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

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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.




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

DE LA ROCHE (Mazo). Ringing The changes. An Autobiography. Macmillan & Co Ltd, 1957. Frontispiece and seven double-sided plates; green buckram lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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DELDERFIELD (R.F.). All over the town. Geoffrey Bles, 52, Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, London, 1947. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.190+[ii]; old cream buckram, ruled and blocked scarlet, lettered old-cream-through scarlet, on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher's device scarlet on spine. Virtually fine copy in slightly frayed and nicked dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy with the author's signed holograph presentation inscription on the front end-paper. A novel about English small-town journalism.

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DELL (Draycott M.). Carrion island: A buccaneer romance of the Wide seas. Illustrated by Albert Lock. Jarrolds, Publishers (London), Limited, N.D. [1919]. Sm.cr.8vo; two advertisement leaves precede half-title; numerous illustrations in text (some full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination); leaf bearing illustration on recto, printer's imprint on verso, followed by integral advertisement leaf, at end; pp.[4]+248+[ii]+[ii]; grey-green fine linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, lettered black-outlined grey-green, blocked chromatically yellow and light grey-green, on front cover, lettered black on spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a very fine copy in slightly frayed pictorial dust-wrapper (signed ‘Lock'), with one triangular chip (3/4" x 1/2") not affecting printed area, at head of spine.



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DELL (Ethel M.). The Rocks of Valpre. T. Fisher Unwin, Adelphi Terrace, 1914. Title-page printed in red and black; violet linen-grain cloth, ruled and lettered white on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded, otherwise fine.



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DELL (Ethel M.). The Top of the World. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne, N.D [printed, May, 1920]. Pp.viii+332; dark red beaded linen-grain cloth ruled and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped pictorial dust-wrapper.

Coded at the end of text ‘F400.520'. The back panel of the dust-wrapper bears advertisements headed ‘New Spring Novels' and leading with ‘The Vanity Girl' by Compton Mackenzie, which was published in May 1920; the printed price on the spine is 7/6 net.

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DE MONTHERLANT (Henry). Chaos and Night. Translated from the French by Terence Kilmartin With an introduction by Peter Quennell. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 20 New Bond Street, 1964. Double cr.16mo; final blank; scarlet boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

First edition in English. The French edition appeared in 1963. The author's first novel for twenty-four years.

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DE MORGAN (William). It Never Can Happen Again. In Two Volumes. William Heinemann, 1909. 2 Vols.; blank before half-title and full-colour portrait frontispiece with tissue guard in volume one; grass green cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher's device black on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Old inscription on front blank in volume one; spines slightly faded; otherwise a very nice copy.



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DE MORGAN (William). An Affair of Dishonour. London, William Heinemann, 1910. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+400; light green linen-effect rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Light foxing of edges and last few leaves; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper. Rare thus.



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DE NERVAL (Gerard). Journey to the Orient. Selected, translated from the French, And with an Introduction by Norman Glass. Peter Owen, 1972. Double demy 16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; milk coffee coloured beaded linen textured boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First edition in English.

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DE QUINCEY (Thomas). A diary of Thomas De Quincey 1803 Here reproduced in replica as well as in print from the Original manuscript in the possession of the Reverend C.H. Steel. Edited by Horace A. Eaton, Ph.D., Professor of English at Syracuse University N.Y. Noel Douglas, N.D. [1928]. Lge.sq.8vo; portrait frontispiece in colour, preceded by limitation leaf; half-title not called for; 114pp. facsimile of ms. followed by transcription in type; bevelled cream coarse buckram lettered gilt on spine; uncut edges. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper, complete with inserted publisher's list and order form for The Noel Douglas Replicas, as issued.

One of an edition limited to fifteen hundred numbered copies.

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[DICKENS (Charles).]. The Dickens exhibition Held at the Memorial Hall, London, March 25th, 26th, and 27th, 1903. Opened by Percy Fitzgerald, Esq., M.A., F.S.A., President of the Dickens Fellowship. Catalogue of Exhibits Compiled and edited by F.G. Kitton (Vice-President of the Dickens Fellowship). The Dickens Fellowship, 8, Whitefriars Street, N.D. [1903]. Double f'cap 8vo; pp.68; pale green wrappers, cut flush, printed on front and back in black; issued without end-papers. Nice copy.

433 items, with some useful notes; includes also the first publication of a minor Dickens' letter. One or two pencil markings in the text suggest that this copy may have belonged to Bransby Williams.

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DICKENS (Charles). The Dickens-Kolle Letters. Edited by Harry B. Smith, New York. Supplemental to the letters From Charles Dickens To Maria Beadnell. Printed for members only, The Bibliophile Society, Boston, 1910. Tall f'cap 4to; four blanks at front, five at back, the outermost serving as end-papers; tipped in leaf printed with publisher's device in red, followed by engraved limitation leaf (a bound in singleton); tipped in facsimile of a letter from Dickens, printed on Japanese vellum; portrait frontispiece etched by W.H.W. Bicknell after an oil painting by W.H. Frith, printed in sepia and with tissue guard printed in red; engraved title-page printed in sepia, with loose tissue guard, the last two printed on laid Van Gelder hand-made paper; one hitherto unpublished portrait of Dickens from an early pencil sketch, printed in collotype on Japanese paper, with tissue guard printed in red; and two double sided folding facsimiles on thin American Bond, sewn onto bound in hinges; pp.[12]+[xii]+90+[x]; publisher's half vellum, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Scattered light foxing; but a nice copy.

One of an edition limited to 483 copies, printed for the members only. The body text is printed upon wove Van Gelder hand-made paper. All but two of the letters date from 1830-1835, and are among the earliest Dickens letters known. They are all here first published, as is also one further letter included in the volume, from Dickens to his publishers, Chapman & Hall - which contains the earliest known named reference in his holograph to ‘Pickwick', and in the course of which he seems first to have coined the term ‘Pickwickian'.

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DICKENS (Charles). Charles Dickens As editor: Being letters written by him to William Henry Wills His sub-editor. Selected and edited by R.C. Lehmann. With portraits. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1912 (All Rights Reserved). Demy 8vo; sepiatone photogravure portrait frontispiece of Dickens; three sepiatone photogravure portraits (Wills, Wilkie Collins, and Thackeray), with tissue guards; pp.[xx]+404; deep pinkish red beaded linen grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Nice copy of a surprisingly scarce book.

