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.

MASEFIELD (John). Multitude And solitude. London, Grant Richards, 1909. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+[300]; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue at end, dated Spring 1908; blue-green smooth cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered white on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Cloth of spine slightly faded; half-tone portrait of Masefield laid onto blank; otherwise a nice copy.

The front end-paper bears the pencilled ownership signature of Masefield's friend, T. Seccombe, whilst an A.L.S. to him from Masefield dated from 30 Maiden Hill West, July 8. 1909, some 3pp. 8vo (c.280 words), discussing both personal and literary matters is tipped in before the Catalogue. The second issue, intermediate between the two issues known to Fabes, (v. Points, 2nd Ser., p.63), who says that the first binding has a 16pp. Catalogue dated Spring, 1908, (present likewise in this copy, but not found in Fabes's second issue,) and has the spine lettered white instead of gilt as here (and as in Fabes's second issue). Fabes's second issue is thus presumably the third. Handley-Taylor, p.28, not noting issue variants. 2,350 copies were printed altogether.

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MASEFIELD (John). Multitude And solitude. London, Grant Richards, 1909. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+[300]; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue at end, dated Spring 1908; blue-green smooth cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered white on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges trimmed, lower-edges uncut. A virtually fine copy.

The second issue, intermediate between the two issues known to Fabes, (v. Points, 2nd Ser., p.63), who says that the first binding has a 16pp. Catalogue dated Spring, 1908, (present likewise in this copy, but not found in Fabes's second issue,) and has the spine lettered white instead of gilt as here (and as in Fabes's second issue). Fabes's second issue is thus presumably the third. The present copy however exhibits a further minor variation in that the fore-edges are here fully trimmed instead of being rough-trimmed as in every other copy we have seen. Handley-Taylor, p.28, not noting issue variants. 2,350 copies were printed altogether.

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MASEFIELD (John). Multitude And solitude. London, Grant Richards, 1909. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+[300]; blue-green smooth cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered white on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Corner of front cover flexion creased; blank a little foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

The second binding, according to Fabes, Points, 2nd Ser., p.63, who says that the first binding has the spine lettered white instead of gilt, and has a 16pp. Catalogue dated Spring, 1908, not found in the present issue. We, however, have handled a further issue, not known to Fabes, that both has the catalogue, and the spine lettered gilt. The present issue is therefore, presumably, the third. Handley-Taylor, p.28, not noting issue variants. 2,350 copies were printed altogether.

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MASEFIELD (John). Martin Hyde, The duke's messenger. With Illustrations by T.C. Dugdale. Wells Gardner, Darton and Co., Ltd., 3 & 4, Paternoster Buildings, E.C., 1910. Pott.4to; Frontispiece with loose tissue guard, and fifteen plates printed in grey and black; mulberry buckram, blocked black, cream, and green on front cover and spine, lettered black-outlined gilt, and gilt on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover; t.e.g., fore-edges rough trimmed. Virtually fine, unopened, copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper. Rare thus.

First English edition, first issue, in mulberry cloth, not blue as in the second issue. Dated 1910 on verso of title, in box with publisher's device. Handley-Taylor, p.29, not noting issue variants. 2,666 copies were printed altogether. The English edition was published on October 28th, the American edition on October 8th.

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MASEFIELD (John). A Book of Discoveries. Illustrated by Gordon Browne. Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. Ltd., 1910. Cream buckram blocked in light green, dark green, brown, and flesh colour on front cover and spine; in light green and brown on back cover, lettered brown on sides and spine, gilt on spine; green glazed card slip-in case printed pictorially and lettered in brown on sides and back. Extremely fine copy.

First issue, with pictorial end-papers, and date on verso of title. Handley-Taylor, p.29, not noting issue variants. 3,000 copies were printed altogether, though some were exported to America.

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MASEFIELD (John). The Street of to-day. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 29 and 30 Bedford Street, 1911. Title-page printed in red and black; pp.[viii]+392; mottled pale sky-blue fine linen effect slightly rough fine buckram, blocked and lettered dark blue on front cover, blocked dark blue, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges mainly trimmed. Cloth of spine slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy of a remarkably scarce novel.

Handley-Taylor, p.29. 2,600 copies were printed.

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MASEFIELD (John). Jim Davis. By John Masefield, Author of "Captain Margaret," "Martin Hyde," etc., etc. London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., Ltd., 3 and 4, Paternoster Buildings, E.C., And 44, Victoria Street, Westminster, S.W., 1911. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+242+[ii]; light mid-green smooth cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, lettered with short rule, gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Very slight foxing to edges; otherwise a fine copy in dustwrapper slightly faded on spine and with short tear on back panel. A difficult title in any condition.

