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.

[PUTNAM (George Palmer)]. George Palmer Putnam: A Memoir, Together with a Record of the Earlier Years of the Publishing House Founded by Him. By George Haven Putnam, Litt.D. G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York and London, The Knickerbocker Press, 1912. Med.8vo; half-title not called for; binder's blank at front, two at end; collotype frontispiece with tissue guard bearing caption in red precedes title-page printed in red and black; two integral blanks follow last page of Index; pp.[viii]+476; vertically fine ribbed cerise cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut; black and white headband; cream end-papers printed in black. Very nice copy.

Includes letters from James Fenimore Cooper, W.H. Prescott, Fredrika Bremmer, Charles Dickens, Jenny Lind, T.N. Talfourd, W.M. Thackeray, J. Bayard Taylor, Martin Tupper, Sir Walter Scott, Richard H. Dana, Jr., Henry W. Longfellow, R.W. Emerson, O.W. Holmes, Washington Irving, etc., memories of and material by Edgar Allan Poe, etc., etc. Putnam's career is of particular importance in the context of the development of international copyright. Apparently not noticed by Blanck for any of the authors listed.

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PYNCHON (Thomas). A novel: V. Jonathan Cape, 30 Bedford Square, 1963. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end; black boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered silver on spine; t.e. purple. Colour slightly faded on top edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition of the author's first book.

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PYNCHON (Thomas). Mortality and mercy In vienna. [On front cover:] Aloes Books, N.D. [1976]. 24pp. sq.lge.post 8vo format, wire-stitched as a single gathering into glazed white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front cover in black and sepia; illustrated title-page printed in black and old mustard ("green, which came out brown", according to a statement from the publisher); half-title not called for; issued without end-papers. Fine.

Reprinted, by permission, from ‘Epoch', Spring 1959, Vol.IX, No.4. The first separate edition. This copy is of the correct first printing, distinguished from the second by the shade of inks, and by the fact of a large double printer's register cross, in black and sepia, appearing between the title and the author's name on the front wrapper. The second printing, which is without this cross, has the title-page printed in black and pale greyish brown. This dates from 1978. The third printing, dating from 1980, is in unglazed wrappers, printed, without the cross, in black and a slightly greenish sepia, and with the title-page printed in black and milk-chocolate. 1,000 copies of the first printing were made; 2,000 each of the second and third.

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PYNCHON (Thomas). Low-Lands. [On verso of title-page:] Aloes Books, 21 Carleton Road, London N.7., 1978. Tall post 8vo, 32pp., wire-stitched as a single gathering into glazed thin card (artboard) wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in colours, on back wrapper in pink; vignette title-page; blank, followed by leaf bearing advertisements (commercial and publisher's) at end; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

The first separate printing of a story originally published in ‘New World Writing', No.16 in 1960, here reproduced by permission of the author's agent (for which a fee of US $75.00 was charged - a fact worth stating, as Pynchon later characterised it as a piracy). The correct first printing, and one of 1,500 copies. A second printing, of 2,000 copies, in unglazed (pulpboard) wrappers was made in 1980, and a third, without the price on the back wrapper, in 1982, these printings consisting of 2,000 and 1,000 copies respectively. The striking cover design is from a photograph by/of Richard Mock.

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QUENNELL (Peter). Baudelaire And the symbolists. Five essays. London, Chatto & Windus, 1929. Med.8vo; Collotype frontispiece and three plates; final blank; pp.xii+221+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; grey loose-weave buckram, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper darkened on spine.

The author's first volume of prose.

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QUENNELL (Peter). The Phoenix-kind. A novel. Chatto & Windus, 1931. 2pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements followed by integral blank at end; blue cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue, lower-edges uncut. Some fading on covers; otherwise a fine copy in faded and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

The author's first novel.

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QUENNELL (Peter). Sympathy And other stories. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, 1933. Blank before half-title; pp.284; brownish red cloth lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue-grey, fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. End-papers foxed, with offsetting; t.e. slightly faded; otherwise a nice copy, partly unopened.

The author's first collection of short stories.

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"Q" [i.e., A.T. Quiller-Couch]. The white woolf And other fireside tales. Methuen & Co., 1902. Blank before half-title; publisher's inserted 40pp. catalogue at end, dated August 1902; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine and front cover; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower edges uncut. Small mark on back paste-down, and back end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a nice copy.



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"Q" (A.T. Quiller-Couch). Shakespeare's Christmas And other stories. With illustrations. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1905. Frontispiece and seven plates by Russell Flint, A. Forestier, and R. Caton Woodville; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; two-tone scarlet linen lettered black within black ruled box on front cover, lettered black on spine; lower-edges uncut. In general a nice copy of a scarce title.



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"Q" (A.T. Quiller-Couch). Sir John Constantine: Memoirs of his adventures at home and Abroad and particularly in the Island of Corsica: beginning With the year 1756. Written by his son Prosper Paleologus otherwise Constantine And edited by "Q" (A.T. Quiller-Couch). London, Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1906. (All rights reserved). Pp.viii+391+[i (printer's imprint)]; yellow-green linen-effect smooth buckram, lettered black within black ruled box on front cover, lettered black on spine; lower-edges uncut. Edges, half-title, and last two leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy.



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"Q" (A.T. Quiller-Couch). Major Vigoureux. Methuen & Co., 1907. Blank before half-title; 40pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated September 1907; blue cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt extra on spine; lower-edges uncut. Spine darkened, otherwise a nice copy of an uncommon title.



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"Q" [i.e., A.T. Quiller-Couch]. Hetty Wesley. A new edition. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Limited, 1908. Double pott 16mo; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.277+[iii]; purple buckram over thin boards, lettered black within black ruled boxes on front cover, lettered black on spine. Minute faded strip at extreme head of spine; otherwise a fine copy in minutely frayed pictorial dust-wrapper lightly embrowned on spine. Scarce.

Second issue, the front panel of the dust-wrapper bearing the price ‘1/- net', this being increased to ‘1/6 net' by a label on the spine. Includes the author's 5pp. ‘Preface To a new edition, 1908'. The front panel of the dust-wrapper makes clear that this was the edition for which the Preface was in fact written, adding that in it: "the Author replies to criticisms of the first edition". The first edition was published in 1903. The present edition not listed in CBEL.

