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

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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.

IBANEZ (Vicente Blasco). The four horsemen Of the apocalypse (Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis) Authorized translation by Charlotte Brewster Jordan. Constable and Company Limited, 1919. 2pp. integral advertisements at end; fine dotted diaper pale grass green cloth, ruled blind, lettered very dark green on spine and front cover, blocked very dark green on front cover. Cloth of spine very slightly faded at extreme head and tail; poor quality wartime paper lightly embrowned; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and torn dust-wrapper bearing a statement by William Dean Howells on the front panel.

First English edition.

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ARDIZZONE (Edward). Back to the local By Maurice Gorham. Illustrations By Edward Ardizzone. Percival Marshall, 1949. Demy 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title, vignette title-page, and numerous full-page illustrations on text-paper; final blank; crimson cloth, lettered and blocked gilt down spine. Fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper designed by Ardizzone (the defects not affecting the design).



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AYRTON (Michael). The pentameron Of Giambattista Basile Translated by Sir Richard Burton. Introduction by E.R. Vincent . . . Drawings by Michael Ayrton. William Kimber, 1952. Frontispiece and five plates by Ayrton; red buckram lettered gilt within gilt boxes on spine. Gilt slightly oxydised, one corner slightly bruised; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper by Ayrton.



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[BAWDEN (Edward).]. Death and The Dreamer [by] Denis Saurat. With drawings by Edward Bawden. Westhouse, 1946. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title, and ten full-page illustrations on text-paper; light sand cloth blocked black on front cover with a design by Bawden, blocked and lettered black down spine. Small stain affecting lower corners of covers, end-papers, half-title, and final blank; otherwise a very nice copy.

Printed on tinted paper.

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[DALI (Salvadore).]. Wine, Women And Words By Billy Rose. Illustrated by Salvador Dali. Reinhardt & Evans Ltd, 1949. Frontispiece (on verso of half-title), title-page, and sixteen full-page illustrations in salmon pink and black by Dali, all on text-paper; orange red cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; old-cream end-papers. Spine slightly faded; ownership stamp in blind on front end-paper; edges, and margins of prelims. a little foxed; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

Printed at The Stellar Press.

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DU MAURIER (George). Pictures By George Du Maurier. Gowans & Gray, Ltd., 5 Robert Street, Adelphi, 1911. Miniature 8vo; four leaves publisher's advertisements precede half-title page, three follow final illustration; frontispiece on verso of half-title, and 59pp. illustrations; textured light brownish cream card covers patterned brown on spine and sides, lettered green on front cover. Card somewhat chipped on spine, otherwise very nice. Scarce.

Issued as No.10 in the series ‘Humorous Masterpieces'. Comprises cartoons published in ‘Punch' in the years 1865-8, and here first collected. A cloth issue appeared simultaneously with the present volume, in the same format.

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GILL (Eric). The new testament Edited with an introduction by M.R. James O.M., Litt.D., Hon. D.C.L. Assisted by Delia Lyttelton, S.Th. Engravings by Eric Gill. Volume 1: The Gospels according to St. Matthew and St. Mark. J.M. Dent and Sons Limited, 1934. Map end-papers, and two full-page wood-engraved illustrations by Gill, on text-paper; dark red Sundour cloth, lettered gilt on spine and front cover. Fine copy in faded dust-wrapper designed by Gill.

Evan Gill 292. Hand-set by Hague & Gill in the Joanna type designed by Gill. A further three volumes were issued later.

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GILL (Eric). Drawings From life. Hague & Gill Ltd, 1940. Demy 8vo; woodcut vignette on title; thirty-six full-page plates on text-paper; dark violet-blue cloth blocked silver on front cover, lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Evan Gill 48. Printed by Hague & Gill.

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HASSALL (John). Men v. devils. By T. Kingston Clarke. With Eight illustrations by John Hassall. Sands & Co., 12 Burleigh Street, Strand, 1901. Frontispiece with tissue guard (marked to face p.8), and seven plates; half-title not called for; erratum on verso of dedication leaf; final blank; cerise fine diaper cloth, blocked with an art nouveau design blind on sides, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough trimmed. Front end-paper lacking; edges and prelims. slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.



