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.

PRIVATE PRESS: HOGARTH PRESS. RHONDDA (Viscountess). Leisured women. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1928. F’cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.61+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; black-flecked grey paper wrappers printed in deep pink. Pencil scoring to some leaves, mostly marginal, and one or two pencilled notes; otherwise a virtually fine copy of one of the scarcest titles in the series.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Issued as No.XI. of ‘The Hogarth Essays, Second Series’. Woolmer, 171: 1,000 copies were printed, five hundred of which were later pulped.
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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.

PRIVATE PRESS: HOGARTH PRESS. SADLER (Sir Michael). Modern art and Revolution. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf At the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1932. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.32; pale grey-green wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Slight browning to first and last page from contact with the wrappers; Slight chipping to upper margin of front wrapper; but a very nice copy otherwise of one of the scarcer titles in the series.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Issued as No.13 of the series ‘Day to Day Pamphlets’. Woolmer, 308: 1,500 copies were printed, of which five hundred were later pulped.
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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.

NONESUCH PRESS: THE NONESUCH PRESS. Memoires For my Grand-son By John Evelyn. Transcribed and furnished With a Preface and Notes By Geoffrey Keynes. 1926, Printed at Oxford for the Nonesuch Press, 16 Great James Street Bloomsbury. F’cap 16mo in half-sheets; blank before half-title; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[2]+[xiv]+104+[i]+[3]; full limp vellum, stamped blind on sides, down-lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; French hand-made end-papers of a thicker paper than the text. Very nice copy.

GB £35.00

US $43.40


The first printing of these Memoires. One of an edition limited to 1,250 numbered copies for sale in England and America by John Johnson athe Oxford University Press upon French hand-made paper. A truly delightful little book, created in period style.

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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.

PRIVATE PRESS: THE NONESUCH PRESS. The life of William Blake By Mona Wilson. The Nonesuch Press, 16 Great James Street London, 1927. Double cr.8vo; collotype frontispiece and twenty-three plates; colophon on verso of last leaf of Index; final blank; pp.[xvi]+397+[i]+[ii]; quarter vellum, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, Cockerel paper boards; t.e.g., others uncut; text-paper end-papers. Bruise to vellum at head and tail of spine, with consequent slight rubbing of gilt on ‘LIFE’ and imprint; otherwise a fine, partly unopened, copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


One of an edition limited to 1480 numbered copies for sale in England and America, printed on Vidalon paper at the Chiswick Press. Bentley, 2981A. The standard biography.
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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.

PRIVATE PRESS: SAINT DOMINIC’S PRESS. DOUGLAS (Margaret). Margaret Douglas: A selection from her writings Together with appreciations of her Life and work by Charlotte Balfour, Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, John McCallum, Nesta Sawyer, and by Her husband for whom this Book has been printed By H.D.C. Pepler Ditchling Common Sussex, September 1931. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; leaf bearing epigraph on recto, limitation notice on verso precedes title-page with small wood-cut device; collotype portrait on chalk-surfaced paper, tipped on, follows title-page; one inserted half-tone plate, and twenty half-tone illustrations in text, eight of them full-page; one illustration in line; printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii (not paginated)]+283+[i (blank)]+[i]+[i (blank)]+[ii]; quarter dull purplish blue calf, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine, grey-and-white linen-patterned sides, ruled and lettered gilt; a.e. uncut; end-papers printed with landscape and flowers in dark green. Tear and small chip to calf at head of spine repaired with a folded parchment underlay, stained down, not quite to match, but not obtrusive; half-inch hole in blank portion of front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


The total edition consisted of 150 copies on English Handmade Paper, ‘Printed at St Dominic’s Press, Ditchling Common, Sussex’ on a Stanhope hand-press, the type being then distributed. An unusually substantial volume for this press, and one of the smaller limitations. The illustrations, with the exception of the one in line (which reproduces an advertisement), are after pencil drawings by Sylvia Packard. There is no list of illustrations, but the plate is inserted to face p.148; the half-tone illustrations in the text appear on pp.49, 75, 125, 195, 200, [201], 204, 208, [219], [220], [227], [231], [232], 238, 239, 249, [250], 255, [260], and 264; the line illustration on p.185. Chesterton’s contribution, “In Memoriam, M.D.” is Sullivan 374.
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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.

PRIVATE PRESS: SAINT DOMINIC’S PRESS. Geoffrey Chaucer: A study in genius & ethics By Fr Vincent McNabb, O.P., S.T.M. Pepler and Sewell, St Dominic’s Press, Ditchling, Sussex, And 17 Red Lion Passage, Holborn, London. A.D. MCMXXXIV. Extra cr.8vo in half-sheets; four binder’s blanks of toned laid paper at front and back, the outermost serving as end-papers; text printed on thick grey hand-made paper; woodcut vignette on title; pp.32, unpaged; quarter brown rough buckram, textured lime-green boards, front board printed in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Small ownership stamp on front end-paper; boards very slightly faded towards top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


One of an edition limited to only 300 numbered copies printed by hand on Head’s hand-made paper in January 1934.:<(<(<(<(<(<(<(<(<(<(0)>)>)>)>)>)>)>)>)>)>:
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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.

