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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DOYLE (Sir Francis Hastings, Late Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford). The Return of the guards, And other poems. London, Macmillan and Co., 1866. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; printer’s imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.xvi+326+[ii]; dark red buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated black; binder’s ticket of Burn (Ball, 20A) on back paste-down. Very slight marking to cloth of spine; very slight cracking to end-papers, and blind library-stamp on front end-paper; bookplate of Arthur Webster Stinton bearing ‘Withdrawn’ stamp on front paste-down; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Publisher’s presentation copy, inscribed “From the Publishers” on the upper margin of the title-page. Doyle’s famous poem on the death of private Moyes: “A drunken private of the Buffs", is here first collected. CBEL, III, p.286
Ref: HRT105191



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DRINKWATER (Albert E[dwin].). [Cover title:] Lords of creation. An original Comedietta, in one act, by Albert E. Drinkwater. Address / 1 Ladbroke Crescent / London, N.D. [?1890s]. Cr.4to format, 15ll. copy paper, carbon typescript, rubricated by hand, stabbed through and sewn with crimson twilled thread into large plain drab wrappers, upper wrapper with white paper label typed as above; ms. Scene Plot in red and black ink follows leaf listing characters, scene setting and time, before start of text. Front wrapper stained and dusty, and wrappers frayed about large edges; otherwise fine. Rare.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


The father of John Drinkwater, Albert E. Drinkwater was a poet, playright, actor, and manager like his son. A collective edition of his plays and poems was published in 1885, a Comedietta, ‘A Legend of Vandale’, first performed in 1890, was printed privately in 1892, and a couple of other plays much later on: ‘Honours Easy’, was published by French in 1921, and ‘Pipe of Peace’ by Cornish Brothers, Birmingham, in 1922 (the last, at least, evidently mediated by his son). He also published in 1905 an essay ‘Music in Speech, Drama in Song’, which had been the Queen Victoria Lecture for 1904. The present play appears to be unpublished, and as a carbon typescript must have been one, at most, of about half a dozen copies. It contains corrections in ink, mainly repairing typing errors and faintnesses in the carbon, and one or two added stage directions in pencil, suggesting that it was produced.
Ref: HRT119322



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DUNLOP (Thomas). John Tamson’s bairns And other poems. Edinburgh, Andrew Elliot, Princes Street, 1897. Pp.[xii]+300; bevelled dark green buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., lower-edges rough trimmed. Contemporary inscription on half-title; slight foxing of prelims., otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Printed in Kilmarnock by Dunlop & Drennan. Reilly, p.147
Ref: HRT105200



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ELIOT (George). The Legend of Jubal And other poems. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1874. F’cap 8vo; final leaf a single inset; pp.[vi]+242; Erratum slip tipped in after Contents leaf; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue on text-paper at end; bevelled lake carmine patterned sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Cloth of spine a trifle faded; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Includes ‘The Legend of Jubal’, ‘Agatha’, ‘Armgart’, ‘How Lisa Loved the King’, ‘A Minor Prophet’, ‘Brother and Sister’, ‘Stradivarius’, ‘Two Lovers’, ‘Arion’ and ‘"O May I Join The Choir Invisible"’. A minor binding variant, copies also being known in an otherwise similar sand-grain cloth, and with the fore-edges rough-trimmed.
Ref: HRT118798



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

FIELD (Michael [i.e., Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper]). [On fly-title:] The world at auction. [On colophon:] A play by Michael Field. The decorations are designed and cut on wood by Charles Ricketts, under whose super- Vision the book has been Printed at the Ballantyne Press. Sold by Messrs. Hacon & Rickets, At the Sign of the Dial, lii Warwick Street, Regent Street, London, 1898. Lge.demy 8vo in half-sheets; four text-paper blanks precede fly-title, the first serving as paste-down; title leaf not called for; inner forme of first gathering printed in black and red; leaf bearing colophon on recto, blank on verso, conjugate blank, and four text-paper blanks at end, the last serving as paste-down; pp.[8]+cxvi+[i]+[i]+[8]; quarter drab paper, buff spine-label printed in black, light brown paper covered boards printed with repeating pattern of peacocks in green in art nouveau style; a.e. uncut. Very slight wear to paper at extreme head of spine (affecting top 3/16th of an inch) and very slight rubbing to paper at tail of spine (same amount); drab paper lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £290.00

