Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BENTLEY (E.C.). Baseless Biography. Nicolas Bentley Drew the pictures. Constable and Company Ltd, 1939. Imp.16mo in half-sheets; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; fifty full-page illustrations in text; pp.[xii]+[112]+[iv]; light lime green Sundour cloth, lettered black down spine. Small mark on front end-paper where label has been removed; otherwise a very nice copy in dust-wrapper with three small chips.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


This volume collects for the first time the Clerihews written by E.C. Bentley since the publication of Biography for Beginners in 1905. The dust-wrapper is designed by Nicolas Bentley.
Ref: LRT114223


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BERGONZI (Bernard). [Cover title:] Crescendo poetry series No 6. Godolphin & other poems. Apr I 1952. Printed and Published at The Latin Press, Saint Ives, The Private Press of Guido Morris. One gathering, sewn; a.e. uncut. Fine copy.

GB £9.00

US $11.16


Printed in dark red on pale yellow Abbey Mills paper.
Ref: LRT114226


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BESIER (Rudolf). don. a comedy in three acts. London: T. Fisher Unwin, Adelphi Terrace, N.D. [1910]. Pp.175+[i (printer’s imprint)]; blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher’s gigantic monogram in maroon and bl;ack on back cover, ruled black, blocked maroon and black, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked maroon and black, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight fading and marking of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Issued as a volume in the series Plays of To-day & To-morrow, one other title only being advertised. This play was first produced at the Haymarket Theatre, London, on October 12, 1909.
Ref: LRT114229


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BINYON (Laurence). The winnowing- Fan: poems on The great war. London: Elkin Mathews, Cork Street, W., 1915 [i.e., December 1914]. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; blank at end; pp.[37]+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; iron grey self-wrappers, cut flush, folded over end-papers, printed on front wrapper in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Insignificant fading to wrappers, and very slight foxing to uncut fore-edges; light pencil marks in the index, and ticks, etc., against a few of the poems, suggestive perhaps of a review; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


The volume in which ‘For the Fallen’ first appeared: “They shall grow not old as they that are left grow old: / Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.” Published in December 1914 and dated ahead. The first printing appears to have consisted of 500 copies. Nelson, 1914.36
Ref: LRT118869


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BINYON (Laurence). The new world. Poems By Laurence Binyon. London: Elkin Mathews, Cork Street, 1918. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.38+[ii (acknowledgments with advertisements on verso); hammered drab paper wrappers printed on front wrapper in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Very nice copy.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


In our experience an uncommon title. Includes some war poems. Nelson, 1918. 9; Colbeck, 1: 57. Published at 2/- in wrappers, as here, or at 3/- in cloth.
Ref: LRT118593


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BINYON (Laurence). The secret: Sixty poems. London, Elkin Mathews, Cork Street, 1920. Author’s Note leaf, followed by publisher’s integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.91+[i (blank)]+[iv]; quarter cream glazed fine linen, light bluish violet boards, paper spine label printed light bluish violet; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight rubbing to label, not affecting lettering; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


Nelson, 1920. 24; Colbeck, 1: 57; Reilly, p.56
Ref: LRT114243


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BINYON (Laurence). The idols. An ode. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1928. Sm.4to; blank before half-title; Holland backed light brown boards, lettered up spine and on front cover dark brown; uncut edges. First and last few leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a near fine copy in slightly frayed and slightly stained dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Printed at The Chiswick Press.
Ref: LRT114245


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BIRNEY (Earle). The Damnation Of Vancouver. A New Canadian Library Selection With an Introduction by Wai Lan Low. General Editor: Malcolm Ross. A New Canadian Library Original No. o11. McClelland and Stewart, 1977. Tall f’cap 8vo format, perfect bound; half-title not called for; white glazed wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in grey, green, and black; issued without end-papers.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


The first publication of this version, completely revised and adapted for the stage, of a radio play first published in 1952, together with a new authorial Preface.
Ref: LRT114251


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BIRNEY (Earle). The Bear on The Delhi Road: Selected Poems. 1973, Chatto & Windus. Demy 8vo; pp.64; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in light cerise and black; issued without end-papers.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT114252


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BIRNEY (Earle). What’so Big About Green? [On verso of half-title:] McClelland & Stewart, [on verso of title-page:] 1973. Lge.post 8vo format, perfect bound; printed throughout in black and green, half-title and title partly in half-tone; numerous illustrations on text-paper; inset leaf printed on wax-paper; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in blue-green and yellow-green; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £21.00

US $26.04


Presentation copy, with the author’s holograph inscription, signed ‘Earle’ on the inside front wrapper.
Ref: LRT114253


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BLACK (D.M.). With decorum. Poems. Scorpion Press, 1967. Final blank; green cloth lettered gilt down spine. Covers a little spotted by damp, otherwise a fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT114257


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BLUNDEN (Edmund). Near and far. New Poems. Cobden-Sanderson, 1929. Med.8vo; pp.67+[i (blank)]; green rough coarse buckram, white spine label printed in green; a.e. uncut. Very slight foxing of half-title; otherwise a fine, unopened, copy in the dust-wrapper; with the spare label tipped in at the end.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Muir, checklist, 28(2). There was also a limited issue of sixty copies, signed by Blunden.
Ref: LRT114269


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BLY (Robert). The Light Around the Body. Poems. Rapp & Whiting, 1968 [76 New Oxford Street]. Demy 8vo; pp.[vi]+57+[i (blank)]; carmine cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt down flat spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £24.00

US $29.76



Ref: LRT114276


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOLAND (Bridget). The zodiac in the establishment. A Play In Three Acts by Bridget Boland. Christopher Mann Ltd., 140, Park Lane, London W.1. Tel: MAYfair 8444, N.D. [?1950s]. Duplicated script, lge.post 4to format, 77 single leaves, printed on one side only, wire-stabbed, tipped into pale green card wrappers, dark green cloth spine, printed in black on front wrapper. A fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT114277


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOLD (Alan). [Cover title:] Keepsake poem 11. A Lunar Event. A Poem and a Drawing By Alan Bold. 1973, The Keepsake Press [Inside back cover:] And The Happy Dragons Press, 26 Sydney Road, Richmond, Surrey. F’cap 4to, 4pp., pasted into deep pink wrappers; in unprinted white envelope, as issued. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 180 copies.
Ref: LRT114280


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BONNEFOY (Yves). Selected Poems. Translated by Anthony Rudolf. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1968. F’cap 12mo in eights; final page advertisements; pp.127+[i]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in grey on front wrapper and up spine; issued without end-papers. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Verse translated from three volumes published in France between 1953 and 1965.
Ref: LRT114281


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOOTH (Anthony). House Party: A Play in Three Acts. Hugh Queckett Ltd., 35 Dover Street, London, W.1, N.D. [c.1946]. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; blank precedes title-page; scene diagram in text; one inserted half-tone plate; pp.[viii]+67+[i (blank)]; pale grey card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front cover in orange and black, down and on spine in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £16.00

US $19.84


Issued as ‘A Hugh Queckett Acting Edition’, the series title on the front wrapper being obscured by a laid-on slip reading: “Manuscript:- not for sale. This copy must be returned to: The International Copyright Bureau Ltd.", etc. The spine, however, bears the printed price 5/-. We have not come across this publisher before.
Ref: LRT114282


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOOTH (Martin). [Cover title:] In Her Hands. [p.2:] 1973, Sceptre Press, Rushden, Northamptonshire. Single sheet, once folded, printed on all four pages. Fine.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 150 numbered copies.
Ref: LRT114287


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOOTH (Martin). Brevities. The Elizabeth Press, New Rochelle, N.Y., 1974. Demy 8vo format, 20pp., unpaginated, sewn as a single gathering into plain white card wrappers; half-title not called for; blank precedes title-page; limitation leaf followed by blank at end; grey-brown crackle glazed paper dust-wrapper flecked with threads of gilt leaf, paper label on front of dust-wrapper. Nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


One of an edition limited to 300 copies. Designed by Cid Corman. Printed in Japan.
Ref: LRT114290


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOOTH (Martin). [Cover title:] Keepsake poem 29. Rider and Horse. A Poem. Wood Engraving by Warwick Hutton. 1976, The Keepsake Press [Inside back cover:] In association with The Happy Dragons Press, 26 Sydney Road Richmond, Surrey, 1976. F’cap 4to, 4pp., pasted into laid pale coffee wrappers; woodcut printed in black and colours occupying most of centre spread; in unprinted white envelope, as issued. Fine copy.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


Of a total edition of 180 copies, this is one of twelve numbered copies signed by the author and the artist.
Ref: LRT114294


