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.

VULLIAMY (C.E.). Edwin & Eleanor. Family Documents: 1854-56. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomsbury Street, 1945. Frontispiece printed in sepia; brown cloth blocked and lettered silver down spine. Very nice copy in slightly torn and very slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20



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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.

WALEY (Hubert). The Revival of sthetics. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1926. Demy 8vo; pp.40; white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black with a design by Vanessa Bell; text-paper end-papers. Some foxing throughout, as almost always with this title: heavier on edges, back end-papers, and last few leaves; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £19.00

US $25.65


Issued as No.15 of ‘The Hogarth Essays’, first series. Woolmer, 113, describing only copies with pale blue wrappers.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WALPOLE (Hugh). The Wooden horse. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1909. (All rights reserved). Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+341+[i (blank)]+[2]; dark red beaded fine-linen-grain cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Fox-spot affecting fore-margin of dedication leaf and first leaf of text; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


The author’s scarce 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.

WALPOLE (Hugh). The Thirteen Travellers. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, N.D. [1921]. Sm.cr.8vo; printer’s imprint leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, listing this title for the Spring of 1921; light sage green fine linen grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on front cover and spine, lettered black on spine. Cloth of spine slightly faded; very slight, lighht, foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


In our experience one of Walpole’s scarcest titles. Short stories, reflecting aspects of war.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WALPOLE (Hugh). The English novel: Some notes on its Evolution. The Rede Lecture 1925 By Hugh Walpole. Cambridge, At the University Press, 1925. Sm.cr.8vo in half-sheets; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[ii]+36+[ii]; large pale drab paper wrappers, purple label printed in black on front wrapper; text-paper end-papers. Large edge of front wrapper insignificantly chipped; inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £26.00

US $35.10



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

WALPOLE (Hugh). Anthony Trollope. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1928. Half/series title precedes title-page; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+205+[i (blank)]+[ii]; cerise smooth cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine; t.e. burnished cerise, others uncut. Very slight foxing to prelims., but a virtually fine, largely unopened, copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Issued as the Eighth Volume of the New Series of ‘English Men of Letters’: a fact only stated on the dust-wrapper. The correct first issue of the dust-wrapper, listing eight volumes as published and the ninth, “Samuel Pepys” as “In the Press.” The series was under the general editorship of J.C. Squire.

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

WALPOLE (Hugh) and PRIESTLEY (J.B.). Farthing Hall. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1929. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+275+[i (blank)]+4; vertically ribbed leaf-green cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy of an uncommon title.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


A rare modern example of an epistolary novel: two correspondents, one presumably written by each 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.

WALPOLE (Hugh). A letter to a Modern novelist. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1932. One gathering double cr.16mo, sewn into cream paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in deep purple and black; first leaf blank; pp.[ii]+29+[i (blank)]; issued without end-papers. Scattered foxing, but a nice copy.

GB £19.00

US $25.65


Issued as No.9 of ‘The Hogarth Letters’ series. Woolmer, 312: the separate issue, and one of 2,000 copies thus. A further 500 copies were later bound up in the collected edition of ‘The Hogarth Letters’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WALPOLE (Hugh). Captain Nicholas: A modern comedy. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1934. Double cr.16mo; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[x]+469+[i (blank)]; vertically ribbed green cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine. Edges slightly foxed; back pastedown snagged; small tear in one lower margin, due to an original binding fault; otherwise a fine copy, with the pictorial front panel of the dust-wrapper laid onto the front paste-down.

GB £12.00

US $16.20



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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.

WALPOLE (Hugh). The inquisitor: A novel. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1935. Double cr.16mo; title-page printed in red and black; pp.xii+619+[i (printer’s imprint)]; vertically ribbed green cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine. Edges slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper, printed all over with map.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


A sequel to ‘The Cathedral’.

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

WALPOLE (Hugh). A prayer For My son. A Novel. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1936. Double cr.16mo; title-page printed in red and black; final leaf publisher’s advertisements; pp.[x]+359+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically ribbed green cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $101.25




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

WALPOLE (Hugh). John Cornelius: His life and adventures. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1937. Double cr.16mo; title-page printed in red and black; pp.xiv+522; vertically ribbed green cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine. Barely visible foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with two short closed tears on the front panel.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


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

WALPOLE (Hugh). The sea tower: A love story. By Hugh Walpole. London, Macmillan and Co. Ltd, 1939. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[xii]+308; vertical rib effect green cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly chipped at head and tail of spine (the chip at head just touching ‘HE’of ‘THE’) and with minute snag at head of front panel.

GB £12.00

US $16.20




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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.

WARD (Mrs. Humphry). The marriage Of William Ashe. With illustrations by Albert Sterner. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1905. (All rights reserved). Half-tone frontispiece printed in orange-brown, with tissue guard, and eight plates printed in black and white; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[xii]+506+[ii]; dark and light sea-green linen-effect smooth cloth lettered black on front cover and spine; fore- and lower-edges uncut. Very slight fading of front cover and spine; light foxing of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy of one of the more difficult late titles.

