Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HERBERT (Frank). Hellstrom’s Hive. Nelson Doubleday, Inc., Garden City, New York, N.D. [1973]. Lge.post 8vo; two blanks at end; light brown boards, ruled and lettered dark grey-green down spine; fore-edges uncut. Fine copy in darkened and slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Signed by the author on the title-page. Currey, p.239. The correct first edition, with the code ‘42P’ at base of p.277. Issued upon first publication by the Science Fiction Book Club.
Ref: MRT116660


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HERBERT (Frank). God emperor Of Dune. Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1981. Double demy 16mo; final blank; pp.349+[iii]; tangerine boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £33.00

US $44.55



Ref: MRT116661


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HERSEY (John). My petition For more S p a c e. Hamish Hamilton, 1975. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end; bright light blue boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


First English edition.
Ref: MRT116664


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HESSE (Herman). Pictor’s Metamorphoses And other fantasies. Edited, and with an introduction, by Theodore Ziolkowski. Translated by Rika Lesser. Jonathan Cape, 1982. Sq.cr.8vo; final blank; light brown wrappers, cut flush, printed in black. Fine copy.

GB £16.00

US $21.60


Uncorrected Proof Copy.
Ref: MRT116665


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HEWLETT (Maurice). Lore Of Proserpine. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1913. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[xiv]+[288]; navy blue rough coarse buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight fading of spine; gilt on spine oxydised to green, that on front cover a little dull; slight foxing of early prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £15.00

US $20.25


The second printing, dating from June 1913, one month after the first, an identical with it apart from the poorer quality of the gilt, the lack of (inserted) text-paper advertisements at the end, and the fact that the‘f’ at the end of l.15 on p.147 is not broken, whereas in the first printing it is. The mis-prints at p.88, l.9, ‘sherd’ for ‘shred’; p.125, l.16, ‘here’ for ‘hear’; and p.191, l.12, ‘to’ lacking after ‘be’, present in the first printing, remain uncorrected. An adult novel about faery lore, masquerading as a spiritual autobiography: unfortunately unfinished — though probably Hewlett felt that he could not finish it. Locke’s ‘Spectrum II’, p.61; Reginald, 07165; NCBEL, 4: 601; not in Bleiler. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.88, l.9, ‘sherd’ for ‘shred’; p.125, l.16, ‘here’ for ‘hear’; p.147, l.15, broken ‘f’ at end of line; p.191, l.12, ‘to’ lacking after ‘be’.
Ref: MRT120215


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOCKER (Martin). For Pauline: The ancient solitary reign, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, N.D. [?c.1984]. Med.4to format, photocopy typescript, printed and foliated on one side of the leaf only; ff.[viii]+419; leaf-green cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; black-on-gold binder’s ticket of J. Clark, Kenilworth, on front paste-down. Fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


Fantasy about a world of talking owls, with allegorical overtones.
Ref: MRT116672


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODDER-WILLIAMS (Christopher). Turbulence. Hodder & Stoughton, 1961. Lge 16mo; publisher’s advertisement on verso of last leaf of text; dark blue coarse grain boards ruled and lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £16.00

US $21.60



Ref: MRT116673


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODDER-WILLIAMS (Christopher). Fistful of Digits. Hodder and stoughton, 1968. Light blue boards blocked with publisher’s device and lettered red down spine; buff end-papers. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £16.00

US $21.60



Ref: MRT116675


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOUSMAN (Laurence). The cloak of Friendship. London, John Murray, Albemarle, [sic] Street, W., 1905. Sm.f’cap 4to; title printed in red and black; pp.[viii]+192; coarse light olive brown buckram blocked with a design by Housman on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Some insignificant fading of covers; very slight foxing of prelims.; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


First state of text, with the redundant comma on the title-page following ‘Albemarle’.
Ref: MRT116691


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HYNE (C.J. Cutcliffe). Mr. Kettle — third Mate. Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, London and Melbourne, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.288; scarlet linen-textured boards blocked and lettered black on spine. Very slight spotting of covers; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Probable later binding, and later state of the dust-wrapper: both corners of the front flap having here been clipped away by the publisher, removing alternative prices. Highlighted in Clute and Nichols ‘Encyclopædia of Science Fiction’ (1993), p.607, as one of four Captain Kettle titles to contain science-fiction elements. A lost-race story involving the Maya. This title not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’.
Ref: MRT116378


