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.

HELLER (Joseph). Picture This. Macmillan, London, 1988. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.352; black fine cloth-textured boards, downlettered and with publisher’s initial, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


First English edition.
ISBN 0 — 333 — 46690 x
Ref: JRT109889


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

HENTY (G.A.). Out with Garibaldi: A story of The liberation of Italy. With eight illustrations by W. Rainey, R.I. London, Blackie & Son, Limited, 50 Old Bailey, E.C [sic], Glasgow and Dublin, 1901. Fine half-tone frontispiece, and seven plates; two maps on text paper; 32pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end; sea-green buckram, blocked black, orange-red, and buff, and pale khaki, lettered black and gilt on front cover, blocked black, orange-red, and buff, lettered black and gilt, on spine; a.e. olivine; light grey-brown surface-paper end-papers.Half-title foxed, and a single fox-spot on title; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Newbolt, 98.1, recording grey surface-paper end-papers; blue instead of sea-green cloth (which may be a variation in our colour-vision), and olive-green blocking on the front cover in place of the khaki listed above. The ‘C’ of ‘E.C’ in the title-page address is in the wrong font, as noted by Newbolt.
Ref: JRT109907


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

HENTY (G.A.). With the British legion: A story of the Carlist wars. With ten full-page illustrations by Wal. Paget. London, Blackie & Son, Limited, 50 Old Bailey, E.C., Glasgow and Dublin, 1903. Frontispiece and nine half-tone plates; pp.384; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, not listing this title; bevelled blue buckram, blocked red, white, brown, and black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, lettered white on front cover; a.e. olivine; end-papers faced grey. Front end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Dart, p.163
Ref: JRT109910


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

HERBERT (A.P.). Pools pilot Or Why Not You? Methuen & Co. Ltd. London, 36 Essex Street, Strand, W.C.2, 1953. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.xii+155+[i (printer’s imprint)]; green beaded cloth-textured boards, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, down spine. Two or three small corners turned; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper rather chipped on front panel.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT109923


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

HERNDON (James). Everything as expected. [Privately printed], San Francisco, 1973. Sm.demy 8vo format, 80pp., not paginated, imitation art paper printed on rectos only, perfect bound; blank before title-page, blank before start of text, final blank; three black and white portrait illustrations from photographs, and eighteen colour reproductions of collages in text; glazed pale sand-coloured card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Insignificant marking to front wrapper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £25.00

US $31.00


A privately printed volume by the noted 1970s writer on education, containing an account of his then wife Fran Herndon’s collage collaborations with the poet Jack Spicer. The Herndons were part of the Spicer circle in San Francisco.
Ref: JRT119431


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

HERSEY (John). The Child buyer: A Novel in the Form of Hearings Before the Standing Committee on Education, Welfare, & Public Morality of a certain State Senate, Investigating the conspiracy Of Mr Wissey Jones, with others, To Purchase a Male Child. Hamish Hamilton, 1961. Double demy 16mo; three blanks before half-title, two at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; brown boards blocked and lettered silver on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


First English edition.
Ref: JRT109932


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

HERSEY (John). White lotus. Hamish Hamilton, 1965. Double lge.post 16mo; cerise boards, blocked silver, lettered and blocked silver on green, on spine. Covers generally a trifle bruised; inscription on front end-paper; other- wise a fine copy in slightly worn dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


First English edition.
Ref: JRT109934


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

HERSEY (John). Under The eye Of the Storm. Hamish Hamilton, 1967. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; blue boards blocked and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in torn dust-wrapper.

GB £5.00

US $6.20


First English edition.
Ref: JRT109935


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

HEWLETT (Maurice). The Stooping lady. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1907. Extra cr.8vo; blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; pp.[4]+[xii]+400; publisher’s inserted 8pp. advertisements at end, coded ‘N. 30.8.07’; deep marina blue patterned sand-grain cloth, blocked all-over with repeating pattern blind of dragon passant, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g.; bookmark advertisement for ‘Scottish Widows’ Fund’ printed in blue and brown loosely laid-in as issued. Some foxing of fore- and lower- edges; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy of one of the more difficult of Hewlett’s novels to find in any condition.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


This novel has the worst opening of any book we can remember: Hewlett — the writer’s writer par excellence — seems here to have decided that, if the public are not going to read him anyway, he might as well please himself! In this copy the antepenultimate line on p.346 has an inverted comma lacking before ‘You’ (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined).
Ref: JRT109941


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

HEWLETT (Maurice). The Spanish jade. By Maurice Hewlett With full-page illustrations By William Hyde. Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, 1908. Fine full-colour lithographic frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates, all chromolithographs; pp.xii+320; purple fine beaded-linen grain buckram-surfaced cloth, ruled and blocked blind, blocked and lettered orange, on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with double-spread chromolithographs by Hyde. Cloth of spine a little faded, but enamel bright; insignificant cracking to back end-papers; half-title and last few leaves a little foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £22.00

US $27.28


The first printing, and the first binding, of a book that went through at least four printings in its first year. Later bindings have a pictorial cover and are without the illustrated end-papers. A historical novel set in Spain in 1859, involving a murder, some detection, and a trial. NCBEL, 4:61; not in Hubin.