GB £230.00

US $310.50


Presentation copy with the writer’s thirteen word holograph inscription to Lord & Lady Cowper, dated March 1905, on front end-paper. The book was published in March. Sadleir, 3290 bis (evidently a late acquisition); Wolff, 7020.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WARD (Mrs Humphry). Fenwick’s Career. Illustrated from Drawings by Albert Sterner. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1906. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; frontispiece and three plates in volume one, three plates in volume two, all printed in gravure on simuli-vellum, and with thin paper guards printed in red; both volumes with titles printed in red and black, and with blank at end; cream wrappers printed on front wrapper in red; a.e. uncut; cream paper covered slip-case printed with title, author, price, and publisher’s imprint in red on back. Wrappers slightly darkened, and very slightly frayed; otherwise a fine unopened copy, in extensively repaired slip-case.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


One of an edition limited to only 250 copies, on large hand-made paper, numbered and signed by the author. The regular, cr.8vo, edition was in one volume, had the title printed in black, and contained only three plates, these printed in half-tone. Sadleir, 3286a, speculates unnecessarily that the flimsy wrappers present likewise on his copy might have indicated a remainder status. Examples such as that of the cr.8vo version of the Kegan Paul f’cap 8vo poetry series of the 1870s and 80s, limited to fifty copies on large hand-made paper, which were published in similar wrappers, indicate the truth: it was simply assumed by the publishers that anybody wishing to spend a lot of money on the large paper edition would in fact desire to have it bound. The present edition of ‘Fenwick’s Career’ was issued at 21/- as against 6/- for the ordinary edition. Both were advertised for May. Wolff, 7015, speculates that this was an author’s issue, never put on sale. Neither Wolff nor Sadleir, however, knew of the slip-case, bearing its publication price upon the spine.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WARD (Mrs. Humphrey). The Coryston family By Mrs. Humphrey Ward. Advance copy for private distribution Not for sale — Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York and London, Copyright, 1913, by Harper and Brothers. Roy 8vo format, gathered irregularly, printed in double column; initial blank and conjugate title-page on different paper precede start of text, the former serving as paste-down; half-title not called for; nine half-tone plates on art-paper after drawings by Elizabeth Shippen Green; 138pp., numbered non-sequentially; publisher’s pink paper covered boards, paper label on front board printed in black. Slight wear to paper of spine, and some fading and light damp-staining to boards; inscription on title-page (v. note); a little very light damp-staining to text; in general a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Inscribed on the title-page ‘Compliments of Harper & Brothers’, this being crossed through, apparently in the same ink. An off-print from Harper’s Magazine, where the book commenced serial publication in May 1913. The bottom four-fifths of the last page is blank, beneath the words ‘The end’, showing that this is an off-print rather than extracted leaves, but some non-relevant material has been allowed to remain internally. Why the book should have been produced in this form is a matter for speculation: the typography certainly does not correspond to that of the volume issue, and it would not have been normal at this date to issue it in this form for purposes of review. The volume edition was published in England by Smith, Elder, and in America by Harper & Brothers later the same year. Whether there were differences in text we have not determined. In our experience this title is now scarce in any form. It is not in the Sadleir collection; Wolff, 7010, recording the Smith, Elder 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.

[WARD (Mrs. Humphry).]. The life of Mrs. Humphry Ward By her daughter Janet Penrose Trevelyan. Constable and Company Ltd., 1923. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece and five plates printed in sepia; pp.[xii]+317+[iii (blank)]; vertically fine ribbed cerise cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Includes many of Mrs. Ward’s letters, here first published, as well as some from other correspondents, including Henry James, Kipling, and Mark Pattison.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WARDEN (Florence). The empress Of the Andes. Published at Clifford’s Inn, London By T. Werner Laurie, N.D. [1909]. Printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[iv]+314+[ii]; light blue rough-buckram pictorially blocked black and pale grey-blue, ruled and lettered pale grey-blue, on front cover, lettered pale grey-blue on spine. Slight fading to cloth of spine and a very little scattered foxing, but a nice copy of a scarce book.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


An entertaining read and a good example of what used to be called a ‘tear-jerker’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WARNER (Rex). The Converts: A novel of Early Christianity. The Bodley Head, London Sydney, Toronto, 1967. Pp.[viii]+263+[i (blank); carmine boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20



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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.

WARNER (Rex). The Converts: A novel of Early Christianity. The Bodley Head, London Sydney, Toronto, 1967. Pp.[viii]+263+[i (blank); carmine boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $13.50



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

WAUGH (Alec). The prisoners of Mainz. With illustrations by Captain R.T. Roussel (P.O.W. Mainz). London, Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1919. Blank before half-title; frontispiece, and eleven plates (four from photographs); integral advertisement leaf at end; fawn rough buckram, white spine label printed in black and gold; lower-edges uncut. Label rubbed and chipped; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed twenty word holograph inscription to E.W. Gillett, dated ‘5.12.21’ on the front end-paper.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WAUGH (Alec). Nor many waters. Chapman And Hall Ld., August 1928. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+[248]; old mustard morocco cloth ruled and blocked with publisher’s device blind on front cover, ruled, blocked and lettered black on spine. Covers a little dull, but in general a nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45



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

WAUGH (Alec). Island In the sun. A novel by Alec Waugh. Cassell & Company Ltd, London, 1956. Lge.post 16mo; half-title and leaf bearing blurb precede title-page; pp.[552]; bright blue beaded linen-textured boards, blocked, lettered, and with ruled box, gilt, on spine. Spine a trifle dull and faded; otherwise a fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Presentation copy, with the author’s twenty-three word contemporary signed holograph presentation inscription on the front end-paper.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WAUGH (Alec). Island In the sun. A novel by Alec Waugh. Cassell & Company Ltd, London, 1956. Lge.post 16mo; half-title and leaf bearing blurb precede title-page; pp.[552]; bright blue beaded linen-textured boards, blocked, lettered, and with ruled box, gilt, on spine. A virtually fine copy in frayed and slightly torn dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


From the library of Desmond Flower, but without signs of ownership. Flower was Waugh’s editor at Cassell’s
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WAUGH (Alec). Fuel for The Flame. Cassell, 1960. Double extra cr.16mo; pp.[x]+486; scarlet boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $36.45