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOOTH (Martin). [Cover title:] Keepsake poem 29. Rider and Horse. A Poem. Wood Engraving by Warwick Hutton. 1976, The Keepsake Press [Inside back cover:] In association with The Happy Dragons Press, 26 Sydney Road Richmond, Surrey, 1976. F’cap 4to, 4pp., pasted into laid pale coffee wrappers; woodcut printed in black and colours occupying most of centre spread; in unprinted white envelope, as issued. Fine copy, in the envelope.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 180 copies.
Ref: LRT114295


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOOTH (Martin). [Cover title:] Martin Booth: Bedfordshire Writer. [On back cover:] North Bedfordshire County Libraries; Bedfordshire County Library, N.D. [1978]. A5 format, 12pp., wire-stitched into pale yellow thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in reddish brown; printed throughout in reddish brown; half-title not called for; half-tone portrait on text-paper; issued without end-papers. Fine copy. Scarce.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


Signed by the author at end of text. Consists of a biographical introduction, portrait, select Bibliography, exhibition programme note, six pages of poems, and acknowledgements. The poems are unpublished fragments from current work in progress. All deal with North Bedfordshire.
Ref: LRT114297


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOOTH (Martin). The Earth Man Dreams of a Turned Sod. Greylag Press, 3 Wood Street, Higham Ferrers, Northants, 1978. One gathering lge.12mo, wire-stitched into light brown wrappers, cut flush, front wrapper printed in black. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 200 numbered copies.
Ref: LRT114298


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOTTOMLEY (Gordon). Chambers of Imagery. (Second series). Elkin Mathews, Vigo Street, W., 1912. F’cap 8vo; binder’s blank at front and back; advertisement leaf at end of text; pp.41+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; old cream self-wrappers folded at fore-edges over binder’s blanks, printed black on front; fore-edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Front wrapper, prelims., and last few leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


Printed on Abbey Mills laid paper. Nelson, 1912.14. Five hundred copies were printed.
Ref: LRT114301


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOTTOMLEY (Gordon). Lyric plays. By Gordon Bottomley, LL.D. London, Constable & Co Ltd, 1932. Final blank; pp.[xii]+166+[ii]; plain white wrappers, cut flush, light caramel self-wrappers printed in dark brown and orange, white labels printed in red on spine and front cover. Red lettering a little faded on spine label; slight darkening to spine and edges of wrappers; some light foxing, mainly confined to edges; otherwise, and in effect, a very nice copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Presentation copy with the author’s holograph inscription “To Professor Murray and Lady Mary, / with the author’s regard and adiration", dated from Carnforth, 21st December 1932, on the front end-paper, and a signed holograph letter to the same, of the same date, c.180 words, referring to his plays and “the departure of the Masefields from Boars Hill” together with a comment on the theatre there. Despite its minor faults, a handsome volume.

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Ref: LRT119639


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOURDILLON (F.W.). Easter lilies For nineteen hundred and fifteen. London, Arthur L. Humphreys, 187 Piccadilly, N.D. [1915]. Roy.16mo in quarter sheets; pp.[vi]+25+[i (blank)]; slip reading "THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL BE DEVOTED TO THE BELGIAN RELIEF FUND” loosely laid-in, as issued; dull blue paper covered boards, label on front cover printed in red and black; fore- and lower- edges uncut; off-white end-papers. Slight fading and very slight wear to paper of spine; otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Printed on Waldorf hand-made paper.
Ref: LRT118691


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BOWEN (John). After the rain. A Play in Three Acts. Faber and Faber, 3 Queen Square, London, 1972. Double post 16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[94]+[ii]; white self-wrappers, cut flush at top- and lower- edges, folded over thin plain white card wrappers. Nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


First revised edition, with a new ending, of a play originally published in 1967.
Ref: LRT114305


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRADBURY (Malcolm). See a friend this weekend: A play for radio. Norwich, N.D. Thirty-five separate A4 sheets printed (mimeographed) on one side of the paper only, bound together with a paper fastener at the top left-hand corner. Near fine.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Unpublished. One of about twenty copies made up for the use of the cast of the first production.
Ref: LRT114307


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRAHMS (Caryl) & SHERRIN (Ned). Ooh! La-la! Based on the plays Of Georges Feydeau. W.H. Allen, London and New York, A division of Howard & Wyndham Ltd, 1973. Double demy 16mo; final blank; pp.241+[iii]; lavender cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device and down-lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in very slightly creased dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: LRT114311


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRIDGES (Robert). Britannia Victrix. Nov. 23, 1918. [Oxford University Press, 1918]. Single sheet 8vo, folded once and sewn within brown wrappers printed in blue on recto and verso of front wrapper. Fine copy.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


A scarce pamphlet, printed on hand-made paper. The front wrapper serves as the title-page, the imprint appearing only on the verso.
Ref: LRT114316


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRIDGES (Robert). New verse Written in 1921 By Robert Bridges Poet Laureate With the other poems of that year And A few earlier pieces. Oxford At the Clarendon Press, 1925. Blank before half-title; final blank; white boards, blocked blind, lettered gilt on spine and front cover; uncut edges. Prelims. and last leaves very slightly foxed or stained; covers very slightly marked; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy.

GB £9.00

US $11.16



Ref: LRT114317


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRIDIE (James). The baikie Charivari Or The seven prophets. A Miracle Play. With a portrait frontispiece And a Preface by the Rt. Hon. Walter Elliot, C.H. M.P. F.R.S. etc. Constable, 1953. Sm.cr.8vo; portrait frontispiece; integral advertisement leaf at end; blue dotted linen grain boards lettered silver down spine. Very light marking of boards; back board a little flexion creased; slight foxing of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy in marked dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


The author’s last play, published posthumously.
Ref: LRT114320


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BRONK (William). Twelve losses found. Grosseteste, [no place, but printed at Lumb Bank, Yorkshire,] 1976. Landscape demy 16mo, one gathering, unpaginated, wire-stitched into plain black thin card wrappers; half-title not called for; buff free end-papers; white dust-wrapper printed on front panel and flap in black. Two short closed tears in back panel of dust-wrapper, otherwise a fine copy.

GB £9.00

US $11.16


Designed by Tim Longville, printed by Tony Ward in an edition of 300 copies (this being one of 270 unsigned), and bound by John and Carol Riley. Most of the poems are here first printed, all of them are here first collected.
Ref: LRT114321


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROOKESMITH (Peter). Words and silences. Selected poems 1967-1970. [On verso of title:] Published by the Poetry Workshop Society, University of York as the Poetry Workshop Pamphlet No.2, N.D. [1970]. A5 format, 36pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering into white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; half-title not called for. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT114328


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BROWN (Paul). Reclaimed Land. Arc Publications 1973. Six leaves super roy.16mo format, wire-stitched into sand-brown card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in red; half-title not called for; blank precedes title-page; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £5.00

US $6.20


One of 235 unsigned copies of a total edition of 250.
Ref: LRT114336


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BROWNJOHN (Alan). The Lion’s Mouths. Macmillan, 1967. Green boards lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


This copy has a rubber stamp overprinting the publisher’s name on verso of the title-page, possibly signalising a remainder issue.
Ref: LRT114338


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BROWNJOHN (Alan). [Cover title:] An equivalent. [On first leaf:] The Sceptre Press [On limitation page:] The Sceptre Press, Rushden, Northants [On last leaf, verso:] 1971. Demy 8vo format; first leaf bearing imprint on recto, blank on verso; half-title not called for; blank leaf of lake paper followed by limitation leaf, blank on verso, leaf bearing text (in facsimile of the poet’s holograph) on recto, verso blank, blank leaf of lake paper, and leaf bearing copyright notice on verso, blank on recto; 12pp., wire-stitched into thin grey card wrappers printed in black on front, cut flush. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Of a total edition limited to 100 numbered copies, this is one of seventy-five not signed by Brownjohn.
Ref: LRT114340


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BROWNLOW (Timothy). Prelude. [On verso of title:] 1974, Sceptre Press, Rushden, Northamptonshire. Two leaves of buff paper, post 8vo, unbound. Fine copy.

