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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

THARP (Theodore A.). Cradled in a storm: A story of Gaunchester-Haugh. Spencer Blackett, (Successor to J. & R. Maxwell), Milton House, 35, St. Bride Street, Ludgate Circus, N.D. [1888]. Paper covering of spine a little chipped; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir. First published by Maxwells, in 1887, at 6s. A murder mystery novel, not in Hubin. A wire-stitched binding, in good shape.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

TOLSTOI (Count Lyof N.). Celebrated Russian Novels. My husband and I; And other stories. Third edition. London: Vizetelly & Co., 16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, N.D. [1889]. Half/series title with series advertisements on verso precedes title and Contents leaves; pp.332; ligyt brown glazed boards blocked and embossed with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, printed with a pattern of enlarged type ornaments in reddish brown and marina blue, lettered reddish brown, on front cover and spine; end-papers coated lemon yellow. Slight rubbing to boards at edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

The third impression of a collection first published in English in 1887. Issued here at 2/- as against the original 5/-. Besides the title story the volume includes: The Death of Ivan Iliitch [sic]; Polikouchka; Two Generations; The Romance of a Horse; and A Snow Storm.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

TROLLOPE (Anthony). Tales of all countries. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1867 [i.e., 1866]. (The right of Translation is reserved.) F'cap 8vo; pp.[iv]+403+[i (blank)]. Early half-calf, marbled boards, green-lined end-papers. Some wear to calf, and sides a little rubbed; internally nice.

The first yellowback edition, rebound. Issued in 1866, but dated ahead. Sadleir, 3696, copy I.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

TROLLOPE (Anthony). John Caldigate. London, George Routledge and Sons, Broadway, Ludgate Hill; New York: 416 Broome Street, 1880. half-title not called for; pp.447+[i (printer's imprint)]; pale green glazed boards, printed pictorially on front board, with conventional decoration on spine, in red and black, with commercial advertisements, black, on back board; end-papers printed with publisher's advertisements on all visible surfaces. Paper, but not underlying cloth, slightly chipped at extremities of spine, and very slightly so over joints; bookseller's small label on front cover; otherwise a nice copy.

The first ‘yellowback' edition of a work published in three volumes by Chapman and Hall in 1879. This title not in the Wolff collection of Trollope yellowbacks, nor in the extensive Sadleir collection of the same. Neither collection includes any title published by Routledge, and the present volume is interesting as it appears to fall into a gap between Chapman and Hall publishing yellow-back editions of the titles for which they held the copyrights and Ward & Lock taking over the responsibility for them in 1881. The front cover of the present volume bears the printed number ‘820'. Though the fact is nowhere recorded on the book, the English Catalogue records it as having been issued as volume 820 in the series ‘Routledge's Railway Library', and priced at 2/-.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

TROLLOPE (Frances Eleanor). A Charming fellow. New edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1876. F'cap 8vo; pp.367+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 8pp. advertisements at end; glazed pale pink boards printed on front cover and spine in black, red, and green, on back cover with series advertisements dark blue; end-papers printed with series advertisements on all visible surfaces. Slight rubbing of covers, and paper covering chipped over joints; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in the Select Library of Fiction. A difficult title to find in any edition. Not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

TWAIN (Mark [i.e., Samuel Langhorne Clemens].). Practical Jokes With Artemus Ward, Including the story of The man who fought cats By Mark Twain And other humourists. Ward, Lock and Co., London: Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C. New York: Bond Street, N.D. [1886]. Pott 8vo; commercial advertisement (for Judson's Indestructible Marking Ink) on verso of half-title; leaf bearing commercial advertisement (for Beecham's Pills) on recto, blank on verso, followed by 16pp. integral advertisements at end, continuing the signatures; pp.[iii]-xvi+176+[ii]+[16]; pale green glazed boards printed pictorially in green, black, and red on front cover, with commercial advertisement in black on back cover (Fennings' proprietory medicines), lettered in black up spine; buff end-papers printed in black with commercial advertisements on all visible surfaces. Slight wear to edges of spine and boards, and one or two small marks in text; in general, however, a nice copy.

The third edition of this collection which was published originally by Hotten in 1872, and reprinted the same year by Ward, Lock & Co. in the series ‘Beeton's Humorous Books'. Hotten's brief introduction is here reprinted. Blanck, 3342, refers, recording (and providing the date of) this edition only from an advertisement. Blanck fails to record the ‘Beeton' edition at all. The cover illustration here is signed ‘R. Prowse'. The curious pagination of the prelims. in the present copy is correct, pp.1-2 being leaf [A8]: the explanation of this is to be found in the Hotten edition, which had integral front end-papers.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

TWAIN (Mark [i.e., Samuel Langhorne Clemens]). The innocents abroad And the New pilgrim's progress: Being an account of A pleasure trip on the continent Of Europe. A new edition. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1893. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; publisher's advertisement leaf precedes title-page; pp.2+[xi]-360; inserted commercial advertisement leaf for ‘Eno's Fruit Salt' incorporating small onlay of yellow paper printed in sepia, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue dated Sept. 1894, at end; glazed yellow boards printed in red, black, and green on front cover and spine, on black on back board with advertisement for ‘Pears' Soap'; end-papers printed with commercial advertisements on all visible surfaces. Printing on boards (which are too highly glazed) somewhat rubbed; some insignificant wear to paper over joints and at edges of boards, and to extremities of spine; back board unobtrusively re-attached; end-papers embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in the ‘Popular Two Shilling Novels' series. The curious pagination of the prelims. is correct and would seem to reflect that of some earlier edition which had fore-matter. This edition not in Blanck. The series advertisements on the front end-papers include nine other titles by Twain, the present volume being listed at the bottom under its sub-title. Includes a four page Introduction by Edward P. Hingston.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

