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.

GALSWORTHY (John). A sheaf. William Heinemann, 1916. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; grey boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover, publisher’s device blind on back cover; fore-edges uncut, lower edges rough trimmed. Covers damp-stained; internally fine.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Binding variant, the top edges not being stained grey, and the fore-edges being left untrimmed. Marrot, pp.99-100. The second binding, and a good deal scarcer than the first, only 750 copies being so bound out of a total edition of 2,000.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GALSWORTHY (John). Tatterdemalion. 1920, London: William Heinemann. Post 8vo; pp.viii+298; publisher’s inserted 56pp. Catalogue, dated Autumn, 1919, at end; olive green rough buckram, blocked with publisher’s initials device very dark green on back cover, lettered very dark green on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Some foxing of edges and two or three light fox-spots on prelims.; poor quality paper of Catalogue very lightly embrowned at margins; otherwise a fine copy of one of the more difficult titles.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Marrot, pp.29-31: 4,000 copies were printed.
Ref: JRT109522


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

GALSWORTHY (John). In Chancery. 1920, London: William Heinemann. Pp.viii+328; light green rough buckram, blocked with publisher’s initials device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt (facsimile of hand-written title and underline) on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised on spine as unual with this title; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The second volume of ‘The Forsyte Saga’. Marrot, pp.31-2. The relatively scarce second issue, of which 2,000 copies were bound up as against 7,000 of the first issue. According to Marrot the only difference between the two issues is that the cloth of this copy is of a lighter green than that of the first issue: it is also a glazed rough buckram, resembling that used for the 1921 title ‘To Let’, whereas that of the first issue is matt and without the colour-variance effect given by the grain. Comparison of two copies, one in each binding, reveals a number of textual flaws, some present in both copies, others present in only one (or varying between them). Taken all in all, they suggest a mixture of early- and late- printed sheets, and are probably without issue significance. In this copy: p.9, l.10, ‘of f’ of ‘of forty’ perfect (battered in other copy); p.23, l.18, ‘h’ of second ‘his’ very faint and ‘s’ of ‘joyously’ slightly so (both less faint in other copy); p.37, l.26, 2mm gap between ‘m’ and ‘e’ in ‘confirmed’ (4mm gap in other copy); p.49, l.5, first ‘i’ in ‘Winifred’ perfect (broken in other copy, and penultimate line, no raised space after ‘of’ (present in other copy); p.107, l.29, ‘s’ of ‘saying’ perfect (very slightly battered in other copy); p.111, l.6, ‘t’ of ‘until’ normal but ‘i’ so faint as almost to be lacking (‘t’ too heavy, ‘i’ too light in other copy); p.188, last line, ‘lonely’ printed perfectly (‘on ely’ in other copy); p.246, penultimate line, no risen space after ‘on’ (present in other copy); p.301, l.16, no risen quad at end of line (present in other copy). In both copies: p.10, l.25, first ‘l’ of ‘really’ battered; p.17, penultimate line, ‘s’ raised at end; p.54, l.19, ‘n’ of ‘no’ battered; p.37, last three lines have irregular type; p.146, last line, ‘e’ dropped at start; p.156, last line, risen space before and after ‘he’; p.163, antepenultimate line, ‘potatoe’ for ‘potato’; p.179, antepenultimate line, ‘g’ and ‘d’ of ‘glades’ broken; p.204, peneltimate line, risen space after ‘news’; p.209, last line, irregular type in ‘apprecia-’; p.220, l.8, broken ‘n’ in ‘Irene’, and l.20, ‘m erotten’ for ‘me rotten’; p.226 and 239, last lines, slightly jarred impression of first two and first five words respectively; p.244, antepenultimate line, risen shoulder to ‘L’ at start; p.303, last line, risen spaces before and after ‘phrased it’ and after ‘fuss’; p.319, l.10 of text, ‘s’ of ‘nervous’ battered; p.323, l.11, first ‘e’ of ‘eyelids’ slightly battered.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GALSWORTHY (John). Captures. 1923, London: William Heinemann Ltd. Blank serving as pastedown, and stub, precede half-title, these being conjugate respectively with the Contents leaf and the dedication leaf; blank at end; pp.[2]+[x (including the stub)]+306+[ii]; royal blue buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.blue; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Generally nice copy of one of the less common Galsworthy titles.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Marrot, pp.37 — 8, recording that 5,000 copies were printed. The second (first published) state. It had been intended to issue the book with integral front end-papers, the free end-paper being printed with advertisements on the verso; and a trial binding-up of about a dozen copies was so produced. The bindings of these differ slightly from those of the book as published in that the lower-edges were left uncut, and a different version of the publisher’s block was used on the back cover. These changes having presumably been decided upon, the order was given to bind up a large proportion of the remaining sets of sheets. Not until this had been done was it was discovered that a mistake of some kind had been made in the listing of ‘New Fiction’ on the verso of the free ‘end-paper’, which was then cancelled, as here, in all the copies that had been bound. A balance of copies that had not been bound appear to have been provided with true end-papers, and probably formed a separate binding batch. Stories with a wide range. Galsworthy’s real gift was for short story writing: but we only read his novels!
Ref: JRT118056


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

GALSWORTHY (John). The English Association Pamphlet No 59: On Expression By John Galsworthy. President 1924. July 1924. Roy.8vo format, pp.18+[ii (blank)], sewn as a single gathering; half-title not called for; flecked pale grey wrappers lettered in black. Wrappers slightly embrowned at spine, otherwise fine.

GB £5.00

US $6.20


The correct first impression, printed for distribution to members, this being the latest volume recorded on the inside back wrapper. Marrot, p.115

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Ref: JRT109525


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

GALSWORTHY (John). The Silver Spoon. William Heinemann Ltd., 1926. Double cr.16mo; 8pp. integral advertisements followed by two blanks at end; green buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Some light foxing, chiefly of edges and blanks; otherwise a fine copy in slightly worn and chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Marrot, pp.42-3
Ref: JRT109526


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

GALSWORTHY (John). Swan song. New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928. Vertically ribbed purple cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded, otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Marrot, pp.53-4. Precedes English edition.
Ref: JRT109529


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

GALSWORTHY (John). A Modern Comedy. 1929, London: William Heinemann Ltd. Double cr.16mo, printed on India paper; blank, and large folding Family Tree precede half-title page; pp.[2]+[xviii]+1088; light green linen grain cloth, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, lettered green through gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover; t.e. moss-green. Barely noticeable foxing to fore- and lower- edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly faded and minutely chipped dust-wrapper with three short closed tears.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The first collected edition of the second Forsyte trilogy, including ‘The White Monkey’, ‘The Silver Spoon’, and ‘Swan Song’.
Ref: JRT109530


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

GALSWORTHY (John). Maid in waiting. London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1931. Demy 8vo; binder’s blank followed by integral blank before half-title, integral blank at end; title-page printed in grey-green and black; pp.[viii]+349+[iii]; quarter white pigskin lettered gilt on spine, ruled gilt on sides, bevelled green vellum covered boards, blocked gilt on front cover; t.e. gilt others uncut; yellow and green head and tail-bands, green silk marker. Vellum colour a little mottled, but less so than is usual with this volume; binder’s blank foxed; a little faint pin-point foxing elsewhere due to an original paper fault; slight marginal embrowning throughout; in general a nice copy nonetheless of an unusually designed book, unopened throughout.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


One of an edition limited to 525 copies on large laid paper, numbered and signed by the author.
Ref: JRT109533


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

GALSWORTHY (John). Maid in Waiting. London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, final blank; title-page printed in rust-red and black; pp.[viii]+349+[iii]; green buckram embossed with author’s monogram green on gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. green. Fine copy in dust-wrapper marked a little on back panel.