GB £5.00

US $6.20


One of a total edition limited to 150 numbered copies, this being one of 100 copies not signed by the author. Printed by Skelton’s Press at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
Ref: LRT114342


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BUCHANAN (Frank). Peregrine. Introduction By Ronald Duncan. The Rebel Press, 2, Derby Street, London, W.1., 1968. Short demy 8vo format, 40pp., unpaginated, wire-stitched as a single gathering into light sky-blue card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front in black; half-title not called for; final page publisher’s advertisements; issued without end-papers. Very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Review copy, with the publisher’s review slip (omitting to give the date of publication) loosely laid in. Duncan’s critical Introduction occupies 4pp.
Ref: LRT114343


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BUCHANAN (George). Bodily Responses: Preceded by Other Poems & followed by Footnotes. Gaberbocchus, 1958. Sm.cr.8vo; printed throughout in purple; blank before half-title; last gathering printed on lemon paper, and with five illustrations; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.45+[i (blank)]+[ii (verso blank)]; grey fine-bead-grain cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt down and up flat spine.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The author’s first volume of verse.
Ref: LRT114344


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BUCK (Paul). Time is By Paul Buck. Drawings by Sid Chambers. Arc Publications [3 & 4 Oldroyd, Todmorden, Lancs.,] 1975. Pott 8vo format, perfect bound; 32pp., unpaginated; half-title not called for; numerous illustrations on text paper; olive green paper wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in dark brown; lemon yellow free end-papers; issued without paste-downs. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Of an edition limited to 250 copies, this is one of only fifteen numbered copies signed by the author and the illustrator. Despite the printed date, chambers has added to his signature the date ‘10.12.75’, suggesting that publication may have been delayed.
Ref: LRT114346


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BULL (A.J.). Drift: Poems and Sonnets. [On cover:] Poems In Pamphlet 1952: The Hand and Flower Press, Aldington, Kent. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; pp.32, paginated [57]-88; wire-stitched into buff wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black and red, inside in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


With a A.L.S. from the author, c.100 words, dated ‘Nov.24th / 56’ from Leyland, Lancs., presenting the volume, asking for information, etc., loosely laid in. Issued as Part III of the 1952 series of Poems in Pamphlet.
Ref: LRT114347


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BURKE (Herbert). [On inside back cover:] Cantatas: 1 Tchi’k tchi’k tchi’k tchi’k Or The Song of the Gum Chewers. 2 Chimo: some syllables for the North West Territories. 3 Bees Bees Bees. Writers Forum, 262 Randolph Avenue, London W9, September 1983. Twelve single leaves, demy 8vo format, wire-stabbed into green thin card wrappers, printed on rectos in black; half-title not called for; illustrated title-page; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £2.00

US $2.48



ISBN 0 86162 299 5
Ref: LRT114351


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BURKE (Herbert). [On back cover:] Triple exposure. Writers Forum. [On title-page:] Feb. 14 ’84. Seventeen single leaves, demy 8vo format, wire-stabbed into white thin card wrappers, printed outside in black; half-title not called for; visual title-page; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £2.00

US $2.48



ISBN 0 86162 331 2
Ref: LRT114352


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BURROWS (Miles). A vulture’s egg. Jonathan Cape, 1966. Demy 8vo; two blanks at front and back; pp.[xii]+48+[iv]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in pale lime green and in black on front wrapper; made up without end-papers. Fine copy in large proof dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


The author’s first collection. The dust-wrapper bears the printed legend Proof Only, and a note of the Provisional Publication Date as ‘20th October 1966’.
Ref: LRT114360


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BURY (Adrian). The Immortal Ship (The Cutty Sark) And Other Poems. Charles Skilton Ltd, 1965. Imp.16mo, printed in half sheets; half-tone frontispiece, on imitation art-paper; title-page with woodcut border and vignette; imitation full forel, blocked and lettered gilt down spine; powder blue end-papers. Fine copy in slightly frayed and faded dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT114364


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

BUTLER (Samuel). Seven sonnets And a psalm of Montreal. Cambridge, Printed for private circulation, 1904. One gathering, sm.cr.8vo, sewn into light olive green wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; half-title not called for; pp.15+[i (blank)]; issued without dust-wrapper or end-papers. Fine copy, with none of the usual browning to the wrappers.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


Edited by R.A. Streatfield. Besides the named works, the booklet includes a translation of part of Chapter xix of Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ into Greek Homeric verse by Butler and of Butler’s first sonnet into Italian by Cavaliere Biagio Ingroia. Six of the seven sonnets are here first printed. Hoppé, 44. Only one hundred copies are said to have been printed.
Ref: LRT118341


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BUTTLE (Myra, i.e. Victor Purcell). The Sweeniad. No place, no publisher, 1957. Demy 8vo; lake boards, lettered gilt up spine. Gilt oxydised, and back board somewhat stained; internally fine.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Printed for Private Circulation at the Broadwater Press, Welwyn Garden City, Herts. According to a note in the first trade edition, 300 copies only of this first edition were printed. A Burlesque on T.S. Eliot’s Sweeney Agonistes.
Ref: LRT114365


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BYNNER (Witter). Tiger. New York, Mitchell Kennerley, 1913. Cerise buckram ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight wear to head and tail of spine and piece chipped from front free end-paper; text fine.

GB £21.00

US $26.04



Ref: LRT114367


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BYNNER (Witter). A canticle of Pan And Other Poems. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1920. Final blank; pp.xvi+214+[ii]; quarter unglazed natural linen, lettered dark green on spine, dark green laid boards embossed with publisher’s device blind on front board; t.e. green, others uncut; publisher’s folded med.8vo flyer, printed on one side only, loosely laid in, as issued. Poor quality paper very lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


A pencilled ownership inscription on the front end-paper is dated ‘6/4/20’.
Ref: LRT114368


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BYRNE (John). The traverse plays — 3: Cuttin’ a rug. [June,] 1982, The Salamander Press, Edinburgh. A5 format, 40pp., wire-stitched as a single gathering into white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in red and sepia; 3pp. costume illustrations by the author, on text-paper; text printed in double column; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


The front and back covers bear additional costume illustrations.
Ref: LRT114369


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CABELL (James Branch)]. Sonnets From Antan With an Editorial Note By James Branch Cabell. 1929 The Fountain Press New York. Demy 8vo format, generally in half sheets, but gathered variably; four blanks at front, three at back, the outermost serving as pastedowns; printed throughout in mustard-yellow and black; vignette printed in grey at head of Editorial Note; pp.[58, unpaged, including paste-downs]; quarter natural glazed linen, light drab boards printed in grey and gilt, light drab paper spine label printed with pattern in grey, lettered in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight wear to head of spine and label a little chipped, not affecting lettering; slight wear to corners of boards; internally a nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


One of 676 numbered copies for sale of a total of 718 copies printed at the Grabhorn Press in April, 1929, distributed in America by Random House and in England by Grant Richards and Humphrey Toulmin at The Cayme Press, each copy being signed by the author. Produced in celebration of Cabell’s fiftieth birthday, the volume comprises a ten-page Editorial Note by Cabell, followed by the complete poetical works (together with his notes) of the English Victorian ethnologist Gerald Musgrave, these, apart from two of the poems, all being here first published. (One of the poems had appeared in Musgrave’s life-time, and one had been used by Cabell as preface to ‘Something About Eve’.) The vignette portrait is by William H. Cotton.
Ref: LRT114372


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CAMPBELL (Roy). The Georgiad: A satirical fantasy in verse. Boriswood Limited, 1931. Demy 8vo; half-title and advertisement leaf precede title-page; pp.64; light turquoise cloth, blocked with a facsimile of Campbell’s signature in gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, up spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper, a little foxed and dusty chiefly on back panel.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Finely printed at the Alcuin Press. The front panel of the dust-wrapper bears a design by the author. In this copy in l.21 on p.10 ‘slaughtered’ has a space after the ‘g’ as though it is two words.
Ref: LRT114382


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CAMPBELL (Roy). Flowering reeds: Poems. 1933, Boriswood Limited. Imp.16mo in half sheets; advertisement leaf follows half-title; printer’s initial device on last page; pp.47+[i]; mottled light sea-green cloth, blocked with publisher’s initial device blind on back cover, lettered with facsimile of author’s signature silver on front cover, blocked and lettered silver down flat spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Edges of covers very slightly darkened; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Printed in Campden, Gloucestershire, at The Alcuin Press.
Ref: LRT114384


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARROLL (Lewis). The Collected verse Of Lewis Carroll (The Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). With Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, Arthur B. Frost, Henry Holiday, Harry Furniss, And the author. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1932. Blank before half-title, blank at end; frontispiece, and numerous illustrations, on text-paper; pp.[ii]+xiv (including frontispiece)+[446]+[ii]; blue-green fine weave cloth, blocked with monogram ‘LC’ gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g.; light blue silk marker. Small rub-hole in cloth of front joint, neatly restored; end-papers lightly foxed; neat inscription on front blank; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


Includes a good number of poems here first published or first collected.
Ref: LRT114393


