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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLLINS (W. Wilkie). Rambles Beyond railways; Or, Notes in Cornwall taken a-foot. By W. Wilkie Collins, Author of The “Life of William Collins, R.A.;” [sic] “Antonina,” &c. With illustrations by Henry C. Brandling. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1851. Sq.demy.8vo; half-title not called for; lithographic frontispiece with tissue guard and eleven plates, all printed in buff and sepia; pp.[viii]+304; vertically fine-ribbed old-cream cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; pale yellow coated end-papers printed on facing surfaces with publisher’s advertisements in black. Unotrusively re-backed with cloth of a matching colour, with the original insignificantly chipped backstrip laid on; otherwise a very nice copy, the cloth of spine only very slightly darkened — which is unusual for this book.

GB £700.00

US $945.00


Well printed by Samuel Bentley & Co. on a fine cream-toned paper-stock, the lithographs by W. & N. Hanhart. Collins’s third book, preceded by the ‘Life’ of his father, and his first novel, ‘Antonina’. Sadleir, ‘Excursions’, p.137, noting the date of publication (from the Bentley Private Catalogue) as January, 30th, 1851; Parrish, pp.14 — 16; Wolff, 1374. The following errata and typographical flaws have been noted in this copy (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.93, l.4, full-stop lacking at end of line, and l.11, ‘the’ lacking before ‘window’; p.97, antepenultimate line, ‘quartett’ for ‘quartet’, and last line, ‘Foey’ for ‘Fowey’; p.100, l.7, ‘downfal’ for ‘downfall’, l.8 and 13, ‘Foey’ for ‘Fowey’ (but correct on p.96); p.176, l.1, raised full-stop at end of line; p.217, l.2, ‘e’ in ‘stretching’ printed faintly; p.300, l.2, risen space after ‘my’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COOPER (J. Fenimore). Excursions In Switzerland. In two volumes. Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. (Successor to Henry Colburn.), 1836. 2 Vols., lge.12mo; pp.[xvi (last page blank)]+304; viii+314; quarter crimson fine diaper cloth, drab board sides, paper spine label; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; pink silk markers. Small chip in paper covering of one board; labels embrowned, and chipped a little at lower edges; one marker detached; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


The first binding: later copies being in full cloth. Blank 3872. Apparently published on the same day as the American edition, which appeared under the title ‘Sketches of Switzerland’, the English edition presents a variant and slightly earlier version of the text. One of the scarcer English Cooper titles.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CORNER (Miss Julia). The History of Ireland: From The earliest period to the Present time. Adapted for Youth, schools, and families By Miss Julia Corner: Author of questions on the history of Europe, a sequel to Mangnall’s historical questions, &c., &c. London: Dean and Munday, Threadneedle-street, N.D. [1840]. 12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; steel-engraved frontispiece and two plates by Davenport after Gilbert, one with loose tissue guard; large folding engraved map by S. Clapp; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+[ii]+[5]-209+[i (blank)]+[ii]; vertically ribbed rose-madder cloth, blocked and lettered blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; front end-paper printed with publisher’s advertisements. Small restoration to cloth at head of spine; cloth a trifle marked and faded; light foxing of plates and some very slight offsetting; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce, especially in the somewhat delicate cloth.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Issued as volume IV. in ‘The Historical Library’ series, the advertisement leaf listing this as the latest volume issued, with the fifth volume, ‘The History of Scotland’, as projected. All the titles are by Miss Corner. The binding, which is series style, is unusual in that the author’s name appears close to the tail, where, at a later date, the publisher’s imprint might have been. The title is in its usual place. The construction of the volume also is peculiar: the front end-papers being in two parts, the printed portion being a normal sized leaf laid over the stub of the free end-paper at the joint. The first gathering, which includes the prelims., is signed ‘B’! There is no list of illustrations, but they are here tipped in to face pp.110 and 161; the map faces the first leaf of text.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CORNWALL (Barry [i.e., Bryan Waller Proctor]). Effigies poeticæ: Or The Portraits of the British Poets Illustrated by notes Biographical, critical, and poetical. London: James Carpenter and Son, Old Bond Street, 1824. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[vi]+ii+112; original glazed cream boards blocked with decorated rule frame (design of laurel leaves) at extreme edges of boards, uplettered black on spine with the title only; a.e. uncut. Paper of spine chipped at head and tail, not approaching printed area, and one corner a little worn; boards a trifle dusty and stained; otherwise a nice copy of an uncommon title.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Brief notes on 183 poets, from Chaucer to Charlotte Smith, together with an Introduction and Conclusion. The book was somewhat curiously published in two forms by Carpenter in the same year: in post 8vo, as here, without engravings; and in folio with engraved portraits of the poets. It is probable that the present edition was issued first, as a ‘taster’ for the illustrated edition, otherwise it is difficult to see what purpose it could have served: reference is made to the portraits throughout. A further edition (or perhaps issue) with the illustrations was put up in the same year bearing the imprint of W. Walker, and entitled simply ‘Portraits of the British Poets’. NCBEL, 3: 397
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.


With Plates by Blake


COWPER (William). The Life, And Posthumous writings Of William Cowper, Esqr. With an Introductory letter To the Right Honourable Earl Cowper. By William Hayley, Esqr. Vol. I [II; III]. Chichester: Printed by J. Seagrave; For J. Johnson, St. Paul’s Church-yard, London, 1803 [1803; 1804]. 3 Vols., demy 4to; half-titles present in volumes one and two, fly-title present before start of text in volume three; engraved portrait frontispiece after Romney, and portrait of Mrs. Cowper after D. Heins in volume one, both with tissue guards; engraved portrait frontispiece after Lawrence, with tissue guard in volume two; engraved frontispiece after Francis Stone, and facing memorial plate after Flaxman in volume three, all the engravings being by W[illiam] Blake; one large engraved tail-piece in volume two; pp.[2]+XII+[viii (not paginated)]+413+[i (blank)]; pp.[x (not paginated)]+422; [6 (not paginated)]+xxxi+[i (blank)]+416; contemporary full sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled borders to sides, ruled gilt on spine, with black lettering and numbering pieces; burnished sprinkled edges; marbled end-papers; purple silk markers. Anciently rebacked with matching calf, preserving the old lettering and numbering pieces, and expertly strengthened at inner joints with linen; some wear to corners and edges of the boards; a very little scattered light foxing; four leaves in volume three opened a little roughly, with resultant small chips to blank margins or corners, and one with short tear to blank upper margin; in general, however, a nice set, the binding strong and serviceable rather than pretty.

GB £360.00

US $486.00


An uncommon set, often found without the third volume. Volume three was not part of the original plan, and is made up of material flushed out by the publication of them, the letters and poems that it contains being no whit inferior, however, to those already printed. The tailpiece in volume two is not of course recorded in the Directions to the Binder, but it occupies the lower two-thirds of p.415, and depicts in two vignettes joined by a frame the weather-house and Cowper’s hares, the design and engraving both being by Blake. The engravings in volumes one and two were “Publish’d Novembr. 5, 1802 by J. Johnson St. Paul’s Church yard.” The 2 plates in volume three were “Publish’d by J. Johnson St. Pauls 25 March 1804.” In this copy the running head to p.209 in volume one has the misprint ‘LIFF’ for ‘LIFE’, whilst p.177 in volume three is mis-paged 17. Keynes, Blake, 124; NCBEL, 2: 598
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COWPER (William). Private Correspondence Of William Cowper, Esq., With several of His most intimate friends. Now first published from the originals In the possession of his kinsman, John Johnson, LL.D. Rector of Yaxham with Welborne in Norfolk. In two volumes. London, Printed for Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, And Simpkin and Marshall, Stationers’ Hall Court, 1824. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; half-titles not present, probably not called for; engraved frontispiece in each volume; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume two; pp.[iii]-xxxii+378; x+349+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; early full natural calf ruled gilt on sides and spine, spine with five raised bands, contrasting labels; a.e.g.; marbled end-papers. One spine chipped at tail; labels chipped or lacking; edges of covers and frontispieces damp-stained; otherwise a very fine copy with large margins. Scarce.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


CBEL, II, p.342. A half-title is allowed for by the pagination in volume one, but not in volume two. In volume one the first gathering consists of only seven leaves, but the final gathering, 2C, consists of a single leaf, and this was apparently printed conjugate with the first gathering in place of the half-title. Colburn was notoriously economical in his use of half-titles where they would have involved him in any extra cost. Finely printed by the S. and R. Bentley, and a handsome book. Includes letters omitted by Hayley from the correspondence published in 1804.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CRACKANTHORPE (Hubert). Vignettes: A Miniature Journal of Whim and Sentiment. By Hubert Crackanthorpe. John Lane, The Bodley Head, London and New York, 1896. F’cap 8vo; blank leaf follows Contents leaf; text throughout printed within ruled borders after the manner of a prayer-book; pp.[viii]+63+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s 16pp. Catalogue, on text paper, at end, dated 1896; quarter old-cream paper-covered muslin, lettered gilt on spine, brownish orange boards; a.e. uncut. Gilt oxydised and somewhat rubbed; unobtrusive repair to paper at head of spine; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce and delicate book.

