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

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). Brothers and Sisters. Heath Cranton Limited, 6 Fleet Lane, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.239+[i (blank)]; dark red buckram, ruled and lettered dark lime green on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Ivy Compton-Burnett’s third book. The probable first issue, copies also being known blocked in a darker emerald green and with the lower-edges rough-trimmed instead of uncut. In our experience, together with ‘Dolores’, the author’s scarcest book. Connolly, Modern Movement, 63.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). Men and wives. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1931. Final blank; pp.[vi]+367+[iii]; pale-brown-flecked dull light brown linen-effect dotted-line-ribbed cloth, ruled blind on front cover, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine. Edges foxed as almost always with this title, otherwise a fine copy in a slightly dusty dust-wrapper with two closed short tears, chipped a little at head of spine (not touching printed area), and damp-stained a trifle at tail-edge of back panel.

GB £135.00

US $182.25


Scarce in dust-wrapper.

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

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). Two worlds And their ways. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1949. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pale blue-green cloth, lettered brown on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

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.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). A heritage And its history. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1959. Pp.240; dark blue cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed and dusty 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.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). The last and the first. With a Fore-word by Elizabeth Sprigge and a Critical Epilogue by Charles Burkhart. Victor Gollancz Limited, 1971. Blue boards lettered gilt down spine. Extremely 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.

CONNOLLY (Cyril). A Romantic Friendship: The letters of Cyril Connolly To Noel Blakiston. Constable, London, 1975. Double demy 16mo; half-tone portraits frontispiece; pp.[356]; faintly mottled light leaf green cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; grey end-papers. Fine copy in 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.

CONRAD (Joseph) and HUEFFER (Ford Madox [later FORD].). Romance. A novel By Joseph Conrad And Ford Madox Hueffer. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1903. (All rights reserved). 8pp. integral advertisements at end; blue diagonally fine ribbed cloth, spine with single rule at head and tail, and lettered, from type: ROMANCE. all gilt. Very slight spotting and bubbling to cloth of front board; a few leaves with light foxing, but a nice copy.

GB £750.00

US $1,012.50


A set of advance sheets bound up for the use of the printer, William Clowes, and bearing that signature on the front end-paper. The published volume was eight hole sewn; the present copy is six hole sewn, without spare holes, which proves it not to be a rebind. It was the custom at this date for book proofs to be bound in cloth instead of the now familiar wrappers, and it is conceivable that this is one of a number of copies so made up. As far as we have been able to determine the text does not vary from that of the published volume. Certainly it exhibits all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith, none of which are attributable to type-damage subsequent to setting. V. Smith, pp.32-4. From the library of the late Stanley J. Seeger, with his small book-label on the front pastedow,

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

CONRAD (Joseph). Within the tides. Tales. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1915. Title-page printed in red and black; light olive green vertically ribbed cloth ruled blind and embossed with publisher’s device and name blind on blind panel on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. plain. Gilt darkened on spine; slight cracking of back end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Smith, pp.60-61. With the single misprint noted by Smith. A minor binding variant, the top-edges usually being stained green or grey. 3,500 copies were printed.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). The Rescue. A romance of the Shallows. 1920, London and Toronto, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. Paris: J.M. Dent et fils. Pp.416; marine green calico-textured cloth ruled and blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed, lower-edges rough-trimmed. A nice copy in dust-wrapper with one closed tear to spine, and several insignificant chips about the edges, neatly strengthened on the verso with tissue and preserved in a loose paper-backed clear-plastic chemise.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Smith, pp.79-81. The first English published edition. With all the internal flaws noted by Smith, and in addition the word ‘of’ badly battered at line 4, p.149, as in all copies we have seen. Apparently the present copy is a minor binding variant, Smith describing the fore-edges as being fully trimmed. In the present copy some remain partly unopened.

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

CONRAD (Joseph) and HUEFFER [i.e., FORD] (F.M.). The nature of a Crime. Duckworth & Co, 3 Henrietta Street, 1924. Post 8vo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; deep salmon cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. burnished dark grey-green. Back paste-down foxed, edges slightly so; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with one minute chip.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Complete with the publisher’s buff card printed in purple on recto with an advertisement for ‘Joseph Conrad: A Personal Remembrance By Ford Madox Hueffer (Ford Madox Ford)’ loosely laid in as issued between pp.10 and 11. This card, which includes a blurb by Hueffer, announces the volume as ‘Ready in November, 1924’. Nonetheless, this copy is of a later issue, identical with the first except for a reduced price sticker (‘9d’) on the front panel of the dust-wrapper. Smith, pp.94-95. With both the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. Smith’s description of the cloth as ‘fine bead-grain’ is misleading since the grain is not impressed but is merely that made by the warp and weft.

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

[CONRAD (Joseph).]. Stephen Crane: A Study in American Letters By Thomas Beer. With an Introduction By Joseph Conrad. William Heinemann, Ltd, 1924. Post 8vo; pp.[viii]+260; quarter linen-patterned black cloth, glazed white boards, printed in two shades of green, and black, label on spine, and front cover. Spine label dusty and a little chipped; edges and last few leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Conrad’s Introduction occupies pp.1-35. First English edition. Smith, p.105, refers only to the American edition, dated 1923.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CONRAD (Joseph).]. Notes on Joseph Conrad; With Some Unpublished Letters. By Arthur Symons. Myers & Co., 1925. Sm.4to, gathered in 8s; printed in red and black “by Sydney Matthewman at the Sign of the Swan in the City of Leeds"; grey boards. Covers used, but fine internally.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


Wise ‘Conrad Library’, p.63; Teets & Gerber, 658.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CONRAD (Joseph).]. A talk with Joseph Conrad And a criticism of His mind and method. By R.L. Mégroz. Elkin Mathews, Ltd., 1926. Blank before half-title; pp.95+[i (blank)]; quarter greenish grey fine buckram, purple boards, white label printed in purple on spine and front cover; maroon end-papers; a.e uncut. Slight mottling of boards, and back board slightly damp-stained; otherwise a fine copy, unopened apart from the prelims. Scarce.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


A good picture of Conrad the man, including much convincing direct speech.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). Last essays. 1926, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. Frontispiece facsimile; one map in text; title-page printed in crimson and black; light green rough buckram, ruled and blocked with monogram device blind on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt on spine; t.e. dark green. Gilt largely oxydised on spine; otherwise a fine copy in dusty, frayed, and slightly chipped dust-wrapper preserved in a loose paper-backed clear-plastic chemise.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Smith, pp.103-6. With both the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. The volume includes an Introduction by Richard Curle.