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ILLUSTRATED BOOKSHERMANN-PAUL. Colette (Colette Willy): Mitsou Ou Comment l'Esprit vient aux Filles. 16 Bois Originaux de Hermann-Paul. Le Livre de Demain, Artheme Fayard & Cie, Editeurs - Paris, 18-20, rue du Saint-Gothard, 18-20, N.D. [19 ]. Double cr.8vo; two blanks precede half-title; imprint leaf at end; yellow wrappers printed in black. Front wrapper and most of back-strip lacking, back wrapper frayed; otherwise nice.



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KAPP (Edmond X.). [Cover title:] Minims. Faber and Gwyer, 1925. Sm.imp.16mo in half sheets; 56pp., printed on pale green toned paper, (apart from the dedication / copyright leaf) on one side of the paper only with captioned illustrations; cream card wrappers coated outside in yellow and printed with a design by Kapp in black. Fine copy in original tissue dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy bearing the author's signed holograph presentation inscription on the inside front wrapper.

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[KENNINGTON (Eric).]. The powers Of light [by] Naomi Mitchison. Illustrations by Eric Kennington. Pharos, Thirty Bedford Square, N.D. [1932]. Sq.post 8vo; two blanks before half-title; eight full-page illustrations printed in various monochromes on papers of different colours; bright brown rough cloth, ruled and lettered violet on front cover and up spine; bright green end-papers printed pictorially in violet. Spine lettering faded; name erased from verso of front end-paper; one plate embrowned at margins; otherwise a fine copy.



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[KERMODE (William).]. Moscow Has a plan. A Soviet primer. Translated from the Russian of M. Ilin By G.S. Counts & N.P. Lodge With Illustrations drawn By William Kermode. Jonathan Cape, 1931. Sq.post 8vo; vignette title-page printed in red and black; final leaf bearing illustration on recto, and numerous other illustrations on text-paper; publisher's advertisement leaf on smaller paper tipped in before last leaf; off-white cloth patterned in the weave in black, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked black and red, lettered black, on front cover and spine; t.e. grey, lower-edges uncut. Spine and edges of covers slightly darkened, rubber ownership stamp on front end-paper and title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

The striking cover design is also by Kermode.

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[KERMODE (William).]. Ice: A Tale of Effort By Lennox Kerr. With Decorations by William Kermode. John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1933. Frontispiece on verso of half-title, and numerous other illustrations on text-paper; blue cloth blocked and lettered white on front cover and spine; t.e. blue. Enamel badly chipped on spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy in slightly defective dust-wrapper designed by Kermode.



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[LANCASTER (Osbert).]. Say Please By Virginia Graham. Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster. The Harvill Press, 1949. Dedication leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; six full-page illustrations on text-paper; violet cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper by Lancaster. Uncommon.

Printed by Hague and Gill, at Piggots, near High Wycombe.

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MOORE (Henry). Shelter Sketch book. Editions Poetry London, N.D. [1945]. Front end-paper printed with facsimile signature and inscription in Moore's hand; half-title not called for; title-page followed by blank and fly-title; title, fly-title, and eighty-one full page plates in colour, printed on one side only of each leaf; stone cloth ruled and lettered gilt on black panel on front cover, lettered gilt down spine. Front end-papers slightly foxed; edges of covers very slightly faded; otherwise a virtually fine copy in torn, creased, and slightly chipped and marked dust-wrapper designed by Moore. Scarce thus.

Facsimile reproductions of the artist's famous series of drawings made during the London blitz in 1940.

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[ODLE (Alan).]. Candide or the optimist By F.A.M. de Voltaire Translated into English with an Introduction by the late Henry Morley, LL.D. And Nine full-page Pencil-Drawings, Forty Line-Drawings, And Decorative Title-Page by Alan Odle. George Routledge and Sons, Ltd., N.D. [1922]. Super royal 8vo; frontispiece and eight plates; decorative title-page and other illustrations on text-paper; quarter light olive cloth, brown board sides, white spine-label printed in black and brown; t.e. grey, lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges and one or two margins; small snag in cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy.



