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

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ORCUTT (William Dana). The lever: A novel. Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London, 1911. Half-title not called for; conjugate title and dedication leaves; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[iv]+[319]+[i (blank)]; vertically fine-ribbed dark scarlet cloth, ruled and lettered gilt, ruled and elaborately embossed blind, on front cover, lettered with short rule, gilt, ruled and embossed blind, on spine. Nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


The correct first edition, dated (in Roman numerals) on the recto of the title-page, and with ‘Printed in the United States of America / Published, January, 1911’ on the verso.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[ORWELL (George [i.e., Eric Arthur Blair]).]. Love of life And other stories By Jack London. Introduction by George Orwell. Paul Elek, Thirty eight Hatton Garden, 1946. Double post 16mo; pp.290; deep pink rough buckram, lettered gilt down spine. Erasure from front end-paper, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Orwell’s Introduction, here first published, occupies pp.7-15. Apparently also the first appearance of this collection, of which Orwell may possibly have been the editor. Blanck 12022.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ORWELL (George [i.e., Eric Arthur Blair]). England your England And Other Essays. London, Secker & Warburg, 1953. Pp.224; pale green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered red on spine; t.e. red. Top half-inch of spine; colour on top-edges faded; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper chipped at head and tail of spine.

GB £40.00

US $54.00



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OUIDA ([i.e., Louise de la Ramée].). Helianthus: A novel. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1908. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf, followed by 8pp. publisher’s inserted catalogue at end, dated Autumn 1908; blue patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on front cover, gilt on spine, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Two or three leaves slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy. Very scarce.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


Sadleir, 1920; Wolff, 5326. Ouida’s last, unfinished, novel, published posthumously.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OXENHAM (John). Bondman Free. London, Hurst and Blackett, Ltd., 13, Great Marlborough St., 1903. All rights reserved. Final blank; pp.[viii]+317+[iii]; streaked pale- and light- green linen-patterned rough buckram, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Red very faded on spine; end-papers foxed, with offsetting; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Presentation copy, with the author’s thirteen word signed holograph inscription dated ‘May 1903’ (the month of publication) on the front end-paper. The American edition was dated 1902.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OXENHAM (John). Queen of the Guarded Mounts. By John Oxenham Author of “Their High Adventure,” “Great-heart Gillian,” etc. With sixteen illustrations, from photographs, of the principal scenes in the story. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, N.D. [1912]. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and fifteen plates, all from photographs; pp.[xii]+375+[i (printer’s imprint)]; green roght buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, with two oval onlays on front cover, from photographs, printed in green. Insignificant rub-hole to cloth over back joint; end-papers very lightly foxed, with offsetting onto half-title and last two leaves; inscription dated 1912 on half title; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Set in Brittany and Cornwall during the early days of the French Revolution. The photographs illustrate places important in the story. Nield, ‘Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales’, 5th edn., 1587; COPAC lists only the British Library, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland, and Exeter University copies.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OZ (Amos). Unto death: Crusade And Late Love. Woodcuts by Jacob Pins. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange in collaboration with the author. 1976, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[viii]+[168]; charcoal cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered silver-gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


The first edition in English of two novellas first published in Israel in 1971.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

OZ (Amos). The hill of Evil counsel: Three stories. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange In collaboration with the Author. 1978, Chatto & Windus, London. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[vi]+210+[iv]; light blue cloth-textured boards, lettered, blocked, and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


The volume for which Oz receivved the Brenner Prize.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PARGETER (Edith). Hortensius Friend of Nero By Edith Pargeter. Illustrated by John Farleigh. 1936, Lovat Dickson, Limited London. Extra cr.8vo; frontispiece and decorative title-page on text-paper, headpieces to the chapters throughout; full-page tailpiece following last leaf of text; final blank; pp.216+[i]+[iii]; full purple cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover with a design by Farleigh, lettered and ruled gilt on spine; t.e. purple; end-papers sewn in through strenghtening strip of white linen (as issued). Virtually fine copy.

GB £230.00

US $310.50


The author’s scarce first book, beautifully type-set in monotype Centaur and printed at the Chaucer Press on fine paper made by John Dickinson and Company Limited, and bound (rather than cased) by G. and J. Kitcat Limited.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PARKER (Gilbert). The Judgment house. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1913. Blank before half-title; pp.[xvi]+[476]; publisher’s inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated Autumn 1913; faintly mottled dark red rough buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered within ruled boxes, and blocked, gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Set in South Africa at the time of the Jameson raid.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PARKER (Gilbert). The Money Master: Being the Curious History of Jean Jacques Barbille, his Labours, his Loves, and his Ladies. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1915. Title-page printed in red and black; pp.viii+360; publisher’s inserted 32pp. text-paper Catalogue at end, dated Autumn 1915; navy blue rough fine buckram, ruled blind, lettered white on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight rubbing or flaking of white lettering on front cover, but a near-fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


