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.

MORGAN (Charles). The river line: A play. London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1952. Demy 8vo; pp.[xxvi]+[166]; light blue-green cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Includes a long ‘Introduction: On transcending the Age of Violence.’
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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.

MORGAN (Edwin). Beowulf: A verse translation Into modern English. 1952, The Hand and Flower Press, Aldington, Ashford, Kent. Lge.post 8vo; title-page printed in reddish-brown and black; pp.xxxviii+94; cream cloth, lettered crimson on front cover and up spine; t.e. crimson. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper bearing a blurb by Morgan.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


One of an edition limited to 2,000 copies. The author’s first book, now somewhat hard to find.
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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.

MORGAN (Edwin). From Glasgow To Saturn. A Carcanet Press Publication, [266 Councillor Lane, Cheadle, Cheshire,] 1973. Lge.post 8vo; black boards blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt down spine; t.e. yellow. End-papers splashed with yellow dye carelessly applied to top-edges by the binder; t.e. a little faded; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly damp-marked on back panel.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT115529


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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.

MORRIS (Tina). [Right hand side of title-page:] A song Of the Great Peace. Edited by Dave Cunliffe. [Left hand side of title-page:] [Acknowledgments and copyright notice,] 1966, Published by BB Bks & distributed by Screeches Publications, 11 Clematis St., Blackburn, Lancs. One gathering, landscape lge.12mo, wire stitched into bluish lilac coated wrappers printed on front in black; half-title not called for; one illustration on text-paper, arranged as a plate; issued without end-papers. Front wrapper with small scuff, and a little very light staining; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT115537


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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.

MOSS (Stanley). The Wrong angel. Anvil Press Poetry, 1969. Demy 8vo; blank before title-page, blank at end; half-title not called for; cancellation slip at head of p.11 giving title; pp.[80 (including blanks)]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in purple and black, inside in black. Nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


First English, and first revised and enlarged edition, of the author’s first volume of verse, published in New York in 1966. A curiosity of the volume is that the publisher’s address is given on the verso of the title leaf as 5, Carew Road, Northwood, Middlesex, and on the inside back cover as 69 King George Street, London, SE 10. Schizophrenia!
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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.

MOTTRAM (Eric). Eric Mottram. Local movement. Local movement. [And twice more, with the text disintegrating] For Bob Cobbing Who did the cover & Illustrations. Writers Forum 262 Randolph Avenue London W.9 3rd. edtn 1st edition December 1973 2nd Edition November 1974. A3 folded to A4, duplicated; issued without a half-title or end-papers; title-leaf illustrated recto and verso, and two double-sided illustration in text; final leaf with three-line Errata and colophon on recto, verso blank; wire-stitched into thin card wrappers printed in brown with a design by Bob Cobbing. Fine copy.

GB £7.50

US $9.30



Ref: LRT119377


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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.

MUIR (Edwin). The narrow place. Faber and Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square, London, 1943. Lge.post 8vo; final blank; pp.50+[ii]; deep sky-blue silk-weave cloth, lettered gilt down spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Fine copy in slightly faded and minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £26.00

US $32.24



Ref: LRT115549


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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.

NASH (Ogden). I’m A Stranger Here Myself. Boston, Little, Brown and Company, N.D. [1938]. Double cr.16mo; title-page printed in red and black (title reversed out on black panel); three blanks at end; pp.xiv+283+[vii]; deep scarlet rough linen effect cloth, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut. Fine copy in very slightly marked dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


"Copyright 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, by Ogden Nash All rights reserved, including the right To reproduce this book or portions Thereof in any form” on verso of title-page at head, “Printed in the United States of America” at foot.
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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.

NASH (Ogden). Family Reunion. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1951. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[xiv]+146; mottled scarlet cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper lightly stained on back panel.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


First English edition of a book published in America in 1950.
Ref: LRT115561


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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.

NEWBOLT (Henry). Poems: new and old. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1912. Demy 8vo in half sheets; pp.[xii]+232; publisher’s full vellum, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on flat spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine a trifle bowed, and a little light marking to edges of front cover; end-papers lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40


One of an edition limited to only one hundred copies, this copy being numbered and signed by the author. Printed on ‘Aldwych’ hand-made paper. According to the Author’s Note: “This volume forms a complete collection of all my published work in verse from 1897 to 1912. It includes the contents of four previous volumes: ‘Admirals All’ (1897), ‘The Island Race’ (1898), ‘The Sailing of the Long-Ships’ (1902), and ‘Songs of Memory and Hope’ (1909), together with a number of pieces added to the later editions of the first two of these, and ten poems which have not hitherto appeared in book form — namely, ‘Sailing at Dawn’, The Song of the Sou’ Wester’, ‘The Middle Watch’, ‘The Little admiral’, ‘The Song of the Guns at Sea’, ‘Farewell’, ‘Mors Janua’, ‘Gold’, ‘The Faun’, and ‘Rilloby-Rill’.”
Ref: LRT115574


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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.

NEWBOLT (Henry). [Cover title:] The linnet’s nest. Drawings by Ralph Keene. [Colophon:] Published by Faber & Gwyer Limited, N.D [1927]. One gathering, sm.cr.8vo; three blanks at beginning, two at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; half-title and title leaves not called for; illustration on front cover printed in black, one on p.7 printed in black, lavender, and green; page of advertisements follows text, this followed by colophon page with limitation notice on verso; very thin green boards, the front board printed in black. Fine copy in very slightly nicked original dust-wrapper.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


One of an edition limited to 350 numbered copies printed on Zanders’ hand-made paper. Printed at The Curwen Press. Issued as Number 2 of The Ariel Poems, and much scarcer in its limited form than later titles in the series, which were limited to 500 copies. It is also not uniform with the later titles, being of much more delicate construction.
Ref: LRT115575


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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.

NEWTON (Douglas). [Cover title:] Crescendo poetry series No 7. Metamorphoses Of Violence. May I 1952 Printed and published at The Latin Press, Saint Ives, The Private Press of Guido Morris. One gathering, sewn; a.e. uncut. Scattered light foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £9.00

US $11.16


Printed on cream Abbey Mills paper.
Ref: LRT115577


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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.

NORRIS (Leslie). Water voices. Chatto and Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1980. Demy 8vo; pp.48; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in yellow and black; issued without end-papers. A near-fine copy.

GB £9.00

US $11.16


A volume in ‘The Phoenix Living Poets’ series.
Ref: LRT115589


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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.

NORSE (Harold). Karma circuit: 20 poems & a preface. 1973, Panjandrum Press, San Francisco. Pott 4to format, perfect bound; blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black; three illustrations on text-paper; index leaf follows title-leaf; Illustrations leaf at end, printed with vignette on verso in red; cream wrappers, cut flush, printed in red and black. Back wrapper slightly creased; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


First American edition. Includes a new Preface and dedication, and adds (on the back cover) a portrait of the author dating from 1964. The illustrations are decidedly inferior.
Ref: LRT115592


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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.

