not ready in time for insertion in the advance copies, which were sent out without it. All the remaining copies of the initial binding batch (which was in black cloth), were then intended to be provided with the cancel (the present copy being left, in error, with both variants). The book was later put up without the advertisement leaf an in an otherwise similar cloth of a dark navy blue colour (like that used for the 1914 edition of ‘The Untilled Field’) — by which time, possibly, the stocks of the cancel had been exhausted, or, as a single inset extra leaf, it had simply been mislaid.
Ref: JRT111103


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOORE (George). The Untilled field. William Heinemann, 1914. Blank before half-title; publisher’s 16pp. catalogue bound in at end; slate smooth cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram on back cover, ruled and blocked blind on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Gilt slightly dull, and initial blank lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


An extensively altered and revised edition of a book first published in English in 1903. The 1903 edition contained thirteen stories; the present edition drops two of these, and adds three new ones, as well as a long Preface in which Moore suggests that this book was an influence upon Synge in writing ‘The Playboy of the Western World’. In this copy p.xi of the Preface is mis-paged x.
Ref: JRT111108


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOORE (George), and GOODWIN (Geraint). Conversations with George Moore. Ernest Benn Limited, 1929. T.e.g., others uncut; half morocco, patterned boards. Spine a little faded and rubbed, otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


One of an edition limited to 110 numbered copies signed by Geraint Goodwin and George Moore.
Ref: JRT111113


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOORE (Nicholas). Henry Miller. Published by The Opus Press, Wood House, Cholesbury Road, Wigginton, Herts. Distributed by Staples and Staples, Ltd., 89-91, Great Titchfield Street, London, W.C.1. Printed by Kenion Press, Ltd., 216, High Street, Slough, Bucks. Issued 1943. Short cr.8vo; blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; integral leaf of trade and commercial advertisements at end; pp.40; wire-stitched as a single gathering into deep pink wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the back wrapper, inside and out, bearing trade advertisements; issued without end-papers. Small mark at tail edge of front wrapper; otherwise a fine copy of a scarce book.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


The first work on Henry Miller to be published in England. Moore, poet, editor, and critic, was responsible for publishing Miller in England in the 1940s. The last ‘Ltd.,’ on the title-page in this copy is damaged, and is raised above the line, probably as always.
Ref: JRT111116


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOORE (T. Sturge). Corregio. London: Duckworth and Co. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1906. Extra cr.8vo; fine half-tone frontispiece and fifty-six plates; pp.xii+276; light pinkish brown buckram, blocked with publisher’s initial device black on back cover, ruled and blocked black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Some fading to cloth of spine; barely perceptible foxing of edges, half-title, and title; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy of a difficult title.

GB £75.00

US $93.00



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOORE (T. Sturge). The powers Of the air. Grant Richards Ltd, Eight St Martin’s Street, 1920. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; quarter charcoal cloth, pale brown boards blocked black on front board with a design by the author, pale brown spine label lettered up in black. A nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00



Ref: JRT111119


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOORE (T. Sturge). Armour for Aphrodite. Grant Richards and Humphrey Toulmin At the Cayme Press, Ltd, XXI Soho Square, London, 1929. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[2]+xiv+208; horizontally fine herring-bone ribbed light green cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. lime green, fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Light foxing of fore-edges and end-papers; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and insignificantly chipped dust-wrapper designed by the author.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Printed in Bristol at the Burleigh Press.
Ref: JRT111120


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORAES (Dom). Mrs Gandhi. Jonathan Cape, 1980. Double demy 16mo; eight double-sided plates; leaf headed ‘Index’ followed by four blanks at end; sea-green coated card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; made up without end-papers. Virtually fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Uncorrected Proof copy.
Ref: JRT111122


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORAVIA (Alberto). Two women. Translated by Angus Davidson. Secker & Warburg, 1958. Double cr.16mo; blue boards ruled, blocked, and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in frayed and torn dust-wrapper strengthened on verso with clear tape.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


First edition in English. The Italian edition appeared in the previous year.
Ref: JRT111125


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORAVIA (Alberto). The empty Canvas. Translated by Angus Davidson. Secker & Warburg, 1961. Double cr.16mo; final blank; blue boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered silver on spine. Nice in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Published in the same year as the Italian edition.
Ref: JRT111127