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

CONRAD (Joseph). Conrad To a friend. 150 selected letters From Joseph Conrad to Richard Curle. Edited with an introduction And notes by R.C. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd., 1928. Demy 8vo; pp.[xiv]+242; large folding double sided facsimile letter frontispiece; black buckram, ruled blind on front cover, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Fine, unopened, copy in insignificantly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Differs in minor ways from the American limited edition of the same date, which seems to be the commoner today even in England. For the American edition the notes were re-edited and are generally fuller, though it is actually necessary to have both editions to get the entire measure of the information they contain. In the American edition, most of the lacunae in the texts of the letters as printed in England are supplied, and the letters are to a minor extent re-ordered. The facsimile letter is not present in the American edition, nor the portrait in the English one. All but ten of the letters are here first published. Keating, 301.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). Letters: Joseph Conrad to Richard Curle. Edited With an introduction and notes By R.C. New York: Crosby Gaige, 1928. Wide demy 8vo; blank before half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece on text-paper, with thin paper guard; limitation leaf followed by two blanks at end; pp.[xiv]+[198]+[vi], not paginated; quarter cream irregularly fine bead banded glazed cloth, green paper spine label printed in gilt, dark green board sides, marbled light green, and brown; a.e. uncut. Label slightly chipped at two corners; otherwise a fine, unopened copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


One of an edition limited to a total of 859 copies, this being one of 850 on all-rag paper. Printed at the Press of William Edwin Rudge, with typography by Bruce Rogers. Issued in an embossed wax-paper dust-wrapper, not here present. Not in Smith.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COOKSON (Catherine). Love and Mary Ann. Macdonald: London, 1961. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.223+[i (blank)]; vertically streaked lime-green cloth, lettered dark red on spine. A couple of fox-spots on edges; otherwise a nice copy in a slightly dusty dust-wrapper with a couple of small nicks to back panel and small, unobtrusive, ink scribble on front panel.

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.

COOPER (Dominic). Sunrise. 1977, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.224; pale brown cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Greasy stain on back of dust-wrapper and front board; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


The author’s second novel. His first, ‘The Dead of Winter’ was won the Somerset Maugham Award.
ISBN 0 7011 2218 8
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COOPER (William [i.e., H.S. Hoff]). Scenes from Married life. London, Macmillan & Co Ltd, 1961. Pp.vi+[250]; red linen blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing of front end-papers and fore-edges; otherwise a very nice copy in 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.

COOPER (William [i.e., H.S. Hoff]). From Early life. Macmillan, London, 1990. Lge.post 8vo; final blank; pp.[iv]+169+[iii]; maroon boards lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95



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

COPPARD (A.E.). Fishmonger’s fiddle. Tales by A.E. Coppard. Jonathan Cape Ltd., Thirty Bedford Square, 1925. Single inset limitation leaf follows half-title; pp.[2]+[ii]+[3]-320; full vellum, French jointed, with flat spine, green leather lettering-piece tooled and lettered gilt; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight foxing of front end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £200.00

US $270.00


One of an edition limited to only sixty copies for sale, each copy numbered and signed by the author. Printed throughout upon Japon vellum. Fabes, p.16: “Quite one of the most difficult books to obtain.”
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COPPARD (A.E.). The field of mustard. Tales by A.E. Coppard. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1926. Limitation leaf precedes half-title; pp.320; full vellum, French jointed, with flat spine, green leather lettering-piece tooled and lettered gilt; t.e.g., others uncut. Light foxing of back board and end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


One of an edition limited to eighty-five copies for sale, each copy signed and numbered by the author. Printed on Fabriano Pervisa hand-made paper. Fabes, p.32
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COPPARD (A.E.). Silver Circus. Tales by A.E. Coppard. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1928. Blank and conjugate limitation leaf precede half-title; pp.[iv]+288; full vellum, French jointed, with flat spine, green leather lettering-piece tooled and lettered gilt; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


One of an edition limited to 125 copies for sale, each copy numbered and signed by the author. Printed on Fabriano Pervisa hand-made paper. Fabes, p.27

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

COPPARD (A.E.). Pink furniture: A Tale for Lovely Children with Noble Natures. Illustrated by Nancy Bankart Gurney. Jonathan Cape, 1930. Two blanks at end; pp.251+[v]; pink and white mixed weave cloth, blocked and lettered blue on spine and front cover; publisher’s device blind on back cover; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed; with the publisher’s card advertising “Now & Then” loosely laid in as issued. Very slight foxing of end-papers, edges, and title-page; inserted advertisement slightly faded and frayed along one edge; otherwise a fine copy with such fore-edges as have escaped the binder’s guillotine unopened, in the dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


From the library of Dennis Wheatley, with his later book-plate on verso of free end-paper. Fabes, pp.23-4: the first published 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.