A very important collection, presenting a selection from the more than 450 surviving letters from Dickens to Wills, only a handful of which had been previously published, and those in some cases at least in an ‘edited' or garbled form.

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DICKENS (Charles). A Plated Article. With an Introductory Account of the Historical Spode-Copeland China Works to which it refers. W.T. Copeland & Sons (late Spode & Copeland), Stoke-upon-Trent, N.D. [c.1913]. F'cap 4to; blank precedes black and white portrait frontispiece; half-title not called for; three plates in colour; imprint leaf at end; pp.[ii]+20+[ii]; olive green boards, printed with all over pattern in black and gilt; label on front cover. Some wear to spine and lower corners; internally fine.

First separate publication of a sketch printed in ‘Household Words' in 1852. Printed at The Cloister Press, Heaton Mersey.

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DICKENS (Charles). Dickens v. Barabbas, Forster intervening. A study Based upon some hitherto Unpublished letters. With facsimiles. Charles J. Sawyer, 1930. Half-title printed in red, title in red and black, initial letters to first gathering in red; large folding facsimile of letter from Dickens to W.H. Ainsworth, and one other inserted facsimile; imprint leaf at end; green bevelled buckram, lettered gilt on spine and front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine faded, covers a little marked; internally fine and unopened.

One of only ninety numbered copies printed on hand-made paper. The book deals with Dickens' quarrel with Bentley.

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DICKENS (Charles). Dickens To His oldest friend. Some unpublished letters To Thomas Beard In the Collection of Count de Suzannet With a Foreword by Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, K.C. One of Fifty [numbered] copies Printed by Walter Dexter For His Friends, October 1931. Imp.8vo; blank before title; final blank; 3pp. facsimiles of letters on text-paper; brown card wrappers, front wrapper printed in dark blue. Extremely fine copy.

Printed on hand-made paper

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DICKENS (Charles). A Dickens friendship Told in his own letters, With notes by W.M. [i.e., Wilfred Meynell]. No place. [On colophon:] ‘printed privately for Wilfred Meynell's family. January 1931'. Imp.8vo; half-title not called for; blank precedes title-page; colophon leaf at end; cream wrappers, white paper label printed in black on front wrapper; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a little creased and frayed; blank slightly dusty on recto; otherwise a fine copy.

Printed on hand-made paper. On of an edition of seventy-five copies. A delightful vignette of Dickens' relationship with Christiana Weller told through his own, previously unpublished, letters. Miss Weller married Dickens' friend Thompson; their daughter Alice became Mrs. Wilfred Meynell.

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DICKENS (Charles). A dinner at Poplar Walk. Being his first effusion "In all the glory of print." Reproduced in facsimile from The Monthly Magazine December 1833. One Of Fifty copies Printed by Walter Dexter For his Friends. January, 1933. Facsimile of corrected proof page of Dickens' Preface to the 1847 edition of ‘Pickwick' (in which he tells the story of his first piece of fiction); 2pp. plates; 10pp. ‘Monthly Magazine' facsimile; green wrappers; stitched. Wrappers embrowned at edges, otherwise a fine copy.



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DICKENS (Charles). "In all the glory of print." A souvenir Of Dickens's first story 1833 Presented to the guests at The Dickens Birthday Dinner 1933. (Trocadero Restaurant, London, 6th February, 1933.) Prelims. 4pp., facsimile of corrected proof page of Dickens' Preface to the 1847 edition of ‘Pickwick' (in which he tells the story of his first piece of fiction); 2pp. plates; 10pp. ‘Monthly Magazine' facsimile; 6pp. text giving details of the dinner, lists of guests, etc; green wrappers printed in black, the front wrapper recto as above, verso blank; back wrapper bearing Dickens' House advertisement on recto, imprint on verso; sewn with red silk cord tied with a bow. Fine copy.

A reprint of Dexter's privately printed pamphlet, ‘A Dinner at Poplar Walk' with added prelims. and final 6pp. of text relating to the dinner.

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DICKENS (Charles). Dickens's Correspondence With John Hullah. Hitherto unpublished. From the collection of Count de Suzannet. One Of Thirty copies Printed by Walter Dexter For His Friends September 1933. Imp.8vo; blank before title-page; final blank; facsimile of playbill for ‘The Village Coquettes'; pp.24; brown card wrappers sewn with brown cord. Lower edges of wrappers slightly bruised and frayed; otherwise a fine copy.



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DICKENS (Charles). The Life of Our Lord written for his children by Charles Dickens. Arthur Barker Limited, 1934. Sm.super Roy.8vo, printed throughout in blue and black; portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, three facsimiles of the ms., and eight other full page plates, with tissue guards; full vellum, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Covers showing a slight tendency to warp, otherwise a fine unopened copy.

One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies printed on Barcham Green "Chester" hand-made paper, with decorations by Percy Smith. This is the true first edition, not to be confused with the later Amalgamated Press editions that are commonly seen.

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DICKENS (Charles). The life of Our lord Written expressly For his children by Charles Dickens. Associated Newspapers Ltd., London, E.C.4, 1934. Sm.super Roy.8vo, printed throughout on hammered Japon vellum; integral portrait frontispiece and three facsimiles of the ms., all included in the pagination; eight inserted plates after well-known paintings; pp.127+[i]; publisher's full dark blue calf, ruled blind, lettered, and blocked with facsimile of Dickens's signature, gilt, on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g.; brown and white head and tail bands; pale grey end-papers marbled on both sides in pale blue and brown. Calf very slightly rubbed at head and tail of spine; otherwise a fine copy in slightly browned and frayed dust-wrapper.

The correct (dated) first printing of the trade edition, preceded by a limited edition on hand-made paper published by Arthur Barker in the same year. There is no list of plates, but they face pp.20, 50, 54, 88, 90, 100, 110, and 120. Includes a brief introduction by Lady Dickens, detailing the history of the manuscript. The work was written in 1849, and first printed, in serial form, in March 1934.

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DICKENS (Charles). Dickens's First publisher: Correspondence with John Macrone. One Of Fifty copies Privately Printed By Walter Dexter, 1934. One gathering double roy.16mo, sewn with green twilled thread into large dull brown card wrappers; blank precedes title leaf; half-title not called for; one facsimile in text; blank at end; fore-edges uncut; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

Printed on hand-made paper. Presentation copy with Dexter's signed holograph inscription, dated 20: 12: 34, on lower margin of title-page. The first publication of these letters. The facsimile is of a receipt in Dickens's hand.

