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.

ARTHUR (Frederick). The mysterious Monsieur Dumont By Frederick Arthur Author of “John Merridew,” “Rosemary,” etc. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, W, 1912. Pp.xii+320; mottled dark red fine rough buckram, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; end-papers and edges foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


The rising in La Vendée and afterwards: espionage and intrigue, secret societies, etc., seen from a Royalist point of view. To be regarded, perhaps, marginally, also, as an early lesbian novel. A good melodramatic subject, but not terribly well plotted or written. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, not determined): p.20, l.6, risen space before ‘of’; p.32, l.8, ‘bull-finches’ for ‘bull-rushes’; p.34, l.3, ‘Gille’ for ‘Gilles’; p.243, l.15, ‘ar     m’ for ‘arm’, and hyphen at end of line breaks justification.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ASHFORD (Daisy). Daisy Ashford: Her book. A collection of the remaining novels By the author of “The Young Visiters” Together with “The Jealous Governes,” By Angela Ashford. Chatto & Windus, 1920. Two blanks at front serving as end-papers, one at end serving as paste-down; pp.ix+[i (blank)]+287+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; light grey-green buckram, white paper spine-label printed in very dark green; t.e. grey-green, others uncut. Cloth of spine slightly faded; very light foxing of prelims.; otherwise a fine copy. An uncommon title.

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.

ASKWITH (Betty). The Lytteltons: A Family Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century. 1975, Chatto & Windus. Double demy 16mo; leaf headed Index, followed by two blanks at end; three double sided plates; light purple wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on front cover and down spine; made up without end-papers. Covers faded and damp-stained at spine and adjacent edges of sides; plates damp-stained at blank lower inner corners; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


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

[ATHERTON (Gertrude Franklin).]. The Aristocrats: Being the impressions of the Lady Helen Pole during her sojourn In The Great North Woods As spontaneously recorded in Her letters to her friend In North Britain the Countess of Edge And Ross. John Lane, London — New York, 1901. Title page printed in red and black; final blank; pp.[309]+[iii]; dark blue buckram, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. End-papers foxed with slight off-setting on to facing leaf; contemporary ownership inscription on half-title and related lightly tipped-on slip recording reading order of London private reading club to which the book belonged on front paste-down; very slight foxing of large uncut fore-edges of first gathering; otherwise a nice copy.

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.

[ATHERTON (Gertrude Franklin).]. The Aristocrats: Being the impressions of the Lady Helen Pole during her sojourn In The Great North Woods As spontaneously recorded in Her letters to her friend In North Britain the Countess of Edge And Ross. John Lane, London — New York, 1901. Title page printed in red and black; final blank; pp.[309]+[iii]; dark blue buckram, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Gilt dull and rubbed on spine, slightly so on front cover; end-papers very slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45



Ref: JRT108010


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

ATHERTON (Gertrude). The splendid idle Forties: Stories of old California. With illustrations by Harrison Fisher. New York, The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1902. Half-tone frontispiece and seven plates; pp.[x]+389+[i (blank)]; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth blocked dark green, light grey-green, white, and gilt on front cover, blocked dark green and gilt, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Extensive light staining of one page; scattered small dust-marks and stains passim; inscriptions on several leaves (v. note); in general effect, nonetheless, a decent copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Inscribed on the front end-paper, in pencil: “Jeanie W. Greenshaw / (neé Milson) / (see page 159.)” and in ink: “Keep this book always / in the family (Milson)". After the author’s name on the title-page has been added in ink in the same hand: “daughter / of / Captain John / Milson’s lawyer / (see Page 159)". Pages 157-8 are intended, rather than 159. They form a fly-title to the story ‘The Conquest of Doña Jacoba’. After the printed title on the recto of the fly-title is inscribed in Jeanie Greenshaw’s hand “Printed in Blackwood’s Magazine", and a note on the authoress; on the blank verso is inscribed a key to the characters in the story, beginning: “Don Roberto Duncan = Captain John Milson, British, R.N. (my grandfather)” Loosely laid in is a biographical note on the original of one of the characters in Jeanie Greenshaw’s hand. In spite of its faults, an interesting copy, giving an insight into the workings of Gertrude Atherton’s imagination, at least near the start of her career. ‘The Splendid Idle Forties’ is a revised and enlarged edition of the 1894 volume ‘Before the Gringo Came’, two stories, ‘The Isle of Skulls’ and ‘The Head of a Priest’ being 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.