A difficult title, published at an inauspicious time!
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PEAKE (Mervyn). [On illustrated title-page:] Letters from A Lost Uncle (From polar regions). [On verso of half-title:] ‘Letters from a Lost Uncle’ Is written and illustrated by Mervyn Peake And published by Eyre and Spottiswoode (Publishers) Ltd., Bedford Street, London, W.C.2, And printed by Robert MacLehose & Co. Ltd., The University Press, Glasgow, W.3. First Edition, 1948. F’cap 8vo, gathered irregularly; half-title, recto and verso, letterpress, verso of title and last leaf blank, otherwise printed throughout in black and white fine-screen half-tone, a few leaves having added spot-colour in reddish brown, and bled throughout to all margins; pp.132, unpaginated; pale lemon cloth blocked and lettered scarlet on front cover with a design by Peake, up-lettered and lettered scarlet on spine. Fine copy in insignificantly chipped full-colour dust-wrapper designed by Mervyn Peake.

GB £280.00

US $378.00


Second issue, the front flap of the dust-wrapper having the printed price ‘7s. 6d. net’ overprinted with a pattern of squares, and the printed price ‘3s. 6d. net’ added beneath. Very few copies exist of the first issue dust-wrapper as the author was dissatisfied with the quality of reproduction of his mock-up and the book was withdrawn from sale at his request shortly after publication, and re-issued at the lower price. Berkeley & Winnington, A6 A.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PEAKE (Mervyn). Writings & Drawings. [Edited by:] Maeve Gilmore & Shelagh Johnson. Academy Editions, London, St Martin’s press, New York, 1974. Double sm.med.4to; vignette on title; six double-sided plates in full-colour, and numerous black-and-white illustrations in the text, some from photographs; pp.123 (including colour-plates)+i (blank)]; laminated white card wrappers, printed in maroon, pink, and buff (and with price, £3.95, in black). Slight ‘creep’ to lamination at edges of wrappers, and small crease to lower fore-corner of front wrapper; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £31.00

US $41.85


Also published, simultaneously, in hard-cover. The softcover version is to-day difficult to find in acceptable condition, because of its large size. Includes much material previously unpublished, including a facsimile from an early draft of ‘Titus Groan’, and Peake’s notes for a fourth volume of the Gormenghast series. Berkeley & Winnington, A19.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PEMBERTON (Max). The Hundred days. With eight illustrations By F.H. Townsend. Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris, New York and Melbourne, 1905. Half-title not called for; line engraved frontispiece with tissue guard and seven plates; pp.[viii]+344; 8+8pp. publisher’s inserted advertisements at end coded ‘Fiction 8.05’ and ‘6 G. — 6 05.’; scarlet buckram ruled and pictorially blocked black and grey, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with publisher’s initials and device pattern in brownish grey. Very slight dust-marking of spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


A historical novel dealing with the period following Napoleon’s escape from Elba.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PETERSON (Margaret [i.e., Mrs. A.O. Fisher]). The Love of Navarre. London: Andrew Melrose, Ltd., 3 York Street, Covent Garden, W.C., 1915. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf printed on verso only precedes title-page; half-title not called for; Contents leaf a single inset; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.vi+310+[ii]; mottled dark red fine linen, ruled and lettered grey on front cover and spine. Cloth of spine a trifle faded, but a near-fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


The author’s fourth novel. Her first, The Lure of the Little Drum, was awarded the Melrose 250 Guinea Prize for fiction in 1913.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The virgin in Judgment By Eden Phillpotts. Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris, New York, Toronto, and Melbourne, 1908. All rights reserved. Blank before half-title; frontispiece in colour, with tissue guard; pp.viii+370+[i (blank)]; 8pp. publisher’s advertisements at end dated at foot of first page ‘‘2.08’; green ribbed cloth blocked gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

GB £5.00

US $6.75


Hinton, p.49
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The haven. John Murray, 1909. Mottled light blue rough buckram, blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked black, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed. Covers a little stained, and spine faded otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Hinton, p.52. 7,600 copies were printed. Hinton describes the black blocking and lettering as brown.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The haven. John Murray, 1909. Mottled light blue rough buckram, blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked black, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed. Generally nice copy.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Hinton, p.52. 7,600 copies were printed. Hinton describes the black blocking and lettering as brown.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The old time Before them. John Murray, 1913. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; mottled red rough buckram, blocked blind, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Spine very slightly faded, and slightly patchy dusting of cloth of front cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


