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.

REDMOND-HOWARD (L.G.). Hindenburg’s March Into London: Being a Translation from the German Original. Edited With a preface By L.G. Redmond-Howard Author of “Life of John Redmond,” etc. John Long, Limited, 11, 12, 13, & 14, Norris Street, Haymarket, 1916. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; half-title leaf a cancel tipped on to a stub; integral leaf commercial/publisher’s advertisements at end; mottled tangerine fine rough buckram ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Very slight fading of spine; light foxing of early prelims. and last few leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Locke’s ‘Spectrum’, p.181, recording a worse copy. Future war novel.
Ref: MRT116926


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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.

RICE (Anne). Lasher. A novel by Anne Rice. Chatto & Windus, London, 1993. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[vi]+[578 (paginated on the rectos only)]; black fine-cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by Carol Devine Carson.

GB £20.00

US $24.80


The true first edition, preceding the far commoner American edition. The verso of the title page bears the words ‘First published 1993’ and the coding ‘1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2’. In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.510, l.9, ‘has’ for ‘had’; p.[570], antepenultimate line, redundant double inverted commas at end of line.
ISBN 0-7011-4020-8
Ref: MRT117812


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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.

ROSE (F. Horace). The maniac’s Dream: A novel of the atomic bomb. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street, London, W.C.2, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.237+[iii]; pale blue-green cloth lettered very dark green on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed. Very slight fading of spine and extreme top- and lower- edges of covers; very slight foxing of top- and fore- edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper internally repaired with tissue on back panel.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Claimed by the blurb to be “the first novel about the atomic bomb.” Bleiler, p.72; this title not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’.
Ref: MRT116934


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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.

RUSSELL (Bertrand). Satan In the suburbs And other stories. Illustrated by Asgeir Scott. The Bodley Head, 1953. Tall double cr.16mo; integral advertisement leaf at end, E8, the last leaf of the final gathering being pasted down beneath the back end-papers, and E2 being a singleton, its conjugate blank having been excised before binding; black boards ruled and lettered white on spine. Faint pressure mark on front board, but a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £33.00

US $40.92


The second issue, the first being ruled and lettered gilt, and with two integral blanks present at the end, serving as end-papers. When it was decided to supply the present issue with true back end-papers, it was evidently determined to suppress the blanks in order to retain full exposure of the advertisement leaf.
Ref: MRT116937


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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.

SAGE (Victor). Dividing Lines. Chatto & Windus, The Hogarth Press, London, 1984. Post 8vo format, perfect bound; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+166+[ii]; white morocco-textured boards, down-lettered, lettered, and ruled black on spine. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Six short-stories, the two longest being surreal science-fantasy. There was also a soft-cover issue. Purchased from the publisher’s file, but without signs of provenance. In this copy on p.57 between ll.7 and 8 one or more lines have dropped out (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined). Not in Locke’s ‘Spectra’.
Ref: MRT116938


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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.

SHIEL (M.P.). The Lord of the Sea. London, Grant Richards, 1901. Blank before half-title; pp.viii+496; light and lighter tan linen-patterned cloth blocked milk-chocolate and black, lettered black-outlined milk chocolate, on front cover, lettered black on spine. Large corner of front cover flexion-creased, this being visible as a faint but hard raised line on both the cloth and the end-paper; faint marginal marks, or fox-spots, at some half-dozen openings: only at one point at all significant; otherwise, and in effect, an unusually nice, crisp, copy.

GB £230.00

US $285.20


Bleiler, ‘Science-Fiction: the Early Years’, 2026; Locke, ‘Spectrum’, p.196; Morse (1980 revision), pp.93-101. Morse’s first issue and first state of text, with the initial blank present that was excised in later copies, and with the word ‘DANGER’ spelled correctly in the advertisement on the verso of the half-title.
Ref: MRT116950


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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.

SHUTE (Nevil). On the beach. Heinemann, Melbourne London Toronto, 1957. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+312; carmine fine linen, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Post nuclear disaster novel. Locke’s‘Spectrum II’, p.99: “A classic".
Ref: MRT116958


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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.

SILVERBERG (Robert). Sundance And Other Science Fiction Stories. Abelard, 1975. Double cr.16mo; brown boards, lettered gilt, and gilt-outlined brown down spine. Nice in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


First English edition. Published in America in 1974 (V. Currey, p.440).
Ref: MRT116960


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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.