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DICKENS (Charles). Dickens's First publisher: Correspondence with John Macrone. One Of Fifty [numbered] copies Privately Printed By Walter Dexter, 1934. One gathering double roy.16mo, sewn into brown card wrappers printed dark blue on front wrapper; half-title not called for; blank precedes title leaf; half-title not called for; one facsimile in text; blank at end; issued without end-papers. Extremely fine copy.

The first publication of these letters. The facsimile is of a receipt in Dickens's hand.

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DICKENS (Charles). Charles Dickens To John Leech. Correspondence now first published. One Of Twenty copies Privately Printed By Walter Dexter December, 1938. Blank before title-page; three full-page illustrations, and numerous illustrations in the text, including a previously unpublished portrait, by Leech; pp.[ii]+[46]; linen-textured green paper wrappers printed black on front wrapper. Top corners of wrappers a trifle bruised, and wrappers lightly marked; otherwise a fine copy.

At once the scarcest and the most substantial of the privately printed Dexter booklets.

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DICKENS (Charles). London crimes By Charles Dickens And other hands Edited and with a Preface by Nadya Aisenberg. A Periwig Mystery! Rowan Tree Press, 124 Chestnut Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 1982. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; half-tone frontispiece on verso of half-title, and other illustrations arranged as plates, but all on text-paper and included in the pagination; pp.144; glazed white wrappers, cut flush, printed in red and black on front cover and spine, in black on back cover; red free end-papers; issued without paste-downs. Fine copy.

First collective edition of Dickens's pieces about crime, printed originally in ‘Household Words', several of which here make their first appearance in book form.

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DICKENS (Monica). The happy Prisoner. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomsbury St., 1946. Lge.16mo; deep pink cloth blocked and lettered silver on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed. Fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.



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DICKENS (Monica). No More Meadows. Michael Joseph, 1953. Lge.16mo; maroon boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper.



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DICKENS (Monica). Last Year when I Was Young. Heinemann, 1974. Double demy 16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; black boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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DICKINSON (Lowes). Letters from Italy 1850-1853. Henry J. Glaisher, 55 & 57, Wigmore Street, W., N.D. [1914]. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[xii]+460; dull turquoise rough buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Spine faded and covers slightly marked; text fine.

Despite the imprint, these letters from the portrait painter Lowes Dickinson, socialist, friend and associate of Kingsley, F.D. Maurice, Thomas Hughes, Llewelyn Davies, Ruskin, and D.G. Rossetti, are "privately printed for the use of his children and friends." The letters were addressed to members of the family of John Thompson "the most distinguished wood-engraver of his time" (Dict. Nat. Biog.). The present copy is inscribed on the front end-paper "A Remembrance of / Lowes Dickinson / from / his sons & daughters / June 1914".

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DICKINSON (G. Lowes). An essay on the Civilisations of India China & Japan. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1914. F'cap 8vo; final blank; light green buckram blocked, ruled, and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed. Near fine unopened copy.

The text of a report made to the Trustees of the Albert Kahn Travelling Fellowships.

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DICKINSON (G. Lowes). After the war. A.C. Fifield, 1915. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; half-title not called for; grey wrappers printed blue down spine and on front wrapper. Fine copy.



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DICKINSON (G. Lowes). The European Anarchy. George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Ruskin House, 40 Museum Street, W.C., 1916. Blank before half-title; 7pp. integral advertisements at end; dark red buckram, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised on spine; otherwise a nice copy.



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DICKINSON (G. Lowes). The choice Before us. George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Ruskin House, 40 Museum Street, W.C.1., 1917. Demy 8vo; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; violet fine linen grain cloth ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt dull on spine; otherwise a fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

The gospel of pacifism.

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DIDION (Joan). The white Album. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979. Double lge.post 16mo; deep blue boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

New at £5.95

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DINESEN (Isak). Winter's Tales. Random House, 1942. Lge.post 8vo; double spread title utilising verso of half-title, printed in marina green and black; fly-title to each tale printed in marina green and black; pp.[vi]+313+[i (blank)]; white cloth printed in marina green to give the impression of a half-bound book with marbled boards, spine lettered gilt and white, sides ruled gilt; green and white head and tail bands; fore- and lower- edges mainly trimmed; end-papers printed pictorially in full colour with a design signed ‘Salter'. Spine slightly faded, edges of covers very slightly darkened; otherwise a nice copy.

A sumptuously designed book.

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DOBSON (Austin). Side-walk studies. Chatto & Windus, 1902. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; title-page printed in red and black; imprint leaf, blank on verso, followed by 32pp. inserted publisher's catalogue at end, dated Mar.1902; pp.[xii]+294+[ii]; navy blue coarse buckram, lettered gilt on spine within gilt ruled boxes; t.e.g., others uncut. Cloth a little faded; some foxing; catalogue embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

Alban Dobson, XLI. 1,500 copies were printed.

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DOBSON (Austin). De libris: Prose & verse. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin's Street, London, 1908. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece with tissue guard, and twelve plates, mostly after Kate Greenaway and Hugh Thomson; pp.xii+232; blue fine diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on spine. Fine, unopened, copy.

The illustrations are mostly either here first published or here first collected in book form. The later volumes of Austin Dobson are relatively scarce. Alban Dobson, XLVIII. 1,500 copies were printed.

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DOBSON (Austin). Old Kensington Palace And other papers. Chatto & Windus, 1910. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates, one folding as a double spread; pp.[xii]+316; navy blue coarse buckram, lettered gilt on spine within gilt ruled boxes; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight fading of spine; end-papers foxed, and a very little scattered foxing in text; otherwise a fine copy.

The later volumes of Austin Dobson are relatively scarce. Alban Dobson, LI. 2,000 copies were printed.

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DOBSON (Austin). At Prior Park And other papers. Chatto & Windus, 1912. Frontispiece, and five plates; title-page printed in red and black; imprint leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[xii]+305+[i (blank)]+[ii]; navy blue coarse buckram, lettered gilt on spine within gilt ruled boxes; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight fading of spine, and cloth a trifle worn at head and tail; a very little scattered foxing; otherwise a fine copy.

The later volumes of Austin Dobson are relatively scarce. Alban Dobson, LIV. 1,500 copies were printed. The first issue, later copies being re-issued in 1923 with a new title-page by the Oxford University Press in their ‘Standard Authors' series.

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DOBSON (Austin). Rosalba's Journal And other papers. London, Chatto & Windus, 1915. Frontispiece with tissue guard and five plates; pp.[xii]+304; dark blue buckram lettered gilt on spine within gilt boxes; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight foxing of end-papers, otherwise an extremely fine copy.