GB £40.00

US $49.60




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Ref: JRT109534


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

GALSWORTHY (John). Maid in Waiting. London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, final blank; title-page printed in rust-red and black; pp.[viii]+349+[iii]; green buckram embossed with author’s monogram green on gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. green. Slight foxing to fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with slight silver-fish damage to points of flaps.

GB £26.00

US $32.24



Ref: JRT109535


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

GARDINER (Wrey). The Dark thorn. The Grey Walls Press, Crown Passage, Pall Mall, 1946. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece after Gregorio Prieto; dark blue cloth, lettered and with ruled box gilt down spine. Light foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly creased and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


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

GARNETT (David). A Man in the zoo. By David Garnett. Illustrated with wood engravings By R.A. Garnett. London, Chatto & Windus, 1924. Blank before half-title; vignette on title-page, and other illustrations in text; leaf at end blank on recto, bearing printer’s device and imprint on verso; pp.[viii]+[94]+[ii]; pinkish cerise buckram marbled in black, cerise paper spine label; t.e.g., others uncut; spare label tipped in at end. Fine copy in very slightly marked dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Desmond Flower’s copy, with his small book-label beneath the bookplate of Arthur Melville Clark on the front paste-down.

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Ref: JRT109540


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

GARNETT (David). The Grasshoppers Come. London, Chatto & Windus, 1931. Post 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; wood-engraved vignette on title and four full-page wood-engravings and a tail-piece in the text by R.A. Garnett; pp.[viii]+101+[iii]; black and cerise marbled buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Some very slight fading of cloth, and some barely noticeable bubbling of back cover evidently due to a production fault; otherwise a virtually fine copy in slightly embrowned dust-wrapper minutely chipped at head of spine. The dust-wrapper is also evidently by R.A. Garnett.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


A difficult title, particularly with the dust-wrapper.

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Ref: JRT109542


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

GARNETT (David). Beany-eye. 1935, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+119+[i (printer’s imprint)]; light cerise buckram, marbled in black, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. light cerise, lower-edges rough trimmed. A little very light foxing of title-page; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £45.00

US $55.80




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Ref: JRT109544


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

GARNETT (David). War in the air, September 1939 To May 1941. 1941, Chatto & Windus, London. Lge.post 8vo; eight half-tone plates and one figure in the text; pp.[xii]+[200]; faintly mottled light blue fine weave cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.red. Very slight fading of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


Purchased from the publisher’s file, and inscribed on the front end-paper ‘Production Dept’ in pencil.
Ref: JRT109545


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

[GARNETT (David).]. The campaign In Greece and Crete. Issued for The War Office By the Ministry of Information. The army at war. London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1942. Post 8vo; maps in text; pp.64; white large thick paper wrappers printed in drab and pale green. Neat, small, inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Four of the five chapters are by Garnett.
Ref: JRT109546


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

GARNETT (David). The familiar Faces: Being Volume Three of The Golden Echo. 1962, Chatto & Windus, London. Demy 8vo; half-tone frontispiece and seven plates, from photographs; final blank; pp[xvi]+221+[iii]; brick red cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. bright deep cerise. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The last three pages of text contain the Errata in Volumes One and Two. A late issue, the dust-wrapper having the original price (21s. net) clipped away and a price increase label reading ‘£1.75 / 35/- / net’ substituted. This issue presumably dates from c.1969.
Ref: JRT109548


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

GARNETT (Edward). Turgenev: A study. With a foreword by Joseph Conrad. London: 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Melbourne Auckland, 1917. Blank before half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece after a photograph, with thin paper guard; pp.[2]+xiv+206; light blue fine rough buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Cloth of spine a trifle faded, and gilt dull; margins of plate very lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Advance copy, with the publisher’s Review Copy stamp in blind on title-page. Conrad’s foreword occupies pp.v-x. It was to be collected in ‘Notes on Life and Letters’ in 1921. Smith, p.84.
Ref: JRT109549


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

GASCOIGNE (Bamber).The heyday. Jonathan Cape, 1973. Double cr.16mo; final blank; dull blue boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; pale grey end-papers; t.e pale grey-blue. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


A narrative based on photographs and a diary belonging to the author’s grandmother, with a background of the Edwardian provincial theatre.
Ref: JRT109552


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

GENET (Jean). Our Lady of the Flowers. Translation by B. Frechtman. Morihien, Paris, 1949. Light brown coarse fibre boards blocked with a design by Cocteau in brown on front board, lettered gilt on brown panel on spine; t.e. pale yellow. Slight rubbing to the very delicate boards, but a nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The first edition in English, and limited to 500 copies, printed for subscribers only. This translation is from the original version of the novel, printed privately in 1944. All subsequent editions, whether in French or English have the revised and expurgated Gallimard text of 1951, which Frechtman also translated. This volume was issued without a dust-wrapper. This copy has the misprint ‘migh tbe’ for ‘might be’ at l.21 on p.93, presumably as always.
Ref: JRT109554


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

GHOSE (Zulfikar). The contradictions. A novel. London, Macmillan, Melbourne, Toronto, 1966. Extra double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.189+[iii]; pinkish lake cloth tewxtured boards, ruled and lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper faded on spine.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The author’s first novel.
Ref: JRT109565


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

GHOSE (Zulfikar). The Incredible Brazilian: The native. Macmillan, 1972. Pp.336; orange wrappers, cut flush, printed in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Uncorrected Proof Copy. The scheduled publication date is given on the cover as “30/3/72".
Ref: JRT109566


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

GIBBINGS (Robert). Blue angels And whales. A record of Personal experiences Below and above water. With illustrations by the author. Published as a “Pelican Special” by Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, 1938. Double globe 16mo; pp.117+[i (blank)]+[vii (publisher’s integral advertisements)]+[iii (blank)]; woodcut frontispiece printed in yellow and blue; 16pp. plates from photographs, and drawings made under water; numerous woodcut illustrations, on title-page and in the text; white wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in blue and black. Some embrowning of margins; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper bearing a wood-engraved illustration by the author (this torn a little at extremities of fold of front flap); preserved in publisher’s clear plastic chemise. Scarce in the dust-wrapper, and particularly so with the chemise.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Pelican S16
Ref: JRT109568


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

[GIBBON (Edward).]. Edward Gibbon, 1737 — 1794. [by] D.M. Low. 1937, Chatto & Windus, London. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; collotype portrait frontispiece and seven plates; pp.[2]+xiv+[370]+[ii]; brownish-red cloth blocked and lettered black on spine; t.e. brownish-red. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper. Scarce thus.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Includes letters, etc., here first published.