NUTTALL (Jeff). Writers forum Poets number Seventeen: Pieces Of poetry. 262 Randolph Av., London, W9, N.D., [c.1963]. Eighteen leaves f’cap 8vo format, except for the last leaf, printed on one side of the paper only, perfect bound into white wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; half-title not called for; printer’s imprint on verso of last leaf; issued without end-papers. Very nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Collage/concrete, with graffitti — and some straight text. Typical Nuttall, and a perfect ‘period’ piece!
Ref: LRT115607


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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.

NUTTALL (Jeff). Come back Sweet Prince. A novelette. Writers Forum Poets No 21. 262 Randolph Av., [London,] W9, N.D., [c.1964]. Two leaves of yellow paper, enclosing eighteen leaves of white paper, f’cap 8vo format, wire-stitched into white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in green; half-title not called for; printer’s imprint on verso of last leaf; illustrations in text; issued without end-papers. Front cover a trifle rubbed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT115608


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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.

NUTTALL (Jeff). Sun barbs. Published by Poet & Peasant Books, May 1976. Sm.landscape 8vo, 14 leaves, wire-stabbed into green wrappers, printed in black; spine bound with cream masking-tape; issued without half-title or end-papers. Publication price written in ink on corner of title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Issued as Poet & Peasant 19.
Ref: LRT115610


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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.

NYE (Robert). Juvenilia 2. Scorpion Press, 1963. Demy 8vo in half-sheets; final blank; pp.65+[iii]; black cloth, lettered gilt down spine. Two light vertical creases in front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper. Scarce.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


With the author’s signed holograph inscription for Michael Henshaw, dated ‘12th July, 1970 / Edinburgh’, on the front end-paper.
Ref: LRT115611


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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.

NYE (Robert) & WATSON (Bill). Playscript 36: ‘Sawney Bean’ Calder and Boyars, London, 1970. Extra cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.100+[iv]; charcoal cloth-textured boards lettered silver on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


Presentation copy from Robert [Nye] to Michael (‘Mike’) [Henshaw], bearing a lengthy contemporary holograph inscription in his hand on the front end-paper, and two holograph corrections in the text (‘spate’ for ‘spats’ at l.34 0n p.70; and ‘sounds’ for ‘stands’ at l.14 on p.100). Published as ‘Calder Playscript 36’. Also issued, simultaneously, in wrappers.
Ref: LRT115612


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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.

O’CASEY (Sean). Oak leaves And lavender; Or A warld on wallpaper. London, Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1946. Extra cr.8vo; Three leaves bearing music at end, followed by two blanks serving as end-papers; pp.[viii]+[163]+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[iv]; green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Front end-paper slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in slightly faded dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48



Ref: LRT115618


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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.

OLSON (Charles). Maximus poems IV, V, VI. Cape Goliard Press, [10a Fairhazel Gardens,] London [N.W.6,] 1968. Demy 4to; 108 leaves, unpaginated; colophon leaf followed by two blanks at end; textured cream card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in moss green and black, lettered black on spine; deep orange end-papers, the outermost not pasted down. Very nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


The ordinary issue; there was also an issue limited to 100 copies numbered and signed by the author and case-bound, and an issue limited to 26 copies, lettered A-Z, signed by the author, hand-bound, and boxed. Precedes all other editions.
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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.

O’NEILL (Eugene). Hughie: A Play. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, 1962. Three blanks at end, the outermost serving as end-papers; pp.41+[vii]; light blue beaded linen-textured boards, blocked with O’Neill’s signature silver on front cover, blocked and up-lettered silver on spine. Small bruise to spine; otherwise a fine copy in slightly stained dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


First English edition of a play originally published in America in 1959. One of the last plays written by O’Neill. The English edition is scarce.
Ref: LRT115627


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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.

OSBORNE (John) and CREIGHTON (Anthony). Epitaph For George Dillon: A Play in Three Acts. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, 1958. Post 8vo; pp.99+[i (blank)]; buff wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front wrapper and up spine; made up without end-papers. Wrappers very slightly faded at edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


Proof Copy of Osborne’s third play.
Ref: LRT115637


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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.

OSBORNE (John). A Patriot for Me. Faber & Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, 1966. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.128; pink rough fine-weave cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


The first state of text, with the page number to p.15 upside-down. Refused a licence by the Lord Chamberlain because of its homosexual content, the play was first acted privately at the Royal Court Theatre on 30th June 1965. “A list of the cuts and alterations requested by the Lord Chamberlain — and to which Mr Osborne refused to agree — is printed as an appendix to this volume.” — prefatory note.
Ref: LRT115641


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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.

OSBORNE (John). A bond honoured: A Play By John Osborne (From Lope De Vega). Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, 1966. Narrow lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; blank at end; mottled deep salmon red cloth, ruled and down-lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper of one of the less common Osborne titles.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


The title-page is misleading. The play is based so loosely upon ‘La Fianza Satisfecha’ as to be virtually a new work.
Ref: LRT115642


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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.

OXLEY (William). The ‘Icon’ poems. Ember Press, 1972, [on verso of title-page:] 128 Ember Lane, Esher, Surrey]. Sm.f’cap 4to format, perfect bound; white glazed wrappers, cut flush, printed in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Presentation copy bearing the author’s signed holograph inscription to C. Wrey Gardiner on the half-title page.
Ref: LRT115652


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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.

PADILLA (Herberto). Sent off The field: A selection from the poetry of Herberto Padilla Translated by J M Cohen. Andre Deutsch, 1972. Double sm.demy 16mo; lake boards, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Cuban poet, first promoted, then imprisoned, by Castro.
Ref: LRT115658


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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.

PALAMAS (Kostes). Poems. Selected and Rendered into English By Theodore Ph. Stephanides And George C. Katsimbalis. [No place, no publisher,] 1925. Photogravure portrait frontispiece printed in sepie, with tissue guard; pp.[144]; pale blue thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed in dark blue on front wrapper. Very slight fading of wrappers, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


Presentation copy from George Katsimbalis, with his signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. The “first attempt to render the poetry of Kostes Palamas into English verse” — translator’s Preface. A scarce volume, evidently issued privately. The verso of the title-page bears the printer’s imprint of Hazell, Watson, and Viney, Ld., London & Aylesbury.
Ref: LRT115659


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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.

PALMER (Herbert E.). The vampire And other Poems and Rimes Of a Pilgrim’s Progress. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1936. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; imprint leaf, followed by blank, at end; Erratum slip tipped in before start of text; pink vertically low-ribbed cloth, lettered black on front cover and down spine; t.e. pink. Fine in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The long title poem, which was praised by A.E., is one that deserves to be better known.
Ref: LRT115660


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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.

