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.

SILONE (Ignazio). Emergency exit. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1969. Double demy 16mo; final blank; maroon boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Autobiographical essays. First published in Italy in 1965, and in this English translation in America in 1968.
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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.

SIMPSON (N.F.). Harry Bleachbaker: A Novel by N.F. Simpson. Harrap, London, 1976. Demy 8vo; illustrations in text; pp.[111]+[i (blank)]; dull blue cloth-textured boards lettered gilt down spine. Virtually fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper. Scarce.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


The author’s first 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.

SIMS (George R.). Two king’s pardons. The martyrdom of Adolf Beck. By George R. Sims. (Reprinted from the “Daily Mail.") London: “Daily Mail” offices, Carmelite Street, E.C., N.D. [1904]. Sm.Imp.8vo format, irregularly gathered; half-title not called for; page bearing half-tone portraits and facsilile of Beck’s handwriting follows title leaf; text (apart from that of the two Pardons) printed in double-column throughout; blue thin-paper wrappers, the front wrapper bearing a reproduction of the title-page with the addition of the words ”PRICE THREEPENCE” at the foot, all in dark red; issued without end-papers; sewn into black linen covered boards, end-papers printed with floral pattern in dark green. Re-backed with black cloth; very light, uniform, embrowning to newsprint throughout, and insignificant tear to blank fore-margin of first four leaves; otherwise a very nice copy. Apparently rare.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


A historically important document in the development of the English legal system in which Sims highlights a number of abuses of process that were possible at the time, and suggests the establishment of a ‘Criminal Court of Appeal’. COPAC records the British Library and Bristol copies only.

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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.

SINCLAIR (Upton). The profits Of religion: An essay in Economic Interpretation. Published by the Author, Pasadena, California, 1918. Cr.8vo, printed throughout on white paper; half-title not called for; fly-title, blank on verso, ‘Offertory’ leaf, and two leaves of Contents, follow title-leaf; author’s advertisement leaf, blank on verso, followed by two blanks at end; pp.315+[i (blank)]+[1]+[iii]; light yellow-brown cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised on spine; front end-papers slightly cracking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Signed by the author on the front end-paper. The more expensive issue, in cloth, published at US $1.20. There was also an issue in wrappers, on smaller, thinner, paper, at 60c.
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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.

SINCLAIR (Upton). Dragon Harvest. London, T. Werner Laurie Ltd., 187 Piccadilly, W.1., 1946. Double cr.16mo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.639+[i]; black buckram, lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. A fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


First English edition of a book published in America the previous year. The sixth volume in the “World’s End” series, for the third volume of which ‘Dragon’s Teeth’ Sinclair won the Pullitzer Prize in 1942.
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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.

SITWELL (Edith). Poetry & criticism. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1925. Demy 8vo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[28]+[iv]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on front wrapper with a design by Vanessa Bell; front end-papers of text-paper. Backstrip very slightly defective, and very slight marking of covers; first and last few leaves foxed, and slight marginal foxing throughout; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Issued as No.11 of ‘The Hogarth Essays’, first series. Woolmer, 76, listing also a variant in blue paper wrappers. The number of copies printed is not recorded, but only 427 copies had been sold some fifteen months after publication.
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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.

SITWELL (Edith). English women. With 8 plates in colour And 27 illustrations in Black & white. William Collins of London, 1942. F’cap 4to; four double-sided plates in full colour; other illustrations on text-paper; white boards printed in lilac, flat spine. Extreme tail of spine strengthened with clear tape, apparently unnecessarily; one fox-spot on prelims.; otherwise a virtually fine copy in badly frayed and somewhat rubbed dust-wrapper, repaired with clear tape on verso.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Issued as a volume in the series ‘Britain in Pictures’, under the General Editorship of W.J. Turner. From the library of Carmen Callil, and bearing her bookplate on the front paste-down.
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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.

SITWELL (Edith). A poet’s notebook. Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1943. Final blank; jade-green buckram over thin boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Spine and back cover faded, otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Presentation copy from the author with her signed inscription on the front end-paper; lightly tipped-on to the front paste-down is an a.l.s., 2pp., from the author to the recipient, referring to the volume. Fifoot, EA35
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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.

SITWELL (Edith). Taken care of: An autobiography. Hutchinson of London, 1965. Med.8vo; photographic portrait frontispiece by Cecil Beaton, and eight double-sided plates; light fawn cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on black panels on spine; t.e. grey-blue; end-papers printed with Times obituary. Top edges, and extreme top edge of front cover, slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Completed just before Edith Sitwell’s death, and published posthumously.
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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.

SITWELL (Osbert). Who Killed Cock-Robin? Remarks on Poetry, on its criticism, and, as a sad warning, the story of Eunoch Arden. C.W. Daniel, Ltd., 1921. Self-wrappers over thin boards. Very slight foxing on fore-edges, otherwise a mint copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


First issue, the wrappers being pasted to the spine, but loose over the boards. In the second issue they were laid-on. Fifoot, OA5.

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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.

SITWELL (Osbert). The People’s Album Of London Statues. Described by Osbert Sitwell Drawn by Nina Hamnett. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street, London, 1928. Double cr.8vo; numerous full-page illustrations in text; limitation notice laid on to verso of half-title, as issued; pp.131+[i (printer’s imprint)]; pale cream art-linen uplettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; text-paper end-papers. Barely perceptible darkening of cloth at edges; otherwise a fine, unopened, copy.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


One of an edition limited to only 116 numbered copies (100 for sale), printed on Arnold’s unbleached hand-made paper by the Westminster Press, each signed by both the author and the artist.
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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.

SITWELL (Osbert). Dumb-animal And Other stories. Duckworth, 1930. Rose buckram lettered gilt on spine; t.e. purple, fore-edges rough trimmed, lower- edges uncut. Spine slightly faded, and lower corner of both covers lightly damp-stained; small (?)tea splash on one page; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Presentation copy with a signed inscription from the author to ‘Bob’ (Robert Gathorne-Hardy) on front free 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.

SITWELL (Osbert). Dumb-animal And Other stories. Duckworth, 1930. Rose buckram lettered gilt on spine; t.e. purple, fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight fading of cloth on spine and along top edge of back cover, otherwise a fine copy in a torn dust-wrapper strengthened on verso.

GB £29.00

US $35.96




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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.

SITWELL (Sir Osbert, Bart., LL.D.). [Cover title:] The English Association Presidential Address 1947. The novels of George Meredith And some notes on the English novel. November 1947. Roy.8vo format, 12pp. sewn as a single gathering into light green wrappers, cut flush, printed on front, back, and inside back wrapper in black; issued without prelims. or end-papers. Nice copy.

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.

SITWELL (Osbert). Tales my Father taught me: An Evocation of Extravagant Episodes. Hutchinson of London, 1962. Sm.demy 8vo; half-tone portrait frontispiece and seven double-sided plates, printed in sepia; pp.[207]+[i (blank)]; light and dark streaked sage-green smooth linen, panelled bluish purple, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. slate purple; end-papers pale grey-green. Small inscription on half-title; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper very slightly nicked at head of spine.