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PENNELL (Joseph). Pictures Of the Panama Canal: Reproductions of a series of Lithographs made by him on the Isthmus of Panama, January-March, 1912, together with impressions And notes by the artist. William Heinemann, 1912. Lge.sq.8vo, printed on tinted paper; twenty-eight plates; brown cloth, full page onlay of text paper on front cover bearing title and an illustration by Pennell, printed in sepia and dark brown; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Cover onlay a little marked; back end-papers slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

V. also SQUIRE.

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RACKHAM (Arthur). A midsummer- Night's dream By William Shakespeare. With illustrations by Arthur Rackham, R.W.S. 1908, William Heinemann. Double cr.8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece, and thirty-nine full-colour illustrations tipped on to bound in sheets of textured thick buff paper printed with frame in pale greenish grey, all with tissue guards printed in cerise; illustrated title-page printed in olive green and black; numerous illustrations on text-paper; imprint leaf at end; grey cloth, blocked within gilt-ruled frame, and lettered, gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. brown. Covers a trifle warped and spotted; end-papers slightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.



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[SEARLE (Ronald).]. The Inconstant Moon By Noel Langley. Illvstrated by Ronald Searle. Arthvr Barker Ltd., 30 Mvsevm Street, 1949. Demy 8vo; vignette title-page, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; white buckram panelled black, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine, printed amazingly on sides and spine with a pictorial design by Searle; t.e. dark grey. End-papers and prelims. slightly foxed; otherwise near-fine in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.



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ILLUSTRATED BOOKSWYETH (N.C.). The long roll By Mary Johnston. With illustrations By N.C. Wyeth. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York, 1911. Double cr.16mo; advertisement leaf before half-title; frontispiece and three plates in full colour; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; vertically ribbed dove grey cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked dark grey, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; light grey end-papers printed with maps in dark grey. Dark grey enamel on front cover a little flaking; otherwise a nice copy.



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IMAGE (Selwyn). Letters. Edited by A.H. Mackmurdo. Grant Richards, Fronto Limited, 8, Regent Street, S.W.1, 1932. Demy 8vo; photogravure portrait frontispiece after a photograph, with tissue guard; tipped in post 8vo collotype facsimile letter, two leaves of pale grey paper, printed with text on first page only, the last page bearing facsimile mark of fold; decorated title-page and tail-piece after designs by Image; facsimile illustrations in text, reproduced as they occur in letters; pp.219+[i (printer's imprint)]; quarter deep sky-blue fine linen grain cloth lettered gilt up spine, hammered buff boards; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Virtually fine copy.

One of an issue of 500 copies printed on fine laid paper of a total edition limited to 560. Nowadays, however, a scarce book.

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INNES (Hammond). Campbell's Kingdom. Collins, 1952. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Very nice copy in browned and slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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INNES (Hammond). The Strange Land. Collins, 1954. Dark blue boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

A novel set in Morocco.

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IONESCO (Eugene). Fragments of a Journal. Translated by Jean Stuart. Faber and Faber, 1968. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, final blank; dull red cloth lettered and with ruled box gilt down spine. Near-fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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IRWIN (Margaret). Fire Down below. William Heinemann Ltd., 1928. Post 8vo; black buckram, blocked with publisher's device scarlet on back cover, ruled scarlet on front cover, lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Insignificant wear to cloth at head of spine; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy with the author's twenty word holograph inscription to her uncle, dated ‘November 1928' and signed ‘Peg', on the front end-paper.

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IRWIN (Margaret). None so Pretty. Chatto and Windus, 1930. Printer's imprint leaf at end, followed by publisher's inserted 8pp. Phoenix/Centaur/St. James's Library catalogue; sky blue buckram ruled and lettered black on spine; t.e. blue, lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a brilliantly fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the front end-paper. The second issue: ruled and lettered black, not gilt, with the inserted libraries catalogue at end, and with the blue reduced price label on the spine of the dust-wrapper designating this as a volume in The Ceentaur Library. This novel was awarded the first prize in Chatto & Windus's Historical Novel Competition by a committee consisting of E.M. Forster, George Gordon, and R.H. Mottram.

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ISHERWOOD (Christopher). The memorial. Portrait of a family. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1932. Final blank; violet and cream mixed weave cloth, lettered on spine in turquoise; t.e. green. Front end-papers and top-edges slightly damp-stained; light foxing of edges and four leaves; light embrowning of spine and edges of covers; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly rubbed and frayed dust-wrapper.

