Nineteenth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

IMPORTANT!

This is the ROBERT TEMPLE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE. It contains descriptions and notes relating to almost 18,000 titles in the fields of British and American literature, being the bulk of the stock that has passed through our hands since 1984, with the addition of a few earlier items of especial interest. Books currently in stock are not included, and it is therefore necessary to supplement your search by looking at our Current Catalogues. For the most part full bibliographical descriptions are given, though for some earlier items, catalogued when computing space was more restricted the details given are quite brief. For an account of the conventions adopted, the abbreviations used, and reference sources consulted, please see our information pages.




Please note:
The arrangement here is the same as that adopted in our current catalogues, and as there our larger files are presented in sections for ease of downloading. At the end of each section you are invited to browse the next.


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

LEWES (G.H.). The Spanish drama. Lope de Vega and Calderon. Charles Knight & Co., Ludgate Street, 1846. 12mo; half-title not called for; pp.[2]+[i]-iv+[5]-254. BOUND WITH: DENNIS (George). The Cid: A short chronicle, Founded on the early poetry of Spain. Charles Knight & Co., Ludgate Street, 1845. Half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece by I. Jackson after W. Harvey, on text-paper, and numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text; pp.[4 (including frontispiece)]+viii+[9]-220. Two volumes bound in one, as issued: publisher's navy blue vertical straight grain morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Neat restoration to cloth at head and tail of spine; name clipped from upper margin of first title-page; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

‘The Spanish Drama' is Lewes's second book. CBEL, III, p.869.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LEWES (George Henry). The Life of Goethe. Second edition, Partly rewritten. London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 65, Cornhill, 1864. Demy 8vo; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[2]+xviii+575+[i (blank)]; bevelled brown buckram, ruled gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt, and with red-chocolate paper onlay, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Paper onlay a trifle chipped and cracked; blank piece chipped from margin of one leaf of Contents; insignificant stains to one opening; in general, however, a nice copy.

Largely re-written, restructured, and revised: virtually a new work. The original appeared in two volumes in 1855. A book very much too heavy for its binding, and seldom seen to-day in original state. CBEL, III, p.869

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LEWES (George Henry). The Story of Goethe's life. (Abridged from his "Life and Works of Goethe.") Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1873 [i.e., late Winter, 1872]. Extra cr.8vo; final page advertisements; pp.[viii]+375+[i]; diagonally fine ribbed burgundy cloth, ruled black on sides, gilt on spine, blocked black and gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated iron grey. Cloth of spine a trifle bubbled; very slight foxing to prelims. and last two leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOCKHART (J.G.). Life Of Robert Burns. Edinburgh: Published by Constable and Co., 19 Waterloo-place; and Hurst, Chance, and Co., London, 1828. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; steel-engraved vignette printed on India paper and laid-on as head-piece to first page of text; 4pp. John Taylor advertisements, dated Oct.1, 1828 bound in at end; quarter drab paper, blue board sides, paper spine-label; a.e. uncut. Paper of spine chipped at head and tail, and slightly cracking at joints; paper label chipped; a very little foxing, but internally near-fine.

The true first edition. The book was reprinted, 12mo in half sheets, in the same year, with the same imprint, bound in green cloth with a paper spine label, with vignette and letterpress title-pages, and 24pp. publisher's advertisements sewn in at the front, and issued as Vol.23 of Constable's Miscellany. The original 8vo printing appears to have been quite small, and is now scarce.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

[LOCKHART (J.G.).]. Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Robert Cadell, Edinburgh; John Murray and Whittaker and Co., London, 1837-8. 7 Vols., volume one has frontispiece with tissue guard, folding facsimile, 4pp. advertisements at end, and tipped in advertisement and errata slips; joints broken and covers detached; frontispiece foxed; marginal stain affecting frontispiece and title-page; last two leaves of text torn (very badly opened), but without loss; volume two with 4pp. advertisements at front and tipped in errata slip; slight wear to head and tail of spine, and tail of rear joint split; volume three with 2pp. advertisements at front; slight wear to head of spine, and back joint split; volume four with 4pp. advertisements at front; slight wear to head of spine, and split at top of back joint; volume five with 6pp. advertisements at front; slight wear to head of spine, and small split at head of back joint; volume six with 4pp. advertisements at front, and tipped in errata slip; head of spine worn, and split at top of back joint; volume seven with 8pp. advertisements at front; slight wear to head of spine. Original claret embossed cloth, paper spine labels; uncut edges; end-papers coated powder yellow; all spines very slightly faded, and labels slightly cracked, or chipped, or rubbed; some bindings requiring attention, but capable of being restored; the text in general in excellent state.