GB £26.00

US $32.24



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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.

SITWELL (Osbert). Pound wise. Hutchinson of London, 1963. Short demy 8vo; half-tone portrait frontispiece; pp.[320]; dark navy blue glazed linen, blocked pink and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. dull blue; light grey end-papers. Inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy in 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.

SITWELL (Sacheverell). The Gothick North: A Study of Mediaeval Life, Art, and Thought. *** The Fair-Haired Victory. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street, London, 1930. Demy 8vo; fine half-tone frontispiece and seven plates; yellow fine buckram lettered (and with asterisks) gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. A very nice copy in dust-wrapper minutely frayed at head and tail of spine.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


The third volume of The Gothick North. Ritchie, A17a: 2,500 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.

SITWELL (Sacheverell). Touching the Orient: Six Sketches by Sacheverell Sitwell. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street, London, 1934. Demy 8vo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[iv]+88+[iv]; claret cloth lettered gilt up spine. Fine copy in a somewhat fragile frayed and lightly chipped dust-wrapper, preserved in a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Travel sketches of Egypt, the Sudan, and India. Ritchie, A26: 1,250 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.

SITWELL (Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell). Trio: Dissertations on Some aspects of national genius. Delivered as the Northcliffe Lectures At the University of London in 1937. London, Macmillan & Co, 1938. Extra cr.8vo; eight plates after George Cruikshank; pp.viii+[248]; pale pink cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight foxing of top- and fore- edges; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy in a fine dust-wrapper.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


"Dickens and the Modern Novel” and “The Modern Novel: its Cause and Cure” by Osbert Sitwell; “Three Eras of Modern Poetry” (two lectures) by Edith Sitwell; “Palladian England” and “George Cruikshank” by Sacheverell Sitwell: superb criticism! Ritchie, A36: this copy has wove endpapers. 2,000 copies were printed. In this copy p.205, l.1 has a battered comma after ‘and’: state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.

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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 (Logan Pearsall). The prospects Of literature. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1927. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; black-flecked grey card wrappers, cut flush, printed red on sides and spine. Small bruise to top corner of some leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


Issued as No.VIII of ‘The Hogarth Essays, Second Series’. Woolmer, 148. The first volume of the series to have this binding style, which henceforth became standard.
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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 (Logan Pearsall). On reading Shakespeare. Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1933. Sm cr.8vo; single inset Contents leaf; pp.[vi]+191+[i (blank)]; quater Holland, light green cloth sides, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. bright green. Edges of sides a trifle faded; otherwise a fine copy.

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.

SMITH (Stevie). The holiday. 1949, Chapman & Hall, London. Double cr.16mo; blank at end; dove grey cloth down-lettered and lettered green on spine; creamish end-papers. Covers somewhat marked and with tear in cloth at head of front joint; text nice. A good reading or binding copy of a scarce title.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


The author’s third 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.

SMITH (Wallace). The Captain hates the sea. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1934. Blank before half-title; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[x]+302+[viii]; mottled steel-blue cloth blocked with publisher’s device brown on back cover, blocked green, lettered brown, on spine. Nice copy in frayed, chipped, and dusty dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The first of the author’s books to be published in England, this title was made into a film in 1934, with screenply by the author.

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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.

SNOW (C.P.). Variety of Men: Rutherford; G.H. Hardy; H.G. Wells; Einstein; Lloyd George; Winston Churchill; Robert Frost; Dag Hammarskjöld; Stalin. Macmillan, London, Melbourne, Toronto, 1967. Demy 8vo; two blanks before half-title, three at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; pp.[4]+x+204+[vi]; dull light blue cloth-textured boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper faded a little on spine.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


With the exception of Stalin, Snow was acquainted personally with all the people here written about: he therefore describes the book as “a set of personal impressions".
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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.

SOEDERHJELM (Martin). Christine: ‘Five shards for the lady’ By Martin Soederhjelm Translated by Keith Bradfield. 1965, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; pp.223; dull sea-green cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust=-wrapper a little rubbed and darkened on spine.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


First edition in English of a novel originally published in Swedish in 1963.
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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.

SOLZHENITSYN (Alexander). Lenin in Zurich. Chapters. Translated by H.T. Willetts. The Bodley Head, 1976. Demy 8vo; pp.256; blue boards, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Nice copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Originally published in Russian in Paris in 1975.
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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.

SOMERVILLE (E.Œ.) and ROSS (Martin). Mount music. by E.Œ Somerville And Martin Ross Authors of “The Real Charlotte,” “Some Experiences Of an Irish R.M.,” “All on the Irish Shore,” Etc., etc. Longmans, Green and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London; Fourth Avenue and 30th Street, New York, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras, 1919. Final blank; pp.309+[iii]; emerald green smooth linen lettered black on front cover, copper on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing to fore- and lower- edges, and final blank at gutter; half-title foxed; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


Planned and partly written before the death of Martin Ross in 1915. Hudson, p.35; Loeber, S479; NCBEL, 4: 740.

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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.

SPARK (Muriel). Voices at play. Macmillan & Co Ltd, 1961. Leaf bearing blurb precedes title-page; half-title not called for; scarlet boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


The third issue: in boards, but with the dust-wrapper bearing the original price of 16s net. In the second issue this was cut away, and a revised price sticker substituted.
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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.

SPARK (Muriel). The Abbess of Crewe. Macmillan, 1974. Double cr.16mo; black boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in 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.

SPARK (Muriel). The Takeover. M[acmillan], [on recto of fifth leaf:] 1976. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; blank, half-title, title, advertisement leaf, and imprint leaf precede start of text; blank at end; printed throughout on rectos only; ff.[i]+266+[i]; buff card wrappers, printed on front wrapper and down spine in black; made up without end-papers. fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Uncorrected Proof copy: in fact an early state of the page proofs. Rees A26(ai).
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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.

SPEAIGHT (Robert). François Mauriac: A Study of the Writer and the Man. 1976, Chatto & Windus, London. Double demy 16mo; two blanks at front and back, serving as end-papers; two double-sided plates; pp.[iv]+232+[iv]; hammered brownish-grey fine cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered silver-gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



ISBN 0 7011 2145 9
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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.

SPENDER (Stephen). Forward from liberalism. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.295+[i (blank)]; orange limp buckram wrappers, cut flush, lettered black on front cover and spine; four copies of an advertisement and subscription form for the Left Book Club, 4pp. on smaller yellow paper, loosely laid in at various points as issued. Slight marginal embrowning of prelims., otherwise fine.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Left Book Club Edition, issued simultaneously with the trade edition. The laid in leaflets, suggesting perhaps that this copy is unread, make clear that the Left Book Club Editions were issued on the same day as the trade editions, and not earlier as has sometimes been stated. The contents are interesting in describing the organisation of the Club — through local book shops, apparently, even when copies were despatched by post (though collecting them from the shop would save the addition cost — at least 3d. and not more than 6d. — of postage). Books were selected for issue by a panel consisting of “Laski, Strachey, and Gollancz", and were supplied at 2/6d. per volume irrespective of the price of the trade edition, which might be anything between 5/- and 12/6d. Members also received copies of ‘The Left News’ free (it normally cost 6d.). Additional privileges included the right to purchase selected other volumes at a greatly reduced price. Membership was for a minimum of six months, and could be terminated at any point after four and a half months by giving six weeks written notice. The leaflet makes clear that the present title was published in January.
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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.