ATHERTON (Gertrude). Rulers of Kings. A Novel. Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1904. Half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; final blank; pp.[viii]+[416]; diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, blocked and lettered gilt, elaborately embossed cream, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight wear to head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


The verso of the title-page bears the words ‘Published April, 1904’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ATHERTON (Gertrude). Rulers of Kings. A Novel. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1904. Integral advertisement leaf followed at end by publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue coded at end ‘5,000.12.03’; pp.[vi]+358+[ii]; maroon very fine rough buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Gilt a little dull on spine; slight scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Issue variant with advertisements dated ‘12.03’; copies are also known with advertisements dated ‘5.1.04’. This is probably of academic interest only, however, since the book was not published until April — apparently simultaneously with the American edition. The verso of the title-page bears the words: Copyright in the United States of America, 1904.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ATHERTON (Gertrude). Rulers of Kings. A Novel. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1904. Integral advertisement leaf followed at end by publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue coded at end ‘5.1.04’; pp.[vi]+358+[ii]; maroon very fine rough buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Virtually fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Issue variant with advertisements dated ‘5.1.04’; copies are also known with advertisements dated ‘12.03’. This is probably of academic interest only, however, since the book was not published until April — apparently simultaneously with the American edition. The verso of the title-page bears the words: Copyright in the United States of America, 1904.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ATHERTON (Gertrude). Tower of ivory. a novel. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1910. 8pp. integral advertisements at end, continuing the signatures; pp.[viii]+496+[viii]; cerise buckram lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


The American edition appeared in the same year.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ATHERTON (Gertrude). Dido, Queen of hearts. Chapman And Hall Ld. [sic], London: MCMXXIX. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+272; light cherry red rough cloth blocked with publisher’s device blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Shelf-mark inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


The first binding. Besides the title-page date as given, carries the legend ‘Originally Published 1929’ on verso of title-page — a wording that would have suggested to us, had it not been so dated on the title-page also, that this copy was published in some later year!
Ref: JRT108017


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

ATHERTON (Gertrude). Dido, Queen of hearts. Chapman And Hall Ld. [sic], London: MCMXXIX. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+272; light cerise cloth lettered black on spine; a.e. cut. Cloth of spine a trifle faded; very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The second binding. Besides the title-page date as given, carries the legend ‘Originally Published 1929’ on verso of title-page — a wording that would have suggested to us, had it not been so dated on the title-page also, that this copy was published in some later year!
Ref: JRT108018


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

AUDEN (W.H.) and WORSLEY (T.C.). Education Today — and tomorrow. The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1939. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.51+[i (blank)]; brownish orange wrappers, cut flush, printed in very dark blue on front wrapper and up spine. Very slight marking of wrappers, but a nice copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Woolmer, 441, and Bloomfield and Mendelson, 19, describing the wrappers as printed in black. Issued as No.40 in the series ‘Day to Day Pamphlets’. 1,520 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.

AUDEN (W.H.). The Enchafèd flood Or The Romantic Iconography Of the Sea. Faber and Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square, 1951. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.126+[ii]; mottled bright blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. End-papers foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


First English edition. Lectures delivered at the University of Virginia in March 1949. Bloomfield and Mendelson, A31b.
Ref: JRT108023


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

AUDEN (W.H.). Making, knowing And judging. By W.H. Auden, M.A. Professor of Poetry. An Inaugural Lecture Delivered before The University of Oxford On 11 June 1956. Oxford, At the Clarendon Press, 1956. Demy 8vo; 36pp. sewn as a single gathering; half-title not called for; final blank; pale grey large wrappers, printed on front wrapper in brown. Slight fading of wrappers; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Bloomfield and Mendelson, A38.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[AUDEN (W.H.).]. St.-John Perse: Two addresses. On poetry, Translated by W.H. Auden; Dante, Translated by Robert Fitzgerald. With the French texts. Bollingen Series LXXXVI, Pantheon Books, N.Y., 1966. Lge.12mo, gathered in half sheets; final blank; quarter black fine linen, flat spine, blocked and lettered gilt down spine, speckled drab boards. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Bloomfield and Mendelson, B77, note refers.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[AUDEN (W.H.).]. [By] Francis Scarfe: W.H. Auden. The Lyrebird Press, Literary Editions: J.B. Hanson, The Ramparts, Monaco, 1949. Imp.8vo in half sheets; two blanks before half-title; fine collotype portrait frontispiece; advertisements on verso of last leaf; pp.[2]+[69]+[i]; ivory paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in grey and dark red; issued without end-papers. Small chip in front wrapper, and tear in fore-margin of front wrapper and first blank; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