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"Q" [i.e., Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch]. All rights reserved True Tilda. By "Q" (A.T. Quiller-Couch). Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, 1909. Post 8vo; title-page printed in red and black; pp.387+[i (blank)]; mottled dark red linen, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine, lettered black within black-ruled boxes, on front cover. Gilt very slightly dulled on spine, but a very nice copy of a difficult title.



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QUILLER-COUCH (Arthur). All rights reserved. Brother Copas By "Q" (Arthur Quiller-Couch). Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith Ltd., 11 Quay Street; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company Limited, 1911. Leaf bearing epigraph follows half-title; title-page printed in black and red; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[341]+[iii]; scarlet buckram blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine. Slight marking of covers; front free end-paper renewed; a little scattered light foxing; an excellent working copy of a scarce title.



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"Q" [i.e., Sir A.T. Quiller-Couch]. Hocken and Hunken: A Tale of Troy. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1912. Blank before half-title; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; crimson and scarlet mixed weave linen, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Spine slightly faded, and cloth a little bubbled; some foxing of prelims., advertisements, and edges; end-papers slightly cracking; otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.

The author's name appears, as given in brackets above, on the front cover and spine.

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QUILLER-COUCH (Sir Arthur). News from the Duchy. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith Ltd., 1913. Title-page printed in red and black; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; red cloth ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. In general nice.

Publisher's ‘Presentation Copy', so stamped in blind on the upper margin of the title-page, and with a pencil signature (presumably that of the recipient), together with the date ‘1913', on the front end-paper.

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QUILLER-COUCH (A.T.). [Memoir of Arthur John Butler. Smith, Elder & Co., 1917]. Publisher's dummy including laid-on sepia-tone frontispiece, gathering ‘A', and the first two leaves of gathering ‘B' only, the remaining pages being blank; demy 8vo; maroon linen-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight fading of spine, and slight damp-spotting of front cover; some foxing of blank leaves; otherwise a nice copy. From the library of the author, with his engraved armorial bookplate on the front paste-down. Presumably sent to ‘Q' as a trial binding. TOGETHER WITH: BUTLER (Arthur John). Dante His times and his work. A.D. Innes & Co., Bedford Street, 1895. 10pp. integral advertisements at end; bright brown coarse buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine darkened; end-papers and two or three leaves lightly or slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy. From the library of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and bearing an initialled holograph presentation inscription to him from the author on the front end-paper. The two volumes together:

Publisher's dummies from this period are uncommon.

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QUILLER-COUCH (Sir Arthur, M.A.). Studies in Literature Second series. Cambridge, At the University Press, 1922. Demy 8vo; imprint leaf at end; dark blue rough buckram, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Small damp-stain on front end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

Essays on Byron, Shelley, Milton, Shakespeare, Chaucer, and the Victorians.

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Q. [i.e., Sir A.T. Quiller-Couch]. Memories & opinions: An unfinished autobiography. Edited, with an introduction, by S.C. Roberts. Cambridge At the University Press, 1944. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[2]+[xiv]+[106]+[ii]; mottled sky-blue linen, lettered gilt on front cover and up spine; light tan end-papers. Light foxing of covers; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with one short tear strengthened on verso with tissue.

Loosely laid in or lightly tipped on to the paste-downs are a number of obituary notices and other relevant clippings from newspapers. Sir Arthur died on 12th May, 1944.

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QUILLER-COUCH (Arthur). A biographical study of Q by F. Brittain, M.A., Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge. Cambridge, At the University Press, 1947. Sm.demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece after Sir William Nicholson, printed in colours; one illustration in text; one facsimile on pink paper; one 4pp. facsimile on smaller grey paper; four half-tone plates in black and white; final blank; pp.[xii]+174+[ii]; lake cloth, blocked with publisher's device, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy in slightly faded, foxed, frayed, and chipped dust-wrapper.

Includes letters, verses, etc. here first published or first collected. Essentially a supplement to Q's 1944 volume Memories and Opinions, which was incomplete at his death and covered only the first twenty-four years of his life, the present volume is nowadays hard to find.

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RADFORD (Dollie). Sea-thrift a Fairy tale by Dollie Radford With ilustra- Tions by Ger- Trude Bradley. Alexander Moring Limited The De La More Press 32 George Street, Hanover Square London W 1904. Double cr.8vo; frontispiece and numerous illustrations on text-paper; imprint leaf at end; pp.[viii]+133+[i (blank)]+[i]+[i (blank)]; quarter pale apple-green buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, white glazed boards printed with fine mottling in pale apple-green, the front board over-printed with an art-nouveau design of sea-thrift by Gertrude Bradley in pink, pale apple-green, and brown, and with brown lettering and pink ornaments on white label-style panel; t.e.g.; laid paper end-papers. Some fading and dulling of spine, and boards worn a little on edges, especially at corners; otherwise a nice copy.



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RAE (Hugh C.). The interview: A novel. Anthony Blond, 1969. Double demy 16mo; black boards let- tered white down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.



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RALEIGH (Walter). Shakespeare. Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1907. Blank before half/series title; title-page printed in red and black; pp.viii+232; 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements at end, dated ‘5.7.06'; mottled red fine rough buckram, flat spine blocked and lettered gilt; t.e.g. A fine copy.

A volume in the English Men of Letters New Series.

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RAMOS (Graciliano). Sao Bernardo. A novel Translated from the Portuguese by R.L. Scott-Buccleuch. Peter Owen, 1975. Lge 16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

First English edition of a book originally published in Brazil in 1934.

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RANSOME (Arthur). Pond and Stream. With Illustrations by Frances Craine. Anthony Treherne & Company, Ltd., 12, York Buildings, Adelphi, W.C., N.D. [1906]. Lge.post 16mo; frontispiece and ten delightful plates printed from wood-blocks, with a wood-engraved key-plate, in full colour; grey boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered red on front cover, lettered dark blue on front cover and spine, blocked red on spine, with full-colour onlay, printed from wood-blocks, on front cover; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Very slight general wear to covers; scattered foxing; pages adjacent to plates embrowned (though not the plates); one or two plates a little frayed at margins (and hence presumably at some point re-inserted, having become detached); one or two leaves badly opened; all things considered, however, a remarkably acceptable copy of a delicate book.

There is no list of plates, but they are inserted to face pp.16, 32, 44, 52, 54, 56, 66, 76, 82, and 92. On the evidence of the embrowning, the the plate facing p.32 was originally inserted to face p.26, and has been reinserted, in error, at the wrong point. The cover illustration is not included in the volume.