SPENDER (Stephen). The new realism: A Discussion. The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1939. Cr.8vo format, 24pp. sewn as a single gathering into pale greenish grey cloth-textured wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in blue; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Small chip in lower edge of front wrapper affecting also blank lower margin of half-title; poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Woolmer, 459. Issued as Number Two in the series Hogarth Sixpenny Pamphlets. The number of copies printed in not known, but in our experience this is 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.

SPENDER (Stephen). The Backward son. A Novel. The Hogarth Press, 37 Mecklenburgh Square, London, W.C.1, 1940. Sm.cr.8vo; three blanks at end, the last serving as paste-down; lemon Sundour cloth blocked and lettered deep pink on spine. Cloth of spine foxed and darkened and sides just a trifle dusty; inscription crossed through on front end-paper; one fox-spot on fore-edges and light stain to one upper inner margin, otherwise internally a very nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


The author’s first novel, now scarce although some 2,000 copies were printed. Woolmer, 474.

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[SPENDER (Stephen).]. The deadly Innocents: Portraits of Children Who Kill [by] Muriel Gardiner. With a Preface by Stephen Spender. Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, New York, 1976. Short double demy 16mo; blank before half-title, three at end; rough maroon cloth, ruled black, lettered metallic red and metallic blue down spine; t.e. pale pink; black and white head and tail bands. Nice 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.

[SPENDER (Stephen).]. [By] Rainer Maria Rilke: The Notebook of Malte Laurids Brigge. Introduced by Stephen Spender. Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press, 1984. Cr.8vo format, perfect bound; 8pp. publisher’s advertisements on text-paper at end; pp.[xx]+[244]+[viii]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in colours; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Spender’s Introduction occupies pp.v-xix.
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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.

SQUIRE (Jack Collings). Imaginary Speeches And other Parodies in Prose and Verse. Stephen Swift & Co. Ltd., 10 John Street Adelphi, 1912. Pp.200; dark blue art canvas, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine a trifle dull; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


From the library of A.P. Herbert, with his pictorial bookplate on the front end-paper. An interesting association in view of some aspects of Herbert’s own later development.
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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.

SQUIRE (J.C.). Steps to Par-Nassus: and other Parodies & diversions. London: Howard Latimer Limited, Great Queen Street, Kingsway, 1913. Advertisement leaf followed by leaf bearing printer’s imprint at end; pp.196+[ii]+[ii]; publisher’s slip printed in red tipped onto title-page; very dark navy blue cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Fine copy. Scarce.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


The second issue, the spine imprint reading: ‘GEORGE ALLEN / & UNWIN Ltd’ in sans serif capitals and small capitals, and with the slip tipped in over the original imprint, reading: ‘This Book is now published by / GEORGE ALLEN & UNWIN, LTD. / Ruskin House, / 40, MUSEUM STREET, / LONDON, W.C.’ This is the publisher’s File Copy, and bears their rubber stamp to this effect on the front end-paper.
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SQUIRE (J.C.). A London reverie. Fifty-six drawings by Joseph Pennell Arranged with an Introductory essay and notes by J.C. Squire. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1928. 4to; tinted frontispiece and fifty-five plates; imprint leaf and blank at end; bevelled brown buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight marking of covers and inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Squire’s Introduction occupies 28pp., his brief notes portions of some further fifty-five.
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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.

STACPOOLE (H. de Vere). Love on the Adriatic. Ernest Benn Limited, April 1932. Double f’cap 16mo, gathered in twenties; grey wrappers, cut flush, printed in blue and black on front cover and up spine, in black on inside and back covers. Covers a little rubbed and dusty; fox-spot on three margins; a few small corners turned; in general, however, nice.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Issued as number 7 of ‘Benn’s Ninepenny Novels’. The curious collation results from the distribution of one 16mo gathering among the other four.
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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.

STEINBECK (John). The Winter of Our Discontent. Heinemann, 1961. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.[366]+[ii]; plum boards blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly frayed at head of spine.

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.

STEPHEN (Leslie). Some Early impressions. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1924. Lge.cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; orange beaded linen-grain cloth lettered gilt on spine. Slight wear to cloth at tail of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Reminiscences written in 1903, and here first collected. Woolmer 53. A scarce title.
Ref: JRT112254


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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.

STEPHENS (James). Etched In moonlight. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, 1928. Advertisement leaf before half-title; pp.[viii]+[199]+[i (blank)]; light greenish grey rough cloth blocked and lettered dark brown on front cover, lettered dark brown on spine; t.e. grey, lower-edges uncut. Cloth of spine a little faded, and colour on top-edges damp-mottled; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Short stories. A difficult title.
Ref: JRT112260


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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.

STERN (G.B.). Mosaic. 1830 — 1930: Chapman & Hall’s Centenary Year. Large folding genealogy at end; cerise buckram blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Extremely fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96




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STERN (G.B.). Mosaic. 1830 — 1930: Chapman & Hall’s Centenary Year. Large folding genealogy at end; cerise buckram blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Spine faded, otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT112263


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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.

STERN (G.B.). The Donkey shoe. Collins, 1952. Lge.post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; blue boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: JRT112266


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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.

STERN (G.B.). Johnny Forsaken. Collins, 1954. Brown cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed 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.

STERNE (Laurence). Second Journal to Eliza Hitherto known as Letters supposed to have been Written by Yorick and Eliza But now shown to be a later version of the Journal to Eliza. Transcribed from the copy in the British Museum And presented with an Introduction by Margaret R.B. Shaw Together with a Foreword by Charles Whibley. G. Bell & Sons Ltd, 1929. Demy 8vo; blank and limitation leaf precede half-title; one facsimile on text-paper; final blank; green Sundour cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Faint class mark on spine; back paste-down slightly scuffed; otherwise a fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


One of an edition limited to 1,000 numbered copies. The first edition thus. ‘Letters supposed to have been written by Yorick and Eliza’ was first printed in 1779. The text is here for the first time republished.
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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.

STEVENS (Sheppard). The sign Of Triumph: A romance of the children’s crusade. Illustrated by Harry C. Edwards. London, Chapman & Hall, Limited, 1904. Fine half-tone frontispiece and three plates in sepia; blank at end; pp.[xii]+337+[iii (blank)]; grey rough-effect buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered white, ruled and blocked black, blocked red and blue, on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine. Poor quality end-papers embrowned, with offsetting; ownership rubber stamp on paste-downs; otherwise a nice copy of an uncommon book.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Neale, ‘Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales’, 5th edn., 317.
Ref: JRT112269


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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.