A binding variant, that far more usually seen being in green cloth, identically embossed.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOCKER-[LAMPSON] (Frederick). Patchwork. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, [January,] 1879. F'cap 4to; blank, and presentation leaf (a conjugate pair) precede half-title; woodcut on title, signed ‘H.S.M.'; two conjugate leaves listing members of the Philobiblon Society follow Preface; woodcut tailpiece; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[4]+viii+[4]+234+[ii]; brown net grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale cream. Small restorations to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy, with Locker's initialled holograph inscription to the Earl Granville on the upper margin of the presentation leaf. The privately printed first edition of a book issued publicly by Smith, Elder, & Co. in f'cap 8vo format later the same year. As is recorded on the presentation leaf, this private edition, on fine large hand-made paper, was printed for issue to members of the Philobiblon Society in January, 1879, and it is uniform in size and binding with the Society's own volumes of Miscellanies. According to the integral list of members, among which the Earl Granville's name does not appear, the Society had at this time forty members. No statement of limitation appears in the volume, but if it followed the rule of other Philobiblon Society first issues, not more than about fifty copies will have been printed. Locker's Commonplace-book, including five poems by him, three of which are here first published. CBEL, III, p.295.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOCKER[-LAMPSON] (Frederick). Patchwork. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1879. F'cap 8vo; woodcut on title, signed ‘H.S.M.'; woodcut tailpiece; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.viii+234+[ii]; green buckram, ruled black on sides and spine, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate. Covers very slightly dull; small stain on front end-paper, and end-papers very slightly cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

First trade edition of a book issued in a private edition earlier the same year by the Philobiblon Society. Locker's Commonplace-book, including five poems by him, three of which are here first published. CBEL, III, p.295.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LONGFELLOW (Henry Wadsworth). Final Memorials. Edited by Samuel Longfellow. Boston, Ticknor and Company, 1887. Lge.post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf before half-title page; vignette on title; eight plates with tissue guards (ex nine), and one facsimile with tissue guard; two illustrations on text-paper; dark blue buckram, lettered gilt on spine t.e.g., others uncut. Head and tail of spine worn; end-papers, and inner joints splitting, and end-papers in general somewhat used; lacking the frontispiece; staining of extreme uncut edges of some leaves, and one opening of Index; otherwise the text in fine state. As a working copy.

Blanck 12260. Consists principally of letters and journals.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

[LONGFELLOW (Henry Wadsworth).]. Life Of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow By Eric S. Robertson. Walter Scott, 24 Warwick Lane, 1887 [?1886]. Extra lge.post 8vo; pp.177+[i (blank)]+xii+[2]; wire-stitched; leaf bearing Introductory Note to the series follows title-page; integral advertisement leaf including a prospectus of the series at end; blue buckram, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine; a little scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

Issued as the first volume of the "Great Writers" series, under the general editorship of Eric S. Robertson. Included at the end is a brief bibliographical check-list of Longfellow's works, and of books, articles, music, etc., relating to him, by John P. Anderson of the British Museum, in which he attempts an ‘all edition' listing. The special ‘Library' issue "printed on large paper of extra quality", the published price of which was 2s. 6d., as against 1s. 0d. for the ordinary issue. A peculiarity of the prospectus at the end is that the first four titles, scheduled as monthly volumes for publication on the first of each month, January to April, 1887, are also listed as "Ready" on the 20th of the month preceding, making the actual date of issue perhaps uncertain!

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOUNSBURY (Thomas R., Professor of English in the Sheffield Scientific School, Yale College). James Fenimore Cooper. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1884. Globe 8vo; half-title not called for; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece, with tissue guard; cancel title leaf; pp.[iv]+306; bevelled deep cerise fine diaper cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled black, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut. Sides very slightly dulled towards fore-edges; otherwise a fine bright copy. Scarce.

From the library of Anne and F.G. Renier, with their small book-label on the front pastedown. Blanck, 2, p.309 lists the American issue, which was dated 1883, but not the English issue. The volume contains no printer's imprint, and almost certainly consists of the American sheets with an English title leaf. According to the English Catalogue of Books, it was issued in England in 1883 (the practice in England at the time being very generally to date books ahead, if they were issued in the latter part of the year). The first full length biography of Cooper, made without the co-operation of his family since he had asked on his death-bed that they should permit no authorized account of his life to be prepared.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOWELL (James Russell). Conversations On some of The old poets. Cambridge [Mass.]: Published by John Owen, 1845. Globe 8vo; two conjugate text-paper blanks precede title-page; half-title not called for; Erratum printed at tail of p.viii; pp.[4]+viii+263+[i (blank)]; white wrappers printed in red, gold, greenish blue, and lime green; uncut edges; issued without end-papers. Back wrapper lacking; blanks, prelims., and pp.161 to end a little foxed (these being printed on a different paper from the rest of the volume); otherwise a nice copy of a scarce book.