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORGAN (Charles). The fountain. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1932. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+[x]+434+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed light blue cloth lettered gilt on spine. A very little very light foxing passim, but a virtually fine copy, nonetheless in a minutely nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The novel with which Morgan won the Hawthornden Prize in 1932.
Ref: JRT111131


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORGAN (Charles). Sparkenbroke. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1936. Double cr.16mo; pp.[x]+553+[i (blank)]; vertically ribbed leaf green cloth lettered gilt on spine. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper with one insignificant nick at head of spine.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Sub-titled on the dust-wrapper: A Tale of Piers Tenniel, Lord Sparkenbroke.
Ref: JRT111132


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORGAN (Charles). The house of Macmillan (1843 — 1943). London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1943. Sm.f’cap 8vo; title-page printed in black and reddish-brown; pp.[xii]+[248]; leaf green buckram blocked with publisher’s monogram device on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g; light buff end-papers. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and foxed dust-wrapper.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


‘Paper being rare’ in war-time, printed short, and now by no means common, especially in dust-wrapper. Published to commemmorate the centenary of the firm. Includes letters from Thomas Hughes, Thomas Hardy, Walter Pater, George Bernard Shaw, James G. Frazer, etc., as well as reader’s reports, hitherto unpublished.
Ref: JRT111133


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORGAN (Charles). The Judge’s story. London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1947. Pp.[vi]+[218]; light green buckram lettered gilt on spine. Back cover flexion-creased; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT111135


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORGAN (Charles). A breeze Of morning. London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1951. Final blank; pp.[viii]+[237]+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; light green smooth fine linen lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly nicked and darkened dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


The second binding, earlier copies being in green buckram, instead of smooth fine linen, of a slightly darker shade. The dust-wrapper of this variant had the price-bearing corner of the dust-wrapper clipped off by the publishers before issue.
Ref: JRT111137


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORRIS (Clara). A silent singer. By Clara Morris, Author of “Life on the Stage” “A pasteboard Crown” etc. London, Isbister and Company, 15 & 16 Tavistock Street Covent Garden, 1904. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[xii]+308; lime green buckram blocked with an art nouveau design pale green, and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. A very little scattered light foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Short Stories. First English edition of a title published in America in 1899.
Ref: JRT118678


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORSELLI (Guido). Divertimento 1889. Translated from the Italian And with an Introduction by Hugh Shankland. E.P. Dutton, New York, [1986]. Extra lge.post 8vo format, perfect bound; cancel title-leaf; pp.[xiv]+145+[i (blank)]; quarter black cloth, downlettered, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s initial device blind-through-gilt on spine, textured grey board sides; black and white head and tail bands. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


First American issue of the first translation into English, published in England by Chatto and Windus in the same year, and consisting, apparently, of English sheets with a cancel title-page. (The half-title bears the English publisher’s logo.) The Italian original was published in 1975.
ISBN 0 — 525 — 24553 — 7
Ref: JRT111140


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORTIMER (John). Like Men Betrayed. Collins & The Book Society, June, 1953. Iron grey smooth cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue-grey, lower-edges uncut. Very slight fading of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Signed by the author on the half-title page. According to the statement of printing on the verso of the title-page, this edition was issued simultaneously with the regular trade edition.
Ref: JRT111141


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORTIMER (Penelope). Long Distance. Allen Lane, 1974. Extra double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; leaf bearing publisher’s device precedes title-page; pp.239+[i (blank)]; black cloth-textured boards, lettered, down-lettered, and blocked with publisher’s device, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


By the author of ‘The Pumpkin Eater’.
Ref: JRT111143


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORTIMER (Raymond). The French pictures: A letter to Harriet. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1932. One gathering 16mo, sewn into cream paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in orange and black; pp.31+[i (blank)]; issued without end-papers. Slight marking and dusting of wrappers, and some scattered light foxing; a very good copy, nonetheless.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


Issued as No.4 of ‘The Hogarth Letters’. Woolmer, 299: the first impression, apparently of two, totalling 2,500 copies, 500 of which were later bound up as part of the collected edition, and 1,000 of which were later pulped.
Ref: JRT118440


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOTTRAM (R.H.). The Boroughmonger. London, Chatto & Windus, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+[340]; 4pp. inserted publisher’s advertisements at end; fine herring-bone grain blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue. Slight darkening of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The publisher’s File Copy, with the remains of their label to this effect on the spine, and ‘Office’ written in pencil on the front end-paper.
Ref: JRT111151