Hinton, p.68, noting no variance of state, but recording that p.153 is mis-numbered 15. In the present copy this is not the case, this being one of a few advance copies in which this page was correctly numbered. Review copy, with the publisher’s presentation stamp in blind on the upper margin of the title-page. 5,000 copies of the book were published.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Eudocia: A Comedy Royal. 1921, London: William Heinemann. Two blanks serving as end-papers, and leaf bearing advertisements on verso, precede half-title; pp.284; publisher’s inserted 16pp. catalogue at end; grey-green buckram, blocked with publisher’s device on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered on front cover, ruled and lettered on spine, all in black; lower-edges uncut. Spine a little faded; front end-paper and initial advertisement leaf lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


Hinton, p.98. The probable first issue, with inserted advertisements at end. Copies are also known without inserted advertisements.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PHILLPOTTS (Eden). A human boy’s Diary. 1924, William Heinemann Ltd. Blank before half-title; imprint leaf at end; drawings by Phillpotts, printed in black on white paper, and laid on to captioned leaf of thick grey paper, as frontispiece; sage green linen grain cloth, ruled blind, lettered scarlet, on front cover, ruled and lettered scarlet on spine. A little scattered light foxing; verso of half-title, and facing portions of title-page, lightly embrowned by contact with grey paper mount of frontispiece. Otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


Hinton, p.114. 3,000 copies were printed.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PHILLPOTTS (Eden). A west country Sketch book. With Frontispiece Portrait of the Author. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 34 — 36 Paternoster Row, London, E.C.4, N.D. [1928]. Blank before half-title, blank at end; half-tone portrait frontispiece; pp.[ii]+204+[ii]; grey-green and pale grey-green beaded linen-patterned cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. grey-green. Small brownish mark on front cover; otherwise a virtually fine copy. Uncommon.

GB £21.00

US $28.35


Hinton, p.95; NCBEL, 4, 704: reprints the prose portions of “A West Country Pilgrimage” and “The Dance of the Months", together with one new essay.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Nancy Owlett. Illustrated by C.E. Brock, R.I. Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., Publishers to Their Majesties the King & Queen And H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, 1933. Short demy 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; frontispiece and seven plates in full colour; bevelled light lake fine dotted fine ribbed cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher’s device gilt on spine. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PINGET (Robert). Mahu Or The Material. A Novel Translated by Alan Sheridan-Smith. Calder and Boyars, 1966. Claret boards ruled and lettered gilt down spine. Fine in darkened dust-wrapper.

GB £14.00

US $18.90


A pencilled note on the verso of the title-page records, on the authority of the publishers, that the book was not in fact published until February 23rd 1967. The French edition was first published in 1952.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PIRSIG (Robert M.). Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An inquiry into Values. The Bodley Head, London Sydney, Toronto, 1974. Double demy 16mo; two blanks at end; pp.412+[iv]; hammered dull brown cloth-textured boards, lettered and with taper-rule gilt on spine. Fine copy in a beautiful, but neatly price-clipped, dust-wrapper.

GB £110.00

US $148.50


First British edition of a book first published in America in the same year. The British edition is scarce.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PLOMER (William). Double lives: An Autobiography. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1943. Two blanks at front and back, serving as end-papers; green cloth, blocked with publisher’s monogram device, ruled, and lettered, gilt up spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine in frayed dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PLOMER (William). The autobiography of William Plomer. With a Postscript by Simon Nowell-Smith. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square London, 1975. Double demy 16mo; cancel title leaf; half-tone portrait frontispiece and six double-sided plates; pp.455+[i (blank)]; light grey rough buckram, blocked with publisher’s device and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. pale pinkish brown; pale lime green end-papers. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper faded a trifle on spine.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


Published posthumously. First published state, the integral title as printed having possibly left out the acknowledgment of permission received from Mr. J.C. Longhurst to quote from a letter contributed by him to the Spectator in 1957.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POTTER (Stephen). Potter on America. Rupert Hart-Davis, Soho Square London, 1956. Pp.160; red fine-cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered silver up spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper with small mark on spine.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


The fourth volume of the series.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWELL (Anthony). Casanova’s Chinese restaurant: A novel. Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto, 1960. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+229+[iii]; yellow wrappers, printed black on front wrapper and down spine. Wrappers a trifle rubbed, and fore-edge of front wrapper strengthened on verso; ink notes, relating apparently to second-hand book purchases, on back blank and inside back wrapper; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


Uncorrected Proof Copy, so designated on front wrapper. “Mr Priestley” has been written in ink on the front wrapper in a hand resembling that of J.B. Priestley.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWELL (Anthony). The soldier’s art. A novel. Heinemann, 1966. Double post 16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; white wrappers, cut flush, printed in black and green. Some spine roll, and wrappers very slightly rubbed and marked; small (?)coffee splash on inside front wrapper and front blank; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £220.00