Woolmer 294, recording two bindings: "Rough (later smooth) red cloth printed in blue." At least two further bindings are known, besides the present one, those listed by Woolmer being almost certainly not the earliest, though no certain sequence has been established. The copy presented by Isherwood to his mother was in a cloth resembling the present one, but with a red warp substituting for the present violet. The most common binding, of smooth ochre cloth, is certainly later.

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ISHERWOOD (Christopher). Mr. Norris changes Trains. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52, Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1935. Sm.cr.8vo; light sea-green cloth, lettered black on spine. Slight foxing and embrowning of prelims.; otherwise a near fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Woolmer, 369. One of 1,730 copies. The dust-wrapper was designed by John Banting.

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ISHERWOOD (Christopher). Goodbye to Berlin. The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1939. 317pp.; rough grey cloth lettered in red on spine. Slight fading and marking to spine, but a very nice copy.

Woolmer, 451.

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ISHERWOOD (Christopher). Prater violet. Methuen & Co. Ltd. London, 36 Essex Street, Strand, W.C.2, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[iv]+[103]+[i (printer's imprint)]; violet buckram, blocked and lettered apple green down spine. Spine slightly faded; small pressure dint in back board; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped and marked dust-wrapper.

First English edition of a book published in America in the preceding year. A later issue, the dust-wrapper bearing a sticker on the spine reducing the price to 2/- from the original 5/-.

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ISHERWOOD (Christopher). Down there on a Visit. Methuen & Co Ltd, 1962. Double cr.16mo; dull light blue boards, lettered silver on spine. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.



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JACKSON (Holbrook). The double crown club: Early History. Fiftieth Dinner Address delivered by the President Holbrook Jackson at the Cafe Royal Ninth October Nineteen Thirtyfive. DCC, [On colophon:] November nineteen thirtyfive. F'cap 8vo, in half sheets; blank precedes title page; half-title not called for; first and last gatherings printed in red and black; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[28]; quarter black cloth, orange boards, printed black on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. A fine copy.

One of a total edition limited to only one hundred copies, printed in Eric Gill's Perpetua and Felicity types by William Maxwell of R. & R. Clark Limited, Edinburgh, and presented by him to The Double Crown Club. Finely printed upon hand-made paper. Not in Evan Gill's bibliography.

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JACOB (Naomi). Me - Thinking Things over. William Kimber, 46 Wilton Place, London S.W.1, 1964. Publisher's ‘Note' leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; pale grey boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Published a few months after the author's death.

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JACOBS (W.W.). Odd craft. Published by George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, N.D. [1903]. Blank before half-title; frontispiece, and fifteen plates; 5pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+255+[v]; light brown buckram, blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked black, lettered gilt on spine. Covers lightly marked; scattered light foxing; in general a nice copy, nonetheless.

Lammerton, A8b: the first English edition and the correct first impression with the ‘S' signature mark on p.[257] located under the ‘h' of ‘telegraph' and not the ‘a' as in the second and third impressions, without noticeable type wear to the leaders on the contents page (p.[ix]) as in the third and fourth impressions, and with the sailor's hat and jumper on the front cover blocked in black instead of greenish-blue as in the fourth impression.

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JACOBS (W.W.). Captains all. With decorations and ten full Page illustrations by Will Owen. Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1905. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and nine plates; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; rich brown buckram blocked black on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges; name written on upper margin of half-title page; but an unusually nice copy.

Lammerton, A10a: the correct first impression, dated 1905 on the title-page, with the signature mark C.A. on p.81 incomplete (it is present in full in both the second and third impressions), with the C.A. signature present on p.171 (it is lacking in both the second and third impressions), and with pp.221 and 225 unpaginated (p.221 is paginated in the second impression, both these pages in the third impression).

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JACOBS (W.W.). Salthaven. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1908. Frontispiece, and eleven illustrations; final blank; 40pp. inserted publisher's catalogue at end, dated August 1908; rough-effect sea-green buckram, blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very light slight foxing of fore- and lower- edges, and on two leaves; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce thus.

Lammerton, A12a: the correct first state, with the signature mark ‘a' on the half-title which is lacking on the second state. Copies of the second state are also known with a catalogue dated June 1908, but Lammerton believes these to be from a later binding batch. The point is perhaps academic as book was not published until October.