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Ref: JRT109569


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

GIBBONS (Stella). The Swiss Summer. Longmans, Green and Co., 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; light blue boards, lettered silver on spine. Nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48



Ref: JRT109574


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

GIDE (André). Oscar Wilde. In memoriam (souvenirs) Le <>. Avec une héliogravure. Deuxième édition. Paris, Mercvre de France, XXVI, rue de Condé, XXVI, 1910. F’cap 12mo in half sheets; heliogravure portrait frontispiece printed in sepia on plate-paper, with tissue guard; verso of title leaf printed with limitation notice etc. in black and with ‘Justification du tirage’ (a four-leafed clover) in grey-green; Table leaf with colophon on verso precedes blank at end; pp.75+[i (blank)]+[ii]; pale yellow wrappers printed outside in black, up-lettered on spine, and with a large printed publisher’s device ‘watermark’ on front wrapper in grey-green; issued without end-papers. Slight foxing to half-title; otherwise a near fine copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


‘Preceded’ by an ‘edition’ limited to twelve numbered copies printed “sur Hollande” — but if we know printers actually printed after it. (No printer would put his expensive paper on until the machine had been proved to be running perfectly — especially for such a small number of copies — and it is in any case easier to chisel out the words ‘Deuxième édition’ than to unlock the forme and set them in: no doubt the limited ‘edition’ was issued first, however.) The present copy is printed upon paper of excellent quality, but unwatermarked. Talvart et Place, VII — 44
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GIDE (André). La porte étroite. Le livre de demain Nouvelle série. Librarie Arthème Fayard, 18-20 Rue du Saint-Gothard, Paris XIV [France], 1950. Blank before half-title; title-page, main initial letters throughout, and imprint leaf at end printed in red and black; pp.189+[i (blank)]+[ii]; cream wrappers printed in rust on front wrapper and up spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Slight flexion crease in wrappers; neat inscription (dated 1950) on blank; poor quality paper showing very light embrowning more or less throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96



Ref: JRT109584


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

GILL (Brendan). The Malcontents. N.Y., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973. Blank and publisher’s note leaf before title-page; final blank; quarter grey cloth lettered gilt down spine, bright brown boards, front board lettered blind; bright brown end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an unspecified limited edition published as a New Year’s greeting to friends of the author and of the publisher. The 61pp. text comprise an extract from Gill’s book “Ways of Loving", published the following year.
Ref: JRT109593


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

GILL (Eric). Art-nonsense And other essays. London, Cassell & Co., Ltd. & Francis Walterson, 1929. Med.8vo; blank before half-title; woodcut vignette on title-page, by Gill; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; light blue bevelled coarse buckram lettered gilt on spine; a.e.uncut. Spine somewhat faded, as usual, and end-papers slightly foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy, with the spine, front panel, and flap, of the dust-wrapper (including the blurb) expertly tipped onto the front paste-down.

GB £190.00

US $235.60


From the library of Dr. Desmond Flower, with his early wood-engraved book label (?cut by Reynolds Stone) on the front paste-down, and a relevant clipping annotated in his holograph tipped on to the back of the dust-wrapper panel: ‘"This book is part of printing history, and itself a pleasing sample. Here is the first use of Eric Gill’s Roman Perpetua type: so early a use that it resorts to the unpleasing device of underlining words for emphasis, as the Italic had not yet been cut. The initial is also out of fount, because the large sizes of Perpetua were not available. Note the unornamented page (the initial is not ornament so much as signal, the more necessary as there are no page headlines) which allows the author, ever most earnest, to make an undisturbed impression, and the type to proclaim itself without distraction.” — Sir Francis Meynell’s note in a National Book League Catalogue, 1951.’ Flower’s father, Sir Newman Flower, had bought Cassell’s in 1927, and Desmond himself was to join the firm in the following year and be responsible for much subsequent design. Printed at the Cambridge University Press. Evan Gill 18.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GILL (Eric). Letters. Edited by Walter Shewring. Jonathan Cape, 1947 [i.e., 1948]. Frontispiece, printed in red and black; eleven plates in black and white; vignette on title-page; pp.480; deep scarlet ‘Sundour’ cloth, blocked blind on front cover, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. cerise. Fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper with one closed tear.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Evan Gill, 54.
Ref: JRT109597


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

GILLIATT (Penelope). What’s it like Out? And other stories. London, Secker & Warburg, 1968. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.207+[i (blank)]; pale magenta cloth-textured boards lettered gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


The author’s third book, and first collection of short stories.
Ref: JRT109598


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

GILLIATT (Penelope). A woman Of singular Occupation. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1988. Double demy 16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[x]+162+[iv]; hammered sky blue cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT109599


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

GILLOTT (Jacky). Salvage. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1968. Double cr.16mo; scarlet boards, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The author’s first novel.
Ref: JRT109600


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

GIRAUDOUX (Jean). Choix des elues. Bernard Grasset (le neuvième de la Collection ‘Le Trentenaire’), 1939. 12mo; pp.335; errata slip loosely laid in, as issued; self-wrappers. with tissue dust-wrapper; a.e. uncut. A fine, unopened, copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Edition originale: one of 1,400 numbered copies on Alfa. Novel.
Ref: JRT120701


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

GIRAUDOUX (Jean). Lying woman. A novel. Translated from the French by Richard Howard. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1972. Double cr.16mo; final blank; deep pink boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


First edition in English of a novel published in France in 1969.
Ref: JRT109604


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

GISSING (George). Stories & Sketches. Michael Joseph Ltd., 17 & 18, Henrietta Street, London, W.C.2, 1938. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.284; dull red cloth, blocked with publisher’s device, lettered, and with ruled box, black on spine; yellow end-papers. Small corner cut from front free end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy in a dust-wrapper with a couple of small scuffs at points of spine, and two tears mended internally with ghost tape.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


The second issue, the first being ruled, blocked, and lettered silver. Coustillas, 649; not in Collie. The front panel of the dust-wrapper add to the sub-title ‘Stories and Sketches’ the further information: ‘(Published for the First time in book form)’. Includes a three page Preface by the author’s son, A.C. Gissing.
Ref: JRT109616


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

GLASGOW (Ellen). The Deliverance By Ellen Glasgow. A Romance of the Vir- Ginia Tobacco Fields. With Illustrations by Frank E. Schoonover. New York, Doubleday Page & Co., 1904. Full-colour frontispiece and conjugate illustrated title-page printed in lake carmine and grey-green, with tissue guard; three full colour plates; two blanks at end; pp.[xii (excluding title-page)]+543+[v]; brick red buckram, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight general wear to covers; penultimate blank lacking; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First edition, American issue. Has one plate more than the English issue, but omits the illustrations present on the five fly-titles in that.
Ref: JRT109621


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

GODDEN (Rumer). The Mousewife. By Rumer Godden. With pictures by William Pène du Bois. London, 1951, Macmillan & Co. Ltd. Lge.med.8vo, printed throughout in grey on toned paper; illustrated title-page and numerous illustrations in text; pp.[vi]+[41]+[i (printer’s imprint)]; pale blue fine-linen-textured boards, pictorially blocked and lettered red on front cover, downlettered red on spine. Slight foxing to first and last two leaves and small cellotape marks on inner margins of last gathering; otherwise a nice copy in a slightly dust-marked dust-wrapper with three or four chips about edges, only slightly touching the design. Scarce, especially in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