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Ref: JRT119665


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

HEWLETT (Maurice). Halfway house: A comedy of degrees. London, Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1908. Pp.viii+387+[i (printer’s imprint)]; light red linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Spine a little dull; some foxing, chiefly affecting last few leaves, and light damp-staining to two or three fore-margins; a very good copy, nonetheless, near nice, of one of the more uncommon Hewlett titles.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.57, penultimate line, ‘Tristram was’ for ‘Tristram he was’; p.58, l.14, ‘peddling’ for ‘piddling’ (probably an alteration by the publisher’s reader!); p.111, l.14, ‘f’ at start of line broken; p.178, l.7, risen quads before ‘time’ and ‘silence’; p.182, last line, broken ‘f’ on ‘Of’; p.185, l.3, risen quads before ‘form’, ‘a’, and ‘of’, l.5, before ‘the’, l.6, before ‘park’, and l.11, before ‘Bath’; p.186, antepenultimate line, risen quad before ‘hand’; p.192, antepenultimate and penultimate lines, risen quads before ‘of the’ and ‘him’; p.225, l.19, risen quad before ‘him’, l.20, before ‘been’ and l.27, before ‘through’; p.237, last line, broken ‘f’ at end of line; p.241, l.23, risen quad before ‘engrossed’; p.258, l.4, risen quad before ‘This’; p.272, l.26, risen quad before ‘the’; p.328, l.11, ‘f’ in ‘of’ broken; p.354, l.26, risen quad before ‘said’; p.355, l.27, risen quad before ‘don’t’; p.361, l.13, ‘tear’ for ‘tears’; p.369, l.7, ‘no’ for ‘not’; p.367, l.2, risen quad before ‘John’.
Ref: JRT109942


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

HEWLETT (Maurice). Open country: A comedy with a sting. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1909. 8pp. integral advertisements (the first two conjugate with the final gathering of text, the rest continuing the numbering), followed by publisher’s 8pp. list dated Autumn 1909, at end; pp.xii+316+8; mottled light green linen blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut. Barely perceptible fading to cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy of a difficult title.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


Loosely laid in is a holograph postcard from Hewlett, c.40 words, headed ‘Broad Chalke, Salisbury’ and dated 8.IX.22 declining a request from H.L. Barrett of the English-Speaking Union ‘to preside at Mr. Chamberlain’s lecture’.
Ref: JRT109943


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

HEWLETT (Maurice). Brazenhead the Great. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo place, 1911. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+xiii+[i (blank)]+333+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; red coarse linen lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. End-papers and edges slightly foxed; otherwise a near-fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


First separate edition, possibly expanded, of a story that first appeared in the Macmillan collection ‘Fond Adventures’ in 1905.
Ref: JRT109946


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

HEWLETT (Maurice). Mrs. Lancelot: A comedy of assumptions. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1912. Advertisement leaf before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; blue buckram lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Fabes, Points, 2nd Ser., p.43: the second issue, the first having 12pp. advertisements at end, and t.e.g. In this copy the following errata have been noted, probably as always: p.207, l.1, inverted comma lacking in ‘soul’s’; p.295, l.16, [?]‘with’ lacking before ‘which’.
Ref: JRT109947


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

HEWLETT (Maurice). Love and Lucy. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St Martin’s Street, London, 1916. Pp.viii+343+[i (blank)]; 4pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end dated ‘10. 8. 16’; midnight blue buckram lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very light foxing of edges, but a nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


In our experience a scarce title.
Ref: JRT109951


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

HILL (Pamela). Shadow of Palaces: the story of Françoise d’Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon. 1955, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.320; bright marina blue faintly linen-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The author’s second book. This copy was purchased by us from the publisher’s file, but is without signs of provenance.
Ref: JRT109968


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

HILL (Susan). In the Springtime Of the Year. Hamish Hamilton, 1974. Double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+186; deep sky-blue cloth textured boards, blocked with publisher’s initial device and lettered gilt down spine. Nice copy in dust-wrapper based on a wallpaper design by William Morris.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: JRT109969


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

HILL (Susan). Through The Kitchen Window. Illustrated by Angela Barrett. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1984. Super roy.8vo, printed throughout in full colour; two illustrated leaves before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[80 (unpaged)]; tan beaded linen-grain boards, blocked with publisher’s initials device and down-lettered gilt on spine; brown and white head- and tail- bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by Angela Barrett.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


A beautifully designed and illustrated book.
Ref: JRT109970


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

HILL (Susan). Air and Angels. Sinclair-Stevenson, 1991. Double demy 16mo format; blank precedes half-title, another follows title leaf; two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+[276]+[iv]; lightish blue cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device and downlettered cream on spine; lightish blue and white head- and tail- bands; end-papers printed with publisher’s device pattern in lightish blue. Unobtrusive inscription on front blank dated ‘April ’91’; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The author’s first novel since 1974.
Ref: JRT109971