US $391.50


The edition was limited to 210 copies on paper, and two extra copies not mentioned in the limitation that were printed on vellum. Printed upon Arnold unbleached hand-made paper. Though printed at the Ballantyne Press, the actual machine used was set aside specifically for Ricketts to print on.
Ref: HRT105228



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[FRASER (James C.D.).]. Wayside flowers; Gathered by A wayfarer, Along the highway of life. Edinburgh: Printed for the author, 1871. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; blank precedes start of text; ten entry Errata leaf at end, blank on verso,, conjugate with final leaf of text; pp.[xvi]+258+[ii]; crimson sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated dark caramel. A number of inscriptions on early leaves (v. note); slight fading to cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Presentation copy, with the author’s holograph inscription to Saml. C. Smyth on the upper margin of the title-page, a further twenty-two word holograph presentation inscription, dated 15th May, 1873, on the first leaf of the Preface, faced by a twelve word exhortation in the same hand on the blank verso of the dedication (to John Stuart Blackie), and with a footnote also in his hand appended to the first poem (‘To a Flower’), recording that it has been set to music. A brief biographical memoir in pencil has been added on the title-page, presumably by the recipient, identifying the author, and giving brief details of his biography — including that he was converted to Roman Catholicism in 1902, and died in 1906 at Fort Augustus Abbey.
Ref: HRT117840



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GALE (Norman R.). A country muse By Norman R. Gale London, David Nutt in the Strand, 1892. Pott 8vo; blank before half-title; title-page printed in vermilion and black; Index leaf at end; pp.[viii]+109+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically fine-ribbed light blue cloth lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Gilt a trifle dull on spine; single fox-spot affecting three leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


One of an edition of only 500 copies. CBEL, III, p.341; Reilly, p.179. With an a.l.s. from the author, three pages small 8vo, to editor Morris Colby, regarding the pricing of long poems, loosely laid in. The letter has been date-stamped by the recipient ‘12th DEC 99’.
Ref: HRT105246



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GALE (Norman R.). A country muse New series by Norman R. Gale Author of ‘A June Romance’ London, David Nutt in the Strand, 1893 [i.e., December, 1892]. F’cap 8vo; blank page followed by leaf bearing printer’s device and imprint on recto, blank on verso, at end; pp.[viii]+109+[i]+[ii]; bevelled vertically fine-ribbed faintly cross-hatch-patterned light blue cloth lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Very fine copy, entirely unopened.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


One of 1,000 copies on laid paper of a total edition of 1,075. Printed in November 1892, and issued in time for the Christmas season of that year. CBEL, III, p.341; Reilly, p.179
Ref: HRT105247



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GALE (Norman). A country muse. By Norman Gale. First Series. Westminster, Archibald Constable And Co. 1894. Title-page printed in red and black; imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[xii]+145+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, blocked gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; text-paper end-papers. Small mark on front cover and very slight darkening of cloth of spine, but a very nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Second edition, expanded by the addition of six new poems. The first edition (of 500 copies) was published by David Nutt in June, 1892. CBEL, III, p.341, not noting the additions; Reilly, p.179
Ref: HRT105250