US $297.00


Uncorrected Proof copy. Publishers’ office copy, with rubber stamp giving the scheduled publication date (‘12 SEP 1966’) and price (altered in ink) on the front wrapper, together with a later ‘DISCARDED’ stamp. Differs textually from the published volume.
Ref: JRT111514



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (John Cowper). Wood and stone: A romance. 1915, G. Arnold Shaw, New York. Pp.xiv+722; navy blue buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher’s device gilt on spine. Embrowned patch on half-title where a newspaper clipping has at some point been laid in; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £280.00

US $378.00


The author’s first novel, and the second book published by G. Arnold Shaw. The same sheets were issued in England by Heinemann, with a cancel title-page, in 1916: there was no English edition.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (John Cowper) Auto- Biography. John Lane The Bodley Head, London, 1934. Demy 8vo, gathered in sixteens, and signed in twelves and fours (!); half-tone portrait frontispiece after a drawing, printed in sepia; title-page printed in black and red; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[x]+652+[ii]; chocolate smooth cloth blocked with author’s signature, gilt, on front cover, blocked with publisher’s device, and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. brown. Very slight fading of cloth and frontispiece foxed with very light offsetting onto title; advertisement leaf lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £70.00

US $94.50


Review copy, with the publisher’s review slip, giving the scheduled date of publication as ‘1 Oct. 1934’ and the published price as ‘15 0’, loosely laid in.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (John Cowper). Real Wraiths. Village Press, 1974. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.96; laminated yellow card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Virtually fine copy.

GB £12.00

US $16.20


A previously unpublished fantasy.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (Llewelyn). Ebony and ivory. With a preface by Edward Shanks. London, Grant Richards Ltd., St Martin’s Street, 1923. Final blank; pp.229+[iii]; iron grey fine-linen-grain cloth blocked with publisher’s monogram device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, blocked black on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine. Cloth of spine slightly faded; slight foxing of early prelims., edges, and final blank; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Apart from ‘Thirteen Worthies’, published the same year, the author’s first independent book.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (Llewelyn). The Verdict of Bridlegoose. Jonathan Cape, 1927. Demy 8vo; limitation leaf before half-title; two blanks at end; quarter very dark grey buckram, dark blue and pink batik boards; a.e. cut. Cloth worn a little at head and tail of spine, and boards a trifle darkened towards top-edges; end-papers foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £100.00

US $135.00


A trial binding (and presumably a final proof) for the edition of 900 copies, this copy being, of course, unnumbered and unsigned. The book as published was in quarter brown cloth, with brown boards, a.e. uncut, and with a paper spine label (never present here). The present copy is definitely not a re-bind: it is six hole sewn, whereas the published volume was ten hole sewn — and there are no unused stab-holes present in the sheets.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (Llewelyn). The Pathetic fallacy: A study of Christianity. Longmans, Green and Co., London : New York : Toronto, 1930. Sm.sq.8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+[129]+[iii]; black linen ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. black. A little very light foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £29.00

US $39.15



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (Llewellyn). Advice To a young poet. The Bodley Head. London, 1949. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[64]; cerise cloth ruled and blocked with the author’s signature gilt on the front cover, lettered gilt down and on spine. Fine copy in insignificantly defective dust-wrapper.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Letters to Kenneth Hopkins with an introduction by Alyse Gregory. Published posthumously. Powys died in November 1939.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (Theodore Francis). Soliloquies Of a hermit. London: Andrew Melrose Ltd., 3 York Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2, 1918. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[iv]+[154]+[ii]; cancellation slip reading “This book is now / published by / CHATTO & WINDUS / 40-42 William IV Street / London, W.C.2” tipped on to verso of half-title opposite the title-page imprint; smooth sea-green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Cloth faintly damp-marked at lower-edge of sides; very slight marginal embrowning of poor quality paper; otherwise a fine copy in Chatto & Windus dust-wrapper lightly stained on spine.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Purchased from the Chatto & Windus File, though without signs of provenance. This second issue, which can be dated to 1928 from the dust-wrapper advertisements, would appear to be very scarce. The blurb on the dust-wrapper, curiously, mentions the revised edition of 1926, without stating that this is not in fact that text!
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (T.F.). The house With the echo. Twenty-six stories. London, Chatto & Windus, 1928. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[vi]+[235]+[i (printer’s imprint)]; rough brown cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dark brown, lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £170.00

US $229.50



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (T.F.). The house With the echo. Twenty-six stories. London, Chatto & Windus, 1928. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[vi]+[235]+[i (printer’s imprint)]; rough brown cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dark brown, lower-edges uncut. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £50.00

US $67.50


Norah Smallwood’s copy, with her pencilled holograph initials on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto & Windus.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (T.F.). Fables. With four drawings by Gilbert Spencer. Chatto & Windus, 1929. Demy 8vo; blank, vignette half-title, and frontispiece on text-paper, precede title-page; head-piece to Contents and illustration on verso of last text-leaf; limitation leaf followed by blank at end; bevelled sea-green coarse buckram, leather spine label blocked and lettered gilt; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight mottled fading of covers; slight scattered foxing; in general a nice copy.