PASTERNAK (Boris). Poems. Translated by L. Slater. Foreword by Hugh Macdiarmid. Peter Russell, Fairwarp, Sussex, 1958. Sm.cr.8vo; series title precedes frontispiece; half-title not called for; half-tone portrait frontispiece after a drawing by the poet’s father, Leonid Pasternak; title-page printed in black and dark red; publisher’s advertisement leaf at end; pp.30+[ii]; cancellation slip bearing three line errata and revised note on frontispiece tipped on to verso of title-page; white stiff card wrappers, cut flush, printed in blue, red, and grey-green on front cover; issued without end-papers. Virtually fine copy in white imitation art-paper dust-wrapper reproducing front wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Issued as volume I of the proposed ‘Literary Miscellany Russian Poetry Series’. Includes fifteen poems.
Ref: LRT115664


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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.

PASTERNAK (Boris). Poems. Translated by L. Slater. Foreword by Hugh Macdiarmid. Peter Russell, Fairwarp, Sussex, 1959. Sm.cr.8vo format, gathered irregularly; series title precedes frontispiece; half-title not called for; half-tone portrait frontispiece; title-page printed in black and dark red; publisher’s advertisement leaf at end; pp.37+[i (blank)]+[2]; white stiff card wrappers, cut flush, printed on blue, red, and black on front cover; issued without end-papers. Very slight embrowning of boards; otherwise a fine copy in grey dust-wrapper reproducing front wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Second edition, expanded by the addition of two new poems and a Translator’s Note, revised, re-arranged, and reset. Issued as volume I of the proposed ‘Literary Miscellany Russian Poetry Series’.
Ref: LRT115665


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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.

PASTERNAK (Boris). The blind beauty: A Play. Translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari. With a Foreword by Max Hayward. Collins and Harvill Press, 1969. Portrait frontispiece; purple and pale blue mixed weave effect boards, ruled and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT115666


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PATCHEN (Kenneth). First will & testament. New Directions, Norfolk, Conn., 1939. Super roy 8vo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in black and red; colophon on last page; pp.[ii]+181+[i]; dark red art-linen, lettered gilt on front cover and down spine. Neat repair to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine; gilt oxydised on spine; torn corner of front end-paper restored; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £110.00

US $136.40


One of only 800 copies printed at the Walpole Printing Office in July and August 1939.
Ref: LRT115667


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PAYNE (M.A.). Out of the Valley. Drawings by Ru van Rossem. The Shepherd Press 43 Eaton Terrace, London S.W.1, 1953. Extra cr.8vo; colophon on verso of last page of text; blank at end; pp.45+[i]+[ii]; pale grey boards printed in black, the sides bearing designs by Ru van Rossem. Very slight foxing of edges, but a virtually fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


"The author does not pretend to be a poet but as these thoughts came in this form she wrote them down” — having, as it happened, something to say. The interesting illustrations are reminiscent of the work of Nicholas Moore.
Ref: LRT115670


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PEGGE (C. Denis). Obsidian. Poems by C. Denis Pegge. London-at the Scholartis Press, XXX Museum Street, 1934. Demy 8vo; printer’s device on final leaf; pp.51+[i]; navy blue buckram lettered gilt on front cover and up spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight bubbling to cloth on back board; otherwise a fine, unopened, copy in slightly marked, dusty, and minutely nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


Printed at the Alcuin Press on mould-made paper. The publisher is given on the back wrapper at ‘Eric Partridge Limited At the Scholartis Press’.
Ref: LRT118626


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PERCY (Edward). The Rigordans: A play in three acts. London, Ernest Benn Limited, 8 Bouverie Street, E.C.4, 1924. Imp.16mo in half-sheets; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[101]+[i (blank)]+[2]; light greeny-blue buckram, white labels printed in black on front cover and down spine. Poor quality paper embrowned throughout; marked up in pencil for a performance, with numerous cuts and alterations indicated throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £5.00

US $6.20


Issued as Volume XVII in the series ‘Contemporary British Dramatists’.
Ref: LRT115678


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PESKETT (William). The Nightowl’s Dissection. Secker & Warburg, London, 1975. Demy 8vo; final blank; pp.62+[ii]; emerald green cloth-textured boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in very slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Peskett’s first full-length book.
Ref: LRT115681


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PHILLIPS (Stephen). The Sin of David. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1904. Integral advertisement leaf at end; three line errata slip tipped in before fly-title to Act I; pp.[viii]+77+[i (blank)]+[ii]; mottled light and dark turquoise fine rough buckram, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and flat spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


The first issue, bound copies of the book having later been taken over by John Lane, who laid a notice to this effect onto the front paste-down.
Ref: LRT115686


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PHILLIPS (Stephen). Nero. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1906. Advertisement leaf before half-title; pp.[viii]+107+[i]; mottled light and dark turquoise fine rough buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and flat spine, blind on back cover; a.e. uncut; poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout, and one or two leaves slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT115688


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PHILLPOTTS (Adelaide Eden). Illyrion And other poems. Cecil Palmer and Hayward, Oakley House, Bloomsbury St., W.C., 1916. Title with woodcut border; 2pp. integral advertisements followed by imprint leaf at end; plain white boards, cream dust-wrapper printed in gold down spine and on front cover. Fine copy in slightly dusty and very slightly frayed dust-wrapper. Scarce.

GB £40.00

US $49.60



Ref: LRT115693


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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Goodwill. Watts & Co., Johnson’s Court, Fleet Street, E.C.4, July 1928. Final blank; green linen grain cloth lettered gilt up spine and on front cover. Fine copy in very slightly dusty dust-wrapper very slightly rubbed on spine.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


Apparently an advance copy, with the publication date and price noted in pencil on the front end-paper: ‘Pub. July 2nd, 2/6 net’.
Ref: LRT115699


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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Sonnets from nature. Watts & Co., 5 & 6 Johnson’s Court, Fleet Street, E.C.4, 1935. Cr.8vo in half sheets; blank before half-title; imprint leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[2]+viii+34+[ii]+[ii]; diagonally very fine ribbed dark slate-green cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and up flat spine. Very slight marking of covers, and very slight foxing of first and last two leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £23.00

US $28.52



Ref: LRT115701


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PINNEY (Michael). [Cover title:] 1 Died. [Repeated on rectos of last two leaves:] Photographs: John Miles; Poem: Michael Pinney. [On inside back cover:] Published by Bettiscombe Press, Nr. Bridport, Dorset, England, 1972. Landscape pott 4to format, perfect bound; prelims. not called for; fly-title to illustrations follows text of poem, this printed on thick translucent paper; 40pp., unpaginated, including fly-title; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in brown on front and inside back wrapper; issued without end-papers. Slight darkening of wrappers; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


An interestingly designed book, presenting an effective fusion of photomontage and text.
Ref: LRT115708


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PITTAWAY (The Rev. Joseph, M.A., Rector of Rodden, Frome, Somerset). Joseph: A poem. 1940, 2s. 6d. from the Author. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+48; textured large blush-pink wrappers, printed black on front wrapper and down spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: LRT115715