STEVENSON (Robert Louis). Five poems and letters From Robert Louis Stevenson To Charles Warren Stoddard, 1880. Privately printed For John M. Patterson and his friends, Philadelphia, 1924. Med.8vo, printed on one side of the paper only; photogravure portrait frontispiece after Heartt Foley; half-title not called for; final page printer’s imprint; pp.28; quarter olive green cloth up-lettered gilt on spine, patterned board sides; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Printed on Arnold Unbleached hand-made paper. Beinecke, 726: preceded by an edition limited to twenty-five copies issued in 1923. Includes a four-page preface signed in type ‘C.J.S.’ [i.e., Charles J. Sawyer, who was also responsible for printing the volume].
Ref: JRT112275


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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.

STEWART (J.I.M.). A use of riches. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1957. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect bound; light carmine cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with two-inch chip from tail of spine, and small scribble on back panel.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The front paste-down bears a bookplate bearing the author’s signature beneath the owner’s name. Stewart’s third novel under his own name, the pen name ‘Michael Innes’ being reserved for his detective fiction.
Ref: JRT112282


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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.

STEWART (J.I.M.). The man who wrote Detective stories And other stories. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1959. Sm.double cr.16mo, perfect bound; light carmine cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt on spine. Barely perceptible scuffing of front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper lightly damp-stained on spine.

GB £120.00

US $148.80


The front paste-down bears a bookplate bearing the author’s signature beneath the owner’s name. Stewart’s first collection of short stories under his own name, the pen name ‘Michael Innes’ being reserved for his detective fiction.
Ref: JRT112284


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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.

STONIER (G.W.). The Shadow across The page. The Cresset Press Ltd, 11 Fitzroy Sq, London W.1, N.D. [1936]. Imp.16mo in half-sheets; blank before half-title; printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.93+[i (blank)]+[ii]; mottles rich green cloth panelled black, ruled and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Virtually fine copy in dusty dust-wrapper with one short closed tear mended with tissue on verso. Scarce.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Presentation copy with the author’s later signed holograph inscription to John Bunting on the front end-paper. Fragments of a writer’s commonplace book, reprinted in part from Life and Letters and the New Statesman and Nation. By the future author of Memoirs of A Ghost, etc. Ignoring a collaborative translation from Flaubert, Stonier’s second 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.

STOREY (Anthony). The Centre holds. A novel. Calder & Boyars, 1973. Grey boards lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



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STOREY (David). Pasmore. Longman, 1972. Final blank; cream boards, lettered and blocked with publisher’s device crimson on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £22.00

US $27.28


Shortlisted for the Booker in 1972.
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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.

STOREY (David). A Prodigal Child. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square London, 1982. Double demy 16mo; pp.319+[i (blank)]; light blue cloth-textured boards lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher’s initiald device, gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT112303


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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.

STRACHEY (Lytton). Portraits In miniature And other essays. London, Chatto & Windus, 1931. Imprint leaf at end, blank on recto; grey open-weave buckram surfaced cloth, ruled, blocked, and letteredgilt on spine; t.e.grey, lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy in nicked and slightly darkened dust-wrapper.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Essays on Harington, Aubrey, Boswell, Hume, Gibbon, Macaulay, Carlyle, etc.

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STRACHEY (Lytton). Portraits In miniature And other essays. London, Chatto & Windus, 1931. Imprint leaf at end, blank on recto; grey open-weave buckram surfaced cloth, ruled, blocked, and letteredgilt on spine; t.e.grey, lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in nicked and slightly darkened dust-wrapper.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


Essays on Harington, Aubrey, Boswell, Hume, Gibbon, Macaulay, Carlyle, etc.
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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.

STRONG (L.A.G.). Corporal tune. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1934. Sm.cr.8vo; printer’s imprint on verso of last leaf of text, final blank; pp.285+[i]+[ii]; blackish brown rough buckram, lettered in khaki on spine. Fine copy in slightly chipped and torn dust-wrapper faded a little on spine.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


A scarce 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.

STRONG (L.A.G.). The open sky. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1939. Final blank; black cloth lettered gilt on spine. Gilt very slightly oxydised on spine; otherwise a fine copy in slightly marked and dusty dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48



Ref: JRT112325


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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.

STRONG (L.A.G.). The open sky. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1939. Final blank; black cloth lettered gilt on spine. A very little scattered foxing; otherwise fine.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT112326


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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.

STRONG (L.A.G.). The doll. With a frontispiece by Monique Duclos. Salamander Press, [12 Butterley Street, Leeds 10,] 1946. Med.8vo in half sheets; limitation leaf precedes half-title; title-page printed in grey and black, followed by integral text-paper frontispiece printed in grey and lime green; two blanks at end; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+20+[iv]; purple cream and white marbled boards, white label printed in lime green and black on front cover; light and dark flecked grey end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper torn at head of spine and repaired internally with tissue.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


One of a total edition limited to 500 copies (475 for sale).
Ref: JRT112328


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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.

STYRON (William). Sophie’s Choice. Jonathan Cape, 1979. Double med.16mo; blank before half-title, final blank; pp.[x]+515+[iii]; black cloth-textured boards, ruled, blocked with publisher’s initials device, and lettered gilt and gilt-outlined black on spine. Inscription on front paste-down concealed by flap of dust-wrapper; but a near-fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Probable second issue: with light brown laid end-papers and dust-wrapper not bearing price.
Ref: JRT112335


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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.

SWAN (Annie S[hepherd].). The Bridge builders. By Annie S. Swan, Author of “The Fairweathers,” “Woven of the Wind,” etc. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, N.D. [1913]. Half-title not called for in this issue [v. note]; single inset cancel title-leaf; [A]8 a single inset; lithographic frontispiece, with tissue guard, and two plates from chalk drawings signed with a monogram F S; pp.[iii] — 325+[iii (blank)]; light cobalt blue rough buckram blocked pictorially black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; lithographic onlay on front cover. One or two faint fox-spots on edges, otherwise a brilliantly fine copy of a scarce title.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


The second issue, with the half-title excised and a cancel title correcting a misprint in the original: (‘in the Wind’ for ‘of the Wind’). The verso of the half-title present in the original contained advertisements. The pictorial cover design is unusual in that it wraps around the front cover and spine. The plates and cover onlay are equally unusual in being so delicately coloured that we had doubts as to whether they were colour-printed at all. We remained in doubt, indeed, until we saw the third one, where it is more obvious. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped-in to face pp.108 and 276. Copac records only the Oxford, Cambridge, British Library, and National Library of Scotland copies.

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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.