First issue, the top-edges gilt and the front cover lettering and rule in gilt rather than blind as in the second issue: Fabes, p.45. Handley-Taylor, p.31: published October 4th, 1911, the total printing comprising 2,000 copies.

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MASEFIELD (John). Jim Davis. By John Masefield, Author of "Captain Margaret," "Martin Hyde," etc., etc. London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., Ltd., 3 and 4, Paternoster Buildings, E.C., And 44, Victoria Street, Westminster, S.W., 1911. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+242+[ii]; light mid-green smooth cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, lettered with short rule, gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Some light foxing or staining to first few leaves; otherwise a nice copy. A difficult title in any condition.

First issue, the top-edges gilt and the front cover lettering and rule in gilt rather than blind as in the second issue: Fabes, p.45. Handley-Taylor, p.31: published October 4th, 1911, the total printing comprising 2,000 copies.

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MASEFIELD (John). Gallipoli. William Heinemann, 1916. Map frontispiece, twelve double-sided plates after photographs; one large folding map, and one map on text-paper; red cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover. Edges of covers faded; first and last leaves foxed; otherwise nice.

Handley-Taylor, p.38. 10,000 copies were printed.

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MASEFIELD (John). The Old front line Or The beginning of the Battle of the Somme. Illustrated. William Heinemann, 1917. Post 8vo; Erratum slip tipped in before List of Illustrations; sixteen plates from photographs; large folding map printed in red and black bound in on hinge after p.118; publisher's inserted 64pp. catalogue bound in at end (listing this volume as ‘Shortly'); light red buckram over very thin boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, lettered black on front cover and spine. Small chip from lower margin of half-title leaf, apparently as issued; two or three fox-spots over all; poor quality paper of catalogue uniformly embrowned; otherwise a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper bearsing additional illustration.

With the inserted postcard advertisement for ‘Camps Library' loosely laid in, as issued. Handley-Taylor, p.41. 20,000 copies were printed. An American edition, without the sub-title, was issued one month before the English edition.

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MASEFIELD (John). The taking of Helen. William Heinemann Ltd., 1923. Quarter parchment blocked and lettered gilt on spine, blue boards; t.e.g., others uncut. Near fine copy in dust-wrapper.

One of an edition limited to 780 numbered copies, printed on hand-made paper, and signed by the author. Handley-Taylor, p.53.

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[MASEFIELD (John).]. John Masefield: A study by Cecil Biggane (B.A. Lond.). Cambridge, W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., [January] 1924. Half-tone portrait frontispiece tipped onto captioned integral leaf; pp.[x]+53+[i (printer's imprint)]; large pale grey textured paper wrappers, printed outside in black; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a trifle creased and browned; two or three leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy, inscribed by Masefield (alias ‘Goring') to his reader, S. Heriz-Smith (alias ‘Fairfax'), on the half-title page. A scarce study. Handley-Taylor, p.71: the first book about Masefield.

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MASEFIELD (John). Recent prose. William Heinemann Ltd, 1924. Blue buckram ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

Handley-Taylor, p.54. 4,000 copies were printed.

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MASEFIELD (John). Odtaa: A novel. William Heinemann Ltd., February, 1926. Author's Note leaf before half-title; 8pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; light blue rough effect buckram ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Spine a little darkened; otherwise a very nice copy.

First English edition, the American edition preceding it by two days. In this copy, the sheets bulk 30mm scant, and the number ‘8' of p.338 is perfect. The headline on p.5 of the catalogue is also perfect. The cloth colour is light blue. Despite the lower-edges being trimmed, the volume is as tall as in the thinner paper copies. The probable first issue. Handley-Taylor, p.55, noting no variants. 20,000 copies were printed altogether.

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MASEFIELD (John). Odtaa: A novel. William Heinemann Ltd., 1926. Author's Note leaf before half-title; 8pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; light blue rough effect buckram ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue, lower-edges uncut. A nice copy in a slightly frayed dust-wrapper, tissued on verso.

With the author's signed presentation inscription, dated ‘March 31st. 1927', on the front end-paper. First English edition, the American edition preceding it by two days. In this copy, the sheets bulk only 28mm scant, and the number ‘8' of p.338 is broken slightly at the top. The catalogue also is printed on thinner paper, but the headline on p.5 of it is perfect. The cloth colour is light blue. Probable second issue. Handley-Taylor, p.55, noting no variants. 20,000 copies were printed altogether.