COPPARD (A.E.). Nixey’s harlequin. Tales by A.E. Coppard. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, 1931. Limitation leaf before half-title; pp.296; full vellum, French jointed, with flat spine, green lettering-piece tooled and lettered gilt; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine, unopened, copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


One of an edition limited to Three Hundred and Four Copies for Sale, this copy being numbered and signed by Coppard. Printed in Oxford at the Alden Press and bound by Nevett Ltd. Fabes, p.19.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COPPARD (A.E.). Nixey’s harlequin. Tales by A.E. Coppard. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, 1931. Blank before half-title; integral title leaf; advertisement for ‘Fares Please!’, on smaller paper tipped in after last page of text; pp.296; quarter black cloth, board sides printed with mosaic design in black, yellow, orange, red, green, pink, blue, and gilt, paper spine label printed in pink and black; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; publisher’s advertisement postcard for ‘Now & Then’ printed black on green, loosely laid in as issued. Pink of label somewhat faded, and end-papers foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £19.00

US $25.65


Fabes, p.20. The second issue, with the title-leaf integral.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CORELLI (Marie). “Temporal power": A study in supremacy. Methuen & Co., 1902. Publisher’s 40pp. inserted catalogue at end, dated August, 1902; light crimson buckram, blocked gilt and white, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Spine faded; edges, prelims, and last leaves of catalogue foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


In this copy the half-title and title, and Contents and Dedication leaves (the last printed only on verso), are tipped in as two conjugate pairs.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CORELLI (Marie). The love of Long ago And other stories. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1920. 8pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher’s inserted 8pp. catalogue, at end; light turquoise rough buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered pale yellow on front cover and spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Edges lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


The first issue of the dust-wrapper showing the printed price of ‘3/6 Net’. The book remained in print for many years, and the price was raised in about 1942 by a cancellation label to ‘4/6 Net’. Includes three ‘new woman’ stories: one about a female stockbroker declares itself as such; the other two concern a female scientist, and a craft-worker (‘Claudia’s Business’, ‘The Stepping Star’, and ‘Why She was Glad’). One story, ‘The Sculptor’s Angel’ is a supernatural fantasy. There are several war stories. Bleiler, 1948, p.84

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

CORVO (Fr. [William] Rolfe, Baron). Nicholas Crabbe Or The one and the many: A romance by Fr. Rolfe (Baron Corvo). With an introduction by Cecil Woolf. 1958, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+[246]+[ii]; scarlet cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in very slightly marked dust-wrapper bearing a design by Corvo.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


Final book proof in Proof dust-wrapper, the front end-paper being inscribed in pencil in Norah Smallwood’s holograph “NS’s Shelf Copy", and the inside flap of the dust-wrapper “Proof". Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto & Windus and responsible for overseeing production. Her shelf copies frequently vary in minor respects from the published book. The first publication of this autobiographical novel, written about 1905.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COWARD (Noel). A Withered nosegay Compiled by Noel Coward With Reproductions from old masters by Lorn Macnaughtan. London, Christophers, 22 Berners Street, W.1, 1922. Imp.16mo in half-sheets; illustrations on text-paper; pp.128; dark charcoal buckram ruled yellow on spine, lettered yellow on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Comic imaginary biographical sketches, with Notes and Glossary (not to say fake Press Notices!). Apparently Cowards second book, preceded only by the play ‘"I’ll leave it to you"’ published some two years earlier.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COWARD (Noel). Present Indicative. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1936. Demy 8vo; pp.[vi]+417+[i]; mulberry wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on front cover and up spine; half of the publisher’s Compliments slip (torn vertically) loosely laid in. Paper of spine slightly faded, and with small chips to head and tail; slight spine-roll; crayon marks on four leaves, and pencilled revisions on one; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


Proof Copy — so designated on front wrapper — and differing textually from the published book in several respects: in particular the alteration of a sentence on p.51, which was evidently thought too startling. Eight words have been cancelled in pencil and two substituted, presumably with authorial sanction, and just conceivably in Coward’s hand. Some of the crayon marks run from one page-margin to its conjugate, and suggest that the volume must still have been in sheets when they were made. The published volume, which was dated the following year, contained a frontispiece, thirty plates, and an index, not here present. Loosely laid in is half of a Heinemann ‘Compliments’ slip, which has evidently been used as a page marker.
Ref: JRT117853



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

COWARD (Noël). Bon Voyage And Other Stories. Heinemann: London, 1967. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+217+[i (blank)]; charcoal fine cloth-textured boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Early inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


Coward’s short stories are sadly under-rated.
Ref: JRT108933



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

COZZENS (James Gould). Michael Scarlett: A History. Robert Holden & Co. Ltd., 31 Gower Street, 1927. Final blank; dark red rough buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine. Slight damp spotting of covers; very slight foxing of edges and two or three other leaves; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


First English edition of the author’s second book, published in America in 1925. A printed subscription to the last page of text reads: “Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1924; Berlin, 1927", the present edition evidently being revised. Apparently the first appearance of this text.
Ref: JRT108937



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

COZZENS (James Gould). Morning Noon and Night. Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., New York, 1968. Double lge.post 16mo; half-title and leaf listing Cozzens’ books precede title-page, fly-title follows it; final blank; dark greyish-brown cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt down spine; t.e. brown; end-papers light brown. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



Ref: JRT108941



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

COZZENS (James Gould). Morning Noon and Night. Longmans, 1968. Lge.16mo; advertisement leaf follows half-title leaf; blank at end; light marina blue boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


First English edition.
Ref: JRT108942



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

CRACE (Jim). [Back wrapper:] Quarantine. . . . will be Published by Viking in June 1997. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; half-title and title not called for; advertisement leaf, blank on recto, leaf blank on recto and with copyright information on verso, and leaf bearing epigraph on recto, blank on verso, precede first page of text; pp.[vi]+[243]+[i (blank)]; white glazed wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; made up without end-papers. Slight creasing to wrappers; neat pencil scoring and notes passim (v. below); otherwise a very good copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Uncorrected Proof Copy, so stated on the wrappers, and with ‘First published 1997 / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1’ on the copyright leaf. This copy was sent to the Times Literary Supplement, and reviewed for them by Eric Korn, whose scoring and neat pencilled notes are scattered throughout. Loosely laid in is a holograph postcard, eighty-four words, signed, from Crace to Korn, thanking him for the review and commenting on the pressures of commercialism to which he has found himself exposed. The book was to go on to win the Whitbread prize, and to be shortlisted for the Booker. In this proof the following errata have been noted, some or all of which may have found their way through into the published volume: p.14, l.16, ‘ever’ for ‘never’; p.22, l.7, ‘for’ for ‘or’; p.89, l.7, ‘his’ for ‘her’ at start; p.98, l.15, ‘it retrace’ for ‘he retrace’; p.129, l.27, ‘so’ for ‘to’; p.133, l.11, ‘call’ for ‘fall’; p.141, l.9, ‘milling’ for ‘milking’ and l.22, ‘finers’ for ‘fingers’; p.155, l.4, ‘sadducess’ for ‘saducees’; p.191, l.4, extra comma before ‘get’ and penultimate line, ‘fleshy’ for ‘fleshly’; p.201, l.6, ‘fret’ for ‘feed’ and l.10, ‘four’ for ‘flour’.
Ref: JRT117813



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

CROCKETT (S.R.). The firebrand. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited; New York: The Macmillan Company, 1901. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a’ precedes half-title; pp.[2]+vi+519+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end headed Autumn season, 1901, and dated at end ‘10.10.01’; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. A virtually fine copy.