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

WAUGH (Arthur). Reticence in Literature And Other Papers. London, J.G. Wilson, 77 Queen Street, E.C., February, 1915. Pp.[xvi]+207+[i (printer’s imprint)]; deep purple buckram lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight dulling of spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


A scarce title from a small publisher we have not otherwise encountered. Dedicated by the author to his son Alec, who was still then at school. Loosely laid in opposite the dedication is a press cutting of a letter from arthur Waugh regarding his son’s first book “The Loom of Youth". Includes besides the title essay: ‘The Abuse of the Superlative’, ‘Some Movements in Victorian Poetry’, ‘Fiction in the Nineteenth Century’, ‘The Particular Copy’, ‘The Mood and the Book’, ‘Concerning Anthologies’, ‘Sketches for Portraits (Crashaw, George Herbert, Charles Kingsley, Christina Rossetti, Robert Buchanan, George Gissing, George Birkbeck Hill)’, 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.

WAUGH (Evelyn). When the going Was good. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street, 1946. Demy 8vo; full colour portrait frontispiece; large folding map; final blank; yellow buckram over thin boards, blocked and lettered blue on spine. Very slight darkening of covers; enamel lacking from ‘D’ of ‘DUCKWORTH’ in spine imprint; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00



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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.

WAUGH (Evelyn). Scott-king’s Modern Europe. Chapman & Hall, 1947. Frontispiece on text-paper, printed in red, black, and cream; title-page printed in red and black; imprint leaf at end; violet buckram over thin boards, spine blocked and lettered down in gilt; t.e. dark blue. Very slight mottling of covers; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00



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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.

WAUGH (Evelyn). The Loved one: An Anglo-American Tragedy By Evelyn Waugh Illustrated by Stuart Boyle. Chapman & Hall, N.D. [1948]. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece and other illustrations and decorations on text-paper, some unbacked, but all included in the pagination; pp.xii+144; dark blue buckram downlettered gilt on spine; t.e. navy blue; end-papers printed with half-tone marbled pattern in dark blue. Some foxing to early and late leaves; inscription on front blank; otherwise a very nice copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper lightly foxed on back panel.

GB £70.00

US $94.50



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

[WAUGH (Evelyn).]. The autobiography of Thomas Merton With a foreword by Evelyn Waugh: Elected Silence. Hollis and Carter, 1949. Sm.demy 8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+381+[iii]; brownish black cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. scarlet; fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00



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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.

WAUGH (Evelyn). A Tourist in Africa. 1960, Chapman & Hall Ltd. Blank before half-title; pp.167+[i (blank)]; half-tone frontispiece and four double-sided plates; blue cloth textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $108.00



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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.

WAUGH (Evelyn). A Tourist in Africa. 1960, Chapman & Hall Ltd. Blank before half-title; pp.167+[i (blank)]; half-tone frontispiece and four double-sided plates; blue cloth textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed, darkened, and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $87.75



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

WELLS (H.G.). Certain Personal matters. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, E.C., 1901. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.184+[v (advertisements)]+[iii (blank)]; pinkish scarlet buckram over thin boards, blocked black and grey, lettered grey, on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine. Very nice copy.

GB £15.00

US $20.25


The rather uncommon first cheap edition of a difficult title originally published by Lawrence & Bullen in 1897 at 3/6d., the present edition being issued at 1/-.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WELLS (H.G.). Mankind in the Making. London: Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1903. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[2]+[x]+429+[iii]; blue rough buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Very slight spotting to back cover; end-papers embrowned; slight foxing to half-title, title, and uncut fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy of a difficult title.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


The probable first issue, some copies having the fore-edges rough-trimmed and the lower-edges fully so.

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WELLS (H.G.). What is coming? A European Forecast. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1916. Five integral advertisement leaves at end, followed by blank; pp.[vi]+294+[ix]+[iii]; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine copy in chipped (1” at head of spine; 1/4” at top corner of front panel) and slightly torn dust-wrapper.

GB £370.00

US $499.50


Presentation copy, with Wells’ characteristic signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Issued in May 1916, the same month as the English edition, from which it differs textually in at least minor respects.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WELLS (H.G.). The Secret Places Of the Heart. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1922. Blank before half-title; dark grey-green faint-vertical-broad-rib effect very fine linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, blocked and ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; lower-edges uncut. Two or three very faint, small, fox-spots on first and last few leaves and edges; otherwise a brilliantly fine, crisp, copy in a minimally frayed dust-wrapper very slightly faded on spine. Scarce thus.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


The issue in which the sheets bulk 29mm scant, in which the title on the front cover is arranged in three lines: THE/SECRET PLACES/OF THE HEART; and the spine imprint measures 28mm across. Currey, p.522 records three issues of the book, the third being in pale green cloth, with the front cover unlettered, and with a cancel title-page. The first two issues he describes as being in dark green cloth, with the title-page integral, and distinguished by the size of the spine imprint and the arrangement of the lettering on the front cover. In his first issue, the front cover is titled in two lines: THE SECRET PLACES/OF THE HEART, and the spine imprint is said to measure 33mm across. In our experience, the sheets of this issue bulk 31mm scant. Currey’s second issue is described as being titled on the front cover: THE/SECRET/PLACES/OF THE/HEART; whilst the spine imprint measures 25mm across. We have never seen a copy of the book either with this arrangement of the lettering, or with this size of the spine imprint. The present issue is not described by Currey.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WELLS (H.G.). Christina Alberta’s Father. Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1925. Double cr.16mo; blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; two blanks at end; cerise buckram blocked with publisher’s initials device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dark red, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Nice copy in minutely chipped and very lightly marked dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Hubin, p.517
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WELLS (H.G.). The world of William Clissold. A Novel at a New Angle. Ernest Benn Ltd., 1926. 3 Vols. Four leaves of author’s note precede half-title page in volume one; final blank at end of same volume; pp.[245]+[iii]; [247]-[601]+[i (blank)]; [602]-[885]+[i (blank)]; publisher’s quarter fine vellum, leaf green buckram sides, blocked gilt on front board, very elaborately ruled, tooled, and lettered gold on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; green and white silk head and tail bands; publisher’s advertisement slip for ‘The Essex Collected Thin-Paper Edition of the Works of H.G. Wells’ loosely laid in to volume two, as issued. Virtually fine and partly unopened copy, with no fading whatever of the somewhat light-sensitive cloth.