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PLOMER (William). The fivefold Screen. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, 1932. Double cr.8vo; charcoal cloth blocked and lettered gilt up spine; lower-edges uncut. End-papers foxed with slight offsetting onto facing pages; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


One of an edition limited to 450 signed and numbered copies for sale, this copy being unsigned, unnumbered, and marked ‘Out of Series’. Woolmer, 301, not recording a dust-wrapper.
Ref: LRT115727


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PLOMER (William). The planes of Bedford Square. Printed at the Bookbang, Bedford Square, 1971. One half sheet, demy 8vo, folded twice, unsewn, printed on one side of the paper only. A fine, unopened, copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of a small number of copies set by the Central school of Art and Design and printed on Inveresk hand-made paper by the Printing Historical Society.
Ref: LRT115731


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PORTER (Hayward). The Satires of Boileau Despréaux And his ‘Address to the King’ Done into English Verse by Hayward Porter With Notes and a Biographical Sketch, and also a Translation of Boileau’s ‘Essay on Satire’ Illustrated by James Magnus. Glasgow, James MacLehose and Sons, Publishers to the University, 1904. Frontispiece and twelve plates; final blank; pp.[xviii]+125+[iii]; Cambridge blue buckram, blocked with publisher’s motto device and date on back cover, lettered and pictorially blocked with design by Magnus, and date, on front cover, ruled and up-lettered on spine, all blackish blue; a.e. uncut. Very slight fading of spine and front cover; slight foxing of first and last few leaves and edges; otherwise a very nice copy, unopened throughout.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


Avowedly the first English translation of the Satires. The translator’s Preface is dated from Harrowgate. A good example of a dated binding, verified on almost every surface!
Ref: LRT115737


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POTTS (Paul). Ballad Book 2: Paul Potts. Instead of a Sonnet. Editions Poetry London, [on verso of half-title:] 1944. Globe 8vo; one illustration in text; final blank; pp.viii+45+[iii]; buttercup yellow buckram, lettered black down spine. Fine copy in very slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


The author’s first book.
Ref: LRT115739


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POWYS (Laurence). At the harlot’s Burial. Poems. 1930, E. Lahr, 68 Red Lion Street, W.C.1. Cr.8vo in half sheets; blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[44]; binder’s blank at end; hammered cream self-wrappers folded over blanks, printed scarlet on front cover and down spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight marking of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


The spine bears the full title of the opening poem: ‘The Village Elders at the Harlot’s Burial’, the front cover, like the title page, the shortened version.
Ref: LRT115746


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PRESS (John). [Cover title:] Keepsake poem 19. Spring at St Clair. A poem. Drawing by Anthea Ryan. 1974, The Keepsake Press [Inside back cover:] 26 Sydney Road, Richmond, Surrey. F’cap 4to, 4pp., pasted into laid light blue-green wrappers; illustration and text occupying centre spread; in white envelope printed in black, as issued. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of a total edition limited to 180 copies.
Ref: LRT115748


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PRICE (Candelent). Celtic ballads And chansons. London, Arthur Henry Stockwell, 29 Ludgate Hill, E.C., N.D. [?c.1920]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved illustration by a Morgan Price on verso of title-page; two blanks at end; pp.[91]+[i (publisher’s imprint)]+[iv]; light greenish blue buckram, ruled blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on front cover and up spine. Nice copy.

GB £16.00

US $19.84


Presentation copy, with the author’s holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Includes some fantasy/horror poems: ‘The Vampire’, ‘The Wraith’ etc.
Ref: LRT115749


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PRIMOST (Sydney). The pools Of the gods. A play in three acts By Sydney primost. With a Foreword By Paul Tabori. Telescript Limited. Distributed by Simpkin Marshall Ltd., Marylebone Road, 1954. Tall lge.post 8vo; red linen patterned cloth lettered black on front cover and down flat spine. Front end-paper lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy in rather marked dust-wrapper. Scarce.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription dated June 1954 on the front end-paper. Tabori’s Foreword occupies pp.5-6.
Ref: LRT115758


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PRINCE (F.T.). Drypoints of the Hasidim. [On verso of title-leaf:] The Menard Press, 23 Fitzwarren Gardens, London N19 3TR, 1975. One gathering lge.12mo. wire-stitched into unprinted white card wrappers; magenta dust-wrapper printed in black; half-title not called for; bibliographical check-list/biographical note on verso of last leaf. Dust-wrapper slightly faded at edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


The author’s sixth volume of verse and eighth book.
Ref: LRT115759


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PRIVATE PRESS BOOKS

HOGARTH PRESS. PALMER (Herbert Edward). The judgement Of François Villon: A pageant-episode play in five acts. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1927. Med.8vo; three leaves integral advertisement at end, included in the pagination; pp.143+[i (blank)]; quarter vellum, lettered gilt on spine, red buckram sides marbled in black; t.e.g., others uncut. Vellum foxed and darkened; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


No.44 of an edition limited to 400 numbered copies for sale. Woolmer, 140, describing the spine as “imitation vellum". There is nothing imitation about the present copy.
Ref: LRT115769


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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. ALEXANDER (Russell George). Poems. Printed at the Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1928. 4to; white buckram, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Fine copy in badly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


One of an edition limited to 25 copies numbered and signed by the author, this copy being also inscribed. A substantial volume (pp.[xvi]+264), published by John & Edward Bumpus, Ltd.
Ref: LRT115770


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PYBUS (Rodney). The loveless Letters. Chatto and Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1981. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.48; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in yellow and black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


A volume in ‘The Phoenix Living Poets’ series.
Ref: LRT115782


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QUASHA (George). [Double spread illustrated title-page utilising the verso of the half-title:] Giving The lily Back Her hands / Giving The lily Back Her Hands. [On verso of title:] 1979, Published by Station Hill Press, Barrytown, N.Y. 12507. Narrow Imp.8vo format, perfect bound, 64pp. unpaginated; title printed in bronze, black and purple; one illustration in text; final leaf bearing ‘Possible Note’ on recto, colophon on verso; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in purple, black, and gold; end-papers printed on verso and recto with illustration in bronze. Nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


One of 1,413 ordinary copies from a total edition of 1,473. An interestingly conceived volume.
Ref: LRT115783


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QUENNELL (Peter). Masques & poems. The Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham Saint Lawrence: Berkshire, 1922. F’cap 4to; colophon leaf with woodcut illustration at end; pp.53+[i (blank)]+[ii]; large dull grey-green paper wrappers printed outside in black; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Fine, unopened, copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


First ordinary issue, and one of 500 copies thus, issued in December 1922; preceded by an issue of 375 copies printed on hand-made paper and bound in boards, made one month earlier.
Ref: LRT115784


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World War One poetry

R. (B.). [Drop head:] Life — Not Death. No place, no date, no publisher, no printer [c.1919]. Postcard of cream-coloured card printed on recto with four-stanza poem beginning: “There is no death. Those noble lives upon the battlefield...” in dark blue within a dark blue and scarlet ruled frame; on verso with stamp details, etc., in grey. As new.