Blanck, 13049, variant ‘A': the spine bearing the date 1845, the author's name and title on the front wrapper both being printed in green, and the florets on the upper right and left hand corners not being decorated on the white surround with an arrangement of gilt dots such as appears on the white surround of the central florets of the border. The verso of the front wrapper here bears a pencilled inscription ‘Mudie / Gt. Russell Street' and the second blank an ink ownership inscription, probably subsequent: ‘Louisa Dawkins / 1847'. Almost certainly this was one of the copies of the first American edition imported into England in the Spring of 1845 by Messrs. Wiley and Putnam, and the Mudie inscription suggests that it may in fact have been sent out as a sample.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOWELL (James Russell). Fireside travels. London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1864. The Right of Translation and Reproduction is reserved. F'cap 8vo; integral leaf of publisher's advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+341+[i (blank)]+[ii]; light blue sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated milk chocolate; ticket: ‘Bound by Burn. 37 & 38 Kirby St.' on back paste-down. Neat restorations to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine; backs of end-papers lightly foxed, with even lighter offsetting onto half-title and advertisement leaf; otherwise a very nice copy of an uncommon book.

Blanck, 13117, refers, but gives no details. Possibly issued simultaneously with the American edition. It is a different setting of text. The printer's imprint on the verso of the title reads: London: / R. Clay, son, and Taylor, printers, / Bread Street Hill.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOWELL (James Russell, A.M., Professor of Belles-lettres in Harvard College). Among my books. Six essays. Macmillan & Co., 1870. Publisher's inserted 44pp. catalogue at end, dated January, 1870; light brown buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated black. Covers a little rubbed; some light marginal dusting and fingering; otherwise a nice copy.

Advance copy, inscribed ‘From the Publishers' on the half title page. Blanck 13136 refers. Both this and the American edition appear to have been published on March 1st.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOWELL (James Russell, A.M., Professor of Belles-lettres in Harvard College). Among my books. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1880. Binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; advertisement leaf precedes title-page; bevelled light brown fine patterned sand-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt on spine; end-papers coated red-chocolate. Very slight wear to cloth at extreme head and tail of spine; slight marking of back cover; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's fourteen word signed holograph inscription to Lady Lyttelton, dated 24th March, 1881, on the front blank. There is some pencilled scoring passim, apparently in two different hands, and also at least one proofing correction of a literal. Reprint of a volume originally published in 1870. Essays: Dryden, Witchcraft, Shakespeare Once More, New England Two Centuries Ago, Lessing, and Rousseau and the Sentimentalists.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOWELL (James Russell). Democracy And other addresses. Macmillan and Company, 1887. 12mo; two blanks before title-page; half-title not called for; final blank; brown buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated black. Early signature on upper margin of title-page; one opening very lightly stained; otherwise very nice.

Blanck, 13187. First printing, English issue. With the readings ‘Reformation' at l.14 on p.77, and ‘country' at l.20 on p.83. One of 1025 copies.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOWELL (James Russell). Political essays. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888. Binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed blue-green cloth, blocked with Lowell's signature gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g.; end-papers glazed blue-black. Slight wear to cloth at tailband; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Blanck, 13198, binding variant B (no known precedence, although the Library of Congress deposit copy is also of this variant).

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOWELL (James Russell). Latest literary essays And addresses. Macmillan and Co., 1891. Engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; half-title apparently not called for; very dark green buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated green. Neat, almost invisible, restoration to cloth of spine; plate foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Blanck 13223, first printing, with the editor's Note in one paragraph, but the English issue, with the Macmillan title-page conjugate with the Note, and the following Contents leaf a single inset. Blanck does not describe the differences in this issue, evidently not having examined it, but merely notes that 730 copies of the first printing were sent to England. The equivalent American issue was dated 1892. The book includes essays on Gray, W.S. Landor, Walton, Milton's ‘Areopagitica', etc.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

LOWELL (James Russell). The Old English dramatists. Macmillan and Co., 1892. Half-title not called for; photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; final blank; pp.[vi]+132+[ii]; black buckram, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Tissue a little foxed, with off-setting; otherwise a fine copy.