PRIVATE PRESS: WESTERHAM PRESS. [A. (R.S.)] The Contributors: Being the paper of a talk Delivered to the Wynkyn de Worde Society At Stationers’ Hall on 16th May 1974. Westerham Press, [Westerham, Kent,] 1974. Lge.post 8vo in half-sheets; frontispiece on verso of half-title, vignette on title, numerous full page illustrations and facsimiles in text, one printed in black and pale grey-green, one in black and red; two printed slips of grey paper, one printed in black and red, one in black and grey-green tipped on to one page as illustration; iron grey cloth lettered gilt down flat spine; end-papers faced blackish-green

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Signed ‘RSA’ at end of text. Includes also an introductory Note by Sir Francis Meynell.
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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.

PROKOSCH (Frederic). The Idols of the Cave. 1947, Chatto and Windus. Lge.post 8vo; pp.304; black buckram ruled, blocked, and lettered down spine in cream; lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper a trifle darkened on spine.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The publisher’s Production Office Copy, with their label to this effect on the spine of the dust-wrapper. This title is scarce in anything approaching fine condition, the enamel on the spine being very liable to chip. In fine state it is a very handsome book.
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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.

PUDNEY (John). The Europeans. Fourteen tales of a continent. The Bodley Head, 1947. Two blanks at end; light drab wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front wrapper. A generally nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Uncorrected proof copy. Typographically odd. Dated a year earlier than the published volume.
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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.

PYNCHON (Thomas). The Secret Integration. [On back wrapper:] Aloes Books, N.D. [1980]. Wide lge.post 8vo (B5), 48pp., wire-stitched as a single gathering into textured white card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in grey, red, and black, on back wrapper in black; frontispiece on text-paper; vignette title-page printed in grey and black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £22.00

US $27.28


The first separate printing of a story that originally appeared in ‘The Saturday Evening Post’ between the 19th and 26th of December, 1964 (here reproduced with the knowledge and aquiescence of the author’s agent). The correct first printing and one of 3,000 copies (as confirmed to us by the printer/publisher, Jim Pennington, at the time of purchase in 1984). There was a second printing of 2,500 copies, the print run being stated, and the cover stock a smooth glossy card, and a third printing, also with the cover stock of a smooth glossy card, but without the print-run statement. The cover design is by Jake Tilson.

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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.

PYNCHON (Thomas). The small rain. Aloes Books London, N.D. [1982]. Super roy.8vo, 20pp., wire-stitched as a single gathering into white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in purple, sepia, dull blue, and black; illustrated title-page printed in black and greyish fawn; colophon leaf at end; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


The first separate edition of a story that was originally printed in the ‘Cornell Writer’ in 1959. The second, and only separate printing. One of 2,000 copies. The cover design is by Robert Carter.
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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.

QUENNELL (Peter). A letter to Mrs. Virginia Woolf. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1932. One gathering 12mo, sewn into cream paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in deep turquoise and black; pp.24; issued without end-papers. Small rust line on back wrapper; but a virtually fine copy otherwise.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Issued as No.12 of ‘The Hogarth Letters’ series. A reply to Mrs. Woolf’s ‘Letter to a Young Poet’. Woolmer, 305: one of 1,000 copies separately issued, 500 copies later being bound up in the collected edition.
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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.

QUILLER-COUCH (A.T.). The Westcotes. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd., 1902 [i.e., November, 1901]. All Rights Reserved. Post 8vo; title-page printed in scarlet and black; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.289+[i (blank)]+[vi]; charcoal linen-patterned smooth cloth, blocked pictorially scarlet, grey, and white, ruled black, lettered white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; laid end-papers. Insignificant scratch to top-edges; end-papers a little foxed, with offsetting onto facing page; but a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £21.00

US $26.04


Not in Sadleir or Wolff (who does not recognise the letter ‘Q’!).
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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.

QUILLER-COUCH (A.T.). Fort Amity. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1904. Extra cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.viii+357+[i (printers’ imprint)]+[ii]; mottled navy blue and light blue rough buckram, blocked white on front cover and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered with short rule gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of fore-edges; white blocking on front cover variable in quality, blocking on spine insignificantly chipped; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Dedicated to Henry Newbolt, and incidentally their two sons.
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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.

"Q.” (A.T. Quiller-Couch). The Mayor of Troy. Written by “Q.” Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1906. Pp.viii+300; publisher’s inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated February 1906; dull blue rough buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Light foxing of prelims. and some fore- and lower- edges, but a nice copy. In our experience, a difficult title.

GB £65.00

US $80.60



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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.

QUILLER-COUCH (A.T.). All rights reserved. From a Cornish Window. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, 1906. Sm.cr.8vo; title-page printed in pale grey, black, and scarlet; pp.[viii]+[367]+[i (blank)]; scarlet fine rough buckram, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Gilt slightly rubbed on spine; otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Reflections written month by month.
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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.

"Q” [i.e., Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch]. Lady Good-for-Nothing. A Man’s Portrait of a Woman. Thomas Nelson and Sons, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Leeds, and New York; Leipzig: 35-37 Königstrasse. Paris: 61, rue des Saints-Pères, 1910. Double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; full colour frontispiece; 6pp. integral series advertisements at end, not listing this title; green dotted line ribbed cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, panelled white, on spine; end-papers printed pale lime green in series style. Enamel chipped along top and lower edges of panel; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The spine panel in this copy is rather less chipped than usual. Issued as a volume in Nelson’s 2/- Series of New Novels.
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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.