A delightfully designed book, well printed by McLagan & Cumming Ltd. in Edinburgh. The dust-wrapper was designed by the illustrator. Based, according to the author’s note, upon a story “written down in her Journal by Dorothy Wordsworth for her brother William, the poet.” Juvenile.
Ref: JRT118857


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

GOGARTY (Oliver StJohn [sic]). Going Native. London, Constable & Co. Ltd., 1941. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[x]+294; pale yellow-green fine-weave buckram surfaced cloth, lettered black on spine; lower-edges mainly trimmed. Small faded patch at head of spine; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


The dust-wrapper of this copy has the misprint ‘befal’ for ‘befall’ in l.14 of the blurb, as in every copy we have seen. First English edition. Published in America in 1940.
Ref: JRT109632


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

GOGARTY (Oliver St.John). Mr. Petunia. Constable, 1946. Post 8vo; blue buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram, and lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: JRT109633


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

GOLDING (Louis). The loving Brothers. Hutchinson, Stratford Place, London, 1952. Final blank; salmon-red cloth lettered gilt on spine. Slight fading of cloth, otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £2.50

US $3.10



Ref: JRT109635


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

GOLDING (William). The spire. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, 1964. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.223+[i (blank)]; mottled pinkish-purple cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


The author’s fifth novel.
Ref: JRT109639


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

GOLDING (William). The pyramid. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, 1967. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, three at end, the last serving as paste-down; cancel title-leaf; navy blue rough cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


First issue, with cancel title-page.
Ref: JRT109643


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

GOLDING (William). The Paper Men. Faber and Faber, 1984. Double demy 16mo; black boards lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT109644


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

GORDIMER (Nadine). A sport of Nature. Jonathan Cape, Thirty-two Bedford Square, London, 1987. Double demy 16mo; two blanks at end; pp.396+[iv]; light grey cloth-textured boards blocked on spine with publisher’s initials device and down-lettered gilt. One corner very slightly bruised; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72



Ref: JRT109649


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

GORDIMER (Nadine). Writing And Being. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts [U.S.A]; London, England, 1995. Double med.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[xii (not paged)]+145+[iii]; quarter reddish brown cloth blocked and lettered black down spine, bluish purple boards; reddish brown and purple head and tail bands; bright brown end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


Review copy, with the review slip loosely laid in giving the date of publication in England as ‘November 15, 1995’. The book itself has the American dust-wrapper, priced in dollars. The text of The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, 1994.
Ref: JRT109650


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

GORDON (Richard). Doctor at Large. Michael Joseph, 1955. Black cloth blocked white, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine. Fine copy in sligtly frayed dust-wrapper embrowned on back panel.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT109651


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

GORDON (Richard). Doctor in Clover. Michael Joseph, 1960. Four blanks at end, the last two serving as end-papers; black boards blocked white and gilt, lettered gilt on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT109652


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

GORKY (Maxim). Three of them. London, T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, E.C., 1902. Half-title and title a conjugate pair on good paper, remainder of book on paper of poor quality; pp.[iv]+383+[i (printer’s imprint)]; scarlet buckram, blocked with art nouveau design and publisher’s monogram, blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine. Slight wear to cloth at head of spine, and some marking and fading to back cover; poor quality paper embrowned at margins throughout; a good reading copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


A beautifully printed book: it is a shame they used wood-pulp for the text! In this copy the following errata have been noted, probably as always: p.7, l.3, ‘dose’ for ‘doze’; p.165, l.16, ‘Epicureus’ for ‘Epicurus’; p.319, l.32, ‘accompaient’ for ‘accompaniment’; p.346, l.8, redundant inverted commas at start of line.
Ref: JRT118135


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

GOSSE (Edmund). L’Influence de la France Sur la Poésie anglaise: Conférence faite le 9 février 1904, a Paris Sur l’invitation de la société des conférences Traduite par Henry-D. Davray. Paris, Société dv Mercvre de France, XXVI, rve de Condé, XXVI, 1904. Med.8vo; binder’s blank at front and back (two separate leaves, with stubs folded round first and last gatherings); half-title not called for; pp.32; lemon-coated paper wrappers, printed outside in black; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Poor quality paper (newsprint) evenly embrowned throughout, as is almost inevitable with this volume; otherwise a fine, unopened, copy.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


The only record of an important Gosse lecture. This copy came from the library of the translator, though it is without sign of provenance.
Ref: JRT109658


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

GOSSE (Sir Edmund, C.B.). Silhouettes. London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1925. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; final blank; pp.[2]+x+413+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; brown fine diaper cloth, blocked with publisher’s device blind in centre of back cover, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut. Slight foxing to first and last few leaves and edges; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy in a dustwrapper slightly rubbed and minutely chipped on spine.

GB £32.00

US $39.68


Essays on Claudian, Lyly and ‘Euphuism’, Camoens, Wycherley, John Clare, ‘Making our Flesh Creep’, ‘The Confessions of a Justified Sinner’, Choderlod de Laclos, ‘The Fable of the Bees’, Parson Woodforde’s ‘Diary’, Andrew Lang, Arthur O’Shaughnessy, Austin Dobson, W.D. Howells, Mrs. Humphry Ward, George Saintsbury, Lafcardio Hearn, Mary Shelley’s ‘The Last Man’, American Folk-Song, Branwell Brontë, Leslie Stephen, Sydney Dobell, ‘The House with the Green Shutters’, Herman Melville, Louise Imogen Guiney, George Moore, etc. This copy has the misprint ‘Angola’ for ‘Angora’ in l.20 on p.138 (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined).

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

[GOSSE (Edmund)]. A bibliography Of the first editions of published And privately printed books And pamphlets by Austin Dobson Compiled by Alban Dobson With a Preface by Sir Edmund Gosse, C.B. London, The First Edition Club, 1925. Double f’cap 16mo in half sheets; facsimile on verso of half-title page, and numerous facsimiles in text; leaf bearing facsimile of Dobson’s bookplate on recto, verso blank, follows last leaf of text; pp.xii+[ii integral facsimiles, not included in the pagination)]+88+[ii]; bevelled cherry-pink art-linen lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The eighth book printed for the First Edition Club, and one of an edition limited to 500 numbered copies. Gosse’s Preface occupies pp.ix — x.
Ref: JRT118050


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

GOSSE (Edmund). Father and son: A study Of Two temperaments. Penguin Books In association with William Heinemann Ltd, 1949. Sm.double cr.16mo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[250]+[vi]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in purple and black. Slight rubbing of spine, but a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


First penguin edition of a title originally published anonymously in 1907. Issued as Penguin no.700.
Ref: JRT109670


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

GRAHAM (Harry). Lord Bellinger: An autobiography. With an introduction By Harry Graham. London, Edward Arnold, 1911 (All rights reserved). Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates, after drawings; pp.[viii]+264; mottled light brown fine linen, blocked pictorially black and brown, lettered black-outlined red, and black, on front cover, lettered black-outlined red, and black, blocked black, on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Label on front cover (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy of a scarce book.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


The publisher’s File Copy, with their label to this effect on the front cover. A spoof autobiography by an author best remembered to-day as the author of “Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes". Includes a six page Index with entries such as “Abergeldie. See Aberlochie” “Aberladdie. See Abernethy” “Aberlochie. See Abergeldie” “Abernethy. See Aberladdie". (There is no entry for Abergeldie!).