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GILBERT (W.S.). and SULLIVAN (Arthur). The Mikado; Or, The town of Titipu. Price one shilling net. Chappell & Co., Ltd., 50, New Bond Street, London, W.1. Sydney. New York: Wm. A. Pond & Co. 21641. Revised edition. N.D. Demy 8vo format, 48pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering, the last page bearing advertisements for ‘The Gondoliers’; half-title not called for; issued (as far as we can tell) without wrappers. A very little scattered foxing, and light dusting of title and advertisement pages; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The ‘Revised edition’ not listed by Searle; nor do the variants agree with any of the altered versions he mentions.
Ref: HRT119296



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GILBERT (W.S.). An Entirely Original Comic Opera, In two acts, Entitled The Gondoliers; Or, The King of Barataria. Written by W.S. Gilbert, / Composed by Arthur Sullivan, Joint Authors of “Thespis, [etc., eight lines of titles].” Price one shilling. London: Chappell & Co., Ltd., 50, New Bond Street, W. N.D. [c.1896]. Demy 8vo format, 48pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering into pale-grey wrappers, cut flush, printed in purple, the inside and back wrappers bearing publishers’ advertisements; half-title not called for; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a little faded; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £19.00

US $25.65


Later issue. According to Searle the earliest copies had an additional line to the publisher’s imprint on both the front cover and title-page, reading: ‘City branch — 15, Poultry, E.C.’, whilst the final page was blank. In the present copy it carries an advertisement for ‘The Grand Duke’, which dates this issue to 1896 (though it is otherwise identical with the first printing). CBEL, III, p.611; Searle, pp.57 — 8. First produced at the Savoy Theatre on December 7th, 1889.
Ref: HRT117959



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GOLDSMITH (Oliver, M.B.). The Poetical works Of Oliver Goldsmith, M.B. With the Life of the author. Embellished with wood cuts, by T. Bewick. Glocester [sic], Printed and sold by D. Walker, At the office of the Glocester Journal, Westgate-Street; Sold also by C. Mutlow, No.56, Holborn, London; and may be had of All other Booksellers, 1809. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; vignette on title-page and five other fine wood-cuts by Thomas Bewick in text; pp.93+[i (blank)]; original plain drab boards; a.e. uncut. Joints just a trifle rubbed, but a virtually fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


From the library of Frederick Locker (later Locker-Lampson) and Eleanora Bertha Mary Locker, with their matching bookplates printed in red and black on the front end-papers, together with Frederick Locker’s pencilled initials. The word ‘Rare’ has been pencilled on the back of the front end-paper, apparently in his hand. Light pencil scoring in the margins of the poem ‘Retaliation’ is also probably his. First published by Walker in 1794 at Hereford, it was re-issued in 1795 with a different title-page, and again in 1799. The present copy appears to consist of the same sheets, with cancels for the title and Contents leaves, which are of a very slightly thicker paper. It has the same collation as the earlier issues (except for the absence of an integral advertisement leaf at the end), and, like them, is printed on paper of very good quality watermarked ‘WHATMAN’. It excellently printed throughout, and has fine, clear, impressions of the cuts. Locker was right in calling it ‘rare’: COPAC records only the British Library, Oxford, and Manchester copies of this issue.
Ref: HRT118933



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GORDON (Adam Lindsay). Poems By Adam Lindsay Gordon. Sea Spray and Smoke Drift. Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes. Miscellaneous Poems. Ashtaroth: a Dramatic Lyric. The Roll of the Kettle-drum (illustrated [sic] London: Robt. A. Thompson & Co., Ltd., 8 Farringdon Avenue, Farringdon Street, E.C. Melbourne: A.H. Massina & Co., Proprietor of Copyright, 1898. Sm.cr.8vo; integral half-tone portrait frontispiece by R. Bruce, and eleven illustrations after Lieut.-Colonel Marshman, all on text-paper; printers’ imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.354+2; diagonally very fine ribbed very dark red cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Insignificant hard bubbling and very slight spotting to cloth of front cover, and back end-papers cracked; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Scarce.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