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RANSOME (Arthur). Bohemia in London. By Arthur Ransome, Author of "The Souls of the Streets", "The Stone Lady," etc. With illustrations by Fred Taylor. London, Chapman & Hall, Limited, 11 Henrietta Street, W.C., 1907. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece and fifteen line illustrations printed upon thick grey paper and tipped in; numerous other illustrations in text; pp.[2]+x+284; diagonally streaked mid- and pale- dove-grey linen, blocked pictorially brown and black, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore- and lower- edges uncut. Two barely visible minute closed nicks in cloth at extreme head of spine; virtually, nonetheless, a fine copy. Scarce, especially thus.

A beautiful book, well-printed on thick creamy-white paper, with excellently designed illustrations, very much in the distinctive Jack style. Dedicated to his friend M.P. Shiel, with an acknowledged debt to Edward Thomas. There is no list of plates, but they are here tipped-in to face pp.16, 56, 72, 96, 112, 120, 128, 144, 152, 160, 180, 192, 224, 248, and [264].

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[RANSOME (Arthur).]. Stories By Edgar Allen Poe. T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1908. 16mo; woodcut frontispiece on text-paper; final blank; rich yellow buckram printed black on spine and front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight dusting and marking of covers and scattered here and there through text; otherwise nice. Scarce.

Volume 3 in ‘The World's Storytellers' series, edited, with an introduction, by Ransome.

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RANSOME (Arthur). A history of Story-telling. Studies in the Development of narrative. With 27 portraits by J. Gavin. T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1909. Blank before half-title, final blank; frontispiece, and twenty-six other full-page woodcut illustrations on special paper; errata slip tipped-in before Preface; blue-violet linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine slightly faded; very slight foxing of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

The end-papers in this copy are of wove paper, and the volume is 35mm thick, excluding covers. Another issue, occasionally seen, is 40mm thick, has laid end-papers, and is bound in buckram, with all the blocking gilt. We have seen it suggested that the present issue may have been produced primarily for the export market, though we know of no firm evidence for this.

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RANSOME (Arthur). The Book of Love: Essays Poems Maxims & Prose Passages arranged by Arthur Ransome. T.C. & E.C. Jack, N.D. [?1910]. Double f'cap 8vo; Half-title printed in red, from a woodblock; wood engraved frontispiece and title-page printed in red and black; wood engraved head and tail pieces, some in red; imprint leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[xx]+[458]+[ii]; full parchment blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; gilt very slightly dulled, otherwise an extremely fine unopened copy in the dust-wrapper. Rare in dust-wrapper.

The dust-wrapper, bearing a blurb on the front panel and spine, reproduces on the front panel the pictorial portion of the frontispiece, not the cover blocking, which is a stylised angel holding a globe. There seem to have been at least three binding variants. The dust-wrapper originally bore the legend: ‘Buckram gilt, gilt top, 6s. net. Full Parchment, gilt, gilt top, 10s.6d. net.', but on this copy the ‘buckram' has been blocked out wherever it occurs, implying, presumably, a later issue in boards. Evidently, too, a later state of the dust-wrapper.

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RANSOME (Arthur). Edgar Allan Poe: A critical study. 1912, Stephen Swift and Co Ltd, Number Sixteen King Street, Covent Garden. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece, after a daguerreotype, with tissue guard; cancel title-page; blank at end; navy blue coarse buckram, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. In general a nice copy, in part unopened.

First edition, second issue. Published originally in 1910, by Martin Secker. This second issue, has the Stephen Swift imprint on title-page and binding, and a cancel title-page dated 1912. Issued as a volume in a uniform but unnamed series of Critical Studies.

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RANSOME (Arthur). Oscar Wilde: A critical study. Martin Secker, Number Five John Street, Adelphi, 1912. Demy 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece, in sepia, with tissue guard; 2pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 8pp. Secker catalogue dated Jan.1912; navy blue fine linen, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Light foxing of paste-downs, and edges; otherwise a very fine copy, in a slightly frayed dust-wrapper with several minute chips at head and tail of spine. Scarce in dust-wrapper.

The primary binding. This copy bears on the front end-paper an ownership inscription dated ‘Feb 17. 1912' (according to Mason, the month of publication). Issued as a volume in a uniform but unnamed series of Critical Studies. The book became the subject of a celebrated libel action brought against the author and others by Lord Alfred Douglas. Ransome won, but the book was never reprinted in its complete form. Mason, 666.

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RANSOME (Arthur). Oscar Wilde: A critical study. Martin Secker, Number Five John Street, Adelphi, 1912. Demy 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece in sepia, after an oil painting by Harper Pennington, with tissue guard; 2pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 8pp. Secker catalogue dated Jan.1912; black buckram, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Near fine copy.

Signed by the author on the title-page. The secondary binding. Issued as a volume in a uniform but unnamed series of Critical Studies. The book became the subject of a celebrated libel action brought against the author and others by Lord Alfred Douglas. Ransome won, but the book was never reprinted in its complete form. Mason, 666. According to Mason, the book was first issued in February.

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[RANSOME (Arthur).]. A night in the Luxembourg By Remy de Gourmont. [Translated,] With preface And appendix By Arthur Ransome. Stephen Swift and Co Limited, 16 King Street Covent Garden, West Central, 1912. One illustration on text paper; final leaf (almost certainly a blank) excised before publication; 8pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end; navy blue cloth, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. End-papers lightly foxed; otherwise very nice.

Another, and probably subsequent, issue is sometimes seen in quarter calf, with patterned board sides, and all edges trimmed. The advertisements at the end of the present copy advertise the as yet unpublished volume as ‘cloth'.

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RANSOME (Arthur). Portraits And Speculations. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin's Street, London, 1913. Demy 8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘*' on recto precedes half-title; blank at end; pp.[xii]+225+[iii]; Erratum slip tipped in before fisrt leaf of text; black buckram, blocked with enlarged full-stop and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight wear to corners, and cloth very slightly damp-spotted and a little bubbled over front board; Erratum corrected in pencil in text; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

Essays on: ‘Art for Life's Sake', ‘Aloysius Bertrand', ‘Alphonse Daudet', ‘The Retrospection of François Coppée', ‘Friedrich Nietzsche', ‘Walter Pater', ‘Remy de Gourmont', ‘The Poetry of Yone Noguchi', and ‘Kinetic and Potential Speech'. Dedicated to John Masefield.