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

IGGULDEN (John M.). Breakthrough. Chapman & Hall, 37 Essex Street, London WC2, 1960. Extra cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[vi]+240+[ii]; charcoal cloth-textured boards, blocked, down-lettered, and lettered, pale green, lettered white, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £18.00

US $24.30


The author’s scarce first book. A political thriller of the future, later to be described by Ian Fleming as “one of the outstanding thrillers of 1960".
Ref: MRT116380


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

JACOBSON (Dan). The Wonder-Worker. A novel. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1973. Dull light blue boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £22.00

US $29.70



Ref: MRT116382


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KERNAHAN (Coulson). Visions Old and new. Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. London, N.D. N.D. [1921]. Double f’cap 16mo; wood-engraved half-title and title, and heading panels to Contents and first story printed in pale grey; integral advertisement leaf with blank recto, and blank, at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[xii]+240+[iv]; diagonally fine-ribbed light bluish violet cloth, ruled, blocked in centre with publisher’s monogram device, and with corner ornaments, blind, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a fine copy in lightly rubbed, slightly dusty, and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


An entirely revised and enlarged edition of the allegorical fantasies collected under the title ‘Visions’ in 1905, together with a number of pieces here first appearing in book form. ‘With the single exception of ‘The Man of No Sorrows’, issued by Messrs. Cassell and Co., the present volume contains the whole of Mr. Kernahan’s imaginative writings’ — Publisher’s Note. In our experience, extremely scarce: especially in dust-wrapper.
Ref: MRT116727


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KILROY-SILK (Robert). The Ceremony Of Innocence: A novel of 1984. Enigma Books, London, 1983. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[ii]+238; deep scarlet fine-linen-textured boards downlettered and blocked with publisher’s device gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper darkened a little on spine.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


Political thriller set variously in 1984 and 2020.
Ref: MRT116731


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KING (Stephen) and STRAUB (Peter). The Talisman. Viking, Harmondsworth, Middx., 1984. Lge.med.8vo format, perfect bound; leaf bearing Viking symbol precedes title-page; half-title not called for; Epilogue/Conclusion leaf at end; title-page, and fly-titles to the several parts printed in black and grey; pp.x+[646]; black boards printed gilt across and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Published September 17th, this English edition precedes the American one, which was not published until November.
Ref: MRT116736


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KING (Stephen). Skeleton crew. Macdonald, 1985. Narrow med.8vo format, perfect bound; vignette on half-title, title, and fly-title to text; pp.512; dark brown beaded-linen-textured boards, downlettered and lettered gilt on flat spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with one minute nick.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Short stories. This British edition precedes the American limited edition published by Scream Press, and in our experience is a difficult title to find.
ISBN 0-356-10816-3
Ref: MRT116737


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KING (Stephen). The Tommy-knockers. Hodder & Stoughton, London Sydney Auckland Toronto, 1988. Med.8vo format notch-bound; two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+563+[v]; black fine-cloth textured boards lettered gilt down and on spine. Short vertical crease in paper at head and tail of spine; inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy with short tear on fold of back flap repaired with tissue on verso.

GB £27.00

US $36.45



Ref: MRT116738


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KING (Stephen). Rose madder. Hodder & Stoughton, 1995. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.[x]+466+[iv]; black cloth-textured boards, lettered and down-lettered gilt on spine; yellow-and-black head- and tail- bands; black marker; end-papers printed with illustration in grey and red. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £24.00

US $32.40



ISBN 0-340-64013-8
Ref: MRT116739


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF CATALOGUE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KING-HALL (Stephen). Post-war pirate. Methuen & Co.Ltd., 1931. Publisher’s inserted 8pp. catalogue, at end dated ‘531’; pale bluish lilac linen grain cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Minor faults, but in general a near nice copy. Uncommon.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


Not in Locke. A gas which causes progressively sneezing, weeping, and unconsciousness, but leaves no after effects, delivered by means of a submarine to incapacitate shipping for the purposes of robbery . . .
Ref: MRT116740


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