Printed in Australia by Massina & Co., and very possibly bound there as well, the cloth closely resembling that used by Massina on other volumes. The first illustrated edition, English issue, and one of probably only a very small number of copies imported. We have not otherwise encountered the firm of Robt. A. Thompson and Co., Ltd. as publishers. Includes a Publisher’s Preface (signed in type by A.H. Massina & Co.), dated 1st January, 1898, in which it appears to be suggested that some of the poems are here first collected or first published: this may or may not be the case, since, despite the date, the wording follows closely that of the Publisher’s Preface to the 1880 edition. (The first collected edition was published in 1877, and was certainly expanded at least once.) Included here as well, as also in the 1880 edition, is a biographical Preface by Marcus Clarke. The author is notable, in the words of Marcus Clarke, as “the inaugurator of a national school of Australian poetry". Miles, V, pp.569-584.
Ref: HRT118839



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GORDON (Granville [Armyne, Lord].). The Legend Of Birse And other poems. By Granville Gordon. London, Bliss, Sands, & Foster, 1894. Roy.8vo; printed throughout in black and red; blank precedes half-title, blank at end; photogravure portrait frontispiece, printed in sepia, with tissue guard; pp.[2]+vi+[141]+[iii]; publisher’s full pigskin, blocked gilt on back cover, blocked with lettering, gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Covers a trifle warped; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £18.00

US $24.30


Reilly, p.189

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Ref: HRT119440



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GRAHAM (David). Darnley. Westminster, Archibald Constable & Co, 2 Whitehall Gardens, 1900. Cancel title leaf tipped on to a stub; 4pp. text-paper advertisements tipped in at end; pp.144+[iv]; vertically fine-ribbed rose-red cloth, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Slightly faded patch at top edge of back cover and spine; some foxing of uncut edges; otherwise a fine copy, unopened throughout.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The third of David Graham’s verse dramas, preceded by ‘King James the First’, and ‘Rizzio’.
Ref: HRT105288



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GREENWELL (Dora). Poems By Dora Greenwell. London, William Pickering, 1848. F’cap 8vo in half-sheets; pp.vi+191+[1 (printer’s imprint)]; thin quarter vertical rib-effect fine wavy-grain light brown cloth, drab board sides, paper spine label; top- and fore-edges uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Slight wear to cloth at head of spine; label dusty and chipped, with loss of the fist two letters of ‘Pickering’ and most of the date (v. note); boards worn a little at corners and lightly rubbed; a little very light marginal dusting and fingering passim, and four leaves near the end a trifle foxed; a very good copy, nonetheless, in what is almost certainly the earliest binding (v. note).

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Presentation copy, inscribed on the front end-paper: “Mrs. Hunter from the Author / With Kindest regards — / Durham. April 11th./58.” The first gathering consists of three leaves, as in all copies recorded, the remaining leaf having possibly been used to print the label. Pickering dated his labels, and that in the present copy, though largely chipped away, ends clearly in an ‘8’. The inscription might suggest ‘1858’, but the cloth is of a type used in the 1830s and 1840s, but lighter than those used in the 1850s, whilst the grain suggests the 1840s or the earlier 1850s. The binding at any rate looks right for the date of publication, but would scarcely be probable for ten years later. The volume is also known, however, bound in a heavier vertically fine-ribbed green cloth, lettered gilt, and with rules and blind-embossed bands, on the spine, and elaborately blind blocking on the front cover, a copy so bound having been seen with an ownership inscription dated 1848. We hypothesise that the original intention may have been to use boards and labels, that Pickering changed his mind, and that the brasses for blocking the covers may not in consequence have been ready by the time that the volume was first issued, the earliest copies sent out (including the author’s copies) being therefore as originally envisaged. NCBEL, 3: 522.