GB £20.00

US $27.00


The first issue, with the earliest date of the catalogue.
Ref: JRT108959



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

CROCKETT (S.R.). The firebrand. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited; New York: The Macmillan Company, 1901. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a’ precedes half-title; pp.[2]+vi+519+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end headed Autumn season, 1901, and dated at end ‘10.10.01’; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. End-papers foxed, with off-setting; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


The first issue, with the earliest date of the catalogue.
Ref: JRT108960



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

CROCKETT (S.R.). The firebrand. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited; New York: The Macmillan Company, 1901. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a’ precedes half-title; pp.[2]+vi+519+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end headed Macmillan’s New and notable Six-shilling novels, and dated at end ‘30.11.01’; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Covers a little dull; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The second issue, earlier copies having a catalogue dated ‘10.10.01’ and listing this volume by title only, without an accompanying description as here.
Ref: JRT108961



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

CROCKETT (S.R.). Flower-o’-the-Corn. London: James Clarke & Co., 13 & 14, Fleet Street, E.C., 1902. Extra cr.8vo; leaf bearing copyright notice precedes half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+vi+456+8; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut. Some foxing, chiefly of edges and first and last few leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


A difficult title.
Ref: JRT108962



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

CROCKETT (S.R.). The Dark o’ the moon: Being Certain further histories Of the folk called “Raiders". London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1902. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+511+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated ‘15 — 1.02’, not listing this volume; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth, blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Small light mark on spine; end-papers a little foxed with offsetting onto facing page; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $22.95



Ref: JRT108963



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

CROCKETT (S.R.). The loves of Miss Anne. London, James Clarke & Co., 13 & 14, Fleet Street, 1904. Extra cr.8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; pp.viii+408; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue, undated, at end; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine. Minor restorations to cloth at head of spine; otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.

GB £27.00

US $36.45



Ref: JRT108966



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

CROCKETT (S.R.). Maid Margaret Of Galloway: The Life Story of her whom Four Centuries have called “The Fair Maid of Galloway". London, Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1905. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates, after pencil drawings by Seymour Lucas; eight plates after Sydney S. Lucas; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+417+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[vi]; leaf-green buckram blocked pictorially lilac, white and black, lettered black, and lilac-outlined white, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. A little scattered light foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


There is no list of illustrations, but those after Seymour Lucas face pp.12, 108, 144, 172, 196, 296, and 400; those by Sydney S. Lucas pp.20, 60, 88, 152, 184, 216, 332, and 412.
Ref: JRT108968



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

CROCKETT (W.S.). The Scott country. Illustrated. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1902. Lge.post 8vo; half-tone portrait frontispiece after the painting by Sir William Allan, R.A., with tissue guard; woodcut vignette on title; one hundred and fifty-two illustrations in the text from photographs, drawings, and water-colours; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.xvi+510+[ii]; vertically fine-ribbed dark green cloth, blocked gilt, lettered green through gilt on front cover, lettered within boxes, and with short rule, all gilt, on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Insignificant damp-splash on front cover, affecting the sheen only of the cloth; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


An impressive description on the border country and its historical associations, written with particular rerference to the localities mentioned in Scott’s novels.
Ref: JRT108974



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

CRONIN (A.J.). The Spanish gardener. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1950. Double cr.16mo; light brown cloth lettered dark brown on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



Ref: JRT108983



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

CRONIN (A.J.). A Song of Sixpence. Heinemann, 1964. Double demy 16mo; blank before half-title, three at end; purple cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The first English edition.
Ref: JRT108986



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

CUTCLIFFE-HYNE (C.J.). Ben Watson. Illustrated by Gilbert Holiday. London, Country Life Ltd., 20 Tavistock Street, W.C.2, 1926. Double cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and fourteen plates, printed in cream and black; pp.xiv+146; cobalt blue fine-linen-grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very slight dulling to cloth of spine, and light foxing to first and last leaves and edges, but a very nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £32.00

US $43.20


Beautifully written stories of shooting and keepering on the grouse-moors of the Yorkshire dales. An uncommon Cutcliffe-Hyne title.
Ref: JRT108996



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

DALI (Salvador). Hidden Faces. Translated By Haakon M. Chevalier. Nicholson & Watson, London: Brussels, 1947. Frontispiece, title-page, and tail-piece by the author; pp.359+[i (tail-piece)]; black cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; silk head- and tail- band. Fine copy in frayed and slightly rubbed and chipped dust-wrapper designed by the author.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Dali’s novel: an undeservedly neglected book. First English edition, the New York (Dial Press) edition having appeared in 1944.
Ref: JRT108998



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

DALZIEL (James). In the first watch And Other engine-room stories. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1907. Blank before half-title; printer’s imprint leaf, blank on verso, followed by 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with the four leaves of prelims., and so integral; pp.[viii]+302+[ii]+[8]; vertically fine-ribbed leaf green cloth lettered gilt on front cover, lettered within ruled boxes, gilt, on spine; t.e.g. Slight cracking to back end-papers, otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £19.00

US $25.65



Ref: JRT118237



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

DAVIE (Donald). Trying To Explain. Carcanet New Press Limited, Manchester, 1980. Demy 8vo; final blank; black boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


First English edition. Published in America in 1979.
Ref: JRT109003



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

DAVIES (Rhys). Arfon. W. and G. Foyle Ltd., “At the Sign of the Trefoil,” N.D. [1931]. Demy 8vo; dark red rough buckram lettered gilt up spine, and on front cover within gilt outlined panel; t.e.g., others uncut. Light foxing of end-papers, with offsetting onto facing leaves; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


One of a total edition limited to 412 copies, this copy being numbered and signed by the author.