GB £60.00

US $81.00




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Graingerised


CROLY (George, LL.D.). A Memoir Of the Political life of The Right Honourable Edmund Burke; With extracts from his writings. By George Croly, LL.D., Rector of St. Stephen’s, Walbrook, London. Volume first [second]. William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh; And Thomas Cadell, London, 1840. 2 Vols., lge.12mo gathered in fours and eights; half-title present in each volume; pp.[xvi]+305+[i (blank)]; [vii]+267+[i (blank)]; green half crushed morocco, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled gilt in compartments, matching oil-marbled sides and end-papers, red and green lettering-pieces; t.e.g., others rough-trimmed. Slight cracking to calf at upper portion of spine of one back joint; one plate slightly foxed (v. note); otherwise a fine copy.

GB £250.00

US $337.50


Extra illustrated with fifty inserted and frequently mounted or inlaid engraved plates, many of them from rare (and sometimes much earlier) sources, for the most part portraits of people referred to in the text, but including some relevant views. A difficult title to find in any form, COPAC recording only six library holdings. Sabin, 17538
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CUMBERLAND (Richard). Memoirs Of Richard Cumberland. Written by himself. Containing An account of his life and writings, Interspersed with Anecdotes and characters Of several of the most distinguished persons of his time, With whom he has had intercourse and connexion. London: Printed for Lackington, Allen, & Co., Temple of the muses, Finsbury Square, 1806. BOUND WITH: Supplement To the Memoirs Of Richard Cumberland. Written by himself. With an index. London: Printed for Lackington, Allen, & Co., Temple of the muses, Finsbury Square, 1807. 2 Vols., med.4to, bound together; half-titles not called for; mezzotint portrait frontispiece by Wm. Evans after Romney, and three plates (one after Romney) in first volume, one with loose tissue guard; pp.[ii]+531+[i (blank)]; [ii]+72+[xlii (Index, unpaged)]; contemporary full watered Russia, spine with five raised bands, green lettering-piece, elaborately tooled and ruled gilt, edges of boards tooled gilt; burnished mottled edges, marbled end-papers; binder’s ticket of ‘Pigg / Binder / Lynn’ and armorial bookplate of Sr. Martin Browne-ffolkes, Bt. on front paste-down. Cap chipped from headband, slight shelf-wear to corners, insignificant peeling to front board, and Russia almost invisibly re-jointed; offsetting from plates, and slight foxing of two or three leaves passim; in general a very nice copy, nonetheless, of a handsome book.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


Both parts handsomely printed on large brown paper (of a pale milky coffee colour). The Supplement is often lacking. Cumberland, 1732 — 1811, was a noted dramatist in his own right, and the friend of Johnson, Reynolds, Goldsmith, and Garrick, of all of whom anecdotes are recorded in these volumes. There is no list of plates (which are on white paper), but they are marked to face pp.4, 28, and 495, and are here so bound in. Arnott & Robinson, 2658 & 2660
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DANA (Richard Henry, Jr.). To Cuba and back. A vacation voyage. By Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Author of “Two Years Before the Mast,” etc., etc. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1859. 12mo; binder’s blank at front and back; half-title not called for; pp.288; publisher’s 16pp. catalogue at end dated May, 1859; green bead grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered with publisher’s initials, blind, on sides, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers coated deep rose. Cloth of spine chipped at head and tail, and slightly so over joints; front end-papers slightly cracked; back end-papers scuffed by removal of labels; ugly inscription on front binder’s blank; three small marginal erasures from title-page, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


Blanck, 4447, recording copies of simultaneous issue with catalogues dated April and May; and in several colours of bead grain cloth, as well as black fine morocco cloth, and with end-papers described as coated either brown or red, no suggestion being made as to precedence amongst these variants.
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[DICKENSIANA. ANONYMOUS.]. Sketches Of Young ladies: In which these interesting members of the animal Kingdom are classified According to their several Instincts, habits, and general characteristics. By “Quiz.” With six illustrations by “Phiz.” London: Chapman and hall, 186, Strand, N.D. [c.1840]. Pott 12mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; frontispiece and five engraved plates; pp.viii+80; whitish fawn thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on sides and spine in black, the front wrapper bearing an additional illustration by Phiz; lower-edges uncut; white end-papers. Slight dusting of wrappers, and paper of spine chipped, not affecting title; extreme inner margins of plates browned, due to paste action; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


Thought to be by one of the brothers Mayhew, this was the book that provoked Dickens’s ‘Sketches of Young Gentlemen’ of 1838, and ‘Sketches of Young Couples’ of 1840. It was first published in 1837. The present reprint is dated from an advertisement on the back cover of all three titles, here all priced at ‘One Shilling’. The volume includes a three-page Preface, signed ‘M.P.’ [?‘Mayhew Pinx.’].
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DICKENS (Charles). [Cover title:] Sunday, Under Three heads. By Timothy Sparks (Charles Dickens). A reproduction In exact fac-simile Of the Excessively rare original. London: J.W. Jarvis & Son, 28, King William Street, Strand, 1884. Double f’cap 16mo; prelims. not called for; leaf bearing Introduction and signed at foot ‘Feb. 1st, 1884’, conjugate with Jarvis’s advertisement leaf at end, precedes buff paper facsimile of original wrapper, bearing with ruled frame with floreate corner ornaments, text, and three wood-cut vignettes; blank leaf (conjugate with leaf bearing facsimile signature ‘C’) and half-title with wood-engraved frontispiece on verso precedes facsimile title-page bearing text and three wood-cut vignettes; two wood-engraved illustrations on text-paper after H.K.B[rowne] (only one so signed), unbacked and not included in the pagination, face pp.[19] and [35]; buff facsimile wrapper bearing advertisements follows last leaf of text; pp.[ii]+[ii (front wrapper of facsimile)]+[ii (blank)]+[ii (half-title)]+[vi]+18+[ii (illustration)]+[19]-34+[ii (illustration)]+[35]-49+[i (blank)]+[ii (back wrapper of facsilime)]+[ii (Jarvis advertisements)]; light grey wrappers printed in black, the spine plain, the back and inside wrappers bearing Jarvis advertisements. Minute chip to tail-edge of front wrapper at corner with spine; nonetheless, a virtually fine copy. Scarce thus.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


Eckel, p.102, is in error in stating that this facsimile may be distinguished from the original by being “without the words ‘SUNDAY UNDER THREE HEADS’ at the beginning of Chapter III": those words are here present. It may be distinguished from the original, however, by the fact that the frontispiece here backs the half-title, whereas in the original it does not — a disparity which must have been intentional since the leaf for a separate half-title exists but has been left blank.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[DICKENS (Charles).]. Sunday Under three heads. As it is; As Sabbath bills would make it; As it might be made. By Timothy Sparks. London: Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand, 1836 [i.e., Pearson, Manchester, 1884]. Sm.f’cap 8vo, stabbed and sewn into buff paper wrappers printed black on sides; half-title not called for; facsimile frontispiece and two plates after H.K.B[rowne] (the last being so signed); final blank; pp.[vi]+49+[iii]; a.e.uncut; issued without end-papers. Insignificant binding fault causing short tear to inner margin of front wrapper and first few leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


The first issue, with the date present on the title-page: Eckel, p.102 notes that “some copies    .    .    . have the date erased, in an attempt to pass it off as a new publication. As Eckel also notes, this Pearson facsimile is readily identified by the misprint ‘air’ for ‘hair’ at l.15 on p.7. Compared with the Jarvis version, it is rather a poor facsimile anyway, however, apparently reproduced from a rebound copy lacking the half-title, and with the front cover heavily trimmed to eliminate both the ruled border and the price. CBEL, III, p.446, confirms the date of issue.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[DICKENS (Charles).]. Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi. Edited by “Boz.” With illustrations by George Cruikshank. In two volumes. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1838. Lge.12mo; list of Embellishments inserted before p.1 of volume one; engraved frontispiece in each volume; six other plates in volume one, five in volume two; pp.[xxii]+288; [x]+263+[i (printer’s imprint)]; publisher’s inserted catalogue, 36pp., undated, at end of volume two; vertically fine-ribbed faintly moiré brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt, lettered brown-through-gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated lemon. Very slight wear to cloth at extremities of spine; label removed from back paste-down of volume one leaving scuffing; blank outer margins of plates embrowned; a little scattered light dusting and foxing passim; in general however a nice copy.

GB £770.00

US $1,039.50


From the library of Sir Hugh Walpole, with his Brackenburn bookplate on each front pastedown. Loosely laid in are two press cuttings — one relating to Grimaldi, the other to the fourth part of the sale of Walpole’s books at Christies on February 11th and 12th, 1946. The relatively scarce second issue in all respects: the leaf of Embellishments showing the corrected page number for the plate to face p.182; the ‘The Last Song’ plate exhibiting the grotesque border (added possibly by Alfred Croquill); and in the later binding, the first being of embossed pink cloth. Plumtre Johnson, p.242; Eckel, pp.140-2; Gimbel, B64; Cohn, 237. As is remarked by Johnston, Dexter, and Kitton, the second state of ‘The Last Song’ plate is decidedly difficult to find.
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A PROBABLY UNIQUE COPY OF A HITHERTO UNRECORDED PRINTING WITH THE VIGNETTES HAND-COLOURED


DICKENS (Charles). Pictures from Italy. The Vignette Illustrations on Wood, by Samuel Palmer. London: Published for the author, By Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars, 1846. F’cap 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; hand-coloured vignette title-page, and three hand-coloured vignettes in the text, all with tissue guards (v. note); 2pp. integral advertisements at end (v. note); pp.[viii]+[270]+[ii]; greenish blue fine-diaper cloth, ruled, and blocked with an ornamental frame and circular centre-ornament, blind, on sides, spine ruled, and blocked with olive-wreath in top, bottom, and middle compartments, all blind, lettered gilt in two remaining compartments; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Barely perceptible wear to top corners of spine; light early signature ‘D. Embleton’ on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £16,180.00