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[?GREENWOOD (William)]. The bar, Wiith Sketches Of Eminent judges, barristers, &c. &c. A poem, with notes. London: Printed for Hurst, Robinson and Co. Cheapside; And Robinson and Hernaman, Leeds, 1825. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[2]+[vi]+160; a.e. uncut; drab boards, paper spine label. Joints cracked, paper of spine chipped, label badly so; front end-paper sympathetically replaced; ownership inscription scratched from front paste-down; light marking and fingering throughout; a good copy only. Scarce.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


From the library of bibliographer Percival F. Hinton, with his small bookplate on the front paste-down. Printed in Leeds. COPAC records eight copies, but does not identify the author. “[William Greenwood]” has been pencilled on the front paste-down of this copy, possibly by Hinton. We are unable to vouch for the accuracy of the ascription.

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Ref: HRT119882



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[HALSE (George).]. Sir Guy de Guy: A Stirring Romaunt. Showing How a Briton drilled for his fatherland; Won a heiress; got a pedigree; and Caught the rheumatism. By Rattlebrain. Illustrated by Phiz. London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, Farringdon Street; 56 Walker Street, New York, 1864. Imp.16mo in quarter sheets; wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous illustrations, all on text-paper; Scarlet morocco grain cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked blind on back cover, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked and uplettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated chocolate. Cloth of spine neatly repaired at head and tail, and gilt very dulled; slight cracking to end-papers; a little very light foxing internally, but text in general very nice; an excellent reading or working copy.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


One of a number of variant bindings, and despite not having the bevelled boards present in some other copies we have seen, blocked a good deal more elaborately, and having the air of being a primary binding. (Other copies we have seen have, for instance lacked the back-cover blocking).
Ref: HRT105334



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HAMMOND (Thomas B.). Poems and lyrics. London, Digby, Long, & Co., publishers, 18 Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, E.C., 1896. Post 8vo; pp.79+[i (blank)]; publisher’s inserted 8pp. catalogue at end, dated April 1896; vertically fine ribbed leaf-green cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram blind on back cover, blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and up spine; t.e. uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers printed with apple-blossom pattern in buff. Cloth of front cover very slightly wrinkled due to an original binding fault; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Presentation copy with the author’s signed holograph inscription on the half-title. Reilly, p.209.
Ref: HRT105338



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HARRISON (Clifford). On the common Chords: Verses. London, A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1895. Printer’s imprint leaf followed by publisher’s inserted 8pp. list of Novels, at end; pp.110+[ii]; pinkish oatmeal coarse buckram, blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Virtually fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Probable first issue, with publisher’s monogram device blocked on back cover; another issue has the back cover plain. Reilly, p.212
Ref: HRT105343



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HARRISON (Clifford). On the common Chords: Verses. London, A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1895. Printer’s imprint leaf at end excised; dark red morocco faced roan, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Leather splitting at head and tail of spine; front end-paper removed; text nice. As a working copy.

GB £5.00

US $6.75


Reilly, p.212
Ref: HRT105345



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HARRISON (Clifford). Echoes. London: Henry J. Glaisher, 57, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, W., 1900. Pp.[viii]+156; dull blue fine rough buckram flecked lighter blue, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. dull blue, others uncut. Cloth of spine faded; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Much scarcer than the same author’s earlier volume, ‘On the Common Chords’.
Ref: HRT105346



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HARTE (Bret). Poems. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1871. Binder’s blank at front and back; one leaf of Fields, Osgood, & Co.’s advertisements before title-page; half-title not called for; bevelled purple sand-grain cloth embossed with over-all pattern of small stars, blind; blocked with Harte’s signature within an octagonal ruled frame, gilt on front cover, blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated brown. Spine faded, and sides badly damp-spotted; inscription dated ‘May 24, 1871’ on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £5.00

US $6.75


Blanck 7253, but a late issue with the altered imprint on the spine. The leaves of this volume, excluding covers, have a thickness of 10mm.
Ref: HRT105348