First edition, English issue: American sheets with a variant title-page. Blanck, 13225 refers, but does not identify this issue as forming part of the American first edition (which it is). The English issue is scarce. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster, Chapman, Beaumont and Fletcher, Massinger and Ford.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

[LUCAS (E.V.).]. The open road: A Little Book for Wayfarers. Compiled by E.V. Lucas. Grant Richards, 1899. F'cap 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[2]+xiv+311+[1 (printer's imprint)]; finely mottled pale green rough buckram, ruled gilt on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; pictorial end-papers designed by William Hyde, printed in black. Slight fading of spine, but a nice copy. Scarce.

From the library of R.N. Green-Armitage, whose small book-label melds into the design of the front paste-down. A famous anthology of prose and verse, ranging from Shakespeare down to Walt Whitman, Yeats, and Christina Rossetti. One poem, ‘In City Streets' by Ada Smith, appears to be here first collected.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MACAULAY (James, M.A., M.D., Edin., Editor of the "Leisure Hour."). Across the ferry: First impressions of America and its people. Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1871. Globe 8vo; pp.viii+424; bevelled orange red patterned sand grain cloth, ruled black on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's device, gilt, on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Small nick in cloth of headband; otherwise a nice copy.

Probably quite a good conspectus view: with special reference to New York, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington, Philadelphia, and Princeton. New York at least is compared favourably in many respects with London.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MACAULAY (T.B., Esq. M.P.). A speech Of T.B. Macaulay, Esq. M.P. On the Second reading Of the East-India Bill, In the House of Commons, 10th July, 1833. From Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, Vol.XVIII. third series. T.C. Hansard, 32, Paternoster-Row, 1833. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.52; originally issued stabbed, presumably in wrappers: here sewn, but disbound from a larger work. Inscription clipped from blank upper margin of title leaf; last two leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MACAULAY (Thomas Babington [so vols.I-VIII; vols.IX & X read Lord Macaulay].). The History of England From The accession of James the Second. Copyright edition. Vol.I [II; III; IV; V; VI; VII; VIII; IX., and X, Edited by his sister, Lady Trevelyan]., Leipzig, Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun. [so vols.I-III; vols.IV-X read: Bernhard Tauchnitz], 1849 [vols.I-III; IV-VIII, 1855; IX & X, 1861]. Ten vols., roy.16mo in half sheets; half-title not present in volumes I-VIII; half/series title present in vols.IX & X; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece in volume IV; imprint leaf possibly lacking at end of vol.III, none called for in other volumes; integral advertisement leaf at end of volume X; contemporary half-calf, oil-marbled boards, contrasting spine label; end-papers faced brown. One or two boards rubbed; slight general wear to calf in some volumes, and some labels lacking; some foxing in first eight volumes; in general a nice set, nonetheless.

Issued in the same years as the English edition. Vols.IX & X were issued as Vols.542 and 543 of Tauchnitz's ‘Collection of British Authors'. The upper margin of the title-page in volume one bears the signature of Lowes Dickinson, the original owner of the set.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MACAULAY (Thomas Babington). Critical And Historical essays, Contributed to The Edinburgh Review. Copyright edition. In five volumes. Leipzig, Bernhard Tauchnitz [so vols. I & IV, other vols read: Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun.], 1850. Five vols., roy.16mo, in half sheets; half-titles apparently not called for; title leaf and Contents leaf precede start of text in each volume; imprint leaf at end of volume III, none called for elsewhere; contemporary half-calf, oil-marbled boards, spine labels; end-papers faced brown; binder's blank at front and back. Front joint repaired in one volume; two head-bands slightly frayed; labels lacking; scattered foxing; in general a nice set.

First published in America in an unauthorised edition in 1841-4; and in England in an authorised edition in 1843, reprinted in an expanded form in 1848 (the final essay not having appeared until October, 1844). We are unable to account for the variation of imprint in the present set.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MACAULAY (Lord). Biographies By Lord Macaulay Contributed to the Encyclopædia Britannica. With Notes of his connection with Edinburgh, And extracts from His letters and speeches. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1860. (The Right of Translation is Reserved.) F'cap 8vo; blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 48pp. publisher's inserted catalogue; pp.[8]+lvi (Notes)+ 235+[i (blank)]+[iv]; brown bead grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated caramel. A nice copy.

The Preface and Notes were written by Adam Black.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

McCARTHY (Justin). "Con amore;" Or, Critical chapters. Tinsley Brothers, 18, Catherine Street, Strand, 1868. Lge post 8vo; blue green patterned sand grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower- edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated very pale cream. Very slight darkening of spine; back end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise nice.