SWINBURNE (Algernon Charles). Love’s Cross-currents: A year’s letters. London, Chatto & Windus, 1905. Advertisement leaf before half-title, blank on verso; title-page printed in scarlet and black; leaf at end bearing publisher’s woodcut device on recto, blank on verso; pp.[2]+x+258+[ii]; bevelled purple-blue coarse buckram lettered within ruled boxes gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight fading of cloth, but nonetheless a virtually fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


First English edition in book form and first edition of the altered text. Includes a dedication to Theodore Watts-Dunton here first printed. Written c.1862-3 and originally published serially in ‘The Tatler’ between August 25th and December 29th, 1877 under the title A Year’s Letter’s with the by-line ‘Mrs. Horace Manners’. The original version was pirated in America in 1901. It is notable as one of the most interesting and subtle epistolary novels ever written, and perhaps suggests that but for the opposition of Watts-Dunton, who regarded Swinburne’s fiction as improper, and of Thomas J. Wise, who appears to have stolen portions of his manuscripts, Swinburne might have flourished as a novelist at least as notably as he did as a poet. Wise, pp.498-503, giving an inadequate collation, and not mentioning the piracy. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Copies are also known in an otherwise similar navy blue cloth with less tendency to fade. We believe the purple-blue cloth to be the earlier.
Ref: JRT112342


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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.

SWINBURNE (Algernon Charles). Love’s Cross-currents: A year’s letters. London, Chatto & Windus, 1905. Advertisement leaf before half-title, blank on verso; title-page printed in scarlet and black; leaf at end bearing publisher’s woodcut device on recto, blank on verso; pp.[2]+x+258+[ii]; bevelled navy-blue coarse buckram lettered within ruled boxes gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Virtually fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


First English edition in book form and first edition of the altered text. Includes a dedication to Theodore Watts-Dunton here first printed. Written c.1862-3 and originally published serially in ‘The Tatler’ between August 25th and December 29th, 1877 under the title A Year’s Letter’s with the by-line ‘Mrs. Horace Manners’. The original version was pirated in America in 1901. It is notable as one of the most interesting and subtle epistolary novels ever written, and perhaps suggests that but for the opposition of Watts-Dunton, who regarded Swinburne’s fiction as improper, and of Thomas J. Wise, who appears to have stolen portions of his manuscripts, Swinburne might have flourished as a novelist at least a notably as he did as a poet. Wise, pp.498-503, giving an inadequate collation, and not mentioning the piracy. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Copies are also known in otherwise similar cloth of a more purpley hue.
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SWINBURNE (Algernon Charles). The age of Shakespeare. London, Chatto & Windus, 1908. Blank before half-title; leaf bearing publisher’s initials device on recto, blank on verso follows text; leaf of text-paper advertisements, blank on verso, followed by conjugate blank at end; pp.[xii]+286+[i]+[i]+[i]+[iii]; very dark navy blue art-linen, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; text-paper end-papers. Paste-downs lightly foxed, and two or three scattered fox-spots elsewhere, but a very nice copy of one of the less common Swinburne titles.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Printed on antique-toned mould-made laid paper. Advance copy, with the publisher’s ‘Presentation Copy’ stamp, blind, on upper margin of title leaf, and some brief pencilled notes, possibly relating to a review on recto of back end-paper. Wise, 110. Two thousand copies were printed.
Ref: JRT112344


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SWINBURNE [(A.C).]. Université de Strasbourg — Faculté des Lettres. Swinburne’s Hyperion And other poems. With an essay on Swinburne and Keats. Thèse complémentaire Présentée á la Faculté des Lettres de L’Université de Strasbourg Par Georges Lafourcade Chargé de Cours á l’Université de Strasbourg. London, Faber & Gwyer, N.D. [1927]. Double pott 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.176; drab large wrappers printed on front wrapper in black; cancellation slips laid onto title-page, last leaf, and front cover. Nice copy. Scarce.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Uncorrected proof copy, corrected by seven cancellation slips: the author had originally expected to present the thesis at l’Université de Paris, but in the meantime changed his job. Two facsimiles are called for in the Contents, but have not here been included. “The chief purpose of this volume is to edit some hitherto unpublished poems by Swinburne” — Preface. All the poems are early, and are selected to show the influence of Keats. Included also are a number of letters, here first published, and a small amount of biographical information supplied by Sir George Young, Swinburne’s schoolfellow at Eton. The volume draws heavily for its manuscript material on the collection of T.J. Wise.
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SWINBURNE (Algernon Charles). Lesbia Brandon: An historical and critical commentary Being largely A study (and elevation) of Swinburne As a novelist By Randolph Hughes. The Falcon Press, 1952. Imp.16mo in half sheets; blank at end; pp.[viii]+[XXXVIII]+585+[iii]; dark red cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of cloth and edges, and very slight fading of spine; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


‘Lesbia Brandon’ occupies, at most 189pp. The rest is Hughes    .    .    .
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SWINNERTON (Frank). Young Felix. London: Hutchinson & Co., N.D. [Autumn, 1923]. Pp.319+[i (blank)]; publisher’s 40pp. inserted catalogue at end, dated Autumn, 1923, listing this title without reviews as “Mr. Swinnerton’s latest novel"; dark red fine-linen-effect cloth, ruled blind on front cover, black on spine, lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight darkening to cloth at tail edge of front cover; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £35.00

US $43.40


The story of a yong man’s life from childhood until about his thirtieth year, tracing his evolution into “an ambitious artist of quite uncommon type". — publisher’s description in the advertisements.
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SWINNERTON (Frank). Faithful Company: A winters’ tale. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, London     New York     Melbourne     Sydney     Cape Town, N.D. [1948]. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[352]; black cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight bubbling to cloth of back board; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with small mark on spine.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


‘Mr. Swinnerton’s new novel’ on dust-wrapper blurb. Published at 10s. 6d. net. Agrees with British Library deposit copy.
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SWINNERTON (Frank). Sanctuary. Hutchinson of London, 1966. Dark blue boards blocked with publisher’s device and lettered silver on spine; grey end-papers. Small mark on fore-edges; end-papers tape-marked; otherwise a very nice copy in dust-wrapper tape-marked on flaps.

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.

SYMONDS (John Addington). Letters and papers Of John Addington Symonds Collected and edited by Horatio F. Brown. With portrait. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1923. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece in sepia, with tissue guard; final blank; pp[2]+xii+280+[ii]; dull green buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine a trifle faded, and gilt a little dulled; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Letters addressed chiefly to Henry Sidgwick and to the editor; the papers are from Symonds’s diaries, and from his own collection of his literary fragments. Most of the material is here first printed.
Ref: JRT112354


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SYMONS (A.J.A.). Essays And biographies By A.J.A. Symons Edited by Julian Symons. Cassell, London, 1969. Short demy 8vo; final blank; pp.[xii]+190+[ii]; navy blue diagonally grained fine rough buckram, lettered gilt up and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper. In our experience a scarce title.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