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HARTE (F. Bret). Illustrated edition. That Heathen Chinee And other Poems Mostly humorous. By F. Bret Harte, Author of “The Luck of Roaring Camp” and “Sensation Novels Condensed.” The music by Stephen Tucker, Composer of “Beautiful Isle of the Sea.” London: John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, N.D. [1871]. Half-title not called for; wood-cut frontispiece and seven wood-engraved illustrations on text-paper, all included in the pagination; two large folding leaves of music bound in after prelims.; leaf of integral advertisements, followed by publisher’s inserted 28pp. catalogue at end, dated 1871; pp.141+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; light plum patterned-sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated chalk-blue. Unobtrusive restorations to extremities of spine; contemporary signature in ink on upper margin of title-page; newspaper cutting bearing a further poem by Harte laid on to blank verso of fly-title (and another loosely laid in); light pencilled notes on two leaves (v. note); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The pencilled notes occur on two pages of the poem “John Burns of Gettysburg": one identifies ‘"quiltings"’ as ‘cheese-fairs’; the others are puzzling if they be not authorial: in line 9 on p.58 the word ‘And’ has been added at the start, and in line 4 on p.59 the word ‘répertoire’ has been crossed through and ‘something more’ substituted, whilst the next two lines ‘"How are you, White Hat!” “Put her through!” / “Your head’s level,” and Bully for you!"’ have been marked for deletion. It is not without interest, perhaps, that Blanck does note in the rubric to Section II: “It is entirely probable that certain of the authorised London editions...contain revisions by the author.” The earliest setting recorded by Blanck under 7254, without an illustration on the title-page, and with the mis-print ‘cMGee’ for ‘McGee’ on p.126 at l.14. Given that this copy exhibits the earliest Hotten setting of the type, Blank is evidently wrong when he includes the edition without music in the first section of his entry (i.e., “books containing first edition material"), and the edition with music under the second section ("reprinted material"): the listings ought to be the other way around, and this edition listed under 7433 ought to be the entry under 7254, which is said the include the first appearance of “Further Language from Truthful James". It includes the first appearance, also, of Tucker’s setting. Tucker’s first name on the sheet music is given as Henry in this copy rather than Stephen.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HARTE (Bret). East and west. London, John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, N.D. [December 1871]. Double f’cap 16mo; half-title not called for; [A]13, 14, an inset pair once joined at the top-edges (v. note); 24pp. integral advertisements at end, pp.[22-23] being blank and the facing pages of a conjugate pair; pp.[v]-140+[24]; bevelled grass-green buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Cloth of spine very slightly darkened; front free end-paper renewed with matching paper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


The publisher’s Preface, in which he refers to Dickens’s appreciation of Bret Harte, is Dated ‘Dec.12, 1871’. The first English edition (cloth issue), differing from the American edition by the omission of one piece. The book was published in cloth, as here, at 2s. 6d., or in paper wrappers, at 1s., the latter issue explaining the oddities of collation apparent in the present copy: the conjugate pair of advertisement leaves at the end having been printed as part of the first gathering, and intended to form the front paste-down and free end-paper of the wrappered issue (pp.[i — iv]). Something must have gone wrong with the lay-out of the forme, also, leaving [A]13 and 14 conjugate at the top edges instead of the fold. Blanck, 7256, refers.
Ref: HRT105351



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HAY (John). Pike county ballads And Other pieces. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1871. 12mo; binder’s blank at front and back; integral advertisement leaf precedes title-page; bevelled green patterned sand grain cloth, lettered and blocked with Hay’s signature, gilt on front cover, blind on back cover, blocked and lettered, and with publisher’s monogram, gilt, on spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. A fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


Blanck, 7740. In this copy, the publisher’s monogram on the spine is three quarters of an inch high (no known precedence); one of a number of variant colours and textures of cloth.
Ref: HRT105356