VANCE (Louis J.). Terence O'Rourke, Gentleman adventurer. By Louis Joseph Vance, Author of "The Private War" London, E. Grant Richards, 1907. Double demy 16mo, printed in double column; pp.160; scarlet wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black, the back wrapper bearing publisher's advertisements; issued without end-papers. Very slight chipping to paper at tail of spine; reader's notes on first and last page of text, apparently in indelible pencil; some offsetting of colour from wrappers onto last page; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

The first paper-bound edition of a title issued originally in 1906. Grant Richards' paper-backs are uncommon. Published at 6d.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WALFORD (L.B.). Dick Netherby. Griffith, Farran & Co. Limited, Newbery House, Charing Cross Road, N.D. [1892]. Slight wear to head and tail of spine, and corners worn; otherwise very nice.

Not in Sadleir. First published in 1881.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WALMSLEY (Hugh Mulleneux, Colonel, Ottoman Imperial Army). The Life guardsman. London: Frederick Warne and Co., Bedford Street, Covent Garden. New York: Scribner, Welford and Armstrong. Pp.viii+439+[i (printer's imprint)]; glazed yellow boards printed in green, red, and black on front cover and spine, in black with commercial advertisement on back cover for Thurstan & Co.'s billiard tables; end-papers printed with publisher's advertisements. Design on sides a little rubbed, slight wear to corners, and paper covering of spine a little chipped; neat (and useful) inscription dated 1872 on upper margin of half-title; otherwise a nice copy.

First yellowback edition of a novel published originally by Bentley in 1871. Not in Sadleir; Wolff records only the first edition.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WARREN (Samuel). The diary Of A late physician By Samuel Warren, F.R.S. Reprinted from the original edition. London: Frederick Warne and Co., Bedford Street, Strand, N.D. [1884]. Extra double cr.16mo, printed in double column; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+346; glazed yellow wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black, red, and green, on spine and back wrapper in black, the back wrapper bearing commercial advertisements. Paper of spine lightly chipped at head and tail, and with three insignificant tears, one extending onto unprinted area of front panel; prelims. slightly dusty; a few very small corners turned; a bright copy, nonetheless, with no rubbing.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WEBB (Mrs J.B.). Julamerk: A Tale of the Nestorians. London: Clarke and Beeton, 148, Fleet Street; Ipswich: J.M. Burton and Co., 1854. Pott 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page precede letterpress title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[vi]+489+[i (blank)]; early half dark green calf, contrasting spine label, marbled sides, drab-faced end-papers. Leather chipped at head of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

A rebound small format yellowback. Issued as volume 9 in the ‘Run and Read Library'. Sadleir, 3673/9: not in the Sadleir collection. The volume was printed in Ipswich by Burton.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WESTALL (William). With the Red Eagle. An historical romance By William Westall, Author of "Red Ryvington," "Roy of Roy's Court," etc. Popular edition. London, Chatto & Windus, 1907. Double demy 16mo, printed in double column; last leaf commercial advertisements; pp.110+[ii]; buff wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in red and black, the back wrapper bearing commercial advertisements; inside wrappers printed with commercial advertisements in black. Blank corner of front wrapper chipped away, and wrappers generally a little chipped at edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Chatto & Windus paperbacks are uncommon. First published in 1897, in a cloth edition.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WETHERELL (Miss [i.e., Susan Bogert Warner].). My brother's keeper. Twelfth thousand. London: G. Routledge & Co., Farringdon Street, 1855. Sm.f'cap 8vo; two advertisement leaves at front, seven at back, the outermost serving as paste-downs; half-title not called for; pp.[i( blank)]+[iii]+211+[i (printer's imprint)]+7+[i (blank)]; bright yellow boards printed in black. Two and a half inch strip chipped from tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

A very early yellowback, not listed by Sadleir. This title not in Wright.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WHITELAW (David). The league of St. Louis. By David Whitelaw Author of "Princess Galva," "The Man with the Red Beard," "The Little Hour of Peter Wells". Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, N.D [1914]. Double demy 16mo, printed in double column; leaf, probably of commercial advertisements, lacking before title-page; commercial and publisher's advertisements on verso of title-page and rectos of last two leaves of text; pp.128; glazed white paper wrappers, cut flush, printed with commercial advertisements on back wrapper, down-lettered on spine, in blue, printed on front wrapper in full colour; inside wrappers printed with commercial advertisements in black. Wrappers a little dusty and frayed, and two or three small chips to paper of spine; text lightly embrowned, but in general a good copy.

Issued as volume 127 of Hodder & Stoughton's Sixpenny Novels - which suggests some renumbering since a volume numbered 198 had appeared some three years earlier. First published in hardcover in 1913.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File G: Yellowbacks.

WHYTE MELVILLE ([G.J.]). Riding recollections. Eighth edition. London: Chapman and Hall (Limited), 193 Piccadilly, 1880. (All Rights Reserved.) Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+251+[i (blank)]; 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end; pale blue glazed boards printed with series advertisements dark blue on back cover, printed in red, green, and black on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with series advertisements in bright purple. Paper of spine darkened and showing slight wear at extreme head and tail; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in Chapman & Hall's ‘Select Library of Fiction'. Sadleir, 3715 [/7]; this title not in Wolff.

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