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Ref: JRT109672


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

GRAHAM (Harry). The Perfect gentleman: A guide to social aspirants (Compiled from the occasional papers of Reginald Drake Biffin. With illustrations by Lewis Baumer. London, Edward Arnold, 1912 (All rights reserved). Blank before half-title; numerous illustrations in text; 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end (including this title, without reviews, as the lead title on p.8); pp.[ii]+[xiv]+300+?8; mottled light green linen, blocked pictorially black, lettered black-outlined red, on front cover, lettered black-outlined red, and black, on spine; lower-edges uncut. Very slight sunning to cloth of spine; label on front cover (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy of a scarce book.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


The publisher’s File Copy, with their label to this effect on the front cover. A humorous fiction by an author best remembered to-day as the author of “Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes". Includes a three page Index with entries such as “Academician, Royal, mistaken for a waiter".

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Ref: JRT109673


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

GRAHAM (Harry). Splendid failures. London, Edward Arnold, 1913. Demy 8vo; collotype portrait frontispiece and seven plates printed in sepia, all with tissue guards; pp.[xii]+268; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated Autumn, 1913; black beaded-linen-grain cloth lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Publisher’s label on front cover (v. note); one tissue slightly creased; otherwise a brilliantly fine copy of a scarce title.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


The publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the label on the front cover. Essays on George Smythe, Theobald Wolfe Tone, Toussaint L’Ouverture, Benjamin Robert Hayden, Charles Townshend, William Henry Betty, Hartley Coleridge, and Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico.

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

GRAHAM (R.B. Cunninghame). The dream of The magi. William Heinemann, Ltd., 1923. Quarter white buckram, blue boards, cream label printed in blue on front cover, lettered gilt up spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Boards faded a trifle at two edges; otherwise a near fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


One of an edition limited to 280 numbered copies signed by the author.
Ref: JRT109675


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

GRAHAM (R.B. Cunninghame). Redeemed And other sketches. London, William Heinemann, Ltd., 1927. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[ii]+188+[ii]; maroon buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Three minute damp-splashes on front cover affecting only the glaze of the cloth; a little foxing to prelims. and edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper a little faded, darkened, and stained on spine.

GB £24.00

US $29.76




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

GRAHAM (Virginia). Nikki. Illustrated by Gillian Bunbury. Chatto & Windus, 1956. One gathering, double sq.16mo, printed throughout in black and flesh-pink; white boards, cut flush, printed outside in light greenish-blue, yellow, red, green, and black, on inside front cover in black. Issued without a dust-wrapper. Fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Juvenile
Ref: JRT109681


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

GRAHAME (Kenneth). Fun o’the Fair. Illustrated By Roberta F.C. Waudby. J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1929. One gathering, sq. double cr.16mo, sewn with red thread into orange self-wrappers with yapped edges, printed on front and back panels in black; blank at front and back; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; half-title not called for. Inscription on blank recto of frontispiece leaf; scattered fox-spots on blanks and facing pages; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Issued as the second brochure in ‘The Elian Greeting-Booklets’ series.
Ref: JRT109684


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

GRAVES (Robert). Contemporary Techniques Of Poetry: A political anthology. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1925. Demy 8vo; pp.47+[i (printer’s imprint)]; white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black with a design by Vanessa Bell; text-paper end-papers. A few very light fox-spots on end-papers, and in some margins (chiefly of first and last few leaves); otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Issued as No.8 of ‘The Hogarth Essays’, first series. Woolmer, 63, recording copies only in pale blue paper wrappers: number of copies printed not known, but the Sussex ledger records some 303 copies sold in the six months following publication.
Ref: JRT118447


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

GRAVES (Robert). The Isles of unwisdom. Cassell and Company Limited, 1950. Double cr.16mo; double-spread map in text; pp.xiv+417+[i (blank)]; dark charcoal cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper stained a little on front flap.

GB £130.00

US $161.20



Ref: JRT109707


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

GRAVES (Robert). The Isles of unwisdom. Cassell and Company Limited, 1950. Double cr.16mo; double-spread map in text; pp.xiv+417+[i (blank)]; dark charcoal cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight fading of spine; slight spotting of front paste-down due to an original binding fault; but a nice copy, nonetheless, in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £110.00

US $136.40



Ref: JRT109708


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

GRAVES (Robert). Occupation: Writer. 1951, Cassell & Co. Ltd, London. Sm.demy 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[xii]+276; vertically streaked brown rough buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e grey. Fine copy in dust-wrapper minutely frayed at head of spine. Scarce thus.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Coded F.251 on verso of title-page.
Ref: JRT109710


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

[GRAVES (Robert)]. The last Pharisee: The life and times of Rabbi Joshua ben Hananyah, A first-century idealist. By Joshua Podro. Foreword by Robert Graves. Vallentine, Mitchell, 37 Furnival Street, London, EC4 [sic], 1959. Double demy 16mo; pp.128; carmine fine-weave cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly torn at point of fold of back flap, and with the marks of clear-tape strengthening to top three-quarters of an inch at head and tail of spine. The strengthening, now removed, was apparently unnecessary, but has left darkened patches on the yellow background. A scarce title.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Graves’ Foreword occupies pp.7 — 10.
Ref: JRT109715


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

GRAY (Maxwell [i.e., Miss Mary Gleed Tuttiett].). Four-Leaved Clover: An Everyday Romance By Maxwell Gray (M.G. Tuttiett). London, William Heinemann, 1901. advertisement leaf before half-title; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; diagonally fine ribbed cerise cloth, ruled and blocked black with design incorporating publisher’s monogram on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Half a dozed letters of title a little dulled on spine; front end-papers a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


This title not in Wolff.
Ref: JRT109718


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

GRAY (Maxwell [i.e., Miss Mary Gleed Tuttiett].). Richard Rosny By Maxwell Gray (M.G. Tuttiett). London, William Heinemann, 1903. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end; diagonally fine ribbed cerise cloth, ruled and blocked black with design incorporating publisher’s monogram on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. End-papers and blank foxed; scattered light foxing passim; a near-nice copy. Scarce

GB £40.00

US $49.60


A scarce late title by the author of ‘The Silence of Dean Maitland’, ‘The Reproach of Annesley’, etc. This title not in Wolff.
Ref: JRT109719


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

GREEN (Julien, De l’académie Française). Les pays Lointains. Roman. Éditions du seuil, 27, rue Jacob, Paris VIe, 1987. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; blank before half-title; double spread genealogical table, followed by Table page, two pages of advertisements, and leaf bearing printer’s imprint, etc., at end; pp.891+[i (blank)]+[iii]+[i (blank)]+[i]+[ii]+[i]; pale green fine weave cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of lower-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