Alban Dobson, LVIII. 1,000 copies were printed. The first issue, later copies being re-issued in 1923 with a new title-page by the Oxford University Press in their ‘Standard Authors' series. One of two variant bindings, copies also being known in an otherwise similar black buckram.

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DOBSON (Austin). Later essays 1917-1920. Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, London Edinburgh Glasgow, Copenhagen, New York Toronto Melbourne Capetown, Bombay Calcutta Madras Shanghai Pekin, 1921. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece; pp.[viii]+180; olive green buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded; edges and prelims. lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in slightly rubbed and nicked dust-wrapper. Scarce in the dust-wrapper.

First issue, with the Milford imprint on spine and dust-wrapper. In this copy the inverted comma is lacking before ‘Canons' on the Contents leaf. The last book published during Dobson's lifetime. Alban Dobson, LXI. 2,000 copies were printed.

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DOBSON (Austin). Austin Dobson: An anthology of Prose & verse. With a foreword by Edmund Gosse. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1922. Blank before half-title; portrait frontispiece printed in sepia; title-page printed with a reproduction of Dobson's Alfred Parsons bookplate; final blank; pp.[2]+[xxii]+[174]+[2]; light carmine cloth, ruled and blocked blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dark grey-green, others mainly trimmed; front paste-down printed with reproduction of Dobson's E.A. Abbey bookplate, and note, in dark grey-green. Cloth of covers very slightly faded at edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly torn and chipped dust-wrapper.

Includes, besides Gosse's Foreword, a Preface and Biographical Note by Alban Dobson. Intended as a memorial volume. Alban Dobson, Appendix, (4).

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DOCTOROW (E.L.). Ragtime. M[acmillan], 1976. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; biographical note leaf, followed by two blanks at end; yellow and green mixed weave effect textured boards, lettered gilt down spine and blocked with publisher's initial gilt on light brown panel. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition. Published in America in 1975.

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DODD (M.D. Ashley). The Days of a Year. Elkin Mathews, Vigo Street, 1907. Roy.16mo in half sheets; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+173+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; Cambridge blue art-linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Covers a trifle dull and marked; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Nelson, 1907.10.

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DONLEAVY (J.P.). The Ginger Man. The traveller's companion Series Published by The Olympia Press, 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e, [on copyright leaf:] June 1955. Tall double f'cap 16mo; blank before half-title; advertisement for Olympia Press Catalogues on verso of title-page; integral advertisement leaf for The Traveller's companion Series (Nos.1 - 15), and leaf bearing printer's imprint, date, and copyright deposit notice, followed by blank, at end; white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in pale apple green and black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

Issued as No.7 of The Traveller's Companion Series. The advertisement leaf is peculiar, but correct, all fifteen titles being issued during 1955. One of a handful of copies confiscated by the French police shortly after publication which were released onto the market in new condition in Winter of 1987-8.

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DONLEAVY (J.P.). The Saddest Summer of Samuel S. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1967. Post 8vo; blank, half-title, and advertisement leaf precede title-page; blank at end; pp.128; quarter black boards lettered gilt down spine, sides printed with mixed-weave effect in grey; deep lemon end-papers. Fine copy in torn dust-wrapper strengthened with clear tape on verso.

First English edition. Published in America in 1966.

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DOS PASSOS (John). Manhattan Transfer. Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1927. Pp.[vi]+378; rose red cloth ruled and lettered whitish green on front cover and spine. Nice copy.



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DOS PASSOS (John). The big Money. Constable, 1936. Lge.16mo; final blank; pp.[viii]+547+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; deep blue cloth lettered deep blue through green on spine and front cover; t.e. yellow. Spine very slightly darkened; otherwise a fine copy.

The third volume of a trilogy, of which ‘42nd Parallel' and ‘1919' are the other two parts.

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DOS PASSOS (John). Number one: A novel. Constable & Co Ltd, 1944. Double cr.16mo; imprint leaf at end; dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered silver down spine. Cloth of back cover bubbled, due to an original binding fault; otherwise a fine copy in chipped and torn dust-wrapper.

First English edition. The front end-paper bears the rubber stamp of the author's London agent.

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DOS PASSOS (John). Chosen Country. John Lehmann, 1952. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; sky blue cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, panelled black, on spine. Near-fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper. Scarce.

First English edition. Published in America in 1951.

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DOS PASSOS (John). The Great days. Robert Hale Limited, 63 Old Brompton Road, 1959. Two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; maroon boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight wear to covers; otherwise a fine copy.

First English edition.

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DOUGLAS (Lord Alfred). Oscar Wilde And myself. With photogravure portrait of the author And thirteen other portraits and illustrations; Also fac-simile letters. John Long, Limited, Norris Street, Haymarket, 1914. Blank before half-title; sepia-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, thirteen plates, and 9pp. facsimiles on text paper; title-page printed in red and black; very dark green linen grain cloth ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper. Scarce thus.



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DOUGLAS (Lord Alfred) and HARRIS (Frank). New Preface to "The Life and Confessions Of Oscar Wilde". The Fortune Press, Twelve Buckingham Palace Road, 1925. Title-page printed in red and black; black buckram, flat unlettered spine, yellow label printed in black on front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Fine copy

An important book providing a supplement to Douglas's 1914 volume "Oscar Wilde and Myself", as well as to Harris's "Life and Confessions of Oscar Wilde"; it is also a reply to "De Profundis". Printed on hand-made paper at The Whitefriars Press.

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DOUGLAS (Lord Alfred). The Autobiography. 1929, Martin Secker. Sq.8vo; portrait frontispiece and eight plates in monochrome; vertically ribbed bright blue cloth ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue, others rough-trimmed. Slight spotting of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

This copy has been provided by some former owner with a dust-wrapper of heavy yellow paper, lettered on the spine, and decorated most attractively, in black ink, with a Beardsleyesque design of water lilies.

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[DOUGLAS (Norman).]. Unprofessional Tales By Normyx. T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1901. Diagonally fine ribbed white cloth, pictorially blocked dark brown, enamelled light brown and scarlet, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, blocked brown, enamelled scarlet on back cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Half-title foxed, four other leaves very lightly so; otherwise a virtually fine copy of a very scarce book, decidedly rare in this superb condition.