GB £6.00

US $7.44


Signed in type ‘B.R.’ at foot of last verse.
Ref: LRT118864


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RANSOM (John Crowe). Selected poems. 1947, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London. Demy 8vo; title-page printed in red and black; verso of fly-title blank except for page number (!); pp.xii+[68]; leaf-green buckram, lettered red on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered red on spine. Fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


First English edition of a book published in America in 1945. The English edition is scarce. Five poems are here first collected; others are revised.
Ref: LRT115791


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RATCLIFFE (Dorothy Una (Mrs. McGrigor Phillips).). The daystar: A Nativity Play. Decorations by Astrid. Temple Sowerby Press, Westmorland, 1947. Roy.8vo; frontispiece on text-paper with loose thin paper guard; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text, some full-page; blank at end; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+45+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; light blue-grey cloth, lettered gilt on front cover. Very nice copy.

GB £16.00

US $19.84


Printed in Kendal.
Ref: LRT115793


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READ (Herbert). Thirty-five poems. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, November 1940. Pp.80; lemon boards, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered black down flat spine. Light dusting of covers, but a near-fine copy otherwise.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


From the library of Ralph Abercrombie, with his ink signature on the front end-paper. Issued as a volume in the series Sesame Books.
Ref: LRT115804


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REDGROVE (Peter). [Cover title:] The shirt, the skull & the grape. [On first leaf:] The Sceptre Press, Frensham, Farnham, Surrey, 1970. Lge.post 8vo format; first leaf bearing imprint on recto, limitation notice and date on verso; half-title not called for; blank leaf of pale yellowish-green paper following first leaf; fly-title preceding first page of text; blank, followed by blank leaf of pale yellowish green paper, and leaf bearing biographical note on verso, at end; 16pp. wire-stitched into white thin card wrappers printed on front in black. Fine copy in translucent plastic dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 100 copies, this copy being unnumbered.
Ref: LRT115806


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REDGROVE (Peter). The Fortifiers, The Vitrifiers And the Witches. The Sceptre Press, Knotting, Bedfordshire, 1977. Lge.post 8vo, one half sheet, wire stitched into red wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; half-title not called for; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 150 numbered copies.
Ref: LRT115809


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REED (Henry). The Streets of Pompeii And other plays for radio. British Broadcasting Corporation, 1971. Tall double med.16mo; pp.335+[i (blank)]; brown cloth lettered gilt down spine. Inscription on front paste-down; small chip to gutter of back end-paper due to an original production fault; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Includes ‘Leopardi’, ‘The Streets of Pompeii’, ‘Return to Naples’, ‘The Great Desire I Had’, and ‘Vincenzo’.
Ref: LRT115811


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RICKWORD (Edgell). Twittingpan And Some Others. Wishart, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo in half sheets; blank before half-title, imprint leaf at end, both serving as paste-downs; pp.[ii]+[44]+[ii]; orange self-wrappers, yapped edges, printed black on front wrapper, and with price on inside front flap. Wrappers chipped at head and tail of spine, and frayed a trifle at yapped edges; slight offsetting from wrappers onto outermost pages; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $55.80



Ref: LRT115815


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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.

RIDDELL (Alan). Eclipse. Calder and Boyars, 1972. Double cr.8vo; printed on super-calendered paper; dark charcoal boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Concrete poems.
Ref: LRT115818


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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.

RILEY (John). That is today. Pig Press, [On last leaf: 24 Coquet Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne 6,] 1978. Demy 4to format, 12pp., lithographed typescript, unpaged, wire-stitched into pale orange thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


One of an issue limited to 190 numbered copies from a printing of 200. The text contains several corrections and one alteration in ink.
Ref: LRT115823


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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.

RILEY (John). That is today. Pig Press, [On last leaf: 24 Coquet Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne 6,] 1978. Demy 4to format, 12pp., lithographed typescript, unpaged, wire-stitched into pale blue thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Second edition, revised. One of an issue limited to 190 copies from a printing of 200. The first state, trimmed to 11 3/8” X 8 1/4", as was the first edition.
Ref: LRT115824


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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.

RILEY (John). That is today. Pig Press, [24 Coquet Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne 6,] 1978. Demy 4to format, 12pp., unpaged, wire-stitched into pale blue thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Second edition, revised. One of an issue limited to 190 copies from a printing of 200. The third state, trimmed vertically to 10 5/8” X 8", and bearing publisher’s orange label on the final page changing the address to 7 Cross View Terrace, Nevelle’s Cross, Durham DH1 4JY.
Ref: LRT115826


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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.

RILEY (Peter). Love-strife Machine. Ferry Press [177 Green Lane, London SE19, May,] 1969. Double lge.post 8vo; set on a typewriter and printed, probably, by lithography; colophon leaf with blank verso at end; pp.77+[i (blank)]+[ii]; glazed white card wrappers, printed on front wrapper and up spine in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


One of an issue of 474 copies from a total printing of 500.
Ref: LRT115827


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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.

ROBINSON (Edwin Arlington). Dionysus in doubt: A book of poems. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1925. Roy.8vo; limitation leaf before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; quarter black buckram, pale brown board sides, pale cream label printed in black on spine, and front cover, that on front cover recessed in blind panel; a.e. uncut. A fine unopened copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


One of an edition limited to 350 copies, signed and numbered by the author. Published March 1925.
Ref: LRT115837


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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.

ROBINSON (Edwin Arlington). Matthias at the door. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1931. Extra cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+99+[iii]; maroon fine rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight wear to cloth at top corners of spine, and gilt very oxydised; poor quality end-papers lightly embrowned; inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36



Ref: LRT117814


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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.

ROBINSON (Lennox). Selected plays Of Lennox Robinson Chosen and with an introduction by Christopher Murray. Irish Drama Selections 1. Colin Smythe, Gerrards Cross, Bucks.; The Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C., 1982. Demy 8vo; four blanks at end; pp.296+[viii]; dark red cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device and down-lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


First English edition of this collection.
Ref: LRT115839


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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.

ROOK (Alan). These are My comrades. Poems By Alan Rook. Routledge, Broadway House, 68-74 Carter Lane, London, 1943. Pp.39+[i (blank)]; quarter brownish red cloth lettered gilt on and up spine, very pale green b oard sides; slight spotting of covers; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


The author’s second volume.
Ref: LRT115840


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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.

ROSENTHAL (M.L.). Beyond Power: New poems. New York, Oxford University Press, 1969. Med.8vo; final blank; dove grey cloth, flat spine, lettered copper on front cover, blocked and lettered copper down spine. Very slight marking of covers; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT115843


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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.