GB £160.00

US $216.00


One of an edition limited to 750 numbered copies, this copy signed by the author.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (T.F.). The white Paternoster And other stories. Chatto & Windus: London, 1930. Lge.post 8vo; pp.viii+278+[ii (verso blank)]; limitation leaf follows half-title page; vignette title-page designed by Ray Garnett; imprint leaf at end; quarter light olive green buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, white boards printed in yellow green; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine faded, boards a little embrowned at margins, and showing slight wear at corners; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


One of an edition limited to 310 numbered copies, this copy being signed by the author.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (T.F.). The white Paternoster And other stories. Chatto & Windus: London, 1930. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; vignette title-page designed by Ray Garnett; imprint leaf at end; pp.viii+278+[ii (verso blank)]; dull blue buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue, lower edges uncut. Spine faded; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £28.00

US $37.80



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (T.F.). The key of the field. With a woodcut By R.A. Garnett and a Foreword By Sylvia Townsend Warner. William Jackson (Books) Ltd, 18 Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, 1930. Limitation leaf precedes half-title; frontispiece; coarse green buckram lettered gilt up spine and on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy.

GB £90.00

US $121.50


One of an edition limited to 550 numbered copies signed by the author, printed at the Chiswick Press. No.1 of the Furnival Books. The first issue.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

POWYS (T.F.). The Only Penitent. London, Chatto & Windus, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; vignette on title-page by Edward Bawden; final blank; pp.[iv]+57+[i (printer’s imprint]+[ii]; cream faintly muslin-textured boards printed on front, back, and spine in black with a design by Edward Bawden. Boards lightly foxed, and some foxing to early leaves and edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by Edward Bawden.

GB £28.00

US $37.80


Issued as no.5 of the series ‘The Dolphin Books’, this being the latest title listed on the back panel of the dust-wrapper as having been published, with two others listed as ‘In Preparation’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PREEDY (George R. [i.e., Gabrielle Long, a.k.a. Marjorie Bowen]). Nightcap And plume: A Novel by George R. Preedy. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, London, September, 1945. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[319]+[i (blank)]; mottled buff rough buckram ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher’s monogram scarlet on spine. Very slight fading of covers; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Hubin, p.332, listing this title as of undetermined status. It is essentially a historical romance based on real events.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIESTLEY (J.B.). Brief diversions: Being Tales Travesties And Epigrams By J.B. Priestley. Cambridge Bowes & Bowes, 1922. Two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+[iv]; quarter black fine buckram, orange boards, white paper labels printed in black on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Edges of boards a little darkened; spine label a trifle chipped and rubbed; a couple of leaves roughly opened; in general, however, a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Priestley’s second book. Most of the pieces are reprinted, with revisions, from the Cambridge Review, though some are here first printed. In a Note following the title-page Priestley remarks: “Most of the tales were written during the War, many of them while I was in Flanders, and at that time, being away from books, I imagined I was doing something new, being either ignorant or forgetful of the work of better men, such as Lord Dunsany and Mr. T.W.H. Crosland, in a very similar form.” The Travesties, in verse and prose, parody A.E. Housman, Walter de la Mare, ‘’, Sir William Watson, Professor Saintsbury, James Stephens, Sir A.T. Quiller-Couch, Lascelles Abercrombie, W.B. Yeats, Alfred Noyes, John Drinkwater, and Logan Pearsall Smith.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIESTLEY (J.B.). Angel Pavement. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. Med.8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; limitation on verso of half-title; collotype portrait frontispiece on cream-toned paper; title-page printed in red and black; pp.[X]+xiv+613+[iii]; bevelled light brown buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; pale brown end-papers. Very slight fading to cloth of spine, and one or two leaves opened just a trifle roughly; otherwise a fine copy in the publisher’s slip-case, this slightly splitting at one edge.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