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Ref: JRT109006



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

DAVIES (W.H.). The adventures of Johnny Walker, Tramp. Jonathan Cape 30 Bedford Square, 1926. Post 8vo; dull blue fine rough buckram blocked with publisher’s initials and device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine copy in slightly frayed and dusty dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The second (though, in time of writing, third) volume of the ‘Autobiography of a Super-Tramp’ trilogy.

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Ref: JRT109013



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

DAVIES (W.H.). Young Emma. With a foreword by C.V. Wedgwood. Jonathan Cape, 1980. Lge.post 8vo; advertisement leaf follows half-title; blank at end; light brown boards, blocked with publisher’s monogram device, ruled, and lettered, gilt on spine; buff end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


An autobiographical novel written in 1924, and here first published.
Ref: JRT109014



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

DELAFIELD (E.M.). Diary Of A provincial lady. By E.M. Delafield. With illustrations By Arthur Watts. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1930. Twenty-two inserted plates in line; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+301+[i (blank)]+[ii]; mottled light red cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. light red. Near fine copy in an unobtrusively torn dust-wrapper, minutely chipped at head and tail of spine, and with some light staining.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


The dust-wrapper bears an illustration by Arthur Watts not otherwise included in the volume.

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Ref: JRT109021



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

DE LA MARE (Walter). Memoirs of a Midget. London: 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow : Melbourne : Auckland, 1921. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[ii]+XI+[i (blank)]+365+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[4]; dull blue rough buckram ruled and lettered red on spine and front cover, blocked red on spine. Small original weaving fault affecting regularity of cloth surface on spine and front cover; otherwise a crisp and virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper minutely chipped at extreme head and tail of spine.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


First issue, without ‘Printed in England’ on verso of title-page.

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Ref: JRT109030



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

DE LA MARE (Walter). Poetry in prose. Warton lecture On English poetry, British Academy, 1935. From the proceedings of the British Academy. Volume XXI, London: Humphrey Milford, Amen House, E.C., N.D. [1935]. Super roy.8vo in half sheets; half-title not called for; verso of last leaf of text bearing printer’s imprint; final leaf blank; pp.85+[i]+[2]; mottled pale grey large wrappers printed in black on front and back; fore- and lower- edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Fine copy. Scarce.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


The twenty-sixth Warton Lecture. Printed at the Oxford University Press.
Ref: JRT109039



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

DE LA MARE (Walter). An Introduction To Everyman. By Walter De la Mare, 1938. [On limitation leaf:] printed...for private distribution by J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. One gathering lge.12mo, sewn with carmine thread into white boards with white paper label on front board printed in black; half-title not called for; two blanks at front, three at back, the outermost serving as paste-downs; wood-cut decoration on title-page; leaf bearing limitation notice on recto, blank on verso, follows title-page; leaf blank on recto, with printer’s imprint on verso, follows last page of text; pp.[iv]+12+[ii]+[vi]; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight dusting of boards, but a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


The limitation notice reads in full: “This essay by Walter de la Mare has been written specially as the Introduction to an anthology of his, Stories, Essays, and Poems, which will be published in Everyman’s Library on 7th April 1938. It is here printed in an edition limited to four hundred copies for private distribution by J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, of Aldine House, Bedford Street, London, W.C.2. [Then, in mss.,] No 122". Printed on large hand-made paper at the Temple Press, Letchworth, in March 1938.
Ref: JRT109040



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

DE MORGAN (William). Somehow Good. London, William Heinemann, 1908. Pp.xii+528; 4pp. publisher’s text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with the prelims., and so integral; light and darker streaked yellow-green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, in the publisher’s standard style for this author; lower-edges uncut. Slight fading to covers, but a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $13.50


Though best remembered to-day as a Pre-Raphaelite ceramic artist, friend of William Morris, and leading light in the Arts & Crafts movement, Morgan’s novels had a great vogue in the Edwardian period when he was seriously compared on both sides of the Atlantic to Thackeray, Dickens, and even George Eliot.
Ref: JRT117953



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

DE MORGAN (William). An Affair of Dishonour. London, William Heinemann, 1910. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+400; light and darker streaked yellow-green rough buckram, blocked with publisher’s device black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very slight mottled fading to cloth of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $13.50



Ref: JRT117957



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

DE MORGAN (William). A Likely Story. London, William Heinemann, 1911. Advertisement leaf before half-title; pp.[2]+x+344; light and darker streaked yellow-green cloth, blocked with publisher’s initials device, blind, on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, in the publisher’s standard style for this author; lower-edges uncut. Slight fading to cloth of spine; but a very nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $13.50


Though best remembered to-day as a Pre-Raphaelite ceramic artist, friend of William Morris, and leading light in the Arts & Crafts movement, Morgan’s novels had a great vogue in the Edwardian period when he was seriously compared on both sides of the Atlantic to Thackeray, Dickens, and even George Eliot.
Ref: JRT117956



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DE MORGAN (William). When Ghost meets Ghost. London, William Heinemann, 1914. Last leaf of text followed by leaf blank on recto, bearing on verso ‘Note by Binder’ (v. note); pp.viii+892+[ii]; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; light and darker streaked yellow-green rough buckram, blocked with publisher’s initials device, black, on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, in the publisher’s standard style for this author. Poor quality war-time gilt oxydised on spine, and cloth of spine very slightly dusty; minute blank corner chipped from title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $13.50