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JACOBS (W.W.). Ship's company. Illustrated by Will Owen. Hodder and Stoughton, N.D. [1911]. Blank before half-title, another following list of Illustrations; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; pp.[2]+[xiv (including frontispiece)]+272; light reddish-brown buckram, lettered and blocked black on front cover, lettered gilt, blocked black within black ruled frame on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Single fox-spot on large lower edge of back free end-paper; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce thus.

First issue, in reddish brown rather than orange buckram, with the publisher's imprint on the spine 33.5mm wide and 3.5mm tall rather than 37mm wide and 4mm tall, and without the wheel design ornament beneath it present in the second binding; the state of text with the two blanks present as described: they are lacking in some copies. Lamerton, A14a, not noticing copies without the blanks.

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JACOBS (W.W.). Night Watches. By W.W. Jacobs Author of "Captains All" [sic]. Illustrated by Stanley Davis. Hodder and Stoughton, 1914. Frontispiece and five plates printed in black and brown; pp.[viii]+247+[i (printer's imprint)]; light reddish-brown buckram, blocked black on front cover and spine, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Gilt darkened; small scuffed patch on front paste-down, where inscription has been erased; title-page a little foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

First edition second state of binding (the gilt being dull, not bright), and second state of text (the closing quotation marks around "Captains All" on the title-page being complete, and the printer's imprint on verso of last leaf having no comma at the end of the first line, but lacking the fourth leader dot for ‘The Unknown' on the Contents page). Lamerton, A15a/1

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JACOBS (W.W.). The Castaways. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, 1916. Three blanks before half-title, two at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; pp.[x]+306+[iv]; light blue buckram surfaced linen, flecked pale blue, blocked pictorially and lettered on upper cover, lettered on spine, all dark blue. Very slight foxing of end-papers and edges, ans small corner cut from front free end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition, first issue: the lettering of the publisher's imprint on the spine being 3mm in height, instead of 3.5mm in heighth as in the second and later issues, blocked and lettered in dark blue, not black as in the third issue, and with the page number present on p.9 instead of being absent as it is in the fourth issue. In our experience the scarcest of Jacob's books, perhaps because of its appearance in the middle of the First World War. Lammerton, A16a.

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JACOBS (W.W.). Sea Whispers. Illustrated by Bert Thomas. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, N.D. [1926]. Frontispiece, and eleven plates, printed in black and buff; other illustrations in black and white, on text-paper; 8pp. integral advertisements at end, listing this volume as forthcoming; sky blue buckram, ruled blind, lettered black, on front cover, ruled and lettered black, blocked with publisher's monogram sky blue through black, on spine. Extensive light foxing of edges; scattered light foxing in text; otherwise a fine copy.

This copy has the publication price ‘7/6' lightly pencilled on the front paste-down, whilst the verso of the front free end-paper bears a small neat rubber signature stamp, and the light pencilled date ‘Sept.1926'. Conceivably a review copy. Lammerton, A18a

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JACOBS (W.W.). The Night-watchman And other longshoremen. Fifty-seven stories by W.W. Jacobs. H & S, Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd. London, 1932. Double cr.16mo; title-page printed in red and black; pp.1024; rough pale-grey and cream mixed-weave coarse rough cloth, ruled and lettered red and black on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram black on spine. Very slight darkening of spine; inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy in frayed and somewhat torn dust-wrapper preserved in a loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

Includes fifty-six stories originally collected in the volumes ‘Captains All', ‘Ship's Company', ‘Night Watches', ‘Deep Waters', and ‘Sea Whispers', together with one story, ‘Love-letters', hitherto uncollected. Lamerton, C4, describing the cloth colour as ‘white', which it almost is, and implying that the volume is undated. In this copy the words ‘First Edition Printed October 1932' appear on the verso of the title-page. A difficult volume to find in dust-wrapper.

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JACOBSON (Dan). No further west: California Visited. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 7 Cork Street, 1959. Light blue boards blocked and lettered gilt up spine. Nice copy in dust-wrapper.

An account of time spent at Stamford University on a ‘creative writing' fellowship.

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JAMES (Clive). The Crystal Bucket: Television criticism from The Observer 1976-79. Jonathan Cape, 1981. Lge.post 8vo, perfect bound; final blank; blue-green coated wrappers printed in black. Wrappers slightly rubbed at point of front joint; otherwise a fine copy.