From the library of Symons’ long-time friend, collaborator, and — here — publisher, Desmond Flower, with Flower’s small book-label on the front paste-down. Includes the only completed chapter of A.J.’s history of the Tennants of Glenconner, part of a projected book on Burton and Speke, three chapters from his unfinished biography of Oscar Wilde (one of which is here first printed), together with essays on Tradition in Biography, Frederick Baron Corvo, Emin Pasha, Edgar Allan Poe, Irving and the Irvingites, Theodore Hook, etc. His brother’s Introduction occupies pp.[v]-[ix].).
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SYMONS (Julian). [Cover title:] A.J.A. Symons, Brother speculator [by] Julian Symons. [On front flap:] Preprinted from The Book Collector Autumn 1985 issue For presentation to Members of the Double Crown Club. [Privately printed, London, (?)Autumn, 1984]. One gathering, demy 8vo, on laid paper; illustrations from facsimiles and photographs in text (including a double-page facsimile at centre fold); sewn into plain white card wrappers, cut flush; yellow dust-wrapper printed in green. Faint traces of having been doubled vertically (rather than folded), presumably to fit into an overcoat pocket; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Dr. Desmond Flower’s copy with his bookplate on the inside front cover. There is no limitation notice, but the printing was certainly quite small: at this date membership of the Double Crown Club was limited to seventy and there were in addition about thirty-five honorary members.
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‘TAFFRAIL’ [i.e., Commander Taprell Dorling, D.S.O., Royal Navy]. Chenies. By Taffrail, Author of “The Navy in Action” etc. London. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, March 1943. Pp.[283]+[i (advertisements)]; light buff fine rough buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered black on front cover, lettered, with publisher’s monogram and rule, black, on spine. Very slight foxing to edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed pictorial dust-wrapper.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


A very scarce late ‘Taffrail’ title, described on the dust-wrapper as “Taffrail’s first novel of the Navy in action in this war.”

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TARKINGTON (Booth). In the arena: Stories of political life. With illustrations. John Murray, 1905. Half-title not called for; cancel title-page; frontispiece, and seven plates, by various artists; blue fine rough buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, blocked black, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Virtually fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


First edition, English issue, from imported sheets of the American edition.
Ref: JRT112376


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TARKINGTON (Booth). The Guest of Quesnay. William Heinemann, 1908. Blank before half-title; pink cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, blocked blind on back cover; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Covers damp-faded, and a little marked; a fine copy internally.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Advance copy, with publisher’s presentation stamp in blind on title-page.
Ref: JRT112378


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TARKINGTON (Booth). Claire Ambler. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1928. Title-page printed in red and black; final blank; bright blue buckram, orange paper labels printed in black on spine and front cover; t.e. orange; end-papers printed in orange and blue; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine damp-spotted, otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Merle Johnson, American First Editions, 4th edition, p.492.

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TARKINGTON (Booth). Rumbin Galleries. Illustrated by Ritchie Cooper. Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., Garden City, New York, 1937. Imp.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title, blank at end; mildly decorative title-page; six finely dramatic half-tone plates; pale fawn cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on dark brown panel on front cover, on three panels on spine, elaborately ruled gilt on spine; t.e. dark brown, fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; pale yellow end-papers. Two or three small corners creased; otherwise a very nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: JRT112382


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TARKINGTON (Booth). Kate Fennigate. Hammond, Hammond & Co. Ltd., 87 Gower Street, W.C.1, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; blank at end, serving as paste-down; back free end-paper not called for; dark red coarse linen, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT112383


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TARKINGTON (Booth). Kate Fennigate. Hammond, Hammond & Co. Ltd., 87 Gower Street, 1946. Final blank serving as paste-down; back free end-paper not called for; red coarse-weave cloth, lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Nice in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT112384


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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.

TENNANT (Emma). Black Marina. Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1985. Double demy 16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.157+[iii]; black cloth textured boards blocked with publisher’s monogram and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT112385


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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.

THACKERAY (William Makepeace). The Thackeray alphabet. Written and Illustrated by William Makepeace Thackeray. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1929. Roy.16mo in half-sheets, printed, apparently, upon Japanese vellum; two blanks before half-title, one at end, serving as pastedowns; half-title, title, and leaf of introduction precede twenty-six leaves bearing collotype illustrations on rectos, versos blank; quarter cream fine buckram, textured brown paper sides, recessed cream paper label printed in brown. Neat inscription on front end-paper dated Christmas 1929; otherwise a fine copy in a dustwrapper with a couple of small internal repairs, very slightly chipped at head and tail of spine.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


An Alphabet written and illustrated by Thackeray for a child somewhere about 1833 and here first published with a brief introduction by a descendant of the child.

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THEROUX (Paul). The old Patagonian Express: By Train Through The Americas. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1979. Double med.16mo; blank at end; pp.[x]+340+[ii]; hammered faint linen-textured bright brown boards ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s initials device gilt on spine; t.e. scarlet; milky coffee end-papers printed with map by Patrick Leeson in black. Neat contemporary inscription on upper margin of half-title; otherwise a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £33.00

US $40.92



Ref: JRT112390


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THEROUX (Paul). The London Embassy. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1982. Demy 8vo, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+211+[v]; dull blue cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher’s initials device and down-lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: JRT112391


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THEROUX (Paul). Doctor Slaughter. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1984. Sm.demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[vi]+137+[i (blank)]; greyish black beaded linen-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s initials device, lettered, and blocked silver, down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: JRT112392


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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.

THIRKELL (Angela). Peace breaks Out. A Novel by Angela Thirkell. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1946. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.280; reddish brown cloth, lettered gilt down spine. Nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: JRT112397


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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.

THOMAS (D.M.). Ararat. Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1983. Sm.double demy 16mo; pp.191+[i (blank)]; brownish black cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The first volume in ‘The Russian Quartet’ series of novels.
Ref: JRT112403


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THOMAS (D.M.). Summit. Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1987. Sm.double demy 16mo; pp.160; bright purple cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Signed by the author on the title-page. An ‘adult fairy tale’ and the concluding volume in ‘The Russian Quartet’ series of novels.
Ref: JRT112405


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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.

THOMAS (D.M.). Eating Pavlova. Bloomsbury, 1994. Lge.med.8vo format, perfect-bound; biographical note on last page; pp.[viii]+231+[i]; white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black and pale green; made up without end-papers. Nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Uncorrected Proof copy. A printed note on the back wrapper gives the scheduled publication date as ‘April 1994’.
Ref: JRT112406


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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.

THOMPSON (Edward). Cock Robin’s Decease: An Irregular Inquest. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1928. F’cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf and blank at end; pp.75+[i (printer’s imprint)+[ii]+[ii]; black-flecked grey card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in pinkish red; issued without end-papers. Spine slightly darkened, but a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Issued as volume XIII of ‘The Hogarth Essays, Second Series’. Woolmer, 179: 1,000 copies were printed.
Ref: JRT112416


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THOMPSON (Edward). Cock Robin’s Decease: An Irregular Inquest. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1928. F’cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf and blank at end; pp.75+[i (printer’s imprint)+[ii]+[ii]; black-flecked grey card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in pinkish red; issued without end-papers. Slight foxing to first and last leaves and edges, but a nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Issued as volume XIII of ‘The Hogarth Essays, Second Series’. Woolmer, 179: 1,000 copies were printed.
Ref: JRT118433


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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.