A very early Lyrebird Press title, and the first book devoted to a study of Auden. A Marxist view. Issued as the sixth volume in the ‘Contemporary British Poets’ 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.

AYRTON (Michael). The Midas Consequence. Secker & Warburg, 1974. Lge.16mo; two blanks at end; brown boards blocked and lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

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.

[BACKLUND] (Percival). Crosswords. Art Distribution, Stockholm, Sweden, 1968. Narrow lge.post 8vo; plate printed in purple precedes half-title; three other plates (two double-sided), printed in purple; one illustration in text; white boards printed in purple; black end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


One of an edition limited to 432 numbered copies. Signed by the author, apparently in facsimile. The plates and cover illustrations, as well as the volume as a whole are designed by the author.
Ref: JRT108033


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

BAGNOLD (Enid [Lady Jones]). The loved And Envied. William Heinemann Ltd, 1951. Lge.16mo; blank before half-title, final blank; black cloth blocked black on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. yellow. Fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper designed by Cecil Beaton.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


In this copy an error on the verso of the half-title has been corrected by an errata slip laid on.
Ref: JRT108038


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

BALDWIN (James). The Fire Next Time. Michael Joseph, 1963. Very dark brown boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt on spine. Slight creasing of some lower corners; otherwise nice, with badly defective remains of dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $13.50


Contains ‘Down at the Cross: Letter from a Region in My Mind’, reprinted from The New Yorker of 17th November, 1962, together with ‘My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BALDWIN (James). Nobody knows my name: More Notes of a Native Son. Michael Joseph, 1964. Double demy 16mo; black boards lettered white on spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20



Ref: JRT108049


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

BALDWIN (Michael). A World of Men. Secker & Warburg, 1962. Blank before half-title; final blank; blue boards blocked and lettered silver on spine. Very nice copy in dusty dust-wrapper.

GB £2.50

US $3.37


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.

BALLANTYNE (R.M.). Notes for Speeches & A Letter. Published by Robert Temple, 58, Ridge Road, London N21 3EA, England, 2012. Demy 8vo, 32pp., sewn as a single gathering into plain white card wrappers, translucent red self-wrappers printed outside in black. Fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


One of an edition limited to only twenty-two numbered copies; printed upon J. Whatman mould-made paper. Between March 1880 and January 1891 Ballantyne delivered seven speeches on behalf of the Temperance Association, and the Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. This volume presents transcriptions of the working notes from which he spoke. To these is added a letter written in 1880 to James Bonar discussing Bonar’s recent pamphlet rehabilitating Malthus, and also his own recent novel “The Lonely Island", which was concerned with Tristan da Cunha. COPAC records the British Library copy 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.

BANKS (Lynne Reid). An End to Running. 1962, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+303+[i (blank)]; bright blue boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper darkened a little on spine.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


The author’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.

BANKS (Lynne Reid). Children At the gate. 1968, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; pp.295+[i (blank)]; moss green cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


The author’s third 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.

BANKS (Lynne Reid). The Backward Shadow. 1970, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.270+[ii]; chalk-blue cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


Norah Smallwood’s copy, with her pencilled initials on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto & Windus. A sequel to ‘The L-Shaped Room’. The author’s fourth book.
Ref: JRT108058


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

BARING (Maurice). The puppet show Of memory. 1922, London: William Heinemann. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; half-tone frontispiece; pp.[ii]+[x]+457+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; light brown fine linen-grain cloth, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Generally nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Autobiography. The initial blank is conjugate with the Contents, whilst the last leaf of the Index is conjugate with the final blank, these four leaves being on much thinner paper than the rest of the book.
Ref: JRT108067


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

BARING (Maurice). Punch & Judy & other essays. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1924. Blank before half-title, blank at end; light brown linen grain cloth, ruled blind, blocked gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Edges foxed; otherwise a fine copy in slightly browned and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Essays written between 1899 and 1923, and here first collected. Subjects treated include Gilbert and Sullivan, Yeats’s Poems, Mary Coleridge, Edward Lear, 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.