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOTTRAM (R.H.). Europa’s Beast. Chatto & Windus, 1930. Lge.post 8vo; blank, half-title, and limitation leaf precede title-page; quarter blue buckram, cream boards patterned in green; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine faded, as usual, and one corner bruised; otherwise a fine unopened copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


One of an edition limited to 358 copies, printed upon large paper, this copy being numbered and signed by the author.
Ref: JRT111153


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOTTRAM (R.H.). The New providence. Chatto & Windus, 1930. White boards printed in brown. Prelims. and edges foxed; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly darkened on spine.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Number three of The Dolphin Books.
Ref: JRT111156


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MUIR (Edwin). Latitudes. London: Andrew Melrose Ltd., 3 York Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2., N.D. [1924]. Blank before half-title; dedication leaf with Author’s Preface to the English Edition on verso, and author’s acknowledgments leaf, blank on verso, and leaf of Contents, also blank on verso, precede start of text; blank at end; pp.[xii]+322+[ii]; blue beaded-linen-grain cloth ruled, and blocked with publisher’s monogram, blind on front cover, peach paper label printed in mustard and black on spine; t.e. dark blue, fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; purple string marker. Slight staining of label; front blank and edges very slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


Printed in the U.S.A., and presumably also published there. The Library of Congress on-line catalogue however records only this edition and one dated 1972. Essays on Robert Burns, the Scottish Ballads, George Douglas, Conrad, Dostoyevsky, Ibsen, Neitzsche, The Truth About Art, etc., etc. In this copy the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.116, l.20, ‘near’ for ‘nearer’; p.167, l.13, raised ‘a’ at start of line; p.232, l.2, ‘se’ of ‘serious’ battered.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MUIR (Edwin). The structure Of the novel. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1928. Pp.151+[i (blank)]; orange rough buckram blocked and lettered red on front cover, lettered red on spine. Slight fading to cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


Issued as No.6 of the series ‘Hogarth Lectures on Literature’. Woolmer 168. 2,250 copies were printed.
Ref: JRT111167


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MUIR (Edwin). Selected letters. Edited with an Introduction by P.H. Butter. 1974, The Hogarth Press. Lge.post 8vo; portrait frontispiece; final blank; deep rose boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in torn dust-wrapper strengthened on verso with clear tape.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT111169


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MUIR (Edwin). Selected letters. Edited with an Introduction by P.H. Butter. 1974, The Hogarth Press. Lge.post 8vo; portrait frontispiece; final blank; deep rose boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The publishers’ ‘Production Office Copy’, so rubber stamped on front paste-down.
Ref: JRT111170


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MULHOLLAND (Rosa). The Daughter in Possession: The Story of a Great Temptation. Illustrated by G. Demain Hammond, R.I. Blackie and Son Limited, London Glasgow and Bombay, 1915. Half-tone frontispiece and seven plates printed rather subtly in black and tan; pp.392; greenish slate buckram, elaborately blocked flesh-pink, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut; end-papers faced greyish brown. Slight fading to cloth of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Juvenile
Ref: JRT111171


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MUNRO (Alice). Friend of My Youth. Stories by Alice Munro. Alfred A. Knopf New York 1990. Short demy 8vo format, perfect bound; advertisement leaf (bearing blurb, etc) precedes half-title; leaf bearing bibliographical note on recto, blank on verso, followed by two blanks at end; light grey-green textured wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper and spine in black; made up without end-papers. Lower corners of first few leaves bruised, but a nice copy.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


Uncorrected Proof copy, so designated on front wrapper. The author’s seventh book.
ISBN 0-394-58442-2
Ref: JRT111174


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MUNRO (Neil). Children of tempest: A Tale of the Outer Isles. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1903. Blank before half-title; final leaf a single inset; 32pp. inserted publisher’s catalogue at end, dated 7/03; violet coarse buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine. Spine and parts of back cover faded; edges foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT111180


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MUNRO (Neil). Fancy Farm. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1910. Blank at end, followed by 32pp. inserted publisher’s catalogue dated 9/10; blue green buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine. Cloth nicked at lower corner of spine; end-papers foxed, edges slightly so; neat inscription on half-title; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT111181


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MURDOCH (Iris). The Bell. 1958, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; dark green cloth textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper, very slightly darkened on spine.