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARTER (Jared). Work, for the Night is Coming. Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1980 [?1981]. Sq.8vo; biographical note leaf at end; pp.[xiv]+47+[i(blank)]+[ii (verso blank)]; cream thin card wrappers, printed outside in black and brown; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


The (then unpublished) volume which won the Walt Whitman Award for 1980 — and Carter’s first full-length book of poetry. The copyright notices for the individual poems run from 1969-1981, and the wrappers bear a 1981 copyright notice for the whole volume, but the verso of the title-page bears the legend: First Macmillan Paperbacks Edition 1980 — presumably a proof-reader’s mistake! There was also a hard-cover edition.
Ref: LRT114396


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CASTLEMAN (David Lee). I stammer it to angels. [Inside back cover:] San Francisco, [on verso of title-page:] 1980. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; blank before title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[vi]+[162], largely unpaginated; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in black; issued without end-papers. Wrappers slightly embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Signed by the author on the front blank.
Ref: LRT114398


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CECIL] (K.H.D.). Poems By K.H.D. London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd., 1902. Printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[xvi]+270+[ii]; blackish blue buckram lettered gilt within gilt ruled box on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers printed with a pattern in grey. Some foxing; three or four pages opened a little roughly; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Poema written, apparently, from about 1897 onwards.
Ref: LRT114400


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHANDLER (William). Thirteen Eighty One. An English Tragedy. [Colophon:] Stylus Press. Printed and Published by H. Biskeborn of 21 Rednall Terrace, Hammersmith, London, W., N.D. [1927]. Single inset blank and blank at front; woodcut title-page and facing leaf after the manner of William Morris, the facing leaf with border and large historiated initial; the text throughout printed in black and red; single inset colophon leaf with large woodcut; full parchment, flat back, paper labels printed in black on spine and front cover; a.e. uncut; hand-made paper end-papers. Fine unopened copy in printed tissue-paper dust-wrapper, this slightly chipped at head and tail of spine, and a little creased and embrowned.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


A presentation copy with the author’s signed holograph inscription on the initial blank. Hand-set, hand-printed, and hand-bound. The inset blank carries an inscription designating this as No.45 of only 87 copies [on hand-made paper]. A beautiful volume, showing very much the influence of William Morris, to whose memory the book is dedicated, and aptly combining design and subject-matter. As the title implies, the play is about the Wat Tyler rebellion of 1381. In a note preceding the text the author claims to have restricted his vocabulary to modernised versions of words current at that date.

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Ref: LRT114403


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CHESTERTON (G.K.). The queen of Seven swords. Sheed & Ward, 31 Paternoster Row, London, E.C.4, December, 1926. Post 8vo; final blank; pp.[50]+[ii]; quarter orange cloth, purple board sides, pale orange label printed in violet on front cover. Slight fading of boards; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Sullivan, 65A.
Ref: LRT114411


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CHURCH (Richard). The lamp. J.D. Dent and Sons Ltd., 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.95+[i (advertisements)]; scarlet buckram lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT114421


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COBBING (Bob and Jennifer). [Inside back cover:] Processional (two): After a Fashion. Writer’s Forum, 262 Randolph Avenue, London W9, August 1983. Lge.post 4to format; twelve leaves printed on one side only wire stabbed into mustard yellow wrappers, printed on front and inside back wrapper in black. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT114434


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COKE (Peter). Good night and Good-bye: A Drama in One Act. Samuel French Limited, London, 1950. Double sm.cr.16mo format, eighteen leaves wire-stitched as a single gathering into buff wrappers, cut flush, printed scarlet and black on front wrapper, black down spine; half-title not called for; one diagram in text; pp.vi+29+[i (blank)]; issued without end-papers. ‘TX3’ written neatly on front wrapper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £5.00

US $6.20



Ref: LRT114440


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COMFORT (Alex). Elegies. Routledge London, 1944. Pp.32; quarter black buckram up-lettered gilt on flat spine, white boards. Virtually fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: LRT118629


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONQUEST (Robert). Arias from a Love Opera And other poems. Macmillan, 1969. Blank before half-title; white wrappers printed in blue and green. Ownership inscription on blank, otherwise very nice.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


First issue, with price shown as 8s 6d net on back wrapper.
Ref: LRT114448


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONQUEST (Robert). Forays. Chatto and Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1979. Demy 8vo; pp.48; glazed card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in yellow and black; issued without end-papers. Nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


A volume in the series ‘Phoenix Living Poets’.
Ref: LRT114450


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CORN (Alfred). A Call In the Midst Of the Crowd. Poems by Alfred Corn. Penguin Books [N.Y., U.S.A.,] 1978. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; half-title and advertisement leaf precede title-page; three leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.[xiv]+107+[i (blank)]+[vi]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in blue, red, and black on front wrapper, in red and black on back cover and spine, publisher’s black label printed in silver on back wrapper; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


First edition, paperbound issue. The book was also issued simultaneously hard-bound.
Ref: LRT114458


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COTTON (John). Old movies And other poems. Chatto and Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1971. Demy 8vo; title-page printed in black and brown; pp.48; light reddish brown boards blocked gilt on front wrapper, blocked and lettered gilt down flat spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with one small mark.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription on the title-page.
Ref: LRT114460


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COTTON (John). Preludes: San Martin. [On verso of title:] 1973, Sceptre Press, Rushden, Northamptonshire. Two leaves post 8vo, issued without wrappers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 150 numbered copies, this being one of 100 not signed. Printed by Skelton’s Press, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on Abbey Mills laid paper.
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COTTON (John). Kilroy Was here: Poems 1970-74. Chatto and Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1975. Demy 8vo; title-page printed in black and brown; pp.48; white glazed card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in red; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription on the title page.
Ref: LRT114464


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COTTON (John). Fragments 11, 12 & 13. The Sceptre Press, Knotting, Bedfordshire, [on limitation page:] 1976. One half sheet, post 8vo, wire-stitched into green thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 150 numbered copies, this being one of 100 not signed. Printed by Skelton’s Press, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on Abbey Mills laid paper.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COUZYN (Jeni). Monkeys’ Wedding. Jonathan Cape, 1972. Demy 8vo; one illustration on text-paper; brown boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt down spine. Front end-paper slightly embrowned; otherwise near-fine in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT114466


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COVENTRY (R.G.T.). Poems. London, Elkin Mathews, Vigo Street, 1907. Roy.16mo, in half sheets; bevelled navy blue rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. A nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Printed on hand-made paper.
Ref: LRT114468


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[COWARD (Noël).]. [Cover title:] Poems By Hernia Whittlebot. With An appreciation by Nöel [sic] Coward. [On outside back wrapper:] John Waddington Ltd., London and Leeds. N.D. [1923]. Lge.post 4to, wire-stitched as a single gathering; half-title and title leaves not called for; mock advertisement leaf listing Other Works by Hernia Whittlebot precedes Contents leaf, the latter followed by text-paper leaf bearing a portrait of the imaginary author ‘From a contemporary portrait by E. Lorn Macnaughten’; blank at end; mock Errata slip printed in red tipped-on to upper margin of advertisement leaf; pp.29+[iii]; pale brown wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without end-papers. Vertical crease in wrappers (v. note); wrappers a little foxed and very slightly worn; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £290.00

US $359.60


One of a small number of copies privately printed for the author. In his 1923 revue, ‘London Calling’, Coward burlesqued the Sitwells as “The Swiss Family Whittlebot". As he explains in ‘Present Indicative (p.197): “During the first two weeks of the run, I received, to my intense surprise, a cross letter from Osbert Sitwell. In fact, so angry was it, that I first of all imagined it to be a joke.” During the sketch, four poems were recited by “Hernia Whittlebot". The present volume, in which Coward has added a further 16 similar verses appears to have been his response to Sitwell’s outrage, and one wonders whether the poem “To Nöel Coward” beginning “Pale faced rat! / Wallowing in the pit of middle-class degeneracy. / Juggling clumsily with the immortal souls / Of your superiors. / Illogically defying the very canons of beauty” accurately reflects the tone and content of Sitwell’s letter. As Coward goes on to note: “shortly afterwards another letter arrived, even crosser than the first.” Coward’s response this time was more public: the volume ‘Chelsea Buns, by Hernia Whittlebot’, published by Hutchinson in 1925. “To this day” says Coward, writing in 1936 “I am still a little puzzled as to why that light-hearted burlesque should have aroused him, his brother and sister to such paroxysms of fury. But the fact remains that it did, and I believe still does.” The vertical crease noted in the covers, and faintly visible throughout as an undulation on the more flexible paper of the text, occurs on several of the surviving copies of this pamphlet, and may suggest that they were posted to Coward’s friends folded into a ‘legal’ sized envelope. It at least distinguishes the present copy from the small residue of unissued copies sold off by the Noël Coward society a few years ago, which created a temporary illusion of availability. The ‘erratum’ noted in our description, ‘Nöel’ for ‘Noël’ occurs throughout, and is presumably intentional, though in the Contents the diaeresis is reduced to a single dot. NCBEL, 4: 924
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CREAGH (Patrick). To Abel And others. The Bodley Head, 1970. Blank before half-title, three at end; pp.[ii]+55+[vii]; grey boards printed in blue. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT114483