THOMPSON (Francis). The works of Francis Thompson. Poems: volume I [Poems: volume II; Volume III: prose] Burns & Oates Ltd, 28 Orchard Street, London W, [on verso of half-title:] First Impression, May [May; June] 1913. Short demy 8vo; sepiatone photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard in each volume; two blanks before half-title in volume one, three in other volumes; leaf bearing wood-cut device on recto, printer’s imprint on verso, followed by blank at end of volume one; leaf bearing wood-cut device on recto, blank on verso, leaf bearing Notes on recto, printer’s imprint on verso, and 8pp. integral advertisements, followed by two blanks (a conjugate pair, text-paper), at end of volume two; leaf bearing acknowledgments on recto, printer’s imprint on verso, a blank, and 8pp. integral advertisements, followed by two blanks (a conjugate pair, text-paper), at end of volume three; bevelled pale brown art-linen, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; text-paper end-papers. Corner of back cover to volume three slightly darkened; otherwise a fine copy of a handsome set.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Includes Thompson’s latest intended revisions and notes, as well as notes by Wilfred Meynell (Thompson’s literary executor, who edited the volumes), and others: the definitive edition of Thompson’s works. The potrait to volume one is from an early photograph, those to volumes two and three are after drawings by the Hon. Neville Lytton and Everard Meynell, respectively. Finely printed on Abbey Mills ‘Greenfield’ paper at the Arden Press. Stonehill, 171
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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.

THOMSON (Virgil). A Virgil Thomson Reader By Virgil Thomson. With an Introduction by John Rockwell. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1981. Double med.16mo; pp.x+582; creamy grey linen-effect rough cloth, lettered copper on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered copper on flat spine; mulberrry end-papers. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Collected music criticism from more than fifty years.
Ref: JRT112421


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THURSTON (E. Temple). Traffic. The story of A faithful woman. London, Duckworth & Co., 3, Henrietta Street, W.C., 1906. Drypoint frontispiece by Luke Taylor, A.R.E. [sic], with captioned wax-paper guard; pp.[xii]+452; vertically fine ribbed yellow-green cloth, ruled blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


A scarce title.
Ref: JRT112423


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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.

TODHUNTER (John). Essays By the late John Todhunter With a foreword By Standish O’Grady. Elkin Mathews, Cork Street, 1920. Half-tone portrait frontispiece; pp.171+[i (blank)]; quarter grey blue-grey linen, grey boards flecked with blue, lettered dark blue on spine and front cover. Very light foxing of plate; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


‘Theory of the Beautiful’, ‘An Essay on Essays’, etc.
Ref: JRT112425


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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.

TOMLINSON (H[enry]. M[ajor].). Old junk. London: Andrew Melrose Ltd., 3 York Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2, 1918. Pp.[xii]+[228]; bright purple buckram, ruled blind and embossed with publisher’s monogram device within ruled square on front cover, ruled and lettered greenish khaki on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Some fading of cloth; poor quality war-time paper showing some embrowning; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


The author’s second book, published some seven years after the first, and containing short stories first printed in periodicals between January 1907 and April 1918.
Ref: JRT112432


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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.

TOMLINSON (H[enry]. M[ajor].). Waiting for Daylight. By H.M. Tomlinson, Author of “London River". Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1922. Extra cr.8vo; final blank; pp.viii+226+[ii]; dark maroon coarse beaded-linen-grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Insignificant foxing of some edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


With the printing date code ‘F25.222’ at the foot of the last page of text, but the second binding in which the gap between the foot of the title on the spine and the top of the author’s initials in 1/4” rather than the 3/8” of the earliest copies. Sketches, including some written in France during the First World War. Tomlinson’s fourth book.
Ref: JRT117774


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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.

TOMLINSON (H[enry]. M[ajor].). Under The red ensign. London, Williams and Norgate, Ltd., 14 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2, 1926. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+195+[i (blank)]; red-chocolate fine linen-grain cloth, embossed with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered, with short rule, blind on front cover, gilt on spine; fore- and lower-edges uncut. Back end-papers slightly scuffed by removal of label; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Non-fiction.
Ref: JRT112433


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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.

TOMLINSON (H[enry]. M[ajor].). Gallions reach: A romance. William Heinemann Ltd, 1927. Blank before half-title, blank at end; light blue-green freckled buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, with author’s signature gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Edges foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy in badly torn dust-wrapper repaired on verso.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The author’s first novel.
Ref: JRT112434


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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.

TOMLINSON (H[enry]. M[ajor].). The Snows of Helicon. William Heinemann Ltd., 1933. Blank before half-title; light blue buckram, front cover ruled blind, back cover with publisher’s device blind, spine blocked and lettered gilt. Relevant inscription on half-title; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08




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Ref: JRT112437


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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.

TRELAWNY (Edward John). Letters of Edward John Trelawny Edited with a brief Introduction and Notes by H. Buxton Forman C.B. Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, London, Edinburgh, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1910. Demy 8vo; frontispiece and one photogravure plate in sepia, two illustrations by William Bell Scott (one etched by him, and one by Arthur Evershed), and one collotype facsimile of a drawing by Trelawny’s daughter, all with tissue guards; one large folding facsimile of Trelawny’s holograph; final blank; pp.xxiv+306+[ii]; cobalt blue buckram lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Boards lightly damp-spotted on sides, and slight foxing to uncut edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Includes letters to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Jane Lady Shelley, Claire Claremont, the editor, Leigh and John Hunt, William Michael Rossetti, Joseph Severn, etc. In this copy at l.5 on p.50 the second ‘n’ in ‘unshaken’ is complete: in another copy we have handled, it was broken. The following typographical flaws noted in this copy have been present in every copy seen: p.13, note, col.2, l.3, hyphen lacking at end; p.25, l.13, ‘e’ of ‘me’ broken; p.71, l.13, enlarged full-stop after ‘night’; p.118, note, col.1, l.31, ‘a’ in ‘heartily’ slightly raised; p.122, l.19, ‘g’ of ‘give’ broken; p.128, l.6, ‘o’ in second ‘done’ broken; p.139, penultimate line, ‘s’ broken and ‘a’ printed too heavily in ‘notwithstanding’; p.149, last line, second ‘a’ in ‘Mavrocordato’ printed too heavily; p.160, note, col.2, last line, ‘e’ of ‘love’ lacking; p.170, l.26, ‘f’ of ‘of’ broken; p.175, l.7, ‘t’ at start of line so faintly printed as to all intents and purposes to be lacking; p.216, l.7, ‘h’ in ‘he’ battered; p.220, l.10, ‘A’ of ‘Allegra’ broken; p.232, last line of note, ‘9’ raised; p.275, penultimate line of text, dot lacking to ‘i’ of ‘in’.
Ref: JRT112456


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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.