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RANSOME (Arthur). Old Peter's Russian tales. With illustrations, cover Design, and decorations By Dmitri Mitrokhin. London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, Ltd., 35 Paternoster Row, E.C., And Edinburgh, 1916. Sq.demy 8vo; frontispiece, and six delightful plates, in colours; numerous illustrations on text-paper; white buckram, blocked and lettered black on spine, lettered black, blocked with over all pattern in scarlet, yellow, and black on front cover; end-papers printed with large floral design in black, brown, and red. Enamel of covers a little rubbed; inscription removed from half-title page, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.



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RANSOME (Arthur). The Soldier and death: A Russian folk tale Told in English. [On verso of title:] January 1920. [On colophon leaf:] Printed for the Author at The Westminster Press, London W. and published by John G. Wilson at 77 Queen Street Cheapside E.C. One gathering, 12mo, sewn into large light drab wrappers printed on front wrapper in black; half-title not called for; colophon leaf at end; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.



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RANSOME (Arthur). "Racundra's" First cruise. George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Ruskin House, 40 Museum Street, W.C. 1, 1923. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece, and sixteen plates; three inserted charts; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; lilac fine linen grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Corner of back cover stained, and covers generally a little marked and dull; a very good copy nonetheless of an uncommon title.



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[RANSOME (Arthur).]. The cruise of the Teddy By Erling Tambs. With an Introduction by Arthur Ransome. Jonathan Cape, 1933. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece, and fifteen plates; two illustrations on text-paper; marina blue rough cloth, lettered white on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover; t.e. marina blue, lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with maps in black. Nice copy in faded and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



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RANSOME (Arthur). Pigeon post. Jonathan Cape, 1936. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; dark green ‘Sundour' cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut; end-papers printed with map in black, green, blue, and red. Fine copy in plain green paper dust-wrapper onto which has been laid the front panel and part of the spine of the original dust-wrapper.



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RANSOME (Arthur). Missee Lee. (Based on information supplied by The Swallows and Amazons). Jonathan Cape, 1941. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; green buckram, lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with map in colours. Small dent in cloth of spine; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped and used dust-wrapper.



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RANSOME (Arthur). The picts And The martyrs: Or, Not Welcome at All. Jonathan Cape, 1943. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; blue-green fine-weave cloth, lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with map in black, lilac, and green. Cloth of spine slightly faded towards tail; otherwise a very nice copy.



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RANSOME (Arthur). Great Northern? Jonathan Cape, 1947. Lge.post 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; frontispiece, chart, and other illustrations on text-paper; blue-green rough buckram, lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with map in blue, red, and black. A fine copy in a badly torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper, strengthened with clear tape on verso.



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RANSOME (Arthur). Great Northern? Jonathan Cape, 1947. Demy 8vo; frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; green rough buckram, lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with map in blue, black, and red. Fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



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[RANSOME (Arthur)]. The cruise of "The Kate" By Empson Edward Middleton. Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953. Four plates; maps and other illustrations in the text; pale sand coarse linen blocked and lettered blue on front cover and spine; t.e. blue. T.e. faded, otherwise a virtually fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Pp.xi-xxiii are occupied by an Introduction by Arthur Ransome, here first printed. Issued as volume No. 23 in the Mariner's Library. Middleton's book was first published in 1870.

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RATCLIFFE (Dorothy Una). Lillilows. Character sketches in prose and verse. Illustrated by Fred Lawson. John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1931. Lge.sq.8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece and six plates in black and colour, other illustrations on text-paper; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; black buckram lettered in gilt outlined black and red, blocked red on front cover, , blocked red, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. black, others uncut. Some foxing of prelims. and advertisements; slight wear to corners, and one small damp-spot on front cover; otherwise a nice copy



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RAVEN (Simon). The Feathers of Death. Anthony Blond, 1959. Double post 16mo; final blank; dark charcoal boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

The author's first book.

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RAVEN (Simon). Brother Cain. Anthony Blond, 1959. Double lge.post 16mo; final blank; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in a slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

The author's second book.

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RAVEN (Simon). The English Gentleman: An essay in attitudes. Anthony Blond, 1961. Demy 8vo; two blanks at end; scarlet boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly scuffed dust-wrapper designed by Osbert Lancaster.

Presentation copy, an attractive coloured label on the front end-paper bearing the author's signed ten word holograph inscription. Apparently a Christmas present. The author's fourth book.

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RAVEN (Simon). The English Gentleman: An essay in attitudes. Anthony Blond, 1961. Demy 8vo; two blanks at end; scarlet boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by Osbert Lancaster.

The author's fourth book.

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RAVEN (Simon). The Decline Of the Gentleman. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1962. Double med.16mo, perfect bound; leaf bearing vignette on recto, advertisement on verso precedes title-page; half-title not called for; biographical note leaf at end; fawn cloth blocked pale marina blue on front cover, blocked and lettered pale marina blue on spine; yellow and brown head and tail bands; light brown end-papers. Near-fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First American edition. Published in England as ‘The Decline of the English Gentleman'.

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RAVEN (Simon). A novel by Simon Raven: Close of Play. Anthony Blond, 1962. Lge.cr.8vo; emerald green boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper strengthened on verso with ghost tape.

The author's fifth book.

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RAVEN (Simon). Boys Will be Boys. Anthony Blond, 1963. Final blank; vermilion boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in torn dust-wrapper.



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RAVEN (Simon). The sabre Squadron. The Third Novel of the Alms for Oblivion Sequence. Anthony Blond, 1966. Double cr.16mo; dull brown boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered white down spine. Slight bruising of upper corners; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

The correct first issue in a pictorial dust-wrapper. Later copies have a silver coloured dust-wrapper.

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RAVEN (Simon). Fielding Gray. The Fourth Novel of the Alms for Oblivion Sequence. Anthony Blond, 1967. Double cr.16mo; light olive green boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered white on spine. Nice copy in slightly frayed pictorial dust-wrapper scuffed a little about tail of spine.

The first issue, later copies having a silver coloured dust-wrapper.

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RAVEN (Simon). Places where They sing. The Sixth novel in the Alms for Oblivion sequence. Anthony Blond, 1970. Pale blue-green boards, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered, silver on spine. Nice copy in pictorial dust-wrapper with one short, unobtrusive, tear.