With the author's unsigned holograph presentation inscription to his son on the half-title page.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

McCARTHY (Justin, M.P.). Sir Robert Peel. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, Limited, St. Dunstan's House, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street, E. C., 1891. Demy 8vo, printed on Spalding hand-made paper; four binders blanks of Dickinson & Co. hand-made paper at front and back, the outermost serving as end-papers, half/series title, and photogravure frontispiece by Annan & Swan from an engraving by S. Cousins after a painting by Sir Thos. Lawrence, printed on India paper and laid on, with tissue guard, precedes title-page; pp.viii+194; quarter vellum, ruled gilt on sides, ruled blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, cerise buckram sides; t.e.g., others uncut, cerise and white headband, cerise silk marker. Slight darkening of vellum, but a fine copy otherwise.

One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies. Issued as a volume in the series ‘The Prime Ministers of Queen Victoria' under the general Editorship of Stuart J. Reid.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MAC DONALD (George). Unspoken sermons. Alexander Strahan, publisher, 56 Ludgate Hill, London, 1867. Globe 8vo; title-page printed in red and black; final blank; pp.[viii]+245+[iii]; bluish violet patterned sand grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked with publisher's device and motto gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated red-chocolate; binder's ticket of Burn & Co. (Ball, 20c). Light mottled fading of covers; one leaf opened a trifle roughly; otherwise a very nice copy of a difficult title.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MACDONALD (George. LL.D.). England's Antiphon. Macmillan & Co, Publishers, N.D. [1868]. Half-title not called for; sepiatone wood-engraved frontispiece and two plates, by Arthur Hughes, with tissue guards; title-page printed in red, blue, and very dark green; bright blue bevelled buckram, ruled and blocked with a pattern of Maltese crosses, blind on back cover, gilt on front cover, blocked gilt, lettered bright blue through gilt, with Macmillan and series devices, on front cover and spine, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Virtually fine copy.

The fourth volume in Macmillan's ‘Sunday Library', issued simultaneously at 4s. 6d., as here, and at 4s. in slightly larger format in unbevelled covers, with the front cover ruled in blind instead of gilt, without the blocked pattern of Maltese crosses on the sides, and without gilt edges. There is no list of plates, but they are bound in to face pp.113 and 331.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MAC DONALD (George, LL.D.). Orts. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Crown Buildings, 188, Fleet Street, 1882. F'cap 8vo; pp.[viii]+312; 2pp. publisher's inserted advertisements on smaller paper, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated November, 1882; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover and spine, blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated greyish chocolate. A nice copy of a difficult title.

Essays on ‘The Imagination: Its Functions and Its Culture', ‘The Art of Shakspere, as revealed by Himself', ‘The Elder Hamlet', ‘Browning's "Christmas Eve"', ‘"Essays on Some of the Forms of Literature"', ‘"The History and Heroes of Medicine"', Wordsworth, Shelley, etc.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MACFARLANE (C[harles].). The Lives and exploits Of Banditti and robbers in All parts of the world. London: Published by Thomas Tegg and Son, 73, Cheapside, 1837. Sm.f'cap 8vo; blank or advertisement leaf (?) precedes half-title; fine steel-engraved frontispiece and three plates by S. Bull after C.M.F. and A.M. Huffam, all with tissue guards; pp.viii+408; early green half-calf, tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled and lettered gilt, boards stippled green; a.e. sprinkled blue. Bound up without half-title and initial blank or advertisement leaf; mottled fading of calf; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued upon first publication as a volume in ‘The Family Library'. Macfarlane is best remembered for his novel ‘The Camp of Refuge'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

[MACHEN (Arthur)]. The Anatomy of Tobacco: Or Smoking Methodised, divided, and considered After a new fashion. By Leolinus Siluriensis, Professor of fumifical philosophy in the University of Brentford. Imprinted for George Redway, and are to be sold by him At his Shop in York Street, near to Covent Garden, 1884. Extra cr.8vo; half-title not called for; integral leaf of publisher's advertisements at end; pp.viii+86+[ii]; publisher's full vellum lettered red on front cover and up spine; end-papers coated silurian grey. Extensive light foxing of vellum and photosensitive lettering on spine very faded; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy from the publisher to Frank Vizetelly with Redway's signed holograph inscription on the verso of the front end-paper. Machen's very scarce first book, preceded only by a small pamphlet printed privately in Hereford in 1881 and now known by only a single copy. Goldstone and Sweetser, 2a, recording the volume as in ‘cream boards', similarly lettered. If this is correct, the present copy must exhibit a presentation binding.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MACLISE (Daniel, R.A.). [Cover title:] Shakespeare's Seven ages, Etched by E. Goodall, after original designs By Danied Maclise, R.A. Art-Union of London, 1850. Landscape roy.8vo; eight etchings on plate paper; quarter green buckram, pale green boards, the front board printed in black. In general a nice copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