US $21,843.00


Bound final book proof exhibiting an otherwise unrecorded state of text, in the earliest binding, and a trial copy, with the vignettes hand-coloured and protected by tissue guards. Evidence relating to the first edition states and issues of this title is extremely complex — a fact which has only recently been realised — but it is possible, on the basis of our own observations and of a survey carried out by Daniel Farr (v. Daniel Farr Books, Catalogue 1, 2004, pp.15 — 18) to assign most or all of the recorded variants of the text to a logical sequence within two narrowly separated printings. In the Podeschi Catalogue of the Gimbel Collection (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1980, A98), three different bindings and one issue variant of text are distinguished, this last, the absence of the comma after “Wood” in the fourth line of text of the title-page being also noted by Smith (Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth, Los Angeles, Heritage Bookshop, 1983, II: 7). Both associate it with the later binding styles. Smith also notes that in one (rebound) copy he has seen the full-stop was lacking after the printer’s imprint on p.[270]. Farr illustrates two further, rarer, and more important variants: the drop-head to the first page of text is usually set wholly in Black Letter, but in some copies the definite article is set in Roman Face; and (a point which appears to have been first noted by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in respect of a copy which entered the collection in 1922, but never to have been picked up by bibliographers): on p.[271] in the advertisement for ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ the last line, reading “Twentieth Edition. In Foolscap 8vo, price 5s.", is sometimes lacking. This second point is particularly interesting, since it seems to suggest either that the ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ was still in its first printing when the page was set, or that it was already selling very rapidly and that the printing statement was omitted, as due to be included with greater accuracy closer to the final press-date. ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ was published in December 1845, but dated ahead, and had been reprinted no fewer than twenty-one times by the end of 1846. In view of the rate of sale that this implies, and the fact that the ‘Travelling Letters’ on which the present volume is based did not commence publication in ‘The Daily News’ until January 21st 1846, and continued serial issue until March 11th 1846 (these episodes comprising only just over the first third of the completed work) — so that this volume is unlikely to have been printed until at least mid-March — it would appear more probable that the statement of printings of ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ was here left for insertion at a later date, and that the book was never intended to appear without it. Farr records that he has examined or caused to be examined eighteen copies in respect of the first point above, and twenty-seven copies (including most of the eighteen) in respect of the second point, and found only four copies which showed either variant: two with both, and two (including the Fisher Library copy) showing one each. All of these variant copies appear to have had the full-stop present on p.[270], and the comma present on the title-page. Farr also examined or caused to be examined four copies with the declared ‘Second Edition’ title-page (to which we can add two others), and found them not to show the variants either in the drop-head or on p.[271], though one copy he examined with the ‘Second Edition’ title-page lacked the full-stop after the imprint on p.[270]. The present copy has the drop head to the first page of text in a mixture of Roman Face and Black Letter, lacks the ‘Edition’ statement line on p.[271], has the comma present after ‘Wood’ on the title-page, and lacks the full-stop after the imprint on p.[271]. All of these points are duplicated by a further copy currently in our stock, but a cursory comparison of the present copy both with that and with two copies showing the usual configuration of points (but one with and one without the comma on the title-page), tends to confirm of the present copy that it exhibits an earlier state of the typography, and is probably a proof, an attempt having been made to clean up typographical faults between this and the commercial first printing, but some slight progressive type damage having also been introduced. At p.237, l.1, in this copy, for example, there is a mark above the ‘i’ of ‘hill’; at p.243, l.24, the first ‘e’ of ‘heed’ is in the wrong fount; at p.251, l.15, there is an extra full-stop present after ‘it.’; and at the antepenultimate line of p.253 the first ‘e’ of ‘mere’ is printed light: the faults on p.237, 251, and 253 being present in none of the other copies examined, that on p.243 being present only in the other first (published) state copy in our stock; whilst on the other hand at p.244, l.8, the ‘e’ of the first ‘the’ is here perfect save for a slight spur at the angle of the cross-stroke, but printed too heavily: in the first (published) state copy it is printed too heavily and also slightly clogged, having the spur of ink descending sufficiently from the point of the loop to just about close the outline, and in the other copies we examined it is printed too heavily, clogged, and also battered. Farr in this context notes in respect of the many copies he has examined that “the ‘e’ becomes progressively battered and finally broken.” Looking at all the evidence as here presented, it appears the present copy is a final book proof; that an attempt was made to clean up the type before the first printing, resulting in our second copy (that exhibiting the first issued state); the full-stop was inserted in the imprint on p.[270] very early in the course of printing the first impression (resulting in the two copies recorded by Farr, which must now be said to exhibit the second issued state); that the alterations to the drop-head and to the advertisement leaf were made soon after (creating the frequently found third issued state); the comma dropped out after ‘Wood’ on the title-page at some point quite late in the print run, such copies (in what we may call the fourth issued state) being found, with fair frequency, in association with copies in the vertically or horizontally fine ribbed cloth of the second binding, and in the third binding: (according to Podeschi’s sequence of issues, the comma was later re-inserted, but this is based only on evidence of binding style and may reflect merely a tardy use of sheets — as indeed must have been the case with the two copies recorded by Farr as exhibiting mixed second and third issue points). Finally, to judge by the comparative scarcity of such copies, either at the end of the first printing or, more probably, late in the second, the re-inserted full-stop in the imprint on p.[270] dropped out again (copies in the second binding, or the third binding with or without the ‘Second Edition’ title-page, having been noted without this full-stop but with the statement of printing line present on the advertisement leaf, which is part of the same sheet). The second printing appears to have been made soon after the first, and may only have been a continuation of it, so that the remaining sheets of the first printing and those of the second (including title-pages) appear to have been stacked together at the binders and may have become indiscriminately mixed, resulting in a confusion of the later issue points. (The last copy was not sold, according to the Bradbury and Evans records, until 1856, and probably was not bound up much earlier.) Dickens was known for a tendency to experiment with the production of his volumes, but we should here have assumed that the very delicate hand-colouring of the present copy had been executed as a special commission for some early purchaser were it not for the anomalous nature of the volume otherwise, making clear that this copy as a whole was not part of the regular printing, and must precede it. It appears rather from this that a hand-coloured issue must have contemplated, but was never in fact further proceeded with. Probably no more than a handful of copies will have been produced of this trial printing — and it seems unlikely that more than this single copy will have been hand-coloured, as a way of assessing the factors of time and cost. We have not attempted to compare this volume in detail with a copy of the book as published, and cannot say whether it differs textually from the published version after p.97 otherwise than in respect of the advertisements, but a couple of minor differences have been noted between this copy and Smith’s list of the textual changes made by Dickens between the periodical publication of the first eight parts and the regular printing of the book edition, both, interestingly enough, in part eight: p.93, l.15, a comma is here present after ‘Modena’ as in the periodical appearance, but not as recorded by Smith for the published book (though it is present in our first issued state copy); and p.95, l.18 TASSO is in large and small capitals rather than in upper and lower case, as called for by Smith. In both cases, however, an error of transcription on the part of Smith is to be suspected.
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DICKENS (Charles). Pictures from Italy. The Vignette Illustrations on Wood, by Samuel Palmer. London: Published for the author, By Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars, 1846. F’cap 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; vignette title-page, and three vignettes in the text; 2pp. integral advertisements at end (v. note); pp.[viii]+[270]+[ii]; moderate blue fine-diaper cloth, ruled, and blocked with an ornamental frame and circular centre-ornament, blind, on sides, spine ruled, and blocked with olive-wreath in top, bottom, and middle compartments, all blind, lettered gilt in two remaining compartments; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Very slight wear to cloth at extremities of spine; small mark and bookplate on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £970.00