The first issue, later copies having a silver coloured dust-wrapper.

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RAVEN (Simon). Bring forth The body. The ninth novel in the Alms for Oblivion sequence. Blond & Briggs, 1974. Extra cr.8vo; pp.232; brownish black fine cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's imprint device and down-lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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RAVEN (Simon). The face of The waters: A novel. The First-born of Egypt: Volume II. Blond, 1985. Demy 8vo; pp.vi+250; very dark navy blue beaded linen-grain boards, ruled and blocked gilt, lettered gilt and very dark navy blue through gilt, down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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RAVEN (Simon). New Seed For Old: A Novel By Simon Raven. The First Born of Egypt: Volume IV. Frederick Muller, 1988. Double demy 16mo; pp.[iv]+188; dull blue fine cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's device and down-lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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RAYNER (Claire). The Running Years. Hutchinson, London Melbourne Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1981. Double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; genealogies and map in text, glossary, followed by three blanks at end; pp.618+[vi]; light brown cloth-textured boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered silver on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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READ (Herbert). In retreat. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1925. Demy 8vo; large folding plan at end; pp.43+[i (printer's imprint)]; white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black with a design by Vanessa Bell; text-paper end-papers. Slight wear to paper at extremities of spine, and some very light embrowning to plan; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Issued as No.6 of ‘The Hogarth Essays', first series. Woolmer, 74: number printed not known, but the Sussex ledger shows 252 copies sold in the four months or so following publication. An eye-witness account of the retreat of the Fifth Army from St. Quentin on the Somme in March 1918.

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READ (Herbert). Ambush. Faber & Faber Ltd., 1930. Salmon red self-wrappers printed in black, over thin boards; uncut edges; two publisher's advertisement slips loosely laid in, as issued. Wrappers a little chipped and frayed; internally a fine, and largely unopened, copy.

No.16 of the Criterion Miscellany.

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READ (Herbert). Form in Modern poetry. Sheed & Ward, 1932. F'cap 8vo; leaf explaining the cover design, and advertisement leaf, precede title-page; half-title not called for; final page advertisements; pp.[xiv]+[82]; pink boards printed black on front cover and up spine. Very slight marking of covers; prelims. foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued as number 11 in the series ‘Essays in Order'. Published in November 1932. The front board bears a wood-engraving by David Jones.

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READ (Herbert). Collected essays In Literary Criticism. Faber and Faber Ltd, 1938. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, final blank; red cloth lettered gilt on spine; t.e.grey, lower-edges rough trimmed. Extreme corners of three leaves turned; otherwise a fine copy, with the review slip loosely laid in.

According to the review slip, published 20 October 1938, at 12/6d.

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READ (Herbert). Pursuits & verdicts. With a preface by Graham Greene. The Tragara Press, Edinburgh, 1983. Demy 8vo; two blanks before title-page, blank, followed by limitation leaf and two blanks at end, the outer blanks being tipped onto boards at inner margins, and thereby serving as paste-downs; half-title not called for; fore- and lower- edges uncut; dust-wrapper of Italian patterned paper, cream label printed in dark olive green on front panel, folded over plain white stiff card wrappers. Fine copy.

One of an issue limited to only twenty-five numbered copies printed on paper hand-made by Amatruda of Amalfi. Printed throughout in dark olive green.

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READ (Herbert). Pursuits & verdicts. With a preface by Graham Greene. The Tragara Press, Edinburgh, 1983. Demy 8vo; two blanks before title-page, blank, followed by limitation leaf and two blanks at end; fore- and lower- edges uncut; textured pale brown self-wrappers folded over outer blanks, cream label on front wrapper printed in dark olive green. Fine copy.

One of an issue limited to 110 numbered copies of a total edition of 135.

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READ (Miss [i.e., Dora Jessie SAINT]). Village diary. Illustrated by J.S. Goodall. Michael Joseph, 1957. Vignette title-page; numerous illustrations on text-paper; reddish purple cloth, blocked gilt and white, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. grey green; end-papers printed pictorially pale brown- ish grey. Slight fading of top-edges; otherwise fine in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

The second ‘Miss Read' book.

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READE (Charles). Letters to the Rev. John Gibson. Published by Robert Temple, 58, Ridge Road, London, N21 3EA, England, 2011. Demy 8vo; 40pp., sewn as a single gathering into plain white boards, translucent pink self-wrapper printed on front and back panels in black; half-title not called for; limitation notice on verso of title leaf; very large folding facsimile sewn in at end. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to eighteen numbered copies; printed upon J. Whatman mould-made paper. The Rev. Gibson was the brother-in-law of the actress Laura Seymour with whom Reade shared a house for the most part of his adult life, and by whose death he was so much affected as to incur something resembling general censure - much as did Queen Victoria after the death of Albert. The booklet includes facsimiles of two letters, and a large folding facsimile of an otherwise unrecorded broadside issued by Reade in Edinburgh in 1876. Subjects touched upon include Reade's efforts on behalf of the Glaswegian life-saver James Lambert, problems with builders, Dragon's Blood, the Diblanc trial, Reade's law-suit against the ‘Glasgow Herald', several of his works (‘Griffith Gaunt', ‘A Woman Hater', etc.), and the last illness and death of Laura.

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REES (Goronwy). Where No wounds Were. A Novel. 1950, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; pp.[iv]+[316]; black fine-weave cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; Fine copy in slightly frayed and chipped dust-wrapper designed by Biro.

With the signature of Norah Smallwood on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was Rees editor at Chatto's: her books were generally advance copies, and sometimes differed in minor respects from the published volume.

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REES (Goronwy). A bundle Of sensations: Sketches in autobiography. 1960, Chatto & Windus, London. Demy 8vo; pp.[239]; bright blue cloth textured boards, lettered gilt on spine. Small crease in paper covering of boards towards tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy in minutely chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled signature on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was Rees editor at Chatto's. Volumes bearing her signature were generally advance copies, and sometimes differed in minor respects from the published book.

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REES (Goronwy). A chapter Of accidents. 1972, Chatto & Windus, London. Double demy 16mo; two blanks at front, four at back, the outermost serving as paste-downs; half-tone portrait frontispiece; pp.[x]+270+[viii]; bright green fine cloth textured boards, lettered gilt on spine. A fine copy in dust-wrapper with one short tear at head of back panel.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled initials on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was Rees editor at Chatto's. Volumes bearing her signature were generally advance copies, and sometimes differed in minor respects from the published book. The sequel to Rees' "earlier autobiographical novel A Bundle of Sensations" as it is expressed in the blurb.