A beautiful and unusual cover design, that rarely survives in an acceptable state, the very delicate enamel, particularly that on the front cover, being liable to become marked and rubbed, whilst the white cloth also tends to soil easily. Woolf, A6. Douglas's first regularly published book.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). D.H. Lawrence And Maurice Magnus: A plea for better manners. Privately Printed, No Place [Florence], 1924. Lge.post 8vo; Portrait frontispiece; final blank; pp.54+[ii]; pink slip bearing price and publisher's contact address slip tipped on to half-title page; light brown wrappers, printed on front in red; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

McDonald, M 15. The third version, without the errors ‘Bnt' for ‘But' at l.10, or ‘Iend' for ‘lend' at l.23, on p.11, characteristic of the first printing; with ‘oecasion' for ‘occasion' on the penultimate line, characteristic of the second and third printings; but dated 1924, and without the reading ‘reassonable' at l.14 on p.9, the second printing being dated 1925, and having that misprint. The book was published late in January 1925. Roberts F2; Woolf, A23c.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). In The beginning. Chatto and Windus, 1928. Blank before half-title; green cloth ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Light foxing of prelims. and last three leaves, slight foxing of edges; otherwise a near-fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper, embrowned on spine.

Complete as issued with the publisher's ‘Book-mark' advertisement slip. The first English and first trade edition, preceded by an edition limited to 700 copies numbered and signed by Douglas, issued in Florence in 1927.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). One day. The Hours Press, Chapelle-Réanville, Eure, France, 1929. Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; two blanks precede title-page, serving as end-papers; limitation leaf followed by three blanks at end, the last two serving as end-papers; two portraits, from photographs; light maroon boards lettered gilt on front board; a.e. uncut. Spine and edges of boards a trifle faded; very slight wear to corners; otherwise a fine copy.

One of an issue limited to 300 numbered copies on Vergé Paper. The fifth book issued by The Hours Press. Woolf A29a

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DOUGLAS (Norman). How about Europe? Some footnotes on East and West. Chatto and Windus, 1930. Blank before half-title; orange buckram, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. orange, lower-edges uncut. Slight marking of front end-papers due to paste action, but a near fine copy.

First English edition of a book printed in a limited edition in Florence in the preceding year.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). Three of them. Chatto and Windus, 1930. Blank before half-title; 2pp. inserted advertisements on text-paper at end; blue cloth ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in slightly stained dust-wrapper.

The first collected edition: One Day, Nerinda, and On the Herpatology of the Grand Duchy of Baden. Woolf, A32.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). London Street games. London, Chatto and Windus, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; leaf bearing printer's imprint on recto, blank on verso, followed by 4pp. inserted advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+102+[ii]; cream fine linen-textured boards, printed in cerise. Light pencilled markings on some pages (v. note); otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

First revised and enlarged edition of a book originally published in 1916; includes a Preface here first printed. Issued as No.8 of the series ‘Dolphin Books'. The publisher's Production Office Copy, with their small label to this effect on the spine of the dust-wrapper. A number of light pencilled markings in the text appear to relate to a yet later edition.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). Paneros: Some words on aphrodisiacs And the like. Chatto & Windus, 1931. Med.8vo, gathered in half sheets; limitation leaf and collotype portrait frontispiece with tissue guard follow half-title leaf; pp.[viii]+103+[i]; quarter pale marina blue coarse buckram, cream boards printed in green; t.e.g., others uncut; text-paper end-papers. Spine slightly faded, and paper covering of boards a trifle worn at corners; end-papers and portrait a little foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 650 numbered copies. Printed on large, thick, textured (?mould-made) paper. The first trade edition. Woolf, A34b.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). Summer islands. Ischia and Ponza. Desmond Harmsworth, 44 Great Russell Street, 1931. Frontispiece; pp.80; deep lilac cloth, paper spine label; t.e. cerise; spare label tipped in at end. Spine faded and label very slightly chipped; otherwise a very nice copy.

One of 500 numbered copies. Woolf, A35b.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). London Street games. London, Chatto and Windus, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; leaf bearing printer's imprint on recto, blank on verso, followed by 4pp. inserted advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+102+[ii]; cream fine linen-textured boards, printed in cerise. Fine copy in dust-wrapper very slightly scuffed and darkened on spine.

First revised and enlarged edition of a book originally published in 1916; includes a Preface here first printed. Issued as No.8 of the series ‘Dolphin Books'. Woolf, A18c.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). Looking back. An autobiographical Excursion. Chatto and Windus, 1933. 2 Vols., demy 8vo; blank before half-title, and two at end in each volume; limitation leaf following title in volume one; four plates in each volume; quarter ochre bevelled buckram, patterned boards; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight wear to corners, otherwise a fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 535 numbered sets. Printed on mould-made paper, and signed by the author. A delightful book, unaccountably hilarious. Woolf, A36a.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). Looking back: An autobiographical Excursion. Chatto and Windus, 1934. Med.8vo; eight half-tone plates; pp.[viii]+527+[i (printers imprint)]; reddish brown Sundour cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e cerise, lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

First one volume and first trade edition. The publisher's Production Office copy, bearing their labels to this effect on the spine of the dust-wrapper. Purchased by us from the publisher's file. According to Woolf, A36b, the book was published in an otherwise similar light brown cloth, the dustwrapper bearing a printed price. Copies issued after the war had the price clipped from the dust-wrapper, and a sticker added giving the price as 8/6. Later bound copies were in mustard yellow cloth. In view of the provenance of this copy - and the fact that the dust-wrapper has the printed price 16s. net present on the inside flap - we suspect that it may represent a trial binding. First published in two volumes in the preceding year, in a signed limited edition. A delightful book, unaccountably hilarious.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). Looking back: An autobiographical Excursion. Chatto and Windus, 1934. Med.8vo; eight half-tone plates; pp.[viii]+527+[i (printers imprint)]; light brown Sundour cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e brown, lower-edges uncut. Very nice copy.

First one volume and first trade edition. The publisher's file copy, inscribed on the front end-paper ‘This is the file library copy of Chatto & Windus'. Purchased by us from the publisher's file. Loosely laid in is the publisher's compliments slip. First published in two volumes in the preceding year, in a signed limited edition. A delightful book, unaccountably hilarious. Woolf, A26b.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). Looking back: An autobiographical Excursion. Chatto and Windus, 1934. Med.8vo; eight half-tone plates; pp.[viii]+527+[i (printers imprint)]; brownish yellow cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e orange. Very nice copy.

First one volume and first trade edition, second published issue, the first being in light brown Sundour cloth with t.e. brown and the lower-edges uncut. First published in two volumes in the preceding year, in a signed limited edition. A delightful book, unaccountably hilarious. Woolf, A26b variant.