Though best remembered to-day as a Pre-Raphaelite ceramic artist, friend of William Morris, and leading light in the Arts & Crafts movement, Morgan’s novels had a great vogue in the Edwardian period when he was seriously compared on both sides of the Atlantic to Thackeray, Dickens, and even George Eliot. The ‘Note by Binder’ reads, somewhat improbably: “The author seems not to have noticed the discrepancy in dates between the story of Moses Wardle’s fight with the sweep in this novel and the account of the same incident given in ‘Joseph Vance’... Another serious error is in assigning Bob Brettle to him as an opponent. Brettle was in his prime somewhere about the date of the story. Perhaps the author meant Tom Paddock. We could often correct errors of this sort if the books came to this shop in an earlier stage of development” — a narrative device we have not before encountered! In this copy the ‘s’ of ‘this’ in the penultimate line of the above note has dropped out.
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DICKENS (Charles). Pavilionstone By Charles Dickens. With an introduction By Percy Fitzgerald, M.A., F.S.A. All Rights Reserved. Published by The Frederick Hotels Limited, 8 Bloomsbury Square, London, W.C., N.D. [1902]. Price One Shilling. One gathering, double lge.post 16mo sewn with black thread into grey thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in white, grey-green, and brown; half-tone frontispiece on verso of half-title; printed throughout in red and black; numerous half-tone illustrations after photographs and engravings; final leaf publisher’s commercial advertisements; pp.32. Near-fine copy. Scarce.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


The first appearance in book form of a sketch published in the issue of ‘Household Words’ for September 29th, 1855, under the title ‘Out of Town’, here profusely illustrated. Fitzgerald’s Introduction is here first printed. Produced as an advertisement for the Pavillion Hotel, Folkestone. Not listed by Eckel, who apparently had never come across it.
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[DICKENS (Charles).]. Characters from Dickens: A Portfolio of 20 Vandyck Gravures From the Drawings of F.G. Lewin, with An Introduction by B.W. Matz. London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1912. One gathering, demy 4to, antique-toned laid paper, not trimmed or sewn; half-title not called for; title bearing wood-engraved vignette portrait of Dickens; final page blank; twenty loose leaves of hammered drab paper, demy 4to, each printed with black frame, caption, and printer’s imprint on recto, blank on verso, with tipped on illustration printed in sepia; enclosed in a drab board folder printed in black on front board, with smaller reproduction printed in sepia laid on; white paste-downs, the front paste-down bearing in the top corner a laid-on reproduction of the title-page vignette; canvas ties. Folder slightly dusty, rebacked with similar paper over which the remains of the original unlettered spine have been laid; one tie broken and knotted, but still functional; internally very nice.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Presentation copy from B.W. Matz, with his signed holograph inscription to A.E. Brookes Cross, his “friend and fellow worker on the Fellowship Committee. This Souvenir of the Dickens Centenary 1912".
Ref: JRT109058



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

DICKENS (Charles). Gone astray. By Charles Dickens. With illustrations by Ruth Cobb, From old prints, and from photo- Graphs by T.W. Tyrrell, and an Introduction by B.W. Matz. London, Chapman & Hall Limited, 1912. Sm.cr.8vo, printed on calendered paper; half-title not called for; integral frontispiece and numerous illustrations in text, some full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.viii+55+[i (blank)]; light green smooth linen ruled blocked and lettered black on front cover. Insignificant bubbling to cloth of front cover; inscription dated ‘Nov 9th 1912’ on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy. Surprisingly uncommon.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Presentation copy from B.W. Matz to fellow-member of the Dickens Fellowship Committee A.E. Brookes Cross, with his brief signed holograph inscription dated ‘Nov 9th 1912’ on the front end-paper. An autobiographical ‘story or sketch’ reprinted from the issue of Household Words for August 13th, 1853, and here making its first appearance in book form. Eckel, p.192.
Ref: JRT109059



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DICKENS (Charles). Trial Of John Jasper For the Murder Of Edwin Drood In aid of Samaritan Children’s Homeopathic, St. Agnes and Mt. Sinai Hospitals April 29, 1914. Academy of Music, Philadelphia, U.S.A. Published for the Philadelphia Branch Dickens Fellowship, John M. Patterson, President and Editor, N.D. [c.1916]. Med.8vo; blank and wood-engraved portrait frontispiece signed C O Facker, with tissue guard, precede half-title; limitation notice on verso of half-title, signed and numbered in red; fourteen half-tone plates with tissue guards, and three large folding half-tone plates; vignette tailpiece in line; pp.152; navy blue fine-bead-grain cloth, cream paper spine-label printed in red; t.e.g., others uncut; spare label loosely laid-in at end of text. An exceptionally fine copy in the original unprinted buff paper dust-wrapper, this somewhat dusty and insignificantly frayed at edges.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


One of a total edition limited to five hundred copies, numbered and signed by the Editor. Dated from the obituary list which follows the List of Illustrations, the latest entry of which is April 24th 1916. A sumptuously produced record of what seems to have been a very professionally produced piece of private theate performed in the splendid hall of the Philadelphia Academy of Music.
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DICKENS (Charles). The Unpublished Letters of Charles Dickens To Mark Lemon. Edited by Walter Dexter. 1927, London: Halton & Truscott Smith, Ltd., (Printed in Great Britain). Double cr.8vo; eight plates on imitation art paper, included in the pagination, and six inserted facsimiles on blue-tinted paper; limitation leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[viii]+[168]; half forel, ruled gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine, rose pink cloth sides; t.e.g., others uncut; rose pink and white head-band; text-paper end-papers. Cloth of back cover slightly mottled; otherwise a fine, unopened, copy.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


One of an edition limited to 525 numbered copies. Printed on Chantry hand-made paper. There is no list of plates, but they form pp.19-[20], 25-[26], 45-[46], 91-[92], 97-[98], 115-[116], 121-[122], and 149-[150]; the facsimiles are bound in between pp.42-3 (single leaf, f’cap 8vo), 50-51 (double leaf, f’cap 8vo), 52-3 (double leaf, f’cap 8vo), 56-7 (single leaf, f’cap 8vo), 102-3 (large folding), and 152-3 (single leaf, f’cap 8vo).
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DIDION (Joan). A Book of Common Prayer. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1977. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; leaf bearing small vignette, and advertisement leaf printed on verso with design in grey, precede title-page; fly title to each part printed in black and with design in grey; quarter black cloth, charcoal boards, spine blocked scarlet, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; red and yellow head and tail bands; scarlet end-papers. Nice copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £33.00

US $44.55


The designs in ‘grey’ (actually fine-screen black half-tone) are by Janet Halverson, who also designed the dust-wrapper. A novel.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DIDION (Joan). Salvador. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, London, 1983. Extra double cr.16mo; advertisement leaf follows half-title; double-spread title utilising verso of advertisement leaf; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.108+[iv]; black cloth-textured boards, ruled, lettered, and down-lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


The hard-cover 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.