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REES (Goronwy). Brief Encounters. 1974, Chatto & Windus, London. Demy 8vo; pp.[3]+193+[i (blank)]; carmine lake cloth textured boards, lettered gilt down and on spine. A fine copy in dust-wrapper rather scuffed and torn on back panel.

The odd pagination is caused by the fact that the printer allowed for an extra leaf at the front of the volume: but the text was just too long and spilled over onto an extra page at the end, the text being then reformatted without the pagination being altered. Essays: The Moors Murderers - De Sade and the Problem of Censorship - In Cold Blood; University Teaching - Misapplied Research; In the Hebrides; Rothenstein and the Tate Gallery; The Eichmann Trial; The World of Lytton Strachey; J.R. Ackerley, The Sick Society and the Media, etc.

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REID (Forrest). A Garden by the Sea. Stories and sketches. Dublin, The Talbot Press Ltd., 89 Talbot Street; London, T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., 1 Adelphi Terrace, 1918. Quarter unbleached coarse linen, paper spine label ruled and lettered black, brown boards lettered gilt on front cover. Label browned and slightly chipped; end-papers embrowned at edges; otherwise a very nice copy.



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REID (Forrest). The milk Of paradise: Some thoughts on Poetry. Faber and Faber Ltd, 1946. Blue fine weave cloth lettered gilt down spine; lower-edges uncut; pale blue end-papers; printed throughout on blue tinted paper. Covers damp stained, otherwise a very nice copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



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REID (Forrest). Denis Bracknel. Faber and Faber Ltd, 24 Russell Square, 1947. Sm.double cr.16mo; blank at end; pp.253+[iii]; mottled sea-green cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

"The Bracknels was originally published in 1911. Denis Bracknel is more than a revision. The theme remains, but from first to last it has been so completely rewritten that the result is practically a new book" - author's Note. The present text was completed by Reid in the year of his death, and is here first published, posthumously.

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REMARQUE (Erich Maria). Arch Of triumph. Translated from the German by Walter Sorell and Denver Lindley. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., N.D. [1946]. Black cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

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REMARQUE (Erich Maria). Spark of Life. Translated from the German by James Stern. Hutchinson, 1952. Lge.16mo; plum boards lettered black on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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RENAULT (Mary [i.e., Mary Challans]). Return to night. Longmans, Green and Co., 1947. Pp.[viii]+356; faintly mottled light buff cloth blocked and lettered blue on spine and front cover. Light embrowning of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and dusty dust-wrapper.

This novel was awarded a £40,000 prize in the year of publication. The author's fourth novel.

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RENAULT (Mary [i.e., Mary Challans]). North face. Longmans Green and Co, 1949. Sm.double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.[318]+[ii]; mottled light lime green cloth lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Fine copy.

A novel set in Devon.

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RENAULT (Mary [i.e., Mary Challans]). The Charioteer. Longmans, Green and Co., 1953. Blue boards blocked and lettered silver on spine; cream end-papers. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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RENAULT (Mary [i.e., Mary Challans]). The Bull from the Sea. Longmans, 1962. Map on text paper; black boards ruled and let- tered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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RENAULT (Mary [i.e., Mary Challans]). The Mask of Apollo. Longmans, 1966. Lge.double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+378; milky coffee coloured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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RHYS (Jean). Good Morning Midnight. Constable & Company Ltd, 1939. Initial blank serving as paste-down; front free end-paper not called for; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; rich green rough fine buckram over very thin boards, lettered and taper-ruled purple on spine. Spine slightly wrinkled; half-title and back free end-paper lacking; edges slightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Second issue, the first being in purple linen grain cloth, lettered and taper-ruled light green on spine, and provided with true end-papers at front and back, the three blanks being left free.

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RHYS (Jean). Good Morning Midnight. Constable & Company Ltd, 1939. Initial blank serving as paste-down; front free end-paper not called for; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; rich green rough fine buckram over very thin boards, lettered and taper-ruled purple on spine. Spine slightly wrinkled; fore-edges very lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper reinforced on verso at tail of spine with ghost tape.

Second issue, the first being in purple linen grain cloth, lettered and taper-ruled light green on spine, and provided with true end-papers at front and back, the three blanks being left free.

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RHYS (Jean). Smile please: An unfinished autobiography. Andre Deutsch, 1979. Double demy 16mo; eight double-sided half-tone plates; final blank; pp.173+[iii]; bright cherry red fine cloth-textured boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

As the title implies: published posthumously. Includes a check-list of her books.

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RICHARDS (Frank, Author of "Billy Bunter" [i.e., Charles Hamilton].). Jack of all Trades. Mandeville Publications, 1950. Globe 8vo; illustrations in text by J. Abbey; blank at end, serving as pastedown; pp.[vi]+231+[iii]; bright green fine linen textured boards, lettered black on spine. One edge of front board lightly damp-marked; otherwise a nice copy.

The publisher's imprint on the verso of the title-page reads, rather surprisingly: First published in 1950 by Mandeville Publications and Editions Poetry London Limited, 55, Victoria Street, London, S.W.1".

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RICHARDS (Frank [i.e. Charles Hamilton]). Billy Bunter's Benefit. Illustrated by R.J. Macdonald. Charles Skilton Ltd, 1950. Full colour frontispiece; other illustrations on text-paper; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; chalk-blue boards, lettered dark blue on front cover, lettered and blocked dark blue on spine. Spine slightly faded, and sides very slightly marked; half-title foxed; otherwise a nice copy.



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RICHARDS (I.A.). Science And Poetry. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd, Broadway House: 68-74 Carter Lane, London, E.C., 1926. Advertisement leaf at end; quarter red buckram, cream boards and paper spine label printed in red. Very slight fading of spine, but a near fine copy.

No.1 in the Psyche Miniatures General Series.

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RICHARDSON (Dorothy M.). The tunnel. Duckworth & Co., 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1919. Blank before half-title; leaf bearing extracts from an article entitled ‘The Novels of Dorothy Richardson', by May Sinclair, followed by blank, and publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated 1918; blue rough buckram, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's device black on back cover. Nice copy.

The fourth volume in the ‘Pointed Roofs' series.