GB £500.00

US $620.00


Norah Smallwood’s copy, with her pencilled initials and brief reading notes on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto & Windus. The very scarce true first printing (advance issue, or bound final proof), on smooth hard paper of good quality. The sheets bulk 21.5mm scant, against the 26mm scant of the trade issue, which is on a thicker paper that is slightly rough, the paper used for the trade issue being the same as that used for the Book Society issue, that being in fact printed as part of the same run. There are also small differences in the dust-wrapper, the front wrapper design in the advance issue exactly fitting the front board, whereas in the trade issue there is a plain margin at the fore-edge, the dust-wrapper having been slightly widened and the blurb moved away from the design, in order to accommodate the greater bulk of the sheets. The cloth texturing of the boards is slightly coarser in the advance issue, and also has a less pronounced linen pattern. The third impression, printed later the same month, returned to the thinner, whiter, paper of the advance issue, so that the dust-wrapper design became once more an exact fit.
Ref: JRT111188


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MURDOCH (Iris). The Black prince. 1973, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.xviii+[364]+[ii]; mottled violet boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Owner’s name on front end-paper, date of purchase (‘27: 2: 73’) on back end-paper, both in ink; newspaper portrait of author tipped onto front end-paper; otherwise nice.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


With a card from the author, twenty-seven words holograph, initialled, addressed to ‘Dear Muggins,’ loosely laid in.
Ref: JRT111193


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MURDOCH (Iris). The good Apprentice. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1985. Double cr.16mo; additional title-page, and limitation leaf, on thick paper, precede half-title; pp.[4]+[vi]+522; quarter brown rough cloth, marbled sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on flat spine, ruled gilt on sides; brown and white head- and tail- bands. Fine copy in original wax-paper dust-wrapper, this slightly frayed.

GB £220.00

US $272.80


One of an issue limited to 250 numbered copies, signed by the author, and specially bound. The sheets are those of the normal first edition, with additional preliminary leaves, the added title-page designating the publisher of this issue as ‘London Limited Editions’.
Ref: JRT111198


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MURRAY (David Christie). Despair’s Last journey. London, Chatto & Windus, 1901. Title-page printed in red and black; leaf bearing publisher’s woodcut device on recto, blank on verso, followed by 4pp. integral advertisements and publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue, dated Jan.1902, at end; pp.[iv]+421+[i (blank)]+[ii]+4; very dark navy blue buckram, ruled orange, blocked orange, yellow, and grey, lettered yellow-cased very dark navy blue on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut. Edges, first and last few leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5029, listing an otherwise similar copy with a Catalogue dated Sept.1901. A difficult title.
Ref: JRT111201


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MURRAY (David Christie). Guesses at Truths: Ethical, social, political And literary. By David Christie Murray ("Merlin” in The Referee). London, Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 182, High Holborn, W.C., 1908. Portrait frontispiece; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+456+[viii]; dull purple smooth cloth, lettered whitish green on front cover, gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Insignificant slightly faded strip at extreme lower edge of front cover; very light foxing of end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy of a scarce title.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


A minor binding variant, copies also being known with the fore-edges mainly trimmed and the lower-edges rough trimmed. Published posthumously. Sixty articles contributed during the last seven or eight years of his life to ‘The Referee’.
Ref: JRT111202


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MYERS (L.H.). The Orissers. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, December, 1922. Roy.8vo; blank and limitation leaf precede half-title; two text-paper blanks tipped in at end; cream boards printed with all-over design in olive green, cream labels on front cover and spine, printed in black; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers marbled grey. A little very light foxing, but a near fine copy in slightly nicked and internally strengthened dust-wrapper.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


One of an edition limited to 250 copies numbered and signed by the author.

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Ref: JRT111214


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MYERS (L.H.). Strange glory. Putnam, Covent Garden, February 1936. Final blank; light green buckram, minutely flecked dark green, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. A very nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT111215


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[NAIPAUL (Shiva).]. An Unfinished Journey. [On front wrapper:] Hamish Hamilton. N.D. [c.1985]. Lge.post 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[viii]+136; light yellow wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; made up without end-papers. Very slight dusting of wrappers, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Uncorrected Proof Copy on Proofing Paper. An early state of proof prepared from the galleys, the rudimentary prelims including neither author’s name nor imprint, and a good deal of further editorial correction to the text and fore-matter evidently still to come. An unusual state of proof, of which probably no more than half a dozen copies will have been made up. Loosely laid in is a publisher’s compliments slip giving the publication date as 31st July 1986. The book, which was prepared for publication posthumously, includes an Introduction by Douglas Stuart.
Ref: JRT111217