US $1,309.50


First published state of text throughout, and the earliest binding. Evidence relating to the first edition states and issues of this title is extremely complex — a fact which has only recently been realised — but it is possible, on the basis of our own observations and of a survey carried out by Daniel Farr (v. Daniel Farr Books, Catalogue 1, 2004, pp.15 — 18) to assign most or all of the recorded variants of the text to a logical sequence within two narrowly separated printings. In the Podeschi Catalogue of the Gimbel Collection (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1980, A98), three different bindings and one issue variant of text are distinguished, this last, the absence of the comma after “Wood” in the fourth line of text of the title-page being also noted by Smith (Charles Dickens in the Original Cloth, Los Angeles, Heritage Bookshop, 1983, II: 7). Both associate it with the later binding styles. Smith also notes that in one (rebound) copy he has seen the full-stop was lacking after the printer’s imprint on p.[270]. Farr illustrates two further, rarer, and more important variants: the drop-head to the first page of text is usually set wholly in Black Letter, but in some copies the definite article is set in Roman Face; and (a point which appears to have been first noted by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in respect of a copy which entered the collection in 1922, but never to have been picked up by bibliographers): on p.[271] in the advertisement for ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ the last line, reading “Twentieth Edition. In Foolscap 8vo, price 5s.", is sometimes lacking. This second point is particularly interesting, since it seems to suggest either that the ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ was still in its first printing when the page was set, or that it was already selling very rapidly and that the printing statement was omitted, as due to be included with greater accuracy closer to the final press-date. ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ was published in December 1845, but dated ahead, and had been reprinted no fewer than twenty-one times by the end of 1846. In view of the rate of sale that this implies, and the fact that the ‘Travelling Letters’ on which the present volume is based did not commence publication in ‘The Daily News’ until January 21st 1846, and continued serial issue until March 11th 1846 (these episodes comprising only just over the first third of the completed work) — so that this volume is unlikely to have been printed until at least mid-March — it would appear more probable that the statement of printings of ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ was, when the advertisement leaf was first set for proofing, left for insertion at a later date, and that the book was never intended to appear without it. Farr records that he has examined or caused to be examined eighteen copies in respect of the first point above, and twenty-seven copies (including most of the eighteen) in respect of the second point, and found only four copies which showed either variant: two with both, and two (including the Fisher Library copy) showing one each. All of these variant copies appear to have had the full-stop present on p.[270], and the comma present on the title-page. Farr also examined or caused to be examined four copies with the declared ‘Second Edition’ title-page (to which we can add two others), and found them not to show the variants either in the drop-head or on p.[271], though one copy he examined with the ‘Second Edition’ title-page lacked the full-stop after the imprint on p.[270]. The present copy has the drop head to the first page of text in a mixture of Roman Face and Black Letter, lacks the ‘Edition’ statement line on p.[271], has the comma present after ‘Wood’ on the title-page, and lacks the full-stop after the imprint on p.[271]. All of these points are duplicated by a further copy currently in our stock, which has in places slightly messy type, and other anomalies not relevant here, but which can be identified with a fair degree of certainty as a bound final book proof. One typographical point can usefully be mentioned: in the proof, at p.244, l.8, the ‘e’ of the first ‘the’ is perfect save for a slight spur at the angle of the cross-stroke, but printed too heavily: in the present copy it is printed too heavily and also slightly clogged, having the spur of ink descending sufficiently from the point of the loop to just about close the outline; in other copies we have examined, not having the variants noted by Farr, it is printed too heavily, clogged, and also battered. Farr in this context notes in respect of the many copies he has examined that “the ‘e’ becomes progressively battered and finally broken” — and is, in fact, diagnostic of the point during the print run at which that sheet was pulled. Looking at all the evidence that is available, it appears that after the final book proof was pulled an attempt was made to clean up the type before the first printing, resulting in the present copy, exhibiting the first issued state; that a number of changes were then made to the type at different stages of the print run: the full-stop was inserted in the imprint on p.[270] very early in the course of printing the first impression (resulting in the two copies recorded by Farr, which must now be said to exhibit the second issued state); that the alterations to the drop-head and to the advertisement leaf were made soon after (creating the frequently found third issued state); the comma dropped out after ‘Wood’ on the title-page at some point quite late in the print run, such copies (in what we may call the fourth issued state) being found with fair frequency in association with copies in the vertically or horizontally fine ribbed cloth of the second binding, and in the third binding. According to Podeschi’s sequence of issues, the comma was later re-inserted, but this is based only on evidence of binding style and may reflect merely a tardy use of sheets — as indeed must have been the case with the two copies recorded by Farr as exhibiting mixed second and third issue points. Finally, to judge by the comparative scarcity of such copies, either at the end of the first printing or, more probably, late in the second, the re-inserted full-stop in the imprint on p.[270] dropped out again (copies in the second binding, or the third binding with or without the ‘Second Edition’ title-page, having been noted without this full-stop but with the statement of printing line present on the advertisement leaf, which is part of the same sheet). The second printing appears to have been made soon after the first, and may only have been a continuation of it, so that the remaining sheets of the first printing and those of the second (including title-pages) appear to have been stacked together at the binders and may have become indiscriminately mixed, resulting in a confusion of the later issue points. (The last copy was not sold, according to the Bradbury and Evans records, until 1856, and probably was not bound up much earlier.) We have not attempted to compare the present volume in detail with a copy of the usual issue as recorded by Smith, and cannot say it differs textually from the published version after p.97 otherwise than in respect of the advertisements, but a couple of minor differences have been noted between this copy and Smith’s list of the textual changes made by Dickens between the periodical publication of the first eight parts and the regular printing of the book edition, both, interestingly enough, in part eight: p.93, l.15, a comma is here present after ‘Modena’ as in the periodical appearance, but not as recorded by Smith for the published book; and p.95, l.18 TASSO is in large and small capitals rather than in upper and lower case, as called for by Smith. In both cases, however, an error of transcription on the part of Smith is to be suspected. Neither the present first issued state, nor the second issued state as recorded by Farr, appears to be listed in any major collection.
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DICKENS (Charles). The Uncommercial traveller. By Charles Dickens. London: Chapman and Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1861 [i.e., December, 1860]. Post 8vo; pp.[viii]+264; Publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue dated December, 1860, at end; pinkish purple vertical wavy-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered pinkish purple through gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers faced pale yellow. Slight dulling to gilt of spine; lower blank forecorner of L1 and L2 chipped; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £1,140.00

US $1,539.00


Smith, Part 2, #11, noting this as the primary binding. Only 1,500 copies of the first edition were printed.

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DICKENS (Charles). Speeches Literary and social. By Charles Dickens. Now first collected. With chapters on “Charles Dickens as a letter writer, poet, and public reader.” London: John Camden Hotten, Piccadilly, N.D. [1870]. (All Rights reserved.) Roy.16mo in half-sheets; leaf 1[1] not called for in this issue, [1]8 being a single inset (v. note); pp.[3]-372; green patterned-sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, embossed with lettering green-through-black on front cover and spine; end-papers coated pale yellow. Spine slightly dull, and cloth of spine insignificantly snagged; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


The more expensive cloth issue, in which the first leaf, printed with commercial advertisements for the paperback issue, was suppressed. The arrangement of the first gathering is nonetheless puzzling: the second leaf is signed ‘1 — 3’, showing that a leaf is truly lacking before the title-page, and a stub is indeed present, glued down onto the front end-paper — but this stub is not conjugate with 1 — 8, as one would expect, but with 1 — 7, the following leaf, 1 — 8, in the paper-back issue conjugate with the advertisement leaf, being here apparently a single inset. Issued, as is evident from internal evidence, between March and June 9th, 1870 (the date of Dickens’s death). The volume was edited by Richard Herne Shepherd. A second edition appeared in 1884, the Introduction there being very slightly revised and the bibliography very considerably expanded.
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DICKENS (Charles). Speeches Literary and social. By Charles Dickens. Now first collected. With chapters on “Charles Dickens as a letter writer, poet, and public reader.” London: John Camden Hotten, Piccadilly, N.D. [1870]. (All Rights reserved.) Roy.16mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; leaf 1[1] recto and verso printed with commercial advertisements (‘Norton’s Camomile Pills’ and ‘Godfrey’s Extract of Elder Flowers’ on recto, ‘Mayfair Sherry’ on verso); title-leaf preceded by a stub (conjugate with 1 — 7); four leaves of commercial, publisher’s, and trade advertisements at end, the last serving as paste-down; pp.372; glazed yellow paper wrappers uplettered in black on spine ‘CHAS. DICKENS SPEECHES 2/-’, printed in red and black on front wrapper, and on back wrapper with commercial advertisements in black; end-papers printed on all visible surfaces with commercial advertisements; slip of pale buff paper printed in red advertising ‘Now ready, Cr.8vo. nearly 400 pp. price 7s. 6d. Charles Dickens: The story of his life, By The author of “The Life of Thackeray,"’ tipped onto front end-paper. Wrappers with a few small chips, not touching printed areas, a little rubbed and creased, and with two old marks from clear tape (now removed); end-papers a trifle dusty; wrappers unobtrusively re-attached, with strengthening inside at gutters; text otherwise nice. Scarce.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


The cheaper issue in wrappers, in which the first leaf, printed with commercial advertisements, is called for: it was suppressed in the cloth issue. The stub may have held the front paste-down (which was printed on verso with ‘E. Moses and Son’ advertisements), and if it did, that and the advertisement leaf may have been wrongly imposed. One or other of these leaves, at any rate, is not accounted for in the signatures. Issued, as is evident from internal evidence, between March and June 9th, 1870 (the date of Dickens’s death). The inserted slip may therefore indicate a later issue. The volume was edited by Richard Herne Shepherd. A second edition appeared in 1884, the Introduction there being very slightly revised and the bibliography very considerably expanded.
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DICKENS (Charles). Speeches Literary and social. By Charles Dickens. Now first collected. With chapters on “Charles Dickens as a letter writer, poet, and public reader.” London: John Camden Hotten, Piccadilly, N.D. [1870]. (All Rights reserved.) Roy.16mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; leaf 1[1] recto and verso printed with commercial advertisements (‘Norton’s Camomile Pills’ and ‘Godfrey’s Extract of Elder Flowers’ on recto, ‘Mayfair Sherry’ on verso); title-leaf preceded by a stub (conjugate with 1 — 7); four leaves of commercial, publisher’s, and trade advertisements at end, the last serving as paste-down; pp.372; glazed yellow paper wrappers uplettered in black on spine ‘CHAS. DICKENS SPEECHES 2/-’, printed in red and black on front wrapper, and on back wrapper with commercial advertisements in black; end-papers printed on all visible surfaces with commercial advertisements; slip of pale buff paper printed in red advertising ‘Now ready, Cr.8vo. nearly 400 pp. price 7s. 6d. Charles Dickens: The story of his life, By The author of “The Life of Thackeray,"’ tipped onto front end-paper. Contained in a home-made box. Wrappers chipped at some corners and a little rubbed and creased; end-papers dusty; wrappers re-attached, with strengthening inside at gutters; several pairs of leaves unobtrusively strengthened at gutters and resewn; text otherwise nice. Scarce.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The cheaper issue in wrappers, in which the first leaf, printed with commercial advertisements, is called for: it was suppressed in the cloth issue. The stub may have held the front paste-down (which was printed on verso with ‘E. Moses and Son’ advertisements), and if it did, that and the advertisement leaf may have been wrongly imposed. One or other of these leaves, at any rate, is not accounted for in the signatures. Issued, as is evident from internal evidence, between March and June 9th, 1870 (the date of Dickens’s death). The inserted slip may therefore indicate a later issue. The volume was edited by Richard Herne Shepherd. A second edition appeared in 1884, the Introduction there being very slightly revised and the bibliography very considerably expanded.
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[DISRAELI (Benjamin)]. The letters Of Runnymede. London: John Macrone, St. James’s Square, 1836. Lge.12mo, printed on antique-toned paper; advertisement leaf dated August 1, 1836, precedes half-title; 6pp. integral advertisements at end, dated August 1. [no year]; pp.ii+[i]-xx+[ii (fly-title)]+234+vi; recently rebound in half dark-blue polished calf, ruled blind on sides, spine with four raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt in compartments, oil-marbled period sides; end-papers and binder’s blanks at front and back; original free end-papers preserved. Very slight foxing of prelims. and terminal advertisements; one or two light pencil notes in margins in a contemporary hand, identifying persons referred to obliquely in the text; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


