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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS Lit.Crit. CATALOGUE, File N: Literary Criticism, Academic Texts, etc... All books first editions in dust-wrapper unless otherwise stated.

FALCONER (Will.). The Shipwreck, A poem, By Will. Falconer. London: Printed for J. Wren and W. Hodges, 1785. Post 8vo format, not watermarked (but probably in fact a 16mo in half-sheets, the chain-lines running horizontally); half-title not called for; pp.91+[i (blank)]; A — E8, F4, G2; original sugar-paper boards, rebacked, probably in the early 19th century with brown linen. Linen chipped on spine; front end-papers damp-stained and paste-down a trifle chipped; early ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page, and pen-trials at a couple of other openings, not touching text; small chip to blank fore-margin of one leaf, apparently due to an original paper flaw; otherwise text nice.

GB £55.00

US $68.20


Copiously provided with notes relating to technical aspects of sailing-ships. The last three pages of text here are occupied by a second poem: ‘Occasional Elegy’. The poem, first published in 1762 and enlarged in 1764, was based on the author’s own experience as second mate aboard a merchant ship which was wrecked on a voyage from Alexandria to Venice. Only three of the crew survived. DNB gives the following assessment of the poem’s significance: “Falconer’s ‘Shipwreck’ resembles most of the didactic poems of the time, and is marked by the conventionality common to them all. But it deserves a rather exceptional position from the obvious fidelity with which he has painted from nature; and though his use of technical nautical terms is pushed even to ostentation, the effect of using the language of real life is often excellent, and is in marked contrast to the commonplaces of classical imitation which make other passages vapid and uninteresting.” ESTC T76147; NCBEL, 2: 655, not listing this edition; Aberdeen, Birmingham, and British Library copies only on COPAC. Cadell, who published the original, issued a ‘sixth edition’ also in 1785, which is a good deal more common, though all the early editions are now scarce.
Ref: NRT118603


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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS Lit.Crit. CATALOGUE, File N: Literary Criticism, Academic Texts, etc... All books first editions in dust-wrapper unless otherwise stated.

HOLMES (Oliver Wendell). The Poetical works Of Oliver Wendell Holmes. With Illustrations. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, [U.S.A.] 1890. Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; blank precedes portrait frontispiece; eleven plates; binder’s blank at end; pp.[x]+311+[i (blank)]; bevelled olive brown diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked black, red, gilt, and olive-brown-through gilt, lettered black, on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, blocked olive-brown-through-gilt, down-lettered black, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with blossom pattern in peach. Neat inscription dated 1894 on front blank; otherwise an extremely fine copy of a beautiful book.

GB £65.00

US $80.60


This edition not in Blanck, which lists two other editions of the same date. The rather unusual binding style is perhaps best characterised as a mixture of art nouveau and Franco-Celtic, with some input from mediaeval mss.

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Ref: NRT117355


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