First trade edition, preceded by an edition limited to sixty-six copies “sur papier vergé ingres de lana".
Ref: JRT109726


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

GREENE (Graham). It’s a Battlefield. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1934. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[x]+[275+[iii]; black buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

GB £240.00

US $297.60


Wobbe, A6a.
Ref: JRT109734


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

GREENE (Graham). British Dramatists. With 8 plates in colour And 26 illustrations in Black & white. William Collins of London, 1942. F’cap 4to; four double-sided plates in full colour, and twenty-six illustrations on text paper; white boards printed in puce. Fox-spot affecting blank lower fore-corner of four leaves; otherwise a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly chipped at tail of spine.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Issued as a volume in the series Britain in Pictures, under the general editorship of W.J. Turner.
Ref: JRT109737


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

[GREENE (Graham).]. Herbert Read: The green child. [With an introduction by Graham Greene]. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1947. Globe 8vo; title printed in black and grey-lilac; pp.[195]+[i (blank)]; red cloth ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, panelled black, on spine; t.e. red; white end-papers printed grey-lilac. Gilt slightly oxydised, otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


The first publication of this Introduction. No.4 of The Century Library. Greene’s occupies pp.v-viii.
Ref: JRT109740


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

GREENE (Graham). The Lost childhood And other essays. 1951, Eyre and Spottiswoode, London. Demy 8vo; very pale lime green cloth lettered gilt on spine; t.e. cerise. Neat repair to cloth at extreme head of spine, and gilt oxydised; cloth generally faded and a little marked; internally a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Review copy, with the publisher’s review slip loosely laid-in, stating that publication was scheduled for ‘30 MAR 1951’. This copy is said to have been sent to Rose Macaulay, whose ink initials appear on the front paste-down. In this copy an erratum has been marked at l.7 on p.131 (‘makes’ for ‘make’), and another in the last line of text on p.161 (‘Peubla’ for ‘Puebla’), apparently in Rose Macaulay’s hand. Copies usually seen are in grey cloth.
Ref: JRT109744


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

[GREENE (Graham).]. Sheila Cousins: To beg I am ashamed. London, The Richards Press, 1953. Sm.double cr.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[ii]+251+[iii]; diagonally very fine ribbed black cloth lettered on and down spine gilt; t.e.grey. Gilt a little dulled, but a nice copy nonetheless in chipped and somewhat fragile dust-wrapper preserved now in a loose paper-backed plastic chemise.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


The autobiography of a London prostitute. The text is said to have been revised and largely re-written by Graham Greene. None of the dust-wrapper chips affect the printed area. In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, unknown): p.64, l.16, ‘it’ lacking after ‘on’; p.101, l.21, ‘wordliness’ for ‘worldliness’; p.237, ll.5/6, ‘with with’ instead of ‘with the’.
Ref: JRT109749


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

GREENE (Graham). A Visit to Morin. Heinemann, 1959. Demy 8vo, in half sheets; three blanks at end, the last two serving as end-papers; yellow-green buckram, blocked and lettered gilt down spine; green and yellow head-band; blue-green silk marker. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £590.00

US $731.60


One of an edition limited to 250 copies.
Ref: JRT109752


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

GREENE (Graham). A Visit to Morin. Heinemann, 1959. Demy 8vo, in half sheets; three blanks at end, the last two serving as end-papers; yellow-green buckram, blocked and lettered gilt down spine; green and yellow head-band; blue-green silk marker. Cloth slightly discoloured by damp, and paste-downs almost imperceptibly damp-stained; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £370.00

US $458.80


One of an edition limited to 250 copies.
Ref: JRT109753


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

GREENE (Graham). Introductions To Three Novels. P.A. Norstedt & Söners Forlag, Stockholm, 1962. Post 8vo in half sheets; blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[48]+[i]+[iii]; large pale greenish-grey card self-wrappers printed on front wrapper in greenish slate and scarlet; a.e. uncut. Fine, unopened, copy.

GB £190.00

US $235.60


First separate publication of three Introductions written by Greene for the French and German collected editions of his works. Issued as Norstedts’ Christmas Gift Book for 1962. Includes a brief preface by the publisher, Ragnar Svanström.
Ref: JRT109758


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

GREENE (Graham). The human Factor. The Bodley Head, London Sydney, Toronto, 1978. Extra double cr.16mo; green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. white. Large ink initial on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper lightly embrowned at edges.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The second issue, with the publisher’s initials within ruled box on the title-page instead of the Bodley Head vignette. This copy has the top-edges plain; otherwise similar copies are known with the top-edges stained grey-brown.
Ref: JRT109771


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

GREENE (Graham). The tenth Man. The Bodley Head and Anthony Blond, London, 1985. Extra double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.[158]+[ii]; emerald green faint linen-textured boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


A short novel written in 1944 and here first printed (after some revision) together with two short sketches for films, ‘Jim Braddon and the War Criminal’ and ‘Nobody to Blame’, both also here first printed.
Ref: JRT109777


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

GREENE (Graham). The Captain and The Enemy. Reinhardt Books In association with Viking, 1988. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; final blank; pp.[189]+[iii (blank)]; leaf green cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked gilt, lettered leaf-green through gilt, on spine; pale green and white head and tail bands; light leaf-green laid end-papers. Insignificant foxing of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Already a difficult title.
Ref: JRT109778


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

GREY (Zane). Black mesa. Hodder & Stoughton, 1956. Sm.cr.8vo; vignette on title; pp.191+[i (advertisement)]; dark red fine-beaded-linen-textured boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked, black on spine. Publisher’s rubber-stamp and ball-point reference number on title-page (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy in virtually fine pictorial dust-wrapper, with unobtrusive ball-point reference number on spine.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The Publisher’s File Copy, so designated by the rubber-stamp.
Ref: JRT109786


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

GRIERSON (H.J.C., Professor of Rhetoric and Engllish Literature in the University of Edinburgh). Lyrical poetry from Blake to Hardy. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1928. Pp.[159]+[i (printer’s imprint)]; orange rough buckram blocked and lettered red on front cover, lettered red on spine. Slight foxing to fore-edges and lower margins of last two leaves; otherwise a fine copy in a dust-wrapper darkened somewhat on the spine.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


Issued as No.5 of the series ‘Hogarth Lectures on Literature’. Woolmer, 164. 2,275 copies were printed.
Ref: JRT118420


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

GUINNESS (Bryan). The giant’s eye. Heinemann, 1964. Lge.cr.8vo; final blank; violet buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Some very slight fading on front cover where the dust-wrapper design has shadowed through onto the highly photosensitive cloth; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription dated May 1967 on front end-paper.
Ref: JRT109793


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

GULL (C. Ranger). The Adventures Of Mr [sic] Topham, [sic] Comedian A holiday book By C. Ranger-Gull Author of “The Serf,” “Back to Lilac Land,” “The Hypocrite,” “His Grace’s Grace,” etc. Illustrated by Frank Reynolds. London, Greening & Co., Ltd., 1903 All [sic] Rights Reserved) [sic] Sm.cr.8vo; fifteen illustrations in the text (fourteen being full-page); pp.viii+224; mottled buff fine linen, blocked black and red, lettered black, on front cover, lettered black on spine. Spine just a trifle darkened; end-papers foxed with offsetting onto facing page; otherwise, and in effect, a nice, crisp copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