RUBINSTEIN (H[arold]. F.). Shylock’s end And Other Plays. London, Victor Gollancz Limited, 1971. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.106+[ii]; sea-green cloth textured boards, lettered gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Presentation copy with the author’s thirteen word holograph inscription to dramatic critic John [Trewin] and his wife Wendy, dated 22.6.71, and signed Harold, on the front end-paper. Loosely laid in is a two page holograph letter to John [Trewin], c.170 words, dated 4.4.75, also signed Harold, discussing his work, and a foolscap leaf, dated 19.2.72 and closely written on one side in Rubinstein’s holograph, headed ‘"Approaches to Mount Shakespeare” 22 one-act plays by H.F.R.’, and containing, apparently, a bibliographical check-list of his works, the dates ranging from 1915 to 1971, and including both published and unpublished plays. Together with a folded quarto leaf advertising ‘A Meeting in Memory Of Harold Rubinstein (1891 — 1975) At the Law Society, London, 8 July, 1975’, the verso bearing a printed poem of undetermined source.
Ref: LRT115848


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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.

RUDLAND (Marston). Poems of the race. London, Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1901. Extra cr.8vo; pp.vi+121+[i (blank)]; quarter diagonally fine ribbed yellow-green cloth blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, diagonally fine ribbed green-flecked pale green cloth sides; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT115849


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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.

RUDLAND (E.M.). The love Of Heloise and Abelard: A poem. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1905. Double f’cap 4to; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[68]; crimson buckram, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover; lower-edges mainly trimmed. End-papers foxed; slight foxing passim; but a nice copy.

GB £9.00

US $11.16



Ref: LRT115850


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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.

RUDOLF (Anthony). Dinas Bran. Welsh; Englyn by Taliesin o Eifion; 1820-1876. [On verso of title:] 1974, Sceptre Press, Knotting, Bedfordshire. Sm.horizontal f’cap 8vo format, 4pp., printed on buff paper; tipped into large pale bluish lilac wrappers printed on front in black. Fine copy.

GB £9.00

US $11.16


Of a total edition limited to 150 numbered copies, this is one of only 50 signed by Rudolf.
Ref: LRT115851


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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.

RUDOLF (Anthony). Dinas Bran. Welsh; Englyn by Taliesin o Eifion; 1820-1876. [On verso of title:] 1974, Sceptre Press, Knotting, Bedfordshire. Sm.horizontal f’cap 8vo format, 4pp., printed on buff paper; issued without wrappers. Fine copy.

GB £2.00

US $2.48


Of a total edition limited to 150 numbered copies, this is one of 100 of the unsigned issue.
Ref: LRT115852


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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.

[RUSSELL (George).]. The Orpheus Series No.VII. The Renewal of youth By A.E. The Orpheus Press, 3, Amen Corner, [on front wrapper:] 1911. Pott 4to format, 24pp., sewn as a single gathering into light drab wrappers, printed on front wrapper in black; half-title not called for; integral advertisement leaf at end; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Wrappers very slightly chipped and frayed; inscription removed from upper margin of title-page, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Printed by the Women’s Printing Society, Limited, Brick Street, Piccadilly [London].
Ref: LRT115854


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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.

[RUSSELL (George).]. Voices Of the stones By A.E. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1925. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+[62]+2; dark blue linen effect fine rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and lower- edges uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed. Fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper darkened a little on spine.

GB £28.00

US $34.72



Ref: LRT115855


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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.

RUSSELL (George, ‘AE’). Enchantment And other poems. New York, The Fountain Press, 1930. Imprint leaf at end; title-page printed in black and orange; quarter fawn coarse buckram, cream boards printed in orange, cream labels printed in black on spine and front cover; uncut edges. Scattered very light foxing; but a generally nice copy, in the original, slightly chipped, tissue dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


One of an edition limited to 542 numbered copies, this copy being signed by the author on the fly-title.
Ref: LRT115856


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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.

SACKVILLE (Lady Margaret). [Cover title:] Romantic Ballads. Broadsheet 3, Third Series. [On back wrapper:] The Porpoise Press, 27 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, 1927. One half sheet, wide lge.post 8vo; prelims. not called for; deep cream wrappers printed in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT115867


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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.

SAROYAN (William). Three plays By William Saroyan: The Beautiful People; Sweeney in the Trees; And Across the Board On To-morrow Morning. Faber and Faber, 1943. Pp.139+[i (blank)]; mottled light sea-green Sundour cloth lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £24.00

US $29.76


An uncommon title.
Ref: LRT115882


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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.

SARTRE (Jean-Paul). Lucifer And the Lord. A play in eleven scenes Translated from the French By Kitty Black. Hamish Hamilton, 1952. Lge.16mo; final blank; blue boards lettered silver down spine. Spine darkened, otherwise a nice copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40



Ref: LRT115883


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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.

SASSOON (Siegfried). Vigils. London, William Heinemann, Ltd, 1935. Demy 8vo in half sheets; two blanks before title-page, two at end; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+[35]+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[iv]; purple buckram blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt up spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight damp-marking of covers; light foxing passim; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Printed by Walter Lewis, M.A., at the University Press, Cambridge.
Ref: LRT115885


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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.

SCAIFE (C.H.O.). In the Levant: Nine poems. Bayrut [sic], 1958. Imp.16mo, 24pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering into hammered large white card wrappers printed on front wrapper in black and red; blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; imprint/advertisement leaf at end; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Wrappers very slightly darkened at edges, and staples a trifle rusted; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Printed in Beirut. Presentation copy, with the author’s holograph inscription, dated ‘1. ix. 58’ and signed ‘Chrisr.’, on front blank.
Ref: LRT115888


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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.

SCAIFE (C.H.O.). More poems For the speaking voice. Florence, [privately printed,] 1983. Sm.med.8vo; vignette on title-page; one full-page illustration on text-paper, unbacked, and included in our pagination; pp.[2]+[xx]+97+[i (blank)]+[ii (colophon leaf, blank on verso)]; nine line Corrigenda slip tipped onto Contents leaf; textured pale grey card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black with a design by Enrico Gallone; issued without end-papers. Slight fading of wrappers, but a nice copy.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies, this copy being numbered and signed by Scaife.
Ref: LRT115889


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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.

SCANNELL (Vernon). [Page head:] Meeting in Manchester. The Sceptre Press, no place, 1974. One leaf, lge.post 8vo, white card printed on one side only. Fine copy in original plain white envelope.

GB £9.00

US $11.16


One of an edition limited to 200 copies. Printed as a tribute to Edmund Blunden by Martin Booth.
Ref: LRT115890


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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.

SCHMIDT (Michael). Black Buildings. Carcanet Press, [on verso of title:] Pin Farm    South Hinksey    Oxford, 1969. Sm.pott 4to, sewn; half-title not called for; final blank; pp.30+[ii]; plain white card wrappers, cut flush; dark red dust-wrapper with top- and lower- edges yapped, printed on front and back panels in black. Slight wear to yapped edges of dust-wrapper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


The seventh book published by The Carcanet Press.
Ref: LRT115891


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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.