Uncorrected advance proof copy on proofing paper. The book was scheduled for publication on March 5th 1981 at £6.50.

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JAMES (Henry). The sacred fount. Methuen & Co., 1901. Publisher's 48pp. catalogue at end, dated November 1900; dark red buckram, embossed blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded and dull; end-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

First English edition, published about a fortnight after the American edition. Blanck, 10771; Edel and Laurence, A55b: 3,500 copies were printed, divided between domestic and colonial issues.

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JAMES (Henry). The Wings of the Dove. Westminster, Archibald Constable and Co., Ltd., 2 Whitehall Gardens, S.W., 1902. Pp.[iv]+576; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end advertising this title as the second item on p.7, without description or reviews; vertically fine ribbed turquoise cloth, ruled and embossed blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. End-papers foxed, prelims. slightly so; one or two scattered fox-spots in text; otherwise a nice copy.

The book is also known without the catalogue: precedence uncertain. Sadleir, 1298a, recording a presentation copy, without the catalogue, but not inscribed by James until 1903; this title not in Wolff; Edel and Laurence, A56b and Blanck, 10772, noting no variants: probably published simultaneously with the American edition; possibly one day later. 4,000 copies were printed.

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JAMES (Henry). The Wings of the Dove. Westminster, Archibald Constable and Co., Ltd., 2 Whitehall Gardens, S.W., 1902. Pp.[iv]+576; vertically fine ribbed turquoise cloth, ruled and embossed blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Half-title lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

The book is also known with an inserted 16pp. undated publisher's catalogue at end, advertising this title as the second item on p.7, without description or reviews: precedence uncertain. Sadleir, 1298a, recording a presentation copy, without the catalogue, but not inscribed by James until 1903; this title not in Wolff; Edel and Laurence, A56b and Blanck, 10772, noting no variants: probably published simultaneously with the American edition; possibly one day later. 4,000 copies were printed.

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JAMES (Henry). William Wetmore Story And His friends From letters, diaries, and recollections. In two volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1903. 2 Vols., lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title, and photogravure sepiatone frontispiece with tissue guard, in each volume; final blank in volume two; sea-green linen patterned smooth cloth; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Cloth of spines slightly darkened; some (removable) light pencil scoring and notes, in black lead and blue crayon, possibly relating to a review; otherwise a very nice copy.

Blanck, 10655, failing to record the initial blanks. Blanck's setting ‘A'. The English and American editions were issued simultaneously, the American consisting of imported English sheets. 1,260 copies of the first impression were printed, of which at least 520 were shipped to America.

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JAMES (Henry). The question of our Speech; The lesson of Balzac. Two Lectures. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1905. Tall f'cap 8vo; blank and advertisement leaf before half-title; title-page, printed in olive and black, and conjugate half-title, tipped-in; imprint leaf at end; quarter buff cloth, paper spine label, drab board sides; a.e. uncut. Spine and label very slightly marked and label a trifle chipped at corners; otherwise a fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 300 copies. The label bears the designation ‘First Edition', and the title-page differs slightly from that of the trade edition. Blanck 10660. The volume was designed by Bruce Rogers.

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JAMES (Henry). The question of our Speech; The lesson of Balzac. Two Lectures. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1905. F'cap 8vo; blank and advertisement leaf before half-title; title-page, printed in olive and black, and conjugate half-title, tipped-in; imprint leaf at end; cerise buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Blanck 10660, noting copies only in blue, greenish-black, and maroon cloths (no priority suggested). The volume was designed by Bruce Rogers.

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JAMES (Henry). English hours. With ninety-two illustrations by Joseph Pennell. William Heineman, 1905. Double f'cap 8vo; vignette half-title and title pages, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; frontispiece and seven plates printed in dark brown, all with tissue guards printed in red; quarter green coarse buckram, light green linen sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight foxing of fore-edges and frontispiece; inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy, in part unopened.

Precedes American edition. Blanck 10661; Edel and Laurence, A62a: the first binding (one of 1,000 copies thus of a total printing of 2,000).