SILVERBERG (Robert). Next stop The stars. Dennis Dobson, 1979. Two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; black boards lettered silver down spine. Label removed from front end-paper leaving slight damage, slight thinning on title-page and lower margin of final leaf of text where rubber (?library) stamps have been removed; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper. As a reading copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


First English and (probably) first hardcover edition. Published in America in wrappers in 1962 by Ace books as one half of a ‘double’, and republished by them in 1977 with a new Introduction, included also here. The following typographical errors have been noted in the present volume: p.28, l.21, ‘cme’ for ‘come’; p.134, l.17, ‘ot’ for ‘of’.
Ref: MRT116961


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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.

SILVERBERG (Robert). Majipoor Chronicles. A novel. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1982. Double demy 16mo; two blanks before half-title, three at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; 5pp. illustrations on text-paper, included in the pagination; pp.314+[vi]; crimson boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $35.96



Ref: MRT116962


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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.

SIMAK (Clifford D.). Why call them back From heaven? London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1967. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[160]; scarlet cloth-textured boards down-lettered, and blocked, gilt, on spine. Very slight foxing of top-edges, but a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Published the same year as the American edition listed by Currey on p.448.

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Ref: MRT116965


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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.

SIMAK (Clifford D.). The Visitors. Science Fiction By Clifford D. Simak. Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1981. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; biographical note leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[iv]+282+[ii]; navy blue glazed linen-patterned boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled oval, all silver, on spine. Neat ink note recording the date of purchase as ‘FEB 81’ on front paste-down; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


First English edition of a book published in America in 1980.
Ref: MRT116967


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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.

SIMAK (Clifford D.). Project Pope. Science Fiction By Clifford D. Simak. Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1981. Extra cr.8vo format, perfect bound; biographical note leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[iv]+313+[i (blank)]+[ii]; navy blue glazed linen-patterned boards, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher’s monogram within ruled oval, all silver, on spine. Neat ink note recording the date of purchase as ‘OCTOBER 81’ on front paste-down; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


First English edition of a book published in America in the same year.
Ref: MRT116968


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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.

SINCLAIR (Upton). Roman holiday: A Novel by Upton Sinclair, Author of “Mountain City,” “Boston,” “Oil,” etc. London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd., Cobham House :: Water Lane, E.C.4, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.248+[viii]; navy blue rough buckram ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Psychic fantasy — and in our experience a scarce title. This title not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’.
Ref: MRT116970


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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.

SMITH (Martin Cruz). Nightwing. Andre Deutsch, 1977. Extra double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.254+[ii]; light brown cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher’s device on, and lettered on and down, spine. Slight foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44



Ref: MRT116973


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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.

SPEAIGHT (Robert). The angel in The mist. Cassell And company, limited, London, Toronto, Melbourne And Sydney, 1936. Final blank; pp.[x]+324+[ii]; bluish black cloth lettered white on spine. First and last leaves and edges foxed, as usual with this title, but here only very lightly so; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

GB £100.00

US $124.00


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph presentation inscription, dated Easter 1936, on the front end-paper. Set between 1965 and 1969, and largely concerned with the stage. An oddity, but a very early Robert Speaight item. In this copy l.10 on p.8 exhibits the reading ‘impo rtant’ for ‘important’, probably as always. Bleiler, 1948, p.255
Ref: MRT116974


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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.

STABLEFORD (Brian). The Angel Of Pain. Simon & Schuster, London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Toronto, 1991. Lge.post 8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.[396]+[iv]; black fine cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Insignificant pressure-dint in front board; otherwise a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


The second volume of The Werewolves of London trilogy.
Ref: MRT116977


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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.

STAPLEDON (Olaf, M.A., Ph.D.). Pelican books. Philosophy and living. Volume I [II]. Published by Penguin Books Limited, Harmondsworth Middlesex England, 1939. 2 Vols., double f’cap 16mo; 12pp. integral advertisements at end of volume one, 4pp. at end of volume two; pp.212+[xii]; [213]-464+[iv]; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without end-papers. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned throughout both volumes; light damp-staining of extreme lower margins of six leaves in volume one; vol two near fine in slightly frayed and torn dust-wrapper with small tissued internal reinforcements at fold of flaps.

GB £29.00

US $35.96


Issued upon first publication as Pelicans A53 and A54 (September, 1939). Not in Currey or Locke.
Ref: MRT116982


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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.