BARING (Maurice). Daphne Adeane. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1926. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[x]+327+[i (blank)]; light brown linen grain cloth, ruled blind, blocked gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Edges foxed, first and last few leaves slightly so; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $44.55



Ref: JRT108069


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

BARING (Maurice). In my end Is my beginning. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1931. Short demy 8vo; photogravure frontispiece and one plate, both printed in sepia, with tissue guard; pp.[xvi]+[332]; light blue buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight scattered foxing, but a nice copy of a difficult title.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


Four stories about Mary Queen of Scots. The plate is not listed, but is bound in to face p.284.
Ref: JRT108071


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

BARING (Maurice). Sarah Bernhardt By Maurice Baring. With a frontispiece. Peter Davies Limited, 1933. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece; four leaves integral advertisements followed by blank at end; black fine buckram, ruled, lettered, and blocked, gilt, and with dark red panels, on spine; t.e. red. Fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


Issued as a volume in the series ‘Short Biographies’, a fact apparent only from the advertisements.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BARING (Maurice). Maurice Baring: A postscript By Laura Lovat With some letters And verse. Hollis & Carter, 1947. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece and two plates; light blue coarse buckram, lettered gilt up spine; t.e. blue. Near-fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


In addition to the Letters and Verse by Baring and the Memoir by Laura Lovat, the volume includes an essay ‘On the effect of the classics on Maurice Baring’s mind’ by Ronald Knox, and a Letter from Princess Marthe Bibesco.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BARING GOULD (The Rev. S.). A coronation Souvenir. With Portraits and Illustrations. London, Skeffington & Son, 34, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1911. Demy 16mo in half-sheets; blank before half-title; portrait frontispiece on verso of half-title, and other full-page illustrations in text, mostly from photographs, unbacked but included in the pagination; printer’s imprint page followed by 4pp. publisher’s integral advertisements at end; pp.[ii]+[58]+[iv]; diagonally fine-ribbed Royal blue cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, spine plain. Inscription dated Easter 1911 on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy of a very scarce ephemeral item.

GB £35.00

US $47.25


The text is entirely by Baring-Gould except for the final leaf, which comprises an “Additional Verse for The National Anthem Written by Martin S. Skeffington.”
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BARING-GOULD (S.). Cliff castles and Cave dwellings Of Europe. With 51 illustrations & diagrams. Seeley and Co. Limited, 38 Great Russell Street, 1911. Demy 8vo; frontispiece and thirty plates; nine illustrations in text; 8pp. integral advertisements followed by publisher’s 16pp. Catalogue on text-paper, at end; pp.[324]+8; marina blue fine rough buckram blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight fading of front cover; two small holes in back end-paper (probably an original paper fault); otherwise a fine copy of a scarce title.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


No.26 on S.C. Humphrey’s check-list of Baring-Gould’s works.
Ref: JRT108078


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

BARING-GOULD (S.). Further reminiscences 1864-1894. John Lane the Bodley Head Ltd., 1925. Demy 8vo; frontispiece and fifteen half-tone plates; two illustrations in text; pp.[xii]+291+[i (blank)]; marina blue linen grain cloth, blocked and ruled dark blue on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue. Some fading of top edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


A scarce title, finished shortly before the author’s death, and published posthumously. The author’s death is chronicled on the front panel of the dust-wrapper. No.52 on S.C. Humphrey’s check-list of Baring-Gould’s works.
Ref: JRT108079


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

BARKER (A[udrey]. L[ilian].). A heavy Feather. 1978, The Hogarth Press, London. Double lge.post 16mo; three blanks at end, the last serving as pastedown; pp.234+[vi]; light brown smooth cloth textured boards, imitating buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £32.00