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CREELEY (Robert). Away. Illustrations by Bobbie Creeley. Black Sparrow Press, Santa Barbara, 1976. Title and half-title on tinted paper; title printed in brown, violet, and green; quarter brown cloth, blue spine label printed in violet and brown, pale blue boards printed in colours on front board; violet end-papers. Extremely fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


One of an edition limited to 200 numbered copies signed by the author.
Ref: LRT114484


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CREELEY (Robert). Memories. Pig Press, Durham, 1984. Sm.sq.folio (5 7/8” x 5 7/8"), glued into light tan thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and light greenish blue; bright greenish-blue end-papers, the outer ones not pasted down. Fine copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Printed at the Arc and Throstle Press, Todmorden. An original — and successful — piece of book-design.
Ref: LRT114485


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CROSBY (Caresse). Crosses of gold: A book of verse. No publisher, Paris, 1925. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title pasted down to verso of front end-paper; colophon leaf, followed by two blanks at end, the second also pasted to the end-paper; half-title with ‘Exemplaire No’ on verso, title-page with black and white vignette, and dedication leaf in colours, precede Contents; fly-title to first poem blank on verso, each other poem preceded by a fly-title bearing on its verso an illustration coloured, apparently, by pochoir; other coloured decorations and vignette tailpieces in text; pp.[x]+93+[i (blank)]+[ii (colophon, verso blank)]+[iv]; publisher’s full watered sheep by Masson, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, red lettering-piece; a.e. uncut; art-marbled end-papers. A little very light rubbing to edges of leather and to back board; pp.27-8 bearing the poem ‘Firelight’ cleanly removed (there is no sign it was ever included), but the fly-title and illustration to it present; otherwise a fine copy of a rare book.

GB £480.00

US $595.20


A cheap copy for the reason given — though the illustrations are more interesting than the poems. The true first edition of the author’s first book (a mixture of verse and prose poems): printed on the 30th January 1925 “sur les presses de Léon Pichon, Imprimeur, 5, rue Christine, 5, Paris    .    .    . sur papier vergé á la forme” in a total edition limited to only 100 copies. A trade edition appeared later the same year, with a revised text and without the illustrations, under the imprint of Massein. The second publishing venture undertaken by the Crosbys. The delightful, and sometimes very beautiful, illustrations are by Daniel-Girard. (We would draw attention particularly to those on pp.[10], [42], and [66]). In this copy, p.58, l.12, the ‘f’ of ‘form’ has dropped at the start of the line, probably as always. Minkoff, A2; v. also Jim Maslen, ‘The Pochoir Process’, Private Library, Sixth Series, Vol.5, No.3, pp.123-4.
Ref: LRT114488


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CUDAHY (Sheila). Clod’s calvary And other poems. Collins & Harvill Press, 1971. Lge.post 8vo; cerise and white mixed-weave effect boards, lettered gilt down spine. Short tear in fore-margin of front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in marked dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


From the library of poet John Heath-Stubbs, and bearing his armorial bookplate on the front paste-down.
Ref: LRT114493


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CUNNINGHAM (J.S.). The Powers that Be. Oxford University Press, 1969. Final blank; white glazed wrappers printed in black and orange. Name neatly written on half-title page; otherwise a near fine copy.

GB £9.00

US $11.16



Ref: LRT114496


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DANCER (Robin). Nobody Loves you Like My body Loves you. [On verso of title] Urthkin, 573 Jones #172, San Francisco, Ca 94102, [U.S.A.,] 1986. Short demy 8vo format, perfect bound; half-title not called for; blank leaf follows title; pp.[iv]+76; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in dull red, the back cover bearing a poem; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £5.00

US $6.20



Ref: LRT114500


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DANE (Clemence [i.e., Winifred Ashton]). Will Shakespeare: An invention in four acts. 1921, London: William Heinemann. Extra cr.8vo; dramatis personæ leaf a single inset; pp.[x]+131+[i (blank)]; cerise fine diaper cloth, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower edges uncut. Slight dulling of gilt on spine, but a nice copy.

GB £16.00

US $19.84


Publisher’s Presentation Copy, so stamped in blind on the title page. First produced at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, on November 17th, 1921. Described in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ obituary of the author (29th March, 1965) as “the most distinguished failure of its time. It failed partly because the figure of Shakespeare which it presented lacked male vigour. On the other hand, it contained a magnificently well-imagined figure of Elizabeth I which promised greater things than the young dramatist was ever to achieve.”
Ref: LRT114501


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DANE (Clemence [i.e., Winifred Ashton]). A play in three acts: Wild Decembers. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1932. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; cancel half-title (with advertisements on verso), and cancel dedication leaf; blank at end; pp.[xii]+97+[iii]; cerise fine diaper cloth, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very slight marking of covers, but a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


The reason for the cancels is not clear. A play about the Brontës.
Ref: LRT114504


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DARYUSH (Elizabeth). Verses: Second book. London, Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford, 1932. Imp 16mo in quarter sheets; half-title not called for; blank precedes title-page; pp.71+[i (printer’s imprint)]; quarter vellum, grey boards, white paper label printed in black on front board; a.e. uncut. Insignificant foxing of vellum and slight embrowning of boards; otherwise a near fine copy.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


Advance copy, with the author’s printed compliments slip loosely laid in.
Ref: LRT114506


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DARYUSH (Elizabeth). Verses: Sixth book. 1938, To be obtained from the author, Stockwell Boars Hill Oxford, Price five shillings. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; two blanks at front and back, serving as end-papers; pp.[2]+89+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[4]; large grey card wrappers printed white on front wrapper. Blanks foxed, with slight off-setting; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


Advance copy, with the author’s printed presentation slip loosely laid in.
Ref: LRT114507


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIDSON (John). The theatrocrat: A tragic play of church And stage. London, E. Grant Richards, 1905. Pp.[viii]+[196]; vertically fine-ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight darkening to cloth of spine, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


The first binding, the imprint on the spine reading ‘E.Grant / RICHARDS’. “Who shall tell — / Who shall persuade the kings that God is not, / The politicians, usurers, financiers, / Priests, warriors, that depend on God to bear / The burden of their inhumanities? / All inhumanity that flings itself / On God’s unsearchable device will fight / To the last drop of blood, last labouring sigh / For God and Heaven and Hell. And who shall teach / The orphans that their mothers are not; who / Unpeople Heaven of lovers, children, saints?” CBEL, III, p.337; Colbeck, 36.
Ref: LRT118043


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIDSON (John). Holiday And other poems With a note on poetry. London, E. Grant Richards, 1906. F’cap 8vo; leaf blank but for signature (an asterisk) precedes half-title; pp.[2]+vi+156; light colbalt-blue art-linen lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine just a trifle faded; short closed tear to fore-margin of back end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


The second state, without the Erratum slip, and the second binding, the first being in purple buckram and having the imprint on the spine reading ‘E. GRANT / RICHARDS’, rather than ‘GRANT / RICHARDS’ as here. The volume in which ‘A Runnable Stag’ first appeared; interesting also for the note ‘On Poetry’, which occupies pp.131 to 156. CBEL, III, p.337.
Ref: LRT118693


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIDSON (John). God and Mammon: A trilogy. Mammon and his Message. Being the second part of God and Mammon By John Davidson. London, Grant Richards, 1908. Blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; pp.[2]+xiv+173+[i (printer’s imprint)]; vertically ribbed navy-blue cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy.

GB £22.50

US $27.90


The second part of an intended trilogy, the first part of which was ‘The Triumph of Mammon’. Davidson died before the third part was written.