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DOUGLAS (Norman). Late Harvest. Lindsay Drummond, 1946. Title-page printed in black and brown; brown cloth blocked gilt on spine and front cover, lettered gilt on spine. A very nice copy in dust-wrapper.



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DOYLE (A. Conan). The green flag And other stories Of War and sport. With a frontispiece. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1900. Frontispiece with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; red buckram, blocked black, lettered gilt on spine and front cover; top- and fore- edges uncut; olive brown coated end-papers. Covers a little marked, and showing very slight wear; front end-papers cracked; frontispiece and tissue creased and a little frayed at edges (i.e., probably reinserted); otherwise a nice copy.

Green and Gibson, A25a, describing only a binding variant with all edges uncut and the end-papers coated black; Sadleir, 745, describing a variant with the end-papers coated very dark grey (which may be the same as the Green and Gibson copy); Wolff, 1905, referring to Sadleir and not dissenting from his description of the end-papers. The present variant is certainly scarcer, and may be primary.

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DOYLE (Arthur Conan). Sir Nigel. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1906. Blank before half-title; frontispiece and seven plates by Arthur Twidle; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; red buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-egdes rough-trimmed. Spine faded and stained; slight insect damage to cloth of front joint; otherwise a nice copy.

Green and Gibson, A30a; Wolff, 1917

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DOYLE (Arthur Conan). Through the Magic door. With sixteen illustrations. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1907. Blank before half-title; frontispiece and fifteen plates; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; scarlet buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Cloth of spine slightly faded, and showing very slight wear at head; inscription on front end-paper; light foxing of first and last few leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

Studies of Carlyle, Macaulay, Scott, Johnson, Gibbon, Pepys, Hawthorne, Richardson, Darwin, Stevenson, etc. Green and Gibson, B7a; Wolff, 1919

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DOYLE (Arthur Conan). Three of them: A reminiscence. With a frontispiece. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1923. F'cap 8vo; half-tone frontispiece; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; quarter coarse red rough buckram, paper spine label, grey board sides; lower-edges uncut; publisher's 4pp. wire-stitched booklet, on smaller paper, advertising Doyle's works loosely laid in, as issued. Extremely fine copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper, reprinting on the back panel Doyle's Introduction to the volume.

The inserted advertisement includes a one page introduction to this volume on p.5. Green and Gibson, A44a; this title not in Wolff.

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DOYLE (Arthur Conan, M.D., LL.D.). Pheneas Speaks: Direct Spirit Communications In the Family Circle Reported by Arthur Conan Doyle. No copyright (U.S.A. excepted). The Psychic Press and Bookshop, Abbey House, Victoria Street, S.W., N.D. [1927]. Sm.double cr.16mo; frontispiece; two integral advertisement leaves followed by two blanks serving as end-papers, at end; mottled pale grey-blue buckram, ruled and lettered apparently in white on spine; t.e. rough trimmed, lower-edges partly uncut. Spine faded; upper margins of prelims. and penultimate blank lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

Green and Gibson, B38a: the more expensive of the two issues, published at 3/6d. The book was also issued in paper wrappers at 2/6d. This title not in Wolff.

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DOYLE (Arthur Conan). The edge Of the unknown. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1930. Dark blue buckram, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Spine worn on extreme edges at head and tail; gilt dull on spine; four leaves with heavy foxing, mostly confined to margins; a little foxing on edges; otherwise a nice copy of an uncommon title.

The first binding, later copies being ruled and titled in white. Only 909 copies were printed altogether. The Riddle of Houdini, The shadows on the Screen, The Ghost of the Moat, A New Light on Old Crimes, Singular Records of a Circle, etc. Psychic stories, recorded as though fact. Green and Gibson, B47a; this title not in Wolff.

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DRABBLE (Margaret). The Millstone. A novel. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 20 New Bond Street, 1965. Lge.double cr.16mo; sky blue boards, ruled and lettered gilt down spine. Slight bruising of corners; otherwise a nice copy in frayed, chipped, and slightly marked dust-wrapper.

The author's third novel.

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DRABBLE (Margaret). The Radiant Way. A novel. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987. Double demy 16mo; vignette on title-page; pp.[iv]+396; sage green lightly cloth textured boards, lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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DREISER (Theodore). An American Tragedy. Boni & Liveright, New York, 1925. 2 Vols.; title-pages printed in blue and black; blank before half-title in volume two; half fawn buckram blocked blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine, blue boards lettered red on front board; blue end-papers; uncut edges. Some leaves roughly opened, and one or two other small faults internally, otherwise nice.

One of an edition limited to 795 numbered copies signed by the author.

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DREISER (Theodore). A Gallery of Women. In Two Volumes. Horace Liveright, New York, 1929. 2 Vols.; title-pages printed in purple and black; final blank in volume two; brown cloth panelled purple, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Gilt slightly dull on spines, otherwise a near fine copy in frayed dust-wrappers and printed slip-case cracked and strengthened at the joints.



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DREISER (Theodore). The color Of a great city. Illustrations by C.B. Falls. Constable & Co Ltd, 1930. Frontispiece and thirty unbacked illustrations on text-paper, included in the signatures but not included in the pagination; numerous illustrations in the text; cancel title-page; pp.xiv+287+[i (blank)]; brownish mulberry rough cloth lettered gilt on spine; lower edges rough trimmed. Almost imperceptible foxing of edges; otherwise a fine, entirely unopened, copy in a very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

A scarce title, rare in the dust-wrapper. First published in America in 1923. We are unable to guess the reason for the cancel.

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DREISER (Theodore). Hey, rub-a-dub-dub! A book of the mystery and Wonder and terror Of life. Constable & Co Ltd, 1931. Double lge.post 16mo; greyish purple cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded; labelremoved from back end-paper, leaving slight scuffing; otherwise a nice copy.

First English edition of a book published in America in 1920.

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DREISER (Theodore). A history of myself: Dawn By Theodore Dreiser. Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1931. Extra double cr.16mo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, included in the pagination; pp.624; charcoal cloth lettered gilt on spine; t.e. grey, lower-edges uncut. Cloth slightly faded on spine, slightly nicked on one fore-edge; small mark on one fore-margin; otherwise a very nice copy.

First English edition, and the first binding, later copies being in light greyish green or greyish blue cloth lettered in black, and with the top edges plain and the lower-edges cut.