DIDION (Joan). Salvador. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, London, 1983. Extra double cr.16mo; advertisement leaf follows half-title; double-spread title utilising verso of advertisement leaf; two blanks at end; pp.108+[iv]; white glazed card wrappers, cut flush, printed in black and pale green; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The issue in wrappers.
Ref: JRT109078



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

DINESEN (Isak). Seven gothic Tales. Frontispiece by Rex Whistler. Putnam, Covent Garden, September 1934. Extra cr.8vo; frontispiece printed in colours; imprint leaf at end; pp.[vi]+522+[ii]; dark red buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


First edition in English. The secondary (‘Times Book Club’) binding.
Ref: JRT109079



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

DOBRÉE (Bonamy). Histriophone. A Dialogue on Dramatic Diction. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf At the Hogarth Press 52 Tavistock Square London W.C.1, 1925. Demy 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; pp.40; light cream wrappers, cut flush, printed on front with a design by Vanessa Bell. Backstrip and edges of wrappers slightly darkened; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Issued as No.5 of ‘The Hogarth Essays’, first series. Woolmer, 58. The number of copies printed is not recorded, but six months later only 267 copies had been sold.
Ref: JRT109081



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

DOBRÉE (Bonamy). Rochester: A conversation Between Sir George Etherege and Mr. Fitzjames. [Note on the characters, seven lines] Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1926. F’cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.50+[ii]; pale green boards printed in black. Paper of spine and on edges of boards very slightly faded, and barely perceptible wear to paper over joints and on some edges of boards; inscription on front end-paper (v. note); otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Presentation copy with the author’s signed holograph inscription to poet James Kirkup on front end-paper, dated ‘5 March ’51’. Woolmer, 87: 1,000 copies were printed.
Ref: JRT118424



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

DOBRÉE (Bonamy). The amateur and The theatre. The Hogarth Press, 40 William IV Street, London, W.C.2, 1947. Pott 8vo; pp.56; pale green boards printed deep pink on sides and up spine. Slight cracking of paper over joints, and spine just a trifle darkened; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Issued as a volume in the series ‘Hogarth Essays, Third Series’, this being apparently the only title so issued. Woolmer, p.189.
Ref: JRT118426



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

DOBSON (Austin). Rosalba’s Journal And other papers. London, Chatto & Windus, 1915. Frontispiece with tissue guard and five plates; pp.[xii]+304; black buckram lettered gilt on spine within gilt boxes; t.e.g., others uncut. Very nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Alban Dobson, LVIII. 1,000 copies were printed. The first issue, later copies being re-issued in 1923 with a new title-page by the Oxford University Press in their ‘Standard Authors’ series. One of two variant bindings, copies also being known in an otherwise similar dark blue buckram.
Ref: JRT118093



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

[DOBSON (Austin)]. Austin Dobson: Some Notes by Alban Dobson With Chapters by Sir Edmund Gosse & George Saintsbury. With illustrations. Oxford University Press, London: Humphrey Milford, 1928. Half-tone portrait frontispiece, and fourteen plates in half-tone or line, one facsimile of Dobson’s writing, one facsimile of his first separately published work (a single page Valentine) and three folding collotype facsimiles (one in sepia); pp.[xii]+340; black matt buckram ruled blind on sides, blocked with Dobson’s signature gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Two ink-spots on top-edges (apparently the result of carelessness by Alban Dobson: v. note), and single fox-spot on first leaf of text; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper, faded on spine.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


Presentation copy from Alban Dobson to a member of his family with his holograph inscription on the front end-paper signed with his monogram ‘AD’. The ink-spots on the top-edges are in ink of the same colour as the inscription. Issued as a memorial volume, with essays by Edmund Gosse (corrected shortly before his death) and George Saintsbury. The bulk of the volume consists of letters to Dobson from various correspondents, and a 45pp. short story by Austin Dobson here first reprinted from an annual, though there are also some unpublished verses. Includes letters from G.H. Lewes, Anthony Trollope, Frederick Locker, Bulwer-Lytton, Edmund Yates, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Alfred Austin, Leslie Stephen, Lord de Tabley, William Bell Scott, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Lewis Morris, Longfellow, W.E. Henley, Randolph Caldicott, Edwin Abbey, G.H. Boughton, Hugh Thomson, Edmund Gosse (and an unpublished poem), Robert Louis Stevenson, Richard le Gallienne, Walter Besant, T. Anstey Guthrie, Robert Bridges, Augustine Birrell, A.C. Benson, Henry Newbolt, Egerton Castle, Max Beerbohm, George Saintsbury, Maurice Hewlett, Thomas Hardy, Edward Marsh, E.V. Lucas, Clement Shorter, etc., many of the above being represented more than once.