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

HILL (Susan). Mrs de Winter. Sinclair-Stevenson, 1993. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; blank, followed by two leaves integral advertisements (last page blank) at end; pp.[iv]+374+[ii]+[iv]; black cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked, gilt, on spine; t.e. scarlet; scarlet end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


A sequel to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.
Ref: JRT109972


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

HILTON (James). The story Of Dr. Wassell. Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1944. Cambridge blue cloth blocked and lettered red on front cover and down spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT109979


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

HINDE (Thomas). Ninety double Martinis. Hodder and Stoughton, 1963. Extra cr.8vo; two blanks at end; pp.140+[iv]; deep scarlet cloth-textured boards, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper lightly stained on back panel.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


The author’s sixth book, and a fantasy.
Ref: JRT109985


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

HINDE (Thomas). The village. Hodder and Stoughton, 1966. Double demy 16mo; pp.384; blackish brown cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. vermilion. Inscription on front end-paper; a little, very light, foxing od fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: JRT109986


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

HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e., Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie]). The flute of Pan: A romance. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1905. Advertisement leaf, blank on recto, precedes half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, continuing the signatures, and presumably printed conjugate with the six leaves of the prelims.; pp.xii+[304]+[iv]; scarlet buckram, lettered gilt, blocked with publisher’s monogram and design of saplings, blind, on front cover, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxed on spine. Very slight mottling of covers, but a near-fine copy of a scarce title.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


The design on the front cover is signed, blind, ‘S — C’.
Ref: JRT109995


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

HOBBES (John Oliver [i.e., Mrs. Reginald Walpole Craigie]). The life of John Oliver Hobbes Told in her correspondence With numerous friends. With a biographical sketch by her father John Morgan Richards And an introduction by The Right Rev. Bishop Welldon, Dean of Manchester. With portraits and illustrations. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1911. Demy 8vo; photogravure portrait frontispiece printed in sepia, with tissue guard, eleven half-tone plates, and one facsimile; pp.xviii+381+[i (printer’s imprint)]; light green linen-effect cloth, ruled blind, blocked gilt, lettered light green through gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Some photochemical darkening to cloth of spine and back cover; slight wear to cloth at extreme head of spine; frontispiece foxed, with offsetting onto half-title, and very slightly onto title-page; final leaf slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Besides innumerable letters from the author to a wide range of correspondents, the volume includes an appreciation by Owen Seaman, and prints heretofore unpublished letters from Thomas Hardy (p.109), Henry Irving (p.136), Edmund Gosse (pp.151, 174, and 203 — 4), Mrs. W.K. Clifford (p.136), J.M. Barrie (p.179), Sir F.C. Burnand (pp.183 and 184), Ellen Terry (pp.211 — 2, and 277), George Meredith (p.236, two), Sir Sidney Lee (pp.278 — 9), etc. Published in March, a second impression was called for the same year. Both are now scarce. In this copy there are risen spaces at the ends of ll.20 — 24 on p.177 (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined).
Ref: JRT118044


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

HOCKING (Mary). Welcome Strangers. Chatto & Windus, London, 1986. Short double demy 8vo; pp.[iv]+252; light greenish-blue cloth-textured boards down-lettered and lettered gilt on spine. Slight embrowning of poor quality paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Purchased by us from the publisher’s file, but without sign of provenance. The third volume of the trilogy including ‘Good Daughters’ and ‘Indifferent Heroes’.
ISBN 0 — 7011 — 2919 — 0
Ref: JRT110000


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

HOPE (Anthony [i.e., Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins]). Second String. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1910. Sm.double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; full colour frontispiece after H.B. Hegster; 7pp. integral series advertisements at end, not including this title; pp.569+[vii]; green dotted line ribbed cloth, blocked and lettered gilt, panelled white, and with double ruled box gilt, on spine; white end-papers printed in jade green in series style. Enamel slightly chipped on spine, but much less so than usual with this title; very slight foxing to title-page; otherwise a nice copy of a book that tends not to wear well.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Issued as a volume in ‘Nelson’s 2/- Series of New Novels’, this being one of the more uncommon titles. This title not in Wolff.
Ref: JRT110013


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

HOPKINSON (Tom). [Caption title:] Thomas Codjoe: a West African Eccentric. [Offprint from ‘English Studies in Africa’, 1964]. Eight leaves, wire-stabbed, first and last page blank. Slight foxing of first and last leaf; one vertical, one horizontal fold throughout, (the sheets having evidently been transmitted by post prior to stitching; otherwise very nice.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


With the author’s signed presentation inscription dated ‘September 1964’ on blank first page.
Ref: JRT110019