STAPLEDON (Olaf). P.E.N. books, General Editor: Herman Ould. Old man in New world. London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1944. Sm.cr.8vo, gathered in half-sheets; blank before half-title, serving as paste-down; pp.36; greenish-white boards, printed in green on back cover, in green and red on front cover and spine. A nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Currey, p.467; Locke’s ‘Spectrum’, p.205.
Ref: MRT116983


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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.

STAPLEDON (Olaf). The Flames. A Fantasy. Secker and Warburg, London, 1947. Double cr.16mo; pp.84; quarter black coarse linen, blocked and lettered gilt down spine, red boards marbled in black. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Currey, p.467; Locke’s ‘Spectrum’, p.204.
Ref: MRT116986


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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.

STRONG (L.A.G.). By the author of Dewar Rides: The jealous ghost By L.A.G. Strong. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1930. Pp.288; black buckram lettered tan on spine. A few leaves lightly foxed, but a nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


A ghost story, not rationalised — though the ghost has also a symbolic function. Not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’. In this copy at l.7 on p.163 the ‘t’ in ‘another’ has printed so faintly as to be virtually absent.
Ref: MRT117000


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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.

THORNE (Guy [i.e., C. Ranger Gull]). The angel. Ward Lock & Co Limited, 1908. Half-tone frontispiece by M.S. Ball, with tissue guard; pp.328; publisher’s 16pp. catalogue at end; vertically fine ribbed dark green cloth, elaborately blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine. Some scattered foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


Fantasy, of the kind indicated by the title, involving Thorne’s usual conflict between the spiritual and material. Locke, ‘Spectrum’ p.212, records a similar later title, but not this one.
Ref: MRT117005


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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.

THYNN (Alexander). The King is Dead. The Longleat Press, 1976. Sm.double demy 16mo; two blanks precede half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[iv]+215+[v]; black cloth blocked with publisher’s armorial device and lettered on and down spine, gilt. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $17.36


Review copy, with the typed review slip loosely laid in. Earth invaded by a colony. Not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’.
Ref: MRT117007


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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.

TOLKIEN (J.R.R.). The Silmarillion. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. George Allen & Unwin, 1977. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; large folding map tipped in at end; midnight blue cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dark green; dust-wrapper (with purple ground) after designs by the author. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Currey, p.477. The second of Currey’s three simultaneously issued editions, the printing of which apparently precedes that of the first American edition.
Ref: MRT117014


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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.

VAN VOGT (A.E.). Rogue Ship. Dennis Dobson, 1967. Lge.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end, ser- ving as end-papers; dark brown linen grain cloth lett- ered silver down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


First English edition (v. Currey, p.494).
Ref: MRT117026


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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.

VAN VOGT (A.E.). The Secret Galactics. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1974. Wide lge.post 8vo; leaf bearing blurb precedes title-page; half-title not called for; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in purple and yellow on front cover and spine, in purple on back cover; issued without end-papers. Top corner of front wrapper slightly bruised; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £170.00

US $210.80


Presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription on the title-page: “Intended to be the first of a series . . . “. Currey, p.494.
Ref: MRT117030


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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.

VONNEGUT (Kurt). Palm Sunday. An autobiographical Collage. Jonathan Cape, 1981. Wide double lge.post 16mo; teak brown cloth, blocked gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher’s monogram device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £31.00

US $38.44


First edition, English issue. Printed in America.
Ref: MRT117035


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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.

WALPOLE (Hugh). All souls’ night: A book of stories. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1933. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[xii]+369+[i (printer’s imprint)]+2; reddish-brown cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine. Pencilled initials ‘R.H.W.’ beneath date on title-page; otherwise a brilliantly fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper. In our experience a scarce title — especially thus.

GB £130.00

US $161.20


The second issue, in reddish-brown cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine, instead of vertically fine ribbed leaf-green cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine, and with the price of 7/6d net clipped from the front panel of the dust-wrapper and the reduced price of 6s. net substituted for it by a publisher’s label (white printed in blue). ‘The Silver Mask’, ‘The Staircase’, ‘Tarnhelm: or, The Death of my Uncle Robert’, ‘Seashore Macabre’, ‘The Little Ghost’, etc. Not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’.
Ref: MRT117037


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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.

WATSON (Ian). The Fallen Moon: The second book of Mana. Victor Gollancz, London, 1994. Double med.16mo; pp.[3]-546; metallic reddish brown fine cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Published at £16.99
Ref: MRT117046


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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.