GB £470.00

US $634.50


One of an édition de luxe limited to 198 copies for sale and twenty for presentation, printed on hand-made paper, and signed by the author in volume one. The finely produced limited issue of the last — and somewhat belated! — three-decker. Currey, p.527, issue (A).
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WELLS (H.G.). The Forum Series. Mr. Belloc objects To “The Outline of History". London: Watts & Co., Johnson’s Court, Fleet Street, E.C.4, 1926. Double-spread portraits frontispiece by Low precedes title-page; pp.[viii]+55+[i (blank)]; scarlet fine linen-textured boards, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine. Very nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



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

WELLS (H.G.). Meanwhile: The Picture of A Lady. 1927, Ernest Benn Limited, Bouverie House E.C.4. Double cr.16mo; pp.[288]; brown buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper neatly strengthened with paper on verso.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


The dust-wrapper is designed by the author. Currey, p.521.

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

WELLS (H.G.). Meanwhile: The Picture of A Lady. 1927, Ernest Benn Limited, Bouverie House E.C.4. Double cr.16mo; pp.[288]; brown buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


The dust-wrapper is designed by the author. Currey, p.521.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WELLS (H.G.). Experiment In autobiography: Discoveries and conclusions Of a very ordinary brain (Since 1866). Volume I [II] London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, And The Cresset Press Ltd, 1934. 2 Vols., extra cr.8vo; frontispiece and seven half-tone plates from photographs in volume one; eleven half-tone plates from photographs in volume two; numerous facsimiles and drawings on text-paper in both volumes; final blank in volume one, included in the pagination; pp.[416]; viii+[417]-840; orange fine rough cloth lettered, with short rule, and blocked with asterisks to indicate volume number, on spine. Some mottled darkening of cloth; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrappers.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


The plates recorded in the List of Illustrations as facing pp.648 and 656 are here tipped in to face pp.638 and 642. Currey, p.528
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WELLS (H.G.). Apropos Of Dolores. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square London, 1938. Pp.352; pink fine linen, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy in price-clipped dust-wrapper very slightly rubbed at edges and strengthened with paper on verso at tail of spine.

GB £40.00

US $54.00



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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.

WELLS (H.G.). Pho-6enix: A Summary of the Inescapable Conditions Of World Reorganisation. London, Secker & Warburg, 1942. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.192; mottled grey-fawn fine rough buckram lettered pink down spine. Fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $39.15



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

WENTWORTH (Patricia). A little more than kin. London: Andrew Melrose, 3 York Street, Covent Garden, 1911. Pp.[iv]+311; mottled blue fine rough buckram blocked red and white, embossed black-outlined white, lettered white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower- edges uncut. A couple of fore-margins chipped by rough opening; neat later inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


A historical romance set largely in France during the Terror. The author’s scarce third book and second novel, predating her first detective novel by some twelve years. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.147, ll.4-5, comma after ‘sun’ instead of ‘love’; p.182, last line, risen space before ‘man’; p.244, l.28, ‘return’ for ‘not return’; p.252, last line, risen space before ‘pale’; p.285, l.2, risen space before ‘do’.

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

WEST (Paul). Bela Lugosi’s White Christmas. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1972. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; dark red boards lettered gilt down spine. Extreme tail of boards slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


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

WEST (Rebecca). D.H. Lawrence. London: Martin Secker, Number five John Street, Adelphi, 1930. Narrow cr.8vo; blank before half-title, imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[ii]+[44]+[ii]; brown fine buckram blocked and lettered gilt down spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper preserved in a loose paper-backed clear-plastic chemise.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Published shortly after Lawrence’s death, and essentially an obituary, the volume includes also a review of Lawrence’s other obituaries. Both dust-wrapper and cloth are a match to Secker’s Lawrence volumes.

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

WEYMAN (Stanley). The long night. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London, And Bombay, 1903. Blank before half-title; navy blue smooth cloth, lettered with short rule gilt on front cover and spine, gilt ruled box on front cover; end-papers faced black. A little light damp-spotting of covers; some light foxing of first and last few leaves and edges; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



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

WEYMAN (Stanley J.). The Abbess of Vlaye. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, 1904. Frontispiece with tissue guard; blue buckram ruled and lettered gilt on spine and front cover; black coated end-papers. Some damp-staining of covers, chiefly affecting the glaze; two or three leaves opened a little roughly; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