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

HOUSEHOLD (Geoffrey). Fellow Passenger. Michael Joseph, 1955. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.255+[i (blank)]; buff paper wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front cover and down spine; made up without end-papers. Wrappers very slightly marked; two leaves slightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Uncorrected Proof Copy.
Ref: JRT110022


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

HOUSMAN (Clemence). The life of Sir Aglovale de Galis. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1905. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a’ before half-title; pp.[viii]+308; publisher’s inserted Catalogue, 40pp., at end, dated September 1905 and listing this volume as ‘in the Press’; horizontally streaked light and dark sage green rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine with a design probably by Laurence Housman; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight spotting to covers and insignificant wear to cloth at extreme head of spine; inscription on front end-paper (v. note) together with a relevant newspaper cutting; relevant slip tipped on to front blank, piece cut from a letter tipped on to verso of title leaf, and another relevant letter loosely laid-in; two leaves with single small fox-spots or similar marks, and light pencil scoring against one passage; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title.

GB £385.00

US $477.40


With Laurence Housman’s initialled holograph inscription, in pencil, on the front end-paper reading: “To J.E.A. / ‘The best I have; a Princess wrought it me, / ‘And I shall never ask it you again.” J.E.A. is Janet Ashbee. The front pastedown bears the wood-engraved bookplate of C.R. Ashbee (?designed by Laurence and engraved by Clemence Housman) with the initials altered in ink to read ‘J.E.’ Onto the front paste-down, beneath Laurence’s inscription is an obituary notice of Clemence Housman clipped from a newspaper with next to it, in ink, in Laurence’s hand “+ Dec 6 — 1955". Clemence had then just died aged 94. The front blank bears a clipping, probably from a publisher’s catalogue, recording the republication of the novel by Cape in 1954, whilst onto the verso of the title-page is tipped a folded sheet of paper written on both sides, forming part of a holograph letter dated March 7th 1957 from Laurence Housman to Janet Ashbee, signed as usual with his initials. The letter has been cut to preserve c.100 words relative to this novel whilst removing non-relevant portions (about another sixty words show incomplete sentences, and Housman has himself canceled another four lines). In the preserved portions of the letter Laurence refers to this novel “based on Malory’s ‘Morte d’Arthur’ the book which Tennyson so misinterpreted and made popular in his ‘Idylls of the King’” as the best of her novels, adding that “it shocked a lot of our relatives, and pleased none of them.” Loosely laid in is a letter to Janet Ashbee from a friend of both her and the Housmans, dated Sept 27 — ’53, c.220 words, referring to “your note and the pathetic little card from Laurence    .    .    . It’s sweet to think of him singing hymns to her [Clememce], in which he only half believes — yet which he realises may be of some comfort to her.    .    .     Probably there is hidden away here some story of frustrated, or lost love — which got diverted into the sister-brother devotion — but a story like ‘the Were-Wolf’ shows a strange and rather sinister element in her composition — but I recall that Shad always said she was much the greatest and most original mind in the Housman family.    .    .    .” A superb association copy. The novel is a psychological reconstruction of the life of a minor character in Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, showing the dark underside of the Round Table: a Job-like tale of the rogue knight Aglovale, son of King Pellinore, and his path toward spiritual redemption. Written in the fine slow prose of contemplation, Sir Aglovale was Clemence Housman’s third and final novel. “By far the finest work on an Arthurian theme since Malory.” — Ellis Peters
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[HOUSMAN (Laurence).]. A modern Antaeus. By the writer of “An Englishwoman’s love-letters". London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1901. Blank before half-title; leaf bearing two verses on recto, imprint on verso, at end; pp.viii+518+[ii]; midnight blue buckram blocked white on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. White enamel a little flaked and dull on spine; end-papers, front blank, and edges lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00



Ref: JRT110023


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

[HOUSMAN (Laurence).]. A modern Antaeus. By the writer of “An Englishwoman’s love-letters". London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1901. Blank before half-title; leaf bearing two verses on recto, imprint on verso, at end; pp.viii+518+[ii]; midnight blue buckram blocked white on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Slight wear and rubbing to cloth at head and tail of spine, white enamel vanished from spine, cloth a little bubbled on sides; small hole in front end-paper, back end-paper foxed, edges lightly so; a very good copy, near-fine internally

GB £21.00

US $26.04



Ref: JRT118222


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

HOUSMAN (Laurence). Uncle Tom Pudd: A Biographical Romance. Jonathan Cape, 1927. Pp.224; rough dull brown cloth, blocked with publisher’s initials device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Front end-paper scuffed by removal of label; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT110031


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

HOWARD (Elizabeth Jane). After Julius. Jonathan Cape, 1965. Lge.double cr.16mo format, perfect bound; white wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in light caramel, on front wrapper and down spine in black; made up without end-papers. Author’s name written neatly down spine, and spine a trifle faded; half-title slightly frayed at lower edge; faint creases in corner of front wrapper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