[QUILLER-COUCH (A.T.).]. Nicky-Nan, Reservist By “Q” (Sir A.T. Quiller-Couch) Author of ‘Hocken and Hunken’. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1915. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+vi+314+2; dark red buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Poor quality war-time gilt oxydised on spine; small ownership inscription removed from upper margin of half-title, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.

GB £12.50

US $15.50


The author’s name appears, as given in brackets above, on the front cover and spine, as well as the title-page.
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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.

RAINE (Kathleen). A Question of Poetry. [On colophon:] Published by Richard Gilbertson, Bow, Nr. Crediton, Devonshire, N.D. [In author’s holograph:] July 1969. Sm.4to format, six leaves wire-stitched into pale yellow thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in scarlet; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Virtually fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


One of 102 [?101] copies of a total edition of 250 signed and dated by the author. According to the colophon, copy 1 was issued with the original ms., various letters from the author, and with the corrected proofs; copies 2 — 26 with a poem in the author’s ms., and signed and dated, copies 26 [?27] — 127 signed by the author, and copies 128 — 250 merely numbered. Apparently the first publication of a set of answers written by Raine in 1946 in response to a questionnaire sent her by the social psychologist E.W. Martin, with a 1969 postscript. An interesting exploration of the nature of poetic creation.
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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.

RANSOME (Arthur). The Soldier and death: A Russian folk tale Told in English. [On verso of title:] January 1920. [On colophon leaf:] Printed for the Author at The Westminster Press, London W. and published by John G. Wilson at 77 Queen Street Cheapside E.C. One gathering, 12mo, sewn into large light drab wrappers printed on front wrapper in black; half-title not called for; colophon leaf at end; issued without end-papers. Short tear in wrappers at head of spine; small wax splash on back cover; slight foxing of edges; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20



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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.

RAVEN (Simon). Come like Shadows. The eighth novel in the Alms for Oblivion sequence. Blond & Briggs, 1972. Extra cr.8vo; pp.223+[i (blank)]; dull greenish slate very fine cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher’s imprint device and lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper lightly rubbed at flaps on point of fold.

GB £31.00

US $38.44



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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.

RAVEN (Simon). Bring forth The body. The ninth novel in the Alms for Oblivion sequence. Blond & Briggs, 1974. Extra cr.8vo; pp.232; brownish black fine cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher’s imprint device and down-lettered gilt on spine. Front paste-down slightly creased due to an original binding fault, and small corner of front free end-paper slightly thinned by removal of bookseller’s price; otherwise a fine copy in slightly rubbed dust-wrapper a little creased and torn on back panel.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



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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.

RAYNER (Claire). Family Chorus. Hutchinson, London Melbourne Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1984. Double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; pp.431+[i (blank)]; black cloth-textured boards down-lettered and blocked with publisher’s device and name on spine. Original folding fault causing insignificant wrinkling in one gathering; otherwise a fine copy 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.

READ (Herbert). Phases of English poetry. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1928. Imprint leaf at end, printed on verso only; orange buckram, blocked red on front cover, lettered red on front cover and spine. Spine slightly faded, and slight dust-marking to sides; otherwise very nice.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


Issued as No.7 in the series ‘Hogarth Lectures on Literature’, under the general editorship of George Rylands and Leonard Woolf. Woolmer, 170. 2,000 copies were printed.
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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.

READ (Herbert). Annals of Innocence And Experience By Herbert Read. Faber & Faber, London, 1940. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[212]; very pale fawn Sundour cloth, blocked and lettered blind through purplish blue panels on front cover and spine, ruled gilt. lettered purplish blue on spine; top-edges stained purplish blue. Three faint yellowish blotches on fore-edge of back cover offset from the dust-wrapper; insignificant foxing to fore-edges of first and last few leaves (not spreading to the margins); some fading to colour of top-edges; yellow stain to lower corner of front free end-paper, and top corner of back paste-down; otherwise a fine copy in a lightly damp-stained dust-wrapper.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


The Author’s autobiography, including as its first section (pp.17-62) ‘The Innocent Eye’, a detail of Read’s childhood, published originally in a stand-alone form, the remaining two sections, occupying some 147pp. being here first printed.
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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.

READ (Herbert). To hell with Culture: Democratic values are New values. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., Broadway House, 68-74 Carter Lane, E.C., 1941. White boards printed in fawn and black. Backstrip lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Issued as No.4 in the series ‘The Democratic Order’.
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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.

READ (Herbert). Existentialism, Marxism and Anarchism. Chains of Freedom. Freedom Press, London, 1949. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.56; two entry Errata slip tipped in before p.9; duck-egg blue boards printed dark red on front cover and down spine. Inscription on front end-paper; back end-paper creased due to an original binding fault; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly faded dust-wrapper, just a trifle frayed at head of spine.

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.

RENAULT (Mary [i.e., Mary Challans]). North face. Longmans Green and Co, 1949. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.[318]+[ii]; mottled light lime green cloth lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


A novel set in Devon.
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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.