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JAMES (Henry). The American scene. Chapman and Hall, Ltd, 1907. Demy 8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; light brick red buckram, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed. Slight fading of covers; two small snags in cloth of spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Blanck 10663; Edel and Laurence, A63a: the second binding, with the single-rule border on the front cover and the top-edges plain (one of 700 copies thus of a total printing of 1500). Blanck had not seen a copy in this binding, which is certainly a good deal scarcer to-day than that of the first issue. Published either simultaneously with the American edition or slightly preceding it. The last five pages of the final chapter do not appear in the American edition. The present copy exhibits the following misprints: at line 14, p.242, ‘threatre' for ‘theatre'; at line 17, p.282, ‘of' for ‘as'; and at line 8, p.284, ‘decree' for ‘degree'. We are not aware of any issue significance attaching to these errors.

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JAMES (Henry). Views And reviews Now first collected. Introduction by Le Roy Phillips Compiler of "A bibliography of the writings Of Henry James". Boston, The Ball Publishing Company, 1908. Full white mock parchment French folded over thin boards, ruled gilt on front cover, black leather spine label, ruled and lettered gilt; a.e. uncut. Mock parchment patchily embrowned; otherwise a virtually fine copy in repaired slip-case.

One of an edition limited to 160 numbered copies. Blanck 10666.

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JAMES (Henry). Julia Bride. Illustrated by W.T. Smedley. New York and London, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1909. Lge.post 8vo; initial blank; half-title not called for; frontispiece with tissue guard and three plates, all printed in dark brown; two blanks at end; diagonally fine-ribbed carmine cloth, ruled and blocked blind, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly worn at head; one corner bruised; short tear in one margin; otherwise a very nice copy.

Blanck 10780. First separate edition, first issue. Originally published earlier the same year in Volume 17 of the twenty-six volume collected ‘Novels and Tales'.

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JAMES (Henry). The finer grain. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; sage green sateen blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Some leaves opened a little roughly; otherwise a fine copy, partly unopened.

Edel and Laurence, A68a; Blanck 10671, recording copies only in greenish-brown sateen and with t.e.g. Precedes English edition.

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JAMES (Henry). The Finer grain. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1910. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' before half-title; 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated September 1910; mottled reddish salmon rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. A very nice copy.

Edel and Laurence, A68b; Blanck 10781. First English edition, published a few days later than the American edition. 1,500 copies were printed, divided between domestic and colonial issues.

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JAMES (Henry). The outcry. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1911. 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated August 1911; green small-pattern-embossed linen grain cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Gilt on spine just a trifle rubbed; light foxing of first few leaves and fore-edges; label removed from back paste-down leaving slight scuffing; otherwise a nice copy.

Blanck 10673; Edel and Laurence A70a. Also known with a catalogue dated March 1911, though this would seem scarcely to be relevant since the book was not published until October. 2,000 copies were printed. Precedes the American edition.

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JAMES (Henry). The Henry James Year book. Selected and arranged by Evelyn Garnaut Smaley With an introduction by Henry James and William Dean Howells. J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., Covent Garden, N.D. [1912]. Printed throughout in vermilion and black; frontispiece, printed in dark brown, with tissue guard; cerise buckram, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Covers slightly faded; Contemporary inscription on front end-paper; one or two names neatly written in, presumably on birthdates; otherwise nice.

Blanck 10782. First English edition.

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JAMES (Henry). A small boy And others. New York, Charles Scribner's sons, 1913. Lge.post 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; frontispiece printed in dark brown, with tissue guard; greenish-brown sateen, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled box on front cover, lettered and ruled gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore- and lower-edges rough-trimmed. Spine faded, front cover with single liquid drip-run stain; internally a fine copy.

Blanck 10677, listing the American edition first, though publication was possibly simultaneous. The first issue, with the advertisement leaf uncancelled.

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JAMES (Henry). England At War: An essay. The Question of the Mind By Henry James. Issued by The Central Committee For National Patriotic Organisations C.P. Building, 62 Charing Cross, London, W.C., N.D. [1915]. Demy 8vo, one gathering 20pp., wire-stitched; issued without half-title or wrappers. Front and back leaf very slightly foxed, and corner of back leaf lightly creased; slight rusting of staples; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

Blanck 10685. Included also is ‘England' a short essay by A. Clutton-Brock, reprinted from the T.L.S. The James essay is here first published.