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NAIPAUL (Shiva). An Unfinished Journey. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1986. Lge.post 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[viii]+136; black linen-textured boards downlettered and blocked with publisher’s initials device gilt on spine. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned in margins; otherwise a fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


The book, which was prepared for publication posthumously, includes an Introduction by Douglas Stuart.
Ref: JRT111218


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NATIONS (Opal). Extracts from Stanley and tie-tars. Opal L. Nations. Le roman absurde And How to destroy it. Covent Garden Press Ltd, 1971. A5 format, wire-stabbed; blank before half-title, two at end; pp.[8 (not paginated)]+ii+53+[v]; glazed white card covers, cut flush, printed on front and inside covers in black; issued without end-papers. Covers slightly dusty, otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


One of the scarcest Covent Garden Press titles, and one of the author’s most interesting experiments. From the Opal Nations file.
Ref: JRT119698


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NATIONS (Opal L.). Screen-teen. A collection of poems and other works 1970 — 1972. By Opal L. Nations. Strange Faeces Press, 1972. 42a, Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, London W11. Single sheets, med.4to format, wire-stabbed; half-title and end-papers not called for; blank before title-page; 40pp. paginated in combinations of letters and numbers, the letters spelling out from page to page the author’s name, the numbers counting the number of times that each has been repeated; front wrapper, cut flush, printed outside in black. Back wrapper detached from one of the three staples, otherwise a fine copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


One of an edition limited to 200 copies “All of which are signed in invisible Braille". The text contains one ink correction by the author on p.O2 (bis). From the Opal Nations file.
Ref: JRT119491


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NATIONS (Opal L.). Americana 2 By Opal L. Nations. Copywrite the author 1972. Illustrations by Opal L. Nations. Published in an edition of 200 by The Strange Faeces Press, 42a, Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, London, W.11. Single leaves med.4to format wire-stitched into pale yellow card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without half-title or end-papers; pp.20, not paginated. Small round blank publisher’s sticker on corner of front wrapper, presumably to indicate its defective status; misbound, having been stapled at the wrong edge, which makes the contents appear back-to-front; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 200 copies. From the Opal Nations file.
Ref: JRT119489


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NATIONS (Opal). [Cover title:] No.5 International Artist’s Cooperation. Geological book Of the womb. Opal L Nations. [On verso of front cover:] Strange Faeces, 42a, Pembridge Road Notting Hill Gate London W.11, 1973. Lge.post 32mo format, 16pp. (paginated [i]+15) including covers, wire-stitched; issued without prelims. or end-papers. Corner of front wrapper creased; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


A Lithographic miniature. From the Opal Nations file.
Ref: JRT119697


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NATIONS (Opal). A pen Some paper Many dreams & other Eye Movements. Galloping Dog Press, Swansea uk, 1979. Single sheets A4 wire-stabbed into large glazed white card wrappers printed on front wrapper in black with a half-tone portrait of the author and lettering white-through-black, lettered black on back wrapper. Front wrapper very slightly rubbed at edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


One of an edition of 235 ordinary copies of an edition of 250.
Ref: JRT119499


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NAUGHTON (Bill). A roof over your Head. The Pilot Press Ltd., 1945. Half-title not called for; final blank; blue cloth blocked with publisher’s device blue through red on front cover, lettered red on front cover and up spine. Some damp mottling of front cover; otherwise a fine copy in defective dust-wrapper.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The author’s scarce first book.
Ref: JRT111226


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NEWBY (P.H.). The Young May moon. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, 1950. Pp.288; mottled pale sand cloth, lettered scarlet on front cover, blocked and lettered scarlet on spine; t.e. pale orange, lower-edges uncut. Very nice copy in frayed and slightly torn dust-wrapper preserved in a loose paper-backed clear-plastic chemise. A difficult early title.