REXROTH (Kenneth). An Autobiographical Novel. Whittet Books, [on verso of title-page:] The Oil Mills, Weybridge, Surrey, 1977. Demy 8vo; final blank; rich brown boards, lettered gilt down spine. One corner slightly bruised; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


First English edition. Published in America in 1966.
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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.

RICHARDSON (Dorothy M.). Clear horizon. London, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1935. Pp.239+[i (printer’s imprint)]; pale brown wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; made up without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Evidently a proof copy, though this is nowhere stated. Lightly pencilled reader’s notes on the front wrapper record the publication date and price as ‘April / 7/6’ and the comment: ‘Involved, introspective, / analytical, meandering, / pseudo-philosophical, / metaphorical, actionless / pointless twaddle’! A very scarce title in any form. One wonders why.
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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.

RICHTER (Conrad). The Lady. Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1957. Blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; biographical note leaf followed by blank at end; pale blue-green cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher’s device deep pink on back cover, blocked brown, lettered deep pink on front cover, blocked and lettered brown and deep pink on spine; t.e. deep pink, fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £33.00

US $40.92



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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.

RICKETTS (Charles). Pages on art. By Charles Ricketts Author of ‘The Prado and its Masterpieces,’ ‘Titian,’ ‘De la typographie et De la page imprimée.’ London, Constable and Company Ltd, 1913. Demy 8vo; photogravure portrait frontispiece by Emery Walker after a photograph by M. Arbuthnot, printed in sepia, with tissue guard; final blank; pp.viii+[266]+[ii]; fine-textured light sage-green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, ruled and blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover; t.e.g., fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Slight fading to spine and edges of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Essays: Charles Conder; Charles Shannon; A Note on the Art of Watteau; A Century of Art, 1810-1910; Puvis de Chavannes; Auguste Rodin; Fantin-Latour; The Work of G.F. Watts at Burlington House; Constantin Meunier: his Aim and Place in the Art of the Nineteenth Century; Dalou; Adolph von Menzel; Post-impressionism at the Grafton Gallery; Japanese Painting and Sculpture at the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition; The Chinese Paintings in the British Museum; Three Essays on Oriental Painting; Outamaro; The Art of Stage Decoration; Gustave Moreau. Finely printed on good quality laid 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.

RICKWORD (Edgell). Rimbaud The boy and the poet. London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1924. Demy 8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘A’ before half-title; photogravure frontispiece with tissue guard; final blank; pp.[2]+[xiv]+234+[ii]; green fine-linen-effect cloth, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Cloth of spine a trifle faded; first and last two leaves, and edges, slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



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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.

RIDGE (W. Pett). The Wickhamses By W. Pett Ridge. Methuen & Co. 36 Essex Street W.C. London, 1906. Pp.[iv]+343+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s inserted Catalogue, 40pp., dated July 1906 and not including this title, at end; vertically fine-ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxed on front cover and spine; slight damp-marking to front end-papers; prelims. and Catalogue foxed; otherwise a fine copy of a difficult title.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff; NCBEL: 4:722.

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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.

RIDGE (W. Pett). Splendid brother. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1909. Pp.[viii]+335+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated May 1909, and not listing this title; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered within ruled boxes, gilt, on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very slight fading to cloth of spine and top edge of front cover, and some foxing of edges, but a nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20



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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.

RIDGE (W.Pett). Light Refreshment. Hodder and Stoughton, London 1910. Sm.cr.8vo; printer’s imprint leaf at end (blank on verso); pp.[viii]+246+[ii]; mottled light bluish violet rough buckram, blocked black, lettered gilt, and with laid-on panel of glazed paper printed lithographically with illustration in full colour, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine worn at head, and covers generally a little rubbed and marked; front free end-paper lacking; some foxing of prelims., last few leaves, and end-papers; a good copy only.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Laid on to the front paste-down is an A.L.S. from the author, dated merely October 20th, c.35 words, arranging a meeting.
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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.

RIDGE (W. Pett). Love at Paddington. Thomas Nelson and Sons, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Leeds, Melbourne, and New York; Leipzig: 37-37 Königstrasse; Paris: 189, rue Saint-Jacques, 1912. Sm.double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; full-colour frontispiece; pp.271+[i (blank)]; deep blue diagonally fine ribbed cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed pictorially jade-green in series style. A fine, bright, copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


Though it is not so stated, issued upon first publication as a volume in Nelson’s ‘2/- Series’, and bound in series style.

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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.

RIDGE (W. Pett). The Happy Recruit. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1914. Pp.[viii]+316; publishers’ inserted catalogue, 32pp., at end, dated Autumn, 1914 (listing this title with a blurb but without reviews); vertically fine-ribbed deep scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine, lettered blind within blind-ruled box on front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Light damp-marking to covers, and corner of front end-paper creased; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


A scarce title.

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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.

RIDGE (W. Pett). The Amazing years. By W. Pett Ridge Author of “Maud Em’ly” “69 Birnham Road” etc. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, 1917. Integral end-papers; final blank; pp.[viii (including end-papers)]+174+[vi]; light green buckram-surfaced linen, ruled, lettered, and blocked black on front cover and spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed. Slight marking to back board and slight fading to cloth of spine; end-papers cracked; a very nice copy nonetheless of a scarce wartime title.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


A novel.

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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.