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DREISER (Theodore). A history of myself: Dawn By Theodore Dreiser. Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1931. Extra double cr.16mo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end, included in the pagination; pp.[624]; mottled dull light greyish blue cloth lettered black on spine; t.e. not coloured, lower-edges cut. Cloth slightly faded on spine; otherwise a fine copy in defective dust-wrapper protected in a loose paper-backed clear-plastic chemise.

First English edition, but a later binding, the first being of charcoal cloth lettered in gilt, with top-edges coloured grey, and the lower-edges uncut. There is also an issue in a finer greyish green cloth, in which the ‘C' of ‘Constable' on the spine is 5mm high: in the present issue it is 4mm high, the other letters being correspondingly smaller. Both issues have the price clipped from the front flap of the dust-wrapper.

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DREISER (Theodore). Tragic America. Constable & Co Ltd, 1932. Double cr.16mo; wire-stabbed; two blanks at end; buff wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on front cover and spine; made up without end-papers. Staples just a trifle rusted; otherwise fine.

Proof for the first English edition. The book was published in America in 1931.

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DREISER (Theodore). The bulwark. A Novel. Constable, 1947. Blue buckram blocked and lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in minutely frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

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[DRINAN (Adam).]. Beauty And the beast By Joseph Gordon Macleod. 1927, Chatto and Windus. Pp.[viii]+[304]; duck-egg blue rough cloth, blocked and lettered pale violet-blue on spine; t.e. pale blue, lower-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded, and covers very slightly marked; prelims. and last leaf lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

An early critical work by the Scots poet. Includes two original poems. This copy from the library of Richard Hughes, bearing his bookplate on the front paste-down, and with two or three minor pencil annotations in his hand.

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DRINKWATER (John). Prose papers. Elkin Mathews, Cork Street, 1917. Dull blue fine rough buckram, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Edges very lightly foxed; two or three very light fox-spots internally; otherwise a fine copy.

Ashley Library, II, p.61; Danielson, 74; Times Bookshop Memorial Exhibition Catalogue, 28.

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DRINKWATER (John). The Muse in Council. Sidgwick and Jackson Limited, 1925. Sq.lge.post 8vo; salmon red smooth cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges, prelims., and two or three margins; otherwise a very nice copy.

Times Bookshop Memorial Exhibition Catalogue, 57a. The first issue. Presentation copy from the author to his wife, inscribed on the front end-paper "For David/from/Jonathan./March 1925" and signed with Drinkwater's monogram "J.D.".

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DRINKWATER (John). A book for bookmen: Being Edited Manuscripts & Marginalia With Essays on Several Occasions. Dulau & Company, Ltd., 34-36 Margaret Street, London, W.1, 1926. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; bevelled linen-grain green cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. green, lower-edges rough trimmed. Virtually fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper scuffed a little on back panel.

Memorial Exhibition Catalogue 64b. One of the more difficult Drinkwater titles. Essays on William Cory; Branwell Bronte; Coleridge, Milton, and Warton; Landor's "Dry Sticks Faggoted"; Erasmus Darwin; Hartley Coleridge; William Barnes; Edmund Gosse; Mr. Wise's "Ashley Catalogue"; etc., etc., and a selection of hitherto unpublished letters, from Shenstone, Beattie, Crabbe, Rogers, Coleridge, Bloomfield, Clare, Darley, and Allan Cunningham. Dedicated to Thomas J. Wise.

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DRINKWATER (John). The gentle art Of Theatre-going. Robert Holden & Co. Ltd., 31 Gower Street, W.C.1, 1927. 20pp. at end left blank for notes (and so headed); brown buckram blocked blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in faded dust-wrapper strengthened on verso with clear tape.

First edition, first issue. Memorial Exhibition Catalogue 66a. Issued as Volume II in The Gentle Art Series, edited by Wilfred Partington.

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[DRINKWATER (John).]. The outline of Literature. Edited by John Drinkwater. George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, N.D. [1930]. Double post 16mo; pp.958+[ii]; frontispiece on verso of half-title, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; final blank; black buckram, lettered brown on spine; t.e. mainly trimmed. Fine, unopened, copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Originally published in thirteen fortnightly parts in 1923, the present edition in volume form contains revisions up to about April 1930. The first edition thus. Not in the Memorial Exhibition Catalogue, which records only the parts issue as item 106a, and, as 106b, an edition ‘revised and extended by Hugh Pollock & Campbell Nairne', which was published in 1940.

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DRINKWATER (John). Shakespeare. Duckworth, 1933. Final blank; brick red cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper embrowned on spine.

Presentation copy with a lengthy signed inscription by the author on the front end-paper. Memorial Exhibition catalogue 92a.

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DRIVER (C.J.). Death of Fathers. Faber and Faber, 1972. Blank before half-title, blank at end; lime-green boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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DRIVER (C.J.). A messiah Of the last days. Faber and Faber, 3 Queen Square, 1974. Lge.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; brown boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Review copy with the publisher's review slip, giving the publication date as 30th September, 1974, loosely inserted.

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DRUON (Maurice). Alexander The God: A novel. Translated from the French by Humphrey Hare. Rupert Hart-Davis, Soho Square, 1960. Lge.double cr.16mo; red boards lettered silver on spine. Large name written on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

First published in Paris, in 1958.

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DUFFY (Maureen). The Microcosm. Hutchinson of London, 1966. Lge.post 8vo; dull green cloth, blocked, ruled, and lettered silver on spine; grey end-papers. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The author's third novel.

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DUFFY (Maureen). Wounds. Hutchinson of London, 1969. Narrow 8vo; black boards blocked silver on front cover, blocked with publisher's device and lettered silver on spine, numbered silver on back board; dove-grey end-papers. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.



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DUFFY (Maureen). Love Child. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 5 Winsley Street, 1971. Lge.double cr. 16mo; blank at end; pp.[vi]+215+[ii]; scarlet boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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DUFFY (Maureen). I Want to go to Moscow. A Lay. Hodder and Stoughton, 1973. Demy 8vo; very dark brown boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. mauve. Slight fading of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly faded dust-wrapper with one closed tear.



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DUFFY (Maureen). Capital: A fiction. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square London, 1975. Double extra cr.16mo; final blank; pp.[222]+[ii]; mottled dull blue boards, blocked with publisher's initials device and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. light blue; grey end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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DUFFY (Maureen). Inherit the Earth: A meditation on family history. Hamish Hamilton, 1980. Frontispiece on verso of half-title, numerous illustrations on text paper; blue wrappers, printed black on front wrapper. Slight marking and scuffing of wrappers due to an original pasting fault; otherwise a fine copy.