Uncorrected Proof copy, so designated on front wrapper.
Ref: JRT110040


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

HOWARD (Elizabeth Jane). Odd girl out. Jonathan Cape, 1972. Pp.[288]; white wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in light caramel and black; made up without end-papers. Two or three minute corners turned; otherwise nice.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Uncorrected Proof copy, so designated on the front wrapper.
Ref: JRT110043


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

HOWELLS (W.D.). Imaginary Interviews. Illustrated. Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, [October,] 1910. Lge.post 8vo; pp.[viii]+[360]; half-title not called for; sepiatone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven sepiatone plates after photographs; vertically ribbed sage green cloth, lettered red-outlined gilt, and gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g.; green and yellow head and tail bands. Spine slightly darkened; otherwise virtually a fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Blanck, 9804. The first binding.
Ref: JRT110044


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

HUDSON (Stephen, i.e. Sydney Schiff). Richard Myrtle and I. 1926, Constable and Co. Ltd. Title-page printed in red and black; lilac linen grain cloth ruled and lettered purple on front cover and spine. Front end-paper lacking; darkened patch at head of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


Presentation copy with the author’s signed inscription dated 12th June ‘26 on half-title page. The eponymous protagonist is based upon W.S. Gilbert.
Ref: JRT110045


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

HUDSON (Stephen, i.e. Sydney Schiff). A true story In three parts And a postscript. Constable & Co Ltd, 1930. Full forel lettered gilt on spine and front cover; t.e.g. Front end-paper lightly creased; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


One of an edition limited to 150 large paper copies, printed on Oxford India paper, and numbered and signed by the author.
Ref: JRT110046


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

HUDSON (W.H.). The book of A naturalist By W.H. Hudson Author of ‘The Naturalist in La Plata’. Hodder and Stoughton, London    New York    Toronto, N.D. [1919]. Demy 8vo; vignette title-page; pp.viii+360; light olive green art linen, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Barely perceptible wear to cloth at head of spine and last two leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


A neat ink inscription on the front end-paper usefully confirms that this copy was purchased in the year of issue. An uncommon title. Payne, A37a.
Ref: JRT110052


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

HUGHES (Richard). In hazard: A sea story. 1938, Chatto & Windus, London. Final blank; pp.[iv]+273+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; blue smooth cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue; lower-edges uncut. Some fading of top-edges, otherwise a nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £70.00

US $86.80



Ref: JRT110066


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

HUGHES (Richard). In hazard: A Sea Story. Chatto and Windus, London, 1953. Sm.double cr.16mo; half/series title (bearing biographical note, and note on the story by Hughes) precedes title-page; final leaf blank on recto, bearing printer’s imprint on verso; mottled light and dark blue mixed-weave linen effect fibre boards, panelled scarlet, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine. Gilt dulled and spine a little darkened; otherwise a fine copy of a scarce edition.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Purchased by us from the publisher’s file, but without signs of provenance. Issued without a dust-wrapper as a volume in the series ‘The Queen’s Classics’ under the general editorship of Denys Thompson, the text was here edited and slightly abridged by the author. The first edition thus. Among other things the biographical note claims that Hughes was ‘the first author in the world ever to write a radio play’.
Ref: JRT110070


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

HUMPHREY (William). Farther off From Heaven. Chatto & Windus London 1977. Extra double cr.16mo; two blanks at end; pp.[x]+[242]+[iv]; dull blue cloth-textured boards, downlettered and lettered, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


First English edition, published in the same year as the American edition. Autobiography. This copy was purchased by us from the publisher’s file, but is without signs of provenance.
Ref: JRT110084


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

HUXLEY (Aldous). An Encyclopaedia Of pacifism. Edited by Aldous Huxley. 1937, Chatto & Windus, London. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+[126]; yellow self-wrappers, printed in red on front and back, cut flush at top and bottom, folded over outer end-papers. Slight dusting of wrappers; end-papers a little foxed; small very neat ink correction on p.67 (adding Japan to the list of beneficiaries of Mandated Territories after the first world war) otherwise a fine copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72



Ref: JRT110111


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

HUXLEY (Aldous). Letters. Edited by Grover Smith. 1969, Chatto & Windus. Double sm.roy.16mo; half-tone portrait frontispiece; pp.[viii]+992; pale turquoise fine rep blocked and lettered gilt, panelled navy blue, on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Pre-production copy, with the initialled ownership inscription of Norah Smallwood (of Chatto & Windus) in pencil on the front end-paper.
Ref: JRT110120


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

HUXLEY (Elspeth). The prince Buys the manor: An Extravaganza. 1982, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; two blanks at front and back, serving as end-papers; pp.[iv]+215+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[iv]; deep pink cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


A Royal fantasy.
Ref: JRT110124


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

HYNE (Cutcliffe). McTodd. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited; New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue coded at end ‘c. 20.7.03’, at end; pp.[2]+vi+329+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; mottled deep scarlet rough buckram, blocked pictorially brown, white, and cream, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight fading to cloth of spine, and paste-downs very lightly foxed; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy of a scarce title.