One of the scarcer Ranger Gull titles.
Ref: JRT109794


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

[GULL (Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger).]. The Great acceptance: The life story of F.N. Charrington. By Guy Thorne, Author of “When it was Dark,” “The Drunkard,” etc. With thirteen illustrations. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, N.D. [1912]. Fine half-tone portrait frontispiece on art-paper, with tissue guard, and twelve plates, mostly from photographs; light blue rough buckram, blocked pictorially olive brown, pale brown, and black, ruled black, on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Very slight wear to extremities of spine, and 3mm deep chip to half the facing cloth at the extreme head; cloth of spine with sllight uniform fading; very slight foxing to edges; nonetheless in effect a near-fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The correct first printing, later printings being dated: 1913. The biography of a brewer who gave up his family business and became a social reformer. An uncommon book nowadays though it was reprinted at least thirteen times in the year following its publication.

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Ref: JRT119473


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

HAMBURGER (Michael). A mug’s Game: Intermittent memoirs 1924 — 1954. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; half-tone portrait frontispiece; final blank; pp.301+[iii]; leaf green cloth-textured boards, down-lettered, blocked with publisher’s device, and with short rule, gilt, on spine. pale grey-green end-papers. Fine copy in very slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £26.00

US $32.24



Ref: JRT109806


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

HANLEY (James). At bay. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, 1944. Post 8vo, printed on toned paper; pp.160; light greyish olive green cloth, lettered dark reddish brown down and across spine; fore-edges uncut. Narrow faded strip (1/4") at tail-edge of front board and spine; otherwise a fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


First trade edition. Issued as a volume in the series Sesame Books. Printed on yellow paper. First issued in an edition limited to 285 copies edited by J. Hackney, in the series Grayson Books, in 1935.
Ref: JRT109823


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

HARDY (Thomas). The early life of Thomas Hardy, 1840 — 1891. Compiled largely from Contemporary notes, letters, diaries, and Biographical memoranda, as well as from Oral information in conversations extending Over many years. By Florence Emily Hardy. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1928. Demy 8vo; photogravure portrait frontispiece, after an early photograph, with tissue guard; ten plates and two facsimiles, mostly with tissue guards, and one inserted 4pp. facsimile on smaller paper; other illustrations in text; pp.xii+327+[i (blank)]; light olive green cloth, blocked on front cover with gilt medallion containing Hardy’s monogram, gilt, lettered gilt on flat spine; t.e.g. Slight fading to spine and some warping of covers; a couple of tissues foxed with offsetting; a very good copy, nonetheless.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


Purdy, pp.262 — 7, only noticing the full-page illustrations, one of which is integral. Purdy notes that the book “is in reality an autobiography. Though Mrs. Hardy’s name stands on the title-page, her work was confined to a few editorial touches, and the writing is throughout Hardy’s own.” Included also are some early poems, hitherto unpublished, and a number of letters, sketches, etc. here first collected.
Ref: JRT109829


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

HARDY (Thomas). An indiscretion In the Life of an heiress By Thomas Hardy. London, Privately printed, 1934. Demy 8vo; text-paper binder’s blank before half-title, another at end; limitation leaf follows title-page; pp.[vi]+89+[i (colophon)]; Full forel, yapped fore-edges, unlettered gilt on flat spine; a.e.g.; text-paper end-papers, sewn in. Bookplate of T.G. Bonnin (designed by D.M. Barber) on front paste-down and signature, ‘Joy Bonnin’ on front binders’ blank; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £300.00

US $372.00


Presentation copy inscribed “To Margaret Winter / with love from Florence Hardy” in Florence’s holograph on front blank. No.55 of 100 copies, according to the colophon, Printed at the Curwen Press, Plaistow, for private distribution — but in fact, according to Purdy, one of only 65 copies actually distributed. The first printing in book form. “‘An Indiscretion in the Life of an Heiress’ is an apaptation by the author of his first novel, ‘The Poor Man and the Lady’, which was never published. The manuscript of the latter was destroyed by Thomas Hardy some years before his death, and no copy remains. This version appeared in ‘The New Quarterly Magazine’ for July 1878, but was not published in book form.” — Florence Hardy’s introductory note. Purdy, pp.274-6.

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Ref: JRT120049


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

HARRADEN (Beatrice). Katharine Frensham. A novel. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1903. All Rights reserved. Integral advertisement leaf followed by 32pp. publisher’s Catalogue on slightly thinner paper at end, dated at end 7/03; pp.[viii]+338+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed light grey-green cloth, blocked greenish grey, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Enamel on front cover slightly rubbed; cloth of spine very slightly faded, and gilt dulled; two or three fox-spots on edges and prelims.; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Wolff, 3011, recording a copy with a Catalogue dated 9/03. This is probably without issue significance, however, since the book was not published until October.
Ref: JRT109838


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

HARRADEN (Beatrice). Katharine Frensham. A novel. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1903. All Rights reserved. Integral advertisement leaf followed by 32pp. publisher’s text-paper Catalogue at end, dated at end 9/03; pp.[viii]+338+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed light grey-green cloth, blocked greenish grey, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine very slightly darkened; half-title, title, and last two leaves a trifle foxed; inscription dated ‘Xmas. 1903’ on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Copies are sometimes seen with a Catalogue dated 7/03. This is probably without issue significance, however, since the book was not published until October. Wolff, 3011, recording a copy with the present catalogue.
Ref: JRT109839


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

HARRADEN (Beatrice). Katharine Frensham. A novel. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1903. All Rights reserved. Integral advertisement leaf followed by 32pp. publisher’s text-paper Catalogue at end, dated at end 9/03; pp.[viii]+338+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed light grey-green cloth, blocked greenish grey, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Enamel on front cover slightly rubbed; cloth of spine very slightly darkened; two or three fox-spots on edges; inscription dated ‘Dec 19. 1903’ on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Copies are sometimes seen with a Catalogue dated 7/03. This is probably without issue significance, however, since the book was not published until October. Wolff, 3011, recording a copy with the present catalogue.
Ref: JRT109840


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

HARRADEN (Beatrice). Interplay. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1908. Pp.[iv]+416; publisher’s inserted 40pp.Catalogue at end, dated August 1908; blue rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Two or three fox-spots on margins or edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Advance copy, with publisher’s ‘Presentation Copy’ rubber stamp on title-page. The front end-paper bears the pencilled inscription “6/ 11/9/8", being the price and scheduled date of issue. Wolff, 3010.
Ref: JRT109841


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

HARRADEN (Beatrice). Patuffa. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited London, N.D. [1923]. Sm.cr.8vo; three blanks at end, the outermost serving as paste-down; pp.314+[vi]; light brown fine linen-grain cloth, ruled blind, blocked and lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked and lettered black on spine. Very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 3012, recording an otherwise similar advance copy in orange cloth. Wolff fails to notice that the back end-papers are integral.
Ref: JRT109845