One of an edition limited to 1,025 copies numbered and signed by the author. Printed on fine laid paper. The portrait, after Percy Smith, does not appear in the trade edition. Often considered, from an artistic point of view, to be Priestley’s most successful novel. As well as the slip-case, the book was issued originally in a ‘transmatic’ dust-wrapper (glassine, with unprinted pale brown paper flaps) which to-day is seldom seen since the glassine tended to shrink and decay with age.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIESTLEY (J.B.). Faraway. William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1932. Sq.8vo; presentation leaf dated May 1932 [v. note] precedes half-title; pp.[viii]+568; bevelled pale blue-green linen, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, blocked with author’s signature gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; pale blue-green head- and tail- bands, blue-green silk marker. Slight fading to cloth of spine and slight mottling of sides; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Issued with a ‘transmatic’ cellophane dust-wrapper, not here present. The real first issue of this title: one of a few copies (as it says on the presentation leaf) “presented by the Author and Publishers... as a souvenir of the Annual Conference of the Associated Booksellers of Great Britain and Ireland. May 1932", this copy having a caligraphic inscription to Mr. W.B. Cannon.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIESTLEY (J.B.). Rain Upon Godshill: A Further Chapter of Autobiography. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1939. Demy 8vo; pp.[iv]+[332]; dark blue buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; light iron-grey end-papers. Very light marginal embrowning of end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper with several small chips and tears not touching lettering or design.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


Far scarcer in our experience than the first volume, ‘Midnight on the Desert’, particularly in a dust-wrapper.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIESTLEY (J.B.). Let the people Sing. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1939. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title, two at end; dark blue buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine. Top- and fore- edges a little foxed; otherwise a fine copy in minutely frayed and chipped dust-wrapper. One of the more difficult Priestley titles, especially in a nice dust-wrapper.

GB £60.00

US $81.00


According to the blurb on the front flap of the dust-wrapper: “the first new novel ever to be broadcast serially before publication: so pronounced was its success that it was immediately decided to double the number of broadcasts each week — yet only one third of the book was broadcast.”

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIESTLEY (J.B.). Three men in New suits. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1945. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[iv]+170+[ii]; dark blue buckram, blocked with publisher’s device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges mainly trimmed. Virtually fine copy in very slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

GB £23.00

US $31.05



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIESTLEY (J.B.). Lost empires: Being Richard Herncastle’s account Of his life on the variety stage From November 1913 to August 1914 Together with a Prologue and Epilogue. Heinemann: London, 1965. Double demy 16mo; pp.xii+308; brown rough buckram, ruled and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in torn and insignificantly chipped dust-wrapper repaired with tissue on verso.

GB £22.00

US $29.70



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIESTLEY (J.B.). Outcries and Asides. Heinemann: London, 1974. Imp.16mo; blank before half-title, two at end; pp.[2]+[xii]+[197]+[v]; navy blue cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue; dark red end-papers. Fine in dust-wrapper with one short tear to lower edge of back panel.

GB £6.50

US $8.77



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIOR (Allan). The Old Man And Me. Sinclair-Stevenson, 1994. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp[viii]+[228]+[iv]; black fine cloth-textured boards down-lettered and blocked with publisher’s device gilt on spine; end-papers printed with publisher’s device pattern in black. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £10.00

US $13.50


Presentation copy with the author’s holograph inscription to Desmond [Flower] on the title-page. The second impression in the year of first publication.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRITCHETT (V.S.). In my good Books. 1942, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[192]; mottled light blue cloth, blocked brown and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine. Slight darkening of spine, but a nice copy of a difficult war-time title.

GB £32.00

US $43.20


Benjamin Constant, Turgenev, Mrs. Gaskell, Dostoievsky, Gogol, Vidocq, Zola, Le Sage, Hardy, Gibbon, Synge, Peacock, Svevo, Thackeray, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, etc.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRITCHETT (V.S.). The Working Novelist. 1965, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; List of Authors at end; pp.viii+201+[i (blank)+[ii (verso blank)]; light cerise fine cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed and dusty dust-wrapper with tape-mark on spine.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


The publisher’s Production Office Copy with their label to this effect on spine over gum-traces of earlier and somewhat larger label. The dust-wrapper is evidently a proof: it has been heavily revised in pencil (one at least of the revisions making it quite clear that it is unlikely ever to have been issued in this form). Essays on Beckett, Cervantes, Conrad, Lawrence Durrell, Maria Edgeworth, Ford Madox Ford, E.M. Forster, Galsworthy, George Gissing, William Golding, Gorky, Hugo, Jerome, Kipling, T.E. Lawrence, Ada Leverson, George Meredith, Anthony Powell, Saki, Surtees, Anthony Trollope, de Vigny, Edith Wharton, etc.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF PRINTING. Lucian’s The dreame Or, the cocke Translated from Greek into English By Mr. Francis Hickes, 1634 Together with the life of Lucian By Thomas Hickes, Masters of Arts of Christ-Church in Oxford. Birmingham School of Printing, Central School of Arts & Crafts, Margaret Street, 1932. Sm.4to; four blanks at front, five at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; half-title not called for; colophon on verso of final leaf of text; title-page, first page of each part, and colophon leaf with large type ornaments; printed throughout in light reddish-brown and black; diagonally fine-ribbed grey-green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt up spine. Nice copy.