RIDGE (W. Pett). Old and Happy. Published by Blades. [sic] East and Blades, For the Printers’ Pension Corporation, N.D. [1917]. F’cap 4to; blank before half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece of Ridge by E.O. Hoppé with tissue guard; one photogravure plate printed in sepia after a wash drawing by John Hassall and one in black and white after a charcoal drawing by Will Owen; title-page printed in scarlet and black; integral leaf commercial advertisements at end, blank on verso, followed by integral blank serving as paste-down; original full limp vellum blocked and lettered gilt on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Nice copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


One of an edition limited to 500 copies signed by W. Pett Ridge and printed upon Whatman hand-made paper watermarked ‘1915’. Includes a description by Ridge of a visit to the Printers’ Almeshouses at Wood Green in North London (now in the London Borough of Haringey), together with a short story and a fable by him, a brief Introduction by G. Rowland Blades, an extract from a speech by King George V when Prince of Wales delivered at the Annual Festival in 1909, and a final section of anecdotes contributed by the editors of newspapers (the “Bristol Observer", “Daily Chronicle", etc.) and printers, concerning their craft: among those represented here being Owen Seaman, and J.A. Spender. One of the printers’ anecdotes concerns Andrew Lang. As a footnote these old (well, 1848) almeshouses were described in 1965 by two senior members of Haringey Town Planning Department as ‘Really lovely’, and ‘The only place in Wood Green I would care to live’. The next year they pulled them down to make way for a municipal housing complex. That was the ’60s for you!
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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.

RIDING (Laura [née Reichenthal]). The world And ourselves. 1938, Chatto & Windus, London. Demy 8vo; printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[xii]+529+[i (blank)]+[ii]; brownish pink fine rough cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. brownish pink; lower-edges uncut. Very slight fading of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


The fourth volume in the series ‘Epilogue’. This copy was purchased from the publisher’s files, but is without sign of ownership.
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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.

RIDING (Laura [née Reichenthal]). The world And ourselves. 1938, Chatto & Windus, London. Demy 8vo; printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[xii]+529+[i (blank)]+[ii]; brownish pink fine rough cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. brownish pink; lower-edges uncut. Slight mottled fading of covers; large corner roughly torn from front end-paper, with consequent dusty patch on half-title; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The fourth volume in the series ‘Epilogue’. This copy was purchased from the publisher’s files, but is without sign of ownership.
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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.

"RITA” (Mrs. Desmond Humphreys). Recollections of A literary life. By “Rita” (Mrs. Desmond Humphreys). With a Foreword by Sir Philip Gibbs, K.B.E. London, Andrew Melrose Ltd., Paternoster House, E.C.4, 1936. Med.8vo; portrait frontispiece, and nineteen plates; pp.292; pink postcard advertisement for publisher’s mailing list loosely laid in, as issued (between pp.96 and 97); purple buckram, blocked with facsimile of “Rita"’s signature, gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Spine and some edges of covers slightly faded; edges, and one or two leaves, very slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


A useful sourcebook of literary life in England from the 1870s onward.

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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.

ROBBINS (Harold). The Dream Merchants. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1949. Demy 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; colophon leaf followed by two blanks at end; light blue cloth blocked blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. cerise, fore-edges uncut; fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


The author’s second book, preceded by ‘Never Love A Stranger’, published in 1948.
Ref: JRT111892


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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.

ROBERTS (Michael). The recovery of The west. Faber and Faber Limited, 1941. Blank before half-title, two at end; green cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Slight rubbing of cloth, otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT111895


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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.

ROBERTS (Michael). The recovery of The west. Faber and Faber Limited, June 1941. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; two blanks at end; green cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine slightly faded; some slight general wear to covers; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT111896


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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.

ROBERTS (S.C.). Zuleika In Cambridge. Cambridge, W. Heffer and Sons Ltd, 1941. Half-title not called for; advertisement leaf printed on verso only and serving as paste-down precedes title-page; printer’s imprint on verso of last leaf of text, followed by blank at end, serving as paste-down; pp.[ii]+[44]+[ii]; pale brown large paper wrappers printed on front wrapper and up spine in brown. Very slight marking to back wrapper, and slight fraying to large uncut edges of wrappers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


The front wrapper includes a comment by Max Beerbohm here first printed. Printed in Cambridge by W. Lewis, M.A. at the University Press. A sequel to Beerbohm’s 1911 novel ‘Zuleika Dobson’.
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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.

ROSS (Robert). Aubrey Beardsley By Robert Ross With sixteen full-page Illustrations and a Revised iconography By Aymer Vallance. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York: John Lane Company. 1909. Half-tone frontispiece and fifteen plates in half-tone or line, after Beardsley; illustrated title-page after Beardsley; 8pp. bibliography at end of text; pp.112+[viii]; 4pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end printed in red and black; orange-red cloth, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, the front cover bearing a design by Beardsley; t.e.g., others uncut. Small snag in cloth at head and tail of front joint, but no weakness; some foxing passim, more or less confined to margins, and not affecting plates; in general a near-nice 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.

ROTHENSTEIN (John). Nineteenth-Century Painting. A Study in Conflict. With 16 illustrations. John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1932. Frontispiece and fifteen plates; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; cerise buckram lettered gilt on spine; t.e. cerise, others uncut. Spine slightly faded; cloth of back cover slightly marked; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



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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.