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Ref: LRT119569


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIES (Gloria Evans). Her name Like the hours. Chatto and Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1974. Demy 8vo; title-page printed in black and brown; pp.[32]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black and green; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £2.00

US $2.48


A volume in the series Phoenix Living Poets.
Ref: LRT114511


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIES (William H.). New poems. Elkin Mathews, Vigo Street, 1907. Roy.16mo in half sheets; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; green cloth flecked horizontally light green (‘linen patterned’), lettered gilt on front cover and up spine; fore-edges uncut. Scattered light foxing, but a nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48



Ref: LRT114514


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIES (William H.). Farewell to Poesy And Other Pieces. A.C. Fifield, 1910. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; grey boards lettered black down spine and on sides; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Some foxing, otherwise a very nice copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Osbert Burdett’s copy, with his signature on the front end-paper. According to the publisher’s advertisements, Fifields moved to their new address, 13 Clifford’s Inn, on February 21, 1910.
Ref: LRT114516


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIES (W.H.). Secrets. Jonathan Cape Ltd, Eleven Gower Street, 1924. Limitation leaf precedes half-title; numerous tailpieces after the manner of C. Lovat Fraser; quarter vellum, purple batik boards, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


One of an edition limited to only 100 numbered copies, signed by the author. From the library of P.H.B. Lyon, with his bookplate.
Ref: LRT114519


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DAVIES (W.H.). Ambition And Other Poems. Jonathan Cape, 1929. Woodcut vignette on title; light-flecked-dark yellow green cloth, cream paper spine label; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Fine copy in very slightly dusty dust-wrapper.

GB £18.00

US $22.32



Ref: LRT114523


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DEAKIN (Terry). Testament of a Roach-Eating Saint: Poems and Translations. Cecil & Amelia Woolf, 1973. Double f’cap 4to; printed throughout in brown; pp.64; yellowish brown cloth-textured boards, unlettered. Poor quality paper embrowned throughout; otherwise a fine copy in slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

GB £9.00

US $11.16


The author’s first book.
Ref: LRT114524


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[DE LA MARE (Walter).]. Songs of Childhood. By Walter Ramal. With frontispiece. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London; New York and Bombay, 1902. F’cap 8vo; photogravure frontispiece by Walter L. Colls after Richard Doyle, printed in sepia, with tissue guard; printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+106+[ii]; quarter parchment, ruled gilt on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, vertically streaked light- and lighter- pale sky-blue fine-weave linen sides, blocked with publisher’s initials device, gilt, on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Brilliantly fine, crisp, copy. Scarce thus.

GB £540.00

US $669.60


The author’s first book: a beautiful volume, which seldom survives in this kind of condition.
Ref: LRT117841


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DE LA MARE (Walter). Crossings: A fairy play by Walter de la Mare With music by C. Armstrong Gibbs. W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1923. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; quarter unbleached linen, green leather spine label, pale grey board sides; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Brilliantly fine copy in slightly faded dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


The first trade edition.
Ref: LRT114536


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DE LA MARE (Walter). Stuff and nonsense And So On By Walter de la Mare With Woodcuts by Bold. Constable & Co. Ltd, 1927. Blank before half-title; final blank; numerous woodcuts in text; pp.[xii]+110+[ii]; yellow-green rough cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper reinforced with binder’s tissue on verso.

GB £19.00

US $23.56



Ref: LRT114538


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DE LA MARE (Walter). News. With drawings by Barnett Freedman. Published by Faber & Faber Ltd, 1930. Limitation leaf precedes half-title page; plate printed in fawn, black, and blue, on text paper, follows title-page; imprint leaf followed by blank at end; blue boards lettered gilt on front board; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Paper covering of spine cracking; back board slightly spotted; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


One of 500 copies printed on hand-made paper, numbered and signed by the author. Issued without true end-papers. Printed at The Curwen Press. No.31 of The Ariel Poems.
Ref: LRT114539


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DE LA MARE (Walter). Poems For Children. London, Constable & Co Ltd, 1930. Med.8vo; limitation notice on verso of half-title; woodcut vignette on title; final blank; pp.[xxxiv]+264+[ii]; quarter Holland, hammered grey boards, brown leather spine label, ruled and lettered gilt, spine dated gilt at tail; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight darkening of spine, and slight dusting of some large uncut edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £180.00

US $223.20


One of an issue limited to 125 copies for sale of a total edition of 133 copies printed on large Millbourn British hand-made pure rag-paper and numbered and signed by the author. “This volume includes, with a few exceptions, all the rhymes in ‘Songs of Childhood’ and in ‘Peacock Pie,’    .    .    . The section ‘Et Cetera’    .    .    . includes three songs from a play called ‘Crossings,’ some rhymes chosen from ‘Flora,’ some that first appeared in ‘Down-Adown-Derry,’ and about twenty others that now appear either for the first time, or for the first time in a book.” — author’s Introduction. The lengthy and interesting Introduction is also here first printed.
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DE LA MARE (Walter). O lovely England And Other Poems. Faber and Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square, London, 1953. Sm.demy 8vo; pp.80; light lime green mottled cloth, down-lettered and ruled gilt on spine. Near-fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper slightly faded on spine.

GB £50.00

US $62.00



Ref: LRT114546


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DE TABLEY ([John Byrne Leicester Warren,] Lord). The collected Poems Of Lord De Tabley. London, Chapman & Hall, Limited, 1903. Leaf blank but for signature mark (an asterisk) precedes half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece from a photograph, printed in sepia, with tissue guard; publisher’s acknowledgment slip tipped in before Contents; leaf bearing ‘Note on Sir John Suckling’, blank on verso, followed by three leaves of ‘Press Opinions upon the Poetry of Lord De Tabley’ at end; pp.[2]+x+485+[i]+[i (blank)]+5+[i (blank)]; horizontally streaked scarlet and deep scarlet fine rough buckram, elaborately blocked with art nouveau designs gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g., fore-edges lightly trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Some very light foxing to first and last two leaves and margins of frontispiece; a few large uncut fore-edges slightly foxed; spine very slightly faded; otherwise and in general effect a very nice copy, unopened almost throughout. Scarce.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Published posthumously, and containing at least some material here first collected. The second state of text, with the ‘Orpheus in Hades’ slip present, and twenty-one leaves bearing asterisks, marking, presumably, corrected leaves or sections, these being: the initial blank, pp.7, 37, 69, 157, 205, 225, 249, 251, 259, 307, 317, 319, 335, 361, 375, 397, 419, 459, 479, and p.3 of the Press Opinions. Copies are known with no starred leaves, and with fewer, but the present example has the full complement. NCBEL, 3: 652
Ref: LRT118694


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[DICKENS (Charles).]. Screenplay Of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” By David Lean, Stanley Haynes. Shooting script, [London,] May 12th, 1947. Cr.4to, mimeographed on one side of the paper only, foliated [i]+130, wire-stabbed into blue card wrappers, cut flush, orange-caramel fine-weave cloth spine, white label with label typed in black on front wrapper. Nice copy.

GB £850.00

US $1,054.00


Marked up in pencil on several leaves with cuts and revisions in an unidentified hand, and with a faint pencilled inscription on front wrapper reading ‘Cineguild Publicity’. The inside front wrapper bears, printed in silver: “May Hemery, Ltd., Typewriting, stenography, Translations, duplicating, Facsimile copying And Every secretarial service. 15, Princes Row, Buckingham Palace Road, S.W.1., [etc.]”
Ref: LRT114553


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DICKINSON (Patrick). A durable fire. [On recto of last leaf:] Duplicated by: The Hastings Typewriting Office, Westminster Bank Chambers, Hastings, Sussex, N.D. [c.1956]. Lge.post 4to, single sheets, wire-stitched into large orange-red card wrappers, lettered on front wrapper in black; half-title and end-papers not called for; pp.[v]+10+19+22+28+8+5+[i]. Slight wear to wrappers; otherwise very nice.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Duplicated script of unpublished ‘play in six scenes.’ This copy contains two minor ms. corrections, presumably in the author’s hand. The play was not published until 1962, the introductory material then differing considerably from that in the present version.
Ref: LRT114555


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DICKINSON (Patrick). A Durable fire. A Play by Patrick Dickinson. 1962, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[xii]+91+[i (blank)]; scarlet boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Publisher’s presentation copy, with their compliments slip loosely laid in.
Ref: LRT114556


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DICKINSON (Patric). The Bearing beast. Chatto and Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1976. Demy 8vo; title-page printed in black and brown; final blank; pp.46+[ii]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in yellow and black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £8.00

US $9.92


A volume in the series Phoenix Living Poets.
Ref: LRT114557


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DICKINSON (Patric). Our Living John And Other Poems. Chatto and Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1979. Demy 8vo; pp.32; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in yellow and black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £8.00