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DOS PASSOS (John). The 42nd Parallel. Harper & Brothers publishers, New York and London 1930. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[xii]+426+[ii]; quarter cerise fine-weave cloth, orange boards printed in shades of green, blue, and gold, pale green paper spine label printed in black, cerise fine-weave cloth corner-tips; t.e. orange, others uncut; end-papers faced bright orange. Cloth of spine a little faded; label a trifle chipped at one corner, not affecting text, and somewhat dusty; minute chip to paper of sides where it overlays the cloth; two or three fox-spots on prelims. and last couple of leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


The correct first printing, with ‘First Edition / A — E’ on the verso of the title-page, and the probable first binding, with the boards printed in gold rather than silver and with the top-edges stained orange.
Ref: JRT117795



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

DOUGLAS (Norman). D.H. Lawrence And Maurice Magnus: A plea for better manners. Privately Printed, No Place [Florence], 1925. Lge.post 8vo; Portrait frontispiece; final blank; pp.54+[ii]; pink slip bearing price and publisher’s contact address slip tipped on to half-title page; light brown wrappers, printed on front in red; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Slight fading of wrappers; light marginal foxing to frontispiece, with offsetting; otherwise a very nice, unopened, copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


McDonald, M 15. The second version, without the errors ‘Bnt’ for ‘But’ at l.10, or ‘Iend’ for ‘lend’ at l.23, on p.11, characteristic of the first printing; with ‘oecasion’ for ‘occasion’ on the penultimate line, characteristic of the second and third printings; but dated 1925, and with the reading ‘reassonable’ at l.14 on p.9, the third printing being dated 1924, and not having that misprint. The book was published late in January 1925. Roberts F2; Woolf, A23b.
Ref: JRT109103



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

DOUGLAS (Norman). D.H. Lawrence And Maurice Magnus: A plea for better manners. Privately Printed, No Place [Florence], 1924. Lge.post 8vo; Portrait frontispiece; final blank; pp.54+[ii]; light brown wrappers, printed on front in red; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Fine, unopened, copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


McDonald, M 15. The third version, without the errors ‘Bnt’ for ‘But’ at l.10, or ‘Iend’ for ‘lend’ at l.23, on p.11, characteristic of the first printing; with ‘oecasion’ for ‘occasion’ on the penultimate line, characteristic of the second and third printings; but dated 1924, and without the reading ‘reassonable’ at l.14 on p.9, the second printing being dated 1925, and having that misprint. The issue without the slip of pink paper tipped onto the half-title giving the price and the publisher’s contact address, present in some copies. The book was published late in January 1925. Roberts F2; Woolf, A23c.
Ref: JRT109104



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

DOUGLAS (Norman). How about Europe? Some footnotes on East and west. Privately Printed, Florence, 1929. Imprint leaf followed by two blanks at end; white boards printed in blue and gold; uncut edges. End-papers marked, and two leaves badly opened; otherwise a very nice copy, for the most part unopened.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


One of an edition limited to 550 copies numbered and signed by the author. Printed on hand-made paper. Woolf, A30a.
Ref: JRT109107



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

DOYLE (A. Conan). Adventures Of Gerard. London: George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., N.D. [1903]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title and first leaf of last gathering both single insets; half-tone frontispiece and fifteen plates, by W.B. Wollen; pp.x+374; vertically-streaked dark blue fine coarse buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Virtually fine copy.

GB £145.00

US $195.75


Green & Gibson, A27a, describing the cloth as dark blue; Wolff, 1897, describing the cloth as blue linen flecked with white: it is actually two tones of dark blue.
Ref: JRT109119



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

DRABBLE (Margaret). The Realms Of gold: A novel by Margaret Drabble. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1975. Double demy 16mo; two blanks at end; pp.[vi]+326+[iv]; lime green cloth-textured boards lettered gilt down and on spine. A very nice copy in slightly frayed minutely chipped price-clipped dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



Ref: JRT109126



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DRABBLE (Margaret). The Ice Age: A novel. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977. Double lge.post 16mo; three blanks at end, the last two serving as end-papers; blue boards, lettered gilt down spine. Nice copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper faded a trifle on spine.

GB £14.00

US $18.90



Ref: JRT109127



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DRABBLE (Margaret). A natural Curiosity. Viking, [London,] 1989. Double med.16mo; two inserted leaves of smoother paper and leaf bearing viking symbol on recto, advertisements on verso, precede title-page (v.note); half-title not called for; two blanks at end; pp.[iv]+[vi]+[309]+[v]; quarter light and dark green vertically streaked cloth, ruled gilt on sides, blocked and lettered within ruled boxes, gilt, on spine, Cockerel paper sides; pale green and white head and tail bands. Fine copy in original unprinted wax-paper dust-wrapper.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


One of an issue limited to only 150 numbered copies, signed by the author. Published by London Limited Editions, the two extra leaves at the front being their added title-page, and the limitation leaf.
ISBN 0-670-82837-8
Ref: JRT109129



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

DRABBLE (Margaret). A natural Curiosity. Viking, [London,] 1989. Double med.16mo; leaf bearing viking symbol on recto, advertisements on verso, precedes title-page; half-title not called for; two blanks at end; pp.[vi]+[309]+[v]; hammered bright leaf green cloth-textured boards, down-lettered, lettered, and with rules, gilt, on spine; pale green and white head- and tail- bands; pale yellow laid end-papers watermarked ‘Abbey Mills’. Very slight dusting of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95



Ref: JRT117849



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

DREISER (Theodore). A history of myself: Dawn By Theodore Dreiser. Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1931. Extra double cr.16mo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, included in the pagination; pp.[624]; faintly mottled dull light greyish green cloth lettered black on spine; t.e. not coloured, lower-edges cut. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £33.00

US $44.55


First English edition, but a later binding, the first being of charcoal cloth lettered in gilt, with top-edges coloured grey, and the lower-edges uncut. There is also an issue in a coarser greyish blue cloth, in which the ‘C’ of ‘Constable’ on the spine is 4mm high: in the present issue it is 5mm high, the other letters being correspondingly larger. Both issues have the price clipped from the front flap of the dust-wrapper: the present copy has two 5/- Net labels side by side above the imprint on 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.

DREISER (Theodore). The Bulwark. A Novel. Doubleday & Company Inc., Garden City, New York, 1946. Blank before half-title, two at end; grey-blue buckram ruled gilt, panelled brown, on spine and front cover, lettered gilt on spine, blocked gilt on front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut; cream end-papers. Nice copy in badly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


The dust-wrapper is dated 629-46 on back panel. Dreiser died before this book was published.
Ref: JRT109138



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