The first complete and first published edition, preceded by a private printing of the first nine letters (occupying some forty pages), probably unauthorised, ‘Printed by Cullum, Exeter’, apparently in February 1836 (v. Sadleir ‘XIX Century Fiction’, 717). Sadleir 717a, and ‘Excursions’, p.118: as Sadleir notes, “the half-title is inset on different paper between p.ii and title-page". A fine binding, of recent date.
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[DISRAELI (Benjamin,] Lord Beaconsfield). Lord Beaconsfield’s Correspondence With his sister 1832-1852. With a Portrait. London, John Murray, 1886. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; engraved portrait frontispiece after a drawing by Count d’Orsay, with tissue guard; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[2]+xiv+269+[i (blank)]+[ii]; brown buckram, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated iron grey. A fine copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25



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[DISRAELI (Benjamin,] Lord Beaconsfield). Lord Beaconsfield’s Correspondence With his sister 1832-1852. With a Portrait. John Murray, 1886. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; engraved portrait frontispiece after a drawing by Count d’Orsay; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[2]+xiv+269+[i (blank)]+[ii]; brown buckram, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated iron grey. Some pencilled notes and scoring in margins here and there, and pencilled notes on blank versos of last two leaves (v. note); otherwise a nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


From the library of Augustine Birrell, and bearing his contemporary book-plate on the front paste-down. The notes, which identify people mentioned, etc., and the scoring, are presumably his.

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[DISRAELI (Benjamin,] Lord Beaconsfield). Lord Beaconsfield’s Correspondence With his sister 1832-1852. With a Portrait. John Murray, 1886. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; engraved portrait frontispiece after a drawing by Count d’Orsay; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[2]+xiv+269+[i (blank)]+[ii]; brown buckram, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated iron grey. Gilt somewhat faded on spine; front end-papers lightly damp-stained; otherwise in general a nice copy.

GB £21.00

US $28.35



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[DOBSON (Austin)]. Pencil and Palette Being Biographical anecdotes chiefly Of contemporary painters With gossip about pictures lost, stolen, Forged, and discovered Also Great picture sales. A book for artists and lovers of art By Robert Kempt. London, Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1881 [i.e., 1880]. (All rights reserved). F’cap 8vo, wire-stitched; pp.xii+244; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1880; grey-fawn fine buckram over very thin boards, ruled black on sides and spine, blocked terra-cotta, lettered black, on front cover and spine, in series style; end-papers faced black. Very slight rusting to staples, and volume somewhat stiff to open (and therefore requiring care); otherwise a fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


From the library of Austin Dobson, with his signature on the upper margin of the half-title together with the note ‘N and Q. 15.12.80’ in his ‘copperplate’ hand. Issued as the sixteenth volume in ‘The Mayfair Library’. The series advertisement on the verso of the half-title lists this volume as the latest issued. Includes a useful list of Royal Academicians from its foundation in 1768 to date, divided by specialisms.
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[DOBSON (Austin)]. Selected Poems Of Matthew Prior With an Introduction and Notes by Austin Dobson. London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co, 1889. F’cap 8vo; etched frontispiece by G.W. Rhead after an original by Michael Dahl, with tissue guard; title-page printed in black and red; final blank; pp.lxx+235+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; bevelled ruby smooth cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher’s device, gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Some fading to cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Printed at the Chiswick Press. Later issue, the spine imprint reading ‘Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.’ Murray, XIII: similar to Murray’s third variant (apart possibly for the spine imprint), but without the top-edges being gilt.
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[DOBSON (Austin).]. The journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding with in-Troduction and notes By Austin Dobson. London printed and issued by Charles Whittingham & Co at The Chiswick Press, 1892. Blank and limitation leaf precede half/series title; engraved frontispiece portrait after Hogarth with loose tissue guard; integral Erratum leaf at end; pp.[4]+[xxiv]+277+[i (blank)]+[ii]; quarter parchment, ruled blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s device, scarlet, on spine, grey board sides; a.e. uncut. Very nice copy, entirely unopened.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


One of an issue limited to 475 numbered copies printed on hand made paper out of a total edition of 500. Published in the series ‘Chiswick Press Editions’. Murray, I, (iii), (XVII); not in Alban Dobson. Dobson’s Introduction occupies pp.[v]-xxi.
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DONALDSON (Walter). Theatrical portraits; Or, the Days of Shakespeare, Betterton, Garrick, and Kemble. By Walter Donaldson, Comedian. Author of ‘Recollections of an Actor.’ Never before printed. London: Varnham & Co., 41, Bedford Street, Strand, 1870. (All rights reserved.) F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved portrait frontispiece of the author; List of Subscribers To Mr. Donaldson’s former work, “Recollections of an Actor", Opinions of the Press [of that work], and Additional List of Subscribers, all on thinner paper, inserted between the title leaf and leaf A2 [the Introduction]; pp.[2]+8+[ii]+[3] — 296; rasberry coloured patterned-sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked bllind on sides, ruled, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, embossed blind-through-gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coatted yellow. Some wear to cloth at extremities of spine, and insignificant split to cloth at head of front joint; some fading to cloth of spine, and a couple of small damp-splashes on front cover; some large edges foxed; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce book.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


This title not in Arnott and Robinson, who do list, however, ‘Recollections of an Actor’, and an earlier work (v.2690 and 2691). From the Knowsley Library of the Earls of Derby, with their engraved bookplate on the front pastedown, together with a hand-written note of the library name and shelf-mark. Loosely laid in is a cutting from the Manchester City News of January 31st 1885, describing a visit to Knowsley.
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ELIOT (George). The George Eliot Birthday Book. William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London, N.D. [1878]. Pott 8vo; printed in red and black throughout within red ruled borders; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[iv]+277+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; bevelled diagonally fine-ribbed bright green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled black, blocked bright and matt gilt, and black, lettered gilt-outlined bright green through gilt, and bright green through gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered bright gilt, blocked bright and matt gilt, and black, lettered gilt-outlined bright green through gilt, and bright green through gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers faced dark green. Minute chip to head of spine (corresponding to the square), and spine just a trifle dulled; two or three scattered entries in light pencil; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Consists of facing pages of quotations from the works of George Eliot, one for each day of the year, and ruled pages with date headings (three to a page) and page numbers, otherwise left blank for the insertion of notes on birthdays. The back of the front end-paper in this copy bears a neat ink inscription dated ‘October 3. 1878’, thus making clear its status as a first issue.
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ELIOT (George). Impressions Of Theophrastus Such. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1879. All Rights reserved. Blank and publisher’s ‘Note’ slip precede half-title leaf; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+357+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[2]; diagonally fine ribbed grey-fawn cloth, blocked and ruled in black on sides and spine, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Cloth of front cover a little marked and faded; end-papers very slightly cracking; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Not in Sadleir or Wolff; Parrish, Victorian Lady Novelists, p.44.
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ELIOT (George). Essays And Leaves from a note-book. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1884. Lge.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.x+382+[ii]; diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, ruled black, blocked black and gilt on front cover, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated dark brown. A virtually fine, crisp copy.

GB £95.00

US $128.25


A posthumous title. ‘Leaves From A Note-Book’ is here first published. The essays appeared originally in the ‘Westminster Review’, the ‘Fortnightly Review’, ‘Fraser’s Magazine’, and ‘Blackwood’s Magazine’ between the years 1855 and 1868. Some while before her death they were selected and revised by the author with a view to their ultimate posthumous republication in a volume. The contents therefore differ considerably from those of the American pirated edition of ‘The Essays’ which appeared in April 1883. The present collection includes a Preface by Charles Lee Lewes, dated December 1883. In our experience, this is one of the most difficult ‘George Eliot’ titles to find. Baker and Ross, E3, record that 1,575 copies were printed.
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ELIOT (George). George Eliot’s life As Related in her letters And journals. Arranged and edited by her husband J.W. Cross. In three volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1885. All Rights reserved. 3 Vols.; volume one with engraved portrait frontispiece and one plate printed on India paper and laid on, and four other plates, all with tissue guards; volume two with engraved portrait frontispiece printed on India paper and laid on, with tissue guard, and double-spread folding facsimile; volume three with frontispiece and two plates with tissue guards; leaf 2G in volume three in this copy is a single inset; twelve line errata slip tipped in at end of Index; pp.[xvi]+484; [viii]+449+[i (printer’s imprint)]+stub to which facsimile is attached; [viii]+470; brownish grey diagonally fine ribbed very small patterned cloth ruled and blocked black on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated very dark brown. Slight darkening and wrinkling to cloth over back board in volume one; one or two minor faults internally; in general, however, a nice copy.