WATSON (Sydney). What the stars Held: Or, the secret of the “sphinx.” London: William Nicholson & Sons Limited, 12/12, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, E.C.4, N.D. [1920]. Sm.cr.8vo; four integral advertisement leaves at end, the first page blank; pp.216+[i]+[vii]; dark blue fine crushed morocco cloth, lettered white on front cover, lettered and with short rule white on spine. Lettering a little rubbed and flaking; date and the word ‘astrology’ written on the half-title in ink; short marginal tears affecting two leaves; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Astrological fiction. Not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’. Printed by the publishers in Wakefield, Yorkshire: an unusually late publication for this firm, and as with all of the rare examples of books first published by them (they were essentially a cheap reprints house) printed on good quality paper that does not tend to brown.
Ref: MRT117047


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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.

WELLS (Carolyn). The man who fell Through the Earth. George G. Harrap & Company Ltd., London Calcutta Sydney, 1924. Pp.[256]; light red fine-linen-grain cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Gilt oxydised, and cloth a trifle faded; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £18.00

US $22.32


The first English edition of a title published in America in 1919. Bleiler, (1948), p.281, listing the American edition; not in Locke’s ‘Spectra’.
Ref: MRT118854


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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.

WELLS (H.G.). The country Of the blind And other stories. Thomas Nelson and Sons, N.D. [1911]. Sm.double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; full colour frontispiece; publisher’s imprint leaf at end; pp.574+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with series design in pale green. Very nice copy.

GB £140.00

US $173.60


Issued as a volume in Nelson’s 2/- Series, though this is nowhere stated on the volume. Includes a specially written seven page Introduction by Wells in which he says: ‘Except for the two series of linked incidents that make up the bulk of the book called ‘Tales of Space and Time,’ no short story of mine of the slightest merit is excluded from this volume.’ Five stories are here first collected. Currey, p.517; not in Locke.
Ref: MRT117055


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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.

WELLS (H.G.). The research Magnificent. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1915. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end, followed by 8pp. publisher’s inserted list, advertising this title without reviews, and dated at end ‘C.15.8.15’; pp.[viii]+406+[ii]; vertically ribbed green cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $62.00


The first issue, later copies being without the inserted advertisements. Currey, p.522, noting no issue variants.
Ref: MRT117057


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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.

WELLS (H.G.). The autocracy Of Mr. Parham: His remarkable Adventures in this Changing world By H.G. Wells Assisted pictorially By David Low. William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. Blank before half-title; ten double page half-tone plates; blank at end; pp.[xii]+370+[ii]; brick red linen effect buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing of edges and a few margins; otherwise a fine copy in torn and minutely chipped dust-wrapper designed by David Low, protected by a loose paper-backed plastic chemise.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


Locke’s ‘Spectrum’, p.225; Currey, p.516.
Ref: MRT117067


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WELLS (H.G.). The autocracy Of Mr. Parham: His remarkable Adventures in this Changing world By H.G. Wells Assisted pictorially By David Low. William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. Blank before half-title; ten double page half-tone plates; blank at end; pp.[xii]+370+[ii]; brick red linen effect buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight spotting of front cover; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Locke’s ‘Spectrum’, p.225; Currey, p.516.
Ref: MRT117068


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WELLS (H.G.). The autocracy Of Mr. Parham: His remarkable Adventures in this Changing world By H.G. Wells Assisted pictorially By David Low. William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. Blank before half-title; ten double page half-tone plates; blank at end; pp.[xii]+370+[ii]; brick red linen effect buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight uniform fading of cloth, as usual with this title; light foxing of edges and a few scattered leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $33.48


Locke’s ‘Spectrum’, p.225; Currey, p.516.
Ref: MRT117069


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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.

WHITE (James). All Judgment Fled. Walker and Company, New York, 1969. Double lge.post 16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; white boards, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered black down spine; t.e. deep pink, lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £70.00

US $86.80


From the library of Paul Tabori, and bearing his bookplate (designed by ‘Biro’) on the front paste-down; presentation copy, with the author’s signed holograph inscription on the title-page. First American edition. Published in England in 1968 (V. Currey, p.531).
Ref: MRT117075


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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.

WILLIAMSON (Jack). The legion Of space. Illustrated by A.J. Donnell. Fantasy Press, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1947. Frontispiece and three plates; final blank; grey-green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; pink end-papers, printed pictorially in black. Small faded patch and ink scribble on corner of front end-paper where old prices have been partially erased or crossed out; otherwise a very nice copy in frayed and lightly damp-stained dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Currey, p.543. The author’s first independent book.
Ref: MRT117083


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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.