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MASEFIELD (John). Odtaa: A novel. William Heinemann Ltd., 1926. Author's Note leaf before half-title; 8pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; bright blue rough effect buckram ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue, lower-edges uncut. Edges foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

First English edition, the American edition preceding it by two days. In this copy, the sheets bulk 28mm scant, and the number ‘8' of p.338 is broken slightly at the top. The catalogue also is printed on thinner paper, and the headline on p.5 of it is damaged slightly. The cloth colour is bright blue. Probable third issue. Handley-Taylor, p.55, noting no variants. 20,000 copies were printed altogether.

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MASEFIELD (John). The hawbucks. William Heinemann Ltd, 1929. Light blue buckram ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First state of text, with pp.301-2, 311-12, transposed, gathering U having been laid out wrongly in the forme. Handley-Taylor, p.57, noting no variants. The American edition was published simultaneously.

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MASEFIELD (John). [Untitled broadside, one leaf, cr.4to, printed on one side only with a facsimile of Masefield's hand-writing, being an appeal to establish a Home for down-and-outs, beginning:] "On many of the roads of England, in every month of the year, you may see, in each mile of way, one or more men tramping to the nearest work-house for the night." Folded twice and with extensive light foxing, but a nice copy otherwise. Rare.

Not in Handley-Taylor. The Masefield Society have a copy and assign it speculatively to ‘the mid 1930s'.

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MASEFIELD (John). Chaucer. The Leslie Stephen Lecture Delivered at Cambridge 3 March 1931. Pp.[iv]+[36]; pale blue-green boards printer on front board and up flat spine in black. Fine copy in flaking remains of wax-paper dust-wrapper.

Issued without a printed dust-wrapper. A surprisingly scarce title. Handley-Taylor, p.59.

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MASEFIELD (John). Poetry A Lecture Given at the Queen's Hall in London, On Thursday, October 15th, 1931. William Heinemann Ltd, 1931. Blue cloth ruled blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt up spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.

Handley-Taylor, p.59.

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MASEFIELD (John). The Bird of Dawning. William Heinemann Ltd, 1933. Pink basil grain wrappers printed black on front cover and up spine. Spine and adjacent edges of wrappers faded, and prelims. foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Proof copy, so designated on the front wrapper. The dedication leaf bears only the words "Dedication to come", which suggests this may not be a final proof.

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MASEFIELD (John). The Bird of Dawning. William Heinemann Ltd, 1933. Pp.290; light blue fine linen effect rough effect smooth buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue. Very light foxing of first and last few leaves and edges; otherwise a fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.

Handley-Taylor, p.59. The American edition was published simultaneously.

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MASEFIELD (John). Victorious Troy Or The Hurrying Angel. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1935. Final blank; pp.[viii]+309+[iii]; dull blue fine linen effect rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dull bluish purple; end-papers printed with pictures and diagram dull blue. Cloth of spine slightly faded; otherwise a virtually fine copy. In our experience a scarce title.

A story of the sea. Handley-Taylor, p.61. The American edition was published a week later.

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MASEFIELD (John). Basilissa: A Tale of the Empress Theodora. William Heinemann Ltd, 1940. Cr.8vo; dull blue fine linen effect rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue. Fine copy in slightly frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper with two inch tear along one fold, strengthened on verso.

First English edition. This copy upon thick paper, the sheets bulking 26mm scant. The sheets are trimmed to measure 192mm. x 127mm. Handley-Taylor, p.62, noting no variants.

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MASEFIELD (John). Basilissa: A Tale of the Empress Theodora. William Heinemann Ltd, 1940. Post 8vo; brown cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Very slight fading of spine, but a near-fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper scuffed on spine.

First English edition. This copy upon thin paper, the sheets bulking 23mm scant, was possibly intended for the colonial market. The sheets are trimmed to measure 181mm x 124mm. The present copy belongs to the remainder issue, bound up for sale by Boots. A reduced price sticker has been removed from the spine of the dust-wrapper. Handley-Taylor, p.62, noting no variants.

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MASEFIELD (John). In the Mill. William Heinemann Ltd, 1941. Blue rough effect smooth buckram, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight general wear to covers; gilt a little rubbed and dull; internally a very nice copy. A scarce title.

Handley-Taylor, p.62.

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MASEFIELD (John). Conquer: A tale of the Nika rebellion in Byzantium. William Heinemann Ltd, 1941. Post 8vo; blue rough buckram, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy of an uncommon title.

Handley-Taylor, p.62.

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MASEFIELD (John). I want! I want! Introduction by Geoffrey Faber. National Book Council, 1944. Very thin red boards, cut flush, printed black on back and front. Fine copy.