GB £170.00

US $229.50


The second issue, the first having an integral advertisement at the end of volume three conjugate with leaf 2g, which is here a singleton and was certainly so issued. The cloth grain is very odd. It possibly corresponds to that listed by Ball from one example of 1886 as ‘diagonal fancy ribbed’. The minute pattern appears to consist of a series of recessed elipses crossed by a diagonal fine thread running against the diagonal of the ribs, which are formed themselves by the concurrent thickened walls between the sharper curves of the elipses.
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ELLIS (George, Esq.). Specimens Of Early English Metrical Romances, Chiefly written During the early part Of The fourteenth century; To which is prefixed An historical introduction Intended to illustrate the Rise and progress of romantic composition In France and England. In three volumes. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row; And A. Constable and Co. Edinburgh, 1805. 3 Vols.; half-titles apparently not called for; pp.[viii (last page blank)]+387+[i (blank)]; [iv (last page Errata to volume two)]+404; [iv (last page blank)]+419+[i (advertisements)]; old half natural morocco-faced sheep, rose-madder bubble-grain cloth sides, leather ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt and with four raised bands on spine, matching oil-marbled edges and end-papers. Insignificant rubbing and peeling of leather, and gilt shelf-marks on spines; unobtrusive blind library stamps on first and last few leaves of each volume; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £85.00

US $114.75


Still useful to-day for its detailed prose summaries of the content of each romance, as well as for the more or less brief ‘specimens’. CBEL, II, p.361, recording two further editions to 1847.
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ELLIS (Sarah [Stickney]). The Juvenile scrap-book By the author of The Women of England.” [sic] MDCCCXLVII. Fisher, Son, & Co., The Caxton Press, Angel St., St. Martin’s-le-Grand, London; H. Mandeville, rue neuve Vivienne, Paris, N.D. [Winter, 1846]. Extra cr.8vo in half-sheets; frontispiece and vignette title-page (headed ‘Fisher’s Juvenile scrap-book MDCCCXLVII’), and fourteen plates, all finely engraved on steel, on fine thick paper, and with thin paper guards; integral leaf of publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.102+[ii]; binder’s blank at front and back; orangy-brown fine straight-grain morocco cloth, ruled and blocked gilt on sides, elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Most of thin-paper guard to frontispiece lacking, and slight evidence of offsetting from its short fore-edge onto facing plates; otherwise a virtually fine copy of a beautiful book.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


All of the literary contents are by Mrs. Ellis. The engravings are by L. Stocks after Poole, J. Posselwhite after Sir W.C. Ross, R.A., W. Holl after Busato, J.C. Armytage after W. Daniell, R.A., H. Cook after Sir W.C. Ross, W. Floyd after W.H. Brooke, F.S.A., and F.F. Walker, R. Staines, W. Wetherhead, H.G. Watkins, J. Saddler, T. Sherratt, T. Clark, I.J. Hinchliff, and G. Paterson all after T. Allom. Faxon, 1485.

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[EMERSON (Ralph Waldo).]. Emerson in Concord: A Memoir Written for the “Social Circle” in Concord, Massachusetts By Edward Waldo Emerson. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Limited, St. Dunstan’s House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E.C., 1889. (All rights reserved.) Imp.16mo in half sheets; fine engraved portrait frontispiece; pp.[vi]+266; diagonally fine ribbed dark green cloth, ruled and blocked blind and gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated lemon yellow. Tears in lower margin of two leaves, apparently due to an original binding fault; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Printed in England. Blanck, p.69, lists the American edition of the same date, but does not mention an English edition, which in our experience is rather scarce. Blanck fails to note that the volume contains considerable extracts from Emerson’s Journal, as well as some letters, all here first published. It ought to have been included in Section I, rather than under ‘references’ where it has in fact been placed.
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EVELYN (John, of Wootton, Esq.). The life of Mrs. Godolphin. Now first published and Edited by Samuel [Wilberforce] Lord Bishop of Oxford Chancellor of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. William Pickering, 1847. F’cap 8vo, printed in half sheets; two binder’s blanks and non-integral blank (apparently the original end-paper) precede integral blank before half-title page; engraved portrait frontispiece; final page bearing ‘finis’ in a woodcut scroll and printer’s imprint; two binder’s blanks at end; a, b4, c2, B-I, K-U, X-II, KK4, LL2, MM3; pp.[2]+xviii+265+[i]; contemporary panelled calf, spine with five raised bands, tooled gilt in compartments and on bands, edges of boards tooled gilt; marbled end-papers; a.e. burnished red. Large piece missing from tail of backstrip, and calf torn at head of spine; front joint cracked; small ink-mark on fore-margin of plate; plate just a little foxed, with slight offsetting; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


Keynes 109. Printed by C. Whittingham at Chiswick. The binding is signed W.M. Pickering, which would lead to the suspicion that this was a de luxe trade binding were it not for the presence of the original end-paper, bearing the ownership inscription, dated 1847, of the book’s first purchaser. Beneath this has been written a further inscription: “Purchased for W.I.E. Wotton House 1877.” The front end-paper bears the ‘JE’ bookplate of the Evelyn Library. This appears in fact to have been used at some point as something resembling a working copy. The white facings of the end-papers, the binder’s blanks, and the colophon page are covered with light pencil notes, whilst the text contains numerous pencil emendations, alterations, and additions, which resemble, but are not identical with, those of the 1939 edition. Others are concerned with matters of chronology. An inscription on the old end-paper reads: “Note — When William Pickering died there was a sale — & among the books sold was the M.S. Life of Mrs. Godolphin by John Evelyn. The M.S. had been carelessly left at Pickerings by . . . Samuel Wilberforce Lord Bishop of Oxford.”
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FARRAR (The Very Rev. F.W., Dean). Great Books: Bunyan Shakespeare Dante Milton The Imitation &c. Isbister & Co. Ltd., 15 & 16 Tavistock St. Covent Garden, 1898. 4pp. integral advertisements at end, dated Autumn, 1898; vertically ribbed olive green cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers coated dark green. Near fine copy.

GB £27.00

US $36.45



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FIELD (Mrs. E.M.). The Child and His Book. Some account Of The history and progress of children’s Literature in England. By Mrs. E.M. Field, Author of “Ethne,” “Bryda,” “Mixed Pickles,” etc. London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. 2, Paternoster Buildings, E.C. And 44, Victoria Street, S.W., 1891. Integral wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard; title-page printed in red and black; head-pieces tail-pieces and decorated initial letters to the chapters throughout; three inserted plates (one double-sided); numerous illustrations in the text; pp.[viii]+356; deep green smooth cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram in black on back cover, lettered black-cased bright and dull gilt, gilt, and with short rule, gilt, on spine, lettered black-cased bright and dull gilt, and gilt, and blocked pictorially with illustration of horn-book in black, brown, and white on front cover; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated charcoal. A near-fine copy.

GB £35.00

US $47.25


There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.175, 297, and 324/5. Pp.347 to 356 are occupied by an Index. Loosely laid in to this copy are two contemporary reviews, from one of which we quote: “Mrs. Field takes a very thorough survey of the English child’s book in all ages from the Boëthius of the sixth century down to the “Child’s Guide to Knowledge” of the nineteenth, and in the course of her study gives us an entertaining and in many ways novel picture of child-life during the interval.”

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FOX (The Right Hon. Charles James). A History Of The early part of the reign Of James the Second; With an Introductory chapter, To which is added An appendix. Printed for William Miller, Albemarle-Street; By W.Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-Row, 1808. Roy.4to; half-title; engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; 8pp. publisher’s advertisements at end; pp.[4]+xl+[294]+[2]+clii+8; contemporary calf, gilt. Lacking the front board, and the back board detached; sewing sound and strong; insignificant marginal spotting and damp-staining of frontispiece; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Left uncompleted at Fox’s death in 1806, and here first published. Edited by Vassall Holland.
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FURNISS (Harry). All rights reserved. Flying Visits. With 192 Illustrations By the author. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, N.D. [1892]. Front pastedown printed with series advertisements (listing titles to Vol.XI only), front free end-paper serving as half-title; two leaves integral advertisements at end, serving as end-papers; numerous illustrations in the text; pp.[?iv]+[300]+[iv]; light brown buckram, ruled and blocked marina green and black, lettered black-outlined marina green, and black, on front cover, ruled and blocked marina green and black, blocked with publisher’s device, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Armorial bookplate on front paste-down; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Issued as Vol.XII. of ‘Arrowsmith’s 3/6 Series’. The correct first issue, the series listing on the front paste-down running only to Vol.XI. Travel sketches set variously in Ireland, England, and Scotland. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
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FURNISS (Harry). All rights reserved. Flying Visits. With 192 Illustrations By the author. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, N.D. [1892]. Front pastedown printed with series advertisements (listing titles to Vol.XI only), front free end-paper serving as half-title; two leaves integral advertisements at end, serving as end-papers; numerous illustrations in the text; pp.[?iv]+[300]+[iv]; light brown buckram, ruled and blocked marina green and black, lettered black-outlined marina green, and black, on front cover, ruled and blocked marina green and black, blocked with publisher’s device, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Small, light, mark on spine; owner’s name written neatly in ink on front end-paper/half-title; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