US $43.20


Dedicated to Norah Smallwood of Chatto & Windus. This copy, though without signs of provenance, was from the Chatto file.
Ref: JRT108082


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

BARKER (A[udrey]. L[ilian].). Life stories. 1981, The Hogarth Press. Double lge.post 16mo; pp.319+[i (blank)]; light blue-green cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


The publisher’s ‘Production Office’ copy, so inscribed in pencil on the front end-paper.
Ref: JRT108083


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

BARKER (A[udrey]. L[ilian].). Relative Successes. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, London, 1984. Sm.double med.16mo; two blanks before half-title, three at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; pp.[x]+192+[vi]; cream cloth-textured boards down-lettered and lettered, and with short rule gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $13.50



Ref: JRT108085


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

BARKER (George). The dead Seagull. London: John Lehmann, 1950. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.142+[ii]; light reddish orange cloth blocked and lettered gilt, panelled black, on spine. Slight rubbing to cloth at extreme head of spine and light foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper designed by Humphrey Spender. Scarce.

GB £75.00

US $101.25



Ref: JRT108086


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

BARKER (George and Diana). Timothy And the Orchestra. A Play Ideas Book, Chatto & Windus, London, 1963. Sm.double f’cap 8vo; numerous illustrations in text; pp.64; mustard yellow hopsack-patterned boards, lettered gilt down flat spine. Fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper, a little dusty on back panel.

GB £26.00

US $35.10


Apparently the twentieth volume in the series.
Ref: JRT108087


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

BARKER (Sebastian). Who is Eddie Linden. Jay Landesman Limited, 159 Wardour street [sic], London W.1, 1979. Demy 8vo; two blanks at end serving as end-papers; pp.220+[iv]; light crimson boards blocked with publisher’s device on, and lettered on and down, spine. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $13.50


The dust-wrapper is designed by Ralph Steadman.
Ref: JRT108091


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

BARR (Robert). A prince of Good fellows. Illustrated by Edmund J. Sullivan. London, Chatto & Windus, 1902. Wood-engraved frontispiece and conjugate letterpress title-page printed in red and black, on art-paper, with tissue guard; fourteen wood-engraved plates, on plate-paper; two leaves integral advertisements, followed by publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated Mar.1902; dull brown fine rough buckram, lettered gilt and black, ruled black, blocked pictorially pale yellow and black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut. Covers generally a little dull; a little scattered light foxing; poor quality paper of catalogue lightly embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Delightful stories centred about the person of King James V of Scotland. A scarce title.
Ref: JRT108094


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

BARRIE (J.M.). Address delivered on Installation as chancellor of Edinburgh university October 25, 1930: The Entrancing life. Hodder and Stoughton, 1930. F’cap 16mo in quarter sheets; pp.[32]; dark blue rexine, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover; end-papers marbled turquoise. Gilt lightly oxydised; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and slightly darkened dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



Ref: JRT108096


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

BARTH (John). Giles goat-boy: Or, The revised New syllabus. Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, 1966. Black cloth ruled silver, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut; pale yellow-brown coated end-papers. Very nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



Ref: JRT108099


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

BARTH (John). Giles goat-boy Or, The revised New syllabus. Secker & Warburg, 1967. Carmine boards, lettered gilt on spine. slight bowing of spine, otherwise a near fine copy in torn dust-wrapper repaired with tissue on verso.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


First English edition.
Ref: JRT108100


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

‘BARTIMEUS’ [i.e. L.A. da Costa Ricci]. The turn Of the road: Being the story of the part Played by the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy in the landings in Algeria and French Morocco of combined British and United States forces on 8th November, 1942, and The final destruction of the Axis Forces in North Africa. 1946, Chatto and Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; five diagrams in text; three large folding maps (two being printed in red and black); pp.[viii]+123+[i (printer’s imprint)]; deep sky-blue cloth, blocked and lettered white down spine. Cloth very slightly faded on spine; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper. A scarce title.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Written in 1943 and here first published. A detailed contemporary account, technically accurate, supplemented by some extremely interesting statistics of the part played by the various branches of the Royal Navy and by the Merchant Navy, with descriptions of particular naval actions and the exploits of individual vessels: including quotations from records and signal logs. A very late work by a writer best known for his naval fiction, who had also chronicled naval actions in the First World War.
Ref: JRT108105