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

WEYMAN (Stanley). Starvecrow Farm. By Stanley Weyman, Author of “Under the Red Robe", “The Man in Black” “The Castle Inn", “Memoirs of a Minister of France” etc. With 8 illustrations By Cyrus Cuneo. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1905. Frontispiece and seven plates; final leaf of text a single inset, followed by 32pp. inserted publisher’s catalogue, dated August, 1905; navy blue buckram, lettered and with short rule, gilt, and with gilt ruled box, on front cover and spine; end-papers faced black. Slight, barely visible, damp-spotting to covers (affecting only the sheen of the cloth); very slight dulling to gilt of spine; two or three scattered light fox-spots: but a very nice copy nonetheless.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.56, 108, 162, 204, 280, 314, and 332, and in this copy are all correctly inserted at those points.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WHIBLEY (Charles). Literary Portraits. London, Archibald Constable And Company, Ltd., 1904. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; photogravure frontispiece with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[xii]+313+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; olive brown coarse buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Very slight fading of cloth at top- and spine- edges of back cover and slight string-marking of spine; frontispiece a trifle damp-stained on one blank margin; otherwise a very nice copy, largely unopened.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Essays on Rabelais, Philippe de Comines, Philemon Holland, Montaigne, William Drummond of Hawthornden, Robert Burton, and Jacques Casanova.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WHITE (Jon Manchip). No home but heaven. Hodder and Stoughton, 1957. Lge.post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; dark yellow-green boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; cream end-papers. Minor faults, but an excellent reading copy in dust-wrapper creased and slightly torn on the front flap.

GB £12.00

US $16.20



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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.

WHITE (Jon Manchip). The Rose in The Brandy Glass. 1965, Eyre & Spottiswode. Lge.post 8vo; carmine boards, lettered gilt, blocked dark blue, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20



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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.

WHITE (T.H.). Burke’s Steerage Or The Amateur Gentleman’s Introduction to Noble Sports and Pastimes. Collins, 48 Pall Mall, 1938. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; leaf bearing illustration at end; numerous illustrations in text; pink fine rough buckram, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £160.00

US $216.00



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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.

[WHITE (William Hale).]. Mark Rutherford’s Deliverance: Being The second part of his Autobiography Edited by his Friend Reuben Shapcott. Oxford University Press, London: Humphrey Milford, 1936. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+183+[i (printer’s imprint)]; brownish red cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Edited by the author’s son, Sir William Hale White, who, according to the dust-wrapper blurb has “given effect to his father’s last corrections.” First Oxford University Press Edition, and first edition thus.

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


First World War


WILBERFORCE ([Albert Basil Orme,] Archdeacon [of Westminster]). [Drop head:] After Death, What? Printed for Free Distribution. [At end of text:] V. & S., Ltd., 56197. N.D. [1916]. Sm.cr.8vo, 20pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering; issued withoout prelims. or wrappers. Slight foxing to first couple of leaves, otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £18.00

US $24.30


Two sermons on the war: “Immortality", and “After Death, What?” British Library copy only on COPAC.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WILDE (Oscar). Sebastian Melmoth (Oscar Wilde). London, Arthur L. Humphreys, 1904. Pott 8vo; title-page printed in scarlet and black; final leaf bearing ‘permission’ notice on recto, verso blank; pp.[iv]+222+[ii]; publisher’s full limp moss-green suede, ruled, blocked with a pattern of dots, and lettered black on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut; scarlet watered silk doublures, text-paper free end-papers (but the chain-lines running horizontally instead of vertically as they do in the text). Suede worn a little at edges of spine and chipped at head; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


One of an apparently small number of copies specially bound. Mason, 333, records this volume only as in cream paper wrappers and with the top-edges uncut. Printed, as with the trade issue, upon hand-made paper watermarked ‘Arnold unbleached’. An original pencilled price on the front end-paper suggests that this issue was published at ‘13/6 / net’ as against the 6s. recorded by Mason for the ordinary issue. (Pencilled along with the price in apparently the same hand is a cryptic ‘I f’ which may be interpretable as ‘Series I, copy f’, suggesting that there were no more than twenty-six copies so bound). Epigrams and aphorisms, together with a reprint of ‘The Soul of Man under Socialism’, here entitled just ‘The Soul of Man’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WILDE (Oscar). De profundis. Methuen and Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1911. F’cap 8vo; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.151+[i (printer’s imprint)]+8; dull greenish blue fine-dotted-diaper effect cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Very slight fading to cloth of spine, but a nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


First printing in the series ‘Methuen’s Shilling Books’. Includes some corrections to the text, which here make their first appearance.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WILDING (Michael). The short Story embassy. A novel. Wild & Woolley, Glebe, New South Wales, 1975. 4pp. advertisements at end; white glazed wrappers printed in black and red. Near fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $13.50



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

WILLIAMS (Raymond). The fight For Manod. 1979, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.207+[i (blank)]; hammered darkish brown cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


The third novel in the Border Country trilogy.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WILLIAMS (Raymond). Loyalties. Chatto & Windus, The Hogarth Press, London, 1985. Short double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; pp.vi+378; white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed in purple and black; made up without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Uncorrected Proof copy. According to the printed note on the front wrapper, scheduled for publication in September 1985 at £9.95. This copy exhibits the reading ‘compelling’ for ‘compellingly’ in l.8 of the blurb on the half-title page, this being corrected, presumably, before publication. Whether there are other differencies, we do not know.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WILLIAMS (Tennessee). Moise and the world of reason. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1975. Double lge.post 16mo; half-title not called for; leaf bearing publisher’s device precedes page bearing advertisements with first half of double-spread title on verso; final blank; pp.190+[ii]; black cloth-textured boards, downlettered light blue and silver on spine; black and white head- and tail- bands; light blue textured end-papers. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


Novel. The correct first edition sheets, with ‘1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10’ on verso of title-page, but probably a remainder issue, with publisher’s device stamped on lower-edges of leaves.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WILLIAMS (William Carlos). Selected Essays of William Carlos Williams. Random House, New York, N.D. [1954]. Double demy 16mo; half-title, page bearing bibliographical check-list with first half of double-spread title on verso, second page of title printed in green and black with acknowledgements, etc. on verso, and dedication leaf, precede Contents; pp.xviii+342; mottled green fine linen lettered white and gilt on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher’s device white on spine; t.e. orange; pale grey textured end-papers. Fine copy in slightly frayed and torn dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