SCHWERNER (Armand). This practice: Tablet XIX & Other Poems. Permanent Press, London & New York, 1976. Landscape f’cap 4to format, 20pp., unpaged, printed on pale brown paper; half-title not called for; first leaf blank; colophon leaf at end; cream thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on both sides with a design in grey, lettered red on front wrapper; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


One of an issue of 300 copies from a total printing of 350.
Ref: LRT115894


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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.

SEAMAN (Owen). A harvest of chaff. London: Archibald Constable & Co., Ltd., 16, James Street, Haymarket, 1904. F’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[xii]+147+[i (blank)]; bevelled light greenish-blue linen, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Two insignificant marks on front cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £17.00

US $21.08



Ref: LRT115896


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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.

SEAMAN (Owen). War-time. Verses by Owen Seaman. London, Constable & Company Ltd, 1915. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[56]+[viii]; sea-green self-wrappers, printed in black on front wrapper and spine, French-folded over end-papers; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Neatly rebacked with near-matching paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $34.72


Presentation copy with the author’s holograph inscription to his niece (signed ‘Uncle Owen’), dated May 1915, on the front end-paper. An uncommon title: war-time verse reprinted from ‘Punch’.
Ref: LRT115897


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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.

SEAMAN (Owen). War-time. Verses by Owen Seaman. Second impression With Some additions. London, Constable & Company Ltd, 1915. Final page advertisements; pp.[63]+[i]; sea-green self-wrappers, printed in black on sides and spine, French-folded over end-papers; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Light ring-stain on front wrapper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Published in the same year as the first edition, but containing seven extra pages of verse. An uncommon title: war-time verse reprinted from ‘Punch’.
Ref: LRT115898


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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.

SHAFFER (Peter). The private ear And The public eye. Two one act plays. Hamish Hamilton, 1962. Sm.double cr.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.107+[iii]; reddish brown cloth textured boards blocked with publisher’s monogram device, ruled, and down-lettered silver on spine. A fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £23.00

US $28.52


One of two variant bindings, the book also being seen in yellow-brown cloth textured boards: the front end-papers in the present issue are of paper of a slightly better quality than those found in the other variant, which suggests that this issue may be the primary one.
Ref: LRT115910


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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.

SHAFFER (Peter). The private ear And The public eye. Two one act plays. Hamish Hamilton, 1962. Sm.double cr.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.107+[iii]; yellow brown cloth textured boards blocked with publisher’s monogram device, ruled, and down-lettered silver on spine. Slight foxing of back paste-down; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


One of two variant bindings, the book also being seen in reddish brown cloth textured boards: the front end-papers in the present issue are of paper of a slightly poorer quality than those found in the other variant, which suggests that this issue may be secondary.
Ref: LRT115911


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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.

SHANKS (Edward). Songs. The Poetry Bookshop, 35 Devonshire St., Theobald’s Rd., W.C., 1915. Short demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.32; marina blue wrappers, printed black on front wrapper, with advertisements in black on inside wrappers; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Scattered light foxing, but a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


The author’s first book.
Ref: LRT115913


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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.

SHANKS (Edward). The Island of youth And other poems. W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1921. Super roy.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title; imprint leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[ii]+138+[i]+[iii]; bright yellow coarse buckram, white spine label printed in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £19.00

US $23.56



Ref: LRT115915


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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.

SHANKS (Edward). The Island of youth And other poems. W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1921. Super roy.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title; imprint leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[ii]+138+[i]+[iii]; bright yellow coarse buckram, white spine label printed in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight fading to cloth of spine and label a little rubbed, but a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: LRT115916


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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.

SHANKS (Edward). The shadowgraph And other poems. 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1925. Roy.16mo in half sheets; pp.[84]; cerise coarse buckram, paper spine label; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Fine, unopened, copy in nicked and very slightly faded dust-wrapper.

GB £28.00

US $34.72



Ref: LRT115917


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). Three Plays for Puri-Tans: The Devil’s Dis-Ciple, Caesar and Cleo-Patra, & Captain Brass-Bound’s Conversion. Grant Richards, 9 Henrietta St. Covent Garden, W.C. 1901. Lge.f’cap 8vo; three photogravure plates, printed in sepia; pp.[xl]+308; vertically ribbed pale green cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g, fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Front end-papers crudely re-glued, and remains of press cuttings, etc., disfiguring prelims.; otherwise in general nice. As a working copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Laurence, A46a. One of 2,000 copies. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped in to face pp.[3], [91], and [140].
Ref: LRT115921


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). John Bull’s Other Island And Major Barbara: also How He Lied to Her Hus- Band. Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd., 1907. Tall f’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[li]+293+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically ribbed light green cloth lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. A fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


From the library of Lord Denman, with his armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Laurence, A83b: technically published on the same day as the American edition, though issued to the general public two days later. The English edition, however, contains additions not present in the American edition.
Ref: LRT115923


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). Misalliance, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, And Fanny’s First Play. With a Treatise on Parents and Children. By Bernard Shaw. Constable and Company Ltd. London: 1914. Tall f’cap 8vo; blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[cxxii]+234+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed moiré light olive green cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g, fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00



Ref: LRT115928


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). The Apple Cart: a Political Extravaganza. Constable and Company, Ltd., 1930. Blank before half-title; imprint leaf at end; yellow green fine rough buckram; fore- and lower- edges uncut. A virtually fine, entirely unopened, copy in nicked and slightly faded dust-wrapper.

GB £45.00

US $55.80


Laurence, A195b
Ref: LRT115934


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). The Apple Cart: a Political Extravaganza. Constable and Company, Ltd., 1930. Blank before half-title; imprint leaf at end; yellow green fine rough buckram; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Light foxing of blank and half-title; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Laurence, A195b
Ref: LRT115935


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). The Apple Cart: a Political Extravaganza. Constable and Company, Ltd., 1930. Blank before half-title; imprint leaf at end; yellow green fine rough buckram; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Front cover mottled; vertical crease in spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Laurence, A195b
Ref: LRT115936


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). In good King Charles’s Golden days: A history lesson by Bernard Shaw Illustrated by Feliks Topolski. Constable & Co Ltd London, 1939. Imp.16mo in half sheets; printed throughout in black and sepia on cream paper; blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece and eleven plates, printed in sepia; pp.[2]+vi+[120]; cream boards printed in sepia on sides and spine, in black on front cover and spine. First and last leaves and edges foxed; neat calligraphic inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88



Ref: LRT115939


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). Geneva, Cymbeline Refinished, & good King Charles. Constable and Company Limited, 1946. Blank before half-title, blank at end; uniformly toned brown cloth, lettered gilt on spine. End-papers slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


First collective publication. ‘Cymbeline Refinished’ is here first published, as are the three Prefaces. A new act is added to ‘Geneva’. The second binding.
Ref: LRT115941


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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.

SHAW (Bernard). The doctor’s Dilemma: A tragedy. Penguin Books, Harmondsworth Middlesex, 1946. Tall double f’cap 16mo; bibliographical note leaf at end; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black and reddish orange; issued without end-papers. Nice copy.