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[HELPS (Sir Arthur).]. King Henry the second. An historical drama. London: William Pickering, 1843. F’cap 8vo in half sheets; blank before half-title; printer’s imprint leaf at endl; pp.[viii]+182+[ii]; black patterned sand-grain cloth, ?buff paper spine label printed in black; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated milk-chocolate. Paper label a little rubbed and chipped (and possibly embrowned); small neat restoration to cloth of back joint; two or three scattered fox-spots; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


CBEL, III, p.718. The author’s third book, and first play. Published anonymously. Printed by C. Whittingham, Chiswick.
Ref: HRT105363



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[HEMANS, née] BROWNE (Felicia Dorothea). Poems, By Felicia Dorothea Browne. Liverpool: Printed by G.F. Harris, For T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand, London, 1808. Demy 4to; large wood-engraving on title-page by H. Hole after G. Cuit; head-pieces passim, and tail-piece; pp.xxvii+[i (blank)]+111+[i (blank)]; light dull-green boards, blue paper spine label printed up in black; a.e. uncut. Very slight cracking to paper over front joint, but a near-fine copy. Scarce, especially thus.

GB £290.00

US $391.50


From the library of bibliographer Percival F. Hinton with his small bookplate on the front paste-down beneath that of M.A. Middleton, the latter suggesting that it may have been a subscription copy. Printed on large and thick paper. The future Mrs. Hemans scarce first book, written between the ages of eight and thirteen, published in rather a sumptuous edition with the aid of Viscountess Kirkwall, and dedicated, by permission, to the Prince of Wales. Though over 1,000 copies were subscribed for, the book is scarce to-day, its over-large format and delicate construction militating very much against its survival — especially in its original state.
Ref: HRT118366



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HENLEY (W.E.). The song Of the sword And other verses. London, Published by David Nutt In the Strand, 1892. F’cap 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; leaf bearing printer’s imprint, followed at end by publisher’s inserted 20pp. advertisements on text-paper (last leaf blank), dated 1891; pp.[xii]+[102]+[ii]+18+[ii]; vertically ribbed deep olive green bevelled cloth, dated gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Cloth of spine very slightly faded, and pin-hole in cloth over front joint; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The dedication is dated ‘Mar.17, 1892’ and the volume was published in May.
Ref: HRT105375



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HERRICK (Robert). Herrick’s Content — His Grange & his Book of Littles. Verses by Robert Herrick Illustrated by Ellen [Elizabeth] Houghton. [On verso of title:] Printed & Published by Marcus Ward & Co. Limited, London Belfast & New York, N.D., [1884]. Landscape Roy.8vo, on thin card, not paginated; half-title not called for; title-page, pp.[10] and [11], [28] and [29] printed on both sides, one with text only, in brown; otherwise printed lithographically throughout in colour, the pages unbacked except for the four leaves noted, some printed on rectos only, some on versos; quarter brown diagonally-fine-ribbed cloth, glazed boards printed lithographically in orange, yellow, pale grey-green, and brown; end-papers coated yellow-green. Slight edge-wear and slight wear to corners of boards, and front board insignificantly scuffed and marked; internally a fine copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


Juvenile. COPAC records the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and Victoria & Albert Libraries copies only.
Ref: HRT119988



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HEWLETT (Maurice). Songs and Meditations. Westminster, Archibald Constable And Co. 1896. Title-page printed in red and black; pp.[xii]+[136]; bright bown coarse buckram lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


1982, ex-library working copy, £5.00; 1997
Ref: HRT105384



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HILL (The Rev. Thomas). The Amusements Of My leisure hours, Being a small Collection of poems, By the Rev. Thomas Hill, Palace Yard, Gloucester. Hereford: Printed by Webb & Phillips, 1843. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+136; seven entry Errata slip tipped in before title-page; vertically fine ribbed rose-madder cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt (with author’s name only) on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Very nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00