GB £80.00

US $108.00


Arranged and printed under the direction of Leonard Jay, in 16 point Aldine Bembo, set and cast on the Monotype by students attending the classes. One of a presumably small number of copies, though there is no statement of limitation.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS. John Rastell: The four elements. Edited by Roger Coleman. As performed at the University Printing House, Cambridge In the summer of this year. Now printed for friends at Christmas, 1971. Double cr.8vo; title-page printed in black and red; five fine full-page illustrations in text printed in red after drawings by Charles Keeping; two facsimiles in text; pp.vi+73+[i (blank)]; quarter dull red rough buckram, down-lettered gilt on spine, buff boards, faintly marbled, printed with facsimiles in black; pink end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £140.00

US $189.00


From the library of Dr. Desmond Flower, and with his small book-label on the front end-paper. One of an edition limited to 500 copies. Includes a Foreword by Brooke Crutchley, and a lengthy (and fascinating) Introduction by Roger Coleman, here first printed. The thirty-second Christmas book issued by the Press.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS. A Printer’s Christmas Books By Brooke Crutchley. With a foreword by Euan Phillips. Cambridge, Privately printed at the University Printing House, 1974. Lge.f’cap 4to; blank before half-title; title-page printed in black and red, with a vignette by Reynolds Stone; numerous illustrations and facsimiles in text, one, and a tail-piece by Reynolds Stone, printed in red; one inserted plate printed in grey and black after a drawing by Michael Ayrton, and one large folding plate printed in black, grey, and brown, after a drawing by David Gentleman; quarter sea-green cloth blocked and down-lettered gilt on flat spine, white boards printed with a pattern in sea-green. Fine copy.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


By design the last in the series of thity-five Christmas Books produced for private distribution at the press between 1930 and 1974, and itself a check-list of the series, with notes and illustrations. Includes a Valediction by Brooke Crutchley, one of the two University Printers responsible for the series, and a Foreword by Euan Phillips, who was about to succeed him in the post, explaining the reasons for its discontinuance. From the library of Dr. Desmond Flower (author of the 1954 volume), and with his small book-label on the front paste-down. One of about five hundred copies (this being mentioned only in the Foreword).
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS. Tributes to Brooke Crutchley On his Retirement as University printer. Cambridge: printed at the University printing house, 1975. Med.4to; pp.viii+31+[i (colophon)]; quarter black buckram down-lettered gilt on flat spine, yellow paper covered boards printed in red with a design after Reynolds Stone; a.e. uncut; mustard end-papers. Virtually fine, unopened copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


From the library of Dr. Desmond Flower, with his small book-label on the front paste-down. One of an edition limited to 650 copies printed in ‘Monotype’ Barbou on hand-made paper from J. Green & Son. Includes tributes by Lord Zuckerman, John Dreyfus, Graham Storey, Vivian Ridler, etc., as well as a brief Preface by his successor, Euan Phillips.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: THE CYGNET PRESS. Francis Meredith Wilfred Meynell: 12 May 1891, 10 July 1975. [On colophon:] The Cygnet Press, Burford, 1977. Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; initial blank; half-tone portrait frontispiece bound in; pp.11-12 a cancel, pasted on a stub; pp.[ii]+34; plain white card wrappers, cut flush. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

GB £29.00

US $39.15


One of 300 copies. Memorial volume written by Alix Meynell for family and friends, and intended as a supplement to Francis Meynell’s 1971 autobiography, ‘My Lives’. Included also is the text of poems read at Francis Meynell’s cremation and subsequent menorial ‘services’. This copy from the library of Desmond Flower, with his small engraved book-label on the front end-paper.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: FANFROLICO PRESS. Helen Comes of age: Three plays by Jack Lindsay. The Fanfrolico Press, 5 Bloomsbury Square, London, 1927. Double cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+221+[iii (blank)]; dark red glazed coarse linen, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. End-papers lightly foxed, with offsetting onto facing pages; otherwise a fine copy in frayed Norman Lindsay dust-wrapper tissued on verso.

GB £130.00

US $175.50


Three plays in verse: ‘Helen comes of Age’, ‘Ragnhild’, and ‘Bussy d’Ambooise’. One of an edition limited to 500 copies numbered and signed by the author. Arnold, 16

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: FANFROLICO PRESS. Helen Comes of age: Three plays by Jack Lindsay. The Fanfrolico Press, 5 Bloomsbury Square, London, 1927. Double cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+221+[iii (blank)]; dark red glazed coarse linen, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Very slight fading to cloth; end-papers foxed, with offsetting onto facing pages, and some slight foxing elsewhere; otherwise a nice copy, the last two plays unopened.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Three plays in verse: ‘Helen comes of Age’, ‘Ragnhild’, and ‘Bussy d’Ambooise’. One of an edition limited to 500 copies numbered and signed by the author. Arnold, 16