TREMAIN (Rose). Sacred Country: A novel. Sinclair-Stevenson, [London,] 1992. Double med.16mo; two inserted leaves of smoother paper precede title-page (v.note); Acknowledgments leaf followed by four blanks at end; pp.[iv]+[x]+[365]+[ix]; quarter pale and paler green vertically streaked cloth, ruled gilt on sides, blocked and lettered within ruled boxes, gilt, on spine, marbled paper sides; pale green and white head and tail bands. Fine copy in original unprinted wax-paper dust-wrapper.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


One of an issue limited to only 150 numbered copies, signed by the author. Published by London Limited Editions, the two extra leaves at the front being their added title-page, and the limitation leaf.
ISBN 1 85619 118 4
Ref: JRT117850


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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.

TUCHKOLSY (Kurt). Castle Gripsholm: A Summer Story. Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann. The Overlook Press / Woodstock, New York, 1988. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.127+[i (blank)]; light grey cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device blind on front cover, downlettered, blocked with publisher’s device, and lettered, black on spine. Small stain on recto of back end-paper offset onto facing blank (probably a binding fault); otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper creased a little on fold of front flap.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


First American edition of a translation published in England by Chatto and Windus in 1985, this being a permission copy from the Chatto file. In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.106, l.30, ‘first’ for ‘fist’; p.124, l.33, ‘tryannise’ for ‘tyranisse’. The novella was originally published in German in 1931.
ISBN 0 — 87951 — 293 — 8
Ref: JRT112461


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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.

TURNER (Edward F.). Legal T Leaves: Being a lawyer’s tales out Of school. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1903. (All rights reserved). Sm.cr.8vo; 12pp. integral advertisements at end (continuing the signatures); pp.viii+331+[i (blank)]+[8 (last 4pp. not paginated)]; light and darker horizontally streaked fine rough buckram, pictorially blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; book-mark advertisement for ‘Smith, Elder, & Co’s Newest books’ (leading with this title) loosely laid-in, as issued. Poor quality laid end-papers embrowned; first leaf of text slightly creased, due to an original folding fault; a few fox-spots on edges; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Short stories of an unusual character, interspersed with sketches and reflections on the law as a profession.
Ref: JRT117934


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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.

TURNER (Lilian). Betty the scribe. By Lilian Turner Author of “An Australian Lassie,” “The Lights of Sydney.” Illustrations by A.J. Johnson. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1906. Text-paper advertisement leaf precedes half-title, another at end; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; pp.[?ii]+320+[?ii]; vertical fine-dotted-line-ribbed bevelled cloth, blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated black. Ink inscription on back of frontispiece; a little scattered light foxing; but in general a nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


By an Australian author and set there. An adult novel largely involving children. Not in Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.72, 108, 144, 192, 229, 257, and 294, and are tipped in at those openings.
Ref: JRT112463


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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.

TUTUOLA (Amos). Simbi and the Satyr Of the Dark Jungle. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, 1955. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.136; mottled brown cloth blocked and lettered gilt, lettered brown-through-gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly foxed on verso and back panel.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The author’s third book.
Ref: JRT112467


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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.

UPWARD (Edward). Journey to the Border. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1938. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.256; light blue rough buckram lettered black on spine. Covers just a trifle mottled and free end-papers foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


Woolmer, 439: 1,200 copies were printed. Upward’s first prose work, preceded by a 1924 volume of poems.
Ref: JRT112476


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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.

UPWARD (Edward). In the thirties. Heinemann, 1962. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+282; pale green wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front covers and down spine; made up without end-papers. Very nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


Uncorrected Proof Copy, so designated on the wrappers: differs in at least some respects from the published book. A typewritten note on the front cover gives the proposed publication date as ‘13th August’ and the Price as ‘18/-’
Ref: JRT112477


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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.

UPWARD (Edward). The Railway accident And other stories. Heinemann, 1969. Sm.double cr.16mo; integral advertisement leaf at end; charcoal boards ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Stories written between 1928 and 1942, and here first collected. Includes a biographical Introduction by W.H. Sellers.
Ref: JRT112478


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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.

VACHEL (Horace Annesley). At the sign of the Grid. Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, London and Melbourne, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.256; leaf green fine-beaded-linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The ‘Grid[iron]’ is a club. Excellent short stories, not, in the main, using the usual convention of a ‘club’ as a device to link a round of stories ‘told by the members’, but rather about the life of the club itself, and its members. Includes three crime stories (burglary, attempted murder, art fraud), several involving the art or antiques market (in the longest of which ‘Joe Quinney’ appears), and others about the theatre, etc. In this copy the following errata or typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.23, l.8 of text, ‘i’ in ‘said’ broken; p.34, l.30, ‘Limehouseas’ for ‘Limehouse as’; p.44, l.6, ‘e’ broken at end of line; p.49, l.14, first ‘e’ in ‘remodel’ broken; p.77, l.5, ‘o’ in first ‘you’ broken; p.81, l.10, ‘impetrate’ presumably for ‘importune’; p.99, l.7, ‘e’ in ‘taken’, penultimate line, first ‘e’ in ‘agreed’, broken; p.102, l.9, ‘b’ in ‘able’ battered; p.122, l.23, ‘s’ in ‘she’ printed faintly; p.125, the page is one line short, and the sense is broken between this page and the next: therefore a line of text is lacking; p.141, l.13, ‘l’ in ‘spiritual’ broken; p.161, last line, risen spaces before and after ‘scrappy.’; p.170, antepenultimate line, ‘has’ for ‘had’; p.215, l.21, ‘e’ in ‘the’ battered; p.245, l.1, ‘I d’ in ‘I don’t’ battered; p.248, l.14, risen space after ‘secret’.
Ref: JRT112483


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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.

VAN THAL (B.). The old lady Makes a cup of tea. Privately Printed, 1931. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for; dark blue linen lettered gilt on front cover and up spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Light marking of covers, otherwise a fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Of a total edition of 250 copies, this is one of fifty copies out of series. Printed on hand-made paper.
Ref: JRT112492


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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.

VIDAL (Gore). Washington, D.C. Heinemann, 1967. Grey-blue cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue; pale cream end-papers. Covers a little damp-spotted; otherwise a fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT112495


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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.

VINES (Sherard). The course of English Classicism From the Tudor to the Victorian age. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1930. Pp.160; orange rough buckram blocked and lettered red on front cover, lettered red on spine. Fine copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper dissected into three pieces — a fact that only becomes evident when it is removed from its clear plastic sheath.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Issued as No.12 in the series ‘Hogarth Lectures on Literature’. An uncommon title, rather scarce in dust-wrapper. Woolmer, 240. 2,509 copies were printed.
Ref: JRT118418


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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.

VINOGRADOV (Anatoli). Three Colours of Time: A novel of the life of Stendhal. Translated from the Russian by Gerard Shelley. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1946. Double lge.post 16mo; light blue cloth lettered gilt on spine. Short tear in headband, otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT112497


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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.

VOYNICH (E.L.). Put off thy shoes. William Heinemann Ltd, 1946. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.vi+393+[i (blank)]; dark green fine rough buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; buff end-papers. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper with a couple of short tears to back panel.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Chronologically, the first volume of ‘The Gadfly’ series. The author’s first book since 1910.
Ref: JRT112505


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