M'NICOLL (David). A Rational enquiry Concerning The operation Of The Stage On The morals of society. Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed by Edward Walker; And sold by Messrs. Charnley, Finlay, Horn, &c. &c., Booksellers, Newcastle, 1823. Demy 8vo in half-sheets; binder's blank at front and back; half-title not called for; pp.88; contemporary quarter green roan, ruled and tooled gilt on spine, label, marbled sides; a.e. uncut. Spine slightly rubbed and minutely chipped at head-band; label lacking; otherwise a fine copy.

An essay originally published serially in ‘The Newcastle Courant', and here first printed in book form. An uncut copy on large paper.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MAHAFFY (J.P., M.A.). Old Greek education. Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1 Paternoster Square, 1881. Half-title not called for; contemporary full natural calf, gilt, matching marbled end-papers and edges. Expertly rebacked; a virtually fine copy.

A Cheltenham College prize binding, with presentation label on front paste-down.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MAHAFFY (J.P.). The principles Of the Art of conversation. Macmillan and Co., 1887. Integral advertisement leaf at end; brick red coarse buckram, blocked gilt on sides, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram, gilt, on spine; a.e. uncut. A nice copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MANNING (Henry Edward, M.A., Archdeacon of Chichester). A charge Delivered at The ordinary visitation Of the Archdeaconry of Chichester In July, 1848. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street. And W.H. Mason, Chichester, 1848. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; final leaf blank except for printer's imprint on recto; pp.[64]; issued stabbed, and probably without wrappers. Light dusting of title and blank last page; otherwise fine. BOUND WITH: MANNING (Henry Edward, D.D.). The crown in council On the essays and reviews: A Letter to an Anglican Friend. Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1864. Lge.post 8vo format, 28pp., signed as a single gathering; half-title not called for; last page blank; issued without wrappers. Title-page lightly dusted, last leaf more so; lightly folded for transmission through the post, with related date-stamp ('ST. NEOTS / AP 6 / 64') on blank last leaf (stamp and label removed); otherwise a fine copy. BOUND WITH: [MANNING] (Henry Edward, Archbishop of Westminster). Longmans, Green, and Co., 1867. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; last page blank; pp.[142]. Lightly folded for transmission through the post; some foxing; otherwise fine. Three scarce pamphlets in one volume, Edwardian half black crushed morocco, spine lettered gilt, and with five raised bands, brown and dark grey oil-marbled boards; t.e.g.; oil-marbled end-papers. Front board slightly faded and with one small spot; otherwise fine.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

[MANNING] (Henry Edward, Archbishop of Westminster). The Vatican decrees In their bearing on Civil allegiance. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1875. Demy 8vo; last page blank; pp.[x]+193+[i]; Edwardian half black crushed morocco, spine lettered gilt, and with five raised bands, brown and dark grey oil-marbled boards; t.e.g.; oil-marbled end-papers. Small scuff on back board; two or three fox-spots or small marks; otherwise fine.

Tipped onto the binder's blanks at the end are two related articles, folded, clipped from contemporary newspapers ('The Tablet', and, possibly, ‘The Times').

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MARRYAT (Capt. [Frederick], C.B.). A Diary in America, With Remarks on its Institutions. In three volumes. Printed for Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1839. Lge.12mo; final blank in volume one; errata on last page in volume two; quarter purple fine morocco cloth, light brown paper covered boards, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Spines a little faded; otherwise a nice copy. TOGETHER WITH: MARRYAT (Capt. [Frederick], C.B.). A Diary in America, With Remarks on its institutions. Part Second. In three volumes. Printed for Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1839. Lge.12mo; two large folding maps, tipped in as frontispiece, and before first leaf of text, in volume two; quarter horizontally ribbed puce cloth, drab paper covered boards, paper spine label; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed. Heads and tails of spines showing slight wear, and neat restorations to some joints; otherwise virtually fine. The six volumes complete (all issued):

Sadleir 1575 and 1576. The first issue of both parts, agreeing with the Sadleir copies in all respects, except that his were in full boards, not quarter cloth; that in the Sadleir copy a publisher's catalogue was present at the end of volume one of the first series; and that the maps in his copy of the second part were both tipped in after the title in volume two, along with a slip, headed ‘Directions to the Binder', not included here.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MARRYAT (Captain [Frederick].). Life and letters Of Captain Marryat. By Florence Marryat (Mrs. Ross Church). In two volumes. New York, D. Appleton & Co., Broadway, 1872. 2 Vols., post 8vo; binder's blank at front and back in each volume; cancel title-pages; pp.[xii]+260; [viii]+300; royal blue sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated yellow. In general a nice copy.