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

HARRIS (Frank). Frank Harris on Bernard Shaw: An unauthorised biography Based on firsthand information With a postscript by Mr Shaw. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1931. Demy 8vo; title-page printed in red and black; pp.408; black buckram lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing of edges, prelims. and Index; otherwise a fine copy in slightly faded and dusty dust-wrapper. Scarce thus.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


A delightful book, including a good many letters from Shaw here first printed. Harris died before he could read the proofs, and Shaw took over the work of seeing the proofs through the press — hence the careful disclaimer that the book was authorised!
Ref: JRT109847


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

HARRIS (Joel Chandler). Gabriel Tolliver: A story of reconstruction. McClure, Phillips & Co., New York, 1902. Pp.[xii]+448; scarlet sand-grain cloth ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt on front cover; spine plain; t.e. brown, others uncut. Small pressure-dints on back board; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £190.00

US $235.60


Advance copy, without advertisements, with the title-page printed in black only instead of black and red, and with the spine plain. “A special printing was deposited for copyright on July 11, 1902. The title-page is printed in black only (not black and orange) and displays certain other variations.” — Blanck 7149, Note. The book was not published until early October, 1902, the verso of the title-page in the published version bearing the legend “Published, October, 1902 R.” In the present copy the copyright notice reads instead “Copyright, 1902, by / JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS".
Ref: JRT109848


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

HARTLEY (L.P.). Eustace and Hilda. London, Putnam & Co. Ltd., 42 Great Russell Street, May 1947. Lge.post 8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+[365]+[iii]; light blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Covers slightly faded; end-papers badly stained, and back end-paper somewhat torn; an excellent working copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT109851


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

HARTLEY (L.P.). The boat. London, Putnam & Co. Ltd., 42 Great Russell Street, 1949. Extra cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[vi]+540+[ii]; sea-green rough linen-patterned buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Edges a little foxed, and ownership inscription on front paste-down; otherwise a very nice copy in a dust-wrapper slightly torn and creased at head of spine and top-edge of back panel.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


One of Hartley’s scarcer titles, especially in dust-wrapper. The dust-wrapper, designed by Nadia Benois bears a small label noting that the book has been ‘Recommended by the Book Society’.
Ref: JRT118546


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

HARTLEY (L.P.). My Fellow Devils. London, James Barrie, 1951. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[vi]+413+[i (blank)]; light reddish-brown cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper lightly foxed on back panel and with one short tear mended on verso with ghost-tape. A difficult title.

GB £90.00

US $111.60



Ref: JRT109852


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

HAWKES (John). The Cannibal. Direction 13, [on verso of title:] 1949, . . . Published by James Laughlin at Norfolk, Connecticut. Sm.Roy.16mo; pp.223+[i (blank)]; light grey beaded-linen-grain-textured boards down-lettered black on spine. Virtually fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


The author’s first novel, and the first issue binding, in grey. The boards are a good imitation of cloth, and are sometimes so described. An experimental novel containing much of the surreal. Pp.vii — xiv contain an Introduction by Albert J. Guerard.
Ref: JRT109860


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

HAWKES (John). Second Skin. 1966, Chatto and Windus. Double extra cr.16mo; blank before half-title; double-spread decorated title-page (recto of first leaf bearing advertisements, verso of second leaf printing and copyright information); second leaf of title and conjugate pp.13/14 a cancel printed on smoother thinner paper; blank at end; pp.[xii]+210+[ii]; black cloth-textured matt boards, downlettered and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly darkened dust-wrapper with quarter inch tear on blank lower edge of back panel.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


Printed in the U.S.A. First edition, English issue: the cancel half of the double-spread title bearing the details of the English publisher, etc. Books are seldom imported in quantity. The number of copies so issued was therefore presumably quite small. Issued after thhe American edition, as is shown by the presence of American reviews on the back panel of the dust-wrapper, referred to on the front flap.
Ref: JRT109861


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

HAWKES (John). Travesty. 1976 Chatto & Windus London. Double lge.post 16mo; advertisement leaf with epigraphs on verso follows half-title; illustrated title-page; pp.128; hammered charcoal cloth-textured boards lettered, blocked, and with publisher’s monogram gilt down spine. Virtually fine copy in slightly frayed and torn and minutely chipped dust-wrapper, now preserved in a loose paper-backed clear-plastic chemise.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


First edition, English issue: printed in the U.S.A., and imported into England as sheets. The third volume of the trilogy including ‘The Blood Oranges’ and ‘Death, Sleep and the Traveler’.
Ref: JRT109863


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

HAWKES (John). Adventures In the Alaskan Skin Trade. Chatto & Windus, London, 1986. Sm.med.16mo; first page of text preceded by half-title without blurb, double-spread title-page with advertisement on recto of first leaf, dedication leaf, and fly-title; two blanks at end; pp.396+[iv]; light red cloth-textured boards lettered down and on spine, gilt. Very light marginal embrowning of poor quality paper throughout; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


First English edition of a book published in America in 1985.
Ref: JRT109865


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

HEANEY (Seamus). The Fire i’ the Flint: Reflections on The poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Chatterton lecture On an English poet. British Academy 1974. From the Proceedings of the British academy, London, volume LX (1974), Oxford University Press, 1975. Roy.8vo format, 20pp., wire-stitched as a single gathering into pale apple green laid paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on the front and back wrappers in red; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: JRT109872


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

HEANEY (Seamus). The Kenneth Allott lectures. No. 1. The makings of a music: Reflections on the poetry Of Wordsworth and Yeats Delivered on 9 February, 1978. [Facing title-page:] Published by the University of Liverpool, [Liverpool,] N.D. [1980]. A5 format, 24pp., wire-stitched as a single gathering into white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in deep apple green, on inside front wrapper in black; leaf bearing note on the lectureship on recto, publication details on verso, precedes title-page; half-title not called for; final blank; issued without end-papers. A fine copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


The British Library Catalogue dates this volume speculatively, from the copyright notice, as 1978. The accession date of their copy, which is identical with ours, is 1980, however, and the inside front wrapper lists two lectures — the second being that given by Donald Davie on ‘Kenneth Allott and the Thirties’ — which he in fact delivered in that year. We have assumed the latter date, therefore, to be the correct one.
Ref: JRT109873


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

HEANEY (Seamus). Among Schoolchildren: A lecture dedicated to the memory of John Malone Given by Seamus Heaney On Thursday 9th June 1983 At The Queen’s University, Belfast And published by the John Malone Memorial Committee, [Belfast,] 1983. A5 format, 16pp. on blue paper, wire-stitched into white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in dark blue; half-title not called for; slip of white paper bearing publisher’s acknowledgements loosely laid in, as issued; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80



Ref: JRT109874


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

HEANEY (Seamus). Joy or night: last things in The poetry of W B [sic] Yeats and Philip Larkin. W D [sic] Thomas Memorial Lecture Delivered at the College On 18 January 1993 By Seamus Heaney. University College of Swansea, 1993. A5 format, 24pp. [paged [ii]+22], wire-stitched as a single gathering into scarlet thin-card wrappers, cut flush at top and bottom edges; half-title not called for; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00



Ref: JRT109875


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