SMITH (Naomi Royde-). The island: A Love Story. Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1930. Pp.[xii]+328; caramel rough cloth, lettered within ruled boxes, yellow, on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The third volume of the trilogy including ‘Summer Holiday’ and ‘Children in the Wood’.
Ref: JRT112157


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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.

ROYDE-SMITH (Naomi). Incredible tale. Ernest Benn Limited, February, 1932. Double f’cap 16mo, gathered in twenties; grey wrappers, cut flush, printed in blue and black on front cover and up spine, lettered black on inside and back wrappers. Fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The odd collation results from the distribution of a fifth 16mo gathering among the other four. Issued as number 2 of Benn’s Ninepenny Novels.
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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.

[RUSHDIE (Salman).]. The Nehrus And the Gandhis: An Indian Dynasty [by] Tariq Ali. Introduction by Salman Rushdie. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, London, 1985. Double demy 16mo; map on verso of half-title; four double-sided plates; pp.xxii+301+[i (blank)]; bright brown fine cloth textured boards, lettered down, ruled and lettered across, spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Rushdie’s Introduction occupies pp.viii-xii.
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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.

RUSSELL (Hon. Bertrand). [Cover title:] War The offspring Of fear. By Hon. Bertrand Russell. Price One Penny. Published by The Union of Democratic Control, 37, Norfolk Street, Strand, London, W.C., N.D [1916]. One half-sheet, lge.12mo wire-stitched into brown wrappers, cut flush, printed on all surfaces in black; issued without prelims or end-papers. Nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Issued as No.3 of the pamphlet series. The second printing of a pamphlet first published the previous year, and distinguished from it by the colour of the wrappers (brown instead of grey), the fact that twelve pamphlets are listed as available in the series on the inside back wrapper here instead of the five listed on the back wrapper in the original issue, and the fact that it has twelve pages instead of the sixteen of the 1915 printing (which included a tear-off subscription form). The change in the number of pages may mean that this second printing is revised.
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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.

RUSSELL (Bertrand). On education Especially in early childhood. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Ruskin House, 40 Museum Street, W.C.1, 1926. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; publisher’s imprint leaf with advertisements on verso at end; pp.254+[ii]; navy blue rough buckram, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine, blocked scarlet on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed. Virtually fine copy.

GB £20.00

US $24.80



Ref: JRT118699


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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.

RUSSELL (Bertrand). Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits. London, George Allen and Unwin Ltd, Ruskin House, Museum Street, 1948. Demy 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; mottled light green cloth lettered gilt on spine; t.e. brown. Gilt of ‘HUMAN’ and imprint oxydised on spine; otherwise a nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper protected in a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The post-war stringency dust-wrapper is printed on the back of part of a map of Sumatra!
Ref: JRT111932


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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.

RUSSELL (Bertrand). Portraits from Memory And other Essays. London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, Ruskin House Museum Street, 1956. Demy 8vo; publisher’s imprint on verso of last leaf of text, followed by 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.227+[i]+[iv]; reddish brown cloth lettered silver on spine; t.e. reddish-brown. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly faded on spine.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Six Autobiographical Talks, How to Grow Old, Lord John Russell, John Stuart Mill, Mind and Matter, The Cult of “Common Usage", Knowledge and Wisdom, a Philosophy for Our Time, A Plea For Clear Thinking, History as an Art, Symptoms of Orwell’s 1984, Why I am not a Communist, etc., the title collection including: Some Cambridge Dons of the ’Nineties, Some of My Contemporaries at Cambridge, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, George Santayana, Alfred North Whitehead, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and D.H. Lawrence.
Ref: JRT111936


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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.

RUSSELL (George W.E.). Some Threepenny Bits. London, Grant Richards, 1908. Final blank; pp.viii+322+[ii]; horizontally streaked light and dark dull sea-green cloth, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine copy.

GB £22.00

US $27.28


Essays.
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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.

SACKVILLE-WEST (Edward). The apology of Arthur Rimbaud: A dialogue. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1927. F’cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end, followed by two blanks serving as end-papers; pale green boards printed in black. Spine and edges of covers very slightly faded, as almost always; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Woolmer 146. One thousand copies were printed. Issued as volume VII of ‘The Hogarth Essays, Second Series’.
Ref: JRT118422


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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.

SACKVILLE-WEST (V.). All passion spent. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, Tavistock Square, London, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[297]+[ii]; very pale blue-green cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine slightly faded and worn just a trifle at one corner; removed inscription faintly visible on front end-paper (another still there); otherwise a nice copy, internally fine.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Woolmer, 270.
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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.

SACKVILLE-WEST (V.). English Country houses. With 12 plates in colour And 21 illustrations in Black & white. William Collins of London, 1941. F’cap 4to; six double-sided plates in full colour; other illustrations on text-paper; white boards printed in green, flat spine; uncut fore-edges. A virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper with one almost invisible short closed tear.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Issued as a volume in the series ‘Britain in Pictures’, under the general editorship of W.J. Turner.
Ref: JRT111965


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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.