GB £80.00

US $99.20



Ref: JRT117985


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

HYNE (C.J. Cutcliffe). The Marriage of Kettle. Illustrated by John de Walton. London, William Heinemann [21, Bedford Street], 1912. Half-title with advertisements on verso; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; pp.viii+312; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end dated 1912; leaf green fine linen-grain cloth, blocked with publisher’s initials device blind on back cover, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Small, barely visible restoration to cloth at tail of back joint; ink-marks on 2pp. of Catalogue; ownership rubber-stamp on front paste-down; otherwise a very nice, crisp, copy. Scarce.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Hubin, p.219 lists this title as though it is criminous: really it is not. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any undetermined): p.8, l.6, ‘and’ wrong fount’ (there are many examples of wrong fount type, only a sample of which have been recorded here); p.60, dropped ‘i’ in ‘imagined’; p.67, l.15, ‘l’ of ‘travel’ badly broken; p.102, l.14, ‘o’ of ‘on’ dropped; p.107, l.19, ‘a lot’ for ‘lot’; p.108, l.14, wrong fount ‘i’ in ‘ition’; p.109, l.3, ‘ch’ in ‘pinched’ wrong fount, and l.22, ‘l’ in ‘usual’ dropped; p.133, l.8, irregular type in ‘aboard’; p.157, last line, dropped ‘r’ in ‘hair’; p.173, l.4, ‘less’ for ‘more’; p.182, l.17, wrong fount ‘m’ in ‘mates’; p.183, penultimate line, ‘h’ in ‘he’ slightly battered; p.187l.11, wrong fount ‘l’ in ‘lagoon’; p.191, last line, ‘er’ of ‘wandering’ aslant; p.217, l.30, ‘l’ of ‘ladder’ broken; p.218, last line, risen space after ‘the’; p.219, l.32, ‘e’ of ‘engine’ dropped; p.220, last line, second ‘m’ of ‘commencement’ wrong fount; p.237, antepenultimate line, ‘h’ of ‘head’ very faint; p.260, l.20, ‘a’ at start aslant and not justified; p.262, l.4, raised ‘n’ in ‘Soloman’; p.270, penultimate line, dropped ‘o’ in ‘probably’; p.286, l.17, ‘o’ of ‘no’ and ‘n’ of ‘on’ dropped; p.306, l.3, ‘I’ battered at start of line.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

IGGULDEN (john). The Storms of Summer. London, Chapman & Hall Ltd, 37 Essex Street — WC2, 1960. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.332; light grey cloth-textured boards, ruled and lettered silver on spine. Edges and blank lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


The author’s second book. The first, ‘Breakthrough’, published earlier the same year, was hailed by Ian Fleming as “one of the outstanding thrillers of 1960".
Ref: JRT110126


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

IGGULDEN (John). Dark Stranger. Macdonald: [Gulf House, 2, Portman Street,] London, 1966. Double demy 16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as paste-downs; pp.[x]+241+[v]; dark dull brown cloth-textured boards lettered silver on spine. Light foxing of blanks; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


First English edition of a book published originally in Australia in 1965. An aboriginee lawyer and a white publicity man combine to save an aboriginee sentenced to death for rape and murder    .    .    . Not a crime novel, however.
Ref: JRT110127


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

ILLERBRUN (W.J.). Seens from the Longest Highway. éAe, 1976 [On verso of title-page: éditions Alternative editions, 319 Walter Avenue, Victoria, B.C., Canada]. Sq.imp.16mo; half-title not called for; blank precedes title-leaf; pp.[viii]+151+[i (blank)]; light brown paper wrappers printed in black. Slight creasing of wrappers, but a near fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


"Deadly serious? A spoof of ‘the Canadian novel?’ Whatever, J.L. Seagull was never like this. Or football!” — back wrapper.
Ref: JRT110128


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


ILLUSTRATED BOOKS.

AYRTON (Michael). New excursions into English poetry, Editors: W.J. Turner and Sheila Shannon. Poems of death: Verses chosen by Phoebe pool With Original lithographs By Michael Ayrton. London, Frederick Muller Ltd, 29 Great James Street, WC1, 1945. Extra cr.8vo; sixteen lithographic plates printed in colours; white linen, lithographed all over with illustration and lettering by Ayrton in tan, black, and grey, flat spine. Very elaborately decorated bookplate of Eric Michael Davis on front paste-down; otherwise a very fine copy. Scarce, especially thus.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


The covers, in particular, are superb!
Ref: JRT110130


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


ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

[STONE (Reynolds)]. Lolly Willowes And Mr. Fortune’s Maggot By Sylvia Townsend Warner With wood engravings by Reynolds Stone. The Viking Press, New York, 1966. Narrow double med.16mo; blank before half-title; fly-title to each work with wood-engraved frontispiece on verso, the margins of the latter and the facing individual title coated brown for first work, green for second; pp.[xiv]+158+[iv (fly-title and title to second work)]+[160]-310; mottled fawn smooth cloth, blocked with publisher’s device green on front cover, lettered green, and brown, on and down spine; brown and yellow head and tail bands; front end-papers coated light brown, back end-papers coated light green. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper bearing wood-engravings by Stone.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Publishers’ presentation copy, with their printed compliments slip loosely laid in. An interestingly designed volume.
Ref: JRT110149