First edition, American issue, from English sheets. The English edition was published by Bentley in the same year, and the present title-pages retain the Bentley monogram device, only substituting the Appleton name and address: which suggests that they too must have been printed in England. Not in Sadleir, who claimed to record a complete collection of Marryat's work, fiction and non-fiction. We have never seen a copy of the English issue. Includes letters from various correspondents, including Washington Irving, Samuel Warren, Caroline Norton, Sydney Morgan, Moore, Trelawney, Hood, Samuel Lover, Rogers, and Dickens (four), all here first printed.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MASSON (David). De Quincey. Macmillan and Co., 1881. Wire-stitched; pp.[viii]+200; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end, listing this volume as the latest published; scarlet buckram over thin boards, ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher's monogram scarlet through black on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered black and scarlet through black on front cover, ruled and up-lettered black on spine; end-papers coated black. A virtually fine copy.

Issued as the twenty-fourth volume in the series ‘English Men of Letters', under the general editorship of John Morley.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MATUCE (H. Ogram [i.e., Charles Francis Keary]). A wanderer. London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1888. Pp.viii+211+[i (blank)]; four line Errata slip tipped in before start of text; bevelled cerise buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with rule, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated sage green. Slight fading of spine; but a very nice copy.

Travels in Scandinavia and Germany.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MAY (Thomas, Esq.). The History Of the Parliament of England, Which began November the third, M.DC.XL; With A short and necessary view of some precedent years. Published by authority. London: Imprinted by Moses Bell, for George Thomason, at the signe of the rose and Crown in St. Paul's Church-yard, M.DC.XL.VII. And now reprinted by Robert Wilks, 89, Chancery-lane, And sold by White, Cochrane, and Co. Fleet-street, London, 1812. Demy 4to; mezzotint portrait frontispiece; one plate engraved on copper; pp.xxxi+[i (blank)]+337+[i (blank)]; contemporary full calf; burnished sprinkled edges. Front joint cracking; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes a new ten page Preface by Francis Maseres. CBEL, I, p.839. The plate faces p.231.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MAZZINI (Joseph). The Italian question And the Republicans. Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1861. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.48; light marina blue wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without free end-papers. Virtually fine copy.

An anonymous English translation of work written originally in Italian: the first half in 1859, when it was published in the ‘Pensiero ed Azione', No.24; the second half in 1861, in England, and apparently here first published.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

[MEREDITH (George)]. The pilgrim's scrip: Or, Wit and Wisdom Of George Meredith With selections from his poetry, and an Introduction [by M.R.F. Gilman]. Globe 8vo; three blanks, advertisement leaf, and wood-engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue guard precede title-page; half-title not called for; final blank; pp.[8]+[lii]+[9]-258+[2]; pale green buckram, blocked with trefoil pattern brown on half of sides and spine, ruled, blocked pictorially, and lettered brown on front cover, panelled brown, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine. Covers dull and cloth faded a little at fore-edges of boards; ownership inscription on first blank; otherwise a nice copy.

Extracts, preceded by a lengthy introduction signed in type at end.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

[MEREDITH (George).]. George Meredith: A study By Hannah Lynch. Methuen & Co., 18, Bury Street, London, W.C., 1891. Blank before half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; final blank; bevelled dark green buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very nice.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MEYNELL (Alice). The Colour of life And other essays On things seen and heard. London, John Lane: Vigo St.; Way and Williams, Chicago, 1896. F'cap 8vo; pp.[viii]+103+[i (printer's imprint)]; 2+2pp. publisher's inserted text-paper advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. text-paper Catalogue dated 1896, at end; pale pinkish oatmeal art linen, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Slight fading of cloth; unobtrusive contemporary ownership inscription on half-title; end-papers slightly foxed, with offsetting onto half-title and last leaf of Catalogue; barely perceptible embrowning of margins; a near-fine copy, nonetheless.

CBEL, III, p.348.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MEYNELL (Alice). The Children. 1897, Iohn [sic] Lane, The Bodley Head: London & New York. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved title page (?by Charles Robinson), with tissue guard; pp.96; 4pp. publisher's inserted advertisements followed by publisher's inserted 12pp. List of Books For and About Children, at end; blue buckram, elaborately blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine with a design by Charles Robinson; a.e. uncut. A very little light foxing, but a very nice copy of a scarce title.