Handley-Taylor, p.63

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MASEFIELD (John). A Macbeth production. William Heinemann Ltd, 1945. Post 8vo; dull blue smooth rough effect buckram, blocked with publisher's device, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, up spine. Top-edges foxed; otherwise a virtually fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Handley-Taylor, p.63

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MASEFIELD (John). Badon parchments. William Heinemann Ltd, 1947. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; map on text-paper; blue rough effect smooth buckram, blocked and lettered silver on spine; blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Fine copy in frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

Handley-Taylor, p.65

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MASEFIELD (John). Thanks before going With Other gratitude for old delight Including A Macbeth production And various papers not before printed. William Heinemann Ltd, 1947. Final blank; blue cloth lettered silver on spine. Virtually fine copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Handley-Taylor, p.64, note: an expanded edition of the book called simply ‘Thanks Before Going', published by Heinemann in 1946.

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MASEFIELD (John). Letters of John Masefield to Florence Lamont Edited by Corliss Lamont And Lansing Lamont. M[acmillan], 1979. Lge.16mo; illustrations in text; brown cloth ruled and lettered gilt down spine; pale brown end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Review copy, with the publisher's review slip inserted, giving the actual publication date as 7th February 1980, and the price as £15.00 The published price, as given on the dust-wrapper, was £20.00

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MASON (A.E.W.). The Three gentlemen. Hodder and Stoughton, 1932. Lilac buckram, lettered gilt on spine, black on back cover. Rubbed patch in centre of back cover; head of spine a little bumped, and one corner slightly bruised; rubber price stamp of Indian distributor on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Apart from the rubber stamp, identical with the English issue.

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MASON (A.E.W.). The drum. Hodder and Stoughton, November 1937. Imp.16mo in half sheets; vignette title-page; four plates after drawings by Joseph Simpson, printed in black on cream coated paper; final blank; light red buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight spine roll; insignificant snag in cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped and darkened dust-wrapper.



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MASTERS (John). Bugles and A Tiger. A personal adventure. Michael Joseph, 1956. Double demy 16mo; vignette on title, vignette headpieces to chapters, and tailpiece at end after drawings by C.G. Borrowman; map on text-paper; two double-sided plates of Gurkha soldiers in uniform; reddish brown cloth, blocked with gilt vignette on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dark brown. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

A record of the author's experiences with the 4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles in the later 1930s.

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MATHERS (Helen [i.e., Ellen Buckingham Mathews]). Cinders: A Novel. C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., 1901. 8pp. publisher's advertisements on text paper dated Spring 1901 and 8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements, undated, at end; mottled grey linen patterned cloth, ruled black, blocked black, yellow, and scarlet, lettered black-outlined scarlet, on front cover, blocked yellow, lettered black and black-outlined scarlet on spine. Back cover just a trifle marked, and spine slightly darkened; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's holograph inscription, dated "April 1901", on the title-page. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 4638.

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MATHERS (Helen [i.e., Ellen Buckingham Mathews]). Pigskin and Petticoat. Eveleigh Nash, 1907. Pale brown rough buckram, blocked with publisher's initial device blind on back cover, ruled blind, ruled and blocked red, lettered pale brown through red, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight bubbling of cloth; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy, inscribed on the front end-paper in Helen Mathers' holograph "To --- / with the joint-author's / cordial regards. / Oct.1907." A printed note on the verso of the title-page makes clear that this novel was written with some assistance from Helen Mathers' son, Phil Reeves. This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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[MAUD (Constance E.).]. An English Girl In Paris. Published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London & New York, 1902. Final blank; pp.[vi]+331+[iii]; pale apple green buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered dark olive green, blocked red, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Design on front cover a little rubbed, and covers a trifle darkened; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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MAUGHAM (Robin). The Joyita Mystery. Max Parrish, 1962. Two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; one double-spread map on text-paper; two double sided plates; pale blue-green boards, lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy.

Presentation copy with the author's holograph inscription, signed ‘Robin', on the front end-paper, and his signature on the title-page.

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MAUGHAM (Robin). Line on Ginger. 1949, Chapman & Hall. Post 8vo; light lime green cloth, lettered brown down spine; t.e. brown. Virtually fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper strengthened on verso.

Maugham's second novel, and a good deal scarcer than ‘The Servant', which precedes it.

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MAUGHAM (Robin). The Second Window. Heinemann, 1968. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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MAUGHAM (Robin). Knock on Teak. W.H. Allen, 1976. Near-fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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MAUGHAM (William Somerset). The hero. Hutchinson & Co., 1901. Sm.cr.8vo; diagonally fine ribbed crimson cloth, lettered and blocked with Maugham's device, gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Gilt slightly rubbed; card backing to spine renewed; small (?library) label removed from back paste-down, and slight marking of end-papers; text fine.