GB £70.00

US $86.80



Ref: JRT111239


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NEWBY (P.H.). A guest And his going. A novel. Jonathan Cape, 1959. Emerald green hammered boards, marbled brown, blocked with publisher’s device white, lettered white and yellow, on spine; t.e. grey-green. Very slight foxing of fore-edges, otherwise a fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96



Ref: JRT111241


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NEWMAN (Andrea). An Evil Streak. Michael Joseph, 1977. Narrow demy 8vo format, perfect bound; black boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in nicked and minutely rubbed dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT111245


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NICOLSON (Harold). The Meaning of prestige. The Rede Lecture Delivered before the University Of Cambridge on 23 April 1937. Cambridge, At the University Press, 1937. Pp.36; pale green boards printed in red and black on front board, in black up spine. Nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72



Ref: JRT111255


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NICHOLSON (Norman). H.G. Wells By Norman Nicholson. London, Arthur Barker Ltd., 1950. Sm.cr.8vo; half/series title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.105+[i (blank)]+[ii]; bright scarlet cloth lettered bright scarlet through gilt-pressed panel on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT111252


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NORRIS (W.E.). Nigel’s vocation. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1904. Integral blank at end, preceded by publisher’s inserted 40pp. Catalogue dated July 1904; pp.[viii]+305+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; vertically fine-ribbed scarlet cloth lettered gilt within gilt boxes on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Nice copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


The first issue. According to the ‘English Catalogue of Books’ the book was published in September 1904. Wolff, 5171, recording only a later issue with a catalogue bound in after the blank and dated March 1909.
Ref: JRT118283


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NUTTALL (Jeff). Snipe’s Spinster. Calder and Boyars, 1975. Double cr.16mo; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; red boards lettered gilt down spine. Nice copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT111264


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

NUTTALL (Jeff). The Gold Hole. Quartet Books, 1978. Ego-trip leaf before title-page; half-title not called for; two blanks at end; red boards lettered gilt down spine. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: JRT111265


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OATES (Joyce Carol). American Appetites. Macmillan, London, 1989. Lge.double med.16mo; pp.[xii]+340; dun-coloured fine cloth-textured boards lettered gilt and dun-and-gilt-shadowed gilt down spine. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout, otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Printed in Hong Kong. Published the same year as the American edition.
Ref: JRT111269


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’BRIEN (Conor Cruise). [Double spread title utilising verso of half-title:] Writers And Politics. 1965, Chatto and windus, London. Short double demy 16mo; blank before half-title; two blanks at end; pp.[2]+xxii+259+[v]; dark drab cloth-textured boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Orwell, Camus, Sartre, The New Yorker, etc.
Ref: JRT111276


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’BRIEN (Edna). August is a Wicked Month. Jonathan Cape, 1965. Double cr.16mo; final blank; brownish-grey boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e light cerise. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: JRT111278


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’BRIEN (Edna). Casualties Of Peace. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square London, 1966. Double cr.8vo; two blanks at end; pp.187+[v]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in pale lime green and black on sides and spine; made up without end-papers. Author’s initials added neatly to printed title on spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Uncorrected Proof copy, so stated on wrappers.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’BRIEN (Kate). The flower of May: A Novel. William Heinemann Ltd, Melbourne :: London :: Toronto, 1953. Double globe 16mo; blank before half-title; pp.[x]+374; light grey coarse linen grain rough buckram, blocked and lettered dark blue on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered dark blue on spine. A fine, evidently unread, copy in a dust-wrapper with two short closed tears.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The correct first printing, but the remainder issue, bound for sale by Smiths (the lettering and blocking on the front cover being their ‘Ex Libris’ device), and trimmed to a smaller size than the first issue. In our experience, this is a good deal scarcer that the the earlier issue, which is in red cloth. The author’s first novel since 1946.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’CASEY (Sean). The Flying wasp: A laughing look-over of what has Been said about the things of the Theatre by the English dramatic Critics, with many merry and amus- Ing comments thereon, with some Shrewd remarks by the author on The wise, delicious, and dignified Tendencies in the theatre of to-day. London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1937. Pp.xiv+[201]+[i (blank)]; lemon yellow fine-weave cloth, panelled silver, lettered and embossed with lettering, black, and with black-ruled boxes, on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Leaf [A]5 badly opened with two chips to blank fore-margin; light foxing to cloth of sides (as often with this book); otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with 4mm chip across head of spine and tear along front joint: preserved now in a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