Essays about children.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MILL (John Stuart). Autobiography. Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1873. Demy 8vo; blank precedes half-title; erratum leaf at end, followed by inserted leaf of publisher's advertisements; green morocco cloth, ruled black on sides and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated chocolate. Nice copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

[MILNES (Richard Monckton),] Lord HOUGHTON. Monographs Personal and social. With portraits. John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1873. Blank before half-title; wood-engraved frontispiece, and three plates; twenty-three line Errata on verso of Contents; pp.[xii]+339+[i (blank)]; dull red fine morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Light marking of cloth on sides; otherwise a nice copy.

Publisher's presentation copy, so stamped in blind on the title-page. Essays on Cardinal Wiseman, Landor, The Rev. Sydney Smith, Heinerich Heine, etc., largely reflecting personal acquaintanceships.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MINTO (William). Daniel Defoe. Macmillan and Co, 1879. Wire-stitched; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; scarlet buckram over thin boards ruled and blocked black, lettered with publisher's monogram scarlet through black, on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered scarlet through black on front cover, ruled and lettered black up spine; end-papers coated black. Spine slightly darkened, but a very nice copy.

Issued as a volume in the series ‘English Men of Letters', under the general editorship of John Morley. First issue, with the advertisements listing this as the last of eight titles ‘Ready', and a ninth, ‘Thackeray', ‘In the Press'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MITFORD (Mary Russell). Recollections Of A literary life; Or, Books, places, and people. By Mary Russell Mitford. Author of "Our Village," "Belford Regis," &c. In three volumes. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1852. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title not called for in volumes one and two; text-paper advertisement leaf precedes title-page in volume one; pp.xi+[i (blank)]+323+[i (blank)]; v+[i (blank)]+302; vii+[i (blank)]+296; cobalt blue fine wavy-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed; buff-coated end-papers. Spines a trifle darkened, and cloth of sides a little marked or mottled; original end-papers present, but lined with white paper at an early date, apparently to cover up labels (also the binder's ticket); armorial bookplate on each paste-down; text virtually fine; in effect a nice copy.

Not in the Sadleir collection; Wolff, 4821, calling for a half-title following the advertisement leaf in volume one, which has certainly never been present here. The advertisement leaf is, both here and in the Wolff copy, a single inset; the last leaf of the prelims. is here also a single inset - and it appears possible that the advertisement leaf may have been printed in the present instance as part of the first gathering. There appear to have been two printings of this title, probably before first publication. In the present copy, the whole of volume one together with the prelims. and gatherings K, L, O, and P (a single inset leaf, evidently printed conjugate with the three leaves of the prelims.) of volume two are printed on white paper, the rest being printed on antique toned paper. A copy that passed through our hands some years ago was printed on antique toned paper throughout. Wolff does not describe the paper of his copy, but notes no variation. In the present copy also the grain of the cloth of volumes one and two is rather faint, and runs horizontally; that of volume three runs vertically, and is much more pronounced. That the present set was issued in this mixed state is evidenced by the presence of the same early bookplate in each volume. Includes, besides a good deal of autobiographical material, comments on Keats, Shelley, Leigh Hunt, John Clare, Thomas Holcroft, Praed, Landor, the Brownings, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Hawthorne, Longfellow, etc.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MITFORD (Mary Russell). Recollections Of A literary life; Or, Books, places, and people. In three volumes. Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1852. 3 Vols., lge.12mo; half-title not called for in volume one, not present, and possibly not called for, in other volumes; contemporary half-roan, marbled boards. Binding needs renewing; the text nice.

Not in the Sadleir collection. Printed on tinted paper.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


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

MITFORD (Mary Russell). Letters Of Mary Russell Mitford. Second series. Edited by Henry Chorley. In two volumes. London: Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1872. 2 Vols.; title-pages printed in red and black; tipped-in advertisement leaf and conjugate blank at end of volume two, on text-paper, and probably integral; pp.[iv]+303+[i (blank)]; [iv]+267+[i (blank)]+[2]+[ii]; bevelled rich brown fine-dotted-line-ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated peach. Very slight wear to extremities of spine; end-papers a trifle cracked or chipped at gutters; otherwise a fine copy.

This title not in Sadleir or Wolff. A minor binding variant, copies also being known with the fore-edges uncut.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage

[ CLICK HERE TO LOAD NEXT SECTION OF FILE ]