Ref: HRT105388



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOGG (James). Queen Hynde. A poem, In Six Books. By James Hogg, Author of The Queen’s Wake; Poetic Mirror; Pilgrims of the Sun, &c. &c. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, And Green, Paternoster-row, London; and William Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1825. Demy 8vo; half-title apparently not called for; fly-title present to each of the six books; binder’s blank at front and back; pp.[iv]+443+[i (blank)]; recent full polished sheep, spine with five raised bands, black lettering-piece tooled and lettered gilt. A little scattered light foxing, but a nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


Printed on large paper. A good deal scarcer in our experience than ‘The Queen’s Wake’. CBEL, III, p.165
Ref: HRT105394



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOGG (James). Queen Hynde. A poem, In Six Books. By James Hogg, Author of The Queen’s Wake; Poetic Mirror; Pilgrims of the Sun, &c. &c. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, And Green, Paternoster-row, London; and William Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1825. Demy 8vo; half-title apparently not called for; fly-title present to each of the six books; pp.[iv]+443+[i (blank)]; later drab boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Some scattered marking and fingering to margins, but in general a nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Printed on large paper. A good deal scarcer in our experience than ‘The Queen’s Wake’. Gatherings 2D and 2F are on a poorer quality of paper than the rest of the volume, a fact not obvious in other copies we have seen. CBEL, III, p.165
Ref: HRT118476



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOLLAND (J.G.). Garnered Sheaves. The Complete poetical works Of J.G. Holland. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1873 [i.e., December 1872]. Sq.12mo; binder’s blank at front and back; printed throughout in red and black; mezzotint portrait frontispiece by F. Halpin after a photograph, with tissue guard; sixteen wood-engraved plates, mostly by E. Whitney, with tissue guards; pp.8+[iv]+[9]-218+[ii]+278+[ii]+100; bevelled brown dotted-line-ribbed cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers faced light greenish caramel.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


Blanck, 8612, correctly describing this as ‘an omnibus volume’.
Ref: HRT105397



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOLLOWAY (William). The Peasants fate: A Rural Poem. With Miscellaneous poems. By William Holloway. London: Printed for Vernor and Hood, Poultry, By James Swan and Co., Jerusalem Court, Gracechurch Street, 1802. Pott 8vo, on paper watermarked ‘E & P / 1800’; half-title present; engraved frontispiece by Ridley after Corbould, and three plates, by Ridley (1) and Mackenzie (2) after E.W. Thomson; pp.[xii]+128; contemporary full watered calf, red spine label ruled, tooled, and lettered gilt; very dark blue silk marker. Slight rubbing to calf and front joint cracked; offsetting from plates onto facing page; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


In a Preface of pre-socialistic tendencies the author declares an intent to presents real shepherds in real life, saying that “The spirit of avarice and monopoly has possessed almost all ranks and degrees of people, and appears to have rendered the heart callous to the feelings of humanity. The drift of this little attempt is principally designed (without adverting to political argument,) to shadow forth the evils arising to the peasantry of this country, from the system of engrassing small farms, and driving the hereditary occupiers to the necessity of embracing a maritime or military life for support, or being reduced to the most abject state of dependence, and submitting to the galling hardship of becoming servants where they had once been masters.” Very readable verse, and, apparrently the author’s first book. He went on to write of chimney sweeps, the slave trade, etc. There is no list of illustrations, but they are bound in to face pp.31, 48, and 70. COPAC records the British Library copy only, describing it, erroneously we presume, as a 4to: the pagination given is the same, but there is no mention of the plates.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOME (F. Wyville). Songs of a Wayfarer. London, Pickering and Co., 196, Piccadilly, 1878. Globe 8vo; final leaf blank but for printer’s imprint on recto; pp.[xii]+222+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed green cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered, blocked, and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers coated cream. Most of front free end-paper removed; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


Miles, VIII, pp.702-4. The author’s first collection. Includes the long poem ‘Salvestra and Girolamo’ which Miles especially singles out for mention.
Ref: HRT105401



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