From the library of poet and critic Edwin Morgan, with his signature on the front end-paper. ‘First Printing’ stated on verso of title-page. Four of the essays are here first published; some others here first collected.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WILLIAMSON (Henry). The Scandaroon. Illustrations by Ken Lilly. Macdonald, London, 1972. Vignette on title, and other illustrations on text paper; pp.152; light brown cloth-textured boards, blocked dark brown on front cover, down-lettered and lettered dark brown on spine. Ownership inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


The front and back flaps of the dust-wrapper are devoted to an introduction by the author not otherwise included.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WILSON (Angus). No Laughing Matter. Secker & Warburg, 1967. Double demy 16mo; green wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front wrapper and up spine. Wrappers faded, and a little stained; indecipherable word scrawled on front wrapper; otherwise virtually fine.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Proof copy.
Ref: JRT112829



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

WILSON (Colin). The outsider. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1956. Double demy 16mo; pp.288; blue boards lettered gilt on spine; Nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


The author’s first book, and key 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.

WILSON (Colin). Religion and the rebel. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1957. Double cr.16mo; final blank; blue cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on spine. Two small marks on front pastedown; otherwise a very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The author’s second book.
Ref: JRT112834



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

WILSON (Colin). The world of violence. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. Double cr.16mo, perfect bound; red boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. A fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


The author’s third novel, following ‘Ritual in the Dark’, and ‘Adrift in Soho’.
Ref: JRT112836



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

WILSON (Edmund). The Twenties: From Notebooks and Diaries Of the Period. Edited with an Introduction by Leon Edel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1975. Post 8vo format, perfect bound; advertisement leaf and half-title with half-tone portrait frontispiece on verso precede title-page; eight illustrations in text; pp.[l]+557+[i]; pale lilac cloth lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly nicked at head of spine.

GB £29.00

US $39.15



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

WILSON (Rathmell). Another Book of the sirens: Essays, stories, verses, and an English Version of “Le Passant” by François Coppée. London, Elkin Mathews, Cork Street, 1913. F’cap 8vo; pp.[xvi]+[235]+[i (printer’s imprint)]; bevelled maroon art-linen, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Nice copy.

GB £19.00

US $25.65


Advance copy, rubber-stamped “With the publisher’s compliments” on the half-title. A scarce Elkin Mathews title. Nelson, 1913.42
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WODEHOUSE (P.G.). Big money. Herbert Jenkins Limited, 3 York Street St. James’s, London, S.W.1, 1931. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.314+[vi]; diagonally fine ribbed orange cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher’s device and name on back cover, ruled and lettered on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher’s initials and device on spine, all black. Very slight fading and marking of covers; small nick in cloth at lower back fore-corner; otherwise a very nice, crisp copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75



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

WOLFE (Humbert). Notes on English verse satire. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1929. Final blank; pp.158+[ii]; orange rough buckram blocked and lettered red on front cover, lettered red on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Issued as No.10 of the series ‘Hogarth Lectures on Literature’. Woolmer, 212. 3,057 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.

WOLFE (Thomas). Look homeward, Angel: A story of the buried life. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. Extra cr.8vo; blank at end; pp.[viii]+613+[iii]; dull purple rough fine-weave cloth, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Barely perceptible wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


The authors’s scarce first novel, preceded only by “The Crisis in Industry” published in 1919. First English edition, and first appearance of the revised text. The American edition appeared in 1929.
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WOLFE (Thomas). Of time and the river: A legend of man’s hunger in his youth. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1935. Lge.post 8vo; Publisher’s Note leaf precedes half-title; two blanks at end; black buckram blocked green, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled blind on spine; yellow and fawn head- and tail- bands; fore-edges uncut. Gilt dull on spine; contemporary inscription on front end-paper; faint vertical crease in Publisher’s Note leaf, and small corner of last five leaves a little bruised; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


The correct first printing, with the code letter ‘A’ on verso of title-page. The second novel in the ‘Of Time and the River’ sequence.
Ref: JRT112855



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WOLFE (Humbert). Notes on English verse satire. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, 1929. Post 8vo; final blank; light orange rough buckram, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered red on front cover, lettered red on spine. Slight foxing of edges and prelims.; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Woolmer, 212. Issued as No.10 in the ‘Hogarth Lectures on Literature [first] Series’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WOOLF (Leonard). Fear and politics: A Debate at the Zoo. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf At the Hogarth Press, Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1925. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; advertisement leaf, blank on recto, precedes title-page; pp.24; cream paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black with a design by Vanessa Bell; end-papers of thin paper. Some light foxing throughout, more or less confined to prelims. and margins; front wrapper slightly foxed, and very slight darkening to paper of spine; otherwise a near fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Issued as No.7 of ‘The Hogarth Essays’, first series. Woolmer, 79: number of copies printed not known, but the Sussex ledger shows only 251 copies sold in the six months following publication. This volume, oddly, bears no printer’s imprint.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WOOLF (Leonard). Hunting the Highbrow. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1927. Sm.f’cap 8vo; two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; integral advertisement leaf followed by three blanks, the outermost serving as end-papers, at end; pp.[iv]+[52]+[ii]+[vi]; pale green boards printed in black. Spine and edges of covers slightly faded, and spine a trifle marked; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


From the library of Desmond Flower, with his pencilled ownership inscription dated March 29, 1927, on the front end-paper. Issued as No.5 of ‘The Hogarth Essays, Second Series’. Woolmer, 152, stating that the book was “Published March” and that 1,000 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.