GB £9.00

US $11.16


First Penguin edition — limited to one hundred thousand copies! Published in commemoration of Shaw’s ninetieth birthday, July 26th, 1946.
Ref: LRT115942


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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.

SHAW (Robert). Private Time, Public Time. [On verso of title-page:] designed and Printed in the summer of 1969 at 36 Halstead Road London E11 by Alan Tarling under the Imprint of Poet & Printer. One gathering, lge.imp.16mo, wire-stitched; illustrated title-page printed in pink and black; large rose wrappers printed on front wrapper in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Includes fifteen poems.
Ref: LRT115944


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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.

SHAW (Robert). Her ways. The Byron Press, no place, no date. Pink card, 5 1/2” x 3 1/2” printed on one side only, in black. Fine.

GB £9.00

US $11.16



Ref: LRT115945


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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.

SHORTER (Dora Sigerson). A legend of Glendalough And other ballads. Maunsel and Roberts Ltd., Dublin and London, 1921. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.40; large duck-egg blue card wrappers printed on sides in black, the inside and back wrappers bearing advertisements; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a little faded on spine and at edges; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £23.00

US $28.52



Ref: LRT115948


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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.

SHUTTLE (Penelope). Nostalgia Neurosis & other poems By Penelope Shuttle. Saint Albert’s Press, Aylesford, [on colophon:] winter 1968. One gathering post 8vo, wire-stitched into glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in black and cerise on front wrapper, in black on back wrapper; half-title not called for; limitation/colophon on final page; issued without end-papers. Unobtrusive inscription dated 23 May 1968 on inside front wrapper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


One of an issue of 500 ordinary copies of a total edition of 526 (twenty-six copies on special paper having been issued in hard covers, lettered A — Z, and signed by the poet). The author’s first independent book, and first volume of verse.
Ref: LRT115949


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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.

SIEVEKING (Lancelot de Giberne). The cud: Being the experimental poems of Lancelot de Giberne Sieveking. Mills & Boon, Limited, 49 Rupert Street, London, W., 1922. Demy 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; leaf of errata, followed by colophon leaf and two blanks at end; marbled boards printed on front cover in black, white labels printed pale blue on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine and corners worn; end-papers embrowned; otherwise internally a fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 500 copies, printed by Charles Birstingl at The Favil Press in March 1922.
Ref: LRT115951


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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.

SILKIN (Jon). Flower poems. [Northern House Pamphlet Poets], 1964. Text paper wrappers, recto of back wrapper bearing text; half-title not called for. Nice copy. Scarce.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


Hand-set at the School of english, University of Leeds, from which city it was presumably published. The Northern House name appears only on the wrappers.
Ref: LRT115952


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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.

SILKIN (Jon). A ‘Jarapiri’ Poem. The Sceptre Press, Knotting, Bedfordshire, 1975. One half sheet lge.post 8vo, wire-stitched into tangerine card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; half-title not called for; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £10.00

US $12.40


One of an edition limited to 150 numbered copies. Printed on Abbey Mills laid paper.
Ref: LRT115953


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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.

SILLITOE (Alan). Mir poets ten: Three Poems. Words Press, Hod House, Child Okeford, Dorset, 1988. A5, 8pp. unpaginated; half-title not called for; fly-title on recto of first page of text; limitation leaf at end; light purple wrappers, A4 folded double, flush, uncut, white label printed in black on front wrapper; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


Of a total edition limited to 200 copies, this is one of only seventy-five numbered and signed by the author.
Ref: LRT115959


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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.

SINCLAIR (Upton). Hell: A Verse Drama and Photo-Play. Published by the author, Pasadena, California, 1923. Sm.f’cap 8vo format, 128pp., wire-stitched as a single gathering into grey wrappers, cut flush, printed on all surfaces in black; half-title not called for; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a little embrowned towards spine; staples very slightly rusted; very slight foxing on inner margins at central opening; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $111.60


Dated on the verso of the title-page, and advertised on the inside front wrapper, with date, as the latest of Sinclair’s works ‘Now in Print and Obtainable’.
Ref: LRT115963


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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.

SINGLETON (Frank). Then 1930 & 1965 Now. Moor Platt Press, [Bolton, Lancs.,] 1965. One gathering, lge.12mo; two blanks at front and back, serving as end-papers; half-title bearing poem; leaf bearing woodcut follows last page of text; textured cream boards lettered gilt on front board. Boards slightly embrowned, but a nice copy.

GB £19.00

US $23.56


Presentation copy, with the author’s contemporary signed holograph inscription to Anne Renier on the front ‘end-paper’, the unobtrusive monogram of the recipient on the recto of the back ‘end-paper’, and the small book label of Anne and F.G. Renier on the front paste-down. Printed at The Kestrel Press, Bolton. Almost certainly issued without a dust-wrapper.
Ref: LRT115965


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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.

SITWELL (Edith). Clowns’ houses by Edith Sitwell, author of “The Mother and other poems” And editor of “Wheels.” [Colophon:] August 1918, Published by B.H. Blackwell, Broad Street, Oxford. Imp.16mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; colophon leaf followed by 3pp. integral advertisements at end; large card wrappers embossed cream through brownish red, white label printed in black on front cover and up spine; a.e. uncut. Spine label slightly chipped; slight general wear to edges of wrappers; poor quality end-papers embrowned; light foxing of first and last few leaves; a very good copy, nonetheless, near nice.

GB £160.00

US $198.40


Issued as the fifth volume in ‘The Initiate Series of Poetry by Proved Hands’.
Ref: LRT115967


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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.

SITWELL (Edith). The Wooden Pegasus. Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1920. Lge.post 8vo; pp.[120]; quarter black smooth cloth lettered white on spine, shocking pink boards; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight wear to cloth at tail of spine, and enamel a little rubbed; boards embrowned at edges; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £110.00

US $136.40



Ref: LRT115968


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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.

SITWELL (Edith). Five variations on a Theme. Duckworth, 1933. Two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; two toned grey boards lettered red up spine and on front cover. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $93.00



Ref: LRT115979


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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.

SITWELL (Edith). The shadow Of Cain. John Lehmann, London, 1947. One gathering lge.12mo; half-title not called for; two blanks precede title-page, one at end, the outer ones serving as free end-papers; pp.[21]+[iii]; pale lime-green lightly morocco-textured boards, printed on front board in black. Contemporary inscription on front paste-down; otherwise a virtually fine copy in slightly nicked and darkened dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $21.08


In this copy the published price of 3/6 Net has been added to the front flap of the dust-wrapper by a white label printed in dark purple, the dust-wrapper being otherwise without a price.
Ref: LRT115981


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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.

SITWELL (Osbert). Argonaut and Juggernaut. Chatto & Windus, 1919. Greyish fawn rough buckram, cream paper spine label printed in black; t.e. dark grey, other edges uncut. Label chipped with slight loss from printed rules, and a little rubbed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £85.00

US $105.40



Ref: LRT115985


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