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

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




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

PENNELL (Joseph). Joseph Pennell's Pictures of War Work in England. Reproductions of a series of drawings And lithographs of the munitions works Made by him with the permission and Authority of the British government With notes by the artist and with An introduction by H.G. Wells. William Heinemann, 1917. Fifty-one plates; brown buckram, paper labels on spine and front cover, that on the front cover being the full size of the page and bearing an illustration by Pennell. Spine label darkened and a little scuffed, cover label sllihtly scuffed and very slightly dusty; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.



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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The human boy. Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1900. Half-title not called for; final blank; rich brown linen ruled and blocked black on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine and end- papers slightly darkened, otherwise a fine copy.

First American edition.

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PHILLPOTTS (EDEN). The good red earth. All Dramatic and other Rights Reserved. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, 1901. Photographic frontispiece with tissue guard; final page integral advertisements; pp.319+[i]; vertically ribbed dark red cloth, with blind panel lettered, and blocked with border, all scarlet, on front cover, spine blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, gilt, and with blind panel bordered and lettered gilt; fore-edges mainly trimmed. Elaborate ownership inscription, dated ‘Augst.1901', on front end-paper, and smaller inscription removed, leaving slight thinning; back end-papers foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

This title not in Sadleir or Wolff; Hinton, p.24. One of 3,000 copies. Issued as Volume XLI of ‘Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series'. The series listing on the advertisement page in this copy, runs, correctly, to Vol.XL.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The river. Methuen & Co., 1902. Photographic frontispiece with tissue guard; inserted 40pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated August 1902; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Minor faults, but in general a nice copy.

Hinton, p.27. P.305 in this copy is misnumbered 306, as noted by Hinton. The first issue, with the earliest date of the catalogue. 5,000 sets of sheets were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The river. Methuen & Co., 1902. Photographic frontispiece with tissue guard; inserted 40pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated September 1902; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Cloth slightly frayed at head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Hinton, p.27. P.305 in this copy is misnumbered 306, as noted by Hinton. The second issue, with the later date of the catalogue. 5,000 sets of sheets were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The farm Of the Dagger. George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1904. Post 8vo; frontispiece printed in sepia; dark blue smooth cloth, blocked scarlet, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. A very little scattered foxing, but a nice copy of a scarce title.

Hinton, p.33.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Knock at a venture. With a frontispiece. Methuen and Co., 1905. Photographic frontispiece with tissue guard; inserted 40pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated September 1905; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Covers worn, but sound; some foxing; a good copy only.

Hinton, p.35. This copy has the misprinted headline on p.158, as described by hinton, and the earliest date of the catalogue. 3,000 sets of sheets were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The poacher's wife. Methuen & Co., 1906. Leaf bearing signature mark ‘A' on recto precedes half-title; final blank; inserted 40pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated July 1906; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine, and spine slightly faded; catalogue foxed at edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Hinton, p.40. The first issue, with the earliest date of the advertisements. 6,000 sets of sheets were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The mother. Illustrated by Gunning King. Ward Lock & Co Limited, 1908. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; 16pp. publisher's catalogue at end, on text-paper; mottled red smooth cloth, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Two or three small damp splashes on covers; edges foxed, and a very little scattered foxing internally; otherwise a nice copy.

Hinton. p.46. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.114, 338, and 356, and are so inserted in this copy. Hinton lists three variants of this title, making no suggestions as to precedence, but numbering them as follows: (i) in dark green ribbed cloth, with the imprint at the foot of p.416; (ii) in red cloth, with the imprint at the foot of p.416; (iii) in dark green cloth, with the imprint at the foot of p.415. He further notes that the ‘make-up' of the advertisement leaves also varies in each case. Our own belief is that the red cloth variants are earlier, since later Phillpotts titles issued by Ward, Lock were in green ribbed cloth, though similarly blocked and lettered, and this would suggest that copies with the imprint at the foot of p.415 are of a later printing. This would seem to be confirmed by a (very welcome) pencilled ownership inscription at the head of the first page of text in this copy, which is dated ‘1/2/08'. The present copy advertises this title, without either blurb or reviews, as the fifth title listed on the first page of the advertisements. Other red cloth copies examined have had different advertisements, but the inclusion or omission of such new or forthcoming titles appears to occur randomly, and we do not believe that it is possible to distinguish precedence as between red cloth copies on the basis of the advertisements.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The mother. Illustrated by Gunning King. Ward Lock & Co Limited, 1908. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; 16pp. publisher's catalogue at end, on text-paper; mottled red smooth cloth, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Spine faded, and cloth frayed a little at extreme head and tail; edges slightly foxed, and scattered foxing throughout; in general, a very good copy.

Hinton. p.46. There is no list of illustrations, but they are marked to face pp.114, 338, and 356, and are so inserted in this copy. Hinton lists three variants of this title, making no suggestions as to precedence, but numbering them as follows: (i) in dark green ribbed cloth, with the imprint at the foot of p.416; (ii) in red cloth, with the imprint at the foot of p.416; (iii) in dark green cloth, with the imprint at the foot of p.415. He further notes that the ‘make-up' of the advertisement leaves also varies in each case. Our own belief is that the red cloth variants are earlier, since later Phillpotts titles issued by Ward, Lock were in green ribbed cloth, though similarly blocked and lettered, and this would suggest that copies with the imprint at the foot of p.415 are of a later printing. There has passed through our hands a copy of this variant, but with slightly different advertisements, bearing an ownership inscription dated ‘1/2/08', and this would seem to confirm our hypothesis. The present copy bears an ownership inscription on the front end-paper dated ‘July 2. 1908', and the advertisements here do not include a listing of this title. Other red cloth copies examined have had different advertisements, but the inclusion or omission of such new or forthcoming titles appears to occur randomly, and we do not believe that it is possible to distinguish precedence as between red cloth copies on the basis of the advertisements.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Tales of The tenements. John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1910. 4pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with prelims.; pp.xii+335+[i (blank)]+[iv]; dark red rough buckram, blocked and lettered black on front cover, blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Front cover a little marked and darkened; some scattered light dusting and marking; a very good copy, nonetheless.

Short stories, set on Dartmoor. Hinton, p.54. Five thousand copies were printed. In our experience, however, a difficult title.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The beacon. T. Fisher Unwin, 1911. Title-page printed in scarlet and black; red rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine. A nice copy.

Hinton, p.58. 7,500 copies were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The beacon. T. Fisher Unwin, 1911. Title-page printed in scarlet and black; red rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine. Spine slightly faded; edges and prelims. foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Hinton, p.58. 7,500 copies were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The lovers. A romance. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1912. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and one other plate; publisher's 16pp. text-paper catalogue at end; vertically ribbed dark yellow-green cloth, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Fine copy.

Hinton, p.65. The correct first edition, dated 1912 at the foot of the title-page. The plate is marked to face p.181, but here incorrectly faces p.180, as usual.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The old time Before them. John Murray, 1913. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; mottled red rough buckram, blocked blind, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Front free end-paper scuffed where name has been removed; a little scattered foxing; otherwise very nice.

Hinton, p.68, noting no variance of state. This copy, however, agrees with Hinton in having p.153 misnumbered 15, and is of the second state, a few advance copies having this page correctly numbered. 5,000 copies of the book were published.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The master of Merripit. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1914. Frontispiece with tissue guard; 16pp. publisher's advertisements on text-paper at end; vertically ribbed dark yellow-green cloth, blocked blind and gilt, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Near fine copy.

Hinton, p.72. According to Hinton, the second issue binding, without the publisher's blind device on the back cover. Since earlier Phillpotts titles issued by Ward, Lock, uniform with, or blocked similarly to, the present volume, have, like this, the back cover plain, we suspect that Hinton here may have reversed the true order of precedence. 6,000 sets of sheets were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Brunel's Tower. William Heinemann, 1915. Publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue, undated, at end; dark grey-ggreen linen-grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Gilt a trifle dull on spine, and cloth a little faded; slight foxing of prelims. and edges; otherwise nice.

Hinton, p.76. The first of the three issues listed by Hinton, the last page of the advertisements listing four Dostoevsky titles instead of the six of the second issue. A neat inscription on the front end-paper is dated ‘Mar: 1915'. 4,650 sets of sheets were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Brunel's Tower. William Heinemann, 1915. Publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue, undated, at end; dark grey-green coarse-beaded linen-grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Gilt a trifle dull on spine; slight foxing of prelims.and edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Hinton, p.76. The second of the three issues listed by Hinton, the last page of the advertisements listing six Dostoevsky titles instead of the four of the first issue. A neat inscription on the front end-paper is dated ‘Mar: 1915'. 4,650 sets of sheets were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The Spinners. A novel. William Heinemann, 1918. Advertisement leaf before half-title; vertically ribbed dark grey-green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover and spine. Light marginal embrowning of poor quality wartime paper; slight foxing of end-papers and prelims.; otherwise very nice.

Advance copy, bearing the publisher's ‘Presentation copy' stamp in blind on title-page. The front end-paper bears the inscription ‘E from E. / November 1918', conceivably in Phillpotts' hand. Hinton, p.88, calls for a 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at the end. Copies without the catalogue are evidently the earlier.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). "Cheat-the-boys". William Heinemann Ltd., 1924. Blank before half-title; grey-green buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine, blocked with publisher's device black on back cover; lower-edges uncut. First and last few leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Hinton, p.113. 4,000 copies were printed.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The torch and Other tales. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., N.D. [1929]. Two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers, blank at end followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue dated Spring, 1929; pale sage green linen grain cloth, ruled blind, lettered black, on front cover; ruled and lettered black on spine. Slight foxing of edges and end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Hinton, p.148. With the misprints described by Hinton: ‘This' for ‘That' in the ninth title listed on the verso of the half-title; ‘39' for ‘29' for the second story in the list of Contents; and ‘XVI' for ‘XV' in the heading on p.275.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The torch and Other tales. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., N.D. [1929]. Two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; final blank, followed by 16pp. publisher's catalogue dated Spring 1929; dark sand net grain cloth ruled and lettered black on spine and front cover. Very nice copy.

Identical with Hinton, p.29 internally in all respects, including misprints, but a variant binding not recorded by Hinton, his copy being in green canvas-finished cloth and with different ruling.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Stormbury. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., 34-36 Paternoster Row, London, N.D. [1931]. Sm.cr.8vo; vignette on title-page; 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end, dated Early Summer 1931; pp.288 ?+[viii]; sand brown rough cloth ruled blind on front cover, black on spine, lettered black on front cover and spine. Cloth of spine very slightly faded, and some very light foxing of edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy of a scarce title.

From the library of Hugh Walpole, with his Brackenbury bookplate on the front paste-down. Dated only on the advertisements.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The broom squires. Ernest Benn Limited, February, 1932. Double f'cap 16mo, gathered in twenties; grey wrappers, cut flush, printed in blue and black on front cover and up spine, in black on back and inside covers; issued without end-papers. Owner's small, neat, name on upper margin of half-title page; otherwise virtually a fine copy.

Issued as number 4 of ‘Benn's Ninepenny Novels'.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). A year with Bisshe-Bantam. Blackie & Son Limited, 1934. Final blank; pale fawn Sundour cloth, ruled orange on front cover, lettered dark brown on front cover and spine; pale grey end-papers. Very nice copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper darkened on spine.

Complete with the 4pp. list headed ‘Blackie's Autumn Anouncements 1934' loosely laid in, as issued.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Portrait Of a Gentleman. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., N.D. [1934]. Blank before half-title; 56pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated ‘Spring & early summer 1934' and denoted ‘Second edition'; very dark grey cloth lettered yellow on front cover and spine. Slight general wear to covers; prelims. foxed; otherwise a nice copy.



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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The wife of Elias. Hutchinson & Co., (Publishers), Ltd., N.D. [1935]. Post 8vo; publisher's inserted catalogue, 40pp., at end, dated Spring 1935; black buckram, lettered yellow on front cover and spine. Almost imperceptible damp spotting of back cover; edges lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

With the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper, and an envelope containing a brief ALS (forty words) from Phillpotts, dated ‘1 May 1935' loosely laid in.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The white camel. Illustrated by Sheikh Ahmed. Country Life Ltd, 1936. Double f'cap 8vo; frontispiece and eleven plates; vignette on title-page, and numerous illustrations in text; quarter pale tangerine cloth, light brown boards, lettered green on spine and front board. Silver-fish damage to paper covering of boards towards edges; otherwise a very nice copy in a chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Juvenile.

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). Goldcross. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1940. Pale sand cloth lettered brown on spine. Covers slightly faded; front free end-paper and half-title leaf removed, title-leaf slit but still attached; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Presentation copy from the author to novelist and critic Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, with Phillpotts' covering letter, explaining the removal of the prelims. loosely laid in: "Methuens convey the bleak news that ‘Goldcross' is not at present available, so I have secured a family copy for you."

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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). There was an old woman. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, N.D. [1947]. Short cr.8vo; final blank; black cloth lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Nice copy.



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PHILLPOTTS (Eden). The Waters of Walla. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, N.D. [1950]. Short cr.8vo; black cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy.

Devon novel.

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PICKARD (Tom). Guttersnipe. City Lights, San Francisco, 1971. Lge.post 8vo format, perfect bound; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in black; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a little marked and darkened; otherwise a nice copy.



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PICKLES (Christopher M.). [Cover title:] The water vole. By Christopher M. Pickles. [Inside back cover:] 1972...Published/Printed/Distributed: Writers workshop, 35a, Edgeware Rd., Marble Arch, London, W.2.2JE. Seven single leaves (including covers), f'cap folio format, duplicated, stapled at top corner, the front cover bearing a large illustration by Opal L. Nations. Virtually fine copy. Rare.

A short story. From the Opal Nations file.

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PILNYAK (Boris). Mother earth And other stories. Translated from the Russian And edited by Vera T. Reck and Michael Green. Andre Deutsch, 1969. Double cr.16mo; tangerine boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. orange. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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PINGET (Robert). The Libera me Domine Translated by Barbara Wright. Calder and Boyars, 1972. Lge.16mo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; brownish grey boards lettered silver down spine. A nice copy.

First published in French in 1968.

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PINTO (Vivian de Sola). The City that Shone. An autobiography (1895 - 1922). Hutchinson of London, 1969. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece and four double sided plates; bright blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine; grey end-papers. Fine in nicked dust-wrapper.

Early memories of the Huxleys, the Sitwells, the Morrell circle, and Siegfried Sassoon under whom he served during the First World War.

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PIRANDELLO (Luigi). Better think twice About it And Twelve Other Stories. Translated by Arthur and Henrie Mayne. John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd, 1933. Double cr.16mo; final blank; dark red cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine; t.e. brick red. Two or three fox-spots on prelims and edges; otherwise a fine copy.

The first appearance of any of Pirandello's stories in England.

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PIRANDELLO (Luigi). The naked truth And eleven other Stories. Translated by Arthur and Henrie Mayne. John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1934. Double cr.16mo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; red cloth lettered black on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

The second volume of Pirandello's stories to appear in England.

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PIRSIG (Robert M.). Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An inquiry into Values. The Bodley Head, London Sydney, Toronto, 1974. Double demy 16mo; two blanks at end; pp.412+[iv]; hammered dull brown cloth-textured boards, lettered and with taper-rule gilt on spine. Inscription and rubber stamp on front end-paper (v. note); otherwise a virtually fine copy.

The publisher's File Copy, so rubber-stamped on the front end-paper. Brief publication details have been added beneath this in ink, including (presumably) the scheduled publication date: ‘24/10/74'.

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PLAIDY (Jean). The sixth wife. Robert Hale Limited, 63 Old Brompton Road, 1953. Double cr.16mo; maroon boards lettered gilt on spine. Covers, end-papers, and extreme lower edges of first and last few leaves damp-marked; otherwise nice.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. A novel based on the life of Katharine Parr.

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PLANT (Fred). Tales And Sketches. London: Francis Riddell Henderson, 26, Paternoster Square, 1901. F'cap 8vo; 3pp. publisher's integral advertisements, the last bearing printer's imprint on verso, followed by blank at end; pp.222+[iii]+[i]+[2]; slate green buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Cloth colour a trifle rubbed; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Not in Wolff, though it would just qualify.

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PLANTE (David). The Francoer Family: The Family, The Woods, The Country. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, London, 1984. Extra double cr.16mo, perfect bound;blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+547+[i (blank)]+[4]; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in colours; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper.

The first collected edition of a trilogy originally published by Gollancz in 1978, 1981, and 1982.

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PLATH (Sylvia). A Day in June an uncollected Short story by Sylvia Plath. Embers Handpress, Ely, 1981. One cr. 8vo gathering; leaf bearing copyright notice on verso precedes title-leaf; half-title not called for; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; pp.12+[ii]+[ii]; textured pale gray self-wrappers spotted white, printed grey-green and blue on front wrapper, with publisher's device black on back wrapper; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

One of a total edition limited to 160 numbered copies hand-printed on Barcham-Green hand-made paper (this being one of 75 on ‘Langley'), with wrappers of ‘Auvergne' paper. There were also two copies printed on ‘Chester', and eighty-two on ‘Hayle'.

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PLATH (Sylvia). The green rock. Embers Handpress, Ely, 1982. One gathering lge.12mo; blank before half-title; colophon leaf followed by two blanks at end; pp.[ii]+16+[i]+[v]; textured pale lime green self-wrappers spotted white, printed grey-green and dark green on front wrapper, grey-green down spine. Fine copy in original slip-case covered in textured pale grey-green paper dpotted white; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 160 numbered copies hand-printed on ‘various' Barcham-Green hand-made papers, with wrappers (and slip-case) of ‘Auvergne' paper. The first edition of this story written in 1949.

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PLOMER (William). Turbott Wolfe. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, W.C.1, 1925 [i.e., March 1926]. Dull light brown fine linen grain cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine. Fine copy.

Connolly, Modern Movement, 52; Woolmer, 73. The author's first book.

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PLOMER (William). I speak of Africa. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, 1927. Integral advertisement leaf at end (Press Notices of ‘Turbott Wolfe'); salmon red vertical herring-bone patterned cloth, lettered and with gilt rule on spine. Gilt rubbed on spine; spine and edges of covers slightly faded; light marginal embrowning throughout, and slight marginal foxing of three leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

Woolmer, 142.

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PLOMER (William). Paper houses. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1929. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; blue cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Spine and edges of covers faded; crease in front end-paper; first and last few leaves and edges foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Woolmer 205. 1,262 copies printed. Now, however, unaccountably scarce.

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PLOMER (William). Sado. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, 1931. Integral advertisement leaf at end; orange cloth. lettered blue-green on spine. Spine slightly faded, and covers generally a little dusty; front free end-paper lacking; first and last few leaves foxed; a good copy.

Woolmer, 266. This copy bears the publisher's rubber stamp on the back paste-down: ‘Colonial cloth edition'. It is not otherwise obviously different from the English edition.

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PLOMER (William). The case is altered. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1932. 2pp. integral advertisements at end; green cloth lettered gilt on spine. Spine darkened, edges very slightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy, in badly chipped remains of dust-wrapper.

Woolmer 302. 1,520 copies printed.

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PLOMER (William). The case is altered. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1932. 2pp. integral advertisements at end; green cloth lettered gilt on spine. Spine darkened, and covers a little rubbed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Woolmer 302. 1,520 copies printed.

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PLOMER (William). The case is altered. Second Edition. Published by Leonard Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 40/42 William IV Street, London, W.C.2, 1946. 2pp. integral advertisements at end; blue cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Extreme tips of spine a trifle faded; otherwise a fine copy in torn and somewhat chipped dust-wrapper. Scarce.

The publisher's Production Office Copy, with their label to this effect on the spine of the dust-wrapper. This edition not in Woolmer. Not to be confused with the ‘Cheap Edition' of 1935, which Woolmer records under 302 as re-issued in a new jacket in December 1943 as No.6 of the Hogarth Crown Library. An interesting volume, exhibiting a rare transitional imprint.

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PLOMER (William). The child of Queen Victoria And other Stories. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1933. Lake Sundour cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, lettered white on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Enamel almost wholly lacking from spine; otherwise nice.



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PLOMER (William). Cecil Rhodes. With a frontispiece. Peter Davies Limited, 1933. Portrait frontispiece; 6pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; black buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, panelled blue on spine; t.e. grey. Near-fine copy. Scarce.

Issued as a volume in the series ‘Short Biographies'.

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[PLOMER (William).]. To the Mountain. By Bradford Smith. With an Introduction by William Plomer. Hamish Hamilton, 90 Great Russell Street, 1936. Lge.cr.8vo; numerous illustrations on text-paper, signed FAG; black buckram, ruled, blocked with publisher's monogram device, and lettered, red on spine; end-papers printed pictorially brick red with design signed FAG. Covers dull, and enamel chipped on spine; internally fine. A scarce title.

A novel set in Japan.

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[PLOMER (William).]. Curious relations By William d'Arfey. Edited by William Plomer. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1945. Old cream coarse buckram, blocked and lettered royal blue on spine; lower-edges uncut. Short tear in back free end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and very slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



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PLOMER (William). Four countries. Jonathan Cape, 1949. Light yellow green cloth, lettered puce on front cover, blocked and lettered puce on spine; lower-edges lightly trimmed. Nice copy.



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PLOMER (William). At home: Memoirs. Jonathan Cape, 1958. Lge.post 8vo; final blank; black and white mixed weave cloth, ruled black on sides, blocked with Plomer's initials black on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram device and panelled black, lettered black and silver, on spine; t.e. iron grey. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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PLOMER (William). Address given At the Memorial service for Ian Fleming. St. Bartholomew The great. September 15th 1964. Med.8vo; 12pp., sewn as a single gathering; imprint leaf at end; black cloth, flat spine, white label on front cover; end-papers folded around the back of the text (i.e., with the paste-downs conjugate, the free end-papers likewise). Fine copy in original wax-paper dust-wrapper.



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PLOMER (William). Address given At the Memorial service for Ian Fleming. St. Bartholomew The great. September 15th 1964. Med.8vo; 12pp., sewn as a single gathering into black card wrappers, cut flush, white label on front wrapper; imprint leaf at end; issued without end-papers. Fine copy in original wax-paper dust-wrapper.



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PLUNKETT (James). Farewell Companions. Hutchinson of London, 1977. Double lge.post 8vo; light sage green boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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POTOCKI ([Geoffrey Wladislas Vaile] Count de Montalk). Snobbery with Violence: A poet in gaol. By Count Potocki of [sic] Montalk. Wishart & Co., [10 John Street, Adelphi, London, W.C.2,] 1932. Cr.8vo format, 56pp. sewn as a single gathering into large plain white card wrappers, black self-wrapper printed on front, back, and flaps in red; issued without end-papers. Very slight chipping to back wrapper and small internal repairs; pinholes through blank margins of some three or four leaves, but a very good copy, nonetheless, of a delicate book.

Issued as No.10 in the series ‘Here and Now Pamphlets', the front flap bearing advertisements for Nos.7 - 9, the back panel advertisements for Nos.1 - 6. The author, who was sent to prison for publishing an ‘obscene' poem, here gives a very intelligent and readable account of day to day life in Wormwood Scrubbs at that date, and makes some suggestions for reform. He gives his full name, as above, in the course of the text.

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POTTER (Dennis). Hide And seek. Andre Deutsch/Quartet Books, 1973. Narrow demy 8vo, perfect bound; leaf bearing blurb precedes title-page; half-title not called for; final blank; blue textured wrappers, cut flush, printed white on sides and down spine; end-papers not called for. Fine copy in card dust-wrapper.

The Quartet Books ‘Midway Edition' issue, published simultaneously with the Deutsch issue.

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POTTER (Stephen). One-upmanship. Being some Account Of the Activities and Teaching Of the Lifemanship Correspondence college Of One-upness And Gameslifemastery. Illustrated by Lt.Col. Frank Wilson. Rupert Hart-Davis, 36 Soho Square London W1, 1952. Sm.cr.8vo; numerous illustrations in text; pp.160; light blue cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered silver up spine. Slight foxing of end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy in slightly chipped and faded dust-wrapper.

The third volume in the series (‘B[ottingham].3').

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POUND (Ezra). The Spirit of romance. An attempt to define somewhat the Charm of the pre-renaissance Literature of Latin Europe. J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 29 and 30 Bedford Street, N.D. [1910]. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; olive green linen grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt on spine; t.e. dark brown. Very slight wear to covers, and gilt oxydised; blank and edges slightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Galup A5a. The first binding. Nine hundred and fifty copies were issued in all.

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[POUND (Ezra).]. The natural Philosophy Of love By Remy de Gourmont. Translated with a postscript By Ezra Pound. The Casanova Society, 1926. Limitation slip and blank before half-title; quarter lilac cloth lettered and blocked gilt on spine, drab board sides; uncut edges. Covers worn; some dusting in text, but an excellent working copy, in grubby, badly torn, and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

One of an edition limited to 1,500 numbered copies for England and the United States.

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POUND (Ezra). Polite essays. Faber and Faber Ltd, February 1937. Blank before half-title; red cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. green, lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine copy in slightly rubbed and frayed dust-wrapper.

Gallup, A42. Precedes the American edition. Essays on Harold Monro, A.E. Housman, Joyce, Eliot, Dante, Etc.

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POWELL (Anthony). Afternon men. Duckworth, 1931. Grey green cloth lettered gilt on spine. Gilt slightly rubbed and end-papers a trifle marked; slight fading of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

The author's first book.

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POWELL (Anthony). Venusberg. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street London, 1932. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisements on verso of last leaf of text, followed by integral advertisement leaf, at end; light greenish fawn buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Covers a little marked, and gilt rather dull on spine; advertisement leaf more or less lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

The author's second book.

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POWELL (Anthony). From a view to a death. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street, 1933. Two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; two integral advertisement leaves followed by blank at end; light olive brown cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Spine a little faded, and with two small but unsightly stains where the cloth is snagged; blank lower corner chipped from one leaf; slight foxing of end-papers with offsetting onto facing leaves; otherwise a nice copy.

The author's third novel.

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POWELL (Anthony). Agents and Patients. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street London, 1936. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.272; 4pp. text-paper advertisements for the author's other books tipped in at end; pink buckram lettered gilt on spine. Cloth a trifle marked and creased, and with barely visible restoration to back back joint; front pastedown slightly scuffed where label has been removed; a little scattered light foxing, but generally a very nice copy internally.

The author's fourth novel, and a good deal scarcer in our experience than the first three.

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POWELL (Anthony). John Aubrey And his friends. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1948. Demy 8vo; title-page printed in red and black; portrait frontispiece, seven plates, and one facsimile on text-paper; two large folding pedigrees; black cloth lettered gilt on spine. Gilt on spine oxydised to green; single worm hole affecting back end-papers and blank lower corner of appendices and index leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

Despite the faults described above, a very acceptable copy of one of the more difficult Powell titles.

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POWELL (Anthony). John Aubrey And his friends. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1948. Demy 8vo; title-page printed in red and black; portrait frontispiece, seven plates, and one facsimile on text-paper; two large folding pedigrees; black cloth lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped and rubbed dust-wrapper.



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POWELL (Anthony). From a View to A Death. John Lehmann, 1948. Double f'cap 16mo; blue buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, panelled reddish pink, on spine. One slightly short gathering uncut (and unopened); other very minor production faults; a fine copy, nonetheless in very slightly nicked dust-wrapper. Scarce.

Issued as a volume in The Holiday Library. First revised edition (this fact being noted only on the inner flap of the dust-wrapper!). The spine panel in this copy is reddish pink - redder than the pink of the dust-wrapper, but nonetheless harmonisable with it. We suspect from a view of the over-all design that this is the first binding.

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POWELL (Anthony). From a View to A Death. John Lehmann, 1948. Double f'cap 16mo; blue buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, panelled brown, on spine. One slightly short gathering uncut (and unopened); other very minor production faults; a fine copy, nonetheless in very slightly nicked dust-wrapper. Scarce.

Issued as a volume in The Holiday Library. First revised edition (this fact being noted only on the inner flap of the dust-wrapper!). The spine panel in this copy is a darkish brown. We suspect this of being the second binding

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[POWELL (Anthony).]. Brief lives And Other Selected Writings By John Aubrey Edited with An introduction and notes by Anthony Powell. The Cresset Press, 1949. Double cr.16mo; series title precedes half-title; dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on front cover; t.e. light blue. Spine and top-edges slightly faded; end-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper slightly faded on spine.

Issued as a volume of ‘The Cresset Library' under the general editorship of John Hayward.

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POWELL (Anthony). A question of Upbringing: A Novel. William Heinemann Ltd, 1951. Blank before half-title; carmine cloth blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, panelled black, on spine; tan end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper torn and repaired with clear tape on verso.

The first, and by far the scarcest, volume in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence of novels.

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POWELL (Anthony). A buyer's market. A novel. William Heinemann Ltd., 1952. Double post.16mo; final blank; red cloth, blocked blind on back cover, lettered, blocked, and ruled gilt, panelled black, on spine; tan end-papers. Gilt slightly dull on spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's holograph inscription to Inez [Holden], signed ‘Tony', on the front end-paper. The second novel in the Dance to the Music of Time sequence.

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POWELL (Anthony). The acceptance World. A Novel. William Heinemann Ltd, 1955. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; carmine rough cloth blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, panelled black, on spine. Covers a little dull, and spine panel a trifle rubbed; otherwise a nice copy.

The third volume in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence of novels.

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POWELL (Anthony). At Lady Molly's. A Novel. Heinemann, 1957. Double cr.16mo; carmine smooth cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, panelled black, on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Gilt slightly dull, but a very nice copy.

The first binding: later copies being in a rough grained cloth. The fourth novel in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence of novels.

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POWELL (Anthony). At Lady Molly's. A Novel. Heinemann, 1957. Double cr.16mo; carmine rough cloth, flat back, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, panelled black, on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Very nice copy in slightly darkened dust-wrapper.

The second binding. The fourth novel in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence of novels.

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POWELL (Anthony). The soldier's art. A novel. Heinemann, 1966. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; final blank; scarlet smooth cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, panelled black, on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Small mark on top edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly faded on spine.

Agent's copy, with their small ownership label tipped on to the front end-paper. The eighth volume in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence.

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POWELL (Anthony). The military Philosophers. A novel. Heinemann, 1968. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end; white wrappers printed in blue, cut flush. Fine copy.

Uncorrected Proof copy.

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POWELL (Anthony). The military Philosophers. A novel. Heinemann, 1968. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end; scarlet smooth cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, panelled black, on spine. Fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

The ninth volume in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence. The first issue binding, in smooth cloth, the publisher's imprint at the foot of the spine being in an italic face of the same size and style as the author's name on the black panel above; the dust-wrapper is in the second state, the price having been clipped off, and replaced by a sticky label, here removed.

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POWELL (Anthony). The military Philosophers. A novel. Heinemann, 1968. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end; scarlet rough cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, panelled black, on spine. Extremely fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

The ninth volume in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence. The second issue binding, of rough cloth, the publisher's imprint at the foot of the spine being in a bold Roman face 1mm smaller than the italic face used for the author's name on the black panel above; the dust wrapper is in the third state, the price having been clipped off, and the flap overprinted with the new decimal price ‘£2.90 net'.

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POWELL (Anthony). Books do furnish A room: A novel. Heinemann, 1971. Double cr.16mo; three blanks at end; a set of unbound first page proofs on proofing paper, together with a first proof of the dust-wrapper. Fine.

As against the more familiar first (uncorrected) book proofs, of which two or three dozen copies might normally be produced, only three or four pulls of first page proofs will usually be made, for the exclusive use of editor and author, and it is at this stage that the more major corrections generally occur. The present copy differs substantially from the published version both in layout and text, authorial revisions being evident throughout; the dust-wrapper is without lettering on the flaps and the back panel.

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POWELL (Anthony). [Cover title]: Books do Furnish a Room. Heinemann, N.D. [1971]. Double cr.16mo; three blanks at end; yellow card wrappers, cut flush, printed in red and black; fore- and lower- edges mainly trimmed. Half-title and title leaves excised, but with the dedication and fly-title leaves present before the start of text; otherwise a fine, and partly unopened, copy.

First (uncorrected) book proofs, printed on varying grades of paper, and differing substantially from the published version both in layout and text. The tenth volume in the ‘Music of Time' sequence. This copy is from the library of the dedicatee of the eleventh volume in the series, Roland Gant, and carries his pencilled signature on the fly-title. The front cover bears an ink note of three page numbers, in Powell's hand, and these refer to pages on which Powell has made preliminary holograph corrections or revisions (affecting some fifteen words in all). All of these (with one minor change of punctuation) were incorporated in the published version of the book, along with many others, not here indicated. An interesting copy in that it seems to imply a good deal about the author's working methods - suggesting that it may perhaps be his habit to send a few early proofs, supplied with such corrections and alterations as may have immediately struck him as necessary, to selected friends in order to receive their comment prior to a final revision being made.

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POWELL (Anthony). Books do furnish A room. A novel. Heinemann, 1971. Double cr.16mo; three blanks at end, the last two serving as end-papers; dark red rough glazed cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, panelled black, on spine. Cloth a trifle rubbed at extreme tail of spine; inscription dated ‘February, 1971' on front end-paper; otherwise fine in dust-wrapper.

The tenth volume in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence.

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POWELL (Anthony). Temporary kings. A novel. Heinemann, 1973. Double cr.16mo; carmine cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, panelled black, on spine. Inscription removed from blank upper portion of first page of text, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a nice copy is slightly marked dust-wrapper.

The eleventh volume in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence. The first binding.

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POWELL (Anthony). Temporary kings. A novel. Heinemann, 1973. Double cr.16mo; scarlet cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, panelled black, on spine. Crease in front paste-down, due to an original binding fault, otherwise an extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper complete with the wrap-around flash announcing that the book has won the W.H. Smith £1,000 Annual Literary Award.

The eleventh volume in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence. A variant binding, presumably secondary.

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POWELL (Anthony). Hearing secret harmonies. A novel. Heinemann, 1975. Double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, all serving as end-papers; scarlet cloth, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt, panelled black, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The twelfth and final volume in the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence.

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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.

POWELL (Anthony). To Keep the Ball Rolling: The Memoirs of Anthony Powell Volume I. Infants of the Spring. Heinemann, 1976. Lge.double med.16mo; twelve double sided plates; final blank; greenish grey cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. pale green; pale green end-papers. Some fading of colour on top-edges; otherwise fine in dust-wrapper.



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POWELL (Anthony). To Keep the Ball Rolling: The Memoirs of Anthony Powell Volume II. Messengers of Day. The Quality Book Club, 1979. Double demy 16mo; eight double sided plates; duck egg blue boards, lettered and blocked with publisher's monogram gilt down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

Second edition, in the year following the first: in a different format, printed by a different firm, and with a wholly different dust-wrapper, that to this edition bearing a design by Maurice Wilson, R.I. Purchased commercially as a remainder, though this is nowhere indicated either on the volume or on the dust-wrapper.

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[POWELL (Anthony). To Keep the Ball Rolling: The Memoirs of Anthony Powell Volume II. Messengers of Day. Heinemann, 1978.] A set of unbound first uncorrected page proofs for the first edition (including the half-title, and incorrectly paginated Contents, but without the title leaf, for which no allowance has been made); lge.double med.16mo; eight double sided plates; 14pp. blank at end, the first of these pages being designated in the Contents as the start of the Index, the eight pages of this being present in the set in galley form, trimmed to page size, and stapled at the top corner. The Index leaves with median fold (they have probably been transmitted separately through the post), and two or three other small creases; otherwise fine.

Inscribed on the upper corner of the half-title page ‘Spare proof' - presumably by the publishers - the inscription seeming to confirm our own tentative hypothesis that only a handful of copies of this stage of the proofs (the first after the galleys) are likely to have been produced.

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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.

POWELL (Anthony). To Keep the Ball Rolling: The Memoirs of Anthony Powell Volume II. Messengers of Day. Heinemann, 1978. Lge.double med.16mo; eight double sided plates; pp.[x]+209+[iii (blank)]; dark greenish grey cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. pale brown; pale brown end-papers. Fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

From the library of Carmen Callil, and bearing her bookplate on the front paste-down.

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POWELL (Anthony). To Keep the Ball Rolling: The Memoirs of Anthony Powell Volume III. Faces in My Time. Heinemann, 1980. Lge.double med.16mo; eight double sided plates; pp.[x]+230; dark greenish grey cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red; light crimson end-papers. Very slight fading of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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

POWELL (Anthony). O, How the Wheel Becomes It! A Novel. Heinemann: London, 1983. Narrow double med.16mo; pp.143+[i (blank)]; deep cerise beaded linen-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked with publisher's device, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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POWELL (Anthony). To Keep the Ball Rolling: The Memoirs of Anthony Powell Volume III. Faces in My Time. The Quality Book Club, 1980. Double demy 16mo; eight double sided plates; scarlet boards, lettered and blocked with publisher's monogram gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Second edition, in the same year as the first: in a different format, printed by a different firm, and with a wholly different dust-wrapper, that to this edition bearing a design by Maurice Wilson, R.I. Purchased commercially as a remainder, though this is nowhere indicated either on the volume or on the dust-wrapper.

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POWELL (Anthony). Penguin first editions, Harmondsworth, Middx., titles and dates as under, all except the first with cover illustrations by Osbert Lancaster. Fine copies.

From a View to a Death, 1961; Agents and Patients, 1962; A Question of Upbringing, 1962; A Buyer's Market, 1962; The Acceptance World, 1962; Afternoon Men, 1963; The Valley of Bones, 1968.

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POWELL (Anthony). Three TLS, each with holograph additions, on headed quarto paper, dated 23 September 1976, 5 March 1977, and 25 July 1980, 7ll, 6ll, and 12ll, respectively, with envelopes, to an English admirer, the first two recommending forthcoming books, the third referring to an article in the ‘Sunday Times', mentioning that he is at work on the fourth volume of the memoirs, and declining to sign volumes of his works: "I hope you will not think me ungracious to say no, but this matter does arise rather often, and I have had to make a rule that I do so only for people I know personally. I am sure you will understand that having laid that down I must stick to it." The three letters, fine, in roughly opened envelopes . . .



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[POWELL (Anthony).]. [By] Carl Pidoll: Eroica. A novel. Nikolaus Zmeskall von Domanovetz's Reminiscences of Beethoven. Translated by Anthony Powell. Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1956. Blank before half-title; blue boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. One corner slightly bruised; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper rubbed and a little fragile over fold of back flap. Distinctly scarce.

In this copy the front flap of the dust-wrapper was originally headed: ‘Eroica / Carl Pidoll / Translated by Jean Stewart'. A correction slip has been pasted over. Listed in the British Library Catalogue as though by the author of the ‘Dance to the Music of Time' sequence of novels: in a letter to ourselves, however, that Powell states that he does not speak German, and has instructed his bibliographer to inform the British Library that it is not by him. The REAL Anthony Powell was in fact at that time music critic of ‘The Times'.

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POWYS (John Cowper). Visions and Revisions: A book of Literary devotions. New York, G. Arnold Shaw, 1915. Demy 8vo; final leaf integral advertisements; quarter white buckram, spine with raised bands, lettered and ruled dark blue; blue board sides printed in dark blue on front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight darkening of spine, and corners just a little worn; otherwise a fine copy.

The first book published by G. Arnold Shaw. Precedes English issue.

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POWYS (John Cowper). Rodmoor: A romance. 1916, G. Arnold Shaw, New York. Pp.[viii]+460; very dark grey-green rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher's device, lettered, and with short rule gilt on spine. Very faint stain affecting lower margins of a few leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

Apparently the author's own copy of his second novel, with a small near contemporary typed slip bearing the address of his house (but not his name) lightly tipped on to the front end-paper. There was no contemporary English edition.

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POWYS (John Cowper). Jobber Skald. John Lane The Bodley Head, 1935. Demy 8vo, gathered in sixteens; final leaf integral advertisements; salmon cloth lettered very dark blue on spine; t.e. blue. Edges very slightly foxed; spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with one small tear.

The first English edition.

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POWYS (John Cowper). Letters to Henry Miller. With an introduction by Ronald Hall. Village Press, 1975. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.96; laminated white card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in scarlet, on back wrapper and down spine in black; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Virtually fine copy.



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