SADLEIR (Michael). Authors And publishers: A study in mutual esteem. With a foreword By Hugh R. Dent. London & Toronto, J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd., 1932. Imp.32mo, gathered in fours; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.55+[i (printers imprint)]+[iv]; Cockerel paper boards lettered gilt down spine; t.e. marbled. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


With a slip bearing the author’s signature laid on to the front paste-down. A scarce and pretty book, printed at the Temple Press, Letchworth, Hertfordshire. The Dent Memorial Lecture for 1932.
Ref: JRT111971


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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.

SADLEIR (Michael). Forlorn Sunset. Constable, 1947. Double post 16mo; frontispiece in colour by John Piper, two maps printed in black and red, and two plates in black and white; other illustrations in the text; final blank; deep pink buckram over thin boards, blocked with Sadleir’s monogram gilt on front cover, lettered green on gilt panels on spine; t.e. cerise. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £2.50

US $3.10


The issue on thinner paper.
Ref: JRT111977


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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.

SAGAN (Francoise). Those Without Shadows. A novel. Translated by Irene Ash. John Murray, 1957. Red boards blocked white on front cover, lettered white down spine. Nice copy in used dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


The author’s third novel.
Ref: JRT111980


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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.

SAGAN (Francoise). Aimez-vous Brahms . . . A novel. Translated by Peter Wiles. John Murray, 1960. Red boards blocked white on front cover, lettered white down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT111982


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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.

SAGAN (Francoise). Lost profile. A novel Translated from the French by Joanna Kilmartin. Andre Deutsch, 1976. Lge.16mo; final blank; bright lime-green boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT111983


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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.

SANSOM (William). Westminster in war. Faber and Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square, London, 1947. Demy 8vo; eight double-sided fine-screen half-tone plates, from photographs; final blank; pp.209+[iii]; scarlet cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper quite badly chipped on front panel (with loss of top half of the word ‘WEST’ and parts of ‘B’ and ‘W’ of ‘By William’); preserved in a loose paper-backed clear-plastic chemise. A scarce title.

GB £32.00

US $39.68


The most detailed and authentic contemporary account of the several phases of the aerial war in London, from Chamberlain’s speech on the 3rd September 1939 until late March 1945. Includes some of the best (and most startling) photographs of the blitz that we have seen — as, for example, the ruins of the Treasury seen through the windows of 10, Downing Street. The present copy bears an engraved presentation plate on the front paste-down from the City of Westminster Council.
Ref: JRT111994


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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.

SANSOM (William). A Bed of roses. A novel. 1954, The Hogarth Press, London. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, blank following title leaf, two blanks at end; pp.[284]+[iv]; rose red cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; slight marking of covers, but a nice copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper just a little faded on spine.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


The author’s third novel.
Ref: JRT111999


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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.

SANSOM (William). A Contest of ladies. 1956, The Hogarth Press, London. pp.256; orange cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly dusty dust-wrapper with short tear at top edge of back panel.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


Short stories.
Ref: JRT118210


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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.

‘SAPPER’ (i.e. H.C. MacNeile). The Lieutenant and Others. By “Sapper” Author of “Sergeant Michael Cassidy, R.E.". Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, 1916. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+175+[i (blank)]; light apple-green mottled linen lettered black on front cover and flat spine. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce thus.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The author’s second book, and in our experience a good deal scarcer than the first.
Ref: JRT112003


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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.

SAROYAN (William). My Name is Aram. Illustrated by Don Freeman. Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1940. Demy 8vo; illustrated title-page printed in full colour on cream toned paper precedes letterpress title-page; lemon buckram, white labels printed in red and black on front cover and spine. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper darkened on spine.

GB £40.00

US $49.60




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Ref: JRT112007


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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.

SARTRE (Jean-Paul).]. Baudelaire. Translated from the French by Martin Turnell. Horizon, 1949. Demy 8vo; final blank; light green cloth lettered gilt across and up spine. Gilt slightly dull on spine; otherwise a fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper with publisher’s ‘Office Production Copy’ sticker on spine (no other signs of ownership).

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: JRT112011


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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.

SCHREINER (Olive). From man to man Or perhaps only . . . (With an introduction by S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner). T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1926. Portrait frontispiece; sky-blue rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Cloth of spine slightly faded, and very slight wear to one corner; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The volume is also seen in red buckram, similarly lettered. The present binding is probably secondary.
Ref: JRT112020


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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.

SCOTT (Paul). The Alien Sky. Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1953. Double lge.cr.16mo; pp.284; reddish maroon fine beaded linen-grain textured boards, lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The author’s second novel.
Ref: JRT112025


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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.

SCOTT (Paul). The mark of The warrior. A novel by Paul Scott. 1958, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London. Imp.16mo; pp.[224]; navy blue cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered silver down spine. Fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


The author’s fourth novel, and in our experience scarcer than the first three.
Ref: JRT112028


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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.

SCOTT (Paul). The Chinese Love Pavilion. 1960, Eyre and Spottiswoode, 22 Henrietta Street London. Lge.cr.8vo; final blank; light brown boards, panelled gilt, lettered light brown through gilt on, and light marina blue down, spine. Fine copy in slightly darkened laminate dust-wrapper, strengthened on verso at head of spine with brown paper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The author’s fifth novel.
Ref: JRT112030


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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.