Uncorrected Proof Copy on proofing paper. A roughly cut slip of paper pasted to the front wrapper bears the ballpoint note: ‘REC. PRICE £5.50'.

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DUGGAN (Alfred). Knight With armour. Faber and Faber Limited, 1950. Blank before half-title, blank at end; red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; cream end-papers. Scattered library (and ‘withdrawn') stamps, and labels removed from end-papers; otherwise nice. An excellent working copy.



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DUGGAN (Alfred). Julius Caesar. Hutchinson, 1955. Portrait frontispiece; title-page printed in dark red and black; diagonally fine ribbed grey cloth, panelled dark red, blocked, ruled, and lettered copper on spine; t.e. cerise. Fine copy.

Issued as a volume in The Stratford Library.

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DUGGAN (Alfred). Count Bohemond. With a preface by Evelyn Waugh. Faber and Faber, 1964. Two blanks at end; salmon red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Inscription on front paste-down; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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DUHAMEL (Georges). Chronique des Pasquier: Les Maitres. Paris, Mercvre de France, XXVI, rve de Conde, XXVI, 1937. Blank before half-title; imprint leaf followed by blank at end; cream wrappers prin- ted in buff and red; silk marker; uncut edges. Wrap- pers slightly dusty, otherwise a very nice copy.



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DUMAS (Alexandre). Love And Liberty. Translated and with an Introduction by R.S. Garnett. London: Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd., Philadelphia: David McKay Company, N.D. [1918]. Double f'cap 16mo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; violet boards, lettered and elaborately blocked in black on spine and front cover. Spine slightly faded; minor binding fault affecting prelims.; otherwise a fine copy in the dust-wrapper. Scarce thus.

The dust-wrapper, and advertisement on verso of the title-page proclaim this, together with two other Dumas titles, ‘The Prussian Terror' and ‘The Neapolitan Lovers': "The only edition in the English language". It is in fact the first complete translation into English of ‘Emma Lyonna', the second portion of ‘La San Felice', a very much abridged version of which had apeared in 1903. It should not be confused with the translation entitled ‘Love and Liberty' published in Philadelphia in 1874, which was an English version of ‘Le volontaire de ‘92'. The Introduction of the present volume also includes a lengthy letter from Dumas to Signora Maria Emmanuella delli Monti San Felice. Issued as the seventh volume of ‘The International Library'.

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DUMAS (Alexandre) and MAYNARD (Dr. Felix). The whalers. The translation by F.W. Reed. Hutchinson & Co., (Publishers) Ltd., 1937. Demy 8vo; final blank followed by 16pp. publisher's catalogue dated Spring 1937; black buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Covers damp-stained, pastedowns slightly so; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition in English. Originally published in French in 1858. A true life journal set in and around Tasmania and New Zealand, edited for publication, and partly written, by Dumas.

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DU MAURIER (Daphne). The Du Mauriers. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937. Large folding genealogy followed by blank at end; green cloth lettered light green on spine. Fine copy in faded and slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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DU MAURIER (Daphne). Happy Christmas. Todd Publishing Company, [1943]. Blank at front and back, serving as paste-downs; white boards printed in red. Boards slightly rubbed; inscription on half-title page; otherwise a nice copy.

A Christmas story.

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DU MAURIER (Daphne). The king's general. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1946. Sm.double cr.16mo; acknowledgements leaf at end; pp.298+[i (acknowledgements)]+[i (blank)]; deep green fine weave cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly faded dust-wrapper a trifle frayed at head of spine.



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DU MAURIER (Daphne). Early stories. Todd, 132-134 Fleet Street, London, E.C.4, Sole British Distributors: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd, 182 High Holborn, London W.C.1, April 1955. Imp.16mo, wire stabbed; leaf bearing blurb on recto advertisement on verso precedes title-page; half-title not called for; numerous illustrations in text; two blanks at end; pp.[219]+[v]; yellow coated thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on back cover in black, down spine in scarlet, on front cover in scarlet and black; issued without end-papers. Nick in fore-margin of front wrapper and blurb leaf; poor quality paper showing light marginal embrowning throughout; otherwise a fine copy of a rare title.

The probable second of two variant bindings, the other having the spine unlettered. Stories written between the years 1927 and 1930, and here first collected. A failed experiment in low-price book publishing, from a publisher of whom we have scarcely otherwise heard: published at 2/6d. ‘at a quarter or a fifth of the normal price - the reader has exactly the same contents but printed on cheaper paper and bound less permanently than is usual.' - publisher's advertisement on back cover. Not in the recently published check-list of Daphne du Maurier's books.

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DU MAURIER (Daphne). The glass-blowers. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. Pp.320; scarlet cloth textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing of half-title and last leaf; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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DU MAURIER (Daphne). The winding stair. Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1976. Portrait frontispiece, and six double-sided plates in black and white, four in full-colour; final blank; brown boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; orange end-papers printed with illustration in black. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

1992; 1994

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DUNN (Nell). Talking to Women. Macgibbon & Kee, 1965. Double post 16mo; four double-sided plates; dark dull blue boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Small label removed from front paste-down, otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Records of conversations with nine women, including Edna O'Brien, Ann Quin, and Paddy Kitchen. The author's second book.

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DUNN (Nell). Poor cow. Macgibbon & Kee, 1967. Final blank; pp.[144]; cerise and very dark grey-green mixed weave cloth effect boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper with two very small ink-marks on back panel (obliterating prices of books advertised).

The author's first novel and third book.

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DUNN (Nell). The Incurable. Jonathan Cape, 1971. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.126+[ii]; brownish grey cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine; t.e. orange. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The author's second novel, and fourth book.

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DUNN (Nell). The Only child. A Simple Story of Heaven and Hell. Jonathan Cape, 1978. Double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end; blue boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine; t.e. blue; cream end-papers. Fine in dust-wrapper.



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DUNN (Nell). The Only child: A Simple Story of Heaven and Hell. Jonathan Cape, 1978. Two blanks before half-title, two at end; blue boards lettered gilt down spine; pale lemon end-papers; t.e. blue. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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

DURAS (Marguerite). The Vice-Consul. Translated from the French by Eileen Ellenbogen. Hamish Hamilton, 1968. Double cr.16mo; final blank; grey boards blocked and lettered red down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First edition in English. Published in France in 1966.

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