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JAMES (Henry). The sense of The past. 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1917. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, with tissue guard; navy blue buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Covers worn; tissue embrowned, with light ofsetting onto facing leaves; text nice.

Review copy, with the publisher's blind review stamp on the title-page. Edel and Laurence A78a.

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JAMES (Henry). The ivory tower. W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1917. Photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; navy blue buckram lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. A fine copy, apart from the first gathering, unopened. Very scarce thus.

William Rothenstein's copy, with his bookplate loosely laid in. The first gathering contains two very light and unobtrusive pencil (?)corrections, presumably in his hand. Edel and Laurence A77a. 2,000 copies were printed. Precedes the American edition.

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JAMES (Henry). Travelling Companions. Boni and Liveright, New York, 1919. Pp.[x]+309+[i (blank)]; green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled double box on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Light marking of back cover, and gilt a little dull on spine; front free end-paper scuffed; otherwise nice.

Blanck, 10703: the presumed first binding, ‘LIVERIGHT' on the spine measuring 3/4" in width.

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JAMES (M.R.). Old testament Legends: Being stories out of some of the Less-known apocryphal books Of the old testament. With ten illustrations by H.J. Ford. Longmans, Green and Co., 1913. Sq.demy 8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard, and nine plates; title-page printed in red and black; final blank; red buckram lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Slight fading and marking of covers; edges, early prelims, and last leaves foxed; otherwise a fine unopened copy.



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JAMES (M.R.). Abbeys By M.R. James, Litt.D., F.S.A., F.B.A. Provost of Eton, with an additional chapter on "Monastic life and buildings" By A. Hamilton Thompson, M.A., D.Litt., F.S.A. Professor of Mediaeval History in the University of Leeds. With One Hundred Illustrations by Photographic Reproduction, Fifty-six Drawings, Thirteen Plans, Seven Colour Plates and Map. The Great Western Railway (Felix J.C. Pole, General Manager), Paddington Station, London, 1925. Double cr.8vo; frontispiece and six plates of mss. and bindings, in full colour, fifty double-sided architectural plates, in sepia, from photographs, and thirteen large folding plans; architectural vignette on title-page, and other illustrations from drawings on text-paper; large folding coloured map in pocket attached to back paste-down; Errata slip tipped in before list of Illustrations; quarter grey smooth cloth, pinkish red board sides, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red; red and yellow head and tail bands. Very slight general wear to covers; a little very light foxing, more or less confined to prelims. and last few leaves; pocket at end a little torn, and short tear in blank margin of map; otherwise a very nice copy.

Rather a magnificent volume, providing an almost complete justification for the existence of The Great Western Railway!

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[JAMES (Montague Rhodes).]. Montague Rhodes James Praepositus necnon amicus 1862 - 1936. [On verso of title:] Three tributes To the late Provost of Eton Printed by the direction of The council. King's College, Cambridge, December, 1936. Sm.cr. 4to; blank and sepiatone photogravure portrait frontispiece with thin paper guard precede title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+[30]; grey paper wrappers, edges yapped, front wrapper printed in black; end-papers of Abbey Mills laid paper. Yapped edges a trifle frayed and insignificant crease in corner of front wrapper; a little very light foxing; but a nice copy nonetheless.

One of a presumably small printing. Reprints highly informative obituaries from ‘The Times', ‘The Cambridge Review', and ‘The Eton College Chronicle' (the first, of course unsigned, the two latter signed respectively ‘J.H.C.' and ‘A.B.R.'). Printed at the Cambridge University Press.

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JAMES (Norah C.). Sleeveless Errand. A novel. The Scholartis Press, 30 Museum Street, 1929. Post 8vo; black cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. yellow. Slight insect damage to cloth over front joint; otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce.

This first edition was limited to fifty signed copies, and 450 copies of the trade issue, but the book is very much scarcer than this would suggest, since it was suppressed as immoral immediately before publication, and the whole stock was ordered to be destroyed. According to Partridge in his bibliography of the Scholartis Press, ‘The First Three Years', the firm's books were used to trace copies sent out to booksellers, and "barring a few review copies and perhaps ten others (some of which were second edition, for the book had been subscribing well) all in Great Britain were reclaimed . . . ; about thirty copies got through to America, and among these were three or four of the signed edition."

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