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 $35.10


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 $12.15


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 $13.50


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 $60.75


The volume in which ‘For the Fallen’ was first collected: “They shall grow not old as they that are left grow old: / Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.” It had made its appearance in ‘The Tmes’ of September 21st 1914. Published in December 1914 and dated ahead. A few advance copies appear to have been dated ‘1914’ on the title-page instead of ‘1915’ as here. The second printing had the publication history on the verso of the title-page: “First published December 1914; second edition (2nd. thousand) April 1915". The verso of the title-page here is blank. The first printing appears to have consisted of 500 copies. Nelson, 1914.36; Reilly, p.56.
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 $32.40


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 $24.30


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 $13.50


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 $13.50


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 $13.50



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 $28.35


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 $13.50



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 $54.00


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 $32.40



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 $13.50



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 $13.50


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 $13.50


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 $21.60


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 $13.50


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 $16.20


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 $25.65


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 $13.50


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 $32.40


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 $13.50


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 $67.50


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 $74.25


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 $74.25


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 $13.50


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 $216.00


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 $16.20



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 $25.65


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 $12.15



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 $13.50


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 $12.15


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 $13.50



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 $6.75


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


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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.

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

GB £10.00

US $13.50


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

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 $13.50


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

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 $6.75


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 $54.00


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

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 $67.50


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


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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.

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 $13.50


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

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 $35.10


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

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 $2.70



ISBN 0 86162 299 5
Ref: LRT114351


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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.

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 $2.70




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ISBN 0 86162 331 2
Ref: LRT114352


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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.

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 $16.20


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

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 $13.50



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 $189.00


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

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 $37.80


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

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 $28.35



Ref: LRT114367


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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.

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 $101.25


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


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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.

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 $13.50


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 $148.50


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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