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: THE FANFROLICO PRESS. Jack Donne: A defence of women for their Inconstancy & their paintings Made by Jack Donne & printed Now with five decorations by Norman Lindsay and published By the Fanfrolico Press London, N.D. [1930]. Cr.8vo gathered in fours; half-title not called for; five illustrations in text; 12pp., not paginated; horizontally streaked brown vertically herring-bone patterned cloth, lettered gilt up spine; text-paper end-papers. Fine copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


No.90 of a total printing limited to 370 numbered copies, printed on Batchelor hand-made paper. Arnold, 42

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: THE FOLIO SOCIETY. [By] Norman Douglas: In the Beginning. Illustrated by Richard Sharp. The Folio Society, 1953. Narrow demy 8vo; half-title not called for; double-spread illustrated title-page; numerous illustrations on text-paper; final blank; light pinkish brown cloth ruled and blocked dark reddish brown and gilt on sides, lettered up and blocked gilt, and with publisher’s monogram on medallion light pinkish brown through gilt on spine; t.e. very dark brown; dark brown and yellow headband. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper darkened a little on spine.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Includes a 12pp. Introduction by Constantine FitzGibbon. One of the more successful Folio Society book designs.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: THE FOLIO SOCIETY. Memoirs of Prince Alexy Haimatoff By Thomas Jefferson Hogg. With an introduction by Sidney Scott. Engravings by Douglas Percy Bliss. The Folio Society, St. James’s London, 1952. Narrow demy 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; quarter black buckram ruled gilt on sides, blocked with publisher’s device and up-lettered gilt on spine, marbled sides; red and yellow head-band; t.e. cerise. End-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

GB £17.00

US $22.95


The second edition, and the first under the author’s own name, of a very rare novel published originally in 1813 and highly praised by Shelley (Hogg’s some-time collaborator), but otherwise ignored. The original appeared under the pseudonym ‘John Brown’.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: HOGARTH PRESS. DOBB (Maurice). Russia to-day and To-morrow. By Maurice Dobb, M.A., Lecturer in Economics in The University of Cambridge. Author of “Russian Economic Develop- Ment since the Revolution. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf At the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C., 1930. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; advertisement leaf printed on verso only precedes title-page; pp.[48]; mottled grey-green wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; white end-papers. Inscription dated ‘Xmas 1930’ on front end-paper, and quotation from Tennyson written on back end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


Issued as No.1 of the series ‘Day to Day Pamphlets’. Woolmer, 220: 1,500 copies were printed.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: HOGARTH PRESS. GATES (Barrington). Poems. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1925. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[112]; green, red, white, grey, black and gold marbled boards, unlettered applied spine, cream label printed in black on front cover. Inscription dated ‘Xmas 1925’ on front end-paper, otherwise a virtually fine copy of a very scarce and delicate book.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Woolmer, 62, but a binding variant, Woolmer describing the boards as “red and black marbled", which the present copy is not, the dominant colours here being green, red, and cream. The present copy is of an early issue, however, since the book was only published in October (according to Woolmer) or November (according to ‘The English Catalogue of Books’). The number of copies printed is not known, but according to the Sussex ledger only sixty had been sold by the 19th of January 1926, and it is extremely scarce to-day, especially in anything approaching fine condition.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: HOGARTH PRESS. LASKI (Harold J., Professor of Political Science in the University of London). The crisis and the Constitution: 1931 and after. Published by L. and V. Woolf At the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1 And by the Fabian Society at 11 Dartmouth Street, S.W.1, 1932. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.64; green wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Slight foxing to first and last leaves and edges, but a very nice copy otherwise.

GB £19.00

US $25.65


Issued as No.9 of the series ‘Day to Day Pamphlets’. Woolmer, 297: 3,000 copies were printed, divided between two issues: this, the regular issue in the series style, and an issue in green cloth, lettered in gilt, possibly intended for the Fabian Society.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS CATALOGUE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

PRIVATE PRESS: HOGARTH PRESS. LEECH (Clifford). John Webster A Critical Study By Clifford Leech, Senior Lecturer in English in the University of Durham. 1951, The Hogarth Press, London. Pp.[vi]+122; deep pink cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. A fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly darkened on spine.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


Purchased by us from the publisher’s file, but without signs of provenance. Issued at 6s. net as No.16 of the series ‘Hogarth Lectures on Literature’ under the general Editorship of George Rylands and Leonard Woolf, the advertisement both on the verso of the half-title and the dust-wrapper listing the series to No.17. Woolmer, p.191, states in error that there was a ‘first series’ running to fifteen titles published between 1927 and 1931, a Second Series, consisting of one volume, in 1934, and “There was a third series, edited by George Rylands, in 1951.” The advertisements in the present volume (not to say the numbering) make clear that it is a continuation of the first series. The single volume of the Second Series was not incorporated.
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