WILLIAMSON (Jack). The legion Of space. Illustrated by A.J. Donnell. Fantasy Press, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1947. Frontispiece and three plates; final blank; grey-green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; pink end-papers, printed pictorially in black. Slight fading of spine; small old ink price on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $38.44



Ref: MRT117084


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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.

WILSON (Colin). Man without A shadow: The Diary of an Existentialist. A novel by Colin Wilson. Arthur Barker Limited, 20 New Bond Street London W1, 1963. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[ii]+266+[iv]; very dark brown cloth textured boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed and very slightly rubbed price-clipped dust-wrapper.

GB £75.00

US $93.00


A sequel to ‘Ritual in the Dark’ involving a good deal of black and white magic. Drugs, including cocaine, play some part in the plot. This title not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’. In our experience one of the most difficult of Wilson’s novels to find — probably because of its unappealing title!
Ref: MRT117086


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WILSON (Colin). The Philosopher’s Stone. Arthur Barker Limited, 5 Winsley Street London W1, 1969. Double cr.16mo; pp.315+[i (blank)]; charcoal cloth-textured boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


A reversal of the Cthulhu mythos. Locke’s ‘Spectrum’, p.233. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.21, l.6 ‘lay’ for ‘lie’; p.24, l.22, ‘every’ for ‘ever’; p.44, l.16, ‘times’ for ‘time’ (probably!); p.127. l.28, battered ‘a’ in ‘was’; p.146, l.25, full stop instead of comma after ‘Cranton’; p.150, l.7, ‘y.’ in ‘Burghley.’ battered; p.162, penultimate line, ‘besides’ for ‘beside’ (probably); p.168, l.4, battered ‘Y’ in ‘Yes’; p.217, l.18, ‘know’ for ‘known’; p.236, l.16, ‘tinging’ for ‘tingeing’; p.251, l.12, broken ‘s’ in ‘savage’; p.307, l.7, ‘tope’ for ‘top’; p.313, l.4, first ‘s’ in ‘species’ dropped; p.314, l.6, dropped ‘s’ in ‘kills’.
Ref: MRT117087


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WILSON (Snoo). Inside Babel. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, London, 1985. Extra double cr.8vo, perfect bound; pp.208; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in colours; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $14.88


Also issued simultaneously in hard-cover.
Ref: MRT117088


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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.

[WRIGHT (S. Fowler).]. Red Ike. By J.M. Denwood & S. Fowler Wright. With a preface by Hugh Walpole. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 34-36 Paternoster Row, London, E.C.4, N.D. [1931]. Sq.cr.8vo; lemon-yellow cloth lettered gilt on spine and on calf-textured glazed recessed black paper spine label. Very slight darkening to cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy in slightly marked dust-wrapper.

GB £26.00

US $32.24


A ‘straight’ story set in Cumberland, involving a murder. Not mentioned on the title-page, is a Foreword by Wright detailing his part in the writing of the book. Walpole compares Denwood’s writing with that of Borrow.
Ref: MRT117091


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WRIGHT (S. Fowler). The witchfinder. Books of Today Limited, 44 Great Russell Street, London, W.C.1, [on imprint leaf:] 1945. Sm.f’cap 16mo; blank befgore half-title; printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.218+[ii]; pinkish-red rough buckram, lettered with short rule black on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper. A scarce title.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


Collects ten stories, most with crime and mystery themes, but several, including the title story, with fantastic content. “The Temperature of Gehenna Sue” and “Original Sin” were reprinted in THE THRONE OF SATURN (Arkham House, 1949). Bleiler, (1948), p.291; Bleiler, (1978), p.213; Currey, p.561; Locke, ‘Spectrum’ III, p.87; Hubin (1994), p.881; .
Ref: MRT118744


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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.

WRIGHT (S. Fowler). The throne Of Saturn. William Heinemann Ltd, 1951. Post 8vo; scarlet cloth, blocked blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; buff end-papers. Fine in dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $49.60


First English edition. Issued in America in 1949. Currey, p.560; this title not in Locke’s ‘Spectrum’.
Ref: MRT117092


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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.

WYNDHAM (John [i.e., John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris]). Chocky. Michael Joseph, 1968. Lge.double cr.16mo; pp.[184]; dark charcoal boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £80.00

US $99.20


Currey, p.221; Locke’s ‘Spectrum’, p.237, recording a proof copy.
Ref: MRT117099


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