WOOLF (Leonard). Hunting the Highbrow. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1927. Sm.f’cap 8vo; two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; integral advertisement leaf followed by three blanks, the outermost serving as end-papers, at end; pp.[iv]+[52]+[ii]+[vi]; pale green boards printed in black. Spine and edges of covers slightly faded, and very slight wear to paper covering of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Issued as No.5 of ‘The Hogarth Essays, Second Series’. Woolmer, 152: 1,000 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.

WOOLF (Leonard). After the deluge: A study of communal psychology. Vol.I Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, Tavistock Square, London, 1931. TOGETHER WITH: WOOLF (Leonard). After the deluge: A study of communal psychology. Vol.II 1830 & 1832. The Hogarth Press, 37 Mecklenburgh Square, London, W.C.1, 1939. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; final blank in volume two; pp.[347]+[i (blank)]; [viii]+[317]+[iii]; light brown faintly mottled cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight darkening to cloth of spine in volume one, and slight wear to cloth over joints in volume two; a very nice copy, nonetheless, internally fine.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


Woolmer, 278 and 461: Volume one is one of 980 copies, volume two one of 1,306 copies. Three volumes were planned, but the third was not published until 1953, and then with the altered title: ‘Principia Politica’. In this copy, p.243, l.22, in volume one, has the misprint ‘1900’ for ‘1800’: state or issue significance undetermined.
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[WOOLF (Leonard).]. Letters From North America And the pacific, 1898. [By] Charles Philips Trevelyan. With a Foreword by Leonard Woolf. 1969, Chatto & Windus, London. Demy 8vo; four double-sided plates; pp.[xviii]+238; scarlet fine cloth-textured boards, blocked (with two dots and a short rule) and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


Includes a good deal of information about Beatrice and Sidney Webb, who for much of his journey were Trevelyan’s travelling companions.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WOOLF (Leonard). The journey Not the arrival Matters. An autobiography Of the years 1939 — 1969. 1969, The Hogarth Press, London. Demy 8vo; eight double-sided half-tone plates; two blanks before half-title, one at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; pp.[iv]+217+[iii]; light blue cloth lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


The fifth volume of Leonard Woolf’s autobiography.
Ref: JRT112877



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

[WOOLF (Virginia)]. Life as we have Known it By Co-operative working women. Edited by Margaret Llewelyn Davies. With an Introduction by Virginia Woolf. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1931. Half-tone frontispiece and seven plates, from photographs; final blank; pp.xxxix+[i (blank)]+141+[iii]; crocus-yellow buckram, ruled and lettered black on spine. Fine copy. Scarce.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


Virginia Woolf’s very characteristic and interesting Introduction occupies pp.ix — xxxix. The usual issue, clothbound and ruled and lettered in black. An otherwise similar issue is known ruled and blocked in red (which may have been a trial binding), whilst copies were also made available, at a reduced price, in paper wrappers, to members of the Co-operative Women’s Guild. 2,000 copies were printed altogether. The present copy has the reading ‘women’ for ‘woman’ at l.5 on p.79, probably as always. Kirkpatrick, B11a; Woolmer 250
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WOOLF (Virginia). The Common reader, Second series. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf At the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1932. Demy 8vo; final blank; pp.270+[ii]; bright jade-green rough cloth lettered gilt on spine. Slight mottling of cloth; prelims. and edges slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Kirkpatrick, A18a; Woolmer, 315
Ref: JRT112892



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

WOOLF (Virginia). A letter to A young poet. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1932. One gathering, 16mo, sewn into cream wrappers, cut flush, printed on the front in black and green; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[ii]+28+[ii]; issued without end-papers. Slight darkening of wrappers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Issued as No.8 of ‘The Hogarth Letters’ series. Kirkpatrick, A17; Woolmer, 314: 6,000 copies were printed, of which 5,500 were issued in this form, the rest being bound up with the collected edition of the ‘Hogarth Letters’ in 1933.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WOOLF (Virginia). Flush. A biography. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1933. Globe 8vo; frontispiece and two plates; pp.163+[i (blank)]; first gathering a cancel (v. note); five entry Errata slip tipped in before p.7; jade green cloth lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed in brown with designs by Vanessa Bell. Slight uniform embrowning to text; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper faded and chipped a little on the spine.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Woolmer 334 Note; Kirkpatrick A19c: the first printing in the Uniform Edition. The ‘Large Paper’ edition preceded it by some five weeks in date of publication, but the present edition was actually printed first: apparently from an incorrect version of the manuscript. Curiously enough, the errors were not present in the set of page proofs given by Leonard Woolf to Hugh Walpole. They in fact differ from both of the published versions. For the present issue the first gathering was reprinted to read on the copyright page: “First published, October 1933. New Edition, November 1933.” To-day this original printing appears to be by far the scarcer. There are numerous differences between the two printings, besides those recorded on the Errata slip.

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

WOOLF (Virginia). Flush. A biography. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1933. Globe 8vo; frontispiece and two plates; pp.163+[i (blank)]; first gathering a cancel (v. note); five entry Errata slip tipped in before p.7; jade green cloth lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed in brown with designs by Vanessa Bell. Slight fading of spine and at top of board; otherwise a very nice copy in frayed and somewhat faded dust-wrapper.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


Woolmer 334 Note; Kirkpatrick A19c: the first printing in the Uniform Edition. The ‘Large Paper’ edition preceded it by some five weeks in date of publication, but the present edition was actually printed first: apparently from an incorrect version of the manuscript. Curiously enough, the errors were not present in the set of page proofs given by Leonard Woolf to Hugh Walpole. They in fact differ from both of the published versions. For the present issue the first gathering was reprinted to read on the copyright page: “First published, October 1933. New Edition, November 1933.” To-day this original printing appears to be by far the scarcer. There are numerous differences between the two printings, besides those recorded on the Errata slip.