The epigraph on the title-page explains the title: “There is a nest of wasps that must be smoked out because it is doing the theatre infinite harm. Mr. J. Agate”
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’CASEY (Sean). The Letters 1910-1941. Volume I. Edited by David Krause. Cassell, 1975. Sm.double roy.16mo; blank before half-title, two at end; eight double-sided plates; green smooth cloth, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; textured green end-papers; pp.[2]+XXX+972+[4]. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First edition, English issue. Printed and bound in America.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’FAOLAIN (Sean). The vanishing hero: Studies in novelists of the Twenties. 1956, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London. Demy 8vo; final blank; pp.222+[ii]; brown paper wrappers, cut flush, typed label on front wrapper; made up without end-papers. A few small corners turned, and a little scattered very light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Designated on the label ‘PROOF COPY: For your personal reading’. Huxley, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Faulkner, Hemingway, Elizabeth Bowen, Virginia Woolf, Joyce.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’FLAHERTY (Liam). Red Barbara And other stories: The mountain tavern, prey, The oar. Illustrated by Cecil Salkeld. New York, Crosby Gaige; [on cancellation slip laid on:] Dulau and Company Ltd., 32 Old Bond Street, London, 1928. Lge.med.8vo; two blanks before half-title, two at end; cancellation slip laid on to title-page obscuring the words ‘London, Faber & Gwyer, Ltd., 1928’; four plates printed in sepia; pp.[viii]+[50]+[iv]; quarter puce fine buckram, flat back, skiver label blocked and lettered gilt, puce laid paper covered sides; puce and white silk head and tail bands; fore- and lower- edges uncut; text-paper end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


One of an edition limited to six hundred copies printed by William Edwin Rudge, at Mount Vernon, New York, this copy being signed by the author on the half-title. The cancellation slip suggests that Faber were to have published the book in England, but that there was a last minute change of plan.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’FLAHERTY (Liam). The house of gold. Jonathan Cape, 1929. Bright orange cloth blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges, otherwise virtually a fine copy in torn and slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Signed by the author on the front end-paper.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’FLAHERTY (Liam). The martyr. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1933. Final blank; very dark brown cloth, lettered green on spine. Top- and fore- edges slightly foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy in faded, frayed, and slightly marked dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $111.60




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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’HARA (John). Pipe night. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.194+[ii]; pale greenish grey cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut. Photosensitive cloth slightly faded on spine, and with faint imaging through from dust-wrapper on spine and front cover; otherwise a fine copy of a scarce title, in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Short stories.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’HARA (John). Ten North Frederick. The Cresset Press, 1956. Double lge.post 16mo; red boards lettered gilt on spine. Gilt darkened; a little scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy in worn dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’HARA (John). Elizabeth Appleton. The Cresset Press, 1963. Final blank; red boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

O’LEARY (Con). This Delicate creature. Constable & Company Ltd, 1928. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; fawn cloth, ruled and lettered cerise on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded; trifling insect damage to cloth of front joint; very light foxing to edges, prelims., and last few leaves; otherwise a fine copy in original slightly chipped and torn glassine dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OLIVIER (Edith). Night thoughts of a Country landlady: Being the Pacific Experiences of Miss Emma Nightingale In Time of War. Presented by Edith Olivier And illustrated by Rex Whistler. B.T. Batsford Ltd., 15 North Audley Street, London, Autumn 1943. Demy 8vo; frontispiece in full colour, and ten fine half-tone plates; pp.[x]+86; light sky-blue cloth, lettered dark blue on front cover, ruled and lettered dark blue on spine. Front cover and spine a little faded, and very slightly marked; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


There is no list of plates, but they face pp.viii, 11, 15, 22, 27, 30, 32, 50, 83, and 86.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OLIVIER (Edith). Four Victorian Ladies Of Wiltshire With An essay on Those leisured Ladies. Faber & Faber, 1945. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in black and pink; blank at end; pp.[iv]+101+[iii]; four double-sided half-tone plates; mottled pale grey Sundour cloth, panelled light blue, blocked and down-lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. pink; lower-edges mainly trimmed. Very nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Printed on at least three different paper stocks. The first gathering consists of ten leaves. Biographical sketches of Miss Annie Moberly, Mrs. Alfred Morrison, Miss Barbara Townsend, and Mrs. Percy Wyndham.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OLSON (Charles) & CREELEY (Robert). The complete Correspondence. Volume 6 Edited by George F. Butterick. Black Sparrow Press, Santa Barbara, 1985. Double med.16mo, perfect bound; advertisement leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; title-page printed in three colours; imprint leaf followed by biographical note leaf at end; pale fawn wrappers printed in four colours on front wrapper, three down spine, cut flush; red free end-papers (no paste-downs). Fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



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