US $9.92


A volume in the series Phoenix Living Poets.
Ref: LRT114558


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DOBELL (Bertram). A century of sonnets. London, Published by the Author, 77 Charing Cross Road, 1910. Imp.32mo, signed and gathered in eights; two non-integral blanks before half-title, two at end, all of slightly thinner paper; final leaf integral advertisements; pp.viii+102+[ii]; large darker-grey-flecked grey wrappers printed black on front wrapper and up spine; a.e. uncut. A fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Second issue, earlier copies having two inserted blanks at the front, four at the back, all of text-paper.
Ref: LRT114563


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D[OOLITTLE]. (H[ilda].). Heliodora And Other Poems By H.D. Jonathan Cape, Eleven Gower Street, London, 1924. Pp.127+[i (blank)]; quarter light greyish brown fine rough buckram, white boards printed with a repeating pattern in light olive green and dark reddish brown, white paper spine label printed in brown; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Label chipped, not affecting lettering; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60



Ref: LRT114566


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D[OOLLITTLE]. (H[ILDA].). Euripedes Ion Translated with notes By H.D. 1937, Chatto & Windus, London. Lge.post 8vo; pp.[xii]+[132]; mottled light blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dull blue, others uncut. Virtually fine, unopened, copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


The publisher’s File Copy, with their small label to this effect on the spine.
Ref: LRT114567


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D[OOLITTLE]. H[ilda]. The walls Do not fall. Oxford University Press, 1944. Lge.post 8vo; first and last leaf blank; pp.[ii]+48+[ii]; [A]-B8, C10; hammered buff thin card self-wrappers printed on sides in brown and black, up spine in black, folded over blanks; lower-edges uncut. Nice copy.

GB £60.00

US $74.40



Ref: LRT114568


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D[OOLITTLE]. (H[ilda].). Hermetic Definitions [by] HD. No place, no publisher, no printer. [?Buffalo, U.S.A., for private circulation], 1971. Double med.16mo., 76pp. unpaginated; two blanks before half-title; emblematic title-page printed in red, green, and black; five blanks at end; textured iron grey self-wrappers, cut flush at top- and bottom- edges, folded over outermost blanks; spine label printed in red, green, and black. Very slight fading of wrappers at spine and adjacent edges of boards; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


A beautifully designed and printed book, preceding the trade edition, from which it differs in some respects textually. Presumably a fairly small printing, though there is no statement of limitation.
Ref: LRT114569


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DOYLE (Sir Arthur Conan). The Crown Diamond: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes. A Play in One Act. Privately Printed by the Baskerrette Press For subscription only. New York, 1958. One gathering, double med.16mo, sewn into text-paper paste-downs; Foreword and six illustrations in text by E[dgar]. W. S[mith]. (four being vignettes printed in black, and two full page, one printed in red and one in blue); quarter black morocco cloth, pink morocco-textured paper covered board sides, cream glazed paper label on front board printed in black. Slight foxing of half-title and back paste-down; otherwise a fine copy. One of an edition limited to 59 numbered copies each inscribed with the name of the first owner, this copy being number 1 and inscribed for Charles Farrell. TOGETHER WITH: Certificate, one leaf of heavy art paper, med.8vo format, printed on one side in black, and dated the “21st day of May in the year 1969", certifying that Charles Farrell is a Master of the Baker Street Irregulars and is entitled to receive certain publications of the Baker Street Irregulars, in particular “a numbered and controlled copy of The Crown Diamond, being the only piece of writing about Sherlock Holmes by Dr. John H. Watson’s literary agent, Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, never to have appeared before in print.” TOGETHER WITH: DOYLE ([Sir] Arthur Conan) and others. Arthur Conan Doyle On Sherlock Holmes: Speeches at the Stoll Convention Dinner. The Favil Press, 1981. Short cr.8vo; half-title not called for; second state of text, with cancellation slip reading ‘5 December 1912, volume 60, page 2320.’ pasted over the first half of l.6 on p. 12 to correct the original erroneous reading: ‘26 December 1912, volume 59, page 2320.’; 12pp. wire-stitched into textured pale grey wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black. Fine copy. One of an edition limited to 500 numbered copies, this copy bearing a twenty-five word inscription from the compiler of the volume, Doyle’s bibliographer, Richard Lancelyn Green, to Charles Farrell. TOGETHER WITH: Photocopies, five leaves A4, single-sided, relating to the original production of the play in 1921: of the London Coliseum programme, reviews, etc., and a photograph of Dennis Neilson-Terry as Sherlock Holmes. Edges of verso of last leaf slightly embrowned, otherwise fine. TOGETHER WITH: TLS, 372 words, dated “6 August 1982” from Doyle’s bibliographer Richard Lancelyn Green to Charles Farrell asking him to inscribe Green’s copy of ‘The Crown Diamond’, enclosing the copy of ‘Arthur Conan Doyle On Sherlock Holmes’ and the photocopies detailed above, and asking for information on the original production of the play. Fine. The four items:

GB £1,140.00

US $1,413.60


A superb association collection: the actor Charles Farrell, whose copies these were, was by the time of the publication of ‘The Crown Diamond’ the only surviving member of the five man cast of the original production of 1921, in which he played the boxer, Sam Merton. Lancelyn Green in his letter to him asks him to inscribe his own copy of the play as “that would make the book very special and something which I would treasure", adding, with some justice: “It is quite remarkable after 60 years to be able to get first hand information.” ‘The Crown Diamond’ is Green & Gibson, A49; De Waal, 813. ‘Arthur Conan Doyle On Sherlock Holmes’ does not appear to be in Green & Gibson or De Waal: it contains a speech delivered by Doyle at the ‘Stoll Convention Dinner’ on Wednesday 28th September, 1921, reprinted from “Stoll’s Editorial News” Vol. 5, pp.11-14; together with a response by Mr. Eille Norwood: ‘Sherlock Holmes Replies’; a verse letter addressed to Doyle by Arthur Guiterman in 1912, and Doyle’s reply to that (the latter quoted briefly in the speech); and an introduction and bibliographical note by Green. Green & Gibson comment on the limitation of ‘The Crown Diamond’: “Although the edition is limited to fifty-nine copies, there was a considerable number of extra, unnumbered copies.” The limitation notice in the present copy reads “So that perhaps as many as a hundred devotees of Sherlock Holmes may come to read and enjoy it, the Baker Street Irregulars, Inc., have caused this printing of “The Crown Diamond” to be done in a total of 59 numbered and registered copies, of which this is Copy 1 for Charles Farrell” — the implication of which would appear to be that there were “as many as” a further 41 copies printed but unregistered. This would perchance explain the issuance of the certificate of entitlement to the volume some eleven years later, as a method of discounting forgery (or the creation of registered from un-registered copies). The certificate is not mentioned by Green & Gibson, who had possibly never come across it. Further laid in, however, is the print-out of an e-mail from Ian Robertson of The Slow Loris Press, who, operating prior to 1959 as a printer/binder under the name of The Windhover Press, was responsible for binding the volume and also for printing the label. According to Robertson’s memory of the transaction: “Mr Smith .    .    .    . brought the pages — printed in signatures of either 4 or 8 — for me to bind.    .    .    . I’m certain there were more than fifty-nine copies bound, but I just cannot bring to mind how many in all. My hunch is still not more than twenty or so more (78+ or -).    .    .    . I do remember there were a number of pages that were not really bindable due to awry printing, inking problems, either the red or the blue illustrations missing, etc. These all went back to Mr E W Smith.” It looks from this as though there were something under eighty copies originally bound, of which fifty-nine were issued as numbered and registered copies. The remaining twenty or so imperfect sets of sheets, making up the hypothetical hundred, which were returned to Edgar Smith, must then have been bound up later by someone else, for according to Green & Gibson (p.209, Notes) “those which were creased or imperfectly bound were sold or given away out of sequence” — but Robertson did not bind up any such.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DRINKWATER (Albert E[dwin].). [Cover title:] What do you think of That, My Cat? A One-sided Conversation, by Albert E. Drinkwater. Address: 1 Ladbroke Crescent [this scored through and ‘3 St. Stephen’s Square / Bayswater’ substituted], London, W., N.D. [?1920s]. Cr.4to format, 12ll. copy paper, carbon typescript, rubricated by hand, stabbed through and sewn with crimson and brown twilled thread (secured with a bow) into large brown-and-white cloth-textured wrappers, front wrapper with white paper label typed as above; ms. Scene Plot in red ink and typescript follows leaf listing characters, scene setting and time, before start of text. Short tear to fore-margin of wrappers, and wrappers a little dusty at edges; otherwise fine. Rare.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The father of John Drinkwater, Albert E. Drinkwater was a poet, playright, actor, and manager like his son. A collective edition of his plays and poems was published in 1885, a Comedietta, ‘A Legend of Vandale’, first performed in 1890, was printed privately in 1892, and a couple of other plays much later on: ‘Honours Easy’, was published by French in 1921, and ‘Pipe of Peace’ by Cornish Brothers, Birmingham, in 1922 (the last, at least, evidently mediated by his son). He also published in 1905 an essay ‘Music in Speech, Drama in Song’, which had been the Queen Victoria Lecture for 1904. The present play appears to be unpublished, and as a carbon typescript must have been one, at most, of about half a dozen copies. It contains corrections in ink repairing typing errors and a two-word holograph addition to the Scene Plot. Despite the presence of the Scene Plot, the piece is ‘a play for voices’ and could well have been intended for the radio.
Ref: HRT119323