Toole Stott, 3: "Possibly the scarcest of all the author's novels and especially so in fine state. I have never met with a fine copy." The only Maugham book to have been published by Hutchinson, marking his transition from Fisher Unwin to Heinemann, and suffering the usual fate of an isolated imprint, of being badly marketed and consequently later scarce. Most copies seem to have gone to the circulating libraries. We ourselves have met with some five or six copies of ‘Liza of Lambeth', of which, as Toole Stott again remarks, "The first printing was a very small one", to one copy of ‘The Hero'.

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MAUGHAM (William Somerset). Mrs. Craddock. London, William Heinemann, 1902. Blank before half-title, blank at end; 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, undated; green cloth blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, blocked black, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight general wear to covers; label removed from back cover, leaving very faint gum traces/scratching, by no means obtrusive; one or two minor faults internally; a very good copy, nonetheless, of a difficult title.

Toole Stott, 7. The first issue, the title-page being dated 1902.

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MAUGHAM (William Somerset). Mrs. Craddock. London, William Heinemann, 1902. Blank before half-title, blank at end; 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, undated; early pale apple green diagonally fine ribbed cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Lacking the initial blank; otherwise a fine copy of a difficult title.

Toole Stott, 7. The first issue, the title-page being dated 1902.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). The trembling Of a leaf: Little Stories of the South Sea Islands. 1921, William Heinemann. 10pp. publisher's advertisements at end, on text-paper; pp.302+[?x]; dark green fine rough buckram. blocked with publisher's device black on back cover, blocked black on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover, gilt and black on spine. Upper corner of front cover lightly damp-marked; otherwise a nice copy.

The last leaf of text and the first leaf of the advertisements are both single insets. Toole Stott, 20. The first English edition.

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MAUGHAM (W.Somerset). The gentleman In the parlour: A Record of A journey from Rangoon to Haiphong. London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1930. Imp.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[vi]+276+[ii]; black patterned sand-grain cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

The secondary binding executed for ‘The Times Book Club'. In our experience one of the more difficult Maugham titles to locate in first edition.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Six stories Written in the First person singular. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1931. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[xii]+307+[i (blank)]; blue mottled buckram surfaced fine linen, blocked with publisher's device black on back cover, blocked with author's device black on front cover, lettered black on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. blue. Very slight fading of spine, but a virtually fine copy.

First English edition. Toole Stott, 27.

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MAUGHAM (W.S.). Ah king. Six stories. William Heinemann Ltd., 1933. Blank before half-title, two at end; blue buckram, blocked black on sides, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, black on spine. Minor faults, but a nice copy.

Toole Stott, 30.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Theatre: A novel. William Heinemann Ltd, 1937. Blank before half-title, final blank; blue buckram blocked black on sides, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, black on spine; t.e. purple; blue end-papers. End-papers faded at edges; first and last leaves foxed; otherwise fine.

Toole Stott, 37. First English edition, second issue, pp.7-8 being a cancel.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). The summing up. William Heinemann Ltd, 1938. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[viii]+317+[iii]; black buckram blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; tan end-papers. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Toole Stott, 38.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Christmas holiday. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, N.D. [February, 1939]. Blank before half-title; pp.[vi]+289+[i (blank)]; dull light blue blue rough-effect buckram blocked black on sides, lettered gilt on front cover, black and gilt on spine; t.e. lilac; blue end-papers. Some damp-mottling of covers; otherwise a virtually fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Toole Stott, 39.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). France at war. William Heinemann Ltd., 1940. Sm.post 8vo; final blank; pp.[iv]+89+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; white card wrappers, printed outside in red and blue; issued without end-papers. Very nice copy. Scarce.

Printed at Bungay, Suffolk. Toole Stott, 42. Issued in March 1940. The book was withdrawn on the fall of France.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). The mixture as Before. William Heinemann Ltd, 1940. Blank before half-title, blank at end; blue buckram blocked black on sides, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, black on spine; t.e. blue; blue end-papers. Some foxing, otherwise in general a nice copy.

Toole Stott 44.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). The razor's edge: A Novel. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1944. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[iv]+284; blue fine rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; pale tan end-papers. Fine copy in torn and slightly frayed dust-wrapper preserved in a paper-backed loose clear plastic chemise.

Toole Stott, 50: with the dropped ‘a' 4ll. from foot on p.126. The first English edition. A relatively uncommon war-time production, probably printed short.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). The razor's edge: A Novel. William Heinemann Ltd, London :: Toronto, 1944. Double Imp.16mo; two blanks at end; pp.[vi]+246+[iv]; rough dull grey cloth-textured boards, blocked black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine; t.e. yellow. Poor quality paper lightly embrowned as usual; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper with three or four short tears preserved in a loose clear plastic chemise.

With the author's printed signature on the half-title page. Toole Stott, 50: not mentioning the signature and listing this, for want of a better term, as the third issue. The first edition was published in America on April 20th 1944; the first English edition was published in August 1944; the present variant, printed and bound in America, is both the second (but first English) issue of the American first edition, and the second edition published in England.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Then and now. A Novel. William Heinemann Ltd, 1946. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+229+[i (blank)]; shiny light blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; tan end-papers. Fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

Toole Stott, 51. With the final ‘s' lacking at line 11 on p.111, apparently as always. Toole Stott records no variants of the binding, merely remarking that the cloth colour is ‘blue'. A variant is also occasionally seen, however, bound in a very dark navy blue matt rough buckram. It is otherwise identical with the present copy. Precedence unknown. "Reputedly, the only historical novel by this author which has ‘come off': in this book his superb literary craftsmanship possibly achieves its peak." - Toole Stott.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Then and now. A Novel. William Heinemann Ltd, 1946. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+229+[i (blank)]; very dark navy blue matt rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; tan end-papers. Fine copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper, neatly mended with tissue on verso.

Toole Stott, 51. With the final ‘s' lacking at line 11 on p.111, apparently as always. Toole Stott records no variants of the binding, merely remarking that the cloth colour is ‘blue'. The book as usually seen, however, though otherwise identical, is bound in a shiny light blue rough buckram. In our experience the present variant is by far the scarcer. Precedence unknown. "Reputedly, the only historical novel by this author which has ‘come off': in this book his superb literary craftsmanship possibly achieves its peak." - Toole Stott.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Creatures of Circumstance. William Heinemann Ltd, 1947. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+310; scarlet buckram blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled and lettered silver on front cover and spine; tan end-papers. Fine copy in slightly torn and frayed dust-wrapper tissued on verso.

Toole Stott, 53.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Here and there: Short stories. William Heinemann Ltd., 1948. Double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+361+[i]; red cloth, flat spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on centre of back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blocked gilt on front cover; tan end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Toole Stott, 54. First edition, first trade issue, preceded by two months by the Reprint Society issue.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Catalina: A Romance. William Heinemann Ltd, 1948. Sm.double cr.16mo; scarlet cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; tan end-papers. Gilt very slightly darkened on spine; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper strengthened on verso.

Toole Stott, 55. The book was issued simultaneously blocked and lettered either silver or gilt. As Toole Stott remarks: "gold copies are scarce".

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Catalina: A Romance. William Heinemann Ltd, 1948. Double cr.16mo; scarlet cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked silver on front cover, ruled and lettered silver on spine; tan end-papers. Near-fine copy.

Toole Stott, 55. The book was issued simultaneously blocked and lettered either silver or gilt.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). The writer's point of view. London, Published for the National Book League By the Cambridge University Press, 1951. One gathering, 12mo, wire-stitched into white card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in red. Fine copy in virtually fine dust-wrapper.



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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Ten novels and Their authors. William Heinemann Ltd, 1954. Double demy 16mo; pp.[vi]+306; light green vertical rib-effect beaded linen-grain cloth, blocked with publisher's device on back cover, author's device on front cover, both blind, lettered with ruled box gilt and scarlet panel on flat spine. Barely perceptible foxing of fore-edges. Otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper with several small chips. Scarce in this condition.



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MAUGHAM (W. somerset). The partial View. William Heinemann Ltd, 1954. Final blank; black cloth lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and ruled gilt on spine, red spine panels, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Very nice copy in frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

First collected edition, including ‘The Summing Up' and ‘A Writer's Notebook', together with a Preface here first published.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset). Purely For My pleasure. Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto, 1962. Med 4to, gathered irregularly; frontispiece, sixteen double-sided and one single-sided plate, all in full colour; pp.28 (text); black buckram blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt down spine. Very nece copy in dust-wrapper with full-colour onlay. A difficult title.

A fascinating description of the formation of Maugham's major collection of paintings, etc., lavishly illustrated.

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MAUGHAM (W. Somerset, Esq., C.H.). Catalogue of The Collection of Impressionist and Modern Pictures Formed by W. Somerset Maugham, Esq., C.H. Which will be sold by auction by Messrs Sotheby & Co At their large Galleries 34 and 35 New Bond Street, London W1. Day of Sale Tuesday 10 April 1962 at nine-thirty p.m. precisely And on view at least two days previous (not Saturdays). Illustrated catalogue (31 plates 16 in colour) price 10s. [Sotheby & Co, 1962]. Sq.double med.8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; thirty other illustrations on text-paper; pp.64; light green boards printed in black; buff end-papers. Nice copy.

Includes a Preface by Maugham.

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MAUROIS (Andre). Mape. Translated by Eric Sutton. With four Woodcuts by Constance Grant. John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1926. Four illustrations on text-paper; yellow green cloth, cream spine label, printed in black and red; t.e. mostly cut. Very light foxing of edges; otherwise an extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper with an additional woodcut illustration by Constance Grant.

Due to a fault in the binding, some gatherings have escaped the binder's knife at the top-edges. These have remained unopened, and show the volume never to have been read.

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MAUROIS (Andre). 3 Letters On the English. 1941, Chatto and Windus. Half-title not called for; advertisement leaf at end; cream boards printed in red and blue; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Number 14 of the Zodiac Books.

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MAXWELL (Gavin). The House Of Elrig. Longmans, 1965. Demy 8vo; twelve double-sided plates; numerous illustrations in the text; final blank; red boards lettered gilt down spine; pale grey endpapers. Fine copy in very slightly marked dust-wrapper a little faded on spine.

'An autobiography of childhood'. The dust-wrapper is designed by the author.

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MEADE (L.T.). Resurgam. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., 1903. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+319+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated July 1903; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled box on front cover, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Two small fox-spots on fore-edges of first two gatherings; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of Meade's books.

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MEADE (L.T.). The Adventures of Miranda. John Long, 13 and 14 Norris Street, Haymarket, 1904. Advertisements on verso of last leaf of text; 8pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end dated March, 1906; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled panels on front cover and spine; lower edges uncut; edges and last few leaves foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of Meade's books.

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MEADE (L.T.). The Curse of the Feverals. With Coloured Frontispiece by E.J. Sherie. John Long, 1907. Frontispiece in full colour; two leaves integral advertisements followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue, at end, dated ‘June - Sept., 1907'; cerise slightly rough fine buckram, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine, oval paper onlay printed in full colour on front cover; lower-edges uncut. Half-title foxed; otherwise very nice.

Hereditary curse, apparently of the ‘black gene' variety. Not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of Meade's books.

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MEADE (L.T.). A bunch of cousins And The barn ‘boys'. With four illustrations by Hilda Cowham. W. & R. Chambers, Limited, N.D. [1908]. Frontispiece, and three plates; orange buckram, lettered yellow and black-outlined yellow on front cover, black on spine; panelled yellow, pictorially blocked in black, red, and pink on spine, grey, black, red, and pink on front cover; grey coated end-papers. Very slight fading of covers, otherwise a fine copy in a frayed and slightly rubbed pictorial dust-wrapper. Rare thus.

The fading of the covers, despite the very thick red dust-wrapper, appears to be more or less inevitable. Juvenile. Not in Sadleir; this title not in the extensive Wolff collection of Meade's books.

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MELVILLE (Herman). The Apple-tree table And other sketches. With an Introductory Note by Henry Chapin. Princeton: Princeton University Press; London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1922. Demy 8vo; three blanks before half-title, three at end, the outermost serving as paste-downs; limitation leaf precedes first blank at end; quarter tan fine-weave cloth, lettered, and with short rule, black, on spine, dull grey-green boards; a.e. uncut. One blank lacking at front, and slight, probably consequent, damage to front end-papers; end-papers slightly cracking; otherwise a nice copy.

Blanck, 13681. One of an issue limited to 1,500 copies of a total printing of 1,675.

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MELVILLE (Lewis, i.e. Lewis S. Benjamin). Not all the truth. Illustrated from hitherto unpublished drawings by Max Beerbohm, Flora Lion, Harry Furniss, David Low, Arthur Rackham, Hugh Thomson, Reginald Hargreaves, Aubrey Hamond, "Matt," "Sava," and Peter Beaumont. Jarrolds Publishers London, Limited, 34 Paternoster Row, E.C. 4, 1928. Med.8vo; portrait frontispiece, and fifteen plates, two being in colour; three illustrations on text-paper; final blank; light violet buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Wide-ranging literary, dramatic and artistic reminiscences.

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MENCKEN (H.L.). Treatise On The Gods. 1930, New York, Alfred A. Knopf. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; title-page and verso of half-title (advertisements) printed in black and cerise; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; dark blue buckram, blocked with author's initials, blind, on front cover, blocked and lettered with publisher's device, blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered, gilt, on spine; t.e. yellow, fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper with two or three small chips.



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MENCKEN (H.L.). Treatise On right and Wrong. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd., Broadway House: 68-74 Carter Lane, E.C., 1934. Lge.post 8vo; pp.[x]+[278]; crimson cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing of edges and prelims.; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.



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MENEN (Aubrey). The Backward Bride: A Sicilian scherzo. 1950, Chatto and Windus, London. Two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; pp.[viii]+243+[i (printer's imprint)]+[4]; dull blue smooth cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e dull blue, lower-edges uncut. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper designed by Biro.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled initials on the front end-paper. Smallwood was Menen's editor at Chattos. The author's scarce third book: a humorous critique of contemporary fads, taking in existentialism, psychoanalysis, and free love.

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MENEN (Aubrey). The Abode of love: The conception, financing and daily routine of An English Harem in the middle of the Nineteenth century described in The form of a novel. 1957, Chatto and Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title, one at end; pp.[xii]+209+[iii]; mottled pinkish red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Inscribed "NS's copy" in pencil on the front end-paper in Norah Smallwood's hand. Smallwood was Menen's editor at Chatto's: books so inscribed are usually advance copies sometimes differing in minor respects from the published book. The fictionalised story of the nineteenth century guru, Henry James Prince. The author's seventh book, sub-titled on the dust-wrapper: ‘Life in an English harem'.

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[MEREDITH (George).]. George Meredith And the Monthly Observer. By Maurice Buxton Forman. Privately Printed, 1911. Author's first proofs both of text and wrappers, bearing the stamp "First proof 6 Oct. 1911" on the upper margin of the title-page and on the front wrapper - that on the wrapper being corrected by hand, apparently from a ‘3'. 24pp., not sewn, laid loosely into buff paper wrappers. Wrappers slightly embrowned and torn at the fold; otherwise fine.

The published edition consisted of only twenty-one copies. Forman here describes five copies of a ms. periodical to which Meredith contributed in 1848 - 9, and which for a time he edited. The pamphlet includes several passages of previously unprinted prose and verse by Meredith, as well as some variant readings of poems which later re-appeared elsewhere.

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MEREDITH (George). The Letters of George Meredith To Alice Meynell With annotations thereto 1896-1907. The Nonesuch Press, London and San Francisco, 1923. Roy.8vo; three blanks before half-title; colophon leaf followed by two blanks at end; quarter pale grey green coarse buckram lettered gilt on spine, drab board sides; uncut edges; drab faced end-papers. Inscription on front blank (v. below); slight wear to fore-edge of front board; otherwise fine.

One of an edition limited to 850 copies on Ingres paper. Printed, without acknowledgment, at the Kynoch Press. The second book issued by the Nonesuch Press. Presentation copy to Walter de la Mare from R.N. Green-Armitage, bearing his signed inscription on the first blank.

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[MEREDITH (George).]. Some of George Meredith's Poems. A Lecture By Alice Woods. Truslove & Hanson Limited, N.D. [1908]. Half-title not called for; fawn wrappers printed in black. Wrappers embrowned at edges, otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.



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[MEREDITH (George).]. Memories of George Meredith O.M. By Lady Butcher. With three illustrations. Constable and Company Ltd, 1919. Frontispiece silhouette, and two plates; blue cloth blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Slight spotting of back cover, and spine a litle darkened; otherwise a very nice copy.



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MERRICK (Leonard). The Quaint Companions. London, Grant Richards, 1903. 12pp. publisher's text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with prelims.; pp.[iv]+296+12; light and darker sea-green linen-patterned cloth, blocked in violet and pale green, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

Sadleir, 1711, describing the pale green blocking as ‘white'; Wolff, 4752

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MERRICK (Leonard). Four stories. London, 1925 [i.e., 1926]. Roy.8vo in half sheets; three blanks before half-title the outermost serving as end-papers; printed throughout in purple and black; colophon leaf at end; pp.[4]+101+[i (blank)]+[ii (verso blank)]; full limp parchment, lettered gilt up spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Virtually fine copy.

One of a total edition limited to 200 copies numbered and signed by the author (180 for sale). According to the colophon "This is the sixth of the Vine Books produced by Wilfred Partington and issued to subscribers from the Office of "The Bookman's Journal." The woodcuts are by Norman James, the book being printed on Kelmscott hand-made paper at The Baynard Press, and bound by McLeish, 1926."

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MERRIMAN (Henry Seton [i.e., Hugh Stowell Scott]). The last hope. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1904. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+vi+350+[ii]; bright light blue vertical rib effect patterned sand grain cloth, ruled black, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut; end-papers faced dark brown. Three or four leaves with light foxing, otherwise a brilliantly fine, crisp, copy.

The author's scarce last novel, published posthumously.

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