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RICHARDSON (Dorothy M.). Revolving lights. Duckworth & Co., 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1923. Blank, followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end; pink linen grain cloth, panelled blind, lettered cream, on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover. Enamel on front cover slightly chipped; otherwise a very nice copy.

The seventh volume in the ‘Pointed Roofs' series.

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RICHARDSON (Dorothy M.). The trap. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street, 1925. Final blank; diagonally fine ribbed purple cloth ruled blind on front cover, blocked with publisher's device blind on lower fore-corner of back cover, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth worn very slightly at extreme top corner of back joint, and spine very slightly faded; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

The eighth volume in the ‘Pointed Roofs' series.

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[RICKWORD (Edgell).]. Poet under Saturn: The Tragedy of Verlaine By Marcel Coulon Translated and with an Introduction By Edgell Rickword. Humphrey Toulmin, 21 Soho square, 1932. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; final blank; reddish-orange cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Spine and edges of covers faded; end-papers slightly embrowned; otherwise a very nice copy.



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RIDDELL (Mrs. J.H.). Poor Fellow! London, F.V. White & Co., Ltd., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1902. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+310+[ii]; deep scarlet buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, ruled black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges mainly trimmed. Slight fading of spine and a handful of small fox-spots; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy.

The last novel by Mrs. Riddell to be published in book form during her life-time, and now very scarce. CBEL, III, p.558; Wolff, 5821, recording a presumably earlier issue blocked and lettered gilt on spine, but otherwise similar; Sadleir, who "collected her assiduously", did not find this title.

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RIDGE (W. Pett). Up Side streets. With Eight Illustrations. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row 1903. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and four plates after Gunning King, one line-engraved after Will Owen, one after J.M. Brock, and one unascribed; pp.viii+279+[i (printer's imprint)]; mottled greenish grey fine linen, blocked pictorially black, white, and buff, lettered black, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine very slightly faded, otherwise a very nice copy.



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RIDGE (W. Pett). Thomas Henry. By W. Pett Ridge, Author of "Mord Em'ly," etc. Mills & Boon, Limited, 49 Whitcomb Street, London W.C., N.D. [1909]. Sm.cr.8vo; publisher's advertisements on verso of half-title, commercial advertisement on verso of title leaf ("Buy / Berry's / Diamond / Polishes / For black and brown boots..."), publisher's advertisement on verso of last leaf of text; pp.[192]; light brown paper wrappers, cut flush, printed in black and red on front panel, in black with commercial advertisement ("1728... Fry's / Pure concentrated / Cocoa...") on back panel, down-lettered black on flat spine; free end-papers printed on both sides with publisher's advertisements, paste-downs with commercial advertisements. Paper of spine chipped slightly at tail, just touching the ‘E' of ‘RIDGE'; first and last few leaves and end-papers a little foxed; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Presentation copy with the author's signed holograph inscription to a Miss Whitehead, dated September 1909, on the half-title. The book was published in July.

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RIDGE (W.Pett). Light Refreshment. Hodder and Stoughton, London 1910. Sm.cr.8vo; printer's imprint leaf at end (blank on verso); pp.[viii]+246+[ii]; mottled light bluish violet rough buckram, blocked black, lettered gilt, and with laid-on panel of glazed paper printed lithographically with illustration in full colour, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine faded; some foxing of prelims. and last few leaves; otherwise a nice copy.



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RIDGE (W.Pett). Table d'hôte. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, 1911. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+248; mottled bluish violet rough buckram, blocked black, lettered gilt, and with laid-on panel of glazed paper printed lithographically with illustration in full colour, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Split to cloth in middle of front joint, and gilt of two letters of title rubbed on front cover; a little barely perceptible foxing of prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy.



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RIDGE (W. Pett). Special Performances. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1918. Fine linen grain sea-green cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy.

Short stories.

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RIDGE (W. Pett). Just like Aunt Bertha. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1925. Pp.[iv]+252; publisher's inserted 8pp. catalogue at end, dated ‘1124'; light sky-blue fine linen grain cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Virtually fine.



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RIDGE (W. Pett). I Like to Remember. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, N.D. [1925]. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece by Phil May, and five plates, by Lewis Baumer, Will Owen, Cecil Aldin, Fred Pegram, and W. Heath Robinson; blue cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine. Very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper a little stained on the back panel.

Reminiscences of the eighties and nineties, chiefly literary.

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RIDGE (W. Pett). London types Taken from life. The text by W. Pett Ridge. The pictures by E.O. Hoppé. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1926. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and twenty-four plates, after photographs, printed in black and buff; pp.viii+200; light olive green buckram ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Virtually fine copy.

A very entertaining mixture of stories and sketches, each illustrated by a photograph (with the frontispiece extra).

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RIDGE (W. Pett). Eldest miss Collingwood. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1930. Pp.256; pale sky-blue fine linen-grain cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Some fading and marking of covers; contemporary library label on front paste-down; small corner chipped from front end-paper; text fine.



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RIDING (Laura [née Reichenthal]). Everybody's Letters Collected and Arranged by Laura Riding. With an Editorial Postscript. Arthur Barker Limited, 1933. Final blank; black buckram, white paper labels on spine and front cover printed in blue. Cloth of spine bubbled and spine label slightly embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.



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RIDLER (Anne). Olive Willis And Downe House: An Adventure in Education. John Murray, 1967. Demy 8vo; four double-sided plates; final blank; light violet cloth lettered gilt down spine. Inscription faintly visible on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in torn dust-wrapper.



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RILKE (Rainer Maria). Where Silence reigns: Selected Prose by Rainer Maria Rilke Translated by G. Craig Houston. Foreword by Denise Levertov. A New Directions Book, 1978. Double lge.post 16mo; half-title not called for; pp.[vi]+154; pale milk coffee rough fine-weave cloth, lettered dark brown down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First separate edition of this collection, and the first edition under this title. Originally published in 1960 as Volume I of the Selected Works.

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RILKE (Rainer Maria). Letters To a Young Poet. Translated And with a foreword by Stephen Mitchell. Random House, New York, 1984. Biographical note leaf, followed by blank, at end; pp.89+[iii]; yellow wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on front wrapper; made up without end-papers. Fine copy.

Uncorrected Proof copy of the first edition of this translation. Loosely laid in is a letter from Johnathan Galassi, editor of the volume, to Andrew Motion at Chatto & Windus, offering the volume, asking about a forthcoming edition of Empson's poems, and enquiring about Motion's current work in progress, together with a top carbon copy of Andrew Motion's reply (c.150 words).