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DRINKWATER (John). Lyrical And Other poems By John Drinkwater Author of “The Death of Leander & Other Poems.” Cranleigh: The Samurai Press, [on colophon:] October 1908. Title-page printed in blue-green and black; three line Errata on acknowledgments page; pp.56; quarter olive green rough buckram, blue-green paper boards, white spine label printed in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut; text-paper end-papers. Spine label rubbed and a little chipped; slight rubbing or marking of covers; one or two leaves and edgers a little foxed; in general a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £35.00

US $43.40


One of an edition limited to only 300 copies. Hand-printed on laid paper by Arthur K. Sabin at the Samurai Press. Drinkwater’s third book. ‘Times Bookshop’ Memorial Exhibition Catalogue, 3, describing the boards as ‘blue’: but there are two versions of the gene for distinguishing blue and green. We possibly have the other one.
Ref: LRT118692


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DRINKWATER (John). Poems Of love and earth. By John Drinkwater, Author of ‘Lyrical and Other Poems’ ‘Poems of Men and Hours’, ‘Cophetua’ etc. London, David Nutt, 57 — 59 Long Acre, 1912. Integral advertisement leaf at end (signed ‘F’) followed by conjugate blank; pp.[viii]+63+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[iv]; full cream parchment over thin boards, lettered on front cover and up spinein gilt; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Parchment of spine a little darkened; some scattered foxing; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $37.20


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed contemporary holograph inscription on the verso of the half-title. Times Bookshop Memorial Catalogue, 8 (but one of only four first editions not actually included in the exhibition); Wise, Ashley Library, II, p.56, failing to note the advertisement leaf and blank, and describing the parchment as ‘Japanese-vellum paper’, which is certainly not the case with the present copy, but may have been so with his which was presented to him by the author in the 1920s; Danielson, 51.
Ref: LRT118358


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DRINKWATER (John). Seeds of Time. Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd., 3 Adam Street, Adelphi, 1921. Lge.f’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[ii]+73+[1 (Acknowledgment)]+[iv]; light red fine linen grain boards, cream paper spine label printed in red and black; spare label tipped in at end. Slight foxing of fore- and lower- edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


‘Times Bookshop’ Memorial Exhibition Catalogue 38a, describing the binding as ‘cloth’; Wise, Ashley, IX, p.69, also describing a copy in cloth: the present binding is presumably secondary.
Ref: LRT114581


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DRINKWATER (John). Preludes 1921-1922. [The Bookman’s Journal], 1922. Series title/limitation leaf precedes half-title; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; end-papers integral; full blue vellum, lettered gilt up spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine faded, otherwise a fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


One of an edition limited to 125 copies numbered and signed by the author, set by hand and printed on hand-made paper at The Moreland Press. Printed throughout in blue and black. The second of the Vine Books. ‘Times Bookshop’ Memorial Exhibition Catalogue 44a; Wise, Ashley Library Catalogue II, p.65.
Ref: LRT114583


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DRINKWATER (John). From the German. Verses written from the German Poets. Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd., 1924. Blank before half-title; quarter unlettered vellum, vellum label tooled and lettered gilt on front cover, multi-coloured batik boards; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy.

GB £60.00

US $74.40


One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies printed on French hand made paper at The Pelican Press. This copy has been signed by the author at the end of the preface. ‘Times Bookshop’ Memorial Exhibition Catalogue, 109; Wise, Ashley Library Catalogue, IX, p.71. Rather a beautiful book.
Ref: LRT119344


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DUFFY (Maureen). The Venus Touch. Poems. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 5 Winsley Street, 1971. Narrow demy 8vo; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; salmon pink rough cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in the original tissue dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


One of an edition limited to 500 numbered copies, signed by the author.
Ref: LRT114594


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DUNN (Douglas). The Happier Life. Faber & Faber, 3 Queen Square, 1972. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.72; hammered bright light bluish green cloth textured boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: LRT114602


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DUNSANY (Lord). Plays of Near & Far. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, London & New York, December, 1922. Binder’s blank, and blank before half-title; blank and binder’s blank at end; pp.[xii]+150+[ii]; pale brown fine rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut; end-papers marbled brown. Nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Currey, p.171. One of an edition limited to 500 copies. Printed on Abbey Mills laid paper.
Ref: LRT114605


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DUNSANY (Lord). Alexander & Three Small Plays. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, London & New York, October 1925. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘A’ before half-title; pp.[viii]+147+[i (printer’s imprint)]; dull blue faintly streaky rough buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower-edges uncut. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The first trade edition, printed in the same month as the 250 copy limited edition. This edition not in Hubin. Printed at the Chiswick Press.
Ref: LRT114607


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DURRELL (Lawrence). On seeming to Presume. Poems. Faber and Faber Limited, 1948. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, two at end; dark red rough cloth, lettered silver down spine; fore- and lower- edges mainly trimmed; cream end-papers. Slight silver fish damage to cloth over upper joint, resulting in eight small holes; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £19.00

US $23.56



Ref: LRT114610


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DURRELL (Lawrence). Selected Poems. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, 1956. Demy 8vo; lemon cloth, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Slight foxing of end-papers; one light fox-spot affecting four pages of text; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper strengthened with tissue on verso.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


In our experience one of the scarcer Durrell titles. Includes poems here first collected.
Ref: LRT114613


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DYMENT (Clifford). Straight or curly? J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1937. Imp.16mo, printed in half-sheets; grey boards, lettered green down spine. Boards lightly embrowned, and spine slightly darkened; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: LRT114618


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DYMENT (Clifford). The axe in the wood. Poems. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1944. Cr.16mo, gathered in quarter sheets; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; coarse brownish-red cloth, blocked and lettered gilt down spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine and edges of covers slightly darkened; otherwise a fine copy in slightly darkened dust-wrapper.

GB £19.00

US $23.56



Ref: LRT114619


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

EIGNER (Larry). What you hear. Copyright 1972, Edible Magazine [on colophon:] 54 Hayes Court, New Park Road, London, S W 2 4EX [sic]. Sm.A5 format, 40pp., unpaginated, wire-stitched into pink card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in red and blue, on back wrapper in red; text for the most part printed on one side only, title and one other page printed in red, the rest in green; one illustration, printed in red on pale blue card, mounted on a text-leaf; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


One of an edition limited to only 200 copies. The volume was designed by Allen Fisher; the illustration and cover design are by Dick Miller.
Ref: LRT114624


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ELIOT (T.S.). Ash-wednesday. Faber & Faber Ltd., 1930. Cr.8vo, printed in half-sheets; two blanks before half-title; blank at end; pp.[iv]+21+[iii]; light brown Sundour cloth, flat back, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and down spine; t.e.g., others uncut. A very nice copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


Connolly, Modern Movement, 65. Gallup, A15b: first ordinary edition. One of 2,000 copies.
Ref: LRT114634


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ELIOT (T.S.). Murder In the Cathedral. Acting Edition For the Festival of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral 1935. Canterbury [Kent], H.J. Goulden, Limited (By permission of the Author and Messrs. Faber and Faber. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; blank precedes title-page, blank at end; pale lilac thick paper wrappers, cut flush, printed purple on front wrapper; issued without end-papers. Slight marking and dusting of wrappers; a little very light foxing of blanks and last leaf of text; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £460.00

US $570.40


Gallup, A29a. The true first edition: one of a total printing of 750 copies prepared for sale at performances of the play in Canterbury Cathedral, and issued a little over a month before the first trade edition. The only printing of this text, which is that actually used in the Cathedral: it had been slightly modified in the course of the production. The trade edition printed the unmodified text.
Ref: LRT114640


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS POETRY CATALOGUE, File L: Twentieth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ELIOT (T.S.). The Elder statesman: A play. Faber and Faber Ltd, 1959. Final blank; pp.[109]+[iii]; red cloth ruled and lettered gilt down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $80.60



Ref: LRT114655


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