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


ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

TOMLINSON (Charles). In black & white: The graphics Of Charles Tomlinson. With an Introduction by Octavio Paz. A Carcanet New Press Publication, 1976. Sm.double demy 16mo; numerous illustrations on text-paper; pink boards, lettered and blocked with publisher’s device gilt down flat spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Paz’s Introduction ocupies pp.7-15.
Ref: JRT110150


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


ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

TOPOLSKI (Feliks). [Double spread title:] Feliks Topolski: Introduced by Jonathan Stone / Paris Lost. A Sketchbook of the Thirties. Hutchinson: London, November 1973. Sm.Roy.4to; double-spread title utilising verso of half-title; illustrations printed throughout in four colour offset on text-paper; pp.15+[190 (unpaginated)+[i (blank)]; grey and white mixed-weave canvas over millboard, blocked with publisher’s device and down-lettered carmine-lake on spine; textured carmine-lake end-papers. Top-edges lightly marked by candle-wax (this spilling over onto extreme top-edges of front end-papers); otherwise a very nice copy in dust-wrapper bearing a sketch by Topolski not included in the volume.

GB £190.00

US $235.60


Signed by both Topolski and Jonathan Stone on the half-title page. Though there is no statement of limitation the verso of the title leaf includes more production details than we have seen on any other book! This signed copy is possibly one of an undisclosed limited issue: the number ‘15’ in a circle is rubber-stamped unobtrusively on the back end-paper. A series of drawings intended for issue in volume form in 1939, but lost during the war, and here in fact first published.
Ref: JRT110151


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

[INGELOW (Jean).]. Some recollections Of Jean Ingelow And Her Early Friends. London, Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., 3, Paternoster Buildings, E.C., And 44, Victoria Street, S.W., 1901. Cr.8vo in half sheets; blank before half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece printed in sepia, with tissue guard; pp.[viii]+[168]; diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers faced brownish grey. Slight marking of back cover; scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Includes a section of Jean Ingelow’s letters, here first printed. CBEL, III, p.292
Ref: JRT110154


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

INNES (Hammond). The Angry Mountain. Collins, 1950. Red fine linen blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Gilt partly oxydised, otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: JRT110155


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

INNES (Hammond). The Strode Venturer. Collins, 1965. Double cr.16mo; bright blue and black mixed-weave-effect boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: JRT110158


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

IRWIN (Margaret). The Gay galliard: The Love Story Of Mary Queen of Scots. 1941, Chatto and Windus, London. Lge.post 8vo; half-tone portrait frontispiece; one line illustration in text; pp.[viii]+[424]; mottled pale red fine linen, panelled greenish blue, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dark greenish blue; lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight fading of spine; slight damp-spotting of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed, and lightly stained and rubbed dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



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IRWIN (Margaret). Elizabeth, Captive princess. 1948, Chatto & Windus, London. Lge.post 8vo; two collotype plates; pp.256; purple cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. slate purple, lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in minutely nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The publisher’s File Copy with their small labels to this effect on the spine and on the spine of the dust-wrapper. There is no list of illustrations, but they are bound in between pp.144 and 145, as a facing pair.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

IRWIN (Margaret). That great Lucifer: A portrait of Sir Walter Ralegh. 1960, Chatto & Windus, London. Double demy 16mo; half-tone frontispiece and seven plates; pp.320; brick red rough cloth, blocked and letterred gilt on spine; t.e. brick red. Fine copy in dust-wrapper a little marked and faded on spine.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



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

ISHERWOOD (Christopher). Lions and shadows. An education in the twenties. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1938. Portrait frontispiece; pp.312; sky blue cloth lettered black on spine. Slight foxing to end-papers and prelims.; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper strengthened on verso at extreme head of spine.

GB £490.00

US $607.60


The first binding. Woolmer 431.

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

ISHERWOOD (Christopher). Prater violet. Methuen & Co. Ltd. London, 36 Essex Street, Strand, W.C.2, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[iv]+[103]+[i (printer’s imprint)]; violet buckram, blocked and lettered apple green down spine. Spine slightly faded; a virtually fine copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


First English edition of a book published in America in the preceding year. The first issue, the dust-wrapper bearing the price 5/-. Later copies had a price reduction sticker.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