SCOTT (Paul). The birds Of Paradise. 1962, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London. Lge.cr.8vo; title-page printed in blue-green and black; light brown boards lettered gilt across, and light blue down, spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96



Ref: JRT112032


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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.

SEDGWICK (Anne Douglas). The Shadow of life. London, Archibald Constable And Company, Ltd., 1906. Pp.[iv]+324; cobalt blue buckram, blocked black on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Some very light foxing, more or less confined to margins and edges; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48



Ref: JRT118260


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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.

SHANKS (Edward). Rudyard Kipling: A Study in Literature and Political Ideas. London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1940. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; collotype portrait frontispiece, after an etching by Francis Dodd, with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[xii]+[270]+[iv]; reddish-brown fine-weave cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Covers a little faded; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Advance Review Copy, so designated by a publisher’s slip loosely laid in. Scheduled for publication on the 29th March. A thoughtful and balanced book about Kipling, written from an interesting angle, and one of the best that has appeared: but unfortunately scarce. In this copy the last line on p.114 lacks the double inverted commas at the start: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined. In this copy p.204, l.8 has the misprint ‘Orde rtheir’ for ‘Order their’.
Ref: JRT112045


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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.

SHARPE (Tom). Ancestral Vices. Secker & Warburg, London, 1980. Double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; pp.[iv]+[231]+[i (blank)]; orange fine linen-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: JRT112047


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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.

SHARPE (Tom). Vintage Stuff. Secker & Warburg, London, 1982. Double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; pp.[iv]+[220]; mottled yellow fine linen--textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72



Ref: JRT112048


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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.

SHARPE (Tom). Wilt on High. Secker & Warburg, London, 1984. Double demy 16mo, perfect bound; pp.[iv]+[236]; black cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44



Ref: JRT112049


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). Novels of His Nonage No.4: Cashel Byron’s Profession. Newly Revised. Grant Richards, 9 Henrietta St., Covent Garden, 1901. Final blank; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Gilt dull; prelims. and last three leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The novel is essentially a reprint of the second (and revised) edition published by Walter Scott & Co., but with a few further revisions. More importantly, however, this volume also includes two Prefaces, here first published, the first publication of Shaw’s dramatic version of the novel, ‘The Admirable Bashville’, and Shaw’s essay, ‘Note on Modern Prizefighting’. The first issue, the second being in blue cloth, and the third having a cancel title-page dated 1905. Laurence A4e: 1,500 copies were printed altogether, 500 of which were used for the Colonial edition.
Ref: JRT112051


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). Fabianism and the fiscal ques-Tion. An alternative policy. By the Fabian Society. Drafted [i.e., written] by Bernard Shaw. London: The Fabian Society, 3 Clement’s Inn, W.C., 1904. Demy 8vo; pp.39+[ii (blank)]+[ii (publisher’s advertisements)]+[i (blank)]; dull greenish grey thin card wrappers, printed on front wrapper in black; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a little chipped at edges; otherwise a fine unopebed copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Laurence, A41: the first binding, later copies being in quarter brown buckram with brown boards. 4,000 copies were printed altogether. According to Laurence, the wrappers are cut flush; in the present copy, since all edges of the text are uncut, the wrappers are also.
Ref: JRT112053


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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.

SHAW ([George] Bernard). The Quintessence of Ibsen- Ism. By Bernard Shaw. Now Completed to the death of Ibsen. Constable and Company, Ltd. London: 1913. Globe 8vo; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xx]+210+[ii]; whitey-green cloth lettered dark brown on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Insignificant wear to cloth at head of front joint; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The second binding, earlier copies being lettered in gilt on spine.
Ref: JRT112056


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). Peace conference Hints. Constable and Company Limited, 1919. Integral advertisement leaf at end followed by blank serving as back paste-down; green self-wrappers printed in black. Poor quality paper embrowned throughout; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: JRT112057


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). Peace conference Hints. Constable and Company Limited, 1919. Integral advertisement leaf at end followed by blank serving as back paste-down; green self-wrappers printed in black. Poor quality paper embrowned throughout; covers a trifle rubbed and faded; spine slightly chipped at tail; wrapper splitting along front joint; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT112058


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). The intelligent woman’s guide To socialism and capitalism. Constable and Company Ltd. London, 1928 [i.e., Summer 1927]. Med.8vo; pp.xxxvi+495+[i]; light olive green cloth elaborately blocked in black and gilt on front cover and spine with a celtic knot design, ruled black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut; lime green end-papers. Inscription on half-title (v. note); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


From the library of Professor C.E.M. Joad, with his holograph ownership inscription dated August 1927 on half-title. Given the early date, conceivably an advance copy.
Ref: JRT112060


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). Everybody’s Political What’s what? Constable and Company Limited, 1944. Double lge.post 16mo; portrait frontispiece printed in dark brown; pp.viii+380; mottled light brown cloth lettered gilt on spine; antique toned end-papers. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44



Ref: JRT112064


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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.

SHAW (Robert). The flag. 1965, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; pp.[291]+[i (blank)] grey boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper a little rubbed on spine.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: JRT112070


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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.

SHUTE (Nevil). The Rainbow and The Rose. Heinemann, 1958. Lge.double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+306; dark red cloth textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper very slightly darkened on back panel.

GB £29.00

US $35.96



Ref: JRT112075


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