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

"BARTIMEUS” [i.e., L.A. da Costa Ricci]. Hammy and The beanstalk. With illustrations by Patricia Turner. 1951, Chatto and Windus, London. Two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pale greeny blue beaded linen textured boards blocked and lettered dark blue on spine. Boards very slightly faded on spine; otherwise a fine copy of a scarce late title.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Juvenile fantasy.
Ref: JRT108106


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

BARTLETT (Vernon). Calf love. Constable & Co Ltd, 1929. Light greyish brown rough cloth blocked and lettered dark brown on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy, with a slip bearing the art-work from the front panel of the dust-wrapper loosely laid in.

GB £29.00

US $39.15



Ref: JRT108107


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

BATES (H.E.). The Purple Plain. London, Michael Joseph Ltd, 1947. Double cr.16mo; pp.224; deep pink buckram, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered silver on spine; t.e. purple. Fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $37.80



Ref: JRT108120


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

BATES (H.E.). The Feast Of July. London, Michael Joseph, 1954. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[223]+[i (blank)]; mottled emerald green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. A fine copy in insignificantly torn dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


The dust-wrapper of this copy is printed in blue and black; copies are also known with the dust-wrapper printed in green and black. In our experience, copies in the blue dust-wrapper, as here, are at least five times more scarce.
Ref: JRT108126


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

BATES (H.E.). The Feast Of July. London, Michael Joseph, 1954. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[223]+[i (blank)]; mottled emerald green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. A nice copy in slightly frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


The dust-wrapper of this copy is printed in green and black; copies are also known with the dust-wrapper printed in blue and black.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BATES (H.E.). The day of the tortoise. Illustrated by Peter Farmer. London, Michael Joseph, 1961. Sm.cr.8vo; vignette title-page printed in crimson and black; large initial letter to first page of text printed in crimson; numerous illustrations in text, some full-page; final blank; light green cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt on front cover, down-lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



Ref: JRT117786


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

BECKETT (Samuel). Molloy. Les Editions de Minuit, Paris, 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, blank followed by colophon leaf at end; pp.272+[ii]+[ii]; white stiff paper wrappers printed outside in turquoise and black; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Slight dusting of wrappers and text lightly embrowned throughout, as always with this issue; inscription on front blank (v. note); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


One of the trade issue, which consisted of 3,000 copies. There was also an issue of 500 numbered copies on Alpha for the ‘amis des Editions de Minuit’ and fifty copies ‘sur vélin superieur albelio’. From the library of avant garde writer and translator Stanley Chapman, with his signature dated ‘15. V. 1953’ on the front blank. Beckett’s first novel in French, which marked a turning-point in his career, the decision that “he needed the discipline that the use of an acquired language would impose on him” (Martin Esslin, ‘The Theatre of the Absurd’). The English translation (made by Paul Bowles in collaboration with Beckett) was not to appear until 1955.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BEERBOHM (Max). And even now. William Heinemann, 1920. Sq.cr.8vo; pp.[x]+320; light yellow buckram, paper spine-label; fore- and lower- edges uncut; spare label tipped in at end. Cloth a little faded, but less so than usual with this title, and just a trifle marked; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The Contents leaf is a single inset.
Ref: JRT108166


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

BEERBOHM (Max). Around theatres. Vol.I. [Vol.II.]. 1924, William Heinemann. Lge.sq.cr.8vo; blank before half-title in volume one; pp.[2]+xiv+524; viii+492; bright blue [cerise] buckram, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Slight fading and dulling of spines; otherwise a fine copy. 2 Vols.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


Issued as volumes 8 and 9 of the collected edition of the Works of Max Beerbohm, each volume being limited to 780 copies. These two volumes are rarely found by themselves.
Ref: JRT108172


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

BEERBOHM (Max). Observations. 1925, William Heinemann Ltd. Demy 4to; frontispiece in colours, and fifty-one full-page illustrations in half-tone, each with thin paper guard printed with caption; final blank; deep yellow buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine. Small snag in cloth of spine, and small scuff on back cover; almost imperceptible foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly snagged and scuffed dust-wrapper.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Includes some of Max’s funniest cartoons.

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