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WOOLF (Virginia). Reviewing. With a Note by Leonard Woolf. The Hogarth Press, 37 Mecklenburgh Square, 1939. One gathering double post 16mo, sewn into pale blue wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in mauve; pp.31+[i (blank)]; issued without end-papers. Poor quality paper of text and wrappers slightly embrowned as usual; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Issued as Number Four of the series ‘Hogarth Sixpenny Pamphlets’. Kirkpatrick, A24a; Woolmer, 463: 5,140 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.

WOOLF (Virginia). Reviewing. With a Note by Leonard Woolf. The Hogarth Press, 37 Mecklenburgh Square, 1939. One gathering double cr.16mo, sewn into pale blue wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in mauve; pp.31+[i (blank)]; issued without end-papers. Slight marking to wrappers; poor quality paper of text and wrappers slightly embrowned as usual; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


Issued as Number Four of the series ‘Hogarth Sixpenny Pamphlets’. Kirkpatrick, A24a; Woolmer, 463: 5,140 copies were printed.
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WOOLF (Virginia). Reviewing. With a Note by Leonard Woolf. The Hogarth Press, 37 Mecklenburgh Square, 1939. One gathering double cr.16mo, wire-stitched into pale blue wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in mauve; pp.31+[i (blank)]; issued without end-papers. Poor quality paper of text and wrappers slightly embrowned as usual; otherwise a fine copy

GB £110.00

US $148.50


Issued as Number Four of the series ‘Hogarth Sixpenny Pamphlets’. Kirkpatrick, A24a; Woolmer, 463: 5,140 copies were printed. Kirkpatrick records the pamphlet as sewn, which it almost always is; Woolmer records no variants. Neither record the present stapled issue, which is otherwise identical. In our experience, it is about six times less common.
Ref: JRT112902



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

WOOLF (Virginia). The death of the moth And other Essays. The Hogarth Press, 37 Mecklenburgh Square, London, W.C.1, 1942. Demy 8vo; final blank; pp.157+[iii]; bright blue coarse buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine, and top-edges of boards, a little faded; front end-papers foxed and very slight foxing of prelims.; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and chipped dust-wrapper with insignificant tape-marks on edges, laid down onto a sheet of plain paper of matching colour.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Kirkpatrick, A27a; Woolmer, 500.

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

WOOLF (Virginia). The death of the moth And other Essays. The Hogarth Press, 37 Mecklenburgh Square, London, W.C.1, 1942. Demy 8vo; final blank; pp.157+[iii]; bright blue coarse buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine, and top-edges of boards, a little faded; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Kirkpatrick, A27a; Woolmer, 500.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WOOLF (Virginia). The moment And other essays. London, The Hogarth Press, 1947. Lge.post 8vo; dark red buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in slightly faded dust-wrapper, minutely chipped at head and tail of spine (not approaching lettering), and with one quarter-inch closed tear to head of front panel.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Kirkpatrick, A29a. Includes an Editorial Note by Leonard Woolf.
Ref: JRT112909



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

WOOLF (Virginia). The moment And other essays. London, The Hogarth Press, 1947. Lge.post 8vo; pp.191+[i (printer’s imprint)]; dark red buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Inscription on front end-paper, and cloth over front board bubbled, as often with this volume; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Kirkpatrick, A29a. Includes an Editorial Note by Leonard Woolf.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WOOLF (Virginia). Mrs Dalloway’s Party: A short story sequence. Edited with an Introduction by Stella McNichol. 1973, The Hogarth Press, London. Extra cr.8vo; final blank; pp.70+[ii]; deep blue fine cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt down flat spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Kirkpatrick, A42a
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

WOOLF (Virginia). The question Of things Happening. The letters of Virginia Woolf Volume II: 1912 — 1922. Editor: Nigel Nicolson. Assistant Editor: Joanne Trautmann. 1976, The Hogarth Press, London. Double med.16mo; four double-sided plates; one facsimile in text; pp.[xxviii]+627+[i (blank)]; glazed mottled grey green very fine linen-effect boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper slightly faded on spine.

GB £32.00

US $43.20


Second issue: the dust-wrapper has the price-bearing lower corner of the front flap clipped away, and there are traces of a price increase label. The book is otherwise identical with the first issue.
Ref: JRT112916



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

WOOLF (Virginia). A change of Perspective. The letters of Virginia Woolf Volume III: 1923 — 1928. Editor: Nigel Nicolson. Assistant Editor: Joanne Trautmann. 1977, The Hogarth Press, London. Double med.16mo; four double-sided plates; one diagram in text; pp.[xxiv]+600; glazed mottled grey green very fine linen-effect boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £26.00

US $35.10


Third issue: the dust-wrapper has the price-bearing lower corner of the front flap clipped away, and two successive labels, raising the price first to £13.50 and then to £15.00. The book is otherwise identical with the first issue.
Ref: JRT112917



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

WOOLF (Virginia). The diary of Virginia Woolf. Volume II: 1920 — 1924. Edited by Anne Olivier Bell Assisted by Andrew McNeillie. 1978, The Hogarth Press, London. Double med.16mo; pp.xii+371+[i (blank)]; glazed dark purple very fine linen-effect boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed on facing surfaces with maps. Blank lower fore-corner of two leaves of index turned before trimming, and consequently too large at lower- and fore- edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £26.00

US $35.10


Second issue: the dust-wrapper has the price-bearing lower corner of the front flap clipped away and bears a label raising the price to £10.50 net. The book is otherwise identical with the first issue.
Ref: JRT112918



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