JACBERNS (Raymond). A Schoolgirl’s Battlefield. By Raymond Jacberns Author of ‘Becky Compton, Ex-Dux,’ ‘A Discontented Schoolgirl,’ ‘A Record Term,’ ‘A School Champion,’ &c. With six coloured illustrations By W.H.C. Groome. London: 38 Soho Square, W. W. & R. Chambers, Limited; Edinburgh: 339 High Street, 1910. Sm.cr.8vo; full colour frontispiece with loosely inserted tissue guard, and five tipped-in plates; pp.[viii]+387+[i (printer’s imprint)]; bevelled apple-green buckram blocked pictorially black, white, and purple on front cover and spine, lettered black-cased gilt and gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; end-papers faced drab; t.e.g. Unobtrusive presentation inscription on verso of front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper chipped a little at head and tail of spine and corners of the flap-folds.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Juvenile. According to the blurb on the front panel of the dust-wrapper, the story of a poor orphan girl with a talent for painting who comes into a small, unexpected, legacy when she is fifteen, and is sent to a good girls’ school, where she learns eventually “that life is a battlefield for young as well as old.”

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

JACKOWSKA (Nicki). Dr. Marbles & Marianne: A romance. Harvester Press, [16, Ship Street, Brighton, Sussex,] 1982. Two blanks before half-title; illustrated title-page; two blanks at end; black boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



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

JACOBS (W.W.). Light freights. With twelve illustrations. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, W.C., London, 1901. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and eleven plates by W.S. Stacey; 48pp. publisher’s Catalogue at end dated July 1901; rich brown buckram blocked black on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. An unusually nice, bright, copy, fine internally.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Lammerton, A5b: first English edition, first state. Copies are also known with a catalogue dated April 1901, but Lammerton believes these to be from a later binding batch. The point is perhaps academic as book was not published until October.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

JACOBS (W.W.). Salthaven. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1908. Frontispiece, and eleven illustrations; final blank; 40pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated August 1908; rough-effect sea-green buckram, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Light foxing to title-page, and very slight, light, foxing to edges; otherwise a very nice, bright, copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Lammerton, A12a/1: the second state of text, without the signature mark ‘a’ on the half-title present in the first state. Copies of the second state are also known with a catalogue dated June 1908, but Lammerton believes these to be from a later binding batch. The point is perhaps academic as book was not published until October.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

JACOBS (W.W.). Salthaven. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1908. Frontispiece, and eleven illustrations; final blank; 40pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated August 1908; rough-effect sea-green buckram, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. A little scattered light foxing and covers very slightly dulled, but a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Lammerton, A12a/1: the second state of text, without the signature mark ‘a’ on the half-title present in the first state. Copies of the second state are also known with a catalogue dated June 1908, but Lammerton believes these to be from a later binding batch. The point is perhaps academic as book was not published until October.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

JACOBS (W.W.). Ship’s company. Illustrated by Will Owen. Hodder and Stoughton, N.D. [1911]. Frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; pp.[xii (including frontispiece)]+272; light reddish-brown buckram, lettered and blocked black on front cover, lettered gilt, blocked black within black ruled frame on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very slight marking of back cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


First issue, in reddish brown rather than orange buckram, with the publisher’s imprint on the spine 33.5mm wide and 3.5mm tall rather than 37mm wide and 4mm tall, and without the wheel design ornament beneath it present in the second binding; the state of text without the two blanks present among the prelims. in some copies (before the half-title and after the list of illustrations). Lamerton, A14a, not noticing copies without the blanks.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

JACOBS (W.W.). Deep waters. W.W. Jacobs Author of ‘Night Watches [sic] ‘The Castaways’ Etc. Hodder & Stoughton, London . New York . Toronto, N.D. [1919]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and three plates by Will Owen; final blank; pp.viii+303+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; pale greenish brown fine linen pictorially blocked and lettered black and blue on front cover and spine; t.e light brown. Very slight foxing of front end-paper and final blank; otherwise a very fine, crisp, copy in dust-wrapper with quarter-inch chip across head of spine. A scarce title, rare thus.

GB £190.00

US $235.60


Except for the absence of the inverted comma on the title-page, which he does not mention, appears to correspond to Lamerton A17a/2/L, (the third of Lamerton’s three issues) p.6 lacking the page number. The case of this copy is 193mm tall as against the 191mm of his first binding (which is similar to this except for a slight variation in the colour of the cloth). Lamerton gives no reasons for the order of precedence he suggests, and it seems to us it would be possible to argue a case the other way. In case it may help determine this question, however, we will note the following typographical flaws as observed in this copy: p.15, l.6, ‘t’ in ‘But’, l.7, ‘h’ in ‘shaking’, and l.17, ‘e’ of ‘able’ battered; p.36, l.21, risen quad between ‘coke’ and ‘missed’; p.43, l.4, risen quad between ‘’em’ and ‘trot’, l.6, risen quad between ‘damp’ and ‘and’, and l.17, risen quad between ‘fust’ and ‘of’; p.59, broken ‘E’ in ‘MEASURE’ in running title, and l.11, ‘b’ in ‘subjects’ above the line; p.62, l.10, broken ‘r’ in ‘rose’; p.71, l.15, ‘it.’ lacking (empty line!). Lamerton only mentions the lacking page number.
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