Issued as Vol.XII. of ‘Arrowsmith’s 3/6 Series’. The correct first issue, the series listing on the front paste-down running only to Vol.XI. Travel sketches set variously in Ireland, England, and Scotland. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.
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GARNETT (Richard, LL.D.). Life Of Thomas Carlyle. Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, 1887. (All rights reserved.) F’cap 8vo, wire-stitched; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.186+xxviii+[10]; publisher’s slip of lime green paper printed on recto only, advertising the September Volumes of The Camelot Series, The Canterbury Poets, and the Great Writers series, each to be ready on Aug.25, loosely laid in, as issued; slate blue fine buckram, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. A fine copy. Rare, with the slip.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Issued as the eighth volume in the ‘Great Writers’ series, edited by Prof. Eric S. Robertson. Included at the end is a 28pp. Bibliography by John P. Anderson of the British Museum, in which is attempted an ‘all edition’ listing of the works, including letters, etc., published in periodicals, and books by other authors relating to Carlyle. The correct first issue, complete with the publisher’s slip, and the integral advertisements listing this volume as ‘Ready July 25’ ‘To be followed on August 25th by Life of Adam Smith by R.B. Haldane, M.P.’. The slip is interesting in showing the active way in which such series were promoted.
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GISSING (George). Charles Dickens. A Critical Study. London, Blackie & Son, Limited, 50 Old Bailey, E.C., Glasgow and Dublin, 1898. Pp.244; inserted leaf of series advertisements precedes half-title page; cerise buckram, blocked, ruled, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. End-papers embrowned, as usual; otherwise a fine, tight, copy.

GB £32.00

US $43.20


Issued as the fourth volume in ‘The Victorian Era Series’. Second issue, the inserted advertisement leaf listing sixteen titles in the Series as published and also a selection of books on French literature, English history, etc.: no editor’s name is mentioned for the Series, as it is in the first issue. Collie, XIXa, not mentioning issue variants; Coustillas ‘Checklist’, 319. Collie calls the cloth colour ‘maroon’ (which it never is); Coustillas ‘dark red’ (which doesn’t really suggest its pinkish tinge).
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GISSING (George). Charles Dickens. A Critical Study. London, Blackie & Son, Limited, 50 Old Bailey, E.C., Glasgow and Dublin, 1898. Pp.244; inserted leaf of series advertisements precedes half-title page; cerise buckram, blocked, ruled, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly dull; advertisement leaf foxed with slight offsetting onto upper margin of half-title; end-papers embrowned, as usual; otherwise a fine, tight, copy.

GB £20.00

US $27.00


Issued as the fourth volume in ‘The Victorian Era Series’. Second issue, the inserted advertisement leaf listing sixteen titles in the Series as published and also a selection of books on French literature, English history, etc.: no editor’s name is mentioned for the Series, as it is in the second issue. Collie, XIXa, not mentioning issue variants; Coustillas ‘Checklist’, 319. Collie calls the cloth colour ‘maroon’ (which it never is); Coustillas ‘dark red’ (which doesn’t really suggest its pinkish tinge).
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GLADSTONE (William Ewart). Remarks Upon Recent commercial legislation: Suggested by the Expository statement of the revenue from customs, And other papers lately submitted To parliament. By The Right Hon. W.E. Gladstone, M.P. for Newark. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1845. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.65+[i (blank)]. Disbound; light, old, library stamps on title-page and two margins (included a ‘discarded/sold’ stamp); title slightly dusty and with small chip to blank upper corner; a very good copy, nonetheless, of an uncommon early pamphlet.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


Issued originally stabbed into grey wrappers, traces of which adhere to the upper inner margin of the title-page.
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GLADSTONE (Right Hon. W.E., M.P.). Homeric synchronism: An enquiry into the Time and place of Homer. London, Macmillan and Co., 1876. (All rights reserved). Pp.[iv]+284; publisher’s inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end dated January 1875; brown faintly patterned sand-grain cloth, blocked with publisher’s small monogram device blind on back cover, ruled and blocked gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers faced brownish black. Some scattered foxing; neat ownership inscription on half-title; otherwise a very nice crisp copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00



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GLADSTONE (Right Hon. W.E., M.P.). Dean Hook. An address Delivered at Hawarden By the Right Hon. W.E. Gladstone, M.P. London, Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington Street, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1879. One gathering double lge.post 16mo; lilac wrappers printed on front and back in black, the back wrapper bearing a publishers’ advertisement for the Third Edition of ‘The Life and letters Of Walter Farquhar Hook’ By His Son-in-Law, W.R.W. Stephens. Paper of spine a trifle chipped at head and tail and showing slight evidence of gluing; edges marbled, suggesting removal from a volume; some fading of covers; single faint fox-spot on front wrapper and title-page; otherwise fine.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


The first printing, with 32pp. A later printing had only 16pp. Scarce.

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GLADSTONE (The Right Hon. W.E., M.P.). Parliamentary oaths. Speech Delivered by the Right hon. W.E. Gladstone, M.P., In the house of commons, On the Second Reading of the Parliamentary Oaths Act Amendment Bill, On Thursday, the 26th April, 1883. Printed for the Liberal Central Association, 41 and 42, Parliament Street, Westminster, S.W. Published by The National Press Agency, Limited, 13, Whitefriars Street, E.C., N.D. [1883]. Price one penny. One gathering, demy 8vo; issued without half-title or wrappers; uncut fore-edges. Opened a little roughly, and with faint vertical fold running throughout; otherwise fine.

GB £27.00

US $36.45


Without signs of ownership, but from a family source.
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GLADSTONE (The Right Hon. W.E., M.P.). [Cover title:] Third Midlothian campaign. Political speeches Delivered in August and september 1884. Authorized edition. Andrew Elliot, 17 Princes Street, Edinburgh, N.D. [1884]. One gathering, double Imp.32mo, wire stitched; issued without half-title or wrappers; printer’s imprint on verso of last text leaf; 4pp. publisher’s, commercial, and trade advertisements at end; pp.59+[i]+4; title leaf slightly chipped at blank lower corner, and a trifle dusty; slight rusting of staples; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


Without signs of ownership, but from a family source.
Ref: IRT106818



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GLADSTONE (The Right Honourable W.E.). [Cover title:] The Eastern crisis. A letter To The Duke of Westminster, K.G., From the right honourable W.E. Gladstone. John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1897, Price Sixpence. One gathering, demy 8vo; prelims. not called for; pale buff wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the inside and back wrappers bearing advertisements; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Without signs of ownership, but from a family source.
Ref: IRT106821



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GORDON (Adam Lindsay). A memoir of the life of Adam Lindsay Gordon The “Laureate of the Centaurs” With New poems, prose sketches, political speeches, And reminiscences, and an “In Memoriam” By Kendall. By J. Howlett-Ross. With portrait. London, William Gibbings, 18, Bury Street, W.C., 1892. Half-title excised leaving a stub; dedication leaf precedes photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; one half-tone plate; pp.[3] — [215]+[i (blank)]; olive green buckram, ruled black on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated blackish brown. Inscription on dedication leaf; bookseller’s faint rubber-stamp “Thacker & Co., Ld., Bombay” on back of front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £18.00

US $24.30


Originally published in 1888 under the title ‘The Laureate of the Centaurs: a memoir", etc., and bearing the imprint of Samuel J. Mullan, a firm we have not otherwise encountered, the present issue has the same collation, and may consist of the same sheets with a cancel first gathering. Whether it does or not, both issues appear to be rare, COPAC recording copies of the Mullan issue only at Trinity College Dublin, Newcastle, and Birmingham, and one copy only of the Gibbings issue, at Aberdeen. The Memoir occupies the first ninety pages, Howlett-Ross, who knew Gordon, avowing that he has “made no attempt at elaboration, but...simply stated, as concisely as possible, the main facts of the poet’s life". The prose sketches are reprinted from the ‘Australasian’, and “Much information has been gleaned from old newspapers and from personal friends of the poet". He describes the book as a labour of love. The plate faces p.81.

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Ref: IRT119457



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[GOSSE (Edmund W.)]. [Cover title:] Hunterian Club. LXII. — Eighth Year. Bibliographical index To the works of Thomas Lodge With Memoir. Printed for the Hunterian Club, 1887. Sm.4to, gathered irregularly; prelims. not called for; two binder’s blanks before start of text, two at end; one facsimile in text; note leaf, blank on verso, at end of text, followed by prelims. to all four volumes of ‘The Complete works Of Thomas Lodge (1580 — 1623?) Now first collected. Printed for the Hunterian Club, 1883’ [consisting of half-title, title, Prefatory Note leaf, and Contents of Vol I; blank, half-title, title, and Contents leaves to other volumes; pp.27+[i (blank)]+46+[i (Note, blank on verso)]+[viii]+[viii]+[viii]+[viii]; cream paper wrappers coated milky chocolate outside and printed in black on front and back wrapper; a.e. uncut. Remarkably fine copy. Rare.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


Printed in Glasgow by Robert Anderson, 22 Ann Street, on fine hand-made paper made by Hodgkinson & Co. One of an edition limited, as it says in the Prefatory Note to volume one, to 200 copies printed “exclusively for Members of The Hunterian Club, with Ten additional copies for presentation by the Council” — a limitation which applied to the entire collected works, not just this volume. Besides the prelims. detailed above, the volume consists of the ‘Bibliographical Index’ of the original editions of Thomas Lodge (authorship unattributed, but possibly by Gosse), and the ‘Memoir Of Thomas Lodge’ signed in type ‘Edmund W. Gosse’ at the end of the text.
Ref: IRT106832



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GREEN (John Richard). Stray studies From England and Italy. London: Macmillan and Co., 1876. Sm.sq.8vo (7 1/8” x 5 1/4"); integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.viii+421+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; dark green fine buckram blocked with publisher’s monogram gilt on back cover, author’s monogram gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; binder’s ticket of ‘Burn / & Co’ on back paste-down (Ball, 20E). Light foxing of end-papers, but a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Presentation copy, with the author’s holograph inscription on the upper margin of the title-page. Essays on ‘The Poetry of Wealth’, ‘The Florence of Dante’, ‘neas: a Virgilian Study’, ‘The Early History of Oxford’, ‘Capri and its Roman Remains’, ‘The Feast of the Coral Fishers,’ etc. The book is in a very odd format, that might possibly have a trimmed down size of Globe 8vo. It appears to be set, however, as a f’cap 8vo, and the present copy may conceivably be on large paper. The ‘English Catalogue of Books’ describes it as a post 8vo, which this copy at least certainly is not.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GREEN (Thomas Hill). An estimate of the value and Influence of works of fiction In modern times. A prize essay, Read in the theatre, Oxford, July 2nd, 1862, By Thomas Hill Green, B.A., Fellow of Balliol College. Oxford: T. and G. Shrimpton. 1862. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.32. Disbound, otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


This appears to be the philosopher’s first published work. CBEL, III, p.868 lists other of Green’s works, but not this title.
Ref: IRT106848



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GREENWOOD (James). Curiosities Of Savage life. By James Greenwood, Author of “Wild Sports of the World.” [(Second series)] With woodcuts and designs by Harden S. Melville; engraved by H. Newsom Woods. And coloured illustrations from water-colour drawings by F.W. Keyl and R. Huttula. London: S.O. Beeton, 248, Strand, W.C., 1863 [1864]. 2 Vols., demy.8vo; colour printed lithographic frontispiece and eight plates by W. Dickes, with thin paper guards, in each volume (those to pp.49 and 192 in volume two printed in buff and sepia only); List of Woodcuts in each volume a single inset leaf; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.xiv+418; xiv+418; publisher’s catalogue, 4pp. cr.8vo on pink paper, dated April, 1864, tipped in between front end-papers in volume two; scarlet morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, lettered, and very elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers faced pale yellow. Two or three small marks on sides of second volume; small brownish spot on back end-papers of volume one at gutter lightly affecting extreme inner margins of last two leaves; nonetheless, a bright and virtually fine set. Scarce, especially thus.

GB £270.00

US $364.50


From the library of Eric Quayle, with his initialled pencilled note on the back of the front end-paper in volume one, that volume also possessing in this copy an ownership inscription dated ‘Decr. 18th. 1863’. The first issue and first state of text of both volumes, later copies in this binding being without the catalogue in volume two. Copies are also known in an othertwise similar brown sand-grain cloth, with grey-chocolate coated end-papers, and an inserted Ward, Lock, and Tyler catalogue at the end, dating from 1865, and these have the prelims. apart from the half-title and title leaves suppressed (i.e., the Analysis of Contents leaves and the lists of illustrations). Something of a pioneering compilation of its kind, and still fascinating to-day. This title not in Wolff, who collected Greenwood’s non-fiction as well as his fiction.
Ref: IRT118197



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GREENWOOD (James). Curiosities Of Savage life. By James Greenwood, Author of “Wild Sports of the World.” With woodcuts and designs by Harden S. Melville; engraved by H. Newsom Woods. And coloured illustrations from water-colour drawings by F.W. Keyl and R. Huttula. London: S.O. Beeton, 248, Strand, W.C., 1863. Demy.8vo; single inset title-page; colour printed frontispiece and four plates by W. Dickes, with thin-paper guards; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.iv+418; 8pp. inserted Ward, Lock, and Tyler advertisements at end; brown fine-morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, lettered, and very elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. A few small marks and spots passim, but in general a nice copy, the covers very bright.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


From the library of Eric Quayle, with his brief pencilled notes on the back of the front end-paper. A late issue, made by Ward, Lock and Tyler, after they had bought out the Beeton imprint, datable from the advertisements, which advertise ‘Dalziel’s Illustrated Arabian Nights’ Entertainments’ as ‘Just completed’, to 1865. It appears to have been made up from left-over unbound sheets, for gatherings 10 to 15 and 20 to 24 are on different paper, antique-toned rather than white, and have evidently been reprinted from the original stereos (a damaged ‘2’ in the page number to p.287, not present in the Beeton issue, giving evidence for this also). The prelims., apart from the half-title and title, have been suppressed, apparently to remove the List of Coloured Illustrations, which in the original called for nine instead of the five here present, some of these also apparently having run short (those to pp.49, 192, 336, 384, and 240 alone being here present — and the last appearing in place of the frontispiece). The volume differs otherwise from the first issue only in respect of the colour and texture of the cloth, which in the original was scarlet sand-grain, and the end-papers, which in the original issue were faced pale-yellow. All issues have the S.O. Beeton imprint together with the words ‘First Series’ on the spine. The Second Series was published in 1864. Something of a pioneering compilation of its kind, and still fascinating to-day. This title not in Wolff, who collected Greenwood’s non-fiction as well as his fiction.
Ref: IRT106849



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GREVILLE (Charles C.F.). The Greville Memoirs: A journal of the reigns Of King George IV. And King William IV. By the late Charles C.F. Greville, Esq., Clerk of the council to those sovereigns. Edited by Henry Reeve, Registrar of the Privy Council. In three volumes. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1874. 3 Vols., demy 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title in each volume; pp.[ii]+[x]+384; [ii]+[xviii]+424; [ii]+x+432; violet morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked gilt, lettered violet-through-gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate. Spines very slightly dulled; end-papers renewed with pale-blue-faced paper; small chip at inner margin of last leaf in one volume due to adherence of new end-paper; otherwise near fine.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


CBEL, III, p.145. Two further series were published, the last in 1887. Famous, fascinating, and chatty memoirs: a contemporary insider’s view of history as it happened.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GREVILLE (Charles C.F.). The Greville Memoirs (Third part): A journal of the reign Of Queen Victoria From 1852 to 1860. By the late Charles C.F. Greville, Esq., Clerk of the council. In two volumes. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1887. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; blank before half-title in each volume; publisher’s inserted 24pp. Catalogue at end of volume one; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume two; pp.[ii]+[xiv]+315+[i (blank)]; [ii]+[x]+326+[ii]; violet fine dotted line ribbed cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked gilt, lettered blind and violet-through-gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Front end-papers in volume one a little scuffed (paste-spots from a bookplate having caused adhesion); ownership inscription on each front blank; otherwise fine.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


CBEL, III, p.145. The first series was published in 1874.
Ref: IRT106851



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HALES (John W., M.A., Professor of English Literature in King’s College, London; Examiner in English at London University; Clark Lecturer at Trinity College, And late Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge; Author of ‘Essays and Notes on Shakespeare.’). Folia litteraria [sic]: Essays and notes On English literature. London, Seeley and Co. Limited, Essex Street, Strand, 1893. 4pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with prelims.; pp.xii+367+[i (blank)+[?iv]; cerise smooth cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Slight dulling of spine; end-papers, half-title, last two leaves of Index, and first page of advertisements a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


Essays and lectures on ‘Old English Metrical Romances’, ‘Dante in England’, Chaucer, ‘The “Confessio Amantis"’, ‘Chevy Chase’, ‘Wyatt and Surrey’, ‘Spenseriana’, ‘Sir John Davies’ Poems’, ‘Richard Brathwaite’, Milton, ‘Bunyan’, ‘The Revival of Ballad Poetry in the Eighteenth Century’, ‘Victorian Literature’, etc.
Ref: IRT106854



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HALL (Captain Basil, R.N., F.R.S.). Patchwork. In three volumes. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1841. Lge.12mo; half-title not called for in volume one, present in volumes two and three; advertisement leaf at end of volume three lacking; pp.[xii]+267+[i (printer’s imprint)]; [viii]+288; [viii]+269+[i (printer’s imprint)]; contemporary quarter calf, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, lettering piece on spine, marbled sides. Lacking all lettering-pieces and some rubbing or peeling of calf on corners; first and last few leaves foxed in each volume; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £190.00

US $256.50


CBEL, III, p.670, listing this title, erroneously, as fiction; Wolff, 2910, noting that the work is ‘not fiction but miscellaneous travels’. Includes amongst other interesting observations, circumstantial first-hand descriptions of a multiple hanging and decapitation for treason at Newgate in 1820 compared, with the object of judging “which of these two modes of carrying into effect the extreme sentence of the law was the most likely to be attended with beneficial results to society", with a guillotining similarly witnessed in France. The travels and observations are wide-ranging.
Ref: IRT106856



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File I: Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HARRISON (Frederic). Studies In Early Victorian Literature. Edward Arnold, London, 37 Bedford Street / New York, 70 Fifth avenue, 1895. Lge.post 8vo; pp.[viii]+248; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1895; black coarse buckram, glazed white paper spine label printed in black; a.e. uncut. Spine label a little chipped and cracking; small piece chipped from blank fore-margin of one leaf, not approaching text; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


CBEL, III, p.746. Essays on Carlyle, Macaulay, Benjamin Disraeli, William Makepeace Thackeray, Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Kingsley, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, etc.
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