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RILKE (Rainer Maria). Rodin And Other Prose Pieces Translated from the German by G. Craig Houston With an Introduction by William Tucker. Quartet Encounters, Quartet Books London Melbourne New York, 1986. Sm.demy 8vo, perfect bound; eight double-sided half-tone plates; blank followed by two leaves integral advertisements and two blanks at end; pp.xiv+167+[iii]+[4]+[iv]; white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and black; issued without end-papers or dust-wrapper. Small spot on front wrapper; otherwise a fine copy.

First edition of this collection/translation. Rilke was for some months Rodin's secretary. The advertisements list this volume as the latest published.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphries]. The Masqueraders. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row 1904. 4pp. integral advertisements followed by publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated February, 1904; pp.[viii]+371+[i (printer's imprint)]+[iv]; dark cerise coarse linen, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with ruled box gilt on spine; cream end-papers. Short tear and associated crease in upper margin of half-title; a very little scattered light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

A scarce title, neither in Sadleir, nor among the 43 titles in the Wolff collection.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphries]. The Sin and scandal Of The "smart" set. London: "The Gentlewoman" offices, 142 Strand, 1904. Short cr.8vo; text-paper blank before title-page, another at end; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+[12 (unpaginated)]+[13]-88+[ii]; drab thick soft card wrappers, cut flush, printed in silver on sides and up spine, the back wrapper bearing an advertisement for "The Gentlewoman"; issued without end-papers. Very slight fading to spine, and insignificant nick to head of front joint; extensive light foxing to first and last few leaves; otherwise a nice copy. Very scarce.

According to "Rita" the ‘smart' woman of the day was a slangy, vulgar, hypocritical, extravagant, tasteless, drug-injecting addict, given to gambling, drinking, and loose sex. Plus ça change.... Neither in Sadleir, nor among the forty-three titles in the Wolff collection.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphreys]. The Silent Woman. London, Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1904. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+299+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated August, 1904; dark red rough effect fine buckram, blocked with art nouveau design in blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered and with ruled box gilt on spine. First few leaves and catalogue slightly foxed; two or three corners of catalogue creased; otherwise a very nice copy.

Sensational story of a modern woman, commissioned for serialisation by a newspaper syndicate which then rejected it as ‘"over the heads"' of their public. The author describes the incident in a Prefatory Note. A scarce title, neither in Sadleir, nor among the 43 titles in the Wolff collection. The catalogue lists this title among the advance announcements for the Autumn of 1904.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphries]. Personal opinions Publicly expressed. London, Eveleigh Nash, 1907. Photogravure portrait frontispiece printed in sepia with printed tissue guard giving the photographer's name as Lallie Charles; final blank; pp.309+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; publisher's inserted 32pp. text-paper Catalogue at end (last page blank), dated January 1907; deep scarlet linen, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Top-edge of front end-paper slightly chipped and frayed, and associated small scratch-marks and minute chip affecting top edge of half-title; similar insignificant damage to fore-margins of pp.223-228; otherwise a very nice copy.

The first issue, the second being in deep scarlet buckram lettered gilt only on spine, and without either the frontispiece or catalogue. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5864, listing an author inscribed (?advance) presentation copy of the present issue, without the tissue guard. Essays on ‘Education', ‘The Mistakes of Authors', ‘The Mistakes of Critics', ‘The Book War', ‘The Changing Taste in Fiction', ‘The Stage - as a Profession for Women', ‘Husbands and Wives', ‘On the Increase in Vulgarity amongst Women', ‘On the Suburban Critic of Morals', ‘The Amazing American!', etc., etc.

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"RITA" [i.e., Mrs. Desmond Humphries]. Personal opinions Publicly expressed. London, Eveleigh Nash, 1907. Final blank; pp.309+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; deep scarlet buckram, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges, prelims., and last three leaves; otherwise a very nice copy.

The second issue, the first being in deep scarlet linen lettered gilt both on front cover and spine, having a portrait frontispiece on plate paper, and a publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue on text-paper at end dated January 1907. This title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 5864, listing the first issue. Essays on ‘Education', ‘The Mistakes of Authors', ‘The Mistakes of Critics', ‘The Book War', ‘The Changing Taste in Fiction', ‘The Stage - as a Profession for Women', ‘Husbands and Wives', ‘On the Increase in Vulgarity amongst Women', ‘On the Suburban Critic of Morals', ‘The Amazing American!', etc., etc.

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"RITA" (Mrs. Desmond Humphreys). Jean and Jeannette. London: Hutchinson & Co., (Publishers) Ltd., 34-36, Paternoster Row, E.C.4. Sm.cr.8vo; 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end headed Supplementary Summer 1929 List (the first entry with cancellation slip laid over); pp.384 ?+[viii]; Cambridge blue dotted line ribbed cloth, ruled blind, lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Very nice copy of a scarce late novel.

This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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"RITA" (Mrs. Desmond Humphreys). The New Poor: A Romance of To-day. London, Hutchinson & Co., (Publishers), Ltd., [34-36, Paternoster Row], N.D. [1931]. Sm.cr.8vo; integral blank followed by 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end headed Early Summer List for 1931; pp.334+[ii] ?+[viii]; light tan cloth ruled blind on sides, dark brown on spine, lettered dark brown on front cover and spine. Nice copy, with the pictorial front panel of the dust-wrapper laid on to the front end-paper.

This title not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ROBBINS (Harold). Never love a Stranger. Robert Hale Limited, 63 Old Brompton Road, 1958. Double cr.16mo; maroon boards lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

First English edition.

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ROBBINS (Harold). The Carpetbaggers. Anthony Blond, 1962. Double lge.post 16mo; bright light blue boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

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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.

ROBERTS (Morley). The private life of Henry Maitland: A record dictated by J.H. Revised and edited by Morley Roberts. Eveleigh Nash, 1912. 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue, at end; dark red fine rough buckram, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Gilt oxydised on spine as almost always; very slight marking of covers and front end-paper; some foxing of first few leaves and edges; otherwise a nice copy. Uncommon.

In fact, a novel entirely written by Roberts. A delightfully amusing picture of a thorough-going scoundrel viewed obliquely through the eyes of an old friend (J.H.) determined to do honour to his memory on account of his supposed literary